Sunday, June 26, 2011

Baby Welcome J

Pin It We have a new baby in the neighborhood!  I was so excited to find out that a family down the street had a baby girl, so I immediately got to crafting and baking and made some cute things for them.  I made some J cupcakes (don't you love the edible pearls!) and a J onesie (one of the ones I dyed here) and some cute baby hairclips of course (click here to see my tutorial on these).  There's nothing like a new baby to inspire crafting.  :)
Some closeups






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Monday, June 20, 2011

Scrabble Tiles!

Pin It I have been wanting to make scrabble tile necklaces FOREVER.  I've had a package of scrabble tiles hanging around for years since I made this (craft fail) door hanger for my husband's office years ago.  (Sweet guy- he used it anyway!)  I figured this project would be the perfect way to use up the extra - as well as some of my super cute papers!  I found a tutorial here and I had some glossy accents and mod podge, so I had everything I needed except... bails.

In my opinion, bails are ridiculously overpriced.  I looked for them EVERYWHERE.  I figured at $1 each at my local bead store was a bit much, but I was wrong.  Even Oriental Trading (remember when they used to be cheaper than other places?) let me down.  I finally bought some at my local craft store using a coupon so that I could finally make some of these. 

A quick note about pricing.  DO NOT buy scrabble tiles on Amazon.  I checked out Amazon thinking I might buy some more, but they are crazy overpriced there!  They want 20 dollars for 100 tiles.  This is more expensive than the entire game!  I saw a comment that suggested buying them directly from Hasbro.  You can get replacement parts for many of their games HERE.  The cost of 100 tiles on their site?  $6.50!!  Plus you get 4 racks and a tile pouch in case you want to craft something with those too.  :)  BTW- I totally am trying to think up some other crafts I can make with board game pieces.  Monopoly money origami maybe?

The fun part of this project was picking out papers.  I found most of the the papers I used in my Christmas/holiday stacks, but there were a few cute finds in the American Girl paper pack as well.  The tutorial tip about making a template card is really helpful & makes the process of picking out papers lots of fun.  I also used the template to trace out the piece I wanted on the back of the patterned paper and then glued the scrabble tile where I had drawn the outline.  That helped me to line up the pictures a lot more accurately.

This was an easy project to do in stages (10 minutes here, 10 minutes there- perfect for toddler watching) but I'd definitely recommend making them in bulk. Don't expect perfection, though.  As with any project, there is a bit of a learning curve.   Several of my tiles have bubbles or mistakes, as you'll see. Anyway, enough talk- here are my finished scrabble tiles!





 Some closeups

 Slightly misaligned- this was before I tried the template technique
 Love this one
 Some mistakes- didn't get the glossy accents right on the top of the polar bear
 Too bad about the bubbles on the owl.  I tried to fix it, but too late.  Too bad, because I love owls.
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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Family Photo Charm Bracelet

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I've been wanting to have some kind of special jewelry related to my daughter since she was born.  I thought about a locket where I could keep a picture of my daughter and my husband, but thought it might be a little cheesy.  When I saw these cute picture charms I knew they would be perfect and decided to make a charm bracelet.  I bought some butterfly charms as well and some purple beads and made this at the latest neighborhood jewelry making party. 
A few closeups: 

 

Now I just need to print up some tiny pics to put in.  I know my daughter will LOVE it when I wear this!
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Father's Day Card

Pin It My hubby is really into maps, so I was thrilled to find some really great map wrapping paper for his Father's Day present at the Container Store, as well as some map paper at the craft store to make his Father's Day card.  The first version of this card that I made was not so good.  I liked the idea I came up with, I was happy with the font I chose (Treasure Map Deadhand), but the other papers and design just wasn't working.  So I switched from navy blue to brown and revamped the card a bit.  Perhaps I was a bit too inspired by the Lego Indiana Jones wii game we've been playing lately, but I'm soooo happy with Version 2.0 of his Father's Day card.  I really like the way this turned out and I think he'll like it as well. 

Believe it or not, I used the New Arrival cartridge to make the airplane and banner.  I cut it in plain brown cardstock to make it a little more masculine and a little less baby.  I used an old Martha Stewart Christmas trian punch for the border at the bottom.  Hope you enjoy this!  Drop me a comment with a link to any Father's Day cards you've been working on.  I still have a few more to make and I could use a little more inspiration.  :)


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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Panda Engagement Card

Pin It My little sister just got engaged!  I'm so excited about it, because she swore up and down that she'd never get married and have kids, etc.  While I haven't met her boyfriend yet, he seems like a fantastic guy & he seems just right for her. 

So when I decided to make her an engagement card, I wanted to think a little outside of the box.  I just didn't think a cliche engagement card would be as well received as something a bit more personal.  I have this great picture that my dad took of them standing on a rock overlooking the ocean when he was out visiting them in California that I really like, which helped to inspire the card. 

Among her friends, my sister is sometimes referred to as "Panda", which helped to inspire the card as well.  I went craft store hunting for some panda stickers and found these great dimensional felt ones which I thought would work perfectly.  Then I went about recreating the beach scene.  I used plain gray paper which I distressed by crinkling, inking, and chalking to make the rocks.  I had this fantastic wave paper by Paper Pizazz that I used for the front and inside.  I wanted the front to look like she was alone on a rock in the ocean, then when you open it up, she's actually not alone- she's with him on the beach.  I made a sunshine using my Simply Charmed cricut cartridge to complete the scene, then printed up the saying "We're so glad you found your mate!" 

Hope she enjoys it & hope you do as well.  :)




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