Thursday, June 30, 2011

Flower Power!

The secret to making cute hair flowers is to be creative! You need to remember that there is no rules. A lot of times you see the simple jewel in the middle of the flower. That is super cute, but it is so fun to put different colors of jewels in or buttons or brads. Also, you want to put enough petals to make it look like it is really full.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Scrapbook Sunday!

It's fun to change up the shapes of the pictures. It adds interest to the page. I have to say that I'm not the world's greatest at this, but when I do it I always really like it. Also, adding pictures of items such as these statues also makes it more interesting. I loved these hand-made wooden statues and I love that I have pictures of them because it reminds me of the cute shops in Jamaica.


Friday, June 17, 2011

Quiet Book

As you know, I love looking at craft blogs. One of the things that keeps sticking out in my mind is all of the different quiet books. I have never really learned how to stitch or sew, but I figured this would give me an excuse to learn. So here is my first quiet book!

This page by far took me longer than any of the others. I made a few mistakes that made it take longer. For example, I didn't cut out the doubles before I had already stitched them down. So it was super hard to try to get them exactly the same. And the letters were so small that the button holes were really hard. But I think that the end result looks really good.

This one was really fun to make. I made all of the seeds have snaps on the back. This helps kids with their fine motor skills.

The zipper is in place thanks to my mother-in-law. I don't have a sewing machine nor do I know how to use one. She is the one that did the zipper for me. I thought it would be cute to put a small notepad and pencil in the pocket.

The orange page was all Steven's idea. He can be really creative when he wants to be! The pumpkin is also a pocket that holds all the different face shapes. I made three different choices for each velcro spot.

This is probably the least creative out of all of them. But I still think it's pretty cute. I just used ribbon as the sun rays.

This is one of my favorite pages. I hot glued pennies as a weight to keep the bird in it's nest.

I put velcro on the fishies so that you can move them around to different spots. I did blanket stitch on the fish.

I put pipe cleaner around the edges of the butterfly wings so that you can wiggle them around. I had to stitch down the pipe cleaner seperately then I did blanket stitch around the edges of both sides.

I think this one looks kind of strange. Because I honestly don't think that it looks like a dog! But I made the mouth open and the ears can wiggle.

This is the last page. This one took a really long time. I think that the spider turned out really cute!

Well I learned a lot about how to stitch! It took a long time to make, but I think that it turned out cute enought to make another one!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Scrapbook Sunday!

Here is another scrapbook page!

I really liked the flip flop paper, but I felt like it would be too busy for 2 pages. I just free-handed the flip-flops in the first page. For the sand I used heavier paper and ripped the top of the arch so that it wouldn't be perfectly even. Then I smothered it in glue and put glitter all over it. Once it was dry I sprayed some gloss over it so that the glitter wouldn't rub off. It was really easy and fast. Here is the pattern that I used, you are more than welcome to copy and paste it to your computer!


Monday, June 6, 2011

Graduation Day 2011

Happy (one day early) Graduation Day! My sister Torri and my sister-in-law Seanne go to the same school and are both graduating tomorrow. I love making gifts. I think that people usually appreciate them more when they are home-made. So for the girls, I decided to make them necklaces. I don't think that they will see this before tomorrow so I think it is safe to post today. First, I made them matching cards...

For the hat, I just used sticky pad glue, embossing powder and the heat gun. They stayed sticky for a long time though. I tried heating them several times, but it didn't get rid of the stick. I just had to wait it out. I might have used too much glue. Anyone have any ideas on this? (P.S. I don't claim to be a photographer, please ignore the bad lighting!)

This is the necklace I made for Torri...

And here is the one for Seanne...

These were super fun to make. I'm making one for myself that I will post later. I just went to the store and bought little wooden hearts and the silver chains. I sanded the hearts down so they were smooth. Then I modge podged the printed paper on and cut around it so that it fit perfectly. I did two coats of modge podge over the paper then did two coats of spray gloss. That way it makes it super shiny. It almost gives it a
plastic-y look. I did the same with the quote on the back. Then I just strung the chain and charm on. Super easy but super cute!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Scrapbook Sunday

I really love scrapbooking! Maybe even too much... Proof is that I have 8 scrapbooks for the 6 years that Steven and I have been together. That's more than one a year! And we don't even have kids yet. Well I know it's getting a little out of hand, so I have taken a vow that I will be more choosey about the pictures for the books. One reason that I love it so much is because Steven writes in every single book, on almost every single page. How many guys do you know that will do that? I love it because it shows me what he thought of the vacations or holidays. Anyway, because I have tons of pages, every week I will put up one of my newer pages so you can get some good ideas!

This is us on our honeymoon in Cancun. I get ideas by looking through magazines, seeing things online, or just by the different paper I buy. The word "wave" was made on my Cricut Machine (which I love so much that I would sell my soul for!). Hope you like it!


Friday, June 3, 2011

My first post! "The Bag Lady"

If you knew me at all, you would know that I'm always carrying around 10 million things. So obviously I love bags. I do like purses, but I don't discriminate against other more "regular" type of bags. For Mother's Day I made my mother-in-law that cutest bag. I had made one for my sister-in-law for her birthday and since then, my mother-in-law kept dropping hints about wanting one to use as her primary bag. So this was my first creation...

Cute right? I got the idea from another crafting blog. I know it's such bad etiquette to not know what blog it's from, but when I remember I will fix this post. I had copied her idea on the owl bag for my sister-in-law. So for this bag I basically just took the owl idea and turned it into 3 little birdies. The hardest part was gluing the feathers down. They just didn't want to stick. Since I have given her the bag, she has told me that a few of the feathers have fallen off. So if anyone has a better idea about how to stick the feathers on, please let me know! And as far as the sewing part goes, I just bought the bag at Michael's craft store and then hand stitched everything else.

Here is the bag I made for myself...

My favorite part is that the nose sticks off the face so far. I just use it to carry my crafts around, but it is a sturdy little bag. The fabric is a lot thicker than the one I just for the other bag so it made it harder to stitch, but I like that it can carry heavier things. Again, I just hand stitched everything. Hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, June 2, 2011