Monday, November 30, 2015

Homemade Cards

These are a few cards I've made that I like. I'm still not very good at homemade cards, but I have fun doing them. I'm part of a small group who sends cards to each other once a month, well we miss some months, but we do try. It is fun sharing our cards with each other. I love seeing what they come up with. Anyway, here are some I actually like that I've made.

This is a very simple design but I do like it. I love the clean lines and that I used one of my own photos...the coffee the card. 

This is another simple design. That seems to be what I favor. I love the paper with the tree on it. My horse friends liked this one. The horse is a cool sticker I found. I think the colors all scream Christmas.

This is another horse sticker from the same bunch, and the paper is another square from the same scrapbook paper. 

I liked this Halloween paper too. The owl and BOO are stickers but the rest was paper. I think it's cute.

Another simple one but pretty. I think this could work for anyone. It is neutral tones that are always nice.

I came up with this quote myself. :) The old car paper fit well with it I thought.

Please let me know what y'all think. I will share some more Christmas cards I made last year soon.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Tile Magnets

This was a fun little crafting project. I went to the local Habitat for Humanity store with my mom and brother and we found these little tiles. They come on a 12x12 sheet of mesh and you just take them off. I thought they would look cute as magnets.

I either stamped or decoupaged scrapbook paper on the front of each little tile. I think they turned out pretty cute.

My favorites are the ones with the stamped flowers, the type writers and the ones with the owls. Which ones do y'all like?

I actually sold every one of these at a local flea market for a dollar each. Pretty cool.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Burlap Heart Sign

This was a fun project. We were working on cutting boards and then I wanted to make something else with the multicolored wood. Hearts are always fun, right? My husband glued all the wood together and then I used my scrollsaw to cut the heart out. Here is the heart by itself.

I love the colors together. I think my heart looks pretty good to be free handed. I drew it on a template and then traced onto the wood before cutting.

I had some burlap that my mom had given me for Christmas that year that I glued the heart to and then used scrap pieces of wood for the frame. I used a scarp piece of quarter inch plywood for the back.

It is not a perfect project by any means, but kinda cute. What do y'all think?

Monday, November 16, 2015

Potholders and a Bag: Sewing Project

I am not good at sewing at all. I haven't done it much in my life, but I plan to try more when my craft room is put together. I have some projects in mind. My mom helps me with it. Hopefully, I can coax her into coming over again when the room is finished.

Anyway, these are two projects I did last year. One is a small potholder, which was actually not thick enough. Well, if you double it it is usable. The other is just a simple little bag. It worked, but doesn't hold much. I mainly loved the fabric.

Isn't the fabric the cutest? I think it is happy fabric. Not too over the top but with some fun. I like the way I did the potholder, it just needs to be larger.

And this is a larger potholder that I made. I like the way this one is made better and it actually works. It is the right size for one thing. If I make another I will add one more layer for heat resistance.

I hope y'all are having a good day. I'd love any beginner sewing tips if you have them!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Wood Signs

These are a few of the wooden signs we have made. Two of them were made using our sign jig and the router and the other one was made with scrapbook paper. I like how they all turned out.

This sign has been hanging on our front door for over a year now and is still looking pretty good. We weren't sure how well the canary wood would do outside, but it seems to be okay. We used the sign jig and then I painted inside the letter. 

This one we used the sign jig for the words and I painted them in and then I woodburned the yin-yang symbol onto the sign.
And this is the one I used scrapbook paper and stickers to make. I really loved the paper and thought it worked well for a sign. I like the ribbon I chose as well.

I hope y'all like the signs. We had fun making them.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Serving Tray Makeover

This project was a new experience for me as well. My mom and brother gave me the serving tray and I wanted to spruce it up like I've seen people do on Pinterest. They make it look easy, but it wasn't really easy for me.

It was just a plain wood serving tray to start with. I forgot to take a before photo but you can see the wood in this shot. The hot pink was my undercoat. For those who don't know me, I have trouble sometimes with colors. The paint I picked did not look hot pink but that's what it turned out. I was going for a rosy color. Oh

As you can see, I painted the outside first. That's because I didn't find out that you could decoupage over painted surfaces until after I started. I thought I had to leave the inside unfinished. I put celery green over the pink color, I think it was called rhubarb, and then I tried distressing for the first time. As you can see, I don't know what I'm doing. It just looks blotchy here.

After I found out you could decoupage over paint, I painted the inside of the tray.
The tray was an odd size so I couldn't use scrapbook paper to line it. I used some map tissue paper I had bought a while back at Barnes & Nobel. Isn't it cool?

I didn't realize modpodge would show up darker on paint so I made a mess. I will have to remember that for future projects. Be more careful with the glue. Here I put copy paper inside and started painting over the glue. I thought that might help but it really didn't. If anyone knows how to fix it, please tell me.

Just a couple shots of my distressing. It did get to looking better as I painted and everything dried.

And the finished serving tray. It is not perfect but not terrible for a first try. I do like the map. Even my husband liked it and he usually doesn't care at all about my crafts.

I plan to do something about lighting for my photos in the future. Once I get my craft room fixed I want to have a designated spot for photos. The tray really is a light, pale green like this bottom shot. Anyway, it was fun to do and I will do some more. With less glue. :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Button Owl Wall Art

This was another first for me. Almost everything on the blog so far has been. Can you tell why I'm discombobulated? Because I don't know what I'm I am learning though, and I'm having fun with everything I try.

I love owls. I wanted to do a craft with owls and I saw something online with buttons so decided to combine the two. I did have a few buttons fall off but finally got them to stick correctly. I think it turned out cute.

Deciding the layout and colors.

It looked a little different in the end but I still like it. I think the colors go together well and it at least looks like an owl. I also like the paper I used for the background. I wanted something muted and this worked well.

I would love to hear what y'all think of the owl wall art. I need all the feedback I can get.

Monday, November 9, 2015

My New Craft Table

My new craft table is done! YAY!!! I am so happy. My husband made the craft table for me for our 25th anniversary, which is coming up on November 17th. He is making me a bookcase as well. I love how the craft table turned out.

Sorry about the photos. The lighting in my craft room is awful. We have to do something about it. At least you can tell the table legs are cream and not white. For the top, I wanted it in pine because I love all the knots. We found these stair treads at Lowe's that were perfect. It only took two of them. My husband did the top and put the bottom together and then I painted the bottom. I'm not the best painter but I think it turned out pretty darn good.

See how cute it is! 

This is what the top looks like. I just love the rustic look of it.

I will post better photos (I hope) when the whole room is complete. I can't wait until it all comes together. Please let me know what you think of the table.

My First Altered Composition Book

This was my first altered composition journal. I made it for a friend as a swap. I like how it turned out and she said she liked it, which is the most important thing. I really loved the paper that I used on the front. The little bit of glossy added something.

I'm not sure why I chose music paper because she's not into music, but I thought it was pretty so went with it.
 You can see the glossy a little in this shot.
 This shows the rose closer and the colors more accurately.
 This is the inside of the front of the book. I tried to pick paper that went together. I made a pocket and put in a journaling card.
I stamped on some of the inside pages just to add some design to the altered composition book.

 This is the inside of the back cover. I made another pocket and included a bookmark made from one of my own photographs.

Here is a video I did of the altered composition book:

Please let me know what y'all think of the book. I plan to try more here soon. Still getting my craft room put together right now.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

This is my favorite chip board journal to date. I just love the papers! They are so sweet and pretty. I believe they are shabby chic. Here are some photos of the pages and I will link my video at the end where y'all can see the finished journal. It is really cute if I do say so myself.

 This is the cover of the journal. See the pretty paper?
 I loved the little pearls. I think they really go with the sweetness of the journal.
 Just some of the different papers.
 A bunch of pages!

And closer photos of the separate pages.

Here is the video:

Please let me know what you think.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Scrapbook Paper Coasters

A lot of crafters make these scrapbook paper and tile coasters. I've seen them all over Youtube and Pinterest. I had to try my own of course. They actually turned our very well. I was happy with them.
 I thought this paper was happy. It looked springy to me and that was when I made the coasters so it worked out well.
Several people liked these. Camo never goes out of style I reckon. I do like the contrast with the browns and greens against the cream tiles.

These were my favorites even though I'm not a big fan of blue. I just love the paisley design.

Anyone can make these coasters. Just cut your paper to size and decoupage it to the tiles. Then add a few layers of decoupage over the top and a sealant. Simple and pretty.

Photo Tiles

I made these up last year. I got some tiles from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and then printed out some of my photos on the printer here at home. I then decoupaged the photos onto the tiles. They make great little pieces of art to sit around the house.

 These flowers were in my front yard. They were actually yellow but I changed the color in Photoshop because I'm partial to orange and I liked the contrast with the grass better.
The dandelions were in our yard too. I had to hurry and get photos of them because my husband mowed them down. He doesn't see the beauty.

This tile art piece was different. For it, I used a piece of scrapbook paper. The deer was in one corner so I just cut it out to size and used decoupage to adhere it to the tile. People seemed to like it pretty well. I actually sold it for $8.00.

I had fun making these and they turned our really well. It's always good when I can do a craft and it is not a mess in the end.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Journal for a Friend

 This was a little book I made a friend. She loves blue so I chose some textured blue paper for the front cover. I glued the little tiles onto the paper, which turned out not to be a good idea. One of them fell off in the mail. Oh well, I'm still learning. I think I didn't use the right kind of glue. It was no biggy to her though, thank goodness. The long flower is one I drew and fixed in Photoshop.
 She can journal on these pages and there are some journal cards in the pocket on the left hand page.
 The page on the left has two spots for short notes and another journal card. The left pocket contains a poem I wrote that pertained to my friend. I thought the words would give her a little pick-me-up.
 More spots for journaling and just some cute papers and then my little owl punch out.
She can even write on the back of the journal if she wants. She said she liked the book so I'm happy with it.