Monday, April 14, 2014

Woven Paper Easter Basket and Carrot Treat Boxes

I love making fun baskets and filling them with fun treats for Easter.  This woven paper Easter basket and carrot treat boxes would make a lovely Easter gift or a fun piece of table decor.

Woven Paper Easter Basket and Carrot Treat Boxes

This little paper basket measures 4" in diameter and is a snap to put together.  Fill with some cute treat boxes and add some embellishments and it's all ready to go!


I die cut three small carrot boxes from the darling carrot paper.  Each box is topped with a baker's twine tassel.  These boxes can be filled with yummy treats or small gifts.


This cute bunny is holding a couple of festive flags.  You can easily swap out the Easter flag for a Happy Spring tag.



I used brightly colored mini staples to hold the strips of paper together.  While they would have been easy to hide, I like the little bit of color they added to the basket.  Instead of adhering a paper strip to the top of the basket, I held all of the strips of paper together at the top with striped washi tape.

Always glad to have you here! 

Amanda

Supplies: 

Springtime Collection
White cardstock
carrot box cut file
Easter basket cut file

Monday, April 7, 2014

Upcycled Cityscape Pencil Cups

Downtown from Chickaniddy's Date Night collection is one of my all time favorite papers.  The little buildings are so cute and homey.  I dug into my collection of jars and cans and created a set of upcycled cityscape pencil cups

Upcycled Cityscape Pencil Cups

I used both 12"x12" and 6"x6" papers to make a collection of pencil cups to go on a shelf in my craft room.  I used the 12"x12" paper for the largest can and 6"x6" papers for the smaller cans.  When all of the cans are put together, it makes a cute little neighborhood.


The little yellow building with the triangle bunting is my favorite.  Wouldn't you love to live in the upstairs apartment?


So much fun to see a downtown neighborhood on a piece of paper!  The buildings are the perfect size for fussy cutting.


All of those little windows have me imagining who might live in those cute buildings.

Wrapping a can with paper is easy.  Simply measure the height of the can and secure the ends of the paper with adhesive.  Embellish the cans any way you wish and fill them with all sorts of goodies.  This would be fun to do for a gift, too.

Have a great day!

Amanda

Supplies: 
Downtown DN14OS03 Date Night Collection, Date Night 6x6 pad (Chickaniddy Crafts)
Cans

Friday, April 4, 2014

Orange and Yellow Monochromatic Cards

If you are like me, you love having a large assortment of paper in all kinds of colors and patterns.  I mixed and matched patterns and embellishments to create a couple of bright and fun orange and yellow monochromatic cards.

Orange and Yellow Monochromatic Cards

Both of these cards were created using journaling cards as sentiments.  I trimmed this orange journaling card into a banner shape and made it the focus of the card.



I adhered sequins with a variety of finishes.  Aren't they lovely?



I added a swiss dot vellum layer to the card, too.  Doodlebug's swiss dot vellum comes in all colors of the rainbow.  It is seriously awesome stuff!



I fussy cut the sentiment from a journaling card and paired it with a bunch of different yellow prints and patterns.  This is a happy card, indeed!



This time the colorful sequins and swiss dot vellum are in shades of yellow.



The yellow polka dots on kraft is my favorite pattern on this card.  The yellow dots look stunning against a kraft background.

Have a colorful day!

Amanda

Doodlebug Supplies: 
Kraft in Color collection
Tangerine and Bumblebee sequins
Tangerine twine

Thursday, April 3, 2014

DIY Gold and Burlap Wedding Favors

When I first held a piece of gold foil paper from Chickaniddy Crafts I just about fell out of my seat.  I made some flowers and thought they would be perfect for some DIY gold and burlap wedding favors.  It is the perfect weight for die cutting (both manual and electronic) and shimmers and shines like real gold.  


DIY Gold and Burlap Wedding Favors

I knew the gold foil paper would make fabulous flowers, so I put a few together and then waited for an idea to come together.  I ended up pairing it with burlap to make a trendy wedding favor.  To make the bag, I stitched together a couple pieces of burlap.  Pretty easy.




To make the flower embellishment, I die cut and assembled the flower and attached the die cut leaves.  



I used this flower die set designed by the talented Nina Yang of Waffle Flower.  As you fold and attach the circles to a brad, they become a lovely dimensional flower. 



I secured the individual petals of the flower together with a rhinestone brad.  To add dimension to the flower, I gently curled back the petals with a pair of craft tweezers.



I wrote the sentiment on a strip of paper and combined it with several coordinating strips of ribbon.  I attached everything with a regular ol' staple and adhered it to the back of the flower.



I chose the sentiment 'for richer or poorer' because it highlights the contrast between the gold and burlap. 



Not getting married?  Switch up the sentiment on the banner to suit any celebratory occasion.  

Have a great day!

Amanda

PS Thanks to all of you for your kind words and congratulations yesterday.  If you missed the Stamping Royalty announcement on Paper Crafts Connection yesterday, you can check it out HERE.  

Supplies: 
Goldie Lox CN14SP001, Twirly Girly 6x6 pad TG14PO01, Tea Party Twirly Girly TG14OS03 (Chickaniddy Crafts)
Flower and leaf die (Avery Elle) 
Brad (American Crafts)
Gold pen (Faber Castell)
Burlap
Various ribbons

Monday, March 31, 2014

Mint, Coral, and Navy Gift Bag with FREE Cut File

Hey everyone!  I am back with another fun project using Chickaniddy's Date Night collection.  I created a mint, coral, and navy gift bag with a FREE cut file to help show off this trendy collection. 

Mint, Coral, and Navy Gift Bag with FREE Cut File

Mint, coral, and navy are perfect for an all-occasion gift bag.  Gift bags are easy to put together and require only a few basic supplies.  This gift bag measures 4" x 5 1/2" x 1 3/4" which makes it perfect for a small treat or gift card.   Click HERE to download a free gift bag cut file or click on the Freebies! tab above.

When possible, I like to decorate my gift bags before I put them together.  It makes it so much easier to adhere and affix the embellishments and stickers.  Leaving the bag flat also allows me to lay out my design before making it permanent.

I used a variety of stickers, papers and brads to make these fun banners.   I love the tiny prints and patterns on the brads and stickers.

Really make your banners pop by adding dimensional elements such as brads, or popping up stickers and die cuts with foam squares. 


I created a coordinating tag by trimming a striped journaling card and adding a sentiment sticker. 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Amanda

Supplies From the Date Night Collection:
Wallflower DN14OS08
Plaid is Rad DN14OS12
Date Night 6x6 collection pad DN14PD01
Mini Sticker Sentiments DN14EB05
Mini Sticker Banners DN14EB03
Brads DN14EB06
Sticker Sheet DN14EB02

Other Supplies: 

Gift Bag Cut file  (popperandmimi.com)
Navy satin ribbon (Offray)
Coral hemp cord (American Crafts)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Tulips Bouquet Card

Spring is finally here!  It won't be long before the tulips start to show their pretty heads.  Always a fan of shaped cards, I made a spring tulips bouquet card to help welcome spring.  

Spring Tulips Bouquet Card

For more details on this card, including a complete list of shapes and fonts, head on over to the Silhouette Blog.  

Thanks so much for coming by today! 

Amanda

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Picket Fence Easter Basket

I have loved every minute playing with the new Sassy Chick stamp set from Avocado Arts.  I used several stamps to embellish a cute picket fence easter basket.  


Picket Fence Easter Basket

I love making small Easter baskets and filling them with fun treats.  I die cut this basket using this file and decorated the sides with grass and bright flowers.  





Each side of the basket is covered with grassy hills.  I stamped a bunch of bright flowers and made a border along the front of the basket.  I wish my flower beds looked this good in real life!



I stamped and fussy cut a happy sun and adhered it to a little straw to make a sweet little label.

Happy Spring!

Amanda

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sassy Chick Spring Cards

If you're a crafter, stamper, or card maker, there's nothing quite as fun as getting a new set of stamps in the mail.  The tiny little chickies in Avocado Arts new Sassy Chick set were so much fun I couldn't resist making some sassy chick spring cards.  

Sassy Chick Spring Cards

I stamped and fussy cut the egg shells and chicks and placed them in rows of layered grass. 


Almost every year we hatch new chicks here on the farm and they are such funny little creatures.  One little chick thought he would try to fly and got a little turned around!


I couldn't resist putting this cute little chick in a pair of bright red boots.  I made the puddle by scribbling circles with a watercolor pencil and then going over the circles with a water brush.  Super easy!


Little Chick was having so much fun he was kicking water all over the place. 

Be sure to hop on over to Avocado Arts store to take advantage of their spring promos: FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the world- ends March 31st, 2014.  Spend over $30 and receive a stamp set FREE (valued at $16.99).

Happy Spring!

Amanda

Supplies: 
Spring Chick stamp set (Avocado Arts)
Patterned paper (Doodlebug)
Ink (Avery Elle, Tsukineko)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Paper Mosaic Embroidery Hoop Art

You know those funny little strips of paper at the top of a 6"x6" paper pad with the awkwardly place hole punch?  Relieve your recycle bin and put those strips to work by making paper mosaic embroidery hoop art.  


Paper Mosaic Embroidery Hoop Art

Inspired by tile mosaic, I snipped the little paper strips into little pieces and made a monogram mosaic.  Looks like it took forever right?  With a little bit of planning and a pair of tweezers it didn't take too long at all. 



Choose two contrasting colors when creating a monogram mosaic.  I wanted the letter to be clearly defined so I placed the pink pieces really closely together.  I was a little more liberal with the placement of the blue pieces outside of the monogram. 



I made a little bouquet of flowers to accent the monogram and add some more personality.  


Trace your letter and inner embroidery hoop onto a piece of cardstock.  Add dry adhesive to your letter and begin adding bits of paper.  


Extend your mosaic pieces just beyond the border of your hoop. 



Glue the inner hoop to the back of your mosaic and trim any excess with a craft knife.  TIP: Hold the mosaic up to a light or bright window when positioning the inner hoop.  



Secure the outer hoop to the inner hoop and embellish as desired.  

Always glad to have you here! 

Amanda

Supplies:
Pebbles Garden Party Collection

Bamboo embroidery hoop

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A2 Card Storage Box and Baby Girl Onesie Card

If you cardmakers are like me, you have in nearly every nook and cranny in your house.  I recently decided to get a handle on my card stash and made an A2 card storage box for my baby cards.  And feeling in a baby crafting mood, I made a cute little baby girl onesie card to go inside.  

A2 Card Storage Box

These little boxes are easy to die cut and only require a couple sheets of 12"x12" paper.  


Baby Girl Onesie Card

I couldn't resist making a cute card to put in my brand new storage box.  I used Pebbles Special Delivery collection for both projects.  For more details on these projects, head on over to the Silhouette Blog

Have a sweet day! 

Amanda

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

IKEA Clock Hack: Rainbow Button Clock

We have had the same boring IKEA clock in our kitchen for about 8 years.  It was time for an update so I thought I'd take it down and do some hacking.  My IKEA clock hack resulted in a cute rainbow button clock that is perfect for my daughter's room.  


IKEA Clock Hack: Rainbow Button Clock

Hacking a RUSCH clock doesn't require any special tools or clock know-how.  With a few basic crafting supplies you can whip up a spiffy clock in no time. 



Start with a $1.99 IKEA RUSCH wall clock.   No IKEA near you?  You can probably do the same hack with a similar plastic clock from a local retailer. 




Remove the front plastic cover by prying the tabs from the holes on the back of the clock.  Any small, flat tool should suffice. 



Remove the hands by gently pulling them straight off the front of the clock. 



Remove the clock assembly from the back of the clock.  While it is not necessary to remove the assembly, it makes it a little easier remove and insert the new clock face.    



This is what your clock should look like when you are done taking it apart.  I removed the old clock face because it was brittle and flaking.  I chipped away at it a little more after I took this photo.  



If you have a RUSCH clock, cut a 7 1/4" circle from your desired cardstock and punch a small hole in the center. 



Arrange your buttons and adhere them to the clock face. 



Cover the minute and hour hands with white paper followed by a strip of washi tape, trimming any excess with a craft knife.  



Cover the second hand with washi tape and add a brad to the center.  TIP: Cut off the brad fasteners with wire snips. 



Adhere the new clock face to the clock base and reassemble the clock.  Insert the clear plastic piece on the front and you're done!  Now you  have a spiffy new clock! 



Easy and inexpensive, you'll want to hack a clock for every room in the house!  

I am linking this baby up to Tatertots & Jello Link Party Palooza.  

Happy hacking! 

Amanda

Supplies:
RUSCH Wall clock (IKEA)
Buttons, paper, washi tape (Doodlebug Design)