Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Valentine's Day Cookie Treat Bags and Chalkboard Heart Banner

Ahhh, Valentine's Day.  I love another excuse to bake and decorate.  This year the folks at Target were generous enough to share some of their fab One Spot Valentine's day goodies with me to help make my home and baked goods look lovely.  With a few crafty basics, I was able to create sweet and simple Valentine's Day cookie treat bags and a chalkboard heart banner.  


Valentine's Day cookie treat bags and chalkboard heart banner made with @target #OneSpotValentine goodies by @americancrafts
 
Target One Spot, how do I love thee?  There are too many ways to count. Who can resist the short aisles and bins packed full of all things kitchy and crafty?  It sucks me in every time.  And this year's Valentine's Day pickings do not disappoint.  There are over 40 products ranging from cute Valentine's Day items as well as kraft and chalkboard basics.  

Check it: 


Valentine's Day @target #OneSpotValentine goodies by @americancrafts
This.  All. Of. This.  Gift bags, chalkboard clothespins, glitter clothespins, burlap bows, washi tape, banner kits and pretty paper straws.  And red glitter paper!   And it's all made by American Crafts so you know it's quality stuff.  All of these products can be found in the Target One Spot and are priced from $1-3.  Score!  Better get to Target quickly because these supplies are on the move!   

Valentine's Day Cookie Treat Bags


Valentine's Day cookie treat bags made with @target #OneSpotValentine goodies by @americancrafts
These sweet cookie treat bags are simple and customizable, but they also come together quickly, saving you precious minutes when you are burning the midnight oil putting together treats for your kid's Valentine's Day party.  Been there, done that.  I feel ya.  Or, day I say, simple enough for the kids to help put together because they told you in advance.  Just kidding.  They won't do that.  

(For my lip-smackin' good sugar cookie recipe, check out this post HERE.)

I can't resist these Valentine's Day cookie treat bags made with @target #OneSpotValentine goodies by @americancrafts
Mix and match kraft, white, and black to create a simple, yet stunning cookie package.  Simply insert a cookie into the treat bag, fold it over, and pin a pennant and heart with a clothespin.  Embellish the hearts with a tiny bow and write a sweet sentiment on the chalkboard clothespins with chalk.  Done. 


How cute are these chalkboard clothespins?!  @target #OneSpotValentine by @americancrafts
Aren't these chalkboard clothespins the cutest?  Each circle is 1 5/8" in diameter which is big enough for even my a child's clunky handwriting.  I love the idea of repurposing the clothespins by gluing a magnet to the back.  Hopefully I could add a little bit of order to the clutter on my fridge.  Riiiight.  


The cutest Valentine's Day washi tape from @target #OneSpotValentine by @americancrafts
I'm a sucker for pretty paper straws.  (See what I did there?)  Fold a piece of washi tape over the straw for an instant flag.  Maximum impact with minimum effort.  Just the way I like it. 

Chalkboard Heart Banner


Custom Valentine's Day chalkboard heart banner made with @target #OneSpotValentine goodies by @americancrafts
Now to this chalkboard heart banner you have been eyeballing for a while.  I used a single chalkboard banner kit to create this lovely little ditty.  Wanna see how I did it?  Of course you do. 


Custom Valentine's Day chalkboard heart banner made with @target #OneSpotValentine goodies by @americancrafts
In addition to the chalkboard banner kit (pennant flags and twine), you will need a regular ol' piece of chalk and a heart stencil.  I made this stencil using a heart punch, but you could just as easily make one by cutting out a heart by hand. 

Custom Valentine's Day chalkboard heart banner made with @target #OneSpotValentine goodies by @americancrafts
Start by tracing the outline of your heart onto the pennant.  

Custom Valentine's Day chalkboard heart banner made with @target #OneSpotValentine goodies by @americancrafts
Keeping the stencil in place, fill in the heart with chalk.  You can use the same scribble pattern or mix it up a bit.  Or add some cute chalkboard lettering spelling out your favorite Valentine's Day sentiment. 

Valentine's Day cookie treat bags and chalkboard heart banner made with @target #OneSpotValentine goodies by @americancrafts
Look at that!  You will have created a mini Valentine's Day party without even knowing it.  Go you! 
Have a Happy Valentine's Day!  

Amanda

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornaments

Every year I look forward to adding new, handmade ornaments to our Christmas tree.  As I dug through a pile of craft supplies in my craft room, I ran across a few 3" and 4" embroidery hoops.  They are the perfect size for Christmas ornaments.  Inspired by sequin shaker cards, I thought it would be fun to create embroidery hoop snow globe shaker ornaments.  It was fun and easy, and I couldn't be any happier with the results! 

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornaments
These snow globe shaker ornaments are so much fun!  I find my kids stopping by the Christmas tree on occasion to give the sequin snow a little shake.  The sound of the sequins bouncing around in the hoop is so much fun.  

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornaments

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornaments
Inspired by the snowflake paper and the little snowman die cut, I created a cute wintry scene inside of a 4" embroidery hoop.  I layered stickers, die cuts, and rolling hills to create the scene and added white sequin snow.  I topped the ornament with a pretty, red satin double bow.  

Woodland Snow Globe Shaker Ornament
This embroidery hoop snow globe shaker ornament has a wintry woodland feel.  I fussy cut the deer from a printed die cut and created a little forest with tree stickers.  I added white and silver sequins to make the snow more sparkly.  The burlap bow adds a perfect rustic touch. 

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornaments
I had another little snowman die cut that I put into a 3" embroidery hoop with a glittery hill and some white sequins

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornaments Tutorial

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornament Tutorial
To create an embroidery hoop snow globe shaker ornament, start by creating the background.  Add hills of snow, trees, snowflakes--whatever your creative heart desires.  After you have everything in place, add a bead of glue to the hoop and adhere to your background.  Place a book on top of the hoop while the glue dries.  

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornament Tutorial
Add dimension to your snow globe scene by popping up parts of the scene with foam.  As a general rule, smaller elements will go in the back of the scene and larger elements will be placed near the front. 

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornament Tutorial
After your scene is complete, trim away the excess paper with a pair of scissors or craft knife and add sequins or glitter to your scene.  

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornament Tutorial
Apply a bead of glue to the top of the hoop and place the transparency on top.  But, Oh no!  It looks so ugly!  I used both Scotch Quick Dry glue and E6000 and both adhesives dry clear.  Whew!

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornament Tutorial
See, the adhesive is dry and clear.  So pretty.  

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornament Tutorial
After the adhesive is completely dry, trim away the excess transparency with a pair of scissors or craft knife. 

Get Rid of Static Cling on Transparencies and Sequins

Remove static cling on a transparency with a dryer sheet | popperandmimi.com
Static cling on a clear transparency can be a real annoyance when crafting with glitter or sequins.  To help minimize the static on a transparency, rub both sides with a dryer sheet.  

Remove static cling on a transparency with a dryer sheet | popperandmimi.com
The dryer sheet will leave a film on the transparency.  Gently buff both sides of the transparency with a clean tissue to remove the film. 

Remove static cling on sequins with a dryer sheet | popperandmimi.com
You can also help minimize static cling on sequins by gently rubbing a handful of sequins in a dryer sheet.  

Embroidery Hoop Snow Globe Shaker Ornaments
With a little help from mom and dad, embroidery hoop snow globe shaker ornaments would be a fun craft to do with the kids.  

Happy Holidays! 

Amanda

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A Tribute to Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine


Dear Jennifer, Susan, Stacy, Holly, Kerri, Matt & Melinda, 

These stories are inspired by you.  They are just a little glimpse into the influence you have had in my life.   


The Beginning of it All

Paper Crafting with Kids by Paper Crafts Magazine
(Remember this one, Stacy?)  This is the issue of Paper Crafts that started it ALL for me.  I walked past a tiny magazine stand in my local craft store and spotted Elmo.  At the time I had a 4 year old and a 2 year old so Elmo was really big in our house.  I looked over Elmo a couple of times and thought, "This is something I could do."  I flipped through the magazine to see what kind of work Elmo needed and I saw Oscar, Cookie Monster, Grover and Ernie, too.  I just about died.  A long time Sesame Street fan, I headed straight to the checkout counter with the magazine.   And I haven't looked back since. 

Handmade Elmo and Oscar the Grouch Cards
I started digging through some of my boxes and found these fellas, each piece cut by hand (except for the circles) in the pre-Cameo years.

The First Card

Amanda's beginner Thank You Card
Inspired by the pages of Paper Crafts magazine, this is the first card I ever made.  Clearly I still had a lot to learn.  But I could see potential in the whole patterned paper/cardstock/stamp thing.  I remember buying the paper and stamp without paying the slightest bit of attention to the manufacturer or product release date.


My First Published Card

All Roads Lead Home Card
This was the first card I had published in Paper Crafts magazine.  It was for the sketch article of the July/August 2012 issue.  I can easily recall those facts without even having to look them up.  If I have said it once, I have said it 1000 times--there's nothing quite like the excited crazy feeling you get you get when you get your first project acceptance email from Paper Crafts Magazine. 

It was this first project acceptance that caused me to fall in love with submitting.  The open calls sparked my imagination and taught me to think outside of the box.  It was exciting not knowing which, if any, projects would be accepted for publication.  Even as an experienced designer with many accepted projects under my belt, there was anxious anticipation every FB Acceptance Party day wondering if any of my projects would get picked up.  


My Favorite Published Project

Cherry Blossom Chinese Lantern Décor
One of my all time favorite projects ever to be published in Paper Crafts magazine was this cherry blossom Chinese lantern.  It was published in Handmade Home Décor around April 2013.  This issue was a biggie for me as a designer.  It was where I learned that I loved making altered and 3D paper crafts.  I spent hours die cutting those stupid, tiny flower parts (I was a newbie with my Silhouette CAMEO, too) and inking the white cardstock flowers to make them the perfect shade of pink.  And I'm pretty sure I ended up with over $50 dollars worth of Chinese lanterns because that was the minimum order required for free shipping.  

The Non-Published Card

Get Well Soon tissue box card
This is actually one of many cards that I submitted for publication but was never accepted for publication.  As recommended, I submitted it three times and then retired it from the submission pool.  Not having projects picked up for publication was at times heartbreaking, but as I learned that many great cards don't get picked for publication, I was able to quickly brush myself off and move onto the next project.  After all, as a consumer of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine, I wanted to be inspired by the best cards, too.  

(This virtual tissue is also your cue to grab a tissue if you haven't already.)


The Last Assignment

Encouragement Card Set
One of the last assignments I received from PC&S magazine was to create an encouragement card set for Card Creations 13.  Although y'all have seen these cards, I thought they were particularly fitting for this post.  Always remember who you are.  You are enough.  You are simply amazing.  You will move mountains.  Each one of these sentiments is meant for you.  All of you.  Every single word.  

The People

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine party, CHA 2014
I saved the best for last.  Each of you are a blessing in my life and I am honored to call you friend.  Thanks for the memories.  May there be many more to come!  (Heck, you're only 4 hours away.)

With much love and affection, 

Amanda

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Modern Paper Leaf Embroidery Hoop Wreath

A few months ago I was asked by Susan, the Creative Editor at Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine, to create a project for the Inspired By column for the March 2015 issue.  As most of you already know, the February 2015 issue will be the last issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine, so my Inspired By project missed the cut by one month. 

But never fear.  Loads of inspiration are still coming your way!  Today, Susan is sharing the last of the Inspired By projects over on the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking blog so I thought it would be a great time to share a tutorial on how to make a modern paper leaf embroidery hoop wreath.  

Modern Paper Leaf Embroidery Hoop Wreath

Modern Paper Leaf Embroidery Hoop Wreath

Summer Leaf quilt
For my inspiration, I was given several different quilts on which to base my paper crafted project.  Struck by the bright colors, random fabric patterns, and geometric layout of this Summer Leaf quilt, I set out to make my project.  After hemming and hawing over what type of project to create, I decided to make a modern paper leaf embroidery hoop wreath.  

Modern Paper Leaf Embroidery Hoop Wreath Tutorial
I love nothing more than a plain ol' wooden embroidery hoop, but sometimes I want to add a little color without breaking out the paint.  Gel stain works wonderfully, isn't stinky like real stain, and it dries really quickly.  

To make this wreath you will need: 



Cut different pieces of paper in one pass on your Silhouette
I started by breaking out a bunch of 6"x6" paper pads, as their smaller patterns would work better for the smaller leaves.  I picked colors that were similar to the Summer Leaf wreath and placed several 3"x3" squares of paper on my cutting mat so I cut cut all of my leaves out at the same time.  

Cut different sheets of paper in one pass on your Silhouette
I love getting all of my die cutting done in one pass.  This is easy to do with just about any shape or cut file.  My only recommendation is to cut only one type of material at a time.  

Modern Paper Leaf Embroidery Hoop Wreath Tutorial
Add some detail and texture to the leaves by running them through a sewing machine, one right after the other. 

Modern Paper Leaf Embroidery Hoop Wreath Tutorial
To get rid of the unsightly thread ends on the front of the leaves, gently tug the loose thread on the back side of the leaf.  This will create a little loop of thread.  Pull this loop through and the thread on the front disappears.  Neat trick, huh?  

Modern Paper Leaf Embroidery Hoop Wreath Tutorial
Tape the ends of the thread to the back of the leaves with a piece of Scotch tape.  No need to worry too much about how the back of the leaves look.  

Modern Paper Leaf Embroidery Hoop Wreath Tutorial
Space the leaves evenly and adhere to the embroidery hoop with a dab of glue or a glue dot.  To add a little more dimension, gently fold the leaves along the stitching.  

What or who inspires you lately? 

Happy crafting! 

Amanda

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