Monday, February 23, 2015

paper flowers

 wow can you believe the size of this thing?  I'm doing a segment on Studio 5 on how to make these beautiful paper flowers.  I don't have the bases done Hello they will be free standing!!!  they sure will be a statement at a shower, wedding or birthday part.  The segment isn't until the end of March so until then my craft room will be filling up with these ginormous lovelies.  Boys look out!!!

ps don't worry there will be a tutorial coming soon, tried several ways to do this and found the best and easiest way to create this secret garden. :)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Swig Valentines tag

ok one last cute Valentines tag I made for T-mans teachers.  I love swig Its a drink drive threw here in Utah where you can get your hearts desire of flavored drinks.  I have kinda been addicted lately, but lets move on. 

They give you a cute little cup and cubby straw if you buy gift cards.  I had a friend at Christmas give me this darling idea.  (thanks heather)  but I thought this would be darling for Valentines for the teachers. 

here is the tag to print out  enjoy

Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentine tags for your honey

 Ever year I like to do something for Valentines for my kids and honey bunny.  This year was supper easy thanks to one of my friends who organized a valentines swap.  You bring 14 valentines and then we get to take home 14 different Valentin's.  That is one a day for my man or you could do them for a few days for your kiddies
I had a few of  my friend ask me to make tags so I do have a few printables at the end of this post.  but here are a few ideas from my creative friends.  Remember these are for our husbands so some wont work for the kids.  P.S. we did have some sassy ones but they are not posted. lol 
 ok this one is kinda sassy but not too bad.  My husband would love for them to all be sassy but alas I'm a busy tired working mama and few nights will have to get him through. :)

 this little coupon book is darling I will give this to him last, so that he can still feel the love for a few more days.  I'm not sure where my friend found this but I'm sure if you google love coupon book you could find some darling printables. 
 awe the sweet friend who put this little party together.  we did have more than 14 participate so we stood in front of our pile and just took the next 14 valentines.  supper fun and easy. 

My stash hope my hubby likes this!  here are the printables  for the
 "nuts about you" 
"feet warm"
"thanks for all you dew"

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

dying your own ribbon

I know I've posted how to dye your own ribbon before. but today Ill so you again step by step just because its sooooo easy and the results will always be perfectly suited to your project. 

 first you start off with this amazing stuff.  You can find it anywhere crafting supplies are sold.  Its a misting spray and I have lots of different brands.  I have even made my own colors by using dyes and diluting with water and putting in a spray bottle.  I  use seam binding as my ribbon, its very cheap and comes in spools of 100 yards.  I get mine from amazon.  they are around 10-13$ and they last for ever!!
So there are  a few ways I dye my ribbon.  The first way is to crumple it up and spray spray spray!  it will leave you with a variegated look that is so beautiful and natural.  If you want a more solid look I would suggest you put it in a baggie and spray the solution into the baggie adding a bit of water to get every piece of ribbon. 

 I then pull my ribbon out of the bag and let dry in a clump so that I can get that vintage rumbled look.
 Another way that I have found that is absolutely stunning comes from Heidi Swap.  You tape you ribbon down to a wipable surface and then spray.  You will get the striped effect immediately it's so cool.  blot the spray off with a paper towel and let dry or untape and dry hanging on a door knob.

This last one I discovered when I needed a muted color and wanted to see if dying a gray ribbon would bring me the  desired results. 
I'm also going to show you how to use a mask (although I was in too big a hurry and made some splotchy marks)
If you want to use a mask the ribbon needs to be straight and do not use a long piece, that just gets too messy. 
spray spray spray and then take off the mask.  I blotted before I removed the mask but  don't blot!!! just carefully remove the mask before you blot or the excess will spread into the holes.  Also a light light spray is all you need I was over spraying to get a darker color, not a wise thing to do.
But seriously how cool is that?  you can see the original color and the new color the dye made along with the polk-a-dots  how easy and cute is that.  I have boxes and boxes of ribbon I will not tell you how many but its more than any sane person should have, and I still love to dye my own ribbon.  It is sometime the special touch you need for your tags and packages.  so have fun experiment. and see what you can come up with.

Monday, January 12, 2015

free printable for OLW one little word BALANCE

I love following inspiring people on instagram I think that the more I'm surrounded by good people good messages good deeds I become a better person. 

I have been choosing an OLW (one little word) for three years now.  This year I feel that I have great intentions to simplify  but I never do.  So this year I'm going to work on Balance. 

I want to Balance all the good that is in my life.  I don't want to miss all the good because I'm so busy with the good.  I just need to figure out how to Balance it all, and be happy while I'm doing it.  Today as a little treat to myself I'm ordering this charm.  I want to be reminded daily of keeping Balance in my life this year. 

If you have chosen a word print it out post it all over your house in your journal on your bathroom mirror, fridge where ever you will see it and stop and ask yourself.... do I feel Balanced right now?   If not then fix it  so that you can feel the peace that true Balance brings. 
here is the printable for my word  it can be your word too, hope you all have a balanced and happy new year.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

painted sign boards diy

So this is a different lazy take on the  painted board that are out there.  I needed something fast and low cost for a cute little friend gift.  I love painted signs but just thought they would be too time consuming. So I tried my hand at spray painting. I know weird but I think it turned out rather cute.

I started with our left over wood flooring I bet it would be just as cute with fencing or pallets or what ever scraps you can find. 
 Then they all got a coat of white spray paint and a light pattern from a stencil I purchased to paint my walls with (which never happened by the way)  I didn't hold it down or mask off any part of it,  Its very rustic and messy and I think adds to the home made charm.
I have a silhouette and I really need to use it more, but I'm not very familiar with it  so I just cut out a stencil from cardboard with an x-acto knife. tying to keep it old fashion all the way around. 
I then spray painted the word JOY on the boards.  I did one letter at a time and because I was doing a few of these and by the time I did one letter on each they were dry!!!! gotta love spray paint!

 Then I just hot glued one of my junk bows to the top and done!  Supper easy and looks pretty cute for a few hours and a can of spray paint.  P.S. the floor that its sitting on is the flooring I used how cute would the signs be if I had had time to stain them like I wanted to and paint the JOY in white.  o-well there is always next year

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

how to tie a junk bow and a free printable

 I'm not a big fan of shopping for holidays gifts I much rather make something special and fun.  I have no idea if any of my friends or family use or like any of my homemade gifts, but it brings a little bit of that old fashion feel I so long for during this holiday season. 
So here is a little trick I like to use to make my simple home made gifts a little more special. 
I found this darling recipe for cinnamon pancakes and yes they taste like cinnamon rolls!  the printables are on  so so cute!  I printed out the labels on sicker paper and popped them on a quart jar not a pint (had to change the recipe a bit)  tied a cinnamon stick to the top, (thanks M Rich for your extras) and thought they just weren't cute enough.
So I popped them in a cellophane bag with some green shine tinsel and put a junk bow on the top with a little Merry and bright flag.  Printable at the end of post. 
Then added a Heidi Swap tag and done supper cute and it looks like a fancy boutique gift.  Ill show you how to tie these easy bows.     

 Fist  have an anchoring idem like the flag or holly.  gather three or four or five ribbons in all different sizes and textures.  I love to use pompoms, book paper, any thing with wire, any old crazy thing that is in your color scheme. 
 lay them on top of each other and tie with seam binding or  jute all together. 

Don't worry if its a little scrunched just fluff it out  I thought mine could use some jingle bells so I hot glues them to the tips of the jute ribbon.  and your done.  You can hot glue it to a sign like I did or  add a bit of bakers twine to tie it to the bags like I did at the top.  Just a few min with your extra ribbons and you to can have a gift that wow's! 

 Happy gifting and tying!! Merry Christmas