Wednesday, May 23, 2012

DIY Hair Accessory Station... Organization!

If you have a little girl, you must have tons of hair accessories. My 5 year old daughter Maia has so many,  it was getting harder and harder to find anything! I finally gave up and just started pilling everything in a basket.  :(

 Messy right?!

I had seen so many different ways on pinterest to organize hairbands so I thought I should do the same. Jessica from Mom 4 Real was where I first saw the idea. Thanks for the inspiration Jessica! So here are a few pics of the steps I took.

For this project I used modge podge, empty tin cans, pretty card stock, foam brush, hot glue gun and ribbon.

First I cut the length of the paper to the right size, then applied the glue to the back and then the front of the paper.

I then let the modge podge completely dry overnight.

To pretty the cans up a little more I trimmed the edges with ribbon and added a bow to the front to cover up the seem.

To finish it off, I added paper to the inside of the can and just used hot glue to secure the top edge in place.


One of the small cans is for the hair elastics, another is for combs and  brushes, and the big can is for the hair bands. The top of the cans are perfect clipping the hair clips to.

And here is what it it looks like with all the hair accessories organized. No more mess... well at least not yet!

Hope you enjoyed this! Thanks for stopping by :)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

DIY Stamp line

A few days ago I was making a card and realized that my little stamp collection had grown. (Thanks to Micheals, dollar bin section!) I was getting to the point where I was forgetting what I had. Previously I was just storing my wood stamps along with my clear stamps in a card board box, but that was getting way to messy for me! So I thought I would do something about that. Here is what I did...

Above my crafting area I have a decorative IKEA shelf I hung up a while ago. Instead of being decorative, I needed it to become more practical. Here is how I did it...

I used 22 g wire that I had laying around in my drawer, but the thicker the gauge the better.

I then strung some metal paper clips through the wire, only hooking up one of it's arms.

Took the wire and wrapped it tightly around the shelf using some pliers.

Bent the wire end up, so that I could easily access it if I need to add more clips.

And there you have an organized stamp line... now I can actually see what I have with just a glance. I love how it turned out!

Happy organizing everyone!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Binca's Birth Announcement Painting

Hi everyone! Hope you are all having a great week. 

For today's post I wanted to share with you a birth announcement I was asked to make for a friend. I love how it turned out. It's going to look amazing in little Bianca's nursery! 

Here are the supplies I used...

a 16x20 canvas, acrylic paint, spray water bottle, foam rollers/brush, and sealer. 
For how I did the painting click here for the tutorial. The only difference was that I used a roller brush this time. 

If you make your own painting, have any more tips... send me your link, I would love to see it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a great week :)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Paper Watering Cans?

Happy Mothers Day!!! 

This post was written earlier during the week...  as I, sadly have to work today... boohoo, me :( Oh well, shouldn't complain too much, I did have the week off last week!

So today I wanted to share with you all the watering cans that I made for my "moms". (Mother and Mother in law)

Aren't they pretty!? So "Springy!" I love how they turned out. These files come from SVG cuts MOTHERS GARDEN SVG KIT, and cut with my Silhoutte Cameo. The paper I used comes from the We R Memory Keepers, the Madame Royale Collection. 

Here is a closer look... The Cameo cut these intricate butterflies so well!

Hope all the Mothers out there are having a wonderful day today! 

Thanks for visiting,

Daisy Rosary

Today our Church Our Lady of Fátima, celebrates the day that the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared in Fátima, Portugal. Being Portuguese this is a huge day for our Catholic Portuguese families. It also happens to fall on Mother's day this year, making it extra special!

I guess word has spread that I'm quite crafty,  so some of the ladies from our parish asked if I could help them with some decor for the day. Here is the Rosary I made out of daisies. Not quite sure how it will be displayed yet, but will soon find out (I will unfortunately miss this as I am working, but I'll get to hear all about it when I get home) Hopefully, I will see some pictures!

It turned out to be a little bigger than I wanted, but I think it turned out beautifully!  I hot glued flowers that I pulled of their stems, to fishing line. For the cross and connector, I simply cut 6 layers with my Silhouette Cameo and glued them all together to give it the chip board feel. 

The daisies look so real!

God bless all moms on this very special day!

Thanks for visiting :)

Friday, May 11, 2012

3D paper Truck!

Happy Weekend!

Yeah, it's Friday!!! I'm not sure why I sound so excited? I have to work this weekend... 2, 12 hour shifts at the hospital... whaaaaahhh! :(  Maybe its because I got so much accomplished this week! Can't wait to share it all!

This week, my Father in law Leo celebrated his birthday! So I thought I should make him a little gift box for the kids to give him. He owns an old red truck that my kids love to ride around in, so I thought this would be perfect!

Isn't adorable!? Such a fun file! This file comes from SVG cuts 
RYAN'S PLAY DATE SVG KIT, and was cut with my Silhouette Cameo. Perfect for a little guy too!

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Drummer Boy! Paper Drum

Happy Tuesday everyone!

We've been so crazy busy lately! Birthdays, events, work, school, soccer and the weather is finally nice I need to get some yard work done. There just doesn't seem to be enough time... oh well, one thing at a time!

I wanted to share this with you all last week when I finished this but never had the chance to post it until today. So here is a drum I made for a very fun 5 year old. He, like his Daddy love the drums, so I thought this would be perfect for him. Happy Birthday Antonio, hope you had a fun filled day!

The drum file comes from SVG cuts SANTA'S VISIT SVG KIT. I used black card stock for the drum base and embellished it with tin foil tape to give it the chrome look. 

I layed out the tape on the silhouette mat, and cut the foil with my Cameo.

For some texture I ran the accent drum pieces through the cuttlebug

Here is a closer look. 

Hope you loved this little drum. It will make the perfect little gift for the drummer boy in your life!

Happy crafting!

Friday, May 4, 2012

3D Paper Cupcakes!

Hello everyone!!!

Happy Friday! I'm just getting over the flu bug :( .... but feeling much better today :)

There are so many birthdays for us this month... May seems like it's extra busy! So I thought instead of making cards for some of our friends I would just give them a 3D cupcake! These files come from my favourite place, SVG Cuts their  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU SVG KIT, and the flower from AMELIE'S ACCESSORIES SVG KIT.

Here is the cupcake I made for my friend Suzie. LOVE how it turned out! Black and white, classy, clean look, can't really go wrong with the color combination!

This is the cupcake I made for our little friend Sofia, who turned 2 this week! So colourful and happy. Also, LOVE how it turned out :) I will definitely be making more of these beauties! 

Hope you like these little treats! Thanks for visiting.

Have a great weekend,

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Word Art

It's my very good friends birthday today, who also happens to be my oldest friend as well. We have been friends since I think 1983... Whoa, that's almost 30 years! Happy Birthday Suzie!!!

So for Suzie's birthday I thought I would surprise her with one of my paintings. For a while I used to sell them on my etsy store, but now I just make them for friends and family. Suzie had mentioned she would like me to paint some word art for her a while ago. I normally would ask her for a whole bunch of words that she would like that described her and her family. I'll make her subway art painting for next time, when I know what words she would like. But, since I wanted it to be a surprise I thought instead of making the typical subway art type painting, I would make it look like a word search. The circled words would be her family names. I love how it turned out. I hope she will too!

Here is how I make my word art paintings. I've seen many different ways of doing this on Pinterest, so I thought I would share how I make mine.

First thing you want to do is decide on your words. I use my Silhouette Design Studio and plan out my word, fonts, layout. I then cut out my letters. Instead of using vinyl which is expensive and you are just going to discard it, I use contact paper. I then remove the letters from the contact paper leaving behind the negative of the letters.

Next, prepare the canvas. For this project I chose a 16X20 frame. I like to wet down the canvas first just with water and roll it on with a foam roller.

Now it's time to give your canvas some color. I used acrylic paints. Give the canvas at least 2 coats of color.

Once the canvas is dry remove the backing on the contact paper and as straight as possible lay it on your canvas.Try to smooth it out as much as possible.

Time to start painting in your words. For this painting I used a foam brush and dabbed the paint on a little at a time. In the past I have just a foam roller to roll it on. (If the contact paper isn't very tacky, it's probably better not to use a roller, or the paint might bleed under your stencil)

This is what it looked like prior to the big reveal.

For this painting I just free handed the circled words.

Once all the paint has dried I give the painting a protective clear coating with a paint sealer. 

Here are a few more of the paintings I have made in the past for myself, friends and family. Enjoy!

Hope you've enjoyed my word art paintings! Maybe I've inspired you to make your own!

Thanks for visiting,