Tuesday, June 26, 2012

DIY Credit Card Wallet | Holder for All Loyalty/Credit Cards

This one is for all the shoppers out there!!! I think your just going to love this idea! 
If you are anything like me you have a ton of cards taking up precious space in your already crowded wallet! NOT anymore!!!!

About 2 years ago now I had an idea to make a credit card wallet after working on some pockets that I had created for a mini album. I actually sold them on Etsy, but since I closed the shop down I thought I would share the idea with everybody!

Here is my original card wallet... was getting pretty worn out! Even though it was made out of paper, I'm surprised it lasted this long! You would not believe how many compliments and inquiries I've had on it!!! 

DIY Credit Card Wallet | Holder for All Loyalty/Credit Cards

While I was shopping at Home Depot on the weekend with my DH, I saw decorative duct tape... I had seen it many times before but it wasn't until then that I had my light bulb moment!  Why not line my card stock with duct tape! Brilliant... It would now last forever! Or until I get sick of the pattern, lol!

So here is how to make your own... 

DIY Credit Card Wallet | Holder for All Loyalty/Credit Cards
Supplies:
  • double-sided tape
  • duct tape (I guess if your a guy you might like the regular kind, hehe)
  • envelopes (I bought mine at the dollar store, but you could probably use recycled ones) 
  • a piece of scrap card stock
DIY Credit Card Wallet | Holder for All Loyalty/Credit Cards
  1. First I cut my envelope ends to 4.5 x 9.2 cm or for my US friends, 1 3/4 x 3 5/8 inches ( I used 25 pockets for this wallet)
  2. I then applied my double-sided tape around the outer edges of the pocket (make sure to go as close to the top and bottom edge as possible, but not the sides... come in about 3mm or 1/8 of an inch from the outer edge)
  3. Line it up with the next pocket and adhere them together, ensure it is all lined up and that the opening of the pockets is in the same direction!

DIY Credit Card Wallet | Holder for All Loyalty/Credit Cards

Repeat until all pockets are glued together.

DIY Credit Card Wallet | Holder for All Loyalty/Credit Cards

Next, take the scrap card stock, and cut it to 20 x 9.5 cm or 8 x 3 3/4 inches, then place the edge of the paper or the sticky side of the duct tape.

DIY Credit Card Wallet | Holder for All Loyalty/Credit Cards

Next cut a little slit on the duct tape where the paper ends and fold the duct over on to itself. 

DIY Credit Card Wallet | Holder for All Loyalty/Credit Cards

Then take that same piece of duct tape and adhere it to the paper. Bend over the edge of the duct tape that remains and this will create a nice clean outer edge...  (Confused yet??? I would be! lol! Hopefully, the pics are self-explanatory!) 

DIY Credit Card Wallet | Holder for All Loyalty/Credit Cards

Repeat the last step for the other side.

DIY Credit Card Wallet | Holder for All Loyalty/Credit Cards

Continue by cover the remaining paper down the middle (ensure you cut a piece long enough to cover the other side as well)

DIY Credit Card Wallet | Holder for All Loyalty/Credit Cards

Next glue the pockets to the inside bottom of the duct tape layer, making sure to align the top edges.

DIY Credit Card Wallet | Holder for All Loyalty/Credit Cards

Then wrap the duct layer all the way around the pockets until it overlaps on the front of the wallet leave enough room for the wallet to expand and for the credit cards to stick out at the top. Then adhere the back of the pockets to the inside of the duct tape layer.

DIY Credit Card Wallet | Holder for All Loyalty/Credit Cards

To secure it closed I used a Velcro dot. The easiest way to ensure that the dots line up is to take both top and bottom pieces of Velcro and center it on the inner lid of the wallet, then fold it closed.

DIY Credit Card Wallet | Holder for All Loyalty/Credit Cards

Once you open it the dot will be left on the other side of the wallet! EASY right?!

DIY Credit Card Wallet | Holder for All Loyalty/Credit Cards

Finally, fill with all your plastic! (I use this for the cards I don't use every day, the important ones are kept in my main wallet!)

DIY Credit Card Wallet | Holder for All Loyalty/Credit Cards

There you go... just pull it out when you need to!

DIY Credit Card Wallet | Holder for All Loyalty/Credit Cards

Fits perfectly in a side pocket of my purse ;)

DIY Credit Card Wallet | Holder for All Loyalty/Credit Cards

I hope you like this tutorial and if you make one I would love to see it!

Happy crafting!


UPDATE
February 10, 2017
Check out VERSION 3 of the DIY Credit/Loyalty Card Duct Tape Wallet
or watch me make it on YouTube!



Sunday, June 24, 2012

Facebook page is live!

Hi all! I hope everybody is having a wonderful weekend! 


I'm so excited to share with you, my new Facebook page! Just another way to connect with all my craft blogging buddies and followers! 

Just click on the side button that says Facebook (kinda hard to miss!) and "LIKE" my page! Easy right?

Before I shared it with the world, I wanted to add a bunch of projects to the page. So, I loaded it up with pictures of previous work I had done prior to having a blog and more recent post ones. Hope you "LIKE" my page, and visit me often...  here on my blog, or there with me on Facebook! Leave me a comment or just say HI!... Sometimes I just need to know I'm not just talking to myself, lol!

Have a great Sunday!


Friday, June 22, 2012

DIY Personalized Glass Etched Mugs

DIY Personalized Glass Etched Mugs by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

In my previous post, I had shown you the gifts I made for the teachers. So I thought I would share with you some pictures of how that was done. Also please refer to my posts on other etched glass projects I have done, here and here.

DIY Personalized Glass Etched Mugs by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

First I cut out the image I wanted from contact paper, with the Silhouette Cameo. No need to use up expensive vinyl especially if it's going to get thrown out!

DIY Personalized Glass Etched Mugs by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

Then I applied etching cream very liberally to the exposed areas with a paintbrush. Then just followed the directions on the Armour Etch bottle. Removed the contact paper and rinsed off the cream. 

DIY Personalized Glass Etched Mugs by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

There you have it sooooo simple and pretty quick to make! The perfect gift for a teacher or for yourself, just add your name or whatever else you like!

 Happy crafting, have a great weekend!


3D Paper School House Treat Boxes for Teachers | SVGCuts

Yeaaaaah! School is almost done!!! My kids are so excited for the summer holidays to begin... they have started the countdown a while ago, LOL! 

My son is even more excited he gets to miss the last week of school... even though they are the fun school days, he really doesn't care! He leaves tonight with my In-laws for Portugal! He is so excited, I'm sure going to miss my little man :'( Well join them there in August!

So because today was his last day of school I wanted him to give his teacher a little gift to thank her for all her help this year... (I think teachers have the hardest job! They deserve so much more!!!) Of course I made the same gift for my daughter's teacher, but she won't receive it until next week! Hopefully, Mrs. Stiksma doesn't show Mrs. Esser, LOL!

3D Paper School House Treat Boxes for Teachers | SVGCuts by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com
 Aren't the School Houses adorable!!! The cutest part is that they are totally functional, flip open the roof and they are gift boxes! Fill them up with goodies and they could also be used as bookends :)  What teacher would love them? 

3D Paper School House Treat Boxes for Teachers | SVGCuts by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

The files I used come from SVG Cuts SCHOOL DAYS SVG KITLOVE their files!!! (I did have to enlarge the files to accommodate the size of my gifts) The cardstock comes from DCWV, the Grade School Stack, all cut with the Cameo.


3D Paper School House Treat Boxes for Teachers | SVGCuts by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

Used the apple file to make a tag!

3D Paper School House Treat Boxes for Teachers | SVGCuts by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com


3D Paper School House Treat Boxes for Teachers | SVGCuts by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

And here is what goes inside the gift box! Love personalized gifts... just makes it that more special! Thank you, Mrs. Esser! Maia is sure going to miss you!!!

3D Paper School House Treat Boxes for Teachers | SVGCuts by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

Thank you Mrs. Stiksma! Tomas adores you and will miss you very much!

3D Paper School House Treat Boxes for Teachers | SVGCuts by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

Etched the bottom of the glass with the kids' names :)

3D Paper School House Treat Boxes for Teachers | SVGCuts by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

A perfect fit inside the School House gift box! Add tissue paper and perhaps a coffee gift card and DONE!

3D Paper School House Treat Boxes for Teachers | SVGCuts by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

I'll post some pics of how I etched the glass mugs in my next post!

Thanks for stopping by, 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Our Family Tree | DIY Mixed Media Canvas Art Piece

For a while now, well I guess ever since I started the blog I've been wanting to share one of the first crafts I made using my Cricut! It hangs as a piece of art in our hallway, it is such a unique piece. I always love to stop and stare at it!

For those that don't know I am of Portuguese descent. My parents immigrated to Canada from Portugal when I was 2 in 1978. My husband's family is also Portuguese, so for my children, I thought it would be interesting to create this so that they could see their roots.

I guess this project was many years in the making,  every time we had gone back to visit our grandparents I would gather more data for the family tree.  So here is how it turned out!  (I did not include any siblings, because as you can imagine there would not be enough room on the canvas!) 

WARNING... this is a LONG WINDED POST! LOL!!!

Our Family Tree | DIY Mixed Media Canvas Art Piece by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

Since I made this piece a while ago and had no blog at the time, I didn't take pictures of the steps it took to make this. I will try my best to explain what I did though. 

The first thing I did was paint my canvas, this one measures 32X24. I really wanted a washed out antique look, so I sprayed water all over the canvas and applied my acrylic paints to it. Light blue for the sky and a light brown for the ground. Once I had both the colors on the canvas I blended the two colors where they met in the middle to create the horizon.

Next came the fun stuff! I found the image of this tree on Google (sorry don't remember exactly where). I then traced the image with the SCAL program. Then I enlarged it to the size I wanted. Since the canvas was way larger than the cutting mat, the tree was made by cutting 4 pieces and overlapping them in some areas. I adhered all the pieces of the tree to the canvas using hot glue. Once my tree was all assembled and glued down I cut out the leaves. The leaves I created from the basic shapes library. When I glued down my leaves I strategically placed them to cover up the paper joints of the tree. 

Our Family Tree | DIY Mixed Media Canvas Art Piece by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

The next part was the hardest... Since both sides of our families have the name "Oliveira", I wanted to make the tree look like an olive tree since Oliveira means olive in English. So I thought it would look cute if the frame of the picture looked like an olive, well kinda, sort of maybe not really!! ;) 

To do this I cut out two ovals, one larger than the other. In SCAL I  created a template for the top part of the frame which turned out to be 5 olives/line and 4 rows of them for a total of 20 frames per sheet. Then in using Microsoft Word, I did my best to place the names at the bottom of the frames. (Took a few tries to line it all up... I would place the template on top of the sheet I printed to make sure it all lined up.) Once everything was in line I cut out the paper I had just printed on... 

***This would of all just been so much easier if the Silhouette Cameo had been invented...  I guess I was just ahead of my time, LOL! ;)***

Our Family Tree | DIY Mixed Media Canvas Art Piece by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com
Once all the frames were cut out, I glued the top of the olive to the bottom brown oval. I only applied glue to the bottom part of the olive frame. 

Our Family Tree | DIY Mixed Media Canvas Art Piece by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

This left the top part accessible to change pictures... especially of the kids as they get older, I can stay this age for a while, cause I never age! Muhahaaa!!!

Our Family Tree | DIY Mixed Media Canvas Art Piece by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

For those family members that I had no picture for I just used a silhouette. The gentleman with thick sideburns would be my Great, Great, Grand Father, and my Great, Great, Grand Mother just below him. So cool that I had found a picture of them! 

Hope the instructions weren't too confusing for you...
I hope I've inspired you to create your own Family Tree Canvas Art Piece! I would love to see it if you did make one!

Have a great weekend and Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's in your lives!

Sharing this project with Scrap it Girls - November "Tree" Challenge

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

3D Paper Cheeseburger Treat Box | Father's Day Gift for Dad | SVGCuts


While I was working on my last entry for the Father's Day SVG Cut's Facebook Challenge, I had another idea that I thought would make a cute gift for my husband from the kids. He loves cheeseburgers so I thought I could make him a gift box using SVGCuts files

 Here's how it turned out... doesn't it look yummy!

3D Paper Cheeseburger Treat Box | Father's Day Gift for Dad by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

Here is the cheeseburger recipe.... all cooked up with my Cameo, lol!

 I used the cupcake top and the top tier from the cake box to make my hamburger patty and the bottom of the bun. 

I made my cheese layers, using the top of the graduation cap.

From the MY DAY WITH DAD SVG KIT I made the banner.

The bacon strips are a freebie file on the SVGCuts blog, and the sesame seeds were made in the Silhouette Studio DE program. WOW! That's a lot of ingredients!!! Oh yes, to make it taste and look even better I used a green ribbon to make some lettuce and hot glued it to the top of the bun. I also inked some edges and embossed a few things, et voila... Dad's cheeseburger!

3D Paper Cheeseburger Treat Box | Father's Day Gift for Dad by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

I love that it's functional too! It has enough room for some treats and maybe even some love notes from the kids!

3D Paper Cheeseburger Treat Box | Father's Day Gift for Dad by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

You could also make this cheeseburger with two gift compartments by turning the bottom bun into a box as well!

3D Paper Cheeseburger Treat Box | Father's Day Gift for Dad by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

I always love to show you the scale... pretty realistic, almost good enough to eat!

3D Paper Cheeseburger Treat Box | Father's Day Gift for Dad by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com

Hope you like this project, I know my husband will love this! 

Happy crafting!
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Friday, June 8, 2012

3D Paper Log Cabin and Boat Treat Boxes | Father's Day SVGCuts Challenge Entry | Dad's Cabin



3D Paper Log Cabin and Boat Treat Boxes | Father's Day SVGCuts Challenge Entry | Dad's Cabin

 For the last few weeks, I have been working on my Father's Day project for SVG Cut's Facebook Challenge. I finally finished it today. Yea!!!  Isn't it so, so, so cute! I just love how it all came together :) All the files were cut using my Cameo.

3D Paper Log Cabin and Boat Treat Boxes | Father's Day SVGCuts Challenge Entry | Dad's Cabin

For the cabin, I used the  PEONY COTTAGE SVG KIT

3D Paper Log Cabin and Boat Treat Boxes | Father's Day SVGCuts Challenge Entry | Dad's Cabin

First I embossed the shingles and used a pen to curl them up before I glued them down to the roof.

3D Paper Log Cabin and Boat Treat Boxes | Father's Day SVGCuts by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com Challenge Entry | Dad's Cabin

Dad peeking through the window comes from  KATE'S SILHOUETTES SVG COLLECTION
For the log look that I created for the cabin, I simply crumpled up some card stock and then scored and inked it. I then used my hot glue gun to adhere to the sides of the box.



3D Paper Log Cabin and Boat Treat Boxes | Father's Day SVGCuts by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com Challenge Entry | Dad's Cabin

The chimney I added comes from the SCHOOL DAYS SVG KIT

3D Paper Log Cabin and Boat Treat Boxes | Father's Day SVGCuts by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com Challenge Entry | Dad's Cabin

The dock was created with the files from the crate from the CARAMEL APPLE PIE SVG KIT. For the lantern, I used the CRISP DAYS OF FALL SVG KIT, and simply glued it onto a wooden dowel. 

3D Paper Log Cabin and Boat Treat Boxes | Father's Day SVGCuts by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com Challenge Entry | Dad's Cabin

So since I didn't have a boat file, I made one up using the Silhouette Design Studio Edition software. I needed it to carry all of Dad's fishing gear! For his tackle box, I used the toolbox file from MY DAY WITH DAD SVG KIT

Dad's fishing vest, oars, fishing fly and waves are all freebies from the SVG Cuts blog... thanks, Mary! 

3D Paper Log Cabin and Boat Treat Boxes | Father's Day SVGCuts by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com Challenge Entry | Dad's Cabin

The lifebuoy I created as well with basic shapes with the Silhouette SDE. The banner also comes from MY DAY WITH DAD SVG KIT

3D Paper Log Cabin and Boat Treat Boxes | Father's Day SVGCuts by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com Challenge Entry | Dad's Cabin

The panfish is also a freebie from the blog. Man they have great freebies!

3D Paper Log Cabin and Boat Treat Boxes | Father's Day SVGCuts by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com Challenge Entry | Dad's Cabin

To make my fishing rod I used masking tape for the handle and wound the fishing line around the wire, then glued the fishing fly to the end. Easy!

3D Paper Log Cabin and Boat Treat Boxes | Father's Day SVGCuts by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com Challenge Entry | Dad's Cabin

Here is a picture to show you the scale. So tiny, but soooo cute! It is definitely is hard to make files this small!!!

3D Paper Log Cabin and Boat Treat Boxes | Father's Day SVGCuts by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com Challenge Entry | Dad's Cabin

I feel like a GIANT holding a tiny little boat in my hand, lol!

3D Paper Log Cabin and Boat Treat Boxes | Father's Day SVGCuts by ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com Challenge Entry | Dad's Cabin

And it all fits inside the gift box!

Hope you liked my recreation of "Dad's Cabin!" Thanks for stopping by :)