Friday, January 25, 2013

Valentine's Day Frame

Do you decorated your house for Valentines day? In the past I haven't... but this year I thought I would... My daughter loves drawing and making hearts, so I think she will appreciate the little love I'm spreading around the house. Here is my latest project... a Valentine's Day Frame! So simple and yet so sweet!

The best part about this project is that all you have to do is remove the picture and re-use your frame for the next holiday! (I also chose not to use the glass from the frame, I simply placed it behind the picture... this way you always know where the glass is!)

This image was created in the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. To do this, chose your fonts, colour them in, and then print. Next, I used the heart SVG from here, to add some dimension and interest to the image. To make my life easier, I added a score line down the middle of the hearts, and cut them out with the Cameo. (Way easier then to score each heart in the middle by hand!) Embellish to your liking, place it in your frame... and voila, the perfect Valentines Day frame!

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

I "Heart" Macaroons!

Are you all in the Valentine mood yet? I sure am... I got hearts in my mind! 

The last time I made macaroons I was so excited that they actually turned out, that I just had to try making them again... this time since Valentine's Day is around the corner I thought I would make them in the shape of a heart. 

Aren't they adorable? To make the heart, I just piped them out in a "V" shape.

Seriously could they be any cuter? This time I used a chocolate ganache filling.... sooooo yummy! 

Here is the recipe I used:

4 large egg whites (or 5 small – 140g (4.94 ounces))
1/3 cup caster sugar (70g (2.47 ounces))
1 1/2 cups icing sugar (230g (8.11 ounces))
1 cup almond meal (120g (4.23 ounces))
2g (0.07 ounces) salt (tiny pinch)
gel food colouring (optional)

Click here to see where the recipe came from and all the tips and tricks to make the perfect French Macaroon. Ann walks you through every possibility!

Hope you enjoyed my heart mac's, I know I did! 

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Monday, January 14, 2013

For my Valentine - Heart Shaped Treat Box

This past weekend I finally finished packing up all of my Christmas stuff... Boy, does the house ever look empty now :( 

Well I guess it's time to start thinking about Valentine's anyway... so to get me in that mood I thought I would make a Valentine Heart Shaped Treat Box. 

here it is...

So easy to make and yet so pretty... LOVE how it turned out! Absolutely LOVE SVG Cut files!

This box comes from SVG Cuts, For my Valentine SVG Kit. Get it free this week, with the purchase of $9.98 or more at their store. Coupon:FREEGIFT

Supply roll:
These files were cut using my Silhouette Cameo
Paper from Memory Stor
Stamp from Studio G, i clear 
Glitter Glue

Check out the rest of the gorgeous files that come in this Kit!

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Friday, January 11, 2013

I made the Cutting Edge Magazine Team!

So excited today to share with you all my awesome news! Ok, well at least is for me.... I made the Cutting Edge Design Team! WOOOOHOOOO! So excited! Can you tell??? Doing the Happy dance right now!!!

What does that mean... well, let me tell you! I will be making projects that will be featured in the new Online Cutting Edge Magazine. A place where you can learn about electronic die-cutting machines, see new paper crafting tips, tricks, and tutorials. You will also find great ideas and inspiration by some really great designers... yup, including me now, hehe :)... Can't wait to get started on some projects that will be shared with the readers in the Magazine's next issue! The wheels in my head haven't stopped turning since I found out!... hopefully they are going in the right direction, lol! :)

So if you are into paper crafting or thinking you might like to be, go check out the Cutting Edge Magazine! You can also find them on Facebook!

Happy Crafting Everyone :)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

DIY Yearly Christmas Post Card Ornament

Are you all done taking down your Christmas decor... I'm slowly starting on mine. I sure am going to miss the twinkle lights all around the house :(

I hate to admit this, but I have kept all the Christmas cards since we have been married... That's 14 years worth! I swear I'm not a hoarder, craft supplies don't count!  I just hate to throw them out only because so many of them are personal picture greeting cards. There is something wrong about throwing other peoples picture away! Or is that just me! So finally I figured out what to do with them all. I've seen many of these ornaments all over Pinterest and figured this would be the perfect way to save those picture greeting cards for many years to come.

Today I will share with you a pictorial of how I made my ornament with the greeting cards we received this year.

I used a 2.5 inch diameter circle punch for my circle cut outs.

I used my Scotch-Advanced-Tape-Glider to glue the ornament together. Regular white glue was taking too long to dry, so I wiped it off. Worked way easier with the double sided tape.

Now I need to find time to make another 13 years worth... Wish me luck, hopefully I'll be done by next Christmas! Thanks for stopping by :)

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Monday, January 7, 2013

DIY Button Rack

I bet many of you have the same old expired spice rack somewhere in your pantry! I know I did for years.... I used maybe 3 or 4 of the spices on it and the rest... yuck... expired! All it did was take up room and collected grease and dust! I think I'm a pretty good cook but some of these spices I hadn't even heard of! So just before I was about to get rid of it I though why not  re purpose it! It makes the perfect place for all my buttons... So out with the spices and in with the buttons!

After a good cleaning I sorted all the buttons I had by colour.  Before my buttons were in little baggies and out of site, now I can see all the pretty colours! I also peeled off all the greasy spice labels and glued on the top of the bottles a black circle that I cut out with a punch. I haven't decided whether or not yet to glue a coordinating button on the outside yet... we shall see :)

Hope you like the spice rack make over... what is your spice rack doing? This would also be a great idea for all those little crafty/office supplies, or maybe even for hubby's garage nails... Ok, only if your feeling really generous, lol!

Happy Crafting everyone, 
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013



Hope you all are enjoying the first day of 2013! Can't believe how fast 2012 went for me... what a ride!

Today I want to share with you something I had been wanting to make for a very long time. Probably ever since I first heard the phrase "Keep Calm and Craft on". So a few weeks ago when all the Christmas chaos was happening,  I decided to make a peg board painting for my craft room! 

I had been working on a baby announcement painting at the time and since all my supplies were out I thought I would kill two birds with the same paint brush, lol! I was so busy though I completely forgot to photograph the baby announcement painting to show you  :'( 

Here it is! Isn't it awesome!!! I love how it turned out and how it keeps my stuff pretty and organized all in plain site for easy access! I think it's one of my best ideas yet! 

 To make my peg board painting I first painted the canvas. Click here for a tutorial of how I make my word art paintings. If you want to see how I made to stamp line just above the painting, click here.

Once the painting was dry, I hammered in 2 inch nails all around the frame of the canvas. Yes, of course damaging the painting... I had mixed feelings at this point cause I really liked how the painting turned out... but got over it pretty quick once I saw how functional it became!

Here it is all nailed up before my supplies were all hung.

Hope you liked this tutorial/idea... maybe it will inspire you to create one for your craft room! I hope this painting will keep me calm in 2013 while I continue to craft on!

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