Friday, February 24, 2012

Digital Scrapbooking & Cards Offer with Mixbook - Great deal!

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If you have been following my blog for a while,
you know that I like a LOT of different crafts.

One of the things that I really like to do,
but unfortunately don't have much time for,
is scrapbooking.

I have boxes full of pictures to be scrapped...

Last year I got an offer to try out Mixbook,
and make a free digital scrapbook.

I thought I wouldn't like it, 
since I am sort of a hands-on person.

I was WRONG. 
There is still so much 'freedom', you can use ready-made books, 
but you can also change the elements on the pages around, or completely do your own thing.

I just loved how fast that book came together.
Also, unlike other programs, I love their backgrounds, stickers, etc.
You can combine different themes, so you don't need to make a one-theme album.

Their site is very user-friendly.

I was very happy with the finished product.

Books, Calendars, Cards (Picture - Mixbook)

So when I saw this Groupon deal,
I was really excited.

Pay $15 for $50 of products, that is a very good price.
For terms and conditions, check the fine print on the site.

And if you use the link I provided, I might get credit for it. Thank you ;)

You have more than 3 days from the date I posted this.
If you don't see it show up as the main offer, 
check on the right where it states 'More great deals'.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Flower & Lace Hair Clips - Tutorial

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Let me start by saying this is a super easy & quick project!
(No glue needed, no sewing, just fast & easy.)

So no excuses not to try this :)

Begin by gathering your supplies:
* Lace 
* Flowers (You want the kind that comes apart, like most of them do)
*Brads (preferably with long legs)
*Alligator hair clips (The one with an opening in the center, as pictured)

The only tool you'll need are scissors...

Begin by taking your flower apart as pictured below.
Take off the plastic piece in the back, and separate your flower.
You might find some plastic pieces in between, you won't need these...

Next, cut a strip of lace, and poke your brad through the end as pictured below.
Then, start pleating or folding your strip, and push the brad to each pleat to keep it in place.
Work your way around.
If your strip is too long, you can trim it, if it's too short, just add another one.

Slip the smallest of your flowers on the brad behind the lace center you just created.
Then, cut a piece of lace about the same size of that flower.
Fold it as pictured (double it twice).
Trim the corners.
Open it, you created 4 petals.
And repeat once.

Now, slip these 2 pieces of lace onto the brad, as pictured below.
Then, add the next flower (one that's bigger than the previous one).

Keep repeating by layering lace and flowers till you have the desired result.

You can trim the lace if you want to.

Then, take your alligator clip.
Open it, and slip your brad through the top prong as pictured below.
Fasten your brad by bending the legs.

And you're done!

Now, if you are worried that the flower could come off,
or if you think this is just TOO simple, 
you could use your glue gun...
(But I have used them just like this and it usually works just fine.)

But for gift giving or for little girls to wear them, I prefer to have them a little more secure.

In that case, you can secure the brad by putting a little glue on top of the legs of the brad.

Or you can go all out and glue some felt on top of the brad and then glue the alligator clip on top of that.

Now, enjoy your beautiful hair clips.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

All you need is love - free printable

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I created this printable a while ago and found it again today while searching for something else.
So I decided to share it...

I made it in 4 colors and don't know which one I prefer, so here they all are.

Print your favorite and use it as a card or to decorate your home...


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Monday, February 6, 2012

Lovely Cards

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This weekend I attended a fun workshop at a friend's house.
It has been a while that we did something like that, and I really enjoyed it!

We made these awesome cards, demonstrated by Penny.
You really have to check out her blog Stamps'N'Smilesshe is so talented and creative!

Not only did we make cards,
we also made this cute little box that holds some chocolates.

Loving all of it!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Flower canvas wall art - a tutorial

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A few days ago I tackled this project.

It had been on my to do list for a while, 
and when my husband was out of town this weekend, 
I parked the kids at the table with a craft,
and joined them with my own project...

I have seen a similar project with petals cut out of fabric,
but I decided to use scrapbook paper.

I loved how easy and quick it was!

Here is a list of materials needed:

* Canvas
* Craft Paint (background)
* Mod Podge
* 5 coordinating scrapbook papers

* Foam paint brush
* Scissors

 Begin by squirting some paint on your canvas.
Use the foam brush to spread it evenly.

Let dry and repeat if necessary.
(Since I used a dark color, it took 2 layers.)
Don't forget the sides.

Then, cut petal shapes from the patterned paper.
No need to be precise, I just freehanded them.
This is a very simple, basic shape, and that is why the project comes together so quickly.

Lay the petals on the canvas.
I liked to start somewhere off-center, and let some of the petals run off the canvas.

One petal at a time, glue the petals onto the canvas with Mod Podge.

I just glued the petals onto the sides too, I always like it when the print of a canvas continues on the sides...

Trim off extra pieces on the back.

That's it!

Simple, right?!

The whole time I was working on it, I thought I would put it up vertically.

But I like it this way, too...

I linked up to Positively Splendid.

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