I’ve been so busy going to school for the last two years that my crafting adventures have been put on hold. Well, I just finished my internship this week and that means I’m completely done! I’m not ready to jump back into crafting just yet, but I made some cute cards this morning and thought I’d share them with you.
Every time I go to Cost Plus World Market I find the cutest gift wrap. I don’t really need it so I tend to only buy some at Christmas time, even though I’d love to use some as wallpaper someday! Yesterday I just couldn’t resist and bought a pack of tissue paper sheets with a retro travel theme. They had paper, bags, tags, tissue, felt totes, and note cards all in this adorable theme. The note cards were cute but they were all the same image and I just felt like the wrapping paper and tissue had so much fun stuff going on that they would make great cards.
It was really easy to make these cards, I bought the tissue paper and everything else I needed was already on hand. I used a cutting mat, x-acto knife, glue stick, blank note cards, glue pen, a metal ruler and a brayer.
First, cut out a piece of the tissue paper so that it has the design you want and is a little bigger than the front of the card. I used a glue stick to apply glue all over the front of the card, then carefully stick down the sheet of tissue paper, let the edges hang over. I smoothed it out with my hand first, then covered the card with the mat or a piece of paper and rolled over it with the brayer. It’s an extra step but it really helps get the tissue nice and flat.
The next step is trimming off the excess edges. Using your metal ruler, line it up with the edge just on top of the edge of the card and slice away the overlapping tissue. Repeat on all four sides! Once you have that done you can use the glue pen to touch up any loose corners that didn’t stick the first time.
This is a pretty easy craft that I could spend all day doing, there is enough tissue paper to make dozens of super cute cards! You can leave them blank and then rubber stamp the insides for whatever occasion comes up! I think I’ll be doing this again in a few months when it’s time to send out Holiday cards!
I recently moved to a new house and decided to paint my office gray. I feel so lucky to finally have a whole room all to myself! I chose the Valspar color Urban Sunrise. I really like the color and was super excited to finally hang up a large picture that belonged to my mom, it has a foggy London in the 1800’s scene and is a great frame. I decided to hang two of her other pictures on either side of the large one. These are ladies fashion prints that were originally in various old wood frames. I picked out two matching frames and repainted them to update the look and match better with the large picture and my new gray walls.
I’ve been getting a free subscription to Real Simple magazine using my Coke Rewards points, and inside they have coupons for a free sample of Valspar paint. I chose the color Mountain Smoke, a darker gray.
I used a foam brush and gave my old wood frames a few coats of this lovely gray paint. Then I trimmed one of my prints that was too large and had some water damage, and cut new cardboard backs because the original ones had some water damage. I cut up a large back from a pad of drawing paper instead of buying a new piece of backing.
To hold the glass, picture, and cardboard in place, I purchased a pack of Window Push Points. Just lay your frame down on a blanket so you don’t scratch the paint and use a flat tool to wiggle these points back and forth a bit until they slide into the wood. Pretty simple, an easy way to hold things together, space them evenly around and use as many or as few as your frame needs.
Now I can’t wait to hang them all up but I’m not done with touching up the trim in the room, so that will have to wait a little longer. I really think the grey helps the color in the prints to pop a bit. And, I still have almost a full sample so I’m on the lookout to update more stuff. If you don’t have a free coupon, you can still pick up these sample jars for less than $3 which means anyone can make an easy and frugal change to their own frames and decor.
I know the colors are all over the place with my not so great pictures, but trust me, Mountain Smoke is a fabulous gray!
In recent years I’ve seen a lot of neat vintage looking Christmas ornaments in the stores. The ornaments have a glass globe or bell covering a little winter scene. I’ve been wanting to make some of my own but had a hard time finding small glass coverings to use. I had pretty much given up hope. This year, my sister came across a tutorial called, DIY Vintage Inspired Bell Jar Ornaments, showing how to make your own using plastic wine glasses. The idea for the material and how to turn it into a bell shape were perfect. I’m so glad she found this helpful hint which allowed me to finally make my own vintage looking ornaments.
We bought our plastic wine glasses at the Dollar Tree. Lucky for me, my boyfriend has a Dremel rotary cutting tool and he was able to saw off the stems of the plastic glasses in just a few minutes time. I’m sure there are other tools you could use, but this was a suggestion in the tutorial we found, so we tried it. They won’t all be perfectly level, but handmade items are not always identical, and that’s why we love them!
For this project, your must have tools will be scissors, a glue stick, and a hot glue gun. You can choose from any number or ways to decorate your snow dome. I made the bases using patterned scrapbook paper glued onto cardboard or a cereal box. Use a circle template to trace a circle slightly larger than the rim of the glass onto the cardboard. You can cut this out with plain or decorative scissors for different looks.
To decorate the inside of the snow domes, you can use little toys, figures, or objects. I had a lot of fun using my rubber stamps to create unique little scenes. I stamped my images onto white paper and colored them with pens and colored pencils. I carefully cut them out using an X-ACTO knife. I used a little line or dot of hot glue to make the paper images stand upright on my bases. Continue adding all of your stand up elements.
Next, I glued the plastic dome onto the base using hot glue. To cover up the hot glue line, trim your glass with ribbon, paper, glitter, or pipe cleaner. I used pipe cleaner because it is easy to shape and dries quickly with hot glue. Then, fill your dome with fake snow, glitter, confetti, or in my case, tiny glass balls called Micro Marbles. You can get these in different colors, and a lot of scrapbook brands make them. The clear ones I used have a nice snow/ice look to them. I painted the bottom with opalescent glitter before pouring in the clear glass marbles, just for added sparkle.
To close up the opening in your snow dome, you can use a little hot glue and a bead or button. I had some clear buttons that were just the right size, slightly bigger than the hole in the glass. Tie your thread or string that you are using to hang your ornament through the bead or button and use a dot of hot glue to keep the string attached to the underside of the button, that way it won’t fall into your snow globe when it’s not hanging up. Remember to add your string before you glue it closed! I used the clear button by itself, but on others, I added a second button, or a matching pipe cleaner trim. I even made a dome with a glittery ball that is just a shelf decoration instead of an ornament. The only limit is your creativity.
The above snow dome was made using a rubber stamped image of a typewriter, and metal brads in the shape of typewriter keys. By adding a seasonal message like the word, “joy”, you can turn any image into a festive decoration to match your interests or decor.
I love this rubber stamp of a great big old house. I use it for lots of things but couldn’t resist adding simple touches like candles and a wreath on the front door. I made little trees for the front by trimming green pipe cleaner at an angle to create the shape of a tree. You could make these using photos of your own home or special restaurants or hotels to commemorate events. These would make a special gift for those hard to shop for people we all know.
As you can see, I was having way too much fun with these! Don’t limit yourself to Christmas ornaments, or even ornaments for that matter. Above, I made this adorable squirrel that will look great displayed on a shelf, mantle, or table. This woodland dome will look great all year round. I made my own tree stump out of paper and pens, added cute little colorful acorns, and a rubber stamped squirrel. I can’t wait to make more of these for all kinds of holidays, occasions, or just for fun. This craft is a great way to pass the time with family and friends. The materials don’t cost much, especially if you utilize your rubber stamps, or cut out images from magazines and photographs. Plug in your glue guns and have fun!