Monday, February 2, 2015

Best friend on the Block, Lego Valentines


If you have boys like mine they love everything Lego.  When I asked them what they wanted to give for a Valentine and mentioned my Lego idea they were cheering with excitement.  I originally came across this idea when I was planning a Lego Themed Birthday and thought it would make and affordable class Valentine as well.


The supplies you will need are child size ring blanks (purchased my from eBay), 2x2 Red Lego Bricks, 3"x 4" clear treat bags, Valentine Scrapebook Paper, Heart Punch and Printer.




Rings not your thing, stay tuned foe my next post, it will be Lego Key Chain.
Happy Crafting,
Melanie

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I "Heart" Valentine's Wood Door Decor

I wanted to share my latest non paper crafting project for this Valentines.  I have been pinning a lot of pallet projects for inspiration, but haven't gotten my toes wet yet.  We have been cleaning out and found this old shelf from my college days.  We really didn't need it and were just going to donate and I thought WAIT, I can use that!  This really wasn't quite the reuse of a pallet, but could be easily adapted.


Here is the old college book shelf, it had a good run, but I like it's new life much better.  First I disassemble the bookcase.  This was fairly easy since it was held with screws.  Next I laid two of the shelves together, this was large enough to make my heart.  To connect them I took one of the legs and cut it to size with a chop saw.  Did I mention how much fun it was playing with power tools again, it had been too long.  Architecture school wasn't all bad I guess :)  Once my pieces were cut I them to the back of the two shelves.  

I traced the heart on a large piece of paper and the transferred it to my wood slates.  Then it was time to put the jig saw to work.   Here is the rough cut out of the heart.


Then I sanded and spray painted it red, took it back to the sander for a little distressing.  Next was to create the hanger.  I used a wire hanger and wrapped it around a pipe to get the spiral shape.  Then I twisted the ends into a loop and attached with a screw.  Voila!  I festive heart for my front door.

Hope this inspires you to get out your power tools.

Happy Crafting!

Melanie

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Snowing Christmas Blessings

There certainly is a chill in the air, so the perfect time to work on the snowy cards.  This Christmas card showcases many Simon Says Stamps products.  I just love the rolling stitched hills and snow falling background.
To create the blue panel, I first die cut the large rectangle from the "Bundle of Stitched Shapes" by Simon Says Stamp.  One top of that to create "snow" I used Texture Past and the "Falling Snow" Stencil also from Simon Says Stamp.


The focal point of the card was made with the "Village" dies and the "Stitched Slopes and Hills from SSS.  I added an evening glow to the back of the building with some light yellow card stock.  The Christmas Blessings sentiment is from the SSS "Christmas SSS101353" stamp set.


I hope you enjoyed this wintry scene. Can't wait to do more with this village set.
Happy Crafting,

Melanie


Monday, November 24, 2014

Merry & Bright Water Color

Merry and Bright and full of color.  I am really loving this trendy water color technique.  It brings back memories of when I took art lessons as a child.


Here are the details on how you can make this card.  For the water color background, I spread  Peacock Feathers Distress Inks on my craft mat and spritzed with water.  I then placed my cardstock into the ink and let it absorb. I after several dabs I turned over and let the water do the work. 

Next, I used the large rectangle from the "Bundle of Stitched Shapes" by Simon Says Stamps.  To add another layer of interest, I used Texture Past and the "Falling Snow" Stencil from Simon Says   The "Merry" Die from MFT is cut from glitter paper and the "&" is from Avery Elle', "We R Family" Die.  Finally I heat embossed the bright greeting from Avery Elle's "Holiday Fill In the Blank" stamp set.


Wow, I didn't realize that I used some many different company's products on this card.  I really love it and hope it inspires you to dig deep in your supplies.

Happy Crafting,
Melanie

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Trim the Tree with Christmas Cheer

This Christmas card was inspired by one of my most popular blog posts that I did three year ago.  You can check it out here.   The tree is the main focal point and I think its curves are timeless and that is what everyone likes about it.  So, why not use the same tree in another card?  Well, that is exactly what I have done and I like this card as much as the previous one.  Here is how I did it:


The tree I used from a Cricut Christmas Solutions, cut at 4.5" on green glimmer paper.  I first used Simon Says Stamp's "Bundle of Stitched Shapes".  If you look close you can see the stitching detail around the edge.  I them made it into the background with a stencil and texture or embossing paste.  The stencil is Tim Holtz's "Holiday Knit".  I just love the texture it adds and it's subtlety behind the tree.


For the red banner, I stamped it with Stampin Up's "Sweet Essentials" Christmas Cheer sentiment.  For the finishing touch, the holly and berries were added from Papertrey Ink's "Holly Jolly Die Collection".

I may be inspired to see what other backdrops I can come up with to support the star of this card.  That tree is
Happy Crafting,
Melanie

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Circle & Texture Happy Birthday Masculine Card

Can I say, I love the new crafting supplies that I have gotten recently.  I feel much more like myself when I can get in my craft room and have a few moments to myself.  That is hard with three boys running around, but I am sure going to make more of an effort.


This was a fairly simple card that I made to celebrate my Father-in-Law's birthday this week and only took about 15 minutes to make.  I used the "happy" die cut and the "Birthday" Sentiment is from My Favorite Things.  


For the Chevron Background I used Texture Paste and a Tim Holtz Chevron Stencil.  I only used the center chevron and masked over the ones I didn't need.  I let that dry for a moment and the I punched out some circles.  The largest circle is photo paper that I experimented with ink and water.  I think it add a touch of whimsy to the card.  The other circles were cut from scrap papers that I had on hand.  I think enamel dots would look nice on this as well.  I used foam dots and glues dot to assemble the layers.


I can't wait to get onto the next project.  This was so much fun!
Happy Crafting,

Melanie


Friday, October 31, 2014

Fall Thank You for Teachers

Today, I wanted to share with you the Fall Thank You I sent to my son's teachers.   These are cute post it note holders with a fall theme.  I give these out often to not only teachers, but friends and family.



For the chevron background I used Stampin Up's "Positively Chevron" Background Stamp in Versa Mark Ink and Clear Embossed it.  The fall leaves are from a retired set from Stampin Up called, "Gently Falling".

I colored the leaves with distress inks and was pleased with how they turned out for my first try at using them.

I personalized the back with a punched out heart and stamped Bryan with Lawn Fawn's "Violet ABC's".


Super simple thank you for almost anyone.  If you missed my post yesterday for the Halloween Treat Bags stop by here.

Happy crafting,
Melanie