It’s Pinterest Challenge Time!

It’s that time again!  It’s Pinterest Challenge time!  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, get the full run down over at Bower Power or Young House Love, but basically it’s about taking something you’ve pinned and making in a reality…

I’ve pinned the same thing repeatedly.  I actually feel lame for using it for the Pinterest Challenge because it’s starting to feel overdone, but alas…


(sources HERE and HERE)

I still  love this idea of taking a Staples engineering print and modge podging that sucker to a giant canvas.  So, I ordered the 36 x 48 print and grabbed one of my BOGO + coupon scored canvases from Michaels.

I started with my original photograph (shamelessly available at my Etsy Shop HERE) and sent the original size to Staples…


then gathered the necessary supplies and headed to the living room of my friend, Lynn of CaraBella Creative, so she could help me suss out the best way to tackle the project …

because, you know, reading the ACTUAL TUTORIALS would be lame or something.  Are you picking up the foreshadowing yet?

We decided to paint the whole canvas with modge podge, keep the print rolled, align it proper then roll it out, smoothing along the way.  Yeah… not so great.  The paper began to crinkle and stretch the second it touched the glue… so just like ripping off a bandaid, we ditched the slow and steady method for the “just get stuck on” method.  Because… yeah… tutorials…

At that point, it pretty much looked like a failure and a top coat didn’t help either… but LO AND BEHOLD!!!  As it dried, all the crazy ridges went way down… so much so that I sorta thought I should have just told you I added texture on purpose, but, you know, honesty in blogging and all.

6 Here she hangs in my bedroom and I’ve got to say, I love it!


Note to those that may want to tackle the project, follow Katie’s tutorial on Bower Power HERE… insulation board + glue stick = successful project.  ,

Don’t forget to check out what all the hosts did!

(Not to mention all the linky love and inspiration!)

Katie from Bower Power

Megan from The Remodeled Life

Sherry from Young House Love

Michelle from Decor & The Dog

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Mini Valentine

I love Bananafishstudio a little too much.  This shop alone could annihilate my checking account. The freebies, though, make me happier than Christopher Columbus in a speed boat (name that commercial!)  So, when this free printable showed up in my Google Reader I couldn’t wait to make one. 



I won’t go into assembly details because they are all here, but it was EASY!  Print, cut, glue, then fill it up!



The only additional step I took was to hole punch the front and back covers to run some baker’s twine through to be able to tie the book shut.

What do you think?  Cute or what!?  I love this as an alternative to a traditional card and Sharayah seemed to love it… especially the animal pics 🙂

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Ombre Paint Chip Art

I’ve got to admit, all this “paint chip” art leaves me with mixed feelings.  I can’t help but blaming these crafters for the future when I’ll have to pay for paint chips for an ACTUAL PAINTING PROJECT…


when I was cleaning up the office I found this stack of paint chips I’d picked up to test out office colors.   It seemed like a waste to just throw them away so an impromptu project was born and my judgmental side received a little stab of conviction.

1All I did was grab the closest punch and went to town, working from the darkest cards to the lightest to create the gradient effect.  I thought about making it 3D with the butterfly wings bent but went the lazy route and used ye olde glue stick to fix them to white cardstock, cropped to 8×10.

2Then into a dollar store frame it went and up on the wall on an existing nail… because I’m a planner like that.


I don’t love the frame but I do love that this project was completely free.  Maybe I’ll go back and hit the frame with some spray paint for a pop of color.  We shall see.

So there it is.  I can no longer be outspokenly judgmental of paint chip crafters.  Darn you Pinterest.

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Turn on your heartlight…

I may or may not be quoting the Neil Diamond song, but this project has a little sparkle with or without the Diamond.  It all started with a random branch that my aunt and cousin spray painted in my grandma’s backyard while using gold paint for homemade Valentine’s presents.

I liked the branch so much I brought it home, scheming to make some kind of mobile out of it.  Enter a few dozen hearts hand cut out of glitter scrapbook paper.

1 Then I just poked small holes and used fishing line to attach the hearts to the branches at different lengths.  (This was the point were my poor friend stood holding the branch up while i tied and tied and tied… she’s a trooper!)

3And a little bit more fishing line had the bad boy handing from the chandelier


I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!  It’s hard to tell from these pictures but there is a nice sparkle to it.


and it really cheered up the place after I took down all the Christmas decorations (yes I JUST took them down!)


I have a feeling that this will be up way past Valentines Day!

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Cupcake Invitations

Nothing makes me quite as happy as a project that involves glitter, so when my friend, Lily, asked me to make some invitations for her daughter’s first birthday I was SO on board.  Their favorite book to read is You Are My Little Cupcake by Amy Sklansky and Lily wanted to theme the party with the illustrations in mind.


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I started rooting around in the bottomless pit craft closet…  which led to pillaging the pantry followed up by a trip to Michaels…

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Supplies: Glitter 12×12 paper in peach, Jolee’s Boutique candle stickers, photo mounting squares, heart punches in two sizes (from Michaels), white cardstock, invitation envelopes (from Staples), elmer’s glue, super fine glitter in purple, silver cupcake liners and various scraps of glitter paper left over from THIS project.

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I used my small heart punch to use up the glitter paper scraps to make confetti for inside the cards…

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Snipped the silver foil cupcake liners into four then cut off the bottom section…

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I used some scrap cardboard to cut a template for the cupcakes top the cut out 40 of those bad boys…

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Then came time to decorate the cupcakes, and I mean, that’s really the best part right?

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For the insides I used the larger heart punch then attached the hearts to brads…2013-01-05 21.53.31

and added a yellow liner to the inside…  Of course, I forgot to take a picture of small hole I punched through the yellow and white card stock…  I sent sheets of vellum for her to print out the party details and attach on top of the yellow background with the heart brads.

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The card part was simple, just 8.5×11 inch white cardstock cut down the middle, folded and a little trimming with a corner rounder.

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So what do you think?  They sorta make me hungry….

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