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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Spring Decor

Nothing says spring to me like soft baby bunnies and colorful, spinning pinwheels. 
Here are couple quick ideas for some fun spring decor using the She Said and Memories collection from Teresa Collins Designs.
The first project is a framed washi tape bunny. I saw this tutorial on Pinterest and thought it was so adorable!   
For the bunny I googled  "rabbit silhouette" and several popped up. I chose my favorite and printed it out. Next, I flipped the paper over on the wrong side and started covering the rabbit silhouette with different colors and patterns of washi tape. You're going to want to keep doing this step until the entire bunny is covered.
Next, flip the bunny over to the printed side and cut it out.

I then cut out a 5x7 piece of paper from the She Said collection and adhered the bunny to the sheet of paper. Pop it in a frame and that's it! 


Here are the instructions for the pinwheels:
1, Start with a 4"x 4" square piece of paper.
2. Fold your square corner to corner then unfold.
3. Make a pencil mark about 1/3 away from the center.
4.Cut along the fold lines and stop at your pencil mark.
5. Bring every other point into the center and stick a pin through all four points. Make sure your pin pokes all the way through the center.
6. Stick the pin into a thin dowel, or in this case, I used paper straws.
7. Attach brad to the middle of the pinwheel.


A cute idea to display your pinwheels is to wrap strips of washi tape around a mason jar and fill it with paper grass. You could also fill the jar with colorful jelly beans!



I hope your spring is filled with carefree days of lying in the grass and watching pinwheels twirl in the breeze. ;)
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!




Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Handmade Home Decor

Hello, friends!
Have you picked up your copy of  Paper Crafts special issue Handmade Home Decor? It is filled with amazing home decor projects for every season and holiday. I'm so excited to have two Halloween projects in this special issue and I'm equally excited to be featured as one of the new designers on the Paper Crafts blog today! 

Here is one of the projects I made for the issue; a little candy corn decor piece using Vintage Finds by Teresa Collins.  Be sure to stop by the Paper Crafts blog to find out how you can win a copy of Handmade Home Decor!

Have a great day!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Easter Projects

Hello!

I thought I'd share a couple Easter projects using some beautiful products from Melissa Frances
The first is a mini Easter gift basket using these darling  treat cups. They come in three different shapes and they all make adorable gift baskets. I painted the treat cup using ivory acrylic paint and let it dry. Next, I embellished the front with an Easter die cut and a bunny from the spring applique collection. I then tucked a bit of floppy blossom ribbon and cream sprigs inside the cup.


 Here's an Easter card featuring papers from the new Classic Elegance Collection. I think my favorite paper from the line is the Adopted Ancestors, I just love all the vintage photos on it. So adorable!
I made a card base using A Night in the Theater paper sheet and embellished it using a resin frame and cream sprigs.  I then placed an Easter die cut on the front of the card and clipped a mini clothespin to the side of the card.


Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Party Ensemble Using the She Said Collection


A very merry unbirthday to you...or maybe it *is* your birthday? (If so, Happy Birthday!)  Either way, who doesn't love a reason to have a party?!

Here is a fun party ensemble using the new She Said Collection by Teresa Collins Designs. Aren't the bright, cheery colors and patterns from this line just perfect to use for party decorations?


For my party ensemble, I chose to make a party hat, goodie bag, cupcake topper and wrapper. 
For the goodie bag, I simply covered a 5"x7" treat bag I already had with the "arrows" pattern paper from the She Said collection. I decorated the bag by layering die cuts and stickers and added a few red enamel dots to the front. To finish it off, I glued a strip of tissue garland to the top of the bag. 


The cupcake topper was so simple to make. I used a die cut as my base and used pop dots to layer stickers on the front of the topper. I then glued a toothpick to the back of the die cut and let dry. 
For the cupcake wrapper, cut out a 1.5" x 8" strip of paper and cut across the top using scalloped edge scissors.  Using a hole punch, punch holes all around the wrapper then fasten the wrapper ends together with glue and let dry. 


Party hats are one of my favorite things to make because they are so simple to create and everyone loves to receive one! 
Using a party hat template, trace the template onto the pattern paper (here I chose to use "dots" from the She Said collection) and cut out.  Using adhesive, glue along the straight edge,  shape the hat and glue the edges together.
Now to decorate the hat! I cut out a doily from the Memories collection and layered stickers and die cuts on top of it and then glued the doily to the front of the hat.  Line the top and bottom of the hat with adhesive and wrap a bit of tissue garland them. 


 I hope you've enjoyed this party ensemble tutorial and perhaps it will inspire you to throw a party...there's always a reason to celebrate! 

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a creative day!