Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Twine Wrapped Jar Lanterns Tutorial: Epiphany Crafts & The Twinery Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome to day two of the Epiphany Crafts and The Twinery blog hop!  Raise your hand if you are crazy for mason jars?  Me!  Me!  I saw these little jars at the craft store and just had to have them.  I added a little twine and a charm and they quickly transitioned into personalized twine wrapped jar lanterns for my daughter and her friends.

Twine Wrapped Jar Lanterns | popperandmimi.com

The Epiphany Crafts square charms are double sided so I added each girl's initial to the back.
Twine Wrapped Jar Lanterns | popperandmimi.com

Add a little LED candle, turn out the lights and [they'll] glow. (sorry, I couldn't resist) 
Twine Wrapped Jar Lanterns | popperandmimi.com

And here are the girls posing with their lanterns.  They were so excited to get dressed up and model for me.  :)
Twine Wrapped Jar Lanterns | popperandmimi.com

Remove the charm from the lantern, add a little extra twine and a clasp and you have a personalized necklace, too.
Personalized charm necklaces | popperandmimi.com

Twine Wrapped Jar Lanterns Tutorial

Wanna make your own twine wrapped lantern?  Here's how:

1. Holding twine with your thumb, wrap jar with twine several times (approx. 10 yards).  Pull the twine snugly as you go and you won't need any additional adhesive. 
Twine Wrapped Jar Lanterns Tutorial | popperandmimi.com

2. Finish with a square knot and trim excess.
Twine Wrapped Jar Lanterns Tutorial | popperandmimi.com
TIP: If you don't have help with the knot, use a crochet hook to grab the thread while still holding the knot tightly. 

3. Add vase filler crystals and a battery operated tea light. 
Twine Wrapped Jar Lanterns Tutorial | popperandmimi.com

Thanks for hopping along today!  I am the last stop on the hop today!  Be sure you have left comments on each blog on today's list.



Leave a comment on each designer's blog every day this week for your chance to win The Twinery Full Spool Color Trio (Honeydew, Blossom & Charcoal), along with Epiphany Crafts New Pennant Tool and matching Bubble Caps.  Now neat is that?!
The deadline to leave comments for the prizes will be 11:59pm, EDT, Sunday, June 3rd. Winners will be announced on Monday, June 4th on The Twinery and Epiphany Crafts blogs.

Happy hopping to you!

Amanda

Epiphany Crafts Supplies

Other Supplies
Baker's twine in Blossom, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, and Denim (The Twinery)
Paper (American Crafts Dear Lizzy Neapolitan)
Small glass jars, jar filler (Sierra Pacific)
LED candles (Darice)

Friday, May 25, 2012

How to Grow Wheatgrass

So I thought I would try growing wheatgrass for one of my craft projects.  The result turned out nicely, but took a little longer than expected.  I used wheat berries intended for edible wheatgrass, but I am pretty sure you could use any whole wheat berry and get similar results.  

1. Put wheat berries in a bowl, cover with water and soak overnight for 10-12 hours.  

2. Put approx 1" of potting soil into a container and add water.  TIP: Pouring water over the back of a spoon allows for more even distribution.

3. Add a single layer of sprouted wheat to the top of the soil.  Keep sprouts wet and dark for a couple of days. 

4. Put container in a window or other sunny spot and watch grow!
After 6 days, the grass was approx. 2" tall.
After 14 days the wheatgrass was lookin' really good!
Good luck!

-Amanda

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Epiphany Crafts Flower Tool Spotlight: Chocolate Wrap Tutorial

Clearly my family knows me well--between my parents and my kids, I was the lucky recipient of three bags of Ghirardelli chocolate squares for Mother's Day.   Naturally, after eating the bag of mint chocolate squares, I thought of how I could turn the remaining squares into a craft.  I decided to create a pretty wrap that would turn each chocolate into a little gift. 




For a quicker version, just create a simple wrap around each chocolate and embellish as desired. 

Making the little boxes was easy.  Here is how I did it: 

1. Start with a  2 7/8" x 6" piece of paper.  Score each long side at 3/8".   Create four short scores at 1.5", 1 7/8", 4" and 4 3/8".

2. Trim the sides from the top of the box and cut slits at the bottom.  Fold the box and adhere the sides together.  

That's it!  When you are done, decorate the box as desired. 

Do you like the gingham?  The girls over at Moxie Fab World do, too!  Add your gingham creation to the Gingham Challenge over at Moxie Fab World

May you never, ever, ever run out of chocolate,

-Amanda

Epiphany Crafts Supplies: 
Button Studio Tool Flower 20
Button Studio Accessories Flower 20

Additional Supplies: 
Paper (Crate Paper Pretty Party)
Dark brown paper (GCD Studios Boujour collection)
Jute twine, pink crochet ribbon (May Arts)
Scallop punch (Fiskars)

Friday, May 18, 2012

Epiphany Crafts and Lily Bee: Custom Dry Erase Calendar

Wasn't the title enough to get you excited?  This week Epiphany Crafts has paired up with Lily Bee Design to bring you some fun and inspiring projects. 

Ever since I was introduced to Epiphany Crafts, I imagined that they would make perfect magnets, so I decided to make a magnetic calendar.  The prints and components from Lily Bee's Victoria Park collection were just perfect for this project!


 



I painted the frame in a coordinating teal and, like any good crafter, I immediately wrecked distressed it.  This is something my husband does not understand: "But you just painted it!"  "I know, but now I have to make it look artsy."

Since this project had to remain flat, I added dimension by inking the edges of all of the die cut components and layering 2013 with dark paper. 

Adhere the sheet metal to the frame with E 6000 (or other wood/metal adhesive) and let cure.  Adhere the paper to the metal with a tape runner and, using covert placement, adhere the acetate calendar to the paper with a couple of well placed glue dots (Ex. under where you will put the magnets for the month/dates).

I used the Shape Studio Round 14 tool to make the magnets for the dates.  In addition to creating a magnet for every day of the month, I also used the Shape Studio Square 25 tool to make a magnet for each month.  The only trick is keeping them in a place where your kids won't find them!  :)

Epiphany Crafts Supplies

Other Supplies
Acetate calendar (Paper Accents)
12"x12" sheet metal
12"x12" wooden frame
Tim Holtz Distress ink in pumice stone
Small magnets
1/8" Glue Dots
Craft paint

A big thank you to my favorite local craft store, Porter's Craft and Frame in Rexburg, ID for donating the frame, sheet metal and calendar!  

Happy Crafting!

-Amanda

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Bee-utiful Flower Topiary

At this time of year, the bees are buzzin' here at the Coleman household.  We have a lovely ornamental fruit tree in our front yard that just swarms with bees in the springtime.  I love to watch them buzz around and collect pollen.  (The biology teacher in me wanted to write an entire post on pollen collection.  It is so fascinating!)  My project today was inspired by the bees buzzing in my yard and the tiny bees on the Andrea Paper from the Oh Happy Day collection. 


I die cut an oval, hearts and parentheses and assembled my bee to look like the one on the Andrea paper.   Cute little bugger, huh? 


I die cut approximately 80 flowers from the Mira's Pearls paper, rolled them up, and stuck them in a 3" foam ball with quilters pins. The subtle variation in the pink print adds a bit of extra dimension to each of the rolled roses. 

I covered a small wooden pot with a coordinating print from the Country Charm collection.  I love how the print on the Handycraft paper looks like a basket weave. 

NERD ALERT!  I couldn't resist.  Here is a little tidbit on pollen collection: When bees collect pollen, they store it on their back legs.  These little clusters of pollen are called pollen suitcases.  What a fun name!  So when bees collect pollen, it literally goes to their thighs!   (In my case,my thighs would be called Krispy Kreme suitcases.)  ;)  The picture below is of a honeybee in my front tree that was collecting pollen the other day.
 So take a look next time you are out and about and see if you can spot some pollen suitcases! 

Supplies: Mira's Pearls Paper (1764) - Oh Happy Day, Andrea Paper (1773) - Oh Happy Day, Handycraft Paper (1508) - Country Charm, Flora Craft floral wire and floral foam, Dritz quilting pins, Nicole Crafts wooden pot, Offray pink satin ribbon, reindeer moss (floral supply), 3" foam ball, black, yellow and vellum scraps.

Monday, May 14, 2012

B is for Basket of Kittens

Hi, it's Amanda!  The title of the blog post was enough to make you check it out, right?  Way back in eighth grade art class, I remember learning how to weave baskets.  I thought I would put my basket weaving skills to the test and see if I could weave a basket out of paper.  Plus, having a friend with a new litter of kittens didn't hurt either.  Basket + Kittens = Pure joy.

And here's what the basket looks like sans fussy kittens.  Fun, huh?  Plus the whole thing is made out of paper!

For the basket, I picked the striped Sunswept print from the Splendor collection, not only because it had vertical stripes, but also because the yellow print would make the inside of the basket look pretty, too.   I created the bow using a the red gingham Picnic Blanket print from the Country Charm collection.  I opted to keep the basket simple and sweet so the contents would be sure to stand out.  To make the bow,  I used Heidi Van Laar's paper bow tutorial.  You can find her bow tutorial HERE

While the basket did take a little time to put together, it was not difficult.  Here is how you can make your own woven paper basket (finished size without handle 6.75"x4.5"x4.5"): 

1. Cut 28 1"x12" strips of paper.  Make 14 long strips of paper by overlapping and adhering two 12" strips together.

2. Weave 10 long strips of paper together creating a 4x6 grid in the center.  Adhere the outermost strips of paper together.  This will become the bottom of your basket.   

3. Flip the paper over and score the strips approx 1/8" from the edge of the weave.  

4. Fold the strips along the score and lightly secure the tops together with washi tape (or other repositionable adhesive).  This helps keep everything in place while you weave the sides of the basket.

5. Score each of the four remaining long strips with spaces 6 3/4" and 4 1/2" apart.  When folded, they should look like this.  (Do not secure the ends together yet.  This is just a demo.)

6. Weave the scored strips through the basket sides.  Adhere the ends of the horizontal strips together after weaving them through. 

7. Give your basket a "haircut".  This is also where you can even everything out and make your basket look pretty.  Once your basket is pretty and evenly spaced, adhere the top of the vertical strips to the uppermost horizontal strip of paper. 
Adhere strips together.

8. Cut four strips of 1/2"x12" paper.  Create two score marks 6.75" apart on each strip of paper.  Adhere strips to the top of both the outside and inside of the basket. 

9. Cut four 3/4"x12" strips of paper.  Adhere two strips together to create one handle.  Round the corners and punch a hole in each end.  Punch two holes in each side of the basket.  Attach handles to the basket with brads.  

10. Wrap a 3/4" strip of patterned paper around the top of the basket and add a bow (bow tutorial HERE).  Now it is ready to fill with kitties! (or other fun gifts). 
Since this basket is so gingham fantastic, I am adding it to the Moxie Fab World Gingham challenge.  You should play along, too! 

Supplies:
Picnic Blanket Paper (1509) - Country Charm, Sunswept Paper (1684) - Splendor, brads (office supply)

Thanks for hanging out with me today!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Market Tote Tutorial: Ribbon Carousel Spotlight (and giveaway!)

I am super excited to share my first Ribbon Carousel spotlight tutorial with you today!

I love ribbon and am a huge sucker for twill ribbon of any kind.  I like it because it is soft and because it behaves (unlike its satin step-sister).   Today I am going to show you how to make a super quick and easy market tote, requiring only the most basic sewing skills.  This tote is perfect for your summer outings to your local farmer's market and would also make a lovely Mother's Day gift. 

Market Tote Tutorial

Supplies needed:  1/2 yard 60" twill cotton fabric, 5 yards 1.5" organic striped cotton twill ribbon, buttons (optional)


PREP: Prewash fabric and ribbon.  I knew this bag would eventually be washed, so I didn't want it to shrink and look weird after it was sewed.  I put my ribbon in a small mesh laundry bag, washed cold and dried medium.  It will look like a wreck when it comes out, but it irons nicely. 

1. Cut a piece of 34"x18" fabric. 
2. Hem the top of the bag by folding and ironing in the ends at 1/4" and then 1".  Stitch the top and bottom of the hem. 

3. Cut a 9"x9" piece of fabric for the pocket.  Hem the top by folding and ironing 1/4" and then 1/2".  Stitch.  Fold the bottom 1/2" and press.   Sew a piece of ribbon to the outside top of the pocket.


4. Pin pocket to bag, adding a piece of ribbon to the bottom of the pocket.  Sew the sides and bottom of the pocket to the bag. 

5. Starting in the middle, make your handles by pinning (like crazy) one continuous loop of ribbon around the bag. overlapping the pocket by 1/2".  When you reach the top of the bag, measure 28" of ribbon and mark with a pin (arrow).  Begin looping ribbon around the other side of the bag starting at the mark.  Repeat when you get to the other side of the bag. 


6. Sew the ribbon to the bag.  Reinforce handles by stitching the tops of the handles with an X pattern.

7. With right sides together, stitch sides of bag together with 1/2" seam allowance.  Reinforce seam with an additional stitch and zigzag stitch the edge to prevent fraying.


8. Embellish and decorate as desired!

Variations
For a quicker and easier bag, omit the pocket and flowers.
You can make this bag any size with any type of ribbon.

If you make a market tote of your own, we'd love to have you share it on Popper & Mimi's Facebook page!

Happy sewing! 

Amanda