Friday, June 29, 2012

Sweet Birthday Card and Pinwheels with Epiphany Crafts and Helmar

This week Epiphany Crafts has paired up with Helmar adhesives to bring you more fun and inspiring projects!  I mean, what crafter doesn't LOVE adhesives?  Making good crafts would be nearly impossible without good adhesives.  

My daughter turns 6 this August so I figured now is a good a time as any to start making some birthday goodies. 
Fun, right?  I made some pinwheel cake toppers and a birthday card with all sorts of elements a 6 year-old is sure to love.

I secured the pinwheels with EC brad settings and Round 14 embellishments.  I absolutely love that I can make custom brads that perfectly coordinate with my project!  Helmar's premium craft glue works really well for keeping the embellishments on the brads. 

For the card I used EC's pennant tool to make a fun little banner on the top of the card. 


I also used Helmar's premium craft glue to secure the sticks to the pinwheels.  The glue grabs really quickly so there is not a whole lot of sliding around. 


Now all I have to do is remember where I put these when August rolls around.  :)

Thanks for stopping by!

-Amanda

Epiphany Crafts Supplies
Shape Studio Tool Round 14
Shape Studio Tool Pennant 25
Shape Studio Accessory Round 14 Bubble Caps
Shape Studio Accessory Pennant 25 Bubble Caps
Brad Settings Round 14

Other Supplies
Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Quick Fix Permanent Adhesive Runner
Echo Park Sweet Day collection
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Pumice
The Twinery baker's twine in Caribbean
Coats & Clark thread

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

GCD Studios Die Cut Week: Large Monogram

Hi!  it's Amanda!  Unless you have been living under a rock, or your internet went out over a year ago, you are well aware that hexagons are all the rage in paper crafting.  I don't know what it is about these little shapes, but I am attracted by the clean lines and symmetry.  I thought it would be fun to pair modern hexagons with sweet and pretty country prints and quilt them together. 
Could this quilted-hexagon-burlap-monogram-wreath-type-thingy BE any more trendy?  There's a lot going on, but I think it works.   And it looks fantastic on my front door!

Since I wanted to stitch the hexagons, I adhered them to a piece of cardstock first.  I traced around the wooden monogram so I would know where to place the hexagons.

Trace the monogram onto the quilt and trim excess paper, leaving a little bit of an edge.  Adhere the quilt to the wooden monogram with Mod Podge and let dry completely.  Flip monogram over and trim excess paper with a craft knife.  


The trick for keeping the quilt from looking too cluttered is to stitch around a few random hexagons. 

I chose to hang this letter like a wreath, but it would also look good standing alone or in a frame. 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies
From the Country Charm Collection--Floral Field 1507, Weekend Fun 1515, Farm Field Stripe 1506, Country Bloom 1505, Super Star 1511, Strawberry Jam 1510, Handycraft 1508, Cherry Pie 1504, burlap ribbon (Sierra Pacific), wooden monogram (Sierra Pacific), thread (Coats & Clark), Cricut Expression, Cricut Font & Basic Shapes digital cartridge

Monday, June 18, 2012

Color Inspiration with Epiphany Crafts

Your future is about to get so bright, you gotta wear shades!  You may even need to wear your sunglasses at night!  Wanna see the fun picture that I was my inspiration?
Like, totally awesome picture, right?   I recently acquired an array of rainbow colored neon Post-its and have been using them all over the place.  I made and 80s inspired gift box using my Shape Studio Square 20 tool.  Check it...
I got out my score board and made a little box.  I used my EC Square 20 tool to punch out neon squares from the sticky part of the Post-it.  I made a few embellishments with the coordinating bubble caps and placed them randomly on the box to add some texture and dimension.  Aren't the stamps fun?



Fill the box with goodies and you have a fun gift!

Have a totally rad day!

-Amanda

Epiphany Crafts Supplies
Shape Studio Tool Square 20
Shape Studio Accessory Square 20 bubble caps

Other Supplies
Neon Post-it Notes
Black cardstock (GP)
Zing! white embossing powder
Stamps (We R Memory Keepers)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Home Decor with GCD Studios Bonjour Collection

Bonjour!  Amanda here with a fun and easy home decor project.  As an edible, I am not a fan of wheatgrass.   Newman from Seinfeld may agree that it is a vile weed.  As decor, however, wheatgrass is delightful and oh, so pretty!   I set out to grow my own wheatgrass and create a pretty little box in which it could be displayed.  A long, slender planter of wheatgrass makes lovely table decor.  (For a short tutorial on how I grew my own wheatgrass, click HERE.)

Add some glitter and bling to the butterflies to really make them pop!  I also colored the white floral wire with a green marker so it would blend in nicely. 

The double bow on the front mimics a butterfly.

Make your decorative box a little bigger than your plant container.  I used a Rubbermaid utensil container because it was long and short. 

I glued a strip of gathered burlap ribbon to the inside of the box and added green satin ribbon to the outside of the box.  TIP/Confession: In a pinch you can also buy wheatgrass at the grocery store.  My wheatgrass was only 2" tall when I was ready to take these photos so I filled my container with grass from the store. :) 

Happy Crafting!

Supplies:
From the Bonjour Collection--Provence Plaid 1544 and Butterfly Flutter 1536, glitter (Martha Stewart), green rhinestones (KaiserCraft), blue rhinestones (Hero Arts), burlap ribbon and green satin ribbon (Offray), utensil holder (Rubbermaid), floral wire. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ribbon Carousel Spotlight Tutorial: Bow Tie Necklace

Have I got a fun and easy ribbon tutorial for you today!  Once you make one bow tie, it is hard to stop! 
Bow Tie Necklace Tutorial

Supplies
Jump rings
Jewelery chain

Other:

1. Cut two lengths of 1.5" wide ribbon, one 8" long, the other 2".  Seal ends with Fray Check (or other fray block) and let dry completely.  

2. Fold in the sides of the short piece and press. 

3. Fold the long piece, overlapping the ends by approx 1/2".  Add a basting stitch down the middle.  

4.  Create an "M" fold in the center of the bow.  Loosely stitch the "M" fold together.  This will create nice pleats in the front of the bow. 

5. Wrap short piece around the center of the bow, stitching together in the back.  Gently secure the center piece to the back of the bow so it doesn't slide off.  The bow is finished.  Now you can do all sorts of fun things with it!

6. To make a long necklace, you will need two jump rings and a 24" chain. 

6. To attach the chain, pierce the side of the bow, near the top, with a needle or paper piercer.  Wiggle the piercer just a little to create a small hole.  

7. Insert a jump ring into the hole and attach one end of a 24" piece of chain.  Repeat on the other side of the bow.  

And this is what the necklace should look like when you are done!  Once you have the basics down, it is really easy to modify the design.  Make a bigger or smaller bow, or a double bow.  Ooooooh.  The possibilities are endless! 


Here are a couple of other ways you could use the bow tie as an accessory: 
Shorten the necklace and make it look like a tux bow.
Make a fun bow tie for a little man (or a big man)
Thanks so much for coming by today!

-Amanda

Epiphany Crafts and Authentique: Memory Books

Wahoo!  Epiphany Crafts has paired up with Authentique Paper this week.  This is a match made in heaven!  I decided to try something new this week.  Normally I am intimidated by mini albums, but I was so inspired by Go-To Gal Julie Campbell's project a couple of weeks ago, I thought I would try my hand at making a memory book.  I'll admit, I was a bit shocked at how quickly it came together.  Have a look: 

Holy cow!  Aren't these colors fabulous?  I sewed some double sided ribbon to the cover to make a bow closure.  So perfect for a summer travel album! 

The little ladybugs are made using Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Round 14 Tool and matching bubble caps.  I drew a line and dots on some paper and then made the embellishment.  The head is a regular ol' paper punch with a couple of white dots.  So easy! 

Here are a few peeks of the inside: 
So much wonderful color I can hardly stand it! 



My brain favors order and symmetry, but I was surprisingly content with the randomness of the contents.  I was so pleased I whipped up another for my son with Authentique's Loyal Collection.  

 I created an envelope closure with two Round 20 buttons and some jute twine.



I can't wait to see what my kiddos decide to put in their books! 

Wishing you many happy summer memories! 

-Amanda

Epiphany Crafts Supplies: 
Shape Studio Tool Round 14
Shape Studio Accessories Round 14 Bubble Caps
Button Studio Tool Round 20
Button Studio Buttons Round 20

Other Supplies
Authentique Lively Collection Pack
Authentique Loyal Collection
Authentique Carefree Collection stickers
Authentique Journey Collection stickers and die cuts
Pink/green reversible satin ribbon
Jute twine (May Arts)

Monday, June 4, 2012

The June Issue of The Paper Cut is Now Available!

I get so excited when a new issue of The Paper Cut comes out!  It is packed full of inspiration and ideas to keep your crafty hands busy all month long.  You won't want to miss the projects on pages 4 and 20 (Hint, hint) :)  Remember my wheatgrass post HERE?  You'll get to see how I put my wheatgrass growing skills to use.  Click on the magazine cover below to check it out:


So, what do you think?  Which project inspires you the most?  I adore Heidi's wallet tutorial on p. 11.  Not only is this a fun project for dad, but I know my kids would love to have their own custom-made wallets, too.  

Be sure to stop by here or GCD Studios blog on June 14 for more instructions on how to make your own wheatgrass decor!

Thanks for stopping by today!

-Amanda

Friday, June 1, 2012

Unique Crafters Challenge #4: Buttons

Welcome back to Unique Crafters Challenge sponsored by Scrapbooking Unique!  This month's challenge is to use buttons somewhere in your paper crafted creation.  Challenge #4: Buttons,  begins on June 1 and ends at midnight (CST) on June 30.  You can link up three different projects for your chance to win a fantastic prize package!  A winner and two runners up will be announced on July 5.  Be sure to read all of the fine print on the Unique Crafters Challenge blog homepage.


What a fun use for your random button stash, huh?  I didn't make this card for any immediate reason, but if I hang onto it, I am sure I will need it some day.  :)  

Be sure to join in on the fun for your chance to win some fun prizes!  I can't wait to see what you do with your buttons!
Supplies:
Paper, buttons, chipboard letters, die cut (Jillibean Soup)
Ribbon (May Arts)

Have a crafty day!

-Amanda