Friday, September 28, 2012

Cross-stitched Paper Embroidery Hoop Art

Hi!  It's Amanda again!  (for the last time this week, I promise!)  The Country Charm collection comes with a variety of bright and cheery polka dot prints on the "B" sides.  I got to thinking that these dots would be perfect as a cross stitching guide, so I gave it a go.

I thought I would make a piece of trendy embroidery hoop art to give as a gift.  While I stitched a heart on my project, cross stitching lends itself to a variety of simple designs, making it easy to make a customized gift.  

I first printed the sentiment on the paper and then pierced the holes with a paper piercer.  Stitching the heart only took a few minutes.  I went with a not-too-Valentiney color scheme so it could be hung in the house year-round.

And what would an embroidery hoop be without a fun bow on the top? 

Here are a few tips to make light work of your cross stitching:
  • Sketch your design on a piece of scrap paper first.  You may say, "Duh", but I managed to screw up a few times.  
  • Trim the paper so the dots run vertically and horizontally.
  • Trim paper to 8.5"x11" so it will run through your printer.
  • Pierce holes on the dots where you will stitch. 
  • Adhere inner hoop to back of your paper and trim excess paper with a craft knife.
Have fun stitching! 

Supplies
From the Country Charm collection: Vintage Wallpaper 1514; embroidery floss (DMC); 6" embroidery hoop, grosgrain ribbon

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Country Sweet Pencil Cup

Happy Tuesday to you!  Amanda here today with a fun idea for jazzing up an old can.  If you are like me, you can never have too many pencil cups.  I have them scattered all around my house, each stuffed to the brim with pencils, pens, screwdrivers, scissors, etc., because I never know when and where I may need a certain item.  (You should see my purse.  YIKES!)  Recently, scissors have begun to take over my craft room, so I repurposed an old hot chocolate tin to help reign in my scissor stash.
I love this sweet cherry print from the Country Charm collection!  Paired with gingham and rick rack, this can just screams country chic.  Plus, I think it's pretty darn cute.  

I die cut a pair of cherries and applied Glossy Accents to give them some dimension.  They look yummy enough to eat! 

Perfect for my scissors! 

Be sure to stop by later this week for more crafty goodness! 

Supplies
From the Country Charm collection: Cherry Pie 1504, Picnic Blanket 1509; red and green cardstock (Bazzill Card Shoppe), brown cardstock (American Crafts), rick rack, Glossy Accents, Silhouette Cameo

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Cards with a View: Fall is in the Air

Hi!  Amanda here with you today.  If I had to pick a favorite season, I would pick fall because it is not too hot, not too cold, and all you need is a light jacket.  :)  Seriously though, I love the cooler weather and, unlike spring, it is not wrought with weeds.  Urgh. 

I am a sucker for creating scenes on a card and just couldn't resist stamping and fussy cutting a tiny apple orchard. 

I made the tire swing from a real rubber LEGO tire.  It is not often I have a stroke of crafty genius, but I'll take the credit for this one.  :)

I stamped and fussy cut the apples from the Cherry Pie print.  The little apple stamp fit perfectly on the cherries.  Don't they look delish?  And although subtle, I stamped a houndstooth background with watermark ink. 

This window card was inspired by a canvas wall hanging I saw on Pinterest. 


After stamping the tree and leaves, I free-hand cut the curtains and punched the valance and layered each with foam squares.  I added some jute twine for tie-backs and I was done!  

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
From the Country Charm collection: Sweet Floral 1512, Tiny Floral Border 1513, Picnic Blanket 1509, Superstar 1511, Cherry Pie 1504; kraft (The Paper Co.); Home Sweet Home stamp set, houndstooth background stamp (Market Street Stamps); apple and sentiment stamps (Paper Smooches); ink (ColorBox); jute twine (May Arts)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Spooky Baker's Twine Spider Web Wreath Tutorial

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to be sharing a fun and easy way to create a spooky Halloween wreath.  Create a spooky spider web with a spool of baker's twine and some plastic spiders.  You can even get the kids involved with this project!  All it takes is a bit of time and some basic crafting supplies.

All you need to make this wreath is a foam wreath form, baker's twine, and plastic spiders. | popperandmimi.com

Spooky Baker's Twine Spider Web Wreath Tutorial

Supplies: 10" styrofoam wreath form, May Arts baker's twine (approx. 100 yards), stapler, spiders.
Easy spooky baker's twine spider web wreath tutorial

1. Begin by stapling the starting end of the baker's twine to the back of your wreath form.  I stapled mine in a zigzag pattern so it wouldn't slip. 
Easy spooky baker's twine spider web wreath tutorial

2. Now get some good music because you'll be here for a while (maybe 20 minutes).  The fastest way to wrap the wreath is to hold the wreath form between your legs so you can pass the spool between both hands.  I found it easiest to wrap the twine around several times and then push it down.  Finish the wreath by tying the twine in a knot.  BONUS: Your thighs will tone while you work.
Easy spooky baker's twine spider web wreath tutorial

Easy spooky baker's twine spider web wreath tutorial

3. Tie four pieces of twine across the middle of the wreath, securing with square knots in the back.  I opted to have my web off-center and asymmetrical for a more authentic spider web feel. 
Easy spooky baker's twine spider web wreath tutorial

4. Tie a piece of twine near the center of the web.  Loosely wrap it in a spiral to estimate the length you will need. 
Easy spooky baker's twine spider web wreath tutorial

5. Starting at the center, begin looping the twine around each spoke, creating a spiral as you go.
Easy spooky baker's twine spider web wreath tutorial

6. When you reach the end, trim any excess twine and staple to the back of the wreath.
Easy spooky baker's twine spider web wreath tutorial

Easy spooky baker's twine spider web wreath tutorial

7. Hot glue some spiders to the front of the wreath and you're done!  Now you have a perfectly spooky Halloween wreath that will last for the years to come. 


Easy spooky baker's twine spider web wreath tutorial

Happy haunting!

Amanda
Easy spooky baker's twine spider web wreath tutorial

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Bushels of Fall Fun

(If you are here for the Unique Crafters Challenge Blog Hop, click HERE

Happy Fall (almost)!  I put together this fun fall card for both the Moxie Fab World Repetition Challenge and Market Street Stamps September Block Party.  It's not too late to join in either of these challenges!  

 
Isn't this card just perfect for fall?  I paper pieced a delightful trio of apple trees, some baskets and some clouds.  I even fussy cut some tiny apples!  I used Market Street Stamps Home Sweet Home set, Riding By set and the Houndstooth background stamp to make this card. 


I just couldn't resist adding the cute little gnome peeking out from behind a tree!  Jillibean Soup's Apple Cheddar collection was perfect for this card. 

I pieced the sentiment together from some journaling cards and wrapped the card with some May Arts jute twine.  

Happy fall to you! 

Amanda

Unique Crafters Challenge Blog Hop


Come check out our blogs and enter to win a free digital stamp image for each of the design team sites that you visit. Simply check out the blogs on this list, find the blog hop post on each blog and leave a comment with your name. You will be entered to win a prize for each of the blogs you visit and comment on. You have until Sunday, September 30th to enter. Please, only enter once per blog.

Watch for the winner announcement post on the Unique Crafters Challenge Blog on October 7th along with our other prizes for the month to see who won.

Check out all the sites on this blog hop:


I made this fun card to celebrate the blog hop today!  If you like what you see on my blog, I invite you to become a follower of my blog and on Facebook. ------->

Thank YOU for stopping by!  Have a fantastic day and enjoy the hop!


Amanda

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Tuesday Trigger: A Pin Therein

ETA: I missed the TT deadline, but here's the card anyway.  :)

It has been a while since I have played along with Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger.  Between summer vacation and getting our house ready to sell, there has been little time for crafting!  In fact, I almost forgot to post this card which is why I am blogging at 11:30pm.  Here is my entry for the Pin Therein challenge over at Moxie Fab World:


I used GCD Studios Country Charm collection for the hexagons on this card.  I love the colors and the patterns.  They compliment each other perfectly!  I zigzag stitched around random hexagons so the card wouldn't look too cluttered.  I finished the edges of the card with zigzag stitching, too.  I dolled up some cute chipboard embellies and the card was done!  

While creating that many stitches on a card is not difficult, it was a bit time consuming to pull all of the threads through for a seamless look. 

The trigger image: A quilted hexagon pincushion
Thanks for popping by today! 

Amanda

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

September Issue of The Paper Cut Now Available!

I love crafty magazines, but FREE ones are even better!  If you haven't check out GCD Studios online magazine, The Paper Cut, you are missing out on tons of fun, crafty inspiration! 
 

Country Charm is one of my favorite GCD Studios collections!  The colors are bright and the prints are fun and cute.  Be sure to check out Nina's card on p. 19.  It encompasses everything bright and cheery in the Country Charm collection.  

Which project is your favorite?  I'd love to know!  


Have a happy day!

Amanda

Monday, September 3, 2012

Altered Altoids Tin: Back to School Kit

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  I know it's not Christmas, but the kids are back in school which feels like Christmas to me.  :)  Today I have a fun idea for using those Altoids tins you are saving for "later".  Well, later is now!

Cute little altered Altoids box, right?  Take a look at all of the goodies inside! 


This little box contains a perfect menagerie of products that a middle or high school aged girl (or even a mom) may need throughout the day: hand sanitizing wipe, pain killer, chapstick, Tide wipe, breath strips, tampon and a ponytail holder. 


And they all fit so neatly in this discreet little case that will fit in any purse or backpack. 




I wanted the box to have a low profile so it wouldn't take up too much space or be too bulky.  I used a yellow EC Vintage Tea Room setting and my EC Shape Studio Round 14 tool and matching bubble cap to make a custom embellishment. 

I wrapped strips of paper and stickers around the edge of the box and adhered a piece of baker's twine to the top of the box. 

The contents of this box could be changed to suit any need.  You could fill it with crayons for little ones or make a mini first-aid kit.  The possibilities are endless!  These tiny kits would make fun gifts, too!  

Epiphany Crafts Supplies
Shape Studio Tool Round 14
Shape Studio Accessories Round 14 bubble caps
Vintage Settings Tea Room

Other Supplies
Echo Park Paper Everyday Eclectic collection
The Twinery baker's twine
Altoids tin

If you come up with a fun idea for a mini kit in an Altoids box, be sure to let me know on my Facebook page

Have a great day!

Amanda

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Unique Crafters Challenge #7: Anything Goes

Welcome back to Unique Crafters Challenge sponsored by Scrapbooking Unique!  This month's challenge is anything goes!  Challenge #7: Anything Goes,  begins on September 1 and ends at midnight (CST) on September 30.  You can link up three different projects for your chance to win a fantastic prize package!  A winners will be announced on October 5.  Be sure to read all of the fine print on the Unique Crafters Challenge blog homepage.

Big Chance Giveaway Contest

I am so excited to announce the Big Chance Giveaway Contest for September at the Unique Crafters Challenge Blog. You will have over 20 chances to win great prize packages when you enter this month. 

The theme for this challenge is: “Anything Goes” 

This month is going to be a little bit different. Instead of commenting on the posts our designers will be focused on discovering great new blogs to be highlighted in our Friday Spotlight Posts. Also check back on September 15 for information about the Designers blog hop where you will have another chance to win prizes. Remember, with an “Anything Goes” theme, you can post up to three links for any paper or digital craft project you have designed during the last three months. 

We will be giving away awards for the following categories:
Best Home Decor Project
Best Party Favor
Best Alcohol Marker Colored Image
Best Altered Art Project
Best Digital Craft Project
Overall Favorite Scrapbook Page
Best use of Photos on a Scrapbook Page
Best Theme on a Scrapbook Page
Best Color Combination on a Scrapbook Page
Best Simple and Clean Scrapbook Layout
Most Elaborate Layout
Overall Favorite Card
Best Birthday Card
Best Baby Card
Best Color Combination on a Card
Best Simple and Clean Card
Funniest Card
Most Elegant Card
Most Elaborate Card
One Big Grand Prize Winner

With autumn approaching, I made an encouragement card using warm, fall colors and natural elements such as burlap and jute twine. 

I adhered patterned paper to a miniature clipboard and inked the edges.

And who doesn't love hexagons?  This card is loaded with a variety of hexagon patterns!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I can't wait to see what you create for this month's Anything Goes challenge!  

Have a happy September!

Amanda