Monday, January 24, 2011

Paper Dolls

I love this little Japanese paper doll that I made. I had used some instructions from another blog, but found that they weren't the size I wanted, and that I wanted to change some things, so....I made my own template and came up with this. I used my scrap scrapbook paper, glue, cardstock, and scissors, that's it! These are so fun and I just know that kids could make them too. This one came out to about 6 in. long and 4 in. wide, but just cut the bottom some and make the "hair" not so ridiculously tall, and it will fit right on the front of a card.

I think it would be great to use on the front of a card. Any other ideas for use?
PS-If anyone would like the template/instructions I made, just let me know and I'll write it up and post.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Craft Party

To start the year off I am hosting my first ever "Craft Party." Plan to have some challenges and some standard things to do, like make Valentine cards. I've been sewing, cutting, organizing, etc. to get all the supplies ready for everyone, including those quilted Valentine hearts. This is the invitation I ended up making (RSVP and address left off for picture purposes). I sewed the edges and embossed the letters (need to keep working on that).

Quilted Valentine Hearts

I can be a lazy sewer sometimes, especially when it comes to sewing for card making. I had made some quilted hearts last year but decided it was too time consuming to make them so that there is a clean side seam and doing the turning it inside out, hand sewing closed, etc. Welcome my new "lazy sewer" method.

Using scrap fabric, scrap lace and binding, and batting, I made these delicious quilted hearts and plan to use them on cards etc. My favorite part about these, they are completely reversible-meaning that if I like one side better than the other, I just use that side, yay!

How to make: (1) sew fabric scraps on one side of batting, then sew scraps on the other side of the batting (2) any pieces that on the fabric that need covering can be covered by placing scrap lace, batting, or whatever overthe part that needs to be covered and sewing it down. (3) Ready to cut out the hearts, any size and shape you like-can use a cookie cutter or free hand, whatever. (4) once all the hearts are cut out, zig zag stitch around the heart and you are done!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Mod Podge Tea Box

Sometime ago I was inspired by a mod podge tea wrapper clipboard, over on Mod Podge Rocks, and decided to save up my instant tea bags and make a tea box using those wrappers, and now I have finally done so.

I used a box that some stationery came in and my old tea wrappers I had been stuffing away in an envelope. I think the end product is very fun and could be used for anything, not just tea, but this is definitely a good way to see the tea that I have in one cute box.

What do you think?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year-Year of the Rabbit

Happy New Year to all. I wish everyone a healthy and happy year. New Year's must be one of my favorite holidays and there are many traditions I have around New Year, one of those is to send out New Year cards with the theme of the animal that is the animal for that year (the Chinese/Japanese new year). I can't wait to start making the cards to send out :)
Oh, and by the way, my craft room/space is now officially underway so I will post pics as that progresses (Thank you Dad for the cabinet!!)

There will be lots of updates and tutorials to the blog this year and I hope that they are fun and useful to you. If there is anything you'd like to see on here let me know and I will try my best.