Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I've been busy making Tutus!

So, I'm participating in Samster Mommy's tutu drive and I'm so happy to have completed 3 tutus to send to her. I wish I could have cranked out more, but with a full-time job and my family, it's virtually impossible to do much crafting at all, especially the kind that's on a deadline. Mine are nothing fancy, but hopefully some little girls will enjoy them just the same. I'm going to look for some kind of magic wands to doll up to match tomorrow. If I find some, I'll post them too. You can read all about the tutu drive here. I suggest that we all get together and send as many dress-up items as we can to this cause. It's just an awesome idea and I'm happy to be helping.
Samster Mommy Tutu Drive

Saturday, July 17, 2010

State love art tutorial

I saw this adorable art on Etsy (I wish I knew who it was by so I could give credit) a while back that included a state on striped background with a tiny heart for the capitol of the state. I can't remember who was selling it or how much it was, but I knew I could recreate it for much cheaper, or I would have bought it then. So, here's another tutorial.

Supply List:
-print out of state (desired size)
-scrapbook paper
-heart or star hole punch
-craft knife
-scotch tape
-glue stick (not pictured)

1. Cut out the state but leave enough around it to be able to tape it to the scrapbook paper you're using for the state, tape the state to your scrapbook paper so that it doesn't move when you're cutting, then cut out your state with your craft knife.

2. Next, take your heart or star hole punch and punch it in your desired sb paper color to mark your capitol. I just used the edge of my background sb paper since that was the color I wanted and I wasn't using it all. Also, cut your background sb paper to whatever size frame you will be using. Mine is 8x10".

3. Finally, use your glue stick to glue down your layers. You should end up with something like this.

This is really easy and fairly cheap as long as you have some of the tools in your arsenal, so enjoy. If you try it, please share your version with me. I'd love to see it!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Yay! My first tutorial: DIY striped broom

Ok, this is my first tutorial and it's super easy. I've seen the brooms in different stores that have cute stripes and patterns, but I couldn't really justify spending the $$$ when I had a perfectly functional broom at home. Sooo.....I took a few supplies that I already had on hand and went to work. I chose the blue green color because I love the way it looks with red, but I'm not in love with the way the combination looks on my broom. I may change the colors all together, but I wanted to share the tutorial anyway, because I DID promise one. So, here goes!

The supply list:
-blue painters tape at desired stripe width
-your choice of color spray paint
-plastic bag (not pictured)
-sandpaper (optional)

1. First, you CAN sand the broom down and then whipe it clean, so that the paint will stick better, but I didn't. Only time will tell if this was a mistake or not. That is why the sandpaper is optional. Then, Tape off your broom using the width of the roll of tape to measure in between so that your stripes are even and cover the bottom and bristles of the broom with a bag and tape it off so that you don't get paint on it. This is how mine looked.

2. Next, spray paint your broom.

This is how mine looked at this point...

3. Let the paint dry completely. I left mine over night. Remove the tape and wahla! You're done! Wasn't that easy? I know mine looks a little Christmasy, but you get the idea. It was a really cheap and easy project using items I had on hand, so it was FREE!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Aaahh....I promise some tutorials are coming

I promise that I'm working on a few tutorials to add to the blog. I just have to research this blogging thing a little more before I get into the swing of it. Thanks for your patience... for now, I leave you with this Resolution Subway art I made using Lilblueboo's tutorial. I was so pleased with how it turned out. Hopefully my next post will include a tutorial.