Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Easter plaque

Here's a sign I made for the relief society room at church. Since we live in Germany I had to make the sign in German. This plaque was easy, there was no molding involved for once:)

I found a piece of wood in my wood stash that was perfect for this project, it measured about 11.5cm x 32cm. I used the leftover paint from the eggs I painted from the previous post.

I used my silhouette a lot for this project. I made a stencil for the background which I filled in with pink paint.

I then used my silhouette to cut out a white picket fence with white vinyl.
I used the silhouette to cut out 'Ostern' in black vinyl.
I didn't have green vinyl so I cut a strip of grass out of green card stock (with the silhouette) and used mod podge to adhere it to the bottom of the plaque.
I found these really cute angle brackets in France at a store called Mr. Bricolage, I didn't attach them to the plaque because I want to be able to reuse them. I love these brackets, I used another pair to hold up a shelf in our kitchen and I distressed them with sandpaper which removed some of the white paint to reveal the metal underneath.

Right now I'm working on a banner to add to the decorations I've made so far. I'll try to remember to take a picture of the finished mantel at church.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Painted eggs

Part of my new calling at church is to decorate the relief society room depending on the season. Since Easter is coming up I thought I'd get tarted on some decorations. While I was at it I decided to work on some decorations for our home as well. The first thing I did was paint some eggs to decorate some branches for our home and for church. Here's the finished product for our home:

Here's how I decorated the eggs:
I bought 20 white eggs and started by cleaning them with some warm soapy water. Then I used a sewing pin and hammer to poke a hole on either side of each egg.
Then I used a yarn needle to make the hole on either side big enough for the entire needle to fit through the hole.
Once the holes were done I blew out the contents of each egg, if the holes are big enough it doesn't take a lot of time to empty them. Before painting them I rinsed them with some warm water and blew into each egg to get all the water out.
I mixed some acrylic paints to get the color that I wanted. I used wooden skewers which I poked into the egg carton to hold the eggs in place and to not get paint all over my hands. One coat of paint was enough so once it was dry I mixed some white acrylic paint with a bit of water and used a tooth brush to spritz the eggs, be careful this part can get messy!!
I didn't wait for the white to dry I just went and did the some thing with some dark brown paint mixed with a bit of water.
Once the eggs were dry (later that evening, as you can tell from the lighting) I got some thin white ribbon, made a loop and tied a knot at the end.
I stuck the knot through the top whole of the egg and added some glue with my glue gun to seal the hole.

I glued little pink flowers to my branches to add some color.

My daughter found a little bird nest on the ground at her kindergarten which I stuck in between the branches. Enjoy!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Valentine décor

This post is about a week late and really all I'm doing is showing off the beautiful flowers my husband gave me for Valentine's day:) but I also love the way I've decorated this piece of furniture. Before Valentine's day I had a plant in the middle of my tray and once these flowers die I'll probably buy some tulips which will be perfect for my Easter décor.

I bought these cute shabby chic glasses in a store that used to sell amazing shabby chick furniture and decorations but they had to close down:(
One more close up of the flowers:)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What I've been up to:)

I feel bad I haven't posted anything this year until now. Time really flies sometimes. Here's one reason why I've been too busy to blog, I received a cuttlebug for Christmas and have been really busy making cards and experimenting with my new machine:)

Here are some of the first cards I made, I only had one set of cutting dies to start with and a few embossing folders. The label in the next two cards are from Spellbinders (labels 5).

In this card I used a metal embossing sheet to do the dry embossing, it's a spellbinders impressabilities. The label is Spellbinders Labels 4 and the stamps are from Waltzingmouse stamps, they make coordinating stamps for some of the spellbinders labels.In this card I used spellbinders labels 2 and the coordinating waltzingmouse stamp set. For the purple background I simply used a damask stamp that I stamped several times on the card stock using brown stazon.
Last week I finally received the circle and scallop circle dies I'd ordered from lifestyle crafts and Quickutz, I decided to go with those companies instead of spellbinders this time because they had a lot more dies in their set for the same price (15 dies instead of just 5 or 6)and they are great for layering. I'd seen a tutorial online for these adorable telescoping cards. These were so quick and easy to make, I never use designer paper for cards but these cards look so cute with the designer paper. The sentiments I used were also from waltzingmouse.

I saw a few cards like this online using a label die as the base of the card, I love making small cards because I never know what to write in them:) The cupcake stamp is from Inkadinkado and I used my distress inks and a water color brush to color in the stamped image. the sentiments is from that same stamp set.
I love this card, I did some stamped embossing on the card base and added green distress ink, then I cut out a Lacey circle from spellbinders and used impressabilities to emboss that. I die cut a labels 4 and added the happy birthday sentiment and I cut out some flowers using Marianne D creatables flower dies. I put a ribbon through the Lacey edge and attached the label as a tag with the ribbon. I glued the flowers and added a perle to each flower.
I did a lot of layering on this card as well as embossing, I love how it turned out!
This card I made today, to make the flowers I used spellbinders rose creations and some foliage dies from spellbinders.
Hope you enjoyed these cards! Oh, and Happy Valentines day to everyone!!