Friday, April 23, 2010

Faux Cupboard Picture "frames"

When I saw these cupboard picture frames on the Creative Crate a few weeks ago, they instantly were added to my ever growing list of projects to do. Unfortunately, I had no idea where to get cupboard doors in my area. So that meant that I either needed to come up with another way of doing it, or resort to taking the doors off my cupboards, because this was one of those projects that I just HAD to do! Well, I need my cupboard doors, plus they weren't really the right side, so this is what I came up with.

I think they look like pretty convincing cupboard doors, don't you? Here is how I did it.

I got 8x10 frames from Michael's that have a really chunky frame. They are $4.99, but I used a 50% off coupon. If I had a router (someday I will!) I would have probably just cut some wood to the size I wanted then routed the edges. But this works too.

I also got some $3 frames from Walmart. I painted the edges of both frames black to that when I lightly sanded the edges the black would show through.

The next part I don't have pictures of, but the frames from Michael's had MDF boards behind the glass that I drilled holes in for the ribbon. Then I removed the glass, painted everything white and sanded the edges. When it was completely dry, I added the ribbons. Then I took the MDV board and put it in the Walmart frames, and glued the Walmart frames onto the Michael's frames using E6000. For the clips, I had some already, but they were all pastel colors, so I spray pained them with Oil Rubbed Bronze paint.

And there you have it! I love them!

I obviously need more pictures for them still, but even empty they look cute.

And I need a project for the 8 pieces of glass I have leftover from them. Any ideas?

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Thanks to Maryanne over at Scrappy Gifts for featuring my A Very Cute Boy layout!

And stay tuned later today for some faux cupboard frames that I came up with, inspired by these at The Creative Crate.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Creating Keepsakes Convention

So I am FINALLY finding time to blog about an actual craft, instead of just excuses of why I haven't been able to blog!

I mentioned awhile ago that I went to a Creating Keepsakes Convention with my mother-in-law a week or two ago. It was so fun! The classes were great and gave me tons of new ideas for my scrapbooks and motivation to get caught up on them! I came home with tons of layouts that just need pictures added to them. It was kind of weird for me to make a layout with a specific picture in mind, but most of the layouts I did would work for pictures I have waiting to be scrapbooked. They also move SUPER fast in each class, since they are trying to pack so much in that most of the layouts I had to finish at home. So here are a few that I have gotten done.

I love the colors of this layout and I learned a cool ripping technique. Here is a close up of it...

Notice how the edges are ripped. To do this you need a piece of double-sided patterned paper and then cut it down to a 10x10 square. Then just randomly rip pieces off the edges, rough the torn areas up with your finger nail and roll the rips down. Then take the 2 inch scraps from when you cut your original patterned paper down to 10 inches and cut little strips just big enough to adhere to the back of the paper, so the opposite pattern is showing in the front, behind the rip. I hope that makes sense! I couldn't take pictures since we did this in class and were moving at a break-neck pace! I think it looks so cool though! I also love the pocket we made. For that one, all you do is cut a rectangle out of patterned paper, rip a v shape into it, punch holes along each side of the rip and then sew it back up with a ribbon.



I also took a class on using over sized mats that was cool. It is an easy way to bring your page together. I like the ribbon embellishment on this one. All you do it fold 3 inch pieces of ribbon and adhere it to a circle.

Here is another layout using 2 over sized mats.


This class was one of my favorites. It was called misting and masking. And as you guess from the title we used masks on paper, them sprayed them with mist inks, removed the masks and got this...


This is another layout that I did in the same class as the ripping layout...


I love the group of pockets that you can see on the far right of the layout. I will show how I did that for another project I will be posting soon.

But I will show you how I made this little heart.


First take two strips of paper like this...

Adhere them together at the bottom. Then cut off the excess edges to make your point at the bottom, like this...


Then use a corner rounder at the top to finish your heart.

And you're done! I added a few fake stitches with a pen over the line where the papers overlap and inked the edges.

I still have about 20 more layouts to get done from the convention. Maybe that will get me caught up...

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Concussion

So the past day have been pretty eventful for me. Not with crafts, scrapbooking, or decorating unfortunately, but with an ER visit. My youngest son fell of a bar stool yesterday, knocked himself out and suffered a concussion. So once again, this is a very unproductive week for my blog, but the most important thing is that my baby is okay!

Monday, April 12, 2010

OOPS!

Okay my winners of the Sunshine Award. I almost let you off easy. There are some rules to the award. Here they are...

1. Put the logo on your blog or within your post.
2. Pass the award on to 12 other bloggers.
3. Link the nominees within your post.
4. Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Link back to the person from whom you received this award.

Slacker, I mean Sunshine Award

First of all thanks so much to Allison at Oopsey Daisy for awarding me with the Sunshine Award. Although I think right now I deserve the Slacker award! Luckily I haven't been slacking in all aspects of my life, just the blogging one! We have had some absolutely gorgeous weather and I feel it is practically a sin to stay inside when it is so nice outside because I know that soon enough it is going to be too hot and humid to do anything outside unless you are swimming. So we have been going to the park practically everyday, riding bikes, flying kites, blowing bubbles and drawing with sidewalk chalk. I even have the beginnings of a tan line from my flip flops! Then this past weekend I attended a Creating Keepsakes convention with my mother-in-law. It was awesome! I have tons of layouts that I will post as well as lots of cool techniques that I learned! But that also means that part of my week was spent getting my house "mother-in-law" ready! :) Which took longer than usual since I have neglected my house in favor of playing outside.

That was probably more info that you wanted, but there you go, a reason for my slacking!

So, on to the Sunshine Award!



I now get to spread the sunshine to 12 other awesome bloggers!

So here they are in no particular order...

1. Better Life Bags: She makes awesome bags and even better, it's for a good cause!
2. Honey Bear Lane: She has one of the cutest quilts I have ever seen and way cute appliqu├ęs.
3. Lechateaudesfleurs: She has an absolutely stunning house and does the cutest things with her kids.
4. Babblings from Brooke: She has so many great recipes! My mouth always waters when I read her blog!
5. Remodelaholic: Cassity is getting this award for several reasons. First, she is a friend from high school. Second, she was kind enough to link our adoption profile on her awesome blog. And third, her blog is awesome and she has the greatest ideas that I wish I were talented enough to make!
6. Red Head Craft More Fun: I honestly love everything she does! Way cute stuff!
7. The Thrifty BA: She has lots of cool thrifty ideas and is so good at commenting...something I need to be better at!
8. Brown Paper Packages: Keirste and Angela have cute ideas, my favorites is their wooden step stool with foot prints...go check it out!
9. Organize and Decorate Everything: Combining two of my favorite things, organizing and decorating! Doesn't get better than that!
10. Drab to Fab: These ladies are the ones responsible for my new hobby of frequenting thrift stores to find something to make fab!
11 Twiddle Thumbs: These ladies have the CUTEST wood projects! I need to get me more power tools so I can make stuff too!
12. Studio Calico: I don't know if this is cheating or not, since Studio Calico is a company run blog, but I took one of their classes at CKC and LOVED it! So, they are now one of my favorite blogs. Great inspiration for scrapbookers!

So, thanks again Alison for the Sunshine award! Hope everyone has a great sunshine-y day! I'm enjoying one right now!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Sorry for my absence...

I've been enjoying 80 degree weather and Spring Break!

But I'll see you next week!

P.S. I am attending a Creating Keepsakes Convention and vendor fair next week with my mother-in-law! I can't wait! I'll show you all the cool stuff I learn in my classes!