Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Feathers of Intention

Just added my newest little creations to my Etsy shop today .. come and check them out plus some other fun stuff I have listed at A Sprinkling of Whimsy .  More to come soon !

Monday, September 29, 2014

Let's get crafty....

I love banners .. they are fun and decorative ... easy to make your own to fit whatever theme or color scheme you would like to create .  This banner is for one of my swap partners and it only took about an hour or so . This banner was for an October themed swap so I gathered some autumn colored cardstock , burlap ribbon in similar colors , some leaves (these came in a package -about 20 all together for $1.99 at Michael's) . tape runner, embroidery floss in a light brown color , my stencils and the Recollections chipboard album in the perfect shape for a banner !

I laid my chipboard shapes out and cut a very little bit off of the top - this way I could get all 4 pieces covered with 1 12x12 sheet of paper.  I then cut off 2 pieces of my embroidery floss and attached 1 of them to my first banner piece and the other to the last piece. I cut the piece big enough to leave a decent sized loop for hanging my banner . I taped up all of my chipboard pieces and adhered them to the desired piece of cardstock.  I then cut them out and used my exacto knife to get right up to the edge for each piece.  I inked up all the edges of my banner pieces to give them a little more punch .. you don't have to do this part but I thought it gave them all a pop of color.  I then used a coordinating solid color cardstock and used my alphabet stencils to trace my word .. which happens to be Fall :)   The kit only gives you 4 pieces of chipboard so if your word is longer you can just pick up an extra kit .. they were only $1.99 each and if you have a 40% coupon it's definitely a bargain .

I attached a leaf and a letter to each piece of covered chipboard.  I saved the ribbon for last.  You will need to gauge the placement of your ribbon depending on it's width.  The ribbon I used was slightly wide so I measured it about a quarter inch from the top of the banner and then overlapped the extra onto the back of the chipboard. I used my good ole' stapler to adhere the ribbon since I knew it would hold it securely .  You could however use a tape runner or any other adhesive of your choice.  Be sure to allow for space in between the banner and the ribbon as this will make it easier to fold it up for storage , etc.

And there you have a quick , fun and crafty way to decorate a window, mantel, etc for whatever season or holiday you wish !

Tomorrow I will be announcing my newest creative addition to my Etsy Shoppe .  I am having so much fun crafting these ! See you then!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

6 on Sunday

It's another Autumn filled 6 on Sunday .. and I have to say that I really want to try my hand at that gorgeous wreath !   I feel quite accomplished this weekend in that I finished up a couple projects that I had started and that were swimming around my brain.  I will be sharing one a day over the next few days and they will all be added to my Etsy shop by the end of the week. I hope you like them as much as I enjoyed creating them !

Till tomorrow :)

                                                         1 .. Paper feather wreath

                                                         2 .. Pumpkin place holders

                                                         3 .. Fill your tummy

                                                         4 .. Get crafty with paper towels

                                                         5 .. Caramel .. need I say more

                                                         6 .. Ghostly Goodness

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Workspace Wednesday

Autumn really does get my creative mojo up and running...there are so many projects I want to do .. and so little time . I need about 8 more hours in the day .. or a permanent 3 day weekend :)
I have an October Happy Mail swap that needs to get started and I am including a handcrafted banner which will be using all of the supplies  I have pictured above.  I also have some ideas for the wooden feathers to be used on their own .. which will hopefully be added to Etsy very soon.

Do you have a particular season that inspires you more so than others ?  If so I would love to hear about it and the reasons why it kicks you into creative mode !

Monday, September 22, 2014

Matchbox Madness

I have had the Tim Holtz Alterations Movers and Shapers Matchbox die for a little while now and I finally got around to playing with it over the weekend.  I will now be slightly obsessed with making these little wonders. So much fun and so many different ways to adorn them and fill them !
If you haven't played around with these types of dies they are really easy to use and to assemble. The only thing I definitely suggest is purchasing the premium crease pad which I was clueless about it until I received the die in the mail and saw this recommendation printed at the bottom.
I ordered one but did not want to wait until it arrived to try it out .. plus I had a swap that was due so I figured I would go ahead and give it a whirl.

The die itself worked fine - but the crease pad will enhance the fold lines . And  more importantly it will prevent the cutting pad becoming cracked , which is what happened to mine since I had to use both to create the thickness to push thru the Sizzix .

As soon as the crease pad arrives I will be creating many more of these .. perfect for favor boxes , even gift boxes for little treats!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Crazy cool pumpkins and falling leaves ....

It's an autumn filled 6 on Sunday folks ... you will be sure to see alot of this theme in the weeks to come. There are just too many wonderfully awesome ideas to share !

And I am working on Fall / Halloween themed matchboxes for a swap and hopefully to be added to my Etsy soon .. will share some photos in the next couple days :)

                                                  1 ... All prettied up

                                                  2 ... Spell it out

                                                  3 ... Vintage Farmhouse

                                                  4 ... Gorgeous Garland

                                                  5 ... The perfect mantel

                                                  6 ... Thrifty for the Fall


Saturday, September 20, 2014

It's almost Fall y'all

Autumnal Equinox will begin on Monday, September 22...only a couple days from now..I still can't believe how quickly the summer went .  I am looking forward to fall though..the gorgeous colors, the re-decorating that transpires around the house , the hot yummy drinks like a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks , the light jackets, pretty boots, comfy clothing.  I did a little re-do today on the top of our bookcase in the living room which included adorning my little doe with new florals in the pretty colors of the season.  She was a gift from my boyfriend for Christmas last year..I knew I had to have her when I saw her on the Anthropology website .

I will be doing my major decorating in the next couple weeks..bringing up the containers full of autumn / Halloween decor is always a welcome task :) So I will be sure to take photos when it is all done.

Tomorrow I have a fabulous 6 on Sunday for you ...  all geared towards the lovely season ahead with quite a few awesome decorating ideas .  Those of you who love pumpkins will definitely need to check back for many pretty and inspirational ideas !