Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall Burlap Banner

I started putting this banner together last week and finally finished it this weekend. I had intended to make this to hang on my Hoosier cabinet, but I made it a little too long. I may try it over the mantle :)

The letters are mounted on burlap pieces just like the Halloween banner that I showed you last week. The burlap is 6 inch wide ribbon that I folded and cut the "v" to make the flag shape and the orange triangle pieces are flower patterned fabric that I had in my stash.

The ribbon I used for the hanger is from Stampin' Up! I love that ribbon but never used it on my cards because it's so wide, but it's perfect for banners!!

The letters are chipboard that I painted with Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint and when dry, I added a coat of Mod Podge to seal them. I just hot glued them to the burlap flag pieces.

Before I hang it over the mantle, I need to do a little more styling of a few things. I have an old window that I've been wanting to do something with for a while and think it will work perfect to hang the banner on, but it needs some work first.

I didn't really work on anything much this weekend because yesterday was Dakota's birthday! Can't believe my bug is 14 years old.

He got lots of comic related figures and money (to buy more comics, lol). I gave him a KISS cd because he is an 80's kid at heart :) He loves classic rock!! I love this kid!!

That's all from me tonight. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Fall Rag Banner

I saw a rag banner on Pinterest and knew I had to try to make one. I just received some Stampin' Up! fabric and thought they would be perfect to make a fall rag banner!!

Aren't they yummy? They are called Spice Cake and Comfort Café and are on the clearance page. I should have bought more but I only used a portion of each to make the banner.
The first thing I did was cut a piece of twill ribbon about 2 1/2 - 3 feet long and tied a loop on either end. This will be my base. Then I snipped the edge of each fabric piece about an inch apart, making 6 snips so that I would have 6 strips. Then I ripped each piece to make the rags and folded them in half. Here are the stacks of each design ready to tie onto the base.

Here is the finished rag banner!! 

Want to know how I made it? I have pictures! It's pretty easy, in fact I think we learned out to tie this kind of knot in elementary school :) but in case you don't remember or never learned, here is a little tutorial :)

Lay your strip of fabric under your base ribbon. Remember the
fabric strip is folded in half. The folded part is at the top.
Where the fold is, put your thumb in and form a loop.
Now pull the bottom of the strip over the top of
the base and stick it into the loop.
Pull the bottom of the strip all the way through the loop and tighten.
Pull it tightly to form the knot.
This will be the back.
Here is a close up of the rags from the front.
I love the soft colors all together.

 Here is one more look at the complete banner.

This would be cute in a nursery or to use as a photo prop for cute babies :) The latter is probably what it will be once Mariah sees it, lol

I finally finished the "fall" banner that I was making for myself, but it was already getting dark, so I didn't take pictures of it yet. I will share that tomorrow when I can get good pictures.

Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tussie Mussie with a Pink Pumpkin

A pink pumpkin? Why not?!!
I joined an exchange in a Facebook group where we were to create a Halloween Tussie Mussie that must include a miniature spoon. The base for the tussie mussie was supposed to be a toilet paper roll tube covered in paper. I did not use the toilet paper roll on mine, because that kinda creeps me out, lol. I talked it over with my partner and she feels the same way!! Thanks goodness!! I used a piece of chipboard as my base and covered it with designer paper.

My partner said she likes Autumn colors orange and brown, but wanted some pink added as well. I thought the pink was going to be a challenge for me, but I remembered that I saw pumpkins painted pink on Pinterest and so that's what I did!!

I should have taken a picture of the pumpkin before I painted it, but it was a real dark pumpkin color. The berries were darker, too so I white washed them. Well, I pink washed them, lol.
I used my paper crimper on a piece of a pink and a green paper and cut them in strips to create a filler to put in the cone for the pumpkin and other items to sit on. Next I added some leaves and a piece of lace that I sprayed with inks to stain it. The pumpkin, berries and a little rose was added on top of the lace.

This is the spoon I used. It's an old tarnished spoon that we
got at a yard sale.

I added some alcohol inks to the spoon to distress it. I also
added some pink paint before I Mod Podged a cute little
image from The Graphics Fairy to the spoon.

After the Mod Podge on the spoon was dry, I added stickles around the spoon rim. I also printed off a pumpkin seed packet from The Graphics Fairy and glued it to a skewer so that I could make it stand up inside the tussie mussie. For the hanger, I added a pretty pink ribbon and also some lace and scrunched seam binding.

 I really hope that my exchange partner likes it! I may have to make one for myself :)

I am working on another banner, this time one for me! It's burlap and fabric and will say "Fall"
and I will share it as soon as I finish the letters on it.
Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Burlap Halloween Banner

I finally finished Mariah's Halloween banner!!! I was waiting on the chipboard letters that I had to purchase online. I'm so glad I did, because they are perfect!!!

I painted each letter with Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint and then colored the edges with an orange marker. I applied a coat of Mod Podge to each of them to protect the paint from chipping, then hot glued each letter to it's own banner flag piece. And voila!! I cute Halloween Banner for Mariah to use in her fall photo shoots.

I can't wait to see the pictures she takes with this as part of her backdrop! The only place I had to hang it up to take pictures was on my art building porch, but you get the idea of how it will look hanging up!

Now I want to make an "Autumn" one for myself :)

I have also been working on a Tussie Mussie for an exchange with a fellow crafter. I will share that with y'all next time :)

Until then....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Beginnings of a Halloween Banner

My daughter Mariah AKA The Photographer asked me to make a Halloween banner for her Halloween mini sessions. I love making her photo props :)
Although, I am not a Halloween person. Well, I like the cutesy Halloween stuff, but I hate horror movies and blood and gore stuff. My son on the other hand loves anything horror and frightening!
I wanted the banner to be fun and whimsical, but to keep it fall looking, so what better material to use than burlap?!!!

I used some burlap ribbon that I cut the v shape out of and sewed two pieces together to make it sturdy. Then I sewed them all together with orange ribbon. I have to find some cute letters, but this was the most time consuming part of it. I am thinking thin wood letters, just have to find the right ones. I am thinking that the letters should be turquoise. Orange and turquoise are so pretty together!! What do you think? Or maybe just black? Mariah got some skeletons she wants me to add to it. Maybe, I'll do this one with black letters and make myself an Autumn banner with the turquoise :)

I also used the last bit of the burlap ribbon from the wreath project in the last post. I gathered it to make it slightly ruffle and it is now on my mantle. I will try to get a picture tomorrow when it's sunny and brighter in the house.

That's all from me tonight! Hope y'all have a great Monday! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

A Burlap Initial Wreath and a Sweet Birthday Girl

I found some burlap ribbon at Hobby Lobby that was $6.00 for 10 yards! I wish I had gotten all they had, but when I went back the other day, it was all gone. Never fails. lol.
What better way to use this awesome burlap than to make a wreath?!

I used a regular green Christmas type wreath and added the burlap ribbon. The "L" also came from Hobby Lobby. I painted it with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint and added a little burlap flower that I made a while back. This was the easiest and quickest wreath I have ever made! AND I have a yard of the burlap ribbon left over!

Today was my granddaughter's 2nd birthday party and it was so much fun!! She was the cutest thing ever!! Here is the cutest little birthday girl ever!

The party theme was Bubble Guppies and I showed the happy birthday banner that I made in the last post. I also made the cake and cupcake toppers by printing each character, cutting them out and laminating them (and cutting them out again).

Bubble Guppies Birthday Cake

Bubble Guppies Cupcakes (I made the stand out of a chandelier and plates)

Cake and Cupcake Table

The Bubble Guppies theme was so much fun!! My daughter ordered the cake from Publix and my cousin made the cupcakes, then I added the characters to them. The party was great and lots of family and friends came to celebrate with us.

This has been a really long day so I am going to say goodnight! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Bubble Guppies Happy Birthday Banner

Boy, September is cruisin' along kinda fast, isn't it?! We have a lot of birthdays in August, September and October, so I have been busy crafting and creating things for gifts. Next Saturday is my granddaughter's 2nd birthday party and the theme is Bubble Guppies. I made this banner for the party :)

I found the Bubble Guppies characters by doing a Google search and just downloaded them and printed them on card stock. I created each letter in My Digital Studio, using a different color background and letter for each and printed then on card stock. Each character and letter were die cut with the Spell Binders scallop die and mounted on Stampin' Up! Pacific Blue card stock that was also die cut.


I attached each character and letter by punching a hole on each side and tying them together with different ribbons. The "happy" is one banner and the "birthday" is a separate banner. I can't wait to see Elizabeth's reaction at her party!! Two is such a fun age!!

I am thinking about adding these to my Etsy shop. What do y'all think? How much should I sell them for?

I also made a burlap wreath today. I'll share that with y'all next time! Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Cute Curtain for an Ugly Backdoor

I made another curtain today, this time for my ugly backdoor. Yes, my backdoor is probably the ugliest of all backdoors! I hope to replace it early next year, but for now, it just needed something cute. Yellow gingham is cute. I found this cute yellow gingham table cloth at the thrift store for $1.00 and immediately thought it would make a cute curtain!.

I cut it in half and sewed the red rick rack across the bottom. Then I sewed the curtain rod pocket in the top and voila! A cute curtain!! Here it is hanging in my art house before getting it ready to hang on the backdoor.

And here it is hanging on the backdoor!! The lighting in my house is not very good, sorry this pic is not the greatest.

So the backdoor is still somewhat ugly, but the cute curtain helps cover up some of the ugly, lol

I also made a curtain for Dakota's bedroom window earlier this week. Again, the lighting in my house is horrible, but you get the idea.

Yes, it's Star Wars!! We found a bolt of this fabric for $12.00 and even after making this curtain, I have tons left. I may try my hand at making pillow cases. The fabric is thin cotton so, I backed the curtain with drop cloth from Lowe's. Love that stuff!! Have you used drop cloths for anything creative? Would love to see what you made!

I am so happy that this is a three day weekend. I have been busy making birthday invitations for my granddaughter who will be 2 next week!! I can't believe she is 2 already! I am also working on a Happy Birthday banner. The party theme is Bubble Guppies and Amber and I have had fun finding stuff to decorate with and snack ideas. I will share all of that soon.

Hope y'all have a great Labor Day!! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!