Monday, March 31, 2014

"Egg"cellent Easter Card

Remember how I told you not to throw away your scraps from your Easter banner?  (See this post: Fabric Easter Banner.) Well here's why.

Did you know that your Silhouette interfacing can be used to adhere fabric to cardstock? Yep.  Not just to adhere fabric to fabric.  Seems like it would make sense, since this was primarily a scrapbooking or paper crafting die-cutting machine.  But yet, this stuff is great! So, with all those extra little scraps and edges you had left over from your banner making....

Put these scraps to good use! can make a simple and delightful Easter holiday card.

Make this "egg"cellent card with fabric or paper scraps.
Supposing you didn't make a cute Easter banner like in our last post, or supposing you (gasp!) accidentally threw away all your little scraps, you can easily replace the fabric with paper scraps, and just use glue to adhere it instead.  But I think it's easier with the fabric because you can adhere it all in one fell swoop of the iron.  Yep.  Fell swoop.  Irons do that?  Yes.  They do.

Here's your step-by-step instructions.

Fabric Easter Banner

Well my...this post has been a long time in coming.  I have been meaning to share this lovely lil' swag banner with you all weeks ago.  To make up for it, I'll do another post later today of what you should do with the scraps/edges of your fabric from this post--so don't throw them away! :)  Trust me.  An easy use for them. (Check out the follow-up post HERE.)  But for now, here's a little something you can do with your Silhouette interfacing and a little fabric to "Springify" you home for Easter.

Happy Easter banner that makes me happy.
Materials Needed:
* 11 Fabric squares or scraps, about 4x5 inches each (to be safe) (supposing you want a different colored egg for each pendant)
* 1/3 yard of cream colored burlap (for pendants)
* 1x1 foot square of cream colored fabric (for letters)
* Ribbon to hang it from
* Permanent Fabric Glue, like Crafter's Pick (found at Hobby Lobby, etc.  Just be sure it says that it dries clear.)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Stencil Vinyl: Shirt and Mug

Or, shirt with a mug-face wearing it. ;)

Okay, so being real.  Here are a few projects I made this weekend using some of our Silhouette Stencil Vinyl.  Have fun.

Sharpie Mug

First, I'm sure you've seen the whole "write on ceramics with a Sharpie and bake it" craze that was all over Pinterest.  Well, I think it was a craze because it was 1: cheap, 2: easy, and 3: cute.  I have wanted to do it for a while, and finally decided to try it out.  But first, I read up some tips on it to be sure that it really worked and that I was doing it right.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Simple, Quick Playroom Decor Ideas

So, playrooms are great for lots of things:  they are great for making "forts," for lots of pretending, make-believe games and for playing dress-up.  They are also for laughing and being creative, dancing and singing, crafting and coloring, enjoying the company of friends and family, and also a way to try and keep mom and dad a little more sane by attempting to limit some of the more messy chaos of discovery and fun into one room in the house, more or less.  (So we like to think.)  They can become one of the hearts of your house, because this is where so much of the learning, loving, discovering, and just sharing can take place.  Obviously those things happen wherever you are (even in the bathroom, sometimes) but this is one room that is dedicated specifically to your children--to their creativity and to their growth.  (And to their mess. ;) )  And your life is dedicated to them.  Parenthood is truly a miracle and unbelievable gift.

All that said, this doesn't mean that the room has to always be a mess and can't have some semblance of organization.  (I've seen many a playroom more organized and cleaned than various college roommates' bedrooms.)  It also doesn't mean that mom can't have some fun decorating it and adding some of her own creativity to the playroom (or that it needs to cost a lost of money).   I, for one, LOVE whimsical playrooms. The great news is, it doesn't have to cost us hundred of dollars to upgrade our playroom a little.  Really, less than $10.  With the help of just a few of the simple scrapbooking tools we have on hand, we can add a bit more design and cohesiveness to the room.  So here are just a few ideas for how to spruce up your playroom! (If you haven't already seen my previous post on some simple images to frame for your playroom, check out this post: Picture Perfect Playroom. Just dollar store frames and Cricut images!)

"Star Work" or Artist's Board

This board is similar to a gift we made for my Dad to hang up in his house, which you can see in my previous post "Grandpa's Little Artist."  This board was made using a scrap piece of plywood, some left over fabric from the playroom curtains :), a little batting, and some clamps.  I merely put the batting on top of the board, covered it with the left-over fabric, wrapped the excess the fabric around to the back of the board and stapled it in place on the back.  Then I screwed the clamps into the board, through the fabric.  Voila.  Easy peasy.  Finish off with a vinyl quote above your little artists' display board! For some other ideas of quotes about art that might be fun to put above it, try this link.   Need vinyl colors to match your color scheme?  I can bet you we've got 'em at a good price: Silhouette colored vinyls or Cricut colored vinyls.  (Really, they both work fine in either product.)

Hang children's art on this easy to make board, and use vinyl above it.  "Star Work!"
Height Chart

Have extra vinyl now, of one particular color?  Why not make a "height chart" for one wall to measure your kids up against.

(Is she cute or what? :) ) Use a pencil and a ruler to mark the correct distance for where to place your vinyl.  And, as always, remember the vinyl will come off walls without ruining paint, so fear not to adhere! :) If you mess up, just slowly pull the vinyl off starting on one side.  If it has adhered well, use a blow-dryer to loosen it up a bit.  

Playroom "Rules"

My sister saw this on Pinterest and decided to print it out on some scrapbook paper and frame it for the playroom.  You could, once again, use vinyl, if you so desire.  And obviously you can make up your own "rules."  Have the kids help you create them. 

And finally, here's another simple and simply cheap update to your playroom that can add a splash of color and fun.  

Paper backed bookshelves

Glue or otherwise adhere scrapbook paper (or wall paper, or wrapping paper, for that matter) to the back of the book or toy shelf.  Pull out the shelves from the backing (this is one of those cheap Wal-Mart models where the shelves just slide in) and glue on your matching paper, being careful to not leave any areas uncovered. Slide the shelves back in and you are DONE.  Cute, eh?  

There you go!  And, as always, we'd love to hear some of what you've done!