Monday, March 29, 2010

Pacifier Clips

I went to Michael's last week and picked up the cutest little buttons that I knew would be great for pacifier clips. I just love making these cute little guys, even if my little girl never used pacifiers!! lol

Crafty Magnets #2

I made another batch of "Crafty Magnets" this weekend, but this time I used larger magnets.

Check 'em out!

Some Spring-time magnets:

Magnets for the kiddies:

...and magnets for someone who is dying to go South but can afford it until February and thinks about it every day that she has to bundle up due to the COLD Canadian nights!! ... hahaha sorry, I don't know where that came from =) 

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Kid Friendly Easter Basket

Want a quick and easy Easter craft to do with the kids?? Check out my Kid Friendly Easter Basket I "whipped" up this evening.

First you'll need:
  • card stock
  • scrapbook paper
  • glue stick
  • ruler
  • scissors or straight edge cutter
  • ribbon (optional)

Measure and Cut your pieces:
  • 1 basket handle - 1/2" x 7"
  • 1 basket trim - 3/4" x 6 1/4"
  • 4 basket slats - 3/4" x 5 3/4"
Glue the 4 slats onto the trim piece side by side.

Now start weaving the slats. Start with the end of the first slat and glue it next to the top of the fourth slat. Continue this pattern with the next 3 pieces.

Next glue the handle to the inside of the basket. Finally, decorate your basket with a ribbon and some filling. I cut narrow pieces of card stock and folded them accordian style and used that as filling.

These baskets would be great to fill with candy or use as a safe place to keep a decorated Easter egg.

**Inspired by:

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Crafty Magnets

My Sister-in-Law made me some magnets last week and I thought they were the cutest things ever!! I just had to give them a try. They were quite easy to make too. I used clear stones that I had purchased for another project, cut-out magazine images, glue and magnets. (magnets can be bought at most dollar stores)
  • I first found what images I wanted to use. I tried to stay in the same theme throughout.
  • Then I glued the stone onto the image using embellishment glue. After I let it set a bit, I cut the excess paper from the stone.
  • Finally, using Gorilla Glue I glued the magnet onto stone.
  • Easy Peasy Lemon Squezzy

Ella's Felt Board

I came across an idea to make a Children's learning board out of felt and thought I'd give it a try. I can't remember whose blog it was from since it was so long ago that I saw it, so if it this was your original idea, I thank you!

Here's how I did it:

I painted an old frame, cut different shapes, numbers and letters out of felt and covered the old picture with a large sheet of felt. The great thing about felt is, is that when you put one piece on top of another it stays in place without any kind of adhesive. This makes a great learning tool for young children.
Next step after this will be for me to cut out shapes that correspond with the letters!
(*felt was purchased at Michaels)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Olympic Spirit!!

Well, the Vancouver 2010 Olympics are well underway and I couldn't be happier! It is fair to say that I have the Olympic fever, as I'm sure most of my country has. For a good part of the day we have our T.V tuned into CTVs coverage of the games. I bought myself a pair a red olympic mitts and dusted off the old vocal cords for my rendition of 'OH CANADA'. I've been trying to teach my little girl (who's 9mths old) the national anthem. She smiles at me when I sing it but it's more of a "I feel bad for you, I'm so embarrassed, please Mom STOP!!" kinda smile. I can't help it though. I am a proud Canadian and I'm so thrilled that the world gets a taste of the how wonderful Canada is!!!! 

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

May I introduce my sweetie ... Miss Ella

I thought I would share a little bit about my sweetheart ... my daughter, Ella.
She is by far my greatest accomplishment. She is going to be 9 months tomorrow and I can't believe how time has flown by. She loves to dance and yell "DADA" at the top of her lungs! She's a momma's girl. She will most likely play some high impact sport when she's older (judging by the way she plays now) and she LOVES chasing our two dogs around. She is pretty and sweet with a little bit of sass.
I thank God each day for blessing my life with someone as wonderful as her.  =)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Paper Craft Purse

I created these Paper Craft Purses today while my little girl was happily napping! ...
I came up with a template and then started cutting and pasting! ...
I'm going to use these for Valentine's Day and fill them with goodies for my nieces!


Another Fancy Frame

I bought a frame from Value Village and made it new again! I painted it lightly with a purple metallic paint, added a metal word, and a cute bow. FANCY! =)


I made this Magazine Holder today and am quite pleased on how it turned out! ... I used an old Rice Crispy cereal box, cut the shape that I needed and covered it with scrapbooking paper using Mod Podge to glue it in place. Sounds Easy...but not really! lol. It was a frustratingly messy job! Hopefully now that I've figured out all the kinks the next one will be easier.

Apothacary Jar

So I've been doing a lot of  "crafting research" lately and I've been seeing a lot of these jars. I must say... I LOVE THEM! So, I made one myself. Surprisingly it was a lot easier than I thought. I bought Gorilla Glue and couldn't believe I have ever crafted without it. This glue will change my crafting future for sure! lol

I used a jar I bought from Dollar Giant, some ribbon and a metal word I had on hand, Gorilla Glue, and a wooden candlestick (which I painted) that I bought from Value Village.

Now I just have to figure out what I'm gonna put in it  =)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

2 tiered cupcake stand

I am hosting my sister-in-laws baby shower this weekend and thought a cupcake stand would make a good addition to the decor...and since I'm on a tight budget, I made it myself from things I already had at home.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Fancy Frames

I took a plain wood frame and made it ... fancy!

You'll need:
wooden frame (or any other frame with potential)
clear glass stones (dollar store)
hot glue
paint (I mixed silver metallic and black paint)
paint brush

This is how I did it:

paint frame
lay stones on frame
once you are happy with the layout of your stones .. glue them on
and you're done!
for added "fancy-ness" you can add a bow to the top

Easy Peasy Lemon Squezzy!! (as my friend Jen would say =)  )

Monday, January 11, 2010

Starburst Mirror

You will need:

~skewers or dowels
~hot glue
~small round craft mirrors - walmart $1.97 ..25 pk
~scissors - strong enough to cut through skewes
~ruler and protractor
~small automotive mirror - walmart $1.97
~silver metallic paint
~paint brush
~wall fastener so you can hang your piece

How to:

~using automotive mirror, trace circle onto cardboard
section the circle into equal pie pieces using your ruler and protractor

~now take 16 skewers, 8 of these need to be cut shorter by a couple inches

~using hot glue, apply the 8 longer skewers - first at 90 deg. angles (this will make a cross) - now at 45 deg. angles (in between each 90 deg angle

~now apply the 8 smaller skewers using hot glue. These will be applied between each of the larger skewers

~paint the entire piece using the silver metallic paint.

~now you will need to apply the mirrors... First apply the automotive mirror to the center of the piece using the hot glue

~next, apply the 8 larger craft mirrors to each larger skewer

~then apply the 8 medium craft mirrors to each smaller skewer

~finally, measure a few inches down on the larger skewers and apply the 8 small craft mirrors

~lastly, apply a wall fastener to the back to the piece.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Pacifier Clips

You will need:
  • ribbon of your choice
  • clip ( I used a name tag clip )
  • embellishment glue
  • notion of your choice
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • Velcro stickers
  • lighter
  • double sided tape or fabric tape
How to:

  • cut ribbon to desired length
  • using lighter, melt the two cut edges. This will prevent fraying in the future
  • apply Velcro to the "wrong" side of the ribbon - one at the very end and the other about 2 inches from the end. This will give you the "loop" that will allow you to attach the pacifier
  • some clips will allow you to attach the ribbon on by looping it into a provided hole, while others (like the ones I used) require you to glue the ribbon on. For this I used embelishment glue. It's great for applying metal to fabrics.
  • if you're looping your ribbon through a provided hole, ensure you secure the end using either double sided tape or fabric tape
  • if you're gluing the ribbon onto the clip, use embellishment glue - and do this now. allow to set for 10 minutes
  • now carefully glue on your notion to the clip using embellishment glue. Be careful to not move your clip around a lot, as the glue takes awhile to set completely. Follow directions on bottle.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Infant Headbands

These are easy to do, take no time at all, and look super cute!

You will need:

  • ribbon of your choice
  • notion of your choice ( I chose a buckle style notion)
  • embellishment glue
  • Velcro stickers
  • lighter
  • tape measure

How to:

  • measure baby's head - add an inch or so for growth
  • cut ribbon to that length
  • using lighter, slightly melt ends so in time they won't fray
  • add Velcro stickers - two of each side will be needed to allow for adjustment as baby grows
  • if using a glue on notion, do this now and allow to set

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Kady's Checkerboard Birthday Cake ... Cake #3

This is my 3rd cake!! I'm so proud of this one. I tried something I saw on Cake Boss. I made it a checkerboard inside. It was really exciting when we first cut into it and saw my work of art!! lol.