Seems like a strange name for a craft blog, right? Well, I have always felt a little bit shy, or afraid to share my creativenss. When making something fabulous and someone compliments me, I usually play it off like it is no big deal. I have been a 'closet crafter' for too long! No more apologies! No more excuses! I love to craft and I am not ashamed!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wooden Flag





  I found a pack of various sized wooden pieces at Michael's a while back and have been wracking my brain on how to use them!   The pack was in the 'summer camp' section with all of the different wooden pieces that kids can paint and make.  Since I live in an apartment and have not saw to cut my wood, this was a perfect way to use wood for crafts!  I believe it was 4.99 but I used a coupon (of course!) and so it made the pack of 15 2.99.  Not too shabby!
I came up with a couple ideas and have made several of each to use as gifts and what not.


I wanted something patriotic, but not over the top.  The kind of thing that you can leave out all year if you wanted.
First I painted all of my pieces white.  I skipped priming, so this was kind of my 'priming' for the wood.  Mostly I just wanted them to be the same shades of color - the wood was various shades with the grains going through it.  For each flag I used 2 - 5 1/2 x 2 and 1 - 4x4. 
After the white had dried, I applied a layer of "Weathered Wood" that I found in the paint/glue section of Michael's.  I did receive a nice tip from Ann over at Make the best of Things!  (Love a great tip!)
Instead of buying the crackle medium, you can use Elmer's Glue!  Go Check out her tutorial about it!
Anywho, I didn't know about this great idea (which I will be trying out on my next set!) so I used this stuff - it was only about $2, and it worked pretty well after I got the hang of it!  The first piece I didn't put enough of the glaze on, so it didn't really crackle.  You need to use a good amount on that layer for it to crackle nicely!

After the crackle medium dried (took about an hour cause I did a thick layer)  I painted my color on. 

I used Navy Blue, Brick Red, and Vanilla.

I used my Cricut to cut out a star to fit my blue blocks.  That was my stencil for the star.  I used the Vanilla for the star.

After the stars were dry I sprayed them with a clear coat of Spray Paint.
I also used a high grit sandpaper to rough up the edges just a bit.

I wanted the blocks to stay together without actually gluing them together.  This was my solution:
I cut a piece of felt the a little smaller than the size of blocks when put together.  I hot glued that on the back.  It gives it a little more stability, and works kind of like a hinge!
Ta-da!  I love how it turned out!

So cute!
Too bad I am giving all three of these away!  I guess I will have to make another one for me! :)
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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Weekend Projects

Here's what I worked on this weekend!
What did you work on?

 Details and how to's tomorrow!

Pioneer Day

Happy Sunday!

I am helping with a float in our local "Pioneer Day" Parade.  I am LDS, and we celebrate when the Mormon Pioneers first entered the Salt Lake Valley.  It is celebrated on July 24th and is a State holiday in Utah.  We live in Nevada, so it is not State holiday.  Most people who are LDS do not know what we are celebrating.  Our parade is a small parade, mostly made up of the local wards and goes around a couple of blocks.  Our Church building is across the street from a park, so after wards there is a pancake breakfast, Pioneer games and activities - mostly for the kiddos.  It is a lot of fun (Hot! but fun!),
Anyway, back to the float!  I am still trying to figure it all out and what we are actually going to do.  The older children in our Primary (8-11) will be helping us out, so I have been looking for ideas that they will be able to do also.
I thought I would share some of what I have come across, in case any of you out there would like to use the ideas as well!  I would also love any ideas that you might have!  Please share!!!

Cute craft idea from Looledo.com


This Sunbonnet can also be used as an apron!  So cute!
Go check out http://sunbonnetsue.com/ for other sun bonnet ideas!


This Paper Bonnet is something I might use for the girls to wear! 
They could even decorate them however they wanted! Winner!

Alright, so my search was a little sad :(  I need ideas people!  We want the kids to make something to wear - probably bandannas for the boys and bonnets for the girls.  We are making a flat bed trailer look like a covered wagon.  If you have suggestions, please let me know!!

Thanks a ton!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Card Holder - Duct Tape Style!

So sorry for the lack of posts this past week.  Life has been crazy, and I haven't had a lot of time to post!  Thanks for understanding! :)
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Alrighty, now on to some fun!
I am not normally into this kind of craft.  I am not a duct tape connoisseur.  I do not use duct tape for everything.  I just thought this might be cute :)
I was inspired by a gift my daughter made for her daddy for Father's Day - a duct tape wallet.  What man doesn't need one of those?!?!  I figured if she could do it, it couldn't be that hard!  I just had to come up with my own spin on it!
I have a ton of 'store cards'.  You know, the kind that help you save money.  I have a lot of those!  They are usually all bunched up in my purse.  I figured I could use a cute card holder.  You could even use this style for Credit Cards if you wanted.
I have also had this cute clear tape from Micheal's (Dollar Section, of course!) for a while and haven't known what to do with it.  Light bulb!  Use it with white duct tape!  Yahoo!  Now we get to play!
Supplies:  Duct tape, decorative tape, scissors or xacto knife, cutting mat.

 Hopefully all these steps make sense! 



 

Repeat this step a few more times.  I originally did my sheets 4x6 but realized that they were too long.  You will want them to be approx. 4x5.









It may look a little complicated, but it really only took 30-40 minute to put together.  I think it turned out pretty cute.  I also don't think it looks too much like duct tape. 
What do you think?

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Coming soon to my blog....

I have been working on a few projects this past week.  I will be posting some of them this week.  Sorry for the lack of posts lately, life has been hectic!
Also, I am going to start a feature!  I have been working on the graphics and what not for a blog button for the feature, so that is coming soon!
Thanks for your patience

Friday, June 11, 2010

Time for Fathers!

It is almost Father's Day!  I can't believe it!  You know summer is in full swing by the time Father's Day rolls around!  Where has the year gone?  Anywho....

I have been trying to figure out what to do for my hubby, my dad, my dad-in-law, grandpas, all the important men in my life.  Usually it ends up with the girls making something for them.  I am going to try to come up with something I can do to show my love for them.  Oh, and don't you worry!  The girls will be gettin' their craft on too! :)

Here are some ideas to get me, and maybe you started on the track to a fabulous Father's Day!

Over at Kaboose they always have a ton of ideas.  Here are a couple of my favs for dads:

This Daddy and Me Magnet just makes me smile (heheh,get it?  Smile!)  You could make it into a key chain too!

This is a gift idea on Kaboose, by way of Etsy.
These are customized wooden blocks for $6 a piece.  I absolutely am in love with these!  You should check out this Etsy Shop!  So cute!  They do lots of different words or sayings, so they would also be great as Christmas and Birthday Gifts!

Take a look at these!
Matching shirts for daddy and son!  Love it!  (I wonder if my girls would wear a tie...)

Silhouettes are really popular right now.  This one is a nice twist on it for dad!


I am all about these flat marbles right now and all the different things I can make with them!
I love this idea of making emoticon magnets for dad!  Maybe he could take them to work to put on a filing cabinet or a work board!
This idea is from the Family Fun Website.
Or, make them into family face magnets!  So many ideas!  I am gonna go pull out the ho glue gun in a min!

This idea of a 'mouse pad' could be made into a number of different pics!  This one is super easy and the possibilities are endless!


Over at Santa's Gift Shoppe they have these adorable cake ideas!  Go peak!


Alright, so that is the beginning list of my search for the 'perfect' Father's Day Gift.  What do you have in store?  Do you have a link you want to share?  Let me know!

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