Tuesday Tutorial: Canvas Quote

 

 

Up until recently I had only used canvases for the base of my bow boards.  But thanks to TONS of inspiration from Pinterest, a few months ago I wanted to try something a bit different with them.  While I love making tiles with quotes and verses on them, they aren’t the best for hanging on the wall.  At the craft shows I was doing before Christmas, this was a constant question I had…  how do you display them.  If you don’t have someplace to put a stand, then the tile just doesn’t work.

So I began thinking about other things that would work.  While wandering through the canvas aisle at Michael’s one day, it hit me.  Put the vinyl on canvas and then it can be painted any color as well!

I had my first opportunity to try this out for my sister-in-law.  Recently they were blessed to adopted 3 sweet children!  I had pinned a few adoption “creed” type saying on Pinterest and she also had one she loved.  So instead of cutting it to put directly on the wall, I designed it to go on a canvas.  Come see how easy and yet stunning these turned out!

 

Tutorial: Canvas Quote

Materials

-canvas, any size (I used 16×20)

- paint, 2 colors (one for the base which will end up the color of the letters, one for the top)

- vinyl lettering or alphabet stickers

- foam brush

 

Begin by painting the entire canvas in the base color (the coloring you want for the letters).  You might need to do a few coats.  I left it pretty streaked as I wanted that more aged look for the final project.

Paint the base color on the canvas

 

The next step is important (and of course I didn’t take a picture of this step in my excitement to get the canvas done):

Put the vinyl onto the canvas! 

Once the base coat(s) is dry, paint over the top with your main color.  Again I only did one coat as I LOVED the way the brown was coming through the pink, but you can do a few coats if you want.  You can’t see it but the vinyl lettering is there underneath all that pink.

Paint second color over the vinyl

See, I told you the vinyl was under there.  Here is a close up just so you can be sure!

Close up of the vinyl under the paint

Once the paint has dried, carefully peel the lettering up (yes, that’s right the vinyl will end up in the trash, but the finished product is totally worth it).

remove vinyl lettering

I love the imperfection in the canvas.  It makes the final project look a bit more weathered and tattered.  LOVE that.

close up of lettering

Here is how the final product turned out!  I love it, my sister-in-law loved it, and I can’t wait to make more!

finished canvas

 

Here is another one that I did for her little boy’s room.  He is the big brother and he needed a special canvas to remind him just how important that job is!

This is the canvas with the vinyl still on.  I used a very thin blue paint and I LOVE the way you can see the strokes of the brush!

 

Another canvas with vinyl

Here it is all finished with the cream paint underneath.  I WILL one day be making these for my boys (just not sure where I am going to put it yet!)

Finished canvas

 

What is a verse or a quote you would want on a canvas???

Simple Easter Canvas

 

Ever since making my Christmas canvas I have been so excited to make more.  Something so simple and yet it can make such an impact for holiday decor.  So one day at Michael’s I stocked up on a few different sizes of canvas.  I knew I wanted to make a few smaller canvases for the upcoming spring holidays.

Easter is an amazing time of year and I wanted a constant reminder for my family about the true reason for the holiday.  It isn’t bunnies and eggs.  Easter is the time of year when we can truly think and reflect on what Jesus Christ did for us over 2,000 years ago.  HE IS RISEN!  While He paid the ultimate sacrifice and gave His life for our sin, He also conquered death and rose from the grave!!!   Mom's Busy Crafting: Easter Canvas

 

Three simple words and yet they mean so much!  I LOVE how this turned out and it was only about 20 minutes of crafting.

Crafting Away

I am still here, just crafting up a bunch of baseball shirts, homeschooling like usual, and gearing up for LOTS of projects to have available for you very soon. With Teacher Appreciation week, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day all just a month or two away, I have to plan ahead!

Baseball Mom Shirt

I do have an Easter decor post coming for you soon!  Can’t wait to show you the simple canvas that says it all.

Tuesday Tutorial: Paper Banner

 

Another party happened recently around here and I realized that I haven’t ever done tutorials on how to make your own party decor.  Banners are super easy (although not the quickest project) and can easily be saved for use again.  You can hang them for holidays, birthdays, showers, or really anything you want!

Paper Banner Tutorial

Finished Paper Banner

Materials:

- cardstock (bottom layer, second layer, and one or two papers for the lettering)

- Cricut (or something else for cutting the desired shapes)

- glue or Mod Podge

- tiny hole punch

- brads or ribbon

Gather materials - cardstock

Above you will see the papers I picked out for my son’s Avengers banner.  I wanted to use the red and blue cardstock for the back layer.  Then the red and white polka dots for the smaller layer on top of that.  Finally I just used black for the lettering. Quite often I use a shadow behind my lettering to make the words POP more but in this case I didn’t.  My paper stash is HUGE from all the scrapbooking I do used to do, so most of the time I don’t have to buy paper for my banners unless I am planning an entire party from invites to water bottle wraps.  Then everything needs to match!

To clarify here is what I gather when I am beginning to work on a banner:

-Bottom layer – 4-5 pieces of cardstock in 1 or 2 colors.  I like to alternate colors sometimes, other times I do all one color.  For this banner I grabbed 2 sheets of red and 2 sheets of blue to give me 20 circles (5 per page).

-Second layer – this is mostly decoration so for this I always use a patterned paper that matches the theme. I used 3 sheets of paper and cut 6 circles per page.

- lettering – 1 or 2 colors depending on whether or not you cut a shadow. Here I didn’t.

Cut out all pieces

Once all the pieces are cut out, I like to lay out my banner and arrange it before I start putting it together.  That way if I am alternating the back layer colors I don’t mess up!

begin to layer

I center the layer on the back circle. At this point I am not gluing anything together.

add lettering

Then add the lettering on top to get that all arranged correctly.  You don’t want any misspellings!

arrange entire banner

So here is what my desk usually looks like when a banner is in progress.  From here I start gluing it all together.  I was low on my craft glue sticks and didn’t want to mess with Mod Podge since my boys were all upstairs with me doing school.  Honestly I really love using Tacky Glue Spray Adhesive but it makes a mess and I didn’t have a box to spray onto.  But it makes banners come together SO very fast without the bubbles of Mod Podge.

add decorations

 

To add some color and decorations to the banner I found the Avengers colors that I was using for everything else and cut 4 circles in each color (the extras were used for other party decor and labeling).  Then using some vinyl (because I really didn’t want to have to glue so many pieces of cardstock down!).  The vinyl is already sticky backed so it was like putting on a large sticker.

Punching holes for brads

Next to put the banner together I use a cool tool that I received from my friend, Aimee (she loves handing me down all the scrapbooking supplies she doesn’t need anymore and she has given me LOTS of cool things, this tool being one of the best!)  You can get yourself some at JoAnn’s if you are lucky or you can just order some HERE.
assembling the banner
Now just start assembling your banner.  I like to use brads to put mine together for a couple reasons: they are a bit quicker than stringing the banner on ribbon and they are then able to be saved since they fold up so easily! (see the picture below)
Back view
To make sure they are going to fold nicely (great if you are taking the banner to another location to use or if you want to reuse them in the future) you will need to hook them together in the right way.  One side of the banner needs to be on top for all the circles while the other side is on the bottom.  See the picture below – the right side of the circle is always on TOP of the next circle and then the left side is always on the BOTTOM of the circle right before it.
Banner -right side under, left side on top
See how nicely this folds up!  Now it is time to fold it up and put it away for the next superhero party!
Folded up banner
What are you going to make a banner for first???

 

 

 

Tuesday Tutorial: Simple Superhero Cape

When my 7 yr old decided he wanted a Superhero party I was a bit surprised (all I had heard about for MONTHS was Lego Ninjago so I thought for sure the theme would involve plastic blocks).  Thankfully we have Pinterest now, seriously does anyone use Google anymore???  I know that is the first place I look for just about everything now!  I immediately started pinning away.  Then suddenly the party morphed into an Avenger theme, mainly because the birthday boy wanted to be Captain America.

Since this was going to be a small affair (only 3 guests and the birthday boy), I knew I could do a bit more for the favors.  Capes were a must!  There are many cape tutorials on Pinterest but in the end I decided just to do my own thing.

Superhero Cape Tutorial

Superhero Cape Tutorial

Materials:

  • 3/4 yard of fabric (I used cotton broadcloth)
  • bias tape
  • sewing tools – pins, rotary cutter, matching thread

To start I wanted my capes long so I didn’t cut the fabric (I left if the 44″ – selvage to selvage).  If you are making capes for little ones (toddlers), cutting the fabric in half where it is folded on the bolt would make a perfect length.

First I took one side that was 27″ and made that the top.  I found the center, marked it with a pin, and from there measured out in both direction marking my pleats with pins.  From the center I measured out 3″ then 2″ then again 3″ and 2″.  That way my pleats were about 4″ apart and there were two on each side.

 

 

mark pleats

I then pleated the fabric making sure the pleats faced INTO the center.  I folded the pins that were 2″ apart into each other so they met and then pinned them in place and ironed the pleats.

bring pins together

bring pins together to make pleat

Here is a close up picture of two of the pleats on one half of the cape.

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Here you can see the entire top after it was pleated.

pinned pleats

Once all the pleats were completed I did a quick basting stitch to hold the pleats in place while I hemmed the other three sides of the cape.  That way I didn’t have to worry about the pins coming out or the pleats getting messed up.

Next, I hemmed the cape on the remaining three sides.  I measured 1/4″ all the way around and folded the edges in.  I did this again and pinned as I went.  Then just stitch all the way around the camp.

 

hemmed edges

hem sides and bottom edges

I had a few eager helpers that wanted to sew when I was making these!

mommy's helpers

 

Now for the final step.  To finish the top edge and create the ties I went with bias tape.  I wanted something very simple that would still look nice. I prefer to use the EXTRA WIDE DOUBLE FOLD bias tape.

bias tape to finish top and create ties

I cut my bias tape to 36″ long (next time I think I would do a 54″ cut to make the ties a bit longer).  Then I folded the tape and marked the center with a pin.  Then I lined that up with the center top of the cape.

fold cut bias tape in half to find the center

Pin the bias tape all along the cape (it’s pleated now so it has a slight curve to it.  Fold each end of the bias tape into the folded edges to finish the ends.  Then just sew all the way around the top to secure it closed and to the cape.   Pin bias tape Add bias tape for ties

Find a willing assistant to model the completed cape and let them “fly” off to save their friends from harm.

Cute Cape Model

Here is a view of the back so you can see how the pleats fall.  My model is a bit smaller than the boys these were made for the so the pleats are harder to see.  Final Product

 

 

Here is a view of the finished capes on the Superheroes!  They are quite long but I like that they have room to grow!

Superhero Cape TutorialMy son wanted an Avengers themed party so I then used my Cricut and some iron on vinyl to create the symbols of the various Avengers.  More on that in another post!

 

Fun Food: Playing with Felt

 

My new niece is going to be 2 in just a few days and I have been making felt food for her birthday.  Honestly, this is a craft I have wanted to make for some time now, but didn’t really have an excuse until now.  Sure my boys have a play kitchen, but I didn’t really want to make them some knowing that soon the kitchen will be outgrown (I have changed my mind however and my little guy will be getting a set of food for his 2nd birthday!).  So imagine my joy when my nieces got a play kitchen for Christmas!  YAY  I can make them some food to play with!

I started pinning away to my Fun Food board on Pinterest in search of the sets to make.  This was a problem however since there are WAY more ideas than I have time for!  Good thing this is a gift I can keep adding to ;)

To begin with I was looking for felt food that came with tutorials.  This was a new craft to me and I needed some basic instruction to get me started (from there I would do what I usually do and figure it out as I go).  When I came across the post on a PB&J with the bread template I knew this was where to start.  Soon I was busy sewing (by hand) LOTS of bread.  Well, it felt (get it, FELT! haha) like lots.  The unfortunate thing about felt food is quite a bit of it is hand sewn.  That means TIME.  So there I would sit, while watching TV with my hubby, sewing away.

PB&J

The quesadilla I just looked at the picture and then figured it out.  I traced two circles on cream felt and then 1 circle on yellow.  Sandwiched them together, cut it into 6 pieces and then used my sewing machine and just sewed the edges of all 6 triangles.  Super quick and easy.  Used this same method for a pizza but that took a little more work with toppings.

Quesadilla

The felt breakfast is my favorite I think.  These are the pieces before I sewed them.  I didn’t want to change the thread on my sewing machine over and over, so I just sewed them by hand.  I did end up sewing the white of the eggs on the machine.  If I had a lot cut out and ready to go then I would just machine sew them.  Maybe next time.

 Pancakes and Eggs

I have had a lot of fun with felting food and I am torn as to whether or not to sell these.  While they are so fun and cute, they are quite a bit of work!  Can’t wait to show you ALL the food I have created but that will have to wait until after my niece’s birthday party!  I want it to be a bit of a surprise for her mama ;)

Celebrating Fun: February 2013

January flew by and to be honest I was so busy working on orders, crafting up birthday gifts and baby shower items that I didn’t even have time to breath, much less do any fun extra celebrating :(

I plan on doing much better in February though!  We have a tradition around here they my little ones hold me to!  (See the post on our Valentine Tradition)  Along with our daily treats here are some other was to celebrate fun in February

February Celebrating Fun

4 – Thank a Mailman Day – leave a nice note and even a treat for your mailman!  We all like to get something other than a bill ;)

7 – Send a Card to a Friend Day – who doesn’t like to receive a note!

8 – Chinese New Year!  It’s the year of the Snake so make a snake craft or read a book about Chinese New Year.   We will for sure be having Chinese food for dinner this evening.

14 – Valentine’s Day – heart shaped foods, cards for friends, and any other ways that show your family to love them!  If you need some ideas, check out my Will You Be My Valentine? Board on Pinterest!

Valentine's Day breakfast

17 – Random Acts of Kindness Day – do something nice for someone you don’t know!

24 – Torilla Chip Day – make some homemade pico de gallo and guacamole to munch on as well ;)

Look Whoooo’s Expecting

My husband is blessed to have 5 sisters (which means I am even more blessed to have 5 sisters-in-love!).  That means lots of bridal and baby showers have happened since I have been in the family.  I consider it to be a HUGE blessing that I get to help with these bridal and baby showers.  Remember the sweets themed shower I helped with for my sister-in-love a couple years ago?  Or the sweet and sexy bridal shower I helped my  sister-in-love throw for her best friend?  There are have been many more that I just never blogged about for some reason.  I love throwing a themed party and so when my sister-in-love, Ashley announced she was pregnant I couldn’t wait to help with her baby shower.  Imagine my excitement when it was a girl too!  Something new to this mom of 4 boys and aunt to 3 nephews (a niece was born in September and then another nephew and two nieces were just adopted into the family but I didn’t get to throw those showers).

Ashley’s hubby is in the Army so we first wanted to throw a pink camo baby shower.  Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and JoAnns must not think that is a good theme, however, since I could find NO pink camouflage paper anywhere!  So after a quick text conversation with my sister-in-love it was decided owls it would be.  Off I sent her to pin away on Pinterest the cute ideas she wanted at her shower.  (Some of them I pinned on my Shower the Love board, so you can check them out for yourself!)

 

In the midst of the planning and creating of invitations, banners, water bottle wrappers, and cupcake toppers – I got a text from my mother-in-law asking if we could make these cute toliet paper roll owls too.  I managed to fit in time to make two (I might have been able to make a few more but my husband had recently exited our bathroom with about 10 empty toliet paper rolls  and a confused look on his face.  Upon questioning whether or not I was saving them for a reason {which at the moment I was not} he threw them out. BUMMER!

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My sister-in-love, Kim and my friend Kayla (the mommy-to-be’s best friend) helped me craft up all the decorations one day.  There is nothing like crafting with friends to make it all more fun!  I was going to take pictures along the way so you would know how to make your own banner and water bottle wraps but we were in a rush to get it all done.  There will be another party I am sure and then I will take them time to show you all how to create your own party decorations!

Welcome Sign

Welcome sign – it didn’t go on the front door since it was way too windy.  We put it in the entry way where guests were asked to address an envelope for thank you notes.

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Entry way, just look at all that pink and purple!

Here is a look at the food table.  We had lots of yummy treats!

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Banner

Cupcakes were topped with owls that were the same as on the invitations.

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Banners finished off the decor and I always put the circles together with brads so they fold up and travel really well.  Plus this way they can easily be saved for future parties (if generic) or can be put up in the new baby’s room!  My sister-in-love, Kim has gotten really good at making banners so I put her in charge of cutting these out on the Cricut.

Tuesday Tutorial: Fort Kit

When it comes to gifts for little boys, there just aren’t as many homemade gifts that can be given.  But this is a quick and easy gift idea that creates HOURS of fun for boys and girls (and their mommies and daddies).  My boys received a fort kit for Christmas in 2011 from a dear friend and they have played with it for HOURS!  I LOVE that it is something that has them get creative and can be played with in SO many different ways.

Want to make your own??? Well let me tell you how…

Tutorial: DIY Fort Kit

 

Fort Kit

Materials Needed:

- twin sheets (I bought two so that the fort could be a bit larger if desired)

- bias tape

- coordinating thread and sewing machine

- clamps

- various lengths of rope

- flashlights (with batteries of course!)

- glowsticks

- a bag to put it all in

- optional – iron on vinyl to label kit

Supplies needed

I bought two twin sheets at Walmart to start with.  I love these since they are under $5 each for just a flat sheet AND they come in a cute fabric pouch.  Up until now I haven’t found a use for these but I always save them just knowing that one day I would put them to use.  They made the perfect pouch for holding the clamps and ropes for the kit.

Start by cutting your bias tape into 8 -12″ lengths and 4 -3″ lengths.  Each corner is going to get a tie and then the loops will be sewn onto the sides of the sheets in the center.  Sew up the open side of ALL the pieces of bias tape.
Fort ties

Fold each 12″ piece of bias tape and sew them onto the corners, backstitching several times.

attach ties to corners

Here are my two finish sheets with all the ties attached.  Now the hard part is done!  Seriously, the rest is pretty much just putting it all in the bag.

Ties attached to sheets

I wanted to label the bag so that it wasn’t so plain.  After cutting some iron on vinyl, it got ironed on and then it was onto the rest of the kit.  (The bag I found from Jiffy Shirts, where I order my craft shirts from.  It was only about #3.25 and came in SO many colors!  You can bet that I bought a few to keep on hand for future fort kits.)

Fort Kit bag

If you have ever made a fort with a blanket and some chairs, you know how helpful clamps would be to keep the blankets in place!  The clamps I purchased at Big Lots for just a couple dollars.  It was a 16 piece set so I split it in half and the other 8 will be used for another kit.  They were put into one of the pouches that the sheets came in and I labeled the pouches with some iron on vinyl.  I did the same with the various lengths of rope.

clamps

Flashlights are a GREAT gift for a boy!  I put some in my boys’ stockings this year and they have enjoyed them!  And best of all I found these in the Target dollar bins!!!  Yep, only $1 for LED flashlights (I bought several more to put away!)  The glowsticks just finish it off.

Glow sticks and Flashlights

There you have it.  Now go off and whip up your very own fort kit to play with!  It is perfect for winter days when it is too cold to play outside and the possibilities for forts are endless!

Winter Decorating

I LOVE decorating for holidays!  I feel it just makes the house more festive and who doesn’t need a little something extra to celebrate these days?!?!  My garage will attest to my love of holiday decorations as I now have TWO garage racks packed with all my Christmas, Valetine’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, and Fall decor (NOT including my ever growing collection of wreaths I am working on!)

I wanted to create some sort of Winter mantle and some winter wreaths for my doors since everything looks so dull once Christmas decorations are put away.  So off to Pinterest I went in search of some simple DIY ideas.  I still haven’t made anything, printed, or decorated my mantle but I hope to one day add another bin to my collection that is labeled WINTER.  In the mean time, here are a few of the ideas I was pinning to offer you some design ideas (unless you are like a large majority of my Facebook fans that say they go straight to Valentine’s Day after Christmas).

Source: mycomputerismycanvas.blogspot.com via Allison on Pinterest

Could this mantle be any cuter???  Here is my ONE problem with “winter” decor… As much as I love the colors and the snowflakes, I live in So Cal so it just seems strange to hand a banner that says “Let is Snow” or the like when it is so warm here (now this winter is very chilly, but there is still no snow in my backyard – ya know what I mean!)

There are so many cute printables in Pinterest and I just love the Bucket Lists for the seasons you can find on there.  Here is a winter one that I found that I wanted to add to my mantle but I don’t happen to have a spare picture frame hanging around. The bummer about these is they are usually dated.  This one still works just fine for me!

Source: katieballa.blogspot.com via Allison on Pinterest

Last but not least, I did make some more yarn wreaths for my door.  I didn’t necessarily want to make another yarn wreath since my Candy Cane Wreaths were just up, but I couldn’t think of something better for the time being.  I got Christmas picks and ribbon for 70% off to decorate this wreath and I used a 12″ straw wreath instead of an 18″ wreath but I like the smaller wreaths.  These are perfect for the month between Christmas and Valentine’s Day and I just love them!

Winter Wreath
So what about you? Do you put up something for winter or just wait until Valentine’s Day to decorate your home?