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???

 

 

 

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!

My To Do List for January…

The holidays came and went and with so much crafting that happened before Christmas I wanted nothing more than to be LAZY  after Christmas.  So that is pretty much what happened!  I watched movies, played with the boys, planned some New Year’s Eve fun with my family and pinned away on Pinterest.

So when January arrived I suddenly realized just how crazy busy I needed to be in order to get done all that I need to get done.  I planned out posts and tutorials I want to share with you. There are way to many versions of a to do list and supply lists floating around my craft room and I have piles {all sorted} of projects that need to get completed.

This is a post where I don’t necessarily SHOW you myself what I am doing {since I haven’t done most of them yet}, but instead I am going to show you where the ideas for my upcoming projects came from.  I have one nephew’s bday, 2 baby showers, a neiece’s birthday, my oldest son’s and a few projects I want to get done for Valentine’s Day!

Here we go:

1. Newphew’s Bday Gift – Fort Kit

 

If you are on Pinterest you might have seen a version or two of these floating around.  My sweetest friend made a fort kit for my boys’ last Christmas and we have had LOTS of fun creating with it!  I LOVE gifts that are TOYS but are still oh so fun and encourage PLAY.  My post for my version of a fort kit will be coming up next Tuesday, but for now I will show you where the idea came from.

 2. Baby Shower – one for a friend, one for my sister-in-law

 

Seems to be baby season all around me and with that being the case I have two baby showers to go to in January.  The first is for a woman that we have known for years now.  It’s a Dr. Suess theme (remember one near and dear to my heart) so I know it is going to be adorable.  I love giving handmade gifts – shocking I know – so I decided this time to make a carrier cover.  I wish I had one of these when my boys were small. A blanket, while having the same function, just isn’t as lovely as a cover that is handmade!

For my sister-in-law, I made the invites and will be very busy soon crafting up banners, cupcake toppers and more! YAY!!!  She wanted an owl theme so I put two owls sitting on a tree branch on the invites.  Super cute!  I will be sure to take pictures and show you all I make for the shower.  Might even do a few party tutorials on how to make banners, water bottle wrappers, cupcake toppers and more.

MBC - invites in progress

 

3.  My niece’s upcoming birthday

For those of you that don’t know, I finally have nieces!!!  After 6 years of having only boys on my hubby’s side of the family (my four included) I now have 3 nieces and one more on the way (see the pink and purple baby shower invites pictured above!)  Needless to say I have LOTS of ideas on my If I Only Had a Girl board on Pinterest that will now be getting some attention!  One item that I have seen and wanted to try out was felt food.  Since I am {sigh} at the end of my baby years, I wasn’t sure this was the right thing for me to invest my time in creating for my boys.  Now, however, I am obsessed and can’t stop searching for and pinning felt food ideas.  Thankfully felt is cheap!

I have a huge list of food I want to make for my nieces.  They got a lovely pink princess kitchen for Christmas and it NEEDS food for them to cook in it!  One has a February birthday and the other is in April so I can spread out my felting of food a bit.  My boys now also want some sets (and I want to play with them too!) so I will probably be making doubles of everything.  I’ll post my felt foods as I get them sewn.  Lots of hand sewing is involved so I am hoping my hand can hold out!

5. Superhero Slumber Party

My oldest is about to be 8 yrs old and he is finally to the age of slumber parties.  While I do LOVE to throw parties (as seen here and here) they are a lot of work and with 3 boys with birthday months all back to back, this busy mama needed a break!  So my two older boys both agreed to forego family dinners this year for slumber parties.

My oldest has requested a Superhero party so I started searching for boy slumber party ideas.  I found a few cute superhero party themed ideas. I am hoping time allows for some personalized party favors for the boys that come.  These makes are so awesome!

Source: cutesycrafts.blogspot.com via Allison on Pinterest

6.  Valentine Projects

I finally completed my version of the conversation hearts hanger I found on Pinterest last Valentine’s Day.

Source: thepeanutpaintshop.blogspot.com via Allison on Pinterest

I never got around to completing the last few steps of the project.  It now is proudly hanging on the wall by my front door.

MBC- Conversation Heart Hanger

I will be selling these until Valentine’s Day so if you want one you can place on order by sending me a message on my

Facebook page! I’m selling them for $15 for up to 4 hearts and $3 for each additional heart after that.  Let me know if you

want some cuteness hanging on your wall for Valentine’s Day.

I will also be working on some new wreaths for Valentine’s Day so check back to see what I have come up with!

I’m already tired thinking of the work I have ahead of me but I am always excited to craft and try out some new things!

Tuesday Tutorial: Christmas Canvas

OK, So this will NOT be the best tutorial ever!  I didn’t take very good step by step pictures along the way.  1) I just was really excited to get this done and 2) It was around 11pm in the evening when I STARTED working on this!

So here you go!  I’m going to give you the run down of what I did.

 

Christmas Canvas Tutorial

Materials:

- artist canvas – mine was a 22″ x 28″ canvas from JoAnn’s that I snagged for 60% off!

- black acrylic paint

- foam brush

- white indoor vinyl (I get ALL my vinyl from Expressions Vinyl)

I started by painting my entire canvas with my black.

Wait for it to try and then paint on a thin layer of Mod Podge over the paint.  A pin on Pinterest said that this would help the vinyl to adhere to the canvas easier.  This was NOT the case for me.  It *might* have had something to do with the fact that I was dying to get this project finished and didn’t allow it to dry overnight!

While the paint was drying, I cut the vinyl on my Cricut.  I saw this pin on Pinterest and that was the inspiration for this project.  For the vinyl, I used the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge for the stable, the Opposites Attract cartridge for the ADORE, and then Lyrical Letters for all the other lettering.  I can’t remember which cartridge I found the star on.

Mom's Busy Crafting - Christmas Canvas materials

Since I didn’t wait for the Mod Podge to fully dry I had to fight with the vinyl a lot to make it get onto the canvas.  Almost wished I hadn’t put the layer of Mod Podge on.

Here is the final product, all lit up by my Christmas tree.  I am in LOVE with how it turned out!

Mom's Busy Crafting - Christmas Canvas

Mom's Busy Crafting - Christmas Canvas close up

Tuesday Tutorial: Magnetic Board with Vinyl

Before I was blessed to be a stay at home mama, I was a 6th grade teacher.  Let me just say that if Pinterest had been around when I was teaching, my classroom would have ROCKED!  Not that it wasn’t pretty darn cute or very organized (because it totally was) but there are just so many great ideas to steal emm, copy on there.

Well my dear friend (and practically family) Stacy asked me to help her get ready for the upcoming school year with some Pinterest inspired projects.  She got on Pinterest over the summer and started pinning away.  After texting me several times to ask for help on certain projects she finally just created an entire board called “Things Allison Can Help Me Make : )“.  LOVE IT!  I always feel so honored and special when people ask me to help them and I just love doing it.  So after several conversations via text message on what supplies to bring and what I already had on hand, our crafting day was set.

One of the classroom items Stacy wanted to make for her class was a Where Am I? board.  Using that same type of style we also made a magnetic board for her students to use as the take Accelerated Reader tests (online reading comprehension tests that are done once a book is completed).  Below are the finished projects.  Since I still don’t have a cable for my camera, I can’t show you the step by step pictures I took of the project. I know that you guys are really smart though so this tutorial is a breeze ;)

 

Magnetic Board Tutorial

Supplies:

  • cookie sheets (Dollar Store $1 for 2)
  • spray paint
  • Cricut or similar vinyl cutting machine
  • vinyl
Begin by spray painting the cookie sheets in the desired color.  After it has dried completely, apply the vinyl you cut to the cookie sheet where you want it.
Mom's Busy Crafting: Where Are You? Board
(note: originally the words were all going to be on the cookie sheet like bathroom in the picture above but after I put the vinyl on I realized it wasn’t going to fit that way.  So that is when I turned the other words.  I went back and took bathroom off, recut it and applied it so the words were all going the same direction.)

Mom's Busy Crafting: Teaching Tool

From there you can drill small holes in the top or corners of the cookie sheet to thread ribbon or wire through as a hanger or you can display your new magnetic board using a decorative plate stand.  There are SO many uses for these boards that go beyond the classroom:
  • Chore charts
  • Menu board
  • Calendar
  • and more…

To dress it up even more you can add ribbon to divide each section of your board or even put decorative scrapbook paper over the spray painted cookie sheet to make it even more adorable. Just use Mod Podge to stick the paper on and as a sealer over the top so your paper doesn’t get all scratched up.

What kind of magnetic board will you make???

 

Celebrating Cousin Day

My husband comes from a large family and I love it!  It is wonderful that my boys have 5 Aunts and 4 Uncles as well as 3 cousins on his side (1 Aunt and 2 Uncles and 1 cousin on my side).  It is great when we all get together with the family (all 20 of us).  There are 7 grandsons all 7 and under!  (Don’t worry the family is finally getting a GIRL in September!)  It is so much fun.  With the exception of my oldest, the cousins all came in pairs so they have buddies to play with.

My mom was the youngest of 8 so I have TONS of Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Second Cousins.  Unfortunately they have always lived quite far away so I don’t see them often at all. In fact I haven’t seen my mom’s side of the family since I was in high school :(

I love to celebrate fun and obscure holidays so when I found a Cousin Day on my calendar I immediately planned a trip with my sisters in law.  We all have passes to SeaWorld so a day of fun was set!  To make it even more fun and excited I wanted to make the boys shirts that matched.  The front design was the same but the sets of siblings each had their own color of shirt so you can see which boy belongs to which family.  On the backs I put the boys’ names as well as the order they were born in.

Cousin Day shirts

Cousins

Here they are smiling for a quick picture before heading off for more fun.  It was at this point when I realized I should have made my sister in law that is expecting a girl a shirt that says #8, finally getting a GIRL.

I have a cute picture of the boys all lined up so you can see the fronts and backs of their shirts but it is on my camera and since I can’t upload those pictures yet, I will have to update this post soon! I can’t wait to celebrate Cousin Day again next year with the “new” cousins that will join the family in 2012-2013!  This is an annual tradition I definitely want to keep!