Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Hip Hip Hooray! It's Party Popper Time!

Today Studio 5 celebrated their 8th birthday!  I can hardly believe it's been 8 years since I started participating in this fun show! What a blessing it has been to get to share my love of crafting in such a unique way! As part of the live birthday celebration, I spotlighted this fun party favor that will make any event POP!

Party Popper Ingredients:
Plastic push pops (available at Michaels as a set of 12 or online)
Homemade Confetti (tissue paper, metallic and paper crinkle)
Patterned Paper
Scissors, 1" hole punch, scotch tape, double sided adhesive or fast setting glue, spray paint, paper cutter.

Party Popper Instructions:
Make your own fun-filled confetti using an assortment of light weight elements.  I used metallic and paper shred and tissue paper to create an eclectic mix. Cut all of your elements into bitty pieces that will float through the air easily.
To create circle confetti, fold tissue paper repeatedly and punch with 1" circle punch. If your tissue isn't cutting well, try adding more sheets of tissue, or top tissue with a plain sheet of paper to create some stiffness. 
Use spray paint to color the "push stick" portions of the party poppers. Allow to dry well and then place sticks in each popper.
Fill poppers with desired amount of confetti. *HINT* Confetti goes a long way when it's bursting through the air, so no need to overfill.
Cut a small square of tissue that will cover the top of the popper. Use scotch tape or adhesive to adhere tissue around popper top so that it is secure.
Cut a strip of patterned paper that will cover the party popper with some overlap.  Use double sided adhesive or glue to adhere paper to popper. (mine were 3x6")
Pass out your poppers and watch as your party becomes an explosion of confetti fun! *HINT* For best results, slowly slide the stick up to the top of the confetti so that there is a slight pressure against the tissue.  Then pop stick through tissue for the greatest POP!

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Perfect Picnic on Studio 5

Today I had the blessing of visiting with the great people at Studio 5 and sharing some fun ideas for papering up your outdoor party or picnic.  I have to admit, I'm pretty much in love with this bright and cheery dining setup that can be customized for any occasion.
For this festive table, I began with standard kraft packing paper. I rolled the paper out to create a blank crafting canvas.  I stenciled artisan label shapes directly onto the kraft paper and then used acrylic craft paint to fill in the drawn label. This paint project came alive to create custom place mats for each place setting.
Then, I added a fringed crepe paper skirt to the table to give the scene a splash of whimsy! This skirt was so easy to create using basic rolls of colored crepe paper and a pair of scissors.  Fringing the crepe paper adds so much dimension and texture to the basic streamers.  I love the look it created!
To create the fringed skirt, I layered the correct lengths of crepe paper streamers into cu-table stacks. Being careful not to cut through the width of the streamer, I used scissors to cut fringe in both sides of the crepe paper stack.

A great tutorial for fringed streamers can be found at A Subtle Reverly.
After you've fringed your streamers, group them into color splashes and staple each grouping together.  I draped my groupings onto twine and attached the twine to the table top using tablecloth clips.  Using the clips makes the garland of streamers reusable for my next event!
For years I've been dreaming of creating a portable canopy holder that could be used for different drapes and banners.  This is the project that finally made that dream a reality!

To create the banner canopy, I picked up 4 metal poles (electrical conduit) from the hardware store.  I had the very nice men at the store cut my poles to size for me, then I used spray paint to add color to the poles.
Once my poles were painted, I used quick dry cement mix (available at the hardware store-typically used to mount flag poles or mailboxes) to secure the poles in cute buckets I found at the dollar store.
Now, don't let the idea of pouring cement overwhelm you...It was so easy!  All I had to do was pour the cement mix into the bucket and add the correct amount of water.  I stirred the mix together with the pole and then stuck the pole into the mix.  I did use a level to make sure my pole was standing up straight and then I secured the pole in the upright position while it dried.  The quick set cement takes about 20 minutes to set and I bought a 50lb bag for under $5!
Once the cement was set, I threw in some leftover streamers to cover up the cement and dress up the bucket a bit more.
I topped each pole with a crystal doorknob-also available at the hardware store. The doorknobs come in sets of two, so I only had to buy 2 packages.  At about $8 each, they make the most adorable finials for my canopy!
The canopy really came together when I added a variety of mixed medium banners.  Try using different elements, sizes, shapes and colors in your banners to give it a flea market feel.  I also draped streamers of tulle and crepe paper from the top of each pole.
I draped banners at different heights from all 4 poles to create a fun paperie canopy!
No picnic is complete without a delicious basket of goodies!  For these picnic baskets I picked up fun red baskets from the dollar store. At $1 each, you can't get cuter!
I lined my baskets with coordinating tissue paper and filled them with a delectable variety of tasty picnic treats.
I used a pre-made chalkboard label (available at Michael's for 2 for $1.50) to customize each basket for my guests.  A simple paper pinwheel added the final touch of happiness to each basket.
Whether you're having a birthday party, a bridal shower, or just a fun summer gathering with friends, I hope these snippets of creativity will enhance your celebration.  I had a delightful time enjoying this summer picnic with a few of my closest girlfriends! Happy summer!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Hey There Delilah!

I am so excited to introduce my latest downloadable kit...Deerly Delilah!  The full downloadable pattern and instructions for Delilah are available for $4.00.  When completed Deerly Delilah is roughly 20" and can hang on any wall, door, or wreath hanger. There are so many fun ideas for customizing Delilah.  I hope you will enjoy crafting with her and having her in your home.
To complete Delilah you will need the following supplies: 
Digital pattern printed onto cardstock for tracing
6-8 sheets of 12x12 patterned paper. *The wreath base requires three sheets of the same paper*
1 piece of 12x12 chipboard or a cardboard box you can cut
ribbon for hanging
rhinestones for eyes or other embellishments as desired

Tools you need:
brown ink for distressing (i used Chalk Ink Creamy Brown), foam pop dots, paper adhesive, glue gun, scissors, paper trimmer, pencil, hole punch, a large plate (as close to 12x12 as possible) to trace background circle

Optional tools that will make this project so much easier: scoring tool(like a scor-pal), scor tape

Deerly Delilah Downloadable Pattern $4.00

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Vintage Valentine's Printables

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I have been scoping out fun projects to bring a little love to friends and family.

I am completely giddy over these adorable free printables from Paper Gravy!

Nikki designed a range of free Valentines Day (Beatles inspired!) printables for you to make using various images from the lovely graphics fairy website! 

Here are her step by step instructions for crafting up a gift label which you can personalize with your own hand written message, and a range of buffet flags and  2" circles which are great as cupcake toppers or party favors.


color printer, scissors, double sided tape (or glue), lolly pop stick /straws/ cocktail sticks, 2" circle craft punch (not essential)

To make the Buffet flags; 


Click HERE for the full size Printable PDF

Print off the buffet flag page onto letter size or A4 size paper. Fold flags in half along the dotted line.

Cut out each flag carefully with scissors.

Place straw or cocktail pick/lolly pop stick inside the fold of the flag.

then stick both sides together using double sided tape.

Your flags are now ready to decorate your valentine's buffet!

Bottle Gift Label; 


Click HERE for the full size Printable PDF

Print off and cut out the label, carefully cut out the inner circle to the required size. 

Fold each section of the label (you can also cut off the small section of the tag and use as a gift tag) 

Pop over your chosen bottle, fill out your own personal message on the tag at the back.

Cupcake Toppers 


Click HERE for the full size Printable PDF

Cut out each topper using either a 2" circle craft punch, or using scissors. 

Secure to a lolly pop stick/straw using a small amount of sticky tape.

Use as cupcake toppers, party favour decorations or anything else you can think of!...

Nikki made her own coordinating bunting by cutting out triangles of patterned paper, attached together with ribbon. Finally, decorate with your circles! 

Create your own bottle decorations using ribbon tied around the bottle neck and held in place with a circular topper! 

What an amazing tutorial and download!

If you like these designs, pop over to www.papergravy.com for many other vintage inspired printables!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 Owl Calendar

2014 has arrived and it's headed for GREATNESS!!!
This year, I'm starting the new year off right with a great, FREE PRINTABLE CALENDAR from My Owl Barn.
2014 Owl Lovers Calendar via homework | carolynshomework.comThis calendar is the perfect size to sit comfortably on your desk or end table.  Love, Love, Love!

2014 Owl Lovers Calendar via homework | carolynshomework.com
My Barn Owl works with over 50 artists from all over the world each putting their own unique spin and talent into artwork of an owl.

Owl Lover Calendar
All 50 images are available for you to select from when customizing your own calendar. You simply select the image you like and assign it a month. When you are down with all twelve months, you can save a PDF to your computer and print it out.

2014 Owl Lovers Calendar via homework | carolynshomework.comIt really is the perfect desk accessory!  It's a great way to start the new year right!

2014 Owl Lovers Calendar via homework | carolynshomework.com
I love the variety of images to choose from, the challenge is choosing just 12!
2014 Owl Lovers Calendar via homework | carolynshomework.com

2014 Owl Lovers Calendar via homework | carolynshomework.com

2014 Owl Lovers Calendar via homework | carolynshomework.com

2014 Owl Lovers Calendar via homework | carolynshomework.com

2014 Owl Lovers Calendar via homework | carolynshomework.comThis calendar makes a great little January drop by gift for friends or neighbors.  Just customize, print on card stock, cut and deliver.  Hoo-Ray!!!

Head on over to My Barn Owl to create and print your very own 2014 Owl Lover Calendar.