Monday, December 20, 2010

Super Capes for My Super Heros

 I love to give a handmade gift to each of my nephews for Christmas. This year, I decided to make SUPER HERO CAPES! They were so fun to create and the boys loved them. Check out the photos and easy how to below.

I created a pattern for these capes out of butcher paper before cutting the fabric.
For the background pieces I used solid colors of flannel.  Adding the boys individual names to each cape made them a little more unique.

I freehanded the "Pow" shapes out of yellow felt (you can do it!)
You can die-cut letters from felt at many paper crafting stores. *Hint- put your felt on adhesive backing before die-cutting and your life will be much easier

After ironing letters and pieces onto the flannel, I stitched through each piece to give it extra support and a fun whimsical look.

This is the inside flannel for the capes.  I added a little felt heart in the bottom inside corner of each cape to remind the boys how much I love them.

 After sewing on all of the elements and sewing the cape together, I added a little ball trip to the bottom edge.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Giving the Gift of Memory

Well, it is December 15th and many of us are all feeling the mad rush to get those last gifts ready. Often, the best gifts are those with a memory attached.  Here are a few quick and easy gift ideas that you can easily get done before Christmas.  We even have a kit for the calendar.

*Hint- utilize all of the social media outlets to find pictures of friends and family.  Hop on a blog or Facebook and look for photos that would make your gifts special.
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Magnetic Calendar Kit- Available as a kit for $24
Instructions to make your own:
1 8.5X15 magnet board- Available at Heartland on Friday after 12:oo (sorry no discounts on this item)
Patterned Paper for Background
Calendar Page Download Download Calendar pdf
13 pieces of White Cardstock for printing out calendar
Cardstock for mat
Small Tags for Birthday photos
Embellishments as desired
Mod Podge
Distressing Ink 
1. Download and print out calendar sheets and labels.
2. Ink Edges of all pieces with distress ink.
3. Cut out holiday labels and put on corresponding dates in calendar with pop dots. 
Holiday pop up
4. Cut patterned paper to fit magnet board.  You will have to piece paper to get it to fit the full length of the board.
5.  Using mod podge, adhere pattern paper to back of board.
6. Attach photo mat with adhesive.
7. Attach magnets to the back of buttons and embellishments (these will hold the calendar and photo in place)
8. Print small photos and cut to fit the inside of your tags.  Attach magnets to the back of tags so that they can be placed on individual dates for birthdays. 
Tag up close Tag complete
9. Give as a great Christmas Gift!  The recipient can change out calendar pages and the photos monthly.
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7 Gypsies Library File Box-
This gorgeous wood box (available at our stores for $16.99 minus 20%off!) makes a great litttle grandma gift.  Just simply add a 5X7 photo, some patterned paper, ribbon and embellishments and you are all set to go!
7gypsies side view
A completed mini album makes a great gift for a family member or friend.  Especially one who has had a big change in life this past year.
This cute star album is a great display piece…and it is so simple to make.  For the instructions, click here. Star Album Instructions
Star side
Star top
Snoop cover
This last project is such a breeze!  This wall frame was purchased from Roberts ($12.99).  Just print 4X6 photos and cut them to fit the inside of the frame.  So simple and classy.
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Monday, November 1, 2010

Itty Bitty Banners on Studio 5

Today on Studio 5 we gave a few fun ideas for creating “Itty Bitty Banners”.  These little miniature banners are a great way to add character to shelves, tables, cakes, windows, chairs…the possibilities are endless!
These bitty banners were made using double sided paper and paper punches. Get creative with the punches you own, or come and check out the huge variety of punches we sell.
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The banner on this cake and pedestal was so simple! It was made using the new  sticker sheet from My Mind’s Eye.  Just simply peel them off and adhere them to a thin ribbon or string.  
We used this same banner on our cute lime green chair to add a little bit of Flair!
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We used the same line (Fine and Dandy from My Mind’s Eye) to create this adorable cupcake banner. To create this banner, just adhere sticker pennants to cardstock and cut around edges. Then, add the coordinating letters and adhere to pom-pom ribbon using scor-tape.  Lastly, tie the ribbon around two skewers and stick them in cupcakes as desired. 
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Or, if you would prefer to make your own mini pennant out of patterned paper, you can download the template here for two different sizes of pennants.   Download Pennant Template
This banner is great for draping on doors, mantles, headboards, etc.  To make this banner, simply punch circles (we used 1.75″) from double sided pattern paper and sew together with your sewing machine.  It is so easy!
Door1 Door2
Here is a 1″ version of the sewn circle banner.  This is so cute and petite!  It is also very inexpensive to make out of scraps, so you can use it for gift wrap!
Mini circle Mini close
With fall in the air, this leaf banner is a perfect little accent decoration.  We made this banner with cardstock leaves (we used the EK Success Maple Leaf Whale of a Punch) and natural twine.  Just thread a needle with twine or ribbon of your choice and sew through both ends of the leaves.  We added a few buttons between the leaves as accent pieces.  
This banner would be adorable draped on your Thanksgiving table or on a mantle for the big feast!
Leaves1 Leaves2
For those of you who made our Butterfly Chandelier last year, this is another perfect piece for a little girls room.  It would also be adorable as a decoration at a baby shower.
To make this banner, simply string pony beads and butterfly punches cut from vellum and cardstock (EK Success Whale of a Punch) onto fishing line. This banner is so fun in a window because the beads and vellum catch the light and look very etherial.  
 Butterfly1 Butterfly2 Butterfly3
 Beware, these little banners are very addicting.  You can’t make just one. Get creative and have fun!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Menu Boards on Studio 5

We all know that planning what to make for dinner can be a daunting task.  The thinking is always worse than the actual making, right? A menu planner is a great way to alleviate the daily planning stress. Just simply sit down with your family once a week to plan your meals and you are set. Today on Studio 5, we showed two fun ways to display your weekly menu.
Basics for both Menu Planners-
Your family probably has a dozen or so Go-To-Meals that they like to eat.  Make tags for your favorites and then leave a few spares to fill in with new dishes. Here are a few other suggestions for tags you might want to make: Dine Out, Wild Card, Try Something New, Leftovers
Magnetic Menu Planner:
Magnetic menu 

If you would prefer to make the planner from scratch...Here are the instructions:
Ingredients you will need:
Magnet board (this size available at Heartland for $6.99)
Patterned Paper
Days of Week Template- Download Menu boardsRibbon
Bottle Caps
Bottle Cap Toppers
Post-It-Note Pad
Mod Podge
Other decorative elements as desired.
1. Cut patterned paper as desired and mod podge to magnet board.  To mod podge, paint a layer of glue onto magnet board then place paper down.  Allow to dry then add another layer of glue to top of paper.
2. Add envleope, post it pad, titles (from download sheet), and other decorative elements as desired.
3. Make bottle cap days by cutting printed days from download sheet (a 1" circle punch works perfectly).  Place the printed circle inside the bottle cap and glue down with strong adhesive. Place a bottle cap topper on top of printed piece to create a bubbled dimensional effect. Adhere magnet with epoxy to back of bottle cap.
4. Print menu items on coordinating paper and cut into strips.
5. Each week, magnet your menu items on to the coordinating days.  Store additional items in pocket.
 7 Gypsies Vintage Receipt Holder
We love these new Vintage Receipt Holders from 7 Gypsies.  They are so adorable and really easy to use. They retail for $24.99.  Here is what we did with ours.
Vintage receipt whole
The trick with tackling one of these trays is to take one square at a time.  Don't try to figure out the whole project at once.  Think of a general idea and then work one small space at a time.  This is also a great project for cleaning out your junk drawer. Use this opportunity to utilize the last letters in an alphabet or the remaining 3 jewels in a package.  The more varied elements you have the better.
Here are some detail shots of the project:
We made the first box a generic title box with the following boxes being days of the week.
The last box is a great place to keep a shopping list for the week.
We stored the extra, unused tags for the week in the top right box.

We used large manilla tags (available at the stores for $0.25 each) to make our menu cards. Make your tags simple or ornate, or make a variety.  Here are some tags we did.


Adding a picture of the food is a fun way to decorate the tags.


Friday, October 1, 2010

Spooky Window Decor on Studio 5

Today on Studio 5 we showed how to create original Halloween window decor using black vinyl and clipart. 
To make your own vinyl window art simply follow these easy steps:
What you need:
Black Vinyl (available in 24X36″ sheets at Heartland for $6.99)
Scraper Tool (available at Heartland for $3.99
Clip Art Patterns
-you can download and print the images we used in 2 different sizes (The template guide shows you the entire printout as well as how they will print so that you can match the pieces together correctly.)
Small Templates (sized to 30X30 Windows
Or, make your own templates in Microsoft Publisher or other design program by following the steps below (I know that I mentioned using Microsoft Word in the program, but it turns out it isn’t compatible with the sizing.  I am so sorry for the confusion.  If you have a specific window size that you would like our images made to, email me at and I will resize it for you).
In Microsoft Publisher:
1. Open a new document.  Go into the page size settings and click on “Custom Page Size”, enter in your window dimensions.  Your page size now reflects the actual size of your window.
2. Find your desired images online (I found lots of images by searching in Google Images) You can search for specific things…Witch Silhouette or just search for Halloween Silhouette Clipart.  Free is always good too.
3. Import the images you find into Microsoft Publisher by using copy/paste or by saving the image to your computer and then inserting it into your document.
4.Once the images are on your page, click on the image (you will see drop and drag circles on each corner). Click on a corner and pull the image until it fits on your page as desired.
5. Right click on the image and then choose Format Image.  Click on the Picture tab. Under Image control options, click on the drop down box and choose washout. This will make your image grey instead of black. You want to make sure to do this so that you don’t use up all your black ink.
6. When you have the images the way you want them, select print. Your printer will automatically tile the image onto 8.5X11 pages that you can then piece together.
Once you have your images printed, tape the patterns together and cut them out.  Place them on your vinyl and tape them in place.  Then cut them out of the vinyl. 
With larger images, you will want to tape the vinyl to your window to get them in place.  Peel the backing off slowly and a little bit at a time. The vinyl clings to the window just like a sticker.
When you want to remove the images, just pull the vinyl up. If it needs a little help, heat it up with a blow dryer and it will come right off.
Happy Haunting! 
To make a spider web, just cut strips of vinyl at different lengths and copy the image above.  This spider web was pieced using only strips.  Just get creative and have fun.
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