Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Silly April Fools

April Fools Day is the perfect time to summon your inner jokester! With the prank filled day coming up tomorrow, I thought I would share some fun ideas for creating lots of silly laughs with your friends and family. The trick with April Fools is finding fun little jokes that don't make a big mess!  These are some clean and simple ideas I found around the web. Enjoy!
These fake stuffed potatoes make a fun side dish for your dinner meal. They are also for kids to play chef with after the prank is complete. To see the easy instructions for making these spuds visit http://familyfun.go.com/april-fools-day/april-fools-day-craft-pranks/faked-potato-673908/
 
How easy is this funny little prank? Just grab a pair of your hubby's pants and shoes and you are set to create a "Fake Daddy Joke".  For detailed instructions visit: http://familyfun.go.com/april-fools-day/april-fools-day-craft-pranks/model-parent-665896/ 

The following ideas came from the Martha Stewart website.  
Make solid milk with just a little gelatin.
Create a telephone disaster by taping down the receiver button-for those of you who still have a "REAL PHONE"
Rearrange a spouse or older child's drawers.

*APRIL FOOLS WARNING: Remember....What goes around, comes around.  Keep your eyes open for silly little jokes that others will be playing on you too!


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Simple Spring Decor

I am still working on brightening up my decor for Spring.  Here is a very simple idea for adding a touch of the season to your home. Although there is nothing new or especially exciting about this idea, it makes a great decor piece or even a fun gift for a friend.
I purchased this Glass Apothacary Jar from Roberts. The eggs came in a package from JoAnn's and the butterfly also came from JoAnn's. I used coupons to purchase everything, so my total cost for this project was under $15.  I just tied a little ribbon around the mouth of the jar and clipped the butterfly on. It would be so easy to add different objects to the jar for each season.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Delightful Bunch of Carrots

A few weeks ago I was searching for a fun Spring decor project.  I came across these adorable stuffed carrots at http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=2336 (I should mention the idea is originally from http://www.twistedyarn.typepad.com/). Needless to say, I had a free weekend and so, with the help of my trusted girlfriends, I decided to try my hand at them. We ended up making bunches and bunches!  I am very happy with the way they turned out.  So fun and happy for Easter and Spring!
I placed a bunch in a rusty basket (from the dollar store) and put them on my entry shelf.
I also hung a trio of different sized carrots on a wreath hanger near the basket.  I think these would be adorable hanging from a mantle or doorknob as well.
These carrots were so simple and fun to make.  I want preface these instructions with the fact that I am by no means a perfect seamstress....I am a quick and sloppy crafter. So, those of you with degrees in quilting or sewing...don't judge too harshly!
I began by cutting triangles of two different orangish cotton prints.  I made carrots in three different sizes for my bunches.  Try different shapes and dimensions of triangles to give yourself a different look.
Sew your triangles right sides together leaving the top open.
Turn fabric right side out and stuff with stuffing until full. Be sure to push out the tip of your carrot with a pin so that you get a nice crisp point.
Cut leaves from various green fabrics.  For cotton, cut two so that you can sew them together.  The center leaf is a delightful wool fabric!
I wanted to keep my edges raw, so for the cotton prints, I just placed wrong sides together and stitched around the edge.  I also stitched up the center to create a vein.  For the felt leaf, I zig-zag stitched up the center and then snipped the edges.
Now it is time to tighten up the top. I found the easiest way to do this was to slip stitch around the top of the carrot. Again...don't judge the sloppy stitching.
Now stuff the leaves in the center of the carrot and pull the stitches closed.  Tie a knot to secure the stitches.
Tuck the raw edges under and sew through the leaves to secure.  There isn't really any rhyme or reason to this stitching. You just want to make sure everything is secure.

To create the creases in your carrot, use several strands of thread in one needle. For the medium size of carrot, I used 4 thicknesses of brown and 2 of orange.

Take needle through top of carrot and come out on seam to begin your first crease.  Wrap thread around carrot and stitch in again at seam.  Make your needle come out on the seam where you would like your next crease to begin.

Continue down carrot in the same manner.  If you would like to add a row of stitches, do so by just running your needle in and out of the fabric along a row.  You will want to pull your thread tight enough so that it makes a crease in the carrot.
When you get to the bottom of your carrot, run your thread out the base like roots.  I also added a string or tow of crochet thread to the base of each carrot. I rubbed the thread together and cut it off jaggedly to create an uneven look.
For the hanging carrots, I just stitched a loop of coordinating ribbon to the top of each carrot.
And there you have it!  An adorable spring decoration that is simple to create.  I hope you enjoy crafting a bunch for your own home.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Last Day for Silhouette Deal

Just a reminder that today is the last day to get 10% off at www.silhouettemachine.com.  Just use the promo  code KELLYB when you check out.  Give yourself a Happy UNBIRTHDAY present!  You will love it!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Font Friday

Keeping with this week's BIRTHDAY theme, I chose a great handwritten font named "Celebrate the Day".


Week 12- CELEBRATE THE DAY! Follow these instructions to download this font:
1. Visit http://www.dafont.com/celebrate-the-day.font
2. Click on the “Download” button
3. Click “Open”
4. Select “Extract All Files” from the left menu bar
5. Click “Next” and continue through the extraction process.
6. Open your font folder by clicking on START→CONTROL PANEL→FONTS(double click to open folder)
7. Click on the “Celebrate the Day” File that you downloaded and drag it into your font folder.  A box will appear saying that the font is downloading.  When it is complete, you should be able to access the font from all of your programs.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Birthday Packaging

Today I wanted to highlight a few darling birthday packaging ideas that I found around the web.  I think that a gift in an adorable package is always twice as much fun to open!  It is almost like giving or receiving two gifts in one.
This cutie package is from the Jillibean Soup blog. It would be a great way to give jewelry or even a gift card.
This fun idea came from the Archiver's website.  I like the thought of dressing up an ordinary box with some mini paper pennants.
I absolutely love this gift box!  I plan to make my own version for my little sister's upcoming birthday. This fun idea came from http://stampingwithannieb.blogspot.com.  I think the idea could easily be simplified by just adding a cute tag to a chinese takeout box.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Timely Birthday Wish and Paper Piecing Too!

Since one of my best friends had a birthday today and my little sister's birthday is coming up quick, I thought I would just make this an all around birthday week. Here is the card I created for my friend  Cydnee.  Happy Thirty-Wonderful Cyd!

I got the inspiration for this little paper pieced birdie from one of my paper crafting friends.  Erinne teaches embossing at Roberts and she is also an AMAZING artist!  Everything she does has so many unique details and special touches.  I love admiring her work.  The other day we were discussing paper piecing and she sent me this adorable image that she paper pieced as part of a project for her Dad's birthday. Isn't it adorable?
The greatest thing about these types of projects is that they are totally doable but they look amazing when they are completed.  Look closely at this image...it is created with basic shapes (triangles, circles, rectangles).  My craft challenge for you this week is to try piecing something together, then come back and share what you created.  I promise, you will be amazed at what you can come up with.  Just start with a basic shape and keep layering until you have the look that you want. Open up your creative brain and you will have so much fun!

Here are the basics of the birthday card I created for Cyd.  The birdie is just created from two circles (notice I got the idea from Erinne's project). 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Belated Birthday Wish

There is nothing I hate more than forgetting a dear friends birthday. This week I found out that I completely skipped over one of my darling friend's special day.  Darn!  So, when I ran across this fuzzy dimensional bee on sale at JoAnn's today, I thought it just might be the perfect focal point for a "Bee"lated card.
One of the things I love most about card making is the simplicity.  You don't have to spend hours or use loads of product to make an adorable card. They can be very simple and still convey your love and well wishes. The papers in this card are from the new My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose line. I love the orange and blue together.
 I thought this little clock on the inside was an extra cute little addition to the card. It is part of the large brad pack in that same line.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Get 10% Off Silhouette

For all of you Silhouette junkies out there (I know I certainly qualify), I have a special deal for you. I am working with Silhouette to offer 10% OFF of machines and vinyl this week (March 21st-26th). So, if you have been considering getting a silhouette or just want to stock up on vinyl (their vinyl is so inexpensive and works on Cricket as well), now is a great time. I am especially excited to try the new premium vinyl that I have heard great things about. Just visit their site by clicking here or on the logo in the right side bar.  Then, enter the code KELLYB at checkout and you'll receive the 10% OFF!

Here are a few fun vinyl project ideas from the Silhouette website. Hope they add some inspiration to your day!

Workshop Update

I have had several questions about workshops this week so I just wanted to give you an update.  Yes, you can still sign up to attend class or just get the kit! To sign up, just click on the Workshops tab and add the class you want to your cart.  Looking forward to seeing lots of familiar faces this week!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Incredibly Posh Birthday Bash

I have been blog hopping today... digging around for a little shot of inspiration for some upcoming projects.  I came across this site and I just had to share a few amazing photos with you.  These photos come from www.frogprincepaperie.com, which is a fabulous party invitation and planning business. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.  They inspired me to go the extra mile to create a real fairy tale experience for my guests the next time I throw a shower or party.
This was a "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" Party.  Amazing!
A completely pink bird themed party



The biggest take away tip I got from these darling ideas was the impact of a backdrop.  All of these parties have a simple colored backdrop that really adds to the overall feel of the table.
Some ideas for creating simple backdrops might be:
1. Purchase one sheet of bead board from a home improvement store and paint it to match. You could easily reuse it by just painting it a new color.
2. Look for coordinating fabric on clearance and sew several pieces together to match the length of your table.
3. Tack fun wrapping paper up on your wall (like wall paper) just behind your table.  I have some adorable black and white polkadot paper that would be so fun for a ladybug themed event.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Font Friday

For this week, I chose a dingbat that is perfect for those spring crafting needs.  I am always looking for a great flower to put on a piece of digital art or to cut with my Silhouette. I love the images that this font provides.
Week 11- Kalocsai Flowers 
Follow these instructions to download this font:
1. Visit http://www.dafont.com/kalocsai-flowers.font
2. Click on the “Download” button
3. Click “Open”
4. Select “Extract All Files” from the left menu bar
5. Click “Next” and continue through the extraction process.
6. Open your font folder by clicking on START→CONTROL PANEL→FONTS(double click to open folder)
7. Click on the “Kalocsai-Flowers” File that you downloaded and drag it into your font folder.  A box will appear saying that the font is downloading.  When it is complete, you should be able to access the font from all of your programs.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day


I decided to get the nephews together for a traditional green breakfast today.  It was so fun to see them all dressed in their green garb.  Since it was planned so last minute, I just threw together some simple little hats to get everyone in the spirit.
To make these hats, I just cut black cardstock into a slightly angled shape.  I cut the letters, shamrock and buckle on my silhouette and then glittered the buckle. I cut a separate rim and attached it to the back of the hat, then folded it up to create a 3-D Rim.  Then I stapled a strip of cardstock to the back and wrapped it around to fit each child's head.  So simple and fun and I was able to use supplies from my stash, so it didn't cost me a thing! They loved wearing them.
Of course we had to enjoy green waffles and eggs with bacon! A St. Patty's traditional breakfast.
Overall, it was a great way to start out a LUCKY Day!  Hope you all have lots of Luck and Love coming your way today!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Little Lucky Treat

I thought these little leprechaun hats were a darling but super simple treat to make for St. Patty's day tomorrow. These cute little yummies came from www.twigglebox.blogspot.com.  She also has a simple little leprechaun craft for kids if you are looking for an idea. They are so quick and easy, I just had to share the pictures and instructions with you.

Supplies:
-Real Chocolate or Chocolate chips if you want to simplify
-Large Marshmallows
-Round Chocolate Covered Cookies
-Green Licorice, cut in 1/2 lengthwise (twizzler makes green)
-Small Yellow Candies (I used M&M, or Reeces)
-Small Shamrock Sprinkle or toothpick or confetti (optional)

Melt the Chocolate  or Chocolate Chips in microwave at 40% power, stirring at 30 second intervals. Use a toothpick or skewer to dip the marshmallows in melted chocolate, and place in center of cookie. Wrap licorice around base of marshmallow, and cut to fit. Place small drop of chocolate on back of yellow candy, and secure to seam of licorice. Add shamrock sprinkle.  If you are using a toothpick or confetti piece, be sure to remove before eating (especially with young children).