Saturday, September 24, 2011

I Love FRANKIE!

Now that September is here, it is time to start thinking Halloween!  Hooray!  If you never got a chance to craft up Frankie for your front door, you have plenty of time to do it before Halloween arrives this year. 


This version of Frankie is roughly 16X16 when he is complete so he makes a great door hanger or wall decoration.  He is very simple to assemble and create.

You can make FRANKIE part of your home decor by purchasing the piecing pattern and selecting your own supplies.  Or, if you need a quick time saver and love him just the way he is, you can purchase the I LOVE FRANKIE KIT, which includes all of the supplies you need to recreate my version along with instructions and patterns. Kits will usually ship within 48 hours of purchase. Kits are limited and are available first come first serve, so snatch yours ASAP.

Purchase the FRANKIE PATTERN Here
$4 (patterns will be emailed within 24 hours)
Pattern includes color photos of project, instructions and cutting pattern.

Purchase the complete I LOVE FRANKIE KIT here
$22 (includes FREE SHIPPING to all US addresses)
Kits include: 7 Sheets of Fancy Pants Patterned Paper, 1-12X12 Chip Backer, 1-10x10 Chip Backer, 1-5X10 Chip Backer, 20 yards of raffia, 2 yards of tulle, Color photo, instructions, cardstock pattern

Wishing you a Happy, Wonderful, Beautiful Fall!!!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Counting Down to Halloween!

Oh, how I love Halloween!  I have just started my spooky crafting and I am very excited!  I have also been craving the marshmallow pumpkins that are now in all the stores.

In the spirit of Halloween, I thought I would give you a sneak peek at my first haunted craft that will be available as a kit on Saturday.  These kits will be shipping out first thing on Monday morning and are definitely limited, so be sure to get your order in early Saturday.
Any guesses as to what I am concocting?  I promise it is a Halloween decoration fit for any ghoul or goblin!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Menu Board Update

For all of those that were interested in purchasing a menu board kit, they are now available!  Wahoo!  You can purchase kits by contacting Honeyville Farms at 801-972-2168.  The kits are $32 and come with everything you need to complete the kit (you provide adhesive and tools like scissors).  If you are interested, you can also join us for class this Saturday, September 24th from 10-12 where we will be assembling the kits. I am definitely looking forward to seeing some old friends and crafting up a storm! 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Book Page Decor on Studio 5

From banners to wreaths, the book page decor trend is still going strong. Book pages can be done up in so many styles. Whether your decor is classic, contemporary or vintage, book pages are a great staple. Today on Studio 5, I showed some different ways to use book pages in your decorating. I hope these simple projects help to inspire your fall decorating! ***Be sure to check out your local thrift store for a steal of a deal on vintage books******

Vintage Dictionary Prints:
It's the big craze....vintage printed dictionary pages!  These inexpensive art pieces add a classic touch to any wall or shelf.  With a simple photo editing program, they are also very easy to create.  I am excited to work on some Halloween and Christmas versions!

To make these fun designs, I googled free "dictionary prints" and "vintage clipart".  I especially love the artwork at http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/.  It is a great source for finding beautiful vintage prints.  Once I downloaded images, I used Photoshop to layer the images and make them look a little distressed. If you don't have Photoshop or a similar editing program, I have included 6 my creations here for FREE!
Simply click on each picture and save it to your computer.  These prints were designed for 8X10 frames, but you can certainly size them down if you would like.  The images are uploaded as jpgs so you can print them on your computer or send them to a professional shop.
Mr. Owl (of course)
A Royal Touch
The Beehive State
Play Date
Fanfare
Looking for more fun dictionary print art work?  Check back soon for more styles that will be available for just $3 each.

Folded Book Page Pillars:
Searching for a unique piece for decorating a shelf or table?  A paperback book is all you need to create these unique pillars.  These pieces can stand alone or be used as flower vases.  The possibilities are endless!

To create a book page pillar, you will need a paper back book with at least 300 pages.  Begin by folding pages in half...and continue folding pages in half. That's it, that's all you have to do to create these fun pieces!  Once all of your pages are folded, cut out the covers and hot glue the two edges together to create a cylinder.  For books with less pages, try folding pages in half and then in half again. This will create a skinnier pillar.

To create the large loopy pillar, roll chunks (about 50-70 pages) of the book into the spine and hot glue into place.  Continue rolling in pages until you have a complete cylinder.

Play around with book sizes and shapes to create a variety of pillars for your decor.  Finish pillars off with a little distressing ink, some ribbon, and any other special touches fit your decor.

Anything Goes with Mod Podge:
I am a firm believer in the power of Mod Podge!  It is a sticky little glue that can transform a basic object into a unique art piece.  Combine mod podge and book pages and you have a fabulous creation!  Mod podge is a perfect tool to "upcycle" old items and give them a face lift.  I love to walk the isles of thrift stores and snag items that I can repurpose (the jewelry box below was $2 and it used to be yellow with painted roses).

Tips for Mod Podging with Book Pages:
1. Less is more- because book pages are so thin, you really need to go light on the mod podge to create a smooth surface that doesn't bubble.
2. Allow for dry time- allow your pieces to dry completely before applying a top coat. This will help to reduce bubbling.
3. Go for a mosaic- tear apart book pages and apply them in random patterns to cover 3d or odd shaped pieces.  To create the vintage pumpkin, randomly tear apart book pages, soak them in mod podge and press them onto your pumpkin.  Keep your hands good and gluey so that you can rub and smooth pieces.

4. Background Basics- book pages make amazing backdrops for paper pieced art. They add more character than a plain piece of paper, but are subtle enough to sit in the background.
5. Bring on the Color-don't feel constrained to use simply black and white pages.  Vintage children's books have adorable images that can create some really unique pieces.  I used a kids alphabet book to create this fun jewelry box.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Vertical Banners on Studio 5

Paper banners are ideal for decorating large spaces. Today on Studio 5, I showed 5 tips for creating vertical banners that make a statement. Check out my tips along with instructions and pictures of each of the banners I spotlighted on the show here:

Quantity Over Quality- Take a page from Anthropology’s book of decorating: If you have a large space to decorate, aim for simple, quick banners that can be put together without a lot of effort. By combining multiple strands of simple banners, you can create a big WOW factor in your space.



To create this mantle decor, punch various sizes of circles from double sided paper (I used Bo Bunny’s “Welcome Home” collection). Using a thick needle threaded with bakers twine, thread each circle onto the string. To secure each circle in the desired spot, tie a slip knot in the thread between circles. Mix up your paper and sizing to give a random look.



Try hanging strands from mantles, shelves, hooks, windows, ceiling, or chandeliers. 


Double the Fun- You can double the impact of a vertical banner by just added a 2nd side. This tip is especially important if you are going to be hanging your banner in an area where it can be viewed from multiple angles (chandelier). When making a double sided banner, try using jump rings or ribbon to encourage the banner to spin. 



Make a “Live Life” banner by cutting 6X6 squares from Bo Bunny’s new Et Cetera line. Add your own lettering (I cut mine with my Silhouette digital cutter). Then comes the fun part of added bling and bits of fun. Link pieces together using raffia, ribbon or thread. Alternate blocks with circles or other shapes to give variety. 



Try making turning word banners for special events like birthdays or showers.


Break the Chain- When creating a vertical banner, don’t chain yourself down to single pieces placed in a solid line. Get creative with your layers and build a banner with interest.


To create this Fall door hanger, create an accordion circle (accordian fold strips of paper and adhere edges together, then flip flat and glue). Bo Bunny’s “Forever Fall” line was perfect for this Autumn project. Adhere the circle to a piece of chipboard to give stability to the hanger.
Layer lots of goodies and lettering to the top of the accordian. To “break the chain,” punch several holes in the chipboard base and thread multiple strands of raffia through each hole. Die cut various leaves and string them at different lengths from each raffia strand. A bow on the top adds the final touch for vertical hanging.

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel- There are so many ways to “upcycle” an adorable banner base. Get creative and use pre-designed pieces as a starting point for your project. Decorated chipboard albums make great building blocks for vertical decor.


This sweet sixteen banner was created with the pre-decorated mini album from the “Sweet Tooth” line from Bo Bunny. It was so simple to add a few embellishments and goodies and string the pages together to create a fun, double sided hanger.

Consider using other pieces like frames, plates, or wood to start your album off right.


Make a Scene- Think about telling a story with your vertical banner (this tip is especially great for door hangers). Use different shapes and paper pieced items to create a theme and give variety to your banner.


You can recreate this birthday banner with the Olive the Owl pattern. The owl and sign were pieced together using the “Garden Girl” line from Bo Bunny. To help create the scene, tie actual twigs to the owl banner.

I loved creating these fun banners that bring so much personality and color to a door or wall.  I hope you enjoy creating an original vertical banner of your own!