Monday, June 1, 2015

DIY Burlap Monogram Wall Decor

My husband and I bought our very first home in December.
It was a dream come true for our family!
We went from a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom rental home,
to a 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom home.
It has been wonderful!

I've been slow to start decorating,
because, to be quite honest,
it seems SUPER daunting!

The hardest part has been trying to figure out my 'style'.
What do I like as far as decor is concerned?
What if I buy something, hang it up, and hate it?

All the 'what if's' have stopped me cold.
Until now.

I'm getting the itch to fill up the walls
and make our home OURS.

Starting with this....

I absolutely love monograms, and I love burlap.
So I decided to combine the two 
and make a cute frame to hang near our stairway.

This frame was my starting point.
I found it at the thrift store for $2.

After taking it apart,
I cut a Ritz cracker box to fit inside the frame,
then cut some burlap a little bigger than the frame opening.

I really wanted to try THIS for my monogram, but didn't have any freezer paper.
So I improvised and printed off the 'R' 
on a regular piece of paper in the size and font that I wanted
(I think the font was 'Georgia', and the size was 400).

Then I taped the paper with the 'R' on a window,
and taped the burlap on top of that.
Next, I got a sharpie and traced the 'R' onto the burlap,
then colored it in.

The last step was using packing tape 
to tape the burlap monogram around the cardboard insert,
then hot glued it inside the frame.

Easy peasy!

The final touch was tying burlap ribbon on it to hang it with.

I just love how it turned out!

What projects have you made for your home?
I'd love to see your ideas!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

'You Made My Day' Card

One of my newest favorite tools 
is the flower punch from SU!'s Itty Bitty Punch set.

Earlier this week I shared 2 cards 
using the negative space of the punch.
Instead of throwing the flowers away,
I decided to make another card with them :)
I really hate to waste any of my paper scraps.

These are from my favorite color combo at the moment:
Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, and Calypso Coral.
They are so pretty together!

The sentiment is from SU!'s 'And Many More' stamp set.

Another simple card that packs a punch!

Card inspiration came from HERE.

Supplies Used (all are from SU! unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral
Ink: Jet Black StazOn
Stamps: And Many More
Other: Itty Bitty Accents Punch (flower), Pearl Basic Jewels,Whisper White Note Cards

Monday, May 11, 2015

One Card, Two Different Looks

So I mentioned in my last post that I'm going back to my first love.
Simple card making.

Today I'm going to share 2 cards.
Both are made the same exact way,
but I used different cardstock and stamp sentiments 
to change them up a bit.

Up first, one of my favorite color combinations:
Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, and Calypso Coral.

I'm really, really, really sad that Coastal Cabana is retiring. 
Super sad face :(

The sentiment is from SU!'s Painted Petals stamp set.
Such a great one!

For the second card, I used 2014-16 In Colors:
Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, and Tangelo Twist.

The sentiment comes from the Sale-a-bration stamp set, 'Big Day'.

These were such fun cards to make.
And the best part?
You guessed it...they were simple!

I'm looking forward to making more with different color combinations...
I'll be for sure using SU!'s 2015-17 In Colors :)
Have you seen them?
One word....Fabulous!

Inspiration for these cards came from HERE.

Supplies Used (all are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Painted Petals, Big Day 
Ink: Jet Black StazOn
Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist
Other: Itty Bitty Accents Flower Punch, Square Punch (non SU!), Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, April 20, 2015

Simple Card Set with Matching Box

Long ago, I used to make very simple cards.
I loved that I could make lots of cute cards 
in a relatively short amount of time.

Somehow, I've gotten away from simple.
I've been trying my hand at making more elaborate cards
and trying new techniques.
It has been fun, and I've learned a lot...

But I miss simple.

After taking a little break from card making,
I'm ready to dive back into my first love.

Simple cards.

Like this...

The inspiration for these cards came from HERE.

And a close up shot...

I decided to make a matching box for the cards.
I put 6 cards & envelopes in this one, but there was room for more.

The box was made using THIS TUTORIAL.

I had so much fun making these cards and box!
I ended up giving them to my SIL for her birthday,
but they would also be great for a Mother's Day gift.
It'll be here before we know it!

Stay tuned for more simple, beautiful cards :)

Supplies Used (all are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Best Year Ever DSP
Stamps: Flower Patch, And Many More 
Ink: Calypso Coral
Other: Banner Punch, Scalloped Edge Punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, Flower Fair Framelits, Calypso Coral Ribbon

Thursday, April 2, 2015

' For Peeps' Sake' Treat Box

If you're still looking for treat ideas for Easter,
here's a fun one :)

I used the Tiny Treat Boxes from Stampin' Up!'s Occasions Catalog,
and created a little insert for the Cadbury Caramel Egg.

I think the Bow Builder Punch is going to be my newest 'favorite' tool!

Here's a tutorial for the box insert:
1. Cut cardstock to 2-15/16" x 2-15/16"
2. Score at 1/2" on all four sides
3. Punch out a 1-1/4" circle out of the middle
4. Cut up to score lines on all 4 sides, fold, and assemble

Hopefully that makes sense!

Have a fabulous day!

Supplies Used (all are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: For Peeps' Sake
Ink: Calypso Coral, Hello Honey
Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Best Year Ever DSP (Sale-a-bration)
Other: Tiny Treat Boxes, Word Window Punch, Bow Builder Punch, 1-1/2" Circle Punch (non Su!), Scalloped Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch


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