Saturday, May 17, 2014

Graduation Pop Up Card

It's my soon to be sister-in-law's graduation, and I decided to make her a card! I Googled cards online and saw this one:
graduation pop up card

I did not have any of the materials for this tutorial, so I improvised - Glitter is better!

Good Luck with this card, and CONGRATS MAGGIE!!!

Date Jars

My fiance and I have a long list of things we want to do or movies we need/want to see, but we are very indecisive. So, to fix that I recycled some mason jars and decorated them with scrap paper, twine, and stickers. I made one for dates, one for rainy days, and a movie themed jar. Now, we just have to write our ideas on scrap paper. So, excited! Need some ideas on what to put in your jars? Check out this LIST!

Friday, May 16, 2014

DIY Banners!

At my job we need to take all these exams to be deemed qualified in our field. Well, one of my co-workers has an exam today, and I thought I'd brighten her spirits and decorate her cubicle.

1. Banner Template
2. Cardstock paper
3. Colorful Paper
4. Scissors, Glue/Tape
5. String
1st I found a banner template on Fairy Tales. I am sure you can wing this without a template.
Next, I printed the template on card stock paper, cut it out, and used it as a pattern.

Then, I went through all my scrap papers (yay recycling!), and found patterns with similar bright colors.

Then, I opened up Microsoft Word, and typed out the message that I wanted to use.  For this pattern size, I used Monotype Corsiva Font 72 and put 4 spaces between each letter. 

Then, I took the cap off a juice container, cleaned it, and used it as a pattern for my letters. It worked out great because you could see through the cap to make sure your letter was centered. 

Next, I used double sided tape to adhere the letters to the banners (I ran out of glue thanks to my Pinata Project).

Then, I folded over the edge, and cut off any overhangs.

Then, I added my double sided tape.

Then, finished folding the flap over the string (I used Hemp).

Make sure all your letters are in the right order!
You can always assemble the banner then add the letters.

Voila! Good Luck!!!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Dragonfly Painting

My grandmother loves dragonflies, so I decided to paint her a picture of one for Mother's Day. It took 2 weeks to complete. Here's the painting from start to finish. Enjoy!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Cinco de Mayo Piñata Treat Boxes

I saw this idea on Oh Happy Day Blog, but decided to change her instructions slightly and make it my own. I really liked this idea because it is a recycling craft...yay saving trees!

Materials Needed
Cardboard Food Boxes (cereal, soda cartons, beer cartons, cracker boxes, etc.)
Tacky Glue
Crepe Paper (many colors)
Masking Tape
Assorted Small Candies
Cute Printable Tags (I found mine on

First, I free-styled a llama pattern. You need 2 per pinata.

Next, I cut all my patterns and ~1 inch thick strips for the border.

Next, I started taping the border along the edge of each pattern. And when the border was complete I added candy.

Next, I assembled a little "bridge" so that the head portion and tail portion can slide into each other. I just took scraps and taped 2 on the outside and 2 on the inside, so that it's snug.

Next, I finished assembling all my llamas.

Now it's time to add the fringe. So, I took crepe paper strips and folded them in half hotdog style. Then I cut strips halfway up towards the crease.

Once, my strips were set. I started gluing the onto my head portions and tail portions creating patterns. Always start from the bottom, so that you can layer them.

Tada! A tag can be tied around the neck with a ribbon. Then you can hand them out. All people have to do is pull the head from the tail and shake the candy out!

Happy Cinco de Mayo and happy crafting!