Floral card making

I've been experimenting with my card making lately and decided just to go for it tonight - no templates, just a pencil, paper and my craft knife! Tonight I decided to go with a little floral pattern. 

Materials

  • Cardstock paper - 2 colors
  • envelope 
  • pencil
  • craftknife
  • metal ruler
  • glue stick

 

Process

  1. Measure the cardstock against the envelope to make sure it would fit inside
  2. Measure 1 inch around the border which is where I'd have the freedom to create
  3. Start drawing flower patterns in that 1 inch border
  4. Carefully cut around them using the craftknife
  5. glue the contrasting cardstock in the middle

encourage one another...with a little watercolor

This weekend, I went to our church's Women's Conference which was amazing and I was so touched by one thing that our pastor Maria Durso shared, "encourage one another." It inspired me so deeply that I wanted to make a few pieces about it. 

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
— Hebrews 3:13 (NIV)
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I may use one of these for this week's giveaway! What do you think?

DIY Burlap Banner

This week I worked on a burlap banner for our friend's Bridal Shower. It was pretty easy to make and it came out so great so I thought I'd share a How-To!

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Budget: $40.00

Final Price: $24.86 after 25% off (I already had some of the materials!)

Time: 4-5 hours depending on number of letters

Materials

Burlap Banner Materials
  1. 1 sheet of paper
  2. Burlap (2 yards): $7.49
  3. Scissor or Rotary Cutter: $11.99
  4. Modge Podge Matte Finish: $2.62
  5. Paint: $1.49
  6. Jute (String or Ribbon): $2.00
  7. Ruler: $2.24 (any will do)
  8. Glue gun/glue sticks: (any will do)
  9. Brush: (any will do)
  10. Chalk: (optional)
  11. Iron: (optional)

Process

  1. Cut out a paper sample triangle to cut all your triangles against to make sure they all cut the same size.
  2. Lay out the burlap and cut same size triangles using the scissor or rotary cutter – 1 for every letter of your banner.
  3. If your burlap is wrinkled, iron each piece for a few seconds.
  4. Glue the edges of the burlap triangles with the matte modge pode to seal the edges from fraying. Let dry.
  5. Sketch out the letters for the banner with a piece of chalk or paint them directly onto the triangles. Let dry.
  6. Lay out the triangles equally spaced and use a hot glue gun to  attach the triangles to the jute/string. Remember to add slack on each side to have enough to hang it up.

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Final Result!

Burlap Banner

Tips and Tricks

  • 2 yards of burlap was a lot. I suggest getting less burlap if your sign isn't super long.
  • I really liked using the rotary cutter much better than using scissors.
  • I purchased materials at the Michaels on Columbus avenue in NYC instead of ordering (no shipping & handling)
  • Michaels  always has coupons handy on their site so always check when you visit the store! I got an extra 25% off my entire purchase on this visit!

DIY Wooden Chalkboard

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Time: 2-3 hours depending on coats of paint/drying time

Budget: $20.00

Final Price: $12.78 after 25% off (I already had some of the materials!)

Materials

Chalkboard Materials
  1. Chalkboard paint: $4.49
  2. Wood slice: $8.24
  3. Chalk marker: $3.00
  4. Brush: (any will do!)
  5. Sandpaper: (if handy)

Process

  1. Sand the wood for a few seconds to make it smoother. 
  2. Shake the chalkboard paint container and paint the wood slice with an even coat of paint. I decided to paint out and leave a little boarder as to not paint out to the bark. (Repeat when dry, 1 or 2 more times!)
  3. Once completely dry, write your quote or word with the chalk pen to make it last longer than if you were just to use chalk.

Tips and Tricks

  • Once dry, it might be easier if you sketch your quote or word with a piece of chalk just to check spacing. Once you've got the spacing right, clean off the chalkboard with a moist paper towel and then use the chalk marker.
  • I purchased materials at the Michaels on Columbus avenue in NYC instead of ordering (no shipping & handling)
  • Michaels  always has coupons handy on their site so always check when you visit the store! I got an extra 25% off my entire purchase on this visit!