Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Chipboard BOO in time for Halloween

Happy halloween fellow crafters!  I've been a little busy the last few weeks with my in-laws visiting, painting the house, putting on a Halloween Party for the mom's group, and trying to get Landon's Halloween costume finished.  But I was able to get one quick project done last night just in time for Halloween.

All the supplies came from Hobby Lobby and were on sale for 50% off, so the the entire sign was under $5.  I started with chip board letters and Halloween themed scrapbook paper.  I traced the letters onto the scrapbook paper and cut the letters out.  (I actually trimmed the letters out slightly smaller then what I traced to allow the black border to show through)  Next I painted the chipboard letters black and painted the edge of the paper letters.   Then I adhered the paper to the chipboard letters using mod podge.  And that's all it took!

And with that I better get going -- my door bell is ringing with more trick-or-treaters.  Enjoy the rest of your Halloween, and check back tomorrow to see pictures of the cutest little Pirate I've ever seen :)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Halloween Tile

At the start of fall I just love unpacking the decorations and getting excited about previous year's craft projects.

Here is one of my favorite Halloween projects I made a few year's back.  It was really simple and inexpensive.  I started with a 14 " x 14" ceramic tile that only costs $0.99.   Next I used yellow and orange spray paint to the tile.  And lastly I applied a black ceramic sticker.  I got this vinyl sticker from Upper Case Living.  Not counting dry time for the paint, this entire project took about 10 minutes.

I hope you enjoyed today's project!  See you next time!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Simple Halloween Scrapbook Layout - Landon's First Halloween

As we get closer to trick-or-treating I have been reminiscing about Landon's first Halloween.  He was so little and and didn't quite get the concept of Halloween, but he loved the pumpkins and he loved the giant chunk of cheese that went with the mouse costume I made for him.  The mouse costume was my first sewing project and was full of frustrations, seam ripping, and re-sewing -- which makes me appreciate the completed costume all the more.   And Landon won 2nd place at the Germantown Hills costume contest :)

The letters were made using the Cuttin Up Cricut cartridge.  All the patterned paper is from the All Seasons paper pad from The Paper Studio.   And the 3-D pumpkin stickers are something I found in the seasonal section at Hobby Lobby.

Here's some close ups of the cutest little mouse ever:

That's all for now folks.  I've got more great fall and Halloween projects coming up, so keep checking back.  Until then, have a Sew Scrappy Day!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Sew Scrappy Day -- Ravamped

I spent the afternoon working on refurbishing my blog. Gone is the original standard boring template, and in its place is a style that more fits my crafting personality.

I searched google for free blog backgrounds and headers, and I stumbled My Style Backgrounds.  It's a great blog with lots of unique, pre-made headers and backgrounds.  In addition to hundreds of very stylish, and best of all FREE backgrounds and headers, the blog includes instructions for applying the backgrounds and headers to blogger.   And if you want to pay a little bit of money, they will even make you a custom header and background.  I opted for the free version.

 I choose Butterfly Kisses because it fit my scrapbooking style. Using Photo Shop I inserted Sew Scrappy Day into the white space on the generic header.

I still have some tweaking and additions to make, but I am pleased with this rendition for now.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Baseball Blanket for My Nephew

My brother and his wife are expecting, and the baby is due to arrive any day now.  When I was at the fabric store a few months ago I came across some vintage style baseball fabric that would be perfect for a blanket for my soon to be nephew, since they are doing a sports themed nursery.  

I wanted to have a variety of textures for the little baby to enjoy, so I added some cream and red waffle fabric.  And to make the blanket extra cozy for a baby I added a plush border and backing.  And here is what it looked like when I was done:

It fits in perfect with their sports themed bedroom. 

And now I am just patiently awaiting the arrival of my first little nephew.

Monday, October 8, 2012

A Fall Platter At the Bisque Bistro

Now that the weather has cooled down (a say that lightly because 60 degree hardly constituted fall back home) I have really gotten excited for fall.  I've slowly been getting the fall decorations out and have several fall craft projects in process.

One of my favorite activities that I always do at the start of fall is head down to a paint-your-own pottery place.  It's a tradition that started with my girls back in Peoria.  I was so ecstatic when last month's mommy's mixer for the Kinder Moms was a Bisque Bistro.

This was one of my more simple projects, and I finished it in only 4 1/2 hours.   I used my computer to print out the word "fall" in a large font and then carbon copy paper to transfer it onto the platter.

Well I better get going so I can work on my current fall project - a pirate Halloween costume for Little Landon.  Look for the blog post in the next couple of days.  And until next time, have a Sew Scrappy Day!