May 21, 2015

Throwback Thursday- Strawberry Shaped Card

Throwback Thursday is just like the name says- a post where I feature I project I did in the past so that it doesn't get lost in the archives.

Last February I posted a tutorial for making this cute Strawberry shaped card for national strawberry day. I designed a template and shared it and then embellished my card with some fun scrapbooking supplies.

Get the template and tutorial here.

Want more shaped cards? Check out this Bunny Card and these Easy Shaped Cards.

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May 20, 2015

Paint + Paper- Washi Tape Art Journal Background Technique

Today I am up on the Love my Tapes blog sharing this page and since it is Paint + Paper Wednesday (when I share my art journal pages and scrapbook layouts) I wanted to show you here as well!

I saw this quote on pinterest and it is very relevant to my life right now, so I had to include it in my art journal. I decided to use washi tape to create the background.

To make the background, you'll need 2 or more different patterns of washi tape to make this look. I used a pretty floral yellow and a contrasting teal tape.

You can find the tapes in the Love My Tapes etsy shop here.

Start by placing a strip of your first color across your page. It can be any direction you want.

Next take your second color, placing a strip next to the first. Repeat this a couple of times.

Now you need to fill in the rest of the page. Turn your page 90 degrees and place the edge of your tape against the tapes you already stuck down.

So your strips of tape are going in the opposite direction as the first few.

Repeat until you've covered your page, turning your page as you need to and changing the direction of your tapes.

If you overlapped your tapes any, you can use a craft knife to clean them up.

Here is my finished page in my art journal:

What are some of your favorite ways to use washi tape?

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May 18, 2015

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser DIY

Hey guys, Happy Monday! Today I'm sharing a tutorial instead of Make it Monday.

Some of us on the Hazel and Ruby design team are sharing restyled mason jar crafts (using Hazel and Ruby products, of course!) today, you can see them all by visiting the Hazel and Ruby blog

For my project I decided we need a new soap dispenser. I've seen this idea on pinterest and I thought it would be really fun to make it "Hazel and Ruby Style" by using one of their stencil-masks!

Supplies: Mason Jar, Hazel and Ruby Stencil Mask, Krylon Hammered Finish Spray Paint, Soap Dispenser, Awl, Craft Knife, Glue

To start, let's restyle that mason jar.

1. Place a heart or other shaped mask on the front of your mason jar. Hazel and Ruby Stencil Masks are perfect for projects like these!

2. Spray paint your mason jar with hammered finish paint, going over your mask.
Once the paint is dry, remove your mask.

 You can always customize this with different shapes, letters (ooh, what about a monogrammed jar?), or fun, bright colors of spray paint.

Time to turn it into a soap dispenser!

 1. Empty out your soap into a separate bottle or dish and wash/dry out your soap bottle.

Next turn your mason jar lid upside down and place center the top end of your soap bottle on the lid and trace around it.

2. Now you need to cut our you circle.

I didn't want to get out the drill, and this doesn't have to be pretty. so I punched around my circle with an awl, and then used my craft knife to punch out the circle.

3. Your lid should fir around the top end of your soap bottle now.

4. Use your craft knife (or maybe a small saw?) to cut off the top part of your soap bottle, below the threaded part that you screw the cap onto.

5. Flip your lid upside down and squirt E6000 or other strong glue around the hole.

6. Push the top of the soap bottle through the hole, adding more glue if necessary.

It should look like this from the side view:

7. Once your glue is dry, screw your soap pump onto the jar lid.

8. Place your mason jar lid back on the mason jar and close it up.! If your soap pump is too tall, you can use some scissors to trim it down a little bit so that it fits.

9. Pour some soap into your mason jar.

I am actually pretty thrilled with this cute new soap dispenser!

Here are the other blogs where you can find some fabulous ideas for Mason Jars-

Would you make this?
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May 14, 2015

Throwback Thursday- Instagram Notebook DIY

Throwback Thursday is just like the name says- a post where I feature I project I did in the past so that it doesn't get lost in the archives.

For today's Throwback Thursday post I want to share this Instagram Notebook I made back in 2013!

Instagram is just as big (if not bigger) as it was in 2013, and I'm sure that like me, you have taken a ton of photos. This is a fun way to get them out in the open where they can be seen!

Get the tutorial here.

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May 13, 2015

DIY Reversible Doctor Who Infinity Scarf

DIY Reversible Doctor Who Infinity Scarf

My name is Angie Pedersen, and I blog over at G33kGirl.Creative and GeekCrafts. Katie graciously offered me a guest blog opportunity and I jumped at the chance. I knew exactly the project I wanted to share with you - this fantastic DIY Reversible Doctor Who infinity scarf.

Jo-Ann Fabric recently started stocking several different Doctor Who fabrics. Some of the patterns can be hard to find in stores, like the Exploding TARDIS print, from the episode, "The Pandorica Opens." All my local Jo-anns were out of stock, but I found some on eBay, and got enough to make a matching skirt and scarf. First up - the scarf!

I've made a simple infinity scarf before, but this time I wanted to add a contrasting fabric. Via Pinterest, I found a great tutorial on how to make a reversible infinity scarf by SewPetiteGal. So, props to her for the inspiration!

  • 2 yards of 2 different fabrics - this will give you enough to make 3 infinity scarves.
  • coordinating thread
Cut each piece of fabric 14"x72" (if you like, cut two more pieces 14"x72", to make 2 more scarves later - your Whovian friends will thank you!)

Two pieces 14x72 fabric

Place fabrics right sides together.

right sides together

Stitch down both long sides, so you have a long tube that is open at each short end.
Turn right sides out and press.
On one open short end, fold in about an inch, and press down for a sort of hem.

iron down one-inch hem

Place the other end inside that pressed-hem edge to make a long continuous loop.

place one end inside the other

Pin all layers together so the edge doesn't slip out while you're sewing.

pin all layers together

Stitch through all layers (but just those ends - keep the loop open to make it a scarf!)

stitch ends together

That's it! Slip on your new Whovian gear and go save the universe!

finished reversible Doctor Who scarf

I love wearing mine to the office - it looks "arty" with the Van Gogh style painting, but it's a geek reference only a chosen few will recognize!

Jo-ann and Spoonflower have quite a selection of geek fabrics, from Star Trek to Star Wars to comic book heroes, and everything in-between - what geek fandom are you itching to stitch up in scarf form?
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May 08, 2015

DIY Cookie Stand using a Pirouline Tin

If you're new here, I post a recycled Pirouline tin craft every month! You can find them all here.

This month I decided to combine a pirouline tin with a glass dish that I picked up at the thrift store to create a small, simple cookie stand. This is perfect for displaying those tasty treats until you've eaten them all!

I put pecans on these cookies that I made, but wouldn't it be tasty to put small pieces of Pirouline cookies on them?

Supplies: Empty Pirouline Tin, Scrapbook Paper, Mod Podge, Strong Glue (I used e6000), Glass Dish.

1. Start by cutting down a piece of patterned scrapbook paper so that it will wrap nicely around your tin. I love these butterflies. They are lovely, but because they're black and white they're not too busy, you know?

2. Brush Mod Podge onto the back of your paper and adhere it around your tin. I also went over the outside of the paper with Mod Podge to seal it.

3. Let your Mod Podge dry completely.

4.  Use a strong glue (like e6000) and squirt it around the top edge of your tin.

5. Place your dish upside down on a flat surface. Place your tin with the glue side down onto the middle of your dish.Add more glue around the tin where it meets the dish.

6. Let your glue dry for a few hours (or overnight!) to make sure it's fully dry.

If you're wondering about the dish- it's a small glass saucer I found at the thrift store and then added washi tape too. It's fully sealed and won't hurt the cookies. ;)

If you want to see all of my recycled Pirouline tin projects, click here. 

You can find out more about the yummy Pirouline Cookies here: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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