InspireMe Crafts

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Gotta Make It: Footprint Resin Wall Art November 25, 2007

Filed under: Chrsitmas Gifts,Gifts,Gotta Make It,Home,Kid Gifts — inspiremecrafts @ 7:30 am

“Grandchildren are God’s reward for not killing your kids”

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It’s now that time to start planning the Christmas gifts you need to make!  I made these resin pictures last year for grandparents, aunts & uncles, Godparents, etc. 

The items needed:  wood from craft store, paper, glue, resin (found in your craft store usually with all the different glues), ribbon, scissors, paint

First layout some newspaper on the floor and have pre-cut pieces of scrapbook paper ready to put the footprint on.  Grab your child, paint their foot, and start stampin away on the paper.  Make extras because some won’t turn out as good as others and its always nice to have choices!  Don’t forget to have cleanup rags damp and ready to go!

Then I took a piece of wood that I found at the craft store for about $2.  I chose my favorite paper and pictures.  I chose a paint color that coordinates with the paper and painted the wood.  Let it dry.  Then use a spray adhesive to apply  your paper and pictures to the wood.

Next lay out some newspaper and find a cardboard box top.  Place the empty resin box in the middle of the cardboard box top (edges facing up).  Place the wood picture on top of the empty resin box (this raises it up from the box and prevents it from sticking to it when the resin pours off).  Then mix the resin according to the directions that come with it.  Pour the resin over the picture and spread evenly.  The directions say to blow on it to get rid of the bubbles, but  I found that a hairdryer on low works better.  That way you don’t have to inhale all the fumes…they are nasty!  The resin is going to drip off the sides and thats why the cardboard box is good to have.  Once in a while I will take scrap piece of wood or paper and scrape around the edges so it doesn’t leave drip bumps.  Let it dry as directions instruct.

When its all dry attach ribbon to the back and voila!  You have a great personal piece of art that is great for grandparents or even for your own house! The project takes a little work, but if you do them all together it goes pretty quickly.  Plus the result is well worth it! 

Be inspired, get creative, and have fun! 

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Gotta Make It: Christmas Ornament & Magnet November 3, 2007

“Marriage requires falling in love many times…Always with the same person”

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Ok – this is one of my favorite projects lately.  It really did turn out beautiful.  This creative handmade picture ornament is for a wedding gift for our friends.  It has two different purposes.  First, since they are having a winter wedding I decided it would be nice to make them a Christmas ornament for their first Christmas tree together.  And second, I put a magnet on the back so if they want to enjoy it all year round they can put it on their refrigerator.  The magnet also has another purpose… of course!  It holds the actual ornament in place since the container is a tin.  Ok …this is how we did it. 

 You’ll need:  your favorite paper, tin, ribbon, circle stickers, frame embellishment, stick-on magnet, and any other embellishments, glitter, etc that you might use.  I found everything at a Seattle boutique last time I was home called Packaging Specialties.  It is an absolutely wondeful store and I wish I had one where I live now. 

1.  Find some paper and embellishments you love. I’ve had this beautiful gold and baby blue paper forever waiting for the right project and I finally found it! 

2.  Using a plain piece of card stock I traced the bottom of the tin for a template.  I cut out the template and placed it inside the tin to make sure it was the correct size.

3.  Take the template, trace, and cut out two of them on your favorite paper.  ( You could skip the template part if you’re only making one, but since I am going to make some for Christmas gifts I decided to use a template to save me time)

4.  Mod Podge one piece of paper to the inside of the bottom part of the tin.  Set aside and let dry.  Mod Podge the second piece of paper to the top outer part and set aside to dry.

5.  Find a ribbon that compliments your design, cut to size, and attach to top of tin. Do another layer of ModPodge and let dry.

6.  Take your circle sticker and stick it on top of the ribbon once the Mod Podge has dried.

7.  Place an embellishment in the middle of the circle.  You could also run the stickers through the printer and make your own design if you are savvy with the computer. 

8.  On the inside sticker I used a stamp, embossing ink & powder, and an embossing heater to get the raised gold look of “happily ever after…”. Again, you could use your computer or any embellishment there as well.

9.  Find your favorite photo.  Size to fit inside the frame embellishment (these can be found in your scrapbook embellishments section at your craft store).

10.  Tape the photo to the mini-frame on the back. 

11.  Take your ribbon that matches the front and glue it to the frame. 

12.  Then take a magnet and cut it to size.  I bought some that are business card size and you just remove the protective sticker and then stick it to your item.  They worked great!

13.  Put your ornament into the tin and the magnet will keep it in place. 

14. Voila!  All done.

I love this idea because you could use it for almost anything.  For a baby gift or a baby announcement, you could put their picture in it and then on the inside circle sticker you could put their birth weight, height, etc.  This would also be a beatiful and unique wedding favor that would have all your guests talking.  So have fun with this one….

Be inspired, get creative, and have fun! 

 

Gotta Make It: Personalized Baby Outfit November 1, 2007

Filed under: Gifts,Gotta Make It,Kid Gifts,What's In a Name? — inspiremecrafts @ 7:45 am

“Love overflows and joy never ends in a home thats blessed with family and friends”

I am getting so anxious to go see our family and friends next week!  We’ll be there for my God-daughter’s first birthday so I have been busy making gifts in order to spoil her when we see her.  I wanted to get her some cute personalized clothes without breaking the bank so I went with doing it myself…imagine that!

I started out with this brown jacket.  You won’t believe the price I got on this and it is so soft!  I went to my local fabric store and the rhinestone “J” is an iron-on!  It was about $2 and was super easy and quick.  I then took the adorable pink and brown polka-dot ribbon and slid it through the hole on the zipper. I attached it at the ends with Stitch Witchery.  Stitch Witchery is a fusible bonding web that allows you to do hems, trims, and belts without sewing…just ironing!  This is great stuff for the person with their sewing machine in the box right now. 🙂  Now she’ll be a stylin 1-year old with the cutest monogrammed baby jacket that her mommy’s friends will think she got from a designer store. 

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But of course I didn’t want to stop there so I decided to make the jeans match the jacket with a small detail.  I took that same pink and brown ribbon and attached it to the belt loops to add a little spunk to the baby jeans. 

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And my last clothing experiment was a monogrammed onesie.  I also found this iron-on letter at my local fabric store and it came in a pack with the whole alphabet.  The cool thing about this one, besides the adorable flowers, is that it is frolicked.  So the monogramm is raised up and is that soft felty type feel.  Again, super easy and was super inexpensive with the deal that I got on this turtle neck onesie. 

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I had a lot of fun experimenting with some of these new products.  Most of the stuff I did was new to me, but I found it to be super easy and quick! 

Be inspired, get creative, and have fun!

See you tomorrow!!!

 

Gotta Make It: Handmade Birthday Card October 31, 2007

Filed under: Cards,Gift Packaging,Gotta Make It,Kid Gifts,What's In a Name? — inspiremecrafts @ 7:30 am

“I have learned that being with those I love is enough”

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Here’s an idea for a cute handmade birthday card that took me only a few minutes to go along with the Letter Name Blocks and Gift Bag.  The pink & brown card was purchased in a pack at Impress, the flower sticker, polka dot ribbon, and “J” letter all came from Michaels, and the “happy birthday” embellishment was on sale at Jo-Ann Fabrics.  Once you have the materials it was pretty easy….you just attached them.  And Voila!  A cute, personal birthday card for a special girl. 

I didn’t go out shopping for any of these pieces to make this creative birthday card.  They were all pieces that I had in my collection.  And come to think of it- that is usually how I do my projects.  I look for good sales and if I like something I will grab it and figure out exactly what project its for later.  I actually like doing it this way because it forces me to be more creative and think outside of the box….and it saves me a lot of money!  When I go shopping for materials for a specific project I buy way too much and spend way too much.  But whatever works for you because its your project so…

Be inspired, get creative, and have fun!

 

Gotta Make It: Decorated Gift Bag October 30, 2007

Filed under: Gift Packaging,Gifts,Gotta Make It,Kid Gifts — inspiremecrafts @ 8:52 am

It’s never too late to live happily ever after….”

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I needed a package for my Decorated Letter Blocks for a baby’s first birthday gift so I decided to decorate a plain white gift bag I had.  You can find a 10 pack of these gift bags for around $3 so they are always great to have on hand!

1.  Paint the gift bag (I did pink)

2.  Cut out scrapbook paper to the size of the bag.  

3.  Decorate your paper (I cut out the “1” for her first birthday and used an ink pad to brush the edges to soften the look and then glued it on)

4.  Once your done decorating your piece of paper, attach it to the gift bag with glue.

5.  Take scrap ribbons that complement your color scheme and tie knots around the handle bag.  (See….you know you kept all that scrap ribbon for a reason!)

 6.  Voila!  All done.

You have an absolutely adorable gift bag that will have the recipient anxiously waiting to peek inside for more surprises!

Be inspired, get creative and have fun!  See you again tomorrow.   

 

Gotta Make It: Name Blocks October 29, 2007

Filed under: Gifts,Gotta Make It,Home,Kid Gifts,What's In a Name? — inspiremecrafts @ 9:03 am

“Everyday is a Gift”

Well, after some technical difficulties last night with our computer I’m finally ready to go for today’s post.  My husband decided to run “updates” on our computer and our computer and internet decided to revolt and shut down.  Funny how that happens.  And then guess who was up until midnight on the phone with Troubleshooting to get it fixed?  However, I can’t complain too much because to my surprise the person on the other end of the phone was extremely helpful and helped this non-technical person fix it in less than 30 minutes.  Now that is impressive! 

But on to the more fun stuff!  I’ve got children’s birthday parties and weddings coming up so I am concentrating on getting those gifts done this week and hopefully sparking some inspiration for you.  Today’s project are decorated blocks with paper, embellishments and GLITTER!  I used the wood blocks to spell out my God-daughter’s first name for her first birthday.    And look at how cute they are! 

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The blocks for this project are about 1.5-2 inches in size and can be found at most craft stores.  They are significantly smaller than the one large block I used for the Halloween block.  Here’s a general rundown of how I went about this project:

1.  I started out by painting the blocks a bright red. 

2.  Then I measured one piece of scrapbook paper to fit on the block allowing a red perimeter to still show.

3.  I used that piece as my guide to cut out all the other pieces.  I personally used 6 different pieces of paper so there would be a different pattern on each side of the  block.

4.  I then Mod Podged the paper to the blocks and allowed to dry.  This takes a little time since you can only do a couple sides at a time. 

5.  When the Mod Podge was dry I added the Glitter Stickers on the front in Pink. 

6.  On the top, I used words that corresponded with the letter of her name and added some embellishments.  I cut some them our of scrapbook paper and used rub-on letters for others. 

7.  Voila!  A great gift for kids of all ages. 

Get creative and have fun with this one!  You could also use this as an opportunity to teach your child their name and other things that begin with the letters of their name.  For example, on the “J” block you could put a picture of a jacket on one side, a jar, on another, a jaguar on the third, and so on. 

See you tomorrow! 

 

What’s In a Name? October 8, 2007

Filed under: Gifts,Gotta Make It,Home,Kid Gifts,Uncategorized,What's In a Name? — inspiremecrafts @ 12:08 am

“What you think of a name depends so much on the people you know by that name”  – Doug McClure

  

If you’re a parent, you remember this all too well.  You’re anxiously (or desperately/dreadingly/insert own adjective here) awaiting the arrival of the lil’ bugger, dreaming of your old hourglass figure while stuffing your face with Chubby Hubby Ice Cream (out of the carton of course), and flipping through the pages of a Baby Name book.  You say to your husband:

 

 

Wife:  “What about “Mya” if we have a girl?”

Husband:   “You’re kidding me, right?  She was such a b****, and that’s even with a capital B!”   

Wife:  “Ok then…how about Beth?”

Husband:  “Hunny …that’s why I love you.  You’re always trying to pull my leg.  Like I would name my daughter after my clingy ex!”

 

 

After months of the name game (or if you’re like us – a couple days after the birth) you finally decide on the perfect name.  One that doesn’t remind you of the slut that stole your boyfriend or the one your husband lost his virginity too, or the asshole that dumped you on your voicemail…on your birthday!  So let’s celebrate your child’s perfect name this week and all the other loved ones in our lives!

 

 

GOTTA MAKE IT:  HANGING LETTER

Hanging Letter

 

This has been an extremely popular gift for babies and young children…you can’t go wrong with this one!  Want to make it yourself, but need a little guidance on the steps?  Just let me know and I will be happy to send you a “How To”.  Like it, but just don’t have the time to do it yourself?  Let me know and I will send you a free quote!  The recipient of this (or their parents) will rave to everyone about this hand-made gift.