Sunday, February 20, 2011

Fiona Ears

My niece is turning 3 in a few days and I had to make her something that I knew she would love.  She loves to pretend that she is Fiona and that she is married to Shrek.  Shrek even paints her green!  Anyways, she has lots of princess dresses, but has no Fiona ears so I knew I had to make her some!  I added the flower so that they were girlified...they couldn't just be Shrek ears!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Scrapbooking with Very 3D Objects

I love to scrapbook and I like to have my pages in the plastic sleeves, but 3D objects don't work very well in them.  Well, I was determined to come up with a solution so that I could put my baby girl's hat and id bracelet in her scrapbook.
First, I cut out a square where I wanted her hat to go out of some cardboard/fiberboard stuff. I also trimmed the top side and the right side a bit.  I would say it was about 5 mm.  I did this so when I slide this "thicker" sheet into the sleeve it has room.  The thicker you make it, the more you have to trim off the sides.
Then on a second piece of board I cut out strips of card stock (out of a hideous hot pink I hate and never use) and glued them on. I ended up using 3 sheets of card stock.
I cut out 12 strips and glued them together for the thickness I wanted. I added 3 squares to make it more sturdy and actually added one more in the lower right after I took the picture. You could lay down 12 sheets and just cut out the squares, but that would waste a lot of paper.
Then glue the top layer on.  Actually, you should cut out the squares on your top/cover paper first before you glue it down so you can make a nice hole.  I forgot to do it, so it made it a bit more challenging.
So to hide the layering, take a beautiful piece of scrapbook paper and lay it in the hole...make it a little bigger so it can go up and over.  Cut a small diagonal at the corners to help ya.
Press it down (I used a pencil to help) and it should look like this.
Then glue them down so it looks like this.
Here is a zoomed out shot.
Then take your top paper (that you hopefully remembered to cut the hole out of earlier before you glued the board on....unlike me) and glue it on.
Then place your object in.  Now my hat did stick up a little bit, but when it is in the plastic sleeve it squishes down perfectly.
It sits just right!
Then add those wonderful embellishments and put it in the plastic sleeve and you're done!  Now if only I could fit a blanket in there....hummmmmmm.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Valentine Banner

This was a really easy and quick decoration once I made up my mind on what I was going to do.  At first I was just going to make solid hearts, then I was going to do mostly light pink but with one dark pink, and then I decided to put on some of the candy conversation heart saying on every other one, and then I just put them on all of them.
What you need: some felt, a heart shape cookie cutter, scissors, ribbon, sewing floss, and a pen. First use your heart shape cookie cutter and trace a bunch of hearts onto the felt and then cut them out. You need to cut out two hearts for every heart you want.  Then stitch some cute conversation heart sayings onto the top hearts.  I did: Q T Pie, My Baby, Hugs, Be Mine, XOXO, Sweet, Kiss Me, Dream, and Love.  I tried to stick to shorter ones because I didn't have much room on my hearts.
Then sew the bottom hearts onto the ribbon.
 
Then sew the top hearts with the sayings on them so the ribbon is sandwiched in between.
 
 I just stitched around the outside, slowly going around and around.
Then they are ready to hang!
 Don't they look cute on the fireplace!
 Happy Valentines Day!