Archives for August 2012

Make Gorgeous Paper Flowers With Paper Punches

Paper Flower Tutorial at

How to Make Paper Flowers Daisy Arrangement

I am so excited to introduce you to Amy from Plucking Daisies.  She has recently joined Saved By Love Creations as a contributor *happy dance*.  This girl is a flower making – sizzix cutting – copic marker ninja.  Amy has tons of tricks up her sleeve for upcycling scraps and trash into whimsical art with a bit of a Tim Burton meets Alice in Wonderland flair.  Now she is here to share how to create this fanciful bouquet with us!  This tutorial is great for those without a die cut machine, since paper punches are used.  Learn Amy’s tips and techniques that will have you making striking paper flowers to brighten your space.  Visit her inspiring blog, and plan on developing a crush.

Paper flowers are a fun and whimsical way to add beauty to your home.  They make lovely gifts that are sure to bring a smile.  Unlike regular flowers Paper flowers will never wither and die so you can enjoy them all year-long.  It doesn’t take much to make a beautiful paper flower arrangement.   You can make your own paper flowers with just a few simple tools and scrap paper from your stash.

How to Make Paper Flowers with Punches

*For this arrangement you will need just 2 paper punches.   The Large Daisy punch by Marvy and Small Daisy Punch by EK success were used here.

STEP 1:  Grab some scrap paper from your stash and start punching!  (I have used scraps from the DCWV  “Green Stack”)

How to Make Paper Flowers Using Distress Stains

STEP 2: Color the underside of your flowers with Distress Stain in coordinating colors

* Unless you are using double-sided paper you will need to color the white side of your flowers.  Distress ink can also be used.
How to Make Paper Flowers Curling Petals

STEP 3: Pierce a hole through each flower (you can pierce several flowers at a time.  Curl large daisy petals with a stylus.  Cup small daisies by pressing down center with sculpting tool.

*TIP:  If you don’t have a stylus you can use a paintbrush or chopstick.  For cupping place flower on foam pad or mouse pad.
How to Make Paper Flowers Layering Petals

STEP 4:  Arrange flowers in layers to ensure proper color combinations.  Once satisfied arrange layers of buttons on top then start assembly line.

* I typically layer 3 large daisies and 1 small with two layers of buttons.
How to Make Paper Flowers Wiring

STEP 5: Take one piece of wrapped floral stem wire and 1 piece of plain floral wire.  Fold in half and thread on buttons smallest – largest.  Holding button between thumb and forefinger twist wires together.  Thread wire through pierced petals (smallest – largest) adding a drop of glue to seal each layer.  Make a wire curl and press against back of flower to finish.

How to Make Paper Flowers Daisy
How to Make Paper Flowers Adding Floral Picks

 STEP 6:  Attach Flowers to floral picks using floral tape.

How to Make Paper Flowers Daisy Arrangement

STEP 7:  To create your arrangement simply insert floral foam into a container and “Plant” your flowers.  Twist the wires around your finger until you are satisfied with the fullness of your paper flower arrangement.  Fill with glass gems or stones and embellish with ribbon.

Ta-Da!  You just made a Paper Flower Arrangement!
See? Making paper flowers is easier than you think!  I was able to create 4 of these Paper Flower arrangements for my sister’s Baby Shower using paper scraps from my stash.  Paper Daisies are a great way to learn and get comfortable with paper flower making.  Once you have mastered the paper daisy you can try your hand at more advanced paper flower making techniques.

Hope your creativity is blossoming today!


Old Window Turned Organizer

Old window organizer DIY by Ashlee from My So Called Life, featured at #upcycle #crafts #DIY

Have you guys met Ashlee from My So Called Crafty Life?  I recently came across her blog, and I am totally crushing on her projects.  She is inspired by vintage style, which she brings to her jewelry and crafting in a way that just works for me.   While creating delicate and lovely pieces, Ashlee is not afraid to bust out the power tools and educate her readers with her fabulous DIY tutorials.  You will be seeing her do just that here on SBLC in September.

When I saw this old window turned organizer, I just couldn’t wait til then to mention my My So Called Crafty Life.  Old window projects have always drawn me in, and this one is just adorable.  Use cork board, chalkboard paint, & chicken wire for this transformation with the detailed photo tutorial.  I recommend you get comfy with a cup of coffee, browse and be inspired.

Lean Cuisine & More Frozen Goodies at Sam’s Club

Lean Cuisine Sam's Club #CBias #SocialFabric #FrozenFavorites

Do you shop at Sam’s Club?  I have one not to far from me, and when I can remember the resolution I made to save by buying in bulk, I stop by for the things my family loves.  I am the first to admit that cooking is not one of my faves, so the frozen foods section is a go to spot.  It is not that I don’t like to cook, it is the time involved.  Being a healthy eater married to a healthy eater, I love the idea of being in control of what is going into each meal, so cooking from scratch would be great… if I had a clone.  Healthy frozen meals that don’t break the bank are the perfect solution for me.  That is why I was so thrilled to have this opportunity with Sam’s Club and Lean Cuisine.

Lean Cuisine Sam's Club #CBias #SocialFabric #FrozenFavorites

I love Sam’s Club’s Signage.  My 30’s have brought with them a less keen sense of vision, so I appreciate not having to squint to see what is where.

Lean Cuisine Sam's Club #CBias #SocialFabric #FrozenFavorites

$11.25 for 6 meals that are ready in 3 minutes and have 22o calories?  Um… yes, please.  Does it get any more budget friendly, healthy meal than that?  The 6 pack contains 2 each of Sesame Chicken, Ginger Garlic Stir-Fry and Chicken Teriyaki Stir-Fry.  They all sound fabulous.  I opted for the Chicken Teriyaki Stir-Fry and steamed broccoli florets (also from this trip to Sam’s Club.  This was super simple and quick to prepare.  Not only that, but did I mention I got six meals for under $12?

Lean Cuisine Sam's Club #CBias #SocialFabric #FrozenFavorites

Lean Cuisine Sam's Club #CBias #SocialFabric #FrozenFavorites

Lean Cuisine Sam's Club #CBias #SocialFabric #FrozenFavorites

I am quite delighted with the Lean Cuisine new Asian Flavor 6-pack at Sam’s Club. I will definitely be grabbing one of these on my next trip!   You can check out more photos and details of my shopping trip to Sam’s in tornado like weather by checking out my Google+ story:  My Sam’s Club #FrozenFavorites Adventure.  Join me and become a fan and follower of Lean Cuisine on Facebook and Twitter.

I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and (Nestle) LEAN CUISINE #CBias #SocialFabric.  All opinions are my own.

50+ Toilet Paper Tube Projects to Make

50+ Things to Make from Toilet Paper rolls at #crafts #DIY #papercrafts

This is another one of those “You seriously made that from empty toilet paper rolls?” kind of round-ups.  All of the metal filigree projects blow my mind.  You will also find plenty of holiday decor ideas, from bats and mummies to Christmas tree stars.  There is even jewelry.  If you are anything like me, you will be amazed and inspired by this list.  Enjoy!

Simple Beginner Skirt DIY

Simple sewing tutorial at Shrimp Salad Circus

This sew a beginner skirt tutorial at Shrimp Salad Circus is a must do sewing project.  I am loving the color, and the simplicity.  If you are a beginner like me, this is right up your alley.

DIY Neon Paper Beads

Make How to Make Paper Beads & Macrame Bracelet with #goastrobrights at

Make Paper Beads & Macrame Bracelet with #goastrobrights at

These simple quilled paper beads are made with AstroBrights paper.  They are super easy to make, inexpensive,  and one pack of AstroBrights would make 5 bracelets for every wrist in the United States (that is just an estimate).   This tutorial shows you the process of quilling the paper strips into the cylinder beads.  Goosebumps shimmer texture spray was used to seal and give texture with a quick spritz.  Use your beads in your own designs, or use my macrame charm bracelet video tutorial, like I did here…

Make Paper Beads & Macrame Bracelet with #goastrobrights at


AstroBrights warm assortment

Glossy Accents

Quilling tool

Cutting mat


straight edge

*If you have the Cuttlebug Daisy Kit, you don’t need the mat, exacto and straight edge – just use your die to cut the strips for the beads.


Make Paper Beads & Macrame Bracelet with #goastrobrights at

How to Make Paper Beads & Macrame Bracelet with #goastrobrights at

How to Use Toiliet Paper Roll for Decorative Painting

Toilet Paper Tube Crafts - Decorative painting featured at savedbylovecreations.comCreative Carmella made this fun decorative frame using at toilet paper tube!  I love it.  Guess what inspired the upcoming 50+.  Go see her fantastic tutorial for all the details.

Stamp with Toilet Paper Tubes featured at, project by Creative Carmella

Cuttlebug Die Cut Daisy T-shirt Wreath

How to make Cricut Paper Daisies Embellishments; Video Tutorial from Saved By Love Creations

Make these fun paper daisies to adorn cards, wreaths, and more with a  Cricut Cuttlebug Daisy Die kit and a Sizzix Tim Holtz Vagabond.  These flowers are made from AstroBrights paper, warm variety.  The wreath is made by wrapping strips of old T-shirt around a wreath form.   Click to see the original “T-shirt Wreath Tutorial“. I used Mod Podge 3D adhesive mounts to stick the flowers to the wreath.  This video shows the making of the flowers.  Enjoy!

How to make Cricut Paper Daisies Embellishments; Video Tutorial from


DecoArt Glass Paint Haul Video

DecoArt Glass Paint Haul Video at

I got a product package in the mail from DecoArt and just had to make my first ever haul video.  I am playing with the paints today, so come back soon to see them in action.  Be on the lookout for other craft/DIY blogs featuring this comprehensive, fantastic glass paint line.

Video: AstroBrights Paper Rosette Magnetic Mirror

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Astrobrights Papers by Neenah Paper for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Video Tutorial Astr oBrights Paper Rosette Magnetic Locker Mirror With Spiral Rose Template at

Neon, back to school craft, with free printable template using AstroBrights warm color pack and a $1 mirror… are you interested? This bold paper comes in 23 vibrant colors that fit right in with the recent neon craze. It definitely grabs the eye, and is fantastic for crafts, brochures, invites… anything that you want to make stand out.

With all the neon jewelry hitting the fasion scene, i had a hard time choosing between a back to school project and a neon paper bead project i have in mind. I went with the back to school craft, but keep your eyes peeled for a bracelet from AstroBright paper beads in the near future. I chose 3 colors to create a fun paper rosette magnetic mirror that will go right on my niece’s locker (that is if I don’t accidentally forget to give it to her, leaving it on my refrigerator). Watch the video to see how to create your own.



Spiral Rosette Template



Video Tutorial AstroBrights Paper Rosette Magnetic Locker Mirror With Spiral Rose Template at


Video Tutorial AstroBrights Paper Rosette Magnetic Locker Mirror With Spiral Rose Template at

Video Tutorial AstroBrights Paper Rosette Magnetic Locker Mirror With Spiral Rose Template at

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