Archives for February 2013

50+ Projects to Make From Aluminum Cans

[pinit]50+ Ways to Repurpose Aluminum cans into great recycled jewelry, crafts and decor @savedbyloves

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If you are looking for a great recycled material to create art, jewelry and home decor with, look no further.  Aluminum cans can be transformed in ways that you would have never guessed.  I rounded up some that I have shared here at SBLC, as well as some favorites I have spotted.  Be prepared to start hoarding cans.  Enjoy!

Digital Art Tutorial & Letter Fun

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I am knee deep in hand lettering classes as part of my 2013 resolution.   My hand hurts from practicing, so I took a break from inspiration and thought I would share with you this fun digital art journal tutorial from Nancie Rowe Janitz.  She has several tutorials that will teach you to make some amazing pieces by scanning in backgrounds, photos, doodles and whatever you can think of to incorporate into your digital art.  Sometimes messy is fun, other times you just want to play in a way that doesn't involve a ton of supplies and cleanup!  If I am unsure of where to go with a mixed media piece, I often scan in my background to play with text and elements to figure out a layout that I then do by hand.

hand lettering, doodlingHere is a doodle I did with the lettering workshop Letter Lab with Lori Vliegen.  It is a great class and I am looking forward to developing my own handwritten alphabet.

art journal page, doodling, mixed media

This was part of a journal page I learned from techniques in Lori's class.  It is water color on mixed media paper, Pitt pen and graphite pencil.  I scanned it and applied the Topaz Affects Grunge filter in Photoshop.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you are inspired to create!

Make Quick and Easy Pillow Covers

How to Sew Easy Pillow Covers @savedbyloves

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Whether you have a sewing machine and rarely touch it, or you are on it hours a day, this envelop pillow pattern is for you.  I fall in the first category, and these little cuties are a cinch to make.  I created them from some chevron fabric, an old sheet, a white tea towel, and black and white tea towels.  I love using things with seams already present for the back flaps (I know... if I am going to the trouble to sew my own pillow covers, surely I can seam the edge both back pieces, but it makes me really happy when I don't have to}!  Using old sheets or pillowcases is a great way to create from materials you already have or can grab for cheap at the thrift store.  Warning, this project is very addictive.  You will be making pillow covers out of everything.

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I showed you how to make these last year.  The following tutorial is from the pillows I did then.  Just change up your fabrics for a different look.  I used acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium to put "Love" and "Sweet" on the white tea towels.  The backs of the word pillows are made from plaid and striped tea towels in black and white.  The chevron backs are an old sheet in aqua.

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Supplies:

Fabric for front and back of pillow; Big enough to cut the following; for the front, 17 inch square and for the back 2 rectangles 17 x 12.75 inches each. This is for a 16 inch pillow form or throw pillow, with an extra inch for seam allowance.  If yours is a different size square, no problem.  Say you have a 20 in pillow form.  Cut your front square 21 in x 21 in (you don't need to worry about adding seam allowance since the pillow will fit in and be nice and full).  For the 2 back rectangles, one dimension is the same as the length of your square sides (21), and the other is that length multiplied by 3/4.  For a 20 inch pillow, that would be 21 x 15.75  inches.

***For my fabric, I found an old shabby pillow case (the beige color on the back) and a cool striped tea towel for the front.

Self healing cutting mat and rotary cutter Quilting ruler or other straight edge Scissors Threaded sewing machine in matching color to your fabric Iron Ironing board pins

fabric pencils or air soluble disappearing marker

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cut your fabric on your cutting mat.  I like to measure and draw the lines on the back of the fabric.  In this case, the front and back of the tea towels are pretty indistinguishable.  If yours has a clear front and back, turn it over so you are looking at the back, and use your straight edge to draw the 17 inch square.  Then cut it with your straight edge and rotary cutter, making sure to cut away from yourself.  Here is my 17x17 square...

 How to Sew Pillows

Steam press the back fabric to smooth out wrinkles.  Now you are ready to cut your back pieces the same way, folding your fabric over on itself so that you can cut both rectangles at the same time, since they are the same size...

NOTE:  If you are using an old pillow case or other fabric with seamed edges for the back, make sure your cut so that you have the the seamed edges as the long edges on your rectangles.  That way you will not have to seam the back flaps. How to sew pillows Sewing pillows Now you are ready to pin the front to the back.  You will have WRONG sides together.  This is unusual, I know.  You want to be looking at the right (fabric side you want to end up showing in your final project) sides of the fabrics when they are pinned together for the french seam.  Pin about every inch or so, close to the edges, all the way around.  Sew straight stitch length setting 2.5, stopping to remove each pin before you get to it, pivoting at each corner.  (I don't like sewing over pins, it stress me out).  Back stitch for stability when you get back to where you started. Easy sewing project Easy sewing project Press your stitch line to set the stitches. Now cut around the edges, very close to the line you just stitched.  This doesn't have to be perfect, it is more just to get rid of the bulk of the excess fabric outside of the seams.  BE CAREFUL.  You don't want to cut through what you just sewed, but if you do, just go back and sew that area again. Easy sewing project Easy sewing project NOTE:  I am far from perfect in my cuts and stitch lines.  These things will look great, even if you are a little off.  Don't be hard on yourself! Now you are almost done!  Turn the pillow inside out (so that the wrong sides are now on the outside.  Use a bamboo skewer to gently push out the corners, being careful not to poke all the way through.  Press the piece, then go back to your machine and sew 1/4 inch from the egde all the way around the pillow.  This step hides the raw edges, so that when you turn the pillow cover the right way, no raw edges will be on the inside!  Pivot at each corner, keeping your 1/4 distance from the edge.  Reverse stitch when you get back to the starting point and you are done.  Cut the thread, turn your pillow right side out and push out the corners with your skewer or a pencil.  Press if you want.  Shove your throw pillow or pillow form in there and beam with pride at the beautiful home decor accessory you just made from a towel and raggedy bed linen.  Yay you!

Chevron Pillow DIY

Over 50 Cupcake Liner Crafts to Make

50+ Cupcake Liner Crafts to Make From @savedbyloves

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This week I decided to bring you a round-up of cupcake liner crafts to make.  I got the idea to do a 50+ on this subject while creating the Cupcake liner rosette frame I shared with you Monday.  I had so much fun making it, and love the finished product.  It is in a box on the way to Somerset Life (fingers crossed that it makes the cut)!  While coming up with the rosette frame idea, I scoured the web for cupcake liner crafts, and was pleasantly surprised at the number and variety of projects out there.  Here are some of my favorites, then on to the 50+!

Cupcake Liner Craft forturne cookies from SpoonfullI have a weakness for adorable paper crafts, and these cupcake liner fortune cookies from Spoonful fit the bill.  They would be favors for all kind of occasions!

Cupcake liner wreath from Jill at Create Craft Love

Jill at Create.Craft.Love came up with this gorgeous cupcake liner wreath for Valentine's Day.  It is so full, frilly and festive.  I want one on every door.

Creative Jewish Mom Cupcake liner birthday party decor DIY

Creative Jewish Mom is a great place for gorgeous crafts that won't break the bank.  I adore this birthday decor number she made from cupcake liners and paper plates.  Monogram initials would be cute too!

Outdoor party decor

Martha Stewart uses cupcake liners as outdoor party cocktail covers!  This is such a simple touch, with a big punch.  Cupcake liners come in so many prints and colors, you are sure to find the perfect ones to coordinate with your party decor.

Cupcake liner lighted flower strand

Over at Oh Happy Day, learn how to whip up these DIY flower lights from cupcake liners!  It's paper, flowers and lights, I mean how can that be anything but fun?!

50+ CUPCAKE LINER CRAFTS

How to Make Soldered Pendants

How to Make Solder Jewelry #Pendant at @savedbyloves

How to Make Solder Jewelry #Pendant at @savedbyloves

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I have wanted to learn to solder for years.  I sold some handmade necklaces in the past, and had issues with the jumprings opening and the pendant falling off the chain.  The best solution I could find was soldering the rings closed, so I picked up a soldering iron and it sat in the closet for 2 years.  I made a resolution to learn the technique in 2013, and ended up with the three finished pieces you see.  This project is great to encase and keep special pictures or sentiments to wear as jewelry or to embellish scrapbook pages and artwork.

How to Solder Jewelry

I was going to create a video, but there is already one out there that covers everything.  Here it is, straight from The Frugal Crafter.  I was lucky and happened to have the exact "third hand" jeweler's tool that is used in the video.  I picked it up for next to nothing at one of those "As Seen on TV" stores.  You can pick it up at amazon for about $5.  So worth it, and essential for holding the pieces in place and still having a free hand for the soldering iron!  I picked up the square 1.5 in Ranger Glass slides at Michael's.  The oval slides came in the soldering kit I purchased by Beads Landing (at Michael's too).

I would love to see your solder work!  Do you have any great tips, or favorite techniques/videos to share?

Cupcake Liner Rosette Frame

Make a cupcake liner rosette frame with #DIY from @savedbyloves

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I was browsing the swoon worthy pages of one of my favorite publications, Somerset Life, when I came across their call for cupcake liner crafts.  Oh how awesome it would be to make it onto one of those pages!  I decided to make roses from the liners, and adhere them to a plain wood frame for this rosette wreath.  It took awhile to roll all those little flowers, but the project was easy, and well worth the time.

Cupcake liner craft DIY from @savedbyloves

SUPPLIES

White cupcake liners (a few packs, depending on the size of your frame)

Craft glue (I used Glossy Accents)

Sizzix 3D flower Die

Sizzix Machine

If you don't have a die cut machine, you can cut the spirals by hand with a spiral rose template, like I showed you here

Wreath form or unfinished frame/garage sale frame

Bamboo Skewer or toothpick

TUTORIAL

Stack cupcake liners over die cut shape, tape into place with masking tape and run through Sizzix

How to make paper roses

Roll spiral into rose using bamboo skewer.  I showed you a video demonstrating this part in this Decorative Paper Rose Sphere post.

Sizzix Die Cut Paper rose cupcake liner craft

Glue roses to frame or wreath form with a small dab of glue on the back of the flower

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Frame revamp with paper roses

Simple as that!  I decided to leave the picture out of the frame, since it is a piece of art in and of itself.  I think I want to do a matching lampshade.

Make a cupcake liner rosette frame with #DIY from @savedbyloves

What do you think?  Have you done or seen any cupcake liner crafts?  The contest submission deadline is Feb. 15th.  The issue is linked above and contains all the details!

Make a cupcake liner rosette frame with #DIY from @savedbyloves

SNAP Conference Ticket Giveaway!!

Have you heard of the SNAP! blog conference?  Don't you love it?  Well you are in luck!  Cause I am here to offer you a chance to win a ticket to the completely sold out conference!
The SNAP! Conference is in Salt Lake City, UT on April 18th through 20th -- be sure you can attend before entering.  
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Lavendar Bath Salts

How to Make Lavendar Bath Salts #DIY #Gift from utryit.com, featured @savedbyloves

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I found this lovely lavendar bath salt DIY tutorial at utry.it, and I just had to share it with you!  I can think of several friends and relatives that would love to get this as a gift.  Whip some up to have on hand for birthdays or Valentine's Day gifts!

DecoArt Glass Marker Love Mugs

@DecoArt_Inc Valentine's Day Mug Dollar Store Craft @savedbyloves

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I was blessed to receive a box of craft supplies from DecoArt, including some fun glass markers that I used on dollar store mugs  for this Valentine's Day craft.  The project couldn't be simpler or cheaper, and leaves you with some adorable, hand doodled, custom love mugs to gift your sweeties on this fast approaching day!

@DecoArt_Inc Valentine's Day Mug Dollar Store Craft @savedbyloves

Supplies:

Rubbing Alcohol

Lint free cloth

Plain Coffee Mugs

DecoArt Glass Markers

Oven (optional)

DecoArt Glass Markers

Tutorial:

Clean glass with rubbing alcohol

Shake markers well, depress tip on scrap paper until ink flows

Decorate Mugs as desired

Deco Art Valentine's Day Mug

Between 4-8 hours of paint application, bake mugs in oven preheated to 375° for 40 min for dishwasher safe finish.

@DecoArt_Inc Valentine's Day Mug Dollar Store Craft @savedbyloves

@DecoArt_Inc Valentine's Day Mug Dollar Store Craft @savedbyloves

I told you it was simple!  Check out more fantastic ideas and products from DecoArt by keeping up with them on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

*Disclaimer:  I received free product to try for this project.  All opinions are honest and mine!

Long Stem Paper Rose + Template

Printable Paper Rose template and DIY form Ellinee, featured @savedbyloves

Ellinee is one of my favorite places for paper flower inspiration.  These long stem paper roses with template and DIY tutorial are a fantastic example as to why!  I used her template last year for my very first paper roses, and fell in love with the craft.  Stop by for these and more.