Archives for April 2013

50+ Mason Jar Decor Ideas

Over 50 Ways to Use Mason Jars

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75 Mason Jar Craft; The original roundup from @savedbyloves

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Working on a summer wedding’s centerpieces has gotten me in a mason jar mood.  I hope you are as inspired by browsing this list as I was by making it.  I will never look at a jar the same again!  Enjoy…


DIY Matchbox Business Card Holder

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In preparation for SNAP! 2013, my very first blogging conference, it was time to update my business cards.  I haven’t gotten new ones since before Pinterest, and lots has changed here at SBLC since then.  Of course with new cards comes the need for a spiffy business card holder.  It needed to protect the cards, but more importantly, it need to be handmade and super cute.

Craft blog business card design

So here are the new cards.  I used this QR code generator, which quickly and easily (and for free) created a downloadable graphic that I opened in Photoshop and added to my design.  I ordered the high gloss cards from Vistaprint.

Saved By Love Creations Business Cards

Here they are close up.

 Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die - Matchbook Set

To make them, I cut the matchbooks (using  Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die – Matchbook Set) from grunge paper that I covered on both sides with scrapbook paper (adhered with Glossy Accents).

Mod Podge Satin

I coated the entire inside, outside and edges with Mod Podge satin finish to seal.  Let dry 3o minutes and applied 2nd coat, which I let dry overnight.

Make a Matchbook business card holder @savedbyloves

I punched a hole through the bottom flap and back cover on both sides for ribbon placement.

Make a Matchbook business card holder @savedbyloves

I put the ribbon through the holes and wrapped around the bottom flap and back, tying a knot on the left side (which is hidden under the flower).  I glued the flower in place with Fabri-Tac (it is like hot glue in a bottle, but not hot).

The cards slide under the bottom flap, and the top flap slides over the cards and under the bottom flap.

Make a Matchbook business card holder @savedbyloves

For the text, I stamped onto a tag with archival black ink, using my rolling alphabet stamp.  I inked the edges of the tag with broken china and  antique linen distress ink pads using the ink blending tool.

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DIY Prom Accessories From Duck Tape®

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Make Duck Tape Crafts #StuckAtProm #DIY @theduckbrand @savedbyloves

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If you have been around SBLC for awhile, you know that I heart crafts made from Duck Tape®.  That is why I was so thrilled when invited to use it to create a prom themed project.  The stuff comes in over 140 colors and prints, meaning you are sure to find the perfect match to accessorize that fab dress, or even to make the dress in its entirety!  I am going to show you how I created these roses and used them to make hair pins, earrings and a ring.  This project is quick and easy.  You will have beautiful prom accessories in no time.  Then I will tell you about Stuck at Prom®, a scholarship contest in which your creativity could win you some serious cash!

Sizzix and Duck Brand Duck tape jewelry #prom

To start, I made Duck Tape® sheets using foil squares I had on hand.  Disposable foil containers or any craft foil that is thin and flexible will work. Cut it the apporpriate size for the die shape.  Cover both sides of the foil with your favorite color/pattern of Duck Tape®.

Sizzix Flowers 3-D die jewelry

I used the Sizzix Flowers 3-D Die for the rose shape and the Flower Layers & Leaves Die for the leaves.

Run the tape covered foil through the machine and coil the resulting spiral shape around a skewer or toothpick from the outside towards the center per die instructions.

E6000 Sizzix flower die Duck Tape Crafts

Put a dab of glue on circle tab in center of die cut flower and press to bottom of rolled shape.  Hold between thumb and index finger for 20 sec or so for glue to have time to grab.

Duck Tape Crafts

Now you have your rosette.  If you want leaves, die cut or hand cut them from green Duck Tape® covered foil and glue them to the bottom of the rose.

#ducktapecrafts #DuctTapeFlowers

I used my duck tape roses to make earrings, a ring and a hair pin, all of which would make perfect prom accessories when matched with the dress.  It takes 5 minutes to create a rose, and not much longer to incorporate it into an accessory.  Quick, easy and super cool… my kind of project!

Rivoli Holders

For the earrings, I glued the roses into these rivoli holders that have a connector ring on 2 sides.  I added an ear wire with a jump ring and that was that.  You could add a crystal or other charm in the bottom ring if you wanted some extra bling.

Duck tape hair accessories

For the hairpin, I glued the leaves to the bobby pin blank, then the rose on top of those.

Duck tape rose ring

duct tape rose tutorial

For the ring, I simply glued the rose onto a ring blank.  Easy!

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Chain & Cord Bracelet DIY

Chain and Cord Bracelet DIY from Katrinsine, featured @printabledecor1

 

It seems like this time of year I get more obsessed with bracelets than I usually am.  It’s a spring thing I guess.  I am working on these lovely double chain and cord bracelets from Katrinshine.  The tutorial couldn’t be simpler and they work up fast!

For plenty more DIY bracelets, see SBLC’s bracelet tutorials, and our 50+ bracelet roundup!

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Crochet Rug Pattern

[pinit]Crochet mandala rug free pattern at Craft Tuts, featured @savedbyloves

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I am dying to make this crochet mandala rug I found at Craft Tuts.  The free rug crochet pattern is pretty simple, and uses t-shirt yarn!

Spring Mason Jar Chandelier Update

Mason Jar Chandelier with #MarthaStewart glow in the dark paint @savedbyloves

 

Remember my Mason Jar Chandelier tutorial I showed made awhile back?  It started rainbow colored, turned pumpkin orange in the fall, then went red glitter over Christmas and Valentine’s Day.  It was time for an update.  This time I went with Martha Stewart glow in the dark paint.  My porch is getting more colorful by the day!

Mason Jar Chandelier with #MarthaStewart glow in the dark paint DIY@savedbyloves

Mason Jar Chandelier with #MarthaStewart glow in the dark paint neon@savedbyloves


The paint is glow in the dark.  It really isn’t sitting in direct sunlight, so I am not sure how “charged” it will get during the day, but I am hoping it will glow in the evening!

Mason Jar Chandelier with #MarthaStewart glow in the dark paint @savedbyloves

 

 

50+ Shrink Plastic Crafts to Make

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Over 50 Shrink Film crafts from @savedbyloves

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Shrink plastic, shrinky dinks, shrink film… whatever you call it, it is a fun and versatile medium used to create all kinds of jewelry and art.  I hope you find this week’s 50+ shrink plastic crafts as inspiring as I do.  It amazes me the jewelry that you can make with this stuff.  Sky is the limit.  Grab your stamps, colored pencils and markers and lets go!


Paint Stick Table Top

How to make a paint stick table top from @savedbyloves #DIY #Tutorial One of my favorite things to do is find curbside “trash” and give it love, transforming it into something unique.  My friend Beckie calls this whole process “Roadkill Rescue” and even has a website devoted to showcasing the web’s best of such transformations; RoadkillRescue.net. Today’s project is my latest rescue.  See how I took a discarded side table and turned into a fun and colorful accent with chalk paint and paint sticks!

PaintStickTable

Roadkill rescue project

Here she is before.  Pretty beat up, but with tons of potential!

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I sanded her down with medium grit sandpaper and wiped away the debris with a damp cloth.  Then I painted 3 coats of Martha Stewart Chalk Paint in green.  (Make sure you let the paint dry an hour or so between coats).

I had several leftover paint stirrers, which I cut to various lengths with my scroll saw.  I arranged the “tiles” on the table top, keeping them flush on the left side.  I marked where the end sticks on the right started to go over the edge of the table, and cut them to size with my saw.  The width of the paint sticks just happened to fit perfectly on the table, so I only had to adjust the length of the right edge pieces.

Paint stick crafts

I glued my paint sticks in place with Crafter’s Pick glue.  I put some heavy books on top of the table to weigh the sticks down for good adhesion and let dry overnight.

Seal with Mod Podge Matte.  The End!

Furniture transformation

Speaking of trash to treasure, my friend Kelly of Eclectically Vintage shared some seriously helpful tips for getting the most out of dumpster diving:

Speaking of Paint Stirrer Crafts, there is a 50+ for that!

Updated Mother’s Day 50+ Roundup

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Over 60 Mother's Day Gifts to make for less than $10 @savedbyloves

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Last year I brought you 50+ Mother’s Day gifts to make for less than $10. Here is the 2013 update of that, including 60+ projects any mom would love to get. I broke it down into Jewelry, Photo, and Home/Garden gifts. If you have a project you don’t see listed, email me so I can see if it fits!

Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching. I gathered up some great handmade gift ideas with mom in mind, that you can make yourself for under $10. With jewelry, photo, spa and home gifts to choose from, you will find something just perfect for your mom and she will love that you made it for her.

Jewelry


Photo

 


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