Pride and Prejudice Quote Board

If you are not a Pride and Prejudice fan, I apologize.  This makes two back-to-back P&P crafts.  But Pride and Prejudice makes me think of classic romance which is perfect for Valentine's Day!  It brings to mind slumber parties with my sisters in our pajamas.  I have one sister in particular who will most likely have a Pride and Prejudice-themed wedding someday.

We love it that much.

I decided to make a quote board of my favorite Pride and Prejudice quotes.  This is the same quote used on the Valentine cards with sewn hearts.  The only problem was that I had two quotes I was dying to use...

So this quote board has two sides!  I can flip the board over whenever I wish! 🙂

Here is how I made it:

I dug through my stash of unfinished wood and found this 12x12 board--with beveled edges as an added bonus!  It wasn't exactly spray painting weather, but we made do.  I gave it a base coat of white.

I designed these two quotes in Photoshop.

Don't you love the silhouette of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy?!  It's my favorite part!

I firmly believe that contact paper makes the best stencils.  So I cut out the first quote from contact paper using my Cricut.

I made the mistake of buying clear contact paper.  Man alive, this took some serious concentration to cut out my stencil, transfer it with transfer paper, and apply to my board without missing a dot of an "i."  I will be headed back to the store to get white contact paper ASAP!

Then I spray painted the board red.  This way the letters would stay white.

Once the paint dried, I peeled up the vinyl, and it looked perfect!  Oh how I love my contact paper stencils! 🙂 Now I was ready to begin the back side of the board, so I used Painter's tape to tape up the edges...

And I gave the back side of the board a nice coat of black.  Because of the hook-hanging-holes (very technical term!) on the back side, I used a different method...

I applied white vinyl to scrapbook paper, and modpodged it onto the back side of the board.

I seriously LOVE how this turned out!

And I love the versatility of flipping the board over and having a whole new quote!

Now for tonight:  I plan to snuggle up on the couch and have  a date with Mr. Darcy!

Have a happy day!

Linking up to Tidy Mom and these great parties.

London Skyline T-shirt {Fabric Ink Starter Kit}

Happy New Year, friends!

I hope you rang in the New Year in style!

You might know me as one of the only bloggers out there who still uses a Cricut.  I stuck firmly to the Cricut forever--even after most other bloggers had made the big switch to the Silhouette.  I actually own, use, and love both the Cricut and Silhouette.  (Yes, it is possible!) I love things about both machines!  But I do love all of the accessories and options that come with the Silhouette!  Last week, I tried out Silhouette's fabric ink starter kit. I love this kit!  It's a simple way to create intricate stencils on fabric for a professional look.

My baby sis was in town for the holidays, so we got together for some quality crafting time!

My sister Kara went to school in London last summer, and thoroughly enjoyed her time there.  She adores all things "London!"

We busted out the Silhouette fabric ink starter kit.

The kit included:

Special fabric vinyl

Special transfer paper

Foam brush and sponge

Hook tool

Black fabric paint and tray (This paint was strong!  Not your average craft paint!)

We found this London skyline image in the Silhouette library and sized it correctly using the Silhouette studio software.

After cutting the stencil out of the vinyl, I used the transfer paper to apply it to the t-shirt.  We used blue painter's tape to create a box for our design.

(We also could have used the negative space from the vinyl instead, but that would have been tricky for such an intricate image! We kind of created our stencil inside out!)

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Bling Bling Christmas Tree

This tutorial was originally shared at Sumo's Sweet Stuff "Spread Christmas Cheer" series.  Be sure to check out Summer's fab series for more great Christmas ideas... PLUS tell her congratulations on her new baby girl!

Christmas is practically here!

Are you ready??  {I'm NOT!} But I'm excited for this fun week-before-Christmas!

Today, I want to share one of my latest and greatest Christmas projects:

This "Bling Bling" Christmas Tree is sparkly, shiny, and simple, too!

Typically, I don't love gold, but when Christmas comes around, I love to decorate with something sparkly!  This little tree has made a grand entrance with my Christmas decor.

Are you ready to make your own?

Let's go!

Last year sometime, I found a box of gold buttons at JoAnn's.  They were all different shapes and sizes.  They have been sitting in a drawer all year, and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to make good use of them!

For this project, I also used a styrofoam cone, some gold ribbon, and gold bows I found at the dollar store.

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Airplane Room Decor {Elmer’s Looks For Less}

I rarely show pictures of our home decor.  And for good reason.  We are renting our home!  It can be really difficult to decorate the way I want to in a rental property.  There are many things I would LOVE to change.  (Take, for example, the pinkish hue of the paint color on the walls in my entire home.)  But more often than not, I just don't attempt much decorating at all.  I know that's pathetic, but it's true.

However slowly but surely, I have been making progress on Little Man's Big Boy airplane bedroom.  Elmer's gave me the opportunity to add some fun and easy decor and on the cheap!  I participated in their "Looks For Less" challenge. Using their supplies, I re-created several items I had my eye on... but my projects cost me next to nothing!  Easy on the eyes, easy on the pocket book.  🙂

Today I have TWO tutorials to share with you!  I'll show you how I created the faux airplane canvases plus the faux wooden "FLY" letters using Elmer's products.

If you can believe it, I only spent $5.73 on both projects.  Not bad, eh?

Elmer's sent me some fabulous supplies to use for these projects.  They generously sent me:

1 - Black and 2 - White 20x30 Foam Boards

Several glue sticks (they are by far my favorite glue sticks!),

X-ACTO Knife,

Several Painters sets

Plus $25 to spend on supplies (I considered this a challenge to spend far less!)

Are you ready for TWO cheap and easy tutorials?  Let's get started!

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Festive Chevron Holiday Plate

Right now at this very moment, our family is enjoying Disneyland!!

In the mean time, I thought I would share the full tutorial for my chevron spray painted holiday plate!

I think Santa would be proud!

I added a little spray paint, a little chevron, and a little ho-ho-ho!

I started with an extra plate I had at home.  Nothing too fancy.

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Holiday Beadboard Frame

There are only 37 days until Christmas!

I can hardly wait.  Who wants to join me for some hot cocoa??

This holiday season, "JOY" has become my mantra.  (Remember my JOY-ful Christmas display??)

Rather than becoming overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I want to focus on the true joy of the Christmas season.  What better reminder of true joy than a picture of the people I love most?!  I thought it would be fun to display our latest Christmas card or family photo on this faux frame.

 

I had just a little help from Martha Stewart's brand new paint line...

I was thrilled to try out some of these amazing goodies!  I was very impressed with Martha Stewart's new paint line.  I tried out several craft paints, glitter paint (best invention ever!), some gorgeous stencils, brushes, sponges, etc.

I love that Martha's new craft paints are multi-surface.  They are intended for everything from fabric to glass!

Come along with me to see how I created this festive faux frame...

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Roll a Turkey! {With Printable}

Thanksgiving is sneaking up on me this year!  My big plans for turkey day projects are quickly giving way to big plans for traveling, cooking, baking, and perhaps even a Disneyland trip!  Time is flying by way too fast.

Little Man and I had so much fun with our Roll a Jack-O-Lantern game at Halloween, I decided to make this "Roll a Turkey" game the very same way!

If you are interested in creating your own game, definitely check out this post where I described how to make the Roll A Jack-O-Lantern game.

Here's the quick rundown:

I covered a magnetic burner cover from the dollar store with cardstock and a protective coat of mod podge for the turkey body.  Then I raided my scrapbook paper stash, cut out and laminated the different body pieces, and applied magnets to each piece.  For this game, you will need:

At least 2 googly eyes

 At least 2 feet

At least 1 head

 At least 1 beak

 At least 1 gobbler

At least 5 feathers

The fun part about this game is that because you are likely to roll a number more than once, your turkey may end up with 3 eyes, 8 feathers, and 2 beaks!  So having extra parts comes in handy!

By the way, I store all of the parts in a ziplock baggie on the underside of the burner cover.  Because of the magnets on the backs of each piece, they stick nicely all on their own!

 

Want to play?

You can download your own "Roll a Turkey" game sheet here.

I printed mine on yellow cardstock and laminated it.

We are using the same dice I created for the jack-o-lantern game, although you can definitely use a regular game dice!

Gobble, gobble!

JOY-ful Christmas Display {Creative Carousel}

It's that time again!

This month's Creative Carousel is hosted by Amanda at Every Creative Endeavor.  Every day this week, you will find some incredible creative tutorials-- all centered on holiday decor.

For my project, I created this JOY-ful Christmas display on my mock "mantel".

I miss having a mantel.

Our home doesn't have a real mantel--just a high ledge... A ledge so high that I have to get a chair and stand on my tiptoes to decorate.  But I do love decorating the top of my DVD cupboard!

I have always loved the red and aqua color scheme for Christmas, so I set out to create a happy, colorful display to welcome in the holidays.

I started out with these large letters from JoAnn's.  I had the O from this P-O-P frame project!  And I used coupons to purchase the other letters.  I am proud to say I spent less than $10 on everything!  Not bad!

Here is a rundown on how I decorated each letter:

1.  I gathered some felt I already had on hand.  I probably used close to 3/4 yard of red felt to completely cover this letter.

2.  I put on a movie, and just started cutting out tons of red felt circles about 2-inches each.

3.  I folded each circle in fourths and pinched the bottom point.

4.  I just started hot gluing each folded circle to cover the J.  (Don't tell, but I only covered the front of the "J" because I realized no one would see the back!)

5.  I love the texture of all that felt!  Doesn't it remind you of rose petals?  Love.

Next up:  Letter O!

1.  For this letter, I grabbed an old book that I found at Good Will a year or so ago.  I cut each page into strips about 2 inches wide.

2.  I used mod podge to wrap each strip around the O.

3.  I gave the entire O a coat of mod podge over the top, too.

4.  After allowing the letter to dry completely, I covered the other side of the letter, too.

5.  I added a jingle bell flower in the corner!

 

I think this is my favorite part of the entire project!

Lucky for me, the Y was the quickest!  I had it done in about 10 minutes!

1.  I found some plush aqua yarn for this letter.  I wanted lots of texture!

2.  I used spray adhesive to adhere the yarn to the letter.  I just wrapped it around and around, as tightly as I could.

3.  Once I had wrapped the letter tightly with the yarn, I went over it again loosely to give it a messy look.

I put together the rest of the display using items found around my house....

I wrapped an empty box, found a spare frame (I used the frame and its beadboard matting), and threw in a few other random items!  I wanted the letters at varying heights, so I used a candlestcik holder and wrapped an empty box to create levels.

 I have a lot of gold in my Christmas decor, so I thought the gold beads might tie in nicely!

I created a few quick garlands--a paper doily garland along with a messy ruffled felt garland.

I am so thrilled with how this turned out!  This makes me want to drink hot cocoa and listen to Christmas music!

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This is only the beginning of a whole week of fabulous holiday decor projects!

Here is a tiny sneak peek at the crafty goodness coming your way:

Be sure and stop by Lolly Jane tomorrow for another fun tutorial!

 Plus...

Every Creative Endeavor is hosting a huge giveaway with some incredible prizes.

There are 3 prize packages, each valued at over $150.  You won't want to miss out on all the crafting goodies!  So head on over and enter...

I would be thrilled if an Oopsey Daisy reader won!

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Have a great day!

Linking up to Today's Creative Blog, Tidy Mom,

Felt ABC Mat

Just this once, I'm skipping my weekly Wednesday's Wowzers.  Consider yesterday's roundup of gratitude projects my wowzers!  Instead, I wanted to share the ABC mat I shared at Brown Paper Packages a few months back.

Alright, my friends.

As far as I'm concerned, this is go-time for Christmas.  This year, my husband and I are saving up to buy our very own home!  So I am attempting to create a more meaningful, handmade Christmas this year.  I am hoping that I can whip up some fun handmade gifts for Little Man and Mr. Oopsey Daisy (although I must say that the hubs is much more difficult to create gifts for!)

A while back, I created this ABC mat to help Little Man practice his ABC's.

Even though I created this months ago, wouldn't this make a fun handmade gift?

We are enjoying our ABC mat so much!

In fact, Little Man begs to get it out each and every day.  We play all kinds of games so that he can stretch, run, hop, and jump all over the alphabet!  (Think hopscotch mat for ABC's!)

I whipped up this ABC mat in one afternoon.  Want to make your very own?

Let's get started!

Last year, I made a quiet book, and I still have plenty of felt to go around!  So I picked out some of my favorite colors to highlight each letter.

I wanted the mat to be bright and colorful.

 

I purchased 2 yards of turquoise felt on sale at JoAnn's.  I cut out a large rectangle that was approximately 43" x 73".

This would be the main base of the mat.

 

To cut out the circles, I traced several tupperware lids that were all different sizes.  I used disappearing ink to trace them.  I wanted a variety of colors and sizes to make it interesting.

 

Here is my stack of 26 circles (one for each letter of the alphabet), ready to go!

I wanted to space out all of the circles in an interesting way, so I pinned them roughly where I wanted them before sewing.  I was also careful not to pin them too close to the edge so I could add a border later on.

Then I got to work sewing all those circles on!  It became a little cumbersome to sew circles in the middle of a lot of fabric.  I was careful not to let the felt bunch up as I was sewing along!

I love polk-a-dots!  So I hot glued this polk-a-dot ribbon as a border all the way around the entire mat.

 

Now for the letters!!

I cut the letters out of fabric using my Cricut.  To make the cutting process easier, I had already ironed on Heat 'N Bond and peeled away the paper layer.

 

Then I ironed each letter on a circle.  Because I had already ironed on the Heat 'N Bond, they ironed on very easily.  I was sure to spend plenty of time ironing the letters on.  I wanted these to stand the test of time!

I really love that I didn't have to sew these on.  They have held up just beautifully!

And that's it!  Fold it up, roll it up like a sleeping bag, and you can store it away and pull it out for special occasions.

Here are a few ways that we have used our ABC mat:

* Ask your child to find a letter and perform an action.  (Hop on the letter "J")

* Ask your child to put a different body part on a specific letter.  This ends up looking a lot like Twister! (Put your nose on the letter "N")

* Play a "Simon Says" game.  (Simon says to hop to the letter "B")

* Play music and let your child hop from letter to letter to the music.  Stop the music and ask child to identify what letter he/she is standing on.

* For more advanced children, hop from letter to letter to spell out entire words.

Little Man loved playing, and putting his hand/foot/nose, etc. on different letters!  Here he is with his ear on the Letter J!

TIP:  If you prefer a no-sew version of this project, no problem!  I used a shower curtain liner as a teacher.  I drew the letters and circles on the mat with a sharpie.  The children in my class could slip off their shoes and spell out their spelling words on this spelling "mat."  It was one of their favorite activities.

 

If you enjoyed this post, you might also like my felt car mat.

What are you up to this week?

DIY Distressed Photo Canvases

It's about that time of year when I start racking my brain for gift ideas.  But it's important to add that I'm also constantly checking our family budget, too.  (There I said it.  Now Mr. Oopsey Daisy will be truly proud!)  So do-it-yourself gifts are always a big plus!

These distressed photo canvases are one of all-time my favorite projects.  This might be silly, but I was truly amazed at the transformation.  I had no idea I could really create my own photo canvas!

 

Photo canvases are definitely hot right now!

It seems that I always see photo canvases sold online--but they aren't always cheap!  Admittedly, I have purchased a few in the past, and I do love them!  I love the natural texture of canvases.  But you can create your very own at a fraction of the cost.  And you can give it a distressed look during the process, too.

 

I won't give a full tutorial because the amazing Delia has already written a beautiful one.

Simple version

You copy or print your very own photos on regular old copy paper.  That's easy enough.  I printed 3 of my favorite black-and-white photos of Little Man.

I bought a group of regular old 8x10 canvases when they were on sale at Michael's.

The key to transferring the photo to a plain canvas is this gel medium. If you use a 40% off coupon, you can pick this up at Michael's for around $10.

It takes a few cycles of spritzing the photo with water, letting it dry, and then peeling away the paper.


The process lends to a little natural distressing.

LOVE this look with the black and white photos!

These 3 photo canvases are the first thing you see when you walk into Little Man's bedroom.

Aren't they lovely?

I am ready to make some more!  I am envisioning some black and white wedding photos... perhaps a gift for our upcoming wedding anniversary?

So go get the full tutorial at Delia Creates!  The details are important.

These make very personal and beautiful gifts!

Enjoy your weekend!

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