Monthly Archives: February 2014

{ELEGANT} Princess Night Light

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Good Afternoon!  We have another wonderful guest post for you today over at Creative Ramblings!  I’ll give you a quick sneak peek, but then you have to hop on over and visit Sarah for the full tutorial!

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Thanks, Sarah, for having me as a guest blogger and a big thank you to all my fabulous readers for your continued support of my crafting addiction!

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DIY Chocolate Cupcake Toppers!

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Good Morning all my fabulous crafters!  Thank you for joining us today, we have another super amazing post for you today!  Please allow me to introduce our very first guest post {EVER}…

Daniela @ Put A Bird On It!

I love, love, love the post she has for you today and I’m sure you will too!  Don’t forget to visit her blog for more crafty inspiration and amazing projects!  Thanks, Daniela!

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Hello there! My name is Daniela, and I blog at Put A Bird On It, where you can find lots of easy craft tutorials, DIY projects and always some holiday love. I am so excited to guest post here at My Paper Craze. Becky and I have been planning our blog swap for a while now, and I think we have some great projects to share! Definitely stop by my blog {click HERE!} to see what Becky has for you, too.

Holidays are always right around the corner. It feels like Valentine’s Day just ended — and St. Patrick’s Day is already knocking at the door. I am sharing with you a super easy treat idea to get a jump start on celebrating this lucky holiday. DIY chocolate cupcake toppers! I L-O-V-E cupcakes. Who doesn’t?! Even more than eating them, I love decorating them! I usually use my beloved Silhouette Cameo to make a paper topper of some sort for cupcakes, but I wanted to switch it up this time. Instead of paper – I used chocolate! I had seen a pin about making your own chocolate cupcake toppers from Catch My Party and they looked so fancy, I figured it must be hard, but I tried my own version of it, and – someone pinch me – these were SO easy! It only took a few “ingredients” to whip up these delicious cupcakes and their irish toppers. I made shamrocks and spelled out the word L-U-C-K! I am also including a free printable of the “pattern” I used, which you can download on my blog {link below}. So it’s even more easy for you to make these St. Patrick’s Day party ready cupcakes! Enjoy!

 

 

Supplies

candy melts, green

shortening

wilton squeeze bottle

printed “stencil” paper

parchment or wax paper

{cupcakes, frosted & sprinkled}

 

Instructions

 

Melt candy melts according to package directions. Add about a tablespoon of shortening before melting. This helps make the chocolate creamy {otherwise, you risk getting lumps}.

 

Spoon melted chocolate into squeeze bottle. Prep stencil by placing a piece of parchment/wax paper over your stencil paper. {remember – your chocolate goes on the parchment/wax paper – not the printed paper}

 

 

 

Following the lines on the stencil, squeeze the chocolate onto the parchment/wax paper.

 

 

NOTE: THIS TIP IS SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER IMPORTANT!! 

 

You want the chocolate to make somewhat THICK lines. I had 5 out of my 6 shamrocks BREAK, because the chocolate was too thin to withstand being taken off the parchment/wax paper. Remember to make them thicker than the ones pictured {just a little}, or you will end up with this:

 

 

 

Luckily, {irish luck!}, I had one shamrock that was thick enough. But both of my letter Y’s were too thin, so my LUCKY turned into LUCK. Which is still magically delicious.

 

Let the chocolate harden. I took a nap and came back, so mine took a couple hours. You can pop them in the fridge to speed things up, if needed.

 

Add to your cupcakes. If you’re lucky, there will be leftovers for you to take home.

 

 

 

 

Thanks again to Becky for letting me share a fun, festive treat with you all! Don’t forget to stop by Put A Bird On It to see Becky’s guest post and download the free stencil for these charming cupcakes. Have the best day!

 

xo

Daniela

 

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Thanks, again, Daniela!

Here are a few of my favorite projects from Put A Bird On It… be sure to check them out!

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Also, don’t forget to hop on over to Put A Bird On It and check out the super cute project I am sharing today… here is a sneak peek…

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Special Edition: Do Tell Tuesday Co-Host!

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Good Morning and welcome back to join us for another {CRAFTASTIC} day!  We have a super-special surprise for you today… We are co-hosting our very first {LINKY PARTY}!  How exciting!?!?

For anyone who isn’t sure what exactly what a linky party is {besides FABULOUS!}, it’s a chance to share your crafting and creativity with others!  We love to link, link and then link some more {LOL}!  Today we’re fortunate to have been chose to co-host… wait for it…

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{SQUEAL!}  I am so honored to be co-hosting with these fabulous ladies!  You absolutely must hop on over to their blogs and show them some bloggy-love!  Yes, they really are that amazing.

Lisa @ Mabey She Made It ~ Google+ ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Instagram ~ Pinterest ~ Bloglovin’

Alicia @ A Sweet Fragrance ~ Google+ ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Instagram ~ Pinterest ~ Bloglovin’

As a {GUEST CO-HOST}, I also get to choose my very own features from last week’s Do Tell Tuesday Linky Party… so here we go!  Each co-host gets to choose their own features, so be sure to hop around to each blog for some crafty inspiration!  Click here for the full rundown on how to participate!

I personally am on a home décor kick, so hope everyone enjoys…

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My first feature is Creative “PLAY” Art for the Playroom ~ linked up by Bre from Average But Inspired!  I’m totally feeling the use of non-traditional media to create this fabulous décor!

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My second feature is a fabulous Thumbprint Family Tree ~ linked up by Marcy at Day2Day Super Mom!  I love the creativity, yet simplicity of this project!  Involving the kiddos is a super-bonus in my book!

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My final feature is this awesome Kids Command Center ~ linked up by Tammy at the colored door!  I just love, love, love the idea of the kids having their own space, reminders and artwork!

One more project peek before we move on to this weeks party… the most viewed link was…

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Shimmer verses Matte MakeUp ~ linked up by Kat at Confessions of the Perfect Mom!

Congrats on being featured and don’t forget to pick up a button for your blog!  If you were not featured here, check out Vintage ZestLil’ Mrs. ToriMabey She Made it, and A Sweet Fragrance for even more chances to be featured!


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Features will be pinned to our new Do Tell Tuesday Features Board, so be sure to follow!

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Now, let’s get ready to party!

Be sure to grab the party button below and put it somewhere on your blog, then read the rest of the rules below!

 

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Customize Your Dollar Store Candles

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All of the Valentine’s Day decorations have been taken down and put away…  everything is in it’s place and back to normal…  no more red… no more pink…  it’s just {BLAH}.  BUT… part of me is also relieved to be moving on to more economical crafts for St. Patrick’s Day, YAY!  So I ran over to the dollar store to stock up on some cheapie supplies and inspiration struck!  All I needed was a few candles and some napkins…  to create custom candles!

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Here are the few supplies you need to complete this project.

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  • Napkins
  • Candles
  • Scissors
  • Blow dryer

First, grab your napkins.  Usually the are 2 ply so the layers will need to be seperated.  I found it easier to tear one of the corners to get it started, then simply pulled them apart.

I then cut the napkins into rectangular strips sized to fit my candle.  I just used my best judgment, but if you want a more exact fit you could measure your candle on this step.  Once you’re happy with your strips, you’re ready to put them on the candle and get to the fun part.  Place your napkin strip around your candle and hold it in place with one hand.  Using a regular blow dryer, start blowing the heated air onto your napkin and your strip will actually melt into the candle.  You will be able to see the difference by looking for the napkin to start to get a shiny gloss to it.  Be careful not to burn your hand and try to keep the heat moving so that you don’t melt the candle to the point that it runs.

Once you’ve gone over the whole napkin strip and created an even shine, let it cool for a minute or two for the wax to re-harden. Ta-da!  You now have a unique candle to match whatever theme you choose without spending an arm and leg.  I do want to point out that the napkin strip is flammable and I would be hesitant about actually burning this candle.

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What holiday or celebration do you have coming up that you’d like to customize a candle for?  How about Spongebob or Dora on a candle added to your party display?  You can apply this concept to any napkin design you can find!

Thanks for stopping by again today, we hope you enjoyed our fun little project!  See you soon!

crafting + coffee = LOVE

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Good Afternoon and welcome back to our little journey into crafting.  Today is another short a sweet and includes two of my favorite things… crafting and coffee!

I am a huge fan of the dollar store and often just browse around to see if I can find any hidden goodies to craft with!  They are a big help when it comes to crafting new ideas since there is not a large investment with your medium.  A few days ago, I bought a few of the cheapie white coffee mugs, seeing a blank canvas and a whole lot of inspiration!

Introducing… Mr. and Mrs. Right!

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I just love these little guys… although my husband was a little less thrilled {LOL}.  I think these make an awesome wedding gift, what better way to start a marriage off on the right foot!

As you can tell, I slapped these mugs together with red and black Silhouette brand vinyl {AND} the mustache and lips are available in the Silhouette Online Store {YAY!}.  I do always recommend measuring your work area before you begin so you can design it straight in your Silhouette software.

Looking for some inspiration of your own?  Check out our Coffee Mugs Pinterest Board, there are a ton of great ideas floating around!

Stay tuned for more crafty fun right around the corner.  We have a lot of surprises coming soon!

Valentine’s Day Shadow Box

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Can you feel the love in the air?  They say holidays are what you make them, but I always feel that there is a little extra romance added in on Valentine’s Day that comes from the same place as cute puppies and slobbery baby kisses.  ~sigh~  🙂

For Valentine’s Day, let me let you in on a little secret … I love me some shadow boxes!  I look at them almost every holiday to decide which ones are the right ones.  They are so super easy to put together but still gives  that “wow” factor for your décor.  I mean, who can resist picking it up  for a little shake?  This time, it is rose petals…

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Here’s the short and long of it…

Supplies:

  • Shadow box, any size
  • Patterned paper, cut to size
  • Silk rose petals (great dollar store find!)
  • Scissors or a paper trimmer (for trimming said patterned paper)
  • Coordinating vinyl, I used red and black from Silhouette America**
  • Silhouette cutting machine**
  • transfer tape (I used clear contact paper***)

**I created my sentiment with vinyl and my awesome Silhouette cutting machine {BUT} you could pick up any adhesive embellishment to adhere to the front of the glass at your local craft store.  I’ve seen shadow boxes decorated with glittered chipboard elements, flowers and even stickers. All it takes is a little imagination!

***I find it much easier to layer my vinyl using the clear contact paper, but have received mixed reviews on it’s effectiveness and potentially leaving behind a sticky residue.  I have not experienced any problems thus far, but be warned {LOL}.

I started by opening up my shadow box and filling it about 1/2 full with the rose petals.  I then placed my pattern paper on the back to use as a background and closed it up.  I chose a sentiment, immediately recognizing that layering the black and red would really set the design off.

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Once I had layered the black vinyl on top of the red, all that left to do was adhere it to the front of the glass!  I lined mine up by sight, but it’s not a bad idea to measure, either!

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See how easy that was?  Shadow boxes have so many possibilities!  It takes all my self control not to stock up on them every chance I get, but they are a favorite at my house!

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I won’t take up any more of your romancing time today, but be sure to check back for more crafty goings-ons around here soon!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover

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Good Morning and welcome back!  We’re very excited to bring you another round of projects from our bloggy buddies with the Silhouette Challenge Group!  Today’s theme is {FABRIC}!  Don’t worry if you’re not a professional seamstress, I can bearly thread my own machine {LOL}.

For our project, we chose to do a {HEART} themed burlap pillow cover and it turned out amazing!  It’s been the perfect addition to our Valentine’s décor and it was super easy to make!

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Before we dive into the tutorial, be sure to stop in and check out all the other wonderful projects today, you are sure to find some crafty inspiration!

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No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life

  1. No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life
  2. No-Sew Interchangeable Fabric Bunting by unOriginal Mom
  3. Monogrammed Burlap Garden Flag by The Turquoise Home
  4. Crawl, Walk, Bike by It’s Always Craft Time
  5. Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags by Weekend Craft
  6. DIY Bleach Spray Shirt by Practically Functional
  7. Stenciling Sherlock by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
  8. Felt Star Wands by Cutesy Crafts
  9. Yoda Kid’s T-Shirt by Architecture of a Mom
  10. Mark Your Territory- Dog Flags by Black and White Obsession
  11. Nautical Pillows by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
  12. Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  13. Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  14. Easy Easter Bunny Onesie – Silhouette Cameo Craft by Adventures in All Things Food & Family
  15. Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS! (& cut file) by From Wine to Whine
  16. “Good Morning, Sunshine!” Memo Board by Tried & True
  17. Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover by My Paper Craze <—you are here
  18. Baby Quilt by Dragonfly & Lily Pads
  19. Surprise Holiday Banner by Whats Next Ma
  20. “Team Betty” Tote Bag by The Thinking Closet
  21. DIY Sock Minion by Create it. Go!
  22. Pretty Up Some Organza Bags by Getsilvered
  23. Easy Heart Appliqued Onsies by Create & Babble
  24. Bleach Pen Gel & Freezer Paper Stencils Made with the Silhouette Machine by Bringing Creativity 2 Life
  25. Valentines Baby Onesie & Boy’s Shirt + Free Cut Files by The Frill of Life
  26. Valentine’s OWL Always Love You T-shirt by My Favorite Finds
  27. DIY Screen Printed Curtains by Chicken Scratch NY
  28. Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging by Terri Johnson Creates
  29. Glitter Iron-On Top by Simply Kelly Designs
  30. DIY Monogrammed T-shirts with Silhouette Heat Transfer Material by Pitter and Glink
  31. Birthday Challenge by Fadville
  32. Machine Applique with SIlhouette Cameo by The Sensory Emporium
  33. Fabric Applique Valentine’s Day T-Shirt by DailyDwelling
  34. “Cute as Cupid” shirt by crafts, cakes, and cats
  35. Sew Cute Applique by Life After Laundry
  36. Rhino Onesie by It Happens in a Blink
  37. Upcycled Birchbox Cameo Accesory Organizer by Cupcakes&Crowbars
  38. Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl (working title) by feto soap
  39. Easy Fabric Art by McCall Manor
  40. Lady Bug Tote Bag with Silhouette Rhinestones by Ginger Snap Crafts
  41. Mommy and Em’s Coordinated Aprons by TitiCrafty
  42. Canvas sketch project and a share by Clever Someday
  43. Foxy Lady Pajamas by Mabey She Made It
  44. Teddy Bear by Work in Progress

 

tutorial

So first, you will need the following supplies:

  • Burlap fabric – one yard should be plenty for a small pillow, but be sure to measure you pillow in advance
  • One pillow – I recycled one that I had on hand from a prior decorating experience {be aware the patterns may show through the burlap}
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine {or needle and thread}
  • Heat transfer vinyl* – I used white for the heart pattern
  • Cardstock or vinyl* – this is for the red heart stencil
  • Fabric paint – I used red for the middle heart

*Don’t have a Silhouette?  That’s fine!  Cut you some heart stencils and use different colored fabric paint to create your own masterpiece!

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  1. Layout the burlap fabric and “measure” your length by tri-folding it over the pillow.  These are designed to mimic pillow shams, so be sure to leave an overlap “flap” for the back.  The length of the sides are unimportant at this step, as long as the sides are covered.  If needed, go ahead and mark where your sides will be.
  2. After you’ve “measured” {I used my eyeballs}, sew a straight line through your tri-folded material.  Be sure to leave enough room for your pillow to fit inside!
  3. Trim the sides along the outside of the sew line (don’t worry about how it looks, this will be on the inside.  Turn your pillow cover inside out {or technically right-side-in? lol}
  4. Cut your heat transfer vinyl and lay it out on your burlap for positioning.  As you can see, I also laid out a red heart (taken from the center of my stencil) to visualize the finished layout.  Once satisfied, remove the stencil red heart and follow your heat transfer instructions to adhere the white hearts to the burlap.
  5. Replace the red heart cutout to it’s desired location.  Fit the stencil around the heart and remove the center.  This ensures that the stencil is placed correctly on the burlap BEFORE you paint.  After placing a sheet of cardstock {or other barrier} between your layers of burlap, dab your fabric paint within your stencil to create the red heart.  The barrier is important to prevent having a duplicate heart on the back {lol}.
  6. Allow the fabric paint to dry and… Congratulations, your pillow case is completed!  Just slip your pillow inside and enjoy!

Just imagine all the applications this process has!  Now you can spruce up those frumpy old pillows in your living room and coordinate pillow covers for each holiday!  How exciting!  Make fleece pillow covers for the kids {or yourself!}?  Make weather-resistant pillows for your deck or patio?

So what do you think?  We’d love to have your feedback!  Be sure to hop on down and leave us a comment or hit us up on Facebook!