Showing posts with label Doodlebug Design. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Doodlebug Design. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Flutter-By Frame

My brother gave me a cute red mirror from IKEA for Christmas and I've been itching to dress it up ever since I got it.  After our curtain and pillow updates I decided on the perfect yellow embellishment for my mirror.  It was almost as if the idea fluttered right over. :)

Here's what I pulled out of the ol' craft closet:

Patterned paper, chipboard butterfly, sheer flowers, brads, and framed mirror.

I adhered my butterfly directly to the patterned paper. I quickly and crudely trimmed around the edges like so:


Next, I used my fine tipped scissors to trim as close to the butterfly as possible.

I love these scissors from EK Success.  They're perfect for detailed cutting and trimming ribbon.

To get the edges of my butterfly flush I sanded them with a cute sanding block (the attractiveness of the block is not a requirement, but it is a nice bonus).  To avoid any buckling of the paper I started at the top of my butterfly and sanded down (no back and forth sanding).  Then I picked up my block and repeated the motion until the edges were smooth.


To embellish my butterfly I punched two holes in the center.  I folded four sheer flowers in half and attached them to the butterfly with brads. Easy peasy!

To add more dimension I adhered my butterfly to the frame with foam tape.

Now this little ditty lives above my kitchen cabinets.  I'm not a pastel-y person so I love the little polka dots of yellow and the touch of springy softness it adds without being pastel pale.


For me this project was free because I already had everything (the butterfly items were donated when I was filming some DVD segments for Creating Keepsakes and Paper Crafts magazine's Essential Scrapbook Video Collection), but I thought I'd break down the costs for all y'all in case you were interested in making your own Flutter-By Frame.

IKEA Mirror: $2.99
Doodlebug Design Brads: $0.04 (pack of 100 costs $2.44)
Maya Road Chipboard Butterfly: $0.06 (box of 114 costs $7.50)
Making Memories Flowers: $0.20 (jar of 60 costs $6.30)
Scenic Route Patterned Paper: $0.38

GRAND TOTAL: $3.67

As always, check out my project and LOADS of other amazing ideas here. Until next time, adiĆ³s!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving in Review

This past week has been a tryptophan-induced flurry of loved ones, gratitude, and rejuvenation.

Last Saturday I participated in my first ever card swap group. P.K. did all the hard work, overseeing the logistics so all I had to do was provide the house. I had so much fun hanging out with many of my Paper Crafts friends (and a few adopted members of the Paper Crafts family). We ate dinner, swapped projects, and created these adorable holiday houses (thanks Doodlebug for the very generous donation). These little gems will adorn the tree Paper Crafts is donating to this year’s Festival of Trees.


Sunday we joined Dave’s family for a delightful pre-Thanksgiving dinner. We enjoyed a delicious meal, help Dave’s parents set up their Christmas tree, and visited with Dave’s very lovable sisters. The days leading up to Thanksgiving were filled with Dave’s nose in a book, studying for a test, and my nimble fingers decorating plates for the Festival of Trees (more on that later). In the mean time, here’s a sampling of some of the plates I created for the event.

Thanksgiving Day was spent with my family. Just like always, my mom made enough food to feed a small army. We’ll be eating leftover cornbread stuffing, sweet potato casserole, and cranberry salad for a month! Despite the obvious excess, everything was fabulous. After the feasting was over we watched Christmas Vacation, played Guitar Hero, and napped. My dad was the official Thanksgiving photographer. Here are a few pics he managed to snap throughout the day.


The rest of the long holiday weekend was spent watching movies, shopping, and resting. We managed to check a few more must-see holiday flicks off our list as well as watch Twilight, and Quantum of Solace. We bought the last few Christmas items that needed to be purchased and everything is now happily wrapped and snuggled under the Christmas tree. We even managed to squeeze in a Jazz game (thanks Bryce!).

We are so incredibly blessed and grateful for the love and contentment we have experienced this Thanksgiving. We hope all of you had a delightful holiday and we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a great December.

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