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Crafts Crafts Crafts

This post is going to be like three mini posts of crafts that I have done in the past month or so all wrapped up into one post. So get comfortable because it is gonna be a long one!

Christmas Cards

I wrote about making Christmas cards a few times earlier. Making Christmas cards was a great study break and a fun way to unwind. I realize that for some people that might not be true, but there were a few things that made it not stressful or burdening. First I had a general idea of people I wanted to send cards to, but I didn’t set a number of cards that I had to make. Actually I had planned to make cards for friends not in SLO and even more friends in SLO, but dead week and finals week got super busy and after that I didn’t have to drive to make more cards. So I didn’t force it. If I would have it would have become a chore and that doesn’t make for fun crafting! Also sorry to friends I didn’t send cards to, I wanted to but I couldn’t send them to everyone because of time. Know that I would if I could! Well I said I did a few things to make sure making cards wasn’t a chore, but now that I think it was really just notforcing myself to make a certain amount. Anyway, I didn’t post this picture before because I didn’t want people to possibly see the card they were getting. But I thought it would be fun to show you all the different cards. I tried to make the cards unique from one another. I will admit that I had some duplicates, but I think that was ok. I truly loved making these cards and I have loved hearing that people enjoyed getting them! Overall, it was fun to make them and really put me in the Christmas mood!!

Fabric Wreaths

I had seen one wreath on one of the blogs I read and then searched around and found a few other blogs. I ended up choosing between two different wreaths to make. (you can click on the names to see the tutorials for each wreath 🙂 )

Ruffly Felt Wreath

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Ribbon Wreath

If you recall from a few posts earlier I posted a picture of the wreath I made for Gavin’s parents and it was a version of wreath #1 the ruffly felt wreath. The basic steps for making the wreath are cut out a TON of circles from felt. Then take a circle fold in half twice and pin onto the wreath. Repeat many times!  If you don’t recall the picture here is one to refresh your memory.

I ended up making the circles for this one a little bigger than the tutorial said to so it ended up more full, but I like how it tuned out. Also I used a 14″ wreath form rather than 12″ so I used more circles. I used approximately 440 felt circles on this wreath!! Also my circles were on the wreath more densely now that I compare the two pictures. Part of this is because I was using colored felt and if you didn’t put them close enough together you could see the white styrofoam form between the circles. I like how it turned out, but I also like in the original one how you can see more of the ruffles. But it could also be the lighting. Anyway, I actually made two of these. I know slightly crazy, but I am so happy with how they both turned out! This next one was for one of my best friends since elementary school. She is getting married this summer and is super crafty. So I wanted to make her something that would be handmade, incorporate her wedding colors and could possibly be used at the wedding if she wanted, but could be used in their home after they get married.

Once they get married her (and his) last name will start with H so I thought it would be nice to have a monogram in the middle of the wreath. For this one I did 3″ circles like the tutorial said to do. At the top where the letter hangs from I made the circles progressively smaller so the letter would  hang better, but I don’t think you can even notice it. (Ash had you noticed that before reading this?) Anyway I painted the letter in one of her wedding colors and got ribbon in her two other colors. I just glued the ribbon onto the back of the H with a glue gun and then wrapped it around the wreath for more stability and pinned it and then covered up the ribbon with felt circles.

The one tool that I got that made this project 100x easier and faster was this wonderful little invention:

The rotary circle cutter from OLFA! I got it on sale from Jo-Ann Fabrics, but had to order it online because not one of the 5 stores I went to or called carried it in the store. I have no clue why they don’t because it is an amazing little tool. I could cut about 80 circles in 20 minutes because you can cut two layers (when the blade is sharp), so really it was only 40 cuts but you end up with 80 circles! When you are talking about cutting 900+ circles not having to cut them by hand and being able to cut lots of circles in a short amount of time makes a HUGE difference. If you are thinking about making one wreath it might be worth the investment (I got it for $15 + shipping), but if you are wanting to make more then one it is definitely worth the investment! I will mention that the blade is dull now, but after cutting that many circles out of felt I can’t say I am disappointed or dissatisfied with the circle cutter. It just needs a new blade and it will be good as new!

I am glad that I ended up doing the felt wreath, but might find another occasion to do the ribbon one. That one is fairly simple where you just tie knots around a wreath form. I actually found a picture of one that someone made for Christmas and thought it turned out pretty too. (Flickr won’t let me put it in here, but you can go to the link) I think this would be much less time consuming and less work than the felt wreath.

 

Bookmarks

As part of my Christmas present Gavin got me the study bible that was on my Christmas list. Side note: my roommate has this bible and I used it for a few days when mine was at home and I really liked it. It has thought provoking questions for every section of scripture in the bible and then also specific studies for different groups of people (men, women, single, married, ect.). You can take a look at the bible at Amazon.

Anyway, I wanted a bookmark for my new bible and was bored earlier this week so I decided to make one! First pick a verse you like, or really any other saying. I picked Ephesians 3:17-19 that reads:

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Then I picked a font that looked like handwriting, but you could choose any font you like. Printed it out on card stock. The first one I did was the purple one and it was kind of hard to read because the paper was so dark. I also tried to print in white or a very light gray, but that totally failed. So for my second try I printed in a larger font, in bold and on lighter paper.

I think all of these helped with visibility and ease of reading. Then I just glue more layers of paper together to make a firmer bookmark. Before gluing the last layer on the back I sandwiched ribbon between the two pieces of paper to make a little top to the bookmarks. I like how the pink one turned out more, but don’t crafts usually turn out better the second time once you get a feel for how things work? Anyway it was super easy and functional! Plus you can customize it to any color(s) and any verse. I think I am going to try to memorize this verse and then once I memorize it I will make myself a new bookmark with a new verse to memorize! The picture above is of my new bookmark in action!

 

Also I made Gavin a scrapbook of our relationship for part of his Christmas present. I don’t have any pictures of it, but if you live in SLO and really want to see it and are at the Phillips house you can bug him to see it 🙂

 

Well, as promised that was a long one! Congrats if you are still reading!! Did you attempt and DIY projects for Christmas? Are there any DIY projects you are thinking about trying?

It has been a while!

I have meant to update my blog many times over the past few weeks, but haven’t found the time to sit down and do it. Well Gavin is watching Monday Night Football, so why not a better time than now?

Dead week and finals week got c-r-a-z-y! The Sunday after finals were over Gavin flew up and visited for a little less than a week. We hung out at home and also went out and did some things around Salem, Eugene and Portland. We went to VooDoo Donuts once I picked Gavin up from the airport and then headed over to the Nike Employee Store. We went down to Eugene to hang out for a day. We walked around Autzen and got excited to go to the BCS National Championship game in January. We also visited the VooDoo Donuts location in Eugene and got a few donuts there. Later in the week we went up to Portland and went ice skating with Ashley and Matt. Then we went to lunch with my roommate Alexa at a restaurant up near Portland. After lunch we headed over to the VooDoo Donuts in downtown Portland to complete the VooDoo trifecta. Later that night we went over to the Griffiths’ house and had an amazing dessert and enjoyed talking for a few hours. It is so great to have people in your life that are so welcoming, supportive and mentors in your life and that is what the Griffiths are to me! Then the night before Gavin flew out my guy friends from high school played football and Gavin joined them in a football game. Overall it was a really great visit and we got to relax at home a lot!

I was pretty busy up until Christmas finishing making Christmas presents and hanging out with friends. I got all the presents finished and enjoyed Christmas with my parents and family friends!

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Later when I have more time and all my pictures uploaded (I forgot to pack my card reader or cable) I am going to post about my DIY Christmas presents and how they turned out! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with friends and family celebrating the birth of our Savior!!

Thankfulness

I love Thanksgiving! I don’t know if there is an American out there who doesn’t. If there is they should probably have their sanity evaluated because they are crazy. Thanksgiving this year was nice, small but nice. It was just my parents and me, and this is the first year in a long time I can remember it being just the three of us. But it was great and I loved getting to help my mom in the kitchen cook. Then yesterday I came back to Eugene to go to the game! Oh it was such a good game. I had enough layers and hand warmers that I wasn’t cold which made the game that much more enjoyable! Next week is the civil war, which is pretty much impossible to get tickets for and if we win then we are off to the national championship!! Boy did I transfer the right year!! But I also wanted to make a little list of things I am thankful for:

  • Friends! From high school, Poly and here in Eugene! I feel so blessed to have so many great friends in many different places that I am still able to keep in contact with.
  • My parents! Honestly we don’t get along sometimes, but overall they are some of the most loving and caring parents and I am so thankful for them! I have loved getting to live closer to them since June and I am thankful for all that living closer has allowed me to do and that I get to see them a lot more frequently!
  • Gavin! Ok I am going to be supper cheesy, but really I am so thankful for him! He is always there to encourage me, comfort me and challenge me to grow. He is the best boyfriend I could have ever asked for and so much more. I am thankful that we are not only surviving, but thriving in our time apart. I think that really speaks to a relationship when you are apart for a month at a time, but are still growing in the relationship and in our relationship with God. Lastly I am so thankful that we get to spend a week together with each of our families over break! It will be the most amount of time we have spent together since I moved!
  • Lastly I am extremely thankful for my personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. I think back to two years ago and where I was and am so thankful for where He has brought me. I am thankful for all the people that God has used in my life to bring me closer to Him. I’m thankful for an amazing God who, despite me being messed up and broken, out of his love and grace has forgiven me and loves me intimately.

Now that Thanksgiving is over it is officially Christmas time!! I love this season and everything that comes with it! Also I am excited to send out Christmas cards (to people in CA 🙂 ) over the next few days!! They have been a labor of love, but I am so happy with how they turned out!

What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving? What are you most excited for about this Christmas season?

Crafts!!

So a while back I mentioned making Christmas cards. So I thought I would post about some of the fun I have had crafting and making them!

**Warning: men this might be a boring post for you. But if you enjoy crafting or think you might, then read on**

First off embossing. I had looked around online and seen this as a technique that was used. I really liked how it looked (as much as you can tell online) and was really eager to try it out. Then about a month or so after learning about this technique I got a 50% off one item coupon from Michael’s! So I headed down to Michael’s and bought a heat gun for embossing at half price making it $12. Even though I only saved $12, it was still better then full price! I also got embossing powder that is needed to create the raised image.

So onto a tutorial!

1. Gather materials: heat gun, embossing powder, ink pad, stamp, paper you want to stamp on and scratch paper folded in half.

2. Stamp image onto paper

3. While ink is still wet generously sprinkle embossing powder over the entire image. Make sure your scratch paper is underneath to catch the extra powder.

4. Turn paper over and tap off excess powder onto scratch paper. Fold paper in half and pour excess back into the embossing powder container.

5. Turn on heat gun and warm up. Hold about 2 inches above the image and you will be able to see the image start to change and become embossed. It is hard to describe, but very obvious when it has happened. Move the heat gun around so the entire image becomes embossed.

It is hard to see it online, but the image in now raised and when you run your finger over it you can feel the difference. The final product:

Embossing has been really fun, but you don’t need to have fancy tools or even stamps to make fun Christmas cards! Earlier today I was experimenting with plain ribbon that I got a Michael’s for 5 for $1. I wasn’t sure exactly how I would use it, but it was too good of a deal to pass up.

I got my super glue out (I use the gel kind so it doesn’t get everywhere) and started playing around. These were the result:

To me they are simplistic, easy and yet still seem Christmas-y. I just glued down the ends of the ribbon with super glue. I did have the ribbon longer to make gluing easier and then cut off the ends once I had glued them. These are super easy to make all you need is ribbon, super glue, scissors, blank cards and your creativity!

 

Mom if you happen to be reading this please stop, its for your benefit. Thanks 🙂

 

 

I want to share this one last card that I made with you for my Mom’s birthday tomorrow! I know it is a little cheesy, but I made it and it was one of the two birthday stamps I have (both of which are slightly cheesy). The stamp is embossed and then I colored in the balloons and then mounted it on paper. Under the stamped image the paper is raised away from the pink paper and the blue is raised away from the purple. There are foam sticky adhesives that make things 3D and that is what I used to raise the layers.

 

I really want to show you other Christmas cards I have made, but those are getting sent out to people who could possibly be reading and I don’t want to ruin the surprise 🙂

 

Have you ever made cards before? How did they turn out? What other crafts do you enjoy doing?