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How to: wax paper and crayon fall leaves

How to: wax paper and crayon fall leaves
so this last week i decided to quit ignoring the elephant in the room, and acknowledge that fall is... well basically at my door step. the leaves are starting to show a hint of change and with that change came my "NO! NOT YET!" these leaves were made just like you used to make those stain glass windows with wax paper and crayon shavings. you can hang them, you can place them prettily to dress up any surface, and well you can just place them on your windows as well.WHAT YOU WILL NEED: *wax paper.*scissors*iron*towels (so that you don't ruin your ironing board)*paper towels (so you don't ruin your iron) *fall colored crayons that have seen better days *leaf template (right click hit save as and then print off. make sure you make them fit your picture screen so it doesn't cut off any of the leaf. i made mine as a 4 by 7 picture) when you have your two colors shaved on, place the second piece of wax paper on top making a sandwich. cut out your leaves. ahh the life of a crafting mom. enjoy!

How to make boxes from paint swatches If you've got paint chips sitting around begging to be made into something, try folding them into boxes for paperclips, thumbtacks, party favor candies, or tiny gifts. I made these from Behr swatches, available at Home Depot. You'll need paint swatches, double-stick tape, an X-acto knife, ruler, and cutting mat. For the box bottom, cut a 1/2" strip off each of the two rounded ends of the swatch. The box lid is constructed the same way. Fold each sheet on the scored lines, bending flaps inward and securing them with double-stick tape.

How to wrap a gift: Use tissue paper for a... Photo by Roberto Caruso I’m giving away trade secrets here. You know those beautiful floral looking decorations you sometimes see in magazines hovering over a festive table? Or in a kid’s room, re-invented as a mobile? They’re little more than a few sheets of tissue paper and take about ten minutes of your time to create. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to create your own pretty decoration: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. At this point, you can either tie it onto the top of a gift for a big impression. Or try hanging it from a ribbon over a Mother’s Day brunch table.

Projects for a Rainy Day I noticed that there were blossoms on the trees yesterday on the way back from picking up the girls. They are such a welcomed sight. Don’t you think? The rain has kept us inside for far too many days and I need to make more of an effort to get outside to notice the subtle changes between Winter and Spring, even in the rain. Hopefully today, I’ll get outside to enjoy the fresh air and maybe clip a few branches from our Japanese maple to take inside. teapot flower arrangement diy from Design*Sponge I was given a paint by number for my birthday this year that I might have to dig out. pompom diy from HonestlyWTF My girls really love crafts and they are usually quite satisfied with keeping it simple but it’s nice to do something a little more complicated now and then. 1. chipmunk diy 2. origami garland diy image: Janis Nicolay 1. finger puppets 2. paper flowers 3. Now it’s time for tea and something sweet. recipe: Joy the Baker But first start with something healthy, like an apple.

Life As Lou :: Artsy-Fartsy Scrapbooking Stuff I used the extremely lovely Basic Grey Hello Luscious paper line for this layout. It is my favorite of the four new releases. I also used brown bloomers (possibly Webster’s Pages), Jenni Bowlin pins, American Crafts thickers alphabet an & My Mind’s Eye lace trim and brads. Now these are becoming very popular as embellishments sold with new product lines. Start by cutting a strip of paper. Once your strip is pleated, put it into a circle shape and adhere the ends together. Now you can push them into a tighter circle, and apply pressure down in the center to create your flower wheel. Cut scrap paper to a size slightly smaller than the diameter of your flower. I really hate holding things and waiting for them to dry, so I am a big fan of clamps. If you have a few clamps, you can have them drying as you make more.

Nail Polish Jewelry Tutorial – Pendants This is my 400th post! To celebrate, I’m sharing a tutorial. As you all know, I’ve been on a nail polish kick recently. It’s very easy to make, and the possibilities are only limited by the nail polish you find. Fabulous, right? A clear base coat, a variety of nail polish, topcoat, glass cabochons, cabochon trays or jewelry bails, heavy-duty glue, nail polish remover and q-tips or cotton. I purchased my glass cabochons, trays and bails from etsy, but you might also be able to find them at your local craft or bead/jewelry-making shop. Step one: Paint the back of the cabochons with a layer of clear polish or base coat. Really. Step Two: If you’re using a crackle polish, add a layer to the glass now. Step Three: Start to layer your nail polish. Keep building the layers until it’s at the opacity you like. Note: if you drip down the sides or generally make an error, you can try to correct it with the remover and q-tips. Step Five: Once the top coat is dry, it’s time to glue. That’s it!

Life As Lou :: Artsy-Fartsy Scrapbooking Stuff Welcome to the hop from My Scrapbook Nook!!!! We’re offering one lucky lady a 3 month subscription to these gorgeous kits and several smaller prizes for other hoppers! We have hidden 7 birds among the design team blogs….so hop around, find the birds and keep track of who’s got em’. One random winner will be drawn from those who find all the birds and will receive a 3 month subscription to the Nook Kits! As for the rest of the prizes, they will be drawn from the designer’s blogs at random. The Nook kits are filled each month with the latest paper collections and embellishments! Each blog you visit will have brand new, never before seen projects- so you should get a creative boost along with your chance at a prize! Thanks for looking and here are your hopping orders! Shelley Danni Kim Pamella Nicole Jaz Deanna Lisa Carol Hilde Lilith Marinette Anna Jessy Katarina Gina Leah As you can see, I’m the last lady on the list, so you might need to hop back to the top to see it all! Winners will be announced on Sat.

Mini Books Using Altered Coin Envelopes You can make delightful mini books using altered coin envelopes. They are great for giving gifts of cash, or as stand-alone works of art. Buy coin envelopes at Staples or at any store selling stationary products. I used these: Columbian(R) Small Open-End #3 Envelopes, 2 1/2in. x 4 1/4in., Manila, Box Of 500 These mini books are easy to make. Unfortunately, they are much easier to show than to describe. Supplies 6 coin envelopes with the flaps cut off. 3 rectangles of card stock, 6 inches by 4.5 inches each 2 rectangles of card stock, 3.5 inches by 5 inches each 2 rectangles for covers, 4.5 inches by 3 inches each. Before we go further, there are two terms you must know: Two Types of Folds Mountain Folds You fold away from you. Valley Folds You fold inward, towards you. Method for Making Your Mini Books Stamp images on four of the coin envelopes. Assembling the Mini Books: This is where it gets tricky to explain: You assemble the mini books so they open and close like an accordion.

It's Just Paper Photo Tile Coasters {Using Resin} Last Christmas I almost had a breakdown... We had just moved in to our home the month before, but I didn't want to let that prevent us from having the holliest jolliest Christmas. My intentions were good. I wanted to make Christmas special for everyone, but I learned the hard way that I should have been planning ahead!! And that's how it happened. I created a monster. Well, with this project I created an anniversary gift AND a Christmas gift. While I was in Utah, my sweet cousin Michelle showed me a couple of projects using resin. Here's how I made these photo coasters... I started out with a trip to Home Depot. Next, I ordered some photos. Only 13 cents a print at Costco! I used a regular old Elmer's glue stick to paste each picture onto the tiles. I won't give a full tutorial on using resin because each product is a little different. After mixing the resin with the hardener, I just poured it on! Then it took them a full 24 hours to harden up! All done! Now these are stinkin' cute!!

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