Daisy Door Decoration

I’ve had my sparkly Spring sign on the door for a few weeks now, and while it is still Spring, it’s time for a new decoration. I’ve been mulling my options for a bit, full well knowing it was going to involve paper flowers since that’s my latest obsession.

And then Pam from Get Silvered posted this cute daisy. That was the push I needed.

Instead of making a sign this time, I decided I wanted a longer, more vertical decoration. Continue reading “Daisy Door Decoration”

Teeny Tiny Tip: Double Sided Tape

A quick trick that doesn’t require a 500-word essay

Double sided tape is a great weapon for a crafter.

It’s perfect for quick assembly.

But it can be frustrating if you don’t know a few tricks:

  1. Don’t be me, and buy 1″ wide tape. Seemed like a good idea at the time, but in reality, glue flaps on paper boxes are more normally in the 1/4 to 1/2″ range. I can’t wait until I use it up and can get a better size. Until then, I’m left to cut what I need, which is a sticky situation (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun 😉 )
  2. If you do need to cut your double stick tape, dedicate a cheap pair of scissors to the job. They will get gummed up and unusable, but at least this way you are not gumming up all of your good scissors.
  3. The best tool for removing the carrier (that part that isn’t sticky) from double stick tape is the hook from the Silhouette. I pick at the corner with the sharp point and then slide the hook underneath to pull it free.

Watering Can & Tulip Paper Flower Mobile

I’m not sure if I’m ever going to be able to cut and assemble enough three dimensional flower projects – every one I see has something new I want to try.

These tulips have been all over the place – I’ve seen them on craft blogs, Pinterest and even a version in a Papersource kit.

As always, I decided to put my a spin on the craft to really make it my own. And if you’d like to do my version (or just use it as a starting point for your own), free Silhouette Studio files are available at the end  of this post. Continue reading “Watering Can & Tulip Paper Flower Mobile”

Choose Happy Sign

A quick Silhouette paper craft

Sometimes I’m all in on a big, multi step craft.

And sometimes, it’s Saturday afternoon, and it’s a little rainy and I’m just restless.

I’ve posted before about my drive to be happier this year. Staring out the window and wishing it was nicer isn’t on the list.

Cutting out a positive statement in pretty purple paper and backing it with translucent paper so the dreary sky actually becomes an art feature  is a better way to approach the situation. Continue reading “Choose Happy Sign”

Paper Box Perpetual Calendar

A Silhouette Studio Print & Cut craft

I’m one of those people who never knows what day it is. I tend to blame my past professional life for this disorder – I used to work at a daily newspaper, and in that business, you are often working ahead. The Sunday inserts get done on Wednesday, the Thanksgiving special gets planned in October, etc.

In reality, I’ve been out of that business for years. So I may have to find another excuse.

I have a ton of electronic calendars at my disposal which are great for actually scheduling, but when I just want to know the day and date, I still look up at my paper calendar.

Perpetual calendars are a neat thing – you don’t have to buy or set up one each year. The day numbers and days of the week just rotate through, uh, perpetuity.

I’ve seen several craft projects where you decoupage paper numbers and other decorations onto wood cubes. I decided to see if I could make one completely out of paper.

Spoiler alert: I did! Double spoiler alert: You can make one too (free files at the end of the post).

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Show and Tell: Paper Swallows

A craft I tried from another website

Three dimensional paper projects are high on my list of fun things to make. Often I don’t even have an intended use for them, I just want to see how they go together.

Pinterest is on to me, and early last week a pin for these paper swallows landed in my feed. Originally, I ignored it because they looked a little scary. But I liked how quick they appeared to come together, and I figured if I cut them from colorful paper, they’d be much happier looking.

And I was right on all counts.

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Miniature Paper Hyacinths

Cute, quick and easy to make

My obsession with making easy paper flower crafts continues with Hyacinths.

I have actually tried to grow these more than once, but between the squirrels that kept digging up the bulbs, and our well intended but big-footed hound dog that squashed them like King Kong, they never fared well in the SuzerSpace yard.

I’ve seen a couple of posts on how to craft these up, and Pinterest is swarming with them, so I’ve course, I’m going to step in with my version as well.

This craft is super low tech – you need scissors, construction paper and glue.

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Stencil Painted T-Shirt

When I created my personalized bike license plate, I realized that the weeded part of the vinyl letters from my name would be a perfect stencil for a T-shirt.

I’ve painted T-shirts before, but not since I bought my Silhouette Cameo. Blogs abound with the instructions for cutting vinyl for a stencil and then painting either fabric or wood signs, and I definitely wanted to try this technique.

And it turns out it’s pretty easy and fun.

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Teeny Tiny Tip: Protect Your Work Area from Glue

An easy trick that doesn’t require a 500 word essay to explain

Save you junk mail to create a protective surface for using a glue stick | suzerspace.com

A glue stick is often my weapon of choice when putting together simple crafts. But the trick is finding a way to use it so that you can apply it and not turn everything else around it to a sticky mess.

Enter today’s teeny tiny tip – use your junk mail. Those magazines you get but you are positive you didn’t subscribe to? Perfect. Apply glue stick liberally to the item you want to stick together while it is on top of the first page of the magazine. Don’t worry about the glue that goes wide of the item. Keep moving the craft that needs to be glued to a safe spot on the sheet as you go, until that sheet is too sticky to use. Tear it off and recycle it, and guess what? Another sheet is ready to go, right below it.

Also visible in this photo is an even tinier tip – paperclips make great clamps for holding the edges of paper together as the glue dries.

 

Big Spring Flowers Picture Window

Removable vinyl is perfect for a seasonal display

White flowers and butterflies cut from removable contact paper make a seasonal window display

In the back part of my kitchen I have a beautiful picture window. It lets in great light into the space, which normal people would use for an eat-in kitchen area.

I’m guessing you already know I don’t consider myself normal 🙂

Honestly, we eat at the coffee table in front of the TV. So that space in the kitchen has served as an office area for Mr. SuzerSpace for several years. Recently he vacated it so I could have it for my craft space.

And that big picture window is an excellent display space. Continue reading “Big Spring Flowers Picture Window”