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”

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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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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Bicycle License Plate

Upcycle a bit of plastic to personalize your bike

Personalized bicycle license plates made with the Silhouette Cameo

 

One of the great things about getting older is getting be to young again.

What?

Well, when I was about 10, I had a bicycle, and there was an “S” on the seat, which I was sure was for “Susan” but turns out it was for Schwinn. And I wanted a license plate wth my name on it, but I never had one. Not sure why. My adult guess is that my sister’s name isn’t as common and it wouldn’t have been fair for me to have one and her not.

Fast forward 40-cough-cough-years, and I have a bicycle with an “S” on the post, which I am still sure is for “Susan”, but I bet the guys over at Specialized will disagree. Although they did send me some extra stickers when I asked, so they are still cool.

And when I realized I still wanted a license plate, I made one myself.

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Bee Happy Banner

A Silhouette Studio Print & Cut craft with a twist to make it double sided

I’ve been making an extra effort this year to be happy.

Not just sitting on the sofa, liking memes on Facebook that implore you to Choose Happy or Make your Own Sunshine.

Actually doing it.

Somewhere, I’m not exactly sure where, I came across the concept (and I’m paraphrasing here) that to be happy, you should spend more time creating, and less time consuming. So I dove in. Deactivated my Facebook account. Stopped following Twitter accounts that were angry or hateful. Added an Instagram that only shows me crafts.

For me, this works well – crafting makes me straight up happy. As a bonus, when I’m crafting, I’m not dwelling on any unhappiness around me. It’s second nature to see the silver lining in a crafting accident. It’s harder to be pleasant about something going wrong in life or at work, or in the world (as in, things I can’t fix anyway).

It’s even more fun to double down on this concept and craft a banner than inspires happiness.

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Westie Face Paper Cutout Box

A little box based on a breed that thinks it is big

For Easter, I keep seeing these items that use a minimal bit of artwork to give the impression of a rabbit, chick or other small animal. This (not an affiliate link) is a good example.

I kept rolling the idea around in my mind, wondering how to do it in paper, SuzerStyle.

It was Mr. SuzerSpace who provided the obvious answer – a Westie face. Up until a few years ago, we’ve had a Westie as a housemate. If you aren’t familiar with the breed, they are a small white terrier, bred originally for ratting on the coasts of Scotland. They do not know they are small. In fact, I’m not sure they know they are dogs.

Here’s the AKC description:

Possessed with no small amount of self-esteem, the West Highland White Terrier is an all-white, compact, sturdy package of frolicsome energy. His ears stand up naturally and his tail is short by nature’s design. The breed was developed in the Highlands of Scotland for the hard and dangerous work of destroying vermin. Though independent in nature, they enjoy participating in Conformation, Agility, Obedience and Tracking, but their favorite activity is Earthdog Tests — designed to test his natural instincts. Life with one of the ‘little white dogs’ is never dull and can be a challenge to the unsuspecting first-time owner.

The only part I’d disagree with is the “enjoy participating in Conformation, Agility, Obedience …” part. They don’t enjoy being obedient. They only enjoy being in charge 🙂 .

They have a distinctive shape, and their big heads are big part of their cuteness. And a big head is what you need for this craft to succeed.

And it turns out, a new skill with the Silhouette.

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Sparkly Spring Sign

A door decoration to mark the new season

And we made it!

Seriously, Winter is a long one here in the Midwest.

It starts out as a minor change to the fall, and the beginning of it is caught up in the fun of the holidays. And then it gets colder. And darker.

The weathermen go crazy if it snows. And they go crazy if it doesn’t snow.

Spring-like weather teased us in February. And then Winter came back.

But today, it’s for reals. Even if it snows again (and history says it might), it still is Spring.

Time for a new door decoration!

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