Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Etceteras: white on white inspiration

I created this white on white inspiration sign recently. I’m going to hang it over my bulletin board where I hang inspiring photos and project ideas. 


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These cute treat jars were the original inspiration for the project. I came across these on Addicted to Decorating and was so intrigued by the raised lettering. The post reveals that the letters are chipboard scrap booking letters spray painted white.
 
 
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I loved the white on white effect and headed to Pinterest to check out some other ideas. Here are a few that I found. 

1. Beach – Nautical Cottage
2. If I could choose – The Adventures of Mrs. Reagan
3. And they lived happily ever after – Not on the High Street
4. Mixed typeface – HGTV Urban Oasis
5. P.S. I love you – Keep Home Simple


I was ready to get started on my white on white sign. I had all the supplies on hand; chipboard letters, a piece of wood and white spray paint. Here’s what the letters looked like before I painted them.


And here’s the finished sign. I still need to add a picture hanger to the back and hang it over my board but even propped up on a shelf I feel inspired.


This project is linked at the parties listed here and 

UndertheTableandDreaming  Tip Junkie handmade projects  Tickled Pink at 504 Main 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Inspiration Board: link party 23

Welcome to The Inspiration Board link party. Is everyone in full autumn and holiday mode? No matter how prepared I am, I always feel a little panicky around this time. For now, I’ll sit back and enjoy your projects.

If you’re new to the party – thank you for joining in the fun. I’ll be going through the projects and featuring some in the spotlight on Friday. If you’ve linked up projects in the past – thank you so much for coming back each week.


A few rules:
  • Link up your own projects – something you created.
  • Link to a specific post, not your blog home page (No Etsy shops or giveaways).
  • Grab a “homework” button and include it somewhere on the post you’re linking, on your home page or a page of link parties. Or, if you prefer, add a text link.
  • Follow homework. You’ll find the “Follow via Google Friend Connect” gadget on the right sidebar.
  • Please visit the other links that intrigue you and make someone smile with a comment or two.

I’m ready to be inspired and can’t wait to see what you’ve been making.


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Monday, November 7, 2011

Giveaway: my memories suite

 
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I’ve been playing with my new software that the nice people at My Memories Suite shared with me. I’ve always wanted to make scrapbooks but just haven’t had the time. That’s why the My Memories Suite software is perfect for me. It’s super easy and can all be done on your computer. 

Here’s the best part – I’m giving away a copy of the My Memories Suite software. Details are at the bottom of this post. 


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The software comes with pre-made templates or you can create your own look. I started this black and white album of my son. 

 
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Here are a few examples of some of the pre-made templates. You can create albums, greeting cards, gift tags, calendars and more. 

 
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And because I couldn’t just start one project, I started a book to catalog some of my favorite projects from this blog. Here’s what the book would look like with side-by-side pages. 


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I added some embellishments to this page – strips of paper and brads. There are loads of options, like buttons, ribbons, ric rac, flourishes and more. 

I'm really loving this software. Thank you My Memories
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If you would like a chance to win your own copy of the My Memories Suite software, here’s all you have to do.

  1. Be a follower of my blog via Google Friend Connect {on the right sidebar}.
  2. Visit the My Memories site and choose your favorite digital paper pack. Leave me a comment here and let me know which one you chose.
  3. For extra entries follow My Memories on their Blog, Facebook or Twitter. One extra entry for each follow. Leave me a separate comment for each follow.



    This giveaway contest will run from Monday, November 7th, 2011 (1:00 a.m. PST) until Thursday, November 10th, 2011 (6:00 p.m. PST). I will draw a winner from the comments using a random number generator and the winner will be announced on Friday, November 11th, 2011.

    In addition to this giveaway, My Memories Suite is offering an additional special savings. Use this coupon code STMMMS49827 to save $10 on the purchase of the software and a $10 coupon to use in the My Memories store – a $20 value.
    Coupon Code: STMMMS49827

    Friday, November 4, 2011

    The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~22~

     
    Thank you to everyone who linked up a project on the Inspiration Board this week. Following the Halloween and pumpkin craze, it was fun to see an assortment of Thanksgiving and Christmas projects as well as general crafts, home decor and recipes. I hope you found inspiration among the many beautiful links.

    Here are a few in the spotlight this week.
     
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    One Perfect Day makes the most beautiful fabric flowers and these are my favorite so far. Golden organza and tulle flowers with black leaves and beads. 

     
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    A weathered key rack by Villa Barnes. The perfect combination of weathered wood, nails and vintage iron embellishments. 


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    A trip down memory lane by Home Sweet Homemade. A simple paper chain made with colorful paper and rough corrugated cardboard. Sometimes it’s fun and rewarding to go back to crafting basics. 


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    A stunning headboard by Brown Paper Packages. A contemporary look with the black frame and white fabric yet the tufting softens the entire piece. I want one!
      

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    The East Barn created this fun box to hold the quotes she collects. Each quote is printed onto beautiful water color paper and stored in the box for future inspiration.

    Beautiful artwork created by Soul Style. The raised pears are created with dry wall mud on canvas and then painted over. A unique and personalized piece of art. 


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    Another painted piece – this one on fabric and made into a pillow. Hand painted by All Artful using acrylics and embellished with pretty flowers. 


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    What fun! A chicken coop by The Real House Wives of Riverton. Click over to see the adorable chick pictures and a step by step on how to build a chicken coop. 

     
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    The most elegant chalkboard I’ve ever seen. A Comfy Little Place took a flea market find and spruced it up with gold spray paint and chalk board paint. 

     
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    Two unique holiday trees both made from wool. 

    {left} Inspired by an Anthropolgie version, a shaggy woolen Christmas tree from Life on an Orchard. Beautiful fiber texture and neutral colors. 

    {right} Wool felt Christmas trees by Creative Passage. Graduated circles of upcycled wool create the tree and each one is topped with a felted wool ball. I like the slight whimsical tilt of the trees. 

     
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    Charming tea and egg cozies by Guerilla Crafter. Each one is unique with beautiful applique work and vintage fabrics.

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    This week’s inspiration pin board
    {left over pumpkins} 

    Features 22 Pumpkin collage
    1. Pumpkin Curry Soup – Everything Under the Moon
    2. Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Vanilla Sheet Cake – Feeding my Temple
    3. Pumpkin Biscotti – Cupcakes and Crinoline
    4. Gluten Free Pumpkin Harvest Cupcakes – Design, Dining and Diapers



    If you were in the spotlight, please feel free to grab a button.

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    Thank you again to everyone who linked a project and to everyone who came to visit. I loved looking at all the projects and visiting your sites.
     
    Please come back next week for another link party.
    Link parties are held every Tuesday.

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    Join me on Monday for a fun giveaway.


    Thursday, November 3, 2011

    homework: reading {microcrafts}

    I {heart} teeny tiny things. There’s something about miniature handicrafts that are so appealing. That’s why I was so excited to receive the book Microcrafts Tiny Treasures to Make and Share compiled by Margaret McGuire, Alicia Kachmar, Katie Hatz, and friends.


    Microcrafts just hit the bookstands a few weeks ago and I’m sure it will be a hit in the crafting community.


    The book provides step-by-step instructions for 25 projects. All the projects are designed to be easy and use materials that you probably already have on hand. Like these tiny books – with paper, thread and a few other supplies these would make fun gifts.


    Attach a jump ring and you can wear them as jewelry.


    Clay, cardboard and twigs is all it takes to make a miniature deer head. Fun!


    Scrap fabric? All you need are a few 3 inch pieces to make these adorable owls.


    A miniature solar system complete with Pluto the sad {ex-} planet. 


    All the projects provide a supply list and step-by-step instructions that include patterns, templates and hand-drawn illustrations.


    If you haven’t heard of Quirk Books, you should check them out. Their titles are fun and of course, quirky. 


    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    Etceteras: twine carrots


    As part of my fall harvest, I made these fun twine carrots.


    Last year I made these bright orange yarn carrots.


    I was craving some neutral colors after the fun of all the Halloween projects and these jute and twine carrots were the perfect answer.


     
    I glued some to cloths pins to embellish baskets and other goodies in my craft room. I’m thinking about adding some to mason jars and gift tags.


    I love the different textures of the twine and jute together.


    I have a feeling I’m going to be adding these little carrots all over the place.



    This project is linked at the parties listed here and 



      Childmade    Tickled Pink at 504 Main The Crafty Nest  Cooking At CafĂ© D

    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    The Inspiration Board: link party 22

    Welcome to The Inspiration Board link party. I hope everyone had a fun Halloween. Now that all the goblin, pumpkin and spooky projects are filed away, I’m looking forward to all the bountiful fall and pre-holiday inspiration.

    If you’re new to the party – thank you for joining in the fun. I’ll be going through the projects and featuring some in the spotlight on Friday. If you’ve linked up projects in the past – thank you so much for coming back each week.


    A few rules:
    • Link up your own projects – something you created.
    • Link to a specific post, not your blog home page (No Etsy shops or giveaways).
    • Grab a “homework” button and include it somewhere on the post you’re linking, on your home page or a page of link parties. Or, if you prefer, add a text link.
    • Follow homework. You’ll find the “Follow via Google Friend Connect” gadget on the right sidebar.
    • Please visit the other links that intrigue you and make someone smile with a comment or two.

    I’m ready to be inspired and can’t wait to see what you’ve been making.


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