Stamp Spotlight: Monogram

Hi everyone!

I’ve recently acquired a few really pretty stamps that I want to share with you!

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In the last few months, I’ve received both of these beautiful stamps as gifts!

The full monogram, rubber stamp is from my Aunt and Uncle.  They bought it for me for my birthday.  I can’t tell you how excited I was when I opened it!  I LOVE my monogram, and I love stamps.  The two together? Perfection!

If you’d like a full monogram, rubber stamp like mine, you can get one on Etsy right here.

The wooden, initial “N” stamp is from my friend, Kylie.  She bought it for me while studying abroad in London.  It’s amazing how detailed this stamp is!  So pretty!

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Here’s a little sample of my stamping skills! 🙂

As you can see, I had a little bit of trouble with the wooden stamp.  The rubber is much easier to work with because it gives a little when you press down.  The wood doesn’t give, so it’s harder to stamp each and every detail.

With some practice, I know I’ll perfect the wooden stamp!

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Here’s a little bit more of my full monogram!

I’m going to have to start writing some letters, so I can get some use out of my stamp!  I’m also thinking about personalizing some stationary!

I’ll be sure to let you know about any upcoming stamping projects!

Do you love stamps too?

Where are your favorite stamps from?!

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Easy DIY: Floral Monogram Puzzle Pieces

Hi everyone!

For the past three years, I’ve made monogram puzzle pieces for my sorority’s (Kappa Kappa Gamma) Big Little Reveal.  We welcome each new Little to the Lazy Daisy Family with a monogram puzzle piece that connects to their Big’s piece.

They’re super cute and pretty easy to make, so I thought I’d share them with you today!

IMG_5122Supplies:

  • Wooden Puzzle Pieces (Mine are from Hobby Lobby)
  • Wooden Letters
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrushes (various sizes)
  • Tacky Glue
  • Pencil
  • Bowl

IMG_5124Acrylic Paint:

  • Martha Stewart Crafts
    • Scottish Highlands
    • Wedding Cake
    • Chamomile
  • Americana
    • Primary Blue

IMG_5126Start by using a bowl to trace a half circle on the puzzle pieces to create the center of the daisy.

IMG_5131After tracing the center, draw some flower petals.  Since the puzzle pieces are meant to connect, I like for my petals to overlap.

These two pieces are meant to connect to two other pieces that I made previously.  You can see a tiny sliver of my Little’s piece in the upper left hand corner of this photo.

IMG_5135Painting time!

I like to start with the yellow and then move on to the white.

I paint right over my pencil lines.  After a few coats, the pencil marks will no longer be visible.

IMG_5136Here are the pieces after the first two coats of paint.  As you can see, the pencil lines are still somewhat visible.

IMG_5177Add at least one more coat of white paint, which will bring you to three coats of white.

There should also be three or so coats of yellow paint on the centers.

IMG_5180While you wait for the flowers to dry, begin painting the wooden letters green.

These will also require three coats of paint.

IMG_5197Now it’s time to add the blue paint!

Americana is a much thinner paint than Martha Stewart, so more coats are necessary to achieve an even application.

I like to have a few Q-tips handy at this point.  Whenever I get blue paint on the white, I quickly lick a Q-tip and clean up the mess!

IMG_5201I ended up using three coats of blue to achieve an even application.

IMG_5204It’s very important to remember to paint the edges of each puzzle piece.

If the sides aren’t painted, the puzzle pieces will look unfinished.  Nobody wants that!!

IMG_5222Once the puzzle pieces are dry, begin preparing the wooden letters.

When gluing wood to wood, I like to apply Tacky Glue with a paintbrush.  I like to make sure that the items I’m gluing will not detach.

IMG_5232Once you glue on the letters, the puzzle pieces are complete!

I absolutely love the way these look!

In reality, both pieces with the letter J connect.  I took a square picture though, because I thought it would be cuter! 🙂

Happy Big Little and Happy Crafting!!!

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DIY Embroidered Floral Initial

Hi everyone!

I’ve been practicing my embroidery skills, and I have a project I want to share with you today! IMG_7440 Supplies:

  • 500 Simply Charming Designs for Embroidery
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Needle
  • Fabric (I used Muslin from the clearance bin at Jo-Ann’s)

IMG_7432DMC floss colors:

  • 727 – yellow
  • 798 – blue
  • 842 – beige
  • 988 – green

IMG_7443I really love the floral letters featured in my book! IMG_7444Since my name is Natalie, I decided to make the “N” IMG_7407I started my project by hooping my fabric. IMG_7408I used the Lazy Daisy stitch to create the flower.

Make sure the very bottom petal and the one to the right of it create an angle like that of the top left on the letter “N” IMG_7410Use French Knots to create the center of the flower.

I wrapped the thread around the needle twice to create a larger knot.

I don’t think three knots are necessary, so next time, I’ll just use one. IMG_7411Create the first leg of the “N” by using the Back Stitch. IMG_7415Create the second and third leg of the “N” by continuing to use the Back Stitch. IMG_7419As you can see, I had a little trouble with the third leg. IMG_7421Here’s a close-up.  Sorry it’s a little blurry!

Now it’s time to add the leaves! IMG_7424Use the Lazy Daisy stitch to create the leaves.  You can stagger them more if you’d like!

For some reason, my leaves get a wee bit larger as they go down! IMG_7425Here’s another close-up!  This one is way more in focus than the last one! IMG_7427Continue using the Lazy Daisy stitch to add leaves to the last leg. IMG_7429And there you have it! A pretty, floral initial!

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Texas Monogram!

Hi everyone!!

My little sister (in Kappa) turned 19 a few weeks ago! I had no idea what to make her for her birthday, but after creeping on her Pinterest, I found the perfect present!

She’s a Texas native and LOVES everything Texas, so I decided to make her a Texas monogram!

ImageIf you’d like to make your own Texas (or any state) monogram, follow my instructions for a perfect and personal gift!

Before we begin, we must gather our supplies!

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  • Wooden Texas cutout (I got mine here)
  • Acrylic paint (I used three colors)
  • Monogram printout (you can get one here)
  • Pencil
  • Super fine point Sharpie (as fine as possible)
  • Thin tissue paper
  • Tape (Painter’s or Scotch)
  • Paint brushes
  • Fabric
  • Mod Podge
  • Wooden circle cutout
  • Greek wooden letters (optional)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • Clear nail polish (top coat)
  • Thin quilt binding or ribbon (Make sure this is the width of your Texas cutout.  We will be using it to cover the raw edges.)

Now that we’ve gathered our supplies, let’s begin crafting!!

ImageFirst, we are going to paint our Texas white.  This step is completely optional.

The fabric I chose to use was a little see through. I painted the Texas white so that the brown wood color wouldn’t show through my fabric.

While the white paint is drying, paint your wooden circle and your Greek letters.

Be sure to give each item a couple coats of paint!

Next, we will prepare our monogram!

ImagePrint your monogram from here or create your own!

You want the monogram printout to fit on your wooden circle as evenly as possible (does that make sense?)  You might have to print the monogram out a couple of times before you get the sizing right.

Once you’ve printed your monogram, place a sheet of tissue paper on top and trace in pencil.

After tracing, center the tissue paper on your wooden circle.  Make sure it is even on all sides (or as even as you can get it!)

Once centered, tape into place.  Because the circle was so small, I had to tape it on the back.

ImageTake your Super Fine Sharpie and trace over your pencil lines.  Try to use a Sharpie color that is close to the color of your paint! It’s a lot easier to cover the Sharpie line if the colors are similar!

ImageAfter tracing, lift up one side of the paper to see if the ink has transferred.

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You want the lines to be as light as possible, but you still want to be able to see them.

ImageNow we are going to take a darker (or lighter) color and paint inside the lines.

I like to keep a few Q-tips on hand in case I have a spaz attack and paint outside the lines!  Simply lick (or use water if you don’t want to use your spit!) the Q-tip and wipe up the paint!  If you do this quick enough, you can get up all the paint without leaving any stray marks.

ImageAfter this dries, give it a second coat and straighten up your lines.

Next, we’re going to modge podge (Yes, I know it’s called Mod Podge, but I don’t say it that way!) the fabric onto our Texas.

I ironed my fabric before modge podging, because my fabric was FULL of creases!

Cover the Texas cutout completely with modge podge before placing the fabric on top.  Once you’ve placed the fabric, pull it taught so there aren’t any bubbles.

Once it’s pulled taught, place under a book or another heavy (flat) object while it dries.

ImageOnce dry, cut the excess fabric away leaving at least an inch around the edge.

Now, go around and cut strips all along the edge.

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Be sure to cut more strips around the dips and curvy parts.  The more strips you cut, the tighter the fabric will fit and the nicer your project will look!

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Once you’ve cut all your strips, it’s time to modge podge them to the sides of the Texas.

DSCN1806Paint a little bit of modge podge on the edge, place your strips over the modge podge, and pull taught.  Fold the strips onto the back and tape into place.  Make sure they are pulled as tightly as possible when you tape them down.

DSCN1807Go all around the edges modge podging and taping into place.

Once the edges are done, let dry.

DSCN1810When you turn your Texas over it should look like this!

Once the sides are dry, remove the tape and modge podge the remaining pieces of fabric onto the back of the cut out.

After all of the modge podge has dried, we are going to glue ribbon (or quilt binding) around the edge of our Texas.

My cutout was about 3/8 inch wide, so I used a 3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon.

DSCN1814Use your hot glue gun to glue the ribbon around the edges.  Try not to use too much glue or you will create weird lumps or glue will come oozing out the sides and ruin our perfect project!

If the hot glue does ooze, take your fingernail and stick it between the ribbon and the Texas to remove the excess glue. (This might hurt you if you haven’t burned yourself with hot glue as many times as I have and built up an immunity!)

After gluing ribbon on the edges, it’s time to add a bow around the top square part of the Texas.

DSCN1823We’re not actually tying our bow onto the Texas.  We’re tying our bow separately and then gluing it on.  Doing it this way gives us more control over the bow’s appearance and allows us to attach it more securely.

Take a piece of your ribbon (I used a 5/8 sheer) and glue one strip around the top of the Texas.  Make sure you only glue the ribbon on the back, especially if you’re using sheer ribbon like I did.

Once glued, take some thread or string and tie a little knot around the ribbon to cinch it.

Take your ribbon and tie a bow (like you’re tying your shoe!)

Once you’re satisfied with your bow, take some clear nail polish (I used top coat) and paint the backside of the center knot of your bow.  This will help keep the bow from coming undone.

While waiting for the top coat to dry, go ahead and glue your monogram and Greek letters onto your Texas cutout.

DSCN1825After the top coat is dry, hot glue the bow onto the cinched part of the ribbon.

Once your bow is glued, you are finished!!!

DSCN1837Jessica, my little, absolutely LOVED her Texas!!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

If you have any questions or need any help, feel free to leave a comment!

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DIY Monogram Canvas!

Hi everyone!

I’m in a sorority, and my big sister’s birthday just passed!  This year I decided to make her gift instead of buying it!  I went on Pinterest for crafting inspiration and decided to make her a monogram canvas!

Before we start our project, we need to gather our supplies.

ImageSupplies include:

  • Print out of desired monogram
  • Canvas
  • Acrylic paint (I chose three different colors)
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencil
  • Tissue paper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie (As fine of a tip as possible)

We’re going to start our project by painting our canvas.

I chose to paint mine yellow with lighter yellows swirls around the edge.

ImageWhile the paint is drying, prepare your monogram.

This website is a great place to print your monogram for free.

Once you print out your monogram, you’re going to lay a sheet of thin tissue paper over-top of the monogram and trace it.

ImageOnce your canvas is dry, use painter’s tape to tape the tissue paper to the canvas.  Try to center the monogram as much as you can.

ImageTake your Sharpie and trace over the pencil lines.  You want the Sharpie to bleed through the tissue paper and create a fine line on your canvas.

I chose to use a yellow Sharpie because my canvas is yellow.  I recommend using a color that is fairly close to the color of your canvas.  If you use too dark of a color, you might not be able to cover the line with your paint.

Next, we’re going to peel up the bottom-half of the tissue paper to see if the ink has transferred.

ImageWhen checking the ink, make sure you only peel up one side of the paper.  If your lines aren’t dark enough, you can very easily lay the paper back down and trace over it again without worrying about the placement being off.

Once our monogram is traced, it’s time to paint.  Painting the monogram can be quite tricky, so make sure you don’t have too much paint on your brush and use small strokes.

Here’s the finished product!

ImageI hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

Happy crafting!!!

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DIY Floral Monogram

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Hi friends!!

I made a floral monogram for myself several months ago, and I promised my best friend/roommate, Kylie, I’d make her one too! Well I finally got around to making it, so I’m posting the tutorial for you to see!

Here’s the finished product! I’m quite pleased with it, and I’m hoping she will be too!

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To start this project, I would decide on a color palette.  I asked Kylie what colors she wanted, and she told me mint and black.  Well those colors aren’t available right now so I went with a blue, purple, and green palette. Sorry Kylie!! She likes the color purple, so I’m not too worried about her hating it!

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Next, gather your materials!

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You’ll need:

  • Flowers (Make sure you get more than you think you’ll need!)
  • Cardboard letter
  • Floral foam
  • Scissors
  • An X-ACTO knife
  • A large serrated knife (I used a bread knife)
  • Acrylic paint (I used Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic in Brushed Pewter)
  • Paint brush
  • Paint palette (optional)
  • Glue (I used a hot glue gun)

Now we get to the actual crafting!

First, we need to cut open the letter to create an empty shell. I used the X-ACTO knife and scissors for this step.

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Use the X-ACTO knife to cut into the letter.  The goal is to make flaps that are easy to cut off with your scissors.

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After cutting off the flaps, take out the zig-zag cardboard. Now we have the empty shell.

Next, I painted the outside of the letter.  I used two coats of the metallic paint to create the planter look I was going for.

While the paint is drying, separate the flower heads from the stems.  Some of the heads will pop right off, but others you may have to cut! When you’re cutting the heads off, make sure you leave a little stem.  You’ll need a little bit of stem to stick the flower into the foam later on.

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Once the paint has dried, measure the interior of your letter to see how much floral foam you need to cut.

My letter measured 2 1/4 inches wide.  It’s easier if you cut the foam a little smaller than the actual measurements of the letter.

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This part is tricky if you’re weak like me!  Use your serrated knife to cut the foam as straight as you can.  I find that using a see-saw motion works best.  You can try sawing back and forth, but I find that method rather difficult.  I recommend cutting the foam outside.  It can get really messy!!

After you cut the (kinda) straight rectangles, you may need to cut some pieces at an angle to fit inside your letter.  The letter “K” required quite a few angles.  The good news is the angled cuts are pretty easy to do!  Just set the foam on top of your letter, and draw a line on the foam where you think the slant should be.  It’s very easy to fix the angled cuts if you guess wrong.

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Once you have cut all the foam, set it inside your letter to make sure it fits.  If you have little gaps between the foam and the edge of your letter, you can squeeze little pieces of extra foam in there to fill it out.

This step is optional, but I like to cut the foam to be a tiny bit below (or even with) the sides of the letter.

Next, take your glue gun (or whatever type of glue you’re using) and glue the foam to the inside of the letter.

Here comes the best part! Start placing your flowers!!

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When I got to this point, I realized that I did not have enough of the little green flowers.  I went to JoAnn Fabrics to buy more, and they were all out.  I ended up having to buy a different type of green flower.  This is why I told you to make sure you have more flowers than you think you’ll need!

Once I got back from the store I added the rest of my flowers.  Some of the flowers did not want to stay where I placed them!  If you have this problem too, just add a little dot of hot glue to the bottom of the flower and then stick it back into the foam.

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Once you have all your flowers placed, you are ready to decorate with your new monogram!!  If you have any questions or want some advice, feel free to leave a comment!

Happy Crafting!!

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