DIY: Happy Birthday Banner

Hi everyone!

I have a super easy, birthday project to share with you today!

It’s my roommate’s birthday this week, so I made a birthday banner to hang in our apartment to celebrate!

IMG_5404Supplies:

  • 4.5 by 6.5 Cardstock Scrapbooking Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Acrylic Paint (I recommend metallic!)
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Scotch Tape
  • Hole Punch
  • Something Angled (I’m using a name tag)

Start the project by deciding what phrase you want to spell out with your banner.  I chose “Happy Birthday!”

Once you’ve decided on a phrase, count out the appropriate number of cardstock pages.

IMG_5405Use your angled object to create the shape of each banner piece.

I’m using a name tag I was given several years ago on my Bid Day.

Lay down your angled piece and trace with a pencil.

IMG_5408Cut along the pencil lines.

Go ahead and cut all of the banner pieces now.

IMG_5412Once you’ve cut the pieces, it’s time to hole punch them and then paint the letters.

I painted my letters in a basic font. I didn’t want anything too complicated.  A low maintenance font makes the project much easier to complete!

If you’re not comfortable free handing the letters with your paintbrush, draw them lightly with pencil first and then paint over the lines.

IMG_5414My paper pack came with many coordinating paper options, so I picked my favorites and alternated them for this project.

IMG_5421Now it’s time to string the letters together.

Thread the ribbon in and out of each punched hole. I like to fold the end of the ribbon in half, so it fits nicely through the holes without giving me much trouble!

I would keep your ribbon on the spool while threading the letters.  That way you won’t encounter the problem of too little or too much ribbon on each end.

IMG_5426To make sure that each banner piece stays in its place, I like to add a little bit of Scotch Tape on the backside of each piece.

Once each banner piece is secured, the banner is ready to hang!

IMG_5444I apologize for the weird lighting.  I took this picture three different times throughout the day, and this is the best I could get!

I promise the banner looks fantastic in person though!

I’ve made a few of these over the years for different occasions.  They’re great for any celebration you may have!

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial!

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY – How To Paint an Ikat Canvas

Hi everyone!

I have a quick and easy painting tutorial to share with you today! IMG_2913Supplies:

  • Canvas
  • Flat paint brush
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Pearl Acrylic Paint
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Acrylic Paint

IMG_3119Martha Stewart Crafts Pearl Acrylic Paint

  • Hummingbird
  • Twilight Blue
  • Mother of Pearl

Martha Stewart Crafts Metallic Acrylic Paint

  • Sterling

IMG_2916Start with the blue, pearl paint and evenly place little dots of paint across your canvas.  Be sure to stagger your dots!

I squirted my paint dots right out of the bottle to ensure that the dots were relatively even in size.  I didn’t want one dot to have significantly more or less paint than any of the others. IMG_2918Using your paint brush, make a rough diamond shape where each paint dot is located. IMG_2923Continue making the rough diamonds. IMG_2926 Once all the blue diamonds are completed, go over each of them with a little bit of the white pearl paint.

We’re just trying to add a little extra sheen. IMG_2932On the right side of each blue diamond, add a smaller, silver one. IMG_2934 Make the assumption that the pattern continues off the canvas and paint silver diamonds to the right of where the assumed blue diamonds are.  Does that make sense? IMG_2940Continue painting the silver diamonds off the edge of the canvas. IMG_2944Add small green diamonds (the same size as the silver ones) to the left of the large, blue diamonds. IMG_2946Add small, green diamonds on top of the large, blue ones.

The pearl and metallic paint aren’t as opaque as I’d like them to be, so I added a couple extra coats of green and silver paint.

Once, you’re satisfied with the opacity of the paint, the project is complete! IMG_3021I really love how this project turned out!

So pretty!

Happy Crafting! Bow signature pink

DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Maribel the Mermaid

Hi everyone!

I have another quick and easy embroidery project for you!

IMG_8955  Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here)
  • Embroidery hoop (4 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil
  • Fabric (I used muslin)

IMG_8957DMC Floss Colors:

  • 743 – yellow
  • 995 – dark blue
  • 996 – medium blue
  • 3706 – coral
  • 3770 – very light peach

Not pictured:

  • 747 – light blue
  • 840 – light brown
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the mermaid design we’ll be using for our project.

IMG_8962As usual, we will print out and trace our motif with a Sharpie.

I chose to leave out the blushing cheeks.  If you want to add them, feel free to do so!

IMG_8960Trace Maribel onto your fabric.  Then, hoop your fabric.

IMG_8965Use the Stem/Outline Stitch for her hair.

IMG_8968I’ve been talking out practicing the Stem Stitch for a while now.  I am finally getting around to it!

IMG_8971Use the Back Stitch for Maribel’s body.

You can use whatever color thread you’d like for your mermaid’s hair and skin.  I chose blonde hair and fair skin for Maribel, because that’s what the book shows and it’s what I have.

IMG_8974Continue using the Back Stitch but switch to the dark blue thread for the outline of her tail.

IMG_8978Continue with the Back Stitch but switch to the medium blue for her tail scales.

Use the coral thread and the Satin Stitch for Maribel’s mouth.

IMG_8986I spent at least 10 minutes deciding on Maribel’s eye color.  I wasn’t satisfied with any of my options!

I finally settled on the light brown.

Use the Back Stitch for this portion as well.

IMG_8991Finally, use the light blue thread and the Back Stitch for the bubbles.

IMG_9004Now our mermaid is complete!

Isn’t she pretty?!

Happy Crafting!!

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