Crafting in the Rain: February 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

IKEA Mirrors--On the Wall!

I'm really pleased with how these turned out.  Plus, if the paper colors don't work in the space after we remodel the kitchen I can switch them out.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Altered IKEA Mirrors--Part 2

Here is the second phase of this project.  I cut squares of scrapbook paper slightly bigger than the mirror size (just under 4 inches) because there's room for the paper to just slide under the wood.  I loved that I didn't have to figure out the best way to glue them in there.  I still wanted to have some exposed mirror though, so I didn't cover all of them.  And when I was painting, I just slid some wax paper between the wood and the mirror to keep it clean. 

The last part of the project doesn't really count as a phase, as all I have to do is hammer in some saw tooth hangers and hang them up.  I'll snap a picture of that too, so that at least the reflection of the ceiling texture won't show up in them!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Layered Window Card

After a few years of making traditional cards, I'm now on the lookout for unique shapes and folds.  I saw this design here, and created my own cutting file in Make the Cut. I cut out the card base, and the bouquet inside, with my Cougar machine. Since the cardstock I used had a white core, I distressed all the edges a bit with sandpaper.  

Here's the unfolded card.

Download MTC file here

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Altered IKEA Mirrors--Part 1

Several months ago we bought 9 of the Malma frames, knowing we could use them somewhere. But instead they sat in a closet all this time!  I finally decided to pull them out and brainstorm.   It's not a new idea.  They're basically designed to be personalized at home, since they're just unfinished wood.

I didn't prime them or anything, just started painting.  I used this super cheap paint from Michael's and chose the Espresso color.

Regular price: 59 cents.  Purchased on sale for half off.  It's a little thin, so the wood just soaked up the first coat.  It had a cool effect, kind of like staining, but I couldn't keep the look consistent enough to leave them that way.

After first coat:
After second coat:

Stay tuned for part 2.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Other Valentine's Projects

Here's a peek at the other decorations I played around with for the most recent holiday.

Pink ribbon tied around some twiggy spheres.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Coffee Filter Heart Wreath

According to some blogs, coffee filter wreaths are quite popular, and who am I to argue? Though I've never seen one in person I decided to try a holiday specific one. This wasn't my first coffee filter project. I have a vague memory from when I was 10 or so. It was something involving filters and food coloring and turning them in to flowers. I'd like to think this looks a little more sophisticated. It's been on our front door for a couple of weeks now, and it's holding up great. The roof shelters it from the rain, but even the humidity hasn't done anything to it.

I cut the heart shape from cardboard, hot glued the coffee filters to it, glued that to a large wreath and looped some red ribbon thorough it. Since a regular wreath holder won't fit over my door with enough room to let it close properly, I just secured it with a thumb tack on the top of the door.

Carboard Princess Castle

Every princess needs a castle, so this is what I put together for a princess birthday party we recently had. There isn't much to explain; I used a lot of duct tape. One trick I found to keep the towers from bending over though was to tape large paint stirrers (like the kind you'd use in a 5 gallon bucket) to the backs of them, and it really helped make them sturdy. The streamers are all taped up to one of those corner ceiling hooks found in all 70's houses. I finally found a use for it!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Never Say Never

No, I'm not a Beiber fan, but I have said many times that I would never start a blog. Yet, here one is! I've created this blog with the intent to just have a place to share some of the things I've worked on. Some of my first posts will just have pictures of finished projects, and future posts may include a little more documentation of the process--that is--if I can develop the mind of a blogger and take pictures of everything.

I can't promise that I'll ever be particularly witty or amusing, but I do promise to never use the word "ca-yuuute" to describe something I've made. You're welcome to though if you like!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a minute to check out some of my adventures.