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Are you guys ready for some lovin’? ¬†ūüėČ ¬†If not, check out some of these last minute Valentine’s Day cards, signs, printables, and crafts. ¬†So FUN aren’t they?!

V’day card from EnormousChampion.

These adorable Love Bug Valentine’s would be great for the little ones. ¬†Find the bugs at the Dollar Store and get the jar printable at Dandee.

Martha Stewart knows how to really rock the card making! ¬†I love these and they’d be especially easy with a dye cut machine.

This is a fabulous idea for a man¬†bouquet! ¬†Heather over at How Does She? made an ingenious bouquet out of mens socks for her guy this V’day. ¬†So great. ¬†You could probably also do the same kind of thing with underwear or t-shirts or ties.

Bakerella made these darling and simple cupcakes for V’day. ¬†So sweet and easy even I might be able to pull off whipping these up!

Want a funny card/geeky/sci-fi card?  Check this out from the Wallaroo on etsy.  LOVE it.

Or this adorable card from Rifle Paper Co.

Make yourself a freezer paper stencil (like My Girl Thursday) and hand paint this shirt for your wife (or hubby). ¬†ūüôā

Make a sweet clay heart pendant with Mitsy of ArtMind.

Speaking of clay, you could always go back to my clay rose tutorial and make some adorable vintage inspired rose rinds, earrings, or even refrigerator magnets for the special ladies in your life.

I saw this on Pinterest¬†(follow me on pinterest if you’d like)¬†and thought it would be another great freezer paper (or applique) project! ¬†Spice it up a little bit tomorrow night! ¬†ūüėČ ¬†Or, if you’re NOT in the mood, create the other side to say “In Your Dreams”.

And of course, if you have a chance, doll yourself up and take some pin ups! ¬†Your sweety will LOVE them! ūüôā

I hope you all have a FANTABULOUS VALENTINE’S DAY!!! ¬†See you back here in a few!

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Hey guys! ¬†I was perusing my blog and thought I’d do a quickie post on my favorite posts of 2011. ¬†I know its a bit late in the year to do a post like this, but I was pretty much checked out for all of January so I’m starting my 2012 now. ¬†ūüôā ¬†So here they are, my favs from last year! ¬†Oh the memories…

1) My master bedroom makeover.  I love it.  Its my favorite room.  Awwww.

2)  I LOVE my shoncho!  Easiest sewing project ever.

3) ¬†And another easy sewing project that turned out great is my little maxi dress. ¬†It doesn’t wrinkle and it hides my holiday weight. ūüėČ

4) ¬†This wasn’t the easiest project but I love the final result. ¬†My wire deer head (Pinterest project). ¬†It now hangs proudly over Sawyer’s changing table.

5)  The cabinet refinishing tutorial has been a huge success.  Its a simple process that ANYONE can do to spruce up outdated or beat up cabinetry in their own home.  Thanks to everyone for all the questions and comments!

6) ¬†The post about my son’s prematurity was a tough one to write but I was overwhelmed by the love and support from all of the readers. ¬†Preemie parents PRIDE!! ūüôā

7) ¬†My posterboard light fixture is still hanging proudly in my kitchen and I get comments on it all the time. ¬†It hangs a little lopsided though and I keep telling myself that one day I’ll remake it and actually put the hole for the light bulb in the right place. ¬†Haha! ¬†Thats what happens when you’re trying things out for the first time! ¬†Its imperfect, but its mine!

8)  This tutorial was fun and simple and I really like how it turned out.  I need to do more of these line drawings and stick them up in my little art gallery hallway.

9) This tutorial I did on how to make a chandelier with plastic placemats and a spatterguard from the Dollar Store made it all the way to Apartment Therapy!  Who knew?

10) And finally, probably the most fun I had doing a tutorial was when a few girlfriends came over to help me out with my Pin Up girl photo shoot tut for Valentine’s Day. ¬†SO FUN and they did a GREAT JOB!

What a great 2011! ¬†I can’t wait to do all the things I have planned for 2012!! ūüôā ¬†Ya’ll come back now, ya hear!

 

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Howdy there!!  Welcome to 2012 (a month late)!!

After a long time away from my dear blog I’m back and ready to bring this thing back to life. ¬†I’ve had a difficult time balancing the normal stresses and time constraints of motherhood, family duties, volunteer work, work work, and my extra activities but I’m determined to find some more time to post here because it makes me happy and keeps me sane. ¬†So thats that.

For my sister’s 30th b’day I wanted to do something a little extra special. ¬†I racked my brain for a while and visited Etsy and Pinterest in hopes of finding inspiration. ¬†I make my sister stuff all the time, and didn’t want to bombard her with yet again another handmade doo-dad, but her hubby said that my handmade stuff is what she likes most. ¬†She already has paintings of mine hanging in her house, she has plenty of jewelry from me, what else could I do. ¬†Think. ¬†Think. Think. ¬†Browse. ¬†Browse. Browse. ¬†Ding! ¬†Lightbulb moment. ¬†I came across this amazing website called Simon’s Stamps. ¬†My sister likes making handmade cards and such (she is super crafty and makes all kinds of adorable things) so it hit me that I could design her some custom stamps and get her some funky colored ink pads. ¬†YES. ¬†DONE. ¬†Thank you Simon, I think I will.

But what kind of stamps? ¬†Hmmmm…. After much scribbling and doodling and debating, I finally remembered that a friend of mine had once had a stamp of her face that she used on some of her price tags on her craft fair merchandise. ¬†I remember thinking how much I coveted her cute stamp and how I needed to remember that for later. ¬†Well hello later! ¬†So I decided to make Christen (my sis) a stamp of her gorgeous face so that she could use it for her handmade stuff that she often makes for craft fairs and gifts for friends and family. ¬†But then I thought she could probably use a stamp of her and her hubby to use on invitations and cards as well. ¬†Needless to say, in the end I ended up designing and ordering 4 stamps: ¬†One of her face, one of her and her hubby, one of their son (to add to her and her hubby’s if she ever feels the need), and one of their name. ¬†Once I started designing them, I couldn’t stop! ¬†I even ended up¬†designing¬†one for me and Daniel! ¬†I also ordered her a few fun colored stamp pads to go with it. ¬†Anyway, Simon’s Stamps¬†is really reasonably priced, easy to use, and had quick delivery. ¬†I’ll definitely be using them again. ¬†Maybe I’ll make a custom pet stamp of her dog Charlie to add to the collection. ¬†ūüôā

Well, would you like to know how I made my designs? ¬†You’ll be surprised by how easy it was and once you know the tricks, you’ll be addicted and will want to make one for every face you know!

Okay then, here we go:

Cost: ¬†$9 + depending on what size stamp you order (mine were mostly 1.5″x1″)

Supplies:

  • A good photo of the person’s face who you are making the stamp for.
  • Access to the internet (to use Picnik) or access to other simple photo editing software.
  • A printer.
  • A black marker.
  • A window.
  • A scanner (if you don’t own a scanner, you can do a bit more work on the photo editing and omit the “artsy” part of this project. ¬†Or you can download a scanner ap on your phone and use that).

1. ¬†First thing to do is find your photo(s). ¬†I perused my sis’s facebook page to find the photos I used to create her stamps.

I used the one above (but I just gave her bangs since she typically wears bangs) for her individually portrait stamp as well as for her couple stamp. ¬†Its about the only picture where her and her hubby are close together and he is actually smiling with teeth. ¬†ūüėČ

The one below is the pic I used to create the stamp of their son Carter. ¬†He seriously looks like the “Gerber baby” in this pic. ¬†So cute!

2.  Now just simply save your photo to your computer and upload it to your photo editing program.  As you know I use Picnik, its cheap, easy, and I love all the features.  Open your photo up in your editing program.

If you need to, crop around the faces to get rid of the excess photo space.

3. ¬†Play with the exposure and contrast a bit until you begin to see more defined lines. ¬†What we’re trying to do is create somewhat of a posterized line drawn image.

4. ¬†Now just use your “Effects” tools (if you’re using Picnik) to get as close to a posterized look as you can without losing too much detail. ¬†Be¬†conscious¬†of the fact that you want the end product to really look like the person, so try to keep distinct characteristics present while editing. ¬†I turned my pic to black and white, boosted the contrast (using “Boost”), and slightly posterized it by using “HDR-ish” and “Posterize”.

5. ¬†Once you have a pretty good template made up that you think you can work with, save it and print it off. ¬†*TIP* The larger you print the pic, the easier you will be able to “tweak” it with your black marker by hand.

6.  Now is where you summon up the courage to get a little artsy.  Take your printed image and another clean sheet of computer paper to the nearest window (or light box if you happen to own one).  Use a piece of tape to tape the image to the window and tape the clean piece of paper over it.

7. ¬†Now, simply trace over the most prominent lines, smoothing out any rough spots or bumps. ¬†Omit anything that just “muddies up” the design. ¬†Do this IN PENCIL first. ¬†Then, take down your pics and tweak your new design until you get it simple and smooth enough. ¬†Then simply color it in with your black marker. ¬†C’mon, its not that hard, I know you can do it!! ūüôā

Above is what my design looked like after I had done step 7 and scanned it into the computer.

8. ¬†Scan your new black and white design to upload it back on to your computer. ¬†Be sure to choose “black and white” in your scan options (it will save a step later).

9. ¬†Unless I wanted all those little white spots to be in my final stamp, I needed to “color them in”. ¬†I did this by using Picnik’s “Doodle” tool which is basically a paintbrush to go over all my dark areas that needed it until I saw negative (white) space in all the right places. ¬†I also used the “Posterize” tool at the end again to just round out any rough edges.

The end result and finished design was this!:

10. ¬†Now simply save your new design to your computer and then follow the instructions on Simon’s Stamps page (go to “Custom Made Art Mount Stamps” in their sidebar, and decide how large you’d like your stamp to be). ¬†Upload your design, order it, and wait for your friends and family to be amazed, thrilled, flattered, and impressed when you give them their very own custom portrait stamp!

Here is a look at the Schneider family stamped on paper:

So CUTE right?  Anyway, Christen LOVED her new stamps and I LOVED making them.  I hope you do too!

P.S.  These would make fabulous wedding or engagement gifts!  Also, you could use this same technique to create custom artwork (Warhol style?) and other fun stamps of all kinds of things, people, creatures, etc.  Go.  Stamp it up my friends.

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Wowza. ¬†I’ve been BUSY. ¬†Due to the Christmas season that is now upon us I’ve been taking pictures of smiling families like crazy for their Christmas cards and such. ¬†I’ve been photographing and editing with nearly every second I have that I can break away from my¬†rowdy¬†boys. ¬†So, once again, I apologize for the lack of posts and hope to do better in the future. ¬†P.S. ¬†If you’d like to see all the photos I’ve been taking lately, visit www.caterawsonphotography.wordpress.com .

Anyway, so heres a few things to keep you busy while I finish up my photo season…

Check out this FAWESOME (fabulously-awesome) video tut on transferring photos to wood blocks.  SO FUN.  Plus, the way she put the vid together is GENIUS as well.

Then embellish a tshirt with a bleach pen!  See more on that here.

 

If you’re looking to make some awesome Christmas ornaments then check this salt dough recipe out and give her a whirl! So fun. ¬†I’ll be making some for my tree for sure!

 

Have fun and we’ll see you later! ¬†Happy Holidays!

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Hey guys! ¬†I told you I’d give you all the printables I made up for my party and so here they are! ¬†I made them all on Picnik so if you are feeling crafty, get on there and make up some of your own! ¬†Enjoy!! ūüôā ¬†(Just right click and save to your computer and then print.)

First here is the banner I made. ¬†If you’d like to make your own, you can use my bunting template found here and upload it to Picnik and add any letters in any font that you’d like.

Next I made a sign for the Creepy Photobooth I’ll be doing to get great pics of everyone in their costumes.

There were a lot of free printable tags out there but none that suited my needs so I made these little babies up.

(I left the bottom right label empty so you could fill it yourself in picnik if you wanted to. ¬†Also, I just realized I spelled “labels” wrong. ¬†Duh.)

Then I made this sign to put on the refreshment tables.

I also made this little sign to put on the voting box for our games and contests.

And there you go! ¬†There are all of my FREE HALLOWEEN PRINTABLES for you to use at your Halloween bash! ¬†I hope you enjoy! ¬†Happy Halloween! ūüôā

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I don’t typically decorate my house much for holidays. ¬†Not because I don’t want to, more because I can’t afford it usually. ¬†And also, I figure if I decorate my house for every holiday that rolls around, I will never be able to appreciate it in all its un-decorated decorated glory. ¬†But, after talking to my best friend Tiff the other day, I was reminded how much I used to LOVE Halloween and how much fun we used to have with it. ¬†That inspired me to get back in the “fun” groove (as opposed to the “burned-out-irritable-just-trying-to-keep-myself-out-of-mom-jeans” groove that I usually feel like I’m in). ¬†So I decided to throw me an adults only Halloween party! ¬†I’m actually dorkishly excited about it. ¬†I even made up a little poem for the evitations. ¬†Ahem:

“Eeeekkkk!!! ¬†Boooooo!!!¬†
We want YOU 
to join us for a fun night
of food and fright.
No children allowed
In our big kid crowd.
But come well dressed
in your Halloween best.
And you could win a prize
(or meet your demise).
So come if you dare
We don’t mean to scare.
We really truly hope
to
see
you
there!”

I know. ¬†You’re stunned by my genius aren’t you. ¬†I give you permission to use this if you decided to throw your own “Big Kids Boo Bash”. ¬†Yes, that is what I’m calling it. ¬†And yes. ¬†I’m aware that I’m a gigantic nerd.

After I sent out the invites, I started browsing Pinterest (my latest online site obsession) for decor and food ideas. ¬†I can’t believe all the cute and amazing things people are coming up with! ¬†I’m blown away. ¬†Anyway, that just made me more excited and so I made my way to my nearest Dollar Store to see what I could come up with.

Can I just say again how much I LOVE THE DOLLAR STORE. ¬†It is a magical place. ¬†Especially for Halloween items. ¬†I found tons of decor and serving wear for my party and it was cheap cheap cheap. ¬†I got home and got to work. ¬†Even though my party is a couple weeks away still, I couldn’t wait to get the decorations up. ¬†I’m totally in Halloween mode now. ¬†I even found costumes for my hubby and I (he is going to be a scarecrow and I’m going to be a crow) at the thrift store this weekend with my sis-in-law Courtney. ¬†I seriously want to just live in costumes for the rest of the month, thats how excited I am.

Anyway, would you like to see my decorations so far?  I used a lot of what I already had with a few things I made and several things from the Dollar Store.

Here is my mantel:

I made the bats by folding sheets of stiff black felt ($0.99 at Hobby Lobby) in half and then cutting out a bat shape (half a bat shape). ¬†Then I folded the wings out and attached them to the wall with sticky tack. ¬†Easy peasy and I LOVE it. ¬†I made larger and smaller bats. ¬†I didn’t use a template, but if you wanted to find one, just google image search “bat¬†silhouette” and you’d find plenty.

I sketched the giant skull profile onto a black painted piece of mdf I had in the garage. ¬†Its in white chalk so I can change it whenever I feel like. ¬†I eyeballed it from an image I found google image searching “skull”. ¬†Peyton calls it a “bone-head”. ¬†Haha!

The Happy Halloween bunting banner I made from my bunting template and Picnik.  I LOVE the skeleton font.  So great.  I printed them on white cardstock and then cut them out and glued them to black cardstock bunting I cut out with pinking shears.  Then I attached them to white paper ribbon I bought at the Dollar Store.

The tombstones, spiderwebs, skulls, and creepy cloth all came from the Dollar Store.

I also made these big spiders out of crepe paper streamers and pipe cleaners.  I want to make a bunch more and have them crawling up my curtains in my living room.

Heres a quick look at my entryway.

Then Spiderman (aka Peyton) popped in to say “hi”.

And heres a closeup of my felt bats.

Pretty creepy huh?! ¬†I’m super excited and can’t wait for the party. ¬†Check out my next post for all of my FREE HALLOWEEN PRINTABLES I made for the party!!! ūüôā ¬†BOOOOOOOOOooooooooo!

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Don’t have time to post today so I’ll throw out a few great DIY projects I found on Pinterest lately. ¬†THEY ARE AWESOME and I can’t wait to try every single one…

 

First, check out this circle wrap skirt¬†by The Crafting Chicks. ¬†I love it because it can adjust to your size (if you are in the baby making phase of life like myself) and there is NO ZIPPER (which is also great since I’m not sure if I know how to sew in a zipper yet). ¬†Yeah, I know the tutorial is for a little girls skirt but I figure it wouldn’t be too hard to make it for big girls too.

 

Then for a nifty decorating tutorial/inspiration, check out this honecomb-ish painters-tape wall treatment done by The Vintage Laundry.  Super fun.  Love it.

Then I LOVED this paint by numbers with Picnik tutorial by The Ambitious Procrastinator¬†. ¬†Completely AWESOME. ¬†I’ve actually been wanting to do something just like this with Picnik for a while. ¬†I LOVE the idea of using this technique to do a wall mural or a VERY LARGE piece of art. ¬†VERY VERY COOL.

 

Anyway, ¬†there you go. ¬†This should keep you busy for a a bit then… ūüôā ¬†See you again soon!

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