Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Handmade Valentine Cards Link Party

Handmade Link Party Graphic

 From the time we were little kids in school, we all loved making and sending sweet valentine cards to loveones and special someones! To help celebrate Valentine's, I've joined a group of talented ladies who are co-hosting a Valentine's Handmade Cards Link Party, sharing ideas for Handmade Valentine's Day Cards. We hope you'll find lots of inspiration during this event to set your hearts a flutter with ideas and love! 


Co-hosts for Handmade Card Link Party


It's always fun to design, decorate, and write your very own Valentines card that shows that special someone just how much you care! For this party, I've created an adorable Acetate Hearts Card that folds together creating pockets to hold sweet tokens of love!
Please find the complete, easy to follow tutorial here!


This party is open through February 10 and all of the co-hosts will be sharing a Features Post on February 13. Please only link up only  Handmade Valentine related Cards - it's a themed party and all others will be removed. All links will be pinned. We can't wait to see your handmade cards!


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Handmade Valentine Acetate Hearts Folding Card




 From the time we were little kids in school, we all loved making and sending sweet valentine cards to loveones and special someones!
It's always fun to design, decorate, and write your very own Valentines card that shows that special someone just how much you care! To that end, I came up with an adorable Handmade
Acetate Hearts Card that folds together creating clear pockets to hold sweet tokens of love! There are a lot of steps involved, but they're all so easy - and there's nothing difficult to master.  And since you can see the finished card, I hope you realize it's well worth it to make. By the way, I was inspired to make this card from  a BonBon Filled Hearts craft by Martha Stewart that I read and tweaked into a folding card using acetate film so you can add your favorite love tokens and see them inside.

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To make, gather:
12"x12" decorative card stock
9"x12" acetate film
Scissors
Pencil
Glue (clear drying)
Hole Punch
Ribbon

How to make:
Take a decorative 12x12 inch cardstock sheet and . . .
fold in half vertically, creasing fold.
Open and fold again, horizontally.


Next, open and fold the pointed ends together.  

Again, open and fold the opposite pointed ends together.
Make sure all the folds are creased real good.

Next, open the cardstock with a point end facing up and fold in the sides along the creases
This is another view of the sides folded in . . .

to form a triangle.
Next, fold into another smaller triangle.
And then, with a pencil, draw a half heart curve shape starting at the folded side and around the top edge to the side with the four folds - as pictured below. 
Cut the shape out. (Remember, there should be a larger fold on one side, and four folded sides on the other side with the round open cuts at the top. 
Open the cardstock to reveal the heart first .  .  .
and then open all the way to see the four hearts (top, bottom and sides) 

To cut out the heart shapes for the acetate, fold the open hearts in half.

And fold again .  .  .

to form heart.
Next, draw a border inside around one side of the heart, as pictured.
Cut out.
Then open cardstock.

Apply glue around center heart shape .  .  .
Next, cut a 9x12 acetate sheet in half and line up acetate corner with corner of heart, smoothing out and then let dry. Repeat for opposite side. 
Once dry, cut off excess acetate film around hearts.
Using the heart pattern that was cut out earlier, draw heart shape on decorative paper and cut out. 
Glue hearts on inside for decorative effect.
(Outside)

Fold hearts together.


Use a hole punch to add a hole in the "V" middle for a ribbon tie.

 Add sweet tokens or other sentiments to inside pockets!
Have fun making and giving this adorable card!
PS: I'm sharing this Valentine Acetate Hearts Folding Card at the Handmade Valentine Cards Link Party where I'm co-hosting with several creative bloggers.  We'd love for you to join us by linking up your ideas for all types of handmade valentine cards. The party is open from January 31st to February 10th.  


Thanks for stopping by

and take a little time to enjoy,

Happy Crafting!





Sunday, January 28, 2018

Mixing Glam and Rustic for a Sparkling Crystal Grapevine Heart Wreath

I really don't decorate for Valentine's Day, especially at my age.  The time seems so short - as soon as you put it up, it's time to take it down. But I do love creating items that celebrate the occasion. Sometimes ideas just hit you and you just can't resist. Like wanting to mix a bit of glam with rustic to provide a totally different Valentine's look. And I think I've created such a design with this sparkling crystal grapevine heart wreath! And the best part - it's unbelievably quick and easy to make!

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Just take a heart shape grapevine wreath and .  .  .
 a few red crystal rocks.
Hot glue the crystals on the grapevine wreath and . . .
Bam! A lovely rustic and glamorous look!
Just perfect for Valentines'


Thanks for stopping by
and take a little time to enjoy,
Happy Crafting!







Thursday, January 25, 2018

Candlesticks Makeover From Drab to Fab - A Thrift Store Upcycle


Welcome to the first of many Thrift Store Upcycle Challenges in 2018! I've joined a group of talented bloggers sharing with you upcycle projects of items found at thrift stores, resale stores or garage sales that have been transformed into a new decorative piece! And the best part, there's no monthly theme or budget! You just can't get any better than that for this challenge!

This post contains links to products, if you purchase something after clicking on my link I may earn
a small commission (at no extra cost to you).
The Rules:
  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There's no monthly theme.
  • There's no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled  Marie | DIY Adulation
Michelle | Our Crafty Mom  Debra | Shoppe No. 5

 Be sure to follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspirations!

I'm excited to share with you how I transformed plain, drab, stained brass candlesticks I found at Goodwill into fabulous, chic, crystal enhanced accessories! You see so many dull and dirty brass items at thrift stores and most times you don't really pay attention and casually pass them by. But when I came across these candlesticks hiding in the back of some others, I was quickly drawn to their height. You don't usually see tall candlestick holders among the group - oh, I take that back! I did see another set in a different part of the store which I also bought - but one upcycle at a time, lol! I loved the clean lines of this set and the cost - $6.00! What a bargain!

You can see that they're badly stained with something(not rust)and a bit crooked if you turn them a certain way. I made a mess at first using Brasso trying to clean them up. But that didn't work!
So I tried liquid Bar Keepers Friend and a sponge to remove it all, uncovering a lovely finish. Bar Keepers Friend is truly my friend! What a quick fix!
As for creating an updated look. You know I love purple and you know that I've used crystal rocks before in my projects, as seen here and here - but only for the holidays. So it's time to do something for an everyday look - something really nice and special!
And since I had lots of purple crystals left over from a three pound bag that I had, there was no additional cost!



This is how to give the metal candlesticks a stylish makeover:

Using a hot glue gun, begin gluing on the crystal rocks to the base of the metal stem.  
Continue gluing the crystal rocks around the stem, moving up towards the top. It's quite easy to arrange and glue the shapes of the rocks along the stem . . .

like putting pieces of a puzzle together. 
Although I could have completely covered the stem, I stopped just short of the top base to let the stem be part of the look,too!

The finished crystal covered candlesticks look very stylish just standing there all on their own!

Here's a tidbit:
Did you know real amethyst crystals have their own healing power and represents good feng shui in your home?

How gorgeous is this look with LED candles . . .
all lit up!
I love how the crystals enhance the candlesticks!
One last look!



What a fabulous thrift store makeover!





And now for more thrifty goodies!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!