It’s about time! Wedding Shadow Box

After 8 months, I finally got around to making our wedding shadow box. I had a lot of things from the wedding I wanted to put in a scrapbook, but were too big to fit in the book. I also like the idea that if I ever want to wear the locket or hairpiece I can take them out. (They are attached using pins.)

Also included:

*I put in some lace from my mom’s wedding dress that I had around my bouquet.

*My bustle broke on my dress and popped some of the buttons off! I put one of the buttons in.

*I included  a few small dried roses from my bouquet and the sixpence I had in my shoe! I also glued in a matchbook from the reception.

*The 7.2.11 sign was something I made for the wedding day. I made the sign using a plain brown sign from PaperSource (I think it was a dollar!) I painted it champagne, and wrapped lace around it. The white numbers are scrapbooking stickers.

How’d I make it? 

*I bought the shadow box from my local craft store. It’s not very big, maybe the size of a regular piece of paper and about 2 inches deep.

*The background was a grey fabric, which didn’t match my color scheme. So I took some ivory card stock measured and fitted it to the box.

*I used floral pins (with the little fake pearls on the end) to attach the locket, and hair pin.

*Some things I hot glue gunned down (like the matchbook and the 7.2.11 sign), others like the picture/invitation I just used scrapbook tape.

How To: Make your Own Fork, Knife, Spoon Menu Cards

You’ll need:

-background paper- I used 8.5X11 black cardstock purchased from my local craft store. You can do any color of course!

How much will you need? I made 3 menu cards from 1 page.

-corner punch- you can find cheap ones on Amazon (they have tons of crafting supplies for relatively cheap!) or at a craft store like Michael’s.

-Fork, Knife, Spoon Stamp & ink pad- I got mine at Paper Source. But I’ve seen them other places.

-Card stock or printer paper for the text- I ordered this 8.5 X 11 in. metallic champagne paper from Paper and More.  Again 1 paper= 3 menu cards

-printer/computer

-scrapbook adhesive/paper cutter

How To:

1. Black Background: For the black background cardstock I used my paper cutter to cut it into 3 parts. You need to turn the paper so it’s “landscape” (aka the 11inch side), so that each paper will make three 3.6in menu cards.

2. The Text: I  typed up the Menu on my computer. I was able to format the document to “landscape” so I could fit 3 menus across. On Word I selected “3 Columns” so the text would be spaced properly.I used different fonts for the food and for the titles like “Starter”, “Dinner”, “Dessert”, etc. I also had to do a few trial and errors to see how much room to leave for the stamp.

Of course if you do three on a page they will need to be cut down, because if not it’ll be the same size as the border. So I also formatted it a 1/4 inch to one side so when I was cutting I just cut 1/4inch more. You also need to account for this on the top (and you need to account for the stamp!). Just print one @ a time and play around before you print them all! Once you have it correct, print them, and cut them out.

3. Stamping: Finally, use black ink to stamp the fork,knife,spoon stamp on the champagne paper. (other colored ink would be awesome too!). Remember when stamping:

** Always clean the stamp before and after you use it. If the ink is not adhering correctly, I’ve heard of a little tip to use a regular pencil eraser on the stamp. I guess rubbing the eraser on it helps clean and prep the surface for ink.

** Before you start make sure the stamp is completely covered in ink.

** When pressing the stamp down, do not “roll it”. Simply press it straight down and press firmly.

** If you need it, use a “guide” like a book or some other object that you can make sure is straight to help anchor your stamp. Once the guide is in place it can ensure your stamp is in the right spot on the paper and straight. Just practice a few times to make sure it’s where you need it. I always have a ton of “practice” papers at the end!

**Make sure the ink is dry before doing the next steps or before stacking them onto each other!

4. Corner Punch: Then you punch all four corners with your corner punch design. Do it over the trash because little pieces fly!

5. Attach it!!: I used scrapbooking tape to glue the champagne paper with the text onto the border. I didn’t agonize over each corner. I simply put one strip of adhesive down the back.

It is somewhat time consuming, but once you are done formatting the document if you get 1-2 people to help out you can pound it out in a few hours. And there you have it!

Vintage Book Pages as Table Runner

I stole this idea from an amazing picture from Better Homes and Gardens via Pinterest. Old Book Pages as a table runner! Genius. And unlike most of the things I pin, I actually attempted to make this one!

My Inspiration: 

Vintage Book Page Table Runner- Better Homes and Gardens

What you’ll need:

– vintage or old books. I got mine from Goodwill. I use them as decoration.

-exacto-knife or a utility knife

-invisible tape

-paper punch. The one I used is Martha Stewart

 

Step 1:

Cut the pages from the book using an exacto or utility knife.  Choose pages that have interesting text and a nice arrangement. You don’t want to use a story with a werid title or very little text on the page. You may want to spread out the cuts, so you don’t have a huge chunk of paper missing.Then, make the cut as close to the center of the book as you can. You’ll need to apply some pressure to the knife as you cut. You may also want to use a ruler to guide your knife, so that it is straight. My plan was to cut with the knife then use a paper cutter to get a straight line. But, because of the old paper (or a dull blade) the paper ripped, so I just used the cuts I had.

How many pages do you need to cut? 

It depends on the size of your table. I used 6 long and 2 wide for my little end table. However, if you have a very long or wide table you may need a lot more. And as usual with my DIY projects, I ruined or messed up on about 3-4 pages. So plan accordingly!

Step 2:

Tape the pages together. Put the tape on the side you DON’T want to show, so the nice side is facing down. I started by making the “width”, so I taped two pages together making pairs. I slightly overlapped the pages as to avoid noticeable gaps. However, be careful that all pages have a similar amount of overlap or the edges won’t match up when you chain them together.

Step 3/4:

This is where you make a choice: 1. you tape all the pairs together and make the table runner and then punch the edges.  OR 2. you punch the edges and then tape them all together.

The problem with the first choice is you might mess up on the punches and you’ll be forced to pull apart your pages, risking ripped paper. The problem with #2 is that if you punch them all separately the punches might not line up when you attach them.

I did number one. Of course, I messed up, but luckily the tape didn’t rip the paper so I was able to detach the messed up pages and replace them.

When I attached all the pairs together I arranged the pages in different directions. I thought it was more interesting to have the pages all mismatched. Again, make sure the tape is on the same side!

Using a paper punch is TRICKY! If you haven’t used one you might want to practice on another sheet of paper. The problem is lining up the paper so that the punch is straight and so that the punches are spaced correctly.

See below: I always take my time and carefully line up the previous holes to the template on the bottom of the punch. On this punch, the metallic template shows you where to line up your previous cuts. However, if you pull it out too much you might mess up spacing. I usually error on the side of caution and only move the paper a small amount, probably re-cutting the same holes, but that’s better than missing a spot.

Step 5: You might need to bend the pages down a bit on the edges so it falls off the table alright. OR you can just make it so that there’s a page break and it will fall perfectly.

And there you have it!!

White Bean Couscous Stuffed Pepper with Basil Sauce

Couscous Stuffed Pepper with Basil Sauce

These couscous stuffed peppers are amazing!  They are somewhat time consuming, taking almost an hour of cook time. The prep time is around 15 minutes but  trust me, they are delicious and worth a little extra time! Even my meat-atarian husband approves!  I wish I had more things to put this basil sauce on… it’s simply delightful!

Printable Recipe Here

Ingredients:

1 cup vegetable broth (or 1/2 bouillon cube in 1 cup water)

2 tsp ground cumin

3/4 cup couscous

1 cup canned cannellini beans (or garbanzo beans)

1 packed cup chopped baby spinach leaves

1/2 cup (4 oz) crumbled feta cheese

2 Tbsp olive oil

4 Bell Peppers- in any color- I used red (or 5 small pappers)

Sauce:

1 packed cup fresh basil leaves (or 3 Tbsp of basil in the tube)

1/2 cup Sour Cream (I used light)

2 Tbsp oil

2 Tbsp water

2 garlic cloves, chopped

2 tsps fresh lemon juice

Fresh ground pepper/Salt to taste

Directions:

Put the oven rack in the center of the oven and pre-heat to 400 degrees F.

Filling:  In a medium sauce pan, bring the vegetable broth (or bouillon cube) and cumin to boil over medium high heat.

Remove from the heat and stir in the couscous.  Cover the pan until the couscous is tender and all of the liquid has been absorbed, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, Slice the tops of the peppers and remove the ribs and seeds.  If necessary, cut a thin slice from the base to help the peppers stand up (be extremely careful, it needs to be THIN or you’ll end up cutting a whole in the bottom of your pepper).  Place your peppers into an 8 x 8 baking dish, I used an 8x 11 inch glass pan.

Put the couscous in a large bowl and add the beans, spinach, feta and 2 Tbsp of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Stir until all the ingredients are combined.

Stuff the peppers with the filling and fill the baking dish with 1 cup hot water.

Bake until the filling is golden and the peppers are cooked through, about 50 minutes.  Check after 20 minutes, if the couscous is browning  cover the pan with foil to prevent burning.

Now it’s time to make the basil sauce!  In a blender or small food processor, combine the basil, sour cream, olive oil, water, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Blend until smooth.

Remove the peppers from the oven.  Spoon the sauce over and around the peppers and serve.  These peppers also re-heat quite nicely!  Enjoy

How To: Make Cute Signage and Organize

The hubs and I wanted a simple way to help organize our ever growing piles of mail, bills, paystubs etc. Previously we just sorta stacked it everywhere, hoped we paid the bills on time, and eventually when I couldn’t take it anymore filed the hell outta the mess. So I decided it had to change. Well that and I got a cricut for Xmas and need more excuses to use it. …

Before: 

Behold My Cute Signage: 

How To: 

Bought the grey trays @ Target. I think $5 each. Then I used my Cricut, Accent Essentials cartridge , to cut out the sign in two different colors (FYI: This cute shape is accent 48).They are about 1/4 inch different in size. You might be able to find similar dye-cuts at your local craft store. I also used the Cricut for the letters (cartridge: Plantin SchoolBook). Again, just use sticker letters if you don’t have a Cricut!

Gluing Tip: Sometimes when I cut small letters or detailed graphics from my Cricut, I struggle to glue them down with regular scrapbooking tape. I found this glue pen where I can dap on small dots of glue without a mess.

I bought a pack of clothespins for 97 cents. Painted them white using a foam brush and regular craft paint. It was tricky to paint them; I tried clipping them to something and painting, but still had to wait for one side to dry before doing the others.

Then, I glue-gunned the sign to the clothespin and pinned it on! Just make sure you glue the sign to the top of the pin!

These cute little signs could be used for ANYTHING.

Some ideas come to mind:

* labeling food at a party

*cute signage for weddings with the wedding date or couple’s initials

*baby showers or other parties

*on top of jars or bins, labeling the contents

*organizing crafts, closets, pantries, garages

-S

How To: Paint a First Birthday Plate

So, this is my first post as a blogger….. here we go!

I painted this plate the week before my nephew’s 1st birthday.  I wanted to give him a keepsake from his first birthday and struggled with what would be perfect.  I decided a birthday plate would be a perfect gift that could be used every year on his birthday.  Every pre-made plate I found looked so generic and impersonal, not to mention around $30-40 not including shipping.  Feeling extra creative I decided to try and paint a plate myself.  I had several bottles of ceramic/glass paint left over from previous projects so I hit my local Ross’s in search of an oven safe plate.  Below I listed how I create it.

Time expected to complete: 1 day

What you’ll need:

1.)  1 plate/platter/bowl that is oven safe (you’ll be baking your final product to ensure the paint sets)

2.)  Different color paints that are glass/ ceramic safe (make sure you find food safe paint that can be baked!- You can usually find these at Michael’s or A.C. Moore- I use these: 

3.) Toothpicks

4.) Thin bristle paintbrush

5.) Wet paper towels for easy clean up of mistakes!

6.) Oven

Take the time to clean the plate before starting to paint, this allows the paint to properly adhere to the surface of the plate.

I started by painting the blue cupcake liner first with the paintbrush, then the white icing and let it dry for 30 minutes.

I outlined the cupcake in black using a toothpick (this allows a much smaller more precise line).

I then waited for that to dry (around I hour)

I added the sprinkles using different colored paints with a toothpick (again this allows for more precise lines) and added the date to the cupcake liner using a toothpick.

I then painted the  blue hash marks all around the outside of the plate using the same paint brush and paint color as the cupcake liner.  Be extremely careful not to smudge your paint!!

Finally, I flipped the plate over and wrote a sentimental message to the birthday boy!

Bonus: Signing your name to the plate means you don’t have to get a card! 

You will then wait an hour for the paint to dry.

Put your plate in a cool oven and set the temperature to 350 degrees******.  Allow the plate to bake for 30 minutes.  Leaving your plate in the oven, turn the oven off and let your plate cool in the oven.

***** This may differ depending on what type of paint you bought, please read the instruction on your bottle of paint to make sure of oven temperatures and times

Once the plate is cool you can remove it.  The plate is non-toxic and ready to use! It is safe for use on the top rack of a dishwasher and should not be washed with the abrasive side of a sponge!

Enjoy!

-K

How To: Make Baby Bows with a Fork

For my wedding I  learned how to make these baby bows myself (well I used our good ole friend, YouTube). It’s super easy. They are a cute touch on invitations, programs, decorations, etc. Come to think of it they’d also be cute for baby showers too… hmmm…

fork bow

You’ll need:

1. a fork

2. ribbon in your color choice. Cut to about 9 inches or so.*

3. Glue gun . The glue gun is not for making the bow, it’s just the best way I’ve found to attach the bows to whatever it is that you’re making.

* For the ribbon it’s best that it be relatively thin (1/4 or 1/8 inch ). The thicker I tried the harder it gets OR the longer prongs/bigger fork you’ll need. However, if it’s really thin like string it’s also a little hard to get it perfect, but you can do it.

I though it might be easier if I just post the YouTube video I learned from (thanks pinkscrapper!). Another good video is by nbean73. It takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it you can make them so quickly.