Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Valentine's Day!: Cookie Valentine Pockets ♥

Here is another quick and easy craft, just in time for Valentine's Day!♥

For this craft, you'll need: 
  • Two or more colors of felt, 25-33 cents each
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks, or another kind of glue
  • Puff Paint or other paint in a couple colors choices
All together this craft should cost you less than $1!!

 Cut out a good sized heart out of paper for your pattern.  Place the paper on biscuit colored felt and trace two hearts. This is how much of the felt sheet my biscuit pieces took up.
 A closer picture of the hearts traced on the felt.
 Then I cut out a smaller paper heart with rigged edges to look like frosting.
 You can see here, I drew a heart and then drew wavy lines around it to make it look more symmetrical.
 Here is what you should have by this point. Two biscuit heart pieces and one icing heart piece.
 Hot glue gun the pink to one of the biscuit pieces so that there are no holes.  Another way to do this would be to only glue the bottom of the heart so that it could be a pocket.
 Then glue the bottom edges of the biscuit hearts together, so that it forms a pocket.
 Here you can see that it is a pocket.
 This is what the edge looked like.  I hot glued the edges together, to save time but still make it cute.  You could also sew this all together.  Another way to do this would be to glue or sew all around the biscuit hearts and stuff them, then leave the frosting as a cute little pocket. 
 Then add some decorations! I put little blue sprinkles on using deep turquoise puffy paint.
Then I added little pink dots to add some more dimension to the heart!

Thank you for reading! I would love to see if you made a biscuit heart pocket like this! 


P.S. I think this would be a really cute way to give candy or a note to your Valentine! Send me a picture if you make this craft and show me what you put in your pocket! :]

Valentine's Day!: Puffy Hearts ♥

Here is a very simple Valentine's Day craft!

You could make one as a Valentine for someone, or you could even make a bunch of them and hang them from a tree or around your house!

The best thing about them is that you can personalize the colors and styles.

You will need: 
  • Two colors of felt, 25-33 cents each
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Stuffing
All together this craft should cost you less than $1!

 First thing's first! Make a stencil.  Now, we all know how to make a perfectly symmetrical heart! Think back to elementary school and fold a paper in half.  Cut a half heart out of it and unfold it. Voila! A perfectly symmetrical heart.
 Cut two larger hearts out of red if you're copying mine, or whichever other colors if you are making it different from mine!
 Sew a smaller heart onto the front of one of the larger hearts.
 Here is a zoomed up picture of the top heart.  It isn't perfect, but that's why I like it!
 Sew the two larger hearts together! I pinned them together to try and keep them straight for this step.
 Before you have finished sewing it all together, stuff it to optimal stuffiness.
Sew it shut and you're done! This is a really easy craft to do if you know how to sew or are learning how to sew.  It is very inexpensive to make and I think they are very cute!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

DIY Glitter Ocean Chevron Themed Phone Cases!

DIY Glitter Ocean Chevron Themed Phone cases!
It's so much more beautiful in person, but hard to photograph!

What you will need for the Chevron Print:
  • A Plain Phone Case, Plastic Preferred, $~2 on Amazon
  • Glitter in a Couple Different Shades, Any Craft Store
  • Mod Podge, Craft Stores/WalMart
  • Electrician's Tape or Any Other Non-Sticky Adhesive
  • Foam Brush or a Throw Away Brush
For the 3-D Elements you will need:
  • Sea Shell and Bubble Buttons, $2-4 a Pack at Michael's, I Used Parts of 3
  • Any Other Decoration
  • Rope for a Bow, I Already Had Some on Hand
  • E-6000, Hot Glue, or Another Strong Adhesive
  • Nail Clippers

"Tiny Seashells" and "Bubbles" from Dress It Up, found at Michael's
"Seashells at the Seashore" from Dress It Up.  I chose to use plastic seashells for durability.
Here are some of my glitters I thought about using.  The teal and blue in the fat containers are the ones I ended up using, and are found in a set of 12 at Michael's.  I used a 40% off coupon and they were around $5-6 I think.  

The long skinny containers are from Walmart and were much less in price.  They are much chunkier.

The ones in the little baggies are from the Dollar Tree. 

The gunmetal glitter in the big ziploc is from Hobby Lobby.
I first tried to figure out how I wanted to use the bubbles.  When I bought the buttons I had no idea how I was going to use them.  I thought it would be cute to focus them around the top of the phone, where the camera and speaker are!
These are all of my buttons laid out.  To get them to stick to the case, you have to clip the backs of them off of the buttons.  The little semi-circles in the box are what the backs look like after they had been clipped off.  I have found that nail clippers work the best for taking these off, thanks to a suggestion from my dad!
Then I got to work on a stencil for the chevron print.  Electrician's tape isn't very sticky and leaves no residue, so I used it.  I took cardstock and drew a little chevron print.  I measured it out but I don't quite remember my measurements. I just wanted it to be very uniform.  Then I took electrician's tape and covered the card stock.  I cut the excess off, so that the points were cut. 
This is what my measurements looked like on the front. 
After I had cut out the points, I put a strip of Electrician's tape over the other tape.  This way, I could peel it off itself, and not touch the tape on the paper.  It shreds the paper if you peel it off.
Then I cut the excess black tape off and peeled it off.
I put it on the case where I wanted to protect it.  I centered it the way I wanted so that I could add Mod Podge.
This makes a pretty good stencil, but I'm sure there are other ways too! I might have made it sound complicated, but it really wasn't.  I had to replace my tape a couple times, because glitter would get stuck to it.
These are the supplies I needed for the next part.
Dab the Mod Podge on generously.  Don't drown it, but make sure it's covered well.
Add the glitter! I used a translucent kind of white shade, that I would probably describe as snow colored, for the top.  I let it dry for a minute and shook of the excess.  Then I dabbed on more Mod Podge and gave it a second coat.  This is the easiest time to give it a second coat, before all the other layers have been applied.
Decide how large you want your second stripe to be, and secure your stencil.  Then repeat dabbing on the Mod Podge and sprinkling on the glitter. 
This is how I ended up doing mine!  It's very different than what I first wanted to do, but I like it so much better!  The glitter had not fully dried for any of the layers before I would go on to the next.  I was impatient!  The only problem with this is that it's still a little squishy and easy to mess up, so be careful :]

I used E-6000 to secure the bubbles where I wanted them, around the top.  Then I used it to secure the seashells.  I started with the bottom shells, then attached the other seashells where I wanted them.

It took me a couple tries of moving them around to get them where I wanted.  I remembered I had beachy looking rope and tied a little bow with it.  I used E-6000 for this too, which surprised me.  I thought I might have to use hot glue, but the E-6000 worked great!

 These were taken very early in the morning by whatever possessed me to make this phone case so late in the night!  This craft took me a couple of hours to do, but I love the way it turned out! There is a lot of glitter fall out, but I don't mind.  If you don't want yours to do that, dab on Mod Podge over the finished piece.  It won't be as sparkly, but you won't lose much glitter.
The snapchat I sent out once I had finished it! Ignore me.

I loved doing this phone case! Please let me know if you make one like it or completely different!

P.S. I'm considering making phone cases for my Etsy store.  Any thoughts on price or variations of my design? Thanks! ♥

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Influenster: Jolly Vox Box 2013

I was lucky enough to be chosen for the most recent Vox Box from Influenster! 

The Jolly Vox Box is one that Influensters wait all year for, desperately hoping to be picked.  I was elated to find that I had been picked for it this year.  

This year's box had five different items in it. 

It included:
  • Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquer, $5.49-$5.99
  • NYC New York Color HD Color Trio Eye Shadow, $2.99 
  • Ducklings Mini Rolls, $2-$3
  • Skinny Cow Candy, $3.99
  • Puffs Tissues Plus Lotion, $0.49
I received these items complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. 

 This is what the products came in.

This is what it looked like when I opened it.  It was stuffed full! 
 The first thing I saw were the Skinny Cow peanut butter creme chocolates. They come with 6 pouches, each with 3 chocolates in them.
 This was what the rest of the box contained.

 I was really happy to see the Puffs plus Lotion tissues.  I have had an on and off again cold and tissues with lotion are the best! 
 Here is the lip gloss I received! I got shade 500 Luna.  It's a very pretty color and a very interesting consistency. It goes on like a lip gloss but looks like a lipstick.  It makes your lips feel pretty smooth and creamy. 
 My eye shadow from NYC New York Color was in shade 781 Long Beach Sands.  They are very beautiful and pigmented shades that go together very well.
 The mini duck tape is really cute. It's so tiny! 
 My print is a Hawaiian flower theme in a nice blue and white.
This was the insert that came in the box.  It describes what the products are, what they do and how much they can be found for.  

I really enjoyed receiving and opening this box, and continue to enjoy using the products.  They all go together pretty well and are inexpensive but very good quality.

I think this is a very smart move for Influenster.  The products are inexpensive and easy to find and purchase.

Thanks for reading!