Monthly Archives: July 2014

Craft exchange gift…personalized framed initial.

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So, I joined in on my second “craft exchange” with Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous. (http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/) I was paired up with a lady in Minnesota that decks her home w/ 1950’s colors. I’d love to see it! Anyway, I made her an 8×10 framed initial with interchangeable background papers. I wasn’t sure what room it would be displayed in, so I gave her a variety so she could switch out the background. It is such a FUN craft…and makes a great gift! Here is the finished product… I’ve also made some others…and even had my July craft classes doing this cute idea!

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To see the products I used and a variety of inspiring framed initials…see my blog post HERE!

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Framed initials crafting fun!

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(this post contains affiliate links for Amazon)

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For our July crafting classes we created beautiful 8×10 framed initials. It was amazing! There were a total of THIRTY-ONE ladies that attended….and SIXTEEN were there for the first time! Each one was unique because it reflected the personality, colors & taste of its creator! Some were traditional, some bright, some rustic….and I think everyone went home loving what they made!

Here’s the nitty gritty of what I used. I purchased a variety of frames. Both wood and a “wood-like” plasticky look. If you want to sand and get that “shabby/worn” look, I’d suggest wood. The ladies used both & as you see–they all turned out great! The letters were from Wal Mart. You’ll also need a variety of paint and brushes.

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The embellishments were a combination of buttons, gems, jewelry, fabric & paper flowers….whatever you want. I even found clip on earrings at a garage sale and second hand shop! Here’s a little secret….I bought some chunky necklaces and broke them apart! Wal Mart has a line out right now that sell for about $10….and when you break them up the gems are really cool!

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I also found some on Amazon. Here are a couple links for some I purchased.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KM5D5RI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HHL4T8Y/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

For the background paper…I have a small stash of scrapbooking paper.  My theory is YOU CAN’T EVER HAVE ENOUGH SCRAPBOOK PAPER!!!! Everyone browsed & choose a paper that fit their style.

To glue the initial to the glass, use E6000 or Goop. I bought both at Wal Mart. I tried using hot glues but the letter “popped” off, so use a glue for glass.

This is a link to E6000 at Amazon so you can see what it looks like.

http://www.amazon.com/E6000%C2%AE-Craft-Adhesive-2-oz/dp/B004BPHQWU/ref=sr_1_1

So you choose the frame and sand/paint it. Also paint your letter at this point. Then pick embellishments and paper.

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Use hot glue to attach embellishments to letter and/or frame. Last step, glue letter to glass. There ya have it! My very first one I made, I removed the glass completely and glued the letter right to the paper. AFTER that I thought about it and realized I could glue the letter to the glass so the paper could be switched! (Lightbulb!)

One of my favorite things is to see how each one turns out in a class. These ladies didn’t disappoint!

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These were all 8×10, but I’ve done some adorable birthday gifts for tween girls in 5×7 frames. I think they would make the BEST bridesmaids gifts in this smaller size too.

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Whatever size…..they make cute gifts for a new home, birthday, wedding, Christmas….or for yourself! Happy crafting! Hope you have fun making one soon! 🙂

 

A simple little bookmark

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A friend recently asked me to help with a little bookmark favor to give at a baby shower. It was a shower for a couple that just adopted the sweetest little girl from Nicaragua. Little Lucia….a precious girl prayed for and now tucked in with lots of love to a family of her own. And here she is with her beautiful mommy, Nicole!

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This is a very easy project. The verse we used was Ephesians 1:5 “God destined us for adoption as His children through Jesus Christ according to the good pleasure of His will.”

I printed it out on brown paper and then cut scrapbooking paper just a bit bigger so you could see it “framed” nicely around the verse. I thought about attaching the two pieces with ribbon, but then decided on sewing them! (yes, you CAN sew paper!)

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They turned out cute and were simple to make! Perfect little gift for each guest to take and be reminded of our Father and His love for us.

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