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Easy Nursery Decor Ideas (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone  I have an altered project up on the Echo Park Blog today using your fabulous Echo Park supplies to decorate some items for a nursery or childs room.      This Toy Box Mini-Theme has some of the most gorgeous white based papers I have seen in a long time. They are both bright and muted at the same time – I urge you to take a closer look here.  I have used these papers as a base to create a Door Hanger and a Switch Plate Cover Door Hanger I found a shaped cardboard hanger in the dollar store, but you could easily cut your own any shape you like. I sanded and painted the edges white as they were pretty ugly to start with, and then applied glue to the card and pressed the paper firmly on top. When dry (DO NOT try and cut until the glue is dry) – cut around using a very sharp knife and use fine grit sandpaper to smooth any rough edges. Use the stickers to decorate your door hanger. I used the alpha stickers from the Paradise Beach Collection to spell the name and they matched perfectly. Switch Plate Cover […]

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Paradise Beach Bookends (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone I have an altered project up on the Echo Park Blog today. These bookend drawers using the fabulously colorful Paradise Beach Collection are sure to brighten up any child’s bedroom (or your own desk if you can’t bear to part with them..) I painted and assembled the drawers, but decided the plain blue color was too bold so I took a paint dauber and some white paint and just softened the stark color a little. It actually looks like surf too which was an added bonus! Each drawer is decorated with a few handmade embellishments – and you can see below just how I made these.   Many of the Echo Park Collections consist of papers and stickers – which leaves plenty of room for incorporating other tools you might have in your scrap-stash. I bet heaps of you have got Cuttlebug dies lying around and might not use them much now, especially if you have a digital die-cut machine, but I love them as they can cut quite thick material such as cardboard. Here is how to make your own glossy chipboard embellishments. Cut two layers of cardboard and one of paper from your chosen shape Glue the […]

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“Hello Summer” Favor Stand (Echo Park)

Please note that the Blog Hop and competitions previously detailed on this post have now closed. You can see who won the Echo Park giveaways on their blog here. You can see who won my giveaway here. I encourage you to visit all the fabulous blogs that were on the hop – there is a list at the end of this post! Hello Summer Party Favor Stand I have this project to share today. I know it might look complicated but I promise it is not! To create this I took a cheap cupcake tree (this link will take you to the exact product I used available on amazon.com) and covered it in paper from the Hello Summer Collection. To make the borders I cut strips from the You’ve Been Flagged Paper and cut notches into the flags with a pair of sharp scissors. You don’t have to be too accurate as the overall effect is what is most important! To create this birdhouse I used this file from the Silhouette store and then added some of the chipboard and sticker elements to create the clouds and bird details. They are all layered and mounted using dimensional foam. Here is […]

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“M” is for 52 Memories – Mother’s Day Gift

Hi Everyone I have a last minute Mother’s Day idea to share and it is based on my “52 Reasons I Love You” project shown here.  If it’s too late for this year – why not store the idea away for a  birthday gift when you have some more time!  I have used the Bicycle Pink Ribbon Cards as the base for this project, and 10% from the sale of each pack goes to www.bcrfcure.org. Please also visit here for more information on the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.  I have taken a pack of cards and distressed them using a chisel, sandpaper and white paint – in that order! These cards were created using a Bicycle Breast Cancer Research pack of cards, so if you buy a pack you will be contributing to a great cause too.  I added a photograph to each page – the black and white looks great against the pink and I love black and white pictures of the kids. My daughter is 9 weeks old in this one… I used photos I already had edited and cropped for other projects to make it super easy to put together… Now all I have to do […]

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Wine Glass Markers (Pink Paislee)

Hi Everyone – a really quick party idea to share today using one of my favorite products this year – Vintage Vogue Spool Buttons from Pink Paislee. If your parties are anything like mine – you need to keep a pretty close eye on your wine glass throughout the evening! These are a great way to give your guests a good chance at remembering which glass belongs to them! To make these I used a plain wire ring (sold as wine glass charm rings or plain earring bases) and threaded on some beads for decoration. I used the stone chips as the first bead to stop the others falling through the center hole. Using pliers, you then bend the plain end of the wire 90 degrees to make a right-angle  end to fit through the loop. Please leave a comment if you have any questions. Lowri 🙂 I am linking up this project to these websites here.

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Paper Covered Lids – Gift Idea & Tutorial

Hi Everyone I am showing this tutorial as Christmas is coming and this is a super simple way to jazz up plain jars for easy gifts. You can use any scraps of scrapbook paper and they look really neat when finished! You can see another example on my Neighbor gift post here. If you need to keep a good seal on the lid for your jars (for example if they contain perishable food) simply cut the paper a little smaller and then use a sticker or ribbon to hide the join without compromising the seal. (Take a look at the tutorial below and all will become clear!) Covered Lids Tutorial Cut a circle of paper (see Note* below for sizing information) Trace rim onto reverse of paper Make cuts as shown ¼” apart to centre line Using mod-podge, glue lid to paper Glue strips, one at a time overlapping as you go round Seal with 2 coats of mod podge all over Note* Cut circle to equal diameter of lid PLUS 2 x height of rim PLUS 1.5cm I would love for you to link back here if you give this a go and please post a comment with any […]

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Back to School Magnet Board & Tutorial

Hi Everyone I have another Little Yellow Bicycle post to share today. This time a Magnet Board but first let’s take a look at how I made the magnets. Magnets Tutorial These are so quick to make and a great way to use up paper scraps you have lying around. When I make these I love to look at all the tiny details that the designers have put into the paper – it’s amazing what you can find! Here is a quick and easy way to make custom magnets from any paper…   Cut or punch circles of paper slightly smaller than the flat side of the glass dome  Apply Mod Podge to the surface of the paper you want visible through the magnet and glue onto flat side of magnet  When dry, apply a layer of Mod Podge to the other side o the paper (outside)  Using a super-strong craft glue, stick a magnet to the underside and leave to dry   Magnets Board The magnet board started life as a really ugly magnetic calendar – so I sprayed the outside edges with some tile paint, glued on some patterned paper and when the glue was dry – I applied […]

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Spring Drawers – Dear Lizzy Collection

Hi Everyone and if you are on the Paper Issues blog-hop – you should be visiting from Sabrina’s fabulous blog. [The contest previously published here has now closed. The randomly chosen winner was Leonie] I have a fun project to share today – it’s a Storage Unit from Kaisercraft and I have used the American Crafts Dear Lizzy range along with a few American Crafts extras to decorate. Like all the Kasiercraft BTP projects I complete I have sanded all the edges and painted with acrylic paint before starting. I then pre-cut paper to fit all the visible sides, glued the drawers together, attached the paper and started to decorate them. All the drawers are fully lined with paper too. This fabulous collection is not new but I only just managed to lay my hands on it here in New Zealand!  It’s so pretty and I actually added the name of a little girl I knew who was having a birthday onto the side and gave it as a gift! Here are a few extra close up pictures of the details Next on the hop is Kim Castillon and I guarantee she has something amazing to show you. Lowri 🙂

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Guest Designing for Little Yellow Bicycle!

Hi Everyone I am Guest Designing this month for Little Yellow Bicycle – and can I just say I am a LITTLE excited!! I have four posts coming up to share using one of their latest released collections – “Head of the Class“. I have always been a fan of the Little Yellow Bicycle products and here are my projects from my first guest post. Pencil Box This box started out flat packed as 6 raw wood pieces. I sanded and painted the edges red and then used an old graph paper stamp I had to decorate with white ink and mirror the grid pattern on some of the papers. I then measured, cut and glued pieces of paper to cover all the panels before assembly.  I have mainly used the Ruler paper as it is such a fun print and reminded me of the old fashioned slide top ruler pencil boxes.  I have used the Back to School paper to decorate the top which again has some lovely ruler detail and also picks up some of the other primary colours used throughout the collection. The stars on the sides just add a little texture and detail to the sides.  […]

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Deployment / Patriotic Mini Album

Hi Everyone I made these recently for the lady who won my giveaway on the Whipperberry blog.  She actually won a custom made cardset and when she said her son was joining the marines later in the year, I offered to make her a frame and album in a patriotic theme.   Fold Out Photo Albums  I had seen this “Liberty” Bo Bunny Collection online and knew it would be perfect for this project. I could only get a few of the bits and pieces but I am really pleased with how these turned out.. I made a little fold out album and left the pages blank as Jodi wanted to add pictures when she received it.  I thought it be fun to package the albums in these tins as it would protect them and any other little bits and pieces if they wanted to take them on their travels. (Read on to see why I made two!) I added my own little personal note on the back – it is just a simple Thank-You. Photo Frame This is a Dusty Attic frame and they are so easy to put together. Just grab some scraps of paper, a few embellishments and […]

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