Red and Black Valentine Check!

My craft mojo had been gone. I mean completely gone. Just what you want to hear from a craft blogger right! I had no idea what I was going to make for the blog this week. Do you ever feel that way? Do you have craft days where your brain is completely blank and you can not come up with anything to make? That is where I have been the last few weeks. I guess Christmas crafting did me in. With that said it has been hard to come up with things to make lately.

With this project I literally just started painting. I knew I wanted something that was not big bright colors for Valentine’s day and I am trying to use up the products I have on hand. Sometimes things that have no plan at all turn out to be awesome!! That is the case with this project. What started with no direction, took on a life of its own and I love the final project.

Lets Get Started

Supplies

I did not use a ton of things to get this project done. I used this little LOVE sign from Dollar Tree and a long Dollar Tree sign. I also used some hot glue, strong scissors, paint, and ribbon. That is it!

To start off, you are going to use some really strong scissors, a craft knife, or a box cutter to cut the LOVE sign apart. Take your time with this because you can break the letters. Next, pull the galvanized heart off of the sign. If you can not pull it right off then use a paint scraper to get under it. After you get it off you might have to sand it down.

Once your pieces are ready, its time to paint. I painted the long sign with Waverly Chalk Paint in Ink. I painted the LOVE letters in Waverly Chalk Paint in Crimson. Both of these took 2 coats of paint.

Let everything dry, then hot glue the red heart to the galvanized heart. Then lay out the LOVE word down the middle of the sign. Make sure you have the same amount of space left at the top and bottom left on the sign. I left lots of space at the bottom and top so that I could add ribbon or twine and a bow. Also make sure that your letters are spaced evenly and then hot glue them on.

Now lets work on the bow and ribbon at the top and bottom of the sign. For the bow, take two strips of ribbon, one bigger than the other, and hot glue the ends of the ribbon together forming the circles. Then flatten out the circles and stack the small one on the bigger circle. You can hot glue the circles together if you want. After that take a small piece of ribbon and wrap it around the flattened circles to make the bow. Hot glue the ends to keep it all together. I know that was not a great explanation but I hope you can figure it out by looking at the pictures.

For the ribbon on the top and bottom, I just wrapped it around the sign. I glues then ends of the ribbon on the back of the sign. I make a crisscross and then one piece of ribbon down the center of the crisscross as I was wrapping the ribbon around. I am really picky about how the ribbon or twine lays when I do this. Finally I glued the bow to the top of the ribbon I wrapped around the top of the sign.

So this is what it looks like to not have any creative mojo. This whole project was pieced together one step at a time with no direction. I will say this though. I love this sign. It turned out way better than I ever could have imagined. Sometimes not having any kind of plan can make the best projects. What do you think? Now lets be honest. My projects do not always turn out great or even somewhat good, with or without planning. This project was just one of the few great ones that turned out without my planning. Most of the time they turn out to be a hot mess. So no worries if that happens. Its Okay!!

I want to wish you a wonderful Valentine’s Day weekend. Please Like, Share, Comment, and Subscribe. Also find me on Instagram and Facebook under Yellow Butterfly Craft Designs.

Melissa McGuire

Supplies

Long Sign- Dollar Tree

LOVE Word- Dollar Tree

Ribbon- Michael’s Craft Supply

Waverly Chalk Paint in Ink and Crimson- Walmart

Strong Tim Holtz Scissors- Hobby Lobby

Surebonder Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks- Hobby Lobby

Valentine Bling!

Happy Friday!! We are getting closer to Valentine’s Day! I know my youngest is excited to celebrate at school because we made him a monster truck box to put his Valentine’s Day.

Today’s project is so fun. I have wanted to try and make leather earrings for a long time. I know you can cut them out using the Cricut, but I did not know I could use my die cutting machine too. Sometimes I do not want to get out my Cricut and mats and everything that goes with that so I decided to invest in some earring dies off Amazon. I am so excited about these dies and they come in so many different shapes and sizes. It is all reasonably priced and you do not have to have a die cutting machine or a Cricut to do this project!

Lets Get Started

Supplies

I know this seems like a lot of supplies but it’s worth it! You will need thin leather, earring hooks, jump rings, and needle nose pliers. If you look on Amazon, there are bundles of leather and the earring pieces for around $15.00. It is a wonderful deal. Some even include the steel roll dies. Now if you do not have a die cutting machine, a lot of the bundles come with stencils. So you can trace the shapes and then cut them out.

You will also need a tiny hole punch and possibly some fabric glue. Please know that this is an investment but you can make SEVERAL pair of earrings from these supplies.

Start by using some wire cutters and cut apart the dies you want to use. Then cut out small pieces of leather to place under the dies on the machine just like you would paper. It will fit through your machine as long as you get the thin leather. My die cutting machine is a Spellbinders Platinum. Once you have the layers together, roll it through your machine.

If you do not have a die cutting machine, then trace the pattern out on the leather and cut it out.

Once your pieces are cut you can start layering the pieces together. I die cut some hearts to add to a few pair of the earrings. To glue the hearts onto the main earring pieces I used Fabric Tack. It is amazing fabric glue and once it dries, it is stuck solid. If you are tracing and cutting out your leather, you will need a tiny hole punch to punch a hole in the top of the leather to add your rings and hooks to.

Next, sort out the hooks you want for the earrings. I have a few different styles of hooks. I also have jump rings. Some hooks I just attached straight to the leather. Others I added two jump rings to the leather and then attached those to the earing hook. To open the hooks and rings, use two pair of needle nose pliers. Clamp the pliers down on each side of the opening of the ring or hook and twist the pliers to opposite sides. Once the ring or hook is open, place the leather piece in it and twist the opposite direction to close the ring or hook. It’s really easy.

Once the hooks are on your all done. How fun is that? I love being able to mix the different kinds of leather. I will be getting all kinds of leather in different types and patterns to make more earrings. These were so easy and took me about an hour to do all of these sets. They are perfect for a sweet Valentine’s Day date night!! I will be wearing the grey and red ones to my son’s hockey games. I might add his number on them.

This was such a fun project. I think it is a great one for a beginning crafter to do. Next week I will show you have to make some last minute Valentine’s Day cards. So come back next Friday. Please Like, Share, Comment, and Subscribe! Also find Yellow Butterfly Craft Designs on Instagram and Facebook.

Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 

Melissa McGuire

Supplies

Leather- Amazon

Earring Hooks and Rings- Amazon, Michaels Craft Supply

Earring Shape Dies- Amazon

Spellbinders Platinum- Spellbinder, Amazon

Hole Punch- Any office or craft supply store

Fabric Tack- Michael’s Craft Supply

Needle Nose Pliers- Michael’s Craft Supply

Table top Hearts

Love is in the air!! Valentine’s Day is on its way. That means its time for reds, pinks, purples, and hearts!!! I have to admit that I am not a lovey dovey person and I am not a pink girl at all. It is because of that I personally find it difficult to do Valentine’s decor. I have to make it fun and be really creative and with these to signs I did just that. I used products that I would not normally use. Don’t worry!! I will give you some alternative methods to be able to complete signs like these.

Lets Get Started

Supplies

This project is what you make of it. You can put anything on these hearts. I used these hearts from Dollar Tree. That are thick and sturdy. I used chalk and acrylic paint.

Now please keep in mind I have a big craft room with many items to use. I really wanted to think outside the box on this one so I wanted to use some different products that I do not usually use when crafting for this blog. So I used a stamp set that I got from Hero Arts. I got it in a subscription stamp box that I get every month from Hero Arts called My Monthly Hero. I love it and it gives me all kinds of different stamps and inks to try. It is an amazing deal if you are a card maker!!

The other thing I used was a die cutting machine called a Platinum from Spellbinders and steel roll dies from Spellbinders called Truckin’ Through The Season. I used several different kinds of paper with these dies too.

I started by pulling off the paper on the front on the hearts. It pealed off easily and it took all the glitter off without a problem. Then I painted the fronts and backs of the hearts with Waverly White Chalk Paint. It took two coats of paint to cover them and on the second coat I put the paint on thick to give the hearts some texture. I did not paint the sides of the hearts because they were already painted. One if them has red edges and I sanded the edges on that one to destress it.

Next I took Versamark Onyx Black ink and used it on a few of the stamps of this Hera Arts stamp set. I used the flowers, two of the bees and a one of the greetings. Once I stamped the images on the heart and let them dry, I started painting the bees and flowers. I used two different colors of reds and greens. I started with the lighter of the colors. So I paint a few flower petals with the light red and then go in with the crimson in the places of the petals that would be darker. I do this method with all the flowers and the leaves. It gives the picture a 3-D affect. Think about where shadows would be and where light would naturally hit the flowers, that is where you put the light and dark paints.

Pictures do not do this justice. In real life it looks like the bees and flowers are leaping off the hears. Its amazing.

For this next heart, I started by picking out colored paper to cut. Then I put the paper down on the cutting plate of my Platinum, placed the dies on top of the paper, and placed the other cutting plate on top and rolled them through. Once everything was cut I glued the pieces together on the heart and added the foam hearts to the back of the truck. Then I took a pencil and wrote the words “Loads of Love” on the top of the heart. After I was happy with how it looked, I went over the pencil with a paint marker.

I love how shiny the truck is and with some bending of the silver paper, it made the bumper of the truck look more weathered and worn. The words are not perfect but it works for me.

Each heart has a very different look. They are two different styles which I love. The truck is rustic and cute. The flowers and bees is more modern and pretty.

Now if you do not have things like stamps and die cutting machines you can still make these hearts. You can use stickers. That is always an option. They are cheap and easy. The other thing you can do is use napkins and decopodge them on to the hearts. You can also can print out things from the computer and Mod Podge them on to the hearts. Then you can color them or paint them as you wish.

Thank you for joining me today. Try these crafts out. They are easy and then send me a picture! I would love to see what you would do with these hearts.

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Have a wonderful weekend!!

Proverbs 4:23 NIV Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Melissa McGuire

Supplies

Wooden Hearts- Dollar Tree

Stamp Set- Hero Arts

Versamark Onyx Black Ink- Hobby Lobby

Truckin’ Through the Season die cuts- Spellbinders

Platinum Die Cutting Machine- Spellbinders

Foam Hearts- Dollar Tree

Arteza Acrylic Paints- Amazon

Waverly White Chalk Paint- Walmart

Paint Brushes- Hobby Lobby

Paper- Michael’s Craft Store

Liquid Glue- Hero Arts