DIY Valentine’s Resist Hearts

I am so excited to be a part of the Cardstock Warehouse 2018 Design Team where I have the opportunity to work with some really beautiful and luxurious paper, alongside some very creative ladies.

My very first post is up! My daughter and I show you how we handmade secret message Valentines and personal paint palettes for her classmates.

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DIY Letter Board Accessories

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It’s my first post in the New Year and this one might already be one of my favorites! Who else has jumped on the letter board train? I love using it in photos for my crafts but it is also really fun to have at home, put up for special events or in photos with the kids. After having it though, I realized that there is not a lot of options for accessories. The stores carry some in the same plastic material as the letters but I am always a fan of mixing textures and what better to do that than with my favs, felt and sparkle!

In this tutorial, I am going to show you a really simple way to make your own custom letter board accessories!



You will need:

  • Small and cheap letter board letters or shapes (I found these emoji ones in the dollar spot at Target!) I say cheap, because you will be covering these up and using them only for the peg piece on the back.
  • Templates or stencils of the shapes you want to create, like these hearts for Valentine’s Day
  • Felt or stiff felt
  • Glitter canvas
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Xacto knife
  • Thin marker

Start by figuring out what shapes you want to use to decorate your letter board and cut them out in the felt and glitter canvas. I cut two pieces of felt out, one for the front and one for the backing and a smaller piece on glitter canvas. Since Valentine’s Day is next month, hearts seemed very appropriate.

Next, take one of your letter board letters or shapes and position it on the felt backing where you would like the peg piece to go. If the letter is too big for your shape, you can cut it down around the peg.  Just make sure to leave enough space to add glue later. Lower it just a bit so that you can mark where to cut into the felt. Take your Xacto knife and make a small cut just big enough for the peg piece to fit through.

Push the peg piece through the small hole to make sure it fits and goes through all the way. You can then hot glue it in place. Take your felt front piece and hot glue it on top.

Glue your smaller glitter heart on top and you’re not going to believe this but you are done!

You can make this craft even more simple by finding pre-made shapes in the dollar bins at your favorite stores and just simply gluing it onto the plastic peg piece. I covered the back to give it a more finished look but that is completely optional to its functionality.

Love what you see but don’t want to make it??? This Valentine’s Day set along with St. Patrick’s Day and Easter below are all available in my Sparkle Shop. Look for the Bundle listing of all 3 holidays and as a special gift to all my readers get FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING with orders $25 and over with the coupon code below.






My Favorite Craft Projects of 2017

It’s almost 2018 my friends, and it has been a busy year at A Peace of Creativity. Looking back, this has been one of the most pivotal times in my creative career: from making new friends in the creative social media community, to starting craft nights, opening my Sparkle Shop and designing custom party decor, I cannot be more grateful to be able to pursue my passions.

I am counting down my Top 5 Favorite Projects from 2017 which was no easy feat as I really enjoyed everything I made this year. I would love to hear which one was your fav!

 

5. POM POM & TASSEL KEYCHAINS

Need something bright and colorful to dress-up that boring old bag? These DIY pom pom and tassel keychains were a little thank you for the guests of my very first Craft Night!

 

 

4. PAPER LEAVES CHANDELIER

This gorgeous paper leaves chandelier is the perfect mix of natural, metallic, and geometric and was made for my sister’s Metallic Garden Bridal Shower. It is a beautiful addition to any event or home.

 

3. PIN CUSHION CACTUS

This one I made for my mom and I! Keep your pins stored in this cute yet functional felt cactus pin cushion. A super easy DIY that can be made with a sewing machine or by hand.

 

2. SHELL NECKLACE & HEART OF TE FITI

For my daughter’s favorite movie at the time, make your very own Disney’s Moana necklace that opens and closes and glow in the dark Heart of Te Fiti gem. Free pattern printable and tutorial!

 

1. SUPERHERO HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

Of course this one is my absolute favorite. You will want to see our three little superheroes, each with their own sets of powers and ready to save the world!

There is no question that I would not have been able to accomplish so much without your support. Thank you for following along in my journey and I am so excited to show you what I have planned for 2018. Happy New Year!

 

 

Small World Inspired Christmas Garland

One of my favorite Disneyland rides during the holidays is “It’s a Small World.” I love, love, love all of the white sparkly decor and especially the huge white garland that is on almost everything inside the ride! The best part about the garland is the plastic, translucent, iridescent balls on the lights.

I have been wanting to recreate these for years but it was difficult finding iridescent, clear ornament balls that were made of plastic and not glass until I ran into them at Joann’s this season! I think I did a pretty good job…the left is on the actual ride and the right is my version!

To give your garland a little something extra this season, all you need are some white sparkly garland, colorful lights, and plastic, iridescent ornament balls.

To prep the balls, remove the aluminum caps and metal pins.

Slide the pin around the light wires and behind the light you want the ball to go around.

While putting the light in the ball, insert the metal pin as well and push together.

The wire should hold the ball in place, with the light in the center!

Look at how magical they are! I love the way the iridescent ball reflects all of the the different colors of lights. They definitely give me Small World vibes and now I want to make all of our holiday decor in these colors!

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Craft Night – Geometric Cork Coasters

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Another successful craft night in the books! A lovely group joined us this past weekend to make their own set of painted, geometric cork coasters. Just like the last event, it was so much fun to see everyone’s individual personality come out in their creativity.

One thing I try to accomplish is to have a variety of methods and choices for each person to feel comfortable in their crafting ability while still feeling challenged and proud of what they make. I supplied geometric stencils made by my handy Cricut, painter’s tape to make your own patterns, and brushes for anyone who wanted to freehand.

See this post for a full tutorial on making your own set with painter’s tape.

After some festive drinks and treats, everyone got right to work. The focus in the room was intense and you can see why below!

Look at what they made!

At each craft night so far we have had a variety of people with different crafting and artistic levels. Some consider themselves not crafty at all while others are semi/professional. One of the best things about these nights for me is to not be able to see the difference at the end of the night. Being creative and crafty are more of a state of mind when you see someone expressing themselves through what they make and I hope everyone that attends has more confidence at the end of the day to say that they are!

For tips on hosting your own craft night, see here.


Interchangeable Emoji Bookmark

If you have been following along, you know I am a huge fan of thoughtful gift making. The challenge of thinking of the perfect gift can be really difficult but the reward of giving something meaningful makes it worth it.

This emoji bookmark was perfect for my brother-in-law, Cole. Not only does he still read actual books (which is rare in these e-reader times) but he is a master at figuring out the perfect emojis to go with his photography. Seriously, it is an art form on top of his art form. Just take a look here.

Without going into too much detail about how the actual emojis were made, I wanted to give you my patterns for the bases and the basic construction on how to make the bookmark interchangeable.

Get your free base patterns HERE. Print out, cut out and then use as a guide.

In each of these photos, you can see the different layers of each emoji to give you an idea on how to put them together. If there is an emoji you love that is not pictured here, all you need to do is print it out on at the size you want, cut it out and use it as a pattern and guide.

Don’t you hate when you forget to photograph something! I am sorry to leave this little lantern out but the pieces are pretty simple, with a middle, top and bottom on a square base.

When all of your emojis are completed, grab some elastic and hot glue a plain base in the middle. Hot glue the scratchy side of a small velcro circle to the middle of the base and the soft side of those same velcro circles to the backs of all of your emoji bases!

I know it’s hard to believe but that’s it! You can make your emojis as detailed or as simple as you want.

As someone who loves options this bookmark is the perfect way to express your vibe for the day without even having to say a word. And for someone like Cole, a photographer and arts educator, I hope this is just another way that he can visually express himself!

Thank You!

As a THANK YOU for following along in my creative journey, I want to offer you a special discount from my Sparkle Shop by using the code below!And it is perfect timing because my latest special collection of sparkle bands will be listed in the shop this Friday!

THE PRINCESS COLLECTION

Use them for your books, journal, planner and even as a hair accessory.

Want a chance to win your favorite one before they get posted? Make sure to enter the giveaway on Instagram today!

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Halloween: Superhero Costumes

 

It’s a family of SUPERS! Having kids has turned Halloween from one of my least favorite holidays to one of my favorites. Now that my daughter is 4, she is able to tell me exactly who she wants to be and I love the challenge of making the costume.  This year she wanted to be a Superhero Princess and it could not be more perfect for her or her brothers as they each have their own sets of superpowers.

Using felt, glitter canvas, gold foil iron-on, metallic duct tape, and sparkly ribbon, I was able to make all of the pieces of their costume. Their arm and leg cuffs and belt are removable using velcro strips. The boys solid onesies are from Primary and I was able to find the capes and masks from Amazon.  All of which I embellished using a little hot glue and my Cricut machine.

My husband and I came up with their own logos and symbols to match their superhero names: Super Princess Ellie, Thundercloud Chasey and Lightning Cades!

Thundercloud Chasey

Powers: Strength, Sneakiness
Description: Chase the “Thundercloud” sneaks up on bad guys with his stealth moves and surprisingly loud screams. He gets his strength from his “thunder” thighs.

Lightning Cades

Powers: Speed, Throwing
Description: Lightning Cades outruns all of his enemies and never stays in one place. He throws everything he can get his hands on and never misses his target.

Super Princess Ellie

Powers: Kindness, Wit, Laughter
Description: Ellie isn’t your average superhero or princess. She defeats enemies with her mind and epic dance-offs.

Let me tell you, I had high hopes for a professional photo shoot in front of a green screen and everything and then the flu hit our household and mommy’s superpowers were almost depleted. That’s the thing though about a family of SUPERS, I was able to pull powers from each of these little heroes and my number one hero, my husband, to power through and get these finished just in time for Halloween. Whew!

Happy Halloween!

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A Palm Springs Bachelorette

My sister said YAAAS! So we took her and her friends to Palm Springs and rented the cutest, happiest, mid-century modern home for her bachelorette.

Do you recognize these banners? We used them for her Metallic Garden Bridal Shower!

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As soon as my sister Emily and I saw this living room, we knew it was the perfect house for Sara, the soon-to-be bride.

The decor was so great on its own that we decorated very strategically and minimally. Gold confetti balloons hung from the chandelier and the lamp.In the entry, hung the custom doily and her “I said yes!” bridal sash that I made using my Cricut and gold foil iron on. I made it a little differently with thicker ribbon just in the front and a woven cream and gold, thin ribbon in the back. We also scattered colorful, metallic balloons around the room. Don’t they look great against this rug?!I brought supplies to make custom pins out of shrink plastic. Of course I did! How cute is this palm leaf Sara made to remember the occasion. Also, a close-up of her sash.My favorite piece of decor is this very “Palm Springs” party banner which I made from these awesome icons by Valerie Thompson from the modern flâneur. So much fun.




You know what else was fun? These drink floaties!!!Everyone loved the aqua vintage fridge and we stocked the counter with drinks and the party favors: rainbow tumblers I customized with holographic vinyl , geometric shapes, a mini cactus and the “S+C”.

The tumblers worked perfectly for the long days we spent lounging and floating in our own pool!

Not only were the living spaces adorable, but so were each of the bedrooms.


Emily and I knew Sara would not be into the matching shirts, sashes, and hats for all of her friends to wear out, so instead we decided to have everyone wear felt flower pins in different colors. Emily picked the Mermaid Lagoon palette from Benzie Design and I had Sara give me a tutorial because she is the felt flower master. She had no idea I was learning it for her own party though!Cocktails and tapas at Azucar in the La Serena Villas resort to end the trip!Perfect weekend? Check! Happy sister? Check!!!

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