Live, Laugh and Love


When I create home decor projects, I really love it when they have a special message – something inspirational that reminds me how best to live my life.  So today, I thought it would be fun to share one of these projects; a little wall hanging piece created with some of the fun mdf letters from Domestic Bliss Home Decor collection, and some fun papers from the DCWV’s Honey Chic stack.

I thought I would show you some quick pictures that show how I went about covering the letters with paper.  There are all sorts of different ways to decoupage, but since I was working with a font that was rather thin, I wanted to be as precise as possible.  Here’s how I tackled covering the letters:

Step 1 – Decide on you paper


This is the fun part for me!  Decide which patterns  you would like to use for your letters, and make sure you will have enough of the pattern to cover your letters!  Laying out the letters on top of the patterned paper can help you figure out if one 12×12 sheet will be enough.

Step 2 – Apply adhesive on front of letters???????????????????????????????

Using a liquid adhesive, cover the letters ensuring that there is glue over the entire surface, especially along the edges.  More is better than less!

Step 3 – Adhere to the paper


Take flip over your letters and press them down on the WRONG SIDE (or back side) of the paper. If your words are in pieces like mine were, place them down as you would like to see them to keep the patterns consistent.  Place a heavy object on top and allow to completely dry! Try to be patient and wait – it will make the next step easier!

Step 4 – Cut a rough outline???????????????????????????????

Using a pair of scissors, cut a rough outline in the paper around your letters.  This will get rid of excess paper and will make it easier to fussy cut in step 5.

Step 5 – Cut around your letters???????????????????????????????

Making sure you are working on a cutting mat, run the blade of an utility knife along the edges of your letters. Be careful with your speed – too fast and you may not cut all the way through the paper; too slow and you may actually catch the wood with your knife.

Step 6 – Recut corners

Flip over your letters and recut any corner that may have been missed on your first pass.  I like to do this with the paper side up as I can actually see the sections that need to be recut.  I can also use the empty space behind to my advantage – just remember not to press to hard.

Step 7 – Embellish

And the fun continues!  Embellish with fussy cut flowers (I cute some from the patterned paper in the Honey Chic stack) or ribbons or even buttons!  Hang and enjoy!

Well, that’s it for me today!  I hope you have time to get a bit crafty!  Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by!


Farewell CC DT!

It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since I joined my first design team here at CropChocolate!  I have met so many supportive and amazing ladies through the CC community, and it has be an honour to represent such a great company!  Although my time on the team has come to an end, I look forward to continued sharing and laughing with all of you here at CC, and can’t wait to be inspired by the new team.

I have to admit that I really struggled to come up with an idea for my farewell project.  Somehow, it felt like it should be some amazing, “over-the-top” showstopper!  Oh, the pressure!  But one of the really neat things I have learned about myself this last year is that I am really not an “over-the-top” crafter!  In fact, it is simple details that I have come to enjoy sharing with all of you, in the hopes that they will be beautiful enough for you to want to try, but simple enough that even a novice crafter would consider giving it a go!
So today, I thought I would share with you a project that was inspired by a recent pin I can across on Pinterest in which the crafter used a tuna tin and some clothes pins for a planter.  I added some beautiful Echo Park Times and Seasons paper, some MM Paper Reverie bling, a bunch of Distress Ink and Stain, and changed the purpose of my little creation.  By day, it’s a great little container for some of my tools, but by night, it’s the perfect candle holder!  Functional and sexy – what’s not to love!  Here’s how you can create one too!
– Short container such as a tuna tin – I actually used a tea canister that I cut down to 1″ tall.  Just make sure that the container does not flair out.
– Wooden clothes pins – I needed 19 to complete my project, but the number will depend on the circumference of your container. See the tutorial for information on how to determine how many you will need.
– Paper – this is a great project to use scraps as you will only need thin strips.  I used Echo Park Times and Seasons
– Liquid adhesive
– Optional products for embellishment including Distress Stain in Picket Fence, Distress Ink in Walnut Stain, twine or jute, bling such as the MM Paper Reverie gems and brads (Metallique)
Step 1
If needed, cut your container down to approximately 1″ high.

Step 2
Place the clothes pins all the way around your container to determine the number you will need.  Take them off the container, and set the container aside.

Step 3
Optional – I applied two coats of Distress Stain in Picket Fence to the front and back of each pin for a whitewashed effect.

Step 4
Cut strips of paper to match the long side of each of your pins (2 per pin as you will see the inside as well).  These measured 5/8″ X 2 6/8″ for my project, allowing a border around each side so the Picket Fence Stain could be seen.

Step 5 
Making sure that the Distress Stain is dry, use a liquid adhesive to apply the paper strips onto your pins.

Step 6
Cut a 1 1/4″ strip of paper that is long enough to cover the circumference of your container.  Use a liquid adhesive to apply to your container.

Step 7 
Use one of your pins to clamp the overlap of your paper closed until it has had time to dry.  

Step 8
Apply the rest of your clothes pins and embellish as desired!

Thank-you to CropChocolate for giving me the opportunity to craft with and for you this last year!  I hope you will continue to stop by every now and again to see what I messes I continue to conjure up in my crafty space!  Take care everyone and thanks for stopping by!

Happy Halloween!

I'm not sure these little guys could scare anyone! The Echo Park Happy Halloween paper is fabulous!

There is nothing spookier around Halloween than spiders, right?  Okay, maybe blood sucking vampires and zombies are a little scarier, but spiders are still right up there!  So when the design team over at CropChocolate wanted to share a little bit of Halloween inspiration I thought spooky spiders were definitely the way to go!

But here’s my problem – I don’t think I have a spooky creative bone in me!  When I think of spiders, I think of big fuzzy insects with googlie eyes!  So I decided to embrace my “cutsie” creative Halloween creativity and make a couple of fuzzy friends for my two little gals.

A few strip Echo Park Happy Halloween paper cut to 6" (for the big spider) and 5 1/2" (for the little spider). Voila - "scary" spider!

To make these little guys, I modified the 3D pumpkin pattern that I have seen a lot of in the paper crafting world this fall season (click here for an example and instructions).  But since I wanted a fuzzy sphere instead of a smooth one, I simply used my scoring board to give my strips of Echo Park Happy Halloween paper a textured look.  The large spider is made from strips of paper that are 3/4″ X 6″ on the outside and 3/4″ X 5 1/2″ on the inside.  The strips of paper for the second spider are simply 1/2″ shorter. From there, I simply added 3 extra strips of paper on each side for legs, and voila…this Halloween pumpkin was magically transformed into spiders!  Eat your heart out Cinderella! You might get a grand coach to carry you to the ball, but my little girls – they get spiders!

UPDATE – Guess what?  These fuzzy little guys are famous!  They were just featured on the Echo Park blog for Facebook Fan Friday!  Check it out! And they were also featured over at Craft Gossip!  What a day!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Products used:

  • Echo Park Happy Halloween Paper
  • Making Memories Paper Reviere Noir brads
  • Making Memories Toil and Trouble Chandelier beads
  • Making Memories Glitter Bling Alphas