Category Archives: DIY Crafts

DIY 5 Minute Project Life Cards

June 10, 2015

Hi everyone! Today I’m going to show you a super easy way to make your own Project Life cards. Best of all, it’s so simple you can make several cards in just a few minutes. You really just need a few basic materials: card stock, White Signo pen, cirle or other shape stamp, paper trimmer, and some ink.

Project Life by L'Enfant Chéri

I was originally inspired to try this after seeing a super adorable heart card in the new Moments Like These Stampin’ Up! – Project Life card collection with the word “lovely” on it. Then I saw some awesome cards with a similar concept, designed by Big City Quiet Designs and featured in a Project Life layout by Turquoise Avenue and I knew I definitely had to try this.

I used a circle stamp (from the Stampin’ Up! “What’s Your Type” set.) You really can use any sort of solid shape for this idea. I think this would also be very cute with a solid heart!

I also cut my own white Project Life cards from Whisper White card stock. Note that when you are making your own Project Life cards, you might want to cut them to 2 and 7/8 inches by 4 inches, as many Project Life page protector pockets aren’t actually a full 3×4 size.

Project Life by L'Enfant Chéri

After I cut my card stock to get plain white cards, I simply stamped the circle onto the card using the new Stampin’ Up! In Colors. After letting it dry for a minute or two, I then took my white Signo pen and hand wrote the sentiment over the stamp. These Signo pens seem to dry fairly quickly – I think a few minutes is fine but it has been fairly warm where I am (100 degrees F on the day I tried this at first!) so make sure to check for yourself how long it takes to dry where you are.

Project Life by L'Enfant Chéri

And that’s how easy it is!

Project Life Stamper

April 18, 2015

I have been in love with both Project Life and Stampin’ Up for several months now. Stampin’ Up! has their own line of awesome Project Life scrapbooking products, but I still have a bunch of Project Life cards that weren’t necessarily made to coordinate with Stampin’ Up ink colors. But I love combining the two things that I decided to see how the Stampin’ Up ink colors look on the various Project Life kits. And I am SO thrilled! So many of the colors match beautifully! Now, I still love the Stampin’ Up! line of Project Life products. But it’s so exciting to see how versatile their ink colors are. Here are a few examples.

Here are a few cards from the “Jade” Edition Core Kit, stamped with the Stampin’ Up! Thank You stamp, and the wreath stamp from the “Your Perfect Day” stamp set.

Project Life Stamp Colors

And here are several stamped cards from the “Happy” Edition Core Kit.

Project Life Stamp Colors

So far, these are my favorite colors that match the Project Life core kits that I have on my shelf.

Happy: Calypso Coral, Crisp Canteloupe, Pool Party, Hello Honey, Garden Green (a bit dark, but I like it)

Jade: Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, So Saffron, Hello Honey, Crushed Curry

Maggie Holmes: Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Crushed Curry, So Saffron, Strawberry Slush

Kiwi: Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Strawberry Slush, Pumpkin Pie, Hello Honey, Crushed Curry.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these colors with all these cards! Makes me even more excited about using SU and PL, if that was possible!

Coloring – For Grown Ups

April 11, 2015

NPR recently ran a story about the recent popularity of coloring books for adults. I have to say this resonated with me, as I’ve spend the last few months playing around with coloring. It started with some pens from Stampin’ Up!…the moment I opened up those pens and started using them to color in some stamps, I was hooked. I quickly turned to Pinterest and found some other things to color. Here are a few examples of both stamps and printables that I have used to create Project Life cards.

This is a printable that I found on Doodle Art Alley – a great website that has plenty of free printable quotes that are perfect for coloring. I just set the print settings so that the image fit a 4×6 Project Life size card.

Project Life

This bunny rabbit stamp is from the Stampin’ Up! Cheerful Critters set that is perfect for coloring. I added in a few other stamps and Project Life cards from the Little Moments collection to create this Easter Egg Hunt layout.

Cheerful Critters

Stampin' Up! Project Life

And finally, I also found some great coloring resources on Homestead Bound for adults experiencing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Make sure to check these out if there are any adults in your life who could benefit from this kind of craft.

Coloring can be a lot of fun, and I have to say that I was very surprised at home much I enjoy this. It’s a great relaxing craft…and even if you don’t consider yourself to be very creative, it’s easy to do some coloring!

Valentine’s Day Treat Bags

January 25, 2015

I have a new love….Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities markers! I have to admit that it took me a while to get on board with these, but when I chose some sets as my free product from the Sale-A-Bration catalog, the moment I took them out of their box and started playing with them, I was hooked! Here are a couple of treat bag toppers that I made by stamping these super cute images and then coloring them in. It’s like coloring for grown ups!

I love this little fox.

Hey, Valentine Stampin' Up!

And I can’t forget this sweet birdie.

Hey, Valentine Stampin' Up!

Hey, Valentine Stampin' Up!

I can’t wait to use these markers to make some Valentine’s Day cards!

Christmas Advent Calendar

December 4, 2014

I love decorating for Christmas every year, but I have never gotten into the swing of creating an advent calendar. Well, this year I bought a set of 25 cute little boxes that were designed with advent calendars in mind, so of course I had to use them!  This ended up being a very easy project and one that pretty much anyone can do, even if you think you aren’t a crafter.

 

christmas advent calendar

 

Materials:

  • Kraft Boxes (I used Stampin Up’s 2 inch square boxes)
  • Decorative Paper
  • Punches
  • Number and Letter Stamps
  • Ink Pads
  • Adhesive
  • Paper Trimmer

Christmas Advent Calendar

Assembling these boxes was very simple and allows for a lot of creativity.  I used two stamp pads,  brown ink and  white ink, to stamp on the boxes and to stamp numbers and letters on the paper to mark each date leading up to Christmas.  If you don’t have stamps, you could handwrite the letters/numbers, or print them out on a regular printer and punch/cut them out.

Christmas Advent Calendar

I adhered the pieces together with a tape runner, added some string and rosemary from the yard, and Ta Da! My first Advent Calendar.  Now I just need to decide what to put inside them…any ideas?

 

Wedding Thank You Mahalo Banner

May 12, 2014

I had such a great time making this custom banner for friends who are getting married in Hawaii!  Using a “thank you” banner is such a cute idea for the bride and groom – they can take a photo with the banner after the wedding and then use that in their thank you notes.  But this idea that the bride had was even better!  She wanted to use the word “mahalo” which means “thank you” in Hawaiian.  Such a fabulous idea that was.Mahalo Thank You Banner  I added some hibiscus flowers from the Silhouette store, used the Harrington font, and this banner is all ready for its trip to Hawaii!