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Framed Felt Flowers

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Hello!

This week, Northern Colorado has been blessed with spring-like temps. We’re talking mid 50’s and 60’s, with a possibility for 70 (gasp!) on Friday.  Its been lovely, and absolutely gets me in the mood for green grass and flowers.  🙂

I love the combination of felt and sequins. Especially on vintage Christmas stockings – nothing like it. Its such a charming combination of simplicity and glitz. And, felt is SO EASY to work with…..what’s not to love about that???

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So, in this spring-like frame of mind, I decided to craft a little bouquet for Valentine’s Day.  A simple swirl of felt creates a sweet little flower. And, some platinum sequins and seed beads really dress it up!

I used vintage pipe cleaners (that once upon a time, really cleaned pipes – ha!) for the stems and a vintage paper/foil leaf as an extra embellishment.  Vintage sheet music makes a great, neutral background matte, framed in an old, simple wooden frame.

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This little bouquet is now on my desk and is a great reminder for Spring days to come!

Have a great rest of the week and weekend!

Happy Creating!
Michelle… Read the rest

Packaged, Painted Ribbon Spools

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Hello!

Phew! Finally, the Christmas decor is entirely packed away till next year. I’m always sad to see it go, but, I do enjoy this time of year, and look forward to the upcoming Spring days. 🙂

I’ve been pondering Valentine’s Day. It’s always fun to make sweet Valentine cards, and as I missed the boat in getting the Christmas cards out this year, I may focus harder on mailing Valentines. 🙂

I appreciate though, how Valentine’s Day is,  more and more,  becoming a friendship appreciation day. That is so important, as there are never enough days to tell your friends how much you care for them.  With that in mind, a box of beautiful vintage embellishments is a great way to show your love for a close, vintagey, like-minded, creative friend!

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This project uses simple, everyday ingredients. For example, this cute cardboard box once upon a time held paper die cuts for scrapbooking. It’s seen better days, but a little attention made this into a great storage box for vintage wooden spools of ribbon. With the see-through top, I thought to add a pop of color and paint the vintage spools. Super easy to do!

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Simply select an acrylic paint color, moisten a foam brush in water, and apply a thin coat of paint to the spool. I was careful to not paint the labels – I love those vintage labels!  The water thins out the paint, making for a more translucent application. You want to see wood grain – not thick, goopy paint lines.

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Once painted, set the spools aside so that they can dry thoroughly. You don’t want any paint to get onto the ribbons. Also, when working with lots of colors in one project, its always a good idea to include neutrals, such as a couple of unpainted spools – it creates contrast and makes the colors pop even more. 🙂

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As for the box, I kept it simple, and simply lined the bottom with a beautiful paper to complement the colorful spools. I also added a new sheet of cellophane to the window. I added excelsior to the bottom to cushion the spools, and make the ribbons look a bit more professionally packaged.

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Each of these spools holds about one yard of ribbon – just enough to plump up the spools. 🙂

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The spools nest nicely in the box, and, a small bouquet of vintage flowers adds the final touch.  The bouquet is only lightly secured to the box top with a couple of glue dots, so that the recipient can also use them in a future project.

flower bouquetThis Valentine’s Day, look around your craft room, and see if you have a box that can be re-purposed into a vintage ribbon box, with painted, vintage wooden spools.  I’m sure you have a friend who will just love it!

Happy Creating,

Michelle… Read the rest

Multi-Dimensional Vintage Valentine’s Day Banner

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Happy Friday!!!!

I cannot believe that we are already 3 weeks into the New Year! And I especially cannot believe that I am still finding residual Christmas decor around the house.  I’m hoping I’m not the only one. 🙂

vintage - valentine - banner - 5Time however to focus on the next holiday. However, be forewarned that as Christmas is my absolute FAVORITE holiday, chances are quite high you’ll be seeing Christmas on this blog all year long.

This banner is made up of so many vintage goodies! Vintage flashcards and Bingo cards create the main canvas for all of the texture. I sprayed these Bingo cards with Glimmer Mist to alter the color. Love how they turned out. To add even more dimension, I adhered vintage honeycomb bells to the front and glittered the BINGO letters. Its hard to see in the photos, but these honeycomb bells have that great aged-paper brown tint to them.

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And, the fringe you see? That’s also a sprayed Bingo card, cut into narrow strips and fanned out.  A vintage Christmas reflector frames the vintage Valentine seal in the center. And the blue color makes the blue numbers on the Bingo card just pop!

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So, here’s a fun thing. In Northern Colorado, we have a town called Loveland, and every Valentine’s Day, you can mail your Valentine’s to their post office and get a special, very cute, seal stamped on your letter. Definitely check it out! You can find more info. on that here:

http://www.loveland.org/ValentineProgram/

I hope you have a great weekend, and Happy Creating!
Michelle… Read the rest

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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This issue has been out on newsstands for a few months now, but I’m still giddy that the Vintage Valentine Pennants I featured on the blog last Valentine’s Day appear in this amazing magazine!!!! Did you pick up your copy? There are so many amazing, inspiring ideas for all of the holidays!

 

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publicationFor this Valentine’s Day, I created another pair of pennants. Pennants are such a novel way to use up scraps and little bits of ephemera. Put them in a vase of flowers, tape to a cabinet door, or tie to the top of a present. Super cute!

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This pair of pennants was made using one vintage valentine, cut into 2 pieces, so that they coordinate well together. A vintage Bingo card cut on the diagonal, creates the base, and patterned cardstock stitched across the Bingo card, helps the valentine images “pop.” Just love this sweet little boy with the floppy bow tie. I think this valentine dates from the 30’s, but has some really vibrant coloring, that is more often found in retro valentines from the 50’s.

valentinepennants3 valentinepennants4 Once the pennants were assembled, I simply hot-glued a wooden dowel along the side. With all of the layering, these are really nice and stiff and sturdy. Great Valentine decor for years to come!

I hope you have an extra-special Valentine’s Day, and are able to share it with those you love.

Happy Creating!
Michelle… Read the rest

Create a Vintage Dimensional Valentine

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Good morning, and Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

What special things do you have planned for the day? I get to help with my last elementary school class party. Sigh, my son next year moves on to middle school. Its an exciting time, but hard to believe there will be no more class parties to plan! Its also been fun watching my daughter brainstorm a special present for her first valentine. So sweet!

I think tonight will be a nice family dinner at home. Maybe a movie? Its just fun spending time with those we LOVE.

I want to share with you a charming vintage valentine I found in my stash. I thought this would actually be a fun image to add dimension and texture to. To start creating this dimensional card, I copied the valentine three times onto kraft cardstock, then cut one of the images out. This will be the base.

dimensional-valentine-2From the other 2 copies, I cut out pieces that I would like to add dimension to, such as the heart, and the fashionable girl.

dimensional-valentine-3Using adhesive foam squares, I added these cut-outs to the base.

dimensional-valentine-4Glitter, and a craft feather finishes the card off! Wouldn’t this look cute on top of a box of chocolates?

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I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Michelle

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