Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Personalized Lap Tray

With just some oil-based paint makers and a little imagination, I turned a basic plastic lap tray into something special for my son. He loves animals and the sounds they make, so I decided to go with a puppy/kitty theme. This lap tray will really come in handy on our long car trip next week!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Bow Making

With the holidays right away the corner, it is bow-making season at the Schaffhauser house! I just made a bow for a gift basket for my friend Emily's birthday. Making bows are inexpensive, easy to make and make a big impression!

Supplies you will need: Wire cutters, floral wire, scissors and of course, wired ribbon. 

Start by making a small loop. This will be the center of your bow. Then start looping the ribbon back and forth on either side, twisting it if need be to make sure the "good side" is always showing. 

When the bow is as full as you want it to be, cut a long piece of floral wire, slip one end through your center loop and twist to secure the bow. If you have trouble doing this, try stapling your bow together first to keep everything in place. 

Now cut your bow off from the rest of your ribbon, making sure to leave a long piece at the end. But, we need a couple more long pieces to make it look right! Just cut off a few long pieces and secure them to the back of your bow by twisting the floral wire. 

Gather the top of the cellophane wrapping on your gift basket, and secure your bow with the floral wire.  

Fluff your bow to make it look nice and full and add some waves to your long ribbon pieces. 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Photo Card for MOPS - Nov. 3, 2010

At tomorrow's MOPS meeting we will be talking about photos and photography - probably my favorite creative topic besides scrapbooking! So, I came up with this cute photo card for the moms to make. I didn't want to have to purchase any materials for this project, so I only used what I had in the MOPS stash of supplies.

Fold a 8.5x11 piece of black cardstock in half. This will be your card base. Cut a piece of pink paper to 4.5x6.5 to mat a 4x6 photo. Cut out a few embellishments, or use stickers to decorate your card. I used my Cricut machine to cut out scrolls in 2 different shades of pink and layered them on each other. Then, using a metallic pen, I added a few details - stitching around the photo and a few dots around the scrolls. Unless you plan to use a metallic pen to write your message on the inside, you will want to adhere a lighter piece of cardstock to the inside of your card. I used pink. :o)