Tutorial Tuesday–Tissue Paper Poppies by Lia Griffith

I have been crazy busy on a big order, so that’s why I haven’t been very social the past few days. But for Tutorial Tuesday, I wanted to share this tutorial from Lia Griffith for Tissue Paper Poppies. She is truly one of the most inspiring paper flower artists I have found, and she just shared this with her readers this week. I can’t wait to try this one myself! (Image from Lia Griffith)Image

Now hop on over to her blog and check it out!

Tutorial Tuesday–DIY Chalkboard Paper Sign

I am about to show you a ridiculously easy DIY project, and then maybe THE easiest DIY of all time. These will work in your office, as a gift–even as wedding decor! And you seriously won’t believe this. Ready? GO!

You will need:

  • Chalkboard paper–available at craft stores in the scrapbook paper section
  • Glue
  • Art tile or foamboard cut to size (I am using 6″ x 6″)

 

You need these....

You need these….

Cut it to the right size...

Cut it to the right size…

Add a little glue...

Add a little glue…

Finished!

Finished!

Give it a little decoration...

Give it a little paper flower for panache!

That’s it. Really! I am using a 6″ x 6″ art canvas, but I call it a tile. I cut my chalkboard paper just a smidge short, maybe a millimeter or two, just so the paper doesn’t go all the way to the edge of my tile.  Spread a little glue (but not too close to the edge or it will squeeze out when you smooth it and make a sticky mess), and press it into place on the tile. Presto! Pretty chalkboard decor!

Tips:

  • My Cricut paper cutter had a brand new blade and cut well. I can see where a dull blade might leave a rough edge, so you might want to use a craft knife and a ruler, or a really sharp pair of scissors instead (if you can cut straight). The paper almost feels like sandpaper, so just be aware of that before you rough up your edges.
  • Glue dots or some kind of tape might be strong enough, but I really wanted my paper to stay in place, so I used craft glue. The Sobo dries pretty quickly and holds great.
  • It really does erase! Don’t be afraid if your chalk handwriting doesn’t look so good. It did wipe away with a dry paper towel with no trouble. So, you could even change the message to fit your mood and it will still look great!

You can make multiples and mount them on the wall using double-sided mounting tape to make a decorative message board in your kitchen or office. Use different colors and alternate them like a checkerboard, like Martha Stewart did here (with paint right on the walls).

Another option for your super-easy finished piece: you can take your tile and put it in a plate stand. Grab a piece of chalk, write a message, and either use it as decor with maybe a meaningful quote or a drawing. Or, option #3….

…turn it into a Sentimentile! It’s a twist on a homemade greeting card. In my Etsy shop, opening soon, I will have some of these for sale, that include a completed back with room to write a personalized message to your recipient.

 

Chalkboard Sentimentiles--great for Mother's Day!

Chalkboard Sentimentiles–great for Mother’s Day!

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Sentimentile Back

Sentimentile Back

 

See, wasn’t that easy?

Ready for the REALLY easy one??

You need:

  • Chalkboard paper
  • Blade for cutting
  • Picture frame

Cut your paper to fit the insert. Remove the glass, and put your paper in the frame. Ta da!

Chalkboard paper + picture frame = Table decor...

Chalkboard paper + picture frame = Table decor…if there was something written here!

And for my super easy bridal project for a DIY bride, or one on a budget, use it as table decor!!

Table 5! Right here!

Table 5! Right here!

So, that’s it for Tutorial Tuesday. I hope you visit again soon–I love visitors!!

And if you make one of these, would you leave me a comment and maybe a photo? I’d love to see what you create!

Mind-reading assistant wanted.

I think I need an assistant to write down the million things that are going through my brain.  Any takers? Required skills:  mind-reading.

thinking

Photo courtesy of Wade M at Flickr

Seriously, while my craft room is practically finished, my mind is charging ahead into all the things I need to do.

  • My creative mind is thinking about new paper flower designs, DIY tutorials and working on my next order.
  • My practical mind is thinking about legal stuff, editorial calendars and social media accounts.
  • My 40-year-old mind is thinking “I’m tired.”

I have a WordPress challenge coming up to help me get the blog off the ground. I’m reading a WordPress guide on my Kindle, paper copies of “The Martha Rules” and “Craft, Inc.” in my backpack. I’m also toting around every notebook I have ever scribbled a thought in, apparently–and adding more daily. I have clippings of events I want to be part of next year, to-do items written on random scraps of paper, and project ideas for about three different mediums scattered on my dining room table.

To an outsider, I’ll bet it looks like a bit of a mess.

Running a business requires a lot of you, in every possible sense–and I’m sure I don’t know a fraction of it yet. And while it sounds a wee bit overwhelming, I am loving every minute of it!

All moved in and ready to make stuff!

I try to keep my promises, so here we go–FINALLY! I’ll just say that cleaning out a large closet/tiny space is harder than it looks, and takes three times longer than you planned! But, I am thrilled with the results! (My husband was very happy to help me, until he realized that his beloved baseball card collection had been evicted and must find a new home. Now he isn’t quite so happy. Sorry hon!)

So without further adieu, let me take you on a tiny tour of my tiny space.

For starters, I said, “These bookcases need some HELP!” So they got a fresh coat of white paint on the outside, and some nice bright colors on the inside backs. I almost used paper or fabric, but went with paint in the end from the Lowe’s Color Studio 2014 Spring palette.  (I used Rushing Stream, Berry Twist and Tomato Bisque).  I can always use fabric or paper later if I want a change.

The rest of the photos speak for themselves (click them for a bigger view).  I have been a multi-craft maker for many years, and I have 12 storage cubes of tools to prove it! But I am ready for just about any project you can throw at me–so bring it on!

I will explain the last two photos. The printable you see says “Find Your Passion.” That’s what I’m trying to do by finally opening  Greenberry Street. The Angel of Learning represents both my faith, and the fact that I always have more to learn, and need to be receptive to those teachings. The little vase belonged to my grandmother, and the money plant in it came from my mom’s yard years ago. I believe the money plant came from her mother’s yard before that.

And finally, that very colorful apron hanging from the bookcase was made by my sister, from fabric that also belonged to our grandmother. (You have to understand that Granny Paxton would have been like 120 years old now, so anything from her life is pretty special in my opinion.)

Next to that apron you see a nice blank wall. I have plans for that too, that involve some nice cork squares and more artwork for the walls.

I feel pretty happy that not only did I successfully get everything to fit, but I was able to put a few pretty, fun, personal touches in it, too.  I think this will be a favorite room of mine. 🙂

How about you–do you have a favorite space??

An intro to Greenberry Street

I realized after I published my first post the other day that I never really said here what Greenberry Street is exactly. So today will simply be a “Product Introduction” of sorts.

Basically, I have been a crafting “jack of all trades” since I was a kid. I enjoy it, and seem to have a knack for much of it. Finally, after many years of tossing it around (and with a little push from my #RiskRejection friends), I hatched a plan to move ahead with it.

I had just discovered a “niche” if you will for some paper flowers I made, so I whipped up a few different bouquets, and then made my pitch to the local hospital gift shop I wanted to sell them in. No business plan, no prices–pretty much just a few handfuls of paper flowers and the butterflies in my stomach. That’s all I had.

And the shop owner said “Give me thirty.”

Bam. Now I’m a small business!

So, if you hop over to the Greenberry Street Facebook page and find my Photos, you can see a few shots of the items I recently delivered as part of my first order. (Because I have been a Blogspot blogger forever but am a WordPress rookie and haven’t learned all the features yet, it is just easier to go to the Facebook page–and “Like” the shop while you’re there!)

I did, however, decide to try it out here, so below is a slideshow of the Spool Flowers I made.

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I’ll share more product lines as time goes on, but these little cuties are some of my favorites. What do you think?? Would you buy these as a gift for someone in the hospital?