Thursday, February 3, 2011

crafternoon of love.

so when you're snowed in for the 3rd day in a row...
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( i mean, i guess now it's ok to get out, but the roads are still bad and i'm a hermit), a gal must get her "craft on". so i made a banner of love. or a love banner, if you will. and i think you will.
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but before we move to the craft, i feel like you should know what my kids are doing while i'm crafting.
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and a little feeding of the animals...
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some chasing of the animals
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a lot of PBS. sesame street, in particular, will get your day moving in the right direction.
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on to the craft:
so i used notebook paper instead of bookpaper...you know, to shake things up because i always use bookpaper. i know, it's crazy...i'm just in a stircrazy mood, people!

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i used chipboards from the dollar section at michaels. 5 of these for a buck. booya(if you don't have chip boards, just cut a cute shape from a cereal box or something)
modge podge
stamps
ribbon
hot glue

1)just trace your notebook paper to fit your shape.
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2)then modge podge paper on your chipboard. i use a card to get all the bubbles out. put glue on the chipboard and then put your paper on there. smooth out with card. got it?
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3)then put the glue on top of that paper to seal it.

4)when it dries, stamp it with some letters and symbols to say sh-whatever you want. i chose the typical "LOVE" theme for valentines day. because, as the notebook paper suggests...i'm going back to basics.
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5)i do darken the edges with a little sponge and some ink...
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6)then hot glue the chipboard onto the ribbon. i suggest thick ribbon.
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this ribbon is $6.99 at costco...for 50 yards. incredible...they have lots of other prints and colors.
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7)i do heat set this with a blow dryer so the ink doesn't smudge off. that just means, turn your hairdryer on and blow dry the ink. on hot.

and as if there weren't enough pictures in this post. i leave you with lila. wearing a T-shirt over her jammers because she unzips them at night and wakes up naked and freezing.
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i'm on a blogging spree. don't judge me. i'm snowed in. semi-snowed in. well, pretending that i am super snowed in and can't go anywhere because the news said this was supposed to be "the blizzard of the century" and even though it's not, i am treating it as such.

linking up here and here
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37 comments:

  1. oh my gosh i LOVE your LOVe banner!! cuteee! im so posting it on my "blog of inspiration"! :) and our mantel is beautiful by the way.

    I'm so tired of all this snow or really ice. soooo ready for some warm weather.

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  2. i like it.
    the jumping off the couch.
    the love banner.
    the funny dog with a beard.
    i like it. :)

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  3. your kids are adorable. we have been snowed in also, but i have yet to do anything that crafty! good luck getting out and about the next couple of days!

    tracy
    www.theblessedlife-tracy.blogspot.com

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  4. it made me laugh looking at the action shot of huxley running from layne. also, lila looks like you in that last picture. but i just looked at it again and she looks like michelle.

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  5. Snowpocolypse is what we're calling it here as we laugh at the weather drama in the rest of the country.

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  6. I've been snowed in too. You know, the same kind of snowed in where I could actually leave the house - I just don't want to. So I crafted for almost the entire day yesterday. With book paper and everything.

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  7. I need to figure out how to be craftier like this. So cute. I've spending my fake snowed in days sewing and wasting waaaay too much time.

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  8. Just stopped by to say that I think your photographs, your house, and your DIY projects are fabulous.

    The End :)

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  9. cute! I'm using a book I already read to make book paper crafternoons. lol
    I cut out a million hearts to make a wall hanging thing I saw online somewhere. I'd link to it but I can't remember where it was. ha
    If I remember i'll blog it or at least post it to FB

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  10. Lila is so adorable, I can't handle it. Your craft is so cute and if I wasn't a broke college student, I'd be headed straight to Joann's right now to get everything to make it! :)

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  11. um hi. can i be your neighbor and put my kids down for naps at your house and we can crafternoon all noon together? thank you.

    lila stop being so pretty.

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  12. haha - my kids go crazy while I'm crafting too!! Love your makings!!

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  13. auj, your comment was so sweet until you said she looked like michelle(my sis in law). even though michelle is gorgeous, i'm still hoping i'll get one that looks like me.

    and danielle, hiz-ell yes, i wish we were neighbors. KC is great...move here. we never get snow...it's always sunny.

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  14. i dig it. we have been doing our share of couch and pillow jumping and harrassing the dog as well. and by we i mean judah. definitely just judah.

    i need a girl to have cute pig tails like lila. jealous.

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  15. before i even read audrey's comment, i thought huh! i never realized how much jami's daughter resembles her....so, wish no more! :) it's official.

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  16. My kids would love to be at your house with all that couch jumping business :) They only have their bed to jump on over here!

    Cuuuuute banner!

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  17. We are snowed in too down here in Texas! I am freakn tired of cleaning my living room and kitchen 3 times a day...I AM DONE! What a cute banner too. I may try that one! We haven't been to work in 4 days! Stay warm!

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  18. This is SO cute and I am definitely snowed in, so this may just be on my to-do list for tomorrow! :)

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  19. Wow! How cute is this?? We might have to try it on my art blog! Thanks! xo *your kids are adorable*

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  20. i love your posts... i especially love the pics of our little pillipino babies - and yes, i see a little michelle, but i see a lot of you. and sometimes, when the angle is just right, i see a glimmer of linus in layne's little mischevious looks. ha. i love you. i miss you. have that peanut in early may so you can come to texas.

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  21. so remember that one time when we "crafted" a valentine craft for our hubbies?? a coupon book i think. ahahahahaha. yeah, i found that the other day.

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  22. LOVE the craft, ha no pun intended, you have inspired me to go to hobby lobby and check out the clearance stuff!

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  23. LOVE this! It turned out amazing!

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  24. I love how your couch folds out...where did you get it??

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  25. What a fun idea! Totally shocked me that Vday is right around the corner! I love love day!

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  26. ha, my couch does not fold out. the kids pull off all the cushions. daily. it's annoying...to pick up every day, but entertaining for them.

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  27. hey chick! thanks for the comment~ so... pretty much i am lovin you blog! your kiddos are adorable, and the v-day banner-- flipping fantastic~ have a fab weekend!

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  28. Stop It.

    Jami, come decorate my house.

    mmkay?

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  29. So Cute! I need to get my V-day craft on. I still have my Christmas wreath up! Woooopss!

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  30. Ok this is the cutest v-day craft evah! Im so going to make this and post it on my blog and link it to yours. Where did ya get those cute stamps with the key and heart...Im going to have to go to Michaels today :)

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  31. Great craft...cute kids! Just came over from Danielle's blog. Thanks for sharing your story. Loved looking at your blog!

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  32. Love your style. And your photography is lovely.

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  33. I need those bracket board things.
    My husband just walked by the computer and said, "That little girl looks like you." {It's me, the girl with the look-like-Asian-children.}
    Love it... love in the way that I say about most things that are not Jesus or my family.

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  34. your daughter's name is lila? that's my mom's name and i don't hear the name often. just lovely.

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  35. Very cool! Going to have to do a notebook paper craft today :) Beautiful pictures! The frame around your tv is an awesome idea too.

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