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Masquerade Mask Vol. 1

So as some of you know I have been home schooling my daughter for the past year.  This year is her Senior year, I was a little sad because being home schooled you don’t get the opportunity to go to Homecoming or Prom or your Graduation Ceremony.  My daughter has gone to our local High School for her first 2 years so she has many friends still attending.  I was so happy to find out she can attend Homecoming this year!  YAY!!

This years theme is 1920’s Midnight Masquerade.  The football game will have a carnival the night before!

So we are going to be making masks this week for the ball!

Since we have yet to begin the new masks I wanted to share with everyone some we made previously for her masquerade birthday party a few years back.

Enjoy!

Gothic Style Mask

This is the first of a few masks I’ve made.
Step 1: Supplies

What you will need:

paper I used a red and black filigree and Black textured filigree paper
mod podge
paint brush
5 plume ostrich feathers in multi colors 1 white, 2 black, 2 red
black glitter
multiple size black white and dotted feathers found at most craft stores
1 yard black and jewel ribbon trim found in most fabric departments sold by the yard
2 yards black chain trim found in fabric department sold by the yard
medium/large jump rings
plain mask
hot glue or cement glue
large metal medallion found in the jewelry making department of most crafts stores
ribbon
exacto knife

Step 2: Applying paper to mask

Your mask will have come with an elastic strap if it is in place remove it now.

Using your paint brush apply a coat of mod podge to the mask starting on the bottom right.

Press the black textured paper over the bottom right of the mask over the eye hole and all.

Making sure the diagonal goes over the nose a bit as seen in photo.

You may have to work with the paper adding more Mod Podge as you go and working the paper gently so it lays flat it will work down as you go. Gently press into seams and valleys in the mask until it is smooth and stuck good.

Trim around the edges of the mask with knife.

Cut a strip of red paper to go over the diagonal of the black paper as seen in photo. If your paper tares by the eye it is ok just keep pressing smoothing and mod podging 😉

Trim edges.

Add the last piece of textured black paper following the same steps.

Trim around edges.

Mod Podge over the entire mask allow to dry.

Step 3: Working the Metal Medallion and small feathers

While your mask is drying get your hot glue/cement glue, metal medallion, and small feathers.

Find a few big white feathers, black feathers and medium to small dotted feathers in the bag of feathers.

Arrange them in a spray starting with the dotted feathers gluing them to the medallion as you go. Add in the white and black feathers. You should have a nice looking spray.

Set aside.
Step 4: Cutting out eyes and Adding Glitter

Once your Mod Podge is dry using the knife cut out the eye holes.

Add a generous amount of mod podge around the eyes and along the diagonal red stripe. Glitter away… 🙂

Around the eye put some mod podge next to what you have glittered already feathering it out around the eyes as seen in photo add more glitter. Let dry completely before moving on.

You can mod podge over the glitter if you like, if you choose to, mod podge over the entire mask again.

Allow to dry
Step 5: Embellishing

Using hot glue or cement glue add the black jeweled trim around the right side of the mask and the right eye.

This is a daunting task. I found that doing a little bit at a time works best.

Using the knife poke 3 to 5 holes in the bottom left of the mask.

Cut 3 to 5 lengths of black chain varying lengths.

Put them on the jump rings and put the jump rings onto the mask in the holes you made with the knife. SEE PHOTO 2

Once your embellishments dry turn over the mask and use the knife to cut open the holes where you took off the elastic strap.

Tie your ribbon in each side making sure it is long enough to tie.
Step 6: Ostrich Feathers and Finishing up

Take your white Ostrich feather and glue it the to middle top back of the mask so it stands tall and the feather hangs to either side.

Next glue the two red Ostrich feathers so the natural bends of the feathers make them hang down on each side.

Next repeat for the the two black feathers.

Once this dries (you may need to use a clip to hold them in place till dry) flip over the mask and position and glue the medallion as seen in photo.

Allow to dry and you are done! 🙂

Till next time keep it crafty!

 

stay tuned for vol. 2

 

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Throwback Thursday!

So I’ve been racking my brain trying to come up with a topic.  What’s better than a Throwback Thursday!

Upon my browsing of Pinterest I came across this photo of an old barrette… I thought to myself.. “I still have mine”  My Great Aunt made all of us girls these in white and red with bells on the bottom for Christmas one year way back in the 80’s.

Photo credit: Kid Giddy  Click Image for how to on Kid giddy

The image below is closer to the ones I have from my childhood.

Photo Credit: Agape Love Designs Click image for the how to.

There are so  many really neat throwback ideas on Pinterest!

These ties would make a nice gift!

tetris and pong Photo credit: Pinterest

Who can forget the friendship bracelet?

Were your wrists covered in them?  Mine were at one point.

Click the pic for a how to at The Purl Bee

photo credit:The Purl Bee

Here is a link to a how to for these friendship bracelet gifts!  I would turn these into end of the year gifts!  Or grad gifts/party favors!!!

Photo Credit: dandee

Well that about sums it up for this post.  I’m thinking we have a Throwback Thursday once a month.?  Maybe.

I do have an idea for my next one.. Yummy fondu! 😉

Till next time… keep it crafty!

 

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DIY Address Book & Freebie

I believe I made a promise to upload a freebie! 🙂

I finally got it done and all worked out!

This is a Tutorial and freebie in one.  I had been shopping for a new address book for some time now.  I didn’t like what I found for the price that was on it!  So my imagination gears were spinning and I came up with a way to make my own address book.  Not only is it cheaper for what I want but it is also customizable to my liking and can be made customizable to your liking as well!  I was annoyed by my old address book because of a few reasons.  1. There wasn’t a section for websites.  I started forgetting my passwords and such cause of so many so for my address book there is a section just for websites!  Of course you can leave this section out or make a separate book for that. 🙂 2. I have like a bazzillion A’s and No Z’s in my address book, there was just not enough room for my A’s and A’s and B’s were together so my B’s would get lost in the A’s.  Now I can print as many A’s as I need!  3. When people move I can just simply print up a new page No more white out! 🙂 Or strike outs. 🙂  4. I now have a section for just birthdays! no more being a day late! 😉

So lets get started shall we?

First the FREEBIE I created!! 😀  Let’s get the files we need.  I have below links to download each of files you will need including a file with instructions on how to change colors and print the documents.  You don’t have to be a pro at word and I am here to answer any questions.

Address Book A to Z

Address Book Websites

Address Book Birthdays

Address Book document instructions

*note these documents were created from scratch by me!  Please do not claim them as your own.  If you use them in your own blog please provide proper credit and a link to my blog.  Please read my full disclaimer and copyright page. 🙂

Now that you have the documents downloaded lets get them printed up.

I wanted to make this as simple as possible.  If you are ok with the color they are then all you have to do is follow the instructions on changing the Letter and the Months.

Get your pages all printed out.

Here is a list of the materials you will need to do this project.

  1. all the printed pages from my documents
  2. 1″ binder
  3. Material of your choice
  4. A paper cutter with ruler
  5. cardstock
  6. 3 hole punch
  7. a page divider (this is just for measurements)
  8. clear tape
  9. ½” letter stickers
  10. hot glue gun and glue sticks
  11. box cutter
  12. hole punch reinforcement stickers

Sorry for the jumbled mess lol 🙂

First we will need to prepare the paper.

So on a nice large and clean work area get your cutter and print outs.  As seen in the photo below you are going to measure the left side of your page to 7 inches and cut.

Next turn the page so you are cutting on the opposite side line up to 6 inches and cut.  As seen below.

Do this with all of the printed pages.

Next we are going to punch the holes on the right side of the pages.

Your pages should look like this.

This is a great time to take a break.  Yes that took some time.  Unless you have one of the awesome cutters the schools have and where able to cut multiple pages at a time!  Sweet! Lucky you 😉

Next step we are going to start making the dividers.

take one of the dividers and line it up on a piece of card stock as seen in the photo below.  Use a pencil and mark a line down the card stock. This section should be ½” wide.

Now affix the uppercase letter A at the very top right of the card stock.  Using scissors make a horizontal cut under the A to the line you marked in the last step.  Using your cutter or scissors cut off the strip you marked.  If you use the cutter make note of the measurement for the cut this way you can just use that for the rest of the tabs instead of marking each piece.  Your alignment for it should be 8″ so you are cutting off a ½” strip.

Line your Letter A tab card stock up onto another piece of card stock and affix the Capitol letter B just below the A.  Cut horizontally on the top and bottom of the letter B ½” in close to the letter.

Cut off the strips as you did with the Letter A tab.

Depending on the size of your letters you should have Q at the very bottom when you get to that letter.  If not that is fine. Just continue the last steps until you get to the bottom.  Your next letter will be at the top of the next card stock page in my case it was the letter R. Continue on to Z.

Next using your lower case letters turned sideways stick the word “web” just under Z tab you just made.  Cut horizontally as you did for the letters and cut off the strips.  Do the same for birthdays.  I made my tab say “b~days”

Next step can be tricky.  We are going to cut the dividers to fit.  Turn the dividers so the tab is on the left side of the cutter and line up to the 6″ mark.  DO NOT measure the tab!  See the photo below for proper measurement.

Cut each divider then punch in the holes on the opposite side of the tabs.

Now we are going to move on to the binder.  So put all of your paper aside clean up your space so you have a nice clean area to work in again.

Take a break if needed and have a glass of wine or stretch 🙂

Open your binder and using your letter A piece of paper put it in the rings.  Use a pencil and mark the edge of the paper on the top and bottom on the right side onto the inside of the binder.  Measure from that to the right another ½” or so make a straight line and carefully cut off the end using your box cutters.  (you want to leave enough of the binder to cover the tabs when closed)

Close the binder and using the cut side as a guide cut the other side off of the binder.

Open your binder and lay it on the wrong side of your fabric.  Cut the fabric leaving about 2″ all the way around the binder.

fold in the 4 corners hot gluing them down trim the point off.

Run a bead of hot glue down the side from corner to corner and fold the edge in half. NOT over the binder yet!

this will make a nice clean edge.

Now run another bead of hot glue this time fold over the binder.

Do the same for all 4 sides making sure you pull the material taut so there are no wrinkles and it is nice and tight to the binder.

You can also spray glue the material to the binder if you like.

Make sure the edges are glued down good adding more hot glue if necessary.

Next step we are going to start filling our binder!

Before putting pages in put the reinforcement stickers on the front and back of your pages. These will help your pages last a long time. 🙂  You can put them on one side only if you like. Or not at all!  Remember the best part of this project is you make it your own!

I liked having the pockets inside so I left them. I sometimes get letters from people and I rip off their address and stick it in my address book so I can write it in later. lol I also sometimes like to keep important business cards in my address book and they usually fall out so I kept the pockets for this purpose! 😀

As you can see I only put my reinforcements on one side but I am going back to add them to the other side too because I have plenty left over!

Save any you have left for future use if you ever need to add pages to your address book!  They also come in handy when doing your own manicures.. but that is a totally different post! 😉

Here is my finished book!

As you can see I added an embroidered patch to the front of my book that says Addresses. You don’t have to do this or you can! It’s all customizable to you!

The final step is to put write in your addresses and enjoy your custom made address book!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and the freebie!

Till next time.. Keep it Crafty! 😉

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Sweet 16 Invitations

It has been a while since I’ve posted on the blog.  I have been so busy working on my spring cleaning amongst many other projects!  I did get the invitations done today! Woohoo!

My daughter and I went up to Party City to get invitations for her party.  When we got there we were very disappointed.  The selection was disappointingly small, and the prices were outrageous!  We found one Sweet 16 invitation and it was not in her colors.. it was of course frilly pink and poofy.  So we decided instead of paying $9.99 for 8 invitations we would head out to Joann Fabrics and check out paper and card stock.

To our surprise the scrapbook paper crafts were all 50% off!

So we grabbed:

a box of 36 A2 4.25″x5.5″ glitter cards $5

a package of white card stock $2

8 feet of decorative ribbon $2

Our supplies we used at home:

2 inch circle punch

paper cutter

scissors

glue tape (double sided sticky tape or dots etc.)

printer

I used this amazing ‘design and print online’ at Avery.com I absolutely love this!! It helped me for invites and decor at my sons grad party!

For these cards I used the 2″ circle template, avery product #22824

and for the inside of the card I used #18664

I made a  line design and used the gorgeous Bella Donna font (the site offers many options for fonts and creating)

I used the hole punch for the circles and the paper cutter to get a precise line for the inside of the cards.

This is what we came up with…

Outside of the cards. The ribbon was stuck on using glue tape and the circle was punched out using the circle punch then glue taped onto the ribbon.

 

And the inside we typed out the party info.  The Avery site also has this option to carry your design onto another template with the click of a button!  I know like I said AMAZING! 🙂

And there it is!

So these cards are frugal and creative. not to mention sentimental because they are created by us! Caitlin is so excited to hand these out to all her friends!

I added up our savings…

The invitations at Party City were $9.99 for a pack of 8. We would have needed a minimum of 3 packs.  And I say minimum because we always end up needing more for those we had a duh moment and forgotten about. Take no offense to these moments because it happens to everyone. 😉  But I am going to add up the total for 36 invites which is what we got from the craft store.  So we would have needed 4.5 packages and since we can’t just buy half the package we would have had to buy 5 packages and the other half would have gone to waste.

For our invitations we purchased supplies for at Joann Fabrics we got at 50% off.  We only needed the one box and a few other supplies.

 Party city invitations   $50.00

Our own invitations supplies purchased at Joanne Fabrics $9.00

a total savings of $41.00

We made our invites for $9.00  and actually less than that because we only used 23 of the cards and they are blank so the unused cards can be used for other things 🙂  I like that savings! Even if the supplies weren’t 50% off we would have paid $16.00 for 36 invites as opposed to $50.00.  So sale or not it was big savings!  And that makes me smile!  $41.00 is a lot of money these days. That is more than what it costs my daughter and I to have lunch at our favorite restaurant!

Joann Fabrics also has 50% off coupons and you can grab them from your phone and have it scanned right off of your phone at the register.  click here to check it out!

I hope you enjoyed the savings and creativity in this post!

Till next time… 😉

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