Friday, October 19, 2012

Joy Fold Card

The other day I came across the joy-fold card, and decided I had to give it a whirl. It was so easy for such a unique looking card. If you've never made one,  it's basically one card with a second placed inside, but backwards. That probably doesn't make sense, so check out the second photo for the visual clarification :)

I apologize, because I made this weeks ago and don't remember the measurements I used for each card. BUT just google or youtube "joy-fold card" and many, MANY tutorials will show up.
I wanted to do a quick and simple card, so I just grabbed a stamp and used some gel pens to color it in. The yellow buttons on the left are attached using pop up dots, which helps the front card flap stay closed. You can experiment with different objects to help keep your card closed. I tried decorative paper clips but didn't like the clutter. As long as it has height so the card can slide under it and stay shut.
Yet, unique.
The last few days I've been busy making things for my nieces 4th birthday. She's obsessed with the Disney movie Brave, so naturally that is her theme. I just finished her banner tonight. I'll have pictures and a post on that next :]

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Getting Settled, and some re-upholstering

We drove for three days. The drive surprisingly wasn't so bad. I was pretty sure I would go crazy along the way... I'm still not sure how I didn't.
When we got here, we only had the few necessities we were able to cram into my little Malibu- being our pots and pans, pillows, blanket, a Pyrex set, my sewing machine (that was a MUST), some silverware and toiletries. And clothes. We were told the moving company would have our stuff here in a week.
First dinner together in our new place! (No table yet)
But for any of you who are familiar with the military, you things are rarely as they say.

our sleeping arrangements

yes, that is a broken dresser mirror... :(
So FOUR weeks later, we finally get our things. Yes, FOUR weeks of sleeping on the the ground, not having a couch, or lamps, or laundry baskets, or basically any of the things we typically take for granted. But it left us with some fun memories and learning to be like MacGyver.
Alas! The crafting can resume!
So my first project was to re-upholster our dinning room chairs. The set was given to us from my hubby's parents. It was his dad's mother's set, and the seats were already re-upholster once. In some AWESOME 70's style fabric.

So I went to Hobby Lobby, got some fabric, and a staple gun, and went to work.
I had some extra fabric and decided to make a place mat for the center. I added brown lace to the edges to give it texture and flair.

Sorry I don't have a close-up.  I love the end results! Even the Mr. liked the fabric and place mat. And I couldn't pass up the wall decor from Hobby Lobby. I'm in a lot of trouble having one only a few miles away! (Compared to 40 mins away at home)
Have a great week :)