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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fun Dice Blocks

So, I'm SURE that these have been created 100's of times out there in blogland and I'm also sure that I could do a quick google search and see all of them in their beauty ... but, I like to feel like my idea was my own, so I'm not going to do that :) sorry, the pic is a little bit blurry ... Still haven't got the settings right on this camera.

I've been trying to decide what to put on this shelf (without spending any money) and for the life of me nothing I had was working. So, I looked at my color scheme (Red, Black, White/Cream) and looked at my supplies. I have lots of wood blocks from this project so I thought that I would make dice out of them.

These blocks started out as a 4x4 (which is really 3.5x3.5) and I cut them down to 3.5 blocks. Sanded the heck out of them and then painted them a creamy ivory color. I cut a few 1 inch circles on the heaviest cardstock I had on the cricut machine and that was my stencil. I drybrushed the dots with some black paint and then did some drybrushing on the edges and over the face of the dice. Then, I finished up with a coat of clear finish and VOILA!! Super easy, super cute, and super cheap!!

* I just got my camera back tonight so I didn't take any "step by step" pictures. But, I have a feeling that I will be making more of these in the near future, so I will be sure to take some then.
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Friday, October 2, 2009

Seriously like the CUTEST thing I have ever made ... besides my son of course :)

Ok, so I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way this turned out!!! I've had my eye on the set of 5 paper mache nesting boxes but I never really knew what I would do with them. Anyway, I went to JoAnn's today with the intentions of getting the material for Bucket's skunk costume and while I was gathering it all up I realized that the costume was way too intense and expensive for a 7 month old, so I scrapped it and walked around. I had my 40% and 50% off coupons so I decided to spring for the boxes (usually $20 but only $10 with the coupon, SCORE, I'm going back for another set with my other coupon).I love Halloween but have never really had a lot of decorations for it so I decided these boxes would become something SPOOKTACULAR!! The scrapbook paper at JoAnn's is horrifying (and I really mean it, they have one little aisle). So, I went to Roberts and picked up the paper and some of the little things that I used to embellish. All of the Halloween Decor was 50% off, ANOTHER SCHORE!! I bought the skulls at the Dollar store, great find!!I started by covering all the boxes in the paper AND lots of decoupage and then went to work stacking and decorating!! The googly eyes on the Bottom Box are SUPER FUN ... Kinda time consuming to wrap all the paper and then to put a few good coats of decoupage but super easy!! Seriously, my mom is trying to talk me into letting her have it so she can decorate her office with it ... I am totally going to make some Christmas ones and probably even Thanksgiving, just because I love how these turned out.