a christmas card

So I’ve been on winter break for a week now and after about 6 days of being really lazy, I started putting together most of my christmas presents. I decided I wanted to attempt to create a watercolor christmas card to go along with a few of my presents. So after getting the feel for writing with a painting brush and watercolors I gave it a shot. I’m fairly happy with my first result and hope to make one for each of my lucky gift recipients. : )

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and spend lots of time eating with your families. : )
Caroline

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she believed she could, so she did

My sister’s birthday was just a couple weeks ago, so I wanted to share the gift I gave her with you. I knew I wanted to paint her something, but I didn’t know what. We were in Hobby Lobby about a month ago browsing the aisles and she came across this canvas with the quote “She believed she could, so she did.” She commented on how much she loved it. I knew I wanted to do something with that quote but was a little stuck on how to make it more personal. I decided I would paint some floral themed things around the edges of the canvas to frame the quote in the center. I don’t know if you remember, but my sis and I painted one wall in her room mint chevron this past summer. I have a blog post all about that here. Since then, she’s started adding some magenta accents. She bought some really cool magenta chevron pillows, so I knew I wanted to have some pink to make those accents pop. I hardly ever get things right on the first try, and this is no exception. I started to work on a 16×24 canvas. I painted the quote first and then got completely stuck. After a few days with no inspiration, I decided I didn’t like what I had come up with and wanted to started over. I went back to the store and bought a fresh canvas, this time an 18×18. After the first mess up I wanted to make sure I had it all planned out before I started painting. I also bought some white paint pens, which worked much better for the lettering than trying to paint the thin lines of the letters with a paintbrush. Anyways, here’s the finished canvas:photo 2

Here's a close up of some of the details. : )

Here’s a close up of some of the details. : )

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. It looks great on her wall and brings out the other pink accents around her room perfectly!

Have a great week,
Caroline : )

send a heart attack box!

For my boyfriend’s birthday today, instead of a card to go along with his present, I decided to spring for a ‘heart attack box.’  Took a little more time, but it was totally worth it. Basically, I cut out a million hearts of different colors, wrote something nice on each of them, and put them all into a box. In case you want to tackle this project, I’ll show you how I did it.

First thing you need is a box. I found this nifty box at Hobby Lobby for $2.99.

First thing you need is a box. I found this nifty box at Hobby Lobby.

I wanted to customize the box, so I taped off some lines and painted it white.

I wanted to customize the box, so I taped off some lines and painted it white.

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Now you need to draw some hearts for a template. I drew 5 different sized hearts.

Now you need to draw some template hearts. I drew 5 different sized hearts.

Now cut those hearts out!

Now cut those hearts out!

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Now for the fun part: trace & cut as many hearts and your heart desires. ; )

Time for the fun part: trace & cut as many hearts and your heart desires. ; )

I cut about 30 of each size.

I cut about 30 of each size.

Then you can begin writing on your hearts! You can write important dates, lyrics from your favorite songs, or simply things you love about the person you'll be giving the box to.

Begin writing your messages! You can write important dates, lyrics from your favorite songs, or simply things you love about the person you’ll be giving the box to.

I've started working on my calligraphy recently and this project gave me a lot of practice. I still need more, but I think I've made some great progress.

I’ve been trying to work on my calligraphy recently and this project gave me a lot of practice. I still need more practice, but I think I’ve made some great progress.

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I got bored with just the stripes, so I added some navy hearts to the side, and a green bow on the top. If you want to see how I made the bow, you can check out my latest blog post:

I added some navy hearts to the side, and a green bow to the top. If you would like to see how I made the bow, click here!

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So next time, instead of a card, send a heart attack! You could even send it through the mail if you put the hearts in a cardboard box and tape it shut.

Good Luck!
Caroline : )

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need a quick homemade gift?

Just a short post today! I had a wonderful crafting night with one of my friends last night (post coming soon with details). But before I post all the goodies from last night, I wanted to share a great idea for a quick, fun, homemade gift that we made. One of our other friends is leaving for college in the fall and we wanted to make something cute that she could hang up in her dorm. We found a large cardboard letter at Hobby Lobby and decided to mod podge some scrapbook paper onto it. After we chose our color scheme and mod podged our paper as we saw fit, we sprayed some gold glitter over the entire letter. It seemed to be missing a little something still, so we took some twine I had buried in my craft drawer and outlined the letter & each piece of scrapbook paper with it.

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After we finished the front, we turned the letter over and wrote a little note for her. Only took us about half an hour at most. Turned out great and she loved it! Hope this inspired you to get out there and start making something!

Caroline : )

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