Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Crafting’

Coloring Book Page Gift Wrap

When it comes to finding unexpected items to wrap gifts with, nothing is off-limits in my book, not even coloring books.

After receiving The Inspired Room Coloring Book a few weeks ago, I knew immediately that I wanted to use some of the images as gift wrap.

The Inspired Room Coloring Book

via The Inspired Room

The pages I choose had designs which reminded me of beautiful wrapping paper.  Here’s one of the pages before I colored it.

The Inspired Room Coloring Book Page

When selecting colors for the pages, I decided to use two of  my favorite color combos–red & hot pink and royal blue & green.  After the pages were colored I used them to wrap small cardboard gift mailers.  Gift mailers are a great alternative to a traditional box for wrapping small items.

Coloring Book Page Gift Wrap

Coloring Book Page Gift Wrap

And because I’m all about the details, I added small grommets to the egde where the paper overlapped. And then I added some cute tassels.  Aren’t these tassels the cutest things ever?  I followed Amber’s hula tassel tutorial which you can find here.

Coloring Book Page Gift Wrap

COLORING BOOK PAGE GIFT WRAP

Coloring Book Page Gift Wrap

Coloring Book Page Gift Wrap

Hand coloring your gift wrap is definitely more time-consuming than using store bought paper but for  special gifts it’s  worth the time and effort.

Coloring Book Page Gift Wrap

You can pick up your copy of The Inspired Room Coloring Book on Amazon.

p.s. I used these art markers to color my pages.

Shelly Signature

Read Full Post »

I’ve been thinking about giving our bedroom a refresh for a while now and I think I’m going to pull the trigger.

This is the current look of the bedroom–a mix of wood, black & white accents and pops of color.

ConfettiStyle Spring Bedroom Refresh7

ConfettiStyle Spring Bedroom Refresh6

My love affair with blue and white has me thinking of a look that incorporate navy, black, white and pops of color.

Here’s the Chinoiserie Inspired inspiration board I came up with…

Summer Bedroom Refresh .001.jpeg.001

Since the black armoire and chair will be staying, I need to find a duvet cover that can tie the navy and black together.  About a month ago I spotted a Ralph Lauren set at HomeGoods but decided to pass on it.  Now I can’t get it out of my mind.  I’ve been searching for it again but so far I have only found  it in a king size and we need a queen.  The pattern is called Tamarind and I did find it on Amazon (more expensive) so if I don’t have any luck at HomeGoods I have another option.

When it comes the accessories, I’m planning to change the black drapes to a dark navy and I’m  looking at this pink pillow…

Pink Pillow

and some chinoiserie inspired artwork from Etsy.

Pagoda Print

Floral Print

And of course I’ll incorporate some blue and white ceramic pieces into the mix.

Blue and Whtie Ginger Jars

As always things may change before it’s all said and down but I’m excited to create a fresh new look for our space.

Shelly Signature

Read Full Post »

DIY Toile Tablecloth

I saw it…I admired it…and then I decided to make it!

One day when I was surfing through the Neiman Marcus website, I spotted a beautiful green and white toile tablecloth.  It had everything going for it except the price ($$$). I continued to search for more budget friendly options but the only color I found at the price I wanted to pay was blue and white.

Well, the universe must have been hearing my cries because just about the time I was going to settle for a blue and white tablecloth, Cutting Edge Stencils contacted me and asked if I wanted to review one of their stencil designs.  A quick review of their collection and I said YES.  They had the perfect toile stencil so I could make my own toile tablecloth and save lots of money. Plus I always love a good craft challenge.

♦  DIY Toile Tablecloth  ♦

DIY Toile Tablecloth

DIY Toile Tablecloth

DIY Toile Tablecloth

white tablecloth with a vibrant green paint color

DIY Toile Tablecloth

DIY Toile Tablecloth

DIY Toile Tablecloth

you know I love chinoiserie

DIY Toile Tablecloth

of course I had to style the table using some of my blue and white pieces

DIY Toile Tablecloth

DIY Toile Tablecloth

DIY Toile Tablecloth

a fun accent color makes it even merrier

DIY Toile Tablecloth

DIY Toile Tablecloth

lots of vintage, thrifted and budget friendly treasure to give the table even more personality

DIY Toile Tablecloth

So what do you think?  Pretty darn cute if I may say so myself.

*****

If you’ve never given stenciling a try, I urge you to do it.  It’s easy and a great way to create custom decor for your home. Making my tablecloth took just a couple of hours and a few supplies.  Here’s how…

Supply list:

White Tablecloth –It’s best to get a 100% cotton or cotton blend which will allow the paint to absorb better
Secret Garden Toile Stencil  (if toile isn’t your look, there are tons of designs to choose from)
Foam paint roller 
Acrylic Paint –I used Anita’s acrylic paint in Christmas Green and purchased 2 of the large size bottles
Textile Medium–creates a soft, flexible and washable paint surface
Painters Tape, Spray Adhesive, Plastic paint tray or disposable paper plate
  1.  Gather your supplies and lay the tablecloth out on a smooth, firm surface.  I used my dining room table and placed a plastic drop cloth under the white tablecloth to protect the table surface.
  2. To ensure a clean paint application, use spray adhesive on the back of your stencil to prevent any paint bleeding. Spray the back of the stencil, let it sit for a few minutes and then place the stencil onto the tablecloth, starting in the upper right corner.
  3. Mix 2 parts paint with 1 part textile medium and pour paint onto the disposable plate.
  4. Coat your roller with paint and then roll the roller on the paper towel to remove most of the paint. You want the roller to have very little paint on it when you begin to reduce paint bleed.
  5. Paint over the stencil–you may need to go over the stencil 2 or 3 times to get the depth of color you want.
  6. Let the stencil sit for just a minute and then remove it.  Move your stencil and repeat the process until you’ve covered the entire tablecloth.

DIY Toile Tablecloth

DIY Toile Tablecloth

 

Once my tablecloth was painted, I decided to add a decorative trim along the edge and added a canary yellow woven gimp I purchased on clearance at Hobby Lobby.  I love the pop of color!

DIY Toile Tablecloth

 

I’m thrilled with how my Toile Tablecloth turned out and will definitely to enjoy using it year round.

Now it’s your turn to get in on the stencil fun.  Cutting Edge Stencils is giving away a $50 gift certificate to one of my readers.  Enter below for your chance to win!

Cutting Edge Stencil Giveaway.001

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Shelly Signature

Disclaimer : This is a sponsored post but all ideas and opinions are 100% my own.

 

 

Read Full Post »

Colored Pencils

via

Ok, its confession time.  How many of you have coloring books?

I jumped on the coloring book craze when it first starting gaining popularity.  As a creative, I’ve loved coloring my entire life and the idea of a coloring book for adults was so up my alley that I couldn’t resist.  My first coloring book was this one filled with Beautiful Patterns just like the title says.  I was drawn to the abstract and intricate designs which are perfect for someone like me that is a ‘coloring inside the lines’ kind of gal.

Beautiful Patterns--Coloring Books

Since my first coloring book I’ve been gifted several others by family and friends and now switch back and forth between books so none of them gets neglected.

Recently I read that several of my favorite bloggers (and authors) are jumping on the coloring book wagon and developing home decor themed books.  I can’t wait!

  John and Sherry from Young House Love have their coloring book, Color At Home coming out in October and from the looks of the cover image, it is going to be a good one.  The cover image resembles many of the beautiful rooms you see on Pinterest.

Color At Home--Cover Coloring Books

And Melissa, the blogger and author behind The Inspired Room blog has a coloring book coming out in July, aptly named The Inspired Room Coloring Book.

The Inspired Room--Coloring Books

Melissa shared a few pages from her book on her blog and it is also looks like it’s going to be a fun book.  I love that there will be room environments along with individual home decor items to color. I see a whole lot of #chinosierie inspiration in my future.

The Inspired Room Coloring Books

The Inspired Room Coloring Books

I don’t know who or why the adult coloring book trend started but I think it’s only going to get bigger and home decor coloring books take it to a new level.   Being able to color design a room in any color combination you want can provide great visual inspiration for someone decorating a room in their home.

For those of you that can’t wait until the Color At Home and The Inspired Room Coloring Book come out, here are a couple other home decor related coloring books I found.

Color Me Cluttered–The title and cover image of this coloring book might scare off a lot of people but I’m really intrigued by the artwork and potential transformation that can happen after a few hours of coloring. And the minute I saw the image of the gift wrap, I was hooked.

Color Me Cluttering Coloring Books

Color Me Cluttered Gift Wrap Page--Coloring Books

Color Me Cluttered--Coloring Books

Color Me Clutterd Room--Coloring Books

Off the Bookshelf–This coloring book contains a range of images, many of bookshelves and home decor scenes and others more random.  This book was also designed using a slightly heavier paper weight so you don’t have any color bleeding if you use markers to color your images. And I like that each page is perforated making it easy to tear out the pages and frame as artwork.

Off The Bookshelf--Cover Coloring Books

Off The Bookshelf Coloring Books

Now that I’ve got you itching to purchase a few coloring books, you’ll also need to buy some great pens or markers.  I switch between using pencils and markers when I color.  If I want more intense color on the image I go with markers and if I’m looking for a softer effect, I tend to choose colored pencils.  Here are several brands that love and in most cases own myself so I can highly recommend these from personal experience.

Coloring Book Tools--Coloring Books

No. 1  Prismacolor is definitely my favorite brand for markers and I also love their colored pencils.  They sell a variety of styles at price points from affordable to expensive.   The Premier 24 pk. Colored Pencil Set is a great value, includes enough colors so that you have lots of options to work with and the pencils are ideal for blending colors.  There are larger sets available too.

No. 2  Tomboy Dual Brush Pen Art Markers are great because of the dual brush heads and because the pens are odorless, bendable and non-bleeding. 

No. 3 I’ve owned a set of Uchida Le Plume II Double Ended Markers for many years and they still work like a charm.  They’ve traveled with us when we moved for Seattle to Atlanta and I’ve only had a few dry up. The extra-fine tip is great for intricate designs and the pens are easy to handle and won’t cramp your hand.

No. 4  For those of you that might want to take your coloring on the road or in the air, here’s a great set of 48 Marco Affine Artist Quality Pencils that include the roll-up case.  While I don’t own this exact set, I am considering purchasing a case to hold my pencils.  I like this case but if you’re looking for a great deal, you’ll want to scoop this case up. 

No. 5  The 72-piece Prismacolor Premier Double Ended Art Marker set is for the serious color artist and crafter because these markers are an investment.  This is another set that I’ve owned for years and just love.  These markers provide a very saturated color and work great for blending.  I also love them because once applied, the color is consistent with no blending or start/stop lines.

Coloring books for adults is a pretty cool thing in my book.  I’m a big fan and encourage you to give it a try is you haven’t already.

Shelly Signature

Read Full Post »

DIY Chinoiserie Playing Cards

You all know I’m having a love affair with all things blue and white chinoiserie.  A couple of months ago I picked up a pack of blue and white scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby and have had so much fun crafting and creating with all the beautiful designs.

Cottage Rose

I’m also kind of addicted to custom monogram stickers from Zazzle.  I’ve ordered several sets and I’m using them on everything from stationery to tabletop decor.  This green and white design with navy monogram is my most recent purchase.

DIY Monogrammed Chinoiserie Playing Cards

And my latest craft  project was to transform one of the many basic decks of cards I own into something a little more stylish.

What started as this….

Deck of Playing Cards

Got UpStyled into these…

DIY Monogrammed Chinoiserie Playing Cards

DIY Monogrammed Chinoiserie Playing Cards

DIY Monogrammed Chinoiserie Playing Cards

It was really simple to make these cards and it only took a couple of supplies.

How to:

Step 1:  Coat the back side of a piece of 12″ x 12″ decorative paper with Mod Podge.  It will take several sheets to cover all the cards in the deck.  You’ll notice that I used several different paper patterns to make my set.

Step 2:  While wet, place the playing cards onto the Mod Podge surface with the number side facing up.

Step 3:  Let the adhesive dry and then cut out each card.

Step 4:  Flip the cards over to the decorative side and adhere monogram sticker in the center.

This is a fun project that would make a great gift so give it a try.

DIY Monogrammed Chinoiserie Playing Cards

Shelly Signature

Read Full Post »

Valentine's Day Gift Wrap.001

If I had the time I would find an excuse to wrap gifts everyday.  I just love a beautifully wrapped gift and always want my gift wrapping to be part of the gift giving experience.

With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, I had the perfect opportunity to get creative and wrap gifts for the favorite people in my life.  I decided to keep things simple and use embellishments to add the wow factor to my gifts.

(more…)

Read Full Post »

thumb_IMG_1545_1024

Yesterday I shared tips on decorating and organizing your office space and included the idea of using decorative clipboards to pretty up your walls and help you stay organized. And today I’m showing you just how simple it is to make a decorative clipboard with a super easy DIY project.

(more…)

Read Full Post »

Top 10.001

Over the weekend I did a little review of the blog to see which post were your favorites in 2015.  While some of the top post surprised me, others didn’t.  As I looked at the top 10 post, I was happy to see that the things you love most are the things I love sharing most with you on the blog…design tips and decorating how-to’s, product inspiration, easy craft day’s and unique gift wrap ideas.

All of the blog topics you enjoyed most last year will continue here on the blog with even more impact.  I plan to share lots more design information in my Design Guide, Product + Inspiration and Design Chat series and have some fun and easy gift wrap and DIY projects for you as well.  I so appreciate the time you spend here on the blog and if there is anything new you’d like to see in  2016, just leave me a comment below.

I’m excited for what 2016 will bring but for now let’s take a look back at the Top 10 Blog Post of 2015!

{click on the photo captions to read the full post}

♥♥♥

How To Style a Sectional Sofa

How to Style a Sectional Sofa  {my most popular PIN on pinterest}

Decorating Tops of Bookcases and Armoires

Decorating Bookcase and Armories1

Decorative Tops of Bookcases and Armoires

Barn lights

Barn Lights–A Uniques Indoor Decorating Option

Diy Mug Wraps

DIY Mug Wraps (2014)  {one of my most popular Pins too!}

Decorating with the things you love

Decorating With Things You Love

Hemnes Shoe Cabinet

Product + Inspiration:  Hemnes Shoe Cabinet

Christmas Theme--2016.002

My Christmas Theme 2015

{p.s.  There’s a sneak peek of my 2016 Christmas theme over on the ConfettiStyle Instagram page}

Gamleby Plate Shelf

Product + Inspiration:  Gamleby Plate Shelf

Christmas 2015-16

Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour–Part 1

Gift Wrap Inspiration by ConfettiStyle1

Gift Wrap Inspiration:  A New Way To Add Ribbon

Shelly

 

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »