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Guest Project — Make a Valentine Tree of Love!!

3 Feb

Hello Everyone!

I am Angie from Echoes of Laughter …a stay-at-home mom of 2 who loves crafting!

I want to thank Jenn for the pleasure and honour of being a guest here on Tatertots and Jello.
 I am just super peachy happy to be able to share this with you!
Here is a tutorial for a very simple ‘tree of love’ 
for Valentine’s Day.
♥ 

I had 3 goals for this project.
I wanted to make something pretty, 
 something affordable,
and something that could be made in under an hour…. 
because we are all busy women with so much to do!
For this project, you will need:
a small flower pot or bowl
a block of floral foam
some branches about 12″ to 14″ high
 {I snapped these brances from a tree in my yard…when it is -30 outside…it sure is easy to snap something!}
black letter stickers
cinnamon hearts
white school glue 
miniature clothespins
and
A handful of pictures.
I chose these mini portrait pictures of my children where they were little.
  • First add the word ‘love’ with the black letter stickers to the pot.
  • Cut floral foam to fit inside the pot.{I just cut the foam with a steak knife.}
  • Insert the branches to make the ‘tree’.
  • Next, use white school glue to glue the cinnamon hearts to the base of the tree to cover the floral foam.
  • Let dry for a few minutes.
  • Next, trim and mat the small pictures with white cardstock and embellish as desired. I used dollar store Valentine stickers I already had in my stash of supplies. I also found adorable red mini clothespins at the dollar store. But plain mini clothespins would work as well, or ribbon.
  •  Then pin your decorated photos to the branches.
Now enjoy a wonderful centerpiece for your table…
or a sweet decoration for your living room.
Wishing you all a terrific Valentine’s day with those near and dear to you!
I hope you take joy in whatever it is that you create!!
Angie xo

Thanks Angie — what a sweet idea!! 

Angie has all sorts of great ideas over at Echoes of Laughter:
 {Love this idea — create an Oatmeal Breakfast Bar}
Be sure to check out Echoes of Laughter – you will be glad you did!! 
Have a Terrific Day!! 
xoxo

Guest Project — Make a Valentine Tree of Love!!

3 Feb

Hello Everyone!

I am Angie from Echoes of Laughter …a stay-at-home mom of 2 who loves crafting!

I want to thank Jenn for the pleasure and honour of being a guest here on Tatertots and Jello.
 I am just super peachy happy to be able to share this with you!
Here is a tutorial for a very simple ‘tree of love’ 
for Valentine’s Day.
♥ 

I had 3 goals for this project.
I wanted to make something pretty, 
 something affordable,
and something that could be made in under an hour…. 
because we are all busy women with so much to do!
For this project, you will need:
a small flower pot or bowl
a block of floral foam
some branches about 12″ to 14″ high
 {I snapped these brances from a tree in my yard…when it is -30 outside…it sure is easy to snap something!}
black letter stickers
cinnamon hearts
white school glue 
miniature clothespins
and
A handful of pictures.
I chose these mini portrait pictures of my children where they were little.
  • First add the word ‘love’ with the black letter stickers to the pot.
  • Cut floral foam to fit inside the pot.{I just cut the foam with a steak knife.}
  • Insert the branches to make the ‘tree’.
  • Next, use white school glue to glue the cinnamon hearts to the base of the tree to cover the floral foam.
  • Let dry for a few minutes.
  • Next, trim and mat the small pictures with white cardstock and embellish as desired. I used dollar store Valentine stickers I already had in my stash of supplies. I also found adorable red mini clothespins at the dollar store. But plain mini clothespins would work as well, or ribbon.
  •  Then pin your decorated photos to the branches.
Now enjoy a wonderful centerpiece for your table…
or a sweet decoration for your living room.
Wishing you all a terrific Valentine’s day with those near and dear to you!
I hope you take joy in whatever it is that you create!!
Angie xo

Thanks Angie — what a sweet idea!! 

Angie has all sorts of great ideas over at Echoes of Laughter:
 {Love this idea — create an Oatmeal Breakfast Bar}
Be sure to check out Echoes of Laughter – you will be glad you did!! 
Have a Terrific Day!! 
xoxo

Guest Project — Make Simple Valentine’s Photo Art!!

21 Jan
Hello to everyone at Tatertots & Jello and happy Friday! 
I’m Nike (that’s Neeka) from Choose To Thrive.
 I’m thrilled to be sharing my 
Simple Valentine’s Photo Art tutorial!
Valentine’s Day at our house has been a family event ever since kiddo #5 arrived via an emergency c-section during what would have been our Valentine’s dinner. 
 So when I decided to make a photo display to celebrate this holiday, I not only thought about using pictures of me and my husband, but also to all of the people I love: 
… my children … in-laws … extended family.
And this project could be simpler ….
I began by inserting family pictures into a Word document and scaling them to the size I needed.
 
I then converted the image to black and white.
 
To add names, select Insert >Text Box>Simple Text Box. Make sure you select the No Fill and No Outline options so that your text will blend seamlessly over top of your pictures.
Select the font, color and size of your text and drag into position on your picture.
 Lather, rinse, repeat.
(To fill my large 22″ x 28″ frame, I used 58 1.5″ x 2.5″ pictures)
I printed out several sheets of pictures on cardstock and trimmed around each photo.
 For the display base, I removed the Declaration of Independence that was in the frame to start, hid it carefully from Ben Gates (ha!) and cut a piece of cardboard the same size…
… covered it with muslin and taped the raw edges to the back.
I arranged the pictures in a heart, attaching each one to the cardboard base with a photo tab.
 
To finish this project, the phrase “The greatest gift to LOVE and be loved in return” was cut from black and red vinyl on my Silhouette machine and applied to the glass.  
 
(I used the fonts JSL Ancient and Blackadder ITC which are free to download.)
A quick wipe down for finger prints and that’s it:
Easy, fast, done!
  
I love having this new reminder of how blessed I am to be loved by my amazing family.
Thank you again, Jen, for the chance to share my project with you and your readers.  Your projects and features have been the source of so much inspiration for me!
And now if you’ll please excuse me, I have a birthday party to plan for a very special little boy.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
Wow – great tutorial, Nike!!  
Did you know that Nike challenged herself last year to craft without spending any money? Yes!! 
And it’s incredible the beautiful projects she created without spending anything!! 
This year she is challenging herself to make over her 1970’s home with a budget of nothing too!! I can’t wait to see what she does! 
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{ Ballard Design Knock Off Bulletin Boards out of old diaper boxes and VHS movies}
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{Ballard Design Knock Off Vase out of an old oatmeal container}
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{And old bottles into Fall Decor}
I am so excited to see what Nike does this year without spending anything!! 
Be sure to follow along too at Choose to Thrive!!
xoxo

 

PS — It’s Friday!! I can’t wait to see what YOU have been working on this week.
Come on over for the WWU Party tonight. The party starts at 6 PM {MST}!!!!

P
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Guest Project — Make Simple Valentine’s Photo Art!!

21 Jan
Hello to everyone at Tatertots & Jello and happy Friday! 
I’m Nike (that’s Neeka) from Choose To Thrive.
 I’m thrilled to be sharing my 
Simple Valentine’s Photo Art tutorial!
Valentine’s Day at our house has been a family event ever since kiddo #5 arrived via an emergency c-section during what would have been our Valentine’s dinner. 
 So when I decided to make a photo display to celebrate this holiday, I not only thought about using pictures of me and my husband, but also to all of the people I love: 
… my children … in-laws … extended family.
And this project could be simpler ….
I began by inserting family pictures into a Word document and scaling them to the size I needed.
 
I then converted the image to black and white.
 
To add names, select Insert >Text Box>Simple Text Box. Make sure you select the No Fill and No Outline options so that your text will blend seamlessly over top of your pictures.
Select the font, color and size of your text and drag into position on your picture.
 Lather, rinse, repeat.
(To fill my large 22″ x 28″ frame, I used 58 1.5″ x 2.5″ pictures)
I printed out several sheets of pictures on cardstock and trimmed around each photo.
 For the display base, I removed the Declaration of Independence that was in the frame to start, hid it carefully from Ben Gates (ha!) and cut a piece of cardboard the same size…
… covered it with muslin and taped the raw edges to the back.
I arranged the pictures in a heart, attaching each one to the cardboard base with a photo tab.
 
To finish this project, the phrase “The greatest gift to LOVE and be loved in return” was cut from black and red vinyl on my Silhouette machine and applied to the glass.  
 
(I used the fonts JSL Ancient and Blackadder ITC which are free to download.)
A quick wipe down for finger prints and that’s it:
Easy, fast, done!
  
I love having this new reminder of how blessed I am to be loved by my amazing family.
Thank you again, Jen, for the chance to share my project with you and your readers.  Your projects and features have been the source of so much inspiration for me!
And now if you’ll please excuse me, I have a birthday party to plan for a very special little boy.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
Wow – great tutorial, Nike!!  
Did you know that Nike challenged herself last year to craft without spending any money? Yes!! 
And it’s incredible the beautiful projects she created without spending anything!! 
This year she is challenging herself to make over her 1970’s home with a budget of nothing too!! I can’t wait to see what she does! 
[bulletin.j4.jpg]
{ Ballard Design Knock Off Bulletin Boards out of old diaper boxes and VHS movies}
[planter.20[5].jpg]
{Ballard Design Knock Off Vase out of an old oatmeal container}
[btl.3[5].jpg]
{And old bottles into Fall Decor}
I am so excited to see what Nike does this year without spending anything!! 
Be sure to follow along too at Choose to Thrive!!
xoxo

 

PS — It’s Friday!! I can’t wait to see what YOU have been working on this week.
Come on over for the WWU Party tonight. The party starts at 6 PM {MST}!!!!

P
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