DIY Butterfly Decor! (tutorial)

I made a very grave decision recently to retire this photograph (that I took in a high school photography class) of my beloved soccer cleats.  While I still enjoy it, I just don't have a place for it.  So, re-purposing began!

I knew I wanted to do something with the frame, but couldn't decide what.  I started by spray painting it white, but that didn't work out (sometimes it won't).  Instead I decided to cover it in fabric!  It's not too hard to do and I just kind of learned as I went along.

I didn't want to lose the glass, in case I someday wanted to use the frame for a picture again, so I used it as the background of my art instead.  Super expensive materials here, people!

Yes, that's aluminum foil, which I used to cover the glass.  I didn't want to just cover it in white or something plain and most of the patterned paper I had didn't quite go with the color scheme I was going for.  So, I covered the glass in foil, then covered that in vellum paper.  I love the effect (picture coming soon!)!

I don't know if I've mentioned that my daughter's room is slowly being done in hot pink, navy, light aqua and grey/silver.  The elements are coming together slowly.  So, I decided to use my trusty Martha Stewart paper punch to cut out some cute butterflies in hot pink.  These are pretty small, maybe an inch across.  I wasn't sure how many I'd need so I just punched as much as I could out of the little scraps I had.

I also punched 1 navy blue butterfly, then stamped a text stamp in navy blue on the pink butteflies (on the navy I stamped white polka dots).

This photo shows you the stamping up close as well as the fabric I chose... AND the cool effect created by the vellum layered over the foil.  Now, the sheen of the foil made it difficult for me to get a decent picture in my daughter's ill-lit room, so this is the best I could do, but I think you'll get the idea!

I glue gunned some ribbon to the back of the frame to let it hang and voila!  This is a little small, so I still need to figure out what else I'll put on this wall but it's a start!

Everything I used to make this was either a scrap or something I already had.  Not too shabby for free wall decor! :)


365 Cards: Opposite Day!

Good morning! I'm posting this a little late today, but I just have to share this fun challenge with you from 365 Cards!  You may see that my blog looks a little different today, but it's still me!  I'm slowly combining some things and from now on, I will be called Heidi Stock Design.  I'm still crafty in a haphazard style though :P

Anyway!  Today's challenge is Opposite Day!  I know we all went through that phase when we were younger where we'd designate the whole day to saying the opposite of what we meant... that's what today is kind of about!  Pam gave me the challenge to create a card that is opposite in some way... for example making a winter card in the summer!  That's what I did!  I also chose some colors that reminded me of summer to put on my Christmas card, so there's another opposite!  I used a fun sentiment image from KLM Designs that I combined with a cute snowflake to create the polka dots.  The tag for the sentiment was cut on my Silhouette and the sentiment stamp is Papertrey Ink (PTI) and is one of my favorite sets!  I just got it in Chicago, but it's all Christmas/Holiday sentiments with that cute handwritten look.  Take a look at it here!

That's all for today, but I hope you designate some crafting time to being opposite today! :)


Cardstock, ribbon, sentiment stamp, ink, button: Papertrey Ink
Twine: Fashion Cord (hemp)
Digital Elements: "Season's Greetings" from KLM Designs, snowflake from Photoshop stock images


Thursday ... that i love.

Hello!  I've decided that Thursdays are going to be dedicated to things that I love... that I can link to or share in some way.  Maybe it's a story, maybe it's a picture, maybe it's a person, maybe it's ... an etsy shop AND a person that I love!

I have this friend who probably shouldn't even be my friend.  It's kind of crazy and random how we met.  The tie that brought us together no longer exists, but the unraveling came unnoticed because of ALL THE OTHER BONDS that were better and much stronger than the original.  And so.  We are friends.  We haven't physically seen each other in oh, 6 years maybe?  I don't even know, but she inspires me.  I haven't known many other people with such an individual point of view (I mean that in the best way), which is apparent in her work.  And so.  I present:

annilygreen, who I fondly know as aknee (the k is silent) and annie among others...

 I absolutely love that print.  So gorgeous.  As you can see, this isn't your everyday Target type of stuff.  It's completely unique and MUST BE OWNED.

Take a minute to browse.  She's an artist.


Eric Carle, 2 free downloads!

Hello!  You can see I took the day off yesterday.  I was busy watching 4 kids for the majority of the day and forgot to schedule a post!  Well, today I'm back with something short and sweet!

For the last couple of days, I've found myself going back to Eric Carle's website a lot.  I came across this small image on his blog:

eric carle number pattern

I just love Eric Carle's illustration style.  He goes into detail about the technique on his website and even has instructions (this is a link to a .pdf, so just be aware of that before you click on it!) you can print to create your own project (one of the next items on my crafty to-do list!) using his technique.

Well, I have a little something special for you.  I just loved this image so much that I modified it a little bit and made it into a background!  It's not really anything I could ever use commercially, since it belongs to Mr. Carle, so I thought I'd share!

Free Eric Carle blog / website background number pattern

This is saved as a .PNG.  You can just right-click and save it as an image and edit it however you like, just considering that it does belong to Mr. Carle (that means personal use only!).

I used it for a couple of things already, like this Baby Shower sign that I modified from this one at iVillage (as mentioned here at HTWM).  Feel free to snag that as well (for personal use only).

free baby shower printable eric carle numbers red orange

Leave a comment and let me know what you might use these downloads for!

Enjoy and I'll see you back here tomorrow!


Repurposed Sweater = New Winter Hat for Adelle

Hello everyone!  I had a great Sunday.  We got up on time and got to church early.  I got a new calling today, which I'm excited about, though I don't know completely what it will entail.  I get to work with the Young Women though, so yay!  So fun!

I've decided something I want to do here on this blog is try out tutorials I find online and let you know how it goes for someone like me, who really does not have an extensive craftiness skill set (For example, I really do not sew.  I have a sewing machine, but I am slowly teaching myself how to use it).  First on the list, I told you I'd come back to this tutorial over at A Hoot and a Holler, so that's exactly what I did!  I'll let you be the judge on how successful it was. :)  I used one of Adelle's hats as a guide, then started cutting!

I followed the step by step directions and here's my completed hat.  Honestly from start to finish creating the hat took me MAYBE 5 minutes, if that.  I'm thinking about making myself one too.  Is that super nerdy to have matching hats with my daughter?  I've gotta put the rest of this sweater to good use!

Now, for the flower, I went a different route. Who likes felt?  I do!  I also love my Silhouette SD.  I used that to find my flowers: 2 larger ones at about 2.5" across and the other 2 at about 2" across.  I cut them out with paper using the Silhouette, then adhered the paper to felt, where I then cut out each flower.  (The leaves are just hand cut, but about 2.75" in length).

After I cut out each flower, I layered them on top of each other and used embroidery floss to tie it all together.

Pretty!  I used the sewing machine at the base of the leaves to attach them directly to the hat, then hand stitched the upper part of the leaves so that it wouldn't show through to the front of the felt.  That way the leaves aren't flapping all over, but are still completely secure. 

Then I hand stitched the flower onto the hat, attaching each petal from the bottom flower.  To make sure the rest of the flower was secure, I used a glue gun to the underside of each petal on the next 2 layers.  That's it!    This will go great with Adelle's red winter coat!  Here she is pointing at the pretty flower.

I really love the color combination and I like that the sweater I used had a little bit of a broken-in look.

I had to bribe Adelle with a slice of cheese for her to keep the hat on long enough for me to take a picture and this is the best I could get.  Normally I would pull it down a little more, which looks really cute with the flower.  You'll just have to trust me on that one :)

So, I would call this a success!  I give this tutorial an A!  Have you tried any great DIY projects lately?  Leave a comment and tell me about it -- especially if you have a link to where you found it!!


365 Cards: Sing-Along!

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat
But always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances
But they're worth taking
Lovin' might be a mistake
But it's worth making
Don't let some hell bent heart
Leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out
Give the heavens above
More than just a passing glance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
(Time is a real and constant motion always)
I hope you dance
(Rolling us along)
I hope you dance
(Tell me who)
I hope you dance
(Wants to look back on their youth and wonder)
(Where those years have gone)

I hope you still feel small
When you stand by the ocean
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens
Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
(Time is a real and constant motion always)
I hope you dance
(Rolling us along)
I hope you dance
(Tell me who)
(Wants to look back on their youth and wonder)
I hope you dance
(Where those years have gone)

(Tell me who)
I hope you dance
(Wants to look back on their youth and wonder)
(Where those years have gone) 

Today's challenge at 365 Cards is a Sing-Along challenge!  Take the song "I Hope You Dance," by Lee Ann Womack, and let it inspire you to make a card.  After listening and reading all the lyrics, the one that really stuck out to me was this line, "Never settle for the path of least resistance."  to me it says, "good luck," "you can do it," or some kind of encouragement -- maybe even a graduation card or something like that. 

I got to use a great image from Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps.  I printed it once on vintage cream cardstock, then again on ripe avocado (PTI colors), then I cut them out and layered them.  I added some ink to the blossom and a button and voila! :)  The woodgrain background is something I had already stamped when I made another card earlier this week, so that was a quick addition and I love the way it looks with the other colors.  For the sentiment, I just printed it from the computer, then used PTI's vintage tea dye ink combo to give the paper some aging and added that frame around the sentiment.  I love how subtle it looks and it just ties everything together I think.

I hope this song will inspire you today!  It really has a great message and now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure a friend of mine used it in his graduation speech at our high school graduation!  Anyway, I hope you get lots accomplished today (or enjoy a lazy day if that's what the doctor ordered).  Happy Saturday!


Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Stamps: PTI (Fillable Frames #4, Woodgrain), Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps (flower and leaves), digital sentiment designed by me
Ink: PTI (Vintage Tea Dye Ink) , Memento (Rich Cocoa), Martha Stewart (orange, red)
Button: PTI
Twine: Fashion Cord (hemp)


Pretty in Print: Etsy Shop by hmschell

Woohoo, it's Friday! I hope everyone has had a great week and is excited for the weekend because I am! My husband finished his first week of school and my daughter has a runny nose. Not to mention, we are in dire need of a storage unit because we are spilling over with STUFF in this tiny 2BR apt.

Anyway! Today I want to share a couple of things with you! First is my new Etsy Shop. It is always going to be in progress with new things to share, so I'm sure I will be sharing a few things now and then on this blog.

On a fantastic trip to Chicago with my friends Chelsea and Rebecca, We got to go to CHA and IKEA as well as to some church sales and estate sales.  Honestly, even though we went specifically for CHA, I think my favorite part was driving around Chicago (and its many suburbs) searching for these great sales!   At a couple of them I found some fantastic vintage books that were just falling apart and now I have these great flowers to sell that I have handmade from those vintage pages!  Soon I'll be adding some flower sets with rice paper as well, which I found at a fantastic Japanese grocery store in Chicago.

These flowers are so great for crafting (to put on a card or gift wrapping, maybe some wall decor) or even for a great headband, brooch or hair clip, etc!  There are so many options!  I have tons of button options too and really, they even look great without buttons!

Okay, enough with the self-promotion!

Photo owned by A Hoot and a Holler
I also want to show you this great tutorial at A Hoot and a Holler that I came across recently.  I will be trying this one very soon.  I have a bunch of old sweaters that I just can't get rid of, but that I absolutely NEVER wear.  So, it's about time to do some surgery!  I'll be sure to share the results!  I love repurposing items I already have around the house (maybe that's why this place is overflowing with junk!!).  I hope it inspires you to do something new with something old!  Good luck!

I'll be back tomorrow with a card for 365 Cards!  This is a fun one!


monogram wall decor - DIY by me!

First of all, when you look at this photo, please don't be super jealous of my completely retro kitchen. Yes, that is yellow tile straight out of the 70s and 'beautiful' countertops to match :) Our oven, sink and fridge are yellow too. Now I just need some dark grey walls and modern accents and it would actually be pretty much amazing. One thing at a time I guess!  I don't know if I'm willing to put that much work into a cheap rental TINY 2 bedroom apartment.  Anyway, that's not why we're here!

I want to share this small wall decor with you that I made yesterday.  I didn't have any small canvases, so I used the lid to an old decorative box that was ruined.  It's a 7.5" square.  I just used the glue gun to adhere the fabric to the lid.  I had to line it with white fabric (cut up one of Luke's ruined Sunday shirts)so the pattern on the lid wouldn't show through.  This fabric was a free find at a swap meet that my church organized last year.  What's better than free??  It's hard to tell in the photo, but it's a light powder blue with small navy dots.  I can't officially say it's vintage because I don't know the exact year it was made, but I'd be really surprised if it wasn't at least 30 years old.  For the 's' I used black felt.  I used my Silhouette SD to cut out an 'S' in paper (I wish it cut felt!  If anyone knows a secret, please share!) and then I glue gunned it to the underside of the felt to cut around it.  That way I have a perfect guide that doesn't show and can use whatever font I want, thanks to the Silhouette!  I just glue gunned a couple of buttons on and then again used the glue gun to place the 'S' on the bottom corner (it's actually covering a small imperfection in the fabric)!

Now I have wall art!

I have a large collage on the wall right now of black picture frames and a couple other things, so I'm looking for ways to incorporate more color and make it a little bigger.  Hopefully soon I'll be able to share some before and after photos of the collage.

Here are a couple of other items that have inspired me for my living room.  Our couch came with some hideous pillows that I'm going to slip cover, one of them hopefully with something like this, since I have so many buttons.  I also want to do some more wall art, probably unframed... I want to do something like this, but on fabric that is wrapped over canvas, similar to this monogram art!

Anyway, I hope this inspires your creativity!  Tomorrow I'll have something else to share!  Thanks for stopping by!


coffee filters can be beautiful?

Hello!  I want to share this with you today (via DesignSponge).  I am always excited to find projects that can be used with inexpensive easy-to-find materials!  Check out this great tutorial for these cute flowers made of coffee filters!


365 Cards: Blog Inspired!

Hello, hello!  Happy Saturday!  I'm back with another card for 365 Cards and I had lots of fun with this challenge!  First of all, I used a beautiful gladiola (the August flower) image from Sweet n' Sassy Stamps. which is this week's sponsor.  Today's challenge is Blog Inspired :)  I got to take my blog, whether it be color, design, etc etc... and let it inspire my card!  Since this is pretty much my favorite color combination ever (I'd be surprised if you haven't figured that out yet...hehe ), I decided to go primarily with the colors from my blog.  I designed my blog header myself as well as the design for my in progress "business" website: Heidi Stock Design.  Anyway, needless to say, I was definitely inspired!

Thank You

I also want to draw your attention to my sidebar under "Places I Go."  Recently I've made a lot of changes and added a lot of great sites that have tutorials and tons of great DIY projects to inspire you whether with paper or just crafting in general.  I'm branching out slowly with fabric and mixed media projects, so I've had a lot of fun browsing through a lot of different sites.  Check back again soon and I'm sure there will be an even longer list!  Who knows, maybe I'll add some tutorials of my own at some point.  Anyway, enjoy and again, Happy Saturday!!

Thank You details:
Cardstock, felt, ribbon, button, ink, text and sentiment stamps: Papertrey Ink
Glitter: Martha Stewart
Digital Stamp: Sweet n' Sassy Stamps
Twine: Fashion Cord


365 Cards - Card Recipe 6

Hello everyone!  I'm excited to share a couple of cards with you from the Saturday 365 Cards challenges.  Last weekend I was in Chicago for CHA and forgot to schedule a post with my card, so sorry about that.  I'll show the card at the end of this post, but first, this week!  You may know that this week has been filled with card recipes that build off each other by the day.  This last one for the week included the following requirements:

5x5 Card
2 3x3 patterned papers
2 images (stamped, fussy cut, digi, etc.)
2 Buttons
4 Blossoms

At first the 2 patterned papers stumped me.  It's not a look I generally would go for, but I like how it worked out in this card.  To get the stamped image on all of the different papers, I had to stamp it several times.  It's nearly impossible to get a complete/clean image if you stamp on different overlapping layers of paper at the same time, so I stamped the bottom layer first, then the polka dot layer, then the ledger paper layer, etc.  I assembled it as I went along too, just to make sure it all lined up.  If this wasn't a recipe card, I probably would have added a strip of ribbon along the bottom edge of the card (under the sentiment, but running along the entire width of the card, if that makes sense).  I also don't use a lot of pre-made paper/crocheted blossoms, so the only ones I had just didn't go with the colors I wanted to use.  I decided to cut circles out of felt and then cut slits in them to look like petals.  I also had a hard time coming up with a second image, but I like the touch of the greenery underlapping the sentiment.

Anyway, enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

Oh, and here's my card from last week's Saturday challenge.  Don't want to forget that!

This card is where I finally feel like I've gotten my creative juices flowing again.  It's been a while since I really loved a card I made.... that's what happens when you move twice and don't have all your supplies readily available or an adequate space to create.  It's hard to tell in the picture, but the ivory wreath accent is coated in fine clear glitter.... and I really really love this Basic Grey patterned paper with the yellow and gray PTI cardstock.  Yay.



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