Butterflies in the Wind {tutorial}

*Tutorial by Amber C @ The Craft Project for her win of the “Scrap”tastic Challenge of season 15*


To create my “Butterflies in the Wind” project you will need:

  • A picture frame with a wide mat and the glass removed (mine was 16″ x 20″)
  • A piece of good watercolour paper
  • A selection of paint chips in a range of colours (grab them from the paint section of a hardware store)
  • Black and white sharpie paint pens
  • Thin wire
  • A strong glue, like E-6000
  • Three sizes of butterfly punches (2″ wide, 1″ wide, 1/4″ wide)
  • A bone folder helps, but isn’t necessary


I started with punching out a wide range of butterflies from paint chips. I wanted the piece to be very 3D so I folded each of the largest size of butterflies in half with the bone folder. To add a bit more visual interest to the piece I added geometric patterns with alternating white and black paint pens to one half of each of the larger butterflies.


I put the watercolour paper and mat into the frame after I pulled the glass out of it. I wanted to extend the piece beyond the rigid boundary of the frame so I twisted a some wire into tight curls and glued them to the back of the frame, with the plan of using these as extra bases for the butterflies.


I then arranged the butterflies in a swirl across the entire piece – working through a range of colours. I set the butterflies in a swirl that started on the wires and went across the piece, touching the paper, mat, and frame throughout the piece. I used E-6000 glue to put secure them in place.


I hope you enjoy making your version as much as I did with this one.


‘Scrap’tastic Results

I hope you all had a marvelous week!  I forget how much time it takes to get back in the swing of things after a few days off. Especially when those days are totally awesome.  I’m just barely getting back with it since my friends left.  Poor family.  At least I did the laundry :)

Anyway, here are the results you’ve all been waiting for!


And the crafter/project match up:

#1 – Scrappy Wallets – Amber R. @ Craft Me Perfect
#2 – Decoupaged Closet – Lacy @ Lavender & Lace
#3 – Butterflies in the Wind – Amber C @ The Craft Project
#4 – Scrap Fabric Juggling Bags – Charlie @ Attempting Aloha
#5 – The Game of Memory – Veronica @ Adventures of D & V
#6 – Coupon Organizer – Jess @ Spool & Spoon
#7 -‘Scrap’tastic Table Runner – Malory @ Snips & Spice
#8 – Scrappy Wall Art – Heidi @ greendoodle
That gives Amber C @ The Craft Project her first win of the season!  Congrats Amber!
Butterflies in the Wind - Amber C
I totally love those butterflies, especially the ones flying off the corner up there.  So pretty and so fun.  I can’t wait for the tutorial so I can try my hand at it for Abi’s room.  Her walls are embarrassingly bare right now.
But we have to say goodbye to Lacy @ Lavender & Lace this week.  My only consolation is that I got an email from Lacy days ago  letting me know that she had some things come up and would be unable to continue in the season.  So if there had to be a week with this outcome, I’m glad it was this one for her.
Decoupaged Closet - Lacy
Be sure to keep up with her on her blog and leave her lots of love!  These ladies work so hard and I know they would appreciate a little love on their blogs in return :)

‘Scrap’tastic {week 3}

How was your weekend?  Do anything fun?  I had these awesome ladies come visit me.  I meet the redhead in 2nd grade and the brunette in Preschool and miraculously we stayed friends until now.  We even lived together during college and survived :)  In fact, the brunette and I married brothers so now we’re forced to be sisters ;).  Thank you ladies for coming to visit, and thank you husbands for letting them!


Now onto the good stuff.  This weeks challenge is a fun one – ‘Scrap’tastic!  The contestants had to come up with a great project that would use up their scraps. And they did a great job!

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Wood Scrap Lantern Tutorial

*Tutorial made by Chi Wei @ One Dog Woof for her win of the Scraps challenge of Season 12*

Wow, I’m so honored to have won the first challenge, and I’m glad I can show you how I created my Wood Scrap Lantern!
The brainstorming process for this project was a little bit crazy. Once I decided I wanted to use wood, I googled “wood scraps” just to look at some pictures.  Originally, I looked at some segmented wood turning projects, but pretty much got shot down by my wood working friends (and Drew) for being completely off my rocker.  So, finally, I caught a glimpse of a wood lantern somewhere on the interwebs, with no name, no title, no instructions, just a glowing image of a wood “thing” with holes in it.  I figured since there were no rounded edges, this was at least “do-able”!
So here we go!
1.  Collect a bunch of wood – preferably already square.  By square, I don’t mean the shape, I mean, the that the sides and corners are not crooked.
2.  Cut, rip, sand your pieces into assorted shapes and sizes.  I didn’t have a plan, so I just cut enough wood to half fill a plastic bag.
3.  Start piecing your wood blocks together.  Do it on a table so the inner side is flat.  Try to keep enough variation in color, texture, wood grain in the design, and you can also try to piece it so that you never have to depend on an exact sizing.  I pieced mine together so each piece sort of depended on the piece before it, and everything was slightly adjustable.  Also, it is helpful to create a 90 degree frame to build up against, so you know your panel will be square.
Ooh, also remember to take a picture of your panel before you take it apart to start glueing! [Read more…]

Our Scrappy Winner & a Party Highlight

Lets start out with the Linky Party highlight, shall we?


In a family like mine, that has way more nephews than nieces, these little Dinosaur Taggie Toys by Aiming for Swan Like would be a huge hit.  And aren’t they just adorable?!

But now onto the results from our first week of season 12!

And here’s the crafter/project match up:

#1 – Switch Flops – Nancy @ Nancy’s Couture
#2 – Metallic Reverse Applique Clutch – Allie @ Miss Lovie Creations
#3 – Wood Scrap Lantern – ChiWei @ One Dog Woof
#4 – Patriotic Pillows – Crystal @ Crystals Craft Spot
#5 – Row Bird Houses – Erin @ Erin’s Creative Energy
#6 – The Map! – Megan @ The Crafty Conundrum
#7 – Scrappy Mural – Jenna @ Silver Lining Crafts
#8 – Pant Hem Zippered Pouch – Meg  @ Mega Crafty
#9 – Quilted Stationary – Alicia @ The Creative Vault
#10 – Crazy Quilt Kindle Cover – Chrissy @  There are UFO’s under my stairs


That means the first win of the season goes to ChiWei @ One Dog Woof!


That is a pretty killer little lantern.  And I have a ton of those little wood nubbins from other projects I’ve done.  Now I’m glad I held on to them :).


But that means Jenna @ Silver Lining Crafts will be leaving us this week.


She’s the youngest contestant that we’ve ever had on SYTYC.  When I was 12 there’s no way I could have kept up a blog while doing all my other stuff.  She’s pretty amazing.  Thanks for taking some time out to give SYTYC a chance Jenna!  And all y’all should go on over and give her some love on her blog.


Stay tuned for (and start crafting along with) our next challenge on Monday – Repurposed crafts!

Pocket Peggy House Tutorial

*Tutorial made by Kim @ Bugaboo, Mini, Mr. & Me for her win of the Scraps challenge of Season 11*
Well, at first I really was stumped when it came to scraps.  There are so many things you CAN do – the options were overwhelming.  I love watching my daughter play with her cousin’s doll house, though, and I thought a version just for her would be perfect.  She’s a little young for the tiny, intricate pieces.  PLUS, we have an airplane trip coming up.  With all things considered, I finally put it all together into one project – 

I had so much fun with the details – and could honestly make a ton more because it was so much fun to put together.

Before you start assembling anything, you’ll need to cut out squares for your walls and triangles for the roof.  You can make these any size you’d like, it’s totally up to you and where you want this to fit.  When cutting your squares and triangles consider the following:
which pieces of scrap compliment each other the best?  What color do I want the outside of my house to be? (this will be your largest scrap) What kinds of patterns do I want to include or avoid on the walls?  Do I want to make an “attic” or just leave the inside of the triangles the same color as the outside?
After perusing your scraps and planning the walls and roof, you can start cutting the base pieces.  You will need four squares for the outer walls, four squares for the inner walls, four triangles for the outer roofs and four triangles for the inner roofs.  In addition, you will need two squares of the same color for the floor.  Once all of that is done, you can move on to [Read more…]

Scraps {week 4}

 *If you missed the Knock Off results post from last week, you can find it here.*

So how many of you have a ton of fabric scraps all over your house?  This is what my felt scrap jar looks like right now (I’m not even going to attempt to get all my fabric scraps out – it’s a little outrageous).

I think I’m going to need another jar here pretty soon.  So what better way to use up all those scraps that I know we all have laying around than a challenge using those scraps?  Well, I didn’t actually do any project or use up my scraps, but the lovely crafters did and now I have a bunch of great ideas for when I finally get around to some scrap busting.

Like usual, the poll is in the side bar and will be open until Friday night! [Read more…]

Fish Bowl Matching Game Tutorial

 *Tutorial made by Celeste @ Celestials Creations for her win during the Scraps Only challenge*

I waited all week for a sunny day to make
this tutorial.  Alas, it doesn’t look like we’ll be having one of those
soon enough.  Hope you can see clearly enough.  Find me at Celestials Creations if you have questions.

Fish Bowl Matching Game Tutorial 

Supplies used:

16 colors of fabric scraps (about an 8 x 10 inch piece should be enough for one color)

(If you only want to make a one sided bowl, you’ll need 8 colors and about an 18 x21″ piece of one color for the inside)

1/4 yard of 60″ wide felt

18″ of 1/2″ wide bias tape

fabric glue stick

stuffing for the fish

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