Lines Across: July 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Cure for the Common Monday #49


Yesterday was my son Benjamin's 3rd birthday. I especially love Grant's face in this picture. He is more excited to see Benjamin's reaction than anything.


1. Kitchen makeover from Seven Thirty Three (I love that sign!)

2. Color block dresser from That's What Che Said

3. Spider Blanket from Elisabeth Andree (I love the colors and layout)

4. Sling Tote Bag from Crazy Little Projects

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Everyone is welcome to join this link party. Share something crafty or creative. Share a recipe or a household tip. There are four simple rules.

1. Follow Lines Across (I also will be sharing some of my favorites throughout the week through FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest).
2. Post the Cure for the Common Monday button somewhere on your blog (or link back to Lines Across).
3. Visit and comment on at least one link for every post you share.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Make Your Own Stamps

After posting all of those wonderful DIY stamp ideas, I had to try a few of my own. These stamps are really a combination of a few of the others, but are closest to this herringbone stamp from A Beautiful Mess.

I was a little worried that using craft foam sheets wouldn't work very well, but it really did. It was so easy, and I know I'm going to make more.

What you need:

1. Craft foam sheets
2. Glue + Scissors
3. Small wooden block
4. Ink

What you do:

1. Cut out the shapes that you want. (Remember the stamp will be a mirror image)
2. Cover the wooden block with a layer of glue.
3. Place the foam pieces on the block. Press down to make sure that they all dry flat.
4. Stamp.

I also made a stamp for my blog logo, and for my (upcoming) etsy shop. The foam works best with simple geometric shapes. I found that it lost a little bit of detail on the more intricate shapes. However, it still worked well and was very easy.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Easy Ombre Earrings

I've been on a little ombre spree lately. Plus with working on opening an Etsy shop, I've been on a huge jewelry spree lately too. Here is one of the simple earrings I came up with. They don't take very long to make and are great for beginning jewelry makers. The hardest part is finding the right sizes and shades of beads (and not leaving the store with 100 different kinds).

If you are new to jewelry making and want to learn, check out this tutorial and this one from Oksana + Hobbies.

What you need:

1. Beads (3 shades of the same color. I also used 3 different sizes)
2. Headpins (like these), jump rings (like these), and earring backs (like these)
3. Chain nosed pliers, round nosed pliers, wire cutters (you can order a set of all three here)

Step 1 - Place the beads on the headpin.

Step 2 - Trim the excess wire with wire cutters so that you have 3/8" wire on top.

Step 3 - Bend the wire at a right angle, then curl it back using round nose pliers.

Step 4 - Attach the beads to the earring hooks using jump rings, and you're done!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Cure for the Common Monday #48



1. DIY IPhone Wallet from The Gilded Hare

2. Toddler Tote Bag from Cherished Bliss

3. Nursery Reveal from Johnny in a Dress

4. Double Waterfall Braid Tutorial from Adventures of a DIY Mom

5. Burlap Covered Letters from Uncommon Designs

6. Patriotic Dress from Blooms and Bugs

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Everyone is welcome to join this link party. Share something crafty or creative. Share a recipe or a household tip. There are four simple rules.

1. Follow Lines Across (I also will be sharing some of my favorites throughout the week through FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest).
2. Post the Cure for the Common Monday button somewhere on your blog (or link back to Lines Across).
3. Visit and comment on at least one link for every post you share.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Make Your Own Stamps (8 DIY Ideas)

I've always been a little disappointed with the selection of stamps at the craft store. There are always a couple that are cute, but for whatever reason, I never seem to find what I'm looking for. Plus, isn't it more fun to make your own anyway?

Here are a few awesome tutorials for making your own stamps. I'm going to try a few of these techniques this week and share with you what I've made.

(P.S. Here is a great starter kit from Amazon for stamp making - Stamp Making Kit)

1. Ishtar Olivera shares what are probably my favorite stamp carving tutorials (Part I and Part II)

For these stamps you need stamp carving tools and an eraser (or stamp carving block).

2. The Sweet Spot shows how to make your own small stamps using wine corks and an exacto knife. I love this tutorial because I already have all of the materials I will need.  

3. These next stamps from I Still Love You look pretty simple. You don't have to carve away at anything. You just simply attach leather or foam shapes to wooden blocks. I also already have all of these materials on hand.

4. I love this larger herringbone stamp from A Beautiful Mess! All you need for this one is foam sheets, cardboard, and acrylic paint.

5. Contemporary Greek Arts and Crafts shares how to make these fun and colorful geometric stamps. It looks like all you really need are wooden blocks, erasers, and a craft knife (and or carving tools).

6. Knobz shares what is probably the simplest stamp tutorial. Just attach wood cut outs to wine corks and stamp away.

7. I also love these gorgeous geometric stamps from Minieco, also made using a craft knife and erasers.

8. This stamping idea from Colour Me There is fantastic. You don't even have to design a stamp, just use your pencil eraser. I'm picturing a lot of fun possibilities with this one.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

How to Paint an Ombre Accent Wall

(find the dandelion stencil here)

As many of you know, we just moved back into the townhouse where Grant and I first lived after we got married, and where we were living when Benjamin and Lyla were born. When Lyla was only 2 months old, we loaded up a little truck with a little bit of our stuff and moved across town to live with and help take care of my Grandmother. We thought we would only be there for a couple of months, but as these things go a couple of months turned into over a year.

I'm really not a big pink person, but there is something sweet about a newborn little girl and light pink. So we painted Lyla's nursery a really light shade of pink (Behr's Poetic Princess). I chose this color because I wanted it to be subtle and not overwhelmingly pink. The strange thing is, when the whole room was that pale pink color, it felt a little bit like someone was trying to smother you with cotton candy. So I decided that what the room needed was a more dramatic accent wall.

The theme of the room is a garden... flowers, bugs, butterflies, birds, etc... Plus, I LOVE dandelions! We used dandelions in our wedding invitations, plus I stitched this embroidery hoop for Lyla a long time ago. I had seen this dandelion stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils months ago, and I knew I wanted to use it when I made over Lyla's room. I also already had the 3D butterflies that look great in person (like either of these from Amazon: Umbra Mariposa Butterfly Wall Art or Umbra Monarchy Wall D├ęcor).

Let me tell you a little more about the stencil before moving onto the tutorial. Cutting Edge Stencils are really awesome and easy to use. There are so many wonderful choices for stencils that it's hard to choose which one to do. Some of the complex allover stencils (which I love) are a little bit harder to do and definitely take more time. The dandelion stencil is one of the simplest and easiest stencils. It hardly took any time at all, especially since I only ended out doing one dandelion. Make sure that you read the directions and watch some of the helpful tutorial videos from Cutting Edge Stencils before you start your stenciling project. I used a roller to paint the dandelion, but in retrospect, because of all of the little details, I think that it would have been better to use a stenciling brush.


This is actually a complicated project. There are a lot of different colors and measurements to keep track of, so it is very important to plan the project well before you start, write everything down, and label everything. Since I'm really a math person at heart, I enjoyed planning this a lot. The project itself worked out perfectly and turned out better than I had expected.

First, measure the height of your wall and decide how many stripes you want (plus what colors they will be). I wanted to make it so that the stripes got increasingly larger (this is where the math came in), but you could also make all of the stripes the same size. For the colors, I ended out getting the paint chip that her original wall color was on, and getting sample sizes of the other colors. I only had to use one paint sample per stripe, but you might need more paint for a larger wall. Make sure that you label these!

Here is the pattern I followed. If your wall is between 92 and 100 inches, you can use the same pattern. The stripe at the very bottom can be a little bigger than the rest.

STEP 1 - Measure where each of the lines will be and mark them with small pieces of painter's tape. (I drew arrows on the tape to help me remember which side was marking the edge of the stripe.

STEP 2 - Paint the odd numbered stripes. Use two coats of paint (or more if needed). Make sure that you paint over the lines into the even numbered stripes.

STEP 3 - Let the paint dry and then carefully tape off the outside of the even stripes. Use a level and make sure that your lines are straight.

STEP 4 - Now paint the even numbered stripes. This time, make sure to stay inside of the lines. Paint 2 (or more) coats.

STEP 5 - Peel off the tape, touch up any places that might need it, and you're done.

I'm sharing this at Not Just a Housewife's Best of 2012 Contest.
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