Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Freezer Paper Stenciling

This upcoming Saturday is my church's women's broadcast.  I am so excited to be able to spend time eating a delicious dinner with wonderful women and then be spoken to by, what I am positive will be, some amazing speakers.  Every year they ask for volunteers to set just one table for the dinner.  There are multiple volunteers that decorate, and it's so fun to see all the different kinds of table themes everybody comes up with.   This year I decided to volunteer!  It may have had something to do with the fact that I have had oodles of projects that I have wanted to do (I blame Pinterest), and this was the perfect excuse to do them.

The main craft that I wanted to try out was freezer paper stenciling. I've seen lots of people use this for baby onesies or decorative pillows and they turn out so cute!  Since the theme for my table involved burlap and lace, my goal was to stencil some custom designs onto some of the leftover burlap I had. 

For this craft you will need:

Freezer Paper
(I found mine by the canning supplies... who knew?)
Fabric of choice
(I chose burlap)
Exacto knife
Paint and paint brush

First, I designed an image in PicMonkey (my favorite photo editor).

I knew I was going to be cutting this out by hand and I wanted to keep it really simple and sweet.

Next, I cut a piece of freezer paper to 8.5 x 11 inches.  I love that you can put freezer paper in the printer!  Make sure that you have it facing the right way.  You want it to print on the paper side, not the waxy side.

Ready for the cutting!  All I had for a mat to go underneath was a stack of cardstock.  Use whatever works!

Cut along the outline of the letters.

It took me awhile to get used to using the Exacto knife, but after a while it got easier and a lot more fun!

Next, I ironed on the cut out images to the burlap. I put my iron on the hottest setting and made sure the waxy side was on the fabric.
When you iron the freezer paper the waxy side adheres to the fabric and seals all the edges so no paint gets through.  So cool!  I only had to iron the paper for a couple of seconds before it adhered to the burlap.

I had three different cutouts for this image:  one for the border, one for the words, and one for the inside of the O.  I did these one at a time, just so I could place them more accurately.

Ready to paint!  Just paint in the open areas like so...

By this point I was so excited I didn't even wait for it to dry all the way.  After a couple of minutes I took it right off.

Oooh!  I just loved how it turned out... so much so that I made two more to go with it.

I will definitely be trying stenciling again!
Happy Crafting!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Oh Good Golly...

I feel like I have to apologize and give a brief explanation as to why I have been slightly slacking in the blogging department lately. You see, when I found out I would be separated from the hubs for the holidays, I decided it would be an awesome idea to come home to be with my family.
(Technically both of our families, since they only live a few miles apart from each other.)

It has been amazing to be back and visiting with everyone.
My boys finally get to be with their cousins and they are loving every minute of it!

There were just a couple of things I did NOT think about, one of them was my little blog.
I had a bunch of pics ready for about 10 future posts, and I didn't even think to e-mail them or put them on a memory card before we left.

I know... I know.
I am quite literally hitting my head against the table.

Just thinking about it makes me frustrated all over again.
Okay, enough feeling sorry for myself.

The good news is I DID bring my camera with me!!
I have been working on some cute crafts for the holidays and am taking pictures galore.
I am also starting to work on a gorgeous
Buggy Wheel quilt that my wonderful grandma is helping me with.
(Seriously, she is a quilting genius!)

Keep stopping by, I am still here and as always

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

What I'm grateful for.

Today I am grateful for my family.
I'm grateful to for my two healthy beautiful boys.
I'm grateful for a hardworking and loving husband.
I'm grateful for my wonderful parents.
I'm grateful for all of my extended family &
that I can be so close to all of these amazing people for the holidays.

I'm grateful that it is this time of year again.
It's a time for turkeys, twinkle lights, and soon to be put up Christmas trees.
It's a time for reconnecting with good friends over hot cocoa
and graham cracker gingerbread houses.
It's a time for celebration.
It's a time where it's hard for me to find an excuse NOT to be happy.

It's time for the holidays, and I just love it.

So from me to you have a
Happy & Lovely Thanksgiving!!

What are you grateful for this holiday season?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

And the winner is...

As some of you know we've this last we you had a chance to enter
for some lovely crafts from the Crafting Over Sweeting Challenge.
It's time to finally announce a winner!

There was still just enough entries to use my mason jar method, which I must say I love.

Lovely strips of cardstock for all the entries.

Fill my little mason jar and give it a couple good shakes and swirls.

And the winner is...



*I had to use last initials because I had two wonderful Sarah's that entered.*

Sarah L. had this to say in her comment:

"ummm i would be excited to win any of these!!! but i think the felt flower or the tie it on hair accessory. :)"

Congratulations Sarah! I'll be in contact with you soon so I can get your prizes to you.

Thank you so much to all who entered!

Keep visiting to see more crafts and giveaways here at LizalouLOVES and as always


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Clean It Up Wednesday #3: The Craft Room

Hello everybody! Welcome to

Whoo! Things have been a little crazy this week. I'm trying to get so many things done before we leave on vacation that I almost forgot it was Wednesday! Thank goodness I remembered because I have been so excited to share this next room.

This week's featured room is
The 4th Bedroom
(or Craft Room)

I feel like I need to insert a "Bum bum bum" sound here. Our fourth bedroom has truly been the bane of my house cleaning existence. It deceived me by making me believe it could just be used to hide my messes.

"It's okay, dump whatever you need to. You can always close the door. It's like I'm not even here," it would whisper seductively in my mind.

Evil, pure evil I tell you!

It has been my secret little room that I just wanted to keep locked up and never show anyone, EVER.
I then decided I couldn't take it anymore. The room looked like it could be right at home on a hoarder tv show, and I knew I would just have to roll up my sleeves and clean it.
So I did.

Here it is:

Pretty great, right?

Neat and organized crafting corner. LOVE.

Place to cut and store my fabric. Also LOVE.

I must tell you that I tried to time myself, I really did. It just got a little depressing.
I will tell you this, this project took me about a day.
I would say maybe 3 or 4 hours altogether, but I didn't do it all at once.
I would work on it for an hour or so and then go do something else.
Doing it that way kept me from getting discouraged, and I think it also kept me sane.

Tips & Tricks:

-Like I said above, take your time. If you can do 3 hours at a time, then you should. If you can only do 30 minutes at a time, then you should. Do whatever works for you. If you feel yourself getting discouraged, STOP working and take a break.

- I liked to focus on one task at a time, some of these were: picking up all the clothes, picking up all the toys, throw away any trash, put away any crafting items. When I was able to focus on just something little I was able to stop focusing on the bigger mess at hand.

-Organize, organize, organize. As you can see I had about two desks I was able to store any crafting items in and it was a BIG help when it came to putting things away. I also had about 4 laundry baskets so I could sort, carry and put away any items that didn't belong in the room.

I hope this was helpful. I know it can be hard and discouraging when faced with a huge, beyond gigantic mess. Just remember it CAN be clean. It might take just a little time, but it can be.

Have a good week and
Happy Cleaning!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Felt Flower Headband

I feel like I've been in a creative slump lately.
Ideas come then go. Some of these ideas I test out, but most of them have turned into epic fails.
I think sometimes your creative vision can get blurred.
You can look and look at something but you just can't see it.
You know that it can be turned into something a-mazing, you just can't see what.

Then today I had one of my friends come over for a visit. We chatted and looked at some awesome 90's craft books We talked about ideas we had about things to make, and about doing some craft fairs in a year or so.

After our visit something seemed to just click. It seemed like all of sudden I had five ideas for headbands I wanted to make. I knew what I wanted them to look like and how I was going to make them. I then sat down and actually made one,
and it turned out how I wanted it to on the first try!

It took all my willpower not to shout

So, for all those in a creative slump, keep trying.
No matter what your vision will always clear and something will always click.

Here it is, the felt flower headband:

Isn't it just lovely?

Aww, felt. There is a reason I love you so much. You just make everything gosh darn adorable.

These flowers are similar to the ones in the tutorial I did here.
To achieve the look of the flowers in the headband, don't scallop the edges.

I will also be posting a tutorial for the headband soon.
They are super easy and absolutely perfect for winter!

Happy Crafting!

There is still 4 more days to enter the Crafting Over Sweeting giveaway.
Go here to enter!

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Who doesn't love a giveaway?

** This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated!**

I am so exciting to be doing another giveaway here at LizalouLOVES!

When I did the Crafting Over Sweeting challenge, I really wanted to do a giveaway that had a selection of the different crafts that I featured during it.
Now that things have gotten a bit less crazy, I finally get do it!

This giveaway will feature these 6 items that 1 lucky person will win:

#1- the Felt Flower

Originally featured here.

Oh my goodness, this is probably one of my most favorite accessories. It's more versatile than it may appear. I use mine for my hair, my purse, and even as a little accent for my jacket.

#2- the Felt Rosette Clip

Originally featured here.

I believe that felt and tulle were a match made in cuteness heaven,
and I believe these clips prove my point.

#3- Harvest Cupcake Wraps by Wilton
Originally featured here.

These aren't just for creating cute designs on pumpkins. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and these would be a perfect addition to any dessert table.

#4- Tie It On hair accessory with Fabric Rosettes

Originally featured here and here.

I have to tell you guys, this is my favorite one. The eyelet lace, green ribbon, cute fabric, and bronze buttons combine to make something oh so gorgeous.

#5- Black Sparkle Letters
I used these on my "I See You" Halloween wreath, but they are becoming one of my favorite little somethings to have around. They are just perfect for adding that little sparkle to a craft.

#6 - Halloween-themed Brads

These brads are cute and perfect for this year's Halloween scrapbook pages.

Originally featured here and here.

There you have it!
Are you guys excited yet??

They're are two ways to enter this giveaway.
Each of the options will give you one entry.
If you do both you get two entries and double the chances!

1. Leave a comment telling me which of the featured items you
would be most excited about winning.

2. Become a follower of this blog then leave a message in your comment saying you did so.

(If you already follow my blog you can still have 1 entry... I love you that much! :D)

This giveaway will be open for a week, and I will announce the winner next Saturday.
Remember to make sure I have a way to contact you, whether through your profile or the comment.

Good Luck!!