Sis Boom Clip Art Series: Sequin Flower Tree

Looking for an festive DIY decoration that’s perfect for Spring and easy to make?  I’ve got the perfect project for this week’s Sis Boom Clip Art Series project: a sequin flower tree!

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This project features the Sis Boom Felt Sequin Flowers clip art!

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They’re so colorful and fun and will give you the look of real hand-sewn felt flowers (without all the time consuming work of actually sewing on each sequin!)LoveColorful_Sequin Flower Tree_0002

For this project you will need:

-Sis Boom Hand-Sewn Felt Flowers & Sequins clip art file

-a styrofoam cone

-green tinsel glitter

-metallic origami paper

-8 1/2″ x 11″ sticker paper that can be used in an inkjet printer (I found mine at a local office supply store)

-sequin pins & a couple of sequins

-glue, scissors

To start, cover the styrofoam cone with glue and sprinkle on glitter. Shake off excess and let dry. (You can also spray with an acrylic sealer if you want to make sure the glitter stays!)

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Print the clip art file on the sticker paper. You can also scale down the image to make a variety of flower sizes – just remember to save a copy of the file and then scale the image to 75%, 50%, etc.  Cut the flowers out into individual pieces – this part doesn’t have to be super clean as you will cut out the actual shape of the flower in a moment. Peel off the backing and stick a flower to the backside of a piece of origami paper (sticky side of flower to white side of origami paper) so that the backside of the flower becomes shiny. Cut out the flowers again, this time cutting around the petals. “Crinkle” each flower by bending up the edges to give it some dimension.

*If you can’t find sticker paper, you can still achieve the same effect by gluing each flower to the origami paper, but you’ll have to wait some extra time while each one dries.  The sticker paper just makes it super quick and easy!

LoveColorful_Sequin Flower Tree_0004Using the sequin pins, pin each flower to the styrofoam tree, placing a real sequin in the middle to give it a little extra shine.

LoveColorful_Sequin Flower Tree_0005Ta-da! So easy, so quick, and so beautiful! Have fun with using different colored glitters to really jazz up the trees!

Sis Boom Clip Art Series: Confetti Heart Charm Bracelets

Welcome to the very first Sis Boom Clip Art Series post! I’m all sorts of excited to share with you some super cute charm bracelets made with Sis Boom’s Confetti Hearts clip art!!

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LoveColorful_Confetti Heart Charm Bracelets_0002To start, you will need the following:

-Sis Boom Confetti Hearts clip art file

-Shrinky Dinks Inkjet Paper (make sure you get the kind of Shrinky Dinks that specifically say they can be used in an inkjet printer!)

-paper hole punch

-glitter

-glue

-charm bracelet chain

-7 mm jump rings

-an assortment of jewelry beads, findings, and ribbon

LoveColorful_Confetti Heart Charm Bracelets_0003Start by printing out the confetti hearts on a piece of the Shrinky Dink paper. **As per the Shrinky Dink instructions, be sure to brighten your image before printing – when you bake the pieces the color becomes darker.  I opened the confetti hearts file in Photoshop, went to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and set the brightness to 100 and the contrast at 30.  (You can play around with these numbers to get slightly different color effects). You can achieve the same effect in most photo editing programs, so as long as you have something to open the .png file in,  you should be able to find a brightness option.

Once printed, cut out the hearts and use a paper punch to punch a hole in the top of each heart.

LoveColorful_Confetti Heart Charm Bracelets_0004Bake in a toaster oven according the the Shrinky Dink instructions. It’s so much fun to watch the magic that happens in a very short period of time!

LoveColorful_Confetti Heart Charm Bracelets_0005To jazz up the back side of each heart, I simply dabbed a little glue, sprinkled some glitter, and voila! Now they have confetti AND are sparkly! (You can seal with a little Modge Podge to make sure the glitter stays put!) You can also just leave the backs white, or even paint them a solid color depending on the look you’re going for.

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LoveColorful_Confetti Heart Charm Bracelets_0007Next, gather up some jewelry supplies and attach the heart charms, beads, and ribbon to the bracelet.  As you will see, I chose to make a couple different ones!

The possibilities are endless!! Here is my more colorful, bright, happy version:

LoveColorful_Confetti Heart Charm Bracelets_0009And here is one that has a more vintage feel (maybe because I used some up-cycled green iridescent beads!)

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We’d love to see what charm bracelets you come up with! Send pictures! :)

Sis Boom Clip Art Series

Hey, everyone! I am so honored to share with you some really exciting news: Love Colorful & Sis Boom are teaming up to bring you some super awesome, sparkly, happy craft projects!!

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For those of you who may not already know of  Sis Boom, it is a company by designer/author/crafter extraordinaire Jennifer Paganelli in which she creates super colorful fabrics and decor pieces that will make you and your home bright & happy.

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In addition to the patterns and products already available in her shop, Sis boom is also now offering downloadable clip art - and that’s where I’m going to step in and help you guys out! :)

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Each week I’ll be posting up a colorful new project for you to try using some of the clip art files.  From confetti hearts to vintage ephemera, the clip art is already inspiring by itself, but in case you’re in the market for a little more creative inspiration, I’m here to offer up a little guidance (and some glitter!)

The first project will be going up this Friday, March 1st, so be sure to stop on by here and check it out!  Want to get a jump start on the clip art craze? Go here to get yours now!  As you can see, they are all so pretty and versatile – and totally affordable when you think of all the mileage we’ll get out of them!

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To learn more about Jennifer & Sis Boom, go take a stroll around her website, sisboom.com. And remember to check back here on Fridays for new clip art projects!

My Life as a Pie – Where Women Cook Pie•ography Feature

I am super excited to finally be able to share with you guys some exciting news: My Pie•ography is featured in the Spring 2013 issue of Where Women Cook!!

LoveColorful_Where Women Cook Pieography Feature_0001To get my recipe for Sweet & Spicy Blackberry Sage Pie Pops with Lemon Pepper Crust (and to read a little story about how this pie relates to my life), grab your copy today! (Available online or at a bookstore / craft store near you!)

(Special shout-out and thank you to Sassy Mouth Photography & Larissa Lake Makeup Artist for helping with my portrait!)

 

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