Monday, March 18, 2013

FREE Printable Jelly Bean Prayer for Easter

I haven't posted in forever and a day, but wanted to share something I just made for Easter.  I found the Jelly Bean Prayer on Pinterest, and wanted to make it cute to give to our little friends.  So here it is!  Feel free to save the file and print for your personal use!  It's created in 4x6 format.

I promise I'll be back on a regular basis one day soon!  In the meantime, Happy Easter, Happy Crafting, and go check out Great Day Graphics on Etsy for other cute DIY printables for birthdays!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Burlap Painted & Stuffed Door Hanger Tutorial

For many months, I have noticed these super cute burlap or jute (or canvas) door hangers in gift shops for all occasions.  Like always, I think to myself, I can do that!  :)  I make one, and--like always and giddy with excitement in my new creation, I post to Facebook.  To my surprise, I got much interest in my take of the burlap door hanger.  I think mine is much more "rustic" or "haphazard" than most.  Regardless, I promised a tutorial since these are EASY-PEASY to make!  AND you can recycle/reuse plastic shopping bags in the process!  This is my first tutorial, and I have many photos, so please bear (bare?) with me!

Here's what you need to make your own (with a breakdown of prices, too!):

• freezer paper or poster board for template, or you can free hand!
• roughly a yard of burlap or jute (I got mine at JoAnn for $3.99 a yard)
• about 10-20 plastic grocery bags
• regular stapler and staples (if you don't have one, I got a mini at Staples for $1 that came with staples!)
• 12 gauge wire (I used 12 gauge jewelry wire I found at JoAnn--3 yards for $1.99)
• thin floral wire (I had some on hand, so I'm not sure how much it runs per spool)
• ribbon of choice (I think the more different styles the better, but totally up to you.  Spool prices vary, but check out Hobby Lobby--they run 1/2 off deals regularly)
• acrylic paint of choice (some can be found for 88¢ a bottle)
• bottle squeeze, slick paint for accent (*optional, and I had this on hand too, so not sure of price)

How to assemble (for football--but make any shape your heart desires!):

• Figure out the size you prefer.  I used freezer paper and gauged what a "typical" wreath would be.  Using freezer paper, fold in half, then half again.  This makes for the least amount of drawing and a more uniform template.  Draw curved line from top to side and cut, thus making a football shape.

• I have a lovely large seal-healing cutting matte that I lay out my template and burlap (doubled over to cut two at once) to cut with rotary cutter--so fast!  But you can use a table and trace to burlap with sharpie and cut with scissors.  Remember this is "rustic" so NOTHING has to be perfect!

• With the two pieces of burlap together staples about an inch to inch-and-a-half from edge around entire shape, leaving a hand's width open for stuffing.  Space staples about one to one-and-a-half from each other.

• Stuff shape with plastic grocery bags.  Lightly crumple before stuffing, and I place any printed sided toward back of shape so they don't show through.  I used plastic bags, so if your hanger gets wet outside, it won't retain moisture and weigh it down--and it will dry quickly.

• Once shape is stuffed to your liking, staple shut.  Now you have your "canvas" to pain and accentuate.  Run your fingernail around outside edge to fray the burlap more.

• Paint your football seam and words for your team.  I use a light hand so you can really see the burlap--remember, rustic is our magic word.  Go in with brown for main football color leaving space around letters and seam.  I think it accentuates the words, but that's just me.  For added emphasis, use your squeeze slick paint around the letters and add a few squiggles for giggles. :D

• While your paint dries, make a bow!  You can Google "hair bow tutorials" for lots of options, but I'll share how I did mine.  Fold 3" ribbon to make two loops like this:

Then pinch it together like this, and wrap with long length of floral wire:

You'll end up with your base bow.  Then fold 7/8" ribbon to make five loops like this, and pinch and wrap with wire from base bow:

Wrap center with long, thin ribbon (to cover wire) and tie behind base bow, letting long ends drape down.  Cut different lengths of other ribbon, and secure with same floral ribbon holding bows together.

Before securing bow to football, run thick wire for hanger.  Pick two points and run wire from back to front, and twist ends onto itself into circles.  Then pick place to add bow, running wire from front to back, twisting wire onto itself.  Voilá, and adorable painted burlap door hanger that YOU just made!  :)

If you make this splendid little door hanger using my instructions, please let me know if I am not clear anywhere--and share your photos!  Happy Football Season!  :)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Mother Smocker

Funny name, huh?  That's what my husband called me when I started learning the art of smocking.  There's not a ton of info on the web, so I decided to start a community--a go to place of consolidated info that I've found in my journey in learning to smock.  Check it out online and on Facebook--Mother Smocker!

Happy Monday Y'all!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Become a Fan on FACEBOOK!

Life's been crazy around here, but wanted to let you all know that you can now become a Fan of (aka "Like") Great Day Graphics & Design on Facebook for all the latest goings on in my creative little world!  Be one of the first to know when new items will be posted, when new sales start and get access to frequent coupon codes to my Etsy store!  Now that we're starting to get settled, I'm hoping to be able to post a few more super fabulous items!

THANK YOU for following this blog and supporting my creative endeavors!

Happy Wednesday!  Happy June!  And--HAVE A GREAT DAY!  ;)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It's been awhile, but...

Hi all!

I know it's been awhile since I've posted, but we've been busy around here.  And we're about to be even more so...we're moving!  Due to the move, I will be out of commission until further notice.  I won't be able to take all of my supplies and machines with me initially, so I'm hoping that the first of the year I will be fully functioning again.  I will definitely keep you all posted!


Saturday, March 6, 2010

Thursday, March 4, 2010

New Paci Clips

I've created new paci clips that I haven't seen listed anywhere yet!  Printed Paci Clips!  Select your own text, color and image (options of images listed at end of post!).  Option of snap closure (for pacifiers such as NUK or Avent brand) or button adapter (for pacifiers such as MAM brand).

These samples match the new Graphic Tees EXACTLY!  :)  Get them both for a wonderful gift set!

Snap Clip Printed Paci Clip: $8.50

Button Adapter Printed Paci Clip:  $10.50

Giant Monogram Flower Hair Clip also available:  $7.50 (hair clip only/headband not included)

Also offering crocheted paci clips for those more posh outfits!  Only closure available is button and loop (for pacifiers such as NUK or Avent).

Crochet Paci Clip (Currently, only these colors available): $12.50

Email me for more info, or if you'd like to place an order.  For quicker purchasing, listings on Etsy should be available within the week!