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Friday, October 1, 2010

.:Feature Friday - Scraps 'N Strings:.

Scraps N' Strings

Hello to Sumo's Sweet Stuff readers! This is Ruth and Sammy from Scraps N' Strings and we are so excited to be doing our blog swap with Summer! Love her blog!! We figure we had better introduce ourselves a bit before we start.

I'm Ruth and I am a stay at home mommy of 2 (3 and 1) and a part-time photographer, you can see my work here. I enjoy making "stuff" and taking pictures of them! I especially love to sew and like to break out the Modge Podge. I love anything that is quick and simple! After I got married, I started crafting with my sister-in-law Sammy as a way to make our homes cute without spending a lot of money.

My name is Sammy and I have 2 darling little boys, 2 1/2 and 1 year. I'm a stay at home mom and I like to spend my zero amount of free time trying to be crafty and beautifying my home. One of the first things my husband said to me when we bought our home was, "You want to put crafts up, don't you?" So that's what I've done. And now we've decided to share some of our ideas with you! We've got a little bit of everything on our blog, from baby and home tutorials to recipes!
So on to the tutorial...

I found this board at Ikea. It was a piece of shelving that they were selling in their miscellaneous stuff section. I liked the size of it and bought it with no idea what I was going to use it for. Then it got stuck behind my couch and I completely forgot about it. Until the other day. I was cleaning and found my dear old shelving piece and decided it was high time that I did something with it.

First thing I did was spray paint it this turquoise color. It's Krylon, I think New Ocean Breeze, or something like that.

Then I whipped out my cricut and cut about a million of these little flowers out of white vinyl. Ok, I may be exaggerating a little bit, but seriously, there were a ton of little flowers. The cartridge was the original that came with my machine. I think it is George and Basic Shapes.

And then I lined them up on my board where I thought they would look cute.

And peeled off the backing and began sticking them onto my board.

I wanted it to have a little something extra so I also cut the word CREATE out with my cricut and put that at the end of the board. When everything was finally stuck down I went over it with a thin layer of gloss mod podge to help seal everything down.

It had an ugly edging because it was meant to be a shelf, so I used some white 7/8" grosgrain ribbon and hot glued it around the edge.

And then folded the top over and hot glued it down. (Side note- do you ever not notice the huge mess that you are working in until you start putting pictures up?!)

When that was all done I used my Mod Podge Dimensional Magic and outlined each flower and then left it to dry overnight.

And now I have a fun little inspirational piece to hang out on my desk to help keep things pretty.

I think that I may actually end up using this for something else because I love it and I feel bad that it's stuck in my laundry room/office all day long. We'll see...
So come come check out our blog for lots of other fun ideas, including the tutorials shown below. Just click on the pic! And thanks for having us over!

nursing covers
pretty in pink flower
ruffle ribbon headband
bow tie hair bow
hey jute
terry spit cloths
Dog Tag Key Chains
Tag-Along Lion Named Phil
Pretty Petal Skirt
Car Seat Tents


  1. This is Beautiful. I have a cricut and just started using it. Would love to do something for Halloween with Bats or Pumpkins. Thanks for the idea!! Have a great day...

    Denise @http://junkdogdesign.blogspot.com/


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