I have been having a great time coming up with projects for my happi scrapbooking paper. These heavy weight, textured papers are great for paper crafting projects of all kinds. Designs from happi Boy, happi Girl, Haute Girls, Kumari, and Little Azalea collections can now be found in both assorted packs and single sheets at JoAnn Fabrics. Here’s a cute page for the special little man in your life!
- happi boy Wheels (GX-6000-27)
- happi boy Plaid (GX-6000-28)
- happi boy Mulitdot (GX-6000-29)
- happi boy Chevron (GX-6000-26)
- Misc. wooden embellishments
- Core’dinations Core Essentials Cardstock
- Core’dinations Spotted Cardstock
- Core’dinations Cardstock
1. Start with a sheet of the happi boy Plaid paper as your layout base.
2. Cut a 2”x7” piece from the happi boy Chevron paper.
3. Cut a 4”x7” piece of coordinating green cardstock and add your journaling.
4. Cut a 6”x7” piece from the happi boy Mulitdot paper.
5. Next, punch some 12” scalloped pieces out of coordinating Core’dinations cardstock.
6. Adhere these 3 pieces horizontally along the layout base. Adhere off center (approximately 3” from the top or 2” up from the bottom) along with the scalloped strips.
7. Hand cut some of the animals from the happi boy Wheels paper and adhere them in the bottom right hand corner of the layout and in the right hand corner of the photo.
8. Now begin to construct the small banner in the upper right hand corner by cutting small pieces of cardstock and happi boy papers. You can hand cut these or use diecuts. This is a great way to use some scraps.
9. String the pieces along some twine, adding embellishments and adhere.
For the rest of January, you can get free shipping and 10% off your order at Expressionery.com with the code JANSHIP! Those are really great savings considering how reasonably priced their customizable stationery already is.
I have a brand new set of high end floral note cards with them, using my favorite mix of hand painted intricate designs with bold, modern geometrics. There are dozens of fonts to choose from, and you can customize your stationery with your name or a favorite message. Their website previews your text in your desired font right then and there so you can try out many variations! You can even add photos to many card designs. See all of my designs here, including thank you cards, memo pads, address labels, shower invitations, birthday invitations, and so much more!
Below are some of my favorites.
Can you believe it’s almost the end of the year? I’m glad that means I can finally use this pretty floral 2014 calendar… I think we’ve had it sitting here in the studio for 6 months now! It’s made by Rizzoli, so it’s a great quality with beautiful bright colors, my favorite! Every page is hand painted, of course. You can pick them up in Barnes & Noble stores, or many sites online with a quick search for “Dena 2014 calendar.” Here’s a link to the wall calendar for sale at B&N.
During the holidays, I love creating very easy, unique centerpieces – especially ones that look beautiful and serve a purpose. This is a great way to put together your own edible still life, and the addition of tea light candles creates a great atmosphere for you and your guests. In the past I have used this concept for holding springtime flowers, but I love the idea of creating a warm winter fruit display to be eaten at the end of the meal.
• Variety of glass containers that can be stacked, one on top of the other
• Museum putty
• Leaves and other small vines and greenery
• Tea lights or small candle
- Choose three glass containers that can sit well on top of each other. The largest will be the base and the smallest will sit at the top. I used 3 different sized glass mix and match vintage containers. The bottom is more of a cake plate style than the other two.
- Place a candlestick holder or footed glass dish on the center of this first tier with museum putty under the base, so it sticks to the plate below.
- Stick the putty to the top of this second dish as done in the first step and add another, slightly smaller plate on top.
- For 3 tiers, repeat steps 1 and 2. For two tiers, continue to the next step.
- To complete the tiered stand, center a small vase or cup with putty under the base and place on the top.
- Fill the top vase with cranberries and arrange leaves, vines, berries, and fruits around the plates. Search your yard for beautiful fresh fall colored leaves, wash and dry them, and use them in your centerpiece. If you have a garden, you can also use fresh herbs like mint to decorate the stands.
- Finally, add one candle in the small vessel at the top, nestled in the cranberries.
If you have a long dinner table, you can create multiple tiered stands, so your guests don’t have to reach far for fresh fruit. I love the autumn colors of red apples, small mandarins, oranges, and persimmons. You can even add small chocolates to the top plate as an extra special treat. Visit your local flea market or thrift store to find inexpensive mix and match glass plates, cups, and candlesticks if you don’t have any on hand.
Once again, I am happy to introduce the new Dena Designs Embellish paper line. I’ll be posting new paper crafting projects here using these designs, which are now gracing premium, heavy weight, canvas textured paper. Ideal for paper crafting projects of all kinds, designs from the well known happi Boy, happi Girl, Haute Girls, Kumari, and Little Azalea collections can now be found in both assorted packs and single sheets at JoAnn Fabrics. Stay tuned for more gorgeous collections launching in 2014, including Dena’s Memory Mini’s line.
Dena Designs Papers
• Haute Girls Instant Card (GX-6000-23)
• David Tutera Celebrate Cardmaking system Step 3 Butterfly
• Core’dinations Cardstock
• Sand it Gadget
• May Arts ribbon
- Cut an A2 cardbase from Core’dinations Cardstock and sand. We will be working with the folded side up for this card (also known as a tent card).
- Cut journal spot, sentiment, and strip from Instant Card sheet.
- Adhere ribbon and the strip to cardbase.
- Adhere journal spot over them and then mount sentiment to black cardstock. Adhere.
- Sand David Tutera Celebrate cardmaking system butterfly and then adhere.
- Add gems or pearls to ribbon for the final accent.
Hope you are all having a happy holiday season! Many people are putting up their christmas trees this weekend. If you’re in need of some new ornaments for the year, I have a new line of fun felt happi characters for you! They are sold in independent local gift shops, so the best way to find out where you can find them locally is to contact Two’s Company directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-TWOSCOM (1.800.896.7266). They’re a great gift idea, too, and also help support local businesses, as they are not for sale online or in big chain stores.
These felt ornaments are hand made, too! Each one is slightly different. If you’re a retailer and you would like more information on the happi by Dena line by Cupcakes & Cartwheels / Two’s Company, please visit their website here.
I am happy to introduce the new Dena Designs Embellish paper line. My signature designs are now gracing premium, heavy weight, canvas textured paper. Ideal for paper crafting projects of all kinds, designs from the well known happi Boy, happi Girl, Haute Girls, Kumari, and Little Azalea collections can now be found in both assorted packs and single sheets at JoAnn Fabrics. Stay tuned for more gorgeous collections launching in 2014, including Dena’s Memory Mini’s line.
This gift bag embellishment uses the patterns from my happi baby boy paper pack. An embellished gift bag is a great way to make gift giving this holiday season extra special!
Dena Designs happi boy papers:
- happi boy Chevron (GX-6000-26)
- happi boy Wheels (GX-6000-27)
- Core’dinations Cardstock coordinating colors
- Darice Baker’s Twine
- Border Punch
- Gift bag
- Cut a piece from the Chevron paper that is just slightly smaller than your gift bag. Adhere.
- Punch a strip of coordinating cardstock and adhere to bottom & add some dots with a marker.
- Begin making tag by cutting from cardstock with a die cut machine or by hand.
- Cut strips from coordinating cardstock and happi boy papers. This is a great way to use your scraps!
- Add doodle lines with a black marker. This really makes the strips pop!
- Cut the little car image from the happi boy Wheels paper and adhere with foam adhesive.
- Add the tag to the bag with some twine.
In my studio, I have many bins where I save my fabric scraps from larger sewing projects. These baskets are overflowing with colors and patterns, and I’m often finding ways to use up every pretty little piece. For this project, I was inspired by all the mixing and matching of colors and styles of fabric bits, and wanted to translate that onto something I would see and use every day. Sewing strips of the scraps in varying widths onto a plain tea towel created a multicolor masterpiece!
• One plain tea towel
• Fabric scraps at least as wide as the tea towel
• Sewing machine, or
• Needle and thread
1. Begin by gathering fabric scraps that you think look lovely together. They can be a fun mix of florals and geometric prints in many colors. Lay them out to see if you would like them arranged in a particular order. You may decide to only have bands of fabrics on the ends of your towel, or go from top to bottom.
2. Snip and then rip each piece of fabric so that it’s as wide as the tea towel, and somewhere between 2” – 4” high, with frayed edges.
3. Pin one strip straight across along the tea towel, right side up. You can do one at a time, or pin multiple strips at once if you feel more comfortable sewing that way. You could leave a gap an inch or so between fabrics to see original tea towel show through, or line them up right on top of each other. You don’t need to turn any of the edges under, the frayed sides add appeal!
4. Using a sewing machine makes this a very quick project and also makes the towels stronger when thrown in the wash, but if you would like to sew the strips on by hand, you can do that, too! Simply sew around all 4 sides of the strips, about 1/4” in from the frayed edge.
One great perk to sewing the fabrics on top of old, used tea towels is that they cover stains or small holes, giving new life to the useful kitchen cloths. You could also adapt this project to the ends of your fabric napkins or to your apron, creating a whole new feel for your kitchen linens!
I love finding special ways of giving someone a message besides the usual letter, email, or phone call. To me, a little time and thought put into the presentation of even the simplest greeting makes a huge impact. That’s why these envelope pillows are a great project for a meaningful sentiment; not only will they be a unique gesture, but the recipient can also keep the pillow as a gift. When selecting a throw pillow, look for one that will still look good when a fabric envelope covers the middle: solids, all over patterns, or pillows with border designs work well. I chose a yellow pillow with taped frame design from my Dena Home bedding collection, and paired it with a floral fabric from my Sunshine Linen collection.
• Throw Pillow
• Coordinating fabric
• Coordinating felt
• Measuring tape
• Needle and Thread
• Embellishments like ric-rac, ribbon, or millinery flowers
• Sewing machine (optional)
1. To sew a fabric envelope that is 7.5” square (which fits nicely on a 14” square pillow) cut an 8.5” by 20” rectangle from your main coordinating fabric. To create the pointed flap, measure and mark 3” down from the shorter edge of your fabric on both sides. Mark the center along the top edge at 4.25”. Draw angled lines from the 3” marks to the center mark, and cut along those lines so the rectangle now comes to a point. Press all the raw edges under ½” with the iron.
2. Trace this shape onto a piece of felt. You may have to sew pieces of felt together to be long enough. Cut the felt a scant 1/8” inside your traced line, so that the felt is slightly smaller than the pressed fabric.
3. Either by hand or with a machine, sew the felt, wrong sides together, onto the main fabric 3/8” away from the pressed edge. Then, fold the straight end of the rectangle up 7” towards the pointed end, so that you are creating the pocket. Sew the sides of this pocket down and leave the top open. You can now embellish your fabric envelope!
4. Hand stitch the envelope to the center of the throw pillow. You can measure and mark your placement first. Insert a lovely hand written note on paper, or even write on plain fabric with a marker.
This would be a lovely project for your bridesmaids-to-be. You can choose pillows to coordinate with your wedding color palette, or choose pillows to match each bridesmaid’s personality and style.
This is the perfect, divinely feminine, centerpiece for a special birthday, anniversary, or wedding. The surprise is that the cake is constructed of round boxes. At the end of the party, the recipient can open each layer of the cake and reveal wonderful gifts tucked inside each box.
The “cake” can be personalized easily and of course the colors and fabrics are up to you. Coordinating mini cake boxes can also be embellished for each guest as a party favor.
Circular Cardboard Containers with Lids, Small to Large
- Cut many flowers out of fabric.
- Layer flowers with glue around the outside of the boxes and on the lids. Be sure to leave room at the top of the containers so the lids can go back on.
- Add little pom-poms or rhinestones to the centers of the flowers going around the boxes. You can also embellish the lid of the top tier.
For my fabric flowers, I used pieces of old summer dresses for a light and airy feel. You can also cut any shape out of fabric or decorative paper, such as hearts and stars. The more you layer, the more decadent your tiers will be. When setting your party table, place your tiered box cake on a lovely cake pedestal surrounded by fresh flowers. This project is sped up significantly with a Sizzix die cutting machine. I was able to cut all of my flowers in minutes this way. For more information on the Sizzix die cutting machine, go to www.sizzix.com.