Thursday, April 11, 2013

I Love Instagram

 
I am so loving Instagram right now, because it's such a quick and easy  way to share your photos and projects. Also, the people on there are so nice and leave great feedback. I also get so inspired everyday from the amazing artists and photographers I'm following. I like to post a lot of my creative projects such as my home decor crafts, paper craft projects and photos from craft shows. You can also find scenic photos from Minnesota (where I live) and from my travels. I also post random things I like including quotes, food, home decor and also my pets.
 
Join me on Instagram! @blissmade_designs www.instagram.com/blissmade_designs
 
Some of my recent photos on Instagram:
 
 
{The aerial lift bridge in Duluth, Minnesota}
 

 
{Two of my new spiral photo clip blocks}
 
 
{Colorful decoupaged light switch plates}
 
 
{An awesome picture frame clock I saw in a store}
 
 
{A scrapbook layout with sweet doggy photos}
 
 
{A recent custom order for two name signs}
 
 
{A palm tree on my recent trip to Arizona}
 
 
{A self portrait}
 
 
{A saying I love on a cool gift bag}
 
 
{A winter photo of the North Shore of Lake Superior}
 

{A canvas wall art I made with a great saying}
 
 
{My photo clip blocks at a recent craft show}

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sweet Valentine's Day Frames

Today I have three Valentine's Day frames to share. They are perfect for displaying your "sweet" photos. All three started out as blank unfinished frames. Patterned paper was decoupaged onto the front of the frames. The sides were painted a coordinating color and the edges were distressed with ink. A sealer was added for durability. Read on to find out more about how I made each of the frames.
 
 
This "Sweet" picture frame also has a doodled scallop border around the frame. I used a Slick Writer by American Crafts, which writes on slick surfaces. The letters are die cuts which I added doodles to with a white gel pen. Then I added Diamond Glaze to the top for shine.
 

 
The "True Love" picture frame title was cut from patterned paper. I mounted it on chipboard for dimension before adhering it to the frame. The letters were given a glass like finish with Diamond Glaze.
 
 
This "All You Need Is Love" frame is my favorite of the three. I stamped the edges of the frame with a great swirl flourish stamp and Stazon Ink. The letters are a combination of stickers, vinyl, punches and handwriting.
 
 Thanks for checking out my crafts today!
 
 ~ Cameo

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Canvas Art: Life is too short to drink bad Wine

 
 
November and December were busy months for custom orders for the holidays. This wine canvas art was one of my favorites that I made. I made this one for my cousin Pam. She had ordered other items for gifts, but this one was for her kitchen. I really like the wine saying that she picked out.
 
For the canvas she wanted an 8x10 in a horizontal format. She also picked out the background color and the font colors. She also wanted a wine glass and grapes. When looking at my other signs, she said she liked the swirly florish edges, so I could put that on there too if I wanted.
 
I started out with a light beige paint that is called Soft Suede. The saying was designed and cut out of black and purple vinyl using my Cricut electronic diecutting machine. Then I found some wine paper with images I could use in my huge paper collection. The images had brown outlines, so I went over them with a black marker. I decoupaged them onto the canvas. Next, I stamped the swirly flourishes all around the edges of the frame. I finished it off with some brown ink all around the outside and edges of the canvas to distress it some.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by today! ~ Cameo


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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Thank You Gift Bags


Make your thank you gifts extra special by making thank you gift bags! These thank you gift bags started out as inexpensive bright colored gift bags. They were decorated with thank you word papers that I designed and printed. Then fun paper, foam, metal, and fabric flowers decorate them. Read on to see how each of these gift bags were made.



This pink girly gift bag starts out by making "Thank you very much" paper on the computer. Use your favorite word, scrapbooking or design software to do this. Just find a nice cursive script font and type it out, then copy and paste until you get two rows done. Then highlight the two rows and copy and paste until you fill up the whole page. The print was done in black and then printed on pink paper.


Next, I took my paper trimmer with a decorative blade and cut it out to be slightly smaller then the bag. This could also be done with a decorative scissor. I adhered it to the bag with some good permanent adhesive. I topped it off with pink layered fabric flowers with a button in the center. I recommend using tacky glue for this.


This bright bag was created using "International thank you" paper. To make the paper, first decide on the words you want to use. Just google "how to say thank you in different lanquages" to find a bunch. Then in your program, type out the words (or copy and paste from internet) in different fonts and sizes. For this bag I also used different gradations of black, so the words came out in black and different shades of gray. Move the words around until they look evenly spaced, adjust font sizes if needed, then print on yellow paper.

To cut out the oval I used my Cricut die cut machine (Storybook Cartridge). You can also use a template or find an oval shape on the internet, or just free hand it (use a pencil on the back). I used metal flower brads to liven up the paper. Then I added two foam flowers, with a yellow paint dot in the center.

 
This last bag is my favorite because of the colors. This "Many Thanks" paper was created starting out with a word block. Use software to create a square outline block. Then create different "thank you" sayings in different fonts and variations until you fill up your square block. See the photo below to see the sayings up close.
 
Once the square is finished, copy and paste more squares until you fill up the page. The paper was cut out into a fun shape using a Cricut and the Storybook cartridge. The paper flowers are from Prima, I just added black metal brads to the centers and adhered to the bag.

 
I loved the way the bags turned out using the paper I designed. You could also create similar paper using different "Thank you" stamps. Give this fun project a try!
 
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Custom Sign Block



Today I am sharing my newest custom order I made. It's a small sign block with a great phrase. I had never heard the saying before and I thought it was quite clever. The phrase is "I'm sorry, did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?" I can so relate to that! It seems like some people won't let you finish what you're saying before they have to jump in. Although, I'm sure I'm guilty of that sometimes too ;)

The customer requested the saying on a small block for a gift for her teacher friend. I used a 4 inch pine wood piece cut to 7 inches in length. Then she said I could pick out the colors and style. Sometimes it's nice to have free reign, but it can also be a little overwhelming too! I decided to stick to a more classic look with the burgundy paint. I gave it an aged look using crackling medium. The saying was printed out on tan cardstock using a fun font with a distressed look (Twizot Hmk). The paper was also distressed a little with brown distress ink. I cut it out with a deckle edge scissor and adhered it onto the block. I like the way it turned out, hope they do too!

Thanks for dropping in! ~Cameo


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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Pretty Floral Switch Plate Covers

I have some fun new switch plate covers to share! I take regular plain switch plates and turn them into stylish decorator switch plates. They add an extra special touch to your home decor. I make mine mostly with scrapbook paper and decoupage medium. Occasionally I paint, collage or embellish them too.


This is most popular switch plate size for one switch. They are decoupaged with pretty scrapbook papers, perfect for Spring!



I also make them in the larger size for two switches. This photo also shows how them come packaged with some tips for care and installation. I added some colored chalk to the bird paper on the left. Outlet covers, other switch plate styles and paper selections are available upon request. Thanks for stopping by today!

~Cameo

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Cat Scrapbooking Layouts

Today I have a few scrapbooking pages I made. Since I don't have kids, I end up scrapbooking my pets a lot. These pages are of my cats Cosmo and Rugby. I take lots of pictures of them; Rugby doesn't mind, but Cosmo gets really annoyed by it. Some of the photos are so cute that they just have to be scrapbooked. I have been making 8x8" size pages lately, because they are so quick to make. For these pages I used a sticker title or printed quotes which you can buy or just print yourself.

Stickers by PSX Designs, vellum quote by Marcella by K

I love it when cats cover their eyes with their paws.....so adorable! I found this great quote in a vellum cat quote book. I tore the edges of it and used vellum tape to adhere.


Paper & tag (Unknown) , large tag by Paperbilities,  foam alphabet stickers by Dollar Tree

Isn't my Rugby the cutest! He has done this multiple times; I'm not sure if he's hiding or what. This large tag was a perfect fit for the 8 inch page. I made the scallop border using a stencil and a scissor.




Paper and quote by Flair Designs, Alphabet stamps by Autumn Leaves

This is one of my favorite cat quotes! The quote reads: "Thousands of years ago cats were worshipped as gods. Cat's have never forgotten this." It is so fitting for cats, especially for my kitty Cosmo. The name was stamped on patterned paper and cut out with a craft knife.

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