Easy Ombre Valentine Pencils

Easy Ombre Valentine Pencils | damask loveEasy Ombre Valentine Pencils | damask loveNothing says lovin’ like office supplies. Can I get an amen?!

Okay – so maybe I’m the only one who thinks this way, but I’m sure we can all agree that a day with new office supplies is an awesome day. So why not make them the new “it” V-day gift!

This “tutorial” is really not a tutorial at all – just a look at something I’ve been doing for years to create jazzy pencils to because colorful pencils look way prettier on your desk. It’s a fact. Here’s how I do it:

Easy Ombre Valentine Pencils | damask loveChances are you have most if not all of these supplies lying around the casa. I particulartly love Rustoleum 2x Painter’s Touch spray paint because you only need one coat. It’s quick and easy. It also comes in a ton of colors so creating this ombre collection was easy to do.

Easy Ombre Valentine Pencils | damask love

  1. Wrap the metal end and eraser with painter’s tape
  2. With the pointed end, place the pencil into the styrofoam block
  3. With about 1″ of the pencil in the styrofoam, the pencils will now stand on their own making it easy for you to spray paint them and allow them to dry completely. Easy! Almost too easy.

Easy Ombre Valentine Pencils | damask love

 

These pencils are the perfect addition to a simple valentine’s themed stationery set filled with pink and red paper supplies and packaging items.
Easy Ombre Valentine Pencils | damask love

Easy Ombre Valentine Pencils | damask love

Easy Ombre Valentine Pencils | damask love

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Crayon Box Valentines

Crayon Box Valentines | Damask Love Coloring Card Valentines with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

Since this is the week of the big Cricut Design Star Finals (which you can vote for HERE), I’ve been using this time to share projects that use my Explore.

I hope you aren’t feeling like these posts are spammy – I hope you find them inspiring. I’m keeping it 100% real friends. I really do love my Explore and with the new baby, it really is the only way I’ve been able to get any crafting done. I use this thing every.damn.day. No lie.  Now, I know it’s a big purchase – but it’s worth saving up for.

Today’s project is a simple spin-off on the coloring cards I shared the other day. I guess I’m just in a Crayola state of mind, these days. These little crayon boxes are really easy to make and the heart cut out on the front makes the a great non-candy option for Valentine’s Day favors.

This crayon box project is available as a Make It Now project in Cricut Design Space, so all you have to do is click “Go.” All the design work is done for you already. Assembly is just as easy too – so easy that I don’t even have a tutorial for you! Just cut it out and glue it all together. It even has the holes already in place for you to add a baker’s twine bow. I do have one quick tip though…

Crayon Box Valentines | Damask LoveThis sticker-paper technique is one that I’ve used on several Cricut projects. It’s a great way to add something extra to any double-sided project.

Crayon Box Valentines | Damask LoveThe writing function of the Explore is one of my favorites. It creates a handmade look, but still with precision. That way you project doesn’t look TOO handmade….you know what I mean? The kind of handmade where the recipient looks at you and says “Bless your little heart.” Ha!

Crayon Box Valentines | Damask Love

Crayon Box Valentines | Damask LoveThese boxes are designed to hold 8 crayons and it turns out that Crayola offers this thing called a ClassPack that contains loose crayons in eight different colors. It’s PERFECT for creating a whole bunch of these crayon box favors.

And for all of you stampers, this project would be great with an accompanying handstamped tag. Maybe something like the “You Color My World” stamp from Lawn Fawn’s Starry Backdrop Stamp set

Crayon Box Valentines | Damask Love

You still have until tomorrow, Saturday, February 7th to cast you vote HERE in the Cricut Design Space challenge. The prize is $10,000 smackaroos!! I’d love to get your vote for THIS Playroom in the Sky project that I created on our previously hideous balcony. It was a lot of work but lemme tell you, $10,000 would make it SO worth it!

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Coloring Card Valentines

Coloring Card Valentines with Cricut Explore | Damask Love Coloring Card Valentines with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

Ever since I created the alphabet coloring card for A Playroom in the Sky, I’ve become a little obsessed with the write function of the Cricut Explore. It’s such a great way to create customized coloring pages for kids. With that in mind, I’ve created some really cute coloring card valentines that are available in the Cricut Design Space!  You can purchase the project and cut as many of these as you’d like. Here’s a closer look at this really simple, fun, non-candy valentine idea:

Coloring Card Valentines with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

The Explore does all the cutting and writing for you. It’s pretty cool to watch it go. The project I created has three images included in the design, but if you’d like to get creative, you can customize the project and select any image available in the Cricut Design Library. Just turn the image into a written image, and you’re done!

Coloring Card Valentines with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

Because these are so so easy to assemble, they are perfect for little hands. Your kids will love helping put these together.

Coloring Card Valentines with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

Coloring Card Valentines with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

Coloring Card Valentines with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

Coloring Card Valentines with Cricut Explore | Damask LoveI’d love to hear what you think of this project! Do you already know what you’ll be giving as Valentine’s this year? Head over to Cricut Design Space and take a look at this project!

And when you’re done, since you’re already sitting at your computer…you should probably take a trip over HERE to the Cricut Design Space Voting Page and cast a vote for Damask Love. You can vote once a day and voting is open until Saturday, February 7th…and to all of you who have voted for me…thank you, thank you, thank you!!! For reals. Thank you.SupplyListHEader


A Playroom in the Sky: Questions, Tips & Tutorials

IMG_1359Today is the day, folks. Voting is open and you can go HERE to vote for your favorite transformation in the Cricut Design Space Start Finals. If you missed the full reveal of my transformed space, check it out HERE. I’m hoping you will send your vote my way, but I’m not here just to recruit you …I’ve got some behind-the-scenes details about the Playroom in the Sky project. I received a ton of comments and emails from you and there were several questions…so I’m here to give you the answers you want as well as a few tips.

A Playroom in the Sky: Questions, Tips & Tutorials

Tackling this project with a newborn was no easy feat…I’m not gonna lie. It took a whole lot of strategizing and a ton of support from my mom and husband. Here are a few tips I learned along the way – in case you ever find yourself needing to design a playroom while caring for a newborn baby:

  1. 3:30am is a great time for spray painting. You will have just finished nursing the babe, so you’re already awake. Alert your hubs that you’ll be out of the house for about fifteen minutes so that he keeps and eye on little one. Then, you can scurry out to the garage and spray paint the stools, fence and frame that will be a part of your project.
  2. 5:30am is a great time to go back out to the garage to pick up your now dry spray painting projects.
  3. You can assemble paper flowers in half the time with a hot glue gun. I will never use anything else again. Ever.
  4. If you want to construct a plywood bench, get your measurements together and have the people at Home Depot cut it the pieces for you. It saves so much time.
  5. When it comes time to build said plywood bench, you’ll have to assemble it in the middle of your condo living room because you need to keep an eye on the baby during naptime. Nothing is more attractive than a huge wooden bench…that resembles a coffin… in the middle of your living room. Nothing.
  6. Luckily, babies aren’t bothered by the sound of a drill – so feel free to build that bench during naptime. Babies love power tools.
  7. If you need to go to Ikea, do a little research ahead of time. Go online to find the exact aisle and bin number of the items you need. This way you can run in and out while your mom sits in the car with the baby…praying that he doesn’t wake up from his nap.
  8. The Cricut Explore is a new mom’s best friend. For reals. You can design your project on the computer whenever you have a free minute and then you can click “Go” and walk away. You don’t have to stand over the project to get it done. If you need to load a new mat, the machine will wait until you have a sec to walk over and do it. No rush. The Explore makes me feel so productive as a crafter even when I’m not actually sitting in the craft room making something.

A Playroom in the Sky: Questions, Tips & TutorialsWhen I started brainstorming for the Playroom in the Sky, I knew I wanted to use and many materials as I could to show the range of the Cricut Explore. Here’s the rundown of what materials I cut in my playroom project:

The “window” frame project used the most materials in one place and the magnetic shapes combines several materials all at once. Here’s a look at how to assemble your own:unnamed-1

A Playroom in the Sky: Questions, Tips & Tutorials

A Playroom in the Sky: Questions, Tips & TutorialsI love the easy stamps I was able to create by cutting  fun foam Explore. Here’s a look at how I put them together:

IMG_1060A Playroom in the Sky: Questions, Tips & Tutorials

A Playroom in the Sky: Questions, Tips & Tutorials

A Playroom in the Sky: Questions, Tips & TutorialsA Playroom in the Sky: Questions, Tips & Tutorials

A Playroom in the Sky: Questions, Tips & TutorialsI don’t know about you , but I am the most indecisive paint chooser ever. I spend entirely too much time at the paint counter. It’s ridiculous. Finally, I decided on Saffrom Thread by Behr for the plywood bench I constructed. It’s a slightly deeper shade of yellow, but still very bright and cheery!

A Playroom in the Sky | Damask Love

A Playroom in the Sky: Questions, Tips & TutorialsI’ve got great friends…who have really cute kids. Many of your were curious about the cutie pie who was featured in the Playroom post. Her name is Gabby and she was the best little model I could ask for. Here are a few tidbits that will give you an idea of my day with Gabby:

  1. When you photograph children, don’t wait to get the shot – just keep taking photos. Eventually, you’ll end up with the one you need.
  2. Have your iPad at the ready with Spotify open, ready to play whatever Disney song they want to hear. In my case, Gabby requested the soundtrack of Beauty and the Beast and she pretended she was Belle. Good choice, Gabs.
  3. Glitter is a completely acceptable form of payment for child models. You’ll notice that in several of the photos, Gabby is painting with glitter. That is because crayons are just not that cool. Glitter, however? Gabby loves glitter more than  Kanye loves Kanye…and I can’t really blame her. Glitter is awesome.

A Playroom in the Sky | Damask Love

A Playroom in the Sky: Questions, Tips & Tutorials

A Playroom in the Sky | Damask Love

Question5Downtown Miami is the land of balconies. Here, real estate is vertical and pretty much everyone lives in a condo or apartment which is why I used our balcony as an outdoor playroom. The upside is that it provides a really cute and unique setting for playing. Keep in mind, though, you’ll want adult supervision at all times to make sure the kiddos are safe. Thankfully, my handmade bench is perfectly sized for adult-sized butts to sit comfortably and hang out.

If you don’t have a balcony or would prefer to bring this playroom indoors where ongoing supervision is less necessary, you can totally use any of these ideas on the inside of your home. Use the window cling garden on any window in your home – or even along a wall. Add felt to the bottom of the floor tiles and create an indoor hopscotch. The magnetic learning board can be placed anywhere and I’m sure you can come up with lots of variations to work with any theme.

Now it’s time to vote!  HERE is the link you need. The voting starts today, Monday, February 3 and closes on Saturday, February 7. I’d love for you to vote for me and if the spirit moves you, be sure so share with your friends! The competition is tough and I need all the support I can get. Have I mentioned that $10,000 is on the line!! Here’s one more look at the before and after shot of this project – in case you need a bit more convincing.

A Playroom in the Sky | Damask Love

Easy Like Sunday Morning: No.30

IMG_1962 Project-Ranking-FormatAccording to my trend-o-meter, gems are the new hot thing. Now, I’ve been a fan of gems ever since Ring Pops showed up on the scene. A big gaudy piece of jewelry…that’s edible? Um. Yes, please.

Valentine’s day is only two weeks away so we should probably use a few gemstones to celebrate. When I spotted these and these at Minted, I was immediately inspired to create a simple and adorable classroom valentine that you could whip up in minutes. You just need the right supplies:

You're a Gem Valentine | Damask Love

  1. First you’re gonna need some gemstones…and unless you are some sort of filthy rich crafter, the plastic variety will do just fine.  The bigger and gaudier – the better!
  2. Gold metallic crowns are what make this DIY valentine kit so fun. Kids (and grownups too) will love customizing their crown. I especially love these crowns because they are miniature and fit nicely into a treat bag.
  3. Of course you’ll need some valentines. These and these are perfect and you can customize the shapes or even add gold foil!
  4. Square foam dots are great for this project. Just keep scrolling and I’ll show you why
  5. ..and of course, my lovely Xyron 3″ sticker maker appears in this project…because I love it so much.

You're a Gem Valentine | Damask Love

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You're a Gem Valentine | Damask Love

You're a Gem Valentine | Damask Love

Are you loving the gem trend!?

Thanks to Minted for sponsoring today’s installment of Easy Like Sunday Morning!

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