#MakingIt Week 1 Fast Starter & Master Crafter Challenges – WCB Style

Hello friends! If you follow my crafty twitter handle @WCBCraftStudio, you know that last Tuesday I lived my best digital life during the premiere episode of NBC’s new hit show Making It, live-tweeting and commenting on the most memorable moments. From Amy and Nick’s pun-offs, the projects, the creativity, and the whole feel-good vibe of the show, I hereby submit my application for Full-Time #MakingIt Stan and Ambassador.

I can’t even begin to say how inspired I am by the show. So much so, that thanks to an idea from my dear fellow craft-obsessed friend Sandy, I’ve decided to take on the challenges from each episode and make them as if I were there myself. Is it a coincidence that I post blogs on Tuesdays, and the show airs on that day too? I think not! Now, I don’t want to go too crazy committing to this because 1. It can become a pocket hole if I go all in and 2. Ain’t nobody got time for this, literally. Ergo, I’m going to set some ground rules for myself:

  • I will only take on projects that I can realistically make. If there’s something like woodwork or crochet/embroidery involved, I will skip that challenge.
  • I will only use materials I already own to complete the challenges. I have way too many craft supplies that due to my workload I won’t be able to put to use any time soon, so what better way to get creative and spend less? This will probably restrict me in future challenges, but that’s for the best. I’m not allowed to spend ANY money on materials. We love a fiscally responsible crafty queen!
  • If there’s a challenge that is similar to a craft I’ve made in the past, I will simply refer back to those projects, and won’t make anything new for it.

Ok, I think that covers most bases. With that said, let’s get to last week’s challenges!

  • Fast Craft Week 1: for this challenge, the idea was to get to know a little bit about the crafters, their personalities and preferred mediums by asking them to make a 3D animal that represented them. I’m a big fan of unicorns and dolphins. Since Amber chose a unicorn for herself (because of course she did, since we’re soul sisters and all), I’ll go for the dolphin. I had the idea that because it’s a dolphin and I love water and I wanted to work with card stock, I could try to decorate the dolphin like those tiles in the pool with the white grout showing in between? Check out the journey!
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Here’s the step by step progression of the dolphin going from 2D flatness to 3D glory!

And here is the final result!

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Here’s my 3D paper mache dolphin! His name is Paolo, and he loves to be a statement dolphin! Doesn’t he look like he belongs in a pool fountain or something?! Obsessed! (But totally couldn’t have made it on the show because he definitely required more than 3 hours of crafting!) 

  • Master Craft Week 1: last week’s first big challenge involved the makers getting creative by pulling together an unconventional photo album and a quilt made out of any material except fabric – both crafts were meant to reflect their personal family heirloom/history. For the unconventional photo album, I’m going to tap into my repertoire and bring back the big number 80 I made out of photos for my grandma’s 80th birthday. I crafted that baby from scratch and I think it’s a nice show of family heirloom and my craftsmanship!
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For this unconventional album craft I drew and cut two eights and two zeroes out of black poster boards for front and back panels. Then, I cut white poster boards into thick strips and taped perpendicularly for 3D view. Thanks to Shutterfly for an offer of 101 free prints and VOILA! 80 years worth of memories for all to see ❤

For the quilt, I honestly would’ve probably chosen paper as my medium just like Amber did, so instead of going down a rabbit hole of endless paper-cutting, I will just link to her awesome post where she reveals some filming secrets and the super cool historical background that made way for her paper quilt!

My friends, I cannot express – truly – how happy this show makes me and how much I’m looking forward to the next episode. I even have some conspiracy theories brewing about what the next challenges will be based on the patches they use as weekly prizes and I just can’t wait to see it all unfold. How do we only have five episodes left?! My heart weeps.

Did any of you recreate any of the challenges from the first episode? Drop some links in the comments below!

 

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#MyBestFriendsWedding Chapter 7 Part 1 – Bachelorette, WCB Style!

Bridal Shower? Check! Bachelorette Party? CHECK! And I simply can’t believe it. I’m sitting here typing this up, freshly off the plane and starting a firm bronchitis treatment because of course I can’t plan a trip of this magnitude without some serious consequences, but I digress… It already happened. So let’s get to talking!

Since putting together the recap for our activities the way I want to is going to take a little more time, I wanted to start off by showing you all the crafts I made for the bachelorette, and then I’ll do a separate post with the trip deets.

Once we knew New Orleans was the destination, I perused Pinterest endlessly to find the perfect crafts/items to have for all the girls in attendance. Also, it was a huge priority for me to keep all items as cost effective as possible, so I scouted all sites and scheduled my shopping around Black Friday, which really paid off, especially for the black shirts which I managed to get at 50% off! So, without further ado, here’s the rundown of what, how much, why, and action shots galore!

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A panoramic shot of all the items spread across the floor pre-packing!

  • The Shirts: the shirts were the only item I planned on running by Michelle for approval, because I wanted her to be surprised with the rest of the bundle. Nola has a bunch of sayings and themes that are fun, but I absolutely fell in love with the “Til Death Do Us Part Is For Quitters” skull shirt concept I came across on Pinterest, and so did Michelle. A few weeks later, she found the “That’s What She Said/YASSSSS” concept and because by that point her obsession with rose gold had taken full effect, we had found our color scheme. The t-shirts were from Target and the tank tops I got from Shirtmax (Tip: they run HUGE, so size down!).
  • The Tumblers: Save A Cup has the best pricing for skinny tumblers. I added some more rose gold vinyl to Michelle’s to make it stand out.
  • The Mardi Masks: now this was a fun journey. Masks are not cheap and this was not the item to splurge on. I found an idea on Pinterest to make masks with puffy paint and tulle, and I tried it and even though they were ok, I knew they were going to break if worn. Fortunately, I found some on Ali Express for about $1 each (with S&H!) which was PERFECT. To the left you can see the puffy paint mask which was cute and all, but I just didn’t want to risk them breaking off. On the right are the lace ones from AE the day they arrived, and I loved the look when I tried it on! Michelle’s was white, of course 🙂
  • The Sleep Masks: in an ideal world I would be rich AF and be able to get the girls PJs as a gift, but since I’m not and this is real life, the next best thing were sleep masks. Ali Express came through for me here again, at just $0.40 per mask (also with S&H) which was INSANE! I wanted to add a cute saying and since we were all about the rose gold and frosé life, “Wake Me Up For Frosé” was a no-brainer.

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  • The Hair Ties: we’ve all seen the “to have and to hold… your hair back!” and “helping you tie the knot” cute hair tie packs, and at such an affordable price for the Fold Over Elastic (FOE), these were a go. The math is roughly about 10 inches per hair tie, so since we had 13 girls I ordered 5 feet of the ones we’d all have, 3 feet for the ones that were only for bridesmaids, and the smallest amount available for the ones for Michelle. Her pack said “here to help you tie the knot” while the ones for the rest of the girls said “to have and to hold your hair back.”
  • The Beads: I’m pretty sure it’s against the law to do New Orleans without beads, right? Anyway, because by this point the rose gold obsession was becoming an epidemic, can you take a wild guess about what I did?

Yes. I spray-painted beads. My spraying knew no bounds during the year and every time my mom saw me with a can in hand she’d run in the opposite direction “before I decided to paint her too” lol. Full disclosure here, the paint pealed off a bit when worn so I don’t recommend doing it, but for decoration it’s fine! (Also, yes I looked for rose gold beads EVERYWHERE, and it seems they don’t exist just yet).

  • The Décor: I wanted to keep things simple for the apartment because we wouldn’t be spending much time in there, so I focused on one big piece: “Bach Shit Crazy” balloons. I also spray painted a couple of trays, the wooden one I got at a thrift store for $0.95 cents, and the other one I got at the dollar store to hold the kit of medicines and common items for the girls to share if needed.

The last thing I planned as an activity that doubled as decor was a Panty Poem. It actually made a perfect dressing moment for the fireplace! And that’s what the spray-painted clothespins were for 😉 The pink quatrefoil-shaped cards are the tags with the verse of the poem corresponding to each pair of underwear. I’ll do a separate post where you can read the poem and see Michelle’s reactions.

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That’s it! I hope you guys liked the items and the rose gold overload, and as promised, below is a breakdown of the price per item per person, which I was closely monitoring so that I could stick to my goal: the entire bundle for each girl should be <$30!

#MissionAccomplished #LikeABoss

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Biggest Prop Order to Date! WCB for SAP

The reason I started WCB (the blog & Etsy shop) was because working for a software company in Corporate America was not very conducive to me expressing my creativity, and I needed an outlet. Even after leaving SAP, I’m still in touch with my colleagues and every so often, they reach out for a craft project, corporate style. I love when my worlds collide like this 🙂

This time, the order was my biggest to date! SAP Latin America & Caribbean has a sales kick-off event at the beginning of the year, and they were going to do an activity involving a skit based on technology evolving through the decades. They reached out to me to create jumbo sized, extremely sturdy props for the attendees to use for the skits they created. The props would be in a box, which I decorated to look like space (to give the idea of time-travel), and there would be a corresponding small box with a “token” showing which decade the groups would get.

I had a couple of months to work on this, and I truly needed every second. Because I’d never done something this big, there was a lot of trial and error and a lot of winging it which thankfully worked out. Between doing the research of the technology of each decade, figuring out where to get high resolution stock images, finding the right images of the right equipment for each decade, figuring out which medium to use to make them sturdy, and if it was something thick, how to cut it… etc. Not to mention, this was going to be my biggest investment in materials as well, and I needed to make sure I’d break even – even though the good thing about working with a big company is that the budget is more flexible than for standard orders. So, in case this helps anyone else, these are the materials I went with:

  • 32 x 40 inch Styrofoam boards, purchased at Hobby Lobby
  • 16 x 20 inch pictures, printed at the Costco Photo Center (fastest printing for the best price!)
  • Spray adhesive glue
  • X-acto brand exacto knife
  • Self-healing mat
  • Large boxes
  • Spray paint
  • Small boxes
  • Laminated prints (for tokens and logos to decorate boxes)
  • New fingers, after cutting 40 props with an exacto knife…

And here are some pictures of the whole process! Keep in mind, I worked on these at night so the lighting for the photos was terrible –

First, this was part of the trial and error process. I tested out different papers and different glues, and they would crease and cause the styrofoam to curve and look terrible. This is why you have to do things with time, especially when you don’t have much experience with what you’re making.

Once I figured out the materials, I moved on to the sets of boxes. These are the big boxes that were painted like a trip to outer space, as well as the small boxes with the decade token inside and the event logo so that the groups would choose their decades at random.

And now onto the good stuff! I laid out all the pictures in columns for each decade. I pre-cut each 32×40 board into four mini boards, that came out to 16×20, aka, the same size as the pictures (#genius)! Then glued the pictures to the boards with the spray adhesive so they wouldn’t crease/bunch, and got to work with the exacto knife.

I also became highly delirious through the cutting process, and decided to have a photo shoot with the props. Don’t they look crazy realistic?! That Super 8 from the 70s was my favorite!

Also, if you think I was kidding about my fingers… But it was worth it ❤

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I heard the props were a hit at the event, and everyone had a blast doing the skits with them. I’m so happy my old colleagues support my crafty endeavors, and that I get to mix together different areas of my life 🙂

Do you have a similar situation where your worlds collide? If so, share your story in the comments, I’d love to hear it!

Quickie Crafts: Cake Toppers For Marcel’s Birthday

I can’t remember if I’ve gone into much detail about this, probably not, but I should come clean about something: I cannot for the life of me learn Photoshop. I don’t know what it is, I’m pretty good with software and tech in general, I’m eager to learn how to use such a powerful tool that could take my work to the next level and possibly make my life easier… yet for some reason, I simply stare at the layers, close the program and open PowerPoint.

That’s right. All of my digital work gets done exclusively on PowerPoint. Obviously, PPT is extremely limited in comparison to Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator in what it can accomplish, but I’ve been riding the wave with it, making it work for my needs and milking every tool available until I get the result I’m looking for.

One of the things I’ve gotten good at with PowerPoint is photoshopping people’s heads onto random bodies or objects. I did it once at SAP for an office birthday, and my dear friend Renata asked me if I could do it for her husband Marcel’s birthday, which just so happens to be today! All she asked was to make them funny. I’m heading out there now to help Marcel + 3 other friends and their birthdays, and I’m bringing the cake toppers, courtesy of PowerPoint. Check them out!

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Marcel’s head on Popeye’s Body

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Pask absolutely loves cats, so I turned her into one for the day

Joao

Renata’s nephew Joao was born today, so he will forever share a birthday with his uncle Marcel!

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A new friend of the group gets to be Johnny Bravo today

 

And here’s the final look, on the cake! 

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Not bad for PowerPoint, right? I know, there’s the issue of pixelation and a lot of restrictions but instead of being frustrated, I’m finding ways to get it done. I will try to use Photoshop or Ai at some point, but today was not that day. Gotta go party!

Carlos’ 60th Birthday Cuban Musical Props

My best friend’s father-in-law to be just turned 60 years old this past weekend! What a milestone, and such a beautiful number. I am very fond of the 60th birthday because while doing some research when I was planning my mom’s 60th turn around the sun (shh, please don’t tell her I mentioned that number, anyone who puts her over 35 goes on a kill list! haha!) I found out that in Chinese culture, the 60th birthday is sort of a re-birth. 12 x 5 = 60, and that means that by the time you turn 60, you’ve done a full life cycle around all the signs (and sub-types) in the Chinese Zodiac, so it’s a new beginning. Anyway, I digress…

For Carlos, one of the things he has most fun doing is dancing, and since he’s Cuban, salsa is probably at the top of his favorite genres. His birthday was a perfect moment to go all out, celebrate his Cuban heritage and the music he enjoys so much. Check out the props & banner I was asked to make for the occasion!

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Some bongos, maracas and musical notes represented the hobby and genre he loves so much! The fedoras & cigar were a nod to his Cuban heritage and style!

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Rhymes and banners, nothing is… smarter? 😉

The birthday boy danced the night away and all the guests took turns posing with the props. Cheers to Carlos’ 60 Years!

Halloween 2017 DIY – Two On The Run Costumes & Winter Is Here!

You know I’m ALL about the DIY life for Halloween costumes. Do you remember this one? I’m still super proud of those two costumes, but this year was a whole new ball game, on a much tighter deadline.

My bff wanted to keep it simple but cute, so she decided she wanted to be a unicorn, but like the chillest unicorn ever. Horn from amazon, and a shirt by yours truly that said “I’m a unicorn, DUH” for anyone who dared ask. Done.

Her sister went shopping for one idea, and changed her mind during the shopping trip. She came to me with a yellow shirt and some felt and wanted me to turn her into a pineapple. Done.

Cut up the shirt. Drew the peaks. Made a crown out of felt, a headband and some poster board scraps.

I had been thinking about my costume for a while, but decided to pull the trigger the week of Halloween. My red hair was finally in its full glory, and my Game of Thrones fever was (is!) as strong as ever. I also just happened to have a burgundy statement necklace and a newfound love for makeup. Melisandre, you’re up. DONE!

Red hair? Owned. Necklace? Owned. Makeup? Owned. Robe? $12 on Amazon.

And that’s all folks! Another DIY Halloween in the books. Start preparing early for 2018, for the night is dark and full of terrors and you don’t want to show up in the same costume as everyone else…

Liana’s Fabulous #BubblyForBubsie NYC Bachelorette Props

What do you do when you’re going on a bachelorette with your group of closest friends? Lots of things, but if you’re me… You. Make. Props!

One of my really close friends, Liana, is tying the knot at the end of the month and so we’re going all out with the “last fling before the ring,” all the way to one of her favorite places: New York City. Her sister and Maid of Honor, Katrina, very kindly requested I made some props for the big weekend, and of course I was very excited to make this set, being for such an amazing friend and what was promising to be a super fun weekend. The color scheme of some of the bach items was pink and gold, so I knew I’d stick to that for the props. Without further ado, some pics of the set (I forgot to do my semi professional set-up before leaving, so the pictures aren’t that great. Also, we barely got to use the props because of the back-to-back schedule we committed to haha! #BachLife

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The props were a surprise for Liana, and when she saw them she said she may be biased, but this was her favorite set I’ve ever made! I’ll take that type of bias any day 😉 Happy wedding my dear friend!