#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!
80 Picture Album

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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DIY Fascinators Fit For The Royal Wedding

And we’ll never be royalllllllllllllllllllllls, it don’t run in our blood… but we sure can pretend for a day!

My friends and I decided to be royally extra this past weekend, and have a watch party for the Royal Wedding of His Royal Highness, Prince Harry and his new bride Ms. Meghan Markle aka Her Royal Highness, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. The event was everything you could’ve expected, and so, so much more. No detail was spared and the love was felt throughout social media. Our watch party I mean!

My friend Alisha decorated the room with all kinds of red/white/blue garlands, and even a Mr. & Mrs. sign! She greeted us with York peppermint patties and muffins. THE WHOLE NINE!

Ever since the engagement, our group chat has been non-stop with every appearance and detail revealed about the royal affair, and we were READY for what was sure to be an unforgettable event. As we inched closer to the day, I found an invitation online for a “Fancy PJs and Fascinators” sleepover/watch party and I knew immediately we had to do the same. I shared with my friends and OF COURSE we were all 100% on board with getting ourselves some cute fascinator hats to wear so we could be part of the day, even with an entire ocean standing in the way.

Since I’m still in the process of moving and much of this has been a huge undertaking as a de-cluttering experience for me, I didn’t want to buy a hat. The good thing is, I have materials of all kinds and I was sure I could pull something together with what I already owned. So I pulled out some fabrics, ribbons, headbands, and my trusty styrofoam head, and got to work.

I decided I would either do something in purple or gold because 1. duh, royal colors and 2. I probably had the biggest amount of materials in those colors. I started playing around with fabrics to see how they could bend, and which could sustain a form once pinned down, arriving at two very different options. The gold one was my least favorite, as it looked good on the styrofoam model, but not on me 😦 #bigheadandforeheadproblems. I thought it looked quite chic and it made me think of Victoria Beckham a little, but it was a no-go for my head.

I moved on and decided to focus on the purple one. I had a bunch of tulle circles (from honestly I don’t know when or for what I bought them) which I noticed were holding shapes, so I stuck to playing with them. Some folds, twists, and a few pins later, I arrived at my final product. To be honest, I think it kind of looks like a loofah but I also love it, so I called it a day and proudly wore it to the watch party. For the fancy PJs, I wore the set that my friend Michelle got as a gift for the bridesmaids to get ready in the day of the wedding. And without further ado, here are the final shots!

My friends all got theirs off of Amazon, and though I was tempted, I’m glad I stuck to my DIY option and I love the outcome. Did anyone else have a watch party/got or made fascinators? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to check out pictures from fellow royal subjects!

HSN 24-Hour Craft Events Are THE DEVIL!

Two weeks ago today, HSN was having one of their “24-hour craft event” programming days, where from midnight to midnight, all the products they show are craft-related. They’re also known as “Kathy is definitely filing for bankruptcy soon” days in my inner circle.

I always hope and pray I don’t find out about the crafting days so that I’m not even remotely tempted to spend money on anything, but with my religious following of crafter extraordinaires like Amber from Damask Love, Beth from Kingston Crafts, Anna Griffin & Sara Davies from Crafter’s Companion, it’s absolutely mission impossible.

I’ve been a victim of HSN’s 24 hour days for over a year now, and during that time, I’ve succumbed to my desire to purchase the following items (in no specific order):

we-r-memory-keepers-alphabet-punch-board.jpegWe R Memory Keepers – Alphabet Punch Board: When I tell you that I will be in physical pain if I don’t buy whatever Amber shows, I’m not kidding. As soon as I saw her punching out letters in seconds, I could see myself making 387845437984 banners with the punch board. Even though I have a Cricut machine where I can cut literally anything in any size, sometimes I don’t want to crank it up and do this whole operation with mats and digital designs if I’m making something simple. Please recycle this same explanation for 95% of the products I’ll list below. I have, unfortunately, not yet used my punch board 😦 but I will!

xyron-creative-station.jpgXyron XRN510 Creative Station: I believe Beth is the one to blame here for selling this so well, but honestly the Xyron adhesive products family sells itself. I’ve actually used it a number of times when I’ve had intricate items that I need to stick but don’t want to use glue for, and it made my life so much easier! I did have to go back in with a weeder to take out the adhesive from the holes, but no biggie. Still saved me tons of time!

 

Image result for diamond press crafters companionThe Diamond Press by Crafter’s Companion: Sara Davies could sell me a used needle if she wanted to. She is such a masterful crafter and showcaser of items, that I am defenseless against her charm! She showed the Diamond Press on its launch day at HSN, and I got it with the auto-ship (when they release more die cuts in future months and you sign up to get them automatically as soon as they come out). I haven’t used it either, but I already have a couple of events/ideas lined up to use it in the near future (::cough cough:: #MyBestFriendsWedding ::cough cough::).

We R Memory Keepers-Banner Punch Board: Amber, I’m going to start billing you for my purchases. Why do you do this to me, girl? You sold me on this so hard, I couldn’t turn away. And don’t even try to act innocent, I got receipts! Anywho, I bought this baby because again, I might not really feel like jump-starting my Cricut to cut big triangles for a banner, nor do I want to do it by hand. This seemed like a good enough reason to buy the punch board, and I did use it right away to create a banner for a friend’s birthday!

 

Now, for my most recent acquisitions, which just arrived and I’ve already started using –

Xyron® Sticker Makers Magnet Tape & Mega Runner™Xyron Sticker Makers Magnet Tape & Mega Runner: Since one of my crafty friends raved about her ATG tape runner gun, I’ve been wondering whether or not it’s worth the investment for me, but I hadn’t settled on it until May 9th, 2017, when HSN decided to bundle a Xyron tape runner with two sticker maker mini stations AND a magnet tape roll as well, all for $29.99. Who can say no to that?! If you can, I don’t trust you.

 

Crafter's Companion 3D Embossing Folders SetCrafter’s Companion 3D Embossing Folders Set: I don’t have a Cuttlebug (kind of like the Diamond Press, but bigger), I’ve never wanted one and I never thought I would, but when I saw Sara Davies making this on live TV, I have never wanted something more in my life! My crafty friend offered to gift me her old Cuttlebug machine and I said DONE! I took advantage of the Flex-Pay option HSN was offering that day so that I wouldn’t feel as guilty seeing the full price in one swipe, and now these stunning folders are mine! I almost bought the gold wax they use to get this effect, but they were sold out. Things selling out are my only saving grace.

I love all of these things so much, even if I haven’t had the chance to use them as much yet. I know I’ll make use of them soon, whether it’s for items for #MyBestFriendsWedding or for any other event, I’ll get my money’s worth. In the meantime though, I think I should stay away from any upcoming 24-hour craft events for my well-being (and my wallet’s!).

#MyBestFriendsWedding, Chapter 1 – The Proposal

AHHHHH GUYS!!!!!!!! My best friend is getting married! How awesome is that? SUPER MEGA AWESOME!

Now as you can imagine, this is every crafty person’s dream come true, because with all the joy and none of the stress on oneself, the crafting possibilities are endless. I want to make ALL OF THE THINGS, and oh, I will.

Michelle and I have been best friends along with our group for now almost 10 years (crazy!) and we’ve been through a lot together, which is what builds a super strong friendship, but even better – her family loves me and I love them, and they’ve borderline adopted me into their circle as well, so this feels like my real sister is walking down the aisle, and I’m alllll in my feelings! The best way to deal with those, you ask? Crafting, of course.

So first things first – I got a head start on the engagement surprise because her fiance reached out to me for some advice on the ring, and as soon as I got that text, you know my head went into overboard mode of what to make her/get her so I could put together a nice little “welcome to engaged life” gift for her. I wanted to give her a personalized mug, but the time frame was short, so I wouldn’t be able to place an order and thus, this would be my first wedding-related DIY project! I love all the “feyoncé” merchandise I’ve seen around, so I wanted to have the mug say that, but I didn’t want that to be the only thing on it… It had to be more personalized. So I decided to do something on both sides, and bam! Perfection.

Then, I really loved the idea of some sort of journal or album where she could include printed pictures and polaroids which are very in right now, and when I searched on amazon, this Bride To Be Book was one of the first to pop up. I wanted to see the inside, of which there were unfortunately no pictures on amazon or google, but then I found this blog that showed enough for me to pull the trigger and buy it! I was planning on bringing my Polaroid camera and snapping the moment Brian was down on one knee (which I didn’t quite get in the end because of multitasking, but still got some cute ones thankfully), and now it looks like this –

Finally, Michelle’s mom asked me to make a version of these very funny props that say “He asked” and “She Said About Damn Time,” so I found some faux wood card stock and got to work. I also brought a long a set of my standard engagement props so that we could play around photo booth style after the proposal. All in all, it was a great first opportunity to put my craftskills to use, and the beginning of a loooonggg road of engagement-and-wedding-related crafting ahead!

 

Beyond Photo Booth Props… WCB Event Packages!

I’ve been an avid crafter my whole life (hard to notice, right?) and even though they say to really be an expert at something you must do it for 10,000 hours, what I tend to enjoy the most are new challenges and brand new projects I haven’t tried before. On the business side, this has turned into an actual “craving” for opportunities to bring people’s visions to life, and do something brand new to add to my portfolio – and this is a legitimate business move as well, because some people are very clear about what they want, but others need and want guidance on what to do and need a visual aid to understand the concept. So, whenever someone inquires about a custom item (especially if it’s something I’ve never made before), I’m EXTRA eager about turning it into a project.

Because of this, I wanted to look back on the events and items I’ve done so far (other than photo booth props), as a sort of recap. This is a really good reminder for me too, because I sometimes doubt myself and when I haven’t done something, I let the fear of taking the leap hold me back. Without further ado, here are some items from custom orders (which I probably had little to no idea of how I’d tackle them when I first said “YES!” but took the plunge anyways 😀 ), which together make quite the spunky “event packages”:

  • First, everything I made for my friend’s nautical baby shower, I’d never made before. This was my catalyst.
  • Diana’s Superhero Baby Shower was a HUGE project for me to take on, especially because it required a lot of digital production, which I’m not an expert in, but I figured it out nonetheless:
  • Emily’s Alcohol & Drinks “Baby is Brewing” Baby Shower (have you noticed the baby shower theme here? Pregnant customers really trust me! lol)

Beer Tap & Beer Pong Banners, and custom-designed photo booth props

  • Decorated letters. These have taken over my life and I absolutely love to make them. Diana (from the Superhero baby shower) asked me if I could make them, and I promise I had no clue where I would even start. In each name, there’s usually at least 1 letter that absolutely terrifies me and I leave it for last… and so far, that one turns out the best! Here is the first letter that terrified me and I fell in love with:
Oh Bruce, how I love thee. Thou helped me discover some abilities I did not know I possessed. Marry me?

Oh Bruce, how I love thee. Thou helped me discover some abilities I did not know I possessed. Marry me?

  • Reserved Seating signs for Wedding Aisles – a panicked event planner with a last-minute bride request and a deadline is a crafter’s best friend. I said YES to the, er, Reserved Sign challenge (which she had an ultra clear vision for and I had to replicate them EXACTLY to the T, and she LOVED!)
Down to the thickness and style of the ribbon, these were exactly to the bride's standards!

Down to the thickness and style of the ribbon, these were exactly to the bride’s standards!

 

  • Bridal Suite door sign for a pretty in pink Bride! Glitter and everything, exactly what the bride wanted 🙂
A bridal sign to keep male guests/friends from entering the bride's quarters without permission!

A bridal sign to keep male guests/friends from entering the bride’s quarters without permission!

And many, many more! That’s the good part about having such a baby business: pretty much everything people request is a brand new concept I haven’t worked on before. I hope to continue growing more and more excited every day, and I thank Pinterest for giving people ideas they want to trust me with ❤