Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Wood Post

Hi again (for the 8th time today) lol... I wanted to share with you how I made this Mickey Mouse Clubhouse sign to hammer it into the ground right next to the pavilion at the party.

The photos are self-explanatory, but I will include details JUST INCASE there are any possible questions.  

I hope you are inspired and create something similar for your little one's first birthday.  If so, please share the link below.  I'd love to see what you come up with!!

So here's the sketch I made with some color pencils.  I knew what colors I wanted to use, but I couldn't mentally see which way I liked it better, so I had to draw it out and compare it.  My husband and I both chose the 1st one.  Easy so far, huh?  lol.

(click photos to enlarge)

To get the MICKEY FONT letters exactly the same on the wood as I did on the banner,
I had to cricut out the word "CLUBHOUSE" and use the negative paper
(the side without the letter) and trace it onto the wood block with pencil,
then go over it again with a red coloring pencil and erase the pencil marks. 
Why?, because pencil shows through this particular red paint.
I learned that early on in another project.

As you can see the "O" is missing, because I wanted to add a Mickey head in that spot.

I asked my husband to take a photo of me painting the wood block
and what he did was take a picture of all the mess I had on my desk!  LOL.

The arrow was drawn freehand (there was no template, punch or cartridge in stock for it),
and it took me tons of erasing and carving to get it just right!  

This post is not completely done. 
I still have to nail the front sign to the base post
(which is something my husband has to do ASAP!)...
I want it at an angle, (facing up) being that the sign is short and the pavilion is tall. 
Plus it kinda looks quirky and fun, as if a kid made it!  hehe.

The Mickey head was cut at 2" with the Mickey Font cartridge,
painted with Folk Art Metallic Sequin Black acrylic paint
and propped up on some dimensionals
to stand out (above) the rest of the wood painted letters. 
It's very cute in person!

I'll update this blog again when I have party pictures showing where I put the post.
Thanks for stopping by.


x0, Damaris

UPDATE: March 7, 2013.  I was contacted by The Petite Soiree last month with a lawsuit threat if I don't share that where this idea came from.  I had no clue where it came from when I made it and when I blogged/vlogged it.  I just saw a photo on Google and didn't bother to research where it came from.  I didn't know it would be such a big deal.  And I certainly didn't know they sold this product.  Anywayz, thought I'd let you know.  You can google search their website, because for some reason the link to their website is not active or doesn't open on my laptop, cell phone, husband's cell phone, PC or mom's laptop.  Go figure.

Mickey Mouse Lollipop Stand [DIY]

Hi Lovers!!  Bare with me just a few more blog posts (maybe 3 or 4... or 5) and I promise I'll be done with Mickey projects.  At this point my real focus is on counting down the hours, figuring out if I want to have my hair straight or wavy/curly, if I want to get some tips and what style to get, if I want to add a few last minute touches to the plans, etc.  Just every party planner's sleepless brainstorm that arrives just as you lay your head down to rest.  lol.

Today's Mickey theme'd project came to me while thinking of a way to display the adorable Mickey pops that my husband and I made.  I gave him a design idea for the labels (which was to match the invitations) and he went to work on the computer and brought it to life.  We make a great team huh?  If it weren't for him I probably would have had to dish out money for all these creative labels.  He's such a software genius! 

[Sorry, had to give him some much deserved props!]

Back to the project.

The photos share the creative process so I won't be too chatty in this blog, but if you have questions please feel free to leave a message below.

And once again, a video showing this project (with narrating details) is available below.

(click photos to enlarge)

Make sure to add hot glue in between the two foam blocks for added security.

I left 1/4" extra space above the foam to be able to fill the top with Spanish moss
(using hot glue, of course) and not have it spill over.

The Mickey head is basically made of foam balls in 2" and 4",
painted black and attached with bamboo sticks and hot glue;
placed on top of a painted wooden dowel and stuck into the foam block base.

A step by step tutorial showing how we made the "Giovanni's Gourmet Pops" will be coming soon.  Stay Tuned!!

Thanks for stopping by.

x0, Damaris

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"GIOVANNI" - Mickey Wood Sign

We're winding down people!!  Only 3 full days left to complete EVERYTHING for this Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 1st Birthday party... I'm excited, are you??  haha.

(my puppy Daizy wanted to be in the photo - lol)

I have an altered project I want to share with you using wood letters, paint and a long wood piece.  This idea came to me one day as I sat watching the Disney channel with Giovanni.  I must've been in the weirdest/silliest mood because I remember being very delirious and tweeting things like "Why does Mickey have a black body and pale face?".  lol.  (I get silly if I don't get enough sleep, which is about 3 times a week.)  

SO ANYWAY [I'm always getting off topic]... 

During the commercial break I saw a logo that Disney showed using all the Mickey's Clubhouse characters and a light bulb went off in my head.  

I didn't think I'd be able to pull off making all the characters (because his name is too long and I'd have to double some characters, and because it would be too challenging), but I did figure Mickey would be my inspiration.  I immediately went into brainstorm mode and thought of ways to make it happen.  Using a 20% off everything coupon, I found these wood letters at Michael's and quickly got to work.  The best part was how similar to the Disney font it looked...awesome!!  The letters are priced at $1.99 each.  (Remind me to make sure my next kid has a 2 letter name, if there is a next one... lol!)

The photos can kinda narrate the process from beginning to end, but for my sanity I will add captions throughout the pictures to better explain what you're looking at.

I hope you find this project to be fun and inspiring and if you decide to make this also, please share the link here below.  I'd love to see what you create!!

(click photos to enlarge)

I drew lines across each letter with a pencil to make sure there would be an exact amount of black/red ratio.  I'm very anal about getting things perfect that way... lol

I put regular scotch tape across the lines and around the back. 
Making sure that all sides of the letter were painted properly.

I peeled off the tape with an exact-o knife (mostly because I'm a nail biter),
once the paint was mostly dry...
(I didn't want it to be completely dry and then peel or chip the paint). 
I proceeded to add tape over the black side of the letter to begin painting the red side.

Make sure to erase the pencil marks after you've placed the tape and before you paint,
because IT WILL show through the paint!!  lol.

The 3/4" buttons I purchased on eBay MONTHS ago
(when I knew what invitations I was going to make)
were the perfect added touch to these letters. 
And I had just enough to make the invites,
to make these letters and to use for any other future projects!! 

You can use any glue really,
but hot glue has become my #1 glue of choice lately,
for several reasons...
1. It dries instantly.
2. It gives a little dimension.

Once the letters were done I wanted to add the signature Mickey ears to this,
so I thought of punching out black circles,
layering them on each other with Tombow Mono adhesive
(I didn't want them to be lumpy with hot glue),
and added them to the "O" letter. 
Why the O?  Because it's round and looks like a head!! 
[simple logic huh? - lol.]

The 2nd part was left to my husband. 
He brought me a piece of scrap wood from his job and painted it Mustard Yellow. 
At the time these acrylic paints were selling for 30 cents at Michael's. 

I hot glued the letters in an unorderly fashion (on purpose),
onto the wood backing and VOILA!!  
"GIOVANNI" came to life!!

Click play on the video below.

Thanks for stopping by and "See Ya' Real Soon!"  (sorry, too much Mickey!)  hehe.

x0, Damaris

P.S.  Don't forget to check out my other Mickey inspired projects.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Monogram Letter "G" Photo Collage

Happy Monday Bloggers.

I had a fun weekend.  We were able to go to our niece's 6th birthday party and Giovanni had fun looking at all the animals at the petting zoo.  It was so fun and as a result, I now want a rabbit... hehe.

We also worked on the Mickey shaped chocolate cookie pops and I took tons off photos and videos to share how we made those, so stay tuned in a future post for that.

The last "big" project that I was worried about doing was the one I come to share with you today.  This was something I had never done.  It's something I hadn't seen a video of on Youtube, but I was willing to take on the challenge and if it looked "ugly" I didn't have to share it.... lol.  However, it was pretty easy and I did learn some things along the way for the "next time".  It did take 2 days to complete, but it's something that we'll keep forever, takes very little space to showcase and was way faster than a mini album.  

You can buy these letters at Jo-Ann for $4, but I was able to use a 40% coupon to get it.  I just love coupons, don't you!!??  hehe.

(click on photos to enlarge)


The main ingredients for this project were Mod Podge,
black acrylic paint and Canon matte photo paper.

The photos don't really explain how I made it, but as a crafter you can kind of guess how it's done.  If you are interested in finding out more, just click "play" on the video below.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to be back this week with another Birthday inspired project.

x0, Damaris

Friday, September 23, 2011

110 Piece Fancy Pants "Baby Mine" Mini Banner Album Kit

Hi Again, (I'm on a roll today huh?) hehe.

I have another kit ready for purchase in my ETSY shop with a baby theme.  This paper is so adorable and the kit contains everything you'll need to make a gorgeous mini for you or someone you love.

Take a look at the photos below and if you are interested, please visit this link:

If you are looking for another type of kit, just message me and we can create the perfect kit for you.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check my other mini album kits for sale, including other craft-related items in my ETSY shop at

x0, Damaris

130 Piece Lost & Found Union Square Mini Acrylic Album Kit

Hi Guys, I have a huge kit for you including an awesome 6x6 acrylic album!! 

The kit comes with everything you'll need to create the perfect album for you or someone you love.

The photos below don't do justice to this gorgeous paper.  

The ETSY listing can be found in the following link:

Stay tuned for another mini album kit.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend!!

x0, Damaris