Entries Tagged as 'create'

diy no-sew nursing cover.

Posted on: Tuesday, April 4, 2017

DIY No-Sew Nursing Cover | Ann-Marie Loves

Let the record show that six months is my favorite infant age. It’s the BEST. I remember loving this age with Briar and I am enjoying it all over again with Landon. They’re just so squishy and interactive but not too mobile yet. I am trying my hardest to savor this sweet spot (and every spot!) of infanthood since I am all too aware of how fast it’s going to fly.

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landon’s birth announcements.

Posted on: Friday, March 24, 2017

Landon's Birth Announcements | Ann-Marie Loves x Minted

When I was little and imagined being an adult with my own family, I had a very clear vision of what it would look like.

First of all, I would live in a two story house (stairs were a MUST). Secondly, I would definitely have a swimming pool WITH a twisty slide, because, obviously. I also envisioned bunk beds in my kids’ rooms, a big SUV with a dog hanging out the window, and a cool street address that ended in “Road” or “Court” (specific AF, I know!). There would be colorful family photos all over the house, the fridge would always be stocked with good snacks, oh, and we would DEFINITELY have a trampoline in our backyard! (I asked for a trampoline every holiday of my life and never got one…some dreams die hard.) Finally, I always imagined putting together cards for various occasions: Christmas cards, birthday invitations, and my favorite, baby announcements!

Landon's Birth Announcements | Ann-Marie Loves x Minted

So now that I’m a grown adult, I’ve gotten to live out part of my childhood fantasy by designing birth announcements for two babes! When it came time to order Landon’s announcements, I chose this simple hand-lettered style from Minted. It was kind of a no-brainer; I wanted the photo of him in his now-too-small bear suit to be the focal point and the type to play a supporting role.

Landon's Birth Announcements | Ann-Marie Loves x Minted

Addressing the envelopes is one of my favorite parts of the paper correspondence process. The tricky part is finding the right pen. For these shimmery taupe cards, I used a good old fashioned Sharpie to get the job done without any smearing or smudging. Mission accomplished!

Landon's Birth Announcements | Ann-Marie Loves x Minted

Here’s one of my favorite things that Minted offers: customizable postage stamps! I know I’m 1000% biased and think Landon is the cutest thing ever but I have never seen such adorable stamps in my life! His tiny little face on these tiny little stickers is just too good.

Landon's Birth Announcements | Ann-Marie Loves x Minted

Each child gets all of our milestone cards in their baby albums, including birth announcements of their siblings. Hopefully Briar takes after me and saves all the cute cards!

Landon's Birth Announcements | Ann-Marie Loves x Minted

It’s almost like my 9 year old self could see into the future. Even though I still don’t have a two story house and a swimming pool WITH a twisty slide, my obsession with paper goods + photos lives on!

If you’re in the market for well-designed cards for any occasion, I highly recommend Minted!

2017 album.

Posted on: Friday, March 17, 2017

2017 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

Happy Friday! Today I’m back with another installment of my 2017 album. In case you missed it, I’m using Jamaica’s Narrow acrylic album this year to house 3 x 8″ page protectors. It has been SO MUCH FUN to put together. The pages come together super fast and the unconventional sizing is always an exciting design challenge. Here are my latest pages:

2017 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

For the bottom right pocket, I used the “Sweet Things” die cut heart and adhered patterned paper to the back so it would work on the opposite side as well.

2017 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

For the other side of the heart die cut, I used clear stickers and a little yellow distress ink, because DUH. I should also mention that most of these little pages were assembled using the help of my mini stapler. Sometimes it’s easier to just staple things down than to use adhesive, plus the gold staples make me happy.

2017 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

Since I was short on time to throw these pages together, I just used iPhone images to keep things simple. I chose my favorites, edited them in the VSCO app, e-mailed them to myself, and then dropped them into Photoshop on my computer to resize and add journaling where I deemed fit. (After typing that out, I’m not sure if my process sounds easy or hard (ha!), but it really speeds things up for me!)

2017 Album | Ann-Marie Loves

Lots of color, as always! You can see my first few 2017 pages here.

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diy inflatable charm necklace.

Posted on: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

DIY Inflatable Charm Necklace | Ann-Marie Loves

As I sit here typing this, my two and half year old is singing at the top of her lungs while playing in her playhouse on the patio. Normally it’s the type of thing that would drive me b-o-n-k-e-r-s but today it means I can sit uninterrupted at the computer for five minutes and I WILL TAKE IT.

This age has been tricky to say the least; some days Briar is sweet as pie and other days she is…not. But when she is sweet, oh man, I could just eat her up. She is obsessed with necklaces and bows and dresses and all the things you imagine when you find out you are expecting a girl. It’s kind of my dream come true. So when she excitedly discovered these inflatable shapes in my craft stash, I knew I had to make her something special with them. Enter: the inflatable charm necklace!

DIY Inflatable Charm Necklace | Ann-Marie Loves

To make the necklace, I used supplies that I already had on hand: wooden beads, pony beadspink cording, and cool tassels that I found for a buck in the Target Dollar Spot.

DIY Inflatable Charm Necklace | Ann-Marie Loves

Since some of the charms didn’t have pre-punched holes, I added holes where needed using my Crop-A-Dile. I’ve had that tool for-e-ver and I still use it regularly!

DIY Inflatable Charm Necklace | Ann-Marie Loves

Next, Briar and I picked out our favorite beads and started threading them onto the pink cording.

DIY Inflatable Charm Necklace | Ann-Marie Loves

Once the necklace was juuuust heavy enough for a two year old neck, I tied it off and handed it over to Briar.

DIY Inflatable Charm Necklace | Ann-Marie Loves

And she loved it!

DIY Inflatable Charm Necklace | Ann-Marie Loves

We immediately had to head to the park so she could wear her new necklace and I could get some cute photos. I’m sure you think that I styled her outfit for the sake of the photo, but I am here to tell you that she chose EVERY LAST PIECE. Girl knows what she likes.

DIY Inflatable Charm Necklace | Ann-Marie Loves

She drives me insane but I can’t get enough of her.

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30th birthday card.

Posted on: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

30th Birthday Card featuring Amy Tangerine's "On A Whim" Collection | Ann-Marie Loves

Today is my husband’s THIRTIETH birthday so that can only mean one thing: a handmade card is in order!

30th Birthday Card featuring Amy Tangerine's "On A Whim" Collection | Ann-Marie Loves

While my two kiddos spent the day with their grandparents yesterday, I got busy working on a card for the L of my L using products from Amy Tangerine’s new line, On A Whim. Normally I grab from a bunch of different manufacturers when I make anything, but when I’m short on free time, sticking to one collection really speeds up the process. Plus, this line is so fun and colorful and totally fit the funky design I was aiming for!

30th Birthday Card featuring Amy Tangerine's "On A Whim" Collection | Ann-Marie Loves

To begin, I found two photos of Briar and Landon with their mouths open so it would look they were talking (ha), converted them to black and white in Photoshop, and printed them out. Then I carefully cut around their heads + bodies and laughed at the ridiculous pairing of photos I just pulled together.

30th Birthday Card featuring Amy Tangerine's "On A Whim" Collection | Ann-Marie Loves

From there, I folded a sheet of Tropical Paradise paper in half to use as my card base. I also freehand cut word bubbles using the multi-colored Patchwork paper and chose a few die cuts to fill in the blanks.

30th Birthday Card featuring Amy Tangerine's "On A Whim" Collection | Ann-Marie Loves

Once I was happy with the way things were laid out, I glued everything down, trimmed off the top of the card, and finished it off with the “Awesome” phrase Thicker in the center.

I left it out on the counter this morning so John would see it before he left for work and he texted me later saying it was the best card I’ve ever made him. WHAT! That’s a huge compliment considering we’ve been together for a million years! I’m feeling extra proud of myself and super grateful that we have cute kids to exploit in the name of design. HBD, babe!

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december daily 2016.

Posted on: Friday, February 24, 2017

December Daily 2016 | Ann-Marie Loves

We may be in the thick of 2017 but my 2016 album is still going strong! The other day I printed out a bunch of photos from December (might as well work my way backwards, no?) and popped them into page protectors.

December Daily 2016 | Ann-Marie Loves

This spread was all about the random moments throughout the month. Some were iPhone photos, some were DSLR photos, but when paired together, they make December look gooooood.

December Daily 2016 | Ann-Marie Loves

Our Solvang trip! I had so many photos from that day and most of them were dark and busy, so I made sure to break that up with a solid block of yellow and a full size photo page.

December Daily 2016 | Ann-Marie Loves

For the last spread, I kept things as simple as possible and just printed two full size photos of my two bubs from Christmas. I added a little journaling in Photoshop and then placed a few embellishments on the printed photo and called it good. I love the way it turned out!

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diy geodes + free valentine’s printable.

Posted on: Monday, February 13, 2017

DIY Geodes + Free Valentine's Card Printable | Ann-Marie Loves

A few weeks ago I created a little dress-up area for Briar in the corner of her room. She’s been obsessed with pretty dresses and jewelry and crowns (or “prowns,” as she calls them) for awhile and I wanted to have a dedicated space to house all her fancy things. At the time, I only had two wooden branch wall mounts (purchased from Alder + Co. on our honeymoon!), but two hooks were not enough. So! I thought for a minute about what I wanted to use and decided that geodes would make for awesome wall decor / hangers. Being the cheap person that I am (ha!), I knew there had to be a way to DIY geodes, so I did a little digging on Pinterest and found exactly what I was looking for!

Truth be told, I still have yet to create the hooks BUT in a moment of sudden genius, I realized that DIY geodes would be the perfect Valentine’s card toppers.

DIY Geodes + Free Valentine's Card Printable | Ann-Marie Loves

To create the faux geodes, you will need:

Borax
Metallic Pipe Cleaners
Jar
String or Fishing Wire
Pencil or Wooden Skewer
Boiling Water

DIY Geodes + Free Valentine's Card Printable | Ann-Marie Loves

First, roll your pipe cleaner into a ball. Next, thread a piece of string through a small portion of the pipe cleaner ball and tie it to a pencil or wooden skewer. This will ensure that your geode doesn’t touch the bottom of the glass so it can keep a round shape.

DIY Geodes + Free Valentine's Card Printable | Ann-Marie Loves

Combine one cup of boiling water and 3 tbsp of Borax and stir until it is completely mixed (takes a minute or two). Then, place your pipe cleaners into the jar and loosely cover with a cloth.

DIY Geodes + Free Valentine's Card Printable | Ann-Marie Loves

After a few hours, you will start to see the crystallization. I let my first batch of geodes sit in the jars for a few days and they turned out great!

DIY Geodes + Free Valentine's Card Printable | Ann-Marie Loves

The geode color is a direct result of the color of the pipe cleaners. Based on my own experience as well as the reviews of others, metallic pipe cleaners work best although you could use plain pipe cleaners and add food coloring to the jar for a similar result.

DIY Geodes + Free Valentine's Card Printable | Ann-Marie Loves

Once you take them out, let them sit on a paper towel for a little bit to soak up any excess water.

DIY Geodes + Free Valentine's Card Printable | Ann-Marie Loves

Once your geodes are all set, you can start your V-Day cards! For this particular design, I wanted to attach the geodes with a string instead of glue, so I used a paper piercer to punch out four holes for threading. I also decided to use a little yellow distress ink with my go-to blending tool for extra visual interest.

DIY Geodes + Free Valentine's Card Printable | Ann-Marie Loves

How crazy are those rocks?! I had no idea if they would even work out but they are better than I could have predicted! Not only would these be fun for room decor or Valentine’s card toppers, but they would also be fun to bury in sand and use as “hidden treasures” for little ones to find. (In fact, I might have to try that this week with a certain toddler…)

DIY Geodes + Free Valentine's Card Printable | Ann-Marie Loves

P.S. You can download these V-Day cards here! Happy Love Day, everyone!

diy fairy wands.

Posted on: Friday, February 10, 2017

DIY Fairy Wands for Toddlers | Ann-Marie Loves

This past December I nearly lost my freaking mind when I stepped foot into the new Cotton On Kids at one of my local malls. I walked through the store with my eyes wide open and exclaimed “oh my gosh!” every thirty seconds because I wanted to buy ONE OF EVERYTHING. (I honestly don’t remember the last time I felt that excited? Maybe when I was in my scrapbooking heyday and took a tour of American Crafts’ showroom for the first time…now that was a happy day.) I ended up buying quite a few things for my kiddos, including an adorable fairy wand for my two year old. When it came time for her to open her gifts on Christmas morning, she was just as enthused about her new fairy wand as I was about shopping for it.

Since she loves it so much (despite snapping the stick in half in a moment of intense princess playing – ha!), I decided to try making her a few new wands myself. Here’s how I did it:

DIY Fairy Wands for Toddlers | Ann-Marie Loves

S U P P L I E S

Felt Sheets

Heavy Duty Straws

Sharp Scissors

Pony Beads

E6000 Glue (or other heavy duty adhesive)

Multicolored String or Yarn

DIY Fairy Wands for Toddlers | Ann-Marie Loves

Apply the E6000 glue to a small portion of the straw and begin to wrap it with the string. Continue to add glue and more string as you work your way down and let it dry. This is definitely the most tedious (and least fragrant) part but it goes by pretty fast.

DIY Fairy Wands for Toddlers | Ann-Marie Loves

Next, cut out different shapes from felt and layer them together to the front and back of the straw to create the topper. I freehanded these floral shapes but feel free to measure or map out your design first.

DIY Fairy Wands for Toddlers | Ann-Marie Loves

To create the strands that hang down from the top of the wand, cut a 12″ strand of string and add pony beads to both ends. Knot each side and place a little adhesive inside the bottom beads to secure them into place. Then tie the string to the top of the straw in a double knot. Finally, when the toddler wakes up from her nap and is overjoyed to see what you are working on and eagerly wants to “help,” have her sort the pony beads by color ;)

DIY Fairy Wands for Toddlers | Ann-Marie Loves

The entire project took about thirty minutes and it was so much fun to make!

DIY Fairy Wands for Toddlers | Ann-Marie Loves

DIY Fairy Wands for Toddlers | Ann-Marie Loves

Briar is quite the dichotomy as she is equal parts tomboy and girly girl. She’s fearless and seldom shies away from a physical challenge or a tall play structure (much to my terror). She loves playing catch and splashing in puddles and digging in the dirt. On the other hand, she’s also a sensitive soul who idolizes “Princess Minnie and Princess Daisy” and never leaves the house without her jewelry. She loves wearing pretty dresses and baking cookies (real and pretend) and showering her loved ones with spontaneous hugs and kisses. I adore these opposite aspects of her personality and am making a conscious effort to let her be herself without imposing too much of my own judgement on her. I want Briar to be as authentically Briar as she can possibly be without feeling like she needs to ascribe to any stereotypes placed on girls. I am a big believer in the fact that the future is most definitely female :)

toddler art table.

Posted on: Thursday, January 12, 2017

Toddler Art Table | Ann-Marie Loves

(Bed head in full effect ;)

Admittedly I’m an impulsive person. Once I get an idea in my head, there’s no stopping me until I can scratch that itch (just ask my husband). In this case, I had been on the hunt for a little table for Briar to use with the mini chairs that I thrifted a few years ago. Then I remembered the simple eight dollar side tables that I had used in former apartments and knew they would be the perfect size and color for the art station I envisioned. So on the day before Thanksgiving, I packed up the kiddos in their car seats and braved the holiday traffic, all in the name of IKEA!

Toddler Art Table | Ann-Marie Loves

I always get a little tooooo ambitious at IKEA and think that I can fit more in my arms (and my car!) than I physically can, but since I had two babies in a giant stroller with me, I was forced to keep my priorities straight. This impromptu adventure was well worth the effort because that eight dollar side table has not only been great for meal and snack times, but it has allowed me to live out one of my wildest dreams: watching my own child color and create.

Toddler Art Table | Ann-Marie Loves

You know the saying “out of sight, out of mind?” Well, that’s definitely the case with toys and art supplies. I have a basket filled with art supplies in Briar’s closet that I often forget about so I am making a much more concerted effort to bring it out and set up an art station everyday. If Briar can see it then she’s much more likely to pull up her chair and start coloring instead of begging me to turn on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. (Although, God bless that Mickey Mouse and the wonderful babysitter that he is ;)

Toddler Art Table | Ann-Marie Loves

Typically Briar likes to rope others into coloring with her (“draw a mommy triangle! draw a baby triangle! draw a Nana triangle!”), and even though I don’t always want to join in, I inevitably feel better if I do. It’s like when we go to the park and she wants me to play in the sand with her. I mean, I don’t really want to be a sand monster by the time we leave, but there is something incredibly therapeutic about these simple childhood pleasures. When it comes to coloring, I love to use the multicolored heart-shaped crayons that I made for Briar this past summer. They’re so satisfying!

Toddler Art Table | Ann-Marie Loves

I’m always looking for toddler-friendly crafts I can do with Briar, especially anything that requires minimal set-up and clean-up. Any suggestions?

quinoa with mushrooms + veggies.

Posted on: Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Five Minute Meal | Quinoa With Mushrooms + Veggies | Ann-Marie Loves

What does a quinoa recipe have to do with the week before Christmas, you ask? Good question. I have no idea. All I know is that I’ve been running myself ragged the past several weeks and all the germs that my family has been passing back and forth have finally caught up to me. I also know that moms aren’t allotted sick days (especially during the crazy holiday season!) so I’ve been trying to take extra good care of myself whenever possible. As a result, this recipe has become my go-to lunch option since it’s packed full of healthy ingredients AND it only takes five minutes to make AND it leaves minimal dishes for me to wash afterwards. BOOM.

Five Minute Meal | Quinoa With Mushrooms + Veggies | Ann-Marie Loves

Everything that goes into this meal can be purchased at Trader Joe’s (or any grocery store of your choice) and used for a variety of meals. Here’s what’s included:

+ Cooked quinoa (I cooked this batch with vegetable broth)

+ Handfuls of spinach

+ Cherry tomatoes

+ Frozen mushrooms (or you can do fresh if you’re feeling fancy!) (I’m never that fancy.)

+ A little bit of feta cheese (or A LOT of feta, if you’re me)

+ Olive oil

+ Pepper to taste

Five Minute Meal | Quinoa With Mushrooms + Veggies | Ann-Marie Loves

The process is pretty simple: Cook over low to medium heat on the stove with a little bit of olive oil for few minutes and then top with feta cheese and pepper. It really is that easy!

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