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Santa Claus is coming to town…

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Good Morning and Ho Ho Ho!  Welcome to a wonderful DIY Christmas post that is super easy and super cute!  I can’t take credit for this adorable bag, it’s a fabulous Pinterest find!  I just fell in love with it and had to try it out for myself.  So here we go…

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Just imagine all the little goodies you can fill this little bag with and hand out for Christmas (or keep for yourself, I won’t tell!).  Interested in making your own?  Great idea!  Here’s the information on how to:

First, head over to SVGcuts.com and get the North Pole Express SVG Kit.

Second, pick up some cute little muslin bags from Amazon.  Remember my spiel on Amazon Prime?  Well, I won’t go into it again, but I’ll just say that Amazon has these Cotton Muslin Bags 4×6 Inch Red Hem Orange Drawstring 50 Count Pack for only $13.00, eligible for Amazon Prime with free 2-day shipping!

Third, while you are already getting these bags from Amazon, add Avery Personal Creations InkJet Iron-On Dark T-Shirt Transfers, White, Five Sheets per Pack.

Finally, you need red and white felt, white pom poms and red bakers twine.  You can raid your stash or pick up some up at a craft store, whatever works for you.  The amount of felt you need will depend on how many bags you plan on making.  If you’re making all 50, I would probably buy 10 sheets or so, to allow for mistakes.

So once your supply list is complete, print up the Santa Clauses on the iron on transfer sheets.  Be sure to measure the workable area on your muslin bags and size Santa accordingly AND read the directions for the transfer sheets.  The most important thing to remember is that you do not mirror the image for these types of transfer sheets, you just print straight on like you would regular paper.  You can set this up as a print and cut file in the Silhouette software, but that’s not really necessary, in my opinion.  These guys are easy enough to just cut out with good old fashioned scissors.

Once the images are printed and cut, have fun peeling the backing off the transfer sheets, lol.  This is the only difficult part about the whole process.  I don’t really have any quick tips on getting this done, just keep at it.  After peeling, lay the image on the muslin bag, cover with the cover sheet (included in the transfer packaging) and iron away.  Again, read the directions to make sure you iron for the correct amount of time.  I’d be a shame to ruin a cute little bag and waste the transfer paper!

Okay, so, now your images are on your bag.  The felt is a measure and cut by sight, unfortunately.  I started with a triangle and worked my way down from there.  Be sure to cut extra at the top of the red felt because it will tuck underneath the white.  Also, I doubled-up on the white felt since it’s slightly see-through.  The thicker felt looks cuter anyways.  Once you are satisfied with the felt cuts, grab your hot glue gun and glue away!  You’ll want to glue down the top part of the hat, the red felt looping over the white to come down to the bottom of the bag.  Then you’ll tack the tip down, grab a pom pom and bam, done.

To add an extra touch, I swapped out the draw string with red and white bakers twine.  This isn’t mandatory for normal muslin bags, but the Amazon bags up there have an orange draw string, so I would definitely recommend swapping that out.  But I’m a little crazy on the matchy-matchy colors, so it’s up to you.

So what do you think of this cute little craft?  It would even make a cute table accessory for Christmas dinner or Christmas Eve, stuffed with some cute little candies.  Can you think of other creative uses for these bags, or muslin bags in general?  I just love love love them and all their million possibilities.

Thanks for joining us again today, we sure appreciate your weekly dedication!  Stay tuned for more fun holiday posts to come!

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Must Have Tools for Scrapbookers

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Good… Evening? Wow, ever have one of those days where time just gets away from you? No, not you, lol. Well, I have those days all the time. I officially started a week long vacation (yay!) and now all my days are lost in the crafting abyss! But tonight’s post will be a good read for any soon-to-be crafters or newbies. It’s a list of must have tools for Scrapbooking! Don’t let the name fool you, many of these tools come in handy for other crafts, too. Also, I thought this would be a good time to start on that Christmas list to mail off to Santa… LOL.

If you do not have Amazon Prime, stop what you are doing and go sign up for your FREE trial membership.  I promise it is one of the best investments you will make!  Especially with all this crafting, I don’t have time to always run back and forth to the store to pick up all the tools and supplies that I need.  With Amazon Prime, I get FREE 2-Day shipping on all eligible items!  It’s a sweet deal in my opinion.  Here, I’ll make it easy for you.  You’re welcome.

All signed up for your trial?  Good!  That’ll make it even easier… I’ve linked all my recommendations to Amazon so you can just bounce on over—just click on the photo!  AND all of these items are Amazon Prime eligible.  I know, how generous of me!  You’re welcome (again).

First and foremost, go by a good pair of scissors. Quite frankly, I don’t care if you go to the dollar store, but buy one pair of scissors dedicate strictly to papercrafting. Have kids or a husband, then also buy a chain and lock to keep them safe or you might find them confinscated for opening a freezie pop. Yep, sticky mess all over them, just have to donate them to the cause and buy another pair. If you are not going to the dollar store, I recommend Fiskars Scissors 8″ Bent Performance Zebra.  Are they the best scissors out there?  Maybe, maybe not.  But they get the job done and they are pretty.  Enough said.

Second, every crafter needs a paper trimmer.  “What, I just bought a new pair of scissors, why do I need a paper trimmer, too?”  Because… this nifty tool cuts in a straight line better than you can.  PLUS, you will find five million things that it is good for above and beyond paper.  Fabric?  Check.  Ribbon?  Check.  I suggest a rotary cutter.  They are slightly more expensive to begin with, but I have found that the blades last longer (still on my first one!), they come with optional blades (like perforated edge or wavy line), and they don’t tear delicate paper because the blade slices through like a pizza cutter instead of forcing a blade to slide through.  I use Fiskars 154470-1001 Folding LED SureCut Rotary Paper Trimmer, 12-Inch.

I spent the first half of my crafting life with tears and seared fingertips thanks to my wonderful hot glue gun.  Did you know they made low temperature glue guns that make them more bearable?  Well, I didn’t, lol.  I finally picked one up and haven’t put it down since.  Again, I’m not convinced at this point that brand matters.  I know others will tell you differently, but I love the fact that if mine goes out tomorrow, I won’t be crushed at the huge investment I just lost.  I use Ad-Tech – Temp Mini Glue Gun and it works just fine for me AND it comes in pink.

This next tool is for scrapbookers.  If you are not a scrapbooker, please skip ahead, lol.  BUT, if you are a scrapbooker (or cardmaker) this little tool is just what you need… a tape glider!  I’ll jump to the chase.  This little adhesive dispensing gun is a piece of cake to use once you give it a shot and the refillable tape is great on a budget compared to smaller adhesive dispensers.  But my favorite part is that if you put it in the right place, just slap your paper or cardstock on top and wham, it’s done.  No waiting for glue to dry or any of that nonsense.  BUT say you rolled some tape on there and realized you wanted it on the other side (I know you’ve done it a time or two!), you just rub the adhesive right off with your fingers.  Can you say OMG?  Removable adhesive?  Absolutely.  So roll your little heart out.  This beauty is the Scotch CAT 085 Advanced Tape Glider with 2 Rolls of 1/4-Inch by 36-Yard Acid Free Tape, Cure Pink.

Need something to glue down smaller detail items?  I’ve got that covered, too.  I’ll warn you, though, this one is not removable.  You can usually erase it off with a standard pink school eraser, though.  But you’ll be surprised how many times you find yourself reaching for this little guy, it’s amazing!  EK Tools Zig Memory System 2-Way Squeeze and Roll Glue Pen.

Now this next little tool is another cutting utensil.  It may be small but it packs a big punch!  In the world of crafting, there is always a need for trimming and piecing and slicing and this does the trick!  I absolutely could not go one day without my craft knife.  I haven’t tried any others, but my Fiskars 12-67007097 Softgrip Craft Knife has worked fine.

Got your shopping list all made out?  It’s just not complete without throwing in one more item… a cutting machine!  Now, I know this one is not a “must-have”, but I want to put it out there before anyone makes the mistake I did and buys a Cricut.  Also, let me say this… I loved my Cricut while I had it.  I’m sure that many people out there are loyal Cricut users and there is nothing wrong with that.  BUT, before you buy a cutting machine, look up comparisons of the Cricut and the Silhouette.  In my humble opinion, Silhouette leaves the Cricut in the dust.  I won’t go into details, but I will say that the Silhouette is available in two sizes, depending on your need and your budget, so don’t mark it off your list as “too expensive” until you consider what you would spend in embellishments at the craft store that you could cut with your own machine!

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We have both in our little crafting family and they haven’t let us down yet!

So now that your list is complete, go ahead and seal it in an envelope and mail it to the North Pole so the elves have plenty of time to put in an order at Silhouette America, LOL.  Did I mention FREE 2-day shipping on all of these items?  I know Amazon Prime has a ton of features, but that is really my favorite one.  Hop on over to Amazon and check out for more information.

Well I hope everyone found at least one new tool to add to their crafting shopping list!  With the holidays upon us, what better time to break out the old crafting supplies and get started on some handmade Christmas crafts or presents!  Be sure to stay tuned for more great projects to come!

Turkey Day Ideas

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Good Morning, good morning!  Are you getting excited about the upcoming holidays?  I sure am.  I’ll let you in on a little secret… it’s all about the food for me, LOL.  But decorating is my second favorite thing about holidays, I just can’t ever find enough time to do enough of it!  Especially Thanksgiving, it seems to just sneak right up on me every year.  Don’t pretend like you don’t know what I mean, I know there are plenty of you out there who are in the same predicament!  So, being the kind and generous person I am, here are my top favorite Thanksgiving ideas that we can all squeeze in before the big Turkey Day arrives!

Before you start any serious décor planning, you need to think about your table settings.  This is my first year hosting Thanksgiving and this was the most intimidating part for me.  What goes where?  What all do I need?  Do I have enough silverware?  Will I have any room left on the table for decorations?  Well, Peggy Pardo at Decorating Files sure tackled this for us by posting Tabletop Tuesday: Easy Guide to a Proper Table Setting.  She offers varying place setting diagrams, describes what each item in the setting is AND even added some table setting tips for us uninformed hostesses!  Thanks, Peggy!

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Before you get too crazy planning all these ideas for your table settings and décor, you absolutely must check out The Tomkat Studio with Kim Stoegbauer!  Her post for the Free Printable Thanksgiving Collection was sent to me this past week and I absolutely fell in love with the sheer beauty of her design.  And the best part?  She is offering FREE PRINTABLES so that you too can have such beautiful Thanksgiving decorations in your own home!  Thanks, Kim!

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Are you overwhelmed yet?  No?  Well check out these awesome ideas compiled at tatertots & jello!  Jen’s post on Great Ideas – 21 Thanksgiving DIY Ideas is just fabulous for finding inspiration on Thanksgiving crafts!  The only hard part about this is choosing which ideas you want to use!  Banners, kids crafts… you name it, she has it.  Thanks, Jen for being so fabulous!

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Still up for more?  Hop on over to A Diamond in the Stuff and check out Courtney’s post on her {Give Thanks} Mantel!  It was love at first sight for me and how awesome of her to give us the how-to on making out own?  That’s double-awesome in my book.  Thanks, Courtney!

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Ready to have some real fun?  Let’s head on over to the kid’s table with Linnette at Paper Glitter!  She is so super generous in offering her FREE Thanksgiving / Fall Kit and it is absolutely to die for!  I know someone who will have a reserved spot this year — ME!  Be sure you get these must-haves for the kiddos in your family!

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Last but certainly not least, let’s not forget the reason we are all gathering around the feast as Thanksgiving is celebrating all the things that we are thankful for.  Here is a fun activity that is sure to bring everyone together and be a cute décor item, too!  A Give Thanks Tree!  Whether you do it as a group or individually, read them out loud or reflect quietly, a Give Thanks Tree should be a must-have in every home!  Check out Aly at It Happened Like This and her absolutely fabulous Give Thanks Tree!  I am in awe at the simplistic beauty!  Will you be enjoying your Thanksgiving at a relative or friend’s house?  Be sure to think ahead and show your gratitude with a hostess gift, Aly has some great ideas for you in her Hostess Gift Ideas post!  Thanks, Aly!

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And finally, to wrap it all up, Dos and Don’t to Survive Thanksgiving and Other Family Gatherings is a must read for all Mom’s on Thanksgiving.  I know I sure enjoyed it and I’m sure you will too!  All laughs brought to you by Mom Spark!

Now that you’ve been exposed to all these fabulous Thanksgiving ideas, what are you going to do first?  Plan you table, make a banner, put together your own Give Thanks tree?  Whatever you do, I’m sure it’ll be fabulous!  I know I have more than a few to-do items on my list to get my Thanksgiving in gear this weekend!  Hopefully I’ll be posting some after pictures if all turns out right.  If not, well, better luck next year!  Stay tuned!

DIY Peppermint Body Scrub

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Good Afternoon and welcome to another fun crafting journey! Thanks for your patience with the later-than-usual post today. I’ll give you a short intro and maybe it’ll help to also describe why today’s post is so vital to your sanity (and mine!). Hubby wanted to go hunting today (!) so it was up to me to get everyone ready and off to school. For most people this is a daily routine, but most days I’m just luck to have matching shoes. Now, let me start by saying that I’ve been terribly sick for the past week, which means that I started to get behind on my crafting (eek!). So, it’s been nothing but long days and longer nights trying to get everything done for some upcoming deadlines. So, after late night # 5,681,327… guess who oversleeps this morning (of all mornings!). ME. So I rush out of bed and call my emergency bail-me-out-of-this-situation resource… MOM. Let’s just say that in less than 40 minutes we were all ready and out the door, me on my way to work and Mom taking the kids to school and babysitting the little angel. Geez, what a close call. So off to work, trying not to get a speeding ticket, work work work all day long, come home and do it all over again. Moral of the story is… doesn’t every day seem like this in one way or another? I know some days are easier than others, but it just seems like a never-ending cycle! So, I just want to say how important it is to take ME time, even if that means hiding in the closet for five minutes to stuff your face with a candy bar so you don’t have to share. It’s okay, we all do it. I keep cookies in my car, but that’s our little secret, right?

So today we bring you a fun and simple DIY craft that you (and your girlfriends!) are sure to enjoy. It’s also a wonderful way to plunge right into your holiday crafts with no special tools required, yay! BUT the most important part of today’s project… you get to earn some ME time because you just HAVE to test this out! I mean, how can you give it to your friends if you haven’t tried it yourself? So… enjoy!

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As with all instructions, please read all the way to the end BEFORE you plunge into this project.

Ingredients:
1 cup of Epsom Salt
1/4 cup of Olive Oil
10-15 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
Red food coloring

Makes twelve (12) 4-ounce jars

1. Combine Epsom Salt, Peppermint Essential Oil and Olive Oil into a bowl and mix well.
2. Separate the mixture into two halves, two separate bowls.
3. Add 2-3 drops of red food coloring to one half and mix until colored evenly.
4. Spoon a small amount of white mixture into the jar and smooth into an even layer.
5. Repeat with the red/pink mixture. Continue layering the colors until the jar is full.
6. Screw on lid and tada – DIY Peppermint Body Scrub!

You can’t leave a cute little jar like this naked! We used some red and white bakers twine and tied a cute little tag on there (including an ingredient list). We also layered a red and white stripped pattern paper from our Christmas stash to a little extra pazzazz. Who wouldn’t love to get one of these in their stocking?

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Epsom salt and olive oil can be purchased at your local grocery store.  Most of you already have bakers twine or some other sort of ribbon in your crafting stash.  But where do you get the cute little jars and Peppermint Essential Oil?  Let me show you my secret weapon.  Here are the jars and oil I purchased from Amazon (approx.. $24 total).  But wait, that’s not the best part… with Amazon Prime these items are eligible for FREE 2DAY SHIPPING!  Now, I do not work for Amazon or receive any compensation from them in any way, but I must say that Amazon Prime is one of the best investments of my life.  Everyone is eligible for a free trial, though, so check it out today, you won’t be sorry!  Okay, enough of that.  But seriously, try it out.  So I bought these off of Amazon and they worked perfectly!

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Ball Jar Crystal Jelly Jars with Lids and Bands, Quilted, Set of 12 – 4 ounce

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Organic Peppermint Essential Oil. 30 ml (1 oz.) 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade

Now, I haven’t tried any other combinations as of yet, but I bet this scrub would work perfectly with just about any type of scented oil.  I’m totally adding this on my to-do list for the future… I’ll have a whole collection of jars before I’m done, LOL.  Speaking of jars, anyone have any of those cute glass baby food jars?  I know I do!  Maybe I don’t need to purchase more jars after all…

Thanks again for joining us today!  We sure hope you enjoy this super easy recipe and don’t forget to share with all your girlfriends!  Be sure to comment below if you have any other fun and easy ME time recipes to pass along to the group!

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Scrapbooking: Digital vs. Traditional

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Good Morning and Happy Sunday! I hope everyone had a wonderful and crafty weekend! So many holidays coming up, it’s hard to find time to craft for them all and keep up with your daily crafts! Oh, is that just me that overloads my schedule? No, I didn’t think so. So I was posed with the question recently… what’s easier, digital or traditional scrapbooking? And I thought… what a wonderful way to (belatedly) kick of Scrapbooking Sundays!  So that will be today’s post topic for all that are interested. I have attempted to offer a few comparisons on the major differences between digital scrapbooking.

I’m sure everyone knows by now what scrapbooking is. Just in case, scrapbooking is building a collection of memories and dressing the up for all to see (or just you, whatever). I choose my most important memories and sometimes a few random photos and build a page that will help me and my children remember all the fun and excitement of their childhood. One day, if I can ever make myself part with all my hard work, I might even bestow it upon them to show and share with their children. As of now, it’s not looking good, but I try to remember that they will grow up one day…

Scrapbooks pages can be bound in a scrapbook album or stored digitally on your computer, depending on which you choose. The pages vary in size: commonly 8×8 and 12×12. You can have two page layouts or just one page snapshots. They can technically go in any order, but I prefer chronological. The biggest draw back is how expensive scrapbooking can be… or seem. So let’s jump into our comparison.

Now, I do feel it is only fair for me to disclose that I am a paper crafter, not a digital scrapbooker, but I will try to be unbiased in my review.  Please be gentle when judging my review of digital scrapbooking.

The first major comparison is price. Which one costs more? When I strolled down the scrapbooking isle at my local craft store for the first time, I could have passed out seeing all the prices on all the cool embellishments I needed… and that didn’t even include the paper packs and the actual scrapbook album. OMG, I was so overwhelmed that I just had to leave. At this time, I didn’t even know they had digital scrapbooking, so my journey came to an end. Then I started on other paper crafts… handmade cards… goodie bag tags… and I slowly started to accumulate all the fantastic tools available… for a price. Next thing I knew I had hundreds of dollars in tools. Good news is that now I could make my own embellishments for scrapbooks. Bad news is… it still ended up costing a lot of money. However, the truth is that scrapbooking is how expensive or INexpensive as you make it. We all want the nice shiny decorations in our scrapbooks (or paper crafts) but you can technically grab a piece of paper and go to town. The important part is that you are preserving a memory that is important to you. There are tons of layout ideas online for you to follow. If you are especially crafty, grab some markers and glitter and create to your heart’s content.

So let’s look at the price of digital scrapbooking. It’s on the computer and you don’t have to have all those tools, so it must be a lot cheaper, right? Not necessarily. From the websites I have looked at, you still get what you pay for. For example, I looked at Shutterfly, pages starting under $10. From what I saw, these pages are basic photo pages with a background, no embellishments. Then I looked at a website that advertised free digital scrapbooks, and discovered that most digital scrapbooking requires some type of photo editing software to assemble your pages, the most popular selling for $99 retail. It is also my understanding that once these pages are compiled, you then have to print them (cost of ink and paper) or send them to a professional printer. If you want 12×12 pages, you would have to have a wide-format printer or pay the price of a professional… plus still pay for the scrapbook album, page covers, etc.

Next, let’s look at a time comparison. The truth behind the time that it takes to scrapbook is all about you (and research). If you grab a sheet of paper and throw a photo on there, you may get a little lost at what direction to go.  The same would go for (most) digital scrapbooking.  The key behind both is to go online and look for ideas on how you want your layout to look.  Then, grab a sheet of paper and jot down some notes or even draw a diagram.  I have personally found that this helps tremendously, bringing an idea to the table instead of bumbling around with a few photos and a dream.  I will also let you in on a little secret… I subscribe to A LOT of blogs.  I like to go through them and save the ones that inspire projects in me, including scrapbooking.

You can also go to Google Images (my secret weapon) and search for “Birthday Scrapbook Layout” and it will show you tons of layouts that others have done, hopefully giving you some inspiration for your own.  Here is one I found that I just love… courtesy of Sketches in Thyme.  When you find an image or layout that you like, you can click on it and visit the page that it originated from.  Chances are, if you like that layout, they will have tons of others that you will like, too!  Most scrapbooks (or crafters) have a style that carries throughout their other projects.

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So let’s wrap this up with a quick summary… which is easier, least time consuming and cost less money?  Neither.  Scrapbooking is what you make it.  Truth be told you can buy all the tools and software you want, but when it comes down to putting photo to paper, it’s up to you to turn a photo into a work of art.  Obviously, I choose traditional scrapbooking, but that’s not a show of favoritism, it’s just a personal preference.  If you truly don’t have the time or creativity to create scrapbook layouts, you can purchase pre-made layouts on many marketplace sites, such as Etsy.  You’ll pay for them, but technically, it probably wouldn’t be any more than what you would pay in time and money to create your own.  I also prefer to support local crafters in my network, and it saves on shipping costs when you buy local – a win win.  If you are a crafting snob (that’s right, you know who you are!) then you probably shouldn’t buy pre-made pages since it won’t be how you would have done it, LOL.

So, I’m not sure if that actually helps anyone, but hopefully it’ll be of some benefit if anyone has been debating scrapbooking lately.  I hope to being some of the less expensive techniques to your computer with the coming weeks so that you can see it really is anyone’s craft.  If you’re already a scrapbooker, be sure to jot down your best technique and money saving tips to share with the group!  We love you have your comments and feedback!  In the meantime, we’ll have some projects coming up soon that you are sure to enjoy!

DIY Fine Art Gallery

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Good Afternoon and thanks for joining us for another project! I’m very excited about today’s project — it’s all about ART. I don’t know how many fine art enthusiasts we have in our audience, but I assure you this project won’t disappoint. Here is an art display that is sure to suite anyone’s taste…

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Talk about a fine art collection! Isn’t it adorable? I absolutely love, love, love this idea! I’ve struggled for a very long time with keeping our artwork pinned on the refrigerator. It seemed I was always losing magnets, papers floating to the floor, hope that’s just water that it landed in!… all just to get out the gallon of milk. I even started putting artwork on the side of the refrigerator, but that was over the trash can so guess where our precious artwork ended up then? The land of no return.

So after reviewing different layouts from different websites and photo galleries, I decided I liked the photo frame idea. This worked great because we have a ton of “generic” frames laying around begging to be repurposed. I also just happened to have some corkboard laying around that did not serve it’s intended purpose, so I cut the tiles to size and was able to reuse them as well. As a matter of fact, the only expense I had for this project was a few adhesive strips, I had the brown vinyl already, too! It’s a win-win anytime I get to repurpose old supplies and create beautiful projects at the same time! As always, here are a few in progress photos and short tutorial.

First, I secured the corkboards to the wall using adhesive strips.

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Second, I centered the corkboard and glued the frames to the wall. Yep, just hot glued them straight on there. The best idea? Probably not, but hey, it’s too late now anyways. It’ll give me a reason to repaint the walls when I redecorate.

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Third, I cut the vinyl on my fabulous Silhouette Cameo cutting machine and transferred it directly to the wall. For any true artists out there, you could paint the gallery verbiage onto your wall if you so choose. Any not artisans, there are many resources available for to purchase custom vinyl.

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The hardest part of the project is lining up the frames, corkboard and vinyl on your wall. Honestly, I lined mine up by sight, not a method I recommend at all. There are a variety of methods from a measuring tape to laser lines, so just use what works best for you.

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Thanks again for joining us today. Hope you enjoyed our project! Keep tuned for more fun, we’re getting into the holidays and will be ringing in the season with lots of fun projects (and goodies!) to come!  Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog via email to have our posts delivered straight to your inbox!  Have a great weekend!

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Veteran’s Day Fun!

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Good morning and thanks for joining us on another fun journey this week! Today I bring to you a fun craft we did on Veteran’s Day for the family to enjoy — fabric paint t-shirts! I can’t take credit for the design (thank you Google!) BUT I can say the handprints are original 😉 Here’s what we were able to put together and the best part is that this was KID FRIENDLY! Yippee!

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Super cute and a fabulous way to show our support and appreciation of all our Veterans!  I know this design won’t be good again until Forth of July, but imagine all the possibilities for the upcoming holidays… Christmas trees, candy canes, gingerbread men, oh my!

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So here’s the down-low on making these beauties.  Supplies?  I used plain white t-shirts.  Brand isn’t important to me, but use your preference.  Fabric paint?  Here’s the brand I used (purchased from Amazon.com), but this is my first time, so I don’t know how it compares to other brands.  These paints were sold in a nifty “starter” pack of various colors, so it was perfect for what I needed.

Technically that is all the supplies you need.  I did use sponges to help apply the red lines in the flag, but that is up to you.  Fingers work just as well.  Here are some in-process photos.

 

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A few lessons learned from this craft…

1.  The paint will bleed through to the back of the shirt.  I would recommend putting a barrier in between.

2.  This also means it will bleed through to the floor.  It wipes off the tile, but watch out for other surfaces or carpet!

20131108_200837_resized3.  We had to repeat the handprints to get a good color, otherwise they looked too light.  This is not the easiest task for kids, so I recommend lining up their little hands for them.

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So now, with no further introduction, here is our group celebrating Veteran’s Day! Thanks again for joining us today for another crafty post, we hope you continue to enjoy our projects and find inspiration for your own!  As always, feel free to share any input or project ideas with the group and stay tuned for more projects to come!

 

 

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