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Easter Bunny Banner + Pinspiration Friday

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Oooo, have I told you how much we love Pinterest lately?  It seems like every time I jump on there, I find a whole new world of inspiration and a whole new crafting to-do list!  Today, we did a bright and beautiful Easter Bunny Banner!  But first, you can also view this post at our NEW site!  Hop on over!

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From our {PINSPIRATION} list, we’ve done Hanging With My {PEEPS} T-Shirts and a Tutu Easter Basket, so let’s switch over to our handy-dandy Silhouette machine for a little paper crafting!

I created this colorful Easter banner for a friend of mine and it was {OH} so much fun to design!

First, find a few Easter egg cut files in the Silhouette Online Store.  And you know me, always looking for a deal!  If you look close, you will find a few files that include THREE egg designs instead of just ONE!

Second, locate the bunnies of your choice.  Again, I downloaded mine from the Silhouette Online Store (did I mention they are having a great sale on their Easter files?).

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Once you decide on the size of your banner, start cutting those eggs out, one by one.  Make sure you cut them all the same size (or close to it).  The back layer is a solid egg shape with no design.  If you don’t want to download it, simply use the offset feature in the Silhouette Studio and shrink it down to an exact fit.  You’ll glue the white background to the color egg design.

Next, you’ll cut out your lettering in a contrasting color.  I chose white, then outlined the very edge of my cardstock with a purple sharpie for definition.

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Once all of your eggs are assembled with the layers and lettering, think about putting a few embellishments on there for an extra special look.  I picked up some spring chipboard embellishments from the Dollar Tree, they’ve been in my stash for over a year, just dying to be used!

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The two final steps are to punch holes in the desired locations and string some twine or ribbon through!  I chose the top of the eggs and bunny ears so they would all hang down in a row.  It’s also a little more difficult to align the hole punches on the sides, just something to keep in mind.

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Don’t you just love all these bright colors?  Hop on over to our {Easter Crafts} board for more {PINSPIRATION} than you can stand!!  I’m sure you’ll find tons of projects to squeeze in before the Easter Bunny comes!

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DIY Glass Block Monthly Craft Night… A New Tradition!

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Hi friends!  Glad to see you here again!  I’m excited to share with you that we hosted our first tutorial group class this past weekend!  You know how much we love these glass blocks… I mean, who doesn’t?  They’re fabulous!  Mixing them with vinyl is a perfect melding of my two loves.  So we introduce to you our DIY Glass Block Group Craft.

Header2We had such a blast, meeting and networking with fellow crafters.  My favorite part, other than the crafting, was that each attendee specialized in a unique craft.  We got to pow-wow about all types of crafting and share our areas of specialties.  Who knows, maybe we’ll take turns hosting and sharing our skills with the group!  Allow me to introduce our beautiful little crafting network…

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We had so much fun, we’ve decided to host a Monthly Craft Night with a different project each month!  Interested in hosting a craft night yourself?  Here are a few helpful tips that might come in handy!

  • Consider your potential attendees when choosing a date, time and location.  I kept my “meeting time” fluid until everyone had a chance to weigh in on what worked for their schedule.
  • Scout out free locations unless you want to host the craft night at your house OR pay a rental fee.  JoAnn’s offers free use of their craft rooms, as long as they don’t have an organized craft class of their own.  Just call and ask and they’ll sign you up!  Also helps to be in a craft store if you have any forgotten supplies!
  • Facebook is a great organizer, especially if you are already connected to a local crafters network.  I organized a Facebook event, invited my potential attendees and started to pow-wow on crafting ideas.
  • Connect with Pinterest!  I started a group board for all of us to pin our ideas on.  It was a great way to express our interests with pictures!  You can post the link on your Facebook event so that everyone has access!
  • When choosing a craft, think about the supplies (that you will have to lug around!).  Are you going to supply everything?  Do you have enough for everyone?  Are there any supplies you will need to order or have shipped?
  • Consider your total costs and communicate it with your group.  You don’t want to buy supplies and have members of your group be surprised when it’s time to pay up.
  • Plan far enough in advance to get all the supplies you need, especially if you have to order anything online.  When I decided on glass blocks, I stalked the Hobby Lobby newspaper to get the best price.  I only got a few funny looks when I walked out with 20 blocks in my shopping cart, but it was worth it!
  • Prepare as much as you can in advance.  For me, I conversed with each attendee weeks in advance to order the vinyl, set up the design in the Silhouette software and frost the glass blocks, if necessary.
  • HAVE FUN!  Remember, crafting is FUN FUN FUN, so don’t organize to the point where it sucks the fun out of it!  If it’s easier, have everyone bring their own supplies.  You can work on the details as you have an opportunity to host more and more events.

This was such a great time for everyone, including myself.  We sure hope to keep up the tradition!  If you happen to be in the Pensacola, Florida area, come and join us one Saturday!  We’d love to have you!

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out these others…

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Guest Post: {ELEGANT} Decor Night Light

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Good Morning all my fabulous crafters! We are honored to be another guest blogger today for Brenna @ Life After Laundry with our {Elegant} Décor Night Light!  Here is just a sneak peek, so be sure to jump on over and check out the full tutorial and all the other great projects Brenna has to offer.

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Thanks again Brenna for hosting our guest post!  Don’t forget to check her out!

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Here are a few of my favorite projects from Life After Laundry… be sure to check them out!

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Top 17 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts!

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Top ‘o the mornin’ to ya!

Welcome back to another fabulous day of our crafting journey!  Today we bring you one of our favorite round-up posts… Top 17 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts!  We loved so many of the projects, we decided on an even 17 {LOL}.  Hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

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Feeling Lucky? Lotto Gift for St. Patrick’s Dayshaken together

I don’t know about you, but I love me some lotto tickets!  Birthday cards, stocking stuffers, you name it, we love ’em.  Now add that to crafting and you have me addicted for life!  Look at these awesome matchbook-style cards to add that extra flair to your lotto tickets.  Who knows, you might get lucky!

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Not only is this a super awesome [and super easy!] project, a free printable is available!  But check out what else they have for you…

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 [SILHOUETTE PROJECT] ST. PATRICK’S T-SHIRTS ~ eighteen25

What’s better than looking at a super cute t-shirt for St. Patrick’s Day?  How about making one for yourself or the kiddos!  eighteen25 gives you a full step-by-step tutorial on making these shirts – from cutting to ironing, you can’t go wrong!

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Saint Patrick’s Day Printables {color by number} ~ U Create

More awesome {and free} printables, this time it’s fun for the kiddos {and relaxation for us mommas!}

IMG_4718eTaste the Rainbow… Jello! ~ Glorious Treats

There are few things in this world that are better than Jello and Glorious Treats sure blows my regular ole jello mold out of the water!  Look at all those beautiful layers!  Definitely a must try, so head on over for the recipe!

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St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Yarn Wreath ~ Crafts ‘n Coffee

Wow, what a uniquely colorful wreath!  I love using different mediums for my wreaths and it doesn’t get any cuter than all this colorful yarn!

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St. Pat’s Magic Vases ~ Yesterday on Tuesday

Oh, I just love how amazingly simple this idea is!  You can use it for St. Patrick’s day or {ANY} holiday of the year!  I know of more than a few crafts that I can use this nifty technique to make a truly unique statement!

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Apothecary Jars for St. Patrick’s Day ~ Uncommon Designs

I have to admit, I wasn’t always a fan of apothecary jars… UNTIL {NOW}!  Such bright colors and cute design, plus the big green bow that just sets it all off!  One more project to add to my craft list…

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Kids Rainbow Art ~ The NY Melrose Family

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My kids love paint… because it is messy, of course!  Ariean at One Krieger Chick definitely shows us how awesome all this messy-fun can be turned into a messy-chic décor item!

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St. {Paddy’s} Wreath ~ She’s Kinda Crafty

Calling all ribbon hoarders, you know who you are!  This is the perfect project for you, check out all this loopy-goodness, beautiful patters and green glory!  What better chance to put that ribbon stash of yours to work {or an excuse to go buy more LOL}!

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Free Lucky Brew Printable St. Patrick’s Day Beer Labels ~ Benign Objects

Now I know what you’re thinking… no drinking on the job!  But trust me, these cute labels are cute for beer and ROOT beer alike!  Grab a bottle of A&W for a kid-friendly St. Patty’s Day brew!

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Free St. Patrick’s Day “No Pinching” Sign ~ Catch My Party

Always forget to wear green?  With one of these disclaimers, you’re good to go!  I’m proudly displaying mine in my office to ward off any potential pinchers!  {Green does nothing for my eyes LOL}.

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Lucky Me… FREE St. Patrick’s Day Printables ~ Mimi’s Dollhouse

Need a reason to throw a fabulous party?  Look no further, these adorable printables from Mimi’s Dollhouse are the perfect reason to plan a green-themed get-together and celebrate!

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How to Lure a Leprechaun ~ Meaningful Mama

I almost giggled myself silly at how awesomely cute this project is!  My boys will just wig-out finding this in their bathroom the morning of the 17th!  Oh, I can’t wait!

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St. Patrick’s Day Gifts ~ The Idea Room

Looking for a cute gift for St. Patrick’s Day?  Look no further as these are the cutest of them all!  You know what this means?  You finally get to upcycle those Starbuck’s drink containers!  Amy at the Idea Room even gives us the printables for the awesome tags!  What more do you need?

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DIY St. Patrick’s Day Décor ~ Green Owl Crafts

I love the look of this St. Patrick’s Day mantel décor.  It adds just the right touch of green without exploding it all over your house {LOL}.  Be sure to head on over for the full details!

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St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas ~ Snapden Photo Booth Blog

Talk about a super cute idea for fun with the kids {or ADULTS}, you have to hop on over to the Snapden Photo Booth Blog and check out their super fun ideas for photo booth props!  Grab your camera and snap some memories!

{ELEGANT} Princess Night Light

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Good Afternoon!  We have another wonderful guest post for you today over at Creative Ramblings!  I’ll give you a quick sneak peek, but then you have to hop on over and visit Sarah for the full tutorial!

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Thanks, Sarah, for having me as a guest blogger and a big thank you to all my fabulous readers for your continued support of my crafting addiction!

Customize Your Dollar Store Candles

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All of the Valentine’s Day decorations have been taken down and put away…  everything is in it’s place and back to normal…  no more red… no more pink…  it’s just {BLAH}.  BUT… part of me is also relieved to be moving on to more economical crafts for St. Patrick’s Day, YAY!  So I ran over to the dollar store to stock up on some cheapie supplies and inspiration struck!  All I needed was a few candles and some napkins…  to create custom candles!

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Here are the few supplies you need to complete this project.

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  • Napkins
  • Candles
  • Scissors
  • Blow dryer

First, grab your napkins.  Usually the are 2 ply so the layers will need to be seperated.  I found it easier to tear one of the corners to get it started, then simply pulled them apart.

I then cut the napkins into rectangular strips sized to fit my candle.  I just used my best judgment, but if you want a more exact fit you could measure your candle on this step.  Once you’re happy with your strips, you’re ready to put them on the candle and get to the fun part.  Place your napkin strip around your candle and hold it in place with one hand.  Using a regular blow dryer, start blowing the heated air onto your napkin and your strip will actually melt into the candle.  You will be able to see the difference by looking for the napkin to start to get a shiny gloss to it.  Be careful not to burn your hand and try to keep the heat moving so that you don’t melt the candle to the point that it runs.

Once you’ve gone over the whole napkin strip and created an even shine, let it cool for a minute or two for the wax to re-harden. Ta-da!  You now have a unique candle to match whatever theme you choose without spending an arm and leg.  I do want to point out that the napkin strip is flammable and I would be hesitant about actually burning this candle.

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What holiday or celebration do you have coming up that you’d like to customize a candle for?  How about Spongebob or Dora on a candle added to your party display?  You can apply this concept to any napkin design you can find!

Thanks for stopping by again today, we hope you enjoyed our fun little project!  See you soon!

Valentine’s Day Shadow Box

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Can you feel the love in the air?  They say holidays are what you make them, but I always feel that there is a little extra romance added in on Valentine’s Day that comes from the same place as cute puppies and slobbery baby kisses.  ~sigh~  🙂

For Valentine’s Day, let me let you in on a little secret … I love me some shadow boxes!  I look at them almost every holiday to decide which ones are the right ones.  They are so super easy to put together but still gives  that “wow” factor for your décor.  I mean, who can resist picking it up  for a little shake?  This time, it is rose petals…

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Here’s the short and long of it…

Supplies:

  • Shadow box, any size
  • Patterned paper, cut to size
  • Silk rose petals (great dollar store find!)
  • Scissors or a paper trimmer (for trimming said patterned paper)
  • Coordinating vinyl, I used red and black from Silhouette America**
  • Silhouette cutting machine**
  • transfer tape (I used clear contact paper***)

**I created my sentiment with vinyl and my awesome Silhouette cutting machine {BUT} you could pick up any adhesive embellishment to adhere to the front of the glass at your local craft store.  I’ve seen shadow boxes decorated with glittered chipboard elements, flowers and even stickers. All it takes is a little imagination!

***I find it much easier to layer my vinyl using the clear contact paper, but have received mixed reviews on it’s effectiveness and potentially leaving behind a sticky residue.  I have not experienced any problems thus far, but be warned {LOL}.

I started by opening up my shadow box and filling it about 1/2 full with the rose petals.  I then placed my pattern paper on the back to use as a background and closed it up.  I chose a sentiment, immediately recognizing that layering the black and red would really set the design off.

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Once I had layered the black vinyl on top of the red, all that left to do was adhere it to the front of the glass!  I lined mine up by sight, but it’s not a bad idea to measure, either!

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See how easy that was?  Shadow boxes have so many possibilities!  It takes all my self control not to stock up on them every chance I get, but they are a favorite at my house!

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I won’t take up any more of your romancing time today, but be sure to check back for more crafty goings-ons around here soon!  Happy Valentine’s Day!