Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Craftaholics Anonymous Winter Gift Exchange 2013 Part 2

Today I want to share with you what I received from Lindsey for the Craftaholics Anonymous Winter Gift Exchange. If you missed yesterday's post where I shared the gifts I sent you can find it HERE


She made me a lovely camera strap that matches the colors in my craft room, a pretty wall plaque, and a lovely burlap banner! Thank you so much Lindsey! I love it all! 

If you want to see some of the other gifts that were given or received take a look at the link party HERE

Now I'm sure you're wanting to know how you can join in on the fun right? Well the next exchange probably won't be until the summer but you can sign up to receive an email when Linda sends out the invite by clicking HERE


Monday, December 30, 2013

Tag a Bag Mini Album and Card

This project was made using the Tag a Bag Bundle.  This mini album is perfect for adding photos from just about any occasion, birthdays, vacations, retirement, etc.  Included are ten pages you can add photos, plus three decorated panels that tuck into the open pages.  You can journal or add more pictures to the panels, the possibilities are endless!  Pair this darling album up with a coordinating greeting card, and it makes the perfect gift!


This beautiful album and card was designed by Laurie! If you have a chance please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Laurie a comment on her project! 

This is also the bonus project for December you can earn for free with your December subscription by doing just one of the following: 
  • Subscribing to two or more months in a row. 
  • Putting the Craft Project Central badge on your blog. 
  • Or by referring a friend and when they subscribe just let us know about it! 
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Craftaholics Anonymous Winter Gift Exchange 2013 Part 1

It's always so much fun participating in the gift exchanges over at Craftaholics Anonymous! Basically you get paired up with someone else somewhere in the country. You get to ask them questions to figure out what to make. Then make a handmade item or a few and mail them to your exchange buddy. You also get some crafty goodness sent to you from your buddy. So I would like to start out with sharing what I made for Lindsey. 


Her favorite colors were pink and green. So I made her a necklace and earrings with pink crystals, pearls, and silver chain all packaged up in the cute little glass jar with a pink bow. 



Next is a personalized pincushion with a shiny clear button in the center. 



Then finally the lovely "create" banner for her work space that has been sprayed with Strawberry Slush and Lucky Limeade inks that were mixed with rubbing alcohol. The pink banners were also sprayed with Blushing Bride Smooch Spritz to make it sparkly. Then I added the pink and turquoise buttons with baker's twine bows and some pink and green ribbon between the banners. This was so simple and fast to make! I actually made one almost identical for my sister for Christmas. 






I hope you like your gifts Lindsey! 

If you want to see some of the other gifts that were given or received take a look at the link party HERE

Now I'm sure you're wanting to know how you can join in on the fun right? Well the next exchange probably won't be until the summer but you can sign up to receive an email when Linda sends out the invite by clicking HERE

Come back tomorrow to see what wonderful goodies Lindsey sent me! 


Friday, December 27, 2013

Cork Coaster Gift Set

Here’s a gorgeous set of four Drink Coasters to give as a gift with a matching note card and handmade envelope. Or simply enjoy having on hand when your crafting friends arrive for that Stamp-A-Stack afternoon.


This lovely gift set was designed by Angie! If you have a chance please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Angie a comment on her project! 

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Eastern Elegance Desk Set

It’s time to get organized!  In this project you will create a desk organizer and two decorated notepads to help clean up your desk area.  This is perfect to keep for yourself or give as a gift!


This fantastic organizational project was designed by Jen! If you have a chance please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Jen a comment on her project! 

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

New Year's Eve Party Set

Start the New Year off right with this fun and festive set! It includes a bottle tag, matching card, set of four champagne glass charms and a box to put them in. It’s just what you need to ring in the New Year!


This fabulous project was designed by Yapha! If you have a chance please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Yapha a comment on her project! 

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Friday, December 20, 2013

DIY Let it SNOW Sign

Dress up your home for winter with this adorable snow inspired sign! 


~ Supplies ~
Don't be afraid to try this project. It is so easy! Since we're going for a vintage distressed look you don't have to worry about each step being perfect. 

1. Start off by sanding your 1 x 4 with the 80 grit sand paper just to smooth out the top, corners, and sides. Then paint a coat of Charcoal Gray on the top. It is actually a very nice dark brown. Allow that to dry for about 15 minutes or so. 

2. Layout the following on your Silhouette software and cut some vinyl. It doesn't matter what color you use because we are just using it as a template. For the "Let it" I used the font ALS Script and made it 2-1/2" tall x 7" wide. For the "SNOW" I used the font Algerian and made it 2-1/2" tall x 9-3/4" wide. Weed out the bits of vinyl you don't want and use transfer paper to pick up your vinyl. Once it's on the transfer paper I cut my words and snowflake clusters apart so I could add each one separately. 

3. Now that your Charcoal Gray layer is dry add the "Let it" closer to the top left of the board. Coat the top with a layer of Decou-Page. This will prevent any seepage of color from the next layer of paint. 



4. After the Decou-Page is dry add a layer of Deep Midnight Blue paint over the top and all four sides. Allow this layer to dry.
 

5. Apply the "SNOW" vinyl closer to the bottom right of the board. Paint on another layer of Decou-Page on the top. 



6. Once the Decou-Page is dry paint on a layer of Whispering Turquoise just on the top. Allow to dry. 


7. Apply the snowflake clusters in both corners and coat the top with a layer of Decou-Page Now apply two coats of Cool White allowing the paint to dry between coats. 


The thing I love about acrylic paint is that it only takes about 15-20 minutes for the paint to dry so you don't have to wait very long between coats. When your waiting for a layer to dry is a great time to straighten up or organize a little bit of your craft room while your waiting for it to dry. Or to work on another project between coats. 

8. Now take a needle tool and start pulling up your vinyl layers starting with your snowflake clusters, "SNOW", and finally "Let it". The layers of Decou-Page between each coat of paint prevented the paint layers from seeping 



9. Now take your sand paper and sand the edges until you like how it looks. On mine you can see some of each layer of paint and even some of the pine below. I love it! Then coat with one final layer of Decou-Page on the top and sides just to seal everything in. Right after you finish applying the Decou-Page sprinkle on some ultra fine glitter just lightly over the whole thing. Allow to dry completely. 


10. Take a paper towel or Swiffer sweeper wipe to brush off the excess glitter. 


Crafting Tip: Keep a box of the Swiffer sweeper refills next to your craft area. They are great for               cleaning up glitter! 

11. Screw two eye hooks in the top of the board. You can just screw these in by hand or use some pliers to get it screwed in all the way. If you're having a little bit of trouble getting the eye screws started just take a hammer and tap it a couple times to get the threads to grip the wood. 


12. Cut a piece of 20 gauge craft wire 32" long. Bend up one end about 2 inches from the end of the wire. Add a small handful of clear beads onto the wire then bend up the other end about 2 inches from the end of the wire. Now take the wire and twist it around your finger to create a few decorative loops in the wire. Make sure to let a few beads slide into the loop. Add a loop in the center of the wire to hang your sign from. 


13. Insert the wire ends into the eye hook, then twist the short end of the wire around the wire. Use pliers to pinch the end of the wire close to the wire so you don't get scratched by it. 


Now simply hang up your lovely sign and enjoy! 


This sign was really easy to make even though it requires a few steps. I worked on it across a few evenings and I am so happy with how it came out! Don't you just love it when a project turns out almost exactly how you saw it in your head? 

I hope you've enjoyed this fun tutorial and get a chance to make one of these for yourself! If you would like to check out some other snowflake inspired projects like my Snowflake Gift Box and Snowflake Wine Glass Tutorial just click on the pictures and it will take you to the post! 

Snowflake Wine Glass Tutorial
Snowflake Gift Box Tutorial

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

New Year Memories Set

This New Year Memories Set is perfect for welcoming in the New Year! This set features an envelope mini-book, a coordinating card and a matching pen pocket!  This set would make a wonderful gift for a friend for the New Year!  You could also create the mini-book for yourself to keep track of your 2014 memories!  The mini-book inserts are a wonderful place to journal and add special photos!


 This beautiful project was designed by Michelle! If you have a chance please head on over to Craft Project Central and leave Michelle a comment on her project!

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Winter Sampler

This winter sampler of snowflakes, snowmen and snowy hills will decorate your home all winter long.  Make one for a friend and one for you to enjoy.  You’ll want to make several of these to give away as gifts!  Also makes for a fun holiday crafting class!


This absolutely adorable project was designed by Sharon! If you have a chance head on over to Sharon's blog and leave her a comment on her project! 

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Perpetual Calendar with Anytime Notes

This Calendar will not only last a lifetime because it has every day, month and date possible, but also its Coaster Board construction makes it everlastingly durable! And the coolest part of making it is the cheapest, but most awesome alphabet ‘secret’ stamp set – and you can only find out about it when you get the tutorial! Plus you’ll get the directions to the everlasting Note Card Box and twenty Anytime Notes.  You’ll want to make several of these to give away as gifts!


This fabulous and useful project was designed by Julie! If you have a chance please head on over to Julie's blog and let her know how much you love her project! 

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Let It Snow Decor

Decorate for winter with this lovely Let it Snow frame complete with snowflake. There is even a card so you can gift this set to someone who is wishing for snow. Although it looks complicated it’s easier than it looks to make.  Also makes for a fun holiday crafting class!


This project was designed by me! This really isn't a difficult project to make even though it looks like it is. 

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Holiday Napkin Rings and Place Tags

Don’t you just love having a pretty table during the holidays. These napkin rings, using the Joyful Christmas stamp set, are so easy and quick to create, and add a little glitz as well.  The mini muslin bags make unique place tags for the table, and they hold a special treat for guests.  Makes for a fun Holiday class too!


This beautiful project was designed by Buffy! If you have a chance please head on over to Buffy's blog and let her know how fabulous her project is! 

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Guest Posting!

I'm guest posting today over at Sugar Bee Crafts! Swing on over and take a look at the holiday decor tutorial I've put together for you! 




Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Thank You Gift for Stampers

This is the time of year when we like to come up with a useful gifts for my customers, neighbors, co-workers, etc. — to thank them for their business, loyalty, and friendship for the past year.  And since we’re all crafters, we want to the gift to give some creative inspiration.  This ensemble features the perfect box to hold a sampling of assorted card stock and designer paper, and the small container filled with an assortment of embellishments is decorated with Washi Tape and a 3-D floral topper.  Of course, this project wouldn’t be complete without a greeting card.


This fun and crafty gift set was designed by Regina! If you have a chance please head on over to Regina's blog and leave her a comment on her project! 

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Christmas Gift Packaging Projects

It’s time to start wrapping those Christmas presents, and here are four packaging projects to help you out.  They are all made with the Envelope Punch Board and Winter Frost designer paper.  Two of the packages are perfect for treats, one is a pretty way to package gift cards, and one is perfect for a little gift.


This lovely gifting project was created by Christy! If you have a chance please head on over to Christy's blog and leave hear a comment on her project!

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Friday, November 29, 2013

DIY Snowflake Wine Glasses


~ Supplies ~
  • Glass wine glass
  • DecoArt Glass Paint Marker in White and Silver

1. Start by drawing a narrow X then add a horizontal line across with your white DecoArt Glass Paint Marker.


 2. Add a wide V on the end of each line. Then add a circle just above the V.


3. Draw a V between each of the lines to create a diamond shape. 


4. Add some swirls just under the V at the end of each line. Add a V on the line between the point of the diamond and the swirls. Then just add some dots in the center of the diamond shape. 


5. Starting from the base of the glass right at the top of the stem add random dots with your white marker until you have it as full as you like. Make sure that the dots stay about 3/4" away from the top of the glass. You do not want any paint where someone will be putting their mouth to take a drink. Then add silver dots until it it's as full as you like. 


6. Add white and silver dots to the base of the wine glass to make it match. 


7. Now just let your paint dry for at least 8 hours. Then place your wine glasses on a baking sheet and put them in a COLD oven. Turn the oven on to 375°F and allow it to heat up. Once the oven reaches 375°F set the timer for 40 minutes. After the 40 minutes turn the oven off and allow it to cool completely before you remove the wine glasses. 

Now you have a special wine glass hand painted by you that is dishwasher safe. Although I think I will only hand wash mine to make the paint last as long as possible. 


This is such an easy to make project and would make a fabulous gift! You could even decorate a ceramic mug using the same method!