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mod podged ornaments
{from according to kelly}

by @according2kelly on November 1, 2013

for the entire month of november we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season.

bake-craft-sew

so  dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects.

rev up your mixers, & visit a southern fairytale for lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss.

today, our featured blogger is little ‘ole me, of  according to kelly

mod podged ornaments

as i’ve mentioned before, christmas just isn’t christmas without the the annual photograph ornament. (it’s something my mom did for me as every year as a child, & now i do it with my own children – i just love seeing how they’ve changed over the year.)

quick-and-easy-mod-podged-photo-ornaments

this year i’m getting the kids involved in spreading christmas cheer, so they’re helping make their very own, super simple, super fast, super cheap, mod podged christmas photo ornament.

you can make one too & help spread the christmas cheer.

quick & easy mod podged photo ornaments

supplies needed:

an unfinished frame ornament (i picked up my 3.75″ x 3.75″ square frame for $1 at the craft store), wood stain, a piece of card stock scrapbook paper (larger than your frame), a jar of mod podge, a sponge brush applicator, a tiny bit of sand paper, a razor blade or exacto knife, & clear acrylic sealer.

Screen shot 2013-11-01 at 8.59.43 AMdirections:

1. stain your ornament. you don’t have to stain the entire frame, just the areas that will be visible after you mod podge the paper to the front… that means you will be staining the back of the frame, the outer sides of the frame as well as the inner sides (near where the picture will go). i love the zig woodcraft stain pens, it makes stain easy breezy – little to no mess & they dry dang quick.

2. once your ornament is dry, it’s time to get your mod podge on… the first step to the art of mod podging is to apply a light layer over the entire surface to be mod podged (the front of the frame) & let it dry for about 30 seconds or so. the timing isn’t setting in stone, you just want it to set-up a touch.

3. next, apply another layer of mod podge & then position your frame to the wrong side of the cardstock. i like to match up as many edges as possible – less trimming later!

press the paper firmly to the frame, smoothing away any air bubbles that may form. (it’s kinda like wall papering… i found it helpful to use an old credit card to help smooth the paper out.)

once the paper is set in place, let it sit for about 5 minutes, then recheck your frame to see if any more bubbles have appeared. if there are, press the bubble down again. if it still doesn’t stick, take a straight pin to release the air under the paper & press it smooth.

4. once your frame is dry, put it right-side down on a cutting surface & using your razor blade or exacto knife, trim off the extra paper from around the edges & from the center opening of the frame.

& don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be perfect, next you’ll use your sand paper, & lightly sand all of the paper edges (that you just trimmed) to ensure that they are smooth.

next, using stain from earlier, lightly re-stain all your newly sanded edges… your going to be “covering up” the bright white of those newly cut paper edges. make sense? you can also use a sponge, or paper towel to pick up stain & get into those “hard-to-reach” places.

you can use stain as much (or as little) as you like to give your scrapbook paper a more vintage look. sometimes i just use it on the edges, sometimes i’ll use it to completely cover the entire scrapbook paper. you can also use a little water to spread and smudge the stain… experiment with it.

5. once your paper trimming, sanding & stain-applying is done, apply at least 3 more layers of mod podge on top of the scrapbook paper. apply a layer of mod podge & let it dry for about 15 minutes, then apply another, and let it dry, etc.

after the mod podge dries, it can sometimes be a wee bit sticky. not a problem, simply spray spray your project with several coats of clear acrylic sealer after the Mod Podge is dry, & all will be right in the world.

6. when everything is good & dry, staple a loop of christmas-ey ribbon 3-5″ long to the back of your ornament, for hanging purposes.

7. at this point you are pretty much done… so pat yourself on the back & find the perfect picture. i like to add the year using photoshop or a photo editing site like picmonkey.  print your picture (for my ornament frame a 2.25″ x 2.25″ square picture was the perfect size), & then… ta da! you have a finished product.

 hope you have a jolly holly holiday & that your days are merry & bright!

bake craft sew {giveaway}

ready for some amazing giveaways? enter our amazing bake, craft, sew giveaway. really want to win? every day you’ll have a new chance to win on a new blog. so be sure to come back tomorrow.

& make sure to visit skip to my lou a southern fairytale for  giveaway opportunities!

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #bakecraftsew.

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halloween i spy quilt

by @according2kelly on October 2, 2013

halloween i spy quilt
i spy a…

 

pumpkin
black cat
spidey web
candy corn
witches hat
falling leaf
silly bat

 

what do you “spy?”

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cookies in a jar
{smart cookie teacher appreciation}

by @according2kelly on June 3, 2013

cookies-in-a-jar

who can resist an entire jar filled with bite-sized morsels of ooey gooey deliciousness?

absolutely, positively no one – that’s who!

it’s the perfect way to say happy birthday, thanks, i love you, or…

when you pair it with my quick & easy “thanks to you i’m one smart cookie” printable, you’re sure to have teachers eating out of your hand.

 

rainbow-of-smart-cookies

 

* print your red “thanks to you i’m one smart cookie” printable HERE.
* print your orange “thanks to you i’m one smart cookie” printable HERE.
* print your yellow “thanks to you i’m one smart cookie” printable HERE.
* print your green “thanks to you i’m one smart cookie” printable HERE.
* print your blue “thanks to you i’m one smart cookie” printable HERE.
* print your purple “thanks to you i’m one smart cookie” printable HERE.
* print your black “thanks to you i’m one smart cookie” printable HERE.

print labels on paper (& tape or glue down), or use avery sticker paper. then, cut out with a sharp pair of scissors, or a 2 inch circle punch.

& although you didn’t ask, my personal go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe involves 5, yes FIVE, different types of chocolate chips. trust me, the cookies are ahhhhh-mazing. but take my word for it, make them & taste for yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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taste the rainbow

by @according2kelly on March 16, 2013

chocolate-covered-rainbow-cookies

i don’t know about you, but these chocolate covered cookies are almost too pretty to eat.

but here’s my warning… they are absolutely delicious – once you start nibbling, it’s pretty hard to stop.

not to mention, they just look fancy – people will “ohhhh!” & “ahhhh!” when they realize YOU made them.

& trust me, you CAN make these. they are super duper easy….

chocolate-covered-cookie-supplies.chocolate covered cookies

chocolate covered cookie supplies:

* cookie mold (available at craft stores, i’ve always bought mine at michael’s)
* colored chocolate or candy wafers (i usually use wilton candy melts also available at michael’s)
* oreo cookies (i think the single stuff works best)

chocolate covered cookie directions:

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step one: place candy melts, candy wafers or coarsely chopped chocolate into a microwave safe bowl (i prefer a glass bowl – i feel it melts more evenly).

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step two: microwave at 50% power for 1 minute, then stir well. continue to microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring well after each interval, until smooth

fill-cookie-moldsstep three: spoon the melted chocolate into the mold cavities, approximately 1/3 full. tap the mold onto the table to settle the chocolate, and remove any trapped air.

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step four: press the oreo cookie into the chocolate mold. make sure to center it in the mold cavity, horizontally and vertically. as you press the oreo into the mold, the chocolate will rise up around the sides, embedding the cookie, and leaving only the top uncovered.

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step five: spoon melted chocolate over the embedded oreo, filling the mold and completely covering the cookie. gently tap mold on counter to settle the chocolate. if necessary, level the chocolate by scraping away the excess with a silicone spatula or a knife.

step six: allow the chocolate to harden, (i usually all the molds to chill in the freezer for approximately 10 minutes. then turn the mold upside down and press on the back center of the cavity to release the chocolate covered oreos.

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the best part about chocolate covered cookies? the possibilities are endless..

try different flavors of oreo cookies (or, during the holidays use the trader joe’s candy cane jojo’s). play with different colored chocolate combinations. display them prettily on a cookie or cake platter. or, give them away tucked inside a cellophane bag or mason jars.

really & truly, chocolate covered cookies are definitely a trick you want to have up your sleeve!

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bow tutorial
{from the craft snob}

by @according2kelly on November 30, 2012

for the entire month of november we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season.

& the holidays are coming a wee bit earlier for a few lucky readers, thanks to our three amazing giveaways. be sure to head over to my facebook page for a chance to win a silhouette portrait, decoart paints & stencils, and michael’s gift card.

so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects.

rev up your mixers, & visit a southern fairytale for lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss.

& to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is the sara of Craft Snob. sara writes…

Now that we have seen many great handmade gift ideas all month long, don’t forget to top your gifts with a bow. But, sometimes bows can be tricky, tangled, and complicated. They don’t have to be!

I’ve got a few good tips that will end your bow hassles. Go grab a little ribbon, watch this video, and you will be on your way to making a perfect bow every time.

Have a little yarn and button to spare? Try my Petite Bundled Bow for another gift topping option that can double as a hair accessory.

A big thanks to Kelly for all her work organizing and making the Holiday Bake, Craft & Sew Along a success. And an even bigger thanks to all of you, According to Kelly readers, who make our crafting so special.

I’m the Craft Snob that inspires you to ‘go and be pretty.’ Like Fabric flowers? Then snag your free Clementine Fabric Flower tutorial here.

Go and be pretty,

Sara

bake craft sew {giveaway}

i get to help start the holiday season off with a bang, & treat you to an absolutely amazing giveaway as part of our crafty series.

we are giving away a fabulous prize package worth more than $700!
one lucky winner will receive…

 

  • Silhouette Portrait: this is Silhouette’s newest electronic cutting tool for personal use. Like a home printer, it plugs into your PC or Mac® with a simple USB cable. However, instead of printing it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric and more up to 8″ wide and 10 feet long. The machine also has the ability to register and cut printed materials.
  • DecoArt Glass Paints & Stencils: non-toxic and enviromently-friendly, DecoArt has one of the widest selection of paints and finishes for arts, crafts, and home decorating, which includes over 25 brands of paint and finishes.
  • $100 Michael’s Gift Card

simply wait for RaffleCopter to load and enter there!

be sure to check out all the fabulous craft projects shared this month for this Holiday-Inspired Bake Craft Sew series going on all month long. & Don’t forget head on over to Skip to my Lou & A Southern Fairytale for more chances to win!

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for more great ideas be sure to visit sara at her blog craft snob, &  follow her every move on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

about sara: Believing time is precious, Sara inspires you to only take on crafts that make you feel pretty. Sara is a Pellon Artist, a Momtastic Expert Contributor, and has been published in Bead Trends Magazine.

 

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #bakecraftsew.

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$5 photo book tutorial
{from simply kierste}

by @according2kelly on November 29, 2012

for the entire month of november we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season.

& the holidays are coming a wee bit earlier for a few lucky readers, thanks to our three amazing giveaways. be sure to head over to today’s featured blogger simply {kierste} for a chance to win a silhouette portrait, decoart paints & stencils, and michael’s gift card.

so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects.

rev up your mixers, & visit a southern fairytale for lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss.

& to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is the kierste of simply {kierste}. kierste writes…

Hello everyone! I’m Kierste, from simply {kierste}, and I am THRILLED to be a part of the Holiday Craft Along. It’s one of my favorite series during the holiday season, with so many fabulous ideas from super talented bloggers.

We all love to give gifts to those we care about and appreciate, but being on a budget is part of my life, as I’m sure it is yours. I”m going to share with you one of my favorite gifts to give, and not only is it absolutely darling and super easy to make, it cost me less than $5! It’s a purse-sized photo holder that’s the perfect size to tuck into a purse or diaper bag, and everyone you give it to will love it. Think teachers, mothers, grandmothers, friends, and more!

There are very few supplies that you need, and it comes together pretty quickly. They’re so fun to personalize, both with different papers and monograms. The book is made up of clear name badge holders, held together by a silver book ring, and embellished with ribbon and scrapbook paper. LOVE!!!!

{ITEMS YOU NEED}

-name badge holders (2.55 x 3.35 horizantal)

-silver 1 inch book rings

*You can find both of these items at Walmart, in the office supplies section. I’ve also had luck finding them at Target. Funny enough, I first checked at Staples and OfficeMax, and neither of them carried this smaller size. They did, however, carry the next size up–I think it was around 4×3–and if you wanted to do a slightly larger size, it would be cute too.

-scrapbook paper, cardstock

-desired embellishments

-distress ink

-ribbon

{DIRECTIONS}

1. Cut 2 pieces of scrapbook paper to fit the front and back cover.

2. Embellish as desired. I used coordinating scrapbook paper for the piece along the bottom, and used a stamp to add the monogram. I distressed all the edges using Distress Ink (Vintage Photo).

3. Insert front and back covers in name badge holders.

4. Stack together however many name badge holders you would like for the photo book, making sure that the front and back badges are facing the right way. Slide them on the ring, and close.

5. Tie 4-5 pieces coordinating ribbon on ring.

Ta-da!!! Darling photo books that make the most perfect gifts!!! The name badge holders come in packs of 12 (at Walmart), and cost around $3.50. Add in one book ring, scrapbook paper scraps, and a few pieces of ribbon, and you’re around $5. It’s easy to make several of these at a time, because the book rings and name badges come in packs. You can make at least 6 books out of one 12×12 piece of scrapbook paper, and ribbon scraps are perfect for this project!

bake craft sew {giveaway}

ready for an amazing giveaway worth over $700? head on over to today’s featured blogger simply {kierste} for a NEW chance to win.

really want to win? every day you’ll have a new chance to win on a new blog. so be sure to come back tomorrow.

& make sure to visit skip to my lou & a southern fairytale for even more giveaway opportunities!

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for more great ideas be sure to visit kierste her blog simply {kierste}, & follow her every move on Facebook & Pinterest.

about kierste: {Hello!} I’m Kierste. My blog is a place to find DIY projects of all kinds–my favorite things! I’m a simple girl, and I believe it’s the small and simple touches that make a huge difference. From crafts, to food, to home decor, I hope you enjoy what you see, and that you’ll visit often!

 

 

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #bakecraftsew.

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frosty winter decor tutorial
{from the v spot}

by @according2kelly on November 28, 2012

for the entire month of november we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season.

& the holidays are coming a wee bit earlier for a few lucky readers, thanks to our three amazing giveaways. be sure to head over to today’s featured blogger {The V Spot} for a chance to win a silhouette portrait, decoart paints & stencils, and michael’s gift card.

so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects.

rev up your mixers, & visit a southern fairytale for lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss.

& to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is the vivienne of The V Spot. vivienne writes…

Hello! I’m Vivienne from The V Spot, a little blog where I share crafts, recipes, and funny stories about my family.   I love making beautiful things on a budget, and today I am going to show you how to make a holiday craft using one of my very favorite FREE decor items, sticks!
Who doesn’t love to decorate for Christmas?  (And who wants to break the bank on their decor?)  No one I know!  So here’s an easy way to turn found sticks and branches into frosty winter decor.
epsom salt, winter, branches, sticks
Sure, you could go to the craft store or the florist and pick up some faux icy floral picks and branches, but why buy them (and store them all year) when you can make your own for pennies…?
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • sticks and branches
  • white spray paint (cheap-o is fine-o)
  • spray adhesive
  • epsom salt (You can buy in any pharmacy or the health aisle in the grocery store)
  • coarse white glitter
  • fine iridescent glitter

When getting the salt be sure to use epsom, which looks like icy little crystals, as opposed to rock salt, which looks like, well… rocks.

Spray your branches with white paint.

When dry, spray a coat of adhesive onto the branches, then move them over an old cookie sheet and sprinkle the epsom salts onto them.

I do this over the cookie sheet so I can reuse the salt that doesn’t stick.

No need for comments about the baked on grody-ness of the cookie sheet… that’s why it’s used for crafting now. 🙂

 

Scoop up any extra salt and put it back into the container.

Move the branches away from the cookie sheet and spray with adhesive again.  Move them back over the sheet and sprinkle with the coarse glitter.

Repeat the process with the fine glitter.

When dry you have some pretty, sparkly, frosty sticks.  That were practically FREE!

There are so many uses for them.  They look great alone in a vase,  or with smaller ones tucked into your Christmas tree or used in a wreath…

The only caveat: since salt melts if it gets wet…  this is not a good option for use outdoors unless it’s in a covered area..

You can find other projects using sticks and epsom salt over on my blog, and you can visit me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google Plus!  Have fun and happy holidays!

bake craft sew {giveaway}

ready for an amazing giveaway worth over $700? head on over to today’s featured blogger {The V Spot} for a NEW chance to win.

really want to win? every day you’ll have a new chance to win on a new blog. so be sure to come back tomorrow.

& make sure to visit skip to my lou & a southern fairytale for even more giveaway opportunities!

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for more great ideas be sure to visit vivienne her blog The V Spot, & follow her every move on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google Plus.

about vivienne: I write The V Spot Blog. I am a mom, a wife, a DIYer, a crafter and smart-alleck. If Erma Bombeck & MacGyver had a love child, that kid might be a lot like me.

 

 

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #bakecraftsew.

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vintage notebook tutorial
{from the crafting chicks}

by @according2kelly on November 27, 2012

for the entire month of november we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season.

& the holidays are coming a wee bit earlier for a few lucky readers, thanks to our three amazing giveaways. be sure to head over to my facebook page for a chance to win a silhouette portrait, decoart paints & stencils, and michael’s gift card.

so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects.

rev up your mixers, & visit a southern fairytale for lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss.

& to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is the kirsten of thecraftingchicks.com. kirsten writes…

Hey crafty cats! It’s so fun to here here with the Holiday Bake, Craft, and Sew event! It’s always fun to find and share ideas for inexpensive holiday gifts. I know this has been done before, but thought it would be tragic if this ideas was overlooked this holiday season. The great thing about a personalized notebooks from old storybooks is that there are endless possibilities of old books that with their old titles, can be very nostalgic, funny and personal. I love notebooks, I have MANY notebooks that serve many purposes. I write my to-do lists in them, grocery lists, ideas and I LOVE them. With my absolute obsession with journals and notebooks, it seemed fitting.

SUPPLIES

  • scissors
  • Cinch binding machine or other binding machine
  • Cinch binding coil either plastic or metal (for this I used the .75″ copper coil)
  • vintage children’s storybook or other book or choice
  • additional paper (I used a 40lb cream colored paper)

This Christmas record notebook was given to me last year by my dear friend Tanna! I would pay so much to have a vintage record cover like that!

STEP 1: Take the book apart. Carefully cut the pages as close to the middle of the binding as possible. Cut the cover away from the binding. Clean cuts look much better since those edges will show when the book is bound.

STEP 2: Take each piece of the book (you can include all pages or just some of the pages) and punch the holes in stacks of about 20. Line them up as close as possible so they match when put together.

STEP 3: Use one of the pages as a template and cut extra paper (for writing). Insert groups of blank pages in between the original pages to add character.

STEP 4: Add all pages to the binding coil.

STEP 5: Use the Cinch Binding Machine to close the clamps of the binding coil around the pages.

ENJOY!!!! Repeat and make a unique notebook each time!!! Find books that might in some way be relatable to certain friends. For example, my mother in-law loves horses and I happened to find an old book with horses on the cover. It was perfect!

THERE YOU HAVE IT…A COLORFUL, CUTE, and completely unique notebook for someone special!

Merry Christmas my friends & happy crafting!

XO,

KIRSTEN from thecraftingchicks.com

bake craft sew {giveaway}

ready for an amazing giveaway worth over $700? head on over to my facebook page  for a NEW chance to win.

really want to win? every day you’ll have a new chance to win on a new blog. so be sure to come back tomorrow.

& make sure to visit skip to my lou & a southern fairytale for even more giveaway opportunities!

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for more great ideas be sure to visit kirsten at her blog the crafting chicks, & follow her every move on twitter , facebook & pinterest.

about kirsten: Kirstin attended BYUI and Utah State and graduated with a business degree with an emphasis in marketing. She has been a professional photographer for the last ten years. Kirsten loves roller coasters, running rollerblading, crafting, going out with her hubby, playing and being silly with her 4 kids, organizing and photography. She used to dream of being on American Gladiators, but now dreams of being on The Martha Stewart Show. Her mind is constantly swimming in new ideas for crafts, marketing, business and of fun things to do.

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #bakecraftsew.

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hand-stitched greeting card tutorial
{from make & takes}

by @according2kelly on November 26, 2012

for the entire month of november we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season.

& the holidays are coming a wee bit earlier for a few lucky readers, thanks to our three amazing giveaways. be sure to head over to today’s featured blogger {Make and Takes} for a chance to win a silhouette portrait, decoart paints & stencils, and michael’s gift card.

so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects.

rev up your mixers, & visit a southern fairytale for lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss.

& to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is the marie of Make and Takes. marie writes…

Hey there crafters! I’m Marie of Make and Takes and so happy to be here sharing a fun and fabulously cheap gift idea for the holidays. I’ve turned one of my hand-stitched greeting cards into a journal. Now it’s double the handmade! Your mom is going to love it or the kid’s teachers at school!

Here’s what you need:

  • any size greeting card – or a hand-stitched greeting card
  • 4-6 sheets of white paper
  • scissors and/or paper slicer
  • hole punch
  • twine or thread

1. You can use any greeting card you have on hand, handmade or store-bought. See here if you’d like to stitch up a fun embroidery card.

2. With your paper slicer, cut your plain white paper in half to fit into your card. I used 4 sheets of paper to create 8 folded pieces of paper for the journal. You’ll fold each piece in half and then slide it inside your card. Now, some of the white paper may stick out of the card, as it’s now bulked up from being folded in half with a lot of other pages. You can trim down some of the paper, or all of the paper, to be smaller than the card.

3. When you’ve got your paper and card all lined up and ready, it’s time to punch the holes. You’ll want to punch holes at the top and at the bottom. And you’ll want your holes to all match up. I like to punch my card’s holes first, then line up my paper underneath and punch through the card hole and the paper.

4. Get your twine or thread or embroidery floss and cut enough off so it will go through the first hole, behind the card, and back through the second hole.

5. Pull your twine tight, you don’t want a floppy journal or papers flying around. Then tie off your twine. I tied it at the outside in this below photo, but I actually turned my twine’s tie through the holes and it is in the inside in the first photo. You’ll have to decide where you want your tie to live. I think it looks cute either way.

Now it’s ready for gifting during the holidays!

Here are a few other ideas for quick and easy crafts to make and give too:

Happy Holidays!

bake craft sew {giveaway}

ready for an amazing giveaway worth over $700? head on over to today’s featured blogger {Make and Takes} for a NEW chance to win.

really want to win? every day you’ll have a new chance to win on a new blog. so be sure to come back tomorrow.

& make sure to visit skip to my lou & a southern fairytale for even more giveaway opportunities!

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for more great ideas be sure to visit marie her blog make and takes, & follow her every move on twitter, facebook, & pinterest.

about marie: She’s a mother of 3 living in the Pacific Northwest. Always having a love of crafts, she enjoys getting messy with glue and glitter. There’s always some sort of project going on, her kitchen counter is often cluttered with crafts. When she’s not crafting and creating with her kids, she loves to run, read, and blog!

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #bakecraftsew.

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chalkboard art frame tutorial
{from howdoesshe}

by @according2kelly on November 25, 2012

for the entire month of november we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season.

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so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects.

rev up your mixers, & visit a southern fairytale for lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss.

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today, our featured blogger is the ladies of HowDoesShe. they writes…

We are the ladies at HowDoesShe? We are so excited about the concept about gathering women together to join together in becoming the best wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, neighbors, and friends we can be!

Hello everyone! I have been dying to do this little project and share it with all of you. Chalkboards are so much fun. I love that it can be hung year-round, yet decorated for every season. For those of you looking for an easy handmade Christmas gift, this is perfect!

The first step is finding a frame. There are lots of options! Find a frame from a thrift store or garage sale. A coat of paint can always change the look! A custom frame, handmade frame, or a pre-made frame work great, too. I found this rustic looking frame at Hobby Lobby, with no glass or back (perfect for this project). You can always use coupons at craft stores and the frames end up being very reasonable!

You will need a board which will become your chalkboard. I had some trial and error with this. You want to make sure you get a very smooth board. I originally bought a sheet of plywood and, after I sprayed it, I realized how strong the grain actually was, the chalk sunk into the wood grain and left chalk stripes all over the board. So, I headed back to the store and decided to try MDF instead and it worked perfectly. Home Depot and Lowes sell sheets of MDF for super cheap, and they do the first 2-10 cuts for free! Just find someone and tell them you want to get some MDF cut, and make sure you take your frame so they can cut it to fit exactly!

Chalkboard paint is something I haven’t had a lot of experience with, but I will say I prefer the spray paint version for a perfectly even and smooth surface. I think the KRYLON brand works great, but I have heard wonderful things about Rust-Oleum brand, so I might recommend that one instead.

Here is a shortened version of the supplies you will need:

A Frame

A sheet of MDF, cut to size

Chalkboard Spray Paint

Staple Gun

This would be an easy bulk Christmas project to do. Get a bunch of boards cut for different frames for all of your friends and family, and do it all at the same time! Set up a little painting station outside, in a garage or the yard. Lay down a piece of drop cloth/plastic to keep the paint off other surfaces. If it is a bit breezy make sure you secure the drop cloth/plastic so that it doesn’t blow onto your project and ruin your hard work! Brush off the board with a dry cloth, or your hand, to make sure there are no dust or wood particles on the surface.

Spray in layers. Start off the edge of the wood and spray back and forth across, in a thin even layer. Let the layers dry between coats for about 5 minutes. Spray until the wood is completely covered and the paint looks even. About 3-4 thin coats should be enough. If you spray the paint on too thick it will run and ruin your board, so be careful!

The paint needs to dry completely. Follow the instructions on the spray paint can. Mine needed to dry for 24 hours. It is important to follow the directions exactly! Once the paint has dried, it is time to install it in the frame! Lay the chalk board inside your frame.

Staple across the frame and board to secure it. I placed staples every 3-4 inches.

My frame didn’t have any hardware for it to hang from. If your frame doesn’t have hardware you can either buy “frame hardware” and install it on the back of the frame, or you can do what I did, and use a staple as the hanging hardware! This would only work for smaller frames but it was a cheap alternative for me!

Find the center of the frame, mark it and on a low setting shoot the staple into the wood!

The chalkboard frame is done! Now this is the fun part!

First you need to prep the chalkboard: Take a piece of chalk, lay it flat and cover the entire surface of the chalkboard. Then use a tissue or a chalk eraser to blend and remove some of the chalk. This gives it that dusty chalkboard look instead of just being flat black. AND it is really important, if you don’t prep the entire surface you might end up with a permanent residue from the first thing you wrote or drew. Then it is ready to be written on!

I do enjoy art and handwriting, but for me.. it takes a long time and a lot of creativity to make a chalkboard look perfect. I came across this AMAZING chalkboard tip. Seriously, it may have changed my life. You basically create and print out the message you want written on you chalkboard and then make a sort of chalkboard carbon paper!!! It’s the coolest thing ever! Read this tutorial over at IndieCraftParade.com. I followed the instructions exactly and I had a perfect chalkboard message in no time at all!!

To clean up mistakes, wet a paintbrush or the corner of a cloth, and wipe it up!

Search Pinterest for chalkboard messages and quotes for inspiration! You will be amazed with what you will find!

I hope you have fun with this little project!

I am planning to make one for my kitchen, and a big one for my kids for Christmas!

What are some of your favorite holiday quotes?

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