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chalkboard paint candle tutorial
{from no. 2 pencil}

by @according2kelly on November 24, 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 {No. 2 Pencil} 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 melissa, of No. 2 Pencil. melissa writes…

I’m Melissa from No. 2 Pencil, and I’m so excited to be here. Today, I’m sharing an inexpensive and adorable gift idea for Christmas.  
Supplies needed:
Martha Stewart chalkboard paint
Jar candles – I used small ones from the dollar store.
Paint brush
Rubbing alcohol
Chalk
Chalk Ink Markers

1. Gather supplies. Acrylic chalkboard paint, paint brush, chalk and jar candle with label and residue completely removed. I use my homemade goo gone recipe to remove the labels. 

2. Prepare glass for paint by cleaning with rubbing alcohol. Paint two to three coats of chalkboard paint on glass, letting paint dry between coats.

3. Let dry 24 hours, then prepare chalkboard surface by rubbing with a piece of white chalk. Wipe off with a damp towel. 


4. Draw and decorate using chalk ink pens for best results.

I used blue and green chalkboard paint on my candles. The faith candle is an aqua color I created by mixing the blue and green chalkboard paint together. 

The colored chalk ink pens look cute on these too. I used the red for Rudolph’s nose. 


Thank you so much for having me Kelly! To see more craft ideas and recipes, visit me at No. 2 Pencil. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and most often on Pinterest. It’s my favorite place to hang out. 

And be sure to check out my latest holiday recipe: 

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for more great ideas be sure to visit melissa at her blog No. 2 Pencil, & follow her every move on twitter, facebook, & pinterest.

about melissa: She is making a stylish home on a budget and filling it with cute kids and good things to eat. She likes: Baking, Cooking, Vintage, Rust, Wood, Yellow, Metal, Paint, Anything homemade or homegrown, Photography. She Dislikes Pickles.

 

 

 

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fancy christmas bow tutorials
{from miss lovie}

by @according2kelly on November 23, 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 {Miss Lovie} 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 allie, of Miss Lovie. allie writes…

Hi, everyone! I’m Allie from Miss Lovie! I’m so happy to be here today as part of this fabulous craft-along. There have been so many great projects so far! If you’re like me, wrapping presents is as much fun as buying them and giving them to people.

 My favorite thing to do is to put on a good movie and wrap and wrap and wrap. It’s easy to get in a rut doing the same wrapping ideas over and over, though. Here’s some ideas that might help you mix up your Christmas wrapping routine!

Ready to make some of these??!

Or these?!

Let’s go!

First up is the Fancy “department store-type” bow. This is the bow I learned to make while working at a small local gift shop in my hometown.

 Like all packages. Tie some bow around it first. I usually do mine like the gift above. You could do it in the middle or if it’s a rectangle box, you can do it more towards the top like I did above. I usually just use enough ribbon to have very small tails like shown above that I can either keep or cut off completely. If you have tons of ribbon you can make those tails long so that they hang down the front of the package.

 First create a loop with the ribbon. The diameter of this loop should be the width you want your bow to be when it’s finished. I made a very big one because I wanted a very big bow. I used a very wide wire ribbon, but really almost any ribbon would work.

Tape the end of the ribbon in place. It won’t stay very well, but it’s ok. It’ll work.

Loop the ribbon around at least 5 times. If you have tons of ribbon, do it 6 or 7 times. (I only did it 5 times to conserve ribbon.) Keep the loops tight together.

Close the loop flat.

 Then fold it in half.

 Then cut triangles out of the folded part of the loop on each side. Keep just a tiny bit of the loop left.

 Use a small ribbon tie and cinch the middle of the large loop together.

 Then separate the individual loops by pulling them apart and alternate twisting them down and then up.

Tie it to the ribbon on the package and snip the small ribbon.

Do some final arranging and you’re done!

This idea can also, of course be down with ribbon that’s a little thinner. You can play with the number of loops you use or the size of the loops. The more loops the fuller it will be. I usually increase the number of loops with the size of the bow I’m making. If I make a bow that will have a large diameter I will increase the number of times I loop it around.

 This bow is so cute!! I just love working with tulle.

 I found this great green tulle in the perfect width in the wedding section at Michael’s. It was about the same price as or lower than some of there gift ribbons were ($2.99).

To make:

 Create several loops of tulle on top of each other by wrapping it around your hands as shown above.

Grasp it in the middle like shown above and tie with small ribbon (or I just used a tiny piece of tulle).

 Tie it onto the package. I think the bow looks super cute here, too. So you could leave it. Or…

 Cut the loops apart on each side.

And cut the middle layers so that they are shorter than the ones on the outside edges.

And done. Precious.

I think this one might be my fave.

 I did not even remember I had this fabulous gold glitter tulle. I bought it when I saw it in a sale bin at Jo Ann’s and just knew I’d find the perfect use for it. I was right.

 Create the pom the same way you did the fluffy tulle bow except cut the ends of the bow before tying it on and pull apart the layers and create a full circle pom.

 Tie the pom onto the package.

 And fluff! LOVE!

 You could even play with mixing different color tulles.

 I also made this one (not crazy about the color combo, but I wanted to show you the technique anyway) by rolling tulle along with the ribbon when making a Fancy Bow. It definitely created a very full bow.

I like this color combo and technique better, though. I created a Fluffy Tulle Bow and a Fancy bow and added them on together and fanned the tulle out nicely under the Fancy Bow. So fun.

I love simple bows. Why not add them to packages?!

The tulle for this bow needs to be very smooth. Instead of rolling to create the loop I folded it over itself several times as shown above.

 Then fold a small piece of tulle over itself several times. This will be the middle of the bow.

 Fold the bow like a fan and place the small piece of tulle around the middle and hot glue it to itself in the back.

 And done! While I like this huge one, I think these would be precious if they were small.

Cuteness.

Fancy is always fun, but simple can be really great, too. I just love this fuzzy wired ribbon I found at Michael’s. On the gift above I paired it with a glitter rick rack and tied a simple bow.

And on this one I thought that wired red fuzzy ribbon was enough!

 I hope you enjoyed my Fancy Bow tutorials!! Have fun wrapping your own!!

Merry Christmas!

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about allie: Any and All Crafts=Love. Making jewelry and sewing are her current favorites. Visit her blog for l fgreat tutorials and ideas on jewelry making, sewing, home decor, holiday decorations and more!

 

 

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candy christmas tree tutorial
{from southern hospitality}

by @according2kelly on November 22, 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 {southern hospitality} 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 rhoda of southern hospitality. rhoda writes…

About 3 years ago, I took part in a Christmas showhouse and had a lot of fun partnering with several other ladies and making some fun Christmas craft items to sell at the showhouse. One of the things we put together was Candy Christmas Trees. These were so cute and would make a great handmade gift idea for those on your list who love this sort of thing. They can be placed in so many areas and are just adorable and a treat to see.

candy trees

The base is a foam cone and we did several different sizes. And if you don’t want to use powdered eggwhites, I’m sure the real thing will work great too and is probably cheaper.

Recipe for the icing for Candy Trees:

1 lb confectioners sugar (4 cups)

3 TB Powdered egg whites

6 TB Warm water

Beat 6 min. until peaks form. The most important part of icing is consistency. If it starts to get too stiff and dry out, add 1 TB of water at a time until smooth and easy to spread. Be careful not to get too thin also, as candy will slide. A little practice and you’ll get it!

candy and Christmas candy trees

Also, don’t cover the whole cone all at once. Sit your cone on a cakeplate or pedestal and start covering with icing at the bottom, about 1/2 way up, place your candies and then keep working up to the top. The icing starts to dry out pretty fast!

Compile a variety of pretty candies and then get busy crafting your very own Candy Christmas Trees. They look so festive sitting around a kitchen, placed on a cakestand!

Regards,

Rhoda

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for more great ideas be sure to visit rhoda her blog southern hospitality, & follow her every move on twitter, facebook, & pinterest.

about rhoda: She loves decorating and DIY projects. Decorating a home doesn’t have to cost a fortune and she’s spent years thrifting at antiques markets and yardsales, finding those treasures that make a home unique. She blogs to inspire and encourage other women to find their own inner creativity.

 

 

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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santa’s candy jar tutorial
{from the southern institute}

by @according2kelly on November 21, 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 Southern Institute} 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 jenny, of The Southern Institute. jenny writes…

Hi everyone! It’s Jenny from The Southern Institute, and I’m so excited to be here for another Holiday Craft Along! I’ve been having a blast following along with all of the holiday projects that have been shared so far.

I think sometimes we get fooled into believing that crafts have to be complicated and worthy of a Martha Stewart magazine spread to be legit. I just want to dispel that myth! Some of my favorite crafts are the ones that don’t require a lot of effort, but the result is super cute. This is one of those projects. With just a few simple supplies you can dress up a plain old jar and make it something festive and fun! I found these adorable Santa clothespins at The Container Store, as well as the plain lidded jar. The pom poms were already in my crafty stash. All I needed was a glue gun (which I have) and I was ready to go!

First, spread a line of hot glue on the back of one Santa and carefully apply it to the outside of the jar. I say carefully because once the glue touches the glass it is stuck there for LIFE! There is no moving that thing!

Isn’t he just the cutest little guy?

Next, add the rest of the Santas!

Add a few pom poms for a little extra decoration…

…then all that’s left is to fill the jar with your favorite Christmas candies!

Mine just happen to be peppermint sticks.

See? Super simple, but very cute. Who can resist stealing some candy from these Little Santas? Don’t worry, it won’t earn you a spot on his “naughty” list! Have fun crafting and Happy Holidays from The Southern Institute!

Be sure to stop by The Southern Institute to find more easy peasy projects like these…

(Washi Tape Thank You Cards, Giving Thanks Wreath, Ruffled Tree)

You can find The Southern Institute here too:

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ready for an amazing giveaway worth over $700? head on over to today’s featured blogger {The Southern Institute} 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.

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for more great ideas be sure to visit jenny at her blog the southern institute, & follow her every move on twitter, facebook, & pinterest.

 

about jenny: Jenny is a wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend.  She’s a northern girl transplanted in the south. The Southern Institute is a craft blog, a sewing blog, a food blog, a family blog, a place of inspiration for her, and hopefully for you too.  It’s a place for her to write about the projects that she’s working on and share them with you, but it’s also a creative community where everyone has the opportunity to share what they have been working on.

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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needle felted snowflake tray tutorial
{from katydid & kid}

by @according2kelly on November 20, 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 {katydid and kid} 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 kathleen, of katydid and kid. kathleen writes…

I love working with fibers–not the kind that you get with your bran flakes, but the kind that turns into stuff like fabric and felt.  Felting is one of my favorite crafts, especially in these colder months when I just want to cozy up to some wool, either on my knitting needles or elsewhere.

Jingle and bells, Santa and reindeer, snow and hot cocoa–some things are meant to be together. For today’s Holiday Craft Along, I wanted to share a needle-felted snowflake tray that I created.  It’s perfect for serving up hot cocoa after frolicking in the land of snowflakes.

Needlefelting is a way to adhere wool to itself by using a barbed needle to attach the fibers together. Unlike wet felting which relies on water, friction and heat to bind wool into felt, needle felting is also called dry felting and results in a similar product. Needle felting gives the artisan more control over details, unlike when one does wet felting.

MATERIALS

  • pre-painted wooden tray (I painted an inexpensive wooden tray found at a craft store with acrylic paint)
  • piece of glass cut to the size of the inside of the tray (your local hardware store can usually do this for you)
  • scissors/pinking shears
  • 3-barb felting needle
  • cleaned, carded wool in various colors. I used Peace Fleece batting in greens from Halcyon Yarns
  • Needle felting pador foam for punching the wool100% wool felt (from a fabric store)

 

STEP ONE

Measure the inside of your tray and cut your wool felt to fit. Then use pinking shears to fancy-up the border.

STEP TWO

Plan out your design, either on paper or just in your head like me. I wanted to do snowflakes of varying sizes and designs and fill up the white space of the felt. You’ll be using the wool to “draw” on the background.

STEP THREE

Take a small amount of wool in a color you like…

and roll it together like you’re making a coil of clay or play dough.

This will tighten the fibers and make a “line” for you to draw with.

STEP FOUR

Lay out the lines for your design and pin them down if you wish.

I worked snowflake by snowflake rather than putting my entire design on the felt background. I didn’t want to keep arranging the design as my hand was working on one flake.

Then lay the entire piece on top of the felting pad or foam.

STEP FIVE

Take up your felting needle which has tiny barbs on the end, and begin to do your needle felting.

What you’re actually doing is using the barbed parts of the needle to tangle the fibers together.

You just keep going along the line, poking the needle in and out. The fibers will tighten and look more uniform. The best part is is that if you make a mistake, just pull the fiber off. Just keep working your wool until you’re happy with the result. You can mix colors, or add more wool if you need it. It’s so versatile.

Eventually you’ll get something like this…

which took a few hours to make. I layered colors and filled in blank areas with smaller snowflakes. When you’re finished, cover it with the glass and you’re ready to top it with some mugs of hot coffee, tea or cocoa.  And cookies, of course.

You could change out the felt for other seasonal designs, like pumpkins for fall. I could have glued the felt to the tray, but opted to just pin it between the wood and the glass, just to keep my options open.

Needle felting is a relaxing activity to do in front of a fire or the television. If you’re interested in wet felting, check out my tutorial from last year.  Have fun and happy felting!

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

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for more great ideas be sure to visit kathleen at her blog katydid and kid. & be sure to connect with them on twitter & facebook.

about kathleen: Prior to motherhood, she worked as an art teacher, museum educator, and fiber artist and could be found lurking in bookstores and sleeping in late. She still enjoys incorporating creativity into her life in any way that she can, whether it’s improvising a cloth diaper, knitting hats for her family, or cooking a scrumptious vegetarian meal.

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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i love you “deerly” holiday cards
{from somewhat simple}

by @according2kelly on November 19, 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 {Somewhat Simple} 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 steph, of Somewhat Simple. steph writes…

Here is a fun idea for a Christmas greeting you can create and send to your loved ones!

My husband’s parents live out of state, so we plan to email this image to them on Christmas morning, but you could certainly print this off and mail it via snail mail too!

Creating this doesn’t get any easier:

Have an afternoon crafting with your child making a reindeer headband from construction paper.

Then, paint your child’s nose red with some washable paint and have them pose for a few pictures:

You can upload your favorite pictures to picmonkey.com (if you are Photoshop illiterate like I am) and add some text.

Then send it off and rest assured it will certainly make the recipient smile!

Happy Holidays everyone!

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For more creative ideas, visit Stephanie on her blog, Somewhat Simple and track her down on pinterest, facebook and twitter. Get inspired by simple tutorials, including The Dry Erase Glass Calendar and How to Frame Your Bathroom Mirror over those Ugly Plastic Clips! 

 

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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quick & easy sugar scrubs
{from seven clown circus}

by @according2kelly on November 18, 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 {Seven Clown Circus} 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 angie, of Seven Clown Circus. angie writes…

Sugar scrubs are easy to make, package adorably and are good for your skin! Homemade scrubs are one of the best gifts ever! They are my new latest craze and after the recent success of my Lemon Sugar Scrub for Mother’s Day gifts, my Coffee Sugar Scrub for Teacher Appreciation, and my cherry, peach, and strawberry sugar scrubs just because, I decided to go all out and try a few more fruity sugar scrubs! This scrub combines two flavors {fancy-schmancy}! So, here’s an easy-peasy, oranges & apples sugar scrub recipe (with FREE printable tag) that’s perfect for gift giving!

I’ve been making a lot of sugar scrubs in little batches, and this recipe filled up the small Mason jar I purchased in a 4 pack at Target. I’ve had so much fun finding interesting containers to put sugar scrubs in! The recipe is super simple. I love that sugar scrubs can be used on the hands, feet and body. I like to use sugar scrubs in the shower because they are such great exfoliators and the hot water dissolves the sugar crystals before they can be too abrasive.

Oranges & Apple Sugar Scrub Recipe

Mix Together {this recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups prepared}

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, plus 1 TBS
  • 2-3 drops of oranges & apple aromatherapy/essential oil (you can find on ebay)
  • approximately 10 drops of peach soap colorant (I purchased a pack of 4 colors at Michaels for $4.00)

Apples and Oranges Sugar Scrub

Decorate Jar

I used embellishments I had at home to decorate the jar. Ribbons and twine I had in my craft supply closet were used to tie on the “Oranges & Apple Sugar Scrub” tag. The tag can be downloaded for free! Just click here. The sugar scrub was super easy to make and the whole project took me a total of 20 minutes including tying on the printable! It’s THAT easy.

That’s it! The Oranges & Apple Sugar Scrub is read to use or give as a gift!

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sevenclowncircusAngie is a word loving, book devouring, mama to 5. She’s also a sunshine hoarding, organizationally devout, stringer of letters, words and paragraphs. Even though writing is her passion, mothering and crafting is something she’s also passionate about. She writes about motherhood, shows off her kids much to their chagrin and showcases parties, recipes and craft ideas at her place, Seven Clown Circus. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and her Tip Junkie Craft Room!

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DIY holiday stamps
{from tatertots & jello}

by @according2kelly on November 17, 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 {Tatertots and Jello} 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 jen, of Tatertots and Jello. jen writes…

Hi!! I’m Jen from Tatertots and Jello. And I am thrilled to be here!!

I love DIY ideas for the holidays. I am so excited to share a way to make some FUN holiday projects this year — make DIY stamps using foam sheets. This is a fun project to make with your kids too!!

Here’s how to make the stamps:

Take a sheet of craft foam. I bought mine from Hobby Lobby.

Use a pen to draw a design on the foam and then cut it out withsome scissors or an x-acto knife.

Then mount the foam shape on a piece of wood. I bought some thin wood pieces. But I also used an old ruler and I glued the foam shapes on the ruler too.

To cut the ruler, just score the ruler with an x-acto knife and then cut the ruler with some heavy-duty scissors.

I used hot glue to attach the foam shapes to the wooden ruler or wood pieces.

Then go crazy making some projects!! I stamped some small paper party envelopes from Craft Corp.

I also ordered some plain wood utensils with the stamps.

But you can use the stamps for all kinds of projects — from party favors, to invitations, holiday cards and more!!

Thanks for letting me stop by!!


Come visit me over at Tatertots & Jello

xoxo

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for more great ideas be sure to visit jen at her blog tatertots & jello, & follow her every move on twitter facebook, & pinterest.

about jen: She loves to do anything creative. She likes trying new things. She loves making something beautiful out of nothing. She loves remaking things into something better. She loves looking at something and seeing the possibilities. She loves her family & making new friends.

 

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joy to the world sign tutorial
{from lil’ luna}

by @according2kelly on November 16, 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 {lil’ luna} 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 kristyn, of lil’ lunakristyn writes…

 

Hi there According to Kelly readers!! It’s Kristyn from Lil’ Luna! I’m so happy to be here today. This series is amazing, and I am grateful I can be included with all the other inspiring creations that will come from this series!

Today, I will be sharing a super cute and easy Christmas craft that can be made for under ten dollars. Not sure about you but I’m always looking for easy and inexpensive (but cute!) creations, and I’m hoping you think this next one is just that.

It’s a Joy to the World Sign that you can make too!

SUPPLIES:

– Wood (mine was 1 ft. x 1 ft.)

– Vinyl/stencil

– Spray Paint

– Fabric scraps & ribbon

– Tacks

– Sand Paper

– Spray Polyurethane

DIRECTIONS:

1. Begin by cutting your piece of wood. I got mine at Lowe’s as a 1 ft. x 4 ft. sign for $6 that we cut in 4. Begin by spray painting the front of your board whatever color you want the text to be. Let dry.

2. Design, cut and peel your vinyl. Add to board and spray it the color you want your board to be. I used Apple Green. Let dry. Then, peel off your vinyl.

3. Spray a layer of Spray Polyurethane onto your board. Let dry.

4. Make a small bunting for your sign. I cut out triangle scraps and sewed it onto a ribbon. I used furniture tacks to attach the banner to the top.

5. Add hanging teeth on back.

And you’re finished!! It’s that easy!

If you’re looking for more cute and inexpensive creations, be sure to check these out:

{Cookie Gift IdeaWhite Chocolate Peppermint M&M CookiesCupcake Gift Jar}

And be sure to come on over to Lil’ Luna to say hi!! You can also find me on Facebook HERE and Pinterest HERE.

Would love to see you!!

Thanks for having me today, Kelly!

ENJOY!

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for more great ideas visit kristyn at her fun, fabulous (& yellow) blog ‘lil luna. or follow her every move on facebook, twitter & pinterest.

about kristyn: kristyn is the mom of THREE stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to her smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. her mom’s maiden name is luna, and she is just one of the many crafty “lil’ lunas” in her fam. she loves disneyland and want to be a member of Club 33 one day, loves watching movies with her hubby more than anything. she does NOT like onions – they are super gross!

 

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5 minute clay ornament tutorial
{from the 36th avenue}

by @according2kelly on November 15, 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 36th AVENUE} 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 desirée, of The 36th AVENUE. desirée writes…

Hi there my name is Desirée and I blog over at The 36th AVENUE.

The 36th AVENUE

I am excited to be visiting today and sharing with you a quick fun craft that you can do

to decorate your home, give as a gift or simply make with your family as part of a Christmas activity.

5 Minute Clay Ornament Tutorial

You can make your own clay or you can buy a tub of air-dry clay over at your local Craft Store.

The first thing you are going to do is turn a piece of clay into a ball.

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Then use your roller to make it flat about 1/4” thick.

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I use a cookie cuter to make the shape of my snow flake ornament.

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Gently press the ornament out of the cookie cutter.

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Use a nail to make a hole.

Paint your ornament and when it is dry thread some Baker’s Twine through it.

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Let the clay dry completely before you hang it.

And guess what?

You are done!

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You can click here to see the clay ornaments my kiddos made by themselves.

They are so fun!

Thank you so much Kelly for having me today.

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ready for an amazing giveaway worth over $700? head on over to today’s featured blogger {The 36th AVENUE} for a NEW chance to win.

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

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My name is Desirée, author of The 36th Avenue… a blog where I share some of my craziness about creating, decorating and crafts. I hope to see you there! Be sure to stop by her blog The 36th AVENUE and check her out on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

 

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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