Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What's New Wednesday

Happy Wednesday everyone.  Hope you've been out enjoying this wonderful, September weather!  We have some fun new products to share this week.

Love this cute, little witch!  We've almost transformed her into a festive Halloween card.  Watch our blog for the finished card, soon.

More Memory Box Holiday dies.  Wow!   Stop in for a look at them all.  Be sure to visit our Memory Box Pinterest board for inspiration.  You can view it HERE.

Sizzix Holiday Dies- Triplets

These new dies are so fun.  I've been playing with the numerous combinations/designs you can create from a single set.  Wait 'till you see some of the projects we've made with these.

This was so popular a year ago, when it was available as a tool from Martha Stewart Crafts.  Now you can create the same wonderful ornaments using this new die from Sizzix.

Be sure to join us on Saturday for our FREE "Make and Take".  We'll be using stamps and hybrid inks to stamp on coasters.  Our "Make and Take" is available between 1PM and 3PM, while supplies last.

We've had so many requests for a 3rd class/date for our Holiday Workshop.  So, we've added an additional date.  We are currently taking registration for Saturday, November, 15th.  Please refer to the poster below for all the details.  We already have a waiting list of 8 people.  So, that means we only have 8 spaces left.  Don't wait to sign up!  It will be sold out soon.

Below are links to some fun projects we've recently posted on our blog.  If you missed them, be sure to visit the links.

1.  View our back to school, chalkboard notebook, HERE.  View our Chalkboard Inspiration board on Pinterest HERE.
2.  We posted a quick tutorial for stenciling with paint on cork coasters (super fun gifts).  The link can be found HERE.
3.  Mary created a new Countdown Calendar.  See all the details HERE.
4.  If you're a fan of Memory Box dies, you'll want to see this fun card Emily made.  View it HERE.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Paper Mache Holiday Pot

I love dressing up these paper mache pots.  They make great hostess gifts and can be wonderful centerpieces or place settings for your Holiday table.

Not ready to think Christmas yet?  Die cut some colorful leaves for a beautiful Fall gift.

I used Collage-Pauge to cover the top of the pot with some printed tissue.  I then painted the rest of the pot with some of the new craft paints we have from Americana / Deco Art.

I cut the poinsettia using the Spellbinders Poinsettia die and used some Distress Inks from Tim Holtz to color it.  The gold paint is from Martha Stewart Crafts.

The chalkboard sign is from American Crafts.  They are perfect when giving a plant as a gift!  I added the word JOY and a little holly embellishment from Little B.

Monday, September 15, 2014

FREE Saturday "Make and Take"

Join us on Saturday for our FREE "Make and Take".  We'll be stamping on cork coasters! 

Our FREE "Make and Take" is available between 1PM and 5PM, while supplies last.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

MFT Stamps- Inspired By Holiday Botanicals

Ryan's been playing with the Copic markers.  He created this beautiful Christmas card using the Holiday Botanical stamp set from MFT Stamps.

Here's a closer look at the those beautiful poinsettias.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Chalkboard Notebook

With school starting again, we thought it was the perfect time to feature our chalkboard paint.  We've been having fun covering everything we can think of with the paint.  Below is a composition notebook that I covered.  Once the paint was dry, I covered the spine with the extra wide washi tape from Hazel & Ruby.

Send the kids back to school with these fun notebooks.  Or, give them as teacher's gifts.  We also covered paper mache ornaments and frames with the paint.  Again, great ideas for teacher's gifts.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Cork Coasters - Easy Gift

We've been working hard to create some fun, creative, easy and economical hand-made Holiday gifts.  We know if you're making your gifts, its important to start early.  So, we're stocking the store with products and will be featuring ideas regularly on the blog.

Everyone loves fun coasters.  Create a set of four and give them as a hostess gift or to a neighbor or co-worker.

Use a stencil, or cut an image from masking paper using a die.  I used the Saying Hello Tranformables Die-namics die for the speech bubble coaster.  The other was a stencil from Crafter's Workshop.   I like using the masking paper and die technique.  The masking paper is sticky on one side, so the image sticks nicely to the coaster keeping the paint from seeping under.  It's easier to get a crisp image this way.

If you use a stencil, use painters tape to secure it so that it doesn't move.  Then, use a small amount of paint and work it into a stiff brush.  If you use too much paint, you won't get a crisp image.  The paint will seep under the stencil.  Use a "pouncing" motion vs. a brush motion to apply the paint.  Using a brush motion pushes the paint under the stencil and/or mask.

Monday, September 8, 2014

FREE Saturday "Make and Take"

Join us on Saturday for our FREE "Make and Take".  We'll be using stencils and fabric paint to create these Fall cotton bags.  Fill them with roasted nuts and include them in your Fall place settings.  Or, use them to wrap up a simple gift or treat for a friend.

Our FREE "Make and Take" is available on Saturday, between 1PM and 3PM, while supplies last.