Craft your stash time!

It’s Saturday, so it’s krafty time with Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps!  This week our hostess is STEPHANIE and she has a fun challenge – Stash It UP!! So create a card, scrapbook page or altered item with a Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamp that uses some leftover stuff in your stash!

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For this challenge, I decided to work with a set of pencils that I found in my crafty stash.  I have been hoping to use them for an altered pencil holder for awhile now, so this was the perfect opportunity! I thought that the little nerdy boy from the Smarty Pants set was perfect (really, all of the cuties from this set would be great), and I also decided to mix and match some leftover bits of two different Doodlebug stacks (I know – shocking right??!!).  All in all, I love the way this project turned out!

 

Now check out the wonderful creations by our Krafty Girls and special Krafty Guests featuring this week’s challenge!! We’re sure you’ll be inspired!! Then join us, play along and you could WIN!!

And don’t forget to check out all the great things that Kim has going on right now – challenge sponsorship on the Kit and Clowder community, Frugal Friday specials and more!

Thanks for stopping by!

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A little Valentine fun!

May Arts project ideas_Page_1Happy Valentine’s day everyone! I am so very excited to share this post with you today – my first as a guest designer for May Arts!  Yup – you heard (read??) me correctly!  I have the honor of designing a few projects for my favourite ribbon company – just put “May Arts” in my search bar, and you will see just how I often I use goodies from this great company!

The other reason I am so excited to share with you today is that today’s project is inspired by my family. Whether you love or hate Valentine’s day, I am of the personal opinion that it’s great to have a day to talk about love and how we show one another we care!

So let’s get to it!  First up is a cupcake stand:
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This little cupcake stand was a breeze to pull together.  Made out of some cardboard and half of a Pringles container, it was as easy as covering these recycled materials with textured paper, and then wrapping some beautiful ribbon around the edges.


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One of my favorite components is this simple ribbon daisy that adorns one side of the tray – simply five pieces of ribbon with a rounded edge sew together and topped with a button. Easy peasy!

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And who said that Valentine’s Day has to be all about chocolate and strawberries?  Personally, I think vanilla cupcakes topped with blueberries and a little , satin heart is just as pretty as can be!

Finally, I hit the sewing machine to create a fun ruffled apron.

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The grosgrain ribbon made this project a breeze!  Not having to worry about creating and sewing the waist band took at least an hour off of this project.   Oh, and I left lots of extra ribbon so it can tie in the front, because as I realized last night, I cannot tie things behind my back. Who knew?

Apron-closeupSo there you have it – a Valentine’s collection without the roses, rinks, reds, chocolates and strawberries.  So what do you think?  Is it still worthy of the holiday?

Ribbons used:

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Frame-frontValentine’s day is around the corner, and although I know it is a commercial holiday designed to make us buy all things pink, red and chocolate, I do think there is value in the message of the day!  Much like Christmas, it’s a chance for us to think about how we can carry the sentiment of this holiday all through the year .

Frame-heartSo, with the new Vintage Collector collection from DCWV (available at your Michaels now) in hand, I decided to make a “Love” themed frame.  This was a wooden frame that I happened to pick up up my local Michaels (these are such a great price), and simply decoupaged it with some wood-grain patterned paper from the 12×12 stack.  I then embellished with everything from paper flowers to 3D stickers to rhinestones from the collection. I even fussy cut a couple of the bottle cap shapes from the patterned paper – although there are some great 3D bottle cap elements in this collection too!

I think my favorite part has to be the little rosettes made with the adhesive fabric paper.

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These are created simply by cutting strips of the 12X12 adhesive fabric apprximately 3/4″ wide, folding them partially over and then coiling them up, bending the strip back on itself every now and again.  Hmmm – with all the great fabric adhesive papers available from DCWV, maybe this one warrants a video tutorial!

I just love the rustic, yet bright and cheerful look of this collection!  I can honestly say that there isn’t one project I have seen created with it that I haven’t, well…loved!  Appropriate, don’t you think?

Well, hopefully you will get the chance to “Give Love” to those special people in your life today!  And if you love this collection as much as I do, made sure you stop by the DCWV blog or our Pinterest page- there are so many VC projects there to inspire your crafty self! Thanks for stopping by!

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Time for some thank-yous!

The start of the new year always means “thank-yous” for me!  As a teacher, I always have generous families that share Christmas greetings with me, and we always have family here at home that spoil our girls rotten! So I always like to take a bit of time to say “thank-you” to those who thought of us during the season.  So get ready for a few days of “thank-you” projects!

First up are some fun hot chocolate thank-you cups!

Snowman-Cocoa-2I managed to find these cute cups, complete with a mini whisk at my local drug store just before the holidays.  Now, while they were cute on their own, I decided to spruce them up a bit by adding a stamped image on the inside.  When I saw this darling one at Whimsie Doodles called Snowman Cocoa, I knew it was a perfect fit!

Snowman-Cocoa-3I coloured the snowmen up with my Copics to match the red and green themed wrapping that was already inside the cup, and added a bit of Stickles around the edges of the snowmen for a bit of sparkle and dimension.  I played with the colour combinations on each snowman to add a bit of variety, and well, to have a bit more fun (I’m not sure I have ever coloured a stamped image the same way twice).  Although the cups were certainly cute to begin with, I think the coloured digi really makes this a fun way to say thank-you this season!

Well, that’s it for me today!  I hope your new year is off to an amazing start!  Thanks for taking a moment to stop by!

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This project has been entered into the Whimsie Doodle Monthly Challenge for December, inspired by this darling image: