Girls Crafty Party

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This year my oldest had her “golden” birthday! It’s when the age you turn matches the “day” of the month you were born on. For Paige, it was 11 on the 11th. So, I planned a little surprise for her. I threw a GIRLS CRAFTY PARTY!

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I invited some very special girlfriends and they all knew it was a surprise. They started to arrive….and then it was chats and snacks and girly fun. Paige was close to “happy” tears. What a blessing friendship truly is!

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After some snacks they had some crafting fun. The project was canvas tote bags that I ironed on a really neat design and they used fabric markers to color in however they wanted.

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I had a bunch of ruffles I made ahead of time and they chose one–and I hot glued it across the top to add that final touch. These bags turned out absolutely ADORABLE!

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I found the Scripture doodle printable HERE on this neat blog . I asked permission from Erin to use her artwork –which is SO amazing! She graciously said “YES”! When you visit her blog, check out all her creative work. She also has an etsy shop…click HERE to visit.

For this project, I printed out in black & white onto transfer paper and ironed onto the bags ahead of time. Want to print one out to frame and keep as a reminder of who YOU are in CHRIST? Visit her blog and see her lovely work and print one out for your home.  (And thanks again for your generosity, Erin! Your artwork is truly inspirational and a blessing!)  I hope these girls are reminded often as they look at their bags, how loved and protected they are in Christ.

The markers I found at Michaels.

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The bags I ordered from Oriental Trading.

After crafts there was time for fun and cake and laughs.

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This was a highlight for Paige…a memory she will keep in her heart for years to come. Thanks to each of her girlfriends (Elaine, Michelle, Ava, Reilly and Sydney) for making this extra special. I am grateful to The Lord for the friends He has placed in Paige’s life.

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Happy Golden Birthday, Paige! I love you!

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Craft exchange gift…personalized framed initial.

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So, I joined in on my second “craft exchange” with Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous. (http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/) I was paired up with a lady in Minnesota that decks her home w/ 1950’s colors. I’d love to see it! Anyway, I made her an 8×10 framed initial with interchangeable background papers. I wasn’t sure what room it would be displayed in, so I gave her a variety so she could switch out the background. It is such a FUN craft…and makes a great gift! Here is the finished product… I’ve also made some others…and even had my July craft classes doing this cute idea!

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To see the products I used and a variety of inspiring framed initials…see my blog post HERE!

Framed initials crafting fun!

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For our July crafting classes we created beautiful 8×10 framed initials. It was amazing! There were a total of THIRTY-ONE ladies that attended….and SIXTEEN were there for the first time! Each one was unique because it reflected the personality, colors & taste of its creator! Some were traditional, some bright, some rustic….and I think everyone went home loving what they made!

Here’s the nitty gritty of what I used. I purchased a variety of frames. Both wood and a “wood-like” plasticky look. If you want to sand and get that “shabby/worn” look, I’d suggest wood. The ladies used both & as you see–they all turned out great! The letters were from Wal Mart. You’ll also need a variety of paint and brushes.

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The embellishments were a combination of buttons, gems, jewelry, fabric & paper flowers….whatever you want. I even found clip on earrings at a garage sale and second hand shop! Here’s a little secret….I bought some chunky necklaces and broke them apart! Wal Mart has a line out right now that sell for about $10….and when you break them up the gems are really cool!

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I also found some on Amazon. Here are a couple links for some I purchased.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KM5D5RI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HHL4T8Y/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

For the background paper…I have a small stash of scrapbooking paper.  My theory is YOU CAN’T EVER HAVE ENOUGH SCRAPBOOK PAPER!!!! Everyone browsed & choose a paper that fit their style.

To glue the initial to the glass, use E6000 or Goop. I bought both at Wal Mart. I tried using hot glues but the letter “popped” off, so use a glue for glass.

This is a link to E6000 at Amazon so you can see what it looks like.

http://www.amazon.com/E6000%C2%AE-Craft-Adhesive-2-oz/dp/B004BPHQWU/ref=sr_1_1

So you choose the frame and sand/paint it. Also paint your letter at this point. Then pick embellishments and paper.

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Use hot glue to attach embellishments to letter and/or frame. Last step, glue letter to glass. There ya have it! My very first one I made, I removed the glass completely and glued the letter right to the paper. AFTER that I thought about it and realized I could glue the letter to the glass so the paper could be switched! (Lightbulb!)

One of my favorite things is to see how each one turns out in a class. These ladies didn’t disappoint!

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These were all 8×10, but I’ve done some adorable birthday gifts for tween girls in 5×7 frames. I think they would make the BEST bridesmaids gifts in this smaller size too.

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Whatever size…..they make cute gifts for a new home, birthday, wedding, Christmas….or for yourself! Happy crafting! Hope you have fun making one soon! 🙂

 

A simple little bookmark

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A friend recently asked me to help with a little bookmark favor to give at a baby shower. It was a shower for a couple that just adopted the sweetest little girl from Nicaragua. Little Lucia….a precious girl prayed for and now tucked in with lots of love to a family of her own. And here she is with her beautiful mommy, Nicole!

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This is a very easy project. The verse we used was Ephesians 1:5 “God destined us for adoption as His children through Jesus Christ according to the good pleasure of His will.”

I printed it out on brown paper and then cut scrapbooking paper just a bit bigger so you could see it “framed” nicely around the verse. I thought about attaching the two pieces with ribbon, but then decided on sewing them! (yes, you CAN sew paper!)

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They turned out cute and were simple to make! Perfect little gift for each guest to take and be reminded of our Father and His love for us.

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Flower pots & subway art!

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So our June craft classes were all about flower pots! And as a bonus (with July 4th approaching) we made cute subway art plaques to celebrate AMERICA! It was neat to see a couple different ways to use flower pots other than for planting the typical plant or flower.
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Just love how this looks at night!
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We used basic terra cotta pots and painted them….some added chalkboard paint so they could write on them…some added polka dots! Look at what everyone came up with!

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Lots of colors and designs.

For the Subway art, I purchased a couple layouts from Etsy. If you hurry, you can get your own and make something cute too! Here are the etsy links:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/101614150/july-or-patriotic-subway-art-printable?ref=shop_home_feat_2

https://www.etsy.com/listing/124074078/patriotic-medley-subway-art-printable?ref=shop_home_active_22&ga_search_query=subway%2Bart

The subway art links are available for digital download. You can print on paper and frame or display however you like. I printed them on vellum and then we mod podged them on wooden plaques. First the ladies sanded and painted stripes or chevron* patterns on the wood and let them dry. (be sure to let them dry completely!) Then if you want that weatherd/old look you can sand a little of the paint off. Apply mod podge to plaque and front and back of vellum and try to place on plaque and get bubbles out. This can be tricky. 🙂 Once that dries you have a cute handcrafted piece to hang or display for the holiday!

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(*Want to create chevron with ease? Try the Chevron Frog pattern tape!!! Look at your local craft or hardware store, or order here at Amazon!) http://www.amazon.com/FrogTape-282549-Painting-Chevron-Design/dp/B00EUTMDQ6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404146319&sr=8-1&keywords=frog+tape+chevron

As these goodies went home, they found special spots…I love it when the ladies send me pics of their crafts at home. Here are a couple…

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And there is still plenty of summer left to gift something special in a pot! (think birthdays, secret sister, graduation…)
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Here’s to endless days of Summer and a Happy 4th of July! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

May Craft~Coffee Filter Wreaths!

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I’m a bit behind in posting the fun classes we had in May. COFFEE FILTER WREATHS!

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It truly brings me a LOT of joy to see each and every “crafter” make a truly unique project. It brings out their own personality. It’s fun to see how a pile of coffee filters can turn into A.M.A.Z.I.N.G works of beauty! (and EVERY one different!) I can’t take credit for the idea or steps…Pinterest is my BFF! 🙂 I’ll post some good links at the end for you to check out. I had lots of ladies attend one of my two classes…here are some pictures for you to see how CREATIVE these groups were in their wreath making skills!

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One of the things I love– seeing these ladies go home and display their work!  Here are two front doors, and I can’t help but think what a lovely entrance for guests and visitors to these homes!
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So, here are a couple links in case you want to give this a go yourself. I promise you–it’s so much fun and you will LOVE adding it to your home décor–or gifting to a friend. You might even want to make two! This first link is a good tutorial on how to prep and assemble the wreath. (Don’t let the “Valentine” in the title throw you–it’s the concept they used that is very helpful.)

http://lollyjane.com/valentine-coffee-filter-wreath/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+LollyJaneBlog+(Lolly+Jane+Blog)&utm_content=Yahoo!+Mail

NOW…if you’re feeling pretty creative and want to take your “coffee filter wreathing” skills a little further, check out this blog. WOW–it’s beautiful!

http://jonesdesigncompany.com/create/a-pretty-autumn-wreath/

A couple things to add…I used 12 inch wreath forms you can purchase at Michaels. They are round and flat and worked out great. I also offered some colored filters….and it was easy to do! I took a 13×9 pan, squirted in some paint, (didn’t measure…maybe like 1-2 TBS???) and added some water. Mixed it up a bit and took a pile of filters and dipped them in. Wrung them out and laid them out to dry. Seriously, the hardest part about doing it was the drying part! It was easy! My mom also dyed some using fabric dye. This gave them a deeper and richer look. (It also dyed her fingers, so be careful!) 🙂 The purple and red ones (in the pictures) are the ones that were dyed. You will need to color/dye the filters ahead of time so they thoroughly dry before making the wreath.

And one more “just for fun” link! In case you have extra filters and want to do something different than a wreath…

http://pamgarrison.typepad.com/pamgarrison/2008/12/im-crushing-on-coffee-filters.html

Need some more inspiration? Just type in “coffee filter wreath” on Pinterest and you will be OVERWHELMED with the creative and beautiful things you will see!

I can’t wait to share the fun we are having in our June classes! Stay tuned!

 

April Crafting Fun!

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Our family has a craft business and we do a huge “once a year” open house for Christmas! It’s the perfect set up in my parents barn. But, the rest of the year the barn usually sits unused. So, I started a once-a-month craft club of sorts! I pick out a crafting project, gather and buy the supplies, and offer it to anyone who wants to sign up. I use our Facebook page to advertise and have had great success!

This month (April 2014) we created beautiful wooden banner plaques. Each lady chose her background color and the WORD she wanted to display. It was neat seeing such a variety of words, colors and personalities come out through every plaque! This was thrilling for me and I’m sure I’ll offer another one of these classes in the Fall or around Christmas to make holiday plaques!

Here are the final results!

If you want to get the “how to prep” for this project…see all the nitty gritty details after the pics! 🙂

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One crafter (Rose) has a wreath business. She went home and put this together and sent me a picture!
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I just have to say that I love the way Kim added this adorable burlap flower to her plaque! It gives it that extra touch and looks lovely on display in her kitchen!

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Now for the “how to”….

I designed a general invitation for advertising. I’ve had such fun using PicMonkey to design creative invites and other printables. I am an affiliate (my personal link…. http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=460974&u=925819&m=46133&urllink=&afftrack= ) But, I would totally recommend PicMonkey even if I weren’t an affiliate! I love layout and design. So, I use a personal background image (generally floral or pretty design!) and upload it to PicMonkey. Then I add embellishments and fonts.  I actually had two classes this month. (For those of you wanting to plan a fun girls day/night, it seems to work out good to offer two dates!) Here is one of the April invites.

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Here were the instructions and the color choices and sample picture…
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After everyone let me know their color and word choices–I prepped everything ahead of time. I used masking tape to tape off the stripe pattern and then painted the plaques. After they were dry, I went over them with a stain…I like that aged, vintage look.

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Then I used the Cricut to cut out each word. (no pic, but the Cricut does an awesome job!)

 Before the class, I precut a few templates (out of cardboard) so the ladies had a tracing pattern for the banner. I offered two choices–either pennant or flag.

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I am a bit of a scrapbooking paper nut, so I had lots of variety to offer in the paper department! The ladies chose their patterns for the letter background. Some chose one pattern of paper for all the letters, while others chose a different pattern for each letter. (As you may have noticed in the pictures.) After they traced and cut out the papers, they attached the letters to the paper using either a sticker maker, glue pen or tape runner. Then they were able to browse the ribbon/ric-rac/twine selection for tying the look all together. We used hot glue for this step. (We needed something that would be a little more durable–making sure the ribbon would stay attached to the board.) I’d suggest to use a dab of hot glue to keep each pennant or flag piece in place too. It’s easier to work with the ribbon or twine if the letters are in place and not moving all around your board! 🙂

It was fantastic! Each plaque was so unique and the creativity was amazing! What would your word of inspiration be if you could create a banner plaque?  Right now I have one on my porch that reads “SPRING”! After having snow this week (in April!) I hope it is here soon!

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Happy Crafting~!