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Jingle bells card

Making handmade cards for Christmas doesn't have to be difficult. In a few steps you can have some simple but very cute cards to give to family and friends.

Jingle Bells card:
• solid color cardstock and music paper
• alphabet stamps
• ink pad
• small bell
• raffia or thin ribbon

Directions:
Cut card from solid color paper. Cut patterned paper slightly smaller than solid paper, stamp sentiment, and wrap ribbon with bell attached and tie bow. Adhere patterned paper to card.

**use this method to make different themes by changing the color, sentiment, or patterned paper**

Gift bag

5 minute gift bag: cut paper to slightly smaller than bag and adhere. Thread two bells on silver string and tie to bag. Add coordinating  tissue paper.

Personalized stocking

Cookies for Santa

We always leave a treat for Santa Claus by the Christmas tree so I thought why not make a cute sign that we can use for years to come.

Very easy to make Christmas project that kids can help with or can make on their own (with adult supervision of course).

Materials used:
• 12x6 piece of wood that I had in my craft supply box but you could use chipboard, wood, even poster board.
• Creative Imagines 12x12 gingerbread scrapbook paper
• Dark brown, red, and white paint
• small wooden men ($1.50 for a pack of 4 at Michael's)
• red letter stickers
• red felt
• red ribbon
• glitter
• sealer and varnish for wood
• hot glue gun and glue sticks
• *staple gun (optional)

Directions:
•Apply sealer to wood and gingerbread men, let dry then paint brown. Cut the scrapbook paper 1/2 inch smaller than wood and adhere to board.

• *Use staple gun to attach ribbon to board for hanging (optional) or board could be placed on easel or simply propped on something to display.

•Decorate the "coo…

Thanksgiving Wall Decoration

This was a super easy and cute way to decorate for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Materials:
•wood plaque
•Americana acrylic paint in Burnt Orange and Antique Gold
•sealer and gloss varnish
•glitter in fall hues
•leaves- I cut leaves from a 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper, but you could use a bag of fall leaves as well.
•chipboard letters (the ones I had on hand were lime green but I painted them brown)
•adhesive 

Directions: sand wood if needed, apply coat of sealer, let dry. Paint chipboard letters if needed, set aside and let dry while you work on the plaque. Paint wood- I did two different colors so I wouldn't look flat. Cut leaves and apply glitter. 

Adhere letters and if you painted your letters like I then apply varnish (gloss or matte) to entire surface. Let dry. Then adhere leaves and you got yourself an easy Thanksgiving decoration. 

**with different colors and a different saying this project could easily be made for another holiday**

Garter mum

Mums are very easy and inexpensive to make (well a basic one). This one I made for less than $20.00, some of the materials I already had on hand. A similar, ready-to-buy mum was $35.00 in a craft store. So if you have a little time to DIY you will save a little money. And the bonus is that you can be as creative as you want! Besides there are plenty of tutorials online and YouTube. A Hobby Lobby associate gave me the basic instructions on how to make a mum.

Twilight Saga: Eclipse party

Twilight Saga: Eclipse release party!  I'm a little late posting the pictures to this party due to events that happened shortly after but I'm back on track now.  I had so much fun getting this party together with my friend Anne Munholland! I saw the Twilight themed party by Hostess with the Mostess and immediately had the urge to throw a themed party for Eclipse that was coming to theaters soon. I showed the website to Anne and she was on board right away.

  Most of the supplies (picture frames, candles, clear plastic bowls, serving trays) came from The Dollar Tree - where EVERYTHING is $1!!!

We had an Italian pasta dish (just like Bella) and plenty of other themed hors d'oeuvres to bite into (pun intended lol)





Princess boxes

I love, love, love  paper mache!  Paint, decoupage, glitter....so many possibilities. 
These were made for my adorable little cousin Ananiah.  Her birthday was a Disney Princess theme and I use the boxes as the centerpiece. (only one pic from the party - idk what happened to that memory card...)


Materials: 2 paper mache round boxes (medium and large)Disney Princess scrapbook paperDisney Princess stickersPrincess ribbonPaint (purple, pink and yellow) "Princess" wood word (Michael's)diamond accent initial letter (Michael's dollar bin)Additional views:
Directions: prepare paper mache with sealer and let dry (not necessary but recommended)paint boxes inside and out (if covering with paper you can paint just the part that will be seen to save time and paint)adhere scrapbook paper to boxes and ribbons to rim of tops (permanent tape runner was used and worked very well , liquid adhesive will sometimes warp paper)use strong glue to adhere wood Princess word with diamond accent an…

Magnetic black dry erase board

I'd never seen a black dry erase board before (well I never really go to the school/office supply aisle except to buy pens, pencils, or paper) and when I saw that you use neon dry-erase markers to write on it I thought "how cute!?!" and I knew I wanted to spice it up for my cousin who's in high school.  The magnets that were in the store were cute but a little more than I wanted to spend so here comes the crafty part: How do I make my own super cute magnets at a low price? EASY! I had this collage of girly words on hand that I bought at Hobby Lobby when scrapbook paper was on sale 4/$1.00. 
For the name plaque I took black chipboard and applied 1 coat of FolkArt ® Metallics - Sequin Blackpaint to make it shine, cut zebra paper 1 inch smaller and glued.  Stenciled name, painted with Apple Barrel ® Gloss™ - Glow-In-The-Dark Pink paint and covered with pink glitter. And just for a little more pizazz I glittered a few zebra stripes.  DIY magnets= cute personal messages! Yes…

Lily tutu

I wanted this to have a garden fairy/nymph look to it. The tutu is filled with purple water lilies and there's a realistic Calla lily by her name. The ban of the tutu has sewn leaves and underneath is green and glitter green tulle to give it that fairy feel.

Minnie Mouse banner (revised!)

Ok so I made a Minnie Mouse banner for a friends daughter, but I got an idea to make it better (I am always finding ways to make something better or at least my own). Here's the revised finished version:



And here is the original:
Much better huh? Glad I visioned another way before I adhered the letters! Additional views:
The project cost about $5.00 to make.   Materails:  2pk 12x12 black glitter paper from Target (scrapbook aisle)- $0.99Pink polka dot ribbon from Michael's Craft Stores - $2.00 (on sale)Chipboard circles (packaged as a chipboard book with 5 circles on a key ring) from Michael's Craft Stores - $1.00 eapink, black, and white paint (on hand)sealer (on hand)gloss varnish (on hand)Aleene's clear gel tacky glue (on hand)

Mr. and Mrs. wedding card

Wedding card I made two weeks ago. I'm proud of myself, not because it turned out to be a really pretty card but because I made it in about 15 minutes! That's an accomplishment for me (it usually takes much much longer because I'm a perfectionist). 
Materials: pink cardstock, patterned wedding paper, tulle, thin ribbon, double heart charm, 3D glue dot and adhesive. Directions: cut card from pink paper, fold in half.   cut patterned paper slightly smaller than card and cut a square of  paper to mat.  wrap patterned paper with tulle. gather tulle off center and use ribbon to tie. weave ribbon in charm and adhere to back to patterned paper. adhere patterned paper to pink cardstock. mat small square and adhere with 3D glue dot to make it POP!

Minnie Mouse banner

Minnie Mouse banner I made for my friend Samatha (no it's not misspelled) for her daughter's Disney party. Notice the black and pink glittery paper (I love anything that sparkles!). The pink and white polka dotted ribbon I had on hand already was just too cute. The finished banner pic will be posted soon...

homecoming mum

Kirby Jr High school homecoming mum. Wish I had taken a picture of the last one because it had flashing lights - talk about fabulous! A change of color and embellishments and POOF you have yourself a very cute baby shower door decoration!

DIY gift bag

A gift bag I made for a friend. Take a plain bag, add coordinating scrapbook paper, and attach flowers with a brad - Voilà!

Zebra Diva tutu

This was the first tutu I have ever made, pretty good huh? I made this adorable bow holder for a coworker's niece and after I was done I didn't want to give it away LOL.

Materials: 
pink, black, and white tulle large and small zebra print ribbonpink and black glittered cardstock chipboard letterszebra print scrapbook papershimmering pink ribbon strong adhesiveneedle and thread