Monday, December 15, 2014

May Arts Ribbon gift wrapping hop

 Today the May Art's Ribbonistas got something fun and festive under their sleeves.
Two days filled with unique Christmas wrapping ideas.
Start by the May Art's Ribbon blog to see all the awesomely cool ideas they came up with.  And for your chance to win some fabulous fibers for your holiday wrapping.

I wanted my gifts to have an elegant look so I reached for tulle.
 These pom-poms are easy to make and they just look so cool.

First wrap May Art's tulle around a base.  
I used a stencil but you could use anything.

Next slip it off and snip both the ends.
Then tie the middle with string.

 All you have to do now is fluff and spread the pieces apart and you have half of a pom-pom ball.

 To add it to a gift just use the string around your wrapping.

 I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and don't forget to check out all the other awesome ideas on the May Art's Ribbon blog.  If you're already on the hop, then hop on over to Karen Hanson's blog.
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Special Thanks! Blog Hop

Hello blog readers and crafty friends.
Today the paper loving, stamp crazy, make it yourself world is weeping and celebrating the end of an era.

I think we were all shock to hear of the end of our favorite "Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking" Magazine.  The news hit my heart with sadness for so many reasons.
I feel like I'm losing a friend.  A friend that introduced me to ALL my other crafty friends.  From participating in their blog hops and joining their groups and challenges, I was introduced to so many awesome paper crafters.  Some who I now consider personal friends.  Like sweet Shelly from Sweet Greetings.  Who sends me cards and has witty conversations with me on Facebook.  Friends like Donna from "Donna's Crafty Place" who always lets me join her on her crafty adventures.  And who also sent my new baby boy the cuties handmade art  (Thank you Donna).  So many many lovely people who stop by and leaves comments on my blog post, wish me well on Facebook and like my pictures on instagram.

I feel like I'm losing a muse.  The magazine was full of endless inspiration for me.  From learning and improving techniques to finding fresh trends.  All you have to do is flip open the cover and skim the pages.  Yes I'm one of those that NEVER threw out a magazine...NEVER.  I love looking back at old issues and seeing how the craft has grown.  So although I will miss it I still have something to  reminisce with.  They gave me goals.  First to be published.  And when it did that was SO exciting.  Every publication call brought out the best in me and I never felt bad not be picked up.  It was challenging, it gave me something to look forward to.  Then came all the challenges and oh did I look forward to those challenges.  I feel so fortunate to have won two titles with some awesome people.

I feel like I'm losing my favorite hangout.  All the places PC&S is, is the place to be.  The funnest people are their.  The conversations are awesome and always encouraging.  Can't say anything more.

I feel like the end of a chapter in my life.  I started crafting when my daughter was born.  I wasn't in school and didn't work.  I just became a stay at home mom.  Not long after that I found Paper Crafts Magazine and blogland.  They became my social group.  Where I looked forward to checking in everyday.  The people I chatted with daily.  As I now have five children and a job I feel like crafting and blogging and the great group I was apart of for so long is less of a presence in my life.  PC&S and all the people I have met during this time will always have a special place in my life just now it will be a different one.

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine
Our friend, our teacher, our inspiration, our hang out.
Thank you!  Thank you! Thank you!
Thank you all for everything you have done for us.  For all the things you have done knowingly or not.
This one is for you.
That's enough of my story.  I know I rambled but really I feel like I can't even convey what I'm feeling with this chapter closing.  Okay now on to the next PC&S lover.  A super talented lady that I'm lucky to call a Stamping Royalty sister  Katie Gehring.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

MMMC #7

 It's the first of December and that means Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #7!
Since we are in the season, I went all festive with this layout of my favorite Christmas photo of my kiddies.
This months theme is all fun and games.
 Yup it's a Tic Tac Toe challenge and the sponsor is Inspiration Emporium with a $25.00 gift card to one lucky player.
Can you guess how I did mines?
No?
Well it's because I did them all HA!
 Hope you have time this holiday season to play along.  This is such a fun challenge and a super prize.  Plus we love seeing all your creations.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Kids Craft Hop with May Arts Ribbon

 Today is a fun day because the May Arts Ribbon gals have set up a holiday crafting hop with some special guest.  KIDS!  So grab your children (or barrow some) and check out all the cool kids craft ideas we got for you today.

My kids love the holidays.  Of course their favorite part is getting gifts on Christmas but they also like to buy and wrap presents.  So I thought they would like to make their own gift tags and they did!  Here is an easy string tag perfect for a children to create.

 I started off by prepping the project for my children by cutting the tags and punching the holds.  I used a template for the shape and then used a paper piercer to poke holes around the template.

 Next cut a yard of String Burlap.  Add a knot to one end and a piece of tape to the other.

 Now's the time to hand it off to the kiddies.

When they're done, stamp a sentiment and that's it!
I think it's awesome to see how different they look depending on who makes them.
Love the individuality!

 Add their tag to a gift with a simple clothes pin and you got one good looking present.

Want to see more awesome ideas to craft with your kids this holiday?
Stop by the May Arts Ribbon blog and hop along.  You could also win some fibers too!
Next on today's hop is Mallika Kejriwal


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Monday, November 10, 2014

May Arts Ribbon and Coredination hop

It's time for another awesome team up hop with May Arts Ribbon and Core'dinations.
The May Arts design team are sharing inspiration all week long and you have a chance to win some goodies too.  If you haven't yet, spot by the May Arts Ribbon blog HERE for all the details.

For my post I went all festive with the holidays sneaking up on us.
A little holiday house gift box.
This box was easy to make and once assembled, easy to decorate with wonderful May Arts Ribbon.
First to start cut a piece of core'dination cardstock to 9" x 11"
Score the piece at 3" and 6" on the short side and 4" and 7" on the long side.
crease the score lines really good and then fold the box to form a "house" like so below.
Use double sided tape to adhere the folded creased pieces inside of the box to the two longer sides.  You can see this in the picture below.  Then cut the triangular top on the two long sides.  Start at the corner where the two sides meet and end in a point in the top middle.
The last step in to add a top for your house box by cutting a strip of paper to be 4" x 3 1/4" and creased down the middle.
I decorated m house with May Arts Adhesive Scallop Boarder around the top.  Added a cute little puffy heart from the Satin Cut Outs collection and ten tied it up all pretty with some Bakers Twine.

This would be cute to put little toys in or a gift card to give as a gift or to even place them on a table for a holiday party.  Simple to make, with not a lot of supplies and super adorable.
I hope you enjoyed what I created with awesome May Arts Ribbon and cool Core'dinations paper.
Don't forget to stop by the May Arts Ribbon blog to check out all the great inspiration all week and for a chance to win a nice price.

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