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Eleanor and I had such a blast friday night doing a Card Making Workshop at our awesome church!

Here are some of the cards we came up with for samples.

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We did mostly Christmas cards…

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Here are some of the cards they made:

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We glued, we misted, we sewed, we sliced, we stamped, and we embossed! And by the end of the night, everyone was a boss at embossing!

Some of the gang’s favorite items that we used were: ( all items linked to purchase)

Foam dots- to make things stand out and give dimension

Heidi Swapp- Color Shine – misting spray 

Embossing powder, ink, and heat gun

Enamel dots

Liquid glass

Scotch Glue Glider – the big tape runner thingie 🙂

 

And here is a link to the handout I made for the workshop:

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I think this has inspired Roo and I to do some more card making for the upcoming season, so be on the look out for some tutorials!

 

Hope everyone has a blessed week and enjoy your Sunday!

 

 

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 9 – The Bunting of Christmas Past

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So…  every year I seem to find a pile of old Christmas cards that never got sent. The pile of extra ones … that either came back in the mail… or were just… extra. And I’ve thought of making a mini album with them… but I’ve never gotten around to it.

So this idea came to mind… to print out the photos onto printable fabric and turn them into festive bunting.  lol.  That way I could display them for the Holidays and stroll down memory lane at the same time…

I suppose after another five years, I’ll make another one.

 

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So bunting is one of those things I love to sew. I just love the look of it… when Eleanor (Roo) was a baby, I made a bunch and decorated her room with it. I made a big banner with her name on it. I made birthday bunting. I made Boo Bunting for Halloween. I even made Dora the Explorer bunting (still hanging in her room)!

So I thought, why not Christmas Bunting.  Actually, I was kinda shocked when I realized I’d never made any.

So two things are different about this bunting then other buntings I’ve made. One, I’ve never put photos on it. And two, I’ve never overlapped my pieces.

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So anyway, this project is pretty easy and builds on skills we learned in some of our other Christmas Crafts like Bias Tape (apron straps) and sewing triangles…(tree ornaments). 

You can make your triangles as big as you like, I made five bigger ones, and four smaller ones.

So you’ll need:

  1. Fabric- of your choosing
  2. Printable fabric
  3. Ribbon, string, or ric rac for the ends to hang it.
  4. Photos of Christmas past ready to print!

 

So here is our video tutorial!  Enjoy!

12 Crafts of Christmas- Day 7 – Button Christmas Trees!

For Day 7 we have another kid friendly craft hosted by Kool Kitty and Crazy Cat!

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BUTTON CHRISTMAS TREES!

You will need:

  1. A canvas, piece of wood, mini album cover, cardboard… anything you want to use to put your tree on.
  2. Buttons
  3. Paint
  4. Hot glue or Elmers
  5. …  and then if you’re Crazy Cat and Kool Kitty you’ll end up using cotton balls, glitter, glittery pom poms, scrapbook embellishments, beads, highlighters… etc…

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So as you can see, you can really step outside the box and use anything to make your tree, but essentially all you need is some spare buttons and some glue.  You can paint your star, or you can use a sticker…  you can paint your trunk as well if you don’t have cinnamon sticks or even a twig to glue on.

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Here is the girls video of their crafting fun!

 

Enjoy and Stay tuned tomorrow for our Christmas Thanksgiving craft!

 

 

 

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 5 – Scripture Present Tags

It’s Monday and we’re gonna make this evenings craft light and easy.

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All that is really required are some tags and some pens.. perhaps a stamp or watercolors.

You can grab these tags pretty cheap at any craft store, or you could make your own.  They also sell tag punches.

Here is a link to a tag/twine duo on Amazon: Kraft Tags

And here is a link to a Tag punch: PUNCH

So it all depends on how much you think you will actually use tags.  I end up using them more than can think of.  Most frequently I use them in scrapbooking. And sometimes they end up in my planner or as a bookmark.

 

I had a pile of these Kraft tags, so I decided to use them to make some decorations for my Christmas presents. For some reason, I love the look of a brown Kraft tag hanging off a gift or gift bag. I went pretty rustic and simple with my designs.

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I started of by edging the tags with a dark ink. This is one of those little steps that I feel like if I skip, makes such a big difference. It really just adds such a nice punch to the border. Then I ended up putting a base of watercolor. Nothing special, just any kinda color to give it a pale coating. Little dripping on some, but mostly a light wash.  After that I decided what Scripture to use on each. And though you might be the type of person who hates their handwriting, I think this is the type of project that lends well to a variety of writing styles. Because of the craft and the watercolor, it kind of already has a crafty look, so I think the imperfect handwriting really lends well to it.

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I do have one set of Scripture stamps from Close to my heart so I used one stamp from that for the Anchor tag. So I might have picked something else to go with this Anchor, like Hebrews 6:19, but in this instance I actually thought that block print went well visually with it. I have some anchor themed fabric, so I used that to eyeball while I was drawing this one. It was kinda a no-brainer because I used the fabric to make myself a zipper pouch to hold my pens and highlighters so it was sitting right next to me. I just kinda looked over and said… “Oh… that would make a good tag graphic…”

“19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil

 Hebrews 6

The pens I used to doodle with are these MICRON pens. They are the 005 size so ideal for super skinny lines.

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So yea, I think before we get all wrapped up in the shopping spirit, we ought not to forget why we are here and why we are celebrating Christmas in the first place. It may not be the day exactly, but let our hearts be on the right track and our minds in the right place.

I made a nice, short video of the doodling if you so choose to set your eyes, other than that, enjoy this week of Thanksgiving and God Bless!

For some reason the music is taking a bit to attach itself to this vid, so if it’s still silent, I apologize… but should be together shortly!

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 4 – Christmas Tree Hangy Stuffings!

 

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It’s Day 4 already!

Today we have made for you some stuffed Christmas Trees.  (Been watching too much chopped…)

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Anyway…  these are again, a super easy craft that is perfect for beginner sewing enthusiasts and people that like mushrooms on their pizza.

Like the pillow cases,  materials needed are slim.

TRISMAS TREE TOURNAMENTS!   I mean…

CHRISTMAS TREE Hangy STUFFINGS!

You will need:

  1. Fabric of choosing
  2. Stuffing or polyfil
  3. Trim, ribbon, or lace for decorating
  4. Sewing machine that also doubles as a heater/radio.  Oh, I guess that makes it triple.  Actually.. .a plain ol’ sewing machine should do the trick… just in less comfort.  
  5. Ribbon if you are making them hangy.
  6. Potpourri if you are stuffing them to put in your husbands sock pile.
  7. Hot glue if you just wanna nix the sewing machine and make a hot mess…  heh…

Tree ornamnets

 

Watch our day 4 video for the directions on how to make these in the most talky drawn out time consuming way possible.  lol.   I’m sure you’re smart enough to get out the important bits.  Roo and I can beat around the bush a bit…  my apologies.

Check back tomorrow for some other type of craft that might involve sheep, pumpernickel, or recorders.
 

12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 3 – Easy sewing – Christmas Pillow Makeovers!

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For Day 3 of the 12 crafts of Christmas, Roo and I decided to jazz up the living room by covering up the ugly with festive! So we wrapped our pillows in Holiday fabric!  This is one of the easiest sewing projects as well as one of the quickest.

Pillow Covers

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You will need:

  1. Festive Fabric
  2. Hello Kitty sewing machine.  Or boring plain sewing machine with nothing decorative on it at all.
  3. Coffee. We ran out today.  I don’t know how I let this happen. Someone bring me coffee.  Thanks.
  4. Pins

These are pillow sham style so they are completely removeable, so you can take em off and wash em.  Or maybe you leave em on all year because you’re that type of peeps.

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Here is our Day 3 vid…  sry for the nighty time… but that starts at like 4:30 so it’s hard to avoid sometimes…  we promise to do some of these in the daytime when people are alive.  🙂

 

Tune in tomorrow for stuffed Christmas Tree Ornament making!
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12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 2- Cinnamon Stick Reindeer

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Today’s craft is very special because it is hosted by CRAZY CAT and KOOL KITTY! Roo’s friend Brielyn joined us for a fun day of crafting! Or is it Cool Cat and Krazy Kitty…  or Cook kitty and Crazy kat?  If you can figure it out during the video let us know.

Cinnamon Stick Reindeer

You will need:

  1. Cinnamon Sticks
  2. Hot glue gun
  3. Black and White acrylic paints
  4. Twigs or toothpicks for antlers
  5. Cat ear headbands to wear
  6. Ribbon or twine for reindeer scarves
  7. Cotton if you want fluffy tails
  8. Pickles and pulp free OJ for snacking

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Thanks for watching!  Join us tomorrow for HOLIDAY PILLOW MAKEOVERS!!

 

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12 Crafts of Christmas – Day 1- Old Book Advent Calendar

Well it’s the first day of the 12 crafts of Christmas series Roo and I are hosting for this year!  Here is the trailer we put together:

This will involve 12 DAYS of crafts that you can make to prepare for the holidays or just to watch for fun while you’re doing your own Christmas crafts… We hope to distract you from the stress and anxiety of Christmas and focus on setting aside time to have fun with friends and family!

Some of the projects are related to home decor, some can be used to make as presents, and some are just for fun. Skills included are some basic sewing, easy crocheting or knitting, kid crafts, and a little scrapbooking/altered type projects. From November 19-30, there will be one craft video posted each evening. Though we are by no means experts in any of this, we thought it would be fun to share what we like to do.  Because after all, that’s what life is about, sharing, growing, and connecting with people.  So feel free to comment with tips on more effective ways of getting the same results…. or maybe an altered version of one of our projects that you came up with! We love getting new ideas!

I have to warn you, so far these videos are turning out way longer than we had planned, so I’ll try and post minute markers as to where the meat is if you’re short on time. A little shenaniganing is expected but not completely necessary to make any of these crafts were are carrying.

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Day 1’s craft is going to be an ongoing thing throughout the 12 days.  Because it’s a rather lengthy project, it was not completed in entirety before video one was scheduled to be posted. So I thought it might be fun to do a final reveal on day 12. And because it’s an advent calendar, December 1st will see it’s first use anyway…    Also, I think it’s the kind of project that sparks ideas as you go.  So I don’t think it will ever be completely finished. I plan on adding photos to it for upcoming years as well.

Old Book Advent Calendar

For this craft you will need:

  1. 25 Old books
  2. Mod podge
  3. Binder Clips or some sorta clamp
  4. Decorative fabric and paper
  5. Embellishments…  stickers… stamps… buttons… etc…
  6. Optional: paint or watercolor..
  7. An exacto knife, or anything you might think will work to cut through the pages easily.
  8. Coffee or hot chocolate
  9. Snacks

As far as the books go, I’ve collected them over the years at yard sales, flea markets, or consignment type shops. You can use new books, but I just feel the old falling apart ones give a little charm.  But after all, you are going to decorate them how you like, so you can give em a little antique look if they aren’t quite old enough. Or you could go for a more modern looking set. You might use newer books and make a sleeker design. Maybe even use a set of Christmas childrens books? There are endless ideas you could come up with….  easiest and more inexpensive way is to come up with something that uses stuff you already have.

And even if you don’t want to go to all the trouble to make an advent calendar, you could also just make a few to give as as photo gifts for grandparents or whomever!  Just use the book as a frame and decorate!

So here is Video 1 for the 12 Crafts of Christmas:  I reccomend watching in HD.


I’ve uploaded it to the max 1080, but 720 is also acceptable… lower than that and the craft is harder to view…   so just adjust your quality because I think the default is 360.  And on top of that, we were forced to record at night… and we used the ipad since I have yet to get a new camera since it busted…  so overall filming quality was not at it’s best from the get go…   yikes!

The craft actually starts around minute 9…  heh..

Thanks for watching, and stay tuned for our special guest in tomorrow’s video!

 

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