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Pikachu Popcorn Box

It’s time for Laura Kelly’s annual Popcorn Box Blog Hop!  Pokemon has been really popular in our house this year, especially with the release of the PokemonGo app.  My youngest son just had a Pokemon themed birthday party.  So, for this years blog hop, I thought I’d dress my popcorn box up as Pikachu!
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Materials:
Popcorn Box from Cost Plus World Market
Pikachu Ears and Tail PDF (I created the tail and ears pdf, so click the photo below to print your own!)
Yellow Paint (I used DecoArt Americana Sunny Days)
Paint Brush
Red, black and white scrap paper
Scissors
Marker (I used a Tomboy Mono Twin Marker)
Glue (I used Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
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First, you need to paint the popcorn box.  I did three layers to cover the red lines really good.  Once it was dry, I cut out the ears, tail, cheeks and eyes.   When everything was cut out, I glued everything to the box and then I had an adorable little Pikachu Popcorn Box!
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I hope you enjoyed my Pikachu Popcorn Box!  It was super quick and easy!

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Green Peppermint Shake

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is the craze right now!!!  I decided to try to make my own, using Peppermint Essential Oil and let me tell you……it was FANTASTIC!!!!!   And I love these cute thick paper straws from Baker’s Party Shop!
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It was super easy to make and so festive!   Here are all of my ingredients!!! ingredients
You can make the shake as light or dark green as you would like.   Beware, you may have a green mouth if you go too dark!!!   With the essential oil, I only added 2 drops.   I didn’t want it to  be overwhelming!   You can always add more, depending on how minty you want it!
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Here is the recipe!

Green Peppermint Shake

Green Peppermint Shake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 3 scoops of ice cream
  • Green food coloring (you choose the color of green you want)
  • 1-2 drops of Peppermint Essential Oils
  • Whipped Cream
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Put milk, ice cream, food coloring and Peppermint Essential Oil into the blender. Mix and then pour into a cute jar or bottle. Top with the whipped cream and sprinkles. Add a cute straw and then Enjoy!!!
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Happy March and until next time…….

Easy Christmas Gift Tags

Christmas Tags

Christmas is upon us and the shopping has begun! These adorable and super easy gift tags are going to look awesome on the gifts below my Christmas tree!   If you have a Sizzix Eclips2, then you most likely use Sure Cuts A Lot eCAL2 for your software.  Well, if you do then all of these cut outs are included in the software.

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The process was pretty easy……

The snowflake:  I just cut the tag and snow flakes out separately.  I used a foam dot to get the snowflake a little dimension.  Then, I added a white ribbon.

The Christmas tree cutout:  I cut the tags with the Christmas Tree Cut out together and then cut the same tag, minus the tree.  I put them together using an Aleene’s tape runner.  Then, I added a piece of twine.

The Gingerbread Man:  I cut out a tag.  Then I cut out the gingerbread man on brown card stock.  Then, in the software, I removed the face and buttons from the gingerbread man and just cut out the outline on white card stock.   Using the tape runner, I attached the white gingerbread man cut out to the back of the brown one.  Then using a foam dot, I added it to the tag.  To finish it up, I added a piece of twine.

The Raised Christmas Tree:  I cut out some tags.  Using the Christmas Tree scraps from the Christmas Tree cutout tag, I just added a foam dot to the back of the tree and added it to the tag. Then, I added a piece of twine.

The Holly Tag:   I cut out some tags.  Cut the Holly leaves and berries out and used a foam dot on each piece and then attached it to the tag.   Then I added a piece of twine.

Christmas Tags

I hope you like these adorable little Christmas Tree Tags!   I made some last week and sold them at an Artisan Fair that my Church was hosting and everyone loved them!

Until next time………..

Felt Christmas Tree

It’s Craft Lightning time again!  And this time it’s a 15 minute Christmas craft!   This super easy and super quick Felt Christmas Tree is an awesome little decoration for the mantel or even the middle of your kitchen table! Main Photo
Supplies:
FloraCraft Styrofoam Cone
Kunin Felt
Hot Glue Gun
Pom Poms 
Rotary Cutter and Cutting Board
Pins
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First, I did a quick cut of some felt, cutting it into strips.  Then I did a super quick cut of triangles.   Folding the triangles in thirds, I added a pin and then stuck it right into the styrofoam.  I started it at the bottom and worked my way up.
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Using my Pom Poms and my hot glue gun, I added the green, red and white pom pons to cover the pins and added a couple of more to fill in the gaps!
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Hope you like this quick Felt Christmas Tree! 

Until next time………..

Happy Halloween Pumpkin Cut Out Art

Halloween will be here before we know it!   And I am super excited.  I love to pull out the Halloween decorations!

While I was at Target one day, I saw a popup heart piece in the framed art section and I thought it was so cute.  I had not seen anything like it with Halloween designs and I don’t think the heart one had any words.   I thought I’d make a Halloween one with cute little pumpkins and a font that was a little ghoulish! final
Materials needed:
A shadowbox frame
cardstock (I used four pieces….black, white, green, orange)
Aleene’s glue and a adhesive runner,
Electronic Cutting Machine (I used the Sizzix Eclips2)
Halloween .svg file that I created.   (comment if you’d like the file) cutting
Once my file was cut and removed from the cutting mat, I lightly folded the cut parts upwards.  I also saved the inside pieces of the letters. bending
Once all of my pieces were folded up, I cut strips of orange and green just big enough to fit across the back of my 12×12 piece.  I used green for the stems and orange for the pumpkins.  Using an Aleene’s adhesive runner, I attached the strips to the back, being careful not the squash my folded up pieces flat. aleenes
Because the insides of the letters were small, I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue to glue those to the green.
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After all of my pieces were put together, I placed them into 12×12 shadowbox frames.   black and white
This photo is just to show them from each side, so that you can see that the orange and green can be seen from under the folded upward pieces of pumpkin. both at different angles
I love them both, but truth be told, the black one is my favorite.  It looks more Halloween-ish!
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I hope you liked my Happy Halloween Pumpkin Cut Art.  If you’d like the .svg file, just let me know in a comment and I will be sure to get that to you!

Until next time……

Kunin Felt Easter Egg Bunting

Easter is right around the corner!   Why not brighten up your decor with this adorable KuninGroup Felt Easter Egg Bunting!   It was super easy and super fun! Final
I love using my Sizzix Eclips2 to cut out patterns for fabric or felt!   cutting
Once my patterns were cut out, I pinned them to my KuninGroup felt and then went to cutting!  I used pinking shears to give the eggs zigzag edges! cutting out felt
Then, it was time to sew them!  I decided to stuff them while they were still under the sewing foot.   I sewed all but about 2 inches, stuffed them, realigned my edges and finished sewing! sewing
Once they were all sewn, I used Tulip Fabric Paint to add decorations to them!   I think they turned out egg-tastic!  🙂 tulip fabric paint
Using bright pink baker’s twine and a big needle, I threaded the twine through the top part of the egg, making sure to go between the felt and stitches. twine
And then, it was complete!!!  It is absolutely adorable!   Final
Hope you like my Kunin Felt Easter Egg Bunting!

Until next time…..

Kunin Chevron Felt Hanging Letter

I love Kunin Group’s Chevron Felt!  The pattern is already on the felt, so all you have to do is create something Felt-tastic.   I love having something decorative hanging on my front door.  Driving by one of my neighbors houses the other day, I noticed that they had a wooden initial on their front door, so I thought……why not do something similar with felt!   While at the Craft and Hobby Associations Mega Show in January, the lovely ladies at the Kunin Group Felt booth gave me this lovely Pink Chevron Felt.   And I love how it turned out!

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So, I am totally obsessed with the Sizzix eclips2!  It does amazing things.  I use it all of the time to cut out patterns for sewing.  Using the eCal2 software, I decided upon this big B.  I used the eclips2 to cut it out and tada….a big B pattern!

Cutting of Letter

Once my B was cut out of card stock, I pinned it to the felt and then cut it out, making sure that the top and bottoms were both facing with the pattern outward.

Pinning and Cutting

Using my sewing machine, I began sewing at about 1/4 of an inch from the edge.  I started with the insides.   For the outside of the letter, I started on the serifs, leaving an opening on the left of the “B” so that I could stuff it.  I used Poly-fil to stuff it.  Once it was stuffed, I pinned my open edge and sewed it shut!

sewing and stuffing

Using a thicker type wire, I inserted it in two places into the back side of my “B” at the top.  I meant to leave about 3 inches that I wound around a marker so give it curls.

Wiring

Then it was ready to hang!  

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I love it and it is just perfect for the Spring time hanging on my front door!

Fun Fact:  Kunin Fabrics are made from Eco-fi, 100% Post Consumer recycled plastic bottles and made in the USA!

Until next time……

Quick and Easy Felt St. Patrick’s Day Jewelry

Worried about getting pinched on St. Patrick’s Day?  This quick and easy felt jewelry can help keep you from getting that unfriendly pinch! Felt Jewelry
Using my Sizzix Eclips2 and a free shamrock template included in the software, I cut different size shamrocks for templates.  Once they were cut, I pinned them to my green felt and then cut them out.   eclips2
Using Tulip Slick Fabric Paint, I drew along the edges of the shamrocks just give it a little something extra!
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Once the fabric paint was dried, I glued some of Laura Kelly’s green buttons from Buttons Galore & More to the middles using Aleene’s Tacky Glue. buttons and tacky glue
I knew that I wanted to make a necklace, a hair clip, a broach type pin and some earrings, so I gathered the materials needed for those pieces. pieces
Using a jump ring, I opened it and stuck it through the top of my largest shamrock.   I used pliers to close the jump ring and then threaded the necklace through. necklace
Using hot glue, I attached the alligator clip to the back of one of the middle sized shamrocks. hairbow
And I did the same with the pin back…. pin
Using earrings that I had in my jewelry making stash, I poked a hole through the felt with the end.  No jump rings necessary! earrings  Now, I know that I won’t be pinched on St. Patty’s Day!   Hope you like my quick and easy St. Patrick’s Day Jewelry!

Until next time…..

Be Mine Crafty – MineCraft Valentine’s

It’s finally the week of Valentine’s Day!  And my boys are super obsessed with Minecraft, so this year they wanted Minecraft Valentine’s!  Well, after looking, homemade Minecarft Valentine’s were the only ones that could be found.  No stores sold them!  So, I decided to make them!   Final
Recently, I was sent a Sizzix Eclips2!  And let me tell you…..I AM IN LOVE!!!!!   It makes cutting super easy!  So, I created my little Minecraft creeper faces in Adobe Illustrator, which I have as a graphic designer.  I converted the file to an .SVG file, imported it into the ECal2 software that works with the Sizzix and got right to cutting!  I also cut black rectangles for the cards, green squares for the creepers face and white light card stock (not DCWV) squares for the inside of my cards, since the cards were black.  I used DCWV card stock, in which ACMoore sells and they sell it in a pack of 12×12 inches pieces.   creeper faces
Using Inkadinkado stamps and ink, I stamped the inside of the cards.  I knew that my treats were going to be a craft, so I used a crafty saying:  “Be Mine Crafty!”  Inkadinkado
After getting everything cut out for my cards, I used Aleene’s Tacky 2-sided adhesive sheets to put the cards together.  I just cut the sheets up into smaller pieces and it worked great! creeper card
So, the treats to go along with the cards are Make It Yourself Cards.  I included a green square, a creeper face, some hearts and some scrap pieces of the DCWV card stock from what had already been cut. paperandhearts
On the left over white scraps that I had from the squares inside my cards, I used my adorable Laura Kelly Self-Inking Stamp from Expressionery.com!  How cute is that stamp?!?!
Stamp
Then it was time to stuff my bags.  I just picked up some clear bags from the party section at Target.  I also got plain white cards with envelopes from ACMoore.  I also included an mini bottle of Aleene’s School Tacky Glue for their card making, a pencil, a small thing of bubbles and a pencil topper eraser!    I decided that I wanted this years Valentine’s to be Candy Free because we also end up having way too much candy anyway and it ends up going to waste.  I folded the bags and stapled a folded piece of DCWV card stock rectangle to close the bag and added the card and the piece white cardstock with my stamp on it to the front and back to cover the staples puttingtogetherbags
How cute did these turn out?   I hope the kids like them!   all shots My idea for a Make It Yourself Card idea came from my super crafty friend Mothership Scrapbook Gal, Rina Gonzales!  Check out her Facebook page and her Etsy Shop!!!!!

Until next time…..

XOXO

Burlap Love Wreath

It’s February and the month of Love!  This Burlap Love Wreath makes me think of Love! wreath
Materials used:
A FloraCraft Foam Wreath
Burlap Ribbon
A 12×12 inch piece of burlap
Aleene’s Collage Pauge
Tulip Soft Fabric Paint
A Tulip Paint Roller
Red Coats & Clark Embroidery Floss and Needle
White Buttons from Buttons Galore
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Using Aleene’s Collage Pauge and water, I added 3/4 Collage Pauge to 1/4 water to a plastic container.  It’s the formula usually used for Paper Mache.  I wanted to stiffen the burlap a little and to help it to keep from unraveling.  Once I soaked all of my pieces, I let them dry. burlap
Using a Tulip Foam Roller and Tulip Soft Fabric Paint, I painted the 12×12 inch piece of burlap.  I then let that dry. painting
Once my paint dried, I cut out two hearts.  I basically folded the fabric in half, cutting two hearts at once.  Using Embroidery floss and a needle, I sewed the two hearts together, paint sides out.  Before I sewed the heart all the way, I stuffed it with some felt scraps that I had left over from another project.  Then, I closed up the heart by sewing all the way around. heart
Using the burlap ribbon, I wrapped it around the foam wreath and used embroidery floss to sew the end of the ribbon to the the beginning to hold it in place. burlapwrap
From the scraps of painted burlap, I cut out red circles.  Using the embroidery floss, I added the white buttons to the center of the red pieces and attached them to the burlap on the wreath.  I tied them off on the front adding just a little color to the white buttons. dotsandbuttons
This lovely wreath is now hanging on my front door!  And I LOVE that it reminds me of LOVE!!! wreath
I hope that your February is filled with lots of love!  And I hope that you like my Burlap Love Wreath!

Until next time……

XOXO