Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Craft Supply Shopping at Consumer Crafts

disclosure: this post is part of a paid shopping experience for Consumer Crafts. All of the opinions stated are authentic and 100% my own. 
Are you thinking about making 2014 a Homemade Holiday?  I can never commit the time to make the entire holiday season homemade but if I am not making decor I am definitely making several homemade gifts. Something about a homemade holiday items just makes them a little more sentimental and therefore a little more special. I love the feeling of pulling items out of the boxes that I made in previous year, it's sort of like a time capsule of what you were in to and how far your crafting skills have come. What I don't like is dealing with holiday shopping traffic and the supplies I need being sold out after fighting that traffic. That's why this year, like the previous two years, I am doing the bulk of my Homemade Holiday craft supply shopping at Consumer Crafts.

Monday, November 10, 2014

DIY Stripes and Glitter Mason Jar

I am sure that if you've seen any of my recent blog posts you might get the idea that I am in love with black and white stripes. Well you would be correct, I can't get enough of them! Since I am gearing up to start our holiday home decorating soon, which will feature black and white stripes again this year, I have been working on several DIY stripe projects. Today's project is one of my favorite because not only does it have stripes, it has gold glitter, too! These jars would make cute gifts, you could put a cluster of them together for a fun centerpiece, and they are fun just by themselves.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Using Double Sided Adhesive Paper to add Pizzazz

Disclaimer: This is not a paid ad, it is just a tutorial from me showing you how I use one of my favorite products. This post does, however, include affiliate links. 
To all my readers who have seen Frozen, which I am guessing is most of you, I am sorry for the earworm I am about to implant with this next project. Just know that it's all worth it to see how you can make this great winter sign! A winter sign with a dash of pizzazz thanks to using double sided adhesive paper

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Rudolph Wreath and 14 more Amazing Wreaths

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, 
Comet and Cupid and Donder and Blitzen., 
But do you recall? 
The most famous reindeer of all? 
Silly question, of course you do! It's Rudolph and with that sparkly, or glittery, red nose he belongs front and center on your front door this Christmas. 
But that's not all I have to share with you today folks, I have teamed up with 14 other OUTSTANDING bloggers who have all created new and amazing Christmas wreaths, too! Please make sure you take the time to visit all their wreaths, too, they will definitely get you into the Holiday Spirit!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Navy and Chambray Family Photo Outfits

Over the weekend we had our 4th annual family portraits taken by LunahZon Photography. We feel so lucky to have had them (it's an amazing husband and wife duo) behind the lens for the last three years because I know that even if we were wearing Juicy track suits they'd make us look good. However, since we aren't the Juicy track suit types, I definitely feel the pressure to come up with 4 complimentary and cohesive outfits. This year I went with Navy and Chambray (or as my husband said, "why can't you just call it denim, why does it have to be so fancy?") with a touch of white and pearls. I am on pins and needles waiting to see how they turned out but until I thought I'd try my hand at showing you what we wore, inspiration board style! (The colors are a little strange in the inspiration board but it really all came together in real life, pinky swear!)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Free Halloween Brown Bag Topper

Have you seen these cute orange striped brown bags available in the Halloween section at Target this season? I probably wouldn't have grabbed them if I hadn't seen Staci from Lizard and Ladybug post them on her Instagram account. If you are looking for economical yet fun treat bags for class treats THESE are where it's at! To make it even better I've created a FREE bag topper that you can tape, staple, or glue right to the bag to make you look like you put in hours of overtime into making your treats this year!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Getting Started with Your Silhouette Part 1

One of the most common questions I receive is, "What do I need to get started with this whole Silhouette CAMEO/Portrait thing?" That's a great question. When I bought mine four years ago I had no idea what I was getting into, I just knew that it looked cool and I could cut out letters to make nice banners from paper. Well, as you can see if you look around my blog, your Silhouette cutter can do much, MUCH more than just cut paper to make cute banners. I've put together a list of some Silhouette virgin essentials to get the most out of your new machine! For part 2 I will explain the basics of the software, how to buy or import designs, and how to make your first cut!!


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