Head over to DIY Network’s Made + Remade blog to learn how to make your own party hat, just in time for New Year’s Eve!
If you’re still hoping to send out some holiday cards before 2015 arrives, you can do it! Because I sure as heck am! I’ve waited until the last minute (AGAIN) to make my handmade New Year’s card this year. But I’ve got a cute card you can make, too, to present just before the clock strikes midnight Dec. 31.
SUPPLY LIST and CUT GUIDE
- Silver A2 (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) flat card with rounded corners – Paper Source Shimmer Silver
- Two hot pink rectangles with rounded corners(4″ x 5 1/4″) – Paper Source 8 1/2″ x 11″ Text Weight Paper in Fuchsia
- Gold 4-bar (3 1/2″ x 4 7/8″) flat card with rounded corners- Paper Source Shimmer Gold
- Striped beverage cup with bottom rounded corners (2″ x 2.5″) – Paper Source’s Black Stripes on Cream Fine Paper
- Hot pink cup label (2″ x 3/4″) – rounded corners
- 2,0,1,5 stamps or pen to write “2015” on pink label
- Wooden drink stirrer (1/4″ x 2/5″) – EK Tools Wood Sheets
- EK Tools 2 Point Flag Punch
- Screw punch – Martha Stewart
- Double stick tape
- Glue Dots
- Holiday message stamp for back of card – optional
- Corner rounder punch
- Black glitter scrapbook paper – paired with flag punch
- Start out by attaching the pink rectangles to the front and back of the A2 card.
- Next, make multiple punches with the smallest attachment in the screw punch to create a confetti look.
- Place the cup and drink stirrer on the front of the card to get an idea of placement. Remove the paper backing from the wooden drink stirrer shape and position onto the card. Add double-stick tape to the back of the cup shape and place on top of the drink stirrer.
- Stamp or write “2015” on the pink drink label. (I stamped mine with a Prima Press and embossed with black glitter.) Attach the label to the front of the drink cup.
- Punch a pennant shape from the black glitter scrapbook paper. Attach to the end of the drink stirrer with a Glue Dot.
- To finish the card add your message, or stamp it, on the back of the card.
I finished my card with this “Wishing You Joy & Cheer & A Happy New Year!” stamp to the back. No matter how you finish it, your card is good to go!
Better late than never, right?! I made my tote of the month JUST in time for Christmas this week. With all the handmade gifts I’ve been making and fun parties to attend, this holiday season feels like it’s finally flying by!
This bag features Michael Miller Fabrics’ “Yule Critters” (which I also used for a new stocking this year) paired with some red Moda fabric I’ve had in my stash for a while. It’s a wonderfully bright take on Christmas that I love to show off.
Now… time to think about January’s tote!
Today my inbox was full of great ideas for last-minute Christmas gift ideas for the craft lover in your life. So many fantastic options! If you’re hoping to snag a Christmas gift with a crafty theme, check out this roundup of some of my favorite kits. EDITOR’S NOTE! When ordering make sure you check the retailer’s shipping policies and availability to get the present to you in time for Christmas! (EEK!)
Purl Soho’s Classic Friendship Bracelet Kit: $27.50
It looks like these are going fast! I love the idea of taking time out to make a few friendship bracelets during a craft night with friends. I may or may not have picked up one of these kits for myself as soon as I saw that they were available…!
Purl Soho’s Winter Wreath Kit: $98
This kit is drool-worthy and perfect for coming off of post-Christmas crafting.
Paper Source’s Succulent Wreath Kit: $22.95
By far my favorite wreath that I put together this year! It’s trendy with its succulent theme and just challenging enough that the seasoned crafter will enjoy the time spent creating it.
MADE Floral Workshop Gift Cards: Email for price
I really loved learning about flower arranging and care this year. MADE Floral is already looking ahead to 2015 and encouraging DIY lovers to sign up for classes as soon as they’re posted!
As the holiday season was about to get underway I received an email asking me if I’d be interested in giving ScentSicles a try. Definitely curious and a hint skeptical, I said yes. Not long after that a box filled with all sorts of holiday goodies, and nods to cute lumberjacks, arrived on my porch. Ever since then I’ve had ScentSicles stashed around my house and office and I’m pleased to report that I’m a fan. If you picked up your Christmas tree or Christmas greens this week, you need to pick up a jar of ScentSicles to take the “Christmas smell” officially over the top.
My favorite ScentSicles offering has to be the scented ornaments. You’ve probably seen these jars of potpourri-like sticks at stores like Michaels and Joann Fabrics & Crafts. The scents range from cinnamon to evergreen. Each jar has six sticks along with ornament hooks.
The ornaments blend into your tree so that all you notice is the aroma. Since I have a cat who adores anything found in nature, a real Christmas tree isn’t possible in our house. Luckily these scented ornaments added a great touch of Christmas scent that made the tree feel more authentic.
I gave some of the other jars I received to family and friends whose Christmas decorations were affected by the floods in Detroit this past summer. With trees smelling musty, the ScentSicles helped immensely.
I’ve also been enjoying a dose of Christmas in my car thanks to the AutoSticks in Fir. You can hang the stick from your mirror or use the provided red sachet to store the stick under your seat or somewhere else out of sight.
ScentSicles aren’t just for trees. The smaller Sprigs are meant for wreaths and centerpieces. Again, the green color makes the sticks blend into the background so that the aroma takes center stage.
If you’re putting the finishing touches on your holiday decorations this week, definitely consider adding some ScentSicles. If you love the scents and aromas associated with Christmas, ScentSicles won’t let you down.
Disclaimer: I was sent a promotional set of products for consideration on my blog. I was not paid for my opinions.
Today’s the big day! Today’s the last day you can enter Paper Source’s Holiday Contest for a chance to win one of several prizes. Of course, I’m entering right at the last minute because this year’s crafty season has been BUSY.
For the contest, all the card-making supplies need to have been purchased at Paper Source. Considering my craft studio looks like a mini Paper Source these days, that was no problem for me! My entry has a holiday paper chain theme. I made small, individual paper chains to mimic the wrapping paper design. While I wouldn’t mail this card, given the dimensional chains, I would put it an oversized envelope to present to the recipient in person, which is what I did. I made an envelope one size larger (A7 for and A6 card) so as not to crush the decorations.
Here’s what I used to construct my card.
- Holiday Paper Chain Wrapping Paper: Designed by Snow & Graham, a longtime favorite design company of mine, this sheet has a great retro vibe that makes all of us think back to making paper chains as we anxiously awaited Santa’s arrival when we were little. I used the paper for the front of the card and to create my envelope.
- A6 Folded Card in Gravel
- 8 1/2 x 11 Text Weight Paper in Clover: Paper Source’s packs of colorful plain papers, in both cover and text weights, are fantastic for paper crafting. I’ve got them in almost every single color. I used them in my card to line the envelope and make the small paper chains on the front of the card.
- Joy & Cheer New Year Rubber Stamp: Heat embossed with white pigment ink and white embossing powder.
- Foam Squares: With a double layer of these 3D foam squares, the embossed message pops from the front of the card.
- Envelope Liner and Template Kits: A must-have in your crafting stash if you love to make cards.
- Red Snowflake Circle Stickers: To seal the card once it’s ready to give!
You’ve got until 11:59 pm CST this evening to enter your masterpiece. Look for #PaperSourceHolidayContest to see this year’s entries online. And don’t forget to keep an eye on upcoming workshops at your local Paper Source. Why? BECAUSE VALENTINE’S DAY IS ON THE WAY!
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a great day with family and friends. Here’s this year’s card that I made, with some of my Paper Source holiday favorites, to share my Thanksgiving wishes.
Thanksgiving is this week and I’ll be seeing all of my nephews in just a matter of days. I’ve got a few DIY projects ready to go as we wait for Turkey Time on Thursday – what do you like to do during Thanksgiving as you wait for the big meal?
I found these inexpensive necklace kits at Michaels a few weeks back. At $1 each they’re not very fancy, but for a quick DIY project on Thanksgiving they’ll definitely work for my two oldest nephews. Just because they didn’t cost very much doesn’t mean they have to look like it, either. If you like to hit up the dollar section at your favorite store, a quick packaging makeover can help a lot of products like this!
I put the beads into a fresh cellophane bag and swapped the elastic cord for some baker’s twine. I added a colorful card stock top to the bag, paired with a Paper Source chalkboard “Happy Thanksgiving” sticker. With the back of the card stock blank you can add the child’s name or write a holiday message. Overall it took just a few minutes to repackage the kits.
With the Thanksgiving crafts ready, now it’s time to focus on important things like actually MAKING the dinner…