Don’t throw away those Christmas Photo Cards!

What do you do with all those Christmas Photo Cards you’ve just received? 

Before you put all your Christmas Crafting Supplies away…

I have one last project for you to make.

The Beloved Christmas Photo Card.

I love annual Christmas photo cards and how it  shows how your family changes from

one year to the next.  I have a hard time throwing them away after the season is over.

What do you do with them besides putting them in a box?

This year, I finally decided to make an album to put them in.

The album had to be simple so that I can easily add the next years’ photo cards and easy

enough that I would actually do it.

This is how I made it…

  • I started with two 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ pieces of white matboard and two 12″ x 12″ pieces of Christmas Scrapbook paper.
  • I used my Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the back of the scrapbook paper before adhering it to the matboard.  I added the second piece of scrapbook paper to the other side of the matboard.
  • I used my Silhouette Cameo* to create the words and cut them from Glittered Self Adhesive Vinyl from StyleTechCraft.
  • I added a small Christmas chipboard sticker on the front of the album to add dimension.
  • Punch a hole in the top of the matboard covers with a Crop-A-Dile Punch*.
  • Align the Photo Cards with the top cover and use a pencil to draw a mark on the card so you’ll know where to punch the hole.
  • Using a large book ring, I added my cards to my album with the most recent photo cards on top.

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DIY Holiday Inspiration Station

Holiday Inspiration Station

Tis the Season to be Crafting…. 

It’s November, time to turn on the Holiday movies and start making your lists.

Christmas is my favorite time of the year to be creative.

Inspire Creativity…

It’s easy to promote creativity over the Holidays with a DIY Holiday Inspiration Station.

Set up a little spot in the house to spark a little inspiration for the whole family.

I used the large Three Drawer Organizer from Deflecto as the center of my station.

It’s large enough to hold full sheets of 12″ x 12″ paper and room for tags, ribbon and more.

It’s stackable for even more creativity.

This is one of my new favorites for organizing embellishments.

The Caddy Storage Tray* from Deflecto.

And best of all it fits into the large compartment of the Deflecto Stacking Caddy Organizer*.

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Brown paper packages tied up in string.

It’s easy to make your gifts look special when everything’s right at your fingertips. 

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Cardmaking with Jillibean Soup’s Rainbow Roux

Cardmaking with Jillibean Soup’s Rainbow Roux

Last month, I had the honor of being a Guest Designer on the Jillibean Soup Blog.

As you may know, Jillibean Soup is one of my favorite companies so I was pretty excited.

Here is a link to the post on the Jillibean Soup Blog.

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Being chosen as a Guest Designer was Amazeballs.  (get it?)

I was given a nice box of goodies including the Rainbow Roux Collection* to work with.

I was told have fun and make 3-4 projects using the products in the box.  (not hard to do)

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I used the Rainbow Roux Pea Pod Parts Die-Cuts* and my Xyron Create a Sticker Mini*

to make quick work of assembling the cards.

This collection was so much fun to work with.

I think the Rainbow Roux Collection* is such a sweet and feel good collection.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to Jillibean Soup for picking this “Limited Edition” gal.

This was one of my favorite projects using Jillibean Soups Mix the Media products. 

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End of the Summer Crafting with Kids

End of the Summer Crafting with Kids

With school starting last week and our hanging out time limited, I grabbed my grandsons

for a end of summer craft day.  We needed a craft day.  (and a little swim time too)

We had got our August Orange Art Box earlier in the month and hadn’t found the time

to work on it yet.  (yesterday was the perfect day)

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Kids love to make things and get messy.  (And this box was a fun one.)

In my workshop, I have a long kid sized table and chairs that I picked up a few years ago

at a church sale aka “The Sunday School Table” which is perfect for crafting with the boys.

(FYI…until I get my new craft room completely finished, I’ve been crafting there myself.)

We painted kindness rocks…  

made picture frames and games. 

Everything was included in the Orange Art Box kit.

All I had to do is clear off a table and pour some water for washing brushes.

The boys couldn’t wait to start painting.

Nick was inspired to make a game board of his own.   (which I’ll laminate for him)

I love to see creativity at work and spending time with my grandsons is an extra added bonus.

(If you’re interested in learning more about the Orange Art Box click on the picture below.)

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Crafting with Nick…Under the Sea

June Orange Art Box

Nick’s back with a fun project using the June Orange Art Box.

I think this month’s kit has been our favorite Orange Art Box so far.

The theme for the June Box is “Under the Sea” and Nick had a really fun

time creating his fish inspired Shadow Box.

Check out Nick’s video below.

The Orange Art Box is a subscription art box for kids.

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Nick’s finished project.

I think the Shadow Box would make a great vacation memory project with a cute beach

photograph included inside the frame.

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If you are looking for something different for your kids to do this summer

you might want to look into the Orange Art Box.

It’s available to purchase as a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.

Perfect gift for that budding artist.

DIY Christmas Blocks from Wood Scraps

Quick and Easy Christmas Decorations using Wood Scraps, Vinyl and Stencils.

Got any old wood scraps lying around?

My Dad used to keep a box of old wood scraps for the kids to build and play with.

I grabbed a few of the worn out blocks for my holiday projects.

To make the Holiday Blocks…

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  • Use Vinyl Transfer Tape* to pick up and apply the word directly onto the block of wood.
  • Rub over the letters using a vinyl scraper tool to remove bubbles and help the vinyl cling to the wood surface better.
  • Remove transfer tape.

  • Tie a simple ribbon around holiday berries and glue it to the top of the painted wood block using a quick dry glue*.
  • I placed the block onto an old vintage metal base scrounged and saved from my Dad’s garage.  (I love reusing cool old vintage junk.)
  • The Stag and Merry Christmas images were also created using my Silhouette Cameo and applied the same way as the Believe block.)

really simple Holiday Décor.

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If you don’t have access to an electronic die cutter you might want to try a little DIY stenciling.

  • The “Believe” wood block was painted with red acrylic paint and stenciled using the Believe stencil from DecoArts and a stencil brush*  

Another quick and easy Holiday DIY.

Need Stencils?  I have several DecoArts Stencils in my Etsy Shop.

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Together… Mini Flip Album

Together is my Favorite Place to Be…

This cute little flip album is one of the “make and take” projects that I taught

in the Deflecto Craft Solutions Booth at Creativation in January.

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Directions:

  1. Make two marks on the top of the frame approximately 3/4″ in on each side.  The marks need to be approx. 1/2″ down from the top of the frame.  (If the holes go down too far the pages won’t flip correctly.)  Drill two holes in the top of the frame with a 3/16″ drill bit.
  2. For the mini album cover…Adhere a 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ scrapbook paper strip onto the top of the corrugated paper leaving a 1/8″ margin on the top.  Adhere the 3″ x 4″ journaling card (cut from the scrapbook paper) onto a 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece of blue scrapbook paper layer, add those layers onto the corrugated paper and then onto a 4″ x 6″ black cardstock layer.
  3. Using the drilled holes on the craft frame as a guide, mark the cover and the kraft cardstock pages and punch two holes on the top.
  4. Mark and punch holes into a piece of 4″ x 6″ decorative scrapbook paper and insert into frame.
  5. Attach cover and pages to the craft frame with book rings.
  6. Tie ivory ribbon around cover.

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Sue’s Holiday Workshop 2016

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Sign ups are now open for the 8th annual Sue’s Holiday Workshop…

The workshop will be held Saturday, November 12th from 10 to 3.

It’s a great jump start into the Holiday Season. And… a good way to spend quality time with friends laughing and creating.

We will be making cards, tags, a Winter Window, wood slice ornament, Christmas Tree in a bottle necklace, gift bag and a more.

The price of the workshop is only $45 for the day and includes a hot lunch, yummy desert and every one wins a door-prize.

The workshop will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Washington, IL in my church’s large Family Life Center. Great lighting and plenty of space.

It’s going to be fun.

To sign up or for more information contact me at:
seldred2@frontier.com

Etched Snowflake Candy Jar

Quick and Easy Holiday Gift Idea

When it comes to the Holidays I love Quick and Easy Gift Ideas.

For the Snowflake Candy Jar…

I used a small canning jar etched with snowflakes and filled with candy.

It’s a project that I was able to put together in under a half hour.

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To make the Snowflake Candy JAR…                 

  1. Punch a strip of Snowflakes using etchmask™ vinyl and a snowflake punch.
  2. Carefully cover the jar with the vinyl.
  3. Make sure to burnish the vinyl to get out air bubbles and to make sure the all edges all down.
  4. Apply a thick coat of Etchall over the snowflake cut out using the squeegee.
  5. Wait 15 minutes.  Scrape excess etching crème from the side of the jar and return extra etching crème back into the bottle. (it’s reusable)
  6. Rinse jar with warm water to clean.
  7. Remove Stencil and dry.
  8. Add adhesive rhinestones to the center of each snowflake.
  9. Wrap craft stem around the neck of the jar and glue on a red button.

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  • Cut a small circle from decorative scrapbook paper and adhere to lid of the jar.
  • Embellish jar with greenery stem, jingle and bow.

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   This would make a great Teacher, Hostess, Bunco, or Gift Exchange Gift.

This project was created for and sponsored by Etchall®.

      

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Crafting with Office Supplies

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When you think of crafting do you ever think office supplies?

Would you believe…

the “be happy” sign, which is now sitting happily on my fireplace mantel,

started out as a office name plate holder

A few stickers, chipboard letters, washi tape and voila a happy little reminder.

There are surfaces everywhere just waiting to be embellished.

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