Quick Tip: Using scraps of baker’s Twine (or ribbon, yarn, twine….)

Hello Friends! I think as crafters and artists we can become…well..pack-rats if we are not careful. I finished up a set of cards the other day and could not bear to throw away the scraps of bakers twine trimmings. So rather than dump it into my big ribbon scrap jar never to be seen again I decided to make a quick gift tag with it, have a look at how easy it is:

This technique can be used with ribbon, yarn, string or even slivers of paper. Cuz let’s face it, some of this stuff is just too pretty to throw away, even the tiniest scrap! To make the tag I cut a heart out of white cardstock and punched it out with a large label punch. Then I applied adhesive (score-tape) to a scrap of cardstock slightly bigger than the heart and adhered my twine scraps to that. I covered a manila tag with rainbow paper and adhered my twine square to that then topped it with my heart window with foam tape. Easy peasy and I have a gift tag ready to go and no guilt over throwing anything away. You can find the baker’s twine I used at Papermart, they have awesome deals on bulk supplies but that doesn’t mean we should waste anything. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

A Festive Halloween (or Fall) Banner!

Howdy folks!  Lindsay here with another quick and easy Halloween project. If you were looking for my WOYWW and Ask a Crafter post it will be up later tonight or tomorrow. Luckily I have more Halloween ideas than I know what to do with LOL!

I used burlap ribbon, baker’s twine, mini clothespins and ribbon from Papermart for this project. Also I used cardstock and alphabet stamps and my trusty glue gun. If you don’t have time to whip one of these up before tomorrow simply change the stamping to “Happy Thanksgiving” or “Happy Fall” and you are all set! Happy crafting!

Party Craft: Pom-Pom Earrings & Tassel Necklaces!

Good evening crafty friends. Phew! What a day! I swear I spent all day baking and I have only 2 cakes and a dozen cupcakes to show for my trouble. I made such a mess I had to clean the kitchen 2 whole times! How do people do this on a regular basis? It’s awful! I made each of my girls (they are twins you see) their own cake for their birthday this year. They had let me get away with cupcakes the last few years but Maizy was looking through an old scrapbook (this is the downside of scrapbooking folks) and saw a picture of the horse cake I made for their second birthday and wanted a horse cake this year. Oh boy, I had borrowed the pan last time and there was no time to get it so I started with a sheet cake and some creative cutting and you can even tell it is a horse. I’m good with that!. Lila wanted one of those “Big Top Cupcake” cakes and when it was done it looked like a beehive so ta-da, it’s a beehive and I totally planned it that way LOL! I’ll share photos of the cake tomorrow but tonight I wanted to show you the party favor/craft I have planned for the guests of the all-girl birthday party:

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I wanted to make something simple, that anyone could make with no crafting experience. Also it had to be quick because the kids will want to run around and play and I’m all for unstructured activities at a birthday party. This is a 10 minute craft that is easy for everyone! Grown-ups are needed for the hot gluing or give the kids tacky glue. I got my huge spools of bakers twine at Papermart, you get 240 yards per spool so you can afford to make a lot of these! Watch the video to see how:

The key to making this (or any) craft with kids to ABP: Always be prepared. Here are the kits I have prepared in advance so the kids can grab the color they like and go. Some have clip-on earrings and some have pierced earrings so I might have to swap finding but that is quick and easy. 

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And the finished project it adorable. I will even wear mine with pride!  (pardon the cheesy “Senior Picture” pose hahahaha!)

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Spring is here and that means babies!

I don’t know if statistically there are more babies born in the spring or not but it does seem like I get invited to more baby showers in the spring. Next time I’ll be ready with this cute set using supplies from Papermart:

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Here are the supplies I used: Plastic Baby Clothespins in white ($1.20 a dozen), Baker’s Twine in light orange, Large Ric-Rac trim in white (dyed with spray inks), a Shipping Tag, kraft and white cardstock, a scrap of green paper, watercolor paper, watercolor pencils (I prefer Inktense) a sponge dauber and scalloped punch (or you can cut a circle with scalloped scissors.) Watch this video to see how I made this!

Variations: Look at the stamps you have, you could stamp bibs, diapers, tiny tee’s and socks and other baby stuff! Or you could stamp some swimsuits for a “Bon Voyage” card. Have fun with this design. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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A Quick and Fun Classroom Valentine You Can Make Today!

Howdy folks! We are totally snowed in today, oh my the snow drifts are up to our porch railing! We are staying in at least until the snow stops falling and the winds die down. What a great time to make valentines! These are the ones my daughter Lila will be handing out:

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They are really easy too and inexpensive since I got all of my supplies from papermart. I used their bakers twine in red and teal, polka dot and shimmer pink tulle, printed satin ribbon, and large unstrung merchandise tags. I also used stamps,ink and glue from my regular stash. Have a look at the video to see how I made them:

Pretty easy huh? I brought my tray of supplies upstairs today and put it at the Kitchen table so the kids could work on the valentines util the wind slowed down enough for them to get out and play. Sometimes it’s just nice to hang out with the kids and craft, dontcha think? Stay warm and safe this weekend especially if you are getting hammered by this blizzard, til next time happy crafting!

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Cute Crochet Paper Hearts {anyone can make!!!}

I saw the cutest idea for a valentine on the Purl knitting blog the other day, it was a paper heart with a chain of crochet in the shape of a heart on it. There were no instructions but I was determined to figure it out so Tuesday while I was snuggling on the couch with a sick kiddo I grabbed a crochet hook, cardstock and a paper punch and figured it out! Then I wondered, how cute would it be to do this smaller with my Papermart bakers twine? As it turns out, very!

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Best of all it is a pretty quick project! I made a short video to show you how it is done. In the video I use a larger cardstock heart and yarn to make it easier to see but you can use whatever you like. Just make sure you can easily work the twine/yarn with the hook and that the hook can easily pass through the punched holes.

Here is another tip for you, it is much cheaper to buy big spools of bakers twine than the small packs but you might not want to haul the big spools with you so I stamped some cute bobbins (Stamp from Pink Persimmon) and wrapped them with the twine and it fits right in one of the pockets in my scrapbook bag! It is also a great solution for yarn scraps and fibers, they won’t get tangled and they will look cute so you will be more likely to want to use them!

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I hope you enjoyed this project. I think I might teach the kids in my knitting group this, it is a great intro to crochet since you don’t have to guess what stitch to put your hook through, the paper holes are the foundation!

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If you have any questions leave a comment, I know I am not the best at filming yarn crafts but hey, I kept it all in frame this time, points for that! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Thank God I married a man who can cook!

Happy Christmas eve folks! I am just popping in with a quick post as I need to ready the house for Christmas Eve guests. My honey is making lasagna, deviled eggs and he already made veggie and chicken soup, I am making my famous rolls and veggie chili and each of my kids want to bake something. I’d say I need to supervise them in the kitchen today but really it is the other way around LOL! I’m no hero, or martyr, when it comes to holiday entertaining  if someone offers to bring something I accept, I use frozen pies (I found 2 vegan Sara Lee pies at the supermarket yesterday-Score!) because, let’s face it, Mrs. Smith and Sara Lee know a heck of a lot more about baking than I do!

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As I worked on holiday projects this year I would die-cut the scraps into tags, and I am glad I did because when it came time to wrap I couldn’t find the peel and stick variety I bought last year. I like these better any way…that does not mean I am above using office printer labels for gifts in a pinch…see…nobody’s perfect :)  So, folks, my advise for today is not to get hung upon the details. Christmas will come whether or not your dishes and gift tags match, if extra people come over and they have to drink from jelly jars, so what, (if you-know-who can sleep in a stable your guest will survive drinking from a Mason jar) welcome them, make room, and oh yeah, one more piece of advise; marry a man who can cook! Merry Christmas and til next time happy crafting!

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