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“Pucker Up” Embossed Crazy Straw Valentines

This year I asked Abi what she wanted to do for her valentines (we did these glow stick ones last year) and her quick response… WHISTLES!  However, when I got to Target they didn’t have whistles.  At least not at a price I was willing to pay for 24 of them.

So I grabbed what I figured was the next best thing – CRAZY STRAWS!! – and hoped for the best.  Thankfully, Abi was totally on board when I showed her.  Now the tricky part was thinking of a catchy little tag line to put on them.

Pucker Up Crazy Straw Valentines

I was planning to go with something using the word crazy, but after going through my sisters (hundreds) of stamps I didn’t see anything along those lines that I liked.  Instead, I went with a combo of three different stamp sets to get the words, “Pucker Up Valentine” with a little love heart.  For some added fun I decided to emboss the lettering instead of just stamping it.

It was a really fun project and Abi loves how they turned out.  Here’s a little run down of how I did it.

supplies

First you need to gather your supplies.  Here is what I used:

Gold Embossing Powder
VersaMark Ink
Stamp (“pucker up” from Frutastic by Paper Smooches; “valentine” from Claire’s ABCs by Lawn Fawn; heart from Countless Sayings 1 by Stampin’ Up – none of these are affiliate links, just thought you might be interested)
Embossing Buddy
Tag to be stamped (I found one I liked in the Silhouette store then modified it to fit on the straws)
Embossing Heat Gun

static wipe

First rub the embossing buddy onto the paper.  This will remove the static cling so that the embossing powder will only stick to the ink and keep it looking crisp and clean.

stamp

Next stamp onto tag using the VersaMark ink.  It’s clear and sticky.  It kinda reminds me of glue rather than ink.

powder

Now just spoon some of the embossing powder over the stamped image then tap it off.  My sister leaves her most used powders in their own Tupperware container so that it’s easy to use and there is basically no clean up.

emboss

Now just heat the image with the embossing gun (or I’ve heard you can use a blow dryer, and once I even set it on top of toaster that was heating up and it worked).  The image should change from powdery to shiny and raised when it’s done (you can kind of see how the “puck’ is still dark and powdery while the rest is embossed).

Finished

To finish up I had Abi write her name then just used a little washi tape to attach it to the straw.

pile

Then you just have to repeat it until you have a pile of fun little crazy straws for some great little kindergartners.

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Stenciled Tote Bag

I decided to finally try something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time.  Stenciling.  I don’t know why I never did it before.  It really is easy.

Stenciled Tote Bag

I had planned to do freezer paper stenciling, but I knew I would have to use my Silhouette to cut out the text and I wasn’t sure if the cutting mat would be too sticky to release the wax paper once it was cut.  In the end I just went with some scrap vinyl I had on hand.

Supplies

Here is a list of my supplies:

Tote Bag (I just bought a blank from Michaels)
Sun & Clouds Die (from Lifestyle Crafts)
Fabric Paint (or normal acrylic with a fabric medium)
Sponge Brushes
Wax Paper (to put inside bag to keep paint from bleeding through)

Now it’s a pretty easy process.

First I cut out the dies and the text.  I used my Evolution machine to cut out the dies, but used my Silhouette to cut out the text.  You don’t have to worry about reversing the text since you’re using the negative space as a stencil rather than the positive space.

transfer tape

Next, to keep the letter centers (like the circles in the o’s) in place and everything nice and straight I used some masking tape as an alternative to transfer tape since I had none on hand.  It worked pretty well, but was a little more sticky than I would have liked.  I’ve heard that lint roller sheets make a great and inexpensive alternative too.

stencil set

Once you’ve got that all set, just remove the backing and place the stencil on the tote bag.  I used my rub on tool to really make sure that the edges were sealed.  I still ended up having a little bit of bleeding, but not too much.

painted stencil

Now you paint it.  I kind of pounced it on then gently brushed to get rid of any air bubbles.  I’m not sure the brushing part was too necessary, but it made me feel better :)

drying

Then you just wait for it to dry!  It really was such a fun project and I cant wait to try it again!

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Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear.

Simple Holiday Bow Bunting // Giveaway {closed}

Holiday Bow Bunting

Sometimes I’m a little bit of a Grinch around Christmas time.  It’s just all those decorations (gasp!).  It’s not that I have anything against the decorations parsay. In fact, I LOVE Christmas decorations and have a TON of them (just ask my husband. he’s had to move them cross country about 5 times and is never very happy about it :) ).  It’s more that I hate putting them up and then having to take them right back down.  You see, I refuse to decorate before Thanksgiving and for the last 6 or so years we’ve always gone to stay with family for the week of Christmas.  Which means I put everything up, get to look at it for about 14 days, go on vacation and look at other people’s decor, then come home and take mine all right back down.  It just seems like a lot of work for 14 days worth of enjoyment, is all I’m saying.

But this year is a little different.  I realized I didn’t need to get out EVERYTHING.  I could just get out a very few of my favorites (ie – the tree and family ornaments, our stockings and the reindeer my mom painted).  It was so liberating to have everything out and looking fantastic in under an hour!

Then I realized something.  It looked so…plain. But I didn’t want to go out to the garage and get everything else out.  So what did I do?  I opened up my fabric stash to see what I had on hand.  And this simple holiday bow bunting is what I came up with.

Bow Bunting

First, let me list the simple supplies for you:

Bow Bunting Supplies

Die cutting tool (I’m using my Lifestyle Crafts Evolution)
Knotty Pop Up Bow Cutting Dies
Felt
Scissors, Needle and Thread
Hot Glue Gun

(If you don’t have a die cutting tool you can use a pattern for a bow like this one from Oliver +S.)

First you roll, or cut out your bow pieces.  I had a piece of 72″ red felt that was about 8 inches wide and that gave me about 24 bows.

Next just assemble the bow with the hot glue and let the glue set for a bit. Then you’ll have a little pile of the cutest bows you ever did see :)

Bows for Bunting

Now all you have to do is string them together.  It is so easy.  Really, just thread your needle with a looong piece of thread then just sort of chain stitch them together.  But remember to leave a space between the bows (if you want, of course).  I also stitched a little knot on the back of each bow so gravity wouldn’t take over and move their position on the strand.

I used some red thread since that is what I had on hand, but now I wish I had used something with a little more width and stability because the bows like to turn and flip so the pretty “face” of the bow is rarely facing forward.  Maybe a wire ribbon with a little more width would have been better.  I’ll have to fix it for next year.

String bows for bunting

Once that’s done just go ahead and hang it up wherever you’d like!  I tried it on both my tree and on the TV surround.

Finished Holiday Bow Bunting

But now for what you’ve all been waiting for right?  The giveaway!  Well, We R Memory Keepers would like to gift to one of you lucky readers their North Pole Album Made Easy kit.

North Pole Album Made Easy Giveaway

I can’t wait to try my hand at these Albums Made Easy starting with the new year.  I’ve tried a few different scrapbooking styles throughout the years but I’ve never really stuck with it.  This way, though, seems like something I could jive with.  All I have to do is print the picture and stick it in a pocket with some cute little cards and it will still look fantastic?  Sign me up!

This giveaway includes:

1 Album
North Pole Journaling cards- includes 100 double sided journaling cards
Sheet Protectors- Includes 10 sheets

It’s so easy to win and there are options (cuz who doesn’t like options?) or do all  3 for more chances to win!

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The giveaway will be open until Dec. 12, 2013 at 9 pm central time and the winner will be announced on the 14th. So enter soon and let all your friends know to enter too!

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Disclosure: I am a studio member for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear.

 

A night for clothespin nativity ornaments

So I have a pretty nice gig at my church.  I get to work with the Activity Days Girls.  They’re all the girls in the congregation ages 8-11.  On the first and third Tuesday of every month we get together and play, usually doing a craft or learning a new talent.  Well, last night we decided to make some ornaments.  I had a bunch of supplies leftover from some Nativity ornaments I made as neighbor gifts a few years ago so we decided to give those a try.  And they’re so simple it was perfect for the girls.

CLothespin Nativity Ornament - MissyDear

It was a total blast.  I planned to take some pictures of the ornament making process but since it was late and we were in a pretty dark room none of the pictures turned out very well.  So I decided to take some better pictures this morning.

These ornaments are so easy to put together.  It’s pretty self explanatory, but I’ll share the steps anyway.  First you need to gather the supplies:

Clothespin Nativity Ornament supplies

(I got all these supplies – other than the glue gun and twine – in the wood craft isle at the craft store)
2 clothespins
1 star
Mushroom top (what are those things really called?)
Balsa wood strip (I bought the $.99 cent one at Joann and cut it into 1.5 in strips)
Ribbon or twine
Glue Gun

Now it’s just a simple 4 step process:

Clothespin Nativity Ornament step by step

1 – Glue the 2 clothespins together.
2 – Glue the pair of clothespins to the star.
3 – Glue the mushroom top to the balsa wood.
4 – Glue the balsa wood to the pair of clothespins.

And done!  Well, I guess there is one more step.  You should probably glue the ribbon/twine to the back if you plan on actually using it as an ornament :).

The girls loved putting them together and getting to use the glue guns on their own (under close supervision, don’t worry).  Since it was so quick and easy we had a little time at the end to decorate some gingerbread houses.  That inevitably lead to squeezing frosting directly into their mouths and sneaking the candy to eat rather than decorate.  So all in all I’d say it was a pretty fantastic night.

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