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Got Spring Fever?

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Head over to Kiwi Lane and check out how I made this VERY spring inspired project I have cooked up for today’s post! This was made with many of my fellow crafters in mind that are in need of a bit of a thaw out as I constuct this blog post in shorts and a t-shirt here on the west coast.

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Thanks for sharing a piece of “hoping Old Man Winter says adios to those on the East and hola to those of us on the West” pie with me.

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Santa is Coming to Town!

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Oh what to do with all those “Santa visit” pictures that accumulate over the years?!  Why not scrapbook them! See how  me using Teresa Collins Santa’s List Collection and Kiwi Lane Designs templates made a quick and easy keepsake by clicking HERE!

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Paper Issues – It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas

 

Honoring the Stars and Stripes

Today is Veteran’s Day!  It is a day where I think of my personal family and friends that have served this nation.  Today when I raise my flag, I will be thinking of my father who served two tours of in Vietnam and came back with a a Purple Heart, my grandfather who served in WWII, and my friend who just got back from a year in Afghanistan leaving his son who was fighting his battle with  leukemia (Click HERE for a sweet media press about this). The sacrifice our American brothers and sisters give to this nation, when they sign their name on the dotted line, is great and I respect that each day.

I am sharing with you a project I made with DecoArt paint products and an old weather pallet. I am a lucky crafter that has an opportunity to play with DecoArt products and blog about it and when I thought of projects I wanted to do with their paints, I wanted to make something I can hang outside that is a symbol of patriotism all year long.  This was such a fun and easy project to pull together and having my Silhouette Cameo handy gave it additional character.

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Here is how I did it:

For the stars and sentiments, I cut out on vinyl I scored from Pick Your Plum using the basic Silhouette fonts and a star is from the Silhouette store.

After breaking down an old pallet and cutting to the desired size, I painted each board with “Americana White Wash”.

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Once dry, cut and burnish vinyl images onto the pallet and peel away transfer tape (leave the star block in place at this point). Then paint each pallet red or white.

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Once stripes are dry, pull off transfer tape around the stars and paint.  Then using a rag, dab “chocolate brown” in random spots along with over the sentiments that are on the white boards.

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Once fully dry, pull off all vinyl and sand down using both a hand and electric sander to add more of a “distressed” feeling.

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To set and secure the finished pallets, use wood glue and nail two strips of wood to secure each pallet into place (I used a nail gun, but using nails and a hammer will work just as well). Finish project by sealing it with a sealer.  I used a stain finish.

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There you have it! Whipping up a patriotic themed project can be fun and easy and having DecoArt be your right hand is a perfect pair in getting a creative job well done.

November Hoppin’ with Kiwi Lane Designs

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Hi all! If you came over from Lissa, from Mighty Crafty, you are in the right place.  If you just joined me, be sure to check out this fun and amazing blog hop by starting HERE!  Be sure to leave comments to get yourself in the running for a $25 gift certificate over at the Kiwi Shop and the lucky winner will be announced on November 7th over at the Kiwi Blog.

Oh my do I have a treat for you and there are no tricks for of those of you that are recovering from Halloween night! Making banners is my first love of crafting and having Kiwi Lane Design templates in my back pocket made this whole project super easy to pull together. I have been wanting to have something special to snaz up my Thanksgiving motif and this little crafty number really speaks on the season.

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Here is how I did it!

Materials Needed:

  • Kiwi Lane Templates: Shapes 8T, 7T, Holiday 4T, Nature 4 and 1 
  • SEI Card Board Banner Kit
  • Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Folders: Divine Swirls, Distressed Strips, Swiss Dots, Musical Florish
  • Wooden Lettering
  • Gold Glitter
  • Buttons
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hemptique Hemp Cord
  • Crinkle Ribbon
  • Tulle
  • Burlap

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All I did was design a layout using the actual templates and then I sprayed down some wooden letters with Color Shine and dusted with Glitter. I then traced and cut out templates, ran through the embosser and inked edges. I confirmed placement and then stated to build each pennant by layering burlap, tulle, cut, then letter. I added buttons to finish and then ran hemp cord through the pennants, linking them together.  I finished by cutting down three different colored crinkle ribbon and tied in between each pennant..

Giveaway Alert! 

There you have it! Easy peasy lemon squeezy! Now for a fun giveaway from me.  All you need to do is LIKE me on Facebook and tell me what you are thankful for in a quick post on my PAGE for and you will be in the running for Tiny Holiday Template set so you can get your own holiday craftin’ on!  I will announce the lucky winner on November 7th! 

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Next up is the fabulous Kerri from Craft Time and Cupcakes! 

  1. Kiwi Lane http://kiwilane.com/here/blog/
  2. Cristine Redmond http://onescrappynovice.blogspot.com
  3. Joy Nielsen www.threadsnscraps.com
  4. Van Nguyen http://likethecar.blogspot.com
  5. Minousha Bari  http://preservedscraps.blogspot.com
  6. Lissa Mitchell http://mightycrafty.blogspot.com
  7. Arin Flynn http://apieceoflifespie.com You are Here
  8. Kerri Smith http://www.crafttimeandcupcakes.com/
  9. Christine Meyer http://scrappingwithchristine.blogspot.com
  10. Christina Steel www.tinasscrapcrap.blogspot.com

Tic-Tac-Toe Anyone?

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Happy Monday!

It is almost here… the big day where kids get to live out their dreams and be whatever they want, get hopped up on candy and just relish in being a kid! Well now that I am finished talking about myself, let me share with you what I have up over at Amelia and Me Crafts sporting what you can do with Silhouette’s Magnetic Paper! Head OVER and check out the details of this fun game I made for some lucky kiddos!

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Linking Up To:

Everyday is an Occasion – Sunday Funday

Silhouette- Weekly Challenge – Halloween Edition

Fall Wreath {Love}

I know that I have said it time and time again that I absolutely LOVE fall, but I REALLY do.  This weekend I whipped out this rustic meets  sophisticated wreath that just oozes the essence of the season.  What is better than embracing my wreath making obsession with my {love} for fall, burlap and bling?!DSC_7282

Using burlap I found at Michales, I wrapped a straw wreath and added some fun floral embellishments I found on clearance. The bow was layered with some burlap ribbon.  I will have to say this is the first project I have ever done using hot glue where my fingerprints were spared!

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Now that I still have my fingerprints intact, maybe I can cook up another festive fall wreath!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “love me some wreath makin'” pie with me.

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Real Family Fun #35 

Everyday is an Occasion Sunday Funday #14

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Fall is in the air!

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Happy Sunday All!

Oh my is it starting to feel like fall and this week over at Kiwi Lane Designs I had my first official project up, which just oozes fall-festive-fun!

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Pop over and check out all the details of how I used Kiwi Lane templates and American Crafts products to make this fun layout!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “gotta love that I am a Kiwi girl” pie with me.

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Paper Issues – Halloween Issues

Boo Treats!

Head over and check out a fun treat box I made for Amelia & Me Crafts!  I found this cut from the fabulous Jamie Cripps over at the Silhouette Store!  Every cut you see on the treat box comes with the cut file!  Click HERE for all the details on how I made this adorable treat box!

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Paper Issues – Halloween

Simple Salutations made with Jinger Adams Collection

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Hi all and happy Tuesday!

Today I have a fun card up over at Jinger’s blog!  Be sure to pop over and say I have check out how E-A-S-Y and fun a card made with her All-Occasion card kit can be!

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Thanks for sharing a piece of “keeping it real and simple” pie with me.

Amelia & Me Crafts and my Milk Jug!

amelia-design-team-350Hi all!  Today my FIRST post is up over at Amelia & Me Crafts!  Check out how I married double sided adhesive , my Silhouette Cameo and a milk jug! You will want to scoop up some of that AMAZING Silhouette Double-Sided Adhesive and let’s not forget the Silhouette Glitter! All I can say about that is {LOVE}!

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Everyday is an Occasion – Sunday Funday