Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mini Witch Hats {Halloween Costume and Decor}

When I saw these mini witch hats on the Lifestyle Crafts Blog, I just knew I had to make me one!  After all, it is the cheapest Halloween costume I could find!  They make for a great costume, but they would also make for some SPOOKTACULAR Halloween decor!

These witch hats are surprisingly easy to make too {video tutorial below}!  You only need 1 sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper to make each one!  You can splurge on a fancy paper here...because you don't need a whole lot of it.  I was lucky enough to find my fancy reptile and glitter papers on sale.  Another option?  Make them out of felt!  The Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles cut felt beautifully {see video for tips}.  {I also have a felt flower video tutorial that will give you some other tips on cutting felt with your Lifestyle Crafts dies}.

I've adorned these hats in so many ways...and I think that is what is so fun about these little treasures...you can truly make them your own!  Tulle and glitter paper die cuts are cheap and easy.  I also picked up some pre-made flower and feather embellishments that I slipped on the the tulle bow to dress them up...and make them a little more me!

Attach these little hats to a clip or headband or simply pin them in your hair.

Remember...any time you shop at LifestyleCrafts.com, use the coupon code GLITTER at checkout to get 20% off your entire order.

I have a video tutorial below walking you through the entire creation of this project.  I've also included links below to the products I used in this video.  Enjoy and have a fabulous day!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Merry Christmas Washi Tape Card

Hi everyone!  It's raining here!  I love the rain.  It's a great excuse to stay inside.  The weather is finally cooling down here and I'm so ready for cool weather...and days of drinking coffee while crafting.  When the cooler weather starts rolling in...I go straight to thoughts of Christmas {it IS the most wonderful time of the year, after all}.

This week, I have a Christmas card for you.  It's not too early to break out those supplies and start making some Christmas cards for your stash.  And this card happens to be super easy to mass produce. I even decided to go back and make its sister, the tag version.

I must admit, it took me a bit to figure out the best way to coat this die cut.  I tried adhering it to a piece of scratch paper, but it ended up sticking to the paper.  In the end, the solution was as simple as a pair of tweezers.

"What's the difference between Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel or UTEE and regular clear embossing powder?"  I have a feeling several of you are going to ask this question...so I thought I'd include the answer here for the seekers among you.  Clear embossing powder is very fine and is great for embossing your stamped images.  You could probably even coat something with it and achieve a shiny effect.  UTEE on the other hand is a very grainy embossing medium...almost like a course ground salt in consistency.  You wouldn't be able to emboss stamped images with it but it is great for creating a very dimensional, very glossy coating.  You could achieve a similar effect with Crystal Effects, however, with the UTEE, once it's heat set, there's no dry time.

I have a video below showing you the entire creation of this card, as well as links to the supplies used.

Enjoy and have a wonderfully merry day!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

More Craft Room Organization

Hi everyone!  Welcome back to my craft room.  In my past videos, I have't addressed the wall unit that sits right behind my crafting table...and I've received quite a few questions about it.  I thought I would share a quick video about that unit and offer some more organizational tips.

Here are a few quick tips for you to think about when shopping for craft room furniture.

1.  Find something with adjustable shelves.  Adjustable shelves let you change the layout of your unit as your crafting needs change.

2.  Think vertical.  This unit is very tall...but not too deep.  It gives me a lot of storage space while taking up very little floor space in my small craft room.

3.  Find a unit that lets you store multiple types of items.  In this video, you'll see that I have stamps, Cricut cartridges, markers and accessories all on the same unit.

4.  Put like items together.  Stamps, cartridges, ribbons....they are all grouped together in my craft room.  If I need to find stamps...I know exactly where to go.  If I need to find ribbon, I know exactly where to go.  This saves valuable time.

5.  Make it pleasing to the eye.  I chose white baskets in this unit because it keeps the overall look of the unit clean and fresh...which is pleasing to my eye.  Things that can look "cluttery" are tucked in baskets on the shelves or placed on lower shelves to get them out of my eye line.

Do you have questions about how to store things?  Is there a problem area in your craft room?  Let's hear about it.  I would love to do more videos on craft room organization.

I have a video below showing how I've used this unit in my room.  Enjoy and have day full of fabulous!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Walking In A Winter{tide} Wonderland

Hi everyone!

I thought I would stop by and show you just a little bit of Christmas goodness.  It seems weird that I have been creating Christmas projects while it's still 100 plus degrees outside.  I'm so ready for Christmas time...and some cooler weather.  Thankfully, the weather has finally dropped to the 80's here in sunny California.

All of the following projects were created using Lifestyle Crafts Wintertide release.  I love this release.  So much fun!  And you can use the coupon code GLITTER any time you shop at LifestyleCrafts.com to save 20% off your order.  Isn't that wonderful?

First up I have an ornament/gift topper I created.  I used a bit of vintage glitter to make the snowflake sparkle on top of a doily rosette.  I tucked some tulle in behind.  This would be a beautiful addition to any gift!  The snowflake set from Lifestyle Crafts has five different snowflakes that you can use to layer and create all kinds of fabulousness.

Next up....a cup cozy fit for Mrs. Clause.  Loving the new Drink Sleeve die!  I used it to create a cup cozy oozing with Christmas cheer...but this could be used all year long.  And don't be surprised if you see more of these cup cozies coming your way.

Finally, what would Christmas crafting be without some cards and gift tags?  After all, they are probably the most used of all of the Christmas crafts.  I've created a set of tags using the Tree Punches Die and the Tag It Kit.

On this Cozy Christmas card, I used the Sweater Tag die and the Snowflake Die, along with some digital paper by Lifestyle Crafts.

This Letterpress Christmas card was so much fun to create, using a nontraditional color scheme.  I also had to add a little touch of shimmer with some crystal gems and a glitter scallop border I created using the Edge It Kit.

Hope you found a little bit of Christmas inspiration in this post.  After all, it is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.  Why not start celebrating early and get a jump on your Christmas crafting.  I'd love to hear which project on this post is your favorite...it just might be my next video tutorial.

You can check out the entire Wintertide release at Lifestyle Crafts' website.

Have a fabulous day!