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Crafty Mason Jars | Studio Calico State Fair

I’ll admit it. I love going to the Utah State Fair. I love entering my scrapbooking pages and other crafty projects and then go to the fair with my family each opening night to see if any of my creations have been awarded ribbons. I love looking at the needlework and the quilting, as those are two talents which seemed to have been eliminated from my crafty soul. I was so excited when I found out that we’d be featuring today’s steal, the Studio Calico, State Fair collection as it instantly made me start thinking of the excitement which lays ahead in a mere two weeks!

As I sat contemplating what I would like to do with the collection I thought about the gorgeous quilts at the fair and how once upon a time that was the social networking of many women, to sit around and create quilts together. I love how scrapbooking has become the modern woman’s “quilting guild,” and thought it would be fun to have a few crafty friends over to do some altering.

I rumaged through my pantry and pulled out a variety of cans, containers and canning jars, set out the papers and turned everyone lose to create whatever they’d like.

It was so fun watching the different styles come out in the creative process and having some grown up mommy time while the little ones had fun playing.

It was a lot of fun to see the different interpretations of altered containers.

And it was most definitely a day that rejuvenated my entire being! Now the countdown is on for the Utah State Fair, and the next time I can hang out with my crafty girls again.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Sassafras Paper Whimsies

It’s that time of the week where I get to nurture my crafting side. Today’s steal, the Paper Whimsies by Sassafras offered me such a fun array of crafting ideas.

I know most mommies are always struggling with finding ways to keep their kiddos motivated for one thing or another be it potty training, doing jobs or my current challenge with my 4-year-old to flush the toilet. Reward charts are a great way to keep the incentive going to accomplish a task or to form a habit.

In  the past I’ve often gone with a basic sticker chart with 25 spots to fill in. This allows enough time for a habit to be formed and then a prize can be awarded. However, seeing a chart with 25 empty spots can seem a little intimidating to any short person I’m sure. That’s why I decided to make a garden incentive chart with five flowers. When the garden is fully planted by accomplishing a task then the “one” card is put into place across the top. Plant the garden again by accomplishing tasks, then the “two” card is put into place. Once the garden is planted five times then it’s reward time! The Paper Whimsies were perfect for creating this simple chart.

Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Craft foam measuring 18 x 12″
  • Spray adhesive
  • Paper Whimsies
  • Magnets (such as Basic Grey magnet snaps)
  • Scrap paper
  • Ribbons and buttons to embellish

Step 1:

Cut out grass to go across bottom of foam. Use spray adhesive to attach paper to the bottom of the foam.

Step 2:

Cut out flower stems. Attach in the grassy area with spray adhesive.

Step 3:

Cut out a library card style pocket 4×6″ to hold the flowers and numbers when not in use. Adhere to the left side of the foam at the bottom using spray adhesive.

Step 4:

Cut out pieces of paper measuring 2 1/4 x 3 1/4″.  Round the edges and adhere to the top of the foam.

Step 5:

Attach either the positive or negative magnet to the top of the flower stems and attach the opposite to the backside of the Paper Whimsie flowers. Do the same process in the center of the paper rectangles at the top of the chart and the backsides of the Paper Whimsie number cards.

Step 6:

Cut out a sunshine and adhere to the upper right hand corner of chart.

Step 7:

Embellish project as desired.

You can then attach magnets to the backside of the chart and place on the front of your refrigerator or simply place in an area which will maintain interest for your child.

I then decided to create a girls’ room wall hanging using some of the Paper Whimsies rectangle cards and a flower. All I needed for this project was the Paper Whimsies, spray adhesive, a canvas and some buttons. I simply arranged the Whimsies how I liked and glued them down. This project took me no more than 10 min. and would make a fantastic baby shower gift.

I’ve gotta hand it to Sassafras! Well done on another product!

We’ll see you Monday for some Monday Card Madness.

Hampton Arts Design Adhesives

Hampton Arts Design Adhesives

Amazingly fun! There is really almost no better words to describe today’s steal, the Hampton Art Design Adhesives. If you’re looking for a fun embellishment to dress up not only your cards and layouts, but just about any other flat surface that you can think of, then this product is for you!

All you need in addition to the Design Adhesives is either some foil, flocking, or glitter and you are set. The first step is to choose your design, remove the protective backing,  apply your design onto a flat surface and gently rub with either your finger or another flat surface.

Next, carefully peel up the Design Adhesive backing.

Now comes the fun part! Deciding which medium to use to apply color to your Design Adhesive. After selecting your medium, apply to the top of the Design Adhesive then remove any excess.

I decided to challenge one of our talented friends, Staci Jones with using the Design Adhesives in different ways. She did such an amazing job and it truly makes me want to steal today so that I can start fancying up some of the things in my home!

Staci, your projects are positively stellar! Thanks so much for sharing your talents and ideas with us.

I hope you all have a great weekend and that everyone stays safe! Sending lots of positive crafty vibes your way. See you on Monday for another Monday Card Madness.

How Can You Dress Up Grungeboard?

How Can You Dress Up Grungeboard?

Today’s steal, the Tim Holtz Grungeboard sets, have got to be one of the most unique, fun and innovative scrapbooking products available.

You may be asking yourself, “what do I do with Grungeboard?” Well, if you can dream it, you can do it! One of the beauties of Grungeboard is the sturdiness of it. Being as it is “a compressed, flexible sheet of dingy material that can be painted, inked, sanded, hammered or grunged,” your creative options are pretty wide open.

One of the easiest ways to dress up the Grungeboard to match your project is with ink. Simply take the ink pad and brush it along the top of the Grungeboard piece until the desired color is achieved. While you could use any type of ink pad, the pigment ink is a little richer and tends to color easier. Just be sure to allow drying time.

One of my favorite techniques to do to anything is to add glitter. I love the little spritz of shimmer and shine it adds to a project and glitzing up Grungeboard with a little sparkle is no different. To adhere the glitter to Grungeboard you can either use a glue pad or use spray adhesive to coat the topside of the Grungeboard and then sprinkle with glitter.

Another fun technique is to cover the Grungeboard with flocking. You can do this in the same fashion as glitter, but sprinkle with flocking instead.

I decided to see how Glimmer Mists would work with the Grungeboard. They are moisture resistant so I wasn’t quite sure how it would work out. I had to use my heating tool to help speed along the drying process, but quite liked the look of the “grungy” final product.

You could also stitch Grungeboard or add eyelets or it even looks great left raw.

Here is a layout that I created awhile back and thought the Grungeboard skull was the perfect finishing touch for my page.

Have a fantastic weekend! See you on Monday for Monday Card Madness.

Altered Frame Inspired by Simply Handmade

Altered Frame Inspired by Simply Handmade

Hands down, today’s steal the Northridge Media Idea Books are my favorite go-to for inspiration. In fact I have been an avid fan of them since their very first issue of Cards in December of 2005. If ever I’m feeling a creative drought, one of the always inspiring idea books is where I turn.

I love that Northridge has expanded their idea book collection over the years. Simply Handmade has quickly become one of my favorites, as I’m always looking for new ideas of fun things to alter.

I used the April/May issue of Simply Handmade as my source of inspiration for today’s Fantastic Friday project.

Every time I get a new issue I add sticky notes to the projects that inspire me. When I came across the “Dream It. Then Do It” frame by Kate Ryskamp, my inspiration was born. I wanted to create a fun home decor with hand stitching.

I love how the hand stitching compliments the paper art on her frame.

After stitching my flowers I used some markers and chalks to add color then cut out some stems from cardstock. I inked the edges, added a coating of Old Lace glimmer mist, some Thickers along the bottom and my frame was complete.

Now to announce the winner of our baby shower giveaway! I made this fun, boy-themed baby shower kit last week with My Mind’s Eye Portobello Road Collection Kit.

The lucky winner is…

Tiffany Herbst


I hope you have an amazing weekend! Happy scrappin’!