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March 2016

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Handmade Hangout Party #95

Let’s PARTY!!  
It’s time to show off those great ideas you’ve been working on! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

 

We have just a few easy rules:

1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

allison

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Hello Sign- How to Make a Sign Without a Cutting Machine

It is the end of March and that means it is time for another “Craft with Me” Project post. 
 I have a project today that is perfect for those of you that have wanted to make a fun sign but you don’t own a cutting machine.
No cutting machine? No problem! Learn how to make a sign without a cutting machine. It is so easy!
It is easy and as long as you have a computer and printer, you are golden! 
Here is how you can make a sign for yourself.
Supplies: 
-Computer
-Printer
-Wood Plaque or old piece of wood
-Graphite Pencil
-Paint Pens
-Dimensional Magic (Optional)

To start, decide what you will be using for your sign. You can buy a new wood plaque from a craft store or use an old piece of wood, or even new wood. If it is new, paint it out or stain it first. And if it is an old piece, I recommend giving it a light sanding.

On your computer, use a program like Microsoft Word, to type up whatever saying you’d like on your sign in whatever font that you like.
I wanted to make a sign to place by our front door so I typed up hello and welcome to decide what I liked better.
 Print it off to the size that best fits your project.
On the back side of the paper, using a graphite pencil, color the entire area behind the words you are going to use for your sign.
I would occasionally hold it up to the light every so often to make sure that it was fully colored behind the words.
 Place the paper on the wood where you want the words and then trace the word(s).
Once complete, you should be left with the word on the wood.
Then it is time to color it in. Use paint pens or if you are really good, acrylic paint and a brush, to outline and fill in the words.
Completely fill in the words and you can adjust the letters a little here and there if need be.
I decided to add a few highlights with gold and silver paint pens as well but this is optional.
I decided that the word looked a little flat so I added some dimensional accents to it.
I have this brand but Mod Podge also makes the same stuff.
It goes on foggy but it will dry clear and be slightly raised.
Since I created my sign on an old board we had, I thought I would add a little something extra by adding some ribbon to one end. No need to do this if you don’t want but you could always add an embellishment of some sort to your sign if you’d like. 
And the sign is complete. 
See, that was easy wasn’t it!? 
For now it is propped up the shelf we just build by the front door this weekend. 
The shelf will get painted out and I am not sure if I will keep it on the shelf or hang it on the wall but it will live in this little corner some where. 
No cutting machine? No problem! Learn how to make a sign without a cutting machine. It is so easy!
I hope you make a few signs for yourself!! 
Link up your creations to the linky party below.

allison

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How to Make a Loopy Flyer

 I hope you all had a fabulous Easter weekend with your family and friends! 
Are your kids on Spring Break or is that over already? 
Not having P in preschool this year, I am not sure when everyone has their breaks anymore and I know it is different for everyone. 
Well, if they ARE on break and you are looking for something fun to do with kids, I have an easy project for you. And if they have already had their break, then it is a fun weekend project or something to save for summer. 
 It doesn’t look like much, and seriously took like 5 mins to create, but we had fun with it outside trying to see how we could get it to fly. Plus, it is something you can make on a rainy day and play inside as well!
Here is how you can make your own.
Supplies:
-Construction or Card stock Paper
 -Drinking Straws
-Ruler
-Paper cutter
-Pencil
-Tape

 First you need to measure out the paper to cut out the paper strips to make the loops.
Use a paper cutter to easy cut the paper in a straight line.
You need to cut two different size strips.
The first: 1 inch wide by 7 inches long
The second: 3/4 inches wide by 6 inches long
The the ends of the strips together to make two circles making sure that one loop stays larger than the other.
I used double sided tape to do this but you could just use normal scotch tape as well. 
Then tape the circles to the straw toward each end of the straw but not right at the end. 
Now you are ready to throw! 
We headed out and taught P how to hold it and throw and it was fun! 
She really enjoyed seeing it fly and loop around! 
I will say, after playing around with it for a bit, we found that you want to let it go high, not straight in front of you like a paper airplane. The higher it goes the better the loops are! 
Hope you and your kiddos make some! 
It is fun!

allison

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{Feature Friday} #68

Happy Good Friday!
It is hard to believe that it is already Easter. 
Did it just come early or is this year just really flying?
Since it is Friday, I have some great ideas to inspire you this long weekend.

Thanks for linking up everyone! 
Feel free to grab a Featured Button
I hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend with your family and friends! 
 

allison

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Handemade Hangout Party #94

Oops! Sorry this is a few minutes late!

Let’s PARTY!!  
It’s time to show off those great ideas you’ve been working on! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

 

We have just a few easy rules:

1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

allison

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Hand Print Easter Lilies

I love making crafts with my kids…sometimes. But most of the time if I’m completely honest I’m not really in the mood to craft with my kids because I have a certain way I like to do things. I am learning to let them do the projects themselves and not try to fix things (unless they ask for help)…but I’m not perfect. I still need to work on giving up control! 
I also don’t like cleaning up huge messes that my kids inevitably make when they craft so often times I just let them color. They’ve gotten to the point recently where they are pretty good about cleaning up certain things so I let them do some things alone, but coloring and play-doh is about the extent of it. I like high impact crafts that don’t take a lot of time, make a huge mess or involve tons of steps…so that is what I have for you today. 
A personalized, simple to make, mess free craft. 
Just in time for Easter!
You will need…
-Cardstock
-pencil
-scissors
-tape
-yellow pipe cleaner (we ran out so we used orange)
-green pipe cleaner

Start by tracing your child’s hands…

Then cut out their hand print (I usually cut out two sheets of paper at once so I have more flowers without more tracing!) Roll the fingers back on a pencil to make them curl!

Next, cut the yellow pipe cleaner in 4ths…use 1/4 and curl it around a pencil. 

Tape the yellow pipe cleaner to the back side of the hand (not the direction the fingers are curled in towards). Tape the green pipe cleaner right by the yellow one.

Curl the hand towards the pipe cleaners so the two sides meet. Your curled fingers should be facing outwards…tape it at the bottom.
Then, I wrap the green pipe cleaner around the base of the flower a few times but you certainly don’t have to!
 It is that simple! 
And the only mess is from cutting out the hand prints! Easy peasy!
And they look quite beautiful on your table for Easter. 
They certainly won’t smell as good as Easter lilies but they will last MUCH longer than real ones!!!

I’d love to see your Easter lilies too!
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3 Free Spring Watercolor Printables

Spring has officially arrived!
This is one of my favorite times of year. 
I love seeing the buds on the trees. The grass starting to turn green and gardens starting to burst with life once again.  
We didn’t have the warmest weather to ring in the first day of Spring but it was at least sunny to help the new growth come to life.
I wanted to make some new spring printables to share with you and since I am still loving all thing watercolor, I went that route once again for these. 
Grab a spring printable bring Spring inside without any additional cost! 3 to choose from!
I designed each of these as an 11×14 just in case you want to get it printed from a large office supply store in a large size but you could easily print them at home in a smaller size.
I wanted to print one up to frame but I ran out of ink… darn it! 
But I recommend messing with the settings on your printer. 
I normally set mine to the size I want, shrink to fit.
Download your choice in printable below or grab all three! 
If the widget below aren’t working then you can grab them here, here, and here.


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{Feature Friday} #67

It has been a wet, chilly week here in WI which is a total bummer after the completely gorgeous week we had last week. 
I was convinced that Spring was really here to stay and then I look at the extended forecast and it will be chilly through Easter. BOO! 
 How is the weather in your part of the world? 
Enough about the weather though, today is Friday and that means I have some great ideas to share with you from last week’s Handmade Hangout Party

allison

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Handmade Hangout Party #93

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!! 

Let’s PARTY!!  
It’s time to show off those great ideas you’ve been working on! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

 

We have just a few easy rules:

1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

allison

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DIY Travel Memories Board

Spring Break is happening across the country, which of course means road trips and making memories. Keep track of all those memories you make on these fun DIY travel memory boards . They’re completely custom, and with a few hours and a couple tools, anyone can create their own.

Hey readers, this is Molly from Just a Little Creativity back again this month to share how to make your own travel memory board. Use these boards to customize your space with a map or favorite quote in any color you’d like. Then pin your ticket stubs, photos, airline tickets, travel brochures, all the special things you collect along the way.
You don’t need any special machines or projectors to create yours, only my secret favorite art tool- carbon paper. It’s available in most office supply sections in the big box stores, and I’m sure you can find it online too.
You’ll also need a cork bulletin board, a pencil, tape, paint, and a print out of your state, country, quote, etc.
I just do a quick google search to find what I’m looking for regarding maps.

Measure your bulletin board so you know how large to print your image.
For my US map board, I had to print the map in four different pieces. Size you image accordingly on whatever document program you use.

Then, put the pieces of the map together, overlapping where you need to, and hold the pages together with tape.

Now, place your carbon paper under the image, and trace with a pencil. You’ll need to press hard to make sure the image transfers to the cork.

Then, like a coloring book, simply paint in the image. No special type of paint is needed. I’ve made a few of these and have used chalk paint, house paint, and regular craft paint.
They all require at least two coats to give it a solid covering.

Let it dry completely before pinning anything to it, usually only a few hours.

I had a larger map that I made a few years ago, and my daughter took it with her to hang in her dorm room. It’s come in very handy as a jewelry holder, lol.

I make a quote memory board is exactly the same process, except I’d recommend using a sharpie or paint pen for the finer lines.
You’re welcome to click and save this quote I created on PicMonkey and use it for your own board if you’d like.

Simply print it, cut it out, and place it wherever you’d like on your bulletin board.

Again, trace with the carbon paper.

Use your pen to fill in the words.

I also painted and distressed the wood frame around this bulletin board using chalk paint.

It’s a real life Pinterest board holding all your favorite travel mementos.

Enjoy!







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allison