Sunday, December 10, 2017

Holidays Are Coming: Craftastic Monday Link Party


Happy Monday Crafties!  It's snowy outside, the decorations are up and the holidays are nearly here.  A early Happy Hanukkah to everyone celebrating the festival of lights this week.  As usual, time is going by way too fast, but I'm trying to live in the moment and take a few days for a brief babymoon/birthday getaway for my husband, so I'm counting on all of you to bring the crafty skills this week;)

Share your latest creations and find fun inspiration from others.  Link up all the fun & festive things you've been making below!  
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Now let's see the new Craftastic Picks!!

Frau Tschi-Tschi shared this beautiful free crochet Nativity pattern:
      

Aka Design offered up this delicious sounding apple orange cranberry sangria recipe (I'll be substituting the wine for juice to try it!):




Bombshell Bling created this festive cranberry salsa recipe:




Sadie Seasongoods turned vintage tea strainers & chandelier crystals into pretty DIY ornaments:



KBB Crafts & Stitches offered her free pattern for these cute felt mini stockings:


Dizzy Busy and Hungry shared her recipe for these tasty double chocolate crunch cookies:



If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 
Want a Chance to 
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Link back to the party somewhere on your blog.
I can't feature your post if you don't share the party.  
  
I also feature these projects on Sew Can Do's Craftastic Picks Pinterest board 
AND share each of them on Twitter too for even MORE exposure for YOUR blog!

Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   

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Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple: 
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to shops, link parties or other people's work).  Add the link to your specific post. Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post, party page or blog somewhere.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!



   

    An InLinkz Link-up
   

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

3-D Christmas Nativity Scene Ornaments Tutorial


Today I'm sharing how to make something special for the holidays: 3-D Christmas Scene Ornaments.


They're a cute way to add the real spirit of Christmas to the tree and share the message of the season that young and old alike can enjoy:



These can be used in many more ways than as ornaments too....DIY snow globes, on wreathes, table top decorations and anywhere else that needs a little seasonal sprucing.  The built-in backgrounds and 3-dimensional effect make them really charming:



They also make a fun handmade gift too:


I saw the idea of a vignette like this using some of these Christmas Nativity themed buttons in a promo photo from the button company that makes them.  There was no how-to, so I decided to make up my own.


I built on the general concept with a larger base and the addition of these new Christmas message ribbons I had created specially for my shop, Heavenly Fabric Shop, this holiday season:



How To Make 3-D Christmas Nativity Ornaments

Materials:
- Christmas button sets
- Christmas satin ribbon
- Cardstock, sandpaper and/or craft foam sheets
- Craft wood circles
- Foam floor mat (or 1/2inch thick foam/wood/cardboard)
- Hot glue gun
- Fishing line/filament thread


I started with tracing the wooden circles onto the paper or foam that would make up the bases.  I did 3 since I was doing 3 ornaments.  I used some flocked paper that was sand colored:


I cut 3 of the wood circles to make a straight end (about 1/3 off a circle).  I traced that shape onto the paper or foam that will be the background.  Then hot glued the colored pieces onto the wood:


I ran a line of hot glue under the flat end of the cut wood and attach it to the base circle like this:



Now for the decorating!  To do the Three Kings theme, I had a few foam craft stickers from a dinosaur set of my kids that worked perfectly (you could also hand-cut or use a cutting machine to make some).  I used the palm trees as-is and trimmed down a dinosaur to make a sand dune: 



I then attached those onto the background:



I ran a line of hot glue under each button figure and staggered them for a 3-d effect:


For the Good Shepherds, I cut a few pieces of flocked card stock, one for the backdrop and another smaller one that I folded under to add dimension.


Hot glued those into place and added the Christmas star and angel to the background:


For the Nativity theme, I cut some burlap into a stable shape, cut up a yellow grass piece of foam and grabbed to star shaped beads I could layer into a star with glue:


I added the button figures with more hot glue:


To build up the bottoms for trimming with my 5/8in ribbon, I cut up an old foam floor mat to make a circular base for each ornament.  This works ideally, but thick cardboard or layers of thinner foam would work too since it all gets covered.


I added a bunch of hot glue to attach them to the wood bottoms:


Once cool, it was time to trim them with ribbon!


I cut 7 inch long pieces of ribbon and heat sealed the ends with a lighter:


Centering the text on the front of each ornament, then attached the ribbon with line of glue around the foam base.



Last, I cut a piece of filament thread, made a loop and put a dab of glue over the ends on the back of the ornaments.



Then they were ready to hang on the tree!



I really love how these turned out and having a full set of them as an "in-the-tree Nativity" is so nice too.  The kids have fun looking at them and it's been a fun DIY project for Christmas this year:)




Sunday, December 3, 2017

Welcome to December: Craftastic Monday Link Party.


It's officially December!  Are you feeling the excitement?  The winter holiday season is upon us and I'm all about festive foods, decorations, projects and ideas.  It's a great time to share your latest creations and find new ideas from others.  Come link up all the fun things you've been making below!  

It's also time to announce the winner of the 


~~~ Angela S. ~~~


Congratulations Angela!  Sugar Pink Boutique and I hope you enjoy picking your favorite goodies from our shops:)

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Now let's see the new Craftastic Picks!!

Simply Beautiful By Angela shared this beautiful DIY stenciled tile fireplace makeover.  Such a transformation!
      

Home Cooking Memories offered up this cute and yummy looking candy cane cookie recipe:



The Scrap Shoppe created these fun buffalo check perler bead ornaments and offered a free pattern for them too:



Second Chances by Susan made over a stretched out & dowdy floral dress into this beautiful version with some re-designing:



Sew Historically turned an old t-shirt into some elegant knit stockings:



Delightful E Made shared her recipe for these tasty double chocolate mint truffle cookies:



If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 
Want a Chance to 
Be Featured Next Week?  

Link back to the party somewhere on your blog.
I can't feature your post if you don't share the party.  
  
I also feature these projects on Sew Can Do's Craftastic Picks Pinterest board 
AND share each of them on Twitter too for even MORE exposure for YOUR blog!

Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   

On Twitter: 
On Pinterest: Sew Can Do

Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple: 
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to shops, link parties or other people's work).  Add the link to your specific post. Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post, party page or blog somewhere.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!



   
   

    An InLinkz Link-up
   

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Best Easy Holiday Crafts & Gifts Anyone Can Make


December is almost here and the flurry of holiday shopping, decorating and crafting is upon us.  Like many of you, I'm running behind this year.  With a baby on the way, several rooms being renovated (related to making room for said baby), plus homeschooling and family commitments, there hasn't been much time to do new projects.  My craft room has been busy storing everything that needs to be out of the way rather than making more holiday creations.  Not ideal, but it's reality.

So today I'm sharing a round-up of some of my easiest & most fun holiday tutorials that make it simpler to hand make goodies for the season without getting overwhelmed or stressed out.  Who couldn't use that??

My Indoor Snowball Fight Tutorial has become one of my most popular posts ever.  It's easy & inexpensive for anyone to make and always brings a smile to people's faces.

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Decor-wise there's the Under $10 DIY Winter Wreath.  It takes next to no time to put together and no one will guess it was so cheap to make!


 photo Easy DIY Wreath

My Luxury Cuddle Throw Blanket is on my list of things to make again this year.  My sister loved ours last year and has not subtly hinted that she wants one of her own:
 
 Luxury Cuddle Throw

There's always a last-minute gift addition or someone who seems impossible to buy for, so here's an easy idea that even the kids can help with: Handmade Candy Cane Soaps.  If you've got a microwave, you can make these!

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And with a few extra minutes, there are these festive projects, like the Ribbon Christmas Tree Hair Clips (which would also make super cute ornaments too!):

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The favorite holiday shirt how-to for the guys, the Ninja Bread Man Tee Tutorial:

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And the classic Faux Fur Lined Muff:

 Faux fur muff

For more festive tutorials, check out my left sidebar that's full of more holiday project fun.  Season's Greetings!!


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