Monday, December 15, 2014

Unique Gift Wrapping With May Arts!

Hiya, Folks!!  Today, I'm hoppin' with May Arts as we explore all things Gift Wrap.  By the time you've finished this hop, we hope to have inspired you to grab your favorite ribbon and get your wrap on!

Although I do enjoy the hunt of finding that perfect gift, there are times when a gift card is a better option---soooo, I absolutely wanted to find a creative way to give the gift of plastic!  Here's what I've come up with...

I've combined two 8 inch lengths of the 1.5 inch Black/Ivory Striped Grosgrain ribbon with a bit of tacky glue.  If your ribbon is prone to fraying, a small amount dabbed onto the cut edge will keep those stray fibers in place.

Tri-fold your ribbon and give it a stitch along the left and right side edges to make a pocket.  A length of 1/4 inch Black Silk ribbon and an eyelet make the perfect closure!

Not only is this a quick solution to dress up a gift card, it's a 'perfectly pocket-sized pouch' for keeping cash, cards or photos in.


A gift in a gift :-)

Okay guys, that's it for me!!  Now, hop on over to Mallika's blog to continue with the hop.  If you've lost your way, a full listing of today's hoppers can be found back at the May Arts blog.

Thanks for stopping by!!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Sweets With May Arts!


Today, I'm hoppin' with May Arts in a totally sweet way!  We're sharing out best Holiday Sweet Treats along with some amazingly sweet (and ribbony!) packaging---'cuz everybody knows it's all about the packaging.  Well, maybe not all about the packaging, but it sure does make it feel a bit more special, no??

Here's what I've come up with...

I kinda have a thing for mason jars, and they're definitely a bit more sturdy than a cello bag, so I decide to decorate one up to hold my treats.

A few silver and gold stars from the Metallic Star Banner Ribbon stitched onto the Green Burlap/Wired Ribbon, bordered with Natural Burlap/Woven Ribbon and my jar was ready to fill.

I made a simple tag (with the recipe written on the back) and tied it on with a bit of my favorite Natural String Burlap Ribbon and my treats were ready to go!

Not only did I get to spend some time with my favorite girl, but now we have one SWEET gift for someone special.

May Arts supplies used;

Other supplies used:
Neenah white cards stock 
Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Viva Las VegaStamps! - Victorian Flourish rubber stamp
silver bell

Oreo Cookie Balls:
1 - 16 oz package Oreo cookies (crushed)
1 - 8 oz softened cream cheese
coating chocolate (chocolate bark)

Mix the cookie crumbs and the cream cheese thoroughly.  Roll the mixture into walnut sized balls and chill for 30 minutes.  Dip the balls into melted coating chocolate and add sprinkles to the top while the chocolate is still soft.  Allow the chocolate to set up before packaging.  This recipe made approximately 24 balls.

Okay guys, that's it for me!  Your next stop along the way will be Jen.  If you've lost your way, hop on back to May Arts for the full list of hoppers.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Countdown Chalkboard.

Hiya, Folks!!

Today, I'm over on the May Arts blog with a VIDEO tutorial for this fab Christmas Countdown Chalkboard.

Here's a peek...

Wanna see how it all came together??  Hop on over to May Arts and check it out HERE!

Thanks for stopping by today!!


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Merry. A Hot Air Balloon Christmas Ornament Tutorial.

Hello!!  Today, I have a shabby and dimensional ornament (with VIDEO tutorial!) over on the May Arts blog!

Here's a peek...

It's super easy to make and looks amazing on any Christmas tree!  If you'd to grab the template I created for this ornament, you can find it HERE.  It's perfect for hand cutting or importing into your electronic cutting machine software for tracing to save your fingers some work.

Don't forget to hop on over to the May Arts blog to see my VIDEO TUTORIAL and get the details on all the supplies I used.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014



I've got a little somethin' somethin' over on the May Arts blog today :-)

Here's a peek...

If you wanna hear all about this little box and a bit about how it was created, hop on over to May Arts  and check it out.

Thanks so much for stoppin' by!


Friday, November 21, 2014

Lace Ornaments With May Arts!


Welcome, welcome to the end of our hop and my little corner of the blogosphere :-)  Today, we're hoppin' with May Arts to inspire you to create with those special kiddos in your life!

Yep---its all about the kids crafts.

And, as always, don't forget to comment on the projects you've seen in the last few days of this hop for a chance to WIN SOME YUMMY MAY ARTS RIBBON!!

Now, here's what I've come up with...

I stumbled along a fabulous recipe for a handmade clay and just had to give it a go.  It's a little bit corn starch, a little bit baking soda and a whole lotta awesome!!  Apparently, this recipe has been around for quite some time and it results in lovely, white ornaments that have almost a porcelain look.

Truly lovely!

Here's a peek at some of the ornaments my sweet baby girl and I whipped up using this soft, dreamy dough.

We've stamped each ornament with some super detailed May Arts lace, and embellished with our favorite ribbons/trims.  Love.

And the best part??

They glitter!!

Look at the lovely sparkle on our dried dough ornaments.  It's subtle and so pretty in person.  I've included the recipe below.

Here's my girls favorite.  Gotta love the girly pink, pink and purple!

And here's my favorite.  I guess we're not so different, after all :-)

This one was colored up with a bit of Delicata ink in Silver Shimmer.

Aaaaannnd, of course, I went a little shabby with some Natural String Burlap ribbon and a few vintage mother-of-pearl buttons.

This was definitely a fun adventure!  I think our ornaments are lovely and we had the best time playing with the dough and embellishing them when they were dry.  I can't wait to hang them on the tree. 

If you wanna see how these pretties were made in live action, take a peek at my video below!!

May Arts supplies used:

Other supplies used:
baking soda
vintage buttons from my stash

White dough recipe:
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup water

Pour all ingredients into a medium saucepan on medium-low heat, stirring consistently.  Stir until the mixture starts to thicken and looks like mashed potatoes.

Remove dough from saucepan and put it in a bowl and cover with a damp towel.  Let cool approximately 30 minutes, until dough is at a comfortable temperature to touch.  Knead the dough thoroughly to get out any air bubbles.  Roll out dough 1/4" thick.

Cut out your shapes and let air dry.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you've been inspired to grab your favorite kiddo, your favorite ribbon and get your craft on!!


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Year In Review With May Arts and Core'dinations!


This week, the ladies over at May Arts got to play with some amazing Core'dinations goodness.  We've each whipped up a little something to hopefully inspire you and we'll be sharing that with you all week---so, be sure to check back each day for more!

And there may just be a giveaway.

We're talkin' Core'dinations.

And May Arts.

Just sayin'.

Ok, now on with the show!

As we inch ever closer to 2015, I find myself looking back.  I love taking a peek at everything that's happened this year, and I LOVE seeing it captured in pictures---so, I found myself smack dab in the middle of my Instagram feed :-)

This mini book---inspired by my favorite insta-photo-sharing site---is filled with my top 20 moments from 2013.

I've layered May Arts wired burlap ribbon and Core'dinations cardstock in coordinating colors to create the camera cover.  A bit of sanding adds a more worn/vintage feel.

The rainbow stripes really help my title stand out.  Plus, who doesn't like a rainbow??

And finally, a hand full of sequins adds a bit of FLASH!  Hee hee.  Ya see what I did there?  Because cameras flash?!!?

May Arts supplies used:

Other supplies used:
clear craft sequins
Bind-It-All coils - 1 inch
Aleene's tacky glue
Recollections heart punch

Alrighty, then!!  I do hope you've found some inspiration here today.  And don't forget to stop back in all this week for more May Arts and Core'dinations goodness.

OH!  And tune back in tomorrow for a video sneaky peek of how this project came together and a look at the inside this sweet little book.