Thursday, August 31, 2017

Handmade Hangout Party #169

It's time to party! 
Show off what you've been working on lately by linking up below.
Plus, be sure to visit some of the ideas that catch your eye as well. :)


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

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!!



Friday, August 25, 2017

MHCT&M: 12 Must Have General Craft Tools and Products

Happy Friday to all of you! 
Time for the final Must Have Tip post of the month full of more of some great items we love to use! 

Allison here again and it is time to share my favorite tools and craft items with all of you.
I, like Michele, am a general crafter so I use a little bit of everything when I work on projects. 


Here are just a few of the things I love to have on hand.
BTW- this post contains affiliate links which means if you purchase something using one of the links below we will earn a little bit of money but it is at no added cost to you. :)

I'll start with some of my favorite tools.

I love a good self healing cutting mat. You can use them for so much more than cutting.
I have quite a few of these 12x12 Martha Stewart cutting mats that I use for various projects. I love all the lines on them to use for measuring. 
There are a few other size options as well, I have a large foldable mat as well that I'll pull out for larger projects.

I love to have a mini tool kit on hand because you just never know when you may need a screw driver, some pliers, utility knife, etc. I keep mine directly on my work table so I can easily grab it.
This one from Allied Tools is great and compact so it doesn't take up a lot of space.

I think Michele shared these Cutter Bee scissors too but you guys, these things are so awesome! They are crazy sharp, cut great, and love the cap so you don't accidentally stab yourself.

I love this File Set from Basic Grey. I used to scrapbook but I use them more now that when I did. I love to use them if I apply paper to something and it is hanging over the edge a little. Just file it off and you are set to go. They are also great to use when distressing a paint treatment, such as on mason jars. I use these all the time!


 If you don't have a cordless glue gun, get one! It is a game changer! 
It is so much easier working on a project when you aren't fighting a cord. I also recommend a multi temp gun like this one from Adhesive Technologies because some projects you will need low temp glue, and others are better with hot so this way you only need one gun instead of a few.

I love this Revolving Organizing Tool Carousel for all my storage needs on my desktop. Mine is full of scissors, pens, pencils, markers, glue sticks, erasers, rulers, and probably way too many other things! lol
It sits on the corner of my work space at hands reach so I can easily grab what I need.

If you have a lot of ribbon, washi tape or other small items you use all the time, the Snap Storage kit is pretty handy to have to keep all that organized. I MAY be slightly biased about how great it is because my husband did invent it, but it really is an awesome way to keep things organized and you can view exactly what you have.


Now onto a few of my favorite products.

I love Mod Podge. It can be used for so many different things and there are so many different types that you can for sure find the one that is perfect for the project you are working on. 

As I mentioned earlier, I used to scrapbook and when I scrapbooked I would use these Stickles all the time to add a little sparkle to my pages. Well I don't scrapbook as much as I used to but I still love Stickles! There are SOOOOOOO many color options to pick from and they are so great to just add some glitter to any sort of project, and I like glitter, without all the glittery mess. My daughter loves to use these as well. 

If you do hand lettering, or even like to do other drawing/doodling, these TomBow Dual Brush Tip Markers are so amazing. They have a wide numerous of color options, they are blend well together and the colors are vibrant.

I like to keep all sorts of glue on hand but these glue pens from Martha Stewart are nice and handy for paper crafts. There are three options: Ball point, Fine point and Wide Tip. I have all three and keep them in my carousel to pull out whenever needed. 

Another product that I used to use with scrapbooking but still love to use for any other type of paper projects are these ColorBox Chalk Inkpads. I use them when creating anything out of paper to add a little dimension. I've used them on coffee filter wreaths. And I even use them on the edge of some painted wood projects. There are a ton of color options for to go with any project.



I think I will stop there! 
What are some of your favorite tools or products? 


Stay tuned for next month when we start a whole new set of tips and we start holiday tips! :) 







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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Handmade Hangout Party #168

It's time to party! 
Show off what you've been working on lately! 



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

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!!



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Embroider Your Child's Drawings

A picture is worth a thousand words...or so they say...actually I believe them. A picture can mean so much. But what about a picture drawn by your sweet child, grandchild, niece or nephew? Those pictures can be so precious. So they go up on the fridge and sometimes they come back down. It's hard to leave them up forever even though they are so precious. But paper fades, gets ripped or wet and is no good anymore. I've found a better way to preserve my kids really "SPECIAL" drawings. You know the ones I actually want to have forever. 

Yes, you can take a picture of it and put it in the book but I have an even better idea. What about embroidering the picture and framing it for your wall?!! Sounds complicated? Nope. It's not. If you know a few basic embroidery stitches you can have this precious art work preserved for all time (or at least as long as thread and fabric lasts...which is a lot longer than paper)!

Get a big embroidery hoop...and even if you have more than one drawing to do one hoop is enough because you'll take the embroidery out and frame it...or leave it in the hoop and just buy more, the choice is yours. 

Next get some plain white cotton fabric and stretch it in your hoop. I like to do it "backwards" in the hoop because it's just easier to hold the hoop this way (especially with the big 12 inch hoops). Then trace your drawing onto your fabric. You can use a window with sunlight behind it, a glass table with a flashlight or a lightpad/light table (I've used all three!).

Then keep the drawing handy as a reference and just get to work! I use a back stitch for the outline and satin stitch to fill in the big parts. Those two stitches are pretty easy and if you need a tutorial check out You Tube...it's full of embroidery tutorials. 

Once I am done I take the embroidery out give it a quick press with a coolish iron and frame it. I like to stick my embroidered pieces onto a sticky backed tag board (which you can find at Hobby Lobby or JoAnns) so that the embroidery doesn't loose it's shape.


I have had each of my kids draw our family once they turn 5 or 6 and that is the picture I have used to embroider. It is fun to see our family in different stages through their eyes!! 

My sons is one of my favorites and is kinda what started this whole thing. He drew our family when I was pregnant with my 3rd daughter. So precious!! 

I plan to frame them and hang them in sequential order going down our hall with other family photos!! 

 Don't forget to have your child sign their name and embroider that too (and the year and their age) so you can remember how sweet that was!!



 Another great way to use this technique is on tea towels. 

Have your kids draw on a piece of paper that has been folded in half the long way and just embroider it near the end of the towel. I actually had my daughters class do this one year for an auction item. Each kid drew a scene representing a different month of the year and we had a "Year of Towels" with their sweet drawings embroidered on them!! It was time consuming, I won't lie but it was a big hit and brought in a lot of money for the school!!




I can't wait to see your kids drawings embroidered!! 
Please share with me your projects when you do work on them!


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Monday, August 21, 2017

Easy Customized Fabric Tote

Miss S starts preschool next week but her registration was last week where we had to take all her supplies. She is only going two days a week for a few hours but while there, she will have a nap time so we had to take a blanket and pillow for her. 
I didn't want to just take them loose or in a plastic bag because I didn't want it to just be thrown away so I thought a small tote of some sort would be perfect so it can just stay at school, she could keep her stuff in it, and when we needed to bring the items home for a wash, it would be easy to grab.


This is what I came up with, a decorated premade tote perfect for her nap time essentials. 

It is so easy. I made it during a quick nap time.
This is even a great project to let your kids do themselves if they are old enough.

Supplies:
-Canvas tote (premade or make one yourself)
-Fabric Markers
-Poster board, card stock, or card board

 I bought everything for this in the craft department of my local Wal-Mart store. The markers are Tulip Brand and I bought both the fine and brush tip sets for easy drawing and coloring. 

I washed and ironed the tote to make sure it was clean and free of most wrinkles then I started by simply drawing out a design on the tote with the fine tip black marker. 
I talked to Miss S to see what she wanted and just kinda put stuff here and there of what we discussed.

Then just color it in. Color it all of leave some of it white, totally up to you or your child.

I did a quick little drawing on the back as well so it wasn't so plain.

These markers had to set for 24 hrs before considering washing the tote.

We filled it with her pillow, a blanket, and then a small doll and it was the perfect fit! 

Miss S was very excited to take it to school to leave in her locker! 
Hopefully it will be useful this coming year for us! 

See! Told you it was fast, easy, and the perfect activity for you or your child to do! 
Would be a cute gift for a teacher or child's friend as well. :)




Friday, August 18, 2017

MHCT&M: Must Have Silhouette Cameo Tools

This post contains affiliate links.
 
  Hello there makers! 
 
This month we have been sharing our very favorite craft tools every Friday. 
If you know me, then you know my very favorite craft tool ever is my Silhouette Cameo. I thought I would share some of my very favorite Must Have Silhouette Cameo Tools with you! 
 
 
  
(Some of these links are affiliate links – that just means if you purchase from these links we’ll receive a tiny commission – but there’s no extra cost to you!) 
 
 
The Silhouette Cameo 3 is my favorite ever craft tool because it's so versatile and I can create so many things using it. From stencils to paint signs or decor for walls, to paper crafts, to party decorations, to apparel and so much more.  
 
 
 
 
Because this machine is so versatile, there are lots of accessories that you can choose to purchase with it and for it. 
 
I think it's always important to have an extra blade on hand. Though mine always last a really long time, I think it's important to have a back up. Picture yourself, late night crafting session, and your blade is dull. No craft stores open... what do you do before panic sets in and you have to call it quits for the night?! Pull out your spare, girl! Crafterhours saved! 
 
 
Though your machine comes with a mat, you will need replacements. You can choose to get a standard 12x12 or a 12x24 which is on my wish list.  
 
 
To have even more design abilities, I suggest getting the Silhouette Design Edition. It's an upgrade to the program that the machine comes standard with. I highly recommend this, and it's definitely worth the extra cost.
    
 
 
You'll also want the Silhouette tool pack to help with weeding vinyl and paper crafting. The tools make life so much easier!
  
 
When storing your Silhouette, it's important to keep it covered to keep the dust off of it. There are several colors of these covers you can choose from to buy or you can  make your own.  
 
 
 If you travel places with your Silhouette, say to a friend's house to craft or maybe you use it in your classroom, I suggest purchasing a tote! They come in handy by making transport easy and a bit safer for your machine.
   
 
 I love making things with vinyl! This starter kit is great so you can get the feel for working with vinyl before you buy a bigger order of it.  
 
 
  Once you get the hang of your Silhouette and you're ready to make even more fun things like shirts, you'll love this heat transfer vinyl multipack! You will also want to make things like cups, coffee mugs, and wall art, so you'll want regular vinyl as well.  
  
 
 And if you get really into making shirts, you'll want a heat press. This makes the vinyl adhere so much better than irons and the longevity of the shirt is so much better.  
 
 
 To transfer your vinyl designs over easily, you'll need a roll of transfer tape. You save money when you buy a bigger roll, and you'll go through it so it's necessary.
 
   
 
 
I am all about organizing my supplies, especially my vinyl otherwise it ends up all over the place. I like storing it rolled up in magazine holder.
  
 
To help cut your vinyl, transfer paper, and other paper, I love my Fiskar Scissors
They are super sharp and work so well. 
 
 
 
For more fun, you should try out the sketch pens
Use them to create cards, invitations, tags, addressing envelopes, making wall art, and so much more.  
 
 
 
There are so many more things you can get for your Silhouette, but these are my must haves. 
I hope you find them helpful and that they make your crafting even more fun!
 
 
  
 
 
Join us next week for Allison's must have craft supplies!
 
 
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