Crafting On The Go: Midnight Blue Polymer Clay Jewelry

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Crafting on the go can be easy.  I was recently on the road for a few weeks and knew I would have plenty of downtime and would likely want to spend some time crafting. I knew I had to keep it compact.  Two kids, two adults and a dog in one SUV for four weeks, does not allow for much extra room.  You do not have to pack a ton of items and creating does not have to be complicated. {Read More}

Faux Granite Clay Beads

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Polymer clay is one of the more versatile mediums for crafting and it is especially fun for jewelry-making, because of some of the great effects you can create with it.  Today’s tutorial will walk you through how to make faux granite clay beads that are perfect for statement jewelry. Supplies needed to make your own faux granite clay beads: Sculpey Polymer Clay in a light color (beige works very well for this effect) Whispers Black Sparkle Embossing Powder Bead Reamer  {Read More}

Plastic Canvas Challenge: DIY Clutch Purse

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I created a DIY clutch for the Plastic Canvas Challenge. I thought it would be great for the beach. You can easily shake any sand out and dries quickly in the sun. My DIY clutch fits perfectly in my beach bag and holds all the important stuff. Supplies needed to make your own DIY clutch: Plastic Canvas Clutch Form Plastic Canvas Yarn in your choice of colors (I used Blue, Light Blue, and Green) Cross Stitch Needle Seed Beads (I used Blue) Matching Thread {Read More}

Washi Tape Embellished Handmade Card

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Paper tape, or most commonly known as washi tape, makes creating handmade cards easier than ever! Create quick cards with multiple patterns using strips of paper tape and a few colorful embellishments. Super simple, very little waste and the only glue used is on the floral embellishments.  The ribbons and the paper tape come in coordinated color packs by Martha Stewart. Supplies needed to make your own washi tape embellished handmade card: Martha Stewart Paper Tape Martha Stewart Specialty Ribbon {Read More}

Easter Hostess Gifts – Carrot Cake Mix Carrots

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Easter hostess gifts are something I like to give, and these adorable carrot cake mix carrots are quick and easy to put together in a pinch. We celebrate with friends since we live so far from our family. Being a hostess is a ton of work, and letting them know you appreciate the effort that goes into the gathering is always appreciated.  These carrots are so easy to make that my son and I decided to make them for his {Read More}

DIY Faux Sugar Decorative Eggs for Easter

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Sugar Easter decorative eggs were one of my favorites gifts to receive as a child growing up in a small town in the midwest. It not only meant a beautiful and delicate gift for me, but a trip into downtown Cincinnati with my grandmother.  Both were special treats.  I decided to make a fun and beautiful Easter craft – my own decorative eggs to place on display!  Granted these are not made of sugar, but they are created in a similar style. {Read More}

How to Make Faux Lava Beads

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Faux lava DIY bead bracelets are a great project to make for tweens all the way through older adults.  They are a quick and fun group activity that can be done with crafters of all skill levels! Supplies needed to make your own faux lava beads: Premo Sculpey Ploymer Clay in Black Kosher Salt or Sea Salt Jewelry Kit Scissors Flat Nose Pliers Oven, Toothpicks, Warm Water Condition the polymer clay by pinching off a small chunk and rolling it {Read More}

How to Dye Ribbon with Spectrum Noir Markers

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Custom dying ribbon and/or lace is easier than you might think. I wanted to make a gift box using the Petaloo Flowers I had left over from another project, but I could not find ribbon to match. So what does a crafty girl do? She colors her own and creates a custom colored ribbon.  I picked my favorite lace from the Martha Stewart pack and chose the Spectrum Noir markers to match.  I wanted a soft mottled look so I {Read More}

Shabby Chic Burlap & Lace Gift Bag

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Shabby chic, burlap, lace and a rosette. Yes, I am still on a burlap crafts kick and I think they are perfect for Valentine’s Day. This romantic bag is a special gift that will never go out of style. To create a clean yet shabby chic burlap look you only need a few ingredients: Burlap Lace Doilies – Pineapple, Circle Martha Stewart Crafts Lace Butterflies Fabri-Tac Scissors Scrap Fabric Sewing Machine and Thread Cut the fabric to 11″ x 10″. {Read More}