I am super super excited to announce that I have partnered with Be Crafty on their upcoming workshop in Arizona! Amanda and I have been working hard to bring you the best Be Crafty yet and we are beyond happy to finally be able to share the details with you!!
>> Be Crafty + Maggie Holmes in Arizona <<
Join us for an afternoon of crafting on September 6th, 2014.
Registration is open TODAY!!!
WHERE: The Denmar Estate 2600 E Southern Ave, Mesa, Arizona
COST: early bird $65.00 // $75 starting Aug. 4th
WAFFLE LUV: We are so excited to have waffle love join us with their hand painted truck and yummy waffles. If you haven't had a chance to try their amazing waffles, today is your day. ( Waffles are not included in workshop.)
Each attendee will make and take home 3 projects:
1. Create a doily dreamcatcher using a variety of ribbons and lace. Learn how to create felt bows using the Maggie Holmes bow die cut.
2. Using embossing powder, create 10 polka dot gift bags perfect for making your gifts and packages cuter than ever!!
3. Create an accordion book using the Maggie Holmes paper collection. You will learn a masking technique and get to play with gold mist!!
And we can't have a workshop without yummy treats!! Drinks and treats will be provided.
Workshop seats are limited and these Be Crafty events are known to fill up fast, so register now in order to get a spot!
We are so excited to spend the afternoon crafting with you, chatting, eating yummy treats and definitely taking lots of pictures!!
Call your friends and register today!!
Today Amanda has such a darling project to share with us! She is seriously the queen of sending beautiful happy mail.... which I can personally vouch for because I have been the lucky recipient of some of those amazing cute packages! She is showing us how to use an embossing folder on a manilla tag today and I love the result! If you haven't played with the doily embossing folder from my Styleboard collection yet, you are definitely going to want to after reading this!!
Hi Friends! I love sending cards to friends to brighten their day and for a fun extra surprise when getting their mail. Today I am excited to share with you a fun way to use your doily embossing folder to make a cute manilla tag card.
Using the embossing folder was super easy. I love that it is clear so you can see exactly where to place your paper without having to guess. Once my manilla tag was embossed, I cut one of my styleboard collection papers to the width of the manilla tag. Down the side of my styleboard paper I sewed a few scrap pieces of paper along with a few ribbons. I always keep my scraps, I just can't throw them away!!! I also used my stamp to add some hearts to the top.
I cut a second piece of styleboard paper for the back to write on and simply glued the two pieces together.
And to finish the card off I added a fun instax picture on top and paper clipped them together. I love layering and using lots of different textures. Once the card was finished I inserted it into a clear glassine bag. And then into a standard mailing envelope.
I can't wait to use the doily embossing folder again. It was so fun and easy, and adds such a fun texture.
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Guess what? I have a new product in Michael's Stores right now and it is a "hot buy" item, which means it can be found for as little as $5! Who doesn't love a good deal right?
This pack of papers feautres the "best of" from all of my collections including my most recent line, Styleboard!! They are sized at 8.5 x 11" which is not available anywhere else and works great for scrapbooking and crafting! The paper in the pack is a heavier weight cardstock, common to double-sided scrapbook paper.
The pack retails for $19.99, but because it is what they call a "hot buy" item, it drops to $5 regularly, so keep your eyes out for it and snag some up when it drops in price!
>> GIVEAWAY <<
Not only did I want to give you a heads up on this Michael's Hot Buy, but I have a pack to GIVE AWAY here on my blog as well!! To enter to win the Maggie Holmes Paper Pack at Michael's, leave a comment here on this post. I will be back later in the week to draw a winner at random. Good luck!
When Amanda texted me and told me she was using my Styleboard Bow Craft Die with felt I was kinda freaking out!! I didn't realize that it would cut through thick wool felt and she said it worked perfectly!! I was immediately so excited about all the new possibilities and I literally cannot wait to try it out! The felt bow clips that she made are absolutely darling!! They would make such a cute and easy baby shower gift too!! Read on for Amanda's darling felt bow hair clip tutorial below...
I might have squealed out loud when I discovered I could use the Styleboard bow die template to cut wool felt. Today I am excited to share with how to make felt bow hair clips for all the little girls in your life, or maybe even yourself !!!!
2 sheets of wool felt (one color for the bow and one color for the clip)
metal blank hair clip (you can find them cheaper and in bulk over in the sewing / notions aisle
hot glue (when working with wool felt, hot glue is your best friend.)
die cutter and bow craft die template
To start, die cut the bow from one of your colored wool felt sheets using your die cutting machine. Hot glue your bow shape together and set aside.
Next, we are going to create a cover to go over your metal hair clip. This will create a place to set the bow.
STEP 1: place your clip on top of your felt. Using a pencil, trace along side of the clip tracing the clip shape onto to felt. When cutting out your clip shape as pictured above, give a little extra space from your traced line. The extra space will make sure you are able to fully cover the metal clip.
STEP 2: Fold over the top of ONE of your felt clip covers. Cut a small slit on the fold and insert your clip. I then covered the top of the clip with hot glue to connect the two pieces together. Firmly press the two pieces together.
Step 3: Lastly, hot glue your bow to the top of your covered clip.
These felt blow clips are so fun to make and full of color!! Once you make one, you'll be making one in every color!!!
>> Discount on Wool Felt Sheets <<
As a special treat for all of you, we reached out to our favorite wool felt supplier and they are offering my blog readers a 10% discount through mid August!!
Wool Felt Online Shop: BenzieDesign
Use the code MAGGIEHOLMES10 to get a 10% discount!!
They have the entire array of wool felt colors to choose from, but in case you need some ideas to get you started, our favorites right now include guava, magenta, julep, pistachio and golden!
Thank you Benzie Design!!
It's that time of year again for us.... birthday season! All of our birthdays (except for Brian) fall in May & July, which makes it a fun and celebratory time of year for sure! I love to decorate our front entry table for birthdays! And since I added the large gold framed chalkboard to the mix a while back, I love it even more! I will typically decorate the chalkboard for the first birthday and then leave it that way until the July birthdays are over. Then all I have to do is change up the decor a little bit for each one.
I love to decorate the birthday area with things I already have on hand because that way it is basically free! In fact, I haven't spent much money on party decorations for a long time. I simply browse around my house and gather things that will work with my color scheme and then arrange it on the table.
I made the tissue paper garland last year for the girls' birthdays and then saved it, so that was simple and quick to pull out and use again. The florals, books, vintage cameras, etc are all a part of my normal display on this table so I didn't even change much out.
These flowers are obviously not real... I wish they were but they are surprisingly real looking for fake and I love the pretty pop of color that they add to our home, so I keep them out almost year round. If only I could really have a huge bouquet of real gorgeous pink peonies every day of the year! That would be a dream!
I bought these horse figurines last year for the girls' birthday display and have loved them so much that I keep them out most of the year. I spray painted the cheaper one from the hobby store with my favorite gold spray paint.
As you can see, most of the decor is not necessarily "party themed" but that's how I like to create my display. It makes it more unique and eclectic to use a mix of things you love and already have with a few more specific party things added in. I simply added in the painted jar with the party sticks inside and the pink cake plate with Lizzy's birthday cake.
The party sticks are super easy to create. I got the paper sticks from the candy-making & cake-decorating aisle at the craft store and sprayed them gold. Then I added the little flag banners with washi tape and stapled them in place. These are another item that you can save and use from year to year if you want to. You can also swap a few of them out to change the color scheme for a different party!
This year I went with a pink ombre birthday cake because Lizzy's one request was a "big big pink cake"! First I mixed up a bowl of the darkest pink frosting and then I added some of that to a bowl of white frosting to get the medium pink color. Then I added a little bit of that to another bowl of white frosting to get the lightest color. If you do it this way, you will ensure that all the pinks are of the same tone and a gradation of the same color.
Here's a closer look at the birthday chalk art. I like to sketch my design out first with these chalk pencils and then I go over it with regular chalk. The pencils are also great for adding in some of the finer details where you want a thinner line. The only difference with the pencils is that you have to use a wet paper towel to erase because it is a little harder to get off.
For the boys' birthdays I obviously have to change out a lot more from my normal display on the entry table because the pink florals and feminine things don't work, but again I simply "shop" what I have around the house. You can see what I did for our boy birthday table display last year here.
I also used the finished birthday table display as a backdrop to take some pictures of the birthday girl and will share those in another post! I hope you found some inspiration for your next pink birthday party!
I am consistently amazed at Amanda's ability to create such stunning and unique crafts that look detailed and complicated, yet are fairly simple and straight forward to make! And today she has wowed me again with these DIY luggage tags! In the quick and easy tutorial below Amanda teaches us how to make our own custom travel tags! I also love her ideas for variations on these and can already think of so many possibilities! Have fun with this one! I know I will!!
Hello Friends, happy Tuesday! !!! Today I am sharing with you a fun and easy way to make personalized labeled tags for all your traveling bags.
To begin, I cut my styleboard paper to the size of the plastic sleeve, leaving a little extra space around the edge. I love using the double-sided pattern paper for projects like this. If you do not have a laminator, don't worry; there is a self-seal option, which does not require a laminator. Once I had my paper cut, I used my typewriter to add my name and address. This project would be great for labeling names on kids camp bags, beach bags, and even school backpacks. And again, if you don't have a typewriter another fun option would be to use mini stamp letters or even handwriting.
Once you have your tags laminated (or self-sealed) use a hole punch to create a hole at the top of the tag. Once the hole has have been punched loop your favorite ribbon or lace through the hole and then tie onto your bag.
These tags were so fun to make, and would make a fun afternoon project for all ages. Happy summer Travels!
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Last week I shared a tutorial for making a notebook out of paint chips with some cute handmade tassels attached. In that post I promised a tassel tutorial for making your own tassels and here it is! Below you will find a step by step DIY for making tassels out of embroidery thread or crochet thread and yarn. Enjoy!
Supplies Needed >> Embroidery Thread or Crochet Thread, Yarn, Gold 2-Ply Lame Cord, Gold Jewelry Jump Rings (small & large), Gold Jewelry Closures (small & large), 2 pair of Jewelry Making Pliers (I like the pointed end ones), & Scissors.
Step 1 >> Fold your yarn/thread back and forth on itself until you have a nice little bundle. You can also wrap it around some cardstock or your hand here. The length can vary according to how long you want each tassel to be. (Remember that this first length will end up being folded in half.) The thickness is dependent upn how big your jewelry chain rings are. If you get too much, it simply won't fit into the rings. I found that with the supplies I used I could do about 9-10 lengths for the thicker yarn and about 23 lengths for the thinner thread. Go ahead and play with this part at the beginning to get a feel for what you like and what will fit with your rings.
Step 2 >> Place the entire bundle you created in step 1 through your Jump Rings. The yarn goes onto the big rings and the thread goes onto the small rings.
Step 3 >> Fold the bundle in half over one side of the jump ring. Be sure to line up the ends of the thread as closely as possible.
Step 4 >> Take the gold lame thread and wrap it around the bundle close to the jump ring. You will want to wrap it around enough times so that it holds well and then tie it off with a double knot. I chose the gold lame thread here because I LOVE gold (the obvious choice) but you could also use thread or yarn instead.
Step 5 >> Use scissors to cut off the ends of the tassel and to trim it all up so the pieces are even. This is where you can cut the tassel to the length you want it. As you can see in the first image of all my tassels I played with the lengths and left some longer than others for variety.
Step 6 >> Take a small jump ring and use your pliers to pull it open. IMPORTANT TIP: Be sure to open it by moving one side away from you and one side toward you, rather than pulling it open horizontally. This will allow it to come back together nicely and maintain the circle shape at the same time.
Step 7 >> Thread the open jump ring onto the jump ring that is attached to the tassel.
Step 8 >> Now thread the closure piece onto the open jump ring as well.
Step 9 >> Use the pliers to close the jump ring by pulling the two ends back toward the center (opposite from how you opened them). If you opened it correctly, it will come back together nice and tight in it's original shape.
And here is a closer look at the finished tassels in both sizes! Adding the jewelry closure piece at the ends allows you to use your tassels in so many ways! You can hook it onto a jewelry chain and make a necklace out of it, or you can hook the smaller ones onto a bracelet! You can also hook your new handmade tassels onto a larger ring and make them into a keychain.
You can also leave the closure piece off and just use jump rings to attach your tassels to things. Here I used multiple jump rings to hook some onto the binder ring of this mini album to add some texture and color to the cover!
You can also see on the paint chip notebooks that I left the closure piece off and just threaded the jump rings onto the binder ring.
There really are so many possibilities with these and once you get the hang of it, they are pretty quick and easy to make! I like to make a bunch at a time so that I have them on hand for different projects! They would also be a fun and cute addition to a package! Have fun and let me know if you have any questions!
Happy Tassel Making!
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I am super super excited about today's project!! I have been LOVING the wood slices cut from trees for a while now and have seen so many fun things with them! In fact I recently gathered up a few logs myself and I have a friend cutting them into slices for me!! Amanda is showing us how to create a chalkboard wood slice and then she even takes it a step further and shows us a darling way to use it as a display board! I cannot wait to create this project myself as soon as I get my wood slices!! Thanks for the darling idea and tutorial Amanda!
Hi Friends! I have a fun project for you today that requires two of my favorite supplies: paper and paint. I have been so inspired by all of the amazing layouts Maggie and the design team have been creating, I thought it would be fun to put a crafty spin on the traditional paper layout.
To start, I began painting my wood slice with chalkboard paint. I found it works best to first create a thin outline all the way around using a small paintbrush. Once your outline is created, continue painting the entire wood top. I left a inch of wood showing around the edge, which keeps the natural look.
While I waited for the paint to dry, I started laying out my instax photo's and began working on my layout.
To create the banner, I used two of the styleboard embellished gold studs and a thin piece of lace . The studs pushed right into the wood holding the lace into place. Once the banner was set , I added my photos with mini clothespins and began layering with paper cut outs and embellishments. I love layering and adding different textures together.
After everything was in place, I used a regular piece of chalk to create a dashed boarder. However when writing out the words, I found that it works best to use a chalk pencil vs a regular piece of chalk.
I hope this project inspires you to have fun with your layouts, finding new ways to display your photos!
One important tip >> when using chalkboard paint for the first time on a project, make sure you season your board before writing. Seasoning is when you lay a piece of chalk on its side chalking your entire area. Once the paint has been covered with chalk, wipe off with a damp towel. This will prevent and make sure your first writing does not leave any permanent etchings.
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