Saturday, January 10, 2015

A Variety of Valentine Treat Holders! – Yapha Mason

A Variety of Valentine Treat Holders by Yapha Mason
Are you looking for a variety of ways to package up Valentine treats for your friends and loved ones? Do you need new ideas for treats your child can take to school? Or maybe something to send your grandchildren? This project contains instructions to create six different holders for five types of Valentine candy, plus one more for Valentine pencils. Some of the packaging is easy enough for children to make, and others are more complicated. The variety of choices available make this the perfect project to get ready for Valentine’s day at home, at school, or to have plenty of options for a Valentine themed stamp camp or class.  Head on over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of January for full step-by-step instructions!

Friday, January 09, 2015

Mini-Collage #19: A Video!

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Open Yourself To The Inspiration That Is Right There With You!
The dove was in my backyard.  The music bowl was waiting to be rung.  The birds were chirping in the hedge.  These three things come together in the video I am sharing with you today!  For those of you following my blog, you know that I have been working on a challenge I gave myself - to complete 30 mini collages (2"x2") in 30 days.  The 30-day part has fallen by the wayside, but the intent was to make sure I was creating something every day and I have been doing a pretty good job at that.  I have continued to move forward with the 30 mini collages and will allow them to be completed in whatever time they fill :)  I hope you enjoy the video!  (ps For those of you watching my videos, you will notice that I cut up the deli paper that I created in my Paper Expressions 2 video in order to create this mini collage!)

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Mini-Collage #21: Paris - A Tribute

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Process Your Feelings Through Art
A tragedy.  Hatred.  Violence.  It is hard for me to absorb, understand, process.  Art helps me heal.  Heal from wounds that are opened worlds away.  I was on a plane yesterday.  Hours after the news announced the tragedy in Paris.  On the plane I took out my collage materials and tried to process.  It began with a torn paper napkin from United Airlines.  I loved that I was on an airline called "United" - it seemed like a perfect beginning for this tribute.  Sometimes the only way to try to process your feelings is through art.
For those of you following my mini-collage challenge, you may notice that this is mini-collage #21 and not #20.  I have #20 scheduled to post next week, but thought it necessary to share this mini-collage with you now - in the moment - while the wounds are open.  My thoughts and prayers are with those who died and with those who are injured who all held the value of expression through art so close to their hearts.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Masculine Gift Box & Desk Accessories! – Buffy Cooper

Masculine Gift Box & Desk Accessories by Buffy Cooper
Here’s a fun project using Simply Pressed Clay to personalize a gift box made with the Envelope Liners Framelits.  Use Designer Series Paper to jazz up office supplies, create a paper weight using Clear Blocks in creative ways, and you have a great handmade gift for one of the special men in your life.  The box makes an attractive desk accessory to hold pens, paper and more.  This would also make a fun class or stamp camp!  Head on over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of January for full step-by-step instructions!

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Mini-Collage Challenge #18

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Find Some Unfinished Business To Finish
Weeks.  Maybe a few months.  That's how long this little collage sat, unfinished, on my craft room table.  Until today!  I was staring at it and thinking that it was unfinished business...and that was the inspiration I needed!  I took the mini collage over to my manual typewriter and typed out "unfinished business" amidst the other stamping that already existed on the collage.  This collage is the 18th of my mini-collage challenge that I gave to myself.  I have 12 more collages to go!  What unfinished business can you finish today?

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Monday, January 05, 2015

Paper Expressions 2: A Video!

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Use Your Hands!
Fancy brushes.  Just the right tool.  Sometimes I get so wrapped up in what I am using to create that I lose the joy of creating!  So for this video I challenged myself to just use my hands :)  I hope you like it!

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Valentine’s Day Gift Packaging & Card! – Christy Fulk

Valentine’s Day Gift Packaging & Card by Christy Fulk
Show your Valentine how much you care by making these gift packages and coordinating card for your sweetie. There’s a treat basket made with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and two treat holders made with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. Fill the packages up with goodies, and give them all to your Valentine, along with the coordinating card. This would also make a great Valentine’s Day themed class.  Head on over to Craft Project Central and subscribe to the month of January for full step-by-step instructions!