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November 2014 DREAMER Kit by hydrangeahippo

Today is the last day to sign up for our monthly kit club and receive BOTH the October kit and November kit in your shipment! I just had to put an exclamation point because I am really excited … you see, this is the first time in over a year I have offered a special like this. It’s a pretty sweet deal on top of our already generously packed its full of inspiration and unique goodies for crafting. You can make mixed media projects, cards, altered things, and even scrapbook pages. Can you see that gorgeous trim bundle? Xaver had to pry that delicious taupe trim out of my hands to get it into the kit – it’s a thing of beatuy, she is! Today, Candice Elliott shares a scrapbooking layout she created with our October kit, Bootiful. The only way to get your hands on this “Bootiful” kit is to subscribe by October 31, 2014 – otherwise it is gone forever!!! Oh, and here’s the link to subscribe: JOIN OUR CLUB

October 2014 Monthly Kit Hydrangea Hippo

Hello there fellow crafters!

Fall is in full swing and I must admit that it’s my favorite time of the year. It so warm and cozy with all the earth tones and savory flavors of food/drinks. What perfect time as well to snuggle up with the little ones and hubby. Need a kit to document all those fall favorites?!

Well we have one right here for you with the Hydrangea Hippo October kit!

This kit is so jammed packed with goodness as always for the creative madness inside us. LOL! It’s enough to keep you for the entire season and then some. I created this layout of myself and hubby working our selfie pose. I always tell everyone he may look serious but he is just a big care bear with such great humor. He is my keeper for sure.


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I am a bit into shape play at the moment and my picks for the most part are circles and triangles. They are always pleasant to the eye.

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There is a little bit of mixed media thrown in with the splatter paint and

the doodle targets. It gives off mechanical type style which was not what I was going for but in the end I loved it just the same.

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Buttons, gems, and more buttons oh my! Look at how cool these are. I love the design on these buttons and look at that gorgeous gem. I think that the buttons sparked the idea for the doodle targets. It is amazing where ideas and inspiration stems from.  

I had a wonderful time sharing with you all today!

Thank you!

 Candice Elliot



How to Make An Emmet Costume from the Lego Movie

If you have a boy between the age of 5 and 12 and they saw the Lego Movie, you probably heard these words:

” I wanna be Emmet for Halloween!!!!”

But have you SEEN the prices of these flimsy Emmet costumes? And then, most of them are just repurposed “construction worker” costumes or a sweatshirt printed to look like Emmet’s torso. Lame. I figured I could make an Emmet costume for less money than buying one and in a more accurate way than all of the “block figure” knock-off costumes. This costume cost me $15 to make and will last a couple of years, And if it does not last, no biggie – it didn’t cost a ton.

DIY Emmet Costume by Jennifer Priest LEGO Movie Collage title

Step One: Find Materials

I figured it would be best if the costume was flexible. Also, the shirt part I figured I could get away with a long sleeve blue shirt. I got the shirt at Goodwill for 99 cents (score!) and decided to build the rest with fun foam and duct tape.

Step Two: Building

Fun Foam likes to tear and well, with Matthew, it would DEFINITELY tear. I decided to reinforce the Fun Foam with cardboard. I adhered the foam to the card board with hot glue. It was important that Matthew be able to move in the costume so I  decided that a sandwich board style top would be good. For the legs, we would make panels to cover the thighs and calves and secure them with straps made from duct tape and Velcro. We found a construction hat, also foam, at Hobby Lobby but it was yellow. I later found red ones in the $1 Spot at Target. I painted the yellow foam hat red with two coats of basic craft paint, in red.

Step Three: Fitting

We made adjustments as needed, tightening and shortening things. This costume is great because it can grow with your kids or be used as a hand me down for several years.

DIY Emmet Costume by Jennifer Priest LEGO Movie 3

Want to make your own Emmet Costume? Just watch this handy dandy video I made showing the process from start to finish:


  • Fun Foam in Orange x 4 Sheets
  • Fun Foam in Silver Glitter x 1 Sheet
  • Duct Tape in Orange (it seems the only solid non-neon orange is Duck Brand’s Scented Orange Creme Tape)
  • Westcott Non-Stick Scissors
  • Cardboard Boxes
  • Glue Gun
  • Foam Construction Hat
  • Red Acrylic Paint (to change the color of the hat if needed)
  • Foam Paint Brush

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Jennifer Signature Block-Fall 2014


DIY Spa Kit – A Mason Jar Gift Idea for the Holidays

I love to make handmade gifts for the holidays but after years of making gifts, there are only so many scrapbooks I can give someone, right? As I get older, I find myself wanting to give practical and useful gifts, not just some pretty chotsky. But I do want the gift to be pretty! And a great way to make things pretty is to put them in a mason jar. Since my sister has been into essential oils and making her own bath srubs, I thought a DIY spa kit in a mason jar would be a fun, practical gift to compliment something she already loves doing – getting pampered! 

Mason Jar Gift Idea - Spa Gift Set by Jennifer Priest of hydrangeahippo  Collage

The kit looks cute in the mason jar but its practical too – the jar keeps everything in one place and the vented lid allows things to stay dry. Whenever my sister wants to file her nails or add a coat of polish, all she has to do is pull out this handy jar and get to pampering. It’s even cute enough to keep out on the bathroom counter. Here’s how…

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Tombow DT Call Application

A long time ago, I used to be on the blogging team for Tombow. With their newest DT call out, I was so superexcited! Earlier this year I was invitied to be part of Sticky U and try Tombow’s new Xtreme adhesive. I remember starting my papercrafting journey with Tombow, which we all considered the gold standard, back in the day and their new adhesive formula, Xrteme, is their best yet! My application follows here …

Project #1 – Dia De Los Muertos Vase

This vase project features one of my favorite techniques with glue – crepe paper rosettes with a glittered edge. The glittered edge is achieved by dredging the rosettes in glue and then sprinkling on glitter. It’s incredibly fun! Check out this post here: Dia De Los Muertos Vase

Dia De Los Muertos Flower Centerpiece by Jennifer Priest of hydrangeahippo TITLE LG

Project #2 – DIY Altered Wood Box

This wood box project features decoupage, one of my favorite techniques to do with glue! The layers are achieved with decoupaged paper, stencils, and ink for a fun look on an otherwise drab box. Read more here: DIY Altered Wood Box


Project #3 – Hawaii Scrapbook

I love scrapbooking so I thought it fitting to close this application with a scrapbook. I made this one for my parents to remember their trip to Hawaii, using lots of fabulous things to embellish the cover, from a painted tiki head to flowers and more. Read more about this project here: Hawaii Scrapbook Album Cover

Thank you for checking out my application! I look forward to seeing who Tombow chooses to move on in future rounds and represent the company on their blog. 

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Jennifer Signature Block-Fall 2014


How to Make Personalized Holiday Gifts with Labels

Disclosure: I was provided product and compensation for this post from Crafty Hangouts on behalf of their advertiser All projects and opinions are 100% my own.

I love labels because the options for customizing are endless! Stationary is so on trend right now and I knew for the holidays I wanted to make some fabulous stationary gifts for my friends and family. But have you seen the prices in some of these stationary shops? Scandalous. That’s why I love – you can buy labels by the sheet, in cool shapes and colors, and make your own custom stationary pieces, like custom address labels or personalized book plates and more.Holiday Printable Projects with Labels by Jennifer Priest of hydrangeahippo

I created several gift project ideas using the cool labels from Matthew and I share the ideas in this handy dandy hangout video we did with our friends from

I made a couple of printables that you can use to create these projects with the labels from

 Holiday Printables for Labels by Jennifer Priest of hydrangeahippo

Advent Calendar Printables Page 1 and Page 2, for use with Labels - OL192TG

 Holiday Label Printable, for use with Labels - OL1761WX

Here’s what you’ll need to create each project:

Holiday Printable Projects with Labels by Jennifer Priest of hydrangeahippo

Mason Jar Labels

Decorated Glassine Bags for Cookies or Cards

Ugly Sweater Christmas Cards

Holiday Gift Folio Collage by Jennifer Priest

Custom Label Folio

  • Labels –  OL875TP
  • File Folder
  • Two pieces of 12×12 Scrapbook Paper
  • Glue Gun
  • Paper Trimmer with Scoring Blade

Advent Calendar with Labels by Jennifer Priest Collage 1

Cloth Bag or Paper Bag Advent Calendar

You can see how to make all of these projects in the video I shared above or watch it on YouTube here.

Who knew you could do so much with a sheet of labels?! I’d love for you to get your hands on some labels – you can shop anytime at but we have a super special giveaway going on with all the peeps from Crafty Hangouts!! Use the rafflecopter widget below to enter to win labels from!!! 

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. How would you use labels from to customize your holiday? Leave me a comment and I will choose one winner to receive a selection of the AWESOME labels from my stash!! Winner will be chosen from the comments in the widget at the end of this blog post on November 1, 2014 and notified via comment reply.

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Jennifer Signature Block-Fall 2014


Upcycled Ukelele – A DIY Dia De Los Muertos Skull

Since I got my hands on the new Crafty Chica collection from Michael’s, I’ve been whipping up lots of Dia De Los Muertos inspired projects, Last month, I had to get my tires rotated so I walked down the street from my tire shop, Cole’s Bros, to the Goodwill in Victorville. Inside, I spotted a ukelele that was broken, on sale for $3.99. I probably paid too much for it but I knew it would be perfect to make this Dia De Los Muertos Skull Door Hanging! 

Dia De Los Muertos Door Decoration by Jennifer Priest

To make this project, you’ll need the following supplies. Some of these you can get on Amazon or other online places so I’ve linked them up for ya. I do get a small commission if you make a purchase and that helps us keep the crafts flowing.


Altered Ukelele for Dia De Los Muertos by Jennifer Priest - Door Hanging 3

If you can’t find a ukelele, you can use a toy guitar or broken guitar. It’s important to paint the whole ukelele with chalk paint or gesso to prime the surface as the acrylci paint won’t stick onto the varnished body of the ukelele.

And here’s how to create this project, start to finish.

I am so excited at how this project turned out! It’s so unique and totally NOT a wreath (are we tied of wreaths yet?) and I hope this inspires you to get outside the wreath and upcycle something trashy into something cool!


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Jennifer Signature Block-Fall 2014


The Most Adorable DIY Halloween Cupcake Stand

  Smoothfoam Halloween CupCake Stand by Jennifer Priest of hydrangeahippo

Planning a Halloween party this year? Create an adorable cupcake stand with Smoothfoam! I used several Smoothfoam shapes to create this stand as well as basic craft supplies like acrylic paint and glitter. You won’t believe how easy tis is ot put together!! Check out this handy video I made showing the process from start to finish:

Smoothfoam Halloween CupCake Stand by Jennifer Priest of hydrangeahippo 2

You can totally make this tonight!! I used mini cupcakes on mine because the diameter of the stand is 8″ at its widest. To make a stand for full size cupcakes, use the 12″ Smoothfoam discs. I got the mini cupcakes on my stand in these photos for under $5 for 12 at Target. 

Smoothfoam Halloween CupCake Stand by Jennifer Priest of hydrangeahippo 3

To see full step by step instructions and the complete supply list, head over to the Smoothfoam blog. You can even change the colors for different holidyas, like make a red and green one for Christmas!

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Jennifer Signature Block-Fall 2014