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Chic Foil Printing with Clearsnap

Welcome to the foil blog hop with the Clearsnap team!!! I have loved Designer Foils since I first started working with Clearsnap. They are super versatile and come in a variety of colors for all of your craft projects. I like to get mine on Amazon, which I’ve linked below for you :) Today, I am sharing how to create a brushed gold effect on paper with stencils, a paint brush, glue, and Clearsnap’s Designer Foils. It’s my version of “chic foil printing”!

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You don’t need a pricey laser printer and laminator to make gold foil images for your cards and scrapbook pages. I did some research to find out how to do foil printing on the cheap since I had seen some cool machines at the recent CHA Trade Show earlier this month. I did a post about a cool alternative I found to using expensive foiling machines here. 

But before I did that, I decided to see if there was an affordable way to do the heat laminating method of foil printing without spending more than $100. I like the look of the laminate printing and I would love to create typography on my home printer that I could then turn into laminated prints. Since these would be for personal use and not for a profit-making business venture, I did not want to spend alot on this project. I mean, for $100 I could probably buy a good deal of gold foil prints from someone on etsy, like this one from CEYdesign:

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I decided to take you along with me on a journey of discovery on the interwebs as I check out gold foil printing techniques, laser printers, and laminators, oh my!

Links mentioned in video:

Some of these links are affiliate links. If you click the links and buy, they toss me a few pennies. Yay!

So now that we got all of that “I want to print stuff on a laser printer and laminate it” out of our system, let’s talk about a real, affordable, super easy foil transfer you can literally do right now or right after a trip to your local craft store. Because local craft stores probably have Clearsnap Designer Foils in stock and they definitely have paint brushes, stencils, and Tombow MONO Multi-Liquid Glue. And it won’t cost you more than $20 to get all of this swag to make this happy safari tag (and 100 more projects like it):

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Here’s how to create this super rad brushed gold foil effect on this tag:

Here are a few more pics of the tag in detail so you can see how this effect really looks:

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Supplies:

It does help this card that I used a super amazing Stencil1 stencil by Ed Roth. Cuz Ed is cool like that.

It does help this card that I used a super amazing Stencil1 stencil by Ed Roth. Cuz Ed is cool like that.

Also, check out this masculine card for your favorite guy that incorporates the hot foil trend but in a masculine way by using an urban geometric pattern. I share the full tutorial over on the Tombow blog: Easy Foil Transfers.

 Click the links below to continue on our foils hop and be inspired:

Clearsnap GO HERE NEXT

Tami Sanders 

Steph Ackerman

Sabrina Alery

Jennifer Priest YOU ARE HERE

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Teacher Valentine in a Jar

Last week I was on a group google hangout with the ladies from Crafty Hangouts where we all shared Valentine gift ideas in mason jars. I decided to go a little different and picked up a cool jar with a wood lid on clearance from Target in the kitchen section. They have a ton of these at all the Targets I have been to in the last few weeks so I am hopeful you can find one too. I got mine for $4.48! Here’s the teacher Valentine in a jar:

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This is super easy to make and customize for any teacher. We are giving this gift in a  jar to Matthew’s teacher so we chose to fill it with items that she would love. We shopped in the Target $1 spot, which is usually filled with adorable and fun office supplies, stickers, and more. Matthew totally loves shopping at Target! He picked out the biggest box of candies he could find from the Valentine shop at the back of the store!

Matt with Box of Chocolates at Target - Jennifer Priest Hydrangeahippo

You can choose items from the special Valentine section in the store too but we focused on the $1 Spot. We chose several sets of fun polka dot pens, some mechanical pencils, some circle labels, chalkboard stickers, some sticky note page markers, a few candies, and a lip balm to include in the jar. To make the jar cute, we threaded a shipping tag onto a strip of ric rac by Decorative Trimmings that we then tied around the jar into a bow. We stuck some American Crafts layered stickers, also in the Target $1 Spot, to the tag to make is Valentine themed. Matthew wrote his name and his teacher’s name on the back of the tag. 

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I love that the teacher can use this jar for whatever she likes once Valentine’s Day has passed. Do you give gifts to your kids’ teachers?

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Foil Transfer for the Rest of Us – A Craft On The Cheap

Foiling is hot this year (just check out my CHA post 1 and CHA post 2 about it) and I decided to do an affordable take on it. Alot of people want you to think you need to buy a big, expensive machine to apply foils to your papercrafts. If you had a business selling gold foiled prints or maybe you made wedding invitations, I’d be like, “HEY, go get those awesome new foiling machines that came out”. Or if you just had like $300 holding up the leg of your couch or something. But since I am not in either of those businesses and my couch is held up by a ball of cat hair, well, I needed to find a way to do “foiling for the rest of us”. I had a happy discovery when I found that you can use a stencil with some Tombow MONO Multi Glue to make a design to foil. I already have a collection of super affordable Clearsnap Designer Foils that Clearsnap sent me and that you can get at the local Michaels Craft Stores. Again, big ole rolls o’ foil are cool, but if I am just making cards and scrapbook pages, and well, these readily available, under $5 foils are gonna be just dandy.  Here’s the card I did foil transfer for the rest of us on:

It does help this card that I used a super amazing Stencil1 stencil by Ed Roth. Cuz Ed is cool like that.

It does help this card that I used a super amazing Stencil1 stencil by Ed Roth. Cuz Ed is cool like that.

Head on over to the fabulous Tombow blog to see my full tutorial and the video I made showing you just how to do this. You’re totally gonna need some foils after you see the video so come back here because I made this handy dandy list of affiliate links you can use to order up foils and good stuff for way less than $300. Plus, when you buy, they sent me a check for like 20 cents. I could buy one foil sheet with that but you know, everything counts, right?

Everything you need to “Foil Like the Rest Of Us”:

Here are some other awesome foiling tutorials to check out:

Later this week I will share some tutrials on how to use a laser printer and a laminator to do foil transfer on paper.

Do you love the foil look that is so trendy right now? Yay or Nay?

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Getting Ready for the Game

Are you a HUGE sports fan and like to go all out for game day? I’m not a huge sports fan but I do like parties so I’ve gathered up some fun ways to show your game day spirit, get your grub on, and cheer on your favorite team. Here are 5 great projects to help you get ready for the game:

1. Decorations!

Tombow Tailgating Projects by Jennifer Priest - Centerpiece

Make this football centerpiece using a Smoothfoam half ball painted with chalk paint. Add flags and pennants to skewers and insert into the ball.

Tombow Tailgating Projects by Jennifer Priest - Pennant Banners

Create custom vintage-style pennants for your team or family name using Kunin Felt and Tombow Mono Multi-glue!

I recently created this centerpiece and pennant set for the Tombow booth at CHA. Our theme was sports! You can use any colors to make these projects to show your team spirit.

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • Kunin Felt
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

You can decorate the pennant however you like. I suggest using puffy paint 0r iron-letters but you can also cut out letters by hand like I did here. I printed the letters on my computer and then pinned them to a piece of felt and cut them out. The key to a realistic looking pennant is to have the perfect base. Here’s how to cut a perfect pennant from felt:

For the Centerpiece, you’ll need these supplies:

  • Smoothfoam Half Ball, 8″ diameter
  • Tombow Mono Adhesive Runner
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Chalk Marker
  • Paint Brush
  • Bamboo Skewer
  • Football Die Cut
  • Paper cut into pennant shapes

Here are the projects on display in the Tombow booth at the Craft & Hobby Association show earlier this month:

Me in the Tombow booth next to some of the projects I made

Me in the Tombow booth next to some of the projects I made

2. Pom Poms

Make pom poms with newspapers!

Make pom poms with newspapers!

Make your own pom poms with fabric, ribbons, and tulle! Mommy Savers shared how to make pom poms for the game with newspapers! Clever, clever.

3. Best Game Day Foods Ever

Make these sweet southern style ribs on the grill to really kick things off on game day!

Make these sweet southern style ribs on the grill to really kick things off on game day!

These Sweet Southern Style ribs are awesome game day food! 

Craftychica shares how to make a build-your-own-snack bar for the big game with Ritz Crackers!

Craftychica shares how to make a build-your-own-snack bar for the big game with Ritz Crackers!

You can also check out these fun touchdown snacks by Crafty Chica, using Coca-Cola and Ritz crackers!

4. DIY Team Shirts

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Use a screen printing machine or even a template and fabric paint to create fun festive shirts and “jerseys” to wear during the game without breaking the bank. This football onesie is for a baby but you can totally make adult shirts like this too!

5. Goal Can! 

Create this soccer goal can with basic supplies like Duck Tape and an oatmeal container.

Create this soccer goal can with basic supplies like Duck Tape and an oatmeal container.

Collect money for a charity, your church, or some other cause every time your team scores! Create this goal can with Duck Tape to pass around as the team scores goals. You can pass the can and empty it at each game or collect all season long. We use this can for our AYSO soccer games to help fund the kids’ end of season soccer party but you can use it for any game, from the big football game next weekend to your next high school baseball game.

I hope these easy ideas inspire you this game day! Pin this super awesome collage image to keep these ideas handy for your next shindig!

5 Awesome Ideas to get ready for Game Day, quick and easy.

5 Awesome Ideas to get ready for Game Day, quick and easy.

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Pretty Felt Heart Garland

I recently posted a picture of my sad, naked mantle to Instagram and asked if I should decorate for Valentine’s Day or just skip to Spring colors. Everyone said “Valentine’s Day” but no one in my family really loves pink. I decided to create a pretty, wintery Valentine’s scene on my mantle using felt as the main centerpiece. I recently went to the Craft & Hobby Association trade show and brought home loads of felt from my favorite felt company, Kunin Group!  The pretty felt heart garland I created stands at the center of everything. You won’t believe how easy this is to make! 

Create this fun 3D felt garland for your mantle in about 45 minutes.

Create this fun 3D felt garland for your mantel in about 45 minutes.

I chose to create a variegated effect on the garland - you can mix the colors or use them in a row like I did.

I chose to create a variegated effect on the garland – you can mix the colors or use them in a row like I did.

 

For this project, you’ll need some basic craft supplies. You can pick these up at your local craft store or online – I’ve compiled a list of handy dandy affiliate links here to help you out. If you buy from these links, they throw me a few pennies so I can buy more stuff like felt to make more DIY projects to share.Supplies:

This garland is now one of my favorite things! I am so happy with how it came out and it costs under $20 to make! After the holiday is over, it folds up flat for easy storage. If you don’t sew, you can create this by gluing the hearts together where the sewing machine seam is. Here’s how to create this garland, start to finish:

Isn’t that fun?! I kind of want to create them out of all kinds of shapes now!! The best part is that Kunin Eco-Fi felt is totally recycled!!! I can feel really good about using this product to make my garland, knowing that it will last a long time and it is good for the environment.

My decorated mantle. Thanks for inspiring me to do this!!

My decorated mantle. Thanks for inspiring me to do this!!

Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day? Share in the comments! 

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40 Awesome Things From CHA Mega Show 2015 – Part Two

Welcome to part 2 of my tour of CHA this year!!!! I made a list of over 40 awesome things from CHA Mega Show 2015 to inspire you and share the show with you in a different way than just touring every booth. I also did a video tour of some of the booths here:

 #1-21 Click here:  40 Awesome Things From CHA Mega Show 2015 – Part One

22. Block Printing.

Blockwallah Wood Carved Printing Blocks at CHA 2015

Blockwallah Wood Carved Printing Blocks at CHA 2015

Blockwallah was at the show with traditional carved wood blocks for block printing fabric. PLAID released resin replica block printing blocks along with a link of fabric inks to use them with. Clearsnap had a new line of foam and rubber stamps for fabric.

 23. Electronics and Circuits. 

Chibitronics at CHA 2015

Chibitronics at CHA 2015

Chibitronics and Liteseeds by Jill MacKay both had LED light kits to teach about circuits as well as to create cool lighting effects on crafts. I thought these were really cool because they’re bringing tech into craft and can be used to teach kids (and adults) about electricity and conductivity, Chibitronics’ kit has a book inside that teaches about building all kinds of circuits in a fun, inspiring way. I need one of those!!!

24. Stencils.

 

Ed Roth of Stencil1 created this shirt with stencils from his company, Stencil1 - they're celebrating 10 years in business!

Ed Roth of Stencil1 created this shirt with stencils from his company, Stencil1 – they’re celebrating 10 years in business! Stencil1 release new stencisl plus a set of amazing new stenciling tools and brushes!

Donna Dewberry shares abotu her stencil line with PLAID as well as some tips on refinishing furniture with stencils.

Donna Dewberry shares abotu her stencil line with PLAID as well as some tips on refinishing furniture with stencils.

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PLAID had several new stenciling tools from Martha Stewart, including these Daubers.

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PLAID had several new stenciling tools from Martha Stewart, including these Foam Pouncers.

Stencils are still HUGE and that means they are getting bigger and coming in more shapes and patterns. Stencil1 made a great showing but Plaid also had some fab stencils in their new Donna Dewberry line.

25. Inkpads.

 

Everyone has an inkpad now! My Favorite Things and Teresa Collins both licensed ink with Clearsnap’s ColorBox line. 

26.  Unicorns. 

Eye Connect Crafts had jointed chipboard shapes but my favorite was the unicorn - pegasus. They had some great samples of it in their booth!

Eye Connect Crafts had jointed chipboard shapes but my favorite was the unicorn – pegasus. They had some great samples of it in their booth!

From unicorns in the Eye Connect Crafts (hey, go LIKE their Facebook Page and show them some love!) booth to unicorn dies from Marisa Pawelko in her Modern Surrealist line for Sizzix to unicorn stamps!!

27. Feathers, Arrows, and Tribal still in.

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PLAID’s Martha Stewart stencil line had lots of geometric and tribal patterns this year.

Arrow Papers at DecoArt + stencils in these motifs by Plaid and by Stencil1.

28. Fabric finishes & Fabric.

Plaid had resin block printing stamps at CHA and Clearsnap had foam fabric printing stamps.

Plaid had resin block printing stamps at CHA and Clearsnap had foam fabric printing stamps.

Tip from Krylon - spray paint burlap to add clor and stop it from fraying before cutting.

Tip from Krylon – spray paint burlap to add clor and stop it from fraying before cutting.

Plaid had a fabric ink for block printing. Ilovetocreate has great new opaque fabric markers. Clearsnap added more colors to the ColorBox Crafter’s Ink line. Krylon was sharing how to use spray paint on burlap in their booth. Everyone was working with fabric in some way. Linnie Blooms was a new company sharing handmade canvas components for crafting.

29. Unfinished materials.

Using ink to stamp and color a piece of Smoothfoam at a make n take with Jennifer Priest.

Using ink to stamp and color a piece of Smoothfoam at a make n take with Jennifer Priest.

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Matthew Priest using ink to stamp and color a piece of Smoothfoam at a make n take with Jennifer Priest.

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Crafters using ink to stamp and color a piece of Smoothfoam at a make n take with Jennifer Priest.

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A make n take I taught for Smoothfoam

Linnie Blooms is a new company with canvas components for crafting. Eye Connect Crafts was in the new vendor area as well, selling loose pieces for jointed and laced chipboard pieces. Smoothfoam was offering fun new shapes like photo frames to finish.

30. Planners

Planners in the Webster's pages booth - they're amazing!!! You need one. So do I!

Planners in the Webster’s pages booth – they’re amazing!!! You need one. So do I!

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Wesbter’s Page owner Brandin O-Neill shared the insides of Megan Hoeppner’s planner with us!!

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Wesbter’s Page owner Brandin O-Neill shared the insides of Megan Hoeppner’s planner with us!!

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I love these menu pages in the Webster’s Pages planners the most – so smart and NOT scrapbooky!!! But still cute.

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Wesbter’s Page owner Brandin O-Neill shared the insides of Megan Hoeppner’s planner with us!!

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I wish this pic had been clearer – these are the colors of the Webster’s Pages planner and matching folios.

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Wesbter’s Page owner Brandin O-Neill shared the insides of Megan Hoeppner’s planner with us!!

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Wesbter’s Page owner Brandin O-Neill shared the insides of Megan Hoeppner’s planner with us!!

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These pages were great for taking notes about what happened in the month so you could reference this when scrapbooking later – Webster’s Pages planners.

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I’ll take one of these ones please!

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Everyone has a planner now but my faves were in the Webster’s pages booth. Heidi Swapp also has a planner and many of the new paper lines had planner-like uses and looks.

31. Watercolor.

Ken Oliver's line of watercolor-ish papers

Ken Oliver’s line of watercolor-ish papers

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Megan Hoeppner’s watercolor wash-look line for Webster’s Pages.

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Ken Oliver Crafts’ new COLOR BUSRT powders make creating a watercolor easy.

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Ken Oliver Crafts’ new COLOR BUSRT powders make creating a watercolor easy. They can be used with stencils and masks as shown on these samples in his booth.

Papers, fabrics, and techniques were focused on watercolor looks, ranging from bright colors to softer pastels. From Ken Oliver’s new papers to Amy Tangerine’s 8th line with American Crafts to Wesbter’s Pages new papers, there was watercolor in almost every paper booth.

32. Bling.

Matthew learned how to use the new Marvy Uchida Easy Crystal Applicator.

Matthew learned how to use the new Marvy Uchida Easy Crystal Applicator.

Crystal Kubaton in action - photo by April Renee for Crystal Ninja

Crystal Kubaton in action – photo by April Renee for Crystal Ninja

 

Nail art with @theduckbrand #cute #nailart #gems #nails #art #ducktape #tape #easy #stars #skulls #crystals

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Cupcake Throne and Cupcake topper from the class Wendy Russell and I taught for Westcott Brand.

Cupcake Throne and Cupcake topper from the class Wendy Russell and I taught for Westcott Brand.

Bling was big at this show. Duck Brand had new adhesive gems with glitter inside as well as shaped bling stips and strips of glitter tape. Crystal Ninja presented with a new tool, the Crystal Kubaton, to compliment their super popular Crystal Katana. Marvy Uchida had a new tool for dispensing and applying Swarovski crystals with applications for papercraft and fabric – Easy Crystal  Applicator. Marisa Pawelko (modersurrealist.com) came out with a line of licensed printed patterned bling sheets with the Buckle Boutique.

33. Wire.

Katie and Wendy Russell in front of the MD Hobby Craft booth, which was like a metal wonderland!

Katie and Wendy Russell in front of the MD Hobby and Craft booth, which was like a metal wonderland!

Be it chicken wire in the MD Hobby and Craft to wire jigs from Beadalon to Twisteez wire masks and kits (click the link to LIKE their Facebook Page!!), there was wire in use alot more on the show floor.

34. Metal

A chicken wire dress form with metal flowers from the MD Hobby Craft booth

A chicken wire dress form with metal flowers from the MD Hobby and Craft booth

There were alot of metal projects, especially in the MD Hobby and Craft Booth. ICE Resin once again has Iced Enamels, a product for enameling metal. There were metal home decor pieces by Carol Roeda. Faux Metal Marquee Letters (cardboard) from Heidi Swapp.

35. Thin Papers.

Hazel & Rubys booth decorated with their masks/stencils and super thin decoupage papers

Hazel & Rubys booth decorated with their masks/stencils and super thin decoupage papers

DecoArt and Hazel & Ruby both had thin papers that were great for decoupage or other home decor and altered projects.

36. Spray Paints.

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Glow in the dark spray paint from Krylon!! I’m thinking good for the lightswitch cover in the kids’s rooms… wonder how I could have gotten that idea?

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Graffiti anyone?

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I wanted everything in this booth! They had an alcohol acrylic paint pen that was INCREDIBLE!

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These are pretty rad – Spray paint with aersol made from sugar, by Ironlak.

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Krylon had a HUGE variety of spray paints for everything you can imagine.

From the sugar-based aerosol spray paints from Ironlak to both Krylon and Rustoleum being at the show, spray paint was in the house!

37. Ethnic and Cultural

From Block Printing, Crafty Chica, to Stencil1, there were ethnic and tribal motifs in many booths. It’s nice to see more cultures than just “Mainstream” being embraced!!

38. Wood.

Donna Dewberry shared how to create a resist technique on wood with stencils on this piece.

Donna Dewberry shared how to create a resist technique on wood with stencils on this piece in the PLAID booth.

Wood papers that could be diecut in the ARC Crafts booth. Kyrlon was sharing ways to finish wood in their booth as was Plaid.

39. Molds and Moldables.

Cathie and Steve sharing info about the improved Mod Melts tool!

Cathie and Steve sharing info about the improved Mod Melts tool!

Cathie and Steve have even more Mod Melts molds at the Plaid Booth with an improved Mod Melts tool (I will be trying it out here soon!!). ComposiMold was back at the show with their reuseable mold making material. ICE Resin had their mold making material for use with ICE Resin. Clearsnap repackaged Magic Stamp, a moldable foam for making your own stamps.

40. Yarn.

Yarnia - in the Spinrite booth at CHA 2015

Yarnia – in the Spinrite booth at CHA 2015

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Yarnia – in the Spinrite booth at CHA 2015

There was another fashion show in the Lion Brand yarn booth with Vanna White and I missed it!! Here are some other posts about it. Spinrite had a great “Yarnia” display based on Narnia.

41. Licensing with outsiders.

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The best exampe of this was the KellyCraft booth who licensed a line of stamps with the guys from Duck Dynasty! It’s hilarious but totally smart. Companies are partnering with people who will being non-crafters into crafting.

42. Office Products.

Deflecto Cupcake Stand- photo by Nancy Nally

Deflecto Cupcake Stand- photo by Nancy Nally

 Deflecto had what would usually be office products reimagined and repurposed for craft storage and display. 

43. Opaque Things. 

Xaver using the new Opaque Fabric Markers at ilovetocreate

Xaver using the new Opaque Fabric Markers at ilovetocreate

I already talked about opaque fabric paint markers from Plaid but Sakura of America had Pen-Touch Opaque Paint Markers in Colors and Metallics as well as new Permapaque opauqe pigment markers.

 44. Cork.

Duck Brand had cork stickers and adhesive backed items. Tombow did a mini cork board make n take in their booth. And someone (gosh I can’t remember!!) had cork sheeting!! It’s not just for your platform shoes anymore…

  

 Here are some other awesome recaps from CHA!!

Marisa Pawelko Modern Surrrealist CHA Recap

New Jewelry Products at CHA

Jen Cushman’s CHA Recap

Crafty Lady Abby (2 parts)

Cheryl Waters’ CHA Recap

Summer Fullerton: So There I Was

The Crafty Scrapper CHA Recap (4 Parts)

CraftTestDummies.com Recap (multiple parts)

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DIY Winter Cottages for a Dollar

At the Dollar Tree, they have these adorable ceramic houses that were for creating a Christmas village vignette. I bought one of each style and spray painted them all white. And then I realized everyone else on the internet was doing the same thing so I couldn’t share them as a Christmas project. I decided to make them into a wintery set of houses that can be displayed all throughout the season, not just at Christmas!

Create these glittery winter houses to display all tiner long - only $5 to make!

Create these glittery winter houses to display all Winter long – only $5 to make a set of 5!

These DIY winter cottages cost only a dollar each and need very basic supplies of spray paint, craft paint, and glitter. I made a video on how to make these but my editing software didn’t like it so after 8 hours of fighting with the software, I gave up. Which is such a bummer because the video makes it easy. These are pretty simple to make so here’s how:

  1. Lightly spray each of the houses with flat white spray paint, making sure to get all angles of the houses. Allow to dry and apply a second coat.
  2. Apply acrylic paint to a scrap of felt. Rub the felt over the houses to apply a light coat of paint. Allow to dry.
  3. Paint glue onto the areas of the house where snow would land. Apply glitter to the houses. Allow to dry.

And that’s it! Now you might not be able to find these in your Dollar Tree after the holidays but here are some other ideas of places you can find similar houses:

  • Thrift Stores sometimes sell Christmas items all year long. You can find someone else’s cast-offs and spray paint them.
  • Garage Sales and Craig’s List are also places to find Christmas Villages people don’t want anymore.
  • Sometimes stores have similar villages seasonally for Valentine’s Day – they all look the same when painted white!
You can create single houses or make a village, like I did here with a set of 5.

You can create single houses or make a village, like I did here with a set of 5.

I’ve included this list of supplies with affiliate links in case you are looking for supplies online. When you make a purchase through one of these links, we make a few pennies which helps support our crafty efforts and sharing here. So, thank you!

Supplies:

How do you get crafty for winter?

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Jennifer Signature Block-Fall 2014

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