Silhouette Goodie Bag Giveaway!

Hey everyone! Today's a very exciting day - specially for you Silhouette owners. Who here would want some awesome things you can use with your Silhouette machine? I have teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to give you a chance to win this awesome prize pack that you see below!




Click the photo above or the link below to be directed to the full post, have a great day!


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DIY: Anthropologie-Inspired Diamond + Arrow Earrings

Okay - it's another case of I love the earrings, I don't really love the color and I don't love the price. When I was browsing the interwebs I saw these Flexion Earrings from Anthropologie, and while I loved the shape, the all-silver isn't really my style. And they weren't that expensive, but since the color is off, it wasn't worth it to spend the money on it. So off I went and made my own with super simple materials that you may already have at home!


Supplies:

  • Shrink plastic
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Hole punch
  • Sandpaper
  • Spray paint
  • Jump rings
  • Earring hooks
  • Jewelry pliers


From some shrink plastic, cut off shapes similar to the one pictured above. I drew the images on a template and used that as a guide so my pieces would be uniform. Punch holes with your hole punch.


Bake according to your shrink plastic package's instructions. Mine almost always turns out like this so I sand them, see below:

Sand the sides and surfaces of your pieces in a criss-cross manner to emulate the semi-polished brass look. Spray paint with the color of your choice (I used silver for the diamond shapes and gold for the arrows) and let them dry. 


Connect them with jump rings and attach them to earring hooks. And you are done!


Mine ended up to be about 2.5" in height - and I love it! 


What colors would you paint this in? Tell me in the comments - or any of your suggestions, reactions, or just plain whatever! Love hearing from you guys. :) Hope your week is still great!

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Free Consumer Crafts E-book and a $100 Shopping Spree Giveaway!

I have two exciting things to share with you guys today! First is a download for this free e-book put together by Consumer Crafts - it's filled with 9 awesome DIY jewelry tutorials perfect for summer! Second, Consumer Crafts is giving away a $100 shopping spree to one lucky US or Canadian reader. Doesn't that just sound awesome? 

Click the photo to be directed to the full post or the link below for all the details! Don't forget to download your e-book! I've downloaded mine already. :)


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DIY: Grunge-Effect Tie-Dyed Bag with a Template

I'm sure you've been noticing the crazy obsession people have over tie-dye lately - like seriously, tie-dye stuff everywhere. I wanted to make something for my little sister for all her pool/beach stuff and I also wanted to teach her the basics of tie-dyeing (she's a little me, you see) so I figured I'd make this little tote bag with a saying for her. Have you ever tried tie-dyeing? If you haven't yet or want something easy, go ahead and tie-dye your summer with this fun craft :)



I'm sure you've been noticing the crazy obsession people have over tie-dye lately - like seriously, tie-dye stuff everywhere. I wanted to make something for my little sister for all her pool/beach stuff and I also wanted to teach her the basics of tie-dyeing (she's a little me, you see) so I figured I'd make this little tote bag with a saying for her. Have you ever tried tie-dyeing? If you haven't yet or want something easy, go ahead and tie-dye your summer with this fun craft :)


I promise you, it's way easy - and the vibrancy and the gold accent is hard to photograph but it's much much nicer in real life. :) Click on the photos or the link below to be directed to the tutorial! Hope you comment and visit, and have a great weekend guys!

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Easy Faux Druzy Earrings at Craftaholics Anonymous

I still love druzy jewelry even after all these years - remember the first time I made faux druzy pendants? Well, I shared an easier way to make these faux beauties - no more glass-breaking involved. 


And I ended up loving the not-complicated process! Want to see how I made them? Head on over to Craftaholics Anonymous now.


Aren't they just pretty? Click on the photos to be directed to the tutorial or click this easy link and Iope you're having a great week!:

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DIY: Personalized Baby Slip-on Shirts with free Templates

I am so psyched about this post - I made these personalized baby slip-on shirts for my friend's newborn baby and used HTV for the first time on shirts (in the past I've only used them on canvas fabric). It's actually not hard to make these without a die-cutter (except maybe for the name tag one) so try your hand at making them too, okay?! Click the photos or the link below to be directed to the DIY post + download. :)





You can resize the sunglasses template to make a normal-sized print for your own shirt, or iron it on a case. But I love the name tag shirt the most - I think it's just too adorable.


Ready to check them out? Click the link below to be directed to the post, and have a great week guys!



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Bear Button Earrings at A Nest For All Seasons

I'm so excited to be back at A Nest for All Seasons - take a peek at what I shared there today - these really cute and easy to make bear button earrings, perfect for little girls and women who are into really cute things (like me!). 


Also available for download is a free printable for you to use if you're making these as summer / end of school year gifts. Heck, you can even use whatever jewelry you want to give out with these or even use it as a gift tag. I printed it on colored paper, but you can always print it on white-colored cardstock or maybe even patterned cardstock. 


And, these bear earrings were so easy to make - minimal supplies needed so it's a cheap and easy gift to give to friends and family alike. 


So check it out at A Nest for All Seasons now. Promise me, check it out okay?! Have a great week folks :)


 


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DIY: Bathroom Sign with a Sense of Humor

Let me start by saying please pardon me for my crass sense of humor. It seems like I am only one of a few who has a great one (unless you guys find this funny, too). Found this 'saying' over at Buzzfeed (I think), and since it was awesome, I decided to recreate it for my bathroom. I showed it to family members, but turns out I'm only one of a handful who finds it funny (or who gets it, actually). But, just in case you're interested, I'm sharing the file I used as a stencil and how I made it :)


Supplies:
  • 6" x 17" wood board
  • Template
  • Contact paper / Stencil vinyl
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sponge / Brush / Dauber
  • Sandpaper 
  • Picture-hanging hooks / Command strips



It all started with this wood piece from a pallet - if you have to blame anybody for my lack of refinement, blame the pallet. This one measured 6" x 17" with cracks on the sides (you can see it on the face of the wood). I didn't want to throw it out because I'm a hoarder like that, so I decided to make it into a sign (since I haven't made signs in a very long time). Sand your board until it's nice and smooth.


Trace and cut your template onto contact paper or stencil vinyl - I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut mine, but you can also cut it by hand.  


Stick your stencil onto the wood and burnish the letters (specially the edges) to lessen imperfections and paint leakage.


Using your sponge or dauber paint over the stencil! I loved this part. Now wait until it's dry and peel the stencil off..


And you've got one awesome and unique bathroom sign! Just attach it with picture-hanging hooks or even command strips. I am still giggling over how funny this is even after it's been days since I made it. 


I hope you appreciated my sense of humor in this post - and well, leave me your comments! Would you put a bathroom sign like this in your home? I think it's the perfect man cave sign. Don't you think so? Did you find it funny at least? Have a great weekend!

DOWNLOAD THIS HERE



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Free Printable: Another Mason Jar Label

I did mention that I entered the World Label Mason Jar Label Design Contest right? From 100 some entries, mine was chosen to be 3rd place - so I'll be sharing the labels I made with you guys. 


It is available in five whopping colors - yes, five! With two polka-dot print ones. I love the polka dot ones to most, but I still don't have colored ink to print them out... hahaha. So I just settled with the black and white ones. 


Its style is very similar to the other mason jar label I posted, so if you loved that one I'm pretty sure you'll love this one as well. You can print them on the suggested label stickers or on normal sticker paper and just cut them out.


It comes in two different designs as well - use one as a top lid label and the other as a front label. I love the elegance it adds to the jars - don't you?


You can download these labels on the World Label blog by clicking here. Do you like giving gifts in mason jars? Hope your week is great!

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DIY: Easy Pendant Necklace from Bracelet Findings

I was gifted with a lot of charms, beads and findings for Christmas - among them, these pretty dichroic bracelet findings. I don't really wear chunky bracelets anymore so I was thinking of what to do with these things - I actually wanted the dichroic acrylic part more than the setting, so I tried hacking it. It was pretty hard if I do say so, so I gave up. 


What was I going to do then? well, make them into pendants. It's pretty easy so if you have some of these laying around, bust them out and craft with me.

Supplies:


Here's what I started with. You can see these bracelet findings in a ton of places for cheap. I really love the dichroic-ness of them! I tried separating the stone from the setting but it was attached really well.


Cut a piece of wire and loop end as shown.


Thread onto one side of your bracelet finding, cut the excess wire and loop the other end.


Repeat this to the other side. 


You should have something that looks like this - and that's it, that's your pendant. You can add any additional finding you would like, but I wanted to keep it simple. 


Add your chain and closures and you are done! I told you it was pretty easy. 


It reminds me of the Earth. I must call it my Earth pendant. 


Have you seen these types of findings? I hope you're interested in trying what I made. Have a great June friends! 

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