halloween buckets are my fave

October 15, 2014

from guest contributor Kelly Smith

When I was a kid I was so proud to walk around the neighborhood with the candy bag my mom sewed to look like a jack-o-lantern. So, of course, I wanted to make something similar for my kids to use year after year. That is, until I realized that sewing is not my strong suit. So, I opted for this Halloween bucket hack instead.

Supplies: All you need to make a Halloween candy bucket is a galvanized bucket from a hardware store, a can of spray paint, a little bit of vinyl, and a sealer. That means no real crafting skills necessary.

Process: While waiting for the spray paint to dry on each bucket, I hopped over to the Cricut Design Space and picked out a few spooky figures, loaded my vinyl, and pressed GO on my Cricut Explore. But if you don’t own a Cricut Explore, you could just as easily cut shapes out with scissors or an x-acto knife. Once the shapes were cut, I placed them right onto the bucket and finished with a bit of decoupage to protect the paint and vinyl from Halloween shenanigans.

Time: This was super easy and took less than 30 minutes.

And, do I even have to mention that this didn’t cost much more than the cheesy plastic ones found at Walmart? Step it up people, step it up.





This post has been submitted as an entry to the Cricut Design Star Challenge.

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spectacular stamping is my fave

October 14, 2014

I’m teaming with Craftsy to learn some new skills and share them with you. Craftsy offers hundreds of online video classes in sewing, cake decorating, photography, art, cooking and many other categories all led by expert instructors.

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I have to admit when I heard about Spectacular Stamping, the latest free Craftsy class I tried out, I thought stamping was so basic there was no need to take a class about it. If you have the same thought, take a look at what you’ll learn in this class:

- masking technique
- stamping in foregrounds and backgrounds
- heat embossing and embossed resist stamping
- stamping on vellum and acetate
- fussy-cutting embossed images

I hadn’t even heard of most of these techniques so what I thought would be a basic class actually turned into the one I’ve learned the most from so far. I used these newly acquired skills to create this embossed pillow box and favor bag. stamped pillow boxes

My projects are simple (you got to start somewhere, right?) but Joy Macdonell, the education director for Simplicity and EK Success Brands and instructor of this class, gives expert tips that will have you making intricate cards in no time. Perfect for the upcoming gift giving season!

Want to add these skills to your crafting repertoire? You’re in luck because Craftsy is offering this class to yamf readers for free! Just sign up here for the free class and start stamping away. This is the perfect way to try out Craftsy, risk free. Cheers to that.

Craftsy is a yamf sponsor but I would love their classes even if they weren’t. View their entire class catalog right here.

a halloween garland is my fave

October 10, 2014

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Our neighborhood goes over-the-top with Halloween decorations, even more so than Christmas. Beck is enthralled with them all so with some prodding from him, I decided to make a quick Halloween garland using the grade school paper loop method. The black and white patterns are more my style, I’m not so much into the gory/scary parts of the holiday.

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To make your own, download and print (double sided) the patterns then trim into two inch strips. Loop together and attach each one with a staple.

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To hang it up, I used Command Party Banner Anchors from their new line of party products and they worked perfectly. One of the first things Ryan had to do to prep our house to sell was fill in all the holes I had made hanging party decorations, I kid you not. So I’m genuinely excited about the entire line (the balloon bunchers would work great for a balloon wall) and know I will use the products frequently, especially since they’re reusable.

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The patterns would also work great for a traditional triangle garland or gift wrap. Can I say I have Halloween spirit now?

designs created by Kirsten Bingham

Command is a yamf sponsor but I would like their products even if they weren’t. See the entire line of party specific products right here.

a birth announcement for margo is my fave

October 7, 2014

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I wanted to have a Mufasa/Simba moment (queue the music) to announce the arrival of Margo so I asked the talented husband and wife team, Eva and Kirk of Sycamore Street Press, to design and print a special announcement. Eva has designed my favorite announcements of all time so I had no doubt the result would be pretty fantastic. And that it is. I’m framing it for her nursery and it will always be a treasure.

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Because Eva and Kirk are so kind, they’re offering 25% off their entire shop until this Friday, October 10th. Just use the code youaremyfave at checkout. Three of my favorites are this floral gift wrap, a foil pressed card for new parents, and a gold foil art print.

photo of Margo taken by Nicole Coleman

PS Beck’s birth announcement

pretty envelopes are my fave

October 2, 2014

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Do you ever receive ads in the mail but the business puts them in a colored envelope and handwrites the address? I always fall for it. So basically what I’m trying to say with these envelope ideas is trick your friends into opening whatever you send to them. Because an invitation to your tupperware party isn’t always well received.

Get the details right here on Julep.

paper craft projects are my fave

September 30, 2014

I’m teaming with Craftsy to learn some new skills. Craftsy offers hundreds of online video classes in sewing, cake decorating, photography, art, cooking and many other categories all led by expert instructors.

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As much as I love a good de-cluttering session, my craft closet is definitely the messiest space in the house. I have a hard time getting rid of anything because some of my best projects have been created with leftovers. That being said, my scrap paper supply is overflowing at the moment.

Enter Craftsy’s (free!) eGuide, 6+ Stash-Busting Paper Craft Projects. In this guide, five experts share their tutorials on how to repurpose those scraps into something useful, like this accordion thank you card I made.

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Included in the guide are detailed instructions on:

    - How to use scraps to make a stunning scrapbook layout
    - 3 ways for using leftover paper to make cards
    - DIY scrap paper embellishments
    - Creating lined envelopes using paper scraps
    - Color blocked thank you card (FREE template included!)
    - Organizational hacks for your paper crafts stash

To learn all this and start putting those scraps to good use, follow this link and download the guide for free. And take a look at all the Paper Craft video classes Craftsy offers right here.

Craftsy is a yamf sponsor but I would love their classes even if they weren’t. View their entire class catalog right here.

funny cards are my fave

September 25, 2014

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I have a pretty solid card collection but the problem is, I have a hard time parting with the best ones unless I’m positive the recipient will appreciate it as much as I do. Each of these might stay in my stash forever.

1. That’s Bananas
2. Favorite Parent
3. You Had Me At
4. Fanny Pack
5. We Are So Tired
6. Clean House, Full Fridge
7. Stupid Card
8. We Should Get Coffee
9. Treat Yo Self
10. Bridesmaid

a birthday cake backdrop is my fave

September 24, 2014

Kelly recently threw a birthday party for her daughter Matilda and made a photo backdrop inspired by a yamf project. I loved it so much, I asked her to share the how-to today.

Having a best friend as a party planner always comes in handy – even when we are 2,000 miles apart. Mel’s advice of focusing on one or two big elements may be the best party advice I have ever received. So for Matilda’s second birthday party, I gathered inspiration directly from this YAMF birthday poster.

Matilda was meeting family and friends for the first time at this party, so a photo booth was a must. Here is how you can make your own:

Supplies: a large sheet of plywood (I got this one from my brother’s garage), paint (I used Martha Stewart craft paint), two paint brushes (one small for the candles and one larger for the cake layers), and painter’s tape.

Process: Tape off the cake and layers, paint each layer a different color, pull off the tape, free hand tall candles, alternating colors, and snap away!

Time: I painted the morning of the party and it took no more than two hours.


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a patch banner is my fave

September 18, 2014

from guest contributor Kelly Smith

My son started getting random patches after each soccer practice and was excited to iron them onto something. But the thought of putting them onto something that he would grow out of, broke my heart a little. I mean, patches are cool and should be displayed. So we made a little banner that he can hang in his room and add to as more patches come his way. Here is how you can make one for your little as well.

Supplies: one sheet of felt, a pair of scissors, some fabric glue, a small wooden dowel, and some string.

Process: Fold your sheet of felt hotdog style, cut a triangle towards the center. Then put glue along the top edge of felt and fold over about an inch – hold for a bit until it sticks, then let dry. Stick the dowel through the top tunnel – add string. Iron on patches and hang.

Time: ten minutes tops.

You guys, I am totally excited to start collecting patches as souvenirs to fill this little guy up. And then you know I will have to make a bigger one. And so on and so forth. Enjoy!



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beth allen is my fave

September 17, 2014

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Instagram has become my entertainment of choice during round the clock feedings. Sometimes I fall down the rabbit hole of newborn pics and try to find the strangest baby name of the day. And sometimes I meet crazy talented people and I remember why social media can be so great. Beth Allen is one of those people.

How do I love her? Let me count the ways:
- Pinkish (abstract art is always welcome to the fave club).
- I commissioned a portrait of Beck and he walks around the house hugging it and saying, “it’s me!” I love how she accentuated his curls (which were freshly cut before the top photo was taken).
- She teaches Thursday night art classes and I might need to make a trip to Arizona just to attend.
- This print.
- She has one of my favorite Instagram streams where she sells a small, original painting every Friday.
- Also, her husband bakes.

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Beth Allen, welcome to the tippy-top of my fave list.

bottom three photos by Angela Hardison for bethallenart.com


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