August 6th, 2015
Welcome to the Crafternoon blog hop! Be sure to visit U-Create to see their awesome felt bunting headband – and a chance to win it! I’m also giving away one of my Glitter Iron-on Pillowcase kits. Simply comment on this post and I’ll choose a winner by next friday (8/14/2015). Check out the Hazel & Ruby blog for more giveaways too!
I’m super excited to show you all the Crafternoon project that I created for Hazel & Ruby. It’s now available in local Joann Stores, as well as other retailers.
This cute pillow (which I have floating around my house as we speak) is super simple to make and can be crafted in an afternoon!
The kit comes with a pre-sewn pillow case, and the gold glitter iron-on. Just add a hot iron and a 16″ pillow form and you are good to go.
I love this pillow and it really is so simple to create.
I also love all the other crafternoon kits. You can see videos of all of them on the Hazel & Ruby Youtube channel.
And be sure to pin this step-by-step so that you remember to buy and create this pillow for your home (perfect for teen girl bedrooms!). Don’t forget to comment below for a chance to win this kit!
August 3rd, 2015
Last year I was asked to join the Michaels Makers team, and this year I was thrilled to be asked to return to the team. Each month I get to create a project using supplies from Michaels, and share the projects on my blog. This year as part of the program, they invited all their bloggers to a Michaels Makers Summit in gorgeous Sonoma, California. We started off with an incredible dinner party at the Long Meadow Ranch. Every detail was perfect, and the food was divine.
So much thought was put into this event, I was truly in awe of everything. And we even made flower crowns, and I met so many wonderful crafters. A shout-out to my people here – Aunt Peaches, Lia Griffith, and Jaderbomb. It was such an incredible evening.
The next morning we headed to unsurpassed The Ranch Above, which had been transformed into a crafter’s paradise by the Michaels crew. The detail and styling was stunning, and all of the makers were beyond impressed.
There was even a giant floating hash-tag in the swimming pool. Amazing!
So many pretty details like these faux chandeliers made from custom picado flags.
Hanging umbrellas, and tented cabanas…
We had such a lovely day of crafting, we took four amazing classes (weaving, watercolor, paper flowers and image transfer) – all taught by Michaels education partner, Creativebug and great news – each of the classes are available online for FREE on Michaels.com until 8/22 (you can re-create one or all of our summit projects)! Here are a few shots from all my classes:
Looks pretty amazing right? It was an incredible experience to be able to go and craft with all of the amazing Michaels Makers and the Michaels team who coordinated everything for us. In case you haven’t met all 50 of this year’s Makers, check out each of our blogs and bios here! They’ll be posting about the summit as well, so its a great way to see more pics! Follow along throughout the year and feel free to create projects with us by sharing on Instagram using #MadeWithMichaels.
And I do have to show off my weaving that I took home and actually finished! I loved learning about weaving from the Creativebug folks (this weaving class is FREE until 8/22/2015). I decided to weave an “L” for Leo and hang it up in his room, that hopefully I’ll get to decorate by his birthday. Weaving is pretty easy, just time consuming. So it’s nice for a little late-night relaxation.
I love how it turned out… a little collegiate and masculine. I’m super excited to get it in his room.
We ended the summit with a lovely brunch, and then a Q&A session with the Michaels CMO. The setting at the top of this mountain was beyond gorgeous, and it was great to be able to talk to the minds behind the marketing at Michaels. I have to say that my favorite part of the weekend was getting to know so many wonderful people. All of the Michaels Makers are so so so nice and incredibly creative. The Michaels team went out of there way to make this event something to remember. Every detail was attended to, and their team was friendly, kind, and helpful at every turn. Thank you Michaels for an awesome summit, hopefully there will be many more in the future!
Check out all the other Maker’s posts about the Summit:
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June 26th, 2015
Things have been busy around here, lots of deadlines and such with my design work. But I was happy to take a day and play with my new goodies for the Minc machine.
I used these great letters and flag kits, as well as the silver, red, and blue foils. You can get starter kits and accessories for the Minc machine at Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann, as well as local and online shops.
I love using this machine to foil. the foil goes on like butter, and the transfer sleeve helps keep the foil lined up with the paper. Here you can see how the letters and banners look straight out of the bags. Black/white, ready to foil. Its kind of hard to visualize your project without the color, but so AWESOME once they are foiled because it’s such a huge change.
The machine is super easy to use, you just send your toner-printed items or the Minc accessories through the machine with foil over the areas you want to foil. Once they come through the other end, you peel off the foil, and you have gorgeous vibrant metallic designs.
I ran all my pieces through the Minc, and then put foam dots on the backs of the letters to add dimension to the banner.
Then I assembled the banner, adding some ribbon between each letter. And here’s my cute finished foil banner! Just in time for the month of July!
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