DSD BLOG HOP + DIY Word Art + a Free Halloween Printable

October 29th, 2014
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Welcome to the P&Co. DSD2014 blog hop! You’ve arrived at Jen Allyson’s Blog – The Project Girl – and your letter is “I”
What is this letter for? Well if you visit all 20 blogs on this blog hop and collect all the letters, you’ll have the super secret coupon code to get this amazing digital scrapbooking kit free! (Coupon code only valid through Sunday Nov. 2)
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Here are all the links to the 20 blogs in the blog hop, and this is the official order that they go in (for your coupon code letters), collect a letter from each blog to create your coupon code then go here to get the kit:

P&Co
Scooty’s Designs
Amanda Yi Designs
Mari Koegelenberg
Dawn Farias
Digital Scrapbook Ingredients
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Sabrina’s Creations
Scotty Girl Design
KimB’s Designs
Celeste Knight
Jen Allyson  <—-YOU ARE HERE!! and my letter is “I”
Mommyish <—- Go Here Next!
Sugarplum Paperie
Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs
Robyn Meierotto
Laura Passage
Anita Designs
Deena Rutter
Karla Dudley
Gennifer Bursett

Don’t forget to shop the amazing DSD sales at P&Co too:

  • 35% off sitewide sale Wed Oct 29-Sun Nov 2.
  • $25 order gets 40% off, $40 gets 45%, and $50 get 50%.
And here’s Candice Palmer with some great info about creating frameable art with your digi kits AND a FREE DOWNLOAD!
Hi all, Candice Palmer here. Can I tell you how much I love autumn? It’s pretty much my favorite season. The nip in the air, breaking out my cozy sweaters, the kids going back to school and the anticipation of the holidays are just a few of the reasons this time of the year appeals so much to me.

Today, I’m going to show you how simple using your mad digital scrapbooking skills can cuten up your home for the holidays. I don’t actually think cuten is a word, but let’s go with it. By using simple digital scrapbooking tools, you can create a darling, frugal piece of holiday art for your home & save that extra money for Christmas.

  • All you need to do is find a simple digital paper or even just a solid background that you like.
  • Now pull it up in your favorite editing program (I’m a fan of good old-fashioned Photoshop).
  • Make your file the desired size with a 300 dpi resolution so it’s good & sharp.
  • Last, add the paper, solid colors, fonts, dingbats, and quote that you desire-just as you would create a digital scrapbook page, and voila – you’ve got a project that’s ready to be printed at home or sent off to be photo printed.
  • One more thing – keep it simple. Like Coco Chanel said “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” If your word art is too busy, it’ll be distracting and lose it’s charm. So carry on, but limit yourself to emphasize your quote and a few simple embellishments – maybe even just your favorite one.
And don’t stop there! I’ve gotten a little crazy with my out-of-the-box digital scrapbooking and added word art decor to several places in my home.

CLICK HERE for  a little Halloween printable to get you in a festive decorating mood. I created my file as an 8×10, but I added it to a white 8.5×11 page in Photoshop for home printing. Hope you enjoy it! Happy Halloween!

 

candice

burlap and glitter thanksgiving placemats – cricut design space star

October 23rd, 2014

*This post contains affiliate links and is part of the Design Space Star contest by Cricut. All projects and opinions are 100% mine.

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The thing that I love most about my Cricut Explore is that it cuts everything I give it. Usually I’m doubtful going into the cutting, and every single time the explore comes through and cuts even better than I imagined it would.  Cutting burlap was no different. I found this awesome Laminated Burlap and I thought it would work out great because it’s already backed with a laminate that would keep it from moving on the cutting mat.

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It cut my placemats like a dream!

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To complete the placemats, I cut some heat-transfer glitter vinyl (mirrored the image first).

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And then ironed it on to the center of the placemat.

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I cut two different shapes of placemats and two different sayings – Give Thanks and Thankful so I could use these on my thanksgiving table. 
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The glitter is awesome, and the placemats turned out so pretty.

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Here you can see the cut edge and how nice it looks:

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LED Pumpkins – Trick your Pumpkin Halloween Sweepstakes

October 11th, 2014

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Are you ready to Trick Your Pumpkin??! Michaels.com is hosting a pumpkin decorating sweepstakes – to enter instagram a picture of your tricked-out pumpkin and hashtag #trickyourpumpkin #sweepstakes and tag @MichaselsStores. Visit their website for more information.  Now check out my tricked out pumpkins!trick-pumpkins-theprojectgirl

LED pumpkins Supplies: 

Craft Pumpkins from Michaels

LED Lights (I got mine in the Christmas Section of Michaels)

Template ( just print out whatever letters you want to spell, however big you want them to be)

Tape

Artificial Pumpkin Carving Knives

Awl (or drill with small drill bit)

My pumpkins were about 6″ tall, so I printed letters that were 3.75″ tall. I tore them out of the paper fairly close to the edge of the letters. I positioned them onto pumpkin where I wanted them to be. 
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Then I taped around the letter to keep it in place. I had to fold a few areas of the letter to make it fit with the pumpkin shape.
trick-pumpkins-paper1-theprojectgirlThen I used a piece of chalk to map out where the lights would be. The lights I bought had 20 bulbs per strand. So I aimed for 2o holes. If you are using bigger pumpkins, you can get a strand with more bulbs, or use multiple strands.
trick-pumpkins-paper-theprojectgirlOnce I  had the template ready to go, I cut out a large circle from the bottom of the pumpkin. You’ll need it large enough to maneuver your hand around to insert the lights.
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Then I punched holes through each of the dots and removed the template. I recommend an Awl for this, or if you have a drill with a 3/32″ or 1/8″ bit, definitely use that! I used the little artificial pumpkin carvers, but ended up with some rough holes.

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Once your holes are all punched through, just gently insert the lights by pushing them through the inside of the pumpkin. I didn’t tape them or anything, they are just held in place because of the tension of a slightly smaller hole. led-pumpkins-inside-theprojectgirl

And here’s what they look like all inserted. I think using a drill would make for the most clean looking finished product.

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All turned on they look amazing!

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Remember to enter the Michaels.com Trick Your Pumpkin Sweepstakes by October 31st, 2014 for a chance to win a $250 Michaels Gift Card and Plaid products each Friday in October!