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Monday, January 8, 2018

Shadowbox Project for all Seasons!

For the new year, I was hoping to find a cute pin that I can do throughout the year for each holiday. 

I was so excited when I found this website! I used to own a kit club company (A Page 4 all Seasons), so I have a love for the simplicity of ordering kits! 

This Shadowbox kit is sold monthly by Paisleys and Polka Dots, and it is just enough crafting to quench my thirst for creativity without overwhelming me and my busy life! I was excited to order the January and February kit. 

Items needed are:
Paisleys and Polka Dots Seasonal Kit https://paisleysandpolkadots.com/index.htm ($20)
Magnetic Shadowbox https://paisleysandpolkadots.com/index.htm ($18)
Tacky Glue, Nail File, Sponge Brush, Ink Pad, precision files, orange marker, brown paint and White paint. I got all this from my house :) 

Instructions:
The kit comes with detailed instructions. Here are some tips I discovered along the way:
1. Place the wood pieces on the paper, trace and cut them to the shape of the wood. *When I do this, I don’t worry about being perfect because I then go through with a nail file and file the edges. In fact, I kind of like making the paper a little bigger, so it is filed down versus having wood show through. For tiny to reach places, you can use precision files.
2. Paint the wood pieces per the instructions. (This is easy peasy)
3. Use wood glue to adhere the paper to the fronts of the wood pieces. *You can also use mod podge as glue if that is what you have handy in your home stash!
4. Sand the edges of the paper. *Sand in a downward motion because if you sand in an upwards motion, you could lift the paper from the wood!
5. Distress all the edges with brown ink (optional). You may want to leave just the sanded edge because that puts a distressed white look around each edge. I usually think I am going to stick with the distressed white look and then use the ink if I messed up and need to hide a flaw. (Which is basically every project I do)!
6. Assemble all the wood pieces using tacky glue. Adhere the magnets to the back of each wood piece.
7. If you plan to store this project to use year after year, consider spraying it with clear matte spray. This is totally optional!
8. Add the twine, button, and greenery as shown. I did use a glue gun for the greenery because I am way too impatient to wait for E9000 (which you could use) to dry!

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

CREATIVE WAYS TO GIVE MONEY AS A GIFT

Christmas is soon, and it can be stressful to find that perfect gift.  I have found a fun way to add that personal touch to cash!
Nothing could be better... candy AND cash!
Use a toilet paper roll in the center of your jar to stash the candy and then fill your candy around it.
Items needed:
Styrofoam ball
Styrofoam for inside pot
Dowel or Stick
Pot
Something to put inside pot
Pins
Fold your money in half, Put in the styrofoam with a pin or wire. 
Stick the dowel or stick into the styrofoam inside the pot and add ribbon or any other embellishment you would like for it. 
I think it would be fun to put cash in these cute ornaments, hang them on a tree and let everyone find their name!
Place money in these balloons and place them in a Christmas box! 
Get a cute box from the craft store or cover one that you have with some Christmas paper! Tape your dollar bills together with removable tape. Roll into a roll and tape to the lid. When they open their box, they will love to see all the cash you gave them unveiled!Photobucket

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Thank you so much for another year of reading this silly blog and for all the positive emails and messages. I appreciate you so much!

I wish I could mail you all a Christmas card... hope this works as being second best :)


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