Friday, May 19, 2017

I'm on Buttons Galore & More's Spring 2017 Design Team!!

Hello Everyone!

This week has been really busy for me because I have been working on projects, finishing up those last minute things for graduation, and just dealing with life. With that being said, I have one small announcement that I have been wanting to make for a while but couldn't. Today, I can finally announce that I am now on the Buttons Galore & More Design Team!!

If you have never heard of Buttons Galore & More, they are a company that makes buttons! Specifically, their current product line includes 200 novelty button packs, 3D buttons, the series 28 Lilac Lane, and so much more. Last year, while I was doing the 2016 Handmade Holiday Blog Hop,  I was able to work with them briefly. During that time, I fell in love with their selection of products and how easy it was to work with the company. When there call for a new Design Team went out, I thought it would be a fun experience to work with them.

I'm just so happy that I made the team!

On the design team there is a total of 6 ladies. The other 5 ladies (I'm not including myself) have fabulous blogs and are fantastic designers/crafters. Below, I listed each of their blogs/websites so you could check them out yourself!

In reference to the picture above, I'm starting from the top left corner and working across the row. 

Aimee Davis –  Daisyeyes Handmade
Anaya Whye – YanaDesigns
Connie Mercer – Crafty Goodies
Katie King (aka me)
Kelli Stradling – Craft Shack Chronicles
Lorrie Mcullers – Forty11 Designs

Finally, if you landed on this post and have no clue who I am, that's ok! My name is Katie and I am a DIY blogger, who believes that crafting should be simple, fun, and unique! Here on Running with a Glue Gun, I focus on all things that are crafty. Meaning, that I share DIY posts, write craft products reviews, and share crafty tips.

Before ending this post, I would like to say THANK YOU to all my readers who have ever commented, shared, pinned, or liked one of my projects because without you this would not have been possible!!

To read more about the team and the other ladies, click here!

xo Katie

Friday, May 12, 2017

3 Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Wrapping Ideas

Hello Everyone!

With Mother's Day being on Sunday, you may be rushing to find that perfect gift. However, if you already have the gift but forgot about the actual gift wrapping, then I am here to help you!

Today I will be showing you 3 simple ways to create last minute wrapping for those Mother's Day gifts. My goal behind creating this ''wrapping gift guide'' was to use products that you would most likely have on hand. With that being said, depending on your gift and the supplies that you do have on hand, this guide is designed to be used as inspiration when creating your own wrapping. So don't feel you need to have all of these supplies to get the same look. Just have fun creating your own unique gift wrapping for your Mom!

Before I get into the guide, I will say that I first wrapped each gift in craft paper. This is because the craft paper sort of acts like a blank canvas and was the one ''wrapping paper product'' that I had on hand.

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Wrapping Idea 1: Stamp It Up

For this wrapping idea, I was inspired by this card from Almost Makes Perfect. I really liked this card because it showcased the different words one could use to represent mom. Due to that, I thought this same idea would look really cute as wrapping for a gift. In this case, I simply glued down a piece of scrapbooking paper (using the Xyron Tape Runner) and lined the edges with washi tape. From there, I simply stamped each word that could represent mom.

Overall, this is a super easy idea to put together and can be customized (stamp wise) to say anything that you like.

The supplies I used in the above project were: Xyron Tape Runner, DCWV Cardstock Stack Shimmer, Washi Tape, Prima Press Holder & Alphabet , Black Ink, and Scissors.

Wrapping Idea 2: Mason Jar Wooden Tag Love

Now, this wrapping idea is so easy! All I did was cut out a piece of scrapbooking paper that was smaller than my gift. From there, I glued the scrapbooking paper on using the Xyron Tape Runner. At this point, you could put a ribbon on the gift and be done. However, I had these mason jar wooden tags which already had pre-drilled holes on each side. With that in mind, I simply colored each mason jar wooden tag with some colored ink, then stamped the words Happy Mother's Day onto each wooden tag. Finally, I attached each wooden tag using some ribbon.

Overall, this idea is really simple to put together and looks like you put in a lot of time when making the gift wrapping.

The supplies I used in the above project were: Xyron Tape Runner, DCWV Meet Me In Paris paper pack, Mason Jar Wooden Tags, Imagine Crafts Radiant Neon 4 Cool, Imagine Crafts Sponge Dauber 3 piece pack NO Caps , Letter Stamps, Black Ink, Ribbon, and Scissors.

Wrapping Idea 3: Color Me Happy

You know I love reusing coloring book pages! This wrapping idea can be done in under 20 minutes if you are working with a coloring book page that is already colored. To make this, all I did was cut out a coloring book page, glued it onto my gift (using the Xyron Tape Runner), and dressed up the edges by tying on some yarn.

Now you may be wondering why I chose the bookshelf image and not a design that was more for Mother's Day. To be honest, the gift is actually a book for my mom who loves to read. So, in this case, I know she will love the wrapping. Also, I wanted to show you that you don't need to use something traditional (like a flower coloring book page) for it to be Mother's Day.

The supplies I used in the above project were: Xyron Tape Runner, Coloring Book Page, Yarn, and Scissors.

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So, there you have 3 last minute but unique wrapping gift ideas for Mother's Day. I will say that my favorite wrapping idea is the coloring book page.

What did you get your Mom this year for Mother's Day? Did you go the store-bought route or the handmade route?

xo Katie

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

DIY: Simple To Make Donut Clock

Hello Everyone! 

To get you through this Wednesday, I have a fun project that will make you smile and possible make you hungry!

Today's project is going to be a donut clock. Specifically, today's project is part of my collaboration with Xyron since I'm a member of their design team! This means that you will be seeing a Xyron machine in action! For this particular project, I will be showcasing the Xyron® 9” Creative Station. I've talked about the Xyron® 9” Creative Station before, so if you want to learn more about it, then click here.

Also, in this project, I will be using items from DCWV! DCWV is a craft company that makes all types of amazing craft products. They are probably best known for their paper packs, but they also make project paper packs, embellishments, and even die cuts. Personally, I am a fan of their solid color paper pack because the colors are so rich and you usually get a wide variety of colors in each paper pack!

Now I will admit that I'm not reinventing the wheel here with this donut clock project. However, I like making projects that are simple, fun, and unique. In this case, this donut clock is super simple to make, it can be customized to fit your donut taste, and is a unique piece of wall décor.

So, if you want to learn how to make your own donut clock in only four steps, grab your favorite DCWV solid colors papers and your Xyron machine!

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DCWV Double Sided Cardstock Stack (I'm using the light brown and dark brown pieces of cardstock)
DCWV Cardstock Stack Shimmer (I'm using the pink, dark orange, yellow, dark green, dark blue, and dark purple)
White Paint
Foam Brush
Craft knife (optional/not pictured)

Step 1: Take your clock apart and paint the base of the clock white. In the above photo, I am showing the back of the clock because I love this clock kit from Target. The clock kit I am using is the Hand Made Modern Wood Clock. The reason why I love this particular clock kit is because it comes with everything that you need (except the battery) and is easy to take apart/put back together.

Once your clock has been painting on the front and back, set the whole thing aside to dry.

Step 2: Now, grab your cardstock papers and clock base. Using your clock base as a template, trace around the clock onto your light brown paper. Then take a smaller object like a plate or bowl and trace around that onto your dark brown paper. However, when cutting out your dark brown paper, make sure you cut it sort-of wiggly to make it look like icing. Once you have your two pieces cut out, draw a small circle in the middle of both pieces and cut that circle out.

Finally, grab multiple colors of your shimmer cardstock and cut out small squares to resemble sprinkles.

Step 3: Grab all of your cardstock paper pieces and slide each piece through your Xyron® 9” Creative Station. Keep repeating this process until you have run each piece of paper through your Xyron Creative Station.

Step 4: Add your cardstock paper pieces to your clock. However, before adding them, make sure you rub each paper piece while it's on the Xyron Sticker paper. That way, you will be creating a really strong adhesive backing.

In this case, you will want to add your light brown paper first (the donut base), then your dark brown paper (the icing), and finally your smaller pieces of shimmer paper (sprinkles).

Once all your paper pieces have been added to the clock, you are now ready to put your clock back together and hang it on the wall!

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I love how this clock turned out!

While making this clock, you have tons of options when it comes to your donut. For example, you could change the color of the icing, change the color/shape of the sprinkles, or even make the donut smaller so you could see more of the white clock base. If I were to do this project over again, I might have made the donut smaller so you could have seen white around the edges of the light brown paper.

However, I think overall the clock turned out really cute!

As always, to follow along with all the Xyron fun, don't forget to like them on Facebook and to follow their Pinterest page for more project inspiration.

So what do you think? Do you like this donut clock?

xo Katie


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