Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Crafty Golden Giveaway on Instagram Winner

Hello Everyone! 

I hope you all are doing well! 

Today I'm announcing the winner of the Crafty Golden Giveaway! First off, thank you to everyone who took the time to enter. I really appreciate it and wish I could give something to everyone! 

However, since there can only be one winner, the winner of the Crafty Golden Giveaway is once_in_a_lifetime13!

Congratulations once_in_a_lifetime13 and I will be messaging you shortly!

Also, if you didn't win, don't worry! I will be doing a few more small giveaways in December, so stay on the look out. 

Thanks again everyone!

xo Katie

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

DIY: Stackable Gift Wrap Organizer

Hello Everyone!

Recently, I went antique shopping for my birthday and saw a bunch of retro Christmas decorations. I ended up buying a silver Christmas tree and some putz houses (which is a story for another day) but the trip inspired me to create today’s DIY. To kick off the Christmas crafting season, I am going to show you how to make your own Stackable Gift Wrap Organizer!

Today's project is part of my collaboration with Xyron since I'm a member of their design team! This means you will be seeing a Xyron product in action! For this particular project, I will be showcasing the Xyron® 3'' Disposable Sticker Maker. I've talked about the Xyron 3'' Disposable Sticker Maker before, so if you want to learn more about them, then click here.

Also, in this project, I will be using items from Waffle Flower! If you have never heard of Waffle Flower, they are a company which produces cute stamps, die cuts, and inks. There products are designed to be used in a variety of projects and the selection they offer to their customers is really big. For example, you can buy normal die cuts or buy 3D template die cuts (which look really fun)! 

The stamps that I am using from Waffle Flower, have a gift wrap theme to them. These stamps on their own would be perfect for creating cards, gift tags, or stickers. However, I wanted to kick it up a notch and use the stamps for some type of gift wrap scenario. In this case, I used the stamps to create 3 boxes which could be used to organize your gift wrapping supplies.

So, if you want to learn how to make your own Stackable Gift Wrap Organizer, keep reading below!

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Waffle Flower: Gift Wrap Stamp Set
Stackable Paper Mache Boxes
Wooden Letters
Paint Brushes
Acrylic Block
Black Ink
Scissors (not pictured)
Hot Glue Gun + Glue Sticks (not pictured)

Step 1: Paint each of your boxes inside and out, then set them aside to dry. While your boxes are drying, paint your wooden letters on the front and back, then set them aside to dry.

Step 2: Now, grab your Waffle Flower stamps, acrylic block, and black ink pad. Then grab one of your boxes and begin stamping around the outside edge. Keep repeating this process with your other boxes and the coordinating lids.

For my boxes and lids, I ended up using the ''Gift Wrapping Stamp Set'' around the body of the box and used the ''Feeling Gratitude Stamp Set'' on the lids.

Crafty Side Note: When stamping the images on your boxes, I would suggest that you stamp the image down, rock it back and forth a little bit, then lift it from the box. By doing this, you are more likely to get a clean stamped image. With that being said, don’t worry if your stamp image doesn’t look perfect. Personally, I thought the image not being perfect adding more character to the boxes. However, if the stamp image not being perfect bothers you, then you can always repaint that section and stamp again.

Step 3: Grab your ribbon and wrap it around each of your box lids, to get an idea of how much ribbon you will need. Then cut off that amount of ribbon and run it through your Xyron 3'' Disposable Sticker Maker.

Step 4: Once you have run the ribbon through the Xyron 3’’ Disposable Sticker Maker, rub the top of the sticker paper. Then peel the ribbon off the sticker paper and wrap it around the edges of the box lids.

When the ribbon has been added, grab your hot glue gun and glue on your wooden letters.

Once you are happy with how everything looks, you are ready to fill up your boxes!

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You may have noticed, that I went with more retro colors for my Stackable Gift Wrap Organizer. This is because most of my Christmas decorations have that retro/color scheme to them. Due to that, I wanted my Stackable Gift Wrap Organizer to have that same feel, so I could set it out and have it ''look'' like holiday décor but still have it function as an organizer.  For example, in the last photo, I put a little putz house on top to make the boxes look more like a home décor piece.

With that being said, the goal of this project is to get you organized for the holidays. So, when making your boxes, think about those items that you use most often and need to get organized.

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.

What do you think? Do you like this Stackable Gift Wrap Organizer?

xo Katie 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Buttons Galore & More: Gift a DIY Friendship Sign to Someone Special This Holiday!

Hello Everyone!

Today I am sharing my latest DIY project that I created for the  Buttons Galore & More Design Team!

Before I talk about my project, I wanted to briefly say that as a member of the design team I do get free products to create awesome DIY projects. More specifically, Buttons Galore & More is sponsoring this post. With that being said, as a member of their design team, my projects will appear on the Buttons Galore & More blog instead of mine own. However, I will write these types of posts to keep you guys up-to-date about what is going on!

Now that we have all of that out of the way, let's get back to the project.

The project that I made for Buttons Galore & More this month was a DIY Friendship Sign! The reason why I decided to make a ''handmade sign project'' is because I think handmade signs (in general) make great gifts during the holiday season. In this case, I made a friendship sign that said ''A Friend is There to Patch Things Up''. In the background, I glued on scraps of fabric which are being ''held'' together by Buttons Galore & More Button Basics ''Bohemian Style'' buttons. Overall, I thought the handmade friendship sign turned out pretty cute!

With that being said, this sign does not have to be a ''friendship sign''. For example, you could plug in the word ''Mom'', ''Dad'', or ''Aunt'' into the phrase that I used in this project. The only thing to be mindful of is having enough wooden letters to spell out the entire phrase or any phrase that you decide to use (lol).

To get the full DIY on how to make your own DIY Friendship Sign, click here!

xo Katie

p.s Don't forget that I am having a giveaway on my Instagram page! To see the prizes that you could win and to get all the details, click here


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