Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Coffee Station Organization

Do you have a coffee maker that uses those little KCups? We do and we love it! But sometimes, my cup stash is a mess. They are in different boxes in the cabinets and I have to dig through them to find the flavor I want. When you are in dire need of that morning cup, that extra effort is no bueno. When I go for my daily cup of java, I want to be able to get to it as quickly as possible (so that it can work it's magic even faster), so I decided to organize my KCups using Deflecto's Stackable Four 4-Drawer Cube Organizer!

I started with a clear Stackable 4-Drawer Cube. These cubes are fantastic because they can be used to hold so many different things. In this case, the little drawers hold KCups perfectly!

I decorated the sides with 6x6 kraft paper that I stamped with an adorable coffee cup and little coffee beans from Pink and Main -- sooo cute!

Next, I stamped more coffee cups on kraft paper, but this time, I cut out each individual image and placed them on each little drawer face.

For the top, I used a 6X6 piece of patterned kraft paper from Basic Grey. I then attached two large canvas flowers from Prima and finished them with another coffee cup as the center. For the finishing touch, I used JOY embroidered letters to spell out "coffee" (the JOY letters are iron-on, but I attached them using small glue Zots from Thermoweb).

Now my KCups are organized, making my morning cup o' joe a little easier and the solution is cute too!

Friday, December 9, 2016

"Cookies for Santa" DIY recipe frame and signs

We all know the importance of leaving cookies and milk for Santa. After all, he has to get hungry while traveling all around the world, right?

This year, I am keeping that tradition alive with this cookie display using Deflecto frames and sign holders. Both of these can be used over and over so that you can display them year after year.

And you never know -- Santa may like your cookies so much that he will want the recipe!

Materials needed:
Deflecto VersaGrip Magnetic Sign Holder
Deflecto 4X6 Curved Magnetic Sign Holder
red, brown, white, and black cardstock
Christmas patterned paper
red and white bakers twine
red and white ribbon
adhesive, adhesive foam dots, and glue dots
Cricut die-cutting machine, "From My Kitchen" and "Base Camp" cartridges
red rhinestones and black enamel dots

Sign Holder instructions:
  1. Cut red cardstock to 5"x7". Cut patterned paper to 4 1/2" x 6 1/2". Cut white cardstock to 3"x5". Layer and adhere. Cut out cookies and gingerbread man (both at 1 1/2") and the word "cookies" (1") from the "From My Kitchen" cartridge. Cut "for Santa" from "Base Camp" cartridge. Glue words onto white cardstock. Decorate gingerbread man die cut with red rhinestones and black enamel dots. Adhere gingerbread man and cookies to corners of paper using foam dots. Clip card onto sign holder.
  2. Wrap stem of magnetic sign holder with red and white bakers twine, adhering both ends with glue dots.
  3. Tie bow in ribbon. Attach to clip at the top of the sign holder with glue dots.

Frame instructions:
  1. Write your favorite cookie recipe on a 4"x6" card. (The recipe I used is my favorite -- I make these cookies every Christmas!) Layer onto a 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" piece of red cardstock. Place inside curved magnetic frame. The Deflecto magnetic frame is so cool because the two parts of the frame just stick together using magnets -- you just pull the front and back apart!
  2. Attach die cut gingerbread man to outside of frame with adhesive foam dots.
  3. Tie a bow in the ribbon. Attach to corner of frame with glue dots.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

"Santa Stop Here" sign

Want to make sure Santa pays you a visit? Then make a sign telling him! This quick and easy craft is fun for kids and adults alike.

Materials needed:

  1. Paint sign with red acrylic paint using a foam brush. Allow paint to dry. I am super impatient, so I used a heat gun to speed up the process.  
  2. Stick on the embroidered letters (I like to stagger my letters so that I don't have to worry about them being straight!)
  3. Spray sign with SnoBlast spray. The amount of snow is all based on personal preference; I wanted my letters to really stand out so I just gave my sign a light dusting of "snow", but you can always add more! Also make sure you use this spray outside or you will end up with a covering of "snow" all over your house -- believe me!
  4. Hang and enjoy!
There's no way that Santa will skip your house with this sign, even if you have been naughty!

Happy holidays and happy crafting!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

DIY Spa Party!

Are you looking for a fun party idea for your tween girl? How about a pampering party?! You can provide "salon services" for her and her friends and Deflecto can help!

I used Deflecto's new Event Kit to put together this fun and frugal party set-up. This kit is fantastic for any kind of party because it contains everything you need for displaying signs, banners, and more!

This kit contains the 3-Tier Dessert Stand, angled sign holders, 3"x4" mini slanted sign holders, sign and banner hangers,  Versa-Grip double clip sign holders, Versa-Grip wide clip sign holders, and flexible sign danglers.

For my little spa soiree, I used the 3-Tier Dessert Stand not for food, but for displaying nail polish! It makes for cute decor and it allows the guests to easily choose their color. All I did to make it match my celebration was add some pink and black ribbon to the edge of each plate. The best part is after the party, you can take the stand apart -- it stores completely flat! On top, I used the Versa-Grip wide clip sign holder to hold the large "Pamper Party" sign. This wide clip fits on the Dessert Stand perfectly!

For the signs advertising the "spa services" the guests can pick from, I used the angled sign holders. Using a hot glue gun, I added a little pink gem to each one to match the decor.

The best thing about this type of party is that it is very budget-friendly. All of the beauty supplies can be picked up at the dollar store! For less than $30, you can pamper several girls with bath poufs, nail files, nail polish, lotion, and more, and then all of those things can be taken home as party favors!

If you’re interested in purchasing the items used in this project and more, then tune in on November 14th to Create and Craft for their first ever feature of Deflecto’s new Event Kit. The perfect kit for your next party, get yours before they’re gone! Click HERE to find out where to watch!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Every Thanksgiving table needs a pretty centerpiece, so let's make one using Deflecto Craft products and JOY embroidered letters!

 I started with a mini straw bale and a fall floral pick that I found at Hobby Lobby. I then split the pick apart into individual pieces so that I could arrange them the way I wanted.

I placed a Deflecto Flexible Sign Dangler under the metal pieces that hold the straw bale together. These sign danglers are amazing -- they are made of thin flexible metal so that you can bend them any way you want! They also have adhesive tabs on them, making it easy to attach a sign to.

I then made a sign using Deflecto Sign Tags and JOY embroidered letters. I cut the sign tag in half and applied the letters and leaves using glue dots (this style of letter is actually an iron-on, but I have had great success on non-fabric surfaces using glue dots or hot glue). Finally I attached the sign to the sign dangler. I covered the sign dangler with a leaf from the floral pick.

What a beautiful addition to my holiday table! And since these are so easy to make and budget-friendly, I may just make a few extras so my guests can take one home for themselves!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

"Time Warp" Halloween Wall Hanging

I am getting ready for Halloween with a little dance number!

Can you guess what my favorite Halloween movie is?

If you recognize my project as the lyrics to "The Time Warp", then you know I love "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"! 

I decided to take the Deflecto Sign Tags and make a wall hanging featuring everyone's favorite Halloween dance.

The sign tags (which are awesome and they come with their own wet erase marker) start out looking like this:

But with a little bit of purple and green glitter tape and some Halloween embellishments from Michaels, they turn into this!

I punched holes in the sign tags using a Crop A Dile punch and then strung the signs together with some black glitter ribbon. Now this project can by hung on a wall or even on your door... stand back and let the dancing begin!

This project is a really easy one and is great for kids. You can always use lyrics from Halloween songs like "Monster Mash" or quotes from other Halloween movies too!

Thanks for checking out my project and happy hauntings!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Win free Country Living Fair passes!

It's my favorite time of year -- Country Living Fair time! Every year, the Country Living Fair comes to Stone Mountain Park here in Georgia and it is absolutely AMAZING! I always find the best "stuff" there, from clothing to jewelry to home decor. The Fair will take place in the Event Meadow at Stone Mountain Park for the seventh year in row, and is expected to draw more than 20,000 visitors from across the country... and you could be there because I am giving away a pair of tickets!

The Country Living Fair brings the magazine’s content to life and gives readers access to a unique shopping experience featuring more than 200 vendors from 25 states, including antiques sellers, food purveyors, artists, furniture makers, crafters, and more. Guests will also have access to cooking, crafting, and DIY demonstrations, will be able to sample locally sourced, artisanal food, and can shop the Country Living General Store.

At the Country Living Fair, you will even have the chance to see some of your favorite home/DIY stars including:

  • Amie and Jolie Sikes, The Junk Gypsies
  • Cari Cucksey, star of HGTV’s Cash & Cari
  • Denise Sabia, blogger, The Painted Home
  • Jana Platina Phipps, The Trim Queen
  • Joanne Palmisano, award-winning interior designer & regular DIY Network contributor
  • Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest, HGTV.com & CountryLiving.com writer and contributor
  • Nancy Fuller, TV personality & author of Farmhouse Rules

The Fair will include some local GA vendors including EK Studio (Dallas, GA: beautiful photography, pottery and jewelry), French Silver Shop (Marietta, GA: Homemade tea towels, baby onesies, and more), Re:loom–weaving a better life (Decatur, GA: Knit home, style, and pet accessories; charity that provides permanent, affordable housing to homeless and low-income families in metro Atlanta), Spoon Sisters (Tyrone, GA: local antiques and treasures), Textile & Twine (Atlanta, GA: vintage-inspired aprons and home linens), The Perky Moose (Atlanta, GA: unique gourmet beverages-coffees, cappuccinos, and more).

WHEN: October 21, 22, 23
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Gates open for Early Bird ticket holders at 8:30 a.m. Friday & Saturday.
Gates open for ticket holders at 10 a.m. Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

WHERE: Event Meadow on the grounds of Stone Mountain Park, a scenic recreation area 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta [Exit 8 off of U.S. Highway 78]

  • One day admission is $13 in advance and $16 at the door; three-day weekend passes are available for $15 in advance and $20 at the door;
  • An Early Bird three-day weekend pass is available for $40 and grants early admission at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday;
  • Free admission for children ages 16 and under.

The 2016 Country Living Fair in Atlanta is sponsored by Go RVing, Great American Country – Flea Market Flip, Jelly Belly©, and Wagner, and is produced by Stella Show Management Company. For tickets and additional information, including a list of vendors and discounted hotel rates, contact Stella Show Management Co. at 1-866-500-FAIR or stellashows.com. For additional details, visit countryliving.com/fair.

Don't you want to go?! Well, I am giving away two free passes! All you have to do is comment below and tell me your favorite home/DIY star. But do it soon because the giveaway closes on October 18 at 2:00 EDT! Good luck and happy shopping!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Personalized Blinged Out Cell Phone Case

It's back to school time! Have the kids been bugging you for a new cell phone for the new school year? Did you laugh at them? (Hey, I don't have kids -- I'm not judging!) Well, at least you can make that old phone look new with a fancy blinged-out and personalized cell phone case!

If y'all know anything about me, it is that I am cheap. Like super cheap. Like "Do I need to throw this ziploc bag out or can I reuse it?" cheap. So I do a lot of my shopping at the Dollar Tree. Everything in there is just a dollar. Y'all, ONE DOLLAR! The last time I hit up the Dollar Tree, I grabbed one of these cell phone cases for a Samsung Galaxy5. They had some for several different phones, but none of this new Galaxy7 mess, so if you have a new phone, you may be out of luck. Anyway, I took that bad boy home and got to crafting.

I decided this little case needed some bling. Isn't there some song called "Hotline Bling"? I am old and out of touch so forgive me, youngsters who might be reading this.

Any-hoo, for the bling, I used self-adhesive rhinestone sheets from The Buckle Boutique. These sheets are awesome. You can cut them with scissors, cut them in a die cut machine, use a paper cutter or craft knife -- seriously, they are life-changing.

I put a JOY stick-on embroidered "varsity block" letter on top of the rhinestone sheet and cut around it to give the letter a bling-y outline. These letters from JOY are so cool because they give the look of fancy machine embroidery, but you can attach them to anything. I pulled the adhesive backing off the rhinestone sheet and placed it on the case. Then I cut single lines of rhinestones from the sheet and placed them on the chevron designs of the case. That's it! So easy and it looks amazing!

If you want to see more cool stuff using JOY, stop by the "Creating with Joy" blog where the design team shows you what you can do with these handy little letters. You can also find JOY letters at Michaels and Hobby Lobby so you can make your own personalized crafts.

Thanks for stopping by. Keep on crafting!

Disclosure: I am a design team member for JOY embroidered letters. I was provided with free product in exchange for my original ideas and designs.

Images by Freepik