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, & 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 For additional details, visit

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.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Celebrating with Deflecto and DCC

"Celebrate good times, come on!"

OK, so I may not be Kool and the Gang, but celebrations are awesome! This blog hop with Deflecto Crafts and the Designer Crafts Connection is all about celebrating: weddings, birthdays, holidays, and any other occasion that make you want to party. And what better way to party than with dessert?!

Today, I am featuring the 3-Tier Dessert Stand from Deflecto. This stand is amazing because you can aadjust the height of the plates (great for taller cupcakes) and it completely knocks down to store flat. Yes, it stores totally flat so you aren't scrambling to find storage space for it in your kitchen!

It's made from beautifully clear acrylic that matches any decor and is easy to clean. However, I wanted to jazz it up a little, but still have it be able to match anything. So I used an amazing product called "Tint It" from Design Master. It's a transparent dye in a spray can that you can use to change the color of almost anything. It works beautifully on Deflecto's acrylic products! For this project I used their "gold shimmer" Tint It to give it just the right amount of sparkle. It also will also match any celebration decor!

I sprayed the under-side of all three tiers of the dessert stand. I only sprayed the under-side so that the top would still be food safe and easy to clean. I also sprayed the two supports. The great thing about the Tint It spray is that you can adjust the color strictly by spraying it a little or a lot! I sprayed mine a lot to give it a more opaque finish.

I then finished it off the edges with some gold sparkle tape from Darice. The great thing about this stand is that tape is easy to remove so you can customize it to any celebration! Add ribbon for birthdays, gold sequins for New Year's Eve... the possibilities are endless!

To see what other designers in this blog hop have done with these amazing Deflecto products, go to the Designer Crafts Connection logo in my sidebar.

Are you social? We are too! Please check us out at the following locations:

Deflecto Craft - Facebook Page

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. As a member of the Deflecto Design Team I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Beach Vacation Mini-Album

Who says you have to do a full 12x12 album for your beach vacation? A mini-album shares your favorite photos and is a fast way to get those pictures off your phone and ready to share. And the fastest way that I know to make a mini-album is by using Deflecto 3"x5" flexible pouches, Deflecto pear clips, and mini-collections from Keller's Creations!

This 10 page beach-themed mini-album was made in about 30 minutes and it uses the "Alisha's Beach House" mini-collection. That's 2 full sheets of 12x12 paper, 1 sheet of 6x12 paper, an alphabet sheet, and 4 embellishment sheets... and I had lots left over! These mini-collections are fantastic because the 12x12 double-sided printed paper is divided into 6x6 quadrants. This gives you a ton of options on how to cut and combine the papers. All I added was white scrap paper, a couple of brads, blue ink, and some ribbon -- all stuff I had in my scrap room anyway. 

The album is the perfect size for Instagram photos or photos using those adorable little Instax cameras. Plus, you can easily throw it in a purse so you can share it with all of your jealous co-workers when you return from your beach getaway!

You can find these pouches and lots more Deflecto products at!

Father's Day Frame

Dad doesn't need another tie -- give him a DIY gift instead!

Show Dad how much he is loved with this fun frame from Deflecto! This masculine-themed frame will be an awesome addition to Dad's desk.

I used the Superior Image black border frame as the base for my project. I then decorated the frame using patterned paper and embellishments from Photo Play Paper's "This Guy" collection.

For sterp-by-step directions, head on over to the Deflecto Crafts blog

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Shabby Chic Pencil Storage

I am a sucker for office and storage supplies. I get positively giddy when I go into an office supply store. But sometimes, the supplies are just a little plain for my tastes. So I like to take those supplies and turn them into something that can take pride of place on a desk. Today's project is just that -- I took a pencil holder and turned it into a pretty shabby chic piece!

I started with Deflecto's pink pencil cup with photo frames. Now just this holder by itself is adorable because, hey, it's pink!

But I wanted to fancy it up a bit so I decorated the outside of the cup using beautiful organza rose ribbon from Maya Road.

I then went to work on the inside of the pencil holder, attaching some vintage-print ribbon, a vintage button, and an iron-on letter from JOY embroidered letters (I just used a hot glue gun to attach the letter rather than iron it on). I wanted a vintage feel for the photos in the frames too so I used paper from 7Gypsies and Salvage Stickers: Lost and Found from Tim Holtz. As Tim calls them "found relatives"!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Graduation Photo Frame

It's graduation time again! This is one of the most exciting times in a person's life, and is always a great opportunity for some unforgettable photos. Make sure that you display those memories -- it's easy with a Deflecto acrylic frame and a few simple embellishments!

I started with Deflecto Crafts 4x6 purple border craft frame. I love the transparent quality of acrylic frames so I wanted to play off of that and use translucent embellishments that wouldn't overwhelm the frame. I chose some silver rub-ons to go around the frame opening. Rub-ons are fantastic to use on these frames; they are easy to apply to the acrylic and they adhere beautifully. Plus they are crazy easy to use - just rub and go!

Next I chose a large fancy "frame" rub-on to apply to the bottom left corner. In keeping with the translucent feel, I used a piece of vellum printed with the word "dream". I fussy-cut the word and adhered it straight onto the rub-on using vellum adhesive (this is a staple in my craft room because vellum adhesive won't show through). I finished by adding a beautiful glittered flower from Prima.

This frame would be a great display piece for a graduation party - so inexpensive and so easy!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Hoppin' with Deflecto and Stampendous!

We’re super excited this week to play with our friends over at Stampendous. With two amazing teams joining in the fun you will want to check in every day of the hop.  There will be some fabulous projects, and we’re going to be showing them off all week long.

The super talented team from Stampendous will be showing off their projects this week too so be sure to check out their blog too!

Are you social? We are too! Please check us out at the following locations

Deflecto Craft - Facebook Page

Stampendous - Facebook Group

Stampendous - Facebook Page

For this week's hop project, I used the black 5X7 craft frame from Deflecto and the "Family Home" and "Home Forever" stamps from Stampendous.

I stamped the sentiment from the "Home Forever" stamp onto yellow cardstock using black ink. I then attached the cardstock to patterned paper featuring cute little houses that matched the stamps perfectly. I finished the piece by edging the yellow carstock with washi tape and inserting it into the frame. 

Next I stamped the houses using the "Family Home" stamps on white cardstock. Seriously -- how adorable are these? I love that the little houses have words and phrases on them like "love nest" and "home for hugs". And the set is great because it comes with home-related sentiments as well as the house images. I colored them using Copic and Spectrum Noir markers.

I then edged the frame's opening with blue ribbon to add a little texture. I cut out the stamped house images and attached them to the frame using adhesive foam dots for added depth. 

This was such a fun project and would be a great gift for a house-warming party!

Now you’ll want to get your commenting fingers ready! Each comment on a post this week will enter you to win a fabulous prize package! (one comment per post, per person) Contest open to USA residents only.

We have three prizes, and each will have a 3 Tiered Cake Stand from Deflecto AND a $20 Reward Card from Stampendous.

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Now click on the links below and get to hoppin'! Remember to comment on each blog and then return to the Deflecto Blog and leave a comment there for your chance to win.

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