Tag Archives: Techniques and Mediums

Design with Stencils

This Spring I’m feeling more enthusiastic than usual about sprucing up my surroundings. My husband and I bought our first home this year and there are still many bare walls in need of arts and crafts. What better way to spruce things up than with pretty stencils and paint! Stencils and paints are on sale and I’m busy drafting up projects for wall art, patio art and some newly decorated accessories to make with my pretty new supplies.

I’m enamored with the Folkart Bird stencils. I can’t wait to use them on my husband’s herb planters. The chalkboard paint also gives the planters such a clean bright quality.

Chalkboard Planters with Folkart Stencils and PaintTried and True

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Crafting with Chipboard

May is National Scrapbook Month, and it is also a month full of celebrations in my family. I just returned from a two week long vacation with family, celebrating birthdays, Mother’s Day and the birth of my newest niece. Now it’s time to relax in my backyard, soak in the sun and the scent of lilacs while I make a mini album documenting our visit.  Chipboard is one of my go-to materials for every aspect of scrapbooking, from layout and construction to embellishing. Here are just a few new ideas for using chipboard in your scrapbooking and general crafts projects.

Blank chipboard embellishments are so much fun to decorate and stylize according to scrapbook pages or decor around the house. This tutorial takes embellishing flowers to a whole new level.

Chipboard FlowersStamping Mathilda

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Mother’s Day Cards

What better way to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day than by making unique Mother’s Day Cards for all the special moms in your life? I hope these beautiful cards will inspire you to try making some new cards!

One of my favorite cards we have featured on the Think Crafts Blog is “For you, Mom Card,” made by Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor, Peg Rounds from Peg’s Crafting Corner.

For You, Mom CardThink Crafts

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Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Here are some DIY gift ideas to pamper the moms in your life!

Painting mason jars and filling with fresh flowers make lovely gifts for Mother’s Day, or any spring occasion really.

 DIY Spring Mason JarsI Heart Naptime

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Crafting with Styrofoam

You can make such a variety of beautiful, fun, long lasting crafts with Craft Foam.  It comes in a range of sizes and styles, cones, sheets, blocks, eggs and circles; a shape for every project, a craft for every season.

Looking for something to crochet in celebration of Spring? This homemade wreath will bring joy to everyone who passes your door!

 Crochet Spring WreathRepeat Crafter Me

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Easter Crafts

Here in Portland spring came early, we’ve had a mixture of showers and flowers for the past few weeks, but I haven’t wanted to gloat about it until my friends and family in the NE could stand outside without snowshoes or skis. Now that it’s finally warming up and patches of grass are becoming visible again let’s gather our spring crafting supplies and welcome Spring – just in time for Easter!

 

This cheerful Easter card is a great way to use your favorite Spring colors and crafting supplies and wish a Happy Easter to friends and family. The Charmingly Creative Blog features a huge variety of Easter Cards that make such creative use of all our favorite Scrapbooking Supplies, including Paper Punches, Spellbinders Dies, and Stamps.

Getting Easter Supplies – Charmingly Creative

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National Craft Month: Craft Tips

In celebration of National Craft Month I thought I’d compile a big list of inspiring and helpful craft tips from Craft Experts like you!

Sew Many Ways has brilliant tips for organizing your Sewing and Craft Room. Check out this blog for some crafty inspiration! One of my favorite ideas I found on Karen’s site is this tutorial on how to File Your Fabric.

File Your FabricSew Many Ways

General Craft Tips

“In the spring – I take all the scraps and thread that come from my serger and put them outside along with used dryer sheets and lint and bits of yarn – there are many colourful bird nests in my neigbourhood.” – Susan M. from Gatineau, Canada.

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