January 23, 2015

Indie Craft Sampler Winter Box Review

I shared this on the Indie Crafts blog at Craft Gossip (I'm the editor!) but I think these Indie Craft Sampler boxes are pretty neat, so I wanted to share it with you guys here as well!

Back in the fall, I reviewed the September Indie Craft Sampler box here on the blog and today I'm lucky enough to have received the Winter sampler for a review as well.
First, What is Indie Craft Sampler? Indie Craft Sampler is a monthly subscription box that focuses on indie crafters (like us)! Each month a new box can be mailed to you full of handcrafted goods & services. 
 The boxes are $27 + free shipping with a retail of $50-$80 (for USA, slightly more for international) and you can choose if you want your samples cute/girlie, traditional, kitschy/geeky, or a mix! I really like that you can choose! Each box is unique & will contain a random cool mix of at least 12 items of the style you request.
The winter sampler is for both the month of December & January. I received mine after Christmas so I was relieved that there weren't any holiday themed items in it. It came with about 12 samples handmade by indie artist!  My favorite item would probably be the soy candle by Karmalit. It smells divine!

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While some of it isn't really my thing, I can always regift those items! Art samples like these are perfect for giving small everyday gifts to friends! I am, of course, keeping a lot of it for myself because overall, this sampler box is pretty neat!

You can purchase your own Indie Craft Sampler here . Find out more + follow here-

Thanks to Indie Craft Sampler for sending me a free kit to enjoy and review! *I was not paid for this post, I received compenstaion in form of a free kit, however opinions are my own.
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5 Favorite New Scrapbook Collections

As you know, I'm sort of an all around crafter, but scrapbooking will always be one of my first crafting loves. I love combining patterned papers, stickers, and embellishments with my photos to document my life.

I also just like to collect pretty papers. Ha!

Here are 5 new scrapbook collections/stamps that were released at CHA that I love.

I'm always a sucker for a good travel collection. We take a lot of trips to the beach and I try not to make my pages all look the same. I love the nautical style and colors of this line.

I love playing with watercolors and I love the artsy look of this line by Cosmo Cricket. They papers have a resist on them, so that when you paint watercolors over them they will resist the pattern. I love the look!

Okay, so not a scrapbooking line, but their stamps are so cute! I actually just bought their Critters Ever After stamp set, and I'm loving their new stamps!

As a crafter, how can I not love this one? It has sewing machines, cameras, mason jars (complete with plastic animal toppers!), scissors, even wood veneer embroider hoops! 

Normally I don't really like primary colors, but I love the bright colors of Shimelle's new line with American Crafts! I think it's the teacups and rocket ships that really pull me in!

Have you seen any collections that you just LOVE?
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January 22, 2015

DIY Map Art Trunk

Hey guys, this week is map paper week on the Hazel and Ruby blog! This is my FAVORITE paper from Hazel and Ruby so I've loved seeing the projects that the design team has been making.

For my project I wanted to restyled this old trunk (I found it at a garage sale for a couple of dollars.), I thought it would look really neat with the front covered in a map so I covered it. ;)

I started by cutting a piece of the Maps of the World  wrap it up paper into the size I needed and adhering it on with Mod Podge.

I cut out the shape of the United States (file from The Cut Shoppe) using my Silhouette Portrait and the Cut your own Stencil Material. I placed it on top of my map and traced around it with a black marker and removed the mask.

I decided to add a bit of messy fun to my restyled trunk so I grabbed some TextureZ by Shimmerz and painted it into my USA. I just dabbed it on with a paint brush because I loved the texture (it has a perfect name!) it gave.

Once that was dry, I gave it a final coat of Mod Podge and let that dry as well! I left the sides of my trunk blank because I love the vintage-y look of them and thought it worked well with my map paper.

Have a fantastic day! Be sure and hop on over to the Hazel & Ruby blog for more Makery Team inspiration!

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January 21, 2015

DIY Stamped Fabric

Hey everyone, today I am up on the Paper Wings Productions blog sharing this tutorial for creating hand stamped fabric.

My mom is a quilter (and we're both on the Love my Fabrics design team!), so Taylor and I created a bunch of fun, hand printed fabrics to give to her for Christmas and this is one of them!

All you really need is cotton fabric, fabric paint, a palette  (or paper plate, something to squirt your paint on.), a brayer, and stamps!

Spread out a little fabric paint onto your palette and press your stamp into it like you would an ink pad. Then, Stamp your design onto your fabric just like you would paper!

To learn more, hop over to the PWP blog.
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Custom Painted Dog Canvas Shoes

My most recent pair of custom painted shoes is a little different than my normal orders, but I love them.

A lady who had ordered custom shoes from me early last year asked if I could make a second pair for a friend of theirs who loves dogs. So all of these dogs are painted versions of her dogs. I looked at photos of them and then sketched/painted them onto the shoes.

I love the pugs the most, I think. :)

If you want to order your own pair of shoes, Just go to my etsy store. I have 4 types of custom shoes:
I can do all sorts of patterns, designs, drawings of your pets, etc! I cannot do licensed characters though.
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January 20, 2015

Top 5 Favorite New Products from CHA.

I actually posted this on the Indie Crafts blog yesterday, but these are some really awesome new products and I wanted to share it with you guys here as well. 

 Today I wanted to share with you my favorite new products I saw at CHA. There were so many cool new things, but I don't want to have a ridiculously huge blog post, so I'm sharing my top 5 here. 

Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig

Artistic Wire 3D Bracelet Jig

 First up- The Artistic Wire 3D Braclet Jig by Beadalon. I don't make jewelry all that often, but I would definitely make more bracelets if I had this! You can create bangle bracelets, cuff bracelets, and add curved components! Your bracelets end up perfectly round using the jig, which I think is amazing! 

Amazing Remelt Mold

Amazing Remelt Mold

The Amazing ReMelt Mold by Alumilite was pretty amazing. It is an FDA compliant, completely re-usable, flexible mold making material. You just warm the material until it is completely liquid, then pour your mold. Once cooled, flex the remelt to remove your newly poured rubber mold! Once you're done with that mold, you can simply remelt it to reuse it in the future! You can use it with resin, chocolate, fondant, plaster, etc. I definitely want to play with this mold!!

DIY Decor Tape

DIY Decor Tape

 The DIY Decor Tape by Hazel and Ruby is one of my absolute favorites! What could be better then giant washi type tapes? DIY Decor Tape is washi tape produced in 4", 8", 2" and 24" rolls. There are 30 different patterns/colors altogether. You can use it to decorate walls, furniture, books, lampshades, scrapbooks and a million other things!

Little B Petal Packs

Little B Petal Packs

I thought the Petal Packs by Little B LLC were really neat! Their Little B Petal Kits are a revolutionary new way to create paper flowers! Featuring and exclusive center core system, a center core ring is combined with adhesive backed petals for fast, easy and beautiful flowers!  The petals are made from thin, yet durable specialty paper in a variety of colors and realistic flower shapes!

Handwritten Style Fonts 

Handwritten Style Fonts

 The new Hand Written Style Fonts by Impress Art are pretty cool! I have a basic set of metal stamps, but I love the look of this hand written font. Impress Art's whimsical new stamps sets are evocative of current typography trends. Sets include 26 letters and 7 coordinating bonus stamps.  They also come packed in a stylish case with slots for each stamp, making them easy to organize.

Which of these is your favorite? It's a hard choice!
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