October 30, 2014

DIY No Sew Gift Bags

Today I'm on the Helmar blog these easy gift bags I created. Want to know a secret? There's no sewing involved when making them! Just Helmar's Fabric Glue!

Since it's *almost* Halloween, I decorated them with spooky stamps and colored them in purple, black and orange but you could make these for any occasion! Just change up the theme!



Happy (almost) Halloween! -Katie
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5 Fox Themed Projects to Make


If you're a regular reader of my blog, you may have noticed I have a slight obsession with woodland animals, specifically foxes.

I've done a number of fox themed projects so I thought I would round them up here. You know, in case you have a fox obsession too.

I posted the DIY for this leather journal. I painted a fox on mine.

I created this Fox Art Journal page for a Hazel and Ruby project.

Restyle a notebook with this tutorial- Foxy Notebook.

I used fox fabric to make this Fox Leather Glasses Case.

Stitch up a Fox Softie with my tutorial and pattern.


These have all been pretty recent (with the crazy fox trend), but a couple of years ago I shared a free foxy iPhone background and scrapbooked about the fox hat I crocheted.

So, do tell- What does the fox say?
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October 29, 2014

All about the Pink

Today I'm up on the Hazel and Ruby blog sharing this project!

Halloween is just a couple of days away so I've been seeing a ton of pumpkins, witches and other Halloween inspired projects. October isn't just about Halloween though,it's also Breast Cancer Awareness month. With that in mind, today's project is very pink instead of orange! :)

While I didn't make something about breast cancer I did use a lot of pink on these 2 restyled trunks I made. I already had the trunks, I got them at a scrapbook convention from Queen and Co. I decided they needed a new look though, so that's where H&R products came in!


You can go to the Hazel and Ruby blog to see my process and get the full tutorial.
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October 28, 2014

Rustic Painted Frame DIY

Hey guys, today I wanted to share the tutorial for this rustic frame I painted! What's so special about it? Well, I used a new product I hadn't tried on it before- Deco Art Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint.

I've actually wanted to try chalk paint for a while now! Since I haven't used it before though, I decided to start with something small, like a picture frame.


If you haven't heard of chalk paint yet, it's really neat. It's not actually "chalkboard paint". This paint is a matte paint that requires no priming or waxing before using. I hate priming, so I love that you don't need it with this paint.

Anyway, here's how I made it:

Supplies: Wooden Frame, Paint Brush, Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Rustic and Inheritance (yellow), Cream Wax, Sand Paper, Picture

1. Gather all of your supplies. I just used a cheap wooden frame from the store.
2.Paint your frame using rustic chalky finish paint. I painted the front and then went back and painted around the edges.
3. Let it dry.


4. Once your paint has dried, you'll want to get out your wax.
5. Using either a paint brush or a cloth, apply your wax on over your paint.
6. Let it dry. You can add a second coat of wax if you want. Rub a piece of cloth over the wax to buff it.
7. Take a piece of sand paper and lightly sand your frame. I tried to stick close to the edges for my distressed areas.
You can actually distress before or after the wax, but doing it after cut down on the mess.
8. I wanted to add a bit more embellishment to my frame so I painted on some arrows using Chalky Finish Paint in Inheritance color (yellow).


I printed out a photo from my recent trip to Garden of the Gods to put in my new frame. It went perfectly!
Have you used chalk paint yet?

*I am a blogger for DecoArt and received free product for this post, but all of the opinions expressed here are my own. For more information on the DecoArt products, click here.
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October 27, 2014

Make it Monday

Hey guys, Happy Monday! I just got back from a trip to Phoenix this weekend. While there I did a few home DIYs for my Sister (like painting art and building picture frames). This week I have a lot of projects to get done, but in the meantime, how about some inspiring tutorials I've found?

Make this Foxy Sleeve for a Kindle or iPad with this pattern and tutorial.


Make a Leather Cord Organizer using this DIY.


Create these fun Magic Potion Bottles using this tutorial.

Make a Glow in the Dark Moon Tshirt using this tutorial.

Create Watercolor Project Life Cards using this tutorial.

Create Henna and Wood Burned Pumpkins using this DIY.

Which of these is your favorite? I can't choose! ;)

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October 24, 2014

Book Review- Craft Fail

Hey guys, I received a copy of the book Craft Fail by Heather Mann from Workman publishing and so today I'm sharing review + a fun little interview with the Author!


First, here's a little bit about CraftFail from the publisher's website:
"CRAFTFAIL (Workman; November 2014) illustrates the hilariously gruesome underbelly of the creative process. Inspired by her own craft experiences, Heather gathered real-life home decor fails, fashion fails, holiday fails, food fails, kid crafting fails, and best of all—EPIC fails (those projects that are so inspiring that they are attempted again and again by members of the crafty tribe to, quite frankly, disastrous results)! Filled with over 100 full-color photographs of the hoped-for outcome and the underwhelming reality (plus captions pointing out what went wrong), these embarrassing and often pathetic crafting attempts are the stuff that gets the “A for Effort” and LOL for outcome."

Although it's sad, I have to say that some of the projects in this book are pretty funny! I can admit to having a few pretty good fails and it's a bit comforting that others have had complete craft failures as well.


I'm lucky enough to have had Heather answer a few interview questions for me. It sounds like she learned craft fails the hard way, but haven't we all?

Why did you start craftfail.com?
After a series of craft ideas went horribly wrong! I hate wasting time and effort, so the thought of blogging about my fails occurred to me. That was in 2009.

What is one of your craft fails?
I fail a lot, but some of my favorites are when I made soap that looked like Spam, then followed it up with refried bean soap, and cheddar cheese soap. Apparently I have a hidden talent for making soap that looks like unappetizing food.

What is your favorite type of crafting?

I get distracted by all the different crafts I like to do, so it's hard to pick just one. When I'm crafting just for me, I enjoy making headbands and combining old broken jewelry into new necklaces.

More about Heather:
Heather Mann, the founder of CraftFail.com and DollarStoreCrafts.com, has been crafting with middling success all her life, but blogging expertly since 2000. She is also cofounder of The Blueprint Social, a social media consulting company and network of influential bloggers, and cohost of the web show Get a Little Creative. She lives and crafts in Salem, Oregon.

If you're looking for a fun craft book that isn't a tutorial book, a fun read, or just need some comfort after your most recent pintrosity, you can grab a copy of CraftFail here. 
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