Mini Chalkboard Ornaments

Hi friends,

Do you ever shop at the Dollar Spot in Target? Sometimes I can find the cutest things there! I found these adorable chalkboard signs and just knew they had to come home with me. πŸ™‚ There are 3 in the package for just $3.00 and measure about 3 1/2 by 5 inches – a great deal!

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They had packages of sprigs – 4 to a package – for $1.00 each. They also had peel and stick vinyl sheets for $1.00 each. I thought by putting this all together, I could make some cute Christmas ornaments.

Since the chalkboard frames are already painted red, I just kept them that way. There was a red and green plaid ribbon on them for hanging, but I took that off and changed it to twine. That’s just a personal preference, leave the ribbon if you love it!

I tried die cutting the letters from the vinyl using an alphabet set I’ve had forever. They cut fine, but didn’t want to stick to the chalkboard. πŸ™ So I cut the letters from white card stock and glued them to the chalkboard using a Quickie Glue Pen. I also punched a few snowflakes (here’s a similar punch) from white card stock and glued them on. I hot glued a sprig or two of greenery to the frame of the chalkboard.

Super cute! You can put any phrase or name you’d like on the chalkboard. They would make great gift tags for all your Christmas gifts. πŸŽ„

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Mini Ornament Christmas Tree Plaque

Hi friends,

I have a cute, quick, little Christmas project for you today. It’s super easy and takes only a few minutes to make!

You’ll need 15 mini Christmas ornaments – I found mine at Target. You’ll also need a wood plaque. I found mine at Hobby Lobby – it measures 8 by 8 inches. It has an easel back as well as a sawtooth hanger, so it can sit on a tabletop or hang on your wall. (I think it was only $3.99 – maybe $4.99. Don’t forget to use your coupon!) I used this white chalky finish paint on my project – I like how it helps the ornaments pop! You could also use white acrylic paint.

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First paint a thin layer of white paint onto the plaque, feathering it out toward the edges so it’s not completely covered. Let that dry a couple of minutes while you decide what color order you want to make your tree. I had another box of ornaments that isn’t in the picture so that’s why there are some silver ornaments in my tree even though they aren’t showing in the box above. πŸ™‚

I used my heat gun to glue my ornaments to the plaque. Center the middle ornament of the bottom row and glue in place. Be sure to hold it there for a few seconds for the glue to cool so it doesn’t roll away! Then glue on the rest of the ornaments, building around the first one.

And that’s all there is to it! Told you it was easy and quick! πŸŽ„

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Mini Hand-Stamped Christmas Gift Bags

Hi friends,

Do you struggle with creative ways to give gift cards or cash for Christmas? I love to make those gifts a little more special by giving them in a fun way and not just in a card. These cute little Hand-Stamped Christmas Gift Bags are super quick and easy to make – you can make as many as you need in just a few minutes!πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

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I found the muslin bags here on Amazon. They are 4 by 5.8 inches and are the perfect size to add a gift card or cash along with a chocolate or two. πŸ™‚

I used Memento Luxe Mixed Media Ink in Pear Tart to stamp my tree and Memento Luxe Mixed Media ink in Rose Bud to stamp “Merry Christmas”. I slipped a piece of card stock into the bag before I stamped my images just to be sure the ink didn’t bleed through onto the back of the bag. The stamps I used are older ones I have had in my collection for a long time – use your favorites to create your own gift bags.

Super fast, super easy and it adds just a little something extra to your gift! πŸŽ„

Happy Stamping!

Anita

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Wood Snowflake Ornaments

Hi friends,

I have a really fun and simple Wood Snowflake Ornament to share with you today. ❄️

This would be such a fun project to make with the kids – they could give them to their friends for Christmas and have a day of making memories as they create with you. πŸ™‚

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You’ll need some wood snowflake ornaments (mine are about 4 1/2-inches), wood circles (mine are 3-inches), white and gray chalk or acrylic paint, Christmas/Winter rubber stamps with ink pads, adhesive to glue the circles to the snowflakes, and matte sealing spray.

Here are links to some of the supplies I used…

Paint both sides of the snowflake and circle with 2 coats of white paint, letting it dry between coats. Stamp the sentiments/snowflakes onto the circles. Dry brush some of the gray paint onto the snowflakes and circles. Glue the circle to the center of the snowflake. Spray a light coat of matte sealing spray on both sides of the ornament. Attach your favorite cord or ribbon for hanging.

Here they are all finished and hanging on my tree…

Have Fun and Happy Crafting! ❄️❄️❄️

Anita

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Crafty Christmas Gift Ideas

Hi friends,

It’s officially Christmas shopping season! πŸŽ„ Have you started yet?

I thought I would share some of my favorite gift ideas for your crafty friends and family. I’ve included ideas for crochet lovers, paper crafters, rubber stampers, and a couple for general crafting. I hope these ideas will give you a little inspiration and make your shopping just a bit easier. Or maybe share this with your loved ones so they know what’s on your wish list. πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ„

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Crochet Gift Ideas…

These Clover Crochet Hooks are great! This set includes sizes B/2.25mm through J/6mm. I love mine!

Large-Eye Blunt Needles and Stitch Markers make great stocking stuffers!

This Crochet Key Chain or these Stork Scissors would come in handy…

A yarn bowl is great to keep your yarn from rolling away! I have to admit that I don’t own one – but this one is pretty and I may have to add it to my own list πŸ˜‰

And for the crocheter who has everything…the Clover Yarn Cutter Pendant!

Here are a few ideas for paper crafters, rubber stampers, and general crafters…

I absolutely adore these Blender Brushes from Taylored Expressions – they are amazing and work so well adding ink to your project. You can also get a Storage Caddy so they are handy on your crafting desk.

TE Blender Brushes

The Misti Stamp Tool is such a great tool for positioning stamps just where you want them and so good for stamping multiple cards with the same image.

A Stamping Pad gives you the perfect surface to stamp your images. And Acrylic Stamping Blocks are a must for unmounted or clear stamps.

I love Memento Dye Ink pads! These Finger Sponge Daubers are a great tool for applying ink to your projects.

A good ruler is always a welcome crafting tool. I like this clear Westcott ruler – I use mine all the time!

And finally, a good pair of detail scissors is a must!

And there you have it – a few ideas to get your gift giving juices flowing. πŸ™‚

Happy Shopping!

Anita

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Happy Thanksgiving

Hi friends,

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are able to spend some time today with family and friends.

I am thankful for so much! One thing I am especially thankful for is the support you all have given my little blog. πŸ™‚ I love sharing my creative side with you and can’t thank you enough for continuing to take a minute out of your busy day to stop by and see what I’m up to.

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I made this fun little card using the Cuddlebug Turkey from Unity Stamp Company. He is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored with Copic markers. I embossed a panel of brown card stock with the Scattered Leaves embossing folder from Taylored Expressions. I tied some brown and white baker’s twine around the panel and attached it to a card made from kraft card stock. The stamped image is attached to the card with foam tape.

Feeling Thankful!!

Anita

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Crochet Candy Cane Cup Cozy

Hi friends,

Here’s a super quick and easy Crochet Candy Cane Cup Cozy pattern that works up in just minutes! The thing I like about cozies with buttons is that you can adjust it to fit any size cup, bottle, or can – no worries about it slipping off or not being big enough. (I have another cozy pattern for Fall here.)

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Grab your favorite cotton yarn and whip up a few of these. Add a cup, some cocoa mix, and a candy cane or two for a fun gift – great for teachers, friends, babysitters or anyone you’d like to give a little something for Christmas!

If you need it, this is a great video on Foundation Single Crochet.

Crochet Candy Cane Cup Cozy

I Love This Cotton Yarn in White and Red

G/4mm hook

Stitches used US terms:

Foundation single crochet – fsc

Chain – ch

Back loop only – blo

Double crochet – dc

Pattern:

Row 1: With red, work 40 fsc. Turn. (40 stitches)

Row 2: Ch 1. Sc in blo across. Turn. (40 stitches)

Change to White at the end of Row 2.

Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as first dc). Skip first stitch, dc in next stitch and each stitch across. (40 stitches)

Rows 4-5: Ch 3 (counts as first dc). Skip first stitch, dc in next stitch and each stitch across, ending with last dc in top of ch 3 of previous row. Turn. (40 stitches)

Change to red at the end of Row 5.

Row 6: Ch 1. Sc in each stitch across ending with last sc in top of ch 3 of previous row. Turn.

Row 7: Ch 1. Sc in blo across. Turn. (40 stitches)

Change to White at the end of Row 7.

Row 8: Ch 3 (counts as first dc). Skip first stitch, dc in next stitch and each stitch across. (40 stitches)

Rows 9-10: Ch 3 (counts as first dc). Skip first stitch, dc in next stitch and each stitch across, ending with last dc in top of ch 3 of previous row. Turn. (40 stitches)

Change to red at the end of Row 10.

Row 11: Ch 1. Sc in each stitch across ending with last sc in top of ch 3 of previous row. Turn.

Row 12: Ch 1. Sc in blo across. Turn. (40 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Attach 2 buttons to one end in the center of each white section.

Here’s a PDF for easy printing. πŸ™‚

If you’re more of a spearmint fan, you could make these in white and green. πŸ™‚

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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