Saturday, May 16, 2015

"love you" matchbook card

I have been using this Simon Says Stamp "love you" die so much lately. I especially like it with the thick, sparkly Stardream cardstock. One line of straight stitching on my sewing machine turned this into a matchbook style card - perfect for a gift card.
Love You Die - Simon Says Stamp
Tag Punch, Doily Stamp, Ink - Stampin' Up
Cardstock - DCWV
Other - doily, ribbon, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Thursday, May 14, 2015

glitter wreath birthday card

This was another card that I spent a crazy amount of time on, because it was for a crafty friend's birthday and I had new stamps to play with.
I have had these two step floral stamps for a while but this was my first time trying them. They are red rubber cling stamps and a little bit difficult to line up perfectly.
Stamps - Stampin' Up | Paper Source
Ink - Stampin' Up | Hero Arts
Twine - Papertrey Ink
Jumbo glitter - Tree House Studio

Sunday, May 10, 2015

stitched mother's day card

I hand stitched "celebrate" on this card for my mom. I am out of practice and giddy with new stamps to use, so a few hours of love went into this one. Love you mom!
Cardstock - Stampin' Up
Stamp - Stampin' Up
Ink - Stampin' Up | Tim Holtz Distress Ink by Ranger
Thickers - American Crafts
Embroidery Floss - Amy Tangerine by American Crafts

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Crafteeo helmet kit and a giveaway!

Crafteeo contacted me recently and asked if I would like to review one of their crafting kits. I loved hearing how the company got started. A dad saw his son more interested in cardboard boxes than electronic toys at Christmas. He quickly put together a helmet from a shipping box and Crafteeo was born. It helps that they are in San Diego (my hometown!) and put a focus on spending time with kids while creating. Since doing crafts with kids is one of my favorite ways to play I was happy to test out a helmet kit.

Right away I loved the durability of the helmet (multiple layers of corrugated cardboard are really sturdy) and the light up feature was a big hit. I taped off the light with some washi tape so we could get started painting. 

My four year old crafting partner is not as careful when it comes to painting as a school ago kiddo. We spent about 20 minutes painting, and as you can see it will take another one or two sessions to complete the painting.

My little crafter was a bit late to the world of dress up (she spent a lot of time cutting and gluing and painting), but I can see this helmet becoming a regular part of her play time. Yesterday she was trying to escape a snow monster! And for the older kids, there is a very intricate backstory for these helmets, complete with illustrations.

Christiana at Crafteeo sent me an assembled helmet kit, ready to be painted, because she knew about my time restraints. But these kits would be so much fun to assemble with kids that are a just a bit older. And after spending a few crafting sessions constructing and painting your kits with the kids, they will have a costume piece that will foster endless hours of imaginative play.

You can see a short video about the assembly of a helmet kit here:

And the generous people at Crafteeo were kind enough to sponsor a giveaway! Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for your chance to win one of the two helmet kits up for grabs.

Disclaimer: Crafteeo sent me the product featured in this review, and is providing the prizes for this contest. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

back in the {sewing} saddle

It has been eight weeks since I had my sweet baby boy, and I managed to start and finish a sewing project. I think I can declare - I'm back! Thanks mom, for watching the kids so I could actually finish these throw pillows.
fresh crafts blog - fat quarter throw pillows
Is it sad that I was proud of myself for actually taking out the iron and ironing board to get the seams sewn properly on the fold over backside? Either way, I'm happy that it all turned out well, no pattern and about 90 minutes later.
fresh crafts blog - fat quarter throw pillows
I found the zebra print as a fat quarter at my favorite quilt shop, Fourth Corner Quilts. I picked up a few more Tula Pink fat quarters while I was there for additional pillows (Tula Pink Acacia Pixel Dot and Tula Pink Fox Field Foxtrot), but may end up using them for a different project. The sunburst backing fabric was a steal at $5/yard at Joanns. Here's another little secret. Instead of craft store pillow forms I used IKEA pillows at $4/each.

Friday, April 11, 2014

play mailbox & fabric envelopes with stamps

While on vacation earlier this year, my daughter fell in love with a play mailbox that included some letters and postcards with velcro stamps. When she kept talking about it a week later I knew that I had to make one for her. So this was her Valentine's Day present this year.
fresh crafts blog - play mailbox

I found a wooden mailbox at Joann that had magnets on the door and a flag that moved - perfect! She insisted that the color of the mailbox should be blue because that was the color of the one she originally liked. It was easy to take the mailbox apart for painting and finishing it with a couple coats of clear spray paint (my new favorite thing!).
fresh crafts blog - play mailbox

And she was happy to help me go through some fabric scraps to find good pieces for her "envelopes". My favorite part are the snail stamps. 
fresh crafts blog - fabric envelopes
She has actually played with this so much more than I expected! This kid loves getting mail just as much as I do. If you ask her what kind of mail she gets in her mailbox, she will usually tell you that she got an invitation to a party from our wiener dog.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Review | First Baby Shoes Kit

I had the privilege of reviewing a kit for making leather baby booties, and I loved the experience! First Baby Shoes sent me the "Nina" kit in brown leather and I had so much fun making these for my baby boy that will arrive any day now. 
First Baby Shoes Kit on fresh crafts blog

First Baby Shoes Kit with fresh crafts helper

First Baby Shoes by fresh crafts blog

The full review will appear on Craft Critique and I will update with a direct link as soon as it is published. Please let me know if you have any questions about First Baby Shoes.

You can see that my favorite crafty helper got in on the action. And by that I mean she made me stop sewing so that I could watch her go down a slide and read books to her dolls. As part of my preparations for the new baby I made her a "Big Sister" bag that she will get when she visits at the hospital. I'll post all the details on that soon.