Kick-Off Friday

Craftivity Designs | 29 March 2013 | 4 Comments so far
The weekend is here!  Are you ready to be inspired?  This week I discovered many great ideas and I wanted to share them with you!  Check out the pictures and details below.

1. Spring is officially here which means it's time to pull out the bright colors and spring flowers!  I love this paper flower wreath that Crystal from A Pumpkin and a Princess designed.  Check out how to make your own version here.

2. I'm a sucker for wall art using embroidery hoops, I just think they are so unique and fun!  I actually have some wall art with hoops in my home which I will be featuring soon.  Sausha from Sweet Pickins Furniture created a beautiful wall display using fabric and hoops.  Go here for more pics and the step by step details.

3. How cute is this chalkboard menu board?  I love the way Amy from 11 Magnolia Lane added the adorable menu logo on top! Check out Amy's guest post here on Tatertots & Jello for tips and tricks on how to make your own menu chalkboard as well as chalkboard tags.

4. This plastic plate wall by Jocie from One Project Closer is inspiring for anyone looking for a fun and simple way to decorate space in their home.  I love how the colors and designs on the plates really pop!  My favorite thing about this project is that Jocie used Command Strips to hang the plates which means no nail holes in the wall! Read all about this project here.

5. Polka dots are one of my favorite things! This project is too cute, I love how it combines gold and polka dots into a great decor piece.  Check out the girl's from Eighteen25's guest post on the Polka Dot Chair to see how to make your own polka dot clipboard!

6. This is another project that inspires my love for decorating with gold!  Laurel from A Bubbly Life took a simple round cork trivet and paint to create a functional and pretty mousepad.  See the details here.

7. Last but not least, I love these awesome painted jars that Amy from Amy Giggles Designs created to store items in her craft room.  Painted jars are an easy way to add color to any area. Amy is also a U of L alum and a Cards fan so that makes her even more awesome!  Visit Amy's blog here to see how to make your own set of jars.

Hope you are feeling inspired---let the weekend begin!

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Pom Poms, a Photo Garland & Watercolors

Craftivity Designs | 28 March 2013 | 4 Comments so far
On Monday I shared my little boy's "Have a Ball" Birthday Party.

Today I'm going to share 3 simple, DIY projects from his party -- all of which could easily be adjusted to fit any party color scheme.

The Pom-Pom garland was one of my favorite projects -- and it turned out quite simple too!

I love the look of felt ball garlands, like this one on Etsy. And since we were going with a ball theme, it would be a perfect fit. After reading some tutorials on how to make felt balls, I decided I needed an easier route (that's because I'm so efficient? or lazy?).

I picked up some Pom-Poms at Michael's (with a 40% coupon of course) and some bakers twine (like these) from a local scrapbook store.

All you have to do is string the twine on a needle through the middle of each Pom Pom and you're done. It was super easy and didn't take much time at all. Afterwards, I rolled it up on a paper towel roll, for storage. I'll be using this little garland for many more parties to come!

Another quick DIY I've used to decorate at both his 1st & 2nd birthdays is a Photo Garland.

What is that heavy duty "baker's twine" the photos are hung on? Got it at the dollar store. It's clothesline and came in both red and blue. I should have used that as a lucky find!

It's not like you need a tutorial for this one, just a year's worth of photos...

... plus some clothespins.

This year I went with with just the photos, but last year I mixed in some bunting too.

Your guests will love this decoration too -- it's so fun to see how a little one has changed over the course of a year.

The third project I'm sharing was inspired by a beautiful Watercolor Birthday Party by Ashley at The Handmade Home. I followed her tutorial on painting No.5 to make my No. 2!

I was a bit intimidated to recreate this look but after reading Ashley's tutorial, I decided to go for it. She describes watercolors as somewhat forgiving and suggests creating a small trial version first. I studied the rest of her tips, picked up a sheet of Watercolor Paper and a Watercolor Kit from Michael's (again -- with 40% off coupons!) and got to work.

My trial version turned out pretty good and taught me A LOT. I got a feel for how quickly the paint dries, how much water to use, how the colors blend, etc. So unless you have done a lot with watercolors, I would encourage you to create a trial version first.

I loved my watercolors so much, I made some art for the gallery wall that is coming together in our entry way too!

Get the other party details here.

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Mod Podge Art

Craftivity Designs | 27 March 2013 | 4 Comments so far
Last week, I showed you how I made wall art using paint and stickers.  This week, I'm going to show you a quick and easy way to make wall art using Mod Podge and scrapbook paper:

For this project, you can use any size canvas that you prefer, but I find using one that is the same size as your paper is the easiest.  For mine, I chose to use a 12x12 canvas and 12x12 scrapbook paper.   After selecting your canvas and paper, grab a bottle of Mod Podge (like the one here) and a medium size paint brush. If your canvas is a different size than your paper, you will need to first cut your paper down to the right size before moving onto the next step.

Using your paintbrush, slowly add a thin layer of Mod Podge on the canvas.  Next, carefully lay your scrapbook paper on top making sure to smooth out any bumps.  You must complete these steps quickly so the Mod Podge doesn't dry before the paper is put on top. Be sure to smooth all of the edges as they will want to pop off the canvas.

To seal the paper, add another thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the paper.  The key to working with Mod Podge is to only use a small amount at a time.  Too much can cause bumps or rips in your paper.  Once you are finished, allow the canvas and paper to dry before hanging it up. 

What Mod Podge projects have you completed lately?

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Have a Ball 2nd Birthday Party

Craftivity Designs | 25 March 2013 | 2 Comments so far
Happy Monday!

A week ago my little boy turned 2 and we celebrated the day with family and friends. Around 1 year of age, when he started talking, his first word was "ball." A year later, it's still one of his favorite words and his favorite toys. So it just made sense to have a Ball Themed 2nd Birthday Party.

Throwing a birthday party for my little guy is such a special event for me and so each year we've used his photos as part of the decorations. It's so neat to see how much he's changed over the course of one year.

This was the first year I made a cake for him (last year we did cupcakes) -- or made a cake for anyone for that matter. The only cake I've ever made was in a cake decorating class I took about 8 years ago (eek! that makes me feel old).

We went with a simple round layer cake covered in yummy buttercream icing - and sprinkles, of course - one can never have too many sprinkles. 

You can see this philosophy on sprinkles carries over to the dipped oreos too!

The decorations were all do it yourself and pretty simple to make. And I just. love. making them, it makes me excited for his party. I would tell my little guy...

"This is for your birthday party!" (I clap my hands & give a big smile)
He says "par-ee?"
"Yep, for your birthday party! You are going to be a 2 Year Old! Yay!" (more clapping & smiling)

He can sense my excitement. So even though he has no clue what a '2 Year Old' or a 'Birthday Party' are - he's definitely on board.

Just one of the many, many things I love about my sweet boy.

I painted a giant "two" with watercolors and made some pom-pom garland to decorate the serving table. Mike topped it off with a whole bunch of balloons to surprise the birthday boy.

His birthday hat was completed at the last minute and he loved it when he tried it on.

But not so much at the actual birthday party. I guess that's the way it goes when you're two!

All of the food was round-ish, in order to fit with the ball theme and we included some of his photos on the serving table too.

That fancy-shmancy cotton tablecloth actually cost next to nothing. It is from Ethiopia, where Mike and I have both traveled for Mission Trips. We don't get many opportunities to use it, even though it is special to us -- so this blue birthday party was perfect for it.

Each of the kiddos went home with a small favor bag. 


 I created the little graphic based on the invitation design.

And I just had to share this gift wrap idea. We have some good friends (and neighbors!) that have teens that used to attend our church. They wrapped his gifts in a simple craft paper bag and then added photos of each of them with our little boy. By far the best wrapped gift we've ever received in my opinon! So cool.

It's hard for me to believe he is already two. And to see how much he has grown. God is good. All the time.

Much of his birthday was inspired by ideas I found via Pinterest - you can check out my Second Birthday board here or follow these specific links:

I'll be back on Thursday to share how I made the garlands and the watercolor banner.

But, for now, some more pics to share with our family and friends.

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