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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2015 Free Printable Calendars

{Printable Calendars for 2015}
I know Christmas is still on everyone's mind, but the New Year will be here before we know it. Whether you're actually ready to print out some calendars for 2015 right now, or you just want to pin this post so you have it available in a couple weeks, I've found a bunch of cute and trendy printable calendars for you. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Do Tell Tuesday #54


Lace Merry Banner

{Lace Christmas Banner}

Last month I posted over on Tatertots and Jello during her fabulous holiday series. Combining the simple neutrals of lace, chipboard and glitter you'll have a cut Christmas banner.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Ballet Soap Gift

{Ballerina Soap}

Last month I posted over at The Crafting Chicks when they did their fun 12 Days of Christmas gift series.

Of course with my ballerina daughter I had to pick the "9 ladies dancing" for my theme. I wanted to make something fun for her to give to her ballet teacher. Here's how I turned a regular soap dispenser into a cute ballerina.

You'll need:
A bottle of hand soap (I chose foaming to minimize soap drips and I liked the color)
Vinyl ballerina cut out
Glue gun

Start by measuring the soap pump and determining the right size for the ballerina. I cut mine 2.5 inches tall.

Apply vinyl to the soap bottle.

To make the tutu, cut a strip of tulle that's long enough to wrap around the bottle at least 2 times, and 4 inches wide. Fold the tulle in half and hand stitch along the fold. Then pull the string to ruffle the tulle.

Starting on the back side of the pump use hot glue to attach the tutu. When you reach the back again, trim any excess and use a bit of glue to connect the ends.

And there you have it. A lovely lady dancing and a perfect gift for any dance teacher. Do you have any dancers in your life? We'll be delivering this to our dance teacher next week, and Meagan is so excited to give it to her :)

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DIY Screen Printing Kit

If you've ever wanted to try screen printing at home, or just been curious how the process works, this post can answer some of your questions about DIY screen printing. You just may find yourself picking up a new fun hobby!!

A few weeks ago I had the chance to go to visit Ryonet, a local company that offers screen print classes, supplies and equipment to everyone from hobbyists to large shop owners. It was a lot of fun to see their warehouse, learn the process, and even try out a bit of printing right there on site.

Basically there's a fine mesh screen that gets some light-sensitive solution spread on it. Using a regular ink jet printer and their special waterproof film, you print out the image you want to use. It gets placed right on top of the screen and a powerful UV light shines on it for several minutes. This develops all the parts of the screen that aren't covered by your printed image. Then you wash off the screen, and the undeveloped parts wash away. This is the part of the screen that ink will be able to pass through now onto your shirt, paper, or whatever you're printing on.

I got to come home with a kit of my own to use. I watched the instructional DVD, built my hinge press, turned our hall bathroom into a dark room with the light bulb they provided and very successfully made my first screen!

In a couple weeks I'll show you what I actually ended up making, but for now, if you're interested in buying your own starter kit for you or someone you know, visit the Ryonet DIY Print Shop

**AND** if you want to WIN A KIT, go visit this post at Today's Creative Blog.  DIY Screen Print Kit Giveaway

So I want to know...have you tried screen printing before, or do you want to now?
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Do Tell Tuesday #53

Hi everyone! I'm sure most of you are well into your Christmas prep and hopefully already enjoying a lot of fun activities with your family. We've sure been busy here!


Wood Sign Made from Foam

{Faux Wood Sign}

This post is brought to you by FloraCraft® as part of their Make it: Fun® Team

Let's make an awesome wood sign that's light weight and doesn't require power tools! It's made from foam--do you like it?  And does that make it a "faux-m" wood sign?