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Kids Corner: Teacher Thank You Gift

Tis the season to show appreciation for all the folks in your life, including those teachers who spend a good chunk of the day with your kids in their care. Here's a sweet gift to spread some holiday cheer and express your gratitude, as well.

Simply fill a mason jar with ingredients for hot chocolate or chocolate chip cookies. Give the lid some color with a circle of holiday-inspired paper. Tie a string or ribbon around the neck and include a cute gift tag sentiment, like this free printable from the blog, Skip to My Lou. You can print them on card stock, or why not make them a little more special by adhering the tag to a wooden tag shaped like a mason jar? Easy enough that the kids can help, and this gift is sure to be much appreciated!

Other materials:

Mason jars

String

Christmas papers

'Print' on Metal? Now You can!

You can't print on crafting metal, but you could add an image with Craft Attitude film, and then emboss it. Imagine the possibilities! This same technique could be used for cards, artwork, gift trinket boxes, jewelry, bottles and lots more.

Anne Grbic created this look by printing the image onto Craft Attitude with her inkjet printer, adhered the print to gold crafting metal, and then embossed the entire piece.

She created the piece below with the same technique, applying the print onto a piece of copper with the top embossed in a maple leaf pattern.

"It’s much prettier live because the sheen shows through more than in the photo," she says. "I printed my image on Craft Attitude, adhered ink side down to the embossing metal, then, using an embossing folder and machine, embossed the entire piece. Because the Craft Attitude film has a matte finish, I applied the Liquitex Gloss Varnish over the print and over the edges for a gloss finish to match the metal."

Materials used: 

Craft Attitude Printable Film

Aerosol Spray Adhesive

Copper or Gold Metal Embossing Sheets

Embossing Folders

Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

Liquitex Gloss Varnish and Sealer

Paper Roses Christmas Tree

There's basically two ways to go with this particular project: hand roll all of your own paper roses, like the ones seen here, or buy ready-made flowers. 

Andrea Atwater twirled all of these roses herself, varying the size and tightness of the roses to give the tree an interesting, dimensional look. Choose a red paper that isn't too thick to roll, but not so thin that it won't hold its shape. Construction-type paper would work, but a cardstock would be too thick. Here is an instructional video from Crafts and More with Misil­la that shows you how to create the roses from a simple 4-inch circle of paper:

If you'd like to purchase pre-made roses, here are three from our store to choose from:

  

Once you've decided on your roses, simply glue them onto a cone form, like the one below, using hot glue and voila! Beautiful holiday centerpiece.

Christmas Cards with Attitude

This year, we're all about bringing back the tradition of mailing out Christmas cards ... you know, individually signed and stamped and all that. We're even going so far as to encourage that you use all your crafty creativity to make cards yourself. What could be a more lovely sentiment than something handmade that arrives in the mail? 

You'll certainly find a great batch of Christmas-related paper crafts here on our site. To take your cards to the next level, consider using Craft Attitude film on textured paper. Simply print out your image on Craft Attitude film using your inkjet printer, cut the image to size, apply adhesive (glue stick or spray) on the printed side, press the image, glue side down, onto the textured paper and then remove the white backing. 

Here are a few examples of how our Craft Attitude pros Andrea Atwater and Anne Grbic really elevated their handmade cards.

Made with embossed papers, ribbons, self-adhesive jewels and Craft Attitude:

 

Made with Craft Attitude, gold linen cardstock, gold satin cardstock, bling. Elmer’s Glue runner to attach everything. Image from the Graphics Fairy.

  

Made with embossed papers, glitter papers, felt papers, pearl adhesives, Craft Attitude, papercrafting bows, corner cutter and linen ribbon.

 

Craft Attitude Sponsors Ronald McDonald House Art Room

Earlier this month the Ronald McDonald House in Eastern Wisconsin was transformed into a Christmas Fantasy House with holiday decorations, lights and lots of festive flair. Local residents were invited to tour the home as a fundraiser for the charity. Craft Attitude was the corporate sponsor of the Art Room in the home, which was designed by artist Vanessa "Kiki" Johanning of Design Studio, pictured below in the art room, and who is also a contributing artist on CraftAttitude.com.

The home tour brochure described the room: "The Art Room is always a place to have fun and relax. It's where the paints, brushes and glitter come alive! Helping you bring out the artful festivities of the season! Color is the main story here, and giggles are encouraged! A special thank you to the corporate sponsorship and art supplies from the national brand of Craft Attitude, used in the making of the creative ornaments, banners and 6-foot-tall paint brushes! 'We believe art can play a wonderful part in healing,' Kiki said."

According to the charity's website, the Ronald McDonald House is a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill or injured children. Since the House opened in 1984, more than 35,000 family stays have been provided. Families from 568 Wisconsin communities, 50 states and 26 foreign countries have stayed at our Ronald McDonald House. In 2013 alone, we served nearly 1,000 families. We have been at full occupancy with our 38 guest rooms—often with a wait list of anywhere from five to twenty families each day.

Here are more photos from the Art Room:

   

   

Kids Corner: Santa Tissue Box

Here's a super easy project you can help the kids with. We've created a cute Santa option, but let the kids' creativity take over!

Here's how to do it:

- First paint the tissue box with your sponge brush with the red acrylic paint.  I used 2-3 coats.  Let dry.

 

- Cut the pieces of white fur material to a size you desire and use Elmers glue to attach.  Let dry.

- Paint the belt with black acrylic paint with a finer brush.  Let dry.

- Add embellishments of bells, glitter, gold border ribbon or whatever your style. 

Materials Needed:

Tissue box

Red acrylic paint

Black acrylic paint

White fur

Elmer’s school glue

Gold glitter

#tbt: Remember These Sweet Dolls?

We got all nostalgic when we came across the girl. Inspired. blog featuring how-to steps and patterns for these adorable dolls. So we just had to share. Check out the blog here.

Here are the materials you'll need to make one for your daughter, grand-daughter or even for yourself:

Brown yarn

Yellow yarn

Assorted felt fabric

Assorted cotton fabric sheets

Fiberfil stuffing

Colored pencils

7 Days of Ornaments: Day 7

Show your Grinch some Christmas spirit with this recycled light bulb project and watch his heart grow three sizes!

Here's how to make it:

- Wash and dry the light bulbs before painting.

- Assemble the colors needed for the Grinch (I used acrylic paints of greens, red, yellow, black).

- First paint the bulb topper using red paint and apply at least two coats. Let dry completely.

- Paint the bulb the green and let dry.

- Take a paper towel and dab on some yellow and apply a fine coat of yellow and let dry (this is optional, but you get more of a dimensional look for the face).

- Then apply 50/50 water to green paint over the yellow. Let dry.

- You can either use a pencil, marker or if you are confident enough, paint the face lines directly on the face of the bulb. You can always paint back over with a thin brush for any mistakes.

- Now you can start painting the eyes with the yellow. That will take a few coats.

- After you are satisfied with your bulb, give the bulb topper a quick coat again with the red and dip it a couple of times in the snow. Leave some red showing.

Materials Needed:

Old light bulbs

Red acrylic paint

Green acrylic paint

Yellow acrylic paint

Snow

Sponge brushes

7 Days of Ornaments: Day 6

Upcycle toilet paper tubes to create really pretty and unusual ornaments with print-and-stick Tech Attitude!

Directions:

  • Print selected pattern on Tech Attitude into two 5” x7” size images per sheet and cut each down to 5” x 6”. Tech Attitude is a fabric with repositionable adhesive on the other side. It is printable, feels like satin, is flexible, doesn’t tear and can be repositioned, making it a better choice than paper.
  • Wrap the 5” side around the toilet paper roll – it will stick and can be adjusted – no adhesive required.
  • Fold the edges into the open ends on each side and press down and seal all around with fingers.
  • Beginning with the seam, start to add Washi tape where desired.
  • Using glue gun attach lace ribbon to inside of each open end with lace showing out of edges.
  • Decorate with selected bling in complementary colors.
  • Using glue gun adhere each end of thin gold ribbon to inside of one open edge for hanging.  The ornament is very light.
  • Loosely stuff a small piece of gold tulle into the top.
  • One package of Tech Attitude will made six ornaments.

Materials Needed:

Recycled toilet paper tubes 

Tech Attitude

Gold Metallic or Glitter Washi Tape

Lace Ribbon

Self-Adhesive Rhinestones

Gold Ribbon

Gold Tulle

Glue Gun

7 Days of Ornaments: Day 5

With a little glitter and glue, you can really take your ornaments to the next level!

Tips for pinecones

- Apply Mod Podge with a sponge brush directly to the pinecone

- Srinkle with glitter or snow

Tips for glass or plain plain plastic ornaments

- Tape off the area with masking or paint tape around the area you will want glitter on

- Apply Mod Podge directly on the ornament

- Sprinkle with the glitter – wait until that dries and then repeat

Materials Needed:

Glitter

Snow

Mod Podge

Ornaments

Pinecones

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