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Kids Corner: Valentine's Paper Heart Wreath

Here's a sweet and super-easy Valentine's Craft to do with the kids:

It's a great Valentine’s Day heart wreath decoration your child can make for home or their classroom. Anything goes, so let the kids get creative!

1) Using a plain white 8.5" x 11" piece of paper (cardstock works great), fold one corner over and trim the excess to make it square.

2) Cut around the edges and round it off along with the inside. Don't worry about being perfect (as you can see in my photo), you will be pasting hearts over it.

3) Use your glue stick to attach your hearts in any way you desire. You can cut out hearts from pretty paper or use pre-cut hearts. Wrap a ribbon around the wreath to hang. It's that easy.

Materials needed:

White cardstock

Assorted papers

Cut-out hearts

Glue stick

Ribbon

Tuesday Tips: Free Valentine's Day Printables Galore!

We know you love to customize your crafts using free printables from around the Interwebs, so we did some of legwork for you! Here is a collection of some of the most adorable, fun and quirky printables ... with links to download. If you make something with them, please post them on our Facebook page so we can share them with the rest of our crafting community!

Find some lovely vintage images, courtesy of Joanna Grant Mixed Media Art.

Here are some super sweet tags that just need a cute ribbon to finish them off, thanks to Good Gravy Designs.

For an alternative to candy Valentine's, try this cute heart cutout from Positively Splended, perfect to slide a brand-new pencil through.

These darling fold-and-send Valentine's from Camille Styles will certainly steal your sweetie's heart.

Don't forget the little gamer in your life with this fun card from Living Locurto.

Mixed Media Monday: Valentine's Inspiration

Looking for some inspiration for your Valentine's cards? Our Anne Grbic created this adorable piece using Craft Attitude, doilies, red paper and gold textured paper, ribbon and some flowers.

She printed the fairy, a free printable from TheGraphicsFairy.com, and all the words including "LOVE" on the plastic heart on Craft Attitude and glued them to the different surfaces. She punched the little hearts from gold and red foil paper and glued them down.  The gold rays are recycled from an old Christmas decoration. 

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8 Hot Products from the CHA Show

Our team attending the Craft & Hobby Association's 2015 Mega Show last weekend in California enjoyed three days of non-stop crafting action. They discovered a bunch of new products hitting the market, reconnected with some familiar faces and made lots of new friends, too. 

"Having a chance to meet and get to know the artists and designers who really make up this wonderful industry let you understand how crafts not only give a personal touch, but leave you wanting to join in and experience more," says our Andrea Atwater. "To me, crafting is soothing, healing, brings friends and family together and is just all out creative fun with basically no rules!”

One of the most anticipated events at the annual Mega Show is the unveiling of the year's Hot Product winners, a true celebration of ingeniuty.

"Taking in the colors, textures and original designs; seeing how modern crafters have revived needle arts, revved up DIY home décor and mixed art with craft for mixed media – I wanted to share this positive energy with everyone who thought arts and crafts were passé!" says our Anne Grbic.

Here are the top 8 Hot Products for 2015 in each of their categories:

  • Bead & Jewelry 
    Beadalon: Artistic Wire 3d Bracelet Jig

  • Cake & food Decorating
    Alumilite: Amazing Remelt

  • Fabric & Needle
    Fabric Editions: Fabric Elements

  • Floral
    Little B: Little B Petal Packs

  • Kids
    Fox Chapel Publishing: trend books for kids

  • Paint & Art
    Lumi: Lumi Photo Printing Kit

  • Paper
    Sizzix/Ellison: Sizzix Inksheets

  • General
    Hazel & Ruby: DIY Décor Tape

How to Make Those Cool Shoes from the CHA Show

The Craft Attitude shoes were such a big hit at the Craft & Hobby Mega Show this past weekend that we thought we'd post a quick how-to tutorial.

Here's how Andrea Atwater created these one-of-a-kind shoe showstoppers:

1) Size and print your image to fit the area you would like on the shoe area. (reverse print if there is any text)

2) Print in best quality / glossy photo preference.

3) Apply glue to the area on the shoe and rub it in the canvas generously but without clumps.

4) Flip the image and apply over the glue on the shoe and rub the film. You will be able to pull up and reposition the image on canvas, but you will need to do it quickly so the bright colors don't stain on the shoe.

5) Trim the area around the image with a cutting tool. Don't worry about cutting the shoe. The film is very thin and you only need light pressure to cut. TIP: Use a sharp knife so there is no tearing.

6) Rub the film in again for a nice grab on to the shoe. The film will dry tighter. 

Materials Needed:

- Pair of light colored shoes. I used bright yellow Vans but a white or cream pair would be fine also. The film is clear, so the image need to show through.

Craft Attitude printable film

Glue stick

Cutting tool

Congrats to Our #ShowYourAttitude Winners!

In December, we asked our social media followers to post pictures of the crafts they were working on this holiday season. We got a tremendous response! We were so thrilled with all the entries that we've added even more prizes. 

Everyone who posted a photo got a chance to win the top prize: a $150 gift certificate from the CraftAttitude.com super store, which is chockful of everything you need like basic craft supplies, knitting and sewing needs, paints, jewelry-making goodies, paper crafts and much more. The winner of this prize is none other than Dora LeAnne Clements Neely! Congrats, Dora! Here is one of the adorable projects Dora posted:

We've decided to add two more winners, who will receive $25 gift certificates to the CraftAttitude.com super store. They are Kim Schinkal Mitchusson and Pretzels and Punch blog. Congrats to you both! Kim made these embellished mason jars:

And Pretzels and Punch made some rolled roses and blinged them out to create a glamorous Old Hollywood tree:

Here are a few more images from some of the great projects our followers shared with our crafting community. Thanks to everyone for participating!

    

Mixed Media Monday: Digital Collage

Craft Attitude pro Anne Grbic tells us how she made this cool, modern collage:

I created my own digital collage, printed it on Craft Attitude, then glued it and wrapped it around the wood wall panel to make this décor piece. 

BEFORE

  

AFTER

 

I layered a separate printed piano piece on the bottom right. I applied Liquitex gloss varnish over the whole thing, then embellished with alcohol inks and. I wrapped the ribbon around for an interesting effect – the black and white representing piano keys. I then glued down a piece of cardstock on the back.

Materials Used:

Start with your own digital collage or favorite image sized to 8-by-8 inches. Go here for a great tutorial from Digital Arts on how to create your own collage.

  • Wood wall panel for base.
  • Craft Attitude to print image.
  • PVA glue stick to wrap and glue print to wood.
  • Liquitex gloss varnish to give a sheen to surface.
  • Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol inks to dab some colors over the surface. Craft Attitude is compatible with stamps and inks to embellish the surface.
  • Ribbon, if desired
  • Paper back, if desired.
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