31.3.16

Inspired by Pinterest: Fun with Foils

Join me for Inspired by Pinterest on My Craft Channel as I share some golden ideas for using FOILS in your home decor, paper crafting and more. I will share product tips and tricks featuring the many of the popular products from Therm O Web.

For additonal information about the products featured visit the following website:
Therm O Web
Heidi Swapp
Xyron 




Join me next Thursday for another great IBP episode!

Disclaimer: Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration but not all pins lead to blogs. I tried to only pick those ideas that I could find the original creator and give credit to. Please take a moment and check out these great blogs because without them I wouldn't have content to talk about on the new My Craft Channel show Inspired by Pinterest.  

24.3.16

Inspired by Pinterest: Shaving Cream Crafts

Join me for Inspired by Pinterest on My Craft Channel today as I share creative ways to make your own dough, puffy paints and more using inexpensive shaving cream and other items you might have on hand. Perfect for all ages.

Disclaimer: Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration but not all pins lead to blogs. I tried to only pick those ideas that I could find the original creator and give credit to. Please take a moment and check out these great blogs because without them I wouldn't have content to talk about on the new My Craft Channel show Inspired by Pinterest.  


10.3.16

Inspired by Pinterest: Favorite Finds

Join me for Inspired by Pinterest on My Craft Channel as I show you another way to use Pinterest. I love pinning my favorite products on a sort of virtual wish list with Pinterest. I have some great "Favorite Finds" to share in today's episode to be sure to watch!!





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Join me next Thursday for another great IBP episode!

Disclaimer: Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration but not all pins lead to blogs. I tried to only pick those ideas that I could find the original creator and give credit to. Please take a moment and check out these great blogs because without them I wouldn't have content to talk about on the new My Craft Channel show Inspired by Pinterest.  


3.3.16

Inspired by Pinterest: Card Swap Tips

I love making cards in bulk!! Swaps are the perfect way to justify my addiction to cards and card making. So join me for Inspired by Pinterest at My Craft Channel as I share my tips and tricks for hosting and participating in a Card Swaps or simply making cards in bulk.


Allred Design - Lori Allred
Cards from recent swap I hosted...aren't they cute!

Coordinating a Swap Group
  1. Determine How Many Cards
    In my experience 12 for a group is just right and easy to manage. When I have more then that I sometimes break it up into two different groups. I've also learned that 12-18 is about the most participants like to create of one style of card.
  2. Local or Mailed
    Is the swap open to local people or are you willing to mail? I love having a dinner party or lunch to swap with my local friends. If you chose to open your swap up to non-locals then I would recommend having them send you a self-addressed stamped envelop.
  3. Theme, Assigned topics or Open
    I have done swaps that are open as well as assigned topics. When I'm running low on birthday cards then I announce the entire swap will be about "birthdays". 
  4. Rules
    Make sure all participants understand your swap's rules. Things like sizes, whether or not to include an envelop and if supply lists need to be included. One of my rules is that they cannot sign or label the cards as "designed by" (because I don't want the recipients of my cards to think I made them all).
  5. Deadline
    Don't make your deadline too soon that participants don't have time to create their cards. Consider mailing time if you are not keeping it to in-person/local peeps. Also, don't make your deadline too short that people forget about it. I typically give everyone 4-6 weeks.
  6. Quality Concerns
    This one is difficult because you don't want to offend anyone. I have allowed beginning card makers to participate by giving them some cards to copy. You may also want to ask them to send their ideas for approval before they proceed. As a participant I always try to do my best so I get invited back again.

Card Making in Bulk Tips
  1. Find Idea
    I have found that my favorite blogs and Pinterest
    are my best resource. A while back idea books were my go to, but since those are harder to find, then go online.
  2. Pre-cut All Pieces
    I cut down all the card bases, mattes, printed pieces and die cuts and tuck into envelopes. Once all pieces are assembled then I start putting them together. My Silhouette Machine is my most favorite tool for pre-cutting down all the card components.
  3. Adhesive is Key!
    I love my Xyron Creative Station and X Sticker Maker.... You can run everything from small pieces to the mattes through your Xyron machine for quick assembly. You'll also want a tape runner for mattes and liquid adhesive for small pieces. I love to add dimension to cards using foam dots, foam tape and even my go to "window sealant foam tape" when creating a lot of cards.
  4. Pre-made Cards
    Another option is using pre-made, Store Bought Cards that you can add embellishments and a sentiment to. Often times sets of pre-made cards also come with coordinating envelopes. 
    Check out this darling "hand drawn card" by my friend Linda...awesome right?!

For more card display ideas, visit my
CARDS Pin Board


Join me next Thursday for another great IBP episode!

Disclaimer: Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration but not all pins lead to blogs. I tried to only pick those ideas that I could find the original creator and give credit to. Please take a moment and check out these great blogs because without them I wouldn't have content to talk about on the new My Craft Channel show Inspired by Pinterest.  


2.3.16

Focus on the Primary Children Primary Printable


 I as thrilled when I was asked to come up with a handout for the teachers in Primary (similar to Sunday school for kids 3-11). And we all know how often our teachers feel forgotten in Primary. As a presidency we really wanted to convey to our teachers how important they are to us and to the children they teach. We love them and we could not do our callings and serve the children of our Ward if it were not for them showing up and sharing their time, efforts and light with all of us.

To create this simple handout, you will need the following:
White Cardstock or Linen Cover Stock
Canon PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer
Small Brown Paper Treat Bags
Chocolate  

So I took a wonderful quote that my missionary son shared with me when I was first called to the Primary Presidency and created this handout.

The rising generation must be taught the
Gospel in such a way that they will have it
written on their hearts.
We need the best and most converted
members with strong testimonies to teach 
these children so that they will be 
prepared for what is coming.
There are no demotions in this Kingdom.
The Primary Teacher
is just as important as the
Prophet.
We all have our stewardship.
Each of us must continue to be
steadfast and immovable in the Faith.
I know this is the way the Lord has
designed his Priesthood to operate.
I know that He loves each of us the exact same,
no matter where we serve.
He is the GOOD Shepherd.
Russell M. Nelson

Print out the PDF below. Trim them down with a paper trimmer and add the treat to the back by stapling the filled bag to the quote printable. 

To print on the bags check out my previous blog post about how to print on die cuts. The method is the same and I love how these turned out. Fill them with a sweet treat and staple to the printable.

Bonus...I create the printables to share so you can also print out and create your own sweet treat for your Primary teachers.


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