InspireMe Crafts

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I’ve Moved… January 3, 2008

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Happy New Year everyone!  Remember how I said I was going to be taking a break from crafts to avoid the mess over the holidays?  Well, that has brought me to the computer instead.  So over the holidays I squeezed in some time exploring other blogging software and capabilities.  As a result, I have moved to my own domain address!!!  So if you are one of the crazy people that enjoys my blog please come check me out at ! 

There are so many other things I can do with this software so as I figure them out I will be adding them.  One of the things I am excited about is that I can sell some of my craft projects directly from my site through PayPal.  That way if someone doesn’t feel like making the project, but they really want it they can purchase it from the sidebar.  I played with this the other day and there are a few glitches to figure out, but once I do it will be up and running! 

Anyway, I am excited about the new site so please go check it out and let me know what you think.  Plus, I have started more projects so they are starting to get posted for your enjoyment and inspiration. 

Take Care!

Be inspired, get creative, and have fun!!!



Holiday Week December 22, 2007

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It’s that time..the in-laws have arrived and the guests keep coming!  So as a result I am trying to minimize my messes (if that is possible) and spend as much time with my family.  And how do I do that?  No projects…:(.  Sorry.  I’ll be back though after Christmas to share some more ideas and things I am up to.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and continue to be inspired, get creative, and have fun with your loved ones!

Merry Christmas!


Gotta Make It: Muffin Gift Box December 19, 2007

“Being happy doesn’t mean everything’s perfect.  It means you decide to see beyond the imperfections.”


I SOOOOO wish I could take credit for this super cute and clever idea…but I can’t!  My mom purchased this at a Holiday Bazaar in Washington State and unfortunately the talented  and creative mind behind this didn’t leave too much information for me to give her credit.  All I know is her name is Regan Denke and she goes by Ms. Crafty’s Creations.  Like I said…I wish I had more info.  She made a tag that said “You’re getting…muffin for Christmas!!” and in the inside of the box she included directions for Blueberry muffins along with the mix and some holiday cupcake liners.  The papers she chose are adorable and she used bells on the bottom of the box as little leg stands…how clever!  She gets an A+!!!!

If you’ve seen an adorable and clever ideas please share and email us at

Be inspired, get creative, and have fun!!!!


Gotta Make It…with the Kids: Ornaments December 17, 2007

“The Star that led the Wise Men then still shines to guide the hearts of Men.”



I’m not much of an “organized group” type of person.  I never did the sorority thing or joined any clubs.  I have nothing against them at all – it just wasn’t for me.  I’m not sure why and this post certainly isn’t the place to delve into my psyche to figure out why I am the way I am.  However, it does bring me to the point that I forced myself to get out of my comfort zone and try out some “organized groups”.  I went to my first MOMS club event today with my son.  I won’t go into all the details, but my son had a blast and we made some really cute ornaments that are super easy.  In fact, I am just going to share the pictures, because I am sure you can figure it out from there!  Have fun with the family and get crackin because the countdown continues…..

Be inspired, get creative, and have fun!


Gotta Make It: Paper Wreath December 16, 2007

“Joy to the World”


Accidents happen…sometimes good and sometimes bad.  Luckily, this accident was good.  I was playing with some paper trying to come up with less labor-intensive paper tree ideas and ended up with a paper wreath!  I added some special photos and it is adding just the right amount of unique Christmas decorations to our house!  I used the same scrapbook paper that I used for my Christmas Paper Tree . I purchased the scrapbook paper at Target in a pack.  It included all 5 coordinating designs and plenty of it! 


8×8 paper (10 pieces)
Scotch Tape



I tried the best I could to explain it…I’m still working on describing my steps as clearly and detailed as I can.  Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about it!  I love to get comments on the post or you can email me at

The Holidays are here and Christmas is only 9 days away!  Its hard to believe, but that’s what I saw on a sign today!  Take care….

Be inspired, get creative, and have fun!!


Gotta Make It….Photo Ornaments December 13, 2007

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”.


Trying to find time to experiment with glass ornaments was not as easy as I thought. Between baking for holiday parties, chasing around my son, trying to keep our house from looking like a tornado zone, and getting ready for guests it was luck if I could squeeze some time in when my son was napping or sleeping.  But thankfully I did because I like how our ornaments turned out…and enjoyed the laughs of the ones that didn’t stand a chance. Its a good thing that I had a couple packs because for the four that are actually presentable there were another 5 that weren’t.  Don’t worry….I’ll be sure to share the failures so you can either give me advice or steer clear of my ah-ha moments that were really ‘duh -that won’t work’ moments. 

So lets get started with some of the things you’ll need:


glass ornaments (I had normal round ones and a pack that were flatter on the front and back so its easier to decorate)

matte photo paper and your favorite photos

glitter (I used Martha Stewart glitter and loved it!  The colors are gorgeous and the pictures don’t do them the justice.  Worth the extra money)

Spray Adhesive

Krazy Glue


Round Stickers or blank photo paper/cardstock to cut out circle

tweezers/pliers/wood skewer





These directions are for the three ornaments with the picture.  I used the flatter glass ornament on all three of these. 


For the beaded ornament I simply applied spray adhesive to a round glass ornament.  I then applied my glitter and shook off the excess.  I took a piece of wire, twisted one end, and added all the gold beads.  I then attached the wire to the top of the ornament by twisting the wire.  I coiled the beaded wire around my finger to give it the spiral effect and then hung it! 

So now to the good stuff…the failures.  First failure.  I put stickers spelling “Love” onto the ornament.  Then I applied embossing ink around the ornament and sprinkled the embossing powder on.  Do you see where I am going with this?  If you are familiar with embossing then you know that the next step is to apply very HOT heat.  Well, I guess I forgot my 4th grade science when they teach you that glass is a heat conduit and will quickly burn your fingers…not good.  My thought was to have an embossed ornament and then remove the “LOVE” stickers so that it was clear there.  Not one of my brighter moments.  Failure #2.  I tried the same general idea as above, but just used glitter.  When I removed the stickers, I could hardly tell what it said and it just didn’t have the effect I was looking for.  Failure #3.  I cut out a snowflake to use as my cutout around my picture.  I held it over the picture ornament and sprayed the fake snow stuff.  I’m not familiar with the snow stuff….but I found out that it didn’t really dry.  As a result…just a complete mess.  Plus when I removed my snowflake cutout, you couldn’t even tell what it was.  It would have been neat, but I guess I need more of a froster rather than a fake snow spray. 

There you have it…those are some of the best failures.  I am really glad that I took the time to do these ornaments because they really did add that special touch to our tree full of store bought ornaments.  Make  sure you stay tuned because I will have some ornament ideas in the next couple of ideas that you can do with your kids and you don’t need the glass ornaments!

If you have any ornament ideas, I would love to hear them and see picture!  Email me at

Be inspired, get creative, and have fun!!!


Gotta Make It…Photo Gift Tags December 10, 2007

“Every time we love, every time we give, its Christmas”


You’ll be so proud of me…we got most of our holiday shopping done this weekend and I even got the presents wrapped.  Although, in the midst of wrapping I realized that my gift tags looked so TACKY!  I went the old school route of using wrapping paper scraps to fold in half, write the name, and slap it onto the present.  And to be honest….writing three names in the “from” portion is just so much more work than one!  So that little brain of mine went to work and came up with the photo gift tag.  The photo gift tags make your gifts so adorable and it took me about 10 minutes to make 15….that is so worth it!  Luckily, I had some of the luggage tags that I love so much.  You might recall that I used them in the Thanksgiving banner (which making one that says Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Peace, Hope, Joy, etc….would be adorable).  So I measured the luggage tag and sized my picture appropriately on the computer.  Use copy and paste to put as many as you can on a page and then print a few pages. I then took my luggage tag and traced the shape around the picture.  I cut out the picture and used spray adhesive to attach it to the luggage tag.  I used the hole from the luggage tag as my guide to punch a hole in the picture, ran my ribbon through it, wrote who the present is for on the back and voila!….you have an absolutely adorable DIY photo gift tag that will not only save you writing who the present is from, but will be a great keepsake for that special gift recipient! 

I hope you enjoy the idea and …

 Be inspired, get creative, and have fun!!!!!