InspireMe Crafts

Creative inspiration for the home, entertaining, and unforgettable gifts

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.”

muffin.jpg

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 inspiremecrafts@yahoo.com.

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.”

 reindeer-ornament.jpgsnowflake-ornament.jpg

glass-ball-ornmanet.jpgjoy-ornament.jpg

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”

finished-photo-wreath.jpg

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! 

MATERIALS:

8×8 paper (10 pieces)
scissors
glue
stapler
Scotch Tape
ribbon
embellishments
photos

THE STEPS:

photo-wreath.jpg

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 inspiremecrafts@yahoo.com.

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”.

photo-ornament.jpg

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:

MATERIALS:

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

Pen

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

tweezers/pliers/wood skewer

ribbon

embellishments

beads/wire

HOW TO:

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

photo-ornament-directions.jpg

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 inspiremecraft@yahoo.com

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”

photo-gift-tags.jpg

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!!!!!

 

Gotta Make It: Chinese Takout Box Party Favor & More! December 9, 2007

Filed under: Entertaining,Gift Packaging,Gifts,Gotta Make It — inspiremecrafts @ 2:10 pm

“Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.” – Reverend Larry Lorenzoni

cindys-party.jpg

I hope you got a little chuckle out of the birthday quote!  I’ll be honest…it took me a second because at first I thought he was referring to material things when he said “the most” and then the lightbulb went on in that little head of mine and it all made sense…

Anyway, I thought I would take a one day break from the Christmas ideas to share some pictures from a Surprise 30th birthday that I helped plan for my friend.  Her husband chose the location which was a cozy and hip Asian restaurant and then I had a $100 budget to get the cake, party favors, decor, etc.  Luckily the restaurant was already decorated well with lots of bright colors and candlelight.  1/2 the budget went to the cake so I basically had $50 for everything else.  For the party favors, I used chinese takeout boxes from Michaels.  They were 10 in a box for $6.  I then used fortune cookies from World Market to place in the boxes as a favor.   To personalize the favors I used her favorite colors – pink, purple, and green – and designed a Happy Birthday message for the front.  With a little help from my nifty glue gun and some adorable ribbon… the favors were done!

We also wanted to have a keepsake for her so we bought a frame that everyone could place their 30th birthday wishes on.  I wanted a picture of her from her childhood for the frame, but we were afraid she would notice if the pictures were gone.  So instead we placed a Happy Birthday message in there that I designed on the computer.  At the celebration, we made sure to take a picture of everyone that she could place in there later.

Lastly, I added some trivia and special messages in some standing frames.  I had these frames for my wedding (purchased at Target) and I have used them for so many different things!  The trivia were all questions from the year she was born, 1977.  One was sport themed, one was entertainment, and the other was economy.  These can be great ice breakers for a group who may not know each other that well and will always give the birthday celebrant a good laugh….along with everyone else.   I also would have done pictures of her when she was younger if we were able to get to them…everyone’s always curious to see what fashion trends you decided to follow!

So there you go…some ideas for your next party!  It turned out to be a great evening, but then you realize that as much as all the small touches count its truly the people you surround yourselves with.  They make the party! So remember to surround yourselves with the people that you love and the ones that bring the best out in you…not the worst!

Be inspired, get creative, and have fun! 

 

Gotta Make It: Photo Magnets and Decorated Tin December 6, 2007

“Christmas is not in the presents, but in the presence”

photomagnets-collage.jpg

Our kitchen table is officially a disaster zone.  I decided I couldn’t procrastinate any longer on getting all the presents made if I wanted any chance of being at the post office less than an hour.  I’m not sure if that is possible this time of the year, but I am sure going to try.  So if you are like me and both sides of your family are huge and leave you a zillion aunts, uncles, and cousins to think about for Christmas presents than this is the perfect gift for you to make!  Its inexpensive and relatively quick! 

Go to your local craft store and pick up the following:

Small tins (like the Altoid tins) or Already decorated tins (I found the tin in the 3rd picture at the Dollar Tree)
Instant Krazy Glue – Brush On (trust me…the others don’t work)
Magnets (I used ProMag – they come in various sizes and are circular)
Clear Marble Accents with a flat side (make sure they are clear.  The best ones I found were at the Dollar Tree….better price and clearer than the ones at Michaels)
Circle Punch or Circle stencil
Favorite Paper, Accents, and Ribbon
Favorite pictures, photo paper, etc

Ok- so now that you have all the supplies lets get going on the How-To’s. 

1. Using your circle punch or stencil cut out your favorite photos or designs from paper.  (Note:  I glued a plain piece of photo paper to the back of my picture and scrapbook paper to make it thicker and so you wouldn’t see the magnet.)

2.  Using the Krazy Glue Brush, apply the glue to the flat side of the marble.  Quickly apply the picture face down to the marble.  This next step is key:  Press down firmly for 30 seconds with your thumb and fingers.  You want to make sure the glue spreads out and that you don’t have any bubbles.  I had quite a few that I had to toss because I wasn’t doing this step well enough.  You might want to have nail polish remover (to unglue you) near you because this glue is strong and there were a couple of times I thought I glued my fingers together….ooops!

3.  After letting the picture and marble dry for a couple of minutes, take the magnet and apply the Krazy Glue to one side.  Then attach that magnet to the back of the marble.  Hold firmly for 30 seconds and let it set for a couple more minutes. 

4.  Voila!  Your magnets are done. 

5.  Now decorate your tin. I used spray adhesive to attach my paper to the tin and then Mod Podged the top (I did a couple coats).  I added some ribbon around the bottom of the tin and some embellishments. 

6.  Place the magnets in the tin and you have completed one of your gifts…good for you! 

Like I mentioned before, if you want to make this a quick present you can find some cute tins at the Dollar Tree.  I purchased the “Paris” tin from there and decided to go with that theme for the magnets so I just used leftover black and white scrapbook paper.  I also used scrapbook paper for the wine magnets and then created my own photos and “I love U” magnets in Microsoft Word.

I hope this idea gets you moving on getting those Christmas gifts all done.  This would make a great stocking stuffer along with presents for all those extended relatives and friends! 

Be inspired, get creative, and have fun!