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"Summer Social" Guest Project — Make {FREE} Scalloped Paint Chip Art!

9 Aug

Hello! I am so excited to be posting at Tatertots and Jello! I’m Chris from 

Jen is one of those bloggers whose workload just boggles my mind. I want to bottle up some of her energy! Alas, I have no idea how to do that—yet. Until then, I’ll remain in awe of Jen and all the wonderful things she does at her blog!
For those of you who don’t know me, you should know that I don’t like to spend money. That doesn’t mean I don’t spend money. I just don’t like to. So…when I was looking for some artwork for my bedroom, I decided to look for something free.

I grabbed some paint swatches at Home Depot (props to HD for offering free swatches!) and used a hole punch to make a bunch of circles.


Punch, punch, and then punch some more. It only took a few minutes, but my frame was pretty small. If you want something large scale, (get it? scale?) it may take you a minute.



Because I’m cheap (didn’t want to buy anything to put it on) and because I’m lazy (didn’t want to find something to cut to size, I adhered the circles straight to the glass that came in the frame. Plus, this allowed me to use the lines of my cutting mat to make sure everything stayed straight. 


I had to look on the internet to make sure I knew what fish scales look like, and I just started gluing away. A little dab of craft glue at the top of each circle is all it took. Using the craft glue (as opposed to hot glue) gave me some time to move things around if they weren’t lining up well.

 


This is what it will look like when you’re done.



I let the glue dry for a little bit, and I turned the glass over. 

Then I ran a blade down the edge of the glass to give a clean line. This way it would fit nicely into the frame.

Ta Da! I am so happy with the simplicity of it. It’s a fresh and free way to decorate, and I love that it offers some texture to the space.



When my husband was checking it out, I said, “Did you notice that I used a frame that has circles on it to match the circle design in the art?” He responded, “Circles?” Nice.
I’m not too worried, though. I’m sure you notice it. 🙂 



Thanks to Jen and all her readers for letting me stop by today! I hope you enjoyed it!

Chris!! That is just awesome – I love the circles and the scallops that they make.
First of all, I just want to say how THRILLED I am to have Chris here. Just a Girl is one of the first blogs that I ever started reading. I remember the day that Chris featured me – it was one of the happiest in my blogging life. Here are some of the reasons I love Chris’s blog—

How genius is Chris’s Art Tray? Love this!!

Her Halloween Mantel last year was fabulous!!
Another amazing Halloween project — her DIY Spider Clock.
And of course there’s the amazing decorating ideas — like this Dining Room Transformation with Board and Batten.
You will love the daily DIY inspiration at Just A Girl — be sure to go over and say hi!!
xoxo
PS — I am sharing some of my favorite Washi Tape projects over at Babble’s Home Ec today. I am loving all of the creative ideas that are being shared over there. Such a great community!!

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Gift Wrapping Idea — Make Magnet Gift Tags!!

23 Dec
 

I spent the day yesterday running errands and trying to get my Christmas put together. So now — on to the wrapping!! And, if you are wrapping too – I’d love to share a little project I made — Magnet Gift Tags.

These little gift tags are fun because they brighten up your package, plus they have a little magnet on top that the receiver can keep and use all year long!

Magnet Gift Tags

Supplies:

Metal Sheet — I found mine at my craft store. But Home Depot also sells magnet sheets in the roofing area.
Dimensional Magic (or similar glaze)
Scrapbook Paper (this is a great way to use up leftover paper)
Embellishments
Ribbon
Magnets
Bottlecaps — if you don’t have any saved, you can buy a pack of 6 at Hobby Lobby.
Fabric Scraps

Here’s What You Do:

1.  Cut out a 1 inch square of scrapbook paper. You can use a punch, or a template to make the circle precise.

2. Glue the circle to the bottom of the bottlecap. I used Mod podge. Then put a layer of mod podge over the top of the paper. Let dry.

3. Fill the bottlecap up with the Dimensional Magic glaze. While the glaze is wet, you can add some little buttons or charms. And you can also sprinkle some glitter on the top of the glaze. Let the glaze dry overnight.

4. While the bottlecaps are drying, work on the tags. Cut out your metal tags. If you are using thick metal sheeting, use tin snips. I cut my tags to 2 inches in width by 4 inches in length. Punch a hole at the top, middle of each tag.

5. Hot glue a square of fabric to the middle of the metal tag.

6. Hot glue additional ribbon and/or other embellishments to the tag.

7. Add some fabric to the top of the tag and loop though the punched hole.

8. When the bottlecaps are dry, hot glue any other embellishments to the top. I copied the names of the recipients to the bottlecap by cutting some scrapbook paper into 8.5 x 11 sheets and running them through my printer.

9. Hot glue a magnet to the back of each bottlecap and attach the bottlecap to the metal tag.

And these Gift Tags can be used for any occasion – so make up a batch to have on hand for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Valentine’s Day or pretty much any type of gift
Happy Wrapping and Happy Holidays!!
I originally shared this tutorial on Simply Modern Mom’s Tag You’re It Party — check out all of the wonderful wrapping and tag ideas. You will love it!!!

xoxo

Merry Christmas, my friends!!! 

PS —

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Awesome deal!!


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Guest Project — Make a Thanksgiving Blessing Board!

29 Oct
Hello all, this is Heather from WhipperBerry! I am soooo excited that Jen invited us WhipperChicks to guest post today on Tatertots & Jell-o! {Giddy!}

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I started thinking it would be lovely to have a place for people to write down and display what they are thankful for at your gathering.
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So…I came up with the idea for a blessing board and here is how you too can make one…
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First, you need to find a open frame that you like.  I found this one on clearance at a frame store.  Didn’t love the color, loved the price, so I spray painted…
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…and distressed a little with some sandpaper.
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Next, I drilled holes in the inside of the frame.  I didn’t measure, I just placed holes roughly two inches apart.  I didn’t want them to be perfect because I wanted the twine to have a more natural feel once strung.
I then installed Screw Eyes in each of the holes.  I chose screw eyes so that I could restring the frame with ribbon or another material if I wanted later.
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Using heavy weight hemp twine I threaded each of the screws going back in forth.
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Now the fun part begins, embellishing.  I wanted to keep the frame rather neutral so that once Thanksgiving was over I could use the display board for other things.  Think Christmas cards, Valentines, children’s artwork or school work. 
The “give thanks” board is created with a basic precut birch wood board from the craft supply store.  Spray painted, distressed and then attached with Scotch Dual Lock Fasteners.  It’s kind of the bigger and much stronger brother to Velcro and I found that at Target.
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For the “Give” I used brown vinyl and my lovely Cricut.  The “thanks” is created with chip board letters from the craft store, glued on.  I then embellished with burlap and sweater flowers.
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Emily our paper genius at WhipperBerry fancied up some basic clothes pins with spray paint, paper and Mod Podge.  She also created a fun printable subway art tag for your guest to write down what they are grateful for.
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Voila, you are ready for your feast!
Well…at least you have a cute blessing board, you still have a lot of cooking to do!
If you would like an opportunity to win this blessing board come on over to WhipperBerry and enter our Blessing Board Giveaway!
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Thanks Jen, for the opportunity to stop by and say hello.  We are truly honored!
Kisses from the WhipperChicks!!
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Thanks so much Heather!!
I absolutely LOVE that idea!
What a great way to celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving!!! 
If you haven’t been over to WhipperBerry – you really need to check them out. 
They are so creative. 
The WhipperChicks throw wonderful parties: 
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Recipes: 
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And Tutorials!
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Go over and check out WhipperBerry
You will be hooked – just like I am!! 

XOXO
PS — Check out the GroopDealz Offer today — it’s my friend Birttany from {Love Stitched}!!
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$10 for One Headband and One Hair Clip from Love Stitched ($20 Value) – FREE SHIPPING

PPS — AND, it’s Friday! My favorite day of the week. Come over and link up your projects/ideas so I can feature YOU! WWU starts at 6 pm {MST}

Bonus Friday Giveaway — Pebbles In My Pocket Halloween Kits!!

8 Oct
I have a treat for you! One of my favorite scrapbook stores contacted me about having a giveaway!! Pebbles in my Pocket is a wonderful chain of stores that carry all sorts of beautiful supplies!
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Scrapbooking Supplies: 

Card Making Supplies:

Kits: 

Die Cuts: 

Party Kits:
Plus classes! 
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 Also, a Sweet Boutique 

And, they have a fabulous BLOG where they show their new products, specials and project ideas!! 
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And today, Pebbles in My Pocket is giving an assortment of wonderful Halloween kits to one of YOU! 
You will get: 
Halloween Garland Kit

12 Tombstone Treat Bags Kit

 12 Dripping Goo Treat Bags Kit

6 Spider Luminary Kits
How awesome will these be for your Halloween festivities??
Here’s how you can win:
  • Tweet, Facebook or blog about this giveaway. one entry for each.

This giveaway runs until Wednesday, October 13th 10 pm {mst}.
Good Luck!
And check this out — Pebbles in My Pocket is offering Tatertots & Jello readers  
25% off all Halloween Paper Crafts!!! Just mention Tatertots & Jello at checkout! Yay!!
xox
It’s the last day of the Celebrating Autumn Party! Be sure to check it out – lots of Fall Fun & Giveaways!

Myra from My Blessed Life shared her Decorating/Crafts on Monday with a giveaway!!
Deborah from Taste and Tell shared a recipe on Tuesday and delicious giveaway!!
Liz from Hoosier Homemade shared Delicious Treats yesterday and a giveaway!!
And don’t miss —
Amy from Positively Splendid shares her Decorating/Crafts on TODAY and a giveaway!!
PS — It’s Friday!! You know what that means. It’s almost time for the Weekend Wrap Up Party!!! It starts tonight at 6PM {MST}. I can’t wait to see what YOU have been working on and feature YOU!!!

Bonus Friday Giveaway — Pebbles In My Pocket Halloween Kits!!

8 Oct
I have a treat for you! One of my favorite scrapbook stores contacted me about having a giveaway!! Pebbles in my Pocket is a wonderful chain of stores that carry all sorts of beautiful supplies!
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Scrapbooking Supplies: 

Card Making Supplies:

Kits: 

Die Cuts: 

Party Kits:
Plus classes! 
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 Also, a Sweet Boutique 

And, they have a fabulous BLOG where they show their new products, specials and project ideas!! 
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https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/13881.jpg?w=284
And today, Pebbles in My Pocket is giving an assortment of wonderful Halloween kits to one of YOU! 
You will get: 
Halloween Garland Kit

12 Tombstone Treat Bags Kit

 12 Dripping Goo Treat Bags Kit

6 Spider Luminary Kits
How awesome will these be for your Halloween festivities??
Here’s how you can win:
  • Tweet, Facebook or blog about this giveaway. one entry for each.

This giveaway runs until Wednesday, October 13th 10 pm {mst}.
Good Luck!
And check this out — Pebbles in My Pocket is offering Tatertots & Jello readers  
25% off all Halloween Paper Crafts!!! Just mention Tatertots & Jello at checkout! Yay!!
xox
It’s the last day of the Celebrating Autumn Party! Be sure to check it out – lots of Fall Fun & Giveaways!

Myra from My Blessed Life shared her Decorating/Crafts on Monday with a giveaway!!
Deborah from Taste and Tell shared a recipe on Tuesday and delicious giveaway!!
Liz from Hoosier Homemade shared Delicious Treats yesterday and a giveaway!!
And don’t miss —
Amy from Positively Splendid shares her Decorating/Crafts on TODAY and a giveaway!!
PS — It’s Friday!! You know what that means. It’s almost time for the Weekend Wrap Up Party!!! It starts tonight at 6PM {MST}. I can’t wait to see what YOU have been working on and feature YOU!!!

{Creepy} Halloween Specimen Art w/printable

14 Sep
 
I am sure you have all seen the Ali Edward’s Awesome Butterfly Art. 
Genius, pure genius.
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 I had one of those nights the other night where all I did was dream about projects. 
Craaaazy!
And when I woke up I wanted to make a project similar to this but with a Halloween theme. 
So I headed off to Michael’s to see what kind of frames I could find. 
And it was my lucky day — all of their frames were on sale!
I wanted to make this project for as little money as possible. 
I spied these t-shirt frames for $3.99 — I grabbed three. 
I loved that they were deep for 3-D art.
I also grabbed this fun Martha Stewart Spider Punch: 
It was on sale too – I was on a roll! I already had paper — so I headed home to start working.

I decided that I want to use the frames over in case I want to make some different versions of the specimen art — maybe Christmas or a version that I can keep out all year. So I decided to make some removeable frames that I can take out and replace with different ones. I cut some thin plywood from my garage into 12 inch x 12 inch squares. I covered them with fabric from an old bedskirt that I have in my fabric pile. I wrapped it around the frame and secured it using my trusty Gorilla Glue Tape. This stuff is great for securing fabric. 
Once I had those done, I punched out my spiders. I used 6 different papers in Halloween colors. 
I bought 3 frames because I think everything looks best in groups of three – don’t you?? 
 So I needed to come up with two other types of “specimens”. 
I knew I wanted to use a bat shape. 
That was what brought me to this project — the way the bat mimics the butterfly in the original idea. 
There is a really cute bat punch that Martha Stewart makes — it looks like this: 
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But since I was being cheap, and since I have a really cool Silhouette machine, I decided to try to use my Silhouette to make the bats. I found out something really nifty about the Silhouette! You can take any image online that you like and transfer it to the Silhouette and then the Silhouette software will copy the outline of that image — and… You don’t have to pay anything to do that.
It’s free!!!!  
Cool! So I did that and cut the bats out using my Silhouette.
Then for the third shape, I used a small circle punch using the Halloween papers. 
Once I had my “specimens” cut out, I made a grid on my computer. Since it was on my computer I could only make a 8.5 by 8.5 grid that was square. Of course, I could have printed off 2 copies and taped them together, but I thought a smaller grid inside the frames with blank space on the sides would be cool.  
So – here is the printable square 8.5 x 8.5 Grid, and here is the printable 8.5 x 11 Grid that you can copy off twice and then paste together if you have a larger board.
I printed the grid off and then poked a pen through the center of each of the x’s. Then I centered the paper in the middle of my square fabric back and poked my pencil through each hole, marking where the specimen went.
Once those were marked, I stacked TWO dimensional adhesive circles together and placed them on each of the pencil marks.
Then I put the “specimen” on top of each of the dimensional stickers. 
Now the grid will work if you have something that’s square. Each grid on my printable is 1.5 inches across. My bats were longer so I had to space them out 3 inches across by 1.5 inches in height. It took a little arranging. 

Now, I attached the specimen board to the back of the frame. I used sticky Velcro squares. I put two squares on the back of each of the frames. Then put the back of the Velcro on top of the front so the sticky side of the Velcro was sticking up. Then I put the back of the frame on top and turned it upside down so the plywood would connect with the back of the frame. I had to do it this way so I could get the center of the plywood centered in the middle. Then I took the back off and pressed down on the Velcro with my hands to be sure it was on tightly.
This way I can remove the plywood inserts and make new ones in the future.
Now it was time to hang the “specimen” art! 
My favorite part!!! 
Here’s a tip for hanging things the easy way! Take a piece of Painter tape, put a thumbtack through the center, then put it underneath the hanger part of the frame. Stand where you want the frame to go on the wall. Put your level on top and make sure it is where you want it to be in the wall. 
The thumbtacks should be pointing toward the wall. 
Press against the frame and the pointy part of the thumbtacks will make holes in the wall where you can hang your nails. It works so great!!!!
The end 🙂
Have a {Creepy} Day!
XOXO

{Creepy} Halloween Specimen Art w/printable

14 Sep
 
I am sure you have all seen the Ali Edward’s Awesome Butterfly Art. 
Genius, pure genius.
 https://i1.wp.com/aliedwards.typepad.com/_a_/images/2008/02/07/creativeweekend_punch1.jpg
 I had one of those nights the other night where all I did was dream about projects. 
Craaaazy!
And when I woke up I wanted to make a project similar to this but with a Halloween theme. 
So I headed off to Michael’s to see what kind of frames I could find. 
And it was my lucky day — all of their frames were on sale!
I wanted to make this project for as little money as possible. 
I spied these t-shirt frames for $3.99 — I grabbed three. 
I loved that they were deep for 3-D art.
I also grabbed this fun Martha Stewart Spider Punch: 
It was on sale too – I was on a roll! I already had paper — so I headed home to start working.

I decided that I want to use the frames over in case I want to make some different versions of the specimen art — maybe Christmas or a version that I can keep out all year. So I decided to make some removeable frames that I can take out and replace with different ones. I cut some thin plywood from my garage into 12 inch x 12 inch squares. I covered them with fabric from an old bedskirt that I have in my fabric pile. I wrapped it around the frame and secured it using my trusty Gorilla Glue Tape. This stuff is great for securing fabric. 
Once I had those done, I punched out my spiders. I used 6 different papers in Halloween colors. 
I bought 3 frames because I think everything looks best in groups of three – don’t you?? 
 So I needed to come up with two other types of “specimens”. 
I knew I wanted to use a bat shape. 
That was what brought me to this project — the way the bat mimics the butterfly in the original idea. 
There is a really cute bat punch that Martha Stewart makes — it looks like this: 
https://i2.wp.com/papercrave.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/martha-stewart-bat-paper-punch.jpg
But since I was being cheap, and since I have a really cool Silhouette machine, I decided to try to use my Silhouette to make the bats. I found out something really nifty about the Silhouette! You can take any image online that you like and transfer it to the Silhouette and then the Silhouette software will copy the outline of that image — and… You don’t have to pay anything to do that.
It’s free!!!!  
Cool! So I did that and cut the bats out using my Silhouette.
Then for the third shape, I used a small circle punch using the Halloween papers. 
Once I had my “specimens” cut out, I made a grid on my computer. Since it was on my computer I could only make a 8.5 by 8.5 grid that was square. Of course, I could have printed off 2 copies and taped them together, but I thought a smaller grid inside the frames with blank space on the sides would be cool.  
So – here is the printable square 8.5 x 8.5 Grid, and here is the printable 8.5 x 11 Grid that you can copy off twice and then paste together if you have a larger board.
I printed the grid off and then poked a pen through the center of each of the x’s. Then I centered the paper in the middle of my square fabric back and poked my pencil through each hole, marking where the specimen went.
Once those were marked, I stacked TWO dimensional adhesive circles together and placed them on each of the pencil marks.
Then I put the “specimen” on top of each of the dimensional stickers. 
Now the grid will work if you have something that’s square. Each grid on my printable is 1.5 inches across. My bats were longer so I had to space them out 3 inches across by 1.5 inches in height. It took a little arranging. 

Now, I attached the specimen board to the back of the frame. I used sticky Velcro squares. I put two squares on the back of each of the frames. Then put the back of the Velcro on top of the front so the sticky side of the Velcro was sticking up. Then I put the back of the frame on top and turned it upside down so the plywood would connect with the back of the frame. I had to do it this way so I could get the center of the plywood centered in the middle. Then I took the back off and pressed down on the Velcro with my hands to be sure it was on tightly.
This way I can remove the plywood inserts and make new ones in the future.
Now it was time to hang the “specimen” art! 
My favorite part!!! 
Here’s a tip for hanging things the easy way! Take a piece of Painter tape, put a thumbtack through the center, then put it underneath the hanger part of the frame. Stand where you want the frame to go on the wall. Put your level on top and make sure it is where you want it to be in the wall. 
The thumbtacks should be pointing toward the wall. 
Press against the frame and the pointy part of the thumbtacks will make holes in the wall where you can hang your nails. It works so great!!!!
The end 🙂
Have a {Creepy} Day!
XOXO