1.31.2012

Personalized Valentine CD’s {Creative Carousel}

It is time again for the Creative Carousel! This month the theme is Valentine’s Day/Love and we all have amazing projects to share with you – but before I send you off to other darling projects – here is mine!!

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I have two small children so this year I don’t have to worry about mass Valentines, but I did want to do something special for my children. I joined forces with my husband and together him and I created a fun CD for our kids to have forever!

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I found this really fun paper at Roberts (out of business now) – I love the polka dots – so bright and fun! I used the disc envelope die from Lifestyles and cut out the envelope and the labels. I printed the labels off on my printer and used the dies to cut them out – the font is called smiley monster.

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I have an HP PC so I used the recording software it came with and recorded myself singing some of my kids favorite songs and reading some of their favorite nighttime stories – Now, I will be the VERY FIRST to tell you that I am NOT a singer and – if we are being honest – I hate the sound of my recorded voice – but I think it is fun and important for my kids to have it on record. Some of the items on the CD are:

SONGS:
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Once There Was a Snowman
Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree
You’ll Be In My Heart (from Tarzan) mine and my son’s song
Good Company (from Oliver and Company) mine and my daughter’s song
Teach Me to Walk In The Light

STORIES:
How Do I Love You?
I Love You Through and Through
The Going to Bed Book
Good Night Moon

They are just some fun little songs that have a special place in our hearts!

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What songs would you sing for your kiddos?

In times past we have each shared a project on a different day of the week – but this time around we are doing a one day blog hop! So fun!!

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1. Felt Valentine Banner by Creations By Kara
2. Candy Grams By Lil Luna
3. Valentine Chair Pouch by Oopsey Daisy
4. Pallet State Love by Lolly Jane
5. Personalized Valentine CD’s by Every Creative Endeavor

And of course! What Creative Carousel is complete without a totally awesome giveaway?? Head on over to Positively Splendid to enter to win amazing prizes from these fabulous sponsors!

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1.30.2012

“Hamburger” Goodie Boxes

I absolutely adore the new line of dies Lifestyle Crafts just released to celebrate CHA – they are darling!
The line is called CHA Spring Core Collection and they have so many stinkin’ cute dies – This is probably my favorite line so far.
I have a couple projects in the works – but wanted to share with you how fun this little hamburger box is:


The die is smaller than a real hamburger box by just a little bit – but still the perfect size for gifts and goodies:

I put some yummy cinnamon rolls in mine, but with some birthdays coming up, I will totally use these for gift wrap!
With all the cute scrapbook paper around you could make so many cute ones – then simply label it and tie it up with a cute bow!

If you want to purchase some of the fun new dies – remember to use CREATIVEENDEAVOR to receive 20% off your ENTIRE order!!

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PS: did you see my big announcement this morning? are you getting super excited! I am!

The Big Announcement! Creative Bloggers Got Talent Contest!

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On February 6th – I am kicking off a new contest – right here at Every Creative Endeavor called Creative Bloggers Got Talent! Starting next Monday everyone will link up their ideas to a linky party for a few days for their chance to be a contestant. The party will close and voting by the public (so tell all your friends to come on over and vote you in!) will continue until Friday Night (8:00 MST).

20 winners will be announced on Saturday Morning.
The 20 winners would then have to create a new project and email it to me by the following Saturday (Midnight).

There are NO categories – so the sky is the limit every week – You can pull out all your tricks!

Week Two: I will post the winner projects on Tuesday morning and voting will open up once again. This time the voting will be anonymous - But this is where three guest judges come in – They will look over the 20 entries and send me 4 they like and 4 they want to “X.” The likes and “X’s” will add and subtract a selected amount of points from each project. The voting will close on Friday at 6:00 MST and everything will be calculated and then 15 winners will be announced on Saturday morning.

The Following Weeks are the same -

Week Three: Same as week two – look over 15 projects but only 10 winners would move on.
The judges pick 3 likes/dislikes.
Week Four: Same as week two – look over 10 projects but only 5 winners would move on.
The judges pick 2 likes/dislikes.
Week Five/Final Week – 5 winners compete for first, second and third.
Judges pick 1 like/dislike.

I have lined up some fabulous creative judges from your favorite blogs:

Oopsey Daisy
Lil' Luna
Positively Splendid
Creations by Kara
Not Just a Housewife
Lolly Jane
Whipperberry
Craftaholics Anonymous
The Crafting Chicks
Brown Paper Packages
Crap I've Made
I Heart Nap Time

I told you they were fabulous!

The top three winners will be announced on Saturday, April 14th . There will be three prize packages! I am still working out all the kinks but think about all my favorite companies that supply you with amazing products!

Lifestyles
Riley Blake
Cutting Edge Stencils
Cut It Out
Rust-Oleum
PLAID
Craft Vinyl

Way Cool!! I know, right!

So – are you ready for this fast paced- no limits -totally awesome- pull out all the stops contest ?
I am giving you a week to get your projects together and I hope to see you all here!
(oh and your submissions MUST be made AFTER December 1st, 2011 – FYI!)

Oh and just a favor real quick – will you all help me spread the word!?


 

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1.26.2012

WhipperCafe–Just a fun little announcement!

Heather over at the darling blog – WhipperBerry – came up with a fabulous idea of having a little community where we could all get together, kick up our feet, grab a bag of OREOS and chit chat – so fun! You can read all the details here!

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But the most fun part is that I get to be a Discussion Leader – I will be there two times I week talking about crafting and blogging!  I am so excited about it and hope that you will head on over and join me and other fabulous ladies - Today we are going to kick-off the WhipperCafe with some great gals who have some fun stuff to chat about…

Come say hello and join the great gab for a minute or two or grab a snack, kick back and let's get some serious chatting on.

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1.25.2012

Etched Glass Flutes

Do you guys LOVE Valentine's Day?
I love my hubby all year but think it's fun to celebrate big and make cute little gifts for loved ones -
something a little more then just a simple Valentine -
so I wanted to share with you the first part of my Valentine gifts this year -

 
I have seen etching all over the place - but have never done it.
To be honest - for some reason - it sorta scared me a little bit -
How do you etch glass??
Weird, right? Because etching this was SO EASY!!
 
Like - really super duper easy -
 
First - you need to grab your supplies -
You will need:
champagne flutes
Etching cream
vinyl
and a paint brush
 


I bought my champagne flutes at Ikea - they were $5 for 6! That works great for me because we hardly ever use them and when we do my 2 year old likes to be in on the action too!
I used my silhouette and cut out the vinyl - if you don't have a vinyl cutter you can use an exacto knife or a die cut machine to cut out your shape.
 
 
Peel the vinyl carefully off it's backing and stick it onto your flute.
 
 
Now we start the etching process -
 
 
Simply brush on a think layer of the etching cream - lightly brushing it on.
Wait for about 5 minutes...
 
 
... then wash it off. Peel off your vinyl and your done!
 
 
See! I told you it was easy!!
This project only took me about 10 minutes tops -
Quick and easy - but so cute!!
 
 
 
 
Mine say Husband and Wife - perfect for Valentine's Day -
but you can make your's say whatever you want.
 
His & Hers
Your names
Nicknames
 
What will your Glass Valentine Day Flutes say?
 
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1.24.2012

Glitter Love Letters

I loved the NOEL sign that I did for Christmas – so much that I thought it would be fun to make a LOVE one for Valentine’s Day -
After all – red and glitter just scream LOVE!

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First, I bought these letters from Hobby Lobby.

Then I hot glued them together where they touched.

Next, I used really short staples and my staple gun and stapled the letters together where they touch so I was nice and sturdy.

Then I sprayed it with a good coat of red paint. I just used what I had  in my paint supplies so you can use whatever red color you have too – and if you don’t have red spray paint – just bust out your toll paint and brush and brush on a coat – you just need a good red coat so no brown shows through the glitter -

Then I used Glitter Blast that  I found at Michaels -
I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this stuff!

Let the glitter dry and put it up for display!

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I triple puffy {heart} la la la LOVE my LOVE!!  and the glitter just makes me happy!

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1.23.2012

Pantry Organization: Part 2 {The Finale!}

How was your weekend?
Mine was really low key but really exciting because I finally got the last pieces to finish my pantry that I have been trying to organize – you can see the nightmarish befores here!

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I love my pantry and the only single complaint I have is that – it is sooooo deep! Sometimes I feel like if I put something in there I will never seen it again! haha – It started nagging me and I knew I needed to do something about it!

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So I got busy and cleaned it out – and scrubbed everything sticky off the shelves!

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The first thing I did was grab out my tulle paint and painted the edges white to match the shelves – just that little detail made such a HUGE difference. It made it seem so much brighter and more complete – Then I began to tape it off for stripes!

I tapped it off for a stripe on each level, then painted it gray – the gray is called Woodsmoke – by Glidden.
One thing abut my pantry is that there isn’t any light in it – nor is there a for it – so I knew I needed to keep a lot of white to keep it bright and airy – but I did want some color so I thought the stripes would be perfect.

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While the stripes were drying, I made a list of different sections and then cut out coordinating vinyl labels -

I applied them on the walls where I wanted those items to go -

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Next it was time to start putting items back and organizing – I headed to Wal-mart and bought a lot of plastic containers for pasta and cereal and rice and baking goods – but what I really wanted and knew would help so much I couldn’t find – can organizers. So I hopped on-line and found a totally awesome store that carries everything I was in need of – The Container Store. They have a lot of awesome products to help organize your pantry. I found these awesome can racks and they were perfect for what I was looking for.

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I also used some old and mismatch tupperwear that I had to help sort out some of the little items – like Kool-aid, cake/cupcake/cookie decorating supplies and flavor packages -

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I love seeing the stripes and labels with the items in front of them!

It is just so much nicer and makes me much happier– it’s the little things right?

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and of course I am loving all my cute labels! You can find them here.

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So, what do you think? Much better right? I think so!
What projects did you guys wrap up this weekend?

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