Crafts in a SNAP – DIY Fabric Gift Bag

One thing that I love bunches is crafts that happen in a SNAP, like in 15 MINUTES or less!  This adorable fabric bag is easy peasy to stitch up on your sewing machine and works great as a gift bag or a super fun little storage bag.

To create it, you will need the following few items…

  • Dish towel to recycle (or cotton fabric measuring about 24 x 10 inches)
  • Fabric scraps cut into squares with pinking shears (one a little bigger than the other) – I used fabric that I designed myself and is on Spoonflower to buy!
  • Fabric strip (two inches wide by 16 inches long)
  • Sewing machine, threaded…
  • Scissors
  • Buttons for embellishing (Laura Kelly for Buttons Galore of course) and Aleene’s Fabric Fusion to adhere them (if wanted)

Here’s what to do…

  1. Cut or tear your dish towel (or cotton fabric) into the size you want your bag to be when you fold it in half – I used a flour sack towel from World Market.  I actually LOVE these for creating sewing projects of all kinds!
  2. Sew your squares to the dish towel on the side you want to be the front.
  3. Fold the towel in half and sew it around the two sizes that will make it into a bag (with your fabric squares on the INSIDE)
  4. Flip your bag and trim your threads.
  5. Fill it up and tie it closed with your fabric strip!

Ta Da!

This one is for my friend Kelly from Live Laugh Rowe blog.  I am giving it to her at SNAP because she has been super supportive of me on my blogging journey as I build my brand and share my creativity.  I happen to know that she loves her puppies bunches so wanted her to be the first to get something created with this fabric.

Do you just love the custom gift tag.  I created it with one of the stamps that I designed for Expressionery.  It makes crafting up customized notes and tags so easy peasy and fun and awesome.

 

Today I’m SO excited to be at SNAP Conference in Salt Lake City surrounded by 500 other talented crafty bloggers learning, creating, and celebrating the friendships we’ve made because of blogging! And to celebrate with you, I teamed up with Abbey from The Cards We Drew and a large group of bloggers to create Crafts in a SNAP {15 Minute Craft Ideas} so that ANYONE, whether beginner or seasoned pro, can learn to create fun and handmade items in no time at all! Check out my tutorial for {fill in here} coming up, then scroll down below and be sure to check out some of what my blogging friends have to offer!! Have fun and get creative!

Crafts in a SNAP 15 Minute Craft Ideas


Happy Crafting in a SNAP!!!

Cheers,

Laura

 

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Me and My SNAP Peeps Sponsored Contest

I am over the top excited to be a sponsor at SNAP this year alongside these amazing others.  If you are attending SNAP, the Me and My SNAP Peeps contest is a great way to be involved, support your favorite attending bloggers and maybe even win a prize!

In the bag you get a registration, you will get this…PLEASE NOTE THAT CHAT/SHOP are one and the same!   

Fill in the squares with bloggers that are ATTENDING SNAP who you feel are awesome in the corresponding categories.  They can be new bloggers or veteran.  This is YOUR vote to support with your voice.

And the PRIZES…they will be awarded at the breakfast along with these hand-painted and fired ceramic medals.

The PRIZES…

PARTY…Hand Painted Platter with Duncan Ceramics from iLoveToCreate, Assorted Paper Party Ware, Adorable Food Picks, $45 CUSTOM Stamp from Expressionery.Com, Tulip Body Art Paints

COOK…Apron embellished with Laura Kelly custom fabric from Spoonflower, Baking Utensils, Hand Painted Utensil Holder made with Duncan Ceramics from iLoveToCreate, $45 CUSTOM Stamp from Expressionery.Com, Laura Kelly Buttons from Buttons Galore and More with Aleene’s to attach them to the Apron

RELAX…Udderly Smooth Prize Pack, Infinity Scarf, Hand Painted Tea Cup and Saucer made with Duncan Ceramics from iLoveToCreate, $45 CUSTOM Stamp from Expressionery.Com

DECORATE…Hand Painted Vase made with Duncan Ceramics from iLoveToCreate, $45 CUSTOM Stamp from Expressionery.Com, $25 IKEA gift card, Tulip Fabric Paints with Pillow and Stencils to Decorate

GROW…Hand Painted Planter and Dish made with Duncan Ceramics from iLoveToCreate, $45 CUSTOM Stamp from Expressionery.Com, Garden Gloves, Journal, Flower Seeds, Udderly Smooth, Tee to die with Tulip Tie Dye to Wear in the Garden

BAKE…Apron embellished with Laura Kelly custom fabric from Spoonflower, Hand Painted Pie Plate made with Duncan Ceramics from iLoveToCreate, $45 CUSTOM Stamp from Expressionery.Com, AWESOME Baking Goodies from The Bakers Party Shop, Fashion Glitter from iLovetToCreate to add to the Apron

CREATE…Sizzix Machine, Set of Laura Kelly Sweet Shop Dies, Hand Painted Mason Jar to hold supplies made with Duncan Ceramics from iLoveToCreate, $45 CUSTOM Stamp from Expressionery.Com

CHAT…(aka SHOP)…Hand Painted Box with Lid made with Duncan Ceramics from iLoveToCreate, $45 CUSTOM Stamp from Expressionery.Com, $25 Gift Card to Target, Mini Wooden Purse with Laura Kelly Buttons from Buttons Galore and More with Aleene’s to Embellish

DRINK…Coffees and Tea from World Market, Tee from Marley Coffee, $25 Gift Card to Starbucks, Hand Painted Mason Jar to hold supplies made with Duncan Ceramics from iLoveToCreate, $45 CUSTOM Stamp from Expressionery.Com

TRAVEL…Hand Painted Frame to made with Duncan Ceramics from iLoveToCreate, $45 CUSTOM Stamp from Expressionery.Com, Travel Pack, Travel Sewing Kit, $10 McDonalds Gift Card, Laura Kelly Travel Pads, JJill Linen Scarf and Tie Dye from iLoveToCreate to Fix it Up!

Yep, I have been busy.  Can you tell I am really thrilled to have this opportunity to support so many colleagues that I love?

Can’t wait to see all of you who will be at SNAP!

Cheers and Love,

Laura

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FIFTEEN awesome ways to Use Self Inking Stamps from Expressionery

Designing stamps for Expressionery is ALMOST as much fun as designing stationery.  Truth is, I am a lover of all things paper…books, journals, note pads, note cards, wrapping paper, paper crafts, etc.  Here are fifteen awesome ways to use self inking stamps from Expressionery to create some fun!

My favorite here is probably the bubble gum balls.  I handed these out at CHA in January and they spread smiles all around.  I think it is the combination with the bright happy colors.

This stamp rocks but so does the mini egg casserole.  You can find out how to make it HERE!

And these Earth Day treats in recycled jars….adorable and so good for the world too!

Whatever you do, I am sure you give.  When you give…it is so fun to attach a little handmade love with a gift tag made from a self inking stamp.  To see my whole collection with Expressionery, visit their website.

 

But always know that my first true love product is stationery (and with my family on it I love it best!).  It is time for me to reorder because we added a couple of pets!

Happy Creating and Giving and Writing,

Laura

 

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How To Create an Upcycled Jar Gift for Earth Day

I love Earth Day!  It is one of the days that I loved most when I was teaching elementary school.  I think it is a great day to spread love and growth through gift giving, the recycled creative kind of giving.  This recycled World Market pasta jar gift is PERFECT for teachers, neighbors and friends.  I love it even more because the pasta sauce was a part of a dinner gift for a friend before the jar was recycled into this one!

So here’s I used to make this…

And here is how I did it…

  1. I put about an inch of tiny pebbles in the bottom and then 2 inches of gift filler.
  2. I added a pair of garden gloves and a pack of  flower seeds to the jar.
  3. I put the lid on and added the paper ribbon tied around the jar as bows.
  4. I added a little scrapbook paper with tape.
  5. I stamped the kraft tag with my awesome stamp from Expressionery and tied it through the paper ribbons.  You could add the raffia here too!

Ta Da!

If you think this is adorable, check out these little jars from World Market (better know as spice jars) filled with grass seeds!  The girls are giving them to their friends on Earth Day!  We used the same packaging materials to make them so super cute.  The big jar is for Zoe’s teacher (another recycled pasta jar filled with grass seed)! She thinks her teacher might want to have everyone in the class plant some.  I love her kindness. 

If you want any of these supplies, you can get them at World Market.  Except the stamp, you can order it HERE !  If you love a deal, you can get it 50% off with this promo code: JUSTFORYOU  starting April 19th!  With it, you can create lots of upcycled jar gifts!

Happy Celebrating Earth Day Today and Every Single Other Day!

Cheers,

Laura

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Great Gifts for Moms Who Love to Entertain

Thank you World Market for being awesome and sponsoring this post!  Mothers Day is such special time to celebrate the moms in our lives.  There are so many great gifts for moms who love to entertain at World Market and I am so excited to share them.  They work great as stand alone gifts but together, they create a PARTY!  Just think, you could bunch them up and make an awesome gift basket!

My mom was amazing and awesome.  She died twelve years ago this month and not a day goes by that I don’t find myself reflecting on all that I learned from her about friendship, being a mom and life.  She was always open, giving and kind.  The neighbors frequented our home and there was always a snack and a drink to share.  I learned to be prepared for entertaining on a whim!  Isn’t she simply beautiful!

Here are some of my favorite versatile entertaining pieces from World Market.

These napkins just make me happy.  They are great for any kind of entertaining…from drinks to meals.  This drink is a World Market mimosa and you can find out how to make it here. These napkins are a perfect match up with the Chalkboard Summer Cocktails invite on Shutterfly.

And this drink caddy is awesome sauce for carrying beverages/snacks or displaying them in a super cute way.  I used it last year for the 4th of July and everyone loved it.  Find out more about that here.

This giant sized Glass Yorkshire Dispenser is awesome for mixing up drinks!  It is one of my favorite things.  It works great for summer parties and matches up great with this fabulous Party Plate Summer Invitation from Shutterfly.

Enter for your chance to win a Mother’s Day Shopping Spree with World Market!  Winner will receive a $5,000 WM gift card and a $1,000 credit to Shutterfly.com to treat themselves to the ultimate shopping spree!  You can enter HERE!

Grand Prize

  • $5000 World Market Gift Card
  • $1000 credit at Shutterfly.com

Plus Three (3) 1st Prizes:

  • $500 World Market Gift Card

Sweepstakes End 5/10/2015

How to Enter: Visit worldmarketsweepstakes.com to enter!

* Even More Chances to Win! Head over to Instagram…

You can also enter the #MyAmazingMom Instagram contest…

World Market is giving away a $50 World Market gift card each day to celebrate mom’s in their #MyAmazingMom Instagram Contest. To enter, upload a photo on your Instagram page and tell them about your Amazing Mom. Be sure to tag @WorldMarket and include #MyAmazingMom and #WMEntry in your description. Contest runs through 5/10/15.

What are you waiting for?  You can run out to your local World Market or you can order right HERE online!

Happy Celebrating Moms and Entertaining,

Laura

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Fun with Kunin Group Felts For a WHOLE Year

I have had so much fun with Kunin Group felts for a whole year now!  I guess you could call this an anniversary to be celebrated.  Being a designer on the Kunin Dream Team is not only an honor but also a gift because it allows me to create with FELT!  Not too long ago (like only last month) I created my favorite project with felt ever.  Here it is…the rainbow dream cloud.

I posted it on Instagram and Kelli and Kristi from Lolly Jane loved it so I sent it to them.  Yay!!!  Here it is in their studio.  You can check out their awesome blog HERE!

Well, the story of the dream cloud continues…today I had a photo shoot of my studio and last night as I prepared and cleaned, I found myself missing the cloud.  SOOOOOO, I made another one!  Here is the new one beside my felt tower.

If you want to create some cheer and some happy, this project is for you!  You can find out all about how to make it HERE.

And if you love rainbows (like me), here is a fun little printable of rainbows that you can use in crafting and you can download it…for free HERE.

I would like to spread anniversary love to the rest of my team!  I picked my favorite project from each to share!

Debra Quartermain

Laura Bray

Jennifer Priest

Beth Watson

Cheers and Happy Dreaming,

Laura

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Tulip Fabric Marker Projects Galore

There are so many way to use Tulip Fabric Markers from iLoveToCreate!  The different techniques and ideas by these bloggers rock my socks off.  It’s time to share Tulip Fabric Marker Projects Galore!

You can hop around and check these projects out here!

If you would like to win some for yourself, you can enter here. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Cheers and Happy Fabric Markering,

Laura

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