How to make your own Holiday Cards this year

A great way to wish your loved ones a Merry Christmas this year is with handmade cards! You can make some beautiful, personalized Christmas greeting cards at home. This is an inexpensive and simple way to express your love. Along with this, it is the personal touch which makes these cards special.

Here’s what you need:

  • Scissor
  • Glue stick
  • Black sketch pen/black marker
  • Pastel sheet
  • Textured paper

Here’s what you do:

  • First choose a textured paper for your card. You can pick some designer sheets from Avery textured greeting card stock. These sheets make card making easier because you don’t have to paint or decorate them. They also help you create really beautiful cards as they come in various designs and patterns.
  • Now fold this paper like a book. By doing this you basically divide a paper into two equal parts.
  • Now make a wavy design at three open ends of the card with a scissor. You can also use a crafting scissor to give the edges that wavy look. Give your card the desired size with the help of these scissors.
  • Take a pastel sheet matching with the color of your card and cut a long rectangular shape out of it. Paste it on the front of your card and write ‘Happy Holidays’ or ‘Merry Christmas’ on it using a black marker.
  • You can write a festive message and your name inside the card.
  • Use glue stick for envelopes and seal it properly.

Making handmade Christmas cards is a great idea because it gives you an opportunity to do something nice for your loved ones. Expressing your love with these cards will make your Christmas extra special this year.

DIY T-shirt necklace

A little creativity can surely help you create some beautiful accessories. You can make some amazing necklaces and match them with different clothing items. All you need to make some stylish fabric necklaces is an old T-shirt and scissors. Here are some steps to help you make chic necklaces at home:
  • Take a teal and brown fabric T-shirt and cut its body into quarter-inch strips. Made of 100% cotton, these T-shirts are soft and firm enough to make a necklace.
  • Cut the hem off this T-shirt as you will not be using it.
  • Now cut out the desired amount of strips from the T-shirt.
  • Stretch all the strips out one by one and do this until they are really thin.
  • Cut one more quarter-inch strip out of the T-shirt and cut this one further in half.
  • You can skip cutting the last strip by knitting the strips and tying the side of your necklace.
  • Now put the necklace straps around your neck and hold them all on one side.
  • Finally, use the braided or knit strips to tie the necklace on the sides so they are not loose.
  • You can hide the ends of the strips by either cutting them off or tucking them underneath.

Once you are through all these steps, your home-made, recycled necklace is ready. You can use the left out or fresh strips to make a necklace locket. Take an old stone studded locket, put that in the strip and one more great necklace is ready for you. You can use two strips of different colors to make a livelier necklace. You can also take a locket necklace and use its chain along with the T-shirt strips. This will give your necklace a metallic touch. Now pair these unique necklaces with different garments and give yourself a nice look!

Best of the Web No. 23

Crafts are for everyone to enjoy. It’s amazing what you can craft with recycled goods and materials around your home! Each one of this week’s features are full of amazing, entertaining, and heartfelt crafts perfect for anyone of any age. With the arrival of summer, enjoy your downtime with unlimited fun and learning with these super quick crafts. These crafts are great ideas for summertime arts and crafts. Show your kids how to use their imaginations with these easy-to-do tutorials!

Meadowbrook

 

Meadowbrook is the first place I remember living as a little girl.  The name sparks happy memories of my childhood which include my mother teaching me to embroider at 5 years of age, my aunt teaching me to cross stitch at 9, and learning to quilt at 18.  Meadowbrook the blog is a place for me to share my love of all things handmade, whether it be knit, crocheted, cross stitched, embroidered, or quilted.  The more I share my projects with others the more inspired I am in my creative endeavors.  Please join me at Meadowbrook. – Kristen

Janet’s Joy

 

I started my blog, Janet’s Joy, to share my craft of scrapbooking. It is very aptly named since this craft definitely gives me joy. On my blog you will find scrapbook pages, cards and some altered art that I have created for all my design team duties. You can find links to these sites on my blog where you can also find my tutorials and step by step instructions. You will find me every day creating in my scraproom in Ontario, Canada. It has really become an obsession for me and of course brings me “joy”. I hope that you will stop by and say hello :) – Janet

Little Miss Littleness

 

Hi there, my name is Chari and I like to make bright and happy cards. You will find my creations are typically cute and fun and have a whimsical style. I like incorporating cute images, fun sentiments and bright colors. I enjoy sharing projects that will hopefully brighten someone’s day. My favorite part of crafting is trying new things, learning how to look at my supplies in a different way and being inspired by others. I started my blog in December 2010 as an outlet for my creativity away from my everyday job, and since then I have made many friends and joined some wonderful design teams. – Chari

 

Zack’s Nana’s Creative Imagination

My blog is one of my creative outlets. I like to include posts about cards I’ve made and new techniques I am trying out. I also like to feature posts about my life, from my family to my friends to a good book I’ve read or even a new recipe I’ve tried. I speak of where I am from and where I live. My hope is that through my blog I can inspire someone, even if it is just one person. – Betty

Hand Stamped Style

Howdy! I am Erin Gonzales, and I LOVE paper crafting! I have a passion for card making and scrapbooking and a NEW fondness for digital crafting as well! I share many of my creations on my little blog for all to enjoy.  I have been crafting with paper since 2007 and love to help others find their happiness in paper crafting. It is one of my happiest moments when someone tries paper crafting for the first time and is bitten by the crafting bug. I hope that you find a bit of inspiration by visiting my blog and join me in the art of paper and digital crafting. – Erin

thINKspot

 

My name is Marelle Taylor and I’ve been papercrafting for over 15 years. I’ve been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for the past six of those, a community that I love being part of. I started my blog, thINKspot, as a way to share my papercraft creations with the world. I’d love you to stop by, and I hope my creations inspire you to create and share your own work. Happy stamping! – Marelle

 

 

 

With all these amazing craft tutorials, all your crafting can get carried away with all the necessary tools, accessories and embellishments you may have to complete your projects. A canvas craft duffle will help keep your tools in place whether you’re stationed at home or plan to travel and share your wonderful craft ideas with others. We hope you’ve found inspiration with these one-of-a-kind craft designs. Till next time, happy crafting!

How to decorate your yard with pumpkins

 

 One of our favorite holidays around here on Craft Corners is Halloween. That’s simply because there are so many fantastic decorating ideas! And one of the old classics for Halloween time is decorating your yard with the seasons most popular flora, the pumpkin. We’ll be giving you a few quick tips on how you can easily make sure that  your yard is not only festive, but ready for any trick-or-treaters.

What you need

What to do

  • First, you have to get yourself some pumpkins of course! Every year I always go out to pumpkin patches to get my own pumpkin to not only have on my front porch but to carve as well. It’s fun to make a day out of it, bring your family, your significant other or simply a best friend and have a great time picking out the best pumpkins and laughing at the worst ones.
  • After you have your pumpkin you can take the next step of carving or you can simply have the orange vegetable sitting at your door step. Make sure that you have a pumpkin carving kit with stencils and all the tools you need.
  • After you have your finished pumpkin you should have the pumpkin sitting on top of a small dish that you don’t necessarily care about so in case if the pumpkin starts going bad you don’t want it sitting on your door step like that. We suggest something like a tray that you normally put under a potted plant that normally catches water. Place in your tea light and you have the best pumpkin around town.
  • Another fun idea other than carving the pumpkin is simply engraving the outside of it. Take a permanent marker and using a similar stencil that you had and write in your initials or someone else’s initials and you have a classy looking festive addition to your decorations.
What I love most about decorating your yard for Halloween is there’s never any question from trick-or-treaters whether or not you’re handing out candy. It’s always a good idea to have some type of Halloween decoration so they won’t pass by your house.

Those are our ideas for making sure that you’re completely set for the year’s spookiest holidays. What’s your favorite part of Halloween? Let us know in the comments below!

How to be the walking dead

Halloween is around the corner and excitement is in the air! Choosing a good Halloween costume can be a challenging especially if you want to look unique. You can look distinct even in the common outfits if you use your outfit and makeup creatively. One great idea is transforming into the walking dead this Halloween. Here are some of the tools which you’ll need to gather up before getting ready for this look.
  • White contact lenses
  • Red water color/corn syrup/pancake syrup
  • Eye shadow
  • Baby powder
  • Foundation

Follow the under mentioned steps and you will be able to look like a real Zombie or living dead.

  • Pick baggy clothes

You can pick some baggy clothes for this project. Don’t go for the latest clothing items because they will not give you a realistic look. Moreover, they will get stained and ruined. Girls can pick an old and baggy night gown whereas boys can go for bigger size tees and jeans. If you want a more intense look then you can pick a dramatic Halloween costume. You can pick a ghost face boy zombie costume or a bonehead costume that will be perfect to bring the look together.

  • Wear white contact lenses

You can now wash your face and wear your white out Halloween contact lenses. If you don’t have white contacts, you can buy them easily online. You can pick a pair of lenses having a jet black background or lenses with white background. White Out Sclera contacts with black background will definitely look more dramatic. You can use these lenses for Halloween celebrations, theatrical performances and costume parties. They have 38 percent water content which provides refreshing moisture to your eyes.

  • Apply makeup

Firstly, apply a coat of foundation on your face, neck and arms. Now put some baby powder on this coat. The talc and foundation will give you a dull and pale look. Once you have done this, you can apply black, red or brown eye shadow around your eyes. The foundation will help your eye shadow and talc to stay on your skin for a long time. Afterwards, you can make blood stains on your face and clothes with pancake syrup or red food color.