February 26, 2010



What a great week it's been!  I want to take a moment to thank all of our crafty guest bloggers for making Creativity Week so much fun!  These ladies are incredible and shared such fun ideas - make sure to stop by their blogs and say hello! 
And just a reminder - three of this weeks giveaways end tonight so make sure to enter to win! (See the giveaway box to the right ---->)
Happy Crafting!


I have changed my banner in honor of Dani bringing the St. Patty's Day spirit to seven thirty three.

I'm so excited that I was invited to participate in Creativity Week here at Seven Thirty Three. :) First, let me tell you just a little bit about myself. My name is Dani, and I am the author of the blog, "Craft Rookie." I do a variety of crafts: mod podge...sewing...scrapbooking...etc. In the next week or so, I have an exciting give-away happening, so head on over and check my blog out after you are done reading all the great posts from Creativity Week.

Ever since I received the invitation to participate, I've been brainstorming about what to do for this post. I decided since we are nearing March, that a St. Patrick's Day craft would be appropriate. :) So here we go....

Last year I discovered these cute letter blocks over at It's a Girl Thing (hey Tara!)

I fell in love with them...so this year when I stumbled upon them again, I realized it was time for me to make some of my own. So I drew up a pattern of how I wanted the letters to be and had my dad cut the letters out for me. They stand approximately 8-10 inches high, depending on the letter.

So...first thing's first, I chose the paper I was planning to use (in the long-run I chose a couple of different ones instead...) but it's good to line up the colors you are wanting and see what order they look best in to you before you start tracing the letters. The next step is to trace your letters onto the paper. Remember to flip your letter so that it's backwards, or else when you turn the paper to the front side, it will be backwards.

After you've cut out all your letters, lay them on top of your wood blocks and make sure they are a good fit.

The next step is to get out your mod-podge and go to town!

After you mod podge the paper on, the next step is to paint the sides and the backs of the letters in a coordinating shade. I chose a light green. I like to kind of do a thin sponged line of paint on the front of the letters as well--just on the very edges--to help tie it all together and make it look more consistent:Then, after the paint has dried, put a couple of coats of mod podge over it as well. This will help to keep it from chipping, it will make them more water-proof, and it helps the whole block look more consistently shiny.

If you look closely here, you can see that I added a thin border of paint around the front of each of the letters, and then coated it all in a final layer of mod podge.

The last step is to embellish your blocks (if you like that sort of thing...you may prefer to just leave them plain like they are above. Your choice!)

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial! Thanks again to Kim here at Seven Thirty Three for having me!!! By all accounts, Creativity Week appears to be a success! If anyone has any questions about this post, or anything else on my blog, feel free to email me or leave me a comment!

Happy Friday!


Hello seven thirty threereaders!  I can't believe we're here!  This is our first guest post, and I can't tell you how thrilled I am!
My name is Vanessa, and that gorgeous brunette is my sister-in-law, Nicholette.  Our cute husbands are brothers, and we have become the greatest of friends!  Nicholette and I are both crazy about crafting, and after stalking craft blogs for months we decided to create our own.  We call our blog Craft Envy because that's what we suffer from.  It's like a disease for us!

Here are some of the things you can find at Craft Envy:

Layered button bracelet.
Newspaper ring.
Tie headband

Eggshell picture frame

Here is what I'd like to share with you today.  These cardboard decorative letters are so awesome!  They are really cheap, all you're using are things that you have sitting around the house!


You will need:

- Computer & printer ( to print out your letters)
- Glue stick
- Scissors
- Cardboard
- Exacto knife
- Pretty scrapbooking paper
- Ribbons and buttons for embelishment
- and of course... glue gun!

- Print out the letters of the name you are going to make.  Choose a font you like and a size that is right for you. Cut them out.
- Make sure you tape them to the cardboard so you can trace it easier.

- I made a point to trace with a contrasting color

- Use an exacto knife and be patient!  This is the boring part.

- Pick out the paper you would like to use for each of your letters.

- Make sure your letters are right side on the paper.  Use your glue stick and glue the letters to your paper, then trace a big border around it.  You want a lot of space so you have enough to fold it over your letter.

- As you cut your paper, it helps to cut it in small pieces, it makes it easier to fold it over and glue it to your letter.  See my N?  I should have left more room when I cut the paper... so, don't make the same mistake!

- Here is the finished product.  From this point just use your creativity and embellish your letters however you like.
-Here is my end result!  Isn't it cute?  On the wall in her room no one could say I made it out of an old box in my garage!  I love it.

What a privilege to guest post with so many wonderful and creative women.  Thanks Kim, for the the opportunity, we love seven thirty three!

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Hello fellow creative people, my name is Melanie and I'm so excited to be sharing my ideas with you today on Kim's blog! I saw her call for guest bloggers and begged her to let me stop by. My blog home is the Crafty Cupboard, where I do lots of tutorials, share great ideas, and post my finished projects. Come by for a visit- I've hit 100 followers this week, and am having a giveaway! Don't you just love shameless plugs?

Today I want to show you how to make a fabric lunch sack. We are taking the "brown" out of "brown bag lunch!"
For this project, you will need:
1/2 yd main fabric
1/2 yd lining fabric
coordinating felt
heavyweight interfacing OR insul-brite (available in most fabric stores in the utility fabric area)
sew-on velcro
air or water-soluble marker
sewing supplies
First, cut your pieces. You need:
Main fabric: 2@ 12w" x 14h", 1@ 3" x 12", 1@ 6" x 8"
Lining fabric: 2@ 12" x 14", 1@ 6" x 8"
Interfacing: 2@ 12" x 14", 1@ 3" x 12" (If using insulbrite, don't cut the 3" x 12" piece. use the interfacing instead)
Cut 2" out of the bottom corners of all the large pieces. The bottom is the 12" side :)
Iron your interfacing onto the back of your main fabric using the instructions on the package. I am using InsulBrite (like batting with a foil layer to insulate better) for this example. I just acted as if my InsulBrite was attached already.
Place main fabric right sides together, matching the notched corners.
Sew the sides and bottom together using a 1/2" seam allowance. Iron your seams so they lay flat. Since I was using InsulBrite, I trimmed the InsulBrite to right next to the stitching to decrease bulk in my seams.
Take your notched corners and match seams. Sew together.
Trim the seam allowance to about 1/4".
Sew your big lining pieces together the same way. Then, iron a 1/2" hem on the top of both the lining and main fabric pieces. Place the lining inside the main fabric wrong sides together, like so.
Now we are onto our flap. Cut out your applique from felt (or another fabric, don't feel obligated to use felt!) and sew it onto the 6" x 8" main fabric, making sure you avoid the edges by at least a generous 1/2".
Sew the lining piece to the applique'd piece right sides together. Clip the corners.
Turn right side out and use a chopstick or something skinny and blunt to get your corners all nice and square. Iron the opening so it is even and topstitch around the entire piece at a scant 1/8" seam allowance.
Insert the applique piece into the main bag body like so: (or you can pin the app piece on the outside of the bag if you prefer)
Be sure to not cover any of the applique! Pin in place really well. Topstitch around the entire top of the bag, enclosing the applique piece really well, at a 1/8" seam allowance.
At this point, I added my velcro. I wanted the flap to be on in order to determine placement. I just closed the bag, put a pin in where I wanted it to shut, and marked with a air-soluble marker where I wanted to put the velcro.

I simply pinned on a 1" piece of velcro onto where I marked the fabric, and stitched it on. No picture here, I think this was the point where my three-year-old wanted to sit on my lap while I sewed.
To make your straps, iron the interfacing to the 3" x 12" piece of fabric. Fold in half long-ways, right sides together, and sew along one short edge and the long edge, leaving the other short edge open for turning. I use my flute tuning stick to turn my straps :) I knew it was good for something! Iron it flat and sew a 1/8" seam allowance around the whole thing, closing the opening as you go.
Place your straps on the top BACK of the lunch bag with the ends overlapping about 1 1/2", pinning them in their desired spot.
I sewed an X onto the strap to secure it onto the bag.
At this point, you could be all done! My bag (which I made a bigger one for car snacks and church snacks) wasn't standing up beautifully, so I decided to sew the sides again!
I put the bag flat on the table like so and drew a line with my marker from the bottom point to the top.
Then I stood the bag up, pinched the fabric along the line (make sure you catch the lining fabric!) and pinned the heck out of it.
I stitched from the top to the bottom at about 1/4" and ended up with a more sturdy bag.
Ah, perfect for lunch time, picnics at the playground, field trips, or a grab bag for the car!
I hauled this around for a few days this past weekend and it was great! The InsulBrite I used kept my grapes cold and crisp for much longer. I'm lovin' it :) I hope you do too!


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