May 31, 2011

Beaducation with a Giveaway

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Have you ever thought it would be really cool to handstamp your own necklaces?  I know I have!  I even got an alphabet stamp kit two years ago and made some simple washer necklaces.  Want to know where I got all the info on how to get started and what was needed?  Beaducation.  This site has it all for the beginner (and more advanced) metal stampers!  Free product and tip videos, online classes, a shop to buy all necessary supplies and even a ton of fabulous design ideas {including newly listed Fathers Day ideas}. 
 
Beaducation specializes in:
and more specifically 
Letter Sets  and Design Stamps

 
If you want to learn more and get some great basic tips on metal stamping, check out Beaducation's Stamping on Metal Free online class!  This video is an in-depth look at metal stamping (20 minutes worth!).   Find out what it takes to make beautiful, unique creations!  I watched this video when I was researching metal stamping and it gave me all the info I needed to know
 
I think hand stamped jewelry is so pretty and can be so unique and I might just have to buy myself a kit!  Speaking of kits...

Beaducation is offering a Stamping on Metal Starter kit to one seven thirty three reader!
 
Included in the kit ($56 value): 
Want to win this amazing giveaway?

Mandatory Entry: Visit Beaducation and take look around and then come back here letting me know what you would make with your starter kit!

For Extra Entries (leave a separate comment for each:
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Giveaway closes Friday at Noon EST.
 
Want even more Beaducation?  Check out their blog or follow them on Twitter! 
 
(Disclaimer: I received a complimentary stamped pendant as a thank you from Beaducation for posting this giveaway.  The opinions in this post are mine, and mine alone.)

May 30, 2011

Creativity for Kids Giveaway Winners

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Hey Ladies!  I've had a great Memorial Weekend with my family.  My husband and I decided we were going to put up the laptops and iPads for the Weekend and for the most part we did, so if you emailed me and haven't heard back I will get back to you tomorrow!  I got some crafting done as well, but I'm not yet ready to share. :)
I am hoping on briefly to announce the winners of the Creativity for Kids Giveaway.
 
The first winner is: 


and the second winner is:


 
Congrats ladies!  
 
Have you ever wanted to make your own handstamped jewelry?  Then you better make sure to stop back by tomorrow for a really awesome giveaway!

May 29, 2011

HOW TO: Add a text watermark to photos in Picnik

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I came across a post from Running with Scissors on Thursday, where her whole post was plagerized.  How terrible is that?  The offending site posted it as if it was their own - word for word, image for image.
 
I think it is super important that you watermark your images - that way you will at least have a bit of assurance that someone is less likely to steal your post if you have your name on everything.
 
The easiest way to watermark a photo without using any special software is via Picnik.com.
 
Go to Picnik.com
 
Upload your photo
Click the Create tab
Click text
Choose a font and type your blog name in the box on the top left and click Add
In the text properties box on the left choose Overlay under the Advanced Blend Modes (this will make the image blend in and be less intrusive)
Move/resize
Click Save & Share
Click Save Photo and save it to your desktop where you can then upload to your blog
 
Of course this isn't a sure-fire way to protect yourself from plagirism, but it is definitely a step closer.
 
Happy Blogging!

May 28, 2011

Introducing... the iDad

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I am now on Pinterest!  Are you?


When I came across the iDad at Charlotte's Fancy, I knew I needed to get (ok - create) my husband one for Fathers Day.  How super fun is that, right?  And let me tell you the iDad is MUCH cheaper than it's Father, the iPad!


May 27, 2011

FFF: Pink Elephants and Blue Rhinos

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Pink Elephants and Blue Rhinos is a sweet party supply Etsy shop.  With all handmade items, you are sure to wow guests at any party! PE&BR sent me this great Pinkalicious Birthday Banner for my daughters 2nd birthday and I got to tell you, the banner is even more stunning in person!  


The colors are vibrant, the glitter adds texture, as does the layers and I love the little ribbon dividers.  I had so many compliments on this banner - it outshone any I have ever created on my own.  Trust me, the workmanship is amazing.  I can only image the time and energy that went into this thing!
Banners aren't the only thing that PE & BR have in their shop.  Check out some of their other great products:


{Beautiful, no?}





 {My son would LOVE this}



{Great vintage Barbie Cupcake Toppers Printable}


{Great wands for a Fairy or Garden themed party}

I seriously had to force myself not to post anymore pictures... everything is just so cute!
 
They were a pleasure to work with and responded to emails in a very timely manner.  I definitely recommend Pink Elephants and Blue Rhinos.

May 26, 2011

What are little boys made of? #61

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Don't miss the chance to win an AWESOME Creativity for Kids kit!   
Click here to enter giveawayDue to Blogger having issues with leaving comments the giveaway will be open an extra day, so make sure to enter the giveaway by this Saturday!
Grab the button!


Party Guidelines: 1) please link to your blog post (not your blog main page) so people can go directly to your project and 2) Enter your blog name and in paranthesis add the name of your project so we can clearly see what it is 3) Don't forget, these should be BOY RELATED (Big Boy projects are accepted too)! AND PLEASE grab my button!

May 25, 2011

Sugar & Spice #60

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Grab the button!
Copy and paste into your blog.


The party guidelines are: 1) please link to your blog post (not your blog main page) so people can go directly to your project 2) Don't forget, these should be GIRL RELATED (can be for us grown up girls too)! 3) AND PLEASE grab my button and add it to your post so that other crafty ladies can come join the fun.

May 24, 2011

Creativity for Kids is back with another giveaway!

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I am so excited to share with you another great Creativity For Kids kit!
As you all know I am a Creativity for Kids Creativity Club Blogger and truly love their kits.  They sent me their Classic Wood Crafts kit and when it arrived my kids were jumping up and down with anticipation!  The pictures on the back were just too enticing for them not to be!  My son could not WAIT to make the robot from the back of the packaginng.



Because the weekend was going to be rainy, I made them wait overnight to do the craft, that way I had something fun to entertain them with while we were stuck inside.



Turned out my oldest went to a friends house the next day, so it was just me and my son and we had a blast.



We made a robot, a frog, two skiers, and he came up with a guy fishing!



We had so much fun using our imagination creating the toys, as well as playing with them!  He gave his father and grandfather the skiers and it was great to see how proud he was.  He gave the fisherman to his other grandfather.  All three of them brought them to work and put them on their desks.  He kept the robot for himself and has it on display in his room.  He did try to play with it, but it really isn't meant to be played with, so the head came off.  We re-glued it and it now is a look-at-only piece.  But many of the other things your kids create CAN be played with.  The robot is just a bit more delicate because of all the small pieces used to build it.  He plays with his frog on a regular basis!  To see his excitement in creating these pieces was so great as a mom.  I love when my kids can be creative and can grow their confidence and motor skills.  Your kids will have HOURS of fun with this kit!
 
A little bit more about the product:



- Looking for some old fashioned fun? From wood bits to glue, we give you everything you need for hours or creative crafting...and parents love the neat and tidy storage bag.
- Go green! The lid becomes a mess free crafting situation and the box can be reused to display your creative creations.
- Introducing Eco-Paint...this special formula is earth-friendly and kid approved.
- Teacher’s Pick Award Winner
- Ages 5 and up



    And here is the great part:
    TWO seven thirty three readers are going to win one of these kits
    (valued at $29.99 each).

    Mandatory Entry: Visit Creativity for Kids and then come back here and tell me what your favorite product is.

    Extra Entries (leave a separate comment for each):
    Like Creativity for Kids on Facebook and let them know 733 sent you
    Follow seven thirty three
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    UPDATE: I realize that Blogger is giving some people problems when leaving comments.  Blogger is working on the issue, but due to that fact I am going to leave the giveaway open one day longer.  The giveaway will now end Saturday at Noon EST.
     
    Giveaway ends this Friday at Noon EST.  |  Open to US Residents only.
     
    (Disclaimer: I received free product from Creativity for Kids in order to write this review.  The opinions in this post are mine, and mine alone.)

    May 23, 2011

    Bow Tie Wearing Dude!

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    Sorry I was MIA this weekend!  We had a birthday party and a Baptism... and on top of that I had the worst migraine of my life, which forced me to hug the toilet for a while and kept me in bed for a night.  Needless to say, not much time for crafting.

    Yesterday was my newest Godson's Baptism.  My husband got a spiffy new suit and tie, and my little man was feeling a little left out.  He looked at me and said, "Mommy, I need a tie like Daddy."  I've already told you, I cannot tell him no when he asks me to CRAFT for him, so you know what I did Friday night!
     
    I've had so many great bow tie tutorials linked up via my What are little boys made of? Weekly link party, that I knew I could find one that was super easy!
     
    So check it out:

    May 20, 2011

    FFF: Giveaway Corner

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    Today is the last chance for you to sign up for the free Fairylicious Dress Pattern from Willow Bean Studio


    Today I'm going to tell you a little bit about one of the Knock It Off sponsors, Giveaway Corner.
     
    Giveaway Corner is exactly how it sounds!  It's a little corner of the web where they give away a different product every weekday!   The giveaway lasts for just one day, and winners are announced the next morning.  It is super easy to enter - you just fill out the form!
     
    There are so many companies and products that are given away - it is a true smorgasbord!  Let's look at some of the fabulous items given away this week:

    A $25 gift certificate to My Baby Clothes Boutique
    Choice of a $25 gift card from Walmart, Target, Gap, Land's End, Sears, Kmart, Home Depot, Lowes, Best Buy or Macy's, courtesy of Plastic Jungle.
    Fleur De Lis Wallet Flat Frame Wallet and a pair of Gold Butterfly Earrings from Bumble-Bloom Boutique.

    See!  Total smorgasbord.

    Giveaway Corner ALSO has a Giveaway Directory, where bloggers can submit their giveaway and they will add it to their directory listing -- great way to drive traffic to your site!

    Do you have a shop and you would like the exposure of having Giveaway Corner host your product - click here to find out how!

    If you are a lover of free things, then head on over to Giveaway Corner and sign-up to follow so you won't miss a chance to win some great items!  You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.




    May 19, 2011

    What are little boys made of? #60

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    Grab the button!


    Party Guidelines: 1) please link to your blog post (not your blog main page) so people can go directly to your project and 2) Enter your blog name and in paranthesis add the name of your project so we can clearly see what it is 3) Don't forget, these should be BOY RELATED (Big Boy projects are accepted too)! AND PLEASE grab my button!

    May 18, 2011

    Sugar & Spice #59

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    Grab the button!
    Copy and paste into your blog.


    The party guidelines are: 1) please link to your blog post (not your blog main page) so people can go directly to your project 2) Don't forget, these should be GIRL RELATED (can be for us grown up girls too)! 3) AND PLEASE grab my button and add it to your post so that other crafty ladies can come join the fun.

    May 17, 2011

    Friendly Tuesday :: Weekly Meal Planner and Grocery List

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    Today we have Kara from Happy Go Lucky here to share with us her Weekly Meal Planner and Grocery List:
    Every week I struggle with creating my grocery list for the week.  I either can't keep track of what I need to buy or I forget what I need while shopping until I get home.  I had to fix this problem and get more organized!

    I decided to create an easy way to check off what I usually buy at the grocery store so I stop forgetting to buy what I need.  It also provides a great way for my husband to add to the list when he uses up the last of something.

    Once I created my list, I decided to add a table to write in my weekly meals.

    This is what I created:
    Print out your own Weekly Meal Planner and Grocery List HERE

    But, I couldn't stop there.  I had to figure out a way to keep it in a convenient place - on my refrigerator!!
    I started by making 52 copies of my weekly meal planner and grocery list so it would last a year.   
    I gathered my materials:  
    • cardboard
    • glue
    • scissors
    • scrapbook paper
    • magnets
    • binding posts
    • binder clip
    • decoupage
    • drill
    I used a knife to score the cardboard so I would have straight lines and so it would wrap around the stack of paper.

    I wrapped it around and adhered it with E6000 glue.  I placed the binder clip over the cardboard until the glue was dry.
    I decoupaged a piece of scrapbook paper to cover the cardboard. 
    My husband found these binding posts at Home Depot.  They each cost less than a dollar.  I drilled two holes through the top and placed the binding posts through the holes to make sure the papers don't fall out.  Finally, I added magnets to the back and placed it on my refrigerator.
    I'm actually excited to create my grocery list for the week and plan our family dinners this week!

    Once I gathered all my materials, this was really easy to make and all together cost less about $5 because I had the scrapbook paper, glue, and cardboard.  I only had to pay for the copies and the binding posts.
    Do you need help planning your weekly grocery shop list and meal plans?  If so, you will have fun making your own Weekly Meal Planner and Grocery List to keep on your refrigerator.  Feel free to use the list that I created.

    I hope this project helps you stay organized and save time when it comes time to planning your weekly meals and do your grocery shopping!!


     
    UPDATE: Becky from Infarrantly Creative emailed me stating that she also has a similar grocery list to Kara's on her site.  Feel free to stop by and check her's out as well.  I think these are awesome and I love the DIY factor!  I am still using my Weekly Menu Planner (Owl design here - this is the one I am actually using) and it works perfectly for me.  I love seeing the different ways people plan.  How do people NOT plan anyway?!?

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