LightHeaded Beds Giveaway!!

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This post and giveaway is sponsored by LightHeaded Beds. We've been doing some amazing giveaways lately (right in time for the holidays)--and today is no exception! I'm going to tell you more about LightHeaded Beds and then you'll learn how one lucky reader can WIN one of these super cool beds. Sound good? :) I love the concept of these beds! Lightheaded Beds are unique because they have a back-lit headboard where you can slide in fun interchangeable "HeadLightz" images. It's like a night-light, reading light, or during the day it's part of the bedroom's decor. Here's How It Works You can order these beds online at LightHeadedBeds.com or you can find them at Sam's Club locations across the US now! There are several colors and styles to choose from with finishes from Chestnut, to White, Black or even Cherry. They have full and twin sized beds, and headboard/footboard only options as well. You can also order trundles or storage options to fit underneath the bed. … [Read more...]

$100 Albion Fit Giveaway!

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You guys loved our last Albion Fit giveaway, so we are really excited and happy to have another one for you! Right in time for the holidays! :)   Albion Fit has a mission that I appreciate--to "provide women with the most luxurious, flattering, and hassle-free fitness and leisure apparel on the market." Their products are super high quality, soft and cozy, and make you feel like a rockstar even when you're sweaty. ;) Plus, they are a local company which we love to support. They have their fall line out and I'm loving the colors of navy blue, orange, and gray. I love their attention to details, like the flattering ruching of this new navy zip hoodie. . . or the ruffles on these "Petal Pants" capri leggings that are adorable! I have this "Sweet Stripe Hoodie" in Seafoam & Gray and I adore the thin stripes and the ruffles down the front--plus it's sooooo comfortable and soft! So basically you HAVE to check out Albion Fit! :) They opened their … [Read more...]

DIY Marquee Sign

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I was the Camp Director for our Young Women Camp this past summer (LDS girls camp), where the theme was "Stand Ye in Holy Places." I REAAAALLLLY have had it on my list for awhile to make my own DIY marquee sign--and searching on Pinterest brought up some great tutorials on awesome blogs all over the place. So right before I went to YW Camp I decided we HAD to have our own marquee sign with the theme "STAND"! :) So teaming up with my sweet husband, we made it happen! Here's how. What I used to make my own marquee sign: wooden letters craft paint and brushes wood glue Christmas lights (globe outdoor lights) beadboard (as the background) Drill and drill bits (we used 1 inch bits to make 1 inch diameter circles) Duct tape (to tape the light strands behind the board)   It was meant to be. I rummaged around the clearance area at Michaels and happened to find the last wooden letters to spell STAND! Miracle I say. These puppies are at least a foot tall. I … [Read more...]

Purplicious Party Bingo {Free Printable}

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A few weeks ago I shared my super simple Leotard & Tutu Cupcake Toppers I made for my daughter's "Purplicious Dance Party" birthday party. Today I'm sharing a FREE DOWNLOAD of the Purplicious Bingo game I made for the girls to play. I gave them a bunch of mini marshmallows as the game pieces and of course they got to eat them when the game was over. :) It was a fun way to incorporate my daughter's favorite color! Simply download the file, extract the zipped folder to get access to the images, and then you can either print on your home printer or send them to a photo lab like Costco. If you want to get more wear out of the bingo card and the calling cards, I'd recommend laminating them. The file contains 9 Bingo game cards and the 16 little calling cards you cut out individually. Download link is below: {All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for … [Read more...]

Scallops & Stripes Sewing Table Makeover with Shape Tape™

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape brand painter’s tape for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I love to do furniture makeovers when I get the chance. So while perusing the thrift store a few months ago I spotted this darling little sewing table for $15 and had to grab it! It was pretty scratched up but I knew it had potential! You can see from the Before and After picture that she went from dingy and dented to bright and happy with the whimsical scallops and stripes that I can't get enough of. And in my favorite color too. ;) Here's the story. I love scallops (the shape, not the seafood!), and I've always wanted to paint them on projects but I've never really taken the time to cut them out with vinyl or make a stencil. Maybe I'm lazy. But then I was given the opportunity to try out the new scallop Shape Tape™  from FrogTape® and it was like a match made in heaven! :) I'm loving this product--it made painting scallops a breeze.  Shape Tape™ is … [Read more...]

Chicks Picks: Favorite Scents

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Twisted Peppermint Autumn I love the candles and scents from Bath and Body Works. These are two of my favorite scents for this time of year.     Pumpkin Spice Candle  In the fall one of my favorite scents is anything Pumpkin Spice! It makes my house smell delicious! :) Lemon Scent I also love anything citrus! I love lemon, orange, or pink grapefruit! Satsuma by The Body Shop This is one of my very favorite smells for my home. I was at at friend's house once and walked in her house and HAD to know what this was. It's a little fruity, sweet and exotic. Great for all year. Coconut Lime Verbena by Bath and Body Works This is hand down my very favorite scent to wear on my body. It's fresh and sweet and makes me feel like I am somewhere tropical, who doesn't love that! Leaves by Bath and Body Works I'm a seasonal scent changer, so when fall is approaching I switch over to Leaves.   … [Read more...]

All-In-One Message Board & Accessory Center with Command Brand Decorative Hooks

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This is a sponsored post for Command™ Brand. All opinions are 100% mine. I'm always looking for ways to get more organized at my house--especially with those items I always need to have handy in a hurry like my keys, phone, sunglasses, etc. I love the idea of having a central command center for paper organization, so when the folks at Command™ Brand sent me a box with a variety of their awesome line of decorative hooks I set out to create a different kind of "command center." (Get it--a command center using Command™ Brand products--so clever!) Thus my All-In-One Message Board & Accessory Center was born! Using an old magnet board I got at the thrift store, I created a colorful magnetic chalkboard and added hooks to organize jewelry, hold mail, or to house my most-used accessories and have it all in one pretty place without taking up a ton of space. Materials Needed: Magnet board Paint in desired colors (spray paint or acrylic/craft paint) Sanding block Dry … [Read more...]

Chicks Picks: Favorite Snacks

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Flavored Popcorn      Chocolate Covered Acai Blueberries These are so yummy and kind of healthy. ;) I find them at Costco. Stretch Island Fruit Leather I love these. They remind me of my childhood when my mom made apricot fruit leather and I would sneak into the stash and pig out. You can purchase these in bulk at Costco. They are a staple at our house :). Cocoa Almonds Fruit Flavored Almonds dark chocolate coconut almonds (from Costco) Angie's Kettle Corn I find it at Costco! Love it! It's delicious! … [Read more...]

Fall Fun Chart + 11 more FREE Fall Printables!

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It's time again for our monthly FREE PRINTABLE blog hop with some of our blogging friends! This month's theme is FALL--one of my most favorite seasons. I love when the leaves start turning bright yellow, orange and red in our Utah mountains, I love the cooler weather, sweaters and jackets, pretty much everything about fall. :) So, in honor of this time of year, we've got some awesome printables for you to enjoy! As a quick recap, here are some of our past themes: 12 Back to School Printables,  12 FREE Spring Themed Printables, 12 FREE Cinco de Mayo Printables,12 FREE 4th of July Themed Printables. Today I am sharing with you my Fall Fun Chart! I'm calling it our "Fall Favorites List". :) Some of our most popular downloads are our Summer Fun Charts (and we have a Spring one too). So of course we need to have a FALL FUN CHART because there are so many delightful activities to do with our families and friends in the fall. If you're anything like me, you might forget to do … [Read more...]

38 Cute & Spooky Halloween Ideas!!

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Mini Pots of Pumpkin Cream Pie * Halloween Character Candles * Halloween Wallpapers for Phones * Silver Pottery Barn -style Pumpkins * Caramel Apples * Ric Rac and Lace Spiders * Halloween Owl Printable * Halloween tattoos Glammed Up Pumpkins * Square Paper Wreath * Decorating with white pumpkins & Boo! sign * Paint Chip Candy Corn Banner Vintage Paper Wreath * Halloween Treat Tags * Halloween BINGO * 13 Days 'til Halloween Vintage Spooky Banner * Candy Corn Cookies * Keep Calm and Spook On * Ghostly Handprints * Glitter Blast Halloween Wreath * Spooky Tree * Fabric Rosette Spider * Felt Halloween Countdown Calendar   Halloween Chandelier Cupcake Stand * Halloween Kids' Games * Boo Blocks * Chevron Spooky Banner * Paper Pumpkin Decorations Trick or Treat Banner * 10 Minute Super Hero Costume * Top 10 Halloween Fonts *  Halloween Printables Tutu Costume Ideas … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Delicious Italian Cream Sodas + Free Printable

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Italian cream sodas have been deliciously popular over the past little while--and not only are they yummy to drink, they are really easy to make! I made them quite a bit this summer--at girls camp for our church, at our family trip to Lake Powell, and most recently we made them for our Back to School dinner. Here's what you need to make your own Italian Cream Sodas: Ice Club Soda Flavored Syrup (it's fun to have a variety of your favorite flavors!) Half and half straws one-ounce measuring cups (I got some at Walmart) I bought these bottles of flavored syrup at Orson Gygi in Salt Lake City. They were only about $4.99 for nearly 26 ounces of syrup--which is one of the best prices I found. They have tons of different flavors; our favorites were raspberry, peach, strawberry, vanilla, orange and watermelon. I made a cute little printable to set up at the table so people know how to make their own Italian sodas! These are fun to put in a colorful frame for … [Read more...]

Girls Knit Maxi Skirt Tutorial

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We are on the Riley Blake Fabrics Design Team, and love working with their beautiful fabric! I guest posted this tutorial on their blog a few weeks ago and I'm sharing with you today. I'm going to share how to make a knit maxi skirt featuring the amazingly cute cotton jersey knits by Riley Blake Designs! I had a lot of fun making some darling maxi skirts for my young daughters. For this tutorial I made a skirt with a yoga-style waistband for ultimate comfort. :) Supplies needed to make a knit maxi skirt:   1 yard jersey knit fabric--this is enough fabric to make one skirt for a young girl, I made this one to fit girls size 8-10 (and check out the fun patterns and colors--polka dots, chevron, stripes, oh my!) Sewing Machine Coordinating Thread (I used white) Scissors Cutting mat Rotary cutter Tape measure/ruler Pins (I used ball point pins specifically to use with knits) Ball point sewing machine needle--this is also specific for sewing with … [Read more...]

Back to School Family Dinner

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Our kids started school on Monday! Crazy. Summer seems so fleeting now as we are entering Back to School season! Each year I try to have a little special dinner for my family to celebrate a brand new school year. I love trying to celebrate milestones together. This year I was inspired by Katie at The Vintage Mother with her beautiful Back to School dinner, and it kind of gave me the kick I needed to make our dinner pretty yet meaningful. Except for the fresh flowers and a few inexpensive school supplies (and the food for dinner of course), I really didn't spend much money at all on this "party." I used what I had on hand and it came together pretty quickly. Let's chat about some of the details. I wanted to have a little theme to focus on this year, and to talk about with the kids. I knew right from the start I wanted our theme as "Be Brave!" This year our school boundaries changed so our whole neighborhood is going to a new school. So we've been feeling a bit anxious yet … [Read more...]

Easy Cheesy Bean Dip Recipe

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  It's already the middle of summer, but I'm sure you still have lots of BBQ's left to enjoy. :) Today I'm sharing a yummy dip that you can take to your next party as an appetizer--one that is so easy to throw together. (I shared it at All Things Thrifty last month but had to share it here too!) You can keep it warm in the crockpot as long as you want. This recipe was a favorite of my roommates and I in college, and whenever I make it I think of all the fun times we had! It's Easy Cheesy Bean Dip. Ingredients for Easy Cheesy Bean Dip: 1 lb. hamburger 8 oz. cream cheese (softened) 1 can black beans 2 cans refried beans 1 small jar Cheez Whiz Your favorite chips to dip! Start by browning the hamburger. While the hamburger is cooking, put the softened cream cheese into a bowl. Then add the black beans, refried beans, and Cheez Whiz to the bowl and mix it all together. Add the cheesy bean mixture into your crockpot, then add the browned … [Read more...]

First Aid Certification Handouts {free printable for YW Camp}

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  I am the camp director for our girls camp (or Young Women Camp) for my church, which is a lot of work but a lot of fun at the same time! :) Part of preparing for camp includes certifying and passing off certain tasks, including some requirements for First Aid. We did our First Aid certification a few weeks ago, and to liven things up a bit I made some cute handouts to give the  girls at the end of the night. Teenagers (and us old adults)  like sugar. ;)   These came together really easily. I used some small little baggies, I think these were little jewelry zipped bags but you could use whatever you have handy or can find at the store. I made the tags in Photoshop and printed them on white cardstock on my home printer, then cut them out. Grabbed a couple bags of Lifesavers candies--because First Aid Certification gives you the skills to help you be a LIFESAVER! :) The tags are a little less than 2 x 3 inches in size, and the baggies were a little bit … [Read more...]

{12 FREE Patriotic Printables}

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Hooray! Today's the day when we share 12 BRAND NEW printables  as part of our printable blog hop--just in time to get ready for the 4th of July! :) Before I show you all of the amazingly patriotic printables our friends have created for you to download, here is the one I made. I found this quote and loved it--I thought it'd be a great quote to hang on the wall for Independence Day. You can download it here, which includes several sizes (8x10, 11x14, and 16x20) to print out at your favorite photo lab: Now you can go visit 11 other blogs to pick up more free printable goodies! There's something for everyone. Check them out:  #1) {The Dating Divas} - A vintage pop-up card letting your sweetie know they are the ONLY one you want this 4th of July! #2) {Somewhat Simple} - Two super simple and adorably patriotic milk carton-style treat boxes! #3) {Whipperberry} - A festive "Let Freedom Ring" printable banner for the Fourth of July! #4) {Crafting Chicks} - A … [Read more...]

Free Printable Chalkboard Sign {for the Diet Coke lover}

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Last summer I went to New York to visit my brother and his family, loved every second of it!  We were at the New York Public Library one day and I saw this sign in one of the shops there: We laughed and I joked with my mom that it totally reminded me of her. Those are like her 4 favorite things to do! ;) The only problem was that it was missing one key ingredient that she adores--Diet Coke! So I decided to create a special version of this sign, and presented it to my mom as part of her Mother's Day gift. We had a good laugh about it!! EAT. SLEEP. READ. SHOP. DRINK DIET COKE. What more could you ask for?? I created it to look like a chalkboard sign and printed it at Costco. I used Mod Podge to glue it onto a canvas. Easy peasy. Maybe you also love these 5 things. Perhaps you know of a Diet Coke fan in your life. I'm offering this as a free printable, hooray! This download includes an 11x14, an 8x10 and a 5x7 photo. You can frame it, Mod Podge it to a canvas like I did, … [Read more...]

Decorate Your Teacher’s Door {Teacher Appreciation Week}

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This week is Teacher Appreciation Week at our elementary school, and since I'm a room mom for both of my kids' classes I got to decorate their teachers' doors! We love our teachers and are thankful they take such care and have provided a wonderful learning environment for our children. I thought I'd share what we did for their doors. {I realize that you might have already had your Teacher Appreciation Week so if that's the case, you can pin this idea for next year! :) } "You uplift us and help our knowledge to soar" For the first grade door I used my Cricut to cut out a bunch of darling little hot air balloons for the theme. along with all of the words. I used different colors of cardstock for this. I had the students each decorate their own hot air balloon and then I took a photo of each of them and glued it to the balloon. (I blurred out the pictures and teacher names for privacy.) The kids had fun decorating the hot air balloons and it was cute to see their … [Read more...]

Create a Custom Mother’s Day Card at CardStore.com

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Today we're partnering up with TodaysMama.com and Cardstore.com to share how easy it is to create a meaningful, custom Mother's Day card to show how much you appreciate the moms in your life. Don't worry, you still have plenty of time until Mother's Day on Sunday, May 12! :) {My mom and I} {My mother-in-law and sisters-in-law} I have been blessed with incredible mothers and grandmothers in my life. So much of who I am as a mother comes from the lessons I've learned from these women who I admire so much. Honestly, one of the biggest compliments someone can give me is when they tell me that I remind them of my mom! I adore my mom and my mother-in-law who treats me as her own daughter. While I don't have any sisters (I have 3 brothers!) I am also surrounded by sisters-in-laws and cousins who are fantastic mothers and sweet friends to me, and I really look up to them. {My sister-in-law, grandma, mom and I} {Crafting Chick Kirsten, our grandma, and I} These … [Read more...]

Printable Job Chart Posters

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Some of you might remember way (way) back when I posted my job charts that I made for my kids. I created them in Photoshop, added photos of their own personalized chores, and we loved it! I got such a positive response about them and had offered the layered digital templates so that people could add their own digital papers and photos in their Photoshop and customize their own job charts. But then I realized that many of you aren't familiar with how to use photoshop or templates to create your own personalized charts. So I decided to offer printable blank job charts as a free download! Now all you have to do is print them, laminate them, and then you can add your photos on top using velcro or tape to stick them on, making them totally interchangeable! Use a dry erase marker or a liquid chalk marker to check off the jobs done or write the jobs instead of using photos. Easy! It would be so cute to take printed Instagram photos of their stuff and stick those on these … [Read more...]

“Lucky” Shamrock Reclaimed Wood Printable for St. Patrick’s Day

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I've been loving the trend of making wall art out of reclaimed wood or old pallets or barn wood--you can find awesome projects all over blogland and Pinterest using the sweet combo of paint and wood! But this time I didn't feel like hunting down old wood and getting out tools or my stencils and paint for this project. Instead I created this lucky shamrock printable in Photoshop to look like a reclaimed wooden sign! It's rustic and weathered and fun and quite realistic but it's DIGITAL and it didn't give me any splinters. ;) Just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Here are a few close-ups:   You can print it out and Mod Podge it to a painted canvas to give it some dimension! Or I love how it looks in a chunky frame like this one from Poppy Seed Projects. It really does look like I've added old wood boards behind the frame and then painted or stained or inked the shamrock and the words onto it. I don't decorate much for St. Patrick's Day so this is a … [Read more...]

Washi Tape Labels & Dry Erase Calendar

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Today I'm sharing  a really easy way to customize your calendars with one of my favorite craft supplies---washi tape!  For this project you need: Any kind of calendar--I really love my dry erase calendar from Poppy Seed Projects (I used the Lemon Quatrefoil calendar with the Eleanor frame, Brooklyn trim, & I also got the magnetic backing) Sand paper Paint (I used spray paint) Dry erase marker Black Sharpie permanent marker variety of Washi Tape--it's a thin, sort of papery non-permanent crafting tape that comes in a ton of different colors and patterns First, grab your calendar--it can be a paper one, a dry erase one, a planner--whatever you are using. For mine, I got a dry erase calendar kit from Poppy Seed Projects as I mentioned above---they are so cute, and did you know that our Crafting Chick Jamie designed the calendars? They are darling! :) I sanded the unfinished frame and trim, making sure to wipe off any dust, and then I spray painted it. I chose a … [Read more...]

The Crafting Chicks Picks: Favorite Treats

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It's time for another day of The Crafting Chicks Picks {twice a month we share some favorite tips, products, foods, traditions, etc. with you so you can get to know us better and maybe get some fun ideas in the process}! Today is all about our favorite treats! Now you can know some of the goodies we crave. :) **We are not paid for any of these "Picks", we're just sharing things we like!** One of my favorite treats in February are those cherry juju hearts you can get really inexpensively at the grocery store. As you can see I even instagrammed it a few weeks ago. I usually stock up and hoard them a little bit for after Valentine's Day is over. ;) Okay, one of my most recent favorites are macarons! I know they've been popular over the past while but I tried some for the very first time just a week ago! New favorite treat. My parents brought me some as a souvenir from France---so my first macarons were directly from Paris! Wow, they were delicious. The funny thing is that my … [Read more...]

Honey Lime Pork Enchiladas Recipe

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Friends, today I am sharing one of our family's all-time favorite recipes--Honey Lime Enchiladas! You've probably seen them around the internets, they are popular and delicious. I've made them with both chicken and pork, and we love them! I like to make  A LOT of enchiladas so that I can bake half of them and then freeze half of them to use later or to take dinner to someone else. It's a winner!! :) It's also great as leftovers. This is how I make my enchiladas. I don't like them too runny or too spicy so I've adapted and combined a few recipes to get it just how we like it. The recipe I'm posting today makes about 22 enchiladas depending on how full you fill them. Of course you can cut the recipe in half to make a smaller meal if you want. … [Read more...]

12 “Lucky” St. Patrick’s Day Projects {by The Crafting Chicks}

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Today we have a great "round up" of 12 creative projects and free printables found right here on The Crafting Chicks to help make St. Patrick's Day fun for you and your family! These are simple and inexpensive things you can put together with plenty of time left over for this LUCKY holiday next month. :) xoxo The Crafting Chicks 1. {Lucky Bingo} 2. {St. Patrick's Day Gift & Treat Tags} 3. {Mini Pots of Gold!}  4. {"LUCKY" Treasure Hunt} 5. {Rainbow Tag Treat Topper} 6. {Leprechaun Trap Ideas} 7.  {Arm Warmers} 8. {Rainbow Treat Bag w/ tag} 9. {Easy St. Patrick's Day Banner} 10. {Leprechaun Treasure, Leprechaun Foot Prints & St. Patrick Gift Tags} 11. {"LUCKY to have you" 8x10 printable}  12. {DIY Lucky Charms Notebook}   What fun things do YOU like to do on St. Patrick's Day? We'd love to hear your ideas in the comments! :) We hope these ideas make your St. Patrick's Day a LUCKY one!   … [Read more...]

The Crafting Chicks Picks: Date Ideas

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We're back with another "episode" of The Crafting Chicks Picks--where twice a month we share some favorite tips, products, foods, traditions, etc. with you so you can get to know us better and maybe get some fun ideas in the process! I don't know about you, but sometimes it's hard to make the effort to date your spouse once you've been married for quite a few years! But it's important to spend some one-on-one time with your main squeeze to keep the love alive! So we thought we'd share some of our favorite simple date ideas and places to go (mostly in Utah) today. Hopefully they'll help give you a spark to make some fun plans this weekend. :) **We are not paid for any of these "Picks", we're just sharing things we like!** Becky likes to go to Roosters: "You can't go wrong there!" Ruth's Chris: "For a nice quite dinner out." Basketball Game: "Our first date was to an Aggie basketball game and we're still cheering for them!" > Movie Night at Home: "We love to go … [Read more...]

“Pollinate the World” Chalkboard Art poster {Free Printable}

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On Sunday I taught the ladies in our Church (the class for women is called Relief Society). My lesson was based on a talk given by Elder M. Russell Ballard in October 2012 General Conference, and I created this chalkboard art quote as a handout for everyone to take home. Elder Ballard spoke about how bees in a beehive work together to create honey, and how even though each bee only contributes about 1/12 teaspoon of honey to its hive during its short lifespan, each bee is essential to the life of the hive. They all work together as a whole, all of them contributing their small amount of honey which, added together, creates a life-sustaining food. "Work that would be overwhelming for a few bees to do becomes lighter because all of the bees faithfully do their part." He likened it to US, how small and simple acts of kindness and service that we all can perform daily really do make a difference in the world. He invited us all to "help pollinate the world with the pure love of Christ!" … [Read more...]

Quote the Walls {Giveaway}

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**This giveaway is now closed and winners have been notified! Thank you!** It's Giveaway Thursday! :) Today we are highlighting Quote the Walls. Quote the Walls is a cute online vinyl shop specializing in turning your walls "into works of art as well as a conversation piece." Vinyl is an inexpensive but stunning way to really personalize your home. Vinyl words, phrases and letters can be applied virtually anywhere to provide the look of hand painted, professional … [Read more...]

2013 LDS Primary Posters {free printables}

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The LDS Church Primary theme for 2013 is I Am a Child of God. Each month focuses on a different theme and scriptures that tie into the main theme--it's beautiful! (The Primary is what we call the children's classes from age 3-11 in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.) A few months ago I created some 2013 Primary Posters with the monthly themes for some people to use in their Primary and I wanted to share them with our dear readers and friends as a free download! These 16x20 posters can be displayed in your Primary room or you can even use them in your own homes to reiterate the teachings with your children. (You can click on the image to make it a little bit larger) I created the posters in Photoshop using a variety of digital papers from Crystal Wilkerson. I've packaged them all up into 2 zipped folders for you to download and print and enjoy! :) The folders contain 13 posters sized 16x20 inches in JPEG format that can be printed at Costco or your favorite … [Read more...]

Amana Washer & Dryer Review and GIVEAWAY!

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Happy New Year 2013!! We hope you had a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones! Us Crafting Chicks decided to take a few weeks off for Christmas break and will resume normal posting next week, but I am popping on here today to share an incredible giveaway!! A great way to start the new year off, right?? :)   … [Read more...]

My Grandma’s Roll Recipe {and KitchenAid Giveaway!}

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We are teaming up with Just Ask (an initiative to encourage people to assess their personal and family history for risks of ovarian or breast cancer) and TodaysMama to share a recipe, spark a conversation about your health history, and win a fun prize!!  Have you noticed that the kitchen seems to be the gathering place in your home? I think of hanging out, talking and laughing and sharing delicious goodies, and creating happy memories  with my family and friends there. Do you have memories like that? Just Ask is reminding us to not let the conversation stop at cookies, but to just ask about your family genetic history. Finding out if your family has a history of ovarian or breast cancer with Just Ask gives you a chance to manage your future. We inherit lots of things from our families like our genes (and I have inherited special things such as snorting when I laugh!), but we also inherit things like traditions and recipes.  So as part of a blog tour with TodaysMama we have been … [Read more...]

Thanks a Day Challenge:: Welcome Delia Creates

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We are happy to welcome Delia from Delia Creates with TWO darling cards for you to enjoy!   Delia has tons of amazing sewing tutorials and projects, as well as beautifully photographed recipes. She is super talented and we are thrilled she is sharing these bold and graphic thank you cards today. I love the black and white because you can save a little bit on ink, plus if you want to add color you can really customize the cards with ribbons or washi tape. These would work for men or women too! I love these!   Here is the link to download BOTH of these cute cards. You will need to right click on the file to unzip or extract the file once it has downloaded. http://thecraftingchicks.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Delia-Creates-thank-you-cards.zip Thanks Delia! :) She also has another really cool printable card on her blog TODAY, so be sure to check that out as well! {All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks, or our friends posting … [Read more...]

Michaels Holiday Dream Tree Challenge REVEAL!

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HERE IT IS!!  It's been a whirlwind of a week as I've worked hard to create a dreamy Christmas tree using products from Michaels Stores---all part of their Holiday Dream Tree Challenge. On top of that, throw in my daughter's 7th birthday, pulling off a surprise birthday party for that special 7 year old, helping some family members move, and then having our basement flood and having to take care of all of that mess, and I can promise you that I am looking forward to resting and relaxing this Thanksgiving. :) I'm really excited today is the day to reveal my tree! I've already shared my No Sew Ruffled Tree Skirt with you as a little sneak peek, now I'll show you more of the tree details close up! You can see I went with a favorite color palette of mine that I've always loved for Christmas: red, sage green, turquoise, and some silvers/golds. I added in LOTS of glitter, some fun patterns and cute projects that I handmade along with some help from my mom and my … [Read more...]

No-Sew Ruffled Tree Skirt {Michaels Holiday Dream Tree Challenge}

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I'm back with a teeny tiny sneak peek and tutorial for the Michaels Holiday Dream Tree Challenge that I've been asked to be a part of! I've had fun shopping at Michaels and I'm honestly a little overwhelmed trying to narrow down my choices from all of the fun stuff at the store. :) I'll be unveiling the finished tree with more details on Tuesday November 20th! I unpacked the tree and had it up in about 5 minutes. True! It came with a simple little stand and everything! (psssssstt. All the trees are on sale at Michaels right now). It's a cute little 6-footer! So here's a little peek at one of the ornaments I got. I am loving glitter so I have lots of glittery ornaments and I had to incorporate my favorite color turquoise into the traditional green and red and silver/gold.....so this pretty much was a love connection when I spotted it. :) Now on to the tutorial: A No-Sew Ruffled Tree Skirt using ribbons. I have l.o.v.e.d those ruffled Christmas tree skirts I've seen … [Read more...]

Michaels Holiday Dream Tree Challenge

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In the midst of the posts about gratitude (aren't the thank you cards from our fellow blogger friends AMAZING?) as well as planning and prepping for Thanksgiving (one of my favorite holidays), I am also starting to gear up for Christmas! Because  Michaels Stores has invited me to be part of their Holiday Dream Tree Challenge happening this week! How fun is that?!? Yesterday I got a big fun box on my porch with a 6 ft. pre-lit Christmas tree and a gift card courtesy of Michaels, with the challenge to create my dream tree using items from their store. I'm so excited!! As soon as I opened the package I pretty much jumped right into my swagger wagon mini van and headed over to Michaels to check out their selection of goodies. I wanted to share a few of the things that I found--and let me tell you, most of the holiday stuff is 50% off this week so the deals are hot! Michaels has a large selection of pre-lit high tip count artificial Christmas trees, ranging in size from 24 … [Read more...]

What’s in My Handbag? Guest Post over at SNAP!

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Hey friends, just wanted to quickly let you know that I'm guest posting over at the SNAP blog today as part of their What's In My Handbag series. Sharing my deepest secrets of what's inside my handbag along with some other fun bloggers over the past few months! :) Today you'll learn such things as what my favorite lip gloss is! And that I like to hoard packs of gum in my purse! And 2 points if you can find the 2 really random items I discovered in there. ;) The SNAP creativity blog has tons of great ideas for improving your blog and creative tips for your life, and of course it's associated with SNAP! the Conference which is happening in April 2013. We love it over there. Thanks Tauni for the kind words and sweet welcome! :) Go check it out! … [Read more...]

Antique Farmhouse GIVEAWAY

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I'm really excited to tell you all about this cool company featured in today's giveaway: AntiqueFarmHouse. AntiqueFarmHouse  features spectacular unique décor, design inspirations and sales up to 80% off retail. They offer multiple sales events that include furniture, design lines, décor and art products at incredible savings. AntiqueFarmHouse launches a new event every other day at 11 AM EST, but you have to act quickly when you find something you love. Because once it's gone, it's GONE. I'm really wishing I had taken advantage when this was offered: Honestly! I have to say, I was ooohing and ahhhing at nearly every item on their website. Beautiful products that have character, with that cool vintage antique vibe that I'm loving right now. Things that you don't see everywhere and wish you were lucky enough to find.  Here are some more examples of events that have been offered on AntiqueFarmHouse:   Amazing stuff. A great resource for unique gift … [Read more...]

Fabric Rosette Spider tutorial

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  This was a guest post on Every Creative Endeavor. If you're wanting to spookify your home for Halloween, these fabric rosette spiders are a simple way to add a slightly creepy but somewhat classy flair to your decor! You might even have all of these supplies in your craft stash already. I love when that happens. :) Here's what I used to make my fabric rosette spider: Body: Black fabric and felt to make a rosette Legs: 4 black pipe cleaners (they make 8 legs) Eyes: sparkly brads (like the kind you can use in scrapbooking) optional: black lace or black ric rac for legs optional: googly eyes Take your black fabric and a small piece of felt and make a rosette. There are LOTS of tutorials out there for these, so I'm not going to show the step-by-step for this. Actually, Amanda has a great fabric rosette tutorial here! You can make these any size you want--it just depends on what size you want your spider's body to be. :) For the legs, twist 4 pipe … [Read more...]

“Candy Corn” Cookies

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**This is a treat I posted on Eighteen25 as part of their always amazing Spooktacular September! :)** Today I'm going to share a quick and easy treat that is perfect for this time of year, using only a few ingredients! I like making "homemade oreos." You know, the kind where you use a box of cake mix and some frosting and BOOM you have a delicious "homemade" cookie that's even better than a real Oreo (in my humble opinion)! They're not made from scratch but I did make them at my home. :) But as a little Fall or Halloween-ish twist I decided to make my cake mix oreo cookies in the famous candy corn colors to sort of mimic those famous little candies: yellow, orange and white! Hence the name "Candy Corn" Cookies! (No actual candy corns were harmed in the making of this recipe.) It's a really simple recipe that makes a fun impact. These would be great as treats for your family and friends and any fun event you have coming up over the next few months. Here we go! 5 General … [Read more...]

How to Can Peaches

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It's no secret that I LOVE peaches! I look forward to peach season in Utah each summer. So I decided a few summers ago to learn how to can peaches so I could eat deliciously ripe peaches all year long! Canning peaches is not as hard as it might seem and it's a fun and useful skill to learn. It's a great way to add to your food storage as well. It does take some time and it can make a mess in your kitchen for a day or so but oh my goodness it's worth it. :) So today I'm going to share how I can peaches in a detailed tutorial. Supplies for Canning Peaches: Fresh Peaches Water Bath Canner---mine can fit 7 (quart sized) jars (I found mine at Walmart) Quart Glass Jars (I use Wide-Mouth jars--you can buy them by the dozen at grocery stores) Extra lids (also found at grocery stores by the glass jars) Jar Grabber (also found at grocery stores by the glass jars) Knife Pots Large Spoon/Ladle Fruit Fresh (or ascorbic acid--I got the Fruit Fresh at the grocery store, it was by the … [Read more...]

Kaboo Bags Giveaway

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Friends, I am so excited for our giveaway today! Maybe you are already in love with Kaboo Bags, or perhaps you are hearing about them for the first time---either way, you are going to LOVE this giveaway! :) Let me tell you all about it! … [Read more...]

Back to School Teacher Treat & Tag {Free Printable}

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At the beginning of the school year I usually like to give my kids' teachers a little treat. Hey, it doesn't hurt to get on their good side from the get-go. ;) Here's an idea I made last year that is simple and inexpensive, yet thoughtful and something they can use throughout the year---give the teachers one of those cool plastic cups filled with goodies and top it off with a cute tag! I've seen this idea several places (here, here and here for example) and decided to put my own little spin on it. I found a set of three "double-walled iced beverage cups" (to be exact!) at Home Goods for less than $10. These cups really can be found almost anywhere. This was perfect because I had three teachers to give treats to! :)   Then I filled the cup with some candies and some of those Crystal Light single serving drink mixes--they can just fill up their cups with water, add a packet of their favorite flavor and have a yummy drink on the go. My kids' teachers LOVED … [Read more...]

Massive Group Giveaway–50 winners!

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The end of summer is drawing to a close, and what better way to go out with a BANG than to have a massive giveaway? We have banded together with some amazing handmade shops and bloggers to offer this giveaway worth nearly $1200!! We want to personally thank Kristen Duke from KRISTEN DUKE PHOTOGRAPHY for partnering with us on this, what a GIVEAWAY THIS IS.  The most exciting part? We'll have 50 winners total! Do you want to see what is up for grabs?!? … [Read more...]

Back to School Round-up 2012

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I know it's totally cliche, but honestly---where has the summer gone? I swear it flies by faster every year! While I'm still trying to hang on to every ounce of summer fun we can squeeze in, I know I need to get myself (and our kids) into "school-mode" soon. That's why today we wanted do a Back to School Round-up of some of our past posts (such as our Back to School Brainstorm) as well as links to other school-related projects to help you get a smooth start for school! Crayon and Pencil Cakes Back to School Countdown Beadboard Supply Caddy Kirsten's Back to School Photo Ideas After School Convo Cards *free printables* Mini Apple Oreo Pops Back to School Organization Ideas After School Snack: Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcake Edible Crayons: After School Snack idea And here are a couple of fun ideas I have pinned in my "School is Cool" board on Pinterest: Persnickety Prints: Back to School Love Notes (FREE!) Eighteen25: Back to School Party and … [Read more...]

Summer Journals

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This is not a brand new idea by any means, but I just wanted to share our summer journals that we made this past week. It was a quick and fairly simple little project---hopefully it will help our kids get their writing practice in while school is out, plus it will be fun to keep a record of fun summer memories and other random thoughts, in their own words. (yes, I know summer has nearly reached its halfway point for us, but I was determined to make these anyway!) Supplies you can use to make a summer journal: Plain notebooks Fun patterned paper Mod Podge Craft Paint (I used Spa Blue by Decoart) Craft brushes Washi Tape (I found most of them at Target!) I don't have a step-by-step tutorial today but I'll share the basics! :) 1.   I traced the shape of the notebooks onto the scrapbook paper and cut the paper out. 2.   Then I took a foam craft brush and brushed on thin layers of Mod Podge on the notebook cover as well as the backside of the paper. Then … [Read more...]

June Silhouette Promotion: Rhinestone Bundle

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I'm here today with a project using the Rhinestone Starter Kit from Silhouette (code CHICKS)---I used it to make a pretty photo album cover for our Disneyworld trip! When Silhouette sent me the promo kit a few weeks ago, I'll admit I was a little bit nervous because I've never actually "blinged out" anything before with rhinestones. :) And this is my first time using the Rhinestone template feature in the CAMEO software, so I wasn't quite sure what to make!  Enter the Disney Photo Album makeover. We went on a family vacation to Disneyworld last year (what an adventure!) and while I had plans to make a fancy photobook of the trip I decided to just print out my favorite photos (200 of them) and stick them in a simple photo album. The hardest part was whittling it down to 200 from the 1 zillion photos I took. :) I decided to use the Rhinestone kit to make a simple but pretty design on the front of the plain leather photo album. I've seen them used on darling t-shirts and hats and … [Read more...]

Real. Life. Photography. Book Launch (GIVEAWAY)

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We are excited to be taking part in a book launch this week for our talented friend, Rebecca Cooper and her newest eBook Real.Life.Photography: How to find magic in everyday moments available NOW at Ella Publishing! I absolutely love this reminder to look for and capture the beauty in the simple, daily moments of our lives with our families. It's a subject that is important to me and that I need to be better at actually doing, because I know I will want to look back on those sweet (and not so sweet!) moments that make up our life. So I was very happy to receive a copy of Rebecca's book and I'd love to tell you about it! Real. Life. Photography In her newest book, photographer Rebecca Cooper inspires us to pick up our camera more often and look for the magic in everyday moments! She shares 70 pages of tips and ideas for taking amazing photos in all kinds of real-life situations. Illustrated by 127 real-life photos, this eBook is organized into six useful chapters, including: … [Read more...]

Online Silhouette Classes at JessicaSprague.com (GIVEAWAY)

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I'm a long-time fan of one of our newest sponsors, JessicaSprague.com, so I'm excited to highlight this awesome website today (along with a fun giveaway)! Jessica Sprague and her team of extremely talented digital designers are well known in the digital scrapbooking world and beyond, and help you take memory keeping and technology to a whole new level. I love how her home page says "Use technology to beautify, enhance, record, celebrate, and tell the stories of your life. I'll show you how." And Jessica does it so well and has the ability to teach us all how to do it too. I'm super impressed with the quality and the variety of products and classes available on JessicaSprague.com. I mean, there is something there for everyone, whether you are a digital scrapbooker like many of us Crafting Chicks and rocking Photoshop or Photoshop Elements,  or looking to improve your photo editing skills, or have the desire to take on Adobe Illustrator! (That's the one I'm interested in next!) The … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Round-Up: DIY Crafts

Today's theme for the Father's Day Round-Up is DIY Crafts. I know, sometimes it's hard to think of crafts that the men in our lives would actually want to display at work. ;) So hopefully this list of ideas from some of our favorite bloggers will help you out in your crafty quest! Father's Day Round-Up: DIY Crafts #1) Measure Up: Father's Day Card {The Dating Divas} - Write a cute note to your spouse or father on this special day to let him know he "measures up!" #2) Sculpey Pens {Little Birdie Secrets} - Dads can be hard to craft for, but every dad can use a pen, right? This fun and creative craft gives kids a chance to make something for dad that he'll actually use! #3) A 2x4 We Love Daddy Photo Stand {How Does She?} - The perfect desktop frame to remind him how much he is loved! #4) Father's Day Magnet Board {WhipperBerry} - A fun magnet board to dress up Daddy's office. #5) Father's Day Super Hero Pop Box Set {Lil' Luna} - A SUPER cute and SUPER easy gift … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Round-Up: Quick & Easy Ideas

Hey, we're back again with even MORE fun ideas for Father's Day! If you are running out of time and need to come up with something FABULOUS for Father's Day, this is the post for you because this is the "Quick & Easy" section! These ideas should take you 15 minutes or less to prepare. The only problem? Choosing which one you want to do. Take a look! Father's Day Round-Up: Quick & Easy Ideas #1) Framed Father's Day Quote {Somewhat Simple} - Darling and sooooo easy!! It doesn't get any easier than this! Print directly from the computer or use some vinyl to stick on the glass with scrapbook paper behind it. Simple and sweet. #2) Money Shirt For Your Guy {HowDoesShe?} - A new way to give him some "man cash" to show how much you love him: An Origami Man Shirt #3) Homemade M&M Dispenser {The Dating Divas} - If the father of the house LOVES M&M's - then you should definitely check out this hilarious and fun idea to surprise him on Father's Day! #4) A Basket of … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Round-Up: Gift Ideas

Father's Day is coming up in just a few days, so we are excited to be part of a Father's Day Round-up organized by The Dating Divas! Over the next few days we'll be sharing tons of creative ideas from us and our blogging friends to help you celebrate the special DADS in your life. There is so much to choose from, and if you like an idea click on the title. It's that easy! FATHER'S DAY ROUND-UP: GIFT IDEAS #1) Spouse Subway Art {The Dating Divas} - Custom-make a subway art piece based ON your husband! This free site we found will help you do just that! #2) Luggage Handle Cover {Little Birdie Secrets} - A great "manly" gift for the guy who travels! This luggage handle cover is a quick and easy project, but one that will surely be appreciated by the dad in your life. Not only does it make his luggage handle more comfortable when lugging it through the airport, but it makes his bag easier to spot on the luggage carousel! #3) Best Daddy Ever Beans {The Letter 4} - This is so … [Read more...]

Shaped & Altered Clipboards (for summer chores checklists)

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Now that summer's finally here we have been enjoying more time together as a family--and even already checking some stuff off our summer activity list (Pools! Lagoon! Mini Golf! Camping....ish!). While I'm a fan of fun times and sleeping in and a more loose schedule than during the school year, I am also a fan of a summer routine and getting work done in addition to playing hard. I'm still trying to sort out our official "summer system" (with motivating points/prizes/allowance, etc.). But in the meantime I decided to jazz up some old thrift store clipboards we had laying around the house that the kids can use to check off their completed chores. Because we all know if it's CUTE, it will be more effective, right?!? :) You've probably seen clipboards that have been painted or with scrapbook paper mod podged onto them, but mine have a unique twist---I cut different shapes onto the bottoms of the clipboards using a jig saw! FUN! Our kids love them. To make these shaped altered … [Read more...]

New Pics of The Chicks {thanks to Kristen Duke Photography!}

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In April, while attending the amazing SNAP! conference, The Chicks were lucky enough to meet and hang out with the talented Kristen Duke, of Kristen Duke Photography. She is adorable, super fun to be around and she definitely knows her way with a camera. Somehow, we not only convinced her to be our new friend and to put up with our crazy shenanigans, but she was also gracious enough to take some new group shots and headshots for our website. Hooray!! :) Can we show you? We are excited about our new pics! (We had to get a shot with Kirsten and her famous mini harmonica!) THANK YOU Kristen! We want to give her a big shout out! :) Kristen's website is full of creativity and photography tips and all sorts of goodies. Whether you're looking for someone to take your family pictures or you are wanting to learn how to use your own DSLR, she has what you're looking for. :) Here are some specifics you don't want to miss: She does Photography Workshops! Upcoming: June … [Read more...]

Easy Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea *FREE PRINTABLE*

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This week we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week at our school, so I wanted to share an EASY and quick teacher appreciation gift idea that you could put together pronto! My mom gave me this idea last year and it was a big hit: a pad of cash with a tag that says "A little gratuity. . .a lot of GRATITUDE!" Clever, right? :) I love giving teachers treats and other goodies, but sometimes it's nice to give them some money to spend wherever they want! I know a lot of teachers buy supplies for their classroom out of their own pocket, so this might be a big help. This would be a great gift to do as a group of parents or even as an entire class. All you need is a few items: A "pad" of one dollar bills: We just went to the bank and they have pads of one dollar bills, kind of like a notepad where you can "tear" off the money one bill at a time. (I know Zions Bank  in Utah does this, not sure about other banks.) Each pad comes in $100 amounts. You can break them up into smaller … [Read more...]

Colorful Framed Gallery Wall for Mother’s Day {with Martha Stewart Crafts}

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Hey friends! Mother's Day is coming up soon! So I am excited to be a part of a campaign with Blueprint Social to share some ideas for Mother's Day using Martha Stewart Crafts products by Plaid. I like to give my mom personalized gifts and thought a colorful and whimsical framed gallery wall featuring her adorable grandchildren would be just the ticket to make her smile! I'll tell you more about it . . . For this project I was sent a big box of Martha Stewart Crafts supplies to use---I honestly couldn't believe the jackpot of goodies that was delivered to my door! Opening that box was like Christmas morning, or like Mary Poppin's bag where you reach in and good things keep on coming out! :) The motherlode of crafting delight! Happy early Mother's Day to ME, I say! :)  There were stencils, brushes of all shapes and sizes, a multipurpose heat tool, a ton of pretty paint in satin and pearl and metallic finishes, a spray paint kit, a mini paint roller. . .and more. Once I … [Read more...]

Blogger Craft Night {hosted with Poppyseed Projects}

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Last month The Crafting Chicks hosted a fun craft night withPoppy Seed Projects for a few of our blogging friends. Now, it's no secret around here that we LOVE Poppy Seed Projects and the fabulous Holly and Kim (and Crystal too!) who run it all. I've chatted about their products before, but here's a quick reminder! At Poppy Seed Projects they design and put together project kits that you can purchase then assemble and craft yourself. You'll die at how cute their stuff is: frames photo blocks clocks quote boards vinyl antiqued subway art wood letters LDS temple art. . .and more. Their kits and ideas are perfect for Super Saturday, craft groups, or an afternoon of crafting on your own, with detailed instructions and high quality, hand-cut materials. You can order products from their website (they ship anywhere) or you can visit their store located in Sandy, Utah. They also offer a variety of classes, so check and see if they have one in your area. {Brooke, … [Read more...]

Studio J Giveaway (digital scrapbooking)

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Today we're back with another fun giveaway from one of our wonderful sponsors, Studio J! If you didn't win the last few giveaways, here's your chance to win again! :) Studio J is a quick and simple way to preserve your memories digitally. Their online digital scrapbooking software really takes out a lot of the guesswork and frustration and time of trying to come up with a great digital scrapbooking layout design--having beautiful coordinating kits and colors and pre-designed "drag and drop" templates right at your fingertips will have you creating timeless scrapbook layouts for you and your family to enjoy for years to come. It's especially handy for the newbie digiscrapper who doesn't want to learn a more complicated software.  To find out more about this company check out these links: www.studioj.com Products and Pricing Frequently Asked Questions Studio J Blog: great tips & examples--and check out their videos! {via Studio J blog} If you want to know more of my … [Read more...]

(CLOSED) Thanksgiving Point Easter Eggstreme Event {Utah Giveaway}

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Today we have a fun giveaway to our local UTAH readers, just in time for the Easter holiday coming up soon! The 14th Annual Easter Eggstreme Event at Thanksgiving Point on Saturday, April 7, 2012 WHERE: The Electric Park at Thanksgiving Point (in Lehi, Utah) WHEN: Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m WHAT: The event includes Utah’s largest Easter egg hunts for children up to 12 years old and a variety of Easter-centered activities for families. Here is some more info about this fun family event! Hunts with thousands of Easter eggs will be every half hour between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. New from years past, each hunt will be open to all children ages 12 and younger, but segmented into age group areas to ensure all have a fair opportunity to enjoy the experience. The egg hunts are scheduled according to age and every child can participate in one hunt: 11:00 am, 11:30am, Noon, 12:30pm: 0-3 years 11:00 am, 11:30am, Noon, 12:30pm: 4-6 years 11:00am, … [Read more...]

Simple St. Patrick’s Day Ideas {free printable}

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Earlier this week I shared some fun St. Patrick's Day ideas to do with your families on a local show Fresh Living. We always have a lot of fun there! :) For those of you who missed the segment on Monday here is the link to the video: {embarrassed} http://connect2utah.com/news/features/fresh-living/family/stories/vid_17.shtml And my Instagram pic on set. :) These are way easy and inexpensive and things you can put together quickly in time for St. Patrick's Day coming up. Mini Pots of Gold! All you need is some mini flower pots--I found mine 3 for a dollar at the Dollar Tree. Paint them black. Take some pipe cleaners in the rainbow colors and bend them into a rainbow shape and put them into the flower pots. Fill pots with gold candies like Rolos, Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Werther's, or even some Skittles, etc. For a fun twist I also used black chalkboard spray paint last year and wrote our kids' names on their own little pots. I hid them around the house and they were so … [Read more...]

DIY Striped Blackout Curtains {using ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape with Edge-Lock Protector}

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Last week I adored Becky's darling Striped Frame she made using ScotchBlue's new Painter's Tape with Edge-Lock Line Protector. I'm back today with another painting project using ScotchBlue! I have loved the stripe trend we've been seeing for awhile now in design, and I've been wanting to add some stripes in my home somewhere. When 3M contacted us about this great ScotchBlue tape it gave me the motivation to get a project done! :) Enter Project: DIY Striped Curtains. Our girls' room has a large East-facing window with another semi-circular window above it that lets in a ton of natural light. I LOVE natural light, but I don't love it so much when it wakes kids up super early or keeps them awake too late in the summer. :) So for the past few years I've hung some blackout curtains to make the room nice and dark for sleeping. Plus it acts as an insulator to keep the room warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. The only problem is that they were . . . well . . . … [Read more...]

Ways to follow The Crafting Chicks {Google Friend Connect is going away!}

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Don't know if you've heard the news, but Google is discontinuing the Google Friend Connect for non-Blogger blogs. What does this have to do with us? And you? Well, we started out this blog on Blogger several years ago, and many of you have been kind enough to follow us and be our friends through Google Friend Connect. But we have since switched over to Wordpress. This means we are officially a "non-Blogger site." And starting March 1 , 2012 (SOON! ACK!) all of you who are following us via Google Friend Connect will no longer receive our posts in your Blogger dashboard, and we won't be able to get new followers using that gadget in our sidebar. In fact, I'll be removing it from our sidebar this week. I'm not 100% sure the ramifications of it all but we are concerned and wanted our readers to be aware of the change. This also means the same thing for any other "non-Blogger sites" you follow via GFC! So we aren't sure exactly what will happen but we DO KNOW how much we love and … [Read more...]

Monograms and Framed Art {Using Dried & Crushed Rose Petals}

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Now that Valentine's Day is over, you might be wondering what to do with those bouquets of roses you might have received from a loved one. :)  Today I have a few ideas of how to use dried roses to create pretty art for your home. I am a pretty sentimental gal myself, and awhile back I mentioned that I've kept and saved a basket full of roses my husband has given me throughout our relationship (we met when we were 14!). After MANY years of collecting and saving the roses I finally used some of them to make a Rose Heart Shadow Box a few years ago that I still love displaying to this day! More recently I decided to use a different technique to use dried roses in my home decor---instead of using whole dried roses, I crushed the rose petals. My mom made me something similar to this years ago using flowers from my wedding bouquet, so I was eager to try it myself. It really is a pretty simple (and a bit messy) project, but ends up being a wonderful and meaningful piece of art! I … [Read more...]

Valentine Idea Round-up #4: Quick and Easy

This Valentine Round-Up has been amazing, thanks to The Dating Divas for organizing it and including us along with these lovely bloggers! Today's theme: "Quick & Easy" ideas for this special holiday. The best part is that these can all be done in about 30 minutes or less. This works out well for all procrastinators out there! :) #1) Shower Love Notes {HowDoesShe} - Getting a little dirty, while getting clean... A fun love note tradition. A fabulous *gift* that only costs $5! :) #2) Tied To You {The Dating Divas} - A fun way to prepare the house before your sweetheart gets home! All you need is string and the free printable! #3) Love Notes & Balloons {Somewhat Simple} - Surprise your sweetheart with a dozen balloons over his bed, each containing a reason you love him. #4) Valentine Prints {Sweet Rose Studio} - For some easy peasy Valentine decor that couldn't be any quicker, simply print one {or all!} of these prints out and put it in an 8x10 frame. Done in no time … [Read more...]

Valentine Idea Round-up #3: Food

We are definitely packing this week FULL of Valentine goodness! Today is no different! If you are stuck on your food this Valentine's season, BOY have we got you covered. :) #1) Love Potion Drink Labels {The Dating Divas} - Add "love potion" to the menu for your upcoming Valentine's Day party. Adorable & free Love Potion Printables that you can put on any bottled beverage. #2) Cookie Valentine's {Eighteen25} - Hand out Cookie Valentines this year. Make some yummy Peanut Butter and M&M cookies (or your own favorite cookies) and package them into fun cd sleeves! #3) Strawberry Heart Homemade Oreos {Thirty Handmade Days} - Fun Valentine cookies- PINK strawberry oreo hearts! Plus a free "I heart you" printable! #4) Valentine Tea Bags {FunkyTime} - A fabulous "how to" make your very own heart shaped tea bags. Relax and soak up the love! #5) G, PG, Pg-13 Cookies {HowDoesShe?} - Three exciting ways to decorate a heart shaped sugar cookie. Rate them G, PG, or even … [Read more...]

Valentine Idea Round-up #2: Decor

Flowers, hearts & pennants . . . oh my! Today's round-up is all about dressing up your home for Valentine's Day! If you're in need of a little---or A LOT--- of inspiration to make your home festive, then this is the post that you've been waiting for! Check out these ideas for Valentine Home Decor! #1) Be Mine Valentine Banner {HowDoesShe} - Add a festive touch to your home every year with this simple "Be Mine" Valentine's banner! #2) Valentine Garland {Somewhat Simple} - Spend a night talking with the people you love, about all the things you love, while making this fun Valentine garland! #3) Love Story Print {Eighteen25} - Are you looking for an easy addition to your holiday decor? All you need is an 8x10 frame and this fabulous website provide the rest! #4) Valentine's Day Countdown {iCandy Handmade} - Using some heart-shaped wedding favors, a cookie sheet and some magnets, create this fun Valentine Advent. Fill it with goodies or love notes! #5) Pretty … [Read more...]

Valentine Idea Round-up #1: DIY Gifts

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Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so if you are like me you might be scrambling to get ready! That's why we are so excited to be part of this crafty Valentine's Day Round-Up, organized by The Dating Divas. They gathered a bunch of creative websites to show off some favorite Valentine's Day ideas for the next four days---some are new, and some are "oldies but goodies" from past years. We can't WAIT to share the creativity! Today's theme? Amazing DIY gifts that you can whip up for your special someone (or special someones) this coming Valentine's Day! Here we go..... #1) Lucky In Love Scratch-Off Cards {The Dating Divas} - Show your spouse how lucky you are to have them this Valentine's Day! Follow this simple tutorial to create scratch off cards to reveal your love for them. #2) Love Story Pallet Art {Sweet Rose Studio} - Create a special piece of rustic art for your special someone using pallet boards, paint, vinyl, and one amazing quote! #3) Hate Ironing? I Do! … [Read more...]

Doll Table & Chairs {with Fitted Tablecloth & Chair Covers}

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I guest posted on The Wood Connection blog on Monday, and wanted to share this project with you here! I wanted to give my daughters a doll table and chairs set for Christmas 2011, so I was excited when I found an unfinished wood set at The Wood Connection. It was a big hit on Christmas morning! It fits the 18 inch dolls perfectly (like the American Girl dolls) but my girls have used the table with their Barbies too. :) The fun thing is that they also got a big kid-sized table and chairs from their grandparents--white table and pink chairs--so I painted this doll version to match! I started with the unfinished pieces of furniture and gave them a really good sanding to smooth out any rough edges. I primed all of the pieces with spray paint primer first. Then I spray painted the table in a glossy white and the chairs in a glossy pink. Here are a few quickie spray painting tips: Use primer first! Helps to even things out, helps the paint to stick better, and you end up using … [Read more...]

Poppy Seed Projects Antiqued Valentine Plaques {GIVEAWAY}

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**This giveaway is now closed!** I am excited for today's giveaway! We are big fans of Poppy Seed Projects! The ladies behind Poppy Seed Projects are amazing, because they want to make creating CUTE pieces of art accessible to all! :) They do most of the hard work, leaving the fun part for you---they design and put together project kits that you can purchase then assemble and craft yourself. You'll die at how cute their stuff is: frames photo blocks clocks quote boards vinyl antiqued subway art wood letters LDS temple art. . .and more. I'll take one of each, please. :) I love it because it saves me time and it saves me from accidentally sawing off my hand cutting out the wood myself, ha! Their kits and ideas are perfect for Super Saturday, craft groups, or an afternoon of crafting on your own, with detailed instructions and high quality, hand-cut materials. Poppy Seed Projects make it simple and affordable for you to create beautiful decor for your home. You … [Read more...]

Framed {custom} birth announcement print {gift idea}

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My cute brother and his darling wife just had their first baby a few months ago, which our family is thrilled about! :) I decided to make them a custom announcement with their baby's birth stats as a gift, with a fun shaped frame to match their baby's nursery colors. They loved it! I'd seen a few ideas like this on Pinterest (the one that inspired me the most when I was searching for ideas was definitely Mosieposies on Etsy--- she has beautiful customized prints for sale, check her out!).  I designed my own version of the baby birth announcement. I created it in Photoshop, using various fonts and some sweet graphics by Crystal Wilkerson (the pennant, owl and scalloped border, all recolored to match the color scheme). I included the baby's name, birthdate, weight, height, time of birth, and city/state of birth. These are the fonts I used: You can play around with different fonts and make each "stat" a different size--have fun with it! :) I had it printed as an 8x10 at Costco, … [Read more...]

Arise and Shine Forth {2012 LDS Young Women Free Printable}

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Happy New Year 2012 to you all! We hope you enjoyed your Christmas and other holiday celebrations, I sure did! :) Looking forward to the fresh start of a new year! Today I have a free printable for you! Each year the Young Women in the LDS church (Young Women is the church's youth group for teenage girls) have a new theme/scripture that they study and focus on. For 2012 the theme is "Arise and shine forth that thy light may be a standard for the nations (D&C115:5)". I created these posters for my mom's Stake (or group) leadership and thought I'd share them with all of you--use them for your Young Women (or for anyone, really!) to print out and display all year to remember and be inspired by this scripture. Remember, our free printables and downloads are for your personal use only and cannot be used to sell. Of course you can use these to give to all of the Young Women in your wards if you want! You can print them at your favorite photo lab. The poster is available in … [Read more...]

GNO at Ruth’s Chris Steak House {with Serve from American Express}

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This post is sponsored by Serve from American Express. Sign up for Serve and receive $10 credit towards your first use. Comment below within the next 7 days for your chance to win an extra $100 credit to your account! A few weeks ago The Chicks had an amazing girls night out---as much as we adore our children and husbands it was time to get together and enjoy delicious food and chat with each other without having to worry about chasing kids around a nice restaurant. :) It was DIVINE, I tell you! We dined at the incredible Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in downtown Salt Lake City, where the ambiance was relaxing and the staff took such great care of us. Our server Maggie was so friendly and  knowledgeable and had us wanting to order everything on the menu with her vivid descriptions of the food. I was giddy. We even got a chance to meet the experienced Executive Chef who prepared our meal perfectly. I think my stomach just growled just thinking about the petite filet mignon … [Read more...]

Spreading Real Holiday Cheer {with Traditions and Decorations}

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I love this time of year--celebrating the season of Christmas and revisiting some of our favorite family traditions. For me, a huge part of what makes the holidays special is decorating our home! I get all giddy when we bring up the Christmas boxes from the basement--it's like Christmas morning to open the boxes and put up the tree and hang the stockings and light the candles and string up the garlands. When we put up our Christmas decorations it brings a sense of coziness and comfort, and helps to fill our home with love and warmth and an extra sparkle and energy that sets it apart from the rest of the year! It reminds me of the reason for the season. We decorate our tree as a family, cranking up the Christmas tunes (my favorite is the Frank Sinatra Holiday channel on Pandora---so good!) and planning out the activities we want to do in December (including decorating a gingerbread house as you can see in the photo). One of my favorite things is turning on the lights at night. … [Read more...]

Eight Great Christmas Ideas {from our fellow bloggers}

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I'm loving all of the fun Christmas ideas popping up all over the web! Here are some great projects and printables (and peppermint!) that I found while perusing the ever-inspiring Pinterest. :) NOEL Pottery Barn knock off via Amanda at Every Creative Endeavor Christmas Countdown Family Activities via Jen at I Heart Organizing--FREE PRINTABLES! Homemade Peppermint Playdough gift idea via Amy at The Idea Room Ruffled Trees via Linda @ Craftaholics Anonymous Free Printable Gift Tags via Sass & Peril DIY Ruffled Tree Skirt via The Crafted Sparrow Delish Brownie Peppermint Cookies via Cooking Classy Advent Pillow {Ballard Designs Knock-off} via Beckie at Infarrantly Creative … [Read more...]

Family Photo “Go Fish” Game {gift idea}

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**I shared this project over at Infarrantly Creative a few weeks ago, as part of Beckie's Pennywise Presents series.** I really love giving personalized gifts whenever I can---especially using photos! Today I'm sharing a simple and inexpensive gift idea that the whole family can enjoy together: Go-Fish using your own family photos. Do you remember this game? I liked playing it growing up, and it's a fun game that all ages can play. {Go-Fish game rules here} This is also a fun way for young kids to memorize names and faces of family members, especially those who may not live close. Supplies to make your own Family Photo Go-Fish Game: Family photos, of course! Patterned paper or cardstock Paper trimmer Glue Stick Corner Rounder Punch (optional) Contact Paper or Laminator (optional but recommended) First, I gathered up my family photos and digital graphics in Photoshop and created my game cards. Now, Photoshop is definitely NOT required on this project if that … [Read more...]

Studio J Giveaway! {digital scrapbooking}

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Today we're back with another fun giveaway from one of our wonderful sponsors, Studio J! If you didn't win last month, here's your chance to win again! :) Studio J is a quick and simple way to preserve your memories digitally. Their online digital scrapbooking software really takes out a lot of the guesswork and frustration and time of trying to come up with a great digital scrapbooking layout design--having beautiful coordinating "kits" and colors and pre-designed "drag and drop" templates right at your fingertips will have you creating timeless scrapbook layouts for you and your family to enjoy for years to come. It's especially handy for the newbie digiscrapper who doesn't want to learn a more complicated software. Studio J® is a free online scrapbooking design software brought to you by Close To My Heart. Studio J helps you easily create two-page layouts using their scrapbook templates or patterns, exclusive color palette, and themed designs all delivered in 12" × 12" custom … [Read more...]

Chandelier Cupcake Stand {trash to treasure}

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Hi friends! I'm here today showing you how I took an outdated brass chandelier and turned it into a unique and awesome chandelier cupcake stand for Halloween! I love trash-to-treasure projects. I found an ugly brass chandelier at the thrift store for $5 quite awhile ago (I couldn't find my own "before" photo so I used a sort of similar one from here) . I was thrilled because I had come up with the idea that I wanted to turn it into a unique cupcake stand. Fast forward way too many several months of thinking about it and I finally started working on it! I took the chandy completely apart--which was strangely scary at first but then sort of liberating! :) Pulled out all the wires and bits and pieces and basically made a big mess in my kitchen. Then I primed the parts and spray painted them all with a glossy white paint. After the paint was dry I started putting it back together, making sure that the base was flat and that everything was level. I used six 6 1/2 inch thin wooden … [Read more...]

Studio J {digital scrapbooking giveaway}

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**This giveaway is now closed.** It's no secret that we love digital scrapbooking here at The Crafting Chicks. It can be frustrating as a beginner to learn how to use different software, however; there definitely can be a learning curve when it comes to designing layouts from scratch in Photoshop. So we are excited to introduce one of our new sponsors {along with a giveaway!} that can help you create beautiful digital scrapbook layouts quickly and easily---Studio J! Studio J® is free online scrapbooking design software brought to you by Close To My Heart. Studio J helps you easily create two-page layouts using their scrapbook templates or patterns, exclusive color palette, and themed designs all delivered in 12" × 12" custom prints ready for your albums. Timeless patterns and artistically placed default accents allow you to finish a page in minutes, while customization options give you the flexibility to make your layouts unique. Their software is free and online, but to … [Read more...]

“Halloween Guys” by Kristen Duke {guest post}

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Hello Crafting Chicks friends! My name is Kristen Duke, and though I blog mostly about my photography and how to Say NO to Auto, I am slightly obsessed with all things crafty as well. I was pleased when the Crafting Chicks asked if I'd share an idea on here. So I've had these two items for a while, and just knew they could be used for something, I just wasn't sure what... I took a phone pic of them and sent it to my crafty friend, Lorie at Be Different...Act Normal because I knew she'd have an idea (and because she's AWESOME at getting back to me quickly). Immediately she said, "spray paint 'em and make them Halloween guys." I knew spray paint would be involved orginally, but I loved the idea of making them into a pumpkin, mummy, spider, and bat. So that's what I did...The mummy was tough because I didn't want it to look like a snowman. I started with this situation: Then ended up wrapping some fluffy white yarn around it. Not a whole lot of explanation goes into this … [Read more...]

Frightmares Giveaway

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**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED** The Crafting Chicks sure have a lot of fun during the Halloween season! But it's not only about making spooky Halloween crafts, carving pumpkins and planning spooktacular parties, especially when we have FRIGHTMARES at Lagoon Park in Utah! Some of us Chicks are taking our families there soon, courtesy of Lagoon, and we can't wait to share our eerie adventures with you! Lagoon is the largest amusement park in the Mountain West. Home to over 50 exhilarating rides and attractions, Lagoon-a-Beach Waterpark, historic Pioneer Village, entertainment, games, food, fun, and more! (I love the ride called WICKED, it's  total blast!) But when summer is over a darker side of Lagoon is unveiled--FRIGHTMARES! Most of the regular rides are still open, but there are some extra "haunted" attractions for the Halloween season. I love this kind of stuff, and I have never been to Frightmares before, so I'm excited to check it all out! The Frightmares attractions … [Read more...]

Beadboard School Supply Caddy

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{I recently guest posted at the lovely blog Brown Paper Packages and shared this project as part of her Back to Basics month.} At the beginning of the school year I'm always in "organization mode!" I feel like it's a fresh start and it motivates me to try and tackle some of the mountains of clutter. ;) Today I am sharing with you a sweet and simple way to get a little bit organized for the new school year--a beadboard caddy for school supplies! I am using this on the desk in our kitchen, but you could use it in your kids' rooms or even make it as a useful (and adorable) gift for a favorite teacher. It was a quick and simple project, using mostly items I already had on hand, and I'm really happy with how it turned out! Supplies I used for my school supplies caddy: pre-made beadboard box---you can use anything you want for this project: any small box, thrift store finds, inexpensive spice racks, etc. I found this unfinished beadboard box at a local Utah wood shop that sells … [Read more...]

Guest Posting at Brown Paper Packages

I'm guest posting again! :) Kierste over at the lovely blog Brown Paper Packages has kindly invited us to be a part of her Back 2 Basics series this month---and my post is up today! Please hop over there and check out my project to help get a little bit organized for the beginning of the school year. Be sure to check out the rest of the posts from some amazing bloggers, as well as Kierste's creativity. I've been following her blog for quite some time now and always love what she shares! Have a great day and don't forget to scroll down and enter our uprinting.com giveaway too. :) … [Read more...]

Fall Fever at Every Creative Endeavor

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Hey friends! Just wanted to let you know that I am guesting over at Every Creative Endeavor as part of Amanda's Fall Fever event! The whole month of September will be full of fun fall ideas from a lineup of some of my favorite bloggers so I'm excited to be a part of it all. I'd love for you to head over and check it out, and leave me some love over there while you're at it. ;) And be sure to check out all of the other great ideas that will be shared. I LOVE FALL! Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend! … [Read more...]

{Back to School} Pencil and Crayon Cake

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School is officially in session at our house--well, at least for some of our kids! Our oldest started last week, our Kindergartener starts tomorrow and our youngest begins preschool next week. I like to try and make some fun treats for them to celebrate Back to School time (check out my edible crayons from a few years back!), so last night I busted out some cake for dessert---a giant crayon and pencil cake, to be exact! ;) This is one time it's okay for your kids to eat their crayon and chew on their pencil, ha ha! I had bookmarked this cute idea for a pencil cake from Family Fun quite awhile back and thought it would be fun to tackle. I decided to create a crayon cake as well, just by changing the frosting colors. I didn't follow the exact instructions from the Family Fun recipe, but I improvised to get two cakes from one pan and came up with a few of my own ideas. It worked for me! Disclaimer: I am definitely not even close to being a professional cake decorator! Not. Even. … [Read more...]

Fairies Cookbook {Review}

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{Recently the Chicks were sent a variety of books from Gibbs-Smith, one of our awesome sponsors, so we will be posting about them over the next few months.} Today we're highlighting one from the whimsical childrens' cookbook series published by Gibbs-Smith called Fairies Cookbook, by Barbara Beery. Here is the description from their website: Fairies Cookbook brings a bit of fantasy and magic to everyday snacks and treats, while teaching valuable cooking skills and encouraging kids to develop a love for creating their own food. Fairies Cookbook transforms everyday fare into mystical treats for birthday parties, sleepovers, and special occasions-and these recipes are easy enough to use everyday! My daughter was very eager to try out this new cookbook--she is my big helper in the kitchen and is always wanting to learn how to cook and bake things. The fun thing about the Fairies Cookbook is that the recipes are pretty kid-friendly, so Annie was thrilled to have the chance to … [Read more...]

Back to School Ideas {past posts + new Pinterest finds}

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Are you smack dab in the middle of back-to-school frenzy? We wanted to share some of our posts from last year's Back to School Brainstorm as well as links to other school-related projects to help you get a smooth start! Kirsten shared her photo ideas on Fresh Living on Monday, here is a link to her post with a ton of great info and not-to-miss photo ops with your kids! Kirsten's Back to School Photo Ideas   Teacher Gift Ideas *free downloads*   After School Convo Cards *free printables* ABC Art   After School Snack: Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcake Mini Apple Oreo Pops Edible Crayons: After School Snack idea And here are a couple of fun treat ideas I have pinned in my "School is Cool" board on Pinterest: Eighteen25: Smart Cookie Beth Proudfoot: Smartie Pants One Charming Party: Cute Lunchbox printable Catch My Party: Back to School Party Mommy Wisdom: Rolo Pencils (lunch box surprise) Rebecca Cooper: Back to School Photo Checklist (free download) … [Read more...]

Repurposed Shutters {wall display}

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Hey, it's Brooke with another "trash to treasure" project! I love finding things for cheap or free and giving them a makeover! This project was totally inspired by Char from the awesome blog Crap I've Made--she thrifted some old shutters and turned them into something AMAZING. Ever since I saw her shutters I wanted to do a project like it for my home. So when I saw a small set of sad old shutters at the D.I. (a thrift store in Utah) I grabbed them right up! These puppies were fairly nasty but for only $2 each they were a bargain! These shutters got a makeover over the weekend and are living a much happier (and prettier and more useful) life hanging out on my daughter's bedroom wall to feature art and photos and things that she loves! :) Here's what I did: I cleaned up the shutters, removed the old hardware and sanded them down a bit. Then I primed them and spray painted the shutters with Krylon Pink Ballet Slipper spray paint. Once dry, I hung them on the wall … [Read more...]

Homemade Peaches and Cream Pie

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**This is a repost from last summer--- I am making this exact pie TODAY and thought I'd share it again since we're getting into peach season in Utah!** I love peaches. My parents have this peach tree in their backyard, and I get so giddy about going over to their house and picking baskets of yummy fresh peaches. I love how they smell and how pretty they look in my favorite yellow and white polka dot bowl. :) I get sad when peach season is over. One of my favorite things do make with these freshly picked peaches is my delicious Peaches 'n Cream Pie. I am drooling just thinking about it! I did a little bit of "match making" and sort of combined my Grandma's peach pie recipe with part of a friend's pie recipe---and it really turned out to be delicious. I'd love to share it with you. Will you invite me over to eat it with you if you make it? :) Fresh Peaches 'n Cream Pie **Depending on how big your pie crust is and how large the peaches are, you'll probably have quite a bit … [Read more...]

Pocketdoodles {review}

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Recently the Chicks were sent a variety of books from Gibbs-Smith, one of our awesome sponsors, so we will be posting about them over the next few months. Today we're highlighting a series published by Gibbs-Smith called Pocketdoodles. Pocketdoodles books have fun picture and writing prompts that encourage doodling and drawing, coloring and writing. The books are small (4x6 inches) and perfect for keeping in a pocket (hence the clever title) or backpack for creative entertainment wherever you go! I like the description on the website for Pocketdoodles for Young Artists: Pocketdoodles for Young Artists inspires creativity by helping readers make their own comic strips, build skyscrapers, invent new machines, design delicious new recipes, and draw their very own masterpieces. This fun addition to the best-selling Pocketdoodles series is sure to grab any child's imagination and carry it to new creative heights. Whether kids are waiting for the school bus or need something fun to do … [Read more...]

Tea Party decorations {vintage garden theme}

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Last week I shared my simple little DIY Cupcake Stand that I made for a mother-daughter tea party fundraiser for my daughter's dance studio. Today I'm sharing a few other little details from the party, per some requests. :) Each table at the party was decorated by the moms, with a centerpiece and small gifts for the dancers. I did a table with two of my good friends and all of our daughters, which was a lot of fun. Our theme was sort of a vintage garden theme, with paper and fabric flowers, and a color scheme of pinks, browns, creams and white. I mainly used things I already had at my house, so it didn't end up costing very much money which was nice! Here is our table centerpiece that I made. All I did was paint a big planter box I had in my garage with white spray paint, filled it with dirt and moss, and had some fun making a variety of paper flowers and pennants to put inside. I wrapped a big pretty brown ribbon around it to add to the fanciness factor! I used 2 long wooden … [Read more...]

DIY Cupcake Stand

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I will admit it--I have a little LOVE thing for cake stands. Make them mini and stick a cupcake on top and that will make me swoon even more! :) I've seen several great tutorials around (Tidy Mom has a great round-up of other DIY Cupcake Stand tutorials and Pinterest has some inspiration as well!) but I wanted to come up with my own version of the DIY Cupcake Stand to make for a tea party with my daughter for a dance fundraiser. Here is what I came up with--really easy to create and easy on the budget. For the supplies I grabbed some small glass candlesticks from the dollar store and some 6 inch plastic cake board circles from the craft store, $2.99 for a 3-pack (and I think they were on sale for less than that) so this is a really inexpensive project. Hooray! I took some ribbon I had on hand and used a hot glue gun to glue it around the edges of the cake board. To adhere the glass candlesticks to the cake board I used some E6000 (strong adhesive). Simple! … [Read more...]

Revisiting Some Favorite Projects {and another visit to Studio 5}

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Hello friends! Just to let you know, our Kirsten is going to be on Studio 5 this morning at 11:00 am (Channel 5 in SLC) sharing our fun tablecloth craft challenge with House 8810! Be sure to tune in if you can, and we'll have a link to the segment later on. :) Chicks Craft Challenge w/ House 8810 by brookiewookie on Polyvore.com We also wanted to share a few of our past projects with you--some favorites from our recent (and not-so-recent) archives! Brooke's Hutch Makeover Brooke's Angry Birds Cupcakes Nikkala's Rick Rack Rosettes Nikkala's Felt Flower Pillow Kirsten's 3 Tiered Stand Kirsten's Summer Fun Chart Becky's Daddy Gift Basket Becky's Dinner Book Jamie's Family Photo Wreath Jamie's Puppy Shop Party Make sure you check back tomorrow and through the weekend for some great giveaways from one of our EVO sponsors, DownEast Basics! We appreciate them and we appreciate our readers!! Thanks for the support! … [Read more...]

Kasey Sanders Photography {Giveaway}

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**This giveaway is now closed and the winner has been announced--Dayna, comment #35! Thanks for entering!** Today's giveaway is for our local Utah readers--OR anyone willing to travel to Salt Lake or Weber County for a photography session! Summer is the perfect time to get pictures taken. Perhaps you've been looking for a great photographer to get those family pictures done. Meet Kasey Sanders, a photographer based in Farmington, Utah. Check out her blog at www.kaseysandersphotography.blogspot.com where she showcases adorable babies, children, families, engagements, and colorful locations and settings! You can also find her on Facebook. Kasey is offering a FREE photography session to a lucky winner! This giveaway includes a 1 hour photo session with her and 20 edited images on a disk. There are two easy ways to enter: Leave a comment on this post (you must be a public follower of The Crafting Chicks to be eligible) For an extra entry you can "Like" … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Here are some of the projects we had displayed on Fresh Living on Monday--Father's Day Gift Ideas. I made this cute (but masculine of course) Father's Day Coupon book in MINUTES, thanks to GG Digital Designs! I downloaded this coupon book Leslie designed, which includes both print-ready coupons as well as fill-in-the-blank customizable coupons for you to print at your favorite print lab or on your own home printer. The coupons I printed out are good for helping in the yard, one car wash, date to the movies, meal of his choice, and complimentary taking out the trash. :) I printed these coupons out onto cardstock, cut them out and punched a hole at one end and tied a simple ribbon or two. It would be cute to leave the lines blank and let your kids come up with their own ideas too, and they can just jot down their ideas right on the coupon with their own writing. It would turn this into a simple keepsake for dad. Leslie at GG Digital Designs is sweetly offering our … [Read more...]

HowtoMakeHomemadeBread.com {Giveaway}

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**This giveaway is now closed and the winner has been announced. Thank you!** There is nothing quite like the smell (or taste) of freshly baked homemade bread, don't you agree? Just thinking about it makes my mouth water! Have you always wanted to learn how to make delicious breads for you and your family to enjoy but don't quite know where to start? Intimidated by the process or not sure how on earth you "proof yeast" or what gluten is? Never fear, I am here to tell you about a great website that will teach you how to whip up amazing breads and tasty rolls in your own kitchen: www.howtomakehomemadebread.com. How to Make Homemade Bread helps take the guesswork out of the bread-making process! Detailed videos feature original recipes developed by Lorie Fleischer, who has been teaching and sharing this passion of hers for many years. Lorie takes you through each recipe step-by-step, sharing great tips and techniques along the way that will definitely build your bread baking … [Read more...]

Summer Activity Jars and Grab Bags {Free Printables}

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Last week on Fresh Living (click to watch the actual segment) Jamie and I shared some fun ways to make sure you actually DO those fun things on your summer list. :) I always have great intentions and have lots of ideas floating around in my head about things I want to do with my kids and family during the summer, but it's easy to forget things as the summer passes by too quickly! Here are a few simple and inexpensive ideas to help you keep track of kid-friendly activities and pack your days with fun. :) Easy and cheap, my friends. Summer Activity Jars Daily Activity Grab Bags First I'll start with the Summer Activity Jars. I've seen this general idea around blogland and have always wanted to make them for my family. (Check out Stephanie's I'm Bored jars, so cute! Or this awesome post at The Daily Digi--Jar of Fun) My spin on it is a little bit different, however, with an idea I heard of from my friend Leslie of GG Digital Designs--color coding! This was a no-cost project … [Read more...]

Feature Friday {Rapunzel Birthday Party}

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Happy Friday! I know I am definitely ready for it to be the weekend!! I don't know if your kids are like mine--they are loving everything related to Rapunzel and the movie Tangled. I think we've watched it about 1.78 million times since it came out on DVD. :) Well, if you are Rapunzel fans like our family is, then you'll love our feature today! We wanted to share a totally fun Rapunzel birthday party one of our sweet and creative readers threw for her daughter. Samantha, who has a darling blog called Crafty Texas Girls, thought of so many great details for this party! A super long "Rapunzel" braid decorating the front porch to welcome party guests! Samantha set up an area for the princesses to watch Tangled, complete with hanging lanterns, purple chairs and streamers, and even a little chalkboard for the girls to be able to "decorate the walls" just like Rapunzel! Love that idea! She made sunshine banners to go along with the theme, in purple and yellow, just … [Read more...]

Chicks Craft Challenge w/ House 8810

As we let you know last week, all five of us Crafting Chicks recently took part in a fun CRAFT CHALLENGE hosted by the lovely ladies of  House 8810, one of our awesome sponsors! We were each sent a different adorable tablecloth from House 8810 (they seriously have some FUN stuff over there!) and were asked to turn it into something fabulous. It was  so cool  to see the different projects we all came up with! So today we wanted to share with you what we whipped up, with the commentary by House 8810. ************************* Chick #1: BECKY received the Mixed Berries tablecloth. How cute is this little number? And the precious girl wearing it? Becky used the tablecloth to make a pillowcase dress for her oldest daughter.  Becky says: "She loves it.  I think the vintage flair of the table cloth print goes perfect with this dress pattern." Chick #2: BROOKE received the Cottage Rose tablecloth. Brooke went techy with her challenge. She used the pouch … [Read more...]

Mini Oreo Apple Pops {a teacher appreciation idea}

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We were invited by the wonderful Cindy of  Skip to My Lou to participate in a Teacher Appreciation extravaganza, along with some of our favorite fellow bloggers. So many great ideas have been shared over the past few weeks! Here is the teacher gift that I guest-posted last Thursday there in honor of teacher appreciation week, which is today (May 2) through May7. While I generally like to give teachers supplies for their classroom or other useful items, I feel like there is always room for a sweet treat! You've probably seen all of the cute ways to make Oreo cookie pops, but I decided to do a smaller scale and use the Mini Oreos to create adorable mini Oreo apple pops to go along with the whole teacher theme! They are bite-sized, delicious, inexpensive and easy too. :)   Supplies for mini Oreo pops: *  Mini Oreos: I found these canisters in the Target Dollar Spot!!! *  Red candy melts: I used Wilton brand that can be found at many craft stores in the … [Read more...]

DIY Wall Art: Personalized Silhouettes {free download}

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Lately I have just fallen in love with silhouettes. Now, I don't mean the cutting machine (although I do love my Silhouette) but I'm talking about those classic profiles or "silhouettes" that you can find everywhere. I've been wanting to make some of my kids for so long and I finally got 'em done! There are a lot of tutorials out there on how to create your own silhouette in Photoshop, including Crafting Chicks Nikkala's awesome one, so I'm not going to post step by step directions. I am just sharing what I did with the silhouettes of our 3 children. I photographed each of their profiles, created the silhouettes in Photoshop, and then instead of keeping them the classic black silhouettes on a white background I decided to add some color and some pattern. Turquoise is my current favorite, so naturally I decided to bring in that color to create some personalized art for a large wall we have along our staircase. These make a great impact when you walk in the front … [Read more...]

Winner of The Lacey Placey giveaway!

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Thanks to all who entered The Lacey Placey giveaway! Here is the lucky winner of a pair of pretty blue and white floral pillow covers as well as one more pillow cover of your choice from Lacey's etsy shop! Congratulations Linda! Please email us within 48 hours to claim your prize (craftingchicks at gmail.com). … [Read more...]

Personalized Family Message Board

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Today I wanted to share with you my latest sort of "trash to treasure" project. I took a thrift store frame, some paint, and a photoshopped design and turned it into a very useful (and cute I might add) personalized family message board! I've been wanting to make a big family message board for a long time and it took me forever to decide exactly what I wanted. I knew I wanted it to be: not super expensive unique and personalized with our names and/or photos--something I could design in Photoshop large and in charge :) cute to look at with fun colors and design not necessarily a traditional calendar changeable if I wanted to update it later on So I'm pretty happy with the outcome, it basically meets all of my criteria! It's the same idea that Kirsten used awhile back with her "Count Your Blessings" board: Grab a frame, add something inside the glass that is pretty, hang it on your wall, write stuff on it. :) I grabbed a large frame at the DI (Utah thrift … [Read more...]

Creative Inspiration {featured blogs}

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We are always amazed at the rockin' creativity that is shared daily on blogs! Here are some projects that have caught our eye the last little while: The Tom Kat Studio: Gorgeous Flower Garden Birthday Party Sweet Sugar Belle: Bunny Cupcakes Dandee Designs: Awesome Humongous Framed Chalkboard (I love those hand-drawn chalk frames!) House of Smiths: Painted Chevron Rug (from IKEA!) Lovely Crafty Home: Paper Rosette Wreath Gourmet Mom on the Go: Fruit Snack Jewelry Birgit Koopsen found via Redberry Barn: Canvas Family Wreath Sweetly Sweet: Mini Cupcake Stands Easter Egg Candlesticks from JC's Loft Another HUGE source of inspiration for me is PINTEREST! Have you gotten addicted yet, lol? It is like a feast of eye candy, great for visual people like myself to "pin" images you like from any website and categorize them. You can follow others' pinboards and people can follow yours. It's amazing and my new-ish favorite way to jump start my creative juices. :) My … [Read more...]

The Lacey Placey {a Giveaway}

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**This giveaway has been closed and the winner announced.** Now that Spring is officially here (at least trying to make its way through the snow and cold winds here in Utah!) I'm really in the mood to freshen up my home. This means I have caught the cleaning/organization bug but I've also REALLY gotten the urge to "Springify" my home decor. :) An easy way to make an instant change for the new season is to change out the throw pillows on your couch! Enter The Lacey Placey! The Lacey Placey is an Etsy shop that houses adorable home decor pillow covers and fun vintage finds. Lacey, the owner, has added a lovely variety of bright and colorful pillow covers to choose from PLUS she will do custom orders for pillows of any size! The envelope backs make it really easy to insert pillows and freshen up your decor. I really love the floral pillow that is stacked on the very top in the photo below. Such fun, vivid colors make me happy! If you are like me and want an easy way … [Read more...]

Angry Birds Cupcakes

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My oldest son turned eight just last week. Gasp. How can it be? So for his birthday party I decided it would be fun to make him some Angry Birds cupcakes because he loves that game (it's an iPhone app game that is fun and frustrating and can be slightly very addicting!). I should really add a disclaimer because I am not, I repeat NOT a professional cake decorator. Just a mom trying to make her kid happy. :) Here is the birthday boy himself with his Jimmer jersey (we are BYU alumni and Jimmer fans at our house!) and while I was doubting my cupcake decorating skillz he came into the kitchen and totally loved the cupcakes. So I was thrilled. I'll share my little tips on how I made these silly birds. Here are the supplies I used to create the Angry Birds cupcakes. I got most of them at a regular grocery store with my kids helping me strategize. It was a lot of fun coming up with all of the parts and getting creative in the candy aisle! ** Sprinkles and sugars--I bought … [Read more...]

Sophisticated Bridal Shower {tablescape + gift idea}

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Hello everyone! (waving my hands like a crazy person) It's been quite awhile since I've posted here. We went on a big family trip in February and during our trip we found out my father-in-law was diagnosed with Leukemia. Needless to say we have been busy making trips up to the hospital and focusing on our family, not leaving much time for crafting. But I am happy to say that he is out of the hospital and is doing amazingly well. We feel very blessed. So I am excited to be back to creating things and sharing projects here with you all! Recently my mom, grandma and aunts threw a bridal shower for one of my cousins who is getting married soon. It is always so much fun to gather together with family to celebrate happy occasions---we always have a good time with lots of laughs and lots of good food.  My cute mom put together a gorgeous table with such lovely touches that I wanted to share it all with you today! She is one of the most creative people I know (my Dad is pretty creative … [Read more...]

Lemon Herb Crockpot Chicken

**This is a recipe I shared as a guest poster over on the delightful blog Is This Really My Life? several weeks ago, and I thought I'd share it here as a last-minute idea for a delicious Valentine's Day dinner.** This Crockpot Lemon Herb Chicken recipe is a meal my mom always made and we loved it growing up. And now I make it for my family often; it's definitely one of those go-to recipes that I always have the ingredients for. Plus, it's so easy to throw together and leave it to make my house smell divine--it's almost embarrassing to write a whole post about it. :) I must say, I LOVE MY CROCKPOT (it's awesome and red). Let's get on with the recipe, shall we? Recipe for Crockpot Lemon Herb Chicken Boneless, skinless chicken breasts or chicken tenders 2 cans cream of chicken soup 1/2 soup can of water 1 heaping Tbsp. Lemon & Herb seasoning (I use McCormick) (optional, see below) 1 cup flour (optional) 2 Tbsp. olive oil Directions: Heat oil in … [Read more...]

DIY Felt Valentine Envelopes {Pottery Barn Kids style}

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We are thrilled because this week The Crafting Chicks are making their TV debut! Jen, Jamie and Brooke are going to be on TV this afternoon! If you live in Utah, we'd love for you to check out our segment TODAY on a local show called Fresh Living, on KUTV Channel 2 at 1:00 pm. Then tomorrow, January 18, Kirsten will be on Studio 5, another local show on Channel 5 at 11:00 am. We hope you'll tune in! **************** I love Valentine's Day! It is like a bright spot between Christmas and Easter, something fun to look forward to in the sometimes dreary winter of the New Year. While it's great to think of Valentine's Day as a romantic holiday to spend with your spouse, we also like to have fun as a whole family. In the past we've done some fun things with our kids, such as Valentine Bingo, a pink and red dinner, Valentine treats, etc. I'm always on the lookout for ideas to make Valentine's Day special for my family. I love the sweet cupcakes and toppers Jen shared this weekend, what a … [Read more...]

A Fabulous & Fancy 5th Birthday Party {Candy Buffet, Lollies and Pennants, oh my!}

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Happy 2011! It's been a lovely break and it's great to be back posting here again. :) Today I'm sharing about my daughter's "Fabulous & Fancy 5th Birthday Party" that we had a few months ago. It was a blast! We've had some fun birthday parties at our house (Super Hero Training Camp and a Pinkalicious Party to name some favorites) and while it's a TON of work, seeing those happy smiles on my kids' faces makes it worth it. (I seriously need to remind myself of this next time I'm in party-planning insanity!) So this post isn't really about step-by-step tutorials, but rather sharing some fun ideas. Don't worry, I WILL link up any tutorials I used to create the decorations and other party elements. Here we go! Here is a picture of the birthday girl herself. I swear I just gave birth to her minutes ago! Why do they have to grow so quickly?? I love that girl! She decided that she wanted a "fancy" party so here is the invitation I whipped up: {Created in Photoshop using … [Read more...]

Christmas Inspiration {featured blogs}

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We are constantly AMAZED at the incredible talent of fellow bloggers, and this holiday season definitely did not disappoint! Instead of visions of sugarplums dancing in my head I have project ideas galore floating around in MY dreams this Christmas. :) Take a look at some of the lovely projects and treats that have caught our eye this month. . . Ruffly Burlap and Canvas Trees at Shanty2Chic Amazing Christmas Decor from Eighteen25: subway art download, banner and glitter trees! Pretty Gift Wrapping at Allora Handmade The most darling advent calendar Peppermint Fudge Cupcake Jars at Our Best Bites Holiday Plans Frame at Eighteen25 Beautiful Burlap and Satin Christmas Stockings at Make It and Love It Thanks for the inspiration! … [Read more...]

Mini Christmas Topiaries + Mini Banner {using old book pages!}

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Okay. You are probably going to make fun of me because I'm back with yet another tutorial featuring OLD BOOK PAGES and a "trash to treasure" project! I told you those old book pages were my latest infatuation (don't tell my Photoshop, he'll get jealous). Soon my whole house is going to be covered head to toe with old book pages. ;) I knew they would make a great Christmas project but I had a hard time deciding exactly what to do. Then it came to me as I was rummaging through my junk craft supplies. Mini Christmas Topiaries and a Mini Banner! Love it. The greatest thing? This project basically cost me nothing. I used stuff I've had laying around forever, and I had the old book (that cost $1) with lots of pages left over from my daughter's birthday party decorations. I love the vintage-y vibe old book pages give. And I love all things "mini" too. This is a win-win situation for me. Oh, wait until you see what the bottom "stands" are made from. Talk about trash to treasure … [Read more...]

“Give Thanks” Framed Art

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I love Thanksgiving. For us, it's a pretty laid back holiday. The craziness of Halloween is over, the hustle and bustle of December is not quite upon us, and we get to eat delicious food while hanging out in a cozy home with our family and pondering all things we are grateful for. I might be making my adorable Mini Pots of Pumpkin Cream Pie to share with loved ones and definitely will be staking out the Sweet Potato Casserole. :) I made a little Thanksgiving-ish project this month, but it really can stay up all year long to remind me to give thanks for all I have. It's a "Give Thanks" framed wall art! Things I was thankful to have for this project: an old frame paintable textured wallpaper (found on a roll at Lowe's) cardstock pages ripped out of an old book spray paint (Kilz Primer, Rustoleum Heirloom White and Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze) wood stain (Minwax) hot glue gun/hot glue sticks distress ink Let's talk about the different parts of this project, … [Read more...]

Heart 2 Heart Stitches*CLOSED*

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Heart 2 Heart Stitches is a darling shop with a great variety of stitchery "E-patterns" that you can purchase and download quickly! Owner Kassie says "With the E-Pattern, you simply purchase the design you want, and an electronic attachment of the full pattern is sent to your email.  You download and print from your home printer after payment is received -- so you can start stitching TODAY!" She has a wonderful assortment of patterns to choose from, including collections for all four seasons, family, and inspirational themes. You might also  remember Kassie's awesome tutorial from September on our blog about how to add chalk to your stitcheries. These would make wonderful, heartfelt handmade gifts for your loved ones. Here are some samples from the Winter Collection at Heart 2 Heart Stitches: Kassie is giving TWO lucky readers FIVE PATTERNS each!! To enter, simply leave a comment telling us which five of the adorable patterns you would choose if you win. Kassie is also … [Read more...]

Moo Moo’s and Tutus*CLOSED*

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Moo Moo's and Tutus is one of our fabulous sponsors and we were thrilled when they agreed to be part of our Handmade Christmas! Daphne designs adorable custom party printables and invitations for any occasion, to help with those magical moments such as" commemorating a little one’s birthday, expecting the arrival of a tiny bundle of joy, or celebrating an upcoming wedding ceremony." Check out her selection of party packs in her shop, with all the printables you'll need to create that WOW factor at any party! It's the perfect time to order your Christmas cards with several cute designs to choose from, or Daphne can create a custom one with you in mind. Moo Moo's and Tutus is generously giving away one $50 gift certificate to be redeemed at the etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/onehappyboy To enter this giveaway you can leave a comment on this post. For additional entries you may also do the following and leave a comment for each: Become a Facebook Fan of Moo Moo's and … [Read more...]

Sugar Drop Shoppe*CLOSED*

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Looking for a way to make your photos POP? Sugar Drop Shoppe is here just in time for Christmas and has some unique fabric backdrops to add that special touch to your photographs and take them to the next level of awesomeness! :) Each backdrop is made of washable 100% cotton decorator weight fabric, and has a loop at the top so you can use it on your backdrop stand, or you can get creative and hang it any way you want. All the backdrops have serged edges. These are for photographers at any level! Today Sugar Drop Shoppe is giving away one of their last mini backdrops (details below) and are also selling the rest of their backdrop inventory---they have a limited stock...16 to be exact, so once the design is gone, it's gone for good!  And you'll know that you'll have a unique backdrop that only a few other photographers will have. :) The remaining backdrops are listed individually below and are being sold for a screamin' deal on a first come, first serve basis.  They all vary slightly … [Read more...]

My FREE Canvas from Canvas People

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So, remember when I told you about this sweet deal from Canvas People? You know, the one where you can get an 8x10 gallery wrapped canvas print for FREE, paying only the $14.95 shipping/handling or only $9.99 more for an 11x14 canvas print? You will want to jump on this deal, because you are smart! :) You don't want to miss it! Well, I told you I'd share my canvas with you when it was delivered, so here we are! I was thrilled to receive my canvas a few days ago and was so excited to put it up on display. I used a photo I took of my three kids that I totally love. I LOVE having photos of my family as ART in my home. It seems like it's a great quality canvas print, the sides are wrapped nice and tight with approx. a .75 inch border, and it looks lovely up on my shelf in my living room for all to see! The color is a little bit warmer and more saturated than what I see on my computer monitor, but I will admit I am due for a monitor calibration so it's most likely my fault the … [Read more...]

Free 8×10 Canvas Prints!

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I'm always on the lookout for a good deal, especially when it's something I have been wanting to buy anyway! I love photography and I love the look of canvas prints. I have been searching for good prices on canvas prints for quite awhile, so I was thrilled when we were contacted about this SWEET deal from Canvas People! Perfect timing! We wanted to share this with our readers so that you can get in on this great deal too. :) Canvas People has an amazing promotion happening right now, just in time for holiday gifting. I'm kind of giddy about it. You can get your favorite photograph printed as a gallery wrapped 8x10 canvas for FREE! Think of the possibilities. . . it's a thoughtful, personal gift for just about anyone on your list. Or for yourself! :) Here's how it works: New accounts will get $55 off their order, making the 8x10 (reg. $49) FREE. You just have to pay $14.95 shipping/handling--which still is a great price for a canvas print! I definitely think bigger is … [Read more...]

Mini Pots of Pumpkin Cream Pie

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I love all things "mini." Especially when it has to do with food. :) So when I saw the idea for little potted pumpkin pies on the beautiful blog inchmark, I immediately wanted to make some of my own. It was perfect timing, because I had a lunch get-together with some girlfriends last week and these mini desserts were a big hit with them! It's such a fun idea for a delicious fall treat--making little individual mini jars of pie just adds that extra special touch. It's very easy to put it all together. Now, I don't love regular pumpkin pie, but I DO love me some pumpkin cream pie and make it every year for fall and Thanksgiving. So that's what I put into the little "pots" instead of regular pumpkin pie. It is a simple recipe with delicious results! To make these, you will need the ingredients for pumpkin cream pie and graham cracker crust (in more detail below), as well as: 12 small mason jars (I used half-pint wide mouth jars found at the grocery store, 1 dozen for about … [Read more...]

The Chicks on Today’s Creative Blog!

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Last week The Crafting Chicks were thrilled to be featured on Today's Creative Blog. Kim highlights a different creative blog every day and it was a surprise and a huge treat to be featured for our fun Halloween ideas! She said such kind things and sent some great readers over our way. Kim also hosts a weekly link party every Tuesday called "Get Your Craft On with Today's Creative Blog" that has links to hundreds of fabulous ideas from all over the web. So, make sure to check it out and definitely add Today's Creative Blog to your must-read list. :) Thanks for the great feature, Kim! … [Read more...]

Vintage Halloween Square Wreath

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We were so excited to participate in eighteen25's Spooktacular September last month, along with some AMAZINGLY CREATIVE bloggers. It was such a treat! This is the project I shared a few weeks ago and am excited to share it here at our own nest. :) ******************************************************************************** Lately I've really enjoyed taking something old/not-so-cute and turning it into something fabulous! And I've been needing a new wreath for my home for Halloween. There have been many darling wreaths featured all over blogland, especially Crafting Chicks Kirsten's awesome wreath,  but I decided to do something a little bit different--a SQUARE wreath! And I am sort of giddy with how it turned out. :) Check it out--my unique Vintage Halloween Square Wreath! Wait until you see the "before." It was fun to do an extreme craft makeover here! :) Here is the "before"! :) Oh, baby! As I was trying to come up with a project for this post, I went to a … [Read more...]

13 Days ’til Halloween {a service project}

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Today I'm going to share with you some ideas for your family to have fun doing a little bit of service this Halloween season. I call this "13 Days 'til Halloween"--a slightly spookier version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Each day my family will leave a goody on a neighbor's porch, ring the doorbell and RUN! Kind of like reverse trick-or-treating. :) In order for this to work, you should leave the first treat on October 18 (13 days until Halloween), and continue each day until you hit October 31st! I created a simple tag in Photoshop (using Crystal Wilkerson's orange polka dot paper from her Spooky digital kit) and cut it out with my 3.5 inch scallop circle punch, and attached one to each gift to show how many days left until Halloween. I'll be honest, I didn't feel like making up 14 clever little poems each day that tied in with the gift, so I thought these little "countdown" tags would work just fine. Here is my list of treats for each day--14 of them (because I … [Read more...]

Dining Room Hutch Makeover

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My friend gave me her grandmother's lovely dining room hutch several months ago, and I was so excited to give this gem a sweet makeover. Here is the BEFORE: And I am CRAZY about the AFTER: I just love her and stop and look at her all of the time. :) I am thrilled with how it all turned out. So, let's chat about how I transformed the hutch into this lovely piece of furniture. First though, I want to give a shout out to my friend Brooke at All Things Thrifty for her awesome Spray Painting 101 tips. I highly recommend checking it out. The girl is a spray painting pro. There is a short video on there to show the correct technique for spray painting that was very helpful and a great resource. Supplies for painting my dining room hutch: Primer: I used a dark reddish-brown primer because I wanted to paint the hutch red I used Rustoleum Colonial Red spray paint in glossy for the entire hutch For the hardware, I used Rustoleum Hammered Iron spray paint painters … [Read more...]

New Sponsor: {GG Digital Designs}

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**This giveaway is now closed.** We are thrilled to share with you our newest sponsor here at The Crafting Chicks: GG Digital Designs! The Golden Girls Digital Designs (aka GG Digital Designs) has a fabulous variety of high quality digital scrapbooking products, including coordinating kits, embellishment and paper packs, premade albums, designer "blog wear", hybrid projects, and layered templates galore. Here is a little bit about Leslie, the owner and designer of GG Digital Designs: My name is Leslie Miller of GG Digital Designs. I've been digiscrapping for four and a half years (thanks to BROOKE) and designing for a little over three. GG Digital Designs was started as a joint effort between my sister and I. Our maiden name was Golden...hence, "The Golden Girls". I fly solo these days but my big sis is still the source of MUCH inspiration! Typically what doesn't come from her comes from my kids! I love any and all things crafty! Sewing, crocheting, beading, home … [Read more...]

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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Today I thought I'd share a favorite recipe from a good friend that I've made A LOT over the last several weeks. Probably a lot more than I should!  You NEED this recipe. This Chocolate Zucchini Cake recipe melts in your mouth and is always a hit at any party, and you don't have to feel quite so guilty because, hey, it has veggies inside! Plus it's been fun to use zucchinis from our own garden. My kids get a kick out of that. Chocolate Zucchini Cake 2 eggs 1 ¾ c. sugar 1 t. vanilla ½ c. milk ½ c. oil ½ c. butter or margarine (softened) 2 ½ c. flour 1/4 c. cocoa 1 t. soda ½ t. cinnamon ½ t. baking powder ½ t. salt 2 c. grated zucchini (It usually takes about 1 large zucchini.  I wash it, cut it and grate it in my food processor with the skin on. I also drain off most of the water from the zucchini once it's grated.) Mix the eggs and sugar together until smooth. Add all wet ingredients then add all dry ingredients. Then add the grated zucchini … [Read more...]

Homemade Raspberry Jam

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One of my favorite places to go with my family is Bear Lake, Idaho. I've been going there in the summertime since I was a little girl and I have such fond memories from childhood and now with my own children. I love the famous Bear Lake raspberries, so when we spent our vacation there a few weeks ago I made sure to bring home a flat of them so I could make homemade raspberry jam. The Bear Lake raspberries make it extra special. I was a little bit nervous because I had never made homemade jam before, but here is my tip: freezer jam is SO EASY to make. My mom, sister-in-law and I made over 5 batches in less than 2 hours. I don't know why I had been such a nervous nelly, it truly was quick and quite simple! :) And oh, so yummy. We used the recipe and instructions from the paper inside the box of "Sure-Jell" pectin (we used the pink box). Here are the instructions for homemade freezer raspberry jam, with lots of photos too. 1.   Wash and dry your containers. We used glass … [Read more...]

Fresh Peaches ‘n Cream Pie

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I love peaches. My parents have this peach tree in their backyard, and I get so giddy about going over to their house and picking baskets of yummy fresh peaches. I love how they smell and how pretty they look in my favorite yellow and white polka dot bowl. :) I get sad when peach season is over. One of my favorite things do make with these freshly picked peaches is my delicious Peaches 'n Cream Pie. I am drooling just thinking about it! I did a little bit of "match making" and sort of combined my Grandma's peach pie recipe with part of a friend's pie recipe---and it really turned out to be delicious. I'd love to share it with you. Will you invite me over to eat it with you if you make it? :) Fresh Peaches 'n Cream Pie **Depending on how big your pie crust is and how large the peaches are, you'll probably have quite a bit of leftover peach filling and cream cheese filling. If you work it right, it could technically make 2 pies.** 5 large peaches 1 cup sugar 3 T. … [Read more...]

{Teacher Gift Ideas} Back to School Brainstorm

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Back to school. Those words that fill parents with glee and students a sense of dread that summer is coming to an end. :) In all honesty, I'll admit that I don't want school to start so soon!  I'm really enjoying this summer with my kids, the more relaxed schedule, more time spent together, trying to soak up the happy moments and memories we've made the last few months (although there are plenty of days I'm ready to ship myself off to the looney bin). But now is the time to prepare for the Back to School craziness that is soon upon us. We're here to help! Over the next two weeks we will be having our first annual Back to School Brainstorm---sharing lots of ideas and projects as well as some free downloads and printables to help get you and your kids ready for that school bell to ring! We'll start with some fun Teacher Gift Ideas today! First, some projects that I have made for my kids' teachers: Teacher Treats (in a small, clear plastic craft paint can) You can get … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Point Emporium Cooking Class Winner!

We are excited to announce the winner of the Thanksgiving Point Emporium cooking class giveaway as mentioned on our site earlier this week!  Chic Cupcake and Cooking Class Giveaway The winner is comment #18: Becca! Congrats!! We will be contacting you via email, Becca. Thank you everyone for entering this giveaway!   … [Read more...]

Chic Cupcakes + Cooking Class Giveaway!

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**This giveaway is now closed** Ahhhh, cupcakes. How do we love them? Let me count the posts. :) 4th of July Cupcake Gifts Smores Cupcakes Red Velvet and Cream Cheese Cupcakes Inauguration Cupcakes Halloween Cupcakes Bakerella's Bikini Bear Cupcakes Last week a few of the Chicks had a fabulous opportunity to attend a cupcake class along with several other Utah bloggers (Marcel Walker, Camille from Make It Work Mom, Allison of Petit Elefant, Melissa of ISLY to name a few) hosted by Utah Mama and the Emporium at Thanksgiving Point. Now, I have made hundreds of cupcakes in my life, especially since it's practically part of the job description of motherhood. But I was eager to learn some tricks of the trade from a professional pastry chef! And this cupcake class did NOT disappoint! Chef Sara Voortmeyer shared her very own recipes, great baking tips and hilarious stories as she whipped up FIVE different flavors of cupcakes and delectable frostings! Talk about … [Read more...]

Design Your Own Clock

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I'm one of those people who sometimes likes to save things in the hopes to one day use them to make an amazing project! Maybe I'm a slight "craft pack rat" but I just like to think I can see the crafty and thrifty potential in things. {Perhaps you saw my little "trash to treasure" kitchen bar stools that got a much-needed makeover with Mod Podge and some pretty fabric!}  Well, sometimes my husband has a hard time seeing my vision and wants to throw perfectly usable things away.  Case in point: we had this old dusty clock laying around in the basement. It had served well in my husband's home office in our old house. But when we moved it just didn't quite work with our new desk and decor. He wanted to get rid of it, but I had something much better in mind! Shall I show you? Here's the before. . . and here's the after! Ahhhh, much cuter! I'm so glad I saved it from the garbage can! It was a pretty simple project to take the clock from sensible and slightly dull to … [Read more...]

Easy Kids Craft: Footprints on Painted Canvas

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We needed a fun craft for my kids. They wanted to paint and get messy and have fun. I wanted my kids to create some sort of simple, personalized art to hang in their bedrooms. I also wanted to incorporate their footprints or handprints in some way to sort of preserve how big (or small) my kids were at that very moment. :) I am a sentimental mama, what can I say? They ARE growing too quickly! The solution? Their cute footprints on painted canvas. I saw the idea somewhere online and could not find the exact link again, dang! But I still wanted to share it with you because it's a great kids craft: cheap, easy, a little bit messy, and my kids had a blast doing it. You probably have seen these types of projects a million times, where you paint your kids' feet and "stamp" the canvas or paper with their footprint. This project is a little bit different because you paint the canvas instead of the foot. You only need a few simple supplies for this fun painted canvas project: … [Read more...]

Mod Podge + Fabric = Beautiful Barstools

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Recently my kitchen barstools got a makeover--with spray paint, Mod Podge, and fabric! It was a pretty simple project that makes a huge impact. My husband and I got these barstools when we first got married. Through the years they have been  used, battered and beaten up a bit through 2 moves and 3 children. :) I decided I wanted to get rid of the old oak and scratched white paint and give the barstools a classy facelift--with a couple of cans of black semi-gloss spray paint. This is the picture of the stools in my garage waiting to get their shiny new "do". :) Now, I am definitely not a pro spray painter. But I have a cute friend who is! Brooke (yep, same name as me!) has an awesome website called All Things Thrifty. She has fabulous tutorials, such as Painting Furniture 101 with great tips and advice on how to use spray paint to jazz up your furniture. It's amazing what a difference it makes! But I wasn't quite finished with just the black barstools. I decided I … [Read more...]

4th of July Cupcake Gifts {free download}

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If you're looking for a cute, simple treat to give to family and friends this 4th of July weekend, I have just the thing for you--cupcakes! You can't go wrong with cupcakes. :) At the amazing EVO'10 Conference we went to last weekend Provo Craft shared a great way to package up cupcakes using small plastic cups, cello bags and festive gift tags!!! I may have squealed with delight when I saw this idea. Simple genius, using clear plastic cups to protect the frosting.  I wish I would've thought of it myself :) Supplies to make 4th of July cupcake gift bags: Small clear plastic cups (the ones I used were 9 oz) Clear cellophane bags (mine are 4 x 9.75 inches) Wooden skewers (such as for grilling or making kabobs, approx. 12 inches long) ribbon gift tags You'll need cupcakes, of course! I ran out of time to bake my own, so it was The Sweet Tooth Fairy to the rescue with their creamy red velvet cupcakes! They went perfectly with my patriotic 4th of July color scheme! … [Read more...]

Welcome to TheCraftingChicks.com!!

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This is our BIG announcement---we have officially moved to our new home here at www.thecraftingchicks.com! Our blog has grown so much in the past few months thanks to the tremendous support of our readers and followers, so we are very excited to have our own domain! The Chicks are eager to get settled into our new nest. :) I (Brooke) have been working feverishly to convert our blog over from Blogger to Wordpress and let me tell you, it has been less than peachy. WOW. But I know it will be worth it and we will be able to make our crafty spot even better! As with any move, there will be a little adjustment period, so please be patient and "pardon our dust" as we get things up and going here at The Crafting Chicks. In the meantime, we'd love it if you would update your links and your Google Readers with our new URL and grab an updated button from our sidebar to help spread our good news!! Thanks for all of your support, we love our readers! xoxoxo … [Read more...]

{Tweeting Chicks and Recipes}

Good Monday morning! A few quick announcements: The Crafting Chicks are now (finally) on Twitter! Come follow us as we share crafty tips and other fun finds-- and learn how to navigate the crazy world of tweeting! http://twitter.com/craftingchicks Also, now most of us Crafting Chicks will be attending EVO '10 this weekend  in beautiful Park City, Utah and we are thrilled! Hope to see you there. :) We have some BIG changes coming soon here at Crafting Chicks and we can't wait to share it with you when we're ready. I hate teasers but we're not quite ready to share the details yet. So stay tuned!! Okay. Today I just thought I'd share some recipe cards that I made awhile back for some recipe exchanges. I know some people who are having Summer Solstice parties--I'd recommend the Veggie Pizza (it's not actually pizza, it's veggies on a creamcheese/ranch spread on top of a "crust" of crescent roll dough--to die for!) because it just screams SUMMER! :) Oooh, and my … [Read more...]

{Father’s Day Gift Idea–DAD Album + Freebie}

**This giveaway is now closed.** Today I have a Father's Day gift idea for you--a personalized DAD album. It's a perfect way to show love to the Dad in your life. :) It was fun to create these pages in Photoshop as part of a class I taught at a digital scrapbooking retreat awhile back---see, I told you I LOVE digital scrapbooking! :) I made the letter page templates then added digital papers and embellishments along with photos of my kids and our family. Then I printed them off at Costco, cut each page out, and adhered to that thin cardboard paper that you get for free when you print 12x18 at Costco!! You could always use cardstock or chipboard too. I punched 2 holes on the side and tied cute coordinating ribbon to create the DAD album. It was a wonderful gift for Father's Day! Here is what each page looks like (in digital form): Credits: Digital Scrapbook Memories I wanted to share the basic letter templates with you! If you have Photoshop or another photo editing … [Read more...]

Casual Blogger Conference 2010

So this weekend I will be attending the Casual Blogger Conference in Sandy, Utah!! I'm excited to learn things to make the Crafting Chicks blog even better and hopefully it will benefit us Chicks and our amazing readers and followers alike! There are some fantastic speakers and I know it will be worthwhile. In all honesty, however, I'm a little bit nervous because I'm going by myself, a lone little chickadee in a flock of fabulous, brilliant, hilarious and crafty people.  :) I'm trying to be a big girl but I feel like I'm in elementary school and looking for a table with nice girls to sit with in the lunchroom or hoping to get picked for Red Rover. :) Are any of you fellow bloggers out there going to be at this conference this weekend? Will any of you be my friend??? :) I promise, I'm nice. Look for me and make sure I'm not a total lame-o nerdy loser face?? THANKS!  Let me know in the comments if you're planning on being at the conference and at least that way I'll know I'm not … [Read more...]

Personalized Photo Jewelry

Sorry I'm a little bit tardy on my post today! My computer was having a small tantrum, I have an eye infection and my spectacles make me dizzy, and on top of that, it is SNOWING at my house today! What a lovely Monday morning. :) Lately I've been having fun making some personalized photo jewelry. I love personalized stuff! There are so many great tutorials out there and awesome supplies for the DIY-ers. While this isn't really a super detailed step-by-step tutorial, I thought I'd share a few cute things I've made recently with some simple instructions. :) A glass tile family photo pendant A bracelet with faces of my loves. :) I love using photos for different projects. I made the bracelets for my mom and mother-in-law (and myself!) for Mother's Day, with photos of their grandchildren. :) They were a big hit! Supplies needed: **  Your favorite brand of "diamond glaze" (I got mine on Etsy called "Sun and Moon Scrabble and Glass Glaze") **  E-6000 or other super … [Read more...]

{“Happiness Is…..” mini album}

First off--Happy Mother's Day (yesterday)! Hope it was a happy day full of love and snuggling with your families. :) It's no secret: I LOVE Photoshop. I'm so glad it was invented! Our relationship began about 4 1/2 years ago, right before I had my daughter Annie. Admittedly, it was a little bit rocky at first but soon I realized that Photoshop was going to change my life! :) Yes, that's a little dramatic but actually quite true. I learned how to digital scrapbook and make my photography better and since then I have had some wonderful opportunities and have met the greatest people, all because of learning how to use Photoshop. I could be on a commercial for it, I love it so much. :) I use it for so many different things and will be sharing more projects and ideas with you on Crafting Chicks. Actually, if you look at all of my posts here on CC you'll notice that nearly all of them are digiscrap/photoshop/hybrid related. :) I'm hooked! Brooke + Photoshop = true love … [Read more...]

{Last Minute Mother’s Day Ideas: Free Digi Templates!}

If any of you are like me, you are still trying to decide what to get your moms and mothers-in-law for Mother's Day! :) So I have a few little digital scrapbooking project ideas that might help you out. You can still get them done in time, especially if you are Photoshop-savvy and have a printer or a photo lab nearby. :) For personal use only, no commercial use please. Please do not share links, just direct people to this post if they want to download. I'd love for you to say hi if you decide to download! :) Photo Collage So my cute brother got married last June, and for one of their wedding gifts I made them a personalized The Family: A Proclamation to the World for their home. I took 14 favorite engagement photos that I took for them and arranged them around the text of the Proclamation in Photoshop, and printed as an 11x14 photo, then had the whole thing framed. I was really happy with how it turned out and now I need to find some time to make one … [Read more...]

{Giveaway #4: Personalized 16×20 Temple Print or Handmade Crochet Headwrap}

{Giveaway is now CLOSED} We hope you all have been enjoying all the giveaways we've had so far!! The Crafting Chicks team have had a blast the last week or so, and we are so thrilled with the positive response to our blog "relaunch." We appreciate our wonderful readers, both new and those who have been following us for awhile, and we can't wait to share more fun crafty ideas with you all. So now it's my turn for a giveaway. :) La la la la! I am offering your choice of either a 16x20 inch Personalized Antiqued Temple Print or a Handmade Crochet Headwrap, available at my brand new (still a work in progress) shop Crownberry Designs! I'll tell you a little bit about your options. :) 16x20 Personalized Antiqued Temple Print I am so excited to offer these beautiful, personalized LDS temple prints. I originally photographed and created these rustic prints for family and friends as gifts, and now I want to make them available to anyone who wants unique, customized temple art for … [Read more...]

Free Primary poster download!

Just wanted to let you know that over on my personal blog I have this cute "All I Need to Know I Learned in Primary" poster available for free download! I created it in photoshop using fun Primary colored digital scrapbooking supplies from GG Digital Designs, sized it at 12x18 inches and printed at Costco! It's fun for a child's bedroom or even for a Primary class if you wanted to print in smaller sizes :) So feel free to hop on over if you want it. :) http://brookie-wookie.blogspot.com/2010/03/free-primary-poster-download.html … [Read more...]

iPhone Valentines and Fancy Nancy Valentines :)

"Be my iValentine." {Brandon} "Wishing you a FANCY Valentine's Day!" {Annie} Hi everyone, it's Brooke here with some fun Valentine's Day ideas---I always love Valentine's Day crafts and have seen so many awesome ideas here and around the www. :) So I'm really excited about my kids' valentines this year because it was so much fun to make them!! Each year I like to ask them what kind of valentines they want to make and give out to their friends. I'm a weirdo and like to design them myself and get creative with them. My son Brandon and I thought about making the cute iPod one that I've seen all over the internet, but then thinking about how much he loves Daddy's iPhone, we decided to go in that direction instead. Plus I haven't seen this idea ANYWHERE, so I knew it would be unique. For my daughter Annie's valentines, she just loves Fancy Nancy and chose that for her theme. So we decided to do something fun with that. I'll chat a little bit about each of them individually now. … [Read more...]

Rose Heart Shadow Box

I'm SO excited about this. This project is something I've been wanting to do for YEARS and finally decided to just do it, for crying out loud. :) I'm really happy with how it turned out, imperfections and all! These dried roses have a very special meaning to me, they are roses my hubby has given me throughout our relationship, some of them dating clear back to the early-mid 1990's. We met when we were 14. So they are OLD. :) And I have saved them because I am sentimental like that. And I love my husband. And now my little "vintage" dried roses can be displayed prettily in our home. And I am happy about it. It was pretty easy. I just got my basket of dried roses out and dusted them off a bit, carefully, with one of those compressed air thingies that you clean out your keyboard with. I removed the dried leaves and trimmed the stems as far down as I could. Then I arranged them into a heart-like shape and didn't worry if it wasn't a perfectly symmetrical heart. :) Out … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Canvas and Banner

Hello, it's Brooke here! Before Thanksgiving has come and gone, I wanted to share 2 little Thanksgiving projects with you: one I made last year, and one I finished TODAY. :) If you're feeling crafty, I bet you could whip up these projects just in time for your Thanksgiving celebrations. Thanksgiving Canvas I love making things in photoshop using digital scrapbooking supplies, then combining them with other mediums, such as canvas and ribbon. I created this in photoshop using a scripture that I love from the Book of Mormon (Alma 34:38)---Live in thanksgiving daily. I finished up this project this morning. I LOVE that and really need to apply it in my life on a daily basis! So I needed to make a cute reminder. :) I printed it at Costco on luster paper. Meanwhile, I had a canvas just sitting around, so I painted it dark brown, and once I picked up my photo I used Mod Podge to stick it on the canvas. I also added a polka dot ribbon and Mod Podged that baby right on too. Mod Podging is … [Read more...]

Edible Crayons: A Fun Back-to-School Treat

My kids just started school (preschool and 1st grade), and I was trying to think of a fun treat after the first day of school. I came across this amazing site: Gourmet Mom on the Go. It has lots of fun food ideas. I came across the instructions for "edible crayons" and knew we HAD to try it! (See this link for the full instructions.) All you need is pretzel rods, candy melts, and paper for the "wrappers." I got candy melts from Michaels in different colors, and had my kids help me dip the pretzels. It was a lot of fun. Then, while they were in school, I finished putting the crayons all together to surprise them with the completed product! Once the pretzels/candy were set, I wrapped the paper around them and secured with a little bit of tape. I created my own customized crayon wrappers in Photoshop, with my kids' names on them, and printed them on colored cardstock. Once wrapped, I put the crayons into their own little tins. Cuteness! Love!! We were so happy with how they … [Read more...]

A Patriotic Flag Cake Recipe

Might I tempt you with a delicious recipe?? I thought so! I posted this on my blog a few days ago and wanted to share it with you crafty peeps too. Just looking at this picture makes my mouth begin to water! I decided that I really wanted to make one of those 4th of July cakes that I've seen various places online. But I wanted it to be pretty easy and not too time consuming. So I just kind of mixed and matched a little something together. Here's how I made this gloriously delicious cake. 1 box cake mix (I used Betty Crocker's French Vanilla) I made the 9x13 inch version according to Ms. Betty's directions. You could surely make your own homemade cake but like I said, I wanted fast and easy. Thank you, Betty C. Let the cake cool completely. In the meantime, I was on the search for the creamy frosting part of the cake. I knew I wanted to make homemade whipped cream but also wanted cream cheese with it. HEALTHY, I know. :) So after extensive Googling and a little bit of … [Read more...]

Easy Valentine Ideas (and free templates too!)

Last February I was about 7 months pregnant with my 3rd child, and was nesting like a crazy woman. :) So I must've had a burst of creativity because I made a bunch of different Valentine projects back then and just reposted them on my personal blog today. I thought I'd share them here as well, in case you're looking for some cute ideas for your lovies. I even have some free downloads for you! Fun Valentine's Day Ideas I made these EASY photo tiles! {I used "Schnookums" from http://www.ggdigitaldesigns.com/.} Here's what you need--it's really simple and makes a cute gift or decoration for your home. **whatever size of tile you want (the ones I made were 4.5 x 4.5 inches, only like 13 cent cheapos from Home Depot) **whatever photo or design you want (I made little mini digital layouts sized to fit a little smaller than the tile--I forgot to do exact measurements but it worked out just fine! Just go with the flow.) **A bottle of Mod Podge (I used Matte … [Read more...]

Job Chart (and free template!)

About a year ago I was frustrated because I had been looking for some cute job charts for my kids, and could never find one that totally worked for me. I wanted it to be personalized, cute, and inexpensive. I ended up just making my own, because sometimes that just works out better! :) I shared the instructions and a digital template on my personal blog about a year ago, and nearly 1,000 downloads later it's still going strong!! Hopefully it's helped a lot of people. So now I am sharing the info on this blog. Here's what we did. I sat with my kids (Brandon was almost 5 at the time and Annie had just turned 2) and they helped me make a list of the main chores they need to do everyday. I thought that way they would have a say in what would go on the chart and perhaps be more willing to actually DO the jobs! They were both really excited about their very own charts. We still use them, although we don't always check off every single day. I need to get better at that. :) Then I made … [Read more...]

Paper Christmas Tree

I've been wanting to make one of these and finally got around to it a few weeks ago. :) Supplies I used: styrofoam cone from craft store fun Christmas paper (I printed out some digital designs from GG Digital Designs--Tinsel Town) paper trimmer distress ink pen ribbon hot glue gun I printed the paper (double-sided) and cut it into 1 inch by 3 inch strips, inking the edges. I also curled up one end of the strip by wrapping it around the barrel of a pen. I glued a wide band of ribbon at the bottom of the cone, then hot glued the strips onto the cone, staggering and layering them to cover the styrofoam. I think it turned out pretty cute. :) Maybe next time I'd add a chipboard star or some glitter or something, but for now I am done! Merry Christmas!!! … [Read more...]

More Halloween Goodies

Halloween is such a fun holiday to me. I love decorating our house for it. I have a few simple Halloween decor projects to share and an idea for treat giving! All are digiscrap related. :) I made this Trick or Treat canvas--it was featured as a hybrid digi project and tutorial in the September issue of Bella Scraps Magazine, so I can finally blog about it! I just made the design in photoshop, printed it at Costco, and Mod Podged it onto a blank canvas that I'd painted black. Then I trimmed the edges with black ribbon. I love how it turned out. This was probably the easiest project ever. Forgive the not-so-great photo of it, I was in a hurry. :) I just typed the letters on orange damask digi paper (from http://www.shabbymissjenndesigns.com/, the Harvest Night kit) and printed as 8x8 layouts at Costco. Then stuck them in frames I already had. EASY! Last I made a little Happy Halloween pillow box for treats. You've probably seen these before. . . for this one I used a pillow box … [Read more...]

Annie’s Colors: A Mini Album

Hey, it's Brooke again! How's it going? I recently made my almost 3 year old daughter her very own book of colors, and wanted to share it with you. :) This came together so quickly and was really fun to make. I wanted to make Annie her very own customized book of colors. I already had most of the pictures--I wanted the objects to be her own things and have her in the pictures somehow, even if it was just her hand or foot. :) I just kept the design VERY simple so as not to distract from the pictures. I created the little mini layouts in Photoshop Elements 4.0, using various papers and a flourish from http://www.digitalscrapbookmemories.com/. I made them small enough to just slide them into those ID badge covers from Walmart (12 for $1.60), roughly 2.5 by 3.5 inches or something close to that. Double check to get the right measurements! I could easily fit 2 little layouts on a 4x6 photo printed at Costco, so it is a very inexpensive project. I'm happy with how it turned out, and … [Read more...]

Halloween Countdown

Hello! I am Brooke and I'm a new "Crafting Chick"! :) I love digital scrapbooking and photography, and taking care of my 3 little kids (and my hubby). I'm so excited to be posting some of my little projects here with these creative gals. Hooray! Happy to be here. Since it's the beginning of October, I wanted to do a quick project with my kids since they are always asking me "when is it going to be Halloween!" So I made a simple Halloween countdown for them so they can know exactly how many days until Halloween. I just used an 18x18 inch magnet board for the base. Then I created 31 round mini "layouts" in Photoshop Elements (using the digital kit "Batty For You" available at http://www.ggdigitaldesigns.com/), printed them at Costco on luster photo paper, and cut them out. They ended up being 2.5 inches in diameter. I used a 3 inch scallop punch and punched out 31 scalloped circles from black cardstock, then adhered the numbered circles to the scalloped circles with double-sided … [Read more...]