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We are so excited to announce our Valentine Party Pack! This pack is full of fun and games that will help you become the star of Valentine’s Day just by hitting PRINT!

We know how much you love our Valentine Printables so we wanted to put together something super special for all of you.

Valentine-Printable-pack from the Crafting Chicks

This pack includes 6 games that are sure to provide fun for hours. You could use this pack for a Valentine’s Class Party, a Valentine Party at your home, or just for fun around the house. Our kids have loved to play each of the games and we know yours will too.

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Each Valentine Party Pack contains:

  • A special Valentine’s edition of the Memory Game–Kids will want to play this game over and over even after Valentine’s Day is over.
  • Roll A Heart Man: This game is a hoot to watch and see who can build a Heart Man the quickest.
  • Valentine’s Headbands game: See who can guess the quickest, who/what they are. This game is a hoot.
  • Musical Hearts: Get out some fun music about love and watch the kids jump from heart to heart to land on the number that is called out.
  • Valentine “I Spy”: This game is a fun for everyone. Race to see who can count the correct number of images in the quickest amount of time.
  • Don’t Eat My Valentine: This is our spin on “Don’t Eat Pete,” with fun Valentine images.
  • And the BONUS: Heart Attack: Have fun showing someone how much you love them by decorating their space with hearts that tell how much you love them.

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You can purchase this pack for only $2.99.

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New Year's Eve Printables - party favors, gift tags, goals, banner, and so much more!

We’ve got a great roundup of our favorite New Year’s Eve Printables for you.  Another year is almost over.  Time to celebrate!  Banners, gift tags, party favors, scavenger hunts for the kids, midnight kisses for the adults… and so much more!

New Year’s Eve Printables

 

Scavenger Hunt for Kids from Reasons to Skip the Housework

New Year's Eve Printables - party favors, gift tags, goals, banner, and so much more!

Out with the old and in with the new from Moritz Fine Designs

New Year's Eve Printables - party favors, gift tags, goals, banner, and so much more!

Good Fortune treat bags from No Biggie

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New Year’s Eve Gift Basket from The Crafting Chicks

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Have a Sparkling New Year labels from Salt and Pepper Moms

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Confetti party favors with printable tag from A Pumpkin and a Princess

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Sparkling New Year Tag from The Crafting Chicks

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Ring in the New Year from Chickabug

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New Year’s Game from Alice & Lois

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New Year’s Eve Countdown Number Banner from The Crafting Chicks

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Midnight Kisses from Glitter N Spice

New Year's Eve midnight kisses

Kiss Me Kit from The Dating Divas

New Year's Eve Kiss Me Kit

Sparkler Favour Tag from TOMFO

New Year's Sparkler favour

Photo Booth Props from The Crafted Sparrow

New Year's Eve Photo booth props

Quick New Year’s Banner from The Crafting Chicks

New Year's Eve Banner

Happy New Year!  May 2016 bring you and your family lots of happiness and joy!

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We are so excited to team up with Minted this year for our Christmas cards 2015.  Christmas cards are so fun to give and receive.  We have been swooning over their designs all week.  It was hard to choose…because we love them all.

Right now Minted has some great specials on their Christmas cards and THREE lucky readers will win a $100 Minted gift card for Christmas Cards this year. Christmas Cards 2015 & a Minted Giveaway! Loving this happy card.  I love the font & design. card 5 Minted offers the prettiest shapes, like this bracket shaped card above.
card 4 Another favorite is this mulit-photo card that highlight photos throughout the year.  I love the simplicity of it. Screenshot 2015-11-16 09.19.38 Our Nikkala chose the Behavior Chart card for her card this year.  If you know Nikkala, you know that this fits her personality.  She loves to share what her kids are up to in a clever way.  I think this is the cutest idea! card 2 Minted’s gold foil cards are so pretty!  And they make your card really pop! (Look at those twins)
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Becky & Jamie chose a pretty gold foil layout for their cards this year.  Minted has several options for gold foil cards.  So you can find the perfect one to fit your picture.  You can even choose the foil finish…silver, gold or a rose gold.

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Another favorite option were the addressed envelopes.

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You can choose from many different options, upload your address list, and Minted will print the addresses so all you have to do is stuff, apply the stamp and mail.
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Just look at all the pretty designs.  We wanted to share them all with you…but it’s so easy to browse through them all on Minted.

 

We also are sharing an exclusive Coupon Code for Crafting Chicks Readers: Enjoy 15% off your holiday card purchase is: TCC15 : good through 11/24/15. Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 8.41.33 AM Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 8.41.12 AM Now for our fun giveaway!

3 readers will win a $100 Minted credit. SO…get thinking about which card you will LOVE!

Click on “Enter Giveaway” Below to enter the Crafting Chicks/Minted Giveaway.  We are excited for our Lucky Readers!  giveaway button

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Photobooths are a really big deal right now, maybe they are a trend but I don’t see them leaving anytime soon!

Last week I was in charge of Red Ribbon Week at the school. We decided instead of spending money on little prizes for all the kids (think Smarties and glow sticks) like they had in the past, we would blow our budget on a photobooth. Turns out renting a photobooth for 2 hours cost more than we had in our budget! So I started researching how we could do it on our own, turns out it was really simple! I didn’t plan on doing a post, so I don’t have many photos of our set up, but I couldn’t believe how many time I’ve been asked how we did. So I’m thinking there are others out there interested in a DIY photobooth!

Because I already had some of the big ticket items we spent about $120 – including the printing of photos for 600 kids. Ready to see how it all works?

This is not a sponsored post, but I have included affiliate links for your convenience.

You’ll need:

I know some of you are going to ask about other tablets, and I would assume there are similar apps available but I haven’t looked.

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Here is the only photo I snapped of our setup at the school. We used red and white plastic tablecloths from the dollar store for our backdrop, but you can get fairly inexpensive photobackdrops off Amazon. You can see the tripod and iPad mini. The quick release feature of the tripod was great, because we had the photobooth going before school, during lunch and after school so I could quickly release it and take the iPad with me.

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Pocketbooth Party App

The Pocketbooth Party App is the main key that makes this whole setup work. It let’s the photo takers see themselves and automatically sends the photos to the printer. Making the whole photobooth experience very user friendly and automatic. It costs $39.99. There is also a $0.99 version called Pocketbooth, but after researching both it seemed that Pocketbooth Party would be better for the large group we were working with.

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Pocketbooth Party gives you a lot of options, so you can find something that works perfect for your group. You can choose the number of poses, the arrangement on the sheet, if you want a caption and even different photo effects. It also let’s you choose if you want to save the photos, send them straight to the printer, or save and print them.

Wireless Printer

The app requires a wireless printer connected to the same network as the iPad to be able to print wirelessly. Which sounds more complicated than it really is.

I already had the wireless HP Envy printer so as soon as the kids were done with their poses the printer would automatically start printing. It prints on 4×6 photo paper. At the school we had it take 6 different poses so we cut them apart so everyone kid was able to have a photo. Some of the kids complained that it took so long to print, and I would laugh because obviously they don’t remember the photobooths that had to develop the film before you could get your pictures!

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It doesn’t matter which model of iPad you use or if you use a full size or iPad mini, but be aware that the app uses the front camera which is much better in newer iPads than older.

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The setup worked so well I moved it to the church for our congregations Halloween Carnival later in the week.

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We love a good challenge. So when Michaels asked us to come up with a DIY Costume you bet we were game!

Now my 7-year-old told me she wanted to be a fairy, so I went in looking for anything that could make her look magical on Halloween. But I also wanted something that wouldn’t just get set aside once October was over. Here’s what I came up with. I’m so in love with how it turned out.

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I walked in Micheals and began my search. I found these beautiful fairy wings and knew I hit the jackpot. A quick stop by the fabric and sewing section, (did you know they have fabric?), and I was all set.  I made 2 different color fairy costumes for 2 of my girls. I can’t decide which one I love more.

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I decided that I wanted to make a quick skirt for the girls. I love this Simple Skirt Tutorial on MADE. So easy and fast, but super cute! And the best part is that they can wear them over and over. They aren’t just for dress up!

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I decided to double layer the glitter tulle over top of the cotton. WARNING: You will have glitter everywhere. I think I look like a fairy after sewing these, but they are so stinking cute!

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Once your skirt is done you’ll just need to add the wings, and of course the magic wand. I found these adorable wands for $1 by the foam crafts at Michaels. SCORE!

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I had a hard time getting her to hold still to take pictures. She was ready to fly away.

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Still haven’t decided what you’re going to be? Check out the other 49 DIY costumes from the Michaels Makers and you might just find the perfect one for you, your kiddos or your beloved pet this Halloween– they’re to die for!


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Favorite Apple Desserts - I love so many of these recipes! These are perfect for fall!

Favorite Apple Desserts

Fall is just around the corner!  Fall brings cool nights, crisp mornings, colorful leaves, and don’t forget… Apples!!  Oh we love all of the yummy desserts that can be made with apples.  Here are a few of our favorite apple desserts for you to try this season.  We’ve got cobblers, cupcakes, pies, crisp, crumbles, cakes, bars, dips, breads and so much more… we’ve got something for everyone!  These really are the best recipes.  We know you’re going to love them!

Ready?  Set?  Go pick some apples!

Apple and Pear Skillet Crumble from The Casual Craftlete

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Caramel Apple Mini Cheesecakes from Cooking Classy

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Apple Hand Pies from Cooking on the Front Burners

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Clean Eating Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies from Amy’s Healthy Baking

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Apple Fritters from Fake Ginger

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Apple Crisp a la Mode from The Crafting Chicks

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Baked Apple Pie Egg Rolls from Recipe Runner

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Apple Pie Pizza from Dessert for Two

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Apple Pie Bars from Love Grows Wild

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls from Delia Creates

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Apple Pie Cupcakes from Cincy Shopper

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake from Half Baked Harvest

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Snickers Caramel Apple Salad from Chef in Training

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Creamy Caramel Apple Dip from The Crafting Chicks

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Apple Pie Bread from Pip and Ebby

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Crumble Bars from Averie Cooks

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Caramel Apple Nachos from Lil’ Luna

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Apple Crisp Stuffed Baked Apples from Le Crème de la Crumb

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

For more amazing dessert recipes visit our Yummy Desserts Pinterest Board.

What is your favorite fall dessert?  Cobbler, pie, cakes, crisps, dips, cupcakes, or bread?

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Hi! My name is Emily and I blog all the things (but mostly food…and mostly desserts) over at Is This Really My Life. I absolutely love when Crafting Chicks put together an awesome series like this summer’s Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guide. And then I love it even more when they ask if I’d like to participate.

Heck to the yes!

Don’t tell, but I pretend the Crafting Chicks have adopted me. All the time.

I was super excited to come up with a recipe to go with a garden theme. I was pretty sure it would be cupcakes because my daughter’s birthday is in August and she’s all about the cupcakes. But what kind of garden-y cupcakes would an 8-year-old love? Butterfly cupcakes, of course!

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Butterfly Cupcakes - unbelievably easy to make and so much fun to eat!
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You know what I love most about these butterfly cupcakes? They’re crazy easy even if you make the cupcakes and frosting from scratch. For this batch I used a boxed mix because my homemade cupcakes tend to sink (I have yet to get them right) and no one was the wiser. I paired them with my favorite homemade vanilla frosting, which I colored a light blue for the sky.

The pretzel wings (white fudge Flipz + colored sugar) took only a couple minutes to make and are seriously tasty— I highly recommend making a few extra so you can snack on them while assembling the cupcakes. Or you can take the extras and dip them in the leftover frosting. I won’t judge.

To make the wings, simply lay out your sets of pretzels and lightly mist with water. Gently sprinkle colored sugar over the pretzels covering them as best you can. Let dry before placing on cupcakes.

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Butterfly Cupcakes - how to easily make glittery wings.
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For the butterfly body, I found these super cute colored pearls at my local grocery store. They are Celebration by SweetWorks and were packaged individually. But you can use any pearls or mini candy or fancy frosting tip if you’d like.

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I was hoping I could prop up the wings a bit but the pretzels were too heavy and the frosting too fluffy, but I think they still turned out adorable. Livi was super happy with them, and that’s all that really matters.

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Butterfly Cupcakes
Makes approx. 2 dozen.

Ingredients

  • 1 box rainbow chip (aka funfetti) cake mix plus ingredients to make cupcakes OR your favorite homemade recipe
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 T milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 to 4 drops blue food coloring
  • 48 white chocolate-dipped pretzels (I used white fudge Flipz)
  • Colored sugar
  • Colored pearls
  • Black or brown frosting for the antennae

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Directions

  1. For cupcakes, mix and bake cake mix according to package directions. Cool cupcakes completely before frosting.
  2. While cupcakes are baking and cooling, prepare your sparkly wings. Lay the pretzels flat side down on paper towels (see photo above) and lightly mist with water. Sprinkle colored sugar on the pretzels covering them as best you can. Let dry before placing on cupcakes.
  3. For frosting, beat the butter on medium speed for about 2 minutes until creamy. Add powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, salt and food coloring and beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Add more sugar if frosting is too thin, more milk if too thick. Frost cooled cupcakes.
  4. To assemble butterflies, place colored pearls in a line down center of cupcakes. Attach a set of wings as shown and finish them off by piping antennae on the top.

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If you love cupcakes as much as I do, I’ve shared quite a few cupcake recipes on my site including these seasonal peach cobbler cupcakes. Mmm…

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Peach cobbler cupcakes - a hint of peach flavor in the cupcakes and peach preserves in the center.
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I am so excited to share something that I’ve been working on for months now.

Last year Hazel and Ruby came to us with their idea of making Crafternoon Kits and we thought it was genius! We jumped at the chance to work with them to create this fun Jersey Knit Scarf Crafternoon Kit. Jersey Knit Scarf Crafternoon Kit

So you may be asking, “what is a Crafternoon Kit?” It is a kit of a fun trendy craft idea from some of your favorite bloggers, pulled together in a smart little package so all you have to do it open it up and start crafting. No more searching for this or that just so you can finish a project. These kits come with it all.

Here’s a fun video clip with more info.

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For my kit you will get the jersey pieces (already cut and ready to go), needle and thread.

You’ll get to make a year-round scarf by layering, braiding and combining soft t-shirt material. Pretty navy, mint and grey fabrics will allow you to make a fun and stylish scarf for anytime of the year.

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There are easy step by step instructions in each kit, but if you still need a little more help I’ve made a video tutorial.

This kit is so fun and easy you’ll be able to make one up in no time at all.

 

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All of the blog/kit designers are doing a blog hop… so keep the fun going by jumping over to read the next post by Something Turquoise and learn all about her adorable fun Felt Flower Headband Kit! Hazel & Ruby also has a blog post up sharing more details about this new program which you can find here.

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I can’t wait to have a Crafternoon girls day. In fact, we’d love for our of our readers to win a Crafternoon Day with friends!

Just enter below for you and 5 friends to win one of my Jersey Knit Scarf Crafternoon Kits!
Jersey Knit Scarf Crafternoon Party for 6

 

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Hello Crafting Chicks readers! I’m Kelly and I blog at Here Comes the Sun. I’m so excited to be here today for the Summer Series. Summer is in full swing and about this time every summer is when “I’m bored” wails start to be heard much more frequently. Sometimes when the kids get antsy, I wish I could just sit outside during a summer rain and listen to it fall. That sound is very soothing to me. Dreaming of soothing sounds, my son and I made DIY Rain Stick together. This craft was so much fun and super easy to make.

A DIY Rain Stick is an easy craft for summer fun!

Supplies (affiliate links included so you can purchase what you need):

Paper towel or wrapping paper roll

Nails

Aluminum Foil

Tissue paper

Mod Podge

Sponge brush

Rice

Directions

1. This is the adult step! Poke the nails into the cardboard tube in a circular pattern. Make sure the length of your nail is shorter than the diameter of the tube.

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2. Roll the tube up in aluminum foil using Mod Podge on the edge to glue the foil down. Close up one end of the tube.

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3. Pour the rice into the tube

4. Close up the other end of the foil

5. Decorate the tube using tissue paper and Mod Podge

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6. Let the tube dry upright for a few hours.

Now you have your very own Rain Stick! My son loves his and uses it as his new musical instrument.

A DIY Rain Stick is an easy craft for summer fun!

Experiment with different types of fillers for different sounds. Also, experiment with different length of tubes. We used a paper towel roll but I would love to try this with a larger roll such as a wrapping paper tube.

A DIY Rain Stick is an easy craft for summer fun!

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

A DIY Rain Stick is an easy craft for summer fun!

Kelly is a mom of 2 and lives in coastal NC. She loves the beach, a tall glass of lemonade and any and all things chocolate. She shares creative crafts, recipes and DIY projects on her blog, Here Comes the Sun. She also owns a graphic design shop on Etsy where she sells party printables.

 

 

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We have loved being apart of the Michaels’ Makers team for the past few years.  It’s so great to be apart of the Michael’s “MAKERS” movement.  I love being inspired to create…and that is Michael’s goal…to inpire ALL to create.

We look forward to another great year sharing tutorials and ideas with you…our readers!   We love the Michaels’ challenges and can’t wait to see what they have in store this year.  We would love you to follow along and join us in creating.  You can follow along with the hashtag #michaelsmakers.  We would absolutely love to see what you create.
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In July, I was able to attend the Michaels’ Makers Summit in the beautiful Sonoma, California.  While there, I was able to meet the Michaels’ Makers Team (a group of 50 inspiring and creative women), learn about Michaels’ Vision, and create some amazing projects with fabulous instructors from Creativebug (hundreds of craft classes online!).  It was awe-inspiring to be surrounded by so much beauty in one place.  The perfect place to get those “creative juices” flowing.

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There were beautiful flowers everywhere and fresh fruit and veggies at our fingertips.  I saw limes growing bigger than grapefruit!

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The garden party was gorgeous…and we made pretty flower crowns.

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I’m excited to share with you the craft classes I was able to attend with Creativebug.  We are excited to share that our readers will be able to access these four classes for free through August 22nd.  You will love them.  Amazing teachers…and craft classes…right from your computer or tablet.  I’m sharing 4 of the classes with you today.

Frame Weaving with Annabel Wrigley

In this class we learned how to weave on looms – and make Yarn Wall hangings.  I have another fun idea to make with this loom…and can’t wait to share soon.  I found this so relaxing.  I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy weaving.  Annabel was such a great teacher.  She teaches sewing classes to kids all over, and has written books on sewing and weaving.

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Watercolor with Yao Cheng

I loved getting to know Yao Cheng.  If you have ever wanted to try Watercoloring, you will love to take Yao Chengs beginning class.  I fell in love with watercolor and can’t wait to do more!  I love her style.  You have to give it a go!  If I can do it…you can do it!
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Tissue Paper Flowers with The Green Vase

Livia Cetti taught us the art of tissue paper flowers.  I was amazed at how real her paper peonies look.  So beautiful.  She has made thousands for events and weddings.  From the stem…to the petals, you can learn how to make these gorgeous flowers too.  They take a lot of patience, but are so worth it in the end.

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Image Transfer with Courtney Cerruti

I loved Courtney!  Her passion for art and creating in contagious.  I loved how simple, yet beautiful image transferring can be.  You will love the different techniques she teaches in her class.

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You will love Creativebug and we hope you will take advantage of the free classes this month!

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