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Gem Eraser Valentines

Hello Crafting Chicks readers! I’m so excited to be here and to be showing you this incredibly inexpensive and Crazy Cute Gem Eraser Valentines. I live for Target and anything they have so when I saw these Gem Ring Erasers in the Valentine section for $3, I couldn’t resist. You’ll only need a few supplies and a few dollars to create these ‘gems’.

Supplies

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Create these incredible easy gem valentines using diamond erasers from Target and some Twine.

To create your own Gem Eraser Valentines, cut up the printable into 1.5″ squares, punch a hole and tie onto your rings with some twine, that easy! Make sure to give one to your number one crush.

Create these incredible easy gem valentines using diamond erasers from Target and some Twine.

 

I hope that you love this Valentine because I have plenty more on my own blog, Frenchie.
Thanks so much, XOXO – Lindsay

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Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be back here with you to share a fun idea to help you out on the next big holiday, Valentines Day! I’m Kiki from Kiki and Company and have a Bite Size Valentines free printable you don’t want to miss today!

Bite Size Valentines at the crafting chicks. SO cute!

I love ANYTHING tiny. Something that isn’t even cute big, is just the best as little as it can be. For today’s printable, we are going small!

Bite Size Valentines at the crafting chicks. Perfect for Valentines Day

At Valentines day, Hershey’s Kisses are huge, right?! So why not make the bottom of them speak to your loved one. Today I created some “Bite Sized Valentines” just for you. Place the “Bite Sized Valentines” on some bite size chocolate and you will have a gift that will wow!

Bite Size Valentines at the crafting chicks. LOVE!

To Make You Will Need:

+ Printable at end of post

+ 3/4″ circle punch (or scissors)

+ Hot Glue

+ Bite Sized Chocolate (I used Kisses and Rolos)

+optional: Something to wrap it all up in

To Make Simply:

1-Print out printable and punch out (or cut out) circles

2-Using Hot Glue add a dab of glue and glue to the bottom of your chocolate

3- If you want to package it up, I used a mason jar and just filled it up. Add ribbon to the ring on the lid with some glue and you are done!

Bite Size Valentines at the crafting chicks.LOVE these.

Here’s an up close look at those tiny Valentines:

Bite Size Valentines

You are Just My Type / Love Bug / Gold Foil Heart / Foxy

Be Mine / I Love You a Whole Watt / You’re Kind of a Big Dill / Love You

I hope you enjoy making these tiny Valentines that show someone you love them a WHOLE lot!

Bite Size Valentines at The Crafting Chicks

To download the Bite Size Valentines, click on the link below:

Bite Size Valentines

 I hope you will come and visit me at Kiki and Company where you will find a lot more freebies for all your Valentines!


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I made 2 different color schemes and I used a cardstock weight paper so the tags would hold up a bit. cc_download Kleenex-Teacher-Gift-Idea gift-ideas-for-teachers You could attach the tags with some cute washi tape, or some fun bakers twine like I did. printable-tags-for-teachers Tissue-gift-idea-for-teachers And there you have it. A great gift idea that’s sure to help your teachers and the kids stay a bit healthier this school year.

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10 Tips to Awesome PHONE Photos

10 Tips to Awesome PHONE Photos

I know, I know…here I am, a professional photographer, encouraging you how to use your phone camera.

Let me explain myself…I love using my digital SLR camera to capture stunning, gorgeous, breathtaking images. SLR cameras are an amazing tool and I get mine out at least weekly, if not daily. However, if I’m being truthful I find my SLR to be big, clunky, and kind of a pain to carry around with me everywhere I go. I use to carry my cumbersome SLR with me at all times capturing almost every single moment of our lives.

Until about a year and a half ago.

Until I got an iPhone 5.

All of a sudden my life changed. I had a super portable camera that I carried with me at all times AND I could edit my photos AND I could publish them pretty much instantaneously. Wow.

Do I think my phone camera can completely replace my SLR camera? Heavens no. My SLR camera is able to produce shots that my phone camera simply cannot do. But having a good camera on your phone and (most importantly) knowing how to use that camera to take awesome pictures means catching moments you might have otherwise missed.

With that said, Let’s begin. Here are 10 tips for you to follow so YOU can start taking beautiful photos with your phone.

Side note: All the photos in the post were taken with my iPhone 5. As you will see, I take A LOT of phone pics of my youngest. 🙂

1- Go Toward the Light

I can’t emphasize just how important having lots of light is. Without going into a lot of technical mumbo jumbo just remember that more light will equal sharper photos. So when you are outside during the day you will be able to get some awesome sharp photos. Or if you’re taking a picture inside just move toward the window. That will usually give you a sharp photo as well.

Side note: Above all try to use natural light when possible. Natural light will give you a better photo than artificial light.

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2- Face the Light

As you move toward the light position your subject so that they are facing the light source. When your subject is facing the light it illuminated their face and also gives that catch light in their eyes.

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3- Hold Still

I know this sounds like a no-brainer but you would be surprised by how many people are taking blurry pictures because they are moving. If you are in a low light situation you will really want to hold as still as possible because your shutter speed will be slower that if you are in full sun. Sometimes I will even hold my breath while I’m touching the shutter speed to minimize any movement.

Side note: When pressing the shutter speed, use a light touch and refrain from tapping the screen too hard as that could cause the camera to shake.

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4- Set Your Focus and Exposure

Did you know you could change where the camera is focusing? By simply tapping (or rather lightly touching) the screen of where you want your focus to be you can change the focus and the exposure. By default your camera will focus on a prominent face or toward the center of the screen. But if you need the focus to be elsewhere, just tap the screen.

Also by default the camera will set the exposure (how light or dark the photo is) by the amount of light in the focused area. So if your photo looks too dark simply tap on an area of the photo that is dark so that the camera will compensate for the darkness by making the entire photo lighter.

Side note: I use a camera app called, Camera+, this camera allows me to set the focus area and the exposure separately. I use the camera my phone came with about 80% of the time. But if I’m in a back light situation I will use Camera+ so that I can tap the darkest part of my picture thus giving enough light to illuminate people’s faces.

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5- Take LOTS of Pictures

I know this sounds like a weird tip but hear me out. Whenever I’m trying to get a a particular shot I never settle for just one or two shots. I take shot after shot often times without my subject even knowing it. (Turn off the sound on your phone so no one can hear when you’re taking the picture.) The reason being is so that you will have ample photos to choose from. In a split second someone’s eyes could close, or you might miss the best smile if you’re just settling with one shot.

6- Frame Your Photo Using the Surrounding Environment

To make your photos more appealing try using the surrounding architecture like windows, doors, trees etc. to frame your focus and draw the viewers eye toward the subject.

Side note: Be sure that you are aligned properly to have straight lines. You will want to keep your camera perfectly vertical and be at the correct angle. So you may have to squat down or rise the entire camera up to achieve straight lines and angles.

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7- Use Back lighting To Your Advantage

The hour before the sun sets is a magical hour. You can capture some awesome pictures. Have your subject with their backs toward the setting sun to capture that beautiful glow.

Side note: Review Tip 4 and remember to use the camera app called, Camera+. This will greatly improve your success with back lighting on your phone camera.

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8- Apps Can Save the Day!

Often times a photo can be distracting if there is too much going on. To remedy this I will occasionally use an app called, AfterFocus. This app allows you to blur out the background thus helping the view to focus on the subject instead of the distracting background.

I also like to turn a photo black and white if the coloring or different colors aren’t taking away from the overall look and feel of the photo. My favorite black and white conversion is in the photo editing app Afterlight called, Ash.

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A fun app that adds a bit of pizzaz is called, Rays. What this apps does is add actual sun rays to your photo.

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9- Edit, Edit, Edit

I edit 90% of my photos. That’s really where the magic comes from. I use the editing apps to straighten, crop, add saturation, brightness, etc. I could do an entire blog post on editing phone pics alone so I won’t go into editing now. But my suggestion is to play around with the apps and see what they do. You will learn so much just by trial and error to see what kind of changes you can make.

10- Use a Lens

Yes, they actually make lenses for phone cameras! To be honest, I don’t use mine as much as I thought I would but it’s fun to get out every once in a while. I have 3 lenses, a wide angle, a fish eye, and macro. The macro is my favorite.

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Now are you ready for your free ebook?

To help you out even more I’ve written/put together a book called, InstaLove. This ebook came about because I wanted to know how some people were getting such amazing photos with their phones. I would oooh and ahhh over many Instagram feeds scratching my head trying to figure out how in the world they captured such a shot. So I asked them. I asked 14 of my favorite Instagrammers (i.e.: phone photographers) a series of questions like, “How do you get such vibrant photos?”, “How do you get a super sharp picture?”, and “What are you favorite editing apps”. They spill the beans on every thing. It’s all in there. Nothing is held back. I’m in there as well and I share even more tips and tricks in the book.

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Download your FREE Instalove eBook here.

 

Please feel free to follow me on Instagram. I Love to follow people back so that we can get to know each other. It’s fun for me to get a little glimpse into your life. My feed is: http://instagram.com/keytopictures#

And finally, do you have some Phone camera tips and tricks? Please share!!

As always, let me know if there is anything I can do to support your photography goals.

Warmly,

Katie

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Hi everyone! June is here and Father’s Day is right around the corner. My name is Kiki from Kiki and Company and I am thrilled to be here today to share a quick printable project to make the dads in your life feel special.

Printable Daddy Ties. Love these for Father's Day!

I LOVE spoiling the dads in my life on Father’s Day to let them know how much they are loved.  I wanted to come up with a cute “card” that kids could fill out for them and the Daddy Tie was born.

Printable Daddy Ties. Love these for Father's Day! 3 colors

The Daddy Tie is super easy to put together. Simply download the tie. Print and cut out. Have your child fill out the questionnaire or if they are too little, you can help them.

Printable Daddy Ties. These will be perfect for Father's Day!

 (and believe me when I say how fun it is to hear the answers those cute kiddos give!)

Printable Daddy Ties. Cute!

Then simply glue the top of the tie (patterned) to the questionnaire. I left a little space at the top to put your glue!

Printable Daddy Ties. 3 colors..perfect for Father's day!

Punch the designated holes and add string, yarn, ribbon, etc. to the tie long enough to tie around daddy’s neck. I even added some little printable tie tacks you can glue on them if you want. You are done!

Printable Daddy Ties. Super Easy and fun.

The answers my 3 older kids gave were perfect. He smiled and laughed at some, but the one similarity between them all is that they called him the best dad in the world and that made him feel like a million bucks!

Printable Daddy Ties. I can't wait to see what my kids say. #fathersday

I hope you and your kiddos have a blast making a daddy tie for the dads in your life and hope you make them feel like a king on their day!

free printable daddy ties at thecraftingchicks.com

To download the Daddy Tie, click on the link below:

My dad is my hero necktie GREEN STRIPE

My dad is my hero necktie NAVY DOT

My dad is my hero necktie ORANGE HEX

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I’d love to see you at Kiki and Company where you can find more Father’s Day printables including:

fathers day printables at kiki and company

Superhero Father’s Day / Me and My Dad Printable / Father’s Day Toolbox Coupon Book


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We have some exciting news for you!  We have joined up with 11 other amazing bloggers to bring you a free printable each month.  We call it a printable blog hop.  You snag one great printable, and then hop over to another site and snag another…and another…and another. Now you have one sweet collection of printables!

Each month we will have a theme.  This month’s theme is

SPRING

So grab this printable, if you haven’t already, and hop over to another site and grab theirs. Here’s a sneak peak at what you’ll see this month.

Spring Collage

I just think these printables are SO much fun!

Now for the one I’m sharing today.

Springtime-checklist Do you remember this one?  I shared it earlier this month because I didn’t want you to miss out on spring.  Too bad no one told Mother Nature that it was time for spring.  I think we are all ready for some warmer weather and sunny skies.  🙂

Download below and start to make your list of to-do’s before summer heat makes it unbearable.

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I shared some ideas of what to add to this list on the Springtime Fun Checklist 2013 post, so just go there if you need some ideas. 🙂

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  1. {The Dating Divas} – A fun, flirty, and FREE printable card to give to your man this Spring.
  2. {Somewhat Simple} – The Earth Laughs In Flowers: Free Printable art in 3 colors to choose from.
  3. {Whipperberry} – April showers bring May flowers printable sign for your Spring home decor.
  4. {Crafting Chicks} – A Spring Time Fun Checklist to check off your spring time plans!
  5. {Tatertots & Jello} – “Happy Spring” (Neighbor) gift tags
  6. {L’il Luna} – Spring Cleaning Prints
  7. {My Sister’s Suitcase} – “Bloom and Grow” tag that is perfect for a gift of Spring Flowers!
  8. {I Heart Nap Time} – A darling tag that is sure to dress up any gift – big or small!
  9. {The 36th Avenue} – “Spring is in the Air” Printable and cute gift tags.
  10. {Paging Supermom} – Say “Hello!” to Spring. Frame and embellish this cheerful printable, available in three sizes.
  11. {The TomKat Studio} – Simply pretty printable Mother’s Day card + gift tags.
  12. {The Idea Room} – Homemade Lemonade Gift Kit with free labels and printables.
Here are some more of our printables that might come in handy in the next few months:\

Springtime-checklist

 

I am so excited to share this fun printable with you all.  Jamie and Kirsten have been so good to share Summer Time fun lists and I thought it would be fun to do a Spring Time one!!  I’ve left 24 spots open for you to add in what you and your family plan on getting done.

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I Am A Child of God Free Printable

I’m so excited about all the work I’m doing for my girl’s room.  It is in the room that I did the Chevron Wall in.  It is going to be amazing with darling frames from Poppy Seed Projects.  I wanted the frames to be filled with cute pictures of them, the family, but also of some fun quotes.  You are all in luck cause today I wanted to share a Free Printable that I made to go in their room.

I Am A Child Of God

 

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I am using some other cute printables from Crystal Wilkerson’s Color Combo 4, so I just used some of my favorite colors from there and made this printable.

Download the Girl version here:

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Download the Boy version here:

Download Black

Being a mom of 3 girls, everything I make tends to be on the girly side.  I made a boy, or more gender neutral version, too.  These are sized for 16×20 posters but you could crop them to make them a smaller size.  Also, if you upload to print, make sure you remember to click on “Don’t autocolor correct.”  It will change the look of the colors.

{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 resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Feel free to send your friends and link back to www.thecraftingchicks.com if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.}

 

 

 


It seems like the world has jumped from Thanksgiving to December, but we still have a few more days of cards coming up.

We’re so excited to welcome Michelle from A Little Tipsy today! She’s super cute and a lot of fun to hang out with and a genuinely nice person–we love Michelle!


I love the combination of red and turquoise Michelle used on her card. Download it here.

 

{All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks, or our friends posting on our site, are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Please link back to www.thecraftingchicks.com if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.}

There’s still time to enter our All I Want for Christmas Giveaway! We have an iPad, Nikon camera, Kitchen Aid, iPad Mini and a laptop up for grabs!


We are nearing the end of our Thanks a Day Gratitude Challenge.  Have you sent all your cards out?

We are excited to welcome Landee from Landee See, Landee Do.  Her site is a fun basket of creative gems don’t ya think?

Love this cute card that Landee  designed for us.  I think you’ll love it too!
Landee Thank You Note
To download the card click on the  picture.
Thanks so much and make sure you visit Landee to see what she’s up to.

{All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks, or our friends posting on our site, are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. This file is not intended for resale, nor are the printed versions of this file. Please link back to www.thecraftingchicks.com if you like our printables, and we’d appreciate a comment if you download.}



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