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Hello! It’s Ginger from GingerSnapCrafts.com, & I am so excited to be here at The Crafting Chicks. I’m also excited to be bringing you an easy chalkboard inspired spring block tutorial. I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for spring to be here! Even if it’s a little bit cold outside we can always bring a little bit of spring into our home. Hopefully the outside weather will get the hint & catch up soon. 😉 I also love the look of chalkboard but without the mess. So this project was perfect! Keep reading to see how easy this spring block was to put together.

#spring #homedecor

You’ll need a few supplies to get started:
digital craft cutter (I used my Silhouette CAMEO.)
vinyl lettering (I found this spring wreath image in the Silhouette online store.)
chalkboard paint
wood block (My block was about 10 inches by 9 inches.)

craft supplies

This really is so easy to put together. If you didn’t have to wait for the paint to dry you could put it together in under 10 minutes. ha! 😉

After you paint your block (I used 2 coats of paint.) & your paint is dried you’ll apply your vinyl. Applying vinyl is super easy. Vinyl comes on a backing paper with clear transfer paper on top. You carefully remove the backing paper. Flip it over onto the wood block right were you want to apply your vinyl decal (transfer paper on top). Then gently rub the transfer paper with your hand. Slowly lift your transfer paper off leaving your vinyl on the wood. It’s amazing! I applied the spring wreath vinyl first. I made sure I left some room for the “hello spring” at the bottom of my block.

applyng vinyl lettering

I found the “hello” in the Silhouette online store, & I cut the “spring” out using a font from my computer. Apply those along the bottom of your block.

hello spring

That’s it! I love the contrast of the black & white, and the wreath is too cute!

Hello Spring block

I think I am ready to say “hello” to spring! How about you? 😉

Crafting Chicks Hello Spring home decor

You can check out more of my spring inspired projects over on my blog. Enjoy!

#spring #homedecor

This was originally shared as part of Spooktacular September on eighteen25.


My Halloween decor is black and white with a few pops of color here and there. I fell in love with Rhonna’s Insta Spooky font last year and knew I needed it in my house. Rhonna originally designed the font to use on Instagram, but since it is a true type font you can use it in your Silhouette Studio–which opens up all sorts of wonderful things you can do with it! And with 26 designs you can’t go wrong. So instead of buying the Halloween plates I’d been drooling over, I created my own.

SONY DSC I started with 3 silver trays I picked up at Dollar Tree.

SONY DSC And gave them a good coat of black and white spray paint. Because my kids are vinyl pickers I prefer to use the vinyl as a stencil, so I made sure my bottom color was the color I wanted my image to be when it was all said and done. If your kids can leave things alone you can skip the last step.

halloween-plate-silhouette While the paint was drying I opened up the Silhouette software and created my images. Make sure you measure your trays before you start painting and keep your designs in those dimensions. I played around with the bats and the haunted house to create the rectangle tray. Rhonna’s Halloween designs are so fun that I had a hard time selecting just 3 and I’m pretty sure I’ll be using some of them on pillows t00.

SONY DSC Once the paint has dried you can apply the vinyl and paint again. Or you can just apply the vinyl and be finished!

SONY DSC I’ve had friends ask me where I found these, and I just shrug and say, “The dollar store.”

Have you started decorating for Halloween?

super_hero My 4 year old was invited to a dress up birthday party a while ago. Although we have a drawer full of costumes to choose from, he wanted to be a super hero. A real super hero. No amount of talking was going to get him to go as a pirate or dinosaur.

The instruction he gave me were,

1. An L on the back of the cape
2. A mask
3. Arm bands

With these instructions, I did what any mom in a hurry would and I turned to Google. I found this instruction for a superhero mask, and this one for superhero arm cuffs, as well as this one for shoe wings.

I pulled out some leftover orange Naugahyde (which was remnants of a Halloween costume years ago), silver iron-on vinyl from Cricut, and grabbed a cape that has been floating around the house and we set to work. SONY DSC

Because I figured it would be faster (hello, no sewing!) and more rugged than felt, I used the Naugahyde for the mask and the arm cuffs. They worked up really quickly. I cut them out and added adhesive Velcro to the cuffs and sewed on a sparkly piece of elastic to the mask and they were finished (5 minutes total).

While I was cutting Super Lincoln’s logo out of iron-on I cut a couple of extra little stars for the arm cuffs. I wasn’t sure how well the iron-on vinyl would work with the Naugahyde, but figured I didn’t have much to loose. Because Naugahyde is plastic I was afraid of it melting so I was really shy with the iron. But it worked really well. Maybe you could use a lower heat setting, but I found that applying heat for a short amount of time, checking to make sure it wasn’t melting, and then applying more heat until it was attached seemed to work.


And then because everything else had come together so quickly, I played around with the shoe wings. I imported a wing image into my Silhouette software and cut the wing out of the iron-on. I ironed it onto the Naugahyde and then cut around the wing shape with scissors. The last step was to punch holes into the wings with a hole punch. I lined the wings up with the laces and marked where the holes should go and used a regular old hole punch to make the holes.

These wings ended up being my favorite part and the perfect touch to complete this real super hero! You can download the Silhouette file below.

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Our local DownEast has piles of name brand backpacks and luggage with names embroidered on that no one ever buys, because the who wants the wrong name stitched on their bag?


The larger backpack has wheels and a pull out handle–perfect to use as luggage for trips to grandma’s house. Even little travelers can wheel it along. Here’s a quick way to take advantage of these mis-named bags and personalize them with the names you want.

Step 1: Score some bags. These backpacks cost less than $15 for the two (together the retail price is just shy of $100).

Step 2: Using your electronic cutter, cut out correctly spelled names using heat transfer vinyl. Remember to mirror the name before cutting.

Step 3: Prep a piece of matching fabric. Cut to size, iron under edges, and stitch to prevent fraying.

Step 4: Iron name onto fabric piece.

Step 5: Use fabric glue to adhere the new name right over the top of the embroidered name. (You will still be able to see the embroidered stitching inside the front pocket.)

Step 6: Gift to your favorite kid(s) and watch their face light up when they notice it is just for them!

Am I the only one who has a hard time crafting up a gift for dads? Seriously, I love to give a handmade gift–but also try to give something they’ll like and those two don’t always go together when it comes to dads. They’re not really into the cutesy stuff like moms are.

It’s not very often my husband gets excited about using supplies from my craft room! So I knew this was a success when I suggested it as a Christmas gift for my husband’s boss, and the husband was on board. And then he made more to give to co-workers and his dad. It’s a welcome mat, but instead of putting an initial or last name it uses the GPS coordinates to the front door.

Let’s get our geek on:

To find the GPS coordinates you can either sneak up to their doorstep with a GPS unit, or using Google Earth you can locate the house and the front door to get the coordinates. This is probably the fastest way.

After finding the coordinates I cut them out with my Silhouette. (The rug is from IKEA and costs about $10.)

We measure to make sure we’ve found the middle of the rug and then tape it down.


And after trying all sorts of things to attached the middles of the O’s and such we’ve found that straight pins really work the best to keep things in place.

Then go ahead and paint. You could stop here, but I decided to add some red stripes since this one was for our doorstep.

I marked it off with more painters tape and painted red.

It looks a lot like a flag. Guess I could have added stars in the big stripes and called it our Americana rug!

A simple gift that any geek will love! And use!

Do you have geeks in your life?


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! 🙂

martha stewart crafts supplies

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 unloaded all of my loot, I racked my brain to come up with ideas that would make my mama (and Martha!) happy. I knew I wanted to create something using pictures of the grandkids, because you can’t go wrong with that! All of us Chicks like to use photos in our projects! Inspired by a project done by Becky Higgins (see her framed gallery HERE), I decided it would be fun to update my mom’s photo gallery wall with bright colors, updated pictures, a fun piece of artwork/quote, and frame it all up with a gigantic frame.

I’ll show you how I did the different parts: the large outer frame, the “Happy” canvas, the yellow and orange bracket frame, and the mounted 8×10 photos. Buckle up, it’s a doozy of a post! 🙂

Painted and Glazed Outer Frame

martha stewart crafts mother's day framed gallery

Supplies for frame:

Large frame

Sanding block or sandpaper

Martha Stewart Spray Paint Kit

Martha Stewart Crafts Paint in a variety of colors

Tinted Glaze



I found this awesome 30×40 (HUGE) frame for only $15 at a local thrift store. I love looking for cool frames at thrift stores—I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a frame hoarder! I knew this big frame would be the perfect thing to surround the entire gallery, especially with some fresh paint and glaze. If you don’t have a large enough frame you can always make a customized one using molding or trim from the hardware store.

Check out the gold trim and the black velvet, ooh la la! This frame needed some TLC for sure. First I cleaned and sanded it, then I primed the entire frame with a spray primer and let it dry. Then I sprayed it with a few coats of paint using the Martha Stewart Spray Paint Kit. (I was really eager to try this product out since I love spray painting things!)

martha-stewart-crafts paint sprayer

The spray paint kit is so cool because you can use any color of the craft paint you want. You attach the sprayer to a bottle with a mixture of equal amounts of gloss spray medium and the acrylic paint. I was careful to follow the directions exactly, and I was happy with the results after a few coats of paint. I am in love with this beautiful SURF satin paint color!

This frame had a lot of intricate details that I wanted to bring out, so I glazed it. It’s a really simple technique that makes a huge difference.

martha stewart crafts glazed frame1

You can find glaze medium at Home Depot or Lowe’s. I tinted mine a dark brown. Apply the glaze with a brush onto the frame, making sure to get into all of the grooves and nooks and crevices.

martha stewart crafts glaze2

Then you can use wet wipes to wipe off the glaze. It will stay in the detailed parts and make them pop. You can wipe most of it off, or leave as much of the glaze on as you want. I love it.

To finish off the frame and cover up the yucky velvet part I just covered it with white grosgrain ribbon, using small dots of hot glue on the corners to hold it down.

“You make me so very HAPPY” canvas

Next I’ll show you how I created a happy quote canvas that I totally love (and kinda want to keep for myself!).

martha-stewart-crafts happy canvas

martha stewart crafts quote art supplies

Supplies to make canvas:

Blank Canvas (mine was 12×16 in)

Martha Stewart Crafts Paint in a variety of colors

Martha Stewart Crafts Mini Paint Roller

Martha Stewart Crafts Sea Sponge

Martha Stewart Crafts Foam Pouncer Tops & Stencil Brush

Martha Stewart Crafts Stencils (Birds and Berries)

Vinyl or Martha Stewart Crafts Stencil Film

First of all I decided on my quote, “you make me so very happy”. My mom adores her grandkids and they bring her so much joy, so I thought this idea would be perfect! You could do anything you want, that’s the fun thing about this project. I created it using my Silhouette software and cut the quote in vinyl with the Silhouette Cameo. I placed it on the blank canvas so the words would stay white. You could also use the Martha Stewart Crafts Stencil Film to make any stencil design you want.

Next I used the mini paint roller to give the canvas a coat of paint. I used AQUARIUM Pearl paint for this, and it’s so shiny and pretty. I made sure to cover up the vinyl words as well.

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Once the entire canvas was covered I decided to add a little bit more dimension by using a sea sponge to give it more texture. I used a small amount of paint on the sponge and dabbed it all over the canvas until I was happy.


martha-stewart-crafts canvas

Before the paint completely dried I peeled off the vinyl words–yay, it worked! Then once it was all dry I added the “HAPPY” vinyl to the canvas.

martha-stewart-crafts canvas

I used the foam pouncers on this part. They are so cool because you just stick them right onto the paint bottles and get right to work! They worked really well and then were a cinch to clean up.

YUMMY HAPPY COLORS! They honestly put me in a good mood. I have to say, I am super impressed with this paint line–it is one paint that works on all kinds of surfaces, and the colors are so dreamy. It worked awesomely on canvas, the wood frame, and even plastic. I’m a fan!

The key to getting clean, crisp lines when stenciling is to make sure you have a strong seal along the edges of the letters so that paint doesn’t seep under the stencil. Also, don’t glob the paint onto the stencil—use it somewhat sparingly and do multiple coats.

Oh, and to finish off the canvas I added a little birdie on a branch using the Birds and Berries stencil from Martha Stewart Crafts. My mom likes birds. 😉 It was pretty painless—I haven’t used very many stencils in my life so I was a tiny bit nervous it would be a total craft fail but it turned out just fine! 🙂

Actually, I really love it.

Then I added a mini pennant (using canvas fabric cut into triangles and painted with the Martha Stewart Crafts paint) hung with yellow baker’s twine on top of the whole thing and it made me so very happy.

martha stewart crafts happy canvas

Painted Bracket Frame

So I’ll let you in on a little secret—this isn’t actually a frame! It’s a tray I found at Hobby Lobby for $5! It was a burgundy color originally.

I traced the bracket shape with some wax paper, so I could fit the photo into the “frame”. Then primed the tray with spray primer. I used a flat brush from Martha Stewart Crafts to paint the outer edges–in JONQUIL satin and TIGER LILY pearl paints. Once dry I stuck the photo inside using Mod Podge. I am using 3M Command Strips to hang this on the wall.

Mounted 8×10 Photos

To make the 8×10 photos stand out I mounted them onto plain 8×10 canvases (2 for $3.99 at Hobby Lobby) using spray adhesive. Trim any overhanging edges and you are done! To protect the photos you can add some Mod Podge on top or a clear coat spray.

Whew! You made it through! HUGE THANKS to Blueprint Social and to Martha Stewart Crafts and Plaid Crafts for letting me participate in this fun campaign! I love this fun & colorful framed gallery wall!

You can find these products and more at your local Michaels stores as well as Jo-Ann’s. Here’s where you can find Martha Stewart Crafts & Plaid Crafts online:

Twitter: @plaidcrafts

Facebook: http://facebook.com/InspiredByPlaid

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/plaidcrafts

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid and Blueprint Social. The opinions and projects in this post are my own, as always!

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Someone please stop me.  I think I am in love.  I knew that my Silhouette was amazing, but after trying out the Heat Transfer kit, I can’t stop thinking about it.  I want to put cute images on EVERYTHING!  I told Nikkala about it and she thinks it might be the hook that comes with the kit.  I have to tell you, that thing is so nice!

So first off I wanted to make this apron for my husband.  He smokes meat and sometimes needs to wear an apron so he doesn’t get yucky meat juices on him.  Now as much as he likes to don my cute aprons, I figured it was time he had something that was more him.

I hope he likes it.  It’s going to be a Father’s Day gift so don’t tell him. 😉

I had some room on my heat transfer sheet so I decided to make a Mickey Mouse shirt for my baby and our upcoming trip to Disneyland.

With the Heat Transfer kit you get 5 sheets of heat transfers in 5 different colors.  Since I was on a roll, I had to make my two older girls princess shirts for Disneyland.

They love them and put them right on.

Just to remind you right now Silhouette is running a promotion: 1 Silhouette CAMEO and 1 Heat Transfer Starter Kit for $269.99 (MSRP $340). This is $30 less than the CAMEO by itself!

This is what you get:

Heat Transfer Starter Kit


Silhouette CAMEO®

You won’t be able to find this discount on their main site. To get the bundled discount use this link and code “CHICKS”

If you already have a Silhouette CAMEO you can get the heat transfer kit for only$24.99…regular price $39.99.  Just use the code “CHICKS”.

 The promotion is a super deal, but you still have a chance to win one right here on The Crafting Chicks! We are giving away a heat transfer starter kit + Silhouette CAMEO!!! Oh Yeah!!  Just leave a comment on Nikkala’s post.

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Silhouette sent me one of their heat transfer kits to play around with, and even though I’ve used the heat transfer before I’ve never used the hook. It made a world of difference! Weeding was a breeze! I whipped this dish towel up in no time (the mixer came from svgcuts and the font is Folks) and love how bright it is! It would make for a fun hostess gift or part of a gift basket, especially if you have friends that are great bakers and you want to encourage them to share! Nothing like a not-so-subtle-hint, right?

Right now Silhouette is running a promotion: 1 Silhouette CAMEO and 1 Heat Transfer Starter Kit for $269.99 (MSRP $340). This is $30 less than the CAMEO by itself!

This is what you get:

Heat Transfer Starter Kit


Silhouette CAMEO®

You won’t be able to find this discount on their main site. To get the bundled discount use this link and code “CHICKS”


The promotion is a super deal, but what’s that? You’d like to win one? Well today we’re giving away a heat transfer starter kit + Silhouette CAMEO!!! Yeah, that’s right!!

To enter:

1. Leave a comment on this post
2. Follow Silhouette America on Pinterest and leave another comment letting us know.
3. Follow the Silhouette Blog and leave yet another comment letting us know.

So you can leave up to 3 comments if you follow them on Pinterest and their blog–tripling your chance of winning!

This giveaway will end on Thursday, April 5th and the winner will be selected using random.org then announced on Facebook and contacted via email on Friday, April 6th. Winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize.


And to increase your chance of winning, here are other giveaways going on:

Crap I’ve Made
The Idea Room
I Heart Naptime
Infarrantly Creative
Craftaholics Anonymous
House of Hepworths

I am so excited to be part of Color My Summer on Delia’s amazing blog.

I am excited to share my RED summer project with you!  I am a preschool teacher and in a couple of weeks, we are going to be having a Hawaiian Luau!  I thought it would be fun for the kids to make their own paper Leis.  I loved the idea of using bright RED paper flowers.  Here are some tricks to how we made these-so you can get ready for a LUAU party this summer!

Let’s get started.

Supplies you need to make homemade Hawaiian Leis:

-Large Flower Punch

-Thick Cardstock

-drinking straws cut into 1 inch pieces

-Paper Hole Punch

-Yarn or Thick String

-Floss Threaders (important for little ones)

These floss threaders are a must if you are having kids make these leis.  Tie the yarn or string around the hole of the floss threader and your child will have a much easier time placing the straws and flowers on the yarn.  I use these in my preschool for lacing and other neclace making activities as well.

To make these lies:

-Start by cutting your straws into 1 inch pieces and punching out your flowers.

-Punch a hole in the center of each flower.

-Cut your yarn or string to the desired length and then tie on your floss threader at the end.

-Let your little one add a straw then a flower, creating a pattern.  You could use multiple colors of flowers and make an even brighter pattern.

-When finished adding straws and flowers, tie the end strings together!  Now you have a very cute Paper Lei!  You are ready to HULA!


My little girl was excited to wear her Paper Lei!  Can’t wait for our LUAU!

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