camp party: DIY award medals

Pics taken with my iPhone and Camera+ app. Collage made with the PicFrame app.

This Friday is the big “CAMP COLE” birthday party for my little guy and we’re planning a ton of Field Day type activities.  (Part I of the party, Part II of the party.) And what fun would it be if the campers didn’t get to take home a few medals! I have three for each game, plus some extras like “Awesome Camper,” “Best Team Player,” etc. so everyone leaves with at least four metals. {grin}

To make your own you’ll need:

  • rounds from our new campout party collection printables, we can personalized them to read any game or activity your campers will be playing.
  • circle punch
  • crepe paper
  • tape or hot glue

So simple to make, here’s how:

  • fold the crepe in small folds,
  • as you work form it into a circle,
  • tape the center front and back,
  • add the circle topper with hot glue (my preference),
  • add a longer ribbon of crepe so it can hang around the child’s neck (tip: make sure that you attach it in the center and at the top of the circle crepe so that it doesn’t want to weigh forward)

And if you curious as to how the week is going, make sure you follow me on Instagram @thecelebrationshoppe for little updates along the way!

You can also have a look at my “camp party inspiration” board on Pinterest for more ideas! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create.

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DIY patriotic monogram wreath

Summer is heating up and the Fourth of July is just around the corner. So my girlfriend Becky, creative mom and fabulous art teacher (and non-blogger), created this simple DIY door decor monogram and is letting us share her creativity with our readers. 

Becky describes how she created this flag-inspired craft:

With a large paper mache’ C from a craft store, I spray painted the whole thing white. I then taped it off with painter’s tape for the red stripes, and spray painted it again with a high gloss red paint, then removed the tape. The stars were cut individually out of painter’s tape and placed on the C. I then spray painted once more in blue. A bit of touch up with craft paint and TA DA!! I love anything monogram, and plan to add to my collection for every holiday!

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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how to photojournal your summer

My time with my boys is so very precious and they’re always doing funny things or wonderful things that I wish I could remember forever. I do journal (the traditional way) about them. Mostly the highlights of big days, funny little things they say and those {gasp} “they’re growing up too fast” moments. But I also want to grab and save those crazy smiles too.

So this summer I’m photojournaling our entire summer break. But instead of lugging my DSLR around and spending hours in Photoshop, I’m using my iPhone and some really fun and easy apps.

Don’t get me wrong. I love my DSLR. I use it all the time when there are planned outings or when I really want to get those close-up shots, but it’s not always with me and let’s face it, it’s a bit bulky… not to mention they know when mom is taking pictures when I have it with me. With my iPhone I can be sneaky {giggle} and capture them when they’re not expecting it.

I started this project because of my L-O-V-E for Instagram (you can find me at @thecelebrationshoppe). I’m constantly sharing what we’re up to or peeks at my latest craft projects. And by following and reading others I’ve found these fun frame and text overlay apps.

But you don’t have to be on Instragram. You can just create the collages and save them to your phone or e-mail them to yourself. (TIP: If you e-mail the image/collage to yourself from the  picframe app, it will be a higher resolution than if you save it to your phone and then e-mail it to yourself. Some of mine are as large as 4MB).

So here are the apps that I use and why:

  • Camera + – I never take pictures with my regular camera phone anymore. With Camera + I can take pics and edit or delete them before saving to my phone.
  • Picfx – this app is full of textures. So once I’ve done my basic editing in Camera +, sometimes I go to Picfx to add textures. Light is my favorite texture, but there are over 50 to choose from.
  • PicFrame – I have a few frame apps, some with and without text overlay, but this one is my favorite and the one I used to do all of the collages in this post.  

A few tips to creating great collages AND memories:

  • capture multiple angles,
  • get close up,
  • gain perspective (shoot high and shoot low), and
  • photograph parts of the story (e.g., water balloons) individually. Alone it might not make much sense, but in a collage they make a real impact.

And if you do start a little project like this of your own AND you’re on Instagram, please follow me at @thecelebrationshoppe and comment so I can find you. You can also tag your post with #photojournaling because I’ll be checking. {grin}

As always, I hope you’re inspired!  And I hope you’re enjoying your summer!

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simple flower pot kid craft

Hey everyone! It’s Bridget! I’m back to share a sweet craft that I made with my Daisy Troop — yep,  11 young ladies including my daughter! As the a leader over the past 2 years, I’ve found that crafts need to be simple and fun (environmentally-friendly doesn’t hurt either!).

So I decided to have the girls make aluminum can flower pots (inspired by Craftzine). With just a few cans, tissue paper and some Mod Podge (available at Jo-Anns Fabric and Craft Stores) my lively bunch was able to create a dozen of these in no time at all.  I really love that this could be used for just about any gift-giving–teacher gift, mother’s day, a thank you to this summer’s camp counselors!

Our girls made sweet little labels instead of a card too, which we mounted on a lollipop stick for some height. Then with a little potting soil and a lot of love, my darling Daisies went home with a lovely gift. I suggest using a simple spray lacquer for a bit of extra shine, too.

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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camp week party favors

My oldest son’s school is in the midst of camping week at school and I was in charge of a snack. It was the perfect opportunity to create party printables for my campout birthday party collection.

I filled 4″ cello bags with two Keebler Chips Deluxe Rainbow Chocolate Chip cookies and closed the bags with my new campout cello toppers. The little note says “Thanks for visiting CAMP Westview.” They were a huge hit!

The collection isn’t quite ready for the shoppe, but it’s coming very soon!

Happy Friday everyone! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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baby shower applique activity

Flavia of Fete a Fete is having a little one! She’s already the proud momma of one little boy and now a little brother is on the way. Not wanting to go traditional blue, Flavia chose a sophisticated black, yellow and white color palette for her family celebration.

The day was full of detail, but my very favorite is the activity she set up for her guests — a “laundry-like” area where her friends could customize a shirt or bodysuit with iron-on fabric appliqués! Isn’t it adorable?!

Flavia dressed the table with H&M organic white baby shirts in several sizes, appliqués from Etsy (three resources below), an iron, a small ironing board which she “dressed” with a cute cover found at Barefoot Lake on Etsy, a galvanized bucket, and clothespins she painted yellow with white dots.

She also hosted a lovely brunch! She prepared most of the food herself, even these mini jars of homemade granola (Flavia provides the recipes on her blog).

I love that she used her sonogram image as inspiration and to wrap drink bottles. So sweet.

Hop over to Fete a Fete to see more of Flavia’s party details. And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

Vendors for iron-on appliqués: The Ladybug LadiesThe Applique Finery and Kinder Cuts

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DIY baby shower table numbers

With baby showers on the brain and all these Martha Stewart Crafts and Plaid Paints products from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores in my craft room, I decided to make a simple craft this weekend: DIY baby shower table numbers for my Special Delivery stork baby shower collection!

The new pearl colors from Martha Stewart Crafts are my favorite. They shimmer! And what girl doesn’t like a little sparkle?! {wink}

You only need a few supplies:

  • hydrangeas (the large leaves are perfect; I used fake, but live would be lovely!),
  • mini glass jars (I used these for my son’s science party),
  • Martha Stewart Crafts fine point paint brush,
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Purple Martin Pearl (#32119),
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Fancy Script Stencil Set,
  • ribbon (available in the $1 section at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)

And here are the steps:

  1. Dip the tops of your glasses in the pearl paint, allow the excess to drip off and then dry the jars overnight.
  2. Fill the jar 3/4 with rock salt or sugar (it’s cheap and it sparkles just like the paint).
  3. Determine your placement.
  4. Stencil on each number with a fine point paint brush and finish in the detail if needed.
  5. Allow the leaves to dry and display.

It’s that simple! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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Product provided by Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. and Plaid Paints. Ideas and opinions are my own.

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DIY coasters for Mother’s Day

For those of you who follow me on twitter (@celebshoppe) or instagram (@thecelebrationshoppe), you know that I’ve been playing around with some Plaid Paints and Martha Stewart craft goodies from JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores.

Plaid Paints and Martha teamed up and created some fabulous paints in a wide array of colors and glitter. Yes, glitter! There are also texture additives, gloss coatings, sponges, paint brushes, rollers, stencils and so much more. So as one can imagine, I’ve been painting everything. {grin} And this morning I’m sharing the first of a few ideas I’ve whipped up ~ DIY coasters for Mother’s Day!

You’ll need:

  • smooth tile, I picked these up at Home Depot for 16 cents each
  • Martha Stewart foam pouncers (sponges as seen above)
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Acrylic Craft Paint ~ bubble gum pink (#32151)
  • Martha Stewart Acrylic Craft Paint ~ beach glass blue (#321012)
  • Spray sealant coating, to seal and protect your creation
  • Felt squares
  • Craft glue or hot glue gun

The pouncers/sponges collection comes in six sizes, from 1/2″ to 1 3/4″ . I chose the 3/4″ and the 1″ for this design and started with my beach glass paint. Once it dried completely I sponged on the bubble gum glitter paint, keeping the entire design to one side of the tile.

Martha Stewart crafts also came up with these great self-adhesive, reusable, stencils so there is no taping them down and less chance that your paints will bleed under the design. Using the same color palette, but the color party streamer (#32045) instead of the bubble gum glitter this time, and Martha’s stencil brushes, I created a butterfly pattern in one corner.

Then I added a monogram. My mom’s name begins with an “M” and these are a Mother’s Day gift, so it’s perfect!

To protect your design, once the paint is completely dry, spray your tiles with ultra-cover clear sealant from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.

For the bottom of each tile I suggest either self-adhesive raised felt dots on each corner and in the center, or buy a full 8×10 square of felt and attach it with craft glue. You can find them in a variety of colors.

For my packaging, I trimmed a small scallop edge kraft box, available at JoAnns Fabric and Craft Stores too, with the same Martha Stewart party streamer pink paint (the glitter would be too pale against the kraft) and lined the bottom of the box with tissue paper.

Now I have a thoughtful (because I won’t be making rings on her end-tables) and personalized gift for my mom! And since my mom reads my blog… now she knows! {But no worries Mom, I’m getting you a surprise for Mother’s Day too! LOVE YOU!}

Stay tuned next week for a few more creative painting ideas, one including the kiddos. Yep, I’m that cool mom that lets them play with my craft supplies. Well… okay, at least some of my craft supplies. {wink}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! Happy Friday!

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Linked to Celebrations At Home link party!

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share your ideas link party!

I’m so excited! Today is my first ever link party. Yay! I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to: crafts, baking, parties… any and all things creative! 

I get submissions that I wish I had time to share, but don’t always have the time so I decided to have a party! I mean, it is what I do! {wink}

And not only do I want to see your ideas, I’ll be sharing (pinning, stumbling, google +ing, etc.) my favorites!  {excited}

There are just a few rules:

7 sew cute ideas for Easter

I’m getting really excited about this Easter! I only wish I had a few more days to craft, bake and decorate. We’re not planning a huge family event this year, but I still like to bring all the little touches out for the big celebration (which has little to do with “The Bunny” at my house, but it’s still fun to play and hunt eggs).

These are just a few of the fun easy sew crafts I found around the web. And the egg-celent {sorry… I couldn’t resist} thing is, they all offer tutorials! 

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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