Inspirational Chalkboard Embroidery Hoops & How To Chalk Transfer Your Own Design

Do you love the chalkboard trend? I created four chalkboard crafts for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores’ latest Idea Market Lookbook. The Lookbook is online and in stores so make sure you pop in and grab a copy. My projects and my face are in stores too. I’m not sure where it will be in your store, but look for the isle dedicated to chalk crafts. Eek! {grin}

The first project is a set of inspirational embroidery hoops for my office. I chose phrases that would inspire me daily to stay on track and thank God for all he does in my life, even when it’s not in my plan. Then, I’ll show you how to easily transfer your own designs from paper to chalkboard. So let’s get crafty!

How To Transfer Designs From Paper To Chalk | @kimbyers

You can skip right over to Jo-Ann for all the details on how to create these embroidery hoops, plus you can purchase all the supplies right there online and they’ll ship to your house! Love that feature.

Chalkboard Embroidery Hoops | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

If you want to make these designs specifically, here are my files:

  • Praise Him In The Hallway, 8 inch hoop art (click on image below)
  • Dreams, 7 inch hoop art (click on image below)
  • Hoop circles – if you have a Cricut Explore, you can use these files in Cricut Design Space. These are set specifically for the 8” hoop, which can easily be adjusted for the 7″ or another sizePraise Him In The Hallway Art | Kim Byers

Dreams Hoop Art | Kim Byers

And now, let me teach you how to easily chalk any design you want onto chalkboard (paper, metal, walls… anywhere).

How To Chalk Your Own Designs | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

 Transferring chalk is as easy as having paper, chalk, chalkboard and a pencil. Here are the simple steps for the transfer and the hoops:

  1. Paint – paint hoops solid black. (TIP: Tape over the fasteners.)
  2. Create fabric hoops – lay coordinating fabric in 14” and 6” hoops, close and trim off excess.
  3. Print or handwrite sentiments – write sentiments by hand or on your computer, centering them and keeping them within the size of your hoop. Print. (TIP: Using multiple font types and sizes increases visual interest.)
  4. Cut chalkboard cardstock – using the inner hoop, outer wall, as a guide, draw a light ring with a pencil. Cut. (Or, you could use a circle cutter or a machine like a Cricut.)
  5. Transfer sentiment – place paper over hoop, center and trim. Flip paper over (white side) and chalk entire back with the side of a piece of chalk. Tape paper to chalkboard circle. Pencil over entire design and the chalk will transfer to the chalkboard cardstock. Remove paper.
  6. Darken chalk – the pencil transfer may be enough, but if you prefer a brighter effect, use a piece of chalk to go over the design again.

Clean-up TIP: A damp paintbrush, fine tip is best for small areas, is the perfect eraser and if you’re like me, you’ll need one.

Chalkboard Crafts | Kim Byers for JoAnn.com

You can see all my projects in the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Summer Lookbook AND in stores. This is just a little peek. And as I mentioned above, most stores even have an isle dedicated to chalkboard project supplies, along with bigger images of these projects. It’s a bit surreal and I’m so thankful.

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

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DIY Movie Ticket Shaped Chalkboard – Family Movie Night Fun

Does your family have regular movie nights? We do! Every Friday we snuggle up, eat popcorn and watch a movie. It’s my excuse to eat chocolate too. Don’t judge. We all look forward to it all week! {wink}

DIY Chalkboard Movie Ticket | @kimbyers

Recently I shared our concession stand bar cart and promised to share how I made this simple chalkboard movie ticket.

It’s as easy as cutting the shape out of chalkboard vinyl. Have I told you I’m obsessed with vinyl?

If you have a Cricut Explore Air, use my Cricut Design Space project, load the vinyl, press load and cut. It’s that easy! I love the Bristol chalkboard pens. They work great and clean-up in a cinch. And my kiddos get a huge kick out of writing the next film name on the wall so we all get excited about our upcoming feature. {grin}

DIY Chalkboard For Movie Night | @kimbyers

If you missed our concession stand bar cart, make sure you hop over and learn how we set up for the big night, plus get a resource list for all my pretties including the darling aqua plates and cups. The marquee M is by far the kids’ favorite. {wink}

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

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Butterfly Baby Shower – It’s A Girl

I have a thing for butterflies and I just found out that my beautiful niece is having a baby! Yay! Although it’s too early to know if she’s having a boy or girl, I thought it might be fun to gather some ideas for a Butterfly Baby Shower… you know… just in case.

Butterfly Baby Shower | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

 Thank you to Hiedi Swapp Minc  for sponsoring today’s ideas!

Have you seen the Minc machine yet? All of these pretty little party supplies were black and white until I applied foil. And the best part, it took me all of 10 minutes to foil both the butterflies and the banner!

Butterfly Cake | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

The butterfly cake is my favorite! I used simple glue dots to double the butterflies and add them to my cake plate. And I used floral wire on lollipop sticks to make the butterflies fly. So simple but darling (especially in person).

The foiling process is simple. Just insert designs (you can create your own), place them in the sleeve, select a heat and roll them through! Unlike other products the Minc has four rollers so there is an even foiling over the entire design.

Foil Covered Butterflies for Baby Shower | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

With all the foil colors available and so many pretty designs, you could make everything from baby showers, to birthdays, to holidays. I’m thinking of making a red, white and silver party in foil for the 4th of July. The sparkle of the foil will make it beautiful.

Vanilla Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Baby Shower | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Foil Butterflies with Minc | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Want to know more about the Minc machine?

  • Minc Foil Applicator and Starter Kit MSRP is $149.00 & Minc Foil MSRP is $9.99 (foil is 12”x 10’)
  • Minc Foil Applicator and accessories are available at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, as well as locally owned craft stores and online shops
  • The Minc is a fairly light weight and pretty enough to leave out on your crafting table!
  • It has the ability to accept a 12” wide sheets
  • It has adjustable heat settings that allows for foil transfer on sensitive materials like vellum, all the way to more robust chipboard and even thin wood veneer

By the way, you’re going to want ALL of these colors! I used rose and pink on my baby shower supplies, but as I said above, I’m thinking red, silver and blue for my next project. {wink}

Heidi Swapp Foil

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

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Interview with Ella & Annie Magazine

There are so many beautiful entertaining magazines out there these days and Ella and Annie is no exception. Chocked full of darling party ideas, free printable designs, recipes and creative photography, you must take a look!

Ella and Annie Magazine Interview with Kim Byers

If you stop in on page 48, you’ll see a bit of my interview with the editors.And on page 42, one of my all time favorite cupcake creations: Father’s Day Lawn Mower Cupcakes. It’s no chore eating these cupcakes. {wink}

Ella and Annie Interview with Kim Byers

There are tons of fun ideas, these are a few of my favs from the issue. Hop on over and take a look, plus get all the resources. You won’t be disappointed!

Baby Shower Ideas in latest Ella and Annie Magazine

Blueberry Frosting & Chocolate Cupcakes in latest Ella and Annie Magazine

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How To Make A Team Mom T-Shirt – Iron On For Any Sport

Are you a team mom or just want to show spirit for your child’s sports team? I’m team mom for my boys’ baseball team this year so I whipped up this team mom t-shirt. It took me less than 15 minutes.

How To Make A Team Mom Shirt | Simple Iron On For Any Sport | @kimbyers

My boys play on the same team this year, yay! And my hubby is the coach along with another friend of ours, yay! So of course I volunteered as team mom, yay! I love watching my kids play so it’s a lot of fun for me. I keep the book during the game (and I only mess up a little…) and often stand in the dugout to keep the boys in line and ready. I get “in the hole” and “on deck” mixed up from time to time, but they help me out. {wink}

How To Make An Iron-On Design

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cricut Explore Air (or Cricut Explore with bluetooth adapter, or the new Cricut One for a lower price point and all the fun)
  • Cricut Design Space app for iPad® (or you can use your desktop/laptop if you don’t have an iPad)
  • my Team Mom T-Shirt project in Design Space (personalizing, resizing, changing sports, etc. is so easy!)
  • 12×12 Cricut Mat
  • Cricut Iron On (I used the black glitter)
  • Iron and Pressing Cloth

 It’s as simple as:

  1. Design – open the app, use my design or making your own
  2. Cut – load iron-on to mat and press go (make sure you click “iron-on” so that it makes it a mirror image… otherwise your design will be backward. Yep… did that once. It was like reading a secret code.)
  3. Iron – apply the design to a preheated shirt (just press area for 15-20 seconds), and use a pressing cloth so it doesn’t melt to the iron. I also suggest flipping it over and pressing from the other side once cooled a bit so you ensure adhesion. Just follow the directions on the packaging and you’ll be great.

If you’re not a team mom, you can make a spirit shirt or a spirit mug (with vinyl). The possibilities are endless. Go team!

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

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Organization Idea – How To Make A Rolling Storage Crate With Chalkboard Stripes

Keeping things organized is the only thing that keeps me sane. With a business in my home, two kids and just life in general, there is soooooo much stuff! Even if you only have kiddos to deal with, I know you know what I mean. {wink}

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So here’s an easy organization idea. I know you’ve seen those unfinished or white crates stacked up in the center isles at your local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store. They’re so easy to paint and decorate, but my favorite thing to do with them is to add casters and make them roll!

I actually have several that I’ve made for different reasons around my house. My first was for my boys’ room to store toys, then we made a roller crate for library books (we tend to checkout 20 at a time!), and most recently I’ve made them for my office to help organize upcoming projects.

DIY Roller Crate for Organization | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

One of my favorite elements is the chalkboard paint because I can organize my project with a  reminder of when it’s due and then I can change the title when I move on to another project!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Crate
  • 4 small casters
  • Chalkboard paint (FolkArt has several colors)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Bistro chalk markers
  • Drill or screwdriver
  • Optional: Painters tape. I used Martha Stewart’s brand for the small edges and Scotch for the larger areas

And here are the easy steps:

How To Make A Rolling Storage Crate with Chalkboard Stripes | @kimbyers

 

  1. Add casters. Use a drill or a screwdriver to insert them into each corner. Be slow so that you don’t split the wood.
  2. Use painters tape or a stencil if you’d like a pattern.
  3. Use chalkboard markers to add a label. And then erase it when you’re ready and add a new label!

DIY Storage Crate with Wheels | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppecom

Now just fill it up with your kid’s toys, library books, craft projects, mail… the possibilities are endless!

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

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Where Hope Grows – New Faith Based Movie Sneak Peek, Premiers May 15

Thank you to Pollinate Media Group® and Godspeed Pictures for sponsoring today’s discussion as part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign. All my opinions are my own. #pmedia #wherehopegrowsmovie http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

It’s no secret that I’m Christian. I lean on my faith daily to raise my boys and live my life. But did you know that growing up I had an aunt with Down Syndrome? She was amazing. The upcoming movie, Where Hope Grows from Godspeed Pictures, is a great new film that focuses on finding redemption through faith, hope, and love and it puts a shining focus on the pure heart of some really beautiful people.*

Where Hope Grows Movie Premier Sneak Peek | Kim Byers

My boys and I curled up Sunday and watched the premier of Where Hope Grows. It’s a powerful film that discusses some really difficult, but all too common, problems in today’s society. What I connected with most in the film, is that really good people can lose their way and sometimes the love of a kind stranger can bring them back. In the case of Where Hope Grows, that stranger is a young Down Syndrome boy, who goes by the nickname of Produce (because he works in produce at a local grocery).

Watching this movie reminds me of my amazing Aunt Nita and her unwavering kindness and optimism. I’ve known multiple Down Syndrome children and adults throughout my life and they all have one common thread, happiness. Although they have mental disabilities and sometimes physical, God blessed this group of people with a happiness gene that I wish were contagious.

If you have someone in your life who has an addiction, needs some encouragement, or just loves a good faith based film, I recommend you take them out to the movies on May 15! Check your local theater for showtimes and availability.

Have you seen the trailer?

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Here’s another little peek called “the ride:”

You can check out more of Where Hope Grows, as well as get to know David (aka Produce) and all the wonderful actors on:

  • Facebook: @WhereHopeGrows
  • Twitter: @WhereHopeGrows
  • Instagram: @WhereHopeGrowsMovie

Where Hope Grows

Enjoy the film!

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* Just a heads up to parents with young kids, there are some difficult subjects in this film and a few intense teenage moments.

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Kids Crafting With Cricut Explore Air + $100 Giveaway

My boys have taken over my Cricut Explore Air… Really! We recently went on a Sunday hike at a local park and the boys went “off trail” to explore the creek. It was all the inspiration they needed to dream up a summer club for them and their friends.

Kids Crafting with Cricut | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

A huge thank you to Cricut for sponsoring today’s ideas!

When we returned home they snagged my iPad, opened the Cricut Design Space app for iPad® and my oldest designed a logo for their club, which they named Creek Kids Club. So cute right? The design has two people with binoculars overlooking water and their club name. I was so impressed. I had to help them resize it to work on their notebook (their first version of it), but since then they’re pros at it. The new app is really just that easy, easy enough for a 10 year old boy. {wink}

Kids Crafting With Cricut Explore Air | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Want to see them in action? I made a quick one minute video. I’m sure you’re going to love the crazy funky spy music… boys are so silly. {grin}

If you don’t have a Cricut yet, I highly recommend it. There are thousands of images in Design Space and more being added everyday from designers like me. Designs that you can pull apart, layer, enlarge, make small, change the color, write on… the options and the creativity are endless. Trust me, you’ll love it.

Has the investment been an obstacle for you? Well I might have the answer. Did you see that Cricut just came out with the Explore OneIt’s the same great machine, but a bit less expensive than the Cricut Explore (one step cut & write) and Cricut Explore Air (one step cut & write plus wireless). It’s the perfect starter machine because you can upgrade it if you want those other features. Compare all three machines and let’s get crafting.

Oh and guess what?! Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is letting me give one lucky reader $100 gift card for Cricut accessories, so no matter what craft you’re inspired to make, you can go grab some supplies! See how to enter:

Cricut Explore Air Giveaway

Want $100 in Cricut Accessories for your Cricut Explore Air… or the one you’re hoping to have soon!? And maybe to have your idea published on Cricut’s social media channels?? Just tell me what your favorite Cricut project has been or would be. Or, you can tell me what you love about Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. {grin}

Just leave a comment below by May 18, 2015! – UPDATE: Winner Announced!

First of all, let me say what amazing comments we received. You guys really do love your Cricuts and your Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. I knew we had a lot in common!! {grin} The winning comment was… drumroll please… Vanessa! Congrats and enjoy $100 in Cricut Supplies!!

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Make sure you hop over to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and see what all the Cricut Explore Air  has to offer. You know, it doesn’t just cut… it writes, it scores and so much more! {smile}

Did you miss seeing a bit of my office and lots of talk about why the Explore Air? Make sure you check out the post before you go!

From my family to yours, let’s get crafty! Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has everything you need.

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

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Countdown To The Last Day Of School

Are your kids as giddy as mine about the last day of school?! Bring on SUMMER! {wink} You can all count down to the big day with a super easy to make Chalkboard Countdown Calendar!

Chalkboard Countdown To The Last Day Of School | @kimbyers

Here’s what you’ll need to make a chalkboard countdown to the last day of school … or to the first day of summer… and you can find it all at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores:

  • Chalkboard 12×12 (this one is magnetic for my next chalkboard project!)
  • Frame 12×12
  • Cricut Explore Air (or Cricut Explore with bluetooth adapter)*
  • Cricut Design Space app for iPad® (or you can use your desktop/laptop if you don’t have an iPad)
  • My Countdown graphic in Design Space (personalizing, resizing, etc. is so easy!)
  • 12×12 Cricut Mat
  • Cricut Vinyl Stencil
  • Cricut Transfer Tape
  • Chalk marker, fine tip
  • Optional: Tape, Ruler

Now for the super simple tutorial, just hop over to my latest post on the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores blog, Creative Spark. You’ll get the full written tutorial as well as a pictorial. I’m personally visual so the picture by picture helps me craft it the first time! {grin}

Countdown to Summer and the Last Day of School | @kimbyers

By the way, did you see that Cricut just came out with the Explore One? It’s the same great machine, but a bit less expensive than the Cricut Explore (one step cut & write) and Cricut Explore Air (one step cut & write plus wireless). It’s the perfect starter machine because you can upgrade it if you want those other features. Compare all three machines and let’s get crafting!

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

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