Kindness Rocks

I very recently learned about something amazing called the Kindness Rocks Project. You may have heard of it. People are painting rocks with fun images or encouraging quotes and leaving them all over their communities for others to find. This  creative activity isn’t just an excuse to paint rocks. It’s also a simple way to surprise someone with a little encouragement or a smile when they stumble upon these miniature works of art. It has become hugely popular in my city over the past month or so and it has been so neat to see everyone’s excitement over finding rocks or painting their own to hide. I absolutely love the purpose of this project, so I organized a play date with my friends and their littles and we all got together and painted rocks for a couple of hours.

It was so much fun spending time with other moms talking and painting. And our little ones had a blast painting rocks, making a mess, and running around my front yard. It was neat seeing everyone’s designs. Of course, all us moms complained about not being great painters. But then we reminded each other that it’s not about creating a masterpiece. It’s about having fun and knowing that our little creations can be an exciting find for anyone.

My attempt at galaxy rocks

Rocks painted by Mini Moose, Baby Moose, and me.

Social media has become a popular way for others to share rock painting ideas. And many people also post pictures of the rocks that they have found in their communities. There are so many different Facebook pages and groups for local Kindness Rocks movements, and most of them suggest writing a hashtag or the name of the FB group on the back of the rocks so that people who find them can share them in the group. I added the name of one of my local Facebook groups to the back of my rocks. I also created a special hashtag just for my rocks so I can see if anyone finds my rocks in particular. It will be fun to see if any of my rocks show up on FB or Instagram.

I still want to add some quotes and encouraging words to our rocks before we start hiding them. And that’s IF my littles even let me hide them! They want to keep their rocks and play with them. So this is a great teaching opportunity for me to tell them the importance of giving and being an encouragement to others.

Mini Moose’s rocks

Baby Moose’s rocks

If you’d like to learn more about the Kindness Rocks Project, be sure to check out their website! And make sure to search Facebook for your local Rocks group! It’s a great way to connect with other rock painters and hunters, and you may even find hints for where to find some rocks yourself! If you don’t find a group for your area, then start one!

To get started painting rocks, just find or buy some smooth rocks (you can get a big bag of rocks at Lowes for around $9!) and some acrylic paint at your local craft store, then start painting to your heart’s content. Paint anything you’d like. It doesn’t have to be fancy or perfect. And if you want to add detail or wording to your rocks, you may want to get some paint pens for that. Also, be sure to finish your rocks with a clear coat spray paint so your work doesn’t wash away in bad weather.

I hope some of you join in on this amazing project. I have my own encouragement project in the works that I can’t wait to share with you soon! But this one is such a great summer activity, I had to share it with you! Have fun painting rocks and finding them in your community. Let’s all spread some art and some kindness. It’s something the world really needs right now.

Succulent Marquee Letters

Project inspiration can come from literally anywhere. I’ve been hit with inspiration while taking a shower, right before falling asleep, or even while out shopping. When it hits you, it hits you. And you just gotta roll with it!

The inspiration for today’s project came from this Instagram post by the amazing crafty woman Amy Tangerine.

A is for… . Amazing and awesome, two words I overuse a lot. What's your favorite A word?

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This gorgeous letter-shaped garden box is outside of a coffee shop and I’m so glad that Amy decided to share it on her Instagram. Because it inspired such a fun project that I was so excited to create!

Aren’t these marquee letters just the coolest thing? Heidi Swapp has had a line of marquee letters available for quite a while now. I’ve actually had one sitting in my office waiting to be decorated for over a year (oops!). But for the holidays, she released a line of miniature marquee letters. And, well, you know me and all things miniature! I just had to grab a few of them while they were on clearance and incorporate my Amy Tangerine inspiration to create these succulent letters!

One of my absolute favorite new products in the Occasions Catalog is the Succulent Framelits Dies. The dies in that set coordinate with the Oh So Succulent stamp set, so you can easily cut out stamped images to use on cards and other projects. Some of the dies can also be used to create your own 3D succulents, which is what I did. I used the smallest of the die cuts to create the miniature succulents for this project and they turned out so cute!

I cut the pieces from Mint Macaroon, Cucumber Crush, and Old Olive cardstock. Then I used a bone folder to (very) carefully curl the leaves before layering the pieces together to create the finished succulent.

Before adhering the succulents onto the letters, I glued down a layer of pebbles or fake moss (or both!) to really give it that look of a planter. It definitely gave the letters more depth and made these fake planters look that much more convincing. It also added some height so that the succulents weren’t sitting down so low within the letters, allowing the leaves to be a little more spread out instead of squished together. It was that perfect finishing touch these letters needed.

Now pardon this final photo. The lighting is horrible, there’s dog hair all over my shirt, and I just don’t have the photo editing skills to fix it! But I wanted to share this photo for scale. You need to see just how small these letters are, since photos can definitely be deceiving when it comes to portraying the size of things. The finished letters measure just at 4-1/4″ tall. When I say they’re cute, I mean they are CUTE!

I plan on making larger versions of these letters with the bigger marquee letters in the Heidi Swapp line. What do you think? Is this a project you’d like to try? Where would you put your succulent letter? Leave me a comment and let me know!

 

 

 

 

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Adoring Arrows Paper Pumpkin Kit

It’s Valentine’s Day! And as a mother of a school-age child, I know that a holiday like today means a class treat exchange. Some moms love putting together fun treats for their child to share. Other moms dread having to create a bunch of treats for a class. So they keep it simple and go with store-bought treats and cards. Me? I’m a good mix of both! As a creative type, I love making unique and eye-catching treat holders. But as a typical busy mom who loves to procrastinate, I tend to leave myself very little time to come up with something cute, let alone time to actually make anything. So what do I do? Do I scramble and whip something up while losing sleep and part of my sanity? Or do I go against my creative instincts and just buy something?

The answer is, NEITHER! You see, there’s this thing from Stampin’ Up! called Paper Pumpkin. I’ve mentioned Paper Pumpkin before on my Instagram. It’s an amazing monthly subscription box that brings a little creativity to your mailbox every month. And January’s Paper Pumpkin kit made the PERFECT class exchange treats for my Mini Moose.

These beautiful treat bags were all made using the Paper Pumpkin kit I received in the mail last month. The kit had everything I needed to make 24 bags, which was more than enough for Mini Moose’s class.

No creative detail is missed with any Paper Pumpkin project kit. These treat bags feature gold foil heart details, vellum banners, the cutest little arrows, and even gold threading embellishments. The kit even comes with the stamp set, ink, and adhesives to stamp and assemble everything.

I love these monthly project kits. And they have saved my lazy mom butt on more than one occasion when it came to class exchange treats! Each month is a surprise as I never know what each kit will be until I open it. But I’m never disappointed. And this kit was exactly what I needed for this Valentine’s Day.

I didn’t need to scramble and lose sleep creating last minute treat bags or cards, but I still got to be creative and make something with my hands. It was the perfect compromise. I stamped, assembled, filled with candy, and sent them on their way. I didn’t have to hurt my brain designing and implementing anything. Which was a much appreciated time saver for me! Hopefully for the next holiday, I’ll be a little more prepared. But if not, I’ll just hope Paper Pumpkin has my back once again.

 

 

 

 

Want to receive a creative surprise in your mailbox each month? Then start your own Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription. Choose to go with a month-to-month subscription, or prepay for a set amount of months. And be excited to receive a new project kit each and every month, delivered right to your door!

Vertical Garden Project Kit

A green thumb I am not. By any means. I seriously have killed every single plant I have attempted to grow, whether in my home or out in the yard. Even the “unkillable” succulent plants don’t stand a chance against me. So when I saw this fun project kit in the new Occasions Catalog, I got super excited.

This Vertical Garden kit is perfect for someone like me. I can enjoy the look of succulents in my home without worrying about the need to water or give it the right amount of sunlight. And it was so much fun making all of the succulents and flowers.

I just love what you can do with paper. These die cut pieces look so much like real succulents once you curl the leaves and layer them together.  Add in the rolled paper flowers and you get a beautiful combination for the perfect wall hanging, no watering required!

Vertical Garden Project Kit

The Vertical Garden Project Kit comes with everything you need to create this fun décor piece for your home. Use a bone folder to curl up the leaves of the die cut pieces (like how you would use scissors to curl ribbon) and layer together to get the perfect, round succulent. If you want to add a little more depth and dimension to the succulents, try inking the edges of the leaves using brown or even a pink ink. Use a glue gun to adhere everything to the flower box. Then just add a sentiment from the Vertical Garden Stamp Set to finish it off.

It’s perfect for hanging on your front door or on a wall in your home. I am displaying mine on our fireplace mantle. It complements our other décor pieces perfectly! And I don’t have to worry about killing off these plants, so double win!

 

 

 

Order the Vertical Garden Project Kit and the Vertical Garden Stamp Set to create your own home decor piece!

CLICK HERE to view the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog

Love Notes Planner Clips

Honestly, I can’t get enough of those tiny envelopes you can make using the Love Notes Framelits Dies from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. I mean, how can you not love the miniatureness of it all! They’re just so cute!

When I made the first couple of tiny envelopes, I immediately knew that I had to glue them onto paperclips to make some little bookmarks.

Guys, these are seriously the easiest little planner clips and bookmarks to make! Just cut the envelopes from any fun paper you want and assemble, glue onto a paper clip, and now you have your own little clip for your planner or current read! These would make fabulous gifts for planner addicts (like me!) or book lovers that you may know. So make sure to keep this type of simple project in mind for the next time you’re stumped on cute gift ideas! These could also make really cute embellishment for other projects like cards or gift tags. Really, the possibilities are endless.

Now to raid my hoard of designer series paper and make a bunch more of these for all seasons and occasions!

 

 

 

If you’re not into DIY, you can shop these and other planner clips in My Etsy Shop!

Swee-Tea Bag Treats for Valentine’s Day

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Here’s a fun idea for a different kind of treat holder! Tea Bags! They’re cute, small, and can give you a glimpse into what’s inside. And the best part is they’re really easy to make! Read on for a quick tutorial on how to make your own Swee-Tea bags.

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You will need:

– Vellum or creped filter Paper
– washi tape or liquid adhesive
– baker’s twine
– stapler
– candy

Instructions:

1. Cut a rectangle from your vellum or filter paper. For the bigger size bag, I cut a 2.5″ x 7″ piece. For the smaller bag I cut a 2″ x 6″ piece. You can always start with an even larger piece of paper to create whatever size tea bag you need/want.

2. Fold the rectangle in half and adhere the two long sides to create a pouch. I used washi tape to adhere the vellum and liquid adhesive for the filter paper bags. Use what you think will look best.

3. Make a point at the top (open) end by folding the top corners in towards the center. Then fold the point over one or two times. Do this before you fill the bags with treats as this will make the bags easier to close once you have added some candy.

4. Unfold and open the bags. Add some candy, then re – fold the bag to close.

5. Staple a piece of baker’s twine to the top of the bag. Make sure to staple where the top has been folded over to keep the bag closed.

6. Add a little something to the free end of the baker’s twine for some extra cuteness. I used the Banner Blast image and Banner Punch (both from the Sale-a-bration catalog) to create a little string topper. I also used last year’s Pretty Petites set and the coordinating Petite Curly Label Punch (still available).

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These little tea bags aren’t too time consuming to make. So if you need a last minute treat idea, this is a good one to keep in mind! And these are easily customized to coordinate with any theme or occasion. Plus, these are a great way to use some vellum or that creped filter paper, in case you needed a new idea. I’ve had vellum and filter paper sitting in my craft room for ages, and now I have a fun way to use up that stash! I really love how the creped filter paper looks for this project. It really looks and feels like a tea bag. Plus you can stamp on the filter paper, for even more customization options!

I hope you enjoyed this fun project and tutorial. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment!

Until next time…

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