Thursday, July 30, 2015

Little Lads and Little Ladies Tags {Unity Stamp Company}


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I am thrilled to be able to sneak into this week's Unity blog hop!
Although I am not technically a part of the Unity Design Team, I am one of Unity's Artists...so I was able to squeeze my way in. :o)

I am so excited to share my projects with you today! To create them, I used two new stamp kits (Little Ladies and Little Lads) that I created for Unity Stamp Company:

These sets were created to be interchangeable with each other, and also with some of my previous sets: Meow. Purr. Baa. and Roar. Grr. Eek.

Here are the tags I created:

(The speech bubble and heart here are from the Meow. Purr. Baa. kit.)

I hope you love these new stamp kits! I loved creating them!

Don't forget: for today's blog hop, Unity is giving away two great prize packages! Be sure to leave a comment on each blog in the hop (including the Unity blog) to be entered to win. (The winners will be announced Monday night on the Unity blog.)

Continue hopping on through to the Unity blog, and then go shopping!





Thanks for stopping by today!


Supplies: 
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company (Little Lads, Little Ladies, and Meow. Purr. Baa.); 
Cardstock: Discount Cardstock (Brilliant White 110#);
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye (Cut & Paste: Adorbs 6x6); Studio Calico (Brighton Pier 6x6);
Twine: The Twinery (Spring Blossom, Shore, Cantaloupe, Solid Pink Sorbet, Solid Stone, Buttercream); 

Colored Pencils: Prang (50 Warm Gray, 19 Lake Red, 20 Tan, 60 Spanish Orange, 10 Brown, 7 Light Blue, 16 Yellow Green, 18 Pink);
Markers: Tombow;
Other: (washi tape);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors);

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Twine Bombed Twig Tree Display {The Twinery :: Blog Hop}

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I was inspired by a display I saw at a library and the popular art of yarn bombing to do this "twine bombing" (twine wrapped) twig display for my daughter's room. I used the Twinery's Solid Caribbean twine for this, but any of The Twinery's solid or striped twines would work just as well.
My daughter LOVES color and can never have enough. For her, being in a rather neutral colored house is a tragedy. I've got a few projects in mind to add some color to her room (stay tuned to see more!), and this Caribbean twine tree was a fairly quick and easy way to add some color to the top of her bookcase. 

I started by gathering a few twigs from our backyard. I coated them with Mod Podge for a little extra stability and to seal them, but I am not sure this step was necessary. From here on out, all I needed was twine and a strong adhesive. (I added in some washi tape, too.)
Once I had my supplies together, I just needed to start wrapping the tree branches. I used some washi tape to cover the ends, then adhered the end of my twine down about an inch from the tip. I brought the twine back up to the tip from there and started wrapping (just so that the end was not exposed). Then I wrapped, wrapped, and wrapped some more. Where there was a fork in the branch, it took a a little extra patience to get it covered, but was still rather easy.
I combined a few twine wrapped branches and a few washi tape wrapped branches in a mason jar, tied a Caribbean twine bow around the neck of the jar, and my project was complete! 
Thanks for stopping by today!

The Next Stop:
Supplies: 
Twine: The Twinery (Solid Caribbean); 
Other: (washi tape);
Adhesive: Ranger (Glossy Accents); Plaid (Mod Podge);
Tools: Fiskars (Scissors);

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Beginner's Bible - Party Ideas & a GIVEAWAY

Today, my love of crafting and my love of books (and book reviews) comes together - with another fun addition...a giveaway!

Zondervan has always been very generous with my blog readers, and this is no exception. Zondervan/Zonderkidz is allowing me to give away a HUGE package of The Beginner's Bible books to celebrate 25 years! The prize package is valued at over $90!
To celebrate this great giveaway, I wanted to share with you a couple quick and easy ideas for a party using The Beginner's Bible Super-Duper, Mighty, Jumbo Activity Book

Just to be clear - I did check to make sure my projects would not violate the copyright of The Beginner's Bible Super-Duper, Mighty, Jumbo Activity Book...and I even double checked with the publisher, just to be safe.  

I made a bookmark and mini coloring book for the "goodie bags" and a banner for decoration: 
My six year old donated his coloring skills for the colored bookmark shown above. :o)

The bookmarks and mini coloring book were made in a similar fashion. I simply copied a coloring page from The Beginner's Bible Super-Duper, Mighty, Jumbo Activity Book and scaled it down to fit 4 on a sheet. I copied the scaled down version onto cardstock (which I cut up into bookmarks) and onto regular copy paper (which I cut to create the mini coloring book). The mini coloring book was completed with the addition of a cardstock cover. 
For the banner, I used full-size copies of a few of the coloring pages from The Beginner's Bible Super-Duper, Mighty, Jumbo Activity Book, which I copied onto cardstock and trimmed to size. I then punched holes in the top corners of each banner piece and threaded it with twine to hang.
Because I kept the banner pieces in simple black and white, I wanted to add pops of color with the twine.  I used strands of four different colors of twine to get the duo-tone bows.
The bookmarks, mini coloring books, and banner would be great for any party...just add crayons!

Now - about that amazing giveaway...
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Blog comments for the giveaway will close Friday, July 31st @ 11:59pm (Eastern) and the winner will be announced Tuesday, August 4th here on my blog.
Please remember to check back to see if you've won.

Note: Zondervan will ship the giveaway book(s) directly to the winner. Winner(s) can expect to receive their prize within 10 to 14 business days from when they submit their address information to me.

Zonderkidz/Zondervan's rules for giveaways:
Winner must be a US resident.
Winner must be able to provide a street mailing address (no PO Box, please) for UPS delivery.
Zondervan does not store, use, or sell the winners’ contact information or address(es).

Good luck!

Disclaimer: This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Supplies:
Twine: The Twinery (Solid Maraschino, Solid Marigold, Solid Peapod, Solid Denim); 

Other: The Beginner's Bible (Super-Duper, Mighty, Jumbo Activity Book);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Stamped Cloth Napkins with Braided Twine Ties {The Twinery}

Hi there!

Today, I want to share a quick and easy summer project - stamped cloth napkins...all tied up with a braided twine tie: 

First, let's stamp those cloth napkins:
Photo One: Gather your supplies. (Plain cloth napkins, ink, stamps, and twine.)
Photos Two & Three: Stamp your image(s) onto the cloth napkins with ink that will be permanent on fabric. 
Photo Four: Use iron to heat set ink. 

Next, use three strands of twine (one yard each) to create a braided twine tie. I used two strands of The Twinery's Marigold twine and one strand of Pink Sorbet.
Tip: I went back to my friendship bracelet making days and used a binder clip to clip the twine to something steady while I braided it.

I simply knotted each end of the braided twine tie to keep the braid in place.

These stamped cloth napkins are prefect for dressing up those summer picnics...and also make great hostess gifts! 

Quick, easy, handmade, unique, and pretty...what more can you ask for in a summer project?

Supplies:
Twine: The Twinery (MarigoldPink Sorbet); 

Stamps: Unity Stamp Company (Donna Poppies); 
Ink: Memento (Dandelion, Lilac Posies);
Other: Mainstays (White Cloth Napkins);
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors);

Friday, June 26, 2015

Twine Net Drink Holder {The Twinery}

Today I wanted to share with you a quick project that can be created using a Mini Bundle (15 yards) of The Twinery's twine (I used the new tri-color Firecracker twine):
To create the twine net for your mason jar, it is a fairly simple process of knotting. (I used a series of overhand knots.)
I think these would be fun to create with a scouting troop!

First, cut your 15 yard Mini Bundle into 10 strands (1 1/2 yards each).
Then, knot as follows:
Photos 1 & 2: Tie all 10 strands of twine in a knot, keeping the knot at the center. (You will have 10 strands approximately 2 1/4' long on each side of the knot - a total of 20 strands that you will use to create your net.)

Photos 3 & 4: Take two strands (starting with one from each side of the large knot) and tie them into a knot approximately 3/4" away from the large knot. 
Photo 1: Continue working around, knotting two strands together until all 20 strands have been paired up and knotted approximately 3/4" away from the large knot. This will form the 1st row.

Photos 2, 3, & 4: To create the 2nd row, take two strands (one strand from a formerly created knot, and the second strand from the formerly created knot next to it) and tie them into a knot. (Again, keep them spaced approximately 3/4" away from the previous knot.) Continue working around, knotting the 2nd row until all 20 strands have been paired up and knotted.
Photo 1: Lay the base of your twine net on the bottom of a mason jar (or other drinking glass), keeping the large knot at the center. From here, the glass will keep your net's form and make it easier to work with.

Photos 2 & 3: Create more rows by taking two strands (one strand from a formerly created knot, and the second strand from the formerly created knot next to it) and tie them into a knot. (Again, keep them spaced approximately 3/4" away from the previous knot.) Continue working around, knotting each row until all 20 strands have been paired up and knotted. I created 6 total rows in this way.

Photo 4: To start forming the handle, split the net in half, gathering half of the strands on one side and half on the other. (There will be 10 strands on each side.) Knot these as you did to create the previous rows of the net, starting at the outermost strands (which will separate one set of knots from the other). This will create a total of 10 knots on the 7th row. For the 8th row, gather 5 strands (both strands coming from 2 of the knots on the 7th row, and one strand from another knot on the 7th row) and tie them together in a knot approximately 3/4" away from the previous row. Do this with all the strands, which will create a total of 4 knots on the 8th row. Then, gather all 10 strands on each side and knot together, for a total of 2 knots on the 9th row. Bring both sets of 10 strands up and knot together to create the top of the handle.

Wow...that was harder to explain than I thought! 
It really is a simple process once you get started and hopefully the pictures and description together will help it to be clear.
This is a great way to keep your drink close, but not completely tie up (pun intended) your hands.

You can also find a tree branch (or some other convenient place) to hang your drink...
If you'd like a drink holder that can be worn on your shoulder (purse style), I would recommend starting with 10 strands of twine at least 2 1/2 yards long. (Go even longer with the strands to create something that can be worn cross-body or sling style.)
The finished product (without the jar) can easily fit into a pocket or purse - so bring one along with you to your next picnic or outdoor party.

I am thinking it might be fun to create some outdoor candle jar holders like this, too! 
Or maybe even a reusable fruit/veggie grocery bag?
What else can you see being created with this net technique?
Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies: 
Twine: The Twinery (Firecracker);
Tools: Fiskars (Scissors);

Friday, June 19, 2015

Book Review :: Jesus Calling for Little Ones by Sarah Young, written by Jean Fischer, illustrated by Antonia Woodward

Jesus Calling for Little Ones is the newest in the Jesus Calling book series by Sarah Young. Jesus Calling for Little Ones is a bit different from the other Jesus Calling books in that it is not a 365 day devotional. Jesus Calling for Little Ones is a board book with 26 full-color board book pages (13 page openings). The full-page illustrations by Antonia Woodward are adorable and are done in a gentle, muted color palette. 
Each page opening in Jesus Calling for Little Ones has both a small portion of text (written as if it was from Jesus to your little one) and a corresponding verse (from the International Children's Bible). The text of Jesus Calling for Little Ones is different from many other books in that it can be read in order like a story, but also makes sense being read with the individual pages on their own.

With the sweet text, cute illustrations, and sturdy build, I think Jesus Calling for Little Ones is a great book to share with your little ones. 
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Book Review :: Redo Your Room: 50 Bedroom DIYs You Can Do In A Weekend (from the editors of Faithgirlz! and Girls' Life Magazine)

Redo Your Room is a great little book packed with quick and easy projects to decorate any girl's room. The book is laid out almost magazine-style (similar to that of Best Party Book Ever! that I reviewed previously), which makes it fun to browse and easy to find what you are looking for. 
Redo Your Room is divided into 10 sections (labeled as chapters), 4 of which are tips and tricks for making your space work well for you, and 6 of which are loaded with DIY projects. 

The projects have written out instructions, but do not have step-by-step photos (which I think would have made this book even better). Each project is rated on a scale of difficulty/involvement: one scissor (Quick 'N' Easy), two scissors (DIY 101), or three scissors (Craft Queen). (Most of the projects in the book are level one or two). In addition to the focal projects, there are sections labeled "Quickie Craft Alert!" or "Instant Update" with more projects and ideas to try out. 

I love the style of Redo Your Room, and with the great variety of projects included you are sure to find something that will work for you. My daughter has already implemented some of the tips she found in the book, and we have several projects from Redo Your Room that we are hoping to attempt in her room.
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Spring Birthday Table Decor {The Twinery}

Today I wanted to share with you a quick way to spruce up a party table (great for birthdays, tea parties, or garden dinner parties) using The Twinery's new Spring Blossom twine.
First, to create a small, decorative vase, I took an empty jar (this one formerly held a delicious beverage) and wrapped it with Spring Blossom twine. (Mine had already had the label removed, but it is not necessary for this - just cover that label up!)

I find it easiest to keep everything in place simply by using a strip of adhesive. Adhesive with a backing that peels away is best - just remove a bit of the backing at a time:
Tip: You may need another strip of adhesive on the opposite side of the jar if you are dealing with a tapered area.

When I finished wrapping the "vase" I added a few little embellishments - but it looks great even without them thanks to that Spring Blossom twine.

Next, I went to work on a little decoration for some party favors - a small picture frame. I wanted to give it a more personal touch, so I created a simple washi tape banner to string across it.
Step 1: Lay a strip of washi tape so the twine is across the midpoint.
Step 2: Fold washi tape over and adhere together.
Steps 3 & 4: Cut ends of washi tape "flags" to finish. 

These frames can also double as placecards - just write each attendee's name on the glass with a write on/wipe off (dry erase) marker:
Put a few flowers in your new twine-wrapped decorative vase, set the table, and you are ready to party!
Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies: 
Twine: The Twinery (Spring Blossom); 
Tape: My Mind's Eye (washi tape);
Accents: Studio Calico (wood veneer feathers); 
Other: (paper doily);
Tools: Fiskars (Scissors);

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Growing In Unity :: Blog Hop

The Introduction:
If you are hopping along with us today: You should have come here from Doreen's blog. If you did, you are in the right place! Welcome!
If you aren't already a follower, I'd love to have you follow my blog!
If you are on Facebook, please "like" Ink Blots by TRD.

If you are one of my regular readers: Thanks for coming back! I love having you! Please feel free to join along in the hop - you can start at the Unity blog.

The Hop Order:
Amy
Lynda
Teresa
Brittany
Maria
Doreen
Tifany <--- You are here
Wynne
Paula

The Project:
I created these stamped clothespins with the May HOPE Sustain You sentiment kit from Unity Stamp Company. They are a fairly quick project, and would be great as a simple hostess or housewarming gift...or just to add a bit of color to your own home. 
Just stamp, color, and you are done!

The Prize:
TWO lucky people will win the Frankly Said sentiment kit. (The winners will be announced with the GIU post on Wednesday, June 3rd on the Unity Stamp Company blog.)

Thanks for stopping by today!

The Next Stop:
Supplies: 
Stamps: Unity Stamp Company (May HOPE Sustain You);
Ink: Ranger (Archival - Jet Black);
Markers: Zig;