less than one week before Christmas and i have asked my team to help come up with some fun and FABULOUS gifts in minutes! Jen Evans doesn’t disappoint with these cute mason jars! i love making pretty stuff with my kids too!!!!
This is a gift that you can create in under 30 minutes! My son has a lot of teachers – 10 to be exact. So when we think of Christmas gifts we need to think of something that isn’t going to break the bank, that he can help create, and something that isn’t going to take forever! Maybe you have a group of gifts still to make and this will inspire your kids to get involved with the merry making!
1. Glue the trees inside the jars.
To make these simple Mason Jar Snow Globes, we glued trees and even reindeer to the insides of these jars. I got the 2 pack of jars from the $3 Spot at Target. You can get them anywhere, but I loved these because they had a spot for a label if I wanted to add one and the lids were completely FLAT for me to add a little snow globe to the top too!
Adult supervision is needed to add the E6000 Adhesive to the bottom of the trees, but Ethan had no problem holding the top of the tree to place it inside the jar.
2. Add snow!
Keeping the jars on the table, I placed the powder snow in a bowl and gave him a scoop to help pour the snow into the jars. ONLY a handful is needed! You don’t want too much because then it drowns the trees. Also, keeping the snow in the bowl keeps the mess down but make sure your kids don’t breath or sneeze too hard! Ha!
3. Make the tag!
Have fun customizing a Heidi Swapp Project Life Color Magic Value Kit 3×4 cards! This one I loved because it was already cut to say “Happy”. I pre-taped the card with washi tape and Ethan sprayed it with Sweet Cherry Color Shine. When we removed the tape it created these cool holiday stripes! The “Holidays” is made with a Impression Obsession diecut. Using Bazzill Basics’ Silver Foil Cardstock, it looks amazing! It is easy to just glue everything down once it is all cut out. It was good for Ethan’s small motor skills to get to punch the holly.
4. Create the snow globe topper
This step is optional but adds so much to the jar! Half of a medium plastic ornament fit these jars perfectly! Trace the ornament on top of a 4×6 Heidi Swapp Project Life card. This glitter star card is from the Glitter Value Kit. Glue other items on the card like more punches to create garland or mistletoe, rhinestones, and a “joy” embellishment using Heidi’s freebie that you can find here and the Epiphany Crafts Studio Shape Round 25 Tool. Then hot glue the half ornament to the card.
I glued the bottom of the snow globe again with E-6000 to the lid of the jar. Lastly, I hot glued this awesome tinsel trim to the rim of the jar. All these craft items, from the trees to the trim can be found at your local Michaels store! Let the jars sit to dry completely over night.
I hope this inspires you to get creative with your kids! Ethan had a blast making these and he can’t wait to give them away!
i love this idea Jen! i can think of a million ways to decorate them! super adorbs!!! make sure to scroll down for NEW updates on my 2015 Memory Planners and an important announcement!
Supplies: Project Life Color Magic Value Kit, Project Life Glitter Value Kit, Sweet Cherry Color Shine, Martha Stewart Branch Punch, Powder Snow, Rhinestones, E-6000 Adhesive, Hot Glue and Glue Gun, Epiphany Crafts Studio Shape Round 25 Tool and Bubble Caps, Bazzill Basics Cardstock, Obsession Impression Happy Holidays Die, Target: Mason Jars, Michael’s Stores: Trees, Double Width Tinsel Trim and Ribbon
Kick off for “Capture30”, my month long class at Big Picture Classes in January, is less than 2 weeks away! I am getting so excited! I LOVE the New Year; I am so ready for 2015! There has been SO much excitement buzzing around about my new planners for 2015, and I can.not.wait. for you to get your hands on these beauties! (which did you choose?)
For those of you who are in the Capture 30 class, or have purchased the Planner + the accessory kit, I have an UPDATE on those items…. The good news is that the Planners are on track and will be shipping out before the New Year (dec.23rd to be exact). However, port congestion has delayed arrival of the items included in the Accessory kit until the end of January.
Instead of pushing back delivery of the planner, we decided to go ahead and ship out the planners (on Dec.23) according to plan, and separate the order. You will still be receiving the Accessory Kit from Studio Calico, but they will be shipping separately from the planner at a later date (at no charge, of course). Even though I am super bummed about this, the good news is that the planner is an ALL YEAR project- and you will have them to use for the remaining 11 months of the year (wink).
More GOOD NEWS: For those of you in the class, I have been hard at work designing EXCLUSIVE downloadable printables and cutfiles that will make it SO easy to pretty up your planner along the way!
I have also whipped up 2 exclusive, limited edition stamp sets that will only be available through Studio Calico! And if you have already ordered the kit and order the stamps by 11:59pm Sunday night, they will ship to you FREE!! Studio Calico is also giving FREE shipping to those that haven’t ordered the kit but would still like to order the stamps anyway! But you need to still order by the deadline 11:59pm Sunday, December 21st to get the free shipping! I recommend that you snatch them up! Remember, these planners are NOT ‘dated’, so you can jump in and use them anytime… but that also means that you will love having the numbered stamp set that will make it so easy to add the numbers and dates.
If you have NOT signed up for the class… you can do so HERE! It’s going to be such a fabulous way to kick off 2015! January is the right time to get motivated, and making using a planner to document everyday a habit for the rest of the year!
The planners are sold out at Studio Calico, but they will be available around the second week of February at Michaels Stores everywhere… remember, the class will ALWAYS be available to you, and you can enjoy it at your own pace, anytime… I do hpe you will join me! DON’T WORRY, if for some reason you would like to cancel your kit, click HERE and Studio Calico will work with you to issue a full refund…
Even though I so totally wish there was something that we could do to magically get the products HERE, i know first hand that we have done all we can, and we just have to be patient. I guarantee, they will be worth the wait!! I am SO sorry for this inconvenience! Click here to see the WHOLE lovely collection!! February will be here before we know it!
Thank you so much for your understanding… we are going to have an amazing January during “Capture 30”… 30 days of ideas, inspiration and getting the most out of 2015! i can’t wait!
I am super excited to finally introduce you to my NEW Marquee Love collection!!! i have been working on this for what seems like FOREVER and now it is finally time to show you these fun letters!
i have been DIYing marquee signs for a long time now! it always includes wood, power tools, lots of cords, and a lot of help from my husband Eric! ha!!! Now it is easier than ever and i can’t wait to show you because i know you will love it as much as i do!
Every box comes with the letter, strand of lights, clear bulb caps, instructions on how to strand the lights perfectly, and a template so you can customize it! with the template, you can use it with my Marquee Love glitter or patterned paper!
Just trace and cut out. you don’t even have to glue the paper because the lights will hold everything in place and then you can change it out later if you want! Fabulous, right?! In this collection there is also washi tape, glitter, and glue if you want to try a different look besides the paper!
Make sure to keep the directions that are in the box. They show you exactly how to thread the lights so that there isn’t excess cords in the back – that way the battery pack and cords are completely hidden!
i had so much fun with making a few for my home! here is a photo of what i made for my son Cory for his bedroom! i used paint, a bit of black ink, and some sanding to give it a galvanized look!
you can see all the products on my website here that will be available at Michael’s stores at the end of the month! what will you spell?
today on “Create to Remember” i show you how much fun Marquee Love can be! you can watch the episode on My Craft Channel right here! if you make Marquee Love, make sure to take a photo and use the hashtag #hsMarqueeLove so that I can see! I can’t wait to see you ‘make pretty stuff!’
about a week left to get that shopping done for Christmas!!! yikes! don’t worry, i have asked my team this week to come up with some quick and easy gifts that you can make for your family and friends! Jen Evans is sharing a oh-so-fun gift idea that i just LOVE!!! peppermint is one of my favorite essential oils and it is perfect for this time of year!
Every year I write out my “gift” list and it seems to get longer every Christmas! Family, friends, co-workers, mom’s group, bible study group, teachers, and the list goes on and on… To make things easier for me I decide on one simple gift that I can make over and over for everyone. It has to be easy on the budget and easy to make! One day I was grocery shopping at Natural Grocers and in their bulk section found these cotton muslin tea bags for only 19 cents each! I knew it right then! It would be perfect for Heidi’s 3×4 Becky Higgins Project Life cards and homemade lip balm!
I first decorated the muslin bags assembly style! Using my craft mat and a layer of paper towels, I laid all the bags on the table at once. Then, I cut a piece of scrap chipboard to fit inside the bag so that when I misted the stencil it wouldn’t soak through to the other side. I laid my “heart” Project Life stencil on the bag and misted only twice with Chartreuse Color Shine! If you need a good tutorial for using Heidi’s mini stencils, watch this video. When dry I stamped the “with all my heart” stamp that came in the stencil set using black Archival Ink! It looked so good!
I wanted to share some tips and tricks to making your own lip balm.
1. Find empty lip balm containers at your local natural foods store. I found these at Natural Grocers.
2. Use a grubby pot, glass measuring cup, and heat resistant spatula. The coconut oil is liquid above 76 degrees and a solid below 76 degrees. So, clean up can be tricky in your good pans. You will love this project so much that it will be good to just keep these supplies for your next batch.
3. Use your favorite Organic Coconut Oil. Some stores have coconut oil in with the health and beauty products but if you look at the ingredients, it is the same as what you can find in the cooking section of your store but priced for more. We bought a huge container at Costco for the same price as the small jar at our natural food store. Just make sure it is 100% organic Coconut Oil and you are good to go!
4. Use a medium glass measuring cup. I recommend you use something small to pour the oil with. The more the oil reaches 76 degrees, the faster it cools and the more you have to reheat it to melt it again.
Homemade Peppermint Lip Balm
1 cup Organic Coconut Oil
2 oz of Bees Wax (comes in 1 oz bars as shown above and can be purchased at your local natural grocery store)
6 Vitamin E Capsules
8-10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
20-30 Lip Balm Containers
Prepare your containers by having the lids off and upright on the counter.
Melt your coconut oil and beeswax over medium heat stirring at all times with your heat resistant spatula.
Using a paper piercer poke the Vitamin E capsules and squeeze into the pan. Stir thoroughly. Add your Peppermint Oil.
Pour quickly into your medium glass measuring cup. Work fast and pour carefully into the containers. If the oil hardens in the bottom of the measuring cup, just scrape with the spatula back into the pan and reheat again.
Let cool for 15-20 minutes. Wipe containers clean with a baby wipe.
If you would like, place a glove on and smooth rough top edges with your finger to give it a clean and professional look. Add cap!
I used Heidi’s Project Life Sheer Stickers to add an encouraging or fun word to the outside of the lip balm. Some even said, “beautiful”, “dream on”, or “live it up!”
Lastly, I placed a 3×4 Project Life card inside, added some misted seam binding, and the lip balm to the muslin bag. They were perfect to throw into my purse when I went to my Mom’s group. Everyone was so surprised, including me when all the girls opened their lip balm and tried it right then and there. How cool is that?! It felt good to make something everyone could use every day! Plus, they will see that encouraging word every time they use it and hopefully it makes them feel better about themselves!
There you have it! A quick and easy gift that you can make this week to give to everyone on your list! Merry Christmas!
i really want to try this out Jen!!! how fun and easy to make! perfect for any season but the best for a quick and easy Christmas gift!
Supplies: Heidi Swapp Project Life Favorite Things Core Kit, Project Life Sheer Stickers, Project Life My Heart Stamp and Stencil Set, Color Shine Chartreuse, Color Shine Sweet Cherry, Ranger Archival Black Ink, and Seam Binding
it’s time to package up those gifts that you got your family and friends this year! this week i have asked my media team to help with quick and easy gift ideas that will help us cross those names off our lists! what better way to show you care by creating a beautiful box of “pretty stuff” like Jamie Pate did here?!!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…la de da de dah!
Hey everyone. Welcome to an edition of a Heidi Holiday.
It’s the most wonderful time of year and a great time to get your create on and make something unique from your heart and hand. And that is just what I want to share with you today.
For my Heidi Holiday inspiration I took September Skies and went to customizing gift box as well as gifts inside. To start, I covered an upcycled box with September Skies Meadow Bloom Paper, the black and white striped side. I love this paper and it will look perfect under my tree waiting for it’s recipient to open up this handcrafted box. Because after all it’s all about how it will look under my tree as we all know.
Recently inspired by a magazine article, the inside is a gathering of various items wrapped thematically for a box full of fun gifts, handmade as well as some store bought.
Some of the store bought items are embellished a little. Some of the presents are hand crafted. And some of the gifts are embellished just a bit with September Skies.
For this gift I just wrapped the item in white tissue and then with red tulle. A 3×3 cut-away from the September Skies Dusk paper was a great sentiment to glue on top of this particular gift.
This present is not wrapped too differently. I left the kraft box unwrapped. Tied red string around it. Then Color Shined a September Skies Color Magic Die cut in Black to match the package. Then I used pop dots to ‘pop’ it up on the box. So simple. But so perfect.
This is always a great go-to gift. I took a mini composition book and covered the front and back with a piece of a 6×6 Favorite Things pattern paper. The sentiment is a September Skies Clear Stamp stamped on a piece of scrap paper. It is simply glued on the front cover. Wrapped with the white dot on red pattern paper and tied with the red tulle it is all ready to go. I might just keep this one for myself. Shhh….don’t tell anyone.
I always create family calendars every year for gifts. They are always requested and I enjoy making them. The calendar’s cover page is the green and white stripe from the September Skies Star Gazing paper cut to size.
The front is embellished with a few notch-cut pieces of pattern paper and a Word Strips sticker. Clip the top with a clip from the Attachment Kit and call it done and wrapped.
To finish, the box is wrapped in the same red tulle as the inside packages. I wrapped it twice around in order to keep the box closed.
A glitter star was die cut and tied around the tulle. A Word Strips sticker was a perfect sentiment to pop up on the star. Open Air pattern paper with the red and white dot, notched, finished off this hand made holiday package and gifts.
Ah!…so there you go…a Heidi Holiday Gift styled with September Skies and perfectly personalized for that special someone on your list.
who wouldn’t LOVE getting that gift?! it is fabulous Jamie! just my kind of gift box too. you are so right – it has to look good under the tree too!
Supplies: September Skies Collection. 6×6 Favorite Things Pattern Paper. red tulle. hole punch. pop dots. scissors. gifts.