Friday, November 27, 2015

The Holiday Collective Giveaway: $400 in Martha Stewart Craft Supplies!

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Tis the season for giveaways, and what better day than Black Friday to kick-off the best giveaway ever? I'm teaming up with the talented ladies of The Holiday Collective blog to bring you 19 jam packed days of giveaways, starting with an amazing giveaway from Martha Stewart Crafts!

I've partnered with the folks at Martha Stewart to give one lucky reader over $400 in amazing craft supplies! That's like outfitting an entire craft room! Here's a sampling of what the winner will receive, including some of my favorite paints, punches, and must-have tools. Click on any of the photos before for more info:

Love this giveaway? Well, we've got 18 more! Make sure to head to each of these blogs for a new giveaway each day!

Nov. 27 - Design Improvised is giving away a $400 box of Martha Stewart Crafts supplies
Nov. 28 - Pars Caeli is giving away $100 to Seedling
Nov. 29 - Fall for DIY is giving away a Silhouette Cameo ($300 value)
Nov. 30 - Squirrelly Minds is giving away $200 to SnapBox
Dec. 1 - This Little Street is giving away $200 to Anthropologie and a beauty assortment box
Dec. 2 - Idle Hands Awake is giving away $150 to Artfully Walls
Dec. 3 - A Bubbly Life is giving away $250 to Pottery Barn Teen
Dec. 4 - Alice & Lois is giving away $200 in Banana Republic shop cards
Dec. 5 - This Heart of Mine is giving away 4 pairs of Livie & Luca shoes
Dec. 6 - The Merrythought is giving away 1 adult bicycle & 1 kid's bicycle from Brilliant Bicycle Co.
Dec. 7 - Shrimp Salad Circus is giving away $200 to Michaels
Dec. 8 - Lovely Indeed is giving away $150 to Social Print Studio
Dec. 9 - A Girl Named PJ is giving away $250 to BRIKA
Dec. 10 - Brepurposed is giving away a welcome package & $100 to Spoonflower
Dec. 11 - Damask Love is giving away a Cricut prize bundle
Dec. 12 - Hey There Home is giving away a $200 to Pottery Barn
Dec. 13 - Alice & Lois is giving away a Minted gift card
Dec. 14 - Hello Lidy is giving away a pair of Lotta from Stockholm clogs (up to $200 value)
Dec. 15 - Lulu the Baker is giving away $200 to Design Life Kids

Martha Stewart Crafts Giveaway!

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Thank you to Martha Stewart Omnimedia for sponsoring this giveaway. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

DIY Painted Christmas Ornaments

DIY painted paper mache Christmas ornaments with copper trim

While our Christmas tree this year is all metallic, I couldn't resist going big on color with these DIY painted ornaments! Of course, I still had to add a hint of metallic with the copper trim. ;)

DIY painted paper mache Christmas ornaments with copper trim

These started out as brown paper mache ornaments I found for $1 a piece at Hobby Lobby. I loved the variety of shapes and the blank canvas they provided. They are also shatter-proof!

DIY painted paper mache Christmas ornaments with copper trim

All they needed was a few shades of my favorite Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Craft Paint, and a little copper foil tape to make them shine!

DIY painted paper mache Christmas ornaments with copper trim

This post contains affiliate links. See my full disclosure.

Supplies for DIY Painted Christmas Ornaments

DIY painted paper mache Christmas ornaments with copper trim

How to Make DIY Painted Christmas Ornaments

1. Tape off the areas you want to paint and use a brush to apply the paint. If you have a steady hand, you can skip the tape! Take one section at a time, moving on to the next once it is dry.

DIY painted paper mache Christmas ornaments with copper trim

2. Add copper foil tape to trim the ornament, using your finger to smooth it down flat. You're done!

DIY painted paper mache Christmas ornaments with copper trim

DIY painted paper mache Christmas ornaments with copper trim

Love Martha Stewart Craft supplies as much as I do? Then head back to the blog on Friday, I've got a giveaway you don't want to miss!

This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Omnimedia as part of the 12 Months of Martha program. All content and opinions are my own.

Friday, November 20, 2015

10 Modern Ways to Display Your Christmas Cards!

10 modern christmas card holder ideas

It's time to start checking your mailbox! Christmas cards will start arriving in the next couple weeks and don't just let them pile up on the kitchen counter, show them off! The following 10 DIY Christmas card holders are some modern and creative ways to put them on display:

DIY Geometric Holiday Card Display - Dream Green DIY

DIY geometric painted christmas card hold

Christmas Tree Display - Design Improvised

Christmas tree holiday card holder idea

holiday card display pin board

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

5 Tips for Stress-Free Holiday Cards ... and a $200 Minted Giveaway!

Spirit of Christmas holiday photo cards from Minted

It's the time of year to send out your holiday cards! I absolutely love this tradition and look forward to sending (and receiving!) cards each Christmas. Today I'm partnering with to share my tips for making the holiday card process enjoyable and stress-free!

Minted is also offering a lucky reader a $200 credit to spend on your own cards or any of their amazing products made by independent artists, ranging from art prints to home decor (such great gift options!). Be sure to enter through the Rafflecopter at the end of the post.

5 tips for stress-free holiday cards!

As our calendars get packed over the holidays, sending out cards can seem like one more daunting thing on your to-do list, but with a little planning it can be so fun! Here are my tips:

1. Order early! If you haven't already, now is the time to place your holiday card order. You want to give yourself plenty of time to receive the cards and then send them out before the holidays (New Years cards are also a fun option if you get a late start!). I have used Minted's cards for the past several years, and not only do they have some of the best quality around, they also have great turn-around times. I've typically received my cards in less than a week after placing the order. Even better, they are offering 15% off holiday cards through Nov. 24!

2. Pre-address your envelopes - another feature I absolutely love about Minted's cards? They'll do the addressing for you - for FREE! Talk about a huge time saver. And these aren't the address labels you've printed off your home computer in years past; Minted's envelopes come in a variety of beautiful fonts and designs to match your cards. You just upload your address spreadsheet once and Minted will keep it online for you year after year. So when it comes to ordering your cards next year, you can scroll through the list to update any addresses as needed and hit order. It couldn't be easier!

Pre addressed holiday card envelopes from Minted

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thrifty DIY: Metallic Dipped Vases

Dip thrift store vases in metallic paint for a modern look!

When I'm on one of my regular visits to the Goodwill, I almost always leave with at least one vase. It is hands down the best place to get inexpensive vases! Each Goodwill typically has a full aisle of them for $1-$2 a piece. One thing that always catches my eye among the sea of clear glass vases are these beautiful vintage green florist vases. I just love them!

Dip thrift store vases in metallic paint for a modern look!

I thought it would be fun to add a DIY touch that showed off the pretty designs faceted into the glass, by "dipping" them in paint. Metallic paint of course!

Dip thrift store vases in metallic paint for a modern look!

This is a super simple project and the green and metallic color combo is perfect for Christmas! You can whip up several vases for your holiday decor in under 30 minutes. Here's how: