Thursday, August 18, 2016

No-Sew Superhero Capes for Kids

I love making arts and crafts, especially when I can make items and give them to my grandchildren or donate them to charity. Such as the recent campaign that I participated in called Capes for Kids, sponsored by FamilyFun Magazine.

People were encouraged to get together & throw superhero cape making parties and then donate those capes to charity. All of the capes made during the campaign were donated to homeless shelters and given out to kids. How cool is that? Totally cool.

I was honored to participate in this important campaign and had my little cape making party with my mother, husband, granddaughter and godson volunteering to help me. We used the pattern and instructions online to make the No-Sew Superhero Capes. You can print it all out and make some kid's superhero capes for charity and/or make a few for your own kids to enjoy.

To decorate some of the No-Sew Superhero Capes that we made for the campaign I used some complimentary products that I received from the May Arts Ribbon Company. Here's some information about the company and their gorgeous ribbons & trims that they offer.

May Arts offers a variety of different products featuring:

* Decorative Ribbons for Apparel, Crafts, and Floral Design
* Lace Ribbons
* 100% Silk Ribbons
* May Arts’ Signature Adhesive Ribbons
* Trims & Embellishments
* Gift Tags
* Banners & Garland

When we made the children's superhero capes, I decided to use some of the May Arts ribbon on two of the capes. On the one shown above, I used some fabric glue and glued the red pom-pom decorative ribbon around the collar portion of the cape and left it dry overnight & then trimmed it to the proper length. I drew a simple flower onto a piece of paper and used that as my flower template and simply cut out the flowers from various pieces of colored felt. I glued them onto the cape along with a colored pom-pom to accent the center of each flower. A really easy design for little girls!

For the second little girl's design I used the burgundy decorative ribbon in a zig-zag pattern to trim around the bottom of the cape. Again, I just used fabric glue to adhere it to the felt. I then drew a large heart onto a piece of paper and used it as my template to cut out a heart from purple felt. I glued it on and decided that it needed a little more special trim, so I used that same decorative ribbon around the collar of the cape. When using fabric glue, you always want to let it thoroughly dry overnight before using your items. If you use special glue for fabric, they are indeed washable and dryable!

Over the coming weeks I'll be using more of the ribbons that I received from May Arts in various sewing and craft projects and will be featuring them all here on my craft blog. I plan on using some of the ribbons & trims in some of my holiday cardmaking & scrapbooking projects that I want to do. In addition, I'll be using them to make some cool ribbon holiday ornaments too. Stay tuned for all of those craft projects in the coming weeks!

May Arts ribbon can be purchased through their new retail website, or through one of their many suppliers found in the retail locator.

Disclosure: Shelly received complimentary ribbons & trims from May Arts to feature in various craft & sewing projects here on her blog. No monetary compensation was received. Please visit our sponsor and thank them for helping to support our blog. Thanks!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Fall Family Fun - Scrapbooking Page Layout Idea

I'm so far behind on my scrapbooking projects and I'm desperately trying to get caught up! Last Fall we took our grandchildren to a local farm for some fun Autumn festivities. Our beautiful 6 1/2 year old granddaughter got to feed some farm animals, climb on hay bales, go through a corn maze, drive a tractor, go on a hayride and then we went pumpkin picking in their pumpkin patch. It was a lot of fun!

This scrapbooking layout is done in the classic 12x12 format size and features a fun and easy Fall layout idea.

The background is a solid sheet with a texture piece of cardstock in olive green. I slightly cropped down my 3 photographs and then matted them onto dark orange and dark olive green cardstock, leaving an 1/8" edge around each of the mats.

I cut a strip measuring 3 1/2" by 12" in size from a piece of plaid print scrapbook paper. It's in fall colors and ran that towards the bottom of the layout. Along each long-edge of that strip I ran printed self-adhesive ribbon, also in an autumn print. It just finishes off the edges of the paper strip nicely and adds some texture to the page.

I used my Cricut to cut out the acorn and leaf design you see running across the top of the page. It's a design in their design gallery and I used chocolate brown and medium orange cardstock to make it. I then used small alpha letters (stickers) to spell out the name GIA and put that on one of the acorns and spelled out the year 2015 which I placed on top of the second acorn.

The only other embellishments that I added to the page are located towards the bottom. I had a self-adhesive leaf embellishment (one of the jelly-stickers) that I placed on the right of the photo and then on the left of the bottom photo you'll see a chipboard dark red maple leaf that I layered onto dark orange and olive green cardstock squares. I used decorative edge scissors around both square's edges.

To finish up, I used the same alpha stickers that I used earlier to spell out the word "Autumn" and the word "Fall" and placed those words near the embellishments on the bottom of this Fall & Autumn Scrapbooking Page.

Note: All photos featured in this blog post are clickable. If you click on each one, it will automatically open up in a new browsing window and in an enlarged size. This will allow you to see all of the smaller details close-up. Visiting my Scrapbooking board on Pinterest to see hundreds more FREE scrapbooking layout designs.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Getting to Know the Contractors You Are Working with Well

A smart homeowner is willing to take the time to learn more about the contractor they’re going to be working with when remodeling their home. This is because home remodels are extremely expensive and require a large investment of both energy and time on the part of the homeowner. It does not matter if the homeowner is looking to remodel their kitchen, their bathroom, or a small section of their home. The contractor who they are working with is going to be in their home constantly and is going to have close interaction with them for an extended period of time. So the better the contractor and the homeowner get along and the more the homeowner knows about the contractor up front, the better the end results will be.

One of the first things a homeowner wants to know about the contractors they hire is how much experience they have had. Obviously, a newer contractor with less experience is going to take longer to complete a project and may use more materials to do the same job as opposed to a contractor who has years of experience on the job. Of course, this is not mean that just because a contractor has been in business for an extended period of time that they are going to do a better job than someone just starting out, but there is wisdom in learning about how much experience a potential contractor has.

It is always better to work for contractor who has a brick and mortar building as opposed to one that only appears on the Internet. This is because if a contractor has a brick and mortar building in the community, you know that they are not just a fly-by-night company that is there to do a little bit of work and then leave.

It is also good to look at other jobs that a contractor has done. A good contractor will be able to give you references of jobs they have done that have turned out well and also references of jobs that have not turned out quite as well. It’s good to talk to customers who interact with a potential contractor when everything went smoothly, and it’s also good to talk to customers who have worked with contractors where things did not turn out as expected. Talking to both of these individuals will give you a good idea of what type of person you are going to be working with.