Mar 31, 2014

5 Minute DIY: Duct Tape Hair Clips 

I'm so excited to partner with Scotch® Duct Tape for this week’s 5 Minute DIY tutorial! I don’t think I’ve ever done a kids/teen craft project, so I’m especially excited about this one. Growing up, my mom and I always did craft projects together so I thought this would be a fun mother/daughter project idea. Or even a birthday party craft activity. Either way, it’s super easy to make. And as duct tape patterns keep growing, you can create one to go with each outfit! I've always been amazed at all the creative ways duct tape is being used these days and with the growing selection of colors, I can only imagine the list will get longer.

After spotting some fun patterns like the Scary Cat and Rainbow Scales from Scotch®’s newest line of duct tapes, I knew turning them into hair clips would be a fun way to add a pop of color to plain hair accessories. Now, let's get started!

Scotch® Duct Tape (I used: Rainbow Scales, Scary Cat, Pattern Crazy, Grey Elephants)

• Hair Clips
• Piece of cardstock paper
• Scissors
• Hot glue
• Small embellishments (I used faux pearl stickers)

• Cut out a piece of duct tape (about 5 inches).

• Fold it over the cardstock paper.
• Cut out a rectangular shape from the tape-covered cardstock, slightly larger than your hair clip.
• Add a strip of hot glue on top of the hair clip and place the duct tape strip on top.
• Decorate with embellishments like faux pearl stickers.

I am proud to be a 3M- sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate new products from Scotch® Duct Tape. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me. To see more creative projects, visit and check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. 

Mar 17, 2014

DIY: Chocolate S'mores Cake Recipe

Today's post is very special to me, because it’s Crème de la Craft’s 2nd birthday! Thank you all for continuing to read, comment, share, like and pin these little projects of mine.

In honor of my blog birthday, I’m posting my first recipe project. I thought the celebration called for a double layer chocolate s'mores cake! The big toasted marshmallows on top are my favorite. And I can report back that it was delicious! 

Now let's get started...

2 boxes of chocolate cake mix (and the ingredients required on the box)
2 jars (7oz each) of marshmallow creme or fluff
1 cup of graham cracker crumbs (they actually sell the crumbs!)
¼ cup melted unsalted butter
Mixing bowl
Baking pan
Foil or parchment paper
Bag of large marshmallows

Bake 2 chocolate cakes, following the instructions on the cake mix box. Let cool and set aside.
In a bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs and the melted butter with a spatula until combined.
Cover a baking pan with foil or parchment paper and evenly spread the graham cracker crumbs on top. Bake in the oven at 350°F until they are golden brown (about 10 minutes). Remove and let cool.
Toast 20-24 marshmallows. You can use a culinary torch or toast them individually over the stove with a skewer, like a mini campfire. Be very careful and be sure to hold the marshmallow a few inches above the flame. Do not to hold the actual wooden skewer over the flame or it will catch on fire.

Arrange the first layer of cake on your cake stand.
Spread an even layer of the marshmallow creme on top. It will naturally ooze out from the side. I used 1 full jar for the first layer.
Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs on top.
Place the second layer of cake on top and repeat the previous steps using the remainder of the marshmallow creme and graham cracker crumbs.
Arrange the toasted marshmallows on top.

Mar 4, 2014

DIY: Yarn Wrapped Key Covers

I know I've made some unique (and unusual) projects over the years including this pistachio shell necklace and these cereal box notebooks, so you can imagine how many times I get asked, “how do you come up with these ideas?!” Well folks, I think it’s time to answer that question! My process is pretty simple: (1) research (2) inspiration (3) create. And since the "key" ingredient (see what I did there?) to finding inspiration is the research phase, I partnered with Bing for a behind-the-scenes look at how I came up with today's project! Bing challenged me to use their search tool, where I'm able to earn credits to redeem some amazing gift cards just by searching! Pretty cool, right?

After meeting the awesome group of ladies from Bing last month (and winning a tablet!), I decided to give it a try. It’s been about 4 weeks and I can tell you that I’m hooked!

Bing’s search functionality is s
uper visual with lots of images, which makes it easier for me to find inspiration quickly. But the icing on the cake is definitely the Bing Rewards program. I can’t believe I didn’t know about this! You can earn credits just by searching the web. That’s all! Then you can redeem them for gift cards to some amazing stores like Amazon, Starbucks, Sephora, Fandango and more. Bonus: Bing Rewards just launched on Apple iOS and Android phones and tablets so you can build up your credits wherever you are. 

So here is how today's project was born...

I had a bunch of embroidery floss laying around so I decided to use them for my next craft. I used Bing to search for inspirational images of other projects made from embroidery floss. After browsing a few pages, I noticed a lot of accessories like jewelry and pens being wrapped with yarn, so that got me wondering what little object I could jazz up. A few minutes later, it hit me! And that is why all my keys are now color-coded with yarn!

Now let's get started!

• Key
• Embroidery Floss (about 5 feet)
• Tacky Glue 
• Scissors

• Add a thin layer of glue to both sides of the key's bow (aka the top part). It's easier to apply a small amount of glue then add more as you go.  
• Find the center of your embroidery floss and place it on the bottom of the key's bow.
• Working your way to the top, start wrapping the embroidery floss around the key cover, alternating between the two sides of the yarn. Add more glue as needed and continue wrapping.

• If your key has multiple holes at the top like mine, you’ll need to individually wrap around them too (see images below).

• Secure the first end of the embroidery floss by gluing it to the rest of the yarn. Cut any access yarn off if needed. 
• Wrap the remaining end around until the key is completely covered.
• Glue the end to secure.  

And now for some online shopping! I’ve racked up quite a few points so I treated myself to
some Amazon gift cards through Bing Rewards. Thank you, Bing!  

This post was created in partnership with Bing. All opinions are my own. 


Feb 18, 2014

My DIY Wedding Save the Date Cards

engagement session photo by Luna Photo  

I can’t believe our wedding is almost four months away! I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the wedding craft projects I’ve been working on so I’m going to share them all in the next few months…starting with my save the date cards! I printed them through Zazzle, which has hundreds of beautiful designs to choose from. The crafty side of me wanted to add a personalized touch though. I wanted to incorporate our initials in the design while also adding some dimension, which is how I came up with the idea of attaching little heart-shaped embellishments. What do you guys think? 

I need to send a special shout-out to our incredibly talented wedding photographer Paula from Luna Photo who captured the beautiful photo on the card. She took us to some beautiful locations in San Diego and made the entire shoot feel so comfortable...and fun! Tony and I have been together for many, many years so we probably have hundreds of pictures together, but Paula captured some of my favorite photos of all time. Her blog is filled with breathtaking pictures...see for yourself! This engagement session is my personal favorite. We can’t wait for her to capture our wedding day and I’ll be sure to share them with you as well!  

 engagement session photo by Luna Photo

• Save the Date invitations (see all of their designs here)
• Twine
• Sheet of the couple’s initials printed on cardstock paper (I created my template in Photoshop, but you can also use Word or even Excel)
• Heart hole punch
• Scissors
• Glue gun
• Wrap some twine around the card and knot it to secure. Make sure the knot faces the front of the card (we will cover it with the heart).
• Punch out your heart-shaped initials from the cardstock paper. Hold the hole puncher upside down so you can see what you are punching.

• Attach the heart to the twine using a very small amount of hot glue.

Feb 4, 2014

DIY: Mini Instagram Photo Book

As you can imagine, I love making gifts for Valentine's Day! I always find that handmade gifts are the best way to show your loved ones how much you care. Did you see my "10 Things I Love About You" Jar from last year?

Lately, we've been taking more and more Instagram photos so I thought it would be fun to create a mini album with my favorite pictures to capture all the highlights from the past year. Since Tony and I are getting married this year, I think it might actually be a fun little tradition to create one of these for every year of our marriage. And since they're tiny, you don't need a ton of materials and scrapbook supplies to make them. Super simple...that's how I like to do things around here!

These would even make a cute gift idea for an anniversary, birthday, or just a way to brighten up someone's day!

• 3” x 3” Instagram photos (directions on how to print them below)
• 6” x 3” cardstock paper (you’ll need 1 sheet for every 2 photos)
• Glue stick or tape runner (I used a glue stick, but think a tape runner would have been easier to work with) 

• 2 pieces of 3.5” x 3.5” chip board (you can also upcycle a notebook cover or cereal box)
• Decorative scrapbook paper (for the covers)
• Red felt
• Twine
• Scotch tape
• Scissors (or a paper trimmer for super straight lines)

How to Print Your Instagram Photos:
There are many ways to print your Instagram pictures. Here are a few of my favorite options.

• Option 1:
You can print your Instagram photos at home with a color printer. You first need to download your photos using Instaport. This will create JPG files of your Instagram photos. Then, you can use this great template (download it here) created by Tatertots & Jello, to add your photos onto a Word document and print. I just simply dragged my photos from my desktop onto the Word doc. Super easy!
• Option 2: There are various companies that will professionally print your Instagram photos including Prinstagram, FoxGram and PostalPix, just to name a few.

• Cut out your Instagram photos using scissors or a paper trimmer.
• Fold cardstock paper in half. Attach all the pieces together using a glue stick as shown above.
• Attach Instagram pictures to the cardstock panels using a glue stick.
• To create the front and back covers, cover the chip boards with your favorite decorative paper using a glue stick. 

• Lay the twine over the cardstock paper and tape in place, as shown below. 
• Attach the chip boards to the front and back of the cardstock using a glue stick.

• Decorate the cover as you wish. I attached some ribbon and cut out a heart out of felt.
• Tie a bow with the twine to close. 

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