Thursday, February 28, 2013

Project Ideas: Hanging Frames

Today I have a couple of projects to share using our Vertical Hanging Frames. In addition to the two samples I am sharing below, we also have a front endcap full of additional project ideas and the supplies to make your own!

These frames make a great project because they can be embellished to fit any photo and are also require little time and supplies to complete. With a couple pieces and an hours time you could have your own made!

 XOXO Hanging Frame - You can find a project sheet for this sample HERE.

Fabulous Hanging Frame. A project sheet for this project can be found HERE.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pebbles: Party line.

Today I have a second blog post to share with you - to show you some of the project ideas we have created using the new Pebbles Party line!

The line comes with four different themes: Mermaid, Super Hero, Rainbow, and Pool - all of which we have in store!! Each line comes with fun coordinating embellishments, stickers, paper bags, etc. We matched a few of these products with pieces we have available in store to create these fun party decorations and supplies!!

Goodie bags: we used the polka dot paper bags and stickers from the Super Hero line.

Cupcake toppers: we punched a scallop circle from a piece of pattern paper, added a layered sticker, attached them to a paper straw and added a piece of twine. This same idea would work with any four of the lines to decorate your cupcakes.

Glass Bottle: For this piece we just wrapped a few coordinating pieces of pattern paper around the bottle and embellished with some layered stickers.

Treat Bags: We filled a treat bag with Sixlets in a coordinating color for our tags. To create the tags we punched a circle from a piece of pattern paper and then added a sticker from the Super Hero line. We then added the tag (and closed the bag) using some blue twine.

Decorated Jars: For these pieces we wrapped twine around the jars and then embellished with a small clothespin and a sticker (you could also add a sticker with a name written in). For the straw decoration we just punched two holes in the stickers and placed the straw through them. We filled them with Sixlets for the display but obviously they would be great filled with a special birthday beverage.

Project Ideas: Bulletin Boards

Good Morning!

Before I get to the couple of projects I wanted to share today I have a few other exciting things to share with all of you!

First: Our National Craft Month ad starts today - a month long sales event to help you get into the crafting mood! You can check out the entire ad HERE.

Second: I made a quick video this morning of our new check-out lane that is being put in up front. We are still getting everything set up and hope you will be patient with us as we finish up the project, but we are also so  excited for this new set up which will bring a faster and more efficient check out process for all of you. You can see the video HERE.

Now, onto a couple of projects I wanted to share today. If you received our email this morning about the new ad you may have seen that the first project shown below was actually also our featured project this week.

For both of the projects we used a variety of pattern paper, stickers, chipboard embellishments, and also a wire basket on the second sample to embellish the bulletin boards. We also created our own tacks to use on the pieces by gluing stickers and buttons to standard push tacks using Glossy Accents.  We do have project sheets for both pieces with supply lists and detailed project instructions which are linked up below.

Hello Bulletin Board

Today Bulletin Board

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Project Ideas: Metal Trees

Today I have a couple new project samples to share with you that we created using the metal trees that we have available in store.

The first project I wanted to share actually uses a brand new metal tree we now carry. The piece itself comes in this blue color - and the flowers and birds are part of the piece. For the sample we just covered the birds with pieces of pattern paper, added buttons to the center of each of the flowers and embellished the trunk a bit with a piece of twine. You can find a complete project sheet for this project HERE.

The second tree project we created used the black metal tree we've carried for awhile. For this sample we used small wood clothespins (covered with washi tape) and some paper tags from Basic Grey to decorate the piece. To the tags we simply added some words using letter stickers and then embellished a few with chipboard stickers. A project sheet for this tree can be found HERE.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Project Ideas: Clothespin Shadow Box

This week I have even more project ideas to share with you!

Today, a few project samples using our Clothespin Shadow Boxes. These boxes come unfinished and include the string and the clothespins. They are perfect for displaying photos and small embellishment pieces. 

You can find a link to a supply list and project sheet for each of the samples below:

Baby Boy Shadow Box

Everyday Shadow Box

Happy Shadow Box

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Wedding Fair.

We are very excited to be part of The Wedding Fair event that will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Sunday, March 10th. If you are a bride or know someone who is planning a wedding you will definitley want to check out this great event - and stop by to see us while you are there too!

You can find more information about the event at

Hope to see you there.

Project Ideas: Float Frames

For today's project share I wanted to show you some of the ways we have altered the various sizes and styles of Float Frames that we carry.

We have both square and rectangular shaped frames and also styles that come with and without ribbon for hanging. These pieces would be great for hanging but would also work placed on a frame stand on a table, shelf, or desk too.

Here are a few of the samples we recently created, along with a link to a detailed supply list and project instructions:

Floral Float Frame

I Love You Float Frame


Savor The Moments Float Frame


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Project Ideas: 8x8 Shadow Boxes

I have even more projects to share today! Today I would like to share a few ideas on how to alter/use our 8x8 Shadow Boxes. These sized shadow boxes are perfect for documenting a favorite memory or photo - they are a great fit for a 4x6 photo - and they are a easy sized piece to add to a desk, display area or even something great for a small wall.

Here are a few of the new samples we have created:

You can find a project sheet with a list of supplies for the first three samples HERE.

You can find a project sheet with more detailed instructions on this shadow box HERE.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Project Ideas: Decorated Photo Trays.

Today I want to share some more project ideas with you! If you are looking for a fun way to display photos and embellishments (and also maybe some additional items in the photo openings) one of our photo tray projects would be perfect! These pieces come unfinished so you can alter/paint them any way you wish. For both of these samples we simply painted the pieces and then embellished them using photos, pattern paper, stickers, embellishments, etc.

They are a great way to remember a particular event or day and would also be a great "everyday" or family piece to add to your home.

You can find a project sheet with detailed instructions for the "At the Park" photo tray HERE.

And a project sheet for the "Live&Laugh" photo tray HERE.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Project Ideas: Memo Boards

I've shared different Memo Board project ideas plenty times on the blog before - and today I wanted to share with you our latest samples. The best part about these pieces is that once you have the main components (the frame, the bulletin board or magnetic board, and if you are making a calendar the overlay) - by just changing out the paper and embellishments you use you can create an entire new look for each month or season (or just to change it up!).

Below you will find six samples we recently created using the Memo Board base for the spring months:

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Project Ideas: Wood Box

Another new product to the store recently are these cream wood boxes. They are great because they are already painted/distressed, they are light weight, and they are the perfect size for a quick project!

Today I want to share a few of the samples we have created using this new piece.

For this little photo board we just glued some yarn around the wood box, added a title with letter stickers, and embellished the corner with a few flowers. The photos were matted onto a piece of pattern paper and then hung from the yarn using hinged clips. The great thing about this piece is that you can very easily swap out the photos for current ones at any time. A project sheet for this project can be found HERE.

One the second sample we added a photo (which was matted onto a piece of pattern paper) to the wood box and them embellished the piece with a knob, some ribbon, and a vinyl word. A project sheet for the Family Wood Box can be found HERE.

For the final sample we simply added the vinyl directly to a piece of pattern paper, and then added that to the wood box. An addition of a flower and some greens to the top of the piece is the perfect embellishment! A project sheet for this project can be found HERE.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Upcoming Events.

If you're on our email mailing list you may have already seen these, but I wanted to be sure you knew about two events we have coming up in March.

First, on Saturday March 9th we will be hosting our Card Chaos for Everyday Moments event at the Moose Lodge in Waite Park. Registration for this event opens THIS SUNDAY February 10th at 7pm.

Our Card Chaos Event is 7 full hours of card making - where you work from station to station creating 20 different cards. Plus you will receive a goodie bag and lunch will be provided.

You can read more about this event HERE.

The second event will also be hosted at the Moose Lodge and is scheduled for March 22nd & 23rd. Join us for a weekend of creative time to work on your quilting and sewing projects.

Lunch and dinner on Saturday, snacks throughout the two days, a goodie bag, and prizes will be included in your weekend at the Quilt Time Event. Registration for this event is open now!!

You can find more information about the Quilt Time Event HERE.

Project Ideas: Collage Frames

I have a few more projects to share today!

Another new product we now carry at the store are these divided collage frames. They come in the finishes you see below (black and the textured browns) so with just some photos and paper you can create an amazing piece for your wall!

For the first project we added photos and then paper and embellishments from the Simple Stories Harvest Lane line. We also apply a vinyl saying to the frame, which added the perfect touch. You can find a project sheet with a list of supplies and detailed instructions HERE.

On the second project we used the black collage frame. Once again we added a combination of photos and pattern paper to the photo openings. For this project we used the Simple Stories Summer Fresh line. We also added vinyl to this piece, however with this project we added it directly the frame glass on a few of the photo openings. You can find a project  sheet for this project HERE.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Stamp of the Month - February

Below you will find the Great Impressions Stamp of the Month products for February . (You can find them on the middle endcap between aisles 9&10 in our Paper Crafts Department.) This month's stamps follow a spring theme with images ranging from bunnies to birds and spring scenes.

The Stamp of the Month for February is this branch with birds stamp, and is available for only $7.79!

And the coordinating stamps (ranging in price from $4.99-12.99) available this month are:

More information about the Stamp of the Month can be found on the blog post HERE. Additionally, more information can also be found on the Great Impressions website HERE.

Happy Stamping!