Craft Stash Giveaway

Craft Stash Giveaway 2015 - illistyle.com

You guys know that I love me some craft supplies!  I have a ton in my studio.  It makes it so convenient to start a project right when inspiration strikes… I do not know how I still spend so much money at the craft store each month though! haha. But since I am in major spring cleaning mode right now I decided to clean out my studio, and you know what that means? I have a BUNCH of craft supplies to give away… and guess who I am going to give them to? Yep, one of you beautiful readers. I adore you guys and I am so grateful for all your support and sweet comments on my projects, so as a way to say thank you for being so awesome I am giving away the following:

Craft Stash Giveaway 2015 - illistyle.com

Enter through the rafflecopter below, best of luck my loves!

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And, if you are a craft hoarder like me, then you will definitely want to enter for a chance to win these other craft giveaways:

Washi Tape Pineapple Card

How cute are these easy to make Pineapple Washi Tape Cards from illistyle.com?

I love washi tape.  I love that it is temporary, so you can make something awesome and trendy and then change it up if you get tired of the pattern or decide the color isn’t for you any longer.  It’s like a commitment-phobes BFF. I also love to use it for making cards.  One of my dearest friends is pregnant with twins (yay!) and commented to me that her pregnancy app told her that she has “two pineapples” in her belly! Which is a super painful image for expectant mothers, thank you so much app developers! lol. But naturally, I made her a little something to commemorate this sweet season in her life, a washi tape pineapple card.

Loving these Pineapple Washi Tape Cards from illistyle.com

Here’s what you’ll need:

1. Green washi tape
2. Gold Washi tape
3. Freezer paper or sticker paper backing
4. Scissors
5. A blank card or piece of card stock

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Here’s how you do it:

1. Place strips of gold washi tape onto the shiny side of the freezer paper, overlapping each strip slightly

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2.  Use your scissors to cut a pineapple (kinda egg-shape) from inside the gold

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3. Using scissors, cut small snips into the sides of the pineapple, at a downward angle (In the below photo I am actually holding the pineapple upside-down because it made the snipping easier)

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4. Snip little triangles from between the angled snips. *No photo: using a brown sharpie, make little “v” marks on pineapple.

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5. Place green strips of washi tape on freezer paper, overlapping the green slightly

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6. Using scissors, cut out your pineapple tops

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7. Carefully peel green washi tape from freezer paper backing and place green washi pineapple top at the top of card.  Repeat with gold pineapple body.

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8. Ta-da! You have yourself a fine little pineapple card!

Loving these Pineapple Washi Tape Cards from illistyle.com

Isn’t this a cheery little piece of happy mail for a friend?  I know i would love to receive this handmade fun in the mail. What a perfect way to invite someone to a summer kick-off party or luau!  What would you use if for?

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Lemon Wreath

Welcome summer with this beautiful Lemon Wreath - illistyle.com

One thing I love about living in Southern California is all the fresh produce.  Every month of the year brings something wonderful to the table.  Starting around Christmas and going until late spring is citrus season. Oranges, cuties, and lemons abound. I love cooking with and eating the citrusy goodness.  The smell is divine and so uplifting, I love to diffuse lemon and “citrus fresh” essential oils. I also love displaying it. You can always find a huge white ceramic bowl on my dining table full of fruit. Citrus is such happy fruit. So in ode to the precious lemon, I have created this cute lemon wreath that conveys the happiness of this fruit.

I want to make this cute and summery Lemon Wreath from illistyle.com!

What you need:

1 Styrofoam Wreath
1 Roll burlap
Yellow ribbon (this one has white polka dots)
2 sprigs Faux Lemons
Straight pins

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How you make it:

Start by wrapping your wreath in burlap to cover it. Then use one length of burlap to create a pocket on the right side. Secure with straight pins. I like to use pins as opposed to hot glue because it makes the pocket adjustable in case you make it too loose or too tight – no problem, readjust and re-pin.

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Then, flip the wreath over and secure the ribbon at the top of the pocket with a pin. Wrap the ribbon around the wreath, keeping and equal distance between the ribbon on the face of the wreath. Once you have reached the bottom of the pocket on the back of the wreath, secure with another pin. Again, pins work well because you can easily make adjustments to the ribbon.  Once secure, cut the ribbon from the spool.

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Last, slip the sprigs of faux lemon into the “pocket” you created in step one.

I want to make this cute and summery Lemon Wreath from illistyle.com!

And there you have it.  This sweet wreath will great your visitors with joy, which will set a lovely tone for your visitors’ time in your home.

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5 Minute Rainbow Wreath

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My husband said this is his favorite wreath from all the wreaths I have ever made.  And I have made a LOT of wreaths in our 12 years of marriage, but apparently this one takes the cake.  Which is especially awesome because this Rainbow Wreath only took me 5 minutes to assemble! Sometimes the easiest projects turn out to be the best.  I originally made this Rainbow Wreath for St Paddy’s day, but I think you could keep it up all year because it is not tied too closely to any one holiday. Plus, it goes with any color scheme! (This post contains affiliate links)

 

Supplies:

18″ Grape Vine Wreath
8 Silk Hydrangeas in a rainbow of colors
Wire Nippers

DIY Easy Rainbow Flower Wreath - illistyle.com

wire-nippers

 

Directions:

Using the wire nippers, snip off the majority of the stem, leave approximately 3″-4″. The stems have a sturdy wire coated by the plastic stem, you may need to move the bottom of the stem around to help it come apart.

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After you have cut all your flowers, simply tuck them into your wreath, between the grapevine branches.  No need for glue or wire, the tension of the grapevine holds the stem in place.

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I set my flowers in place and kept them evenly spaced by envisioning my wreath as a clock face. I started at 12:00 for the red, then placing the dark green at 6:00. Next came the 3:00 yellow, 9:00 blue… and then I filled in the holes with my other flowers until the flowers were all in place.  You could also imagine it as a compass, with the red at North, dark green at South, ect. By placing your flowers in that pattern you will help ensure that your flowers are somewhat evenly spaced.  And it still takes only moments!

Easy Floral Rainbow Wreath - illistyle.com

Do you keep up one wreath year round, or do you do a new wreath for every holiday?

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Easy DIY Saint Patrick’s Day Wreath

Easy DIY Saint Patrick's Day Wreath - illistyle.com

If you love St Patrick’s Day you will love this easy DIY St. Paddy’s Day wreath.  I created a simple moss covered wreath base that can be used over and over again for different seasons. For March I like to have a little St Patrick’s Day green on my front door. Here’s how you do it:

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Supplies for Wreath Base:
(FYI: affiliate links)
1 foam wreath
3 rolls faux moss (available at Michales stores and Hobby Lobby)
Hot glue gun
hot glue sticks
Scissors

Supplies for Wreath Decoration (as shown below):
1 roll of festive St Patrick’s Day themed ribbon
Burlap ribbon
5-7 Straight pins
1 Sprig yellow flowers

Wreath-base

Begin by wrapping moss around foam wreath.  Secure with hot glue as needed.

St Patrick's Day Easy DIY Door Wreath - illistyle.com

Pin Burlap to wreath.

Pin ribbon to wreath, wrap, and secure other end with another pin. **(This way the ribbon can be removed without damaging your moss and you can change out your ribbon and/or fabric with the season! See how I changed it up to make and English Garden Wreath here)

Quick St Paddys Day Wreath - illistyle.com

Tuck your golden flowers under the wrapped burlap. Now it looks like a little pot o’ gold.

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Secure with a ribbon bow.

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Your sweet and easy DIY Saint Patrick’s Day Wreath is ready to be hung on your door to greet your guests.

Do you do a different wreath for each holiday or have one for each of the four seasons? I love wreaths and feel like I can never have too many… but the hubby disagrees!

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Top 10 of 2014

Hello loves! How was everyone’s holiday? Ours was mellow since I had surgery on 12/16 and didn’t even get out of bed until 12/22! But honestly, it was a nice little break, haha! As I reflect on this year I am so grateful for you all.  I love to create and I love to share with you guys. Here are the Top 10s of 2014. (And here are the Tops for 2013, and 2012.)

TOP 10 POSTS of 2013

Wood Burned Coasters DIY - illistyle.com Three Creative Ways to Give a Gift Card - illistyle.com Apple Jack My Little Pony Mask - illistyle.com blue mason jar hostess gift - illistyle.com Faux-Metal-orb-chandelier-illistyle.com 2 Minute No Sew Fabric Pumpkins - illistyle.com How to Install Cafe Patio Lights - illistyle.com hair tie gift idea with free printable - illistyle.com Love this Christmas mantel with DIY Gold Bell Lights - illistyle.com Easiest Gluten Free and Dairy Free Pumpkin Dessert Ever - and it is delicious too! - illistyle.com

So obviously you guys like all types of posts. Which is cool. Anything you would like to see more of? Feel free to leave a comment below.  If you are like “More crafts!” I can do that. If you are thinking “more home decor!” I can do that.  If you are thinking “More Mango!” I can do that too.

TOP 10 IG POSTS

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Like last year, you guys love photos of this little family of mine. So sweet. I like them too.  If some of you are like “Wait, she was pregnant?”
Yes, I was, but sadly, we lost our precious babe. Here is the follow up post I had to write just a few days after our big announcement.  It was a year of challenges for our family, but God is good.  Look at that precious girl of mine.  Christmas, 4th of July, Halloween, my dear brother’s wedding, and Disneyland. So many memories.  And Mango.  We can’t forget my tiny boy dog.

TOP 10 UNDERRATED CRAFTS OF 2014

The secret to perfectly baked chicken - illistyle.com gold-mason-jar-thanksgiving-craft-square How-to-make-Mini-Pom-Poms-Tutorial-2 How to Make an Animated GIF in Photoshop GIF - illistyle.com DIY Chalkboard Teacher's Gift Idea - illistyle.com DIY Cross Stitch Sunnies - illistyle.com Roatan Rum Punch - illistyle.com xoxo chocolate coffee spoons - illistyle.com DIY Spring English Garden Wreath - illistyle.com Cross Stitch Pattern Free PDF Pineapple Printable - illistyle.com

Thank you to all my readers for another great year.  Again, please leave a note in the comments sharing what you’d like to see in 2015. I am all about making dreams come true here people!

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3 Creative Ways to Give a Gift Card

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I love receiving gift cards as gifts, don’t you? It is so convenient to use them for what you really want or need.  I love giving them as gifts too.  Did you know that Target has done a little research, and found that 90% of people love receiving a gift card as a gift, but only 30% of people feel good about giving one?  So in order to help your loved ones get what they really want this year I want to show you 3 creative ways to give a gift card:

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The first is for the wanderer in your life.  You know the one.  You never know where they are. And when you get to see them they tell you about their recent hike up an active volcano / encounter with a shark / currency exchange debacle / amazing friends they made in a hostel.  All their Facebook and Instagram photos are in exotic locations. Maybe they have a glowing natural tan in the middle of winter. You know the type.  I love those adventurous friends, but they can be a little difficult to buy for… what do they need, that is also packable in their carry-on (cuz real travel types go carry-on only), and what is the climate like on their next adventure? No worries guys, they need a Target GiftCard®.  And here is how you give it to them:

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Target has these cool luggage tags, and apparently a matching “Seasons Greetings” Target GiftCard®. Sweet.

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You will need to get the tag off the card without destroying the hang card. So, you simply slip your finger under the luggage tag string.

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Then slip the string over the tag.

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Tada! It’s like you’re doing magic tricks while preparing your holiday gifts. You are so awesome.

Creative Way to give a gift card for a friend who loves to travel - illistyle.com

Slip you Target GiftCard® into the luggage tag holder and then replace the string.

Creative Way to give a gift card for a friend who loves to travel - illistyle.com

No matter how you wrap this one: gift bag, box, stocking, your wanderlust-filled loved one will love it.

 

Another person most of us have in our lives: The Bookworm.  I love my bookish friends. T hey are loyal and have great imaginations.  What do they really want? Another book.  Easy peasy.  But le t’s be honest, these folks won’t buy food because they have another novel they “need.” So here is a way to give them what they 3want and whatthey need.  You can buy them that book (Target has a great selection and a lot are 20% off list price!) and slip a gift card in this cute Santa Bookmark / Target GiftCard® holder:

Creative way to wrap a gift card for a book lover - illistyle.com

Creative way to wrap a gift card for a book lover - illistyle.com

I used four papers to create a fun little bookmark / gift card holder. Shiny gold, pearl white, red velour, and black matte.

Creative way to wrap a gift card for a book lover - illistyle.com

I used my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine to cut these shapes (use this downloadable file to easily create your own.) White backer, “Merry Christmas”, Gold Belt Buckle, Black Belt, Red bottom.

Creative way to wrap a gift card for a book lover - illistyle.com

Slip the gold belt buckle piece over the black belt piece.

Creative way to wrap a gift card for a book lover - illistyle.com

I used a Scotch double-sided adhesive roller (available at Target) to place adhesive to the back on the red velour, keeping the adhesive on the sides and bottom only.

Creative way to wrap a gift card for a book lover - illistyle.com

After attaching the red velour, I placed a line of adhesive along the back of the black belt piece and attached to the red velour.

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Next, I used the same adhesive to attach the “Merry Christmas” Piece to the top of the white backer card.

DIY Santa Gift Card Holder for Christmas - illistyle.com

I slipped the card inside and used it as a book mark.

This last one is for two types of people: The Starving College Student -or- The Joker. I know you have one of these coming to mind right now.  The Starving College Student is just that – broke kids who can barely afford food. The joker friends are the life of the party and constantly helping others take life less seriously. Now’s your chance to turn the tables on the prankster and make the Starving College Student’s day.  Allyou need is a Big Cup Noodles from Target (less than $1, gotta love that price!).  This one takes a little effort, like all good pranks… so follow these instructions to pull a fast one that both types of people will enjoy:

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Get yourself a Big Cup Noodle.

Gift Card Prank gift - illistyle.com

Using an exacto knife, carefully cut ¾ around the bottom of the cup, leaving a portion still connected.

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Slip the Target GiftCard® into the bottom.

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Using your hot glue gun, reattach bottom of Cup Noodles.

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If you love giving gift cards, these are 3 creative ways to package the card that shows the receiver a little extra special love without breaking your bank.

 

Now your starving college student (or prankster) will open this and think that you either love them, or hate them… depending on how hungry they are :) But when they open the top of the soup, they will really love you. (Just make sure they open it in front of you … you don’t want that Target GiftCard® getting tossed in the trash because they “don’t like Chicken Soup.” Plus that way you will get to see the joy on their face when they realize the prank.)

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If you love giving gift cards, these are 3 creative ways to package the card that shows the receiver a little extra special love without breaking your bank. So get yourself to Target (or hit up Target.com) and get what you need to give the gifts that 90% of people say they really want: a Target GiftCard®.

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Disclosure: We partnered with Target to bring you this slice of holiday cuteness as part of their #GiftCardCheer campaign. Compensation was provided by Target via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

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Easiest Christmas Wreath Ever + 8 Winter Wreaths

The Easiest Christmas Wreath Ever. Made with a simple swag and ribbon. $5 and 1 minute. Done. Easy Holiday decorating. - illistyle.com

Guys, I have the easiest Christmas wreath ever.  I spent $5 and did almost no work. This is what I used:

The Easiest Christmas Wreath Ever. Made with a simple swag and ribbon. $5 and 1 minute. Done. Easy Holiday decorating. - illistyle.com

$3 dollar garland from Target dollar spot and $2 Ribbon from Michaels. Easy Peasy.

The Easiest Christmas Wreath Ever. Made with a simple swag and ribbon. $5 and 1 minute. Done. Easy Holiday decorating. - illistyle.com

I simply looped the ribbon over the mini blinds and tied in a bow. SUPER SIMPLE. I would explain more, but seriously guys.  This is so easy I literally cannot explain anymore.

Do you have any easy Christmas decorating tips? Cuz I am all about the easy. And I am all about getting tips from friends. So help me out!

If you need more wreath inspiration, check out these ladies awesome creations

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