Get Crafty this Summer with the Kiddies

July 5, 2013 at 10:46 am | Posted in Craft Corner, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Summer is the best time to come up with some creative crafty home or vacation projects for the kiddies. Below are just a few ideas to get you started on your crafty summer vacation….

Homemade Play dough:

Crafty With The Kiddies 1photo credit: Thelongthread.com

What you need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • food coloring or Koolaid (adds a nice smell)
  • Pan

Steps:

  1. Mix all the above ingredients accept for the food coloring and koolaid into a mixing bowl.
  2. Once mixed, place in a pan on the stove and cook under medium heat. Make sure the mixture reaches to the consistency of dough.
  3. Let it cool and then knead it. You may need to knead it more and add cooking oil.
  4. Add food coloring or Koolaid for color. Koolaid makes the dough smell sweet.
  5. Store in plastic container. Should last for at least 3 months.

Homemade Finger paint:

Crafty With The Kiddies 2photo credit: Ninemsn.com.au

What you need:

  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of cornflour
  • food colouring
  • Pan

Steps:

  1. Add water to a pan and bring it to a broil.
  2. Dissolve cornflour in a little cold water and add to hot water, stirring constantly. Boil until clear and thick (about one minute).
  3. Add desired food coloring to the mixure. This mixture will be very smooth.
  4. Offer it to the kiddies while it is still warm to touch.
  5. Store in refrigerator as it spoils in hot weather.

Vacation Memory Jars:

Crafty With The Kiddies 3photo credit: MarthaStewart.com

What you need:

  • jar, yahoo bottle, or soda bottle
  • Bent wire for thin neck jars
  • souvenirs from vacation (i.e sand, key chains, seashells anything collected during vacation you may want to add to this wonderful display.

Although there aren’t any standard steps for this project, keep in mind to have fun and be creative. The memory jars will store memories for you and the kiddies to reminisce on for many years to come. For thinner neck bottles, use a bent wire to lower the souvenir to the bottom of the bottle. Many people use old mayonnaise jars, yahoo bottoms, old soda bottles and that is just to name a few. Happy crafting!!!

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Crafting Away for the 4TH!

June 21, 2013 at 8:19 am | Posted in Craft Corner, Seasonal, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Crafting for a holiday can be exciting and memorable.  Whether you want something for your kids to create or you want something to create yourself, choosing the craft is half the battle!  Here are 3 crafts aimed at different audiences; toddler, kid and adult…chose your craft and get creating!! Source: http://www.mosaicofmoms.com/marble-painted-fireworks-diy/

Toddler Time

Source: http://www.mosaicofmoms.com/marble-painted-fireworks-diy/

Supplies needed

  • Red, white and blue paint
  • A disposable (or washable) cup – one for each paint color (I used an egg carton this time.)
  • A marble for each paint color
  • Paper
  • A box large enough to lay paper flat on the bottom
  • Large shirt or apron

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Directions

  1. Place a piece of paper into the bottom of the box.
  2. Put a small amount of paint into each cup.
  3. Drop a marble into the cup and roll it around to cover it in paint.
  4. Drop the paint-covered marble into the box on top of the paper and roll it around by tipping the box to create your ‘fireworks’.
  5. Repeat with a new color and continue until you feel it’s finished!

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Kid Craft Time!

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Supplies

  • Empty toilet paper tube Small coffee filter
  • Red crepe streamer Blue card stock White card stock
  • Glue/double sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Star stickers
  • Pop-its or Snaps

1.  Start by fitting and gluing a coffee filter inside one end of the tube.  This sealed the one end and made a little holder, so to speak.

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2.Then wrap  and glue some red crepe paper streamer around the bottom several times.  I made cuts in it once it dried.  This made the “rocket flames”.

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3. Using a piece of blue card stock, cut it to the size of the tube and glued it into place.  Cover the glued part of the crepe paper streamer too.  The clips held it in place while it dried.

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4. It is decorated with stars and filled with pop-its.  You might call them pops, pop-its, snaps, or
snappers.

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5. I used white card stock to cut a circle, made a slit in it, and folded it around to make a cone shape. I used double sided tape to attach it to the top.

Adult Craft Time!

Now to get the creative juices flowing!!

Tie Dye Patriotic Pillow

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MATERIALS

The TULIP Tie-Dye Kit comes with everything you need but the fabric.

Includes 8 4oz bottles, 12 different color dyes, 8 pairs of gloves and 40 rubber bands

1. First read the directions.

2. When I was done reading the second thing I did was test the dyes.  I wanted to make sure I had the right color. As I tried them I labeled each bag with the name of its color for future reference and use.

At this point I was ready to create.  I mixed, inside of the bottle that came with the kit, the dyes with water according to the direction

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3. I wanted my pillow to have a rustic old look so I eye balled the stripes for the flag.  Using the tip of the bottle I traced the red ones first.

4. Then I used my finger to spread the dye.  More dye you put more even the look will be. I wasn’t worried about it being perfect so I just had fun with it.  After I was done with the red I repeated the same step for the navy blue rectangle.

5. Then all I had left was to let it dry and sew the flag to another piece of burlap to make a pillow.  I added some old metal buttons that I had to give it a little more detail.

Let the crafting begin!!

How to Craft a Photo Collage Puzzle

May 24, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Posted in Craft Corner, Imikimi, Photography | Leave a comment
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Looking for a unique gift for that special person? How about a collage picture..made out of a puzzle! This can be a combined treasured and challenging piece for any special occasion. A keepsake that a family can work on together that will result in a treasured photo to frame.

This remarkable crafty gift can be given as a wedding, birthday, retirement, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or even as an announcement for the birth of your new addition to the family. First, start out on Imikimi to create download your favorite picture in cool frame. Then let the crafting begin!

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Things You’ll Need

  • Standard puzzles (for reference)
  • Poster board
  • Scissors
  • Pictures
  • Glue
  • Cardboard
  • Large laminating sheet (if you plan on laminating the project yourself)
  • Pencil
  • Exacto knife
  • Camera
  • Gift box
  • Glue medium/brush (optional)

Now lets begin with the instructions on your special gift: 

  1. Decide on the size for your project. Use one of the standard puzzles that you have for reference.
  2. Cut your poster board to size. Use one of the standard puzzles as a template.
  3. Place your favorite pictures on the poster board in different ways. Once you have a pattern you like, start cutting and trimming them to fit. Or, upload your picture in one of Imikimi’s collage frames and just print! That easy!
  4. Glue them down. After getting your picture layout just how you want it, glue the whole thing down to the poster board. Glue this down to a piece of cardboard that’s the same size.
  5. Laminate the front and back of the project. You can either do this step at home with large laminating sheets, or take it to an office store to have it done for you.
  6. This step is the trickiest so making similar cuts would be a good start. Trace a light outline in pencil of the cuts that you are going to make.
  7. Cut out the pieces with an Exacto knife and then put them back together to make sure they fit properly, trimming any stray edges as you go.
  8. Take a picture your puzzle picture.

Make a puzzle box to hold your puzzle picture as a gift box.

  1. Choose a gift box. If at all possible, try to find a box the same size as the one that went with the puzzle you used for step 1 of making the puzzle picture.
  2. Enlarge the picture that you took of the finished puzzle picture to fit the top of the box and print.
  3. Glue the picture on top of the lid of the gift box that you chose. Or you can laminate your puzzle picture.

Cute Collage - 3AiV-1Ug - normalNot only will you have fun crafting this special gift for your special one, but they will also have the fun of putting their new photo puzzle together.

Crafting and putting together your puzzle collage picture will bring out your artistic abilities, but it can be a bonding experience as you spend time together constructing your new project into one beautiful picture.

Bring some Spring with these DIY Projects!

May 14, 2013 at 9:37 am | Posted in Craft Corner, Inspirational, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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OH blessed spring you are finally here and with that comes the spring cleaning, the sprucing up and the re-purposing of all the stuff we have accumulated in our crafting corner all winter. If you are the avid crafter (and I believe that you are) you will not only appreciate this blog but will LOVE LOVE LOVE the ideas. I have scoured the internet to find 3 of the hottest ideas for a fraction of the cost.

This first idea will spruce up your dining room for less than $10. All you will need is a needle and thread, some nice faux flower heads and elastic hair ties.

Rose Napkin Holder

Photo credit: countryliving.com

You can put a smile on your face and make your table inviting with these floral table accessories. This picture uses roses but you can substitute that with any large flower heads. Go wild with the colors! Once you buy your flowers in your favorite hues at a crafts store, cut the heads off and sew them onto regular hair elastics with a few stitches. You can mismatch the sizes of the heads, mix up the colors go crazy and have fun!

Whether you are brightening up a bedroom, hall or the living room, this is super fun and easy do to. Add a fun stripe pattern to a lampshade with different shades of ribbon for $5-$10 depending on the cost of the fabric and size of the shade. All you need for this nifty little trick is different shaded of grosgrain ribbon cut in lengths that equal the height of the shade plus about 3/4″ wide and ½” long, some extra ribbon, and a hot glue gun.

Lamp Shade

Photo credit: countryliving.com

Take the hot glue gun and glue the strips of ribbon to the shade in the pattern you like, make sure you are over lapping the strips and you leave 1/2″ hanging below the bottom of the shade. Glue the loose pieces to the underside of the shade then cut a piece of the ribbon the length of the perimeter of the top of the shade. Fold lengthwise; press the hot glue to top of shade, positioning fold on wire frame. Then stand back and enjoy!

This gem of an idea will both shack and amaze you on how simple it is to transform your BLAH room to a WOW room you will want to spend all your time in. This project will cost you around $30-$40 depending on the cost of the fabric and frames, but it is well worth the extra cost and perfect for that little or big girl room! You will need enough floral fabric to wrap the headboard in, pieces of patterned paper, picture frames, and metallic paint.

Bedroom

Photo credit: bhg.com

Once you find the floral or patterned fabric you love you will need to measure your headboard so that you have enough to wrap the center of the board on it. You can secure it using a hot glue gun or staples. Once you have this done you can move onto the walls. Take some inexpensive photo frames and some patterned paper (you should be able to find this in the scrapbook section of the store) and add a mat boarder and VOILA! You have wall art! Now for the best part…..take the drab nightstand and use the metallic paint to but a nice coat of beautiful shinny color that will make your room POP!

Now that I have you thinking and looking at all the things you can change in the house, your room and your day, I wish you Good Luck and Happy Crafting!

Scrapbook Coaster’s for your Crafting Corner

April 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Craft Corner, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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To all my creative crafters; scrapbook coasters are a fun and easy project to enjoy with friends and family.  We normally spend spring and summer time  enjoying the weather, traveling and taking pictures to reflect back on.  When we have the time to relax we like to sit down and enjoy time with family and friends, and also reflect on the times we spend together on various trips and excursions.  During this time together why not be creative by making scrapbook coasters to eliminate those annoying water circles we put on our furniture. This will allow us the opportunity to be creative and have fun, while sharing our experiences with others.

I’ve found a really creative and cheap idea to enjoy with friends and family; while saving your furniture at the same time.  Scrapbook covers will save your coffee and end tables while you also enjoy those happy and creative times with your love ones going down memory lane!

coasters edit1Photo Credit: http://gritsandgiggles.blogspot.com

Materials Needed:

Four 4×4 tiles piece.

Scrapbook paper

Mod Podge

Sponge brush

Hot glue or fabric glue

Thick fabric (felt or fleece) for the backing

coasters edit2Photo Credit: http://gritsandgiggles.blogspot.com

Begin by cutting four pieces of scrapbook paper to fit your tiles. Using a foam brush, apply Mod Podge to the back of your paper in a thin layer.  Make sure it’s not too thick and is spread smoothly.  Apply the paper to the top of the tile, being careful to remove any air bubbles or wrinkles.  Repeat on all tiles. Let them dry for a bit.

Cut four pieces of thick fabric to almost cover the bottom of your tiles. This will be to pad them on your table top and keep them from scratching your wood!  Flip the tiles over and apply glue on a few of the ridges.  Place your fabric on the glue and let dry.  Once your paper is completely dry from the first Mod Podge step, apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the top in an even layer.

Make sure you get the edges of the paper because this will be sealing your coasters. Allow to dry and apply more coats as needed until you get the finish you want.  This can be a wonderful gift or keepsake for yourself! This would be great with holiday paper to add a little touch of holiday to your table, or even with a monogram to match any design mood you may have.

The possibilities are endless, and with a price tag of less than $2 for the whole project, you can make as many as you want!  There has been no trouble with water affecting the cured Mod Podge, if you’re worried about it getting gooey, or plan on using coasters all the time you may want to seal them with an acrylic sealer. Happy crafting!

10 Beautiful and Fun Crafts (Part 3)

August 29, 2012 at 11:00 am | Posted in Craft Corner | Leave a comment
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Hello, crafters! Today we’ve got 10 MORE amazing crafts that you can take inspiration from. Click on the titles of the craft to be taken to see more about the craft, and even follow along with instructions to learn how to make your own!

Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2, as well. We hope you’ve enjoyed the series, and that you’ll come back soon.


Bracelet from Old Belt

Leather bracelet from old belt.


Strawberry Print

Strawberry print.


Labyrinth Mask

Labyrnith mask.


Bent Wooden Ring

Bent wooden ring.


Hanging Yarn Ball

Hanging yarn ball.


Summer Tree

Paper flower ball.


Antique Embroidered Book Cover

Antique embroidered book cover.


Pop-up Pixel Card

Pixel pop-up card.


Masking Tape Dress

Masking tape dress.


Icicle Mason Jars

Icicle jar.

Find What’s New in the World of Crafting with Craftzine

February 7, 2012 at 11:00 am | Posted in Craft Corner | Leave a comment
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Hello, fellow artists! It’s the Imikimi Team here, back once again to share with you yet another (hopefully!) interesting and helpful resource. Making things from scratch is no small feat! We don’t always know the scope of the project we are undertaking, or exactly what skills we will need, or the degree to which they will need to be honed. And we don’t know everything about everything, or always have access to someone who does! So, here to help you today, we’re happy to share Craft.

Hailed as one of the best how-to crafting sites that can possibly be found, Craft is an absolute must-visit site, containing all that’s needed to inform and inspire. This isn’t solely an instructional site, or even just an inspirational one. Rather, Craft combines them so that each is merely a fraction of the whole. There’s videos, resources, a community, a shop, project lists, and more. The the site can be though of as a digest of all areas of crafting, rather than a site for niche subjects within the craft world.

To get a better sense of everything that’s here, let’s head on over to www.Craftzine.com. At first, it can be a bit difficult to tell just what’s happening on the page; there’s just so much to ingest. Have patience, as it only takes a few moments to see all that’s underlying here. Towards the upper left of the page, you’ll see the day’s date. All around that you’ll see preview images and links to pages for that day. These change with each passing day, so there’s always going to be something fresh and cool. These are pulled from all over the net, some which have been seen by many eyes, and some which have been seen by very few, which makes this site very awesome indeed. Some are even exclusive to the site, so you won’t find then anywhere else.

To get a look at some of the actual crafts, click the “Projects” link on the top left. Inside you’ll find knitting tutorials, how to make mixed drinks, paper crafting, scrap booking, design, gardening, and more. At the bottom of the page, you see text which reads “Categories.” Go ahead and click that to get a drop-down menu of the different types of crafts you can sort by. One of the coolest is “Refashion,” which highlights projects with the goal of repurposing an old item of clothing into something new and hip. Which is a much better alternative to simply tossing something in the waste bin because it’s last year’s trend.

Clicking on “Videos” towards the top of the page will bring you to just that, video tutorials about crafts and more! Remember, this isn’t just a crafting site. It’s a site which caters to those with a “hands-on” sensibility, those who would prefer to put together something themselves than to purchase it in a store. The “Crafters” link at the top will take you to highlighted crafters in the community, and their new/notable projects. “Community” will take you to a page featuring some of Craftzine.com’s forum discussion pertaining to tips and techniques, projects, items for purchase, hot topics, and more! So be sure to use Craft to your full advantage, learning from others and absorbing inspiration for your own projects.

The whole team here at Imikimi would like to thank you so much for taking the time to stop by! We’re always so very appreciative. Stop by again soon for more awesome features! We’ll see you then!

Best Wishes,
The Imikimi Team

“All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.” — James McNeill Whistler

Learn New Skills and Hobbies with Instructables

January 3, 2012 at 11:00 am | Posted in Craft Corner | Leave a comment
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Hello, fellow artists! It’s the Imikimi Team here, wishing you a very happy New Year! As it’s our first post back since we’ve entered 2012, we figured we’d do something a little different. There’s something about art that we all love. Perhaps it’s the idea of expressing ourselves, or perhaps the idea of creating something from nothing. And that’s precisely the reason why most of us enjoy other hobbies and activities. So today we’re going to be mixing things up a bit by featuring the resource that is Instructables.

Much like our other features, this is a learning destination. What does the site teach? To be honest, there’s not much that Instructables doesn’t teach. Want to learn how to cook? There’s how-to’s for that. What about crafting? Yep. Quilting? Yes. Building robots? There’s that too, and so much more. At its heart, Instructables is a learning community, with all how-to/DIY guides written by members. No topic is off-limits, so the website contains thousands upon thousands of how-to’s, across dozens of categories and subcategories. There really is no end to the things you can learn to create.

If you browse on over to Instructables.com, you’ll be able to get a better sense of what it has to offer. Scrolling down the homepage will yield just a minute sampling of some of the tutorials including travel, baking, electronics, crafting, sewing, and general life skills. At the top of the site, you’ll see the navigation, where the most general categories of tutorials reside. Let’s take a moment to explore a little deeper into the site by clicking “Living.”

Inside of the living category, we have before us roughly a dozen thumbnail images for different things you can learn to create. On the left side, you’ll see that the “Living” category has expanded to include dozens of subcategories. Looking through them, you’ll notice some like art, health, craft, decorating, Halloween, holidays, pets, printing, life skills, gardening, and more. All sorts of fun things to make fall inside. For fun, let’s check out the “Art” link. The moment you’re taken to the new page, you see all sorts of great projects you can undertake. In the images below are some fantastic ones, such as how to make a bubbling cauldron, an Iron Man costume, and a felt pumpkin plushie. By default, these are sorted by “Editor’s Picks.” Above the project list, you’ll see the different sorting methods. “Editor’s Picks” contains projects selected by Instructables staff for their clarity and quality of end result. But you can also sort projects by most popular, most recent, most views, etc.

Once you see a project you like, go ahead and click on the preview image or its text to view the full tutorial. Let’s take a peek at the The Starry Night Mosaic Table. Being an extremely well-written Instructable, this guide takes the time to explain all of the materials needed, the process, tips and tricks, and photos/videos along the way. You can click through step as single pages, or you can sign in to view them all on one long page. Whatever suits your needs best!

Keep in mind that tutorials can range from beginner-level, all the way to expert. Some users have been active in their respective skill (be it cooking, woodworking, painting, etc). Be sure to pick a tutorial that matches your appropriate skill level before moving on to more advanced projects. And while rummaging through the site, you just may stumble upon a new hobby which sparks your interest, one which you had never thought of trying before!

As always, we hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and thank you so much for taking the time to stop by the Imikimi blog. Stay tuned, as we’ll have more helpful features and resources for your consumption shortly! Thanks again!

Best Wishes,
The Imikimi Team

“An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.” — Charles Horton Cooley

Jump into the Minds of Artists with the Noupe Blog

December 15, 2011 at 11:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art | Leave a comment
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Hello, faithful artists! It’s the Imikimi Team here, as always, ready to spoon-feed you yet another fantastically useful resource for your hungry mind! Sometimes our sprint towards mastery as artists can become a dull, slow trudge. For most of us, feeling uninspired is the number one culprit. Despite what it may seem, even the greatest of artists do not have endless amounts of inspiration and creativity. Sometimes we need to replenish those stores, and today we’re going to help you do exactly that with the Noupe Design Blog.

A sister-site to Smashing Magazine, one of the most respected design and development blogs on the web, the Noupe Design Blog is a wonderful mash-up of all things design and inspiration. This is perfect for the up-and-coming artist, blending together creativity and learning into one consistently updated blog. The blog covers a wide variety of topics and styles of posts, from photography, coding, Photoshop, freebies, inspirational posts, editorials, artist showcases and freebies. Fresh new features abound here at Noupe.com, so it’s best to check back regularly in hopes of more.

The editorial features and opinion columns are truly what make this blog stand out as one of the best around. The staff write insightful, helpful articles that truly provoke thought within young and old designers alike. For instance, take a look at their article How to Improve as a Graphic Designer, or perhaps one instilling wisdom about which type of designer not to be. Inside, they really break down the wall of the internet to foster a relationship with their readers, one of learning and reciprocation. These help their audience learn the finer points of being an artist, stepping your game up as a designer, etc. This helps instill theory, in addition to the science of “click here, then there, and then there.” Although Noupe does also offer fantastic tutorials which teach just that, it is best to combine the two types, answering the “why” as well as the “how.” Fear not about the heavy use of the term “design” throughout the site, for design and art share common territory, especially now with today’s technology.

So let’s take a peek at the “Design” category in the upper right-hand side of the website. Clicking on this will take you to everything categorized as such, and this category includes tons of others inside. You’ll find tutorials, opinion editorials, free resources, posts of inspirational works by amazing artists, interviews, etc. Interviews tend to be an oft-overlooked feature, most likely due to their text-heavy nature. These are not just people talking about themselves, but about their experiences along the way to success, the pitfalls they avoided, mistakes that were made, and what was learned. Most everyone has thoughts of “if only I knew then what I know now,” so we highly recommend taking the time to read a few of these, as you will learn in minutes the bits of knowledge which took these artists years to discover.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by the Imikimi Blog once again! As always, more and more features laid out before you in the days, weeks, and months to come! We’ll see you soon!

Best Wishes,
The Imikimi Team

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” — Scott Adams

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