Monday, December 7, 2009

Blog Swap with Crafts and Deals

HI! I am Mary Ann from {Crafts and Deals...}

I am thrilled to be on Evie Adventures today!

I enjoy seeing all the fun projects that Evie and her Mom put together! I have got some great ideas from them! Isn't she the cutest?!

Here are a few of my favorite sites for Christmas Kids Crafts and activities...

Kaboose-this snowman ornament is from here. They have great ideas!

DLTK-they have lots of great games that you can print out and use for holiday parties!

Here is my tutuorial on how to make these FUN and EASY paper gift bags...they can be used for party favor bags, gift bags and make a fun gift for any holiday!

To make it you will need:

6x8 piece of card stock

some type of adhesive...I have used glue sticks, tape and glue dots

paper punch/crop-a-dile or BIG BITE {you can use eyelets or not it's up to you}

ribbon for the handles

Step one:

Score the top and bottom of the paper in 1 inch

Step two:

Measure from the top down to 3.25 inches and score a line horizontally then do it from the bottom up. This creates the bottom of the bag.

I drew lines where I scored so you could easily see where I have scored....

Step three:
Cut the side the picture below I added the white bars so you would know where to STOP cutting.

Step four:
Fold over the edges and glue or tape them together. You can add the decoration to the front at this time and punch the holes for the ribbon to make the handles.

And there you go! I hope this tutorial has made some sense!
If you make some of these email me you pictures I'd love to see what creative things you can do with this cute bag!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Evie Discovers Paint Your Own Pottery (with a Christmas Twist)

Evie has created several masterpieces at the pottery studio near her house. She thought it was only fitting that she should go back on the first day of December to paint a plate for Santa's Cookies!

Have you ever been to a paint your own pottery studio? If not, here's how it works:

  1. Pick out a piece of pottery (they have plates, bowls, cups, mugs, frames, etc)
  2. Wash the piece with water and a sponge
  3. Decide what your pottery design will be
  4. Pick out you paint colors
  5. Go to town painting your pottery
  6. Leave the piece at the store for them to fire in their kiln
  7. Pick it up about 5 - 7 days later

Evie was originally going to pick a regular plate to decorate but then she saw the Christmas section and couldn't resist! Evie picked out a plate that had Santa's head at the top.

Evie's friend Barrett came along for the adventure too! Barrett and his brother Hunter put their hand prints all along the plate in green paint. Then his mommy colored in some berries and a bow to make a beautiful wreath! Such a cute idea!!

Here is Evie's finished cookie plate! She can't wait to go back and pick it up!

So, how much does it cost? You will pay for the piece of pottery you choose. They usually have the price tags on the back. To give you an idea, the small plates were about $12 - $14. The Christmas plate with Santa's head was $20. You also have to pay a painting fee for all of the supplies. This is about $3 - $6. If you want to have your own pottery adventure but want to save some money, try painting an ornament! They had a huge selection and those would cost a lot less.

Google "paint your own pottery" and your zip code to find a studio near you!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Evie Discovers Her Christmas Giveaway Winners!!

Evie is excited to announce the winners of her Christmas Card giveaways!!

She used the Random Number Generator to get three winning numbers...and here they are:

So that makes the lucky winners of a KM Thomas Card Design...

Congratulations Roger and Robyn, Kate, and rebekah.l.louis!!! Evie will be emailing you a KM Thomas code you will need when placing your order.