Make a reindeer shirt

My mother in law came to visit last Christmas, and I wanted to give her something, but, nothing to big, and nothing that could break in her travels. (She flew in from Canada.) I thought about it for a few days and thought there had to be a way we could make one thing, but all have a part of it. That’s when I saw a picture of a Reindeer. Instantly my wheels started turning…
I went to my collection of LSG products and found a bottle I hadn’t yet filled, Sandra Dee Sepia. Here’s the step by step photo tutorial, with written instruction.
Step 1. Put powder in a bowl.
Step 2. Mix in a small amount of water, it activates the color. (At least I think it does!)
Step 3. Add PPA, Perfect Paper Adhesive. It’s available at your local craft store, Michael’s I believe. It’s in the adhesive section, likely on the bottom shelf. It’s a yellow bottle- don’t forget your coupon, this stuff is pricey, but amazing. I used PPA Matte. I mixed in enough PPA to coat each of my kids hands/feet.
*When you’re done mixing it there may be a blue tint, but don’t worry- it won’t be there when you put it on fabric.
Step 4. Apply the paint mixture to your child’s foot and have them step straight down onto the shirt. Apply a little pressure to the top of their foot ensuring the paint transfers evenly.
Step 5. Follow the same instructions in step four, this time using a left and right hand. *One thing I wish I had done is overlap the thumbs bringing the hands closer together.
Step 6. Add your nose and eyes. For the white paint, I used Gesso. For the black part of the eyes I used a permanent marker and for the red nose I used Rizzo’s Rowdy Red. My husband used his thumb to create the nose, and I used my index finger to create the eyes. Googly eyes would have been fun!
My kids really enjoyed creating this shirt! After applying the paint mixture to each of their hands or foot, I was able to wash it right off with soap and warm water. Taking the time to wash them off allowed time for the shirt to dry between stamping- I did allow the shirt to dry overnight before adding the eyes/nose.
I’d love to see what you create with this technique- and if you create reindeer of your own, be sure to share it with me!

Handmade Gifts for the Holidays

Welcome to the 20/20 blog hop hosted by Glue Dots! You should have arrived here from Grace. If this is your first stop, please consider starting at the beginning so you don’t miss out on any of the gorgeous creations!

We were challenged to make a gift in 20 minutes for less than $20. I failed. Here’s what I made…

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I made snap candy. (Which took more than 20 minutes! It was roughly 45 minutes to make enough to fill two jars.) However, you could easily use peppermints, they would look beautiful in the jar! Anyways… I made snap candy, and filled a small mason jar with it.

handmade gifts for the holidays inexpensive cheap

I adhered star sequins using Micro and Mini Glue Dots. I tied a bow around the mouth of the jar, then attached a skeleton key using twine. I definitely made it for less than $20- here’s the break down…

Powdered Sugar $1.52
Karo Syrup $2.59
Sugar $2.19
Extract $4.99
Mason Jars $8.59
Ribbon $1.99
Sequins $2.99
Old Key $12.00
Total: $36.86

For $8.59 you get twelve 16 ounce mason jars. So, I’m going to divide my total of $36.86 by twelve, and each gift costs $3.07 which I’d say… is less than $20!

Now hop on over to Joy to see what she’s created!

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What’s in my camera bag?

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I had a conversation recently with a friend who was talking about photo quality. She said she wanted a more powerful camera to achieve higher quality photos… I bought my first DSLR, a Canon Rebel XTi, when I had my daughter in 2006. I got to know the camera. I became extremely comfortable with it, and could use it blindfolded. The thought to upgrade really hadn’t crossed my mind. After all, I was (and am) very satisfied with the quality of my photos.

I’m comfortable with my camera, and when it comes to things like cameras and cell phones, the thought of upgrading, switching ‘brands’ or even shopping around and researching scares the living daylights out of me!

Jessica Griffin photographer at Bob's Pumpkin Patch in Seattle Washington
This photo was taken with a Canon Rebel XTi and a 50 mm f 1.4.

Last year I met someone who had just upgraded, and he was selling his Canon EOS 5D. He said I could try it out to see how I liked it. I liked it. A lot. The price was great. The camera was in great shape. So I worked really hard to earn some extra cash, and… I upgraded.

I don’t believe the camera ‘makes’ the photos, it’s the photographer. It’s KNOWING your camera and how to use it. It’s investing in a few good lenses. If you don’t know your camera very well, or are still trying to get comfortable with the settings, check out my board on Pinterest: photography how-to.

Protect your camera lens with a filter

When you invest a lot of money into a lens, it’s important to protect it. Had I not protected my lens with a filter, my lens would have broke and the cost to repair a lens would far exceed the cost of a filter! I typically use a UV filter. Nothing fancy. The one in the photograph is a polarizing filter.

I am on the hunt for an awesome camera bag. For now I use a knock-off Coach bag that I picked up in Texas a few years ago! (If you know where I can get the real thing, PLEASE let me know, I’d love to have it!) So, whats exactly in my camera bag?

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In my camera bag you’ll find: 
Canon EOS 5D
28-135 mm f 3.5-5.6.
50 mm f 1.4.
Sunpak Ultra 7000 tripod/monopod.
Canon Speedlite 430EX.
Flash Diffuser.
Black Rapid Elle Strap.

Here’s a photo I took with the 5D… same lens.

florabella colorplay photoshop actions before and after from Jessica Griffin of canyoupixelthis batman for halloween
This photo was taken with a Canon EOS 5D and a 50 mm f 1.4.

The photo of the little girl, and the photo of my son, were both edited with Florabella’s Colorplay Actions. I absolutely love this set of actions, and several others from Florabella. I can stay true to my style while quickly editing photos I love. To perform these edits, I use Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Mac.

Are you contemplating an upgrade?

Glue Dots: My Favorite Things

I’m really excited to officially join the Glue Dots team as a Dottess! My name is Jessica and I create printables for Glue Dots. The most recent ones are my favorite!

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You can download this free printable, and several others,  from Glue Dots!

I love to decorate, however, my family and I live in an RV, and decorating doesn’t come easy. One of our favorite ways to decorate is hanging posters and photos using  Poster Glue Dots. They are clean, and easy to peal off, making changing out posters and photos a breeze!


Hop on over and visit the rest of the Dottesses to find out what their favorite things are!
Don’t forget, you have until October 30th to enter the giveaway on the Glue Dots Blog!

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If nothing ever changed…

quietfire design awesome autumn dreamweaver stencil

This week we’re pairing Dreamweaver Stencils with Quietfire Designs for an “Awesome Autumn” challenge. Here’s what I’ve created:

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Products used:
Dreamweaver Stencil: Translucent Embossing Paste
Dreamweaver Stencil: LJ 901 Mosaic Swirls
Quietfire Design: Butterflies & Dragonflies & Sentiment
Art Glitter: Crystal
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Twilight Bronze Slate Embossing Powder
Tsukineko: Brilliance in Rocket Red and VersaMark
Glue Dots: Pop Up Glue Dots
Spellbinders: Labels Eleven

Quietfire Design Members:
Debbie Sherman
Robyn Josephs
and Dream Team members:
Jessica Griffin
Louise Healy
Terrece Siddoway
Wendy Jordan
Pam Hornschu
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Create your own cupcake canvas!

Welcome to the Mad Hatter blog hop! You should have arrived from Cindy, if you haven’t, please go to the beginning so you don’t miss out on any of the amazing projects!

Here’s what I’ve created for you…


I used the Mad Hatter series from Lindy’s Stamp Gang to create this canvas. The series is available in Sprays, matching Embossing PowdersGlitters & Magical Micas! Oh my!

Mad Hatter Starbursts Lindy's Stamp Gang Shimmer Glimmer two tone spray

Other products used:
Golden: Soft Gel Gloss
Crayola: Oil Pastels
The Crafter’s Workshop: Harlequin and Mini Punchinella
Sparkle N Sprinkle: Dimensional Glue and Brushable Glue
Tsukineko: VersaMark and StazOn
Dreamweaver Stencils: Swirls LJ863, Houndstooth LJ913 and Herringbone LJ914
Dreamweaver Stencils: Glossy White Embossing Paste
Unity Stamp Co: Smak Kit January 2012
Heidi Swapp: Color Magic Chipboard Resist Alphabet

Now hop on over to the ever amazing Kate to see what she’s whipped up for you!
Don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win one of three $50 gift certificates!

Mad Hatter tea party Alice in Wonderland Style!

Before we moved into our RV I received a Silhouette. I haven’t been able to use it until recently, so I wanted to share the project I created!

how to create your own Mad hatter  Tea Cup from alice and in wonderland video tutorial

I created this cup twice. The first time I used a liquid adhesive, the second time I used Glue Dots dry adhesive. I won’t share the photo of the first cup, it turned out terrible! I’m such a messy crafter, that liquid glue and I do NOT get along on projects like this where there are fine details.

Mad Hatter tea cup created by Jessica Griffin of using Glue Dots adhesive Lindys Stamp Gang sprays and Tea for you and me

You can see the complete process, from start to finish in this video tutorial:

You’ll need: Tea For You and Me
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Mad Hatter Flat Fabios
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Teeth Chattering Teal
Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
Glue Dots: Micro Glue DotsMini Glue DotsContinuous Glue LinesUltra-Thin Glue DotsPermanent Glue Dots
The Crafter’s Workshop: Swiss Dot
Invoke Arts: Funky ATC Backgrounds
Tsukineko: VersaFine in Onyx Black

Here’s a detailed shot of the plate and spoon.

how to create your own Mad hatter  Tea Cup from alice and in wonderland video tutorial Plate using invoke arts funky act background stampsI had so much fun creating this little cup and saucer. I’ll definitely be creating more projects with files, my Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays and Glue Dots!

What’s your favorite adhesive?

Merry Christmas House Mouse!

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It is the last and final day of the Dreamweavers and Woodware blog hop. I hope you’ve enjoyed all the inspiration, and discovered some new techniques!

Merry Xmas

For my card today I’ve used the Merry Christmas stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils, and this adorable little House Mouse! I stamped the mouse on acetate using StazOn. Then I used my Lindy’s Stamp Gang products mixed with Crystal Lacquer to give the little mouse some color! I used Glossy White Embossing Paste on his hat, to give him some fluff! I also used the glossy white to emboss the “Merry Christmas.” I covered it in Christmas Red Stickles Dry Glitter to make it pop! Christmas isn’t Christmas with out some glitter, right!? I then outlined the card with my Copic, R46. I love simple finishing touches like that!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card! Thanks for stopping by!

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Laura Drahozal

Terrece Siddoway

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Louise Healy

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Lea Kimmel

Wendy Jordan

Pam Hornschu

Cyndi Bundy

Dreamweavers and Woodware celebrate Christmas in August!

Welcome to the annual Dreamweaver and Woodware Christmas in August extravaganza week! This is your last stop along the hop, if you’ve come here first, please start at the beginning so you don’t miss out on the amazing projects!

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Monday through Saturday we will be knocking your Christmas stockings off with fun and inspirational ideas for the upcoming holidays. All that you need to do is hop along each day and leave a comment for the designers. In return, you’ll be entered to randomly win one prize package! Two winners will be chosen, one in the US and one in the UK!

I’m sorry the photos are terrible! I’m so embarrassed to share them. Things have been so hectic with our move to Los Angeles (from Seattle), I’m finding, night time is the only time I have to craft! Anyways, here’s what I’ve created!

snowflakeI know the photo below is blurry, however, it’s the only way I could photograph the glitter on the snowflake! It truly adds just the right ‘pop’!

Snow Flake Detail
Products available in the US:
Snowflakes LJ819
Translucent Embossing Paste
StazOn Jet Black
Aurora Borealis Blue
Great Tape
Cloud Nine

Not all the products I’ve used today can be purchased at Woodware in the UK. HOWEVER, all the products I am recommending as an alternative are products I have used before and DO recommend. It’s difficult living in a RV and storing a large amount of product in a small amount of space!  :)

Products available at Woodware:
Snowflakes LJ819
Translucent Embossing Paste
StazOn Jet Black
Navajo Sky FX17
Great Tape
Crystal Effectz

I have several video tutorials on YouTube featuring Dreamweaver Stencils and a variety of their Embossing Pastes. Including one showing you how to create the card featured in today’s post.

Seasons Greetings!

I’m getting a jump start on my Christmas cards this year. Is it too soon?

Today I’m using a stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils, LJ897, Rhinestone Wreath.

Seasons Greeings

Season Greetings Detail

To create the paste for the word “Season’s Greetings” I mixed some Translucent Embossing Paste in a jar with some Candy Cane Red Gold Mica Powder. I added a little bit of color at a time until the red was exactly as I wanted.

Here’s a quick video, showing you how I’ve created the card above.

Products used:
Dreamweaver Stencils: Rhinestone Wreath
Dreamweaver Stencils: Translucent Embossing Paste
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: Mica Powder in Candy Cane Red Gold
Prisma Watercolor Pencils

Visit the Dreamweaver Stencils designers for more inspiration!
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