Ginger Snap Crafts: January 2014

31 January 2014

The Secret to Hosting a Stress-Free Kids Birthday Party from A Thrifter in Disguise {contributor}

Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm visiting today from A Thrifter in Disguise where I blog about fun ways to save money without sacrificing style. I'm so honored Ginger invited me to the contributor team to share some ideas for kids parties. And it's timely, too, because we just hosted our 4-year old's party last month. But fun as it was, it also reminded me that throwing a party isn't easy, and you need to put in a lot of work to ensure it goes off "without a hitch." So today I thought I'd share some strategies I've developed to plan and throw a kids birthday party {without losing your mind}!

Host a Stress-Free Kids Birthday Party at Home 

30 January 2014

Cupid's Arrows with Duck Tape® {tutorial} #DuckValentine

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Hello! Have you see you seen the super cute Valentine Duck Tape® in stores right now? It is perfect for all of those Valentine’s Day craft ideas that you've been wanting to do! :) #DuckValentine

I love crafting with my kiddos, & this past weekend my 6 year old daughter & I put our heads together & came up with a super fun & easy Valentine's Day craft. We used Duck Tape® to make these super cute & easy Cupid's Arrows. So keep reading to see what you need to do to make these cute arrows, too! :)

#DuckValentine

Over 20 Valentines Ideas, Recipes, Printables & Crafts

This year is flying by! Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it! So I’ve rounded up some of the best Valentine ideas, recipes, printables & crafts that were linked up to last week’s {wow me} wednesday party! Remember this week’s party is still going on so feel free to stop by & check out what everyone is up to this week. Annnd if you are a blogger I’d love to see what you’ve been up to as well. I’m also co-hosting a Valentine Link Party with 18 other bloggers so be sure to stop by that post for even more Valentine inspiration. Buuuut first check out these lovely features. Enjoy! :)

Over 20 Valentine Ideas, Recipes, Printables & Crafts at GingerSnapCrafts.com #linkparty #features #valentinesday

29 January 2014

Poppy Seed Projects, Urban Peach Boutique & a Shutterfly Bundle Giveaway {R&R Workshop’s 1st Blogiversary}

Today is my friend, Rachel from R & R Workshop's 1st Blogiversary!!! Yay!!!
You might remember that Rachel was one of the first contributors on my blog.
She shared a super adorable patriotic bunting tutorial ~ you can check it out here.
Rachel is so talented, & I love her cute style. Just check out her fun projects. :)
 
diy bunting

28 January 2014

{wow me} wednesday #139

This post is brought to you by Silhouette.
Welcome to {wow me} wednesday!



So glad YOU are here!


Before we get this party started I wanted to let you know that
right now Silhouette has all of their brand new specialty media
{that was just released at CHA} for 20% off using the code GINGERSNAP!
If you haven’t seen the new stuff here it is! I’m so excited to try these all out!

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{almost homemade} Chicken Noodle Soup ~ recipe

Hello! I hope you all are staying warm today! It seems like it is cold everywhere! brrrr! Yesterday I went grocery shopping in 14 degree weather! Yikes! Well, a few weeks ago we were in the same cold situation but we had snow, too! So we were a stuck at home & couldn’t get to the store. I had promised my youngest daughter homemade chicken noodle soup for dinner (her favorite!), but when I went to the pantry we were missing a few ingredients! Oops! So I came up with this {almost} homemade chicken noodle soup recipe. It was so good! I impressed myself! haha! So keep reading to get the yummy recipe! ;)

{almost homemade} Chicken Noodle Soup at GingerSnapCrafts.com #recipe #chickennoodlesoup

27 January 2014

Dessert Box Party Favors {tutorial}

This post is brought to you by We R Memory Keepers.

Hello! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. We were busy hanging sheetrock all weekend. I’m hoping to paint our new room soon. Annnd tomorrow is my oldest daughter’s 13th birthday! Yes, as of this week we will have two teenagers in the house. Crazy! :)

I told you last month that I was a member of the Lifestyle Studios Party Design Team. So each month I will be bringing you fun party ideas using We R Memory Keepers & Lifestyle Crafts products. This month I am excited to share these cute (& so easy) dessert box party favors. I made them for my daughter’s friends. :)

Dessert Box Party Favors with #LifestyleStudios #WeRMemoryKeepers #spon at GingerSnapCrafts.com

24 January 2014

DiGiorno Pizza & Football Party {game time party ideas & tips} #GameTimeGoodies

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Hello! As a mom to three boys we hear the word football, game time & pizza a lot around our house! haha! ;) So this week we thought it would be fun to throw a little after school football inspired pizza party at our house! Each of the older kiddos got to invite a few friends over for some fun football inspired games, movies & lots of yummy food including DiGiorno pizza! Yum! So today I’ll be sharing lots of fun football party ideas for the big game! I’ll also be sharing some of my favorite party planning tips for hosting a fun, inexpensive & stress-free party! So keep on reading! ;)

Pizza & Football Party Ideas at GingerSnapCrafts.com #gamedaygoodies #cbias #shop

Family Love Valentine Pillow Tutorial from Jedi Craft Girl {contributor}

Hi!  I'm Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl, and I am thrilled to be here
at Ginger Snap Crafts sharing my tutorial for this Valentine's Day Pillow
What I love about this pillow is at first glance it looks like a simple heart pillow. 
But if you look closely, there is a zipper in the heart,
and there are little hearts tucked inside.
 
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Five of My Favorite Valentine Projects & a Valentine Link Party

Hello! Happy Friday! Valentine’s Day is almost here! :) Today I’m sharing 5 of my favorite Valentine projects, and then I’d love to see some of your favorite Valentine’s projects, too! Today I’m co-hosting a HUGE Valentine link party with 18 other bloggers celebrating all things Valentine! So keep reading to join in the fun! :)

5 of my favorite Valentine Projects #Valentine GingerSnapCrafts.com

23 January 2014

10 Yarn, Felt or Wool Projects

Hello! Winter is the perfect time to break out the yarn & crochet needles & make a scarf or some warm mittens. So today I’m so excited to be featuring 10 yarn, felt or wool projects that were linked up to last week’s {wow me} wednesday party! :) Don’t forget this week’s party is still going on right here, so make sure you check it out. If you are a blogger feel free to link up your latest projects & ideas. I’d love to see them. :) Buuuut first enjoy this warm & cozy feature post. ;)

10 Yarn, Felt or Wool Projects at GingerSnapCrafts.com #linkparty #features #wool #yarn #felt

Silhouette Tote Bundle Promotion #bestdealever

This post is brought to you by Silhouette.

I know I say this every time but this brand new Silhouette Promotion is the best deal I have ever seen. Hands down! It is awesome! :) For a limited time you can grab either one of these Silhouette tote bundles for an unbelievable price! It’s like buying a machine (at a HUGE discount!) and getting a tote, dust cover & $25 download card for FREE!!! Eek! :) If you already own a machine you can get 25% off the CAMEO® tweed rolling tote or the cute Portrait™ tote. Plus I have a little surprise for those of you who can’t wait to get your hands on the new Silhouette products that were launched at CHA a few weeks ago. So keep reading for all the fun details! ;)

Silhouette Tote Promotion #Silhouette GingerSnapCrafts.com #affiliate

21 January 2014

{wow me} wednesday #138

Welcome to {wow me} wednesday!



So glad YOU are here!


Did you see the 9 amazing DIY projects I featured last week?
If not make sure you check them all out here. :)

9 amazing DIY projects at GingerSnapCrafts.com #diy #tutorials #linkparty #features

20 January 2014

Peppermint Popcorn {recipe}

Hello! I hope your Monday is off to a great start! :) Today is my hubby’s last day home from work. He took off all week last week to work on our house addition. It is looking so good. We passed the wiring & the insulation inspections. Yay! We are working on the sheetrock today. That’s the part I am good at all the taping & floating. ha! ;) Can’t wait to get everything done, and it will be nice to have our house back together again. During all that crazy construction going on last week I did manage to make the kiddos a yummy after school snack ~ peppermint popcorn. :) This would make a perfect snack for a Valentine’s Day party. So keep reading to get the easy recipe. :)

Peppermint Popcorn for Valentines Day #popcorn #valentines #recipe

17 January 2014

Triple Dark Chocolate Brownies from Love to be in the Kitchen {contributor}

Hi everyone! I'm Becky and I blog at Love to be in the Kitchen where I share quick, easy and fun recipes. I am so excited to guest post today on Ginger's blog. I've been a fan of Ginger Snap Crafts for a long time and just love all the great posts she shares. So who is excited for Valentine's Day? Can you believe it will be here in less than a month? If you ask me nothing is more romantic than dark chocolate so today I am sharing with you a recipe I created that will make anyone you share this with love you even more! Triple Dark Chocolate Brownies. Pure bliss.

Triple Dark Chocolate Frosted Brownies from LovetobeintheKitchen.com #recipe #valentinesday #brownies

16 January 2014

9 Amazing DIY Projects

It’s the new year ~ perfect time to get some of those DIY projects done! ;) I know I have a few I’m working on. I guess I should say “we”! ha! My hubby took this whole week off to work on the addition to our house. I can’t wait to get it finished! We are getting a little closer. One more inspection to go & then we can start putting up the sheetrock! Yay! ;) Until the big reveal (ha!) enjoy these 9 amazing DIY projects that were linked up to last week’s {wow me} wednesday party. :) Remember this week’s party is still going on so feel free to check out the new projects, recipes & ideas that have been linked up, and if you are a blogger I’d love to see what you’ve been working on! Enjoy! :)

9 amazing DIY projects at GingerSnapCrafts.com #diy #tutorials #linkparty #features

14 January 2014

{wow me} wednesday #137

Welcome to {wow me} wednesday!



So glad YOU are here!


Last week I featured 10 must have printables for the new year.
Make sure you check them all out here & download a few! :)

10 printables for the new year #newyear #organizing #printable
 

Romantic & Easy Valentine’s Day Dinner Idea ~ Stuffed Pasta Shells with a Tres Leches Dessert {recipe} #Valentines4All

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Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it! (Actually it’s only ONE month from today!) Today I’d love to share an easy, yummy & inexpensive romantic meal idea for Valentine’s Day. You’ll also have plenty of left overs to feed the kiddos, too. haha! ;) The ingredients for this meal are easy to find at your local Walmart ~ Buitoni Pasta Sauce, Nestlé Tres Leches baking kit, pasta, spinach & a few other easy to find ingredients. So keep reading to see how I made this easy Stuffed Pasta Shell main dish. Then I’ll show you how to put together an easy Tres Leches dessert that will be the perfectly sweet ending to your dinner! ;)

Romantic & Easy Valentine dinner idea ~ stuffed pasta shells & tres leches dessert #CBias #shop #Valentines4All

Silhouette Portrait Giveaway Winner & The Silhouette Challenge

This post is brought to you by Silhouette.

Hello! Just wanted to pop in really quick & let you know that the Silhouette Portrait giveaway winner is Brianna. Brianna, you have been emailed. I hope to hear from you soon! :)

Also, since we are talking about Silhouette (ha!), I wanted to let you know about The Silhouette Challenge facebook group. This group is for bloggers, crafters, beginners, seasoned Silhouette users ~ everyone who loves their Silhouette & wants to do more with their machine. Each month they have a different challenge or theme to craft along with using your creativity & your Silhouette. Crafting is so much more fun with friends! ;) To join you can fill out this form over at The Thinking Closet. I plan on jumping in on next month’s theme of fabric. :) Keep reading, & I’ll show you where you can get some ah-mazing organization ideas (this month’s theme) using your Silhouette. :)

#silhouettechallenge

13 January 2014

Make Your Own Cake Stand {tutorial}

This post is brought to you by DecoArt.

Hello! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. We are slowly getting back to a normal schedule after Christmas break & then last week’s many, many snow days! ;) Today I am excited to show you how to make your own cake stand with a little help from DecoArt. This was such an easy & inexpensive project to make, & I think it turned out so pretty! Yay! So keep reading to see how I did it.

make your own cake stand with #DecoArt at GingerSnapCrafts.com #spon

11 January 2014

Distressed Valentines Block, Silhouette Promotion & a Silhouette Portrait™ Giveaway

This post is brought to you by Silhouette.

This weekend is huge in the craft industry because the Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show is going on right now as we speak in California. Eek! I heard that Silhouette has some amazing new products that they are launching at the show, & I can’t wait to get my hands on them! :)

To celebrate Silhouette is kicking off a brand new promotion for you to save big on all in stock Silhouette accessories including the popular Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software. Yep, it’s time to stock up! I’m also sharing a quick distressed Valentines block tutorial with you. Annnnnd I have a Silhouette Portrait™ to giveaway to one of you! Yay! So keep reading! ;)


Distressed Valentines Block with Silhouette #Valentines #tutorial #spon at GingerSnapCrafts.com

10 January 2014

Toddler Baby Doll Carrier from The Crazy Tailor {contributor}

Hi there! I'm Sarah, a newbie blogger over at The Crazy Tailor, and I'm so excited to be a guest blogger here at Ginger Snap Crafts! I'm a SAHM who loves crafting, cooking and sewing and especially sewing for my little munchkins! Pardon my photos...I sew at night when the kiddos are sleeping, so I don't get great light. At all. But I make up for it when my munchkins are awake! They are pretty used to seeing my camera come out! My daughter is such a little mommy. Always feeding, burping, carrying her dolly, and just lately, she's been trying to stuff dolly down her shirt! When I asked her about that, she said she was trying to carry her dolly. Got me thinking...I use a mei tai for wearing my little boy and so I asked her if she would like a baby carrier. YES. In pink please. Alrighty then!

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09 January 2014

10 Printables for the New Year

Hello! I am so loving this time of year ~ organizing, goal setting & having a fresh start! Wahoo! :) I am working hard on organizing my kitchen, & hopefully I’ll have some post to show you what I’ve been working on soon! Cross your fingers! ha! My plans have been interrupted by a gaziliion snow days, but it’s all good! haha! In the meantime enjoy these 10 must have printables for the new year that were linked up to last week’s {wow me} wednesday party. So enjoy! (Annnd don’t forget you can check out this week’s party HERE.)

10 printables for the new year #newyear #organizing #printable

07 January 2014

{wow me} wednesday #136

Welcome to {wow me} wednesday!



So glad YOU are here!

Last week I featured over 10 snow inspired ideas.
Make sure you check them all out. :)

Over 10 Snow Inspired Ideas at GingerSnapCrafts.com #linkparty #features #snow #gingersnapcrafts

Say No to Auto Video Workshop with Kristen Duke Photography {Review & Giveaway}

This post is brought to you by Kristen Duke Photography.

Hello! Last week I told you about one of my new year’s resolutions ~ eating healthier. Today I’m sharing one more with you ~ learning how to take pictures in manual mode! Eek! I have been putting this one off for way too long! Last year I made the plunge & bought a Canon Rebel digital SLR camera. Sometimes I get so frustrated with it that I go back to my old camera! ha! ;) Buuuut I’ve resisted the urge to do that, & my goal is to figure out my camera this year. This week I was able to review Kristen Duke’s brand new Say No to Auto Beginner Photography Video Workshop! I love that you can watch it again & again. I’ve already placed an order for a new lens (that Kristen recommends!), and I can’t wait to start trying out some of Kristen’s awesome tips. :) I am also excited to be giving away the Say No to Auto Beginner Photography Video Workshop to one of you! Keep reading to see how to enter, and I have a coupon code if you’d like to order! :)

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06 January 2014

How to Host an Easy & Yummy Hot Chocolate Bar

Good morning! I don’t know if anyone noticed or not but I’m back from a little blogging break! Yay! :) I had most of my post prescheduled over the Christmas break, & it was nice to have a little break from all things blog & spend some fun times with my little family! We had a nice quiet Christmas at home, made a quick trip to Branson for the day, had a couple of snow days, stayed up late on New Years, watched Frozen (Have you seen it?) & just had a blast being together. Now everyone is back in school, & things are returning to normal around our house. I’m working on a few projects that I can’t wait to share!

Over the Christmas break we had a hot chocolate bar with a few friends. It was so easy to put together, so I thought I’d share a few tips & ideas on how to host an easy hot chocolate bar. It was so much fun & yummy, too! ;) So keep reading to see my top 5 tips & some fun topping ideas. :)

easy hot chocolate bar at GingerSnapCrafts.com

03 January 2014

Top 13 Posts of 2013

Another year has come & gone! Annnd what a great year 2013 was for GingerSnapCrafts.com! :) Thank you all so much for reading my blog! Without you here following along I wouldn’t be doing what I love & have the amazing opportunities that have come my way. Thank you! You are awesome! :)

I love looking at everyone’s year end wrap up posts. So of course, I had to do one of my own! ha! ;) I went through each month of 2013 & picked out my personal favorites! I hope you enjoy them as well! So keep reading to see my top 13 posts from 2013! :)

top 13 post of 2013 at GingerSnapCrafts.com #bestof2013

02 January 2014

Back on Track with Nestlé #WowThatsGood

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It’s the new year! Time for those new year’s resolutions! :) Over this month I plan on sharing a few of my many new year’s resolutions. Yes, I have more than just a few! haha! ;) One of the goals that is on the top on my list is to get back on track by eating healthier, eating a little less at meals & snacking less throughout the day. Nestlé makes this so easy! Yay! :) Recently I made a trip to Walmart to pick up some LEAN CUISINE®, Skinny Cow & CoffeeMate (no, it not just for coffee!) products to help me get started on some healthier & delicious eating habits! Yum! So keep reading to see what I bought. :)

Back on Track with Nestlé #WowThatsGood #shop at GingerSnapCrafts.com

Over 10 Snow Inspired Ideas

Hello! I’m so excited to bring you over 10 snow inspired ideas that were link up to the last {wow me} wednesday party! :) I love snow, & we have been lucky enough to get quite a few snow days already this winter. So many in fact that my kiddos had to head back to school today to make up some of those missed snow days! :( Buuut I didn’t hear them complaining when they were sledding & building snow forts a few weeks ago! So it’s all good! haha! ;) Remember if you haven’t linked up or checked out this week’s party it is still going on here, but first enjoy these snowy features. :)

Over 10 Snow Inspired Ideas at GingerSnapCrafts.com #snow #linkparty #features