A few of my friends repeatedly tell me that they wish they were “crafty” like me and that I should teach classes or something. While I don’t think I’m all that and a bag of chips, I do enjoy crafting and I love to show others how to make cool stuff, so I finally decided to have a little shin-dig at my house to have some crafty fun!
I had a few of my girlfriends over Saturday night to drink a little wine…play with some paint and glitter….
The food wasn’t the centerpiece of the party, so I didn’t stress myself out. I served Valentine M&M’s, sugar cookies with colorful sprinkles (store-bought), crackers and port-wine cheese, and those little Anytizer’s by Tyson (they’re yummy!).
We spread out in my bar in our basement and started crafting.
For my “Love Letter” art, I started by using blue painter’s tape to create stripes, and painted the stripes a pretty navy blue.
I had to use 3 coats to make it dark enough to cover the white canvas completely. After peeling off the painter’s tape, I felt the need to fancy-up the canvas a bit more before moving on.
I used some white glitter and Mod Podge to add a little sparkle to the white stripes.
(By the way, my lines weren’t crisp on my stripes. If you have a better suggestion for doing this, rather than using painter’s tape, please let me know!)
After the glitter dried, it was time to make the love letters! I bought a pack of multi-colored cardstock already cut down to 2″ x 3″. Using a ruler and Sharpie pen, I drew lines to make each piece of cardstock resemble an envelope, then covered the top “flap” of each envelope in red or pink glitter.
Finally, I used hot glue to attach red baker’s twine to the back of each top corner of my canvas, then used glitter clothespins to attach each envelope to the twine.
I love all of the glitter! Here is the finished piece:
All of us had such a fun time creating our art!
This was so much fun – hours of laughing and talking and crafting with wonderful women! We will most definitely do this again….Easter, perhaps?
Linking up here:
Monday: Sew Can Do, The Girl Creative, Boogieboard Cottage, Keeping It Simple, Skip to My Lou, Craft-O-Maniac, Lines Across, The Dedicated House, Kathe With An E, My Crazy Beautiful Life
Tuesday: Cedar Hill Ranch, Sugar Bee Crafts, Not Just a Housewife, Reasons to Skip the Housework, Today’s Creative Blog, Carolyn’s Homework, The Kurtz Corner, The Winthrop Chronicles, Mercy Ink, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, The First Year, Naptime Creations, Lil Ms Tori
Wednesday: Trendy Treehouse, Night Owl Crafting, My Girlish Whims, Ginger Snap Crafts, Southern Lovely, Sugar and Dots, The DIY Dreamer, seven thirty three
Thursday: The Shabby Creek Cottage, Somewhat Simple, The 36th Avenue, A Glimpse Inside, House of Hepworths, The ArtsyGirl Connection
Friday: Fingerprints on the Fridge, Simply Designing, Happy Hour Projects, Craftionary, Too Much Time on My Hands, One Artsy Mama, Six Sisters’ Stuff, Just Us Four, Mom on Timeout, Tatertots and Jello, My Favorite Finds, The Grant Life, Becoming Martha
Weekends: Family Ever After, Crafty Scrappy Happy, Under the Table and Dreaming, Be Different Act Normal, Lovely Crafty Home, Nifty Thrifty Things, Life on Lakeshore Drive
LOVE it! Helpful Tip: To get crisp lines with painters tape, seal the edges of your tape with a small coat of the base paint or with Mod Podge. Then paint with your desired color. You’ll get crisp lines every time! 🙂
See, why didn’t I consult you BEFORE I painted this?! Thank you!!! I’m making a couple other canvas crafts soon so I will definitely try Mod Podge next time. (Enjoy your day off from school…I’m jealous!) 😉
I love crafting parties, and yours looked like it was a blast!
Oh we had a great time! This was the first time I’ve hosted a crafting party but I will do more. We had a blast! It’s nice to see my friends step out of their comfort zone and get messy with paint from time to time. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
They all came out so well! My friends have been after me to do a craft party too. I’m sharing this with them. 🙂
Awesome! Thanks! 🙂
Hi Kirsten! This is a really cute and easy project. I’d love for you to come link your project up @ http://mydailyphotojourney.blogspot.com/2013/01/strut-your-stuff-social-hop.html
Denyse@Crazy Beautiful Life
Very cute! I love all the different versions!!
I love the way you created the envelopes! The glitter adds a nice touch!
Crafting with girlfriends, lovely! it looks like you all had a great time
and I love what you came up with. Glue gun and glitter…my two best friends. Thank
you for stopping by my blog.
Cute cute! I love the glitter on your envelopes! This gives me an idea to make a full size one my boys could open a note in each day starting on the 1st! Your party looks fun- thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much! I love the idea of full size envelopes for your boys! Very sweet 🙂
Thanks! We had a blast, and it was fun watching everyone do their own unique piece 🙂
Thank you for the visit and the pin! 🙂
Love this! They all turned out so great!
Awe, looks like a fun gathering! Love your blue and white stripes. Nice bold background for the love letters:) stop by http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/01/sweet-heart-pillow-upcycle.html
Hi Beth! Thank you for the invite – heading over to link up now! 🙂
Thanks Lindsay! Glad you stopped by 🙂
Hi Michele – thank you! I’m a lover of navy blue at the moment…love those stripes 🙂
This is awesome!! I love it. A fabulous job!! Thanks so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent!! Happy Friday and have a wonderful, creative weekend. 🙂
This is adorable! I love the way the navy blue stripes look against the pink & red envelopes. Very nice.
Thanks for the invite! Heading over now 🙂
Thanks for hosting, and stopping by! 🙂
Thank you! I’m very pleased with how it turned out.
These are so neat!
Totally AWESOME Kirsten!! I really love everyone’s Valentine Art!!
I just started using glitter and I LOVE IT!!
Thanks so much for partying with me last week at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! I’m really looking forward to seeing what you share tomorrow evening!
These are too cute!! It looks like you all had a great time. Your being featured tomorrow on Tell Me Tuesday! Thanks for linking up! Have a great week! :)Tori
WOO HOO! Thanks a bunch! 🙂
This is such a great project and would be great for doing with the kiddies! I know my daughter for sure would love it!
It’d be great if you drop by and link it up at our Sunday Show and Tell Linky Party!
We Hope you Stop by!
Thanks Christine! I will definitely stop by to link up again 🙂
Hi Kelly! I’ll stop over there now 🙂 Thanks for the invite!
I love Valentine’s crafts! SO cute!!! I hope you come by to link- http://atozebracelebrations.com/2013/01/link-party-5.html
Thanks for the invite Nancy!
This looks like such a fun night! And your crafts came out so cute! I love it all 🙂
Thank you for linking up to Financial Friday at the Grant
life! Im going to feature this Tuesday
in my Valentine’s roundup! Be sure to
check it out 🙂
These cards are so cute! I’m hosting a glitter crafting party this week and these would be perfect to link up: http://www.framedfrosting.com/2013/06/glitter-craft-with-what-youve-got-4.html