Thursday, December 26, 2013

DIY - Sparky New Year's Eve Banner

 Now that Christmas is over, it's time to start thinking about the New Year! Here's a fast and easy to make sparkly banner tutorial to help ring in the New Year in style.
1. Glue gun and glue.
2. Sparkly string or ribbon.
3. Glittery papers.
4. Sequins, Cabochons, or other sparkly nick-knacks.
5. Star shaped paper punch.

1- Using glittery paper, or gift wrap, cut long strips in different lengths.
2- Wrap the strips around a pencil to "curl" them. If they need help staying curled, use a glue gun to glue the curls in place.

3- Use your star shaped paper punch to punch out glitter star shapes.
4- Gather sparkly cabochons, and other decorations found at your local craft shop.

5- Cut different size triangle shapes from out of your sparkly paper.
6- Use your hot glue gun to glue each shape to your sparkly string or ribbon.
7- Hang & Celebrate!

If you are interested in making the DIY New Years Eve hat & tiara (Shown in the photo above), visit Snap's blog to find my Hat and tiara tutorial.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

2013 Christmas Card Design

I love getting Christmas cards! It's one of my favorite parts of Christmas. Here's what my 2013 Christmas Card design looks like. Did you do Christmas cards this year? I'd love to see them. Leave a link below to your cards. Merry Christmas! 

Friday, December 20, 2013

DIY Wooden New Years Eve Banner Tutorial

 Christmas is less than one week away. Which means New Years is less than 2 weeks away. I don't have very many New Years Eve decorations, so I decided to add this Sparkly Happy New Year Banner to my small collection.
 First I started with this DIY Wooden Happy New Year Banner Kit from Say Hello.
Other supplies you'll need include:
Paint, Glitter, Modge Podge, hairspray, a foam paint brush, and a string to hang the banner from.
For my paint, I used The Champagne Gold color from DecoArt®. It's my favorite paint color ever, and I think it makes a great base color for this project. Of course you can always choose another color. Black, Silver, or Mulit-Colors would look great for this New Years banner.

I painted one thin coat of paint on each letter. It looked nice. You could leave the glitter out if you like a smooth finish, but I wanted to add glitter to my banner.

Next I added a thick layer of Modge Podge to each letter. Then I dumped a generous amount of glitter on top of the still well modge podge. I did one letter at a time, so that the modge podge would stay nice and wet. After dumping the excess glitter back into my glitter stash, I used some hairspray to spray each letter to keep the glitter in place.

 Next, I put some modge podge into a separate bowl. Using my sponge brush I dapped a generous amount of modge pode to each letter. Do not rub, just dab. Don't worry about your letters turning white, it will dry clear in about an hour. This step prevents the glitter from falling off and making a mess. While you wait for the Modge Podge to dry, use a toothpick or tip of a safety pin to poke through each hole and clear out the gunk. This will make threading your twine through each letter easier.

 Lastly, I measured my area where I wanted to hang my banner and cut some bakers twine to fit the measurements. The letters were easy to slide onto the twine. I used some clear 3m hooks that I found at Target to hang my banner to my fireplace mantel.

Step back and enjoy your banner! Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Happy Winter

It's snowing a lot today in Utah!
Here's a little illustration I did this week.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Free Christmas Gift Tags Printable

I can't believe Christmas is less than 2 weeks away. I created this cute kids gift tag printable to help you keep track which gift under the tree is for which kid. You could also use these gift tags for neighbor or co-worker gifts. Best of all, you can download and print them today for FREE!
CLICK HERE to start downloading PDF file.

Print them onto card-stock or sticker paper from home, or take the file into your favorite local printer such as Office Max or Staples to have them printed.

For personal use only. Please do not re-distribute or sell these tags or the images on the tags.
Thank you! ©2011 Holly Brooke Jones.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sleigh Riding at Homestead in Midway Utah

We thought it would be fun to go cut down a Christmas tree this year. My cousin told us about a place where they take you on a sleigh ride up in the mountains and help you cut down a tree. Sadly, we never found that place, but my sister-in-law found a fun group sleigh ride for us to take at Homestead Resort in Midway, Utah.

It was a very cold day, but it was so beautiful & we were all bundled up, so we didn't really notice how cold it was.

At the end of our ride, we were able to get our picture taken with Santa. The girls had so much fun!

Monday, December 9, 2013

If you give a pig a party

If you give a pig a party, she'll want to invite a friend like you.

We're inviting family over to help celebrate my daughters birthday this week.
She loves pigs!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Stinkin' Cute Thanksgiving kids table setting

These customizable kids place settings are now available at Zazzle. They would be cute for a kids Thanksgiving dinner place setting.Skunk Plate
Skunk Plate

Skunk Mug

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

First Font - free download

I was playing around last night, and I made this font. It's not perfect. It defiantly needs some kerning. But it's free. If you want to download it, go for it!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Holiday Snowman Candle Craft

My sister saw these cute snowmen made out of glove fingers in a magazine.
My mom, sister, and I decided to make some, glue them to the top of Holiday scented candles and donate them to the Festival of Tree's gift shop this year.
They were easy to make & super fun! We made 60 of them.

I think they would make a great neighbor or co-worker gift.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

DIY Felt Snowflake banner Tutorial & Pattern

I'm re-posting my most popular tutorial from almost 5 years ago. Somehow between all those years, all our moves, and all our computer crashes, the downloadable file was damaged.
So, by popular request, I've recreated it for you to download. FREE!

I'm not going to lie. It takes a long time to cut out all these snowflakes. But it's worth it. This banner is also very inexpensive to make.

You will need some "Stiff Felt" in white or your desired color, some Ric-rac or ribbon, sharp scissors, a hot glue gun, sequins, or any fun embellishments you might have. 

1) CLICK HERE to Download and print this 2 page PDF file.
This will be the pattern for your snowflakes.
2) Cut out the paper snowflakes for a pattern.
3) Trace Pattern onto some stiff felt.
4) Cut snowflakes out of stiff felt.
5) Use a hot glue gun to glue sequins or embellishments to the center of each snowflake.
6) Glue each snowflake to ric rac or ribbon to make your snowflake garland.
7) Find a fun place to hang your garland and enjoy!

Note, snowflakes take a little time to cut out. I like to cut them while watching my favorite movie.
Please feel free to share my pictures and this tutorial with your friends. Please direct them to this website to download the snowflake patterns, as the pattern is not intended for
re-distribution or re-sell. Thanks!

This is me way back when, showing my snowflake banner on Studio 5.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Free Owl Printable Thank You Gift tags

I hope you enjoy these free "Thank You" gift tags. Each tag is 2.5 inches.
12 tags per sheet.
1) Click Here to download the PDF file.
2) Print file onto an 8.5" x 11" sheet of cardstock.
3) Cut on grey dotted lines.
4) punch a hole near the top using a paper hole punch.
5) Use a thin ribbon or twine to attach Thank You tag to your gift.

All Art ©2013 Holly Brooke Jones • For personal use only.
Not for re-distribution.
You may share this on your blog, but must link your post to my post. Thank you!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Halloween Bat Tutorial & Pattern

I made these bats a few years ago on my old blog. They were pretty popular, so I thought I'd add them on this blog too. These are super easy and inexpensive to make.

1) Click HERE to download my PDF bat pattern.
2) Print Pattern.
3) Cut out pattern and trace bats onto black stiff felt, or black card-stock.
4) Cut bats from felt or card-stock.
5) Glue a square piece of paper or card-stock to the back of the bat. This will make hanging the bats using masking tape easier.
6) hang from mantel, ceiling, stair railings, & etc. (I used masking tape to adhere the bats to my wall and fireplace mantel.
7) Optional: I folded each side of the bat to the center to make them look like they are flying.