Kids Birthday Party Favor and Invitation

Kids Birthday Party Favor and Invitation
Kids Birthday Party Favor and Invitation

Peanuts, Circus Peanuts, get your Circus Peanuts here.  How fun would a Circus Themed birthday party be for a kid?  You can create this happy set with Sizzix Die cuts and embossing folders.  The Circus themed paper is from GCD Studios and a bag full of circus peanuts.

Egg Craft Eggstavaganza – Needle Felted Sugar Eggs

Needle felted sugared  egg - hyacinth
Needle felted sugared egg - hyacinth
Do you remember getting sugared eggs in your Easter basket as a kid?  I sure do.  My grandmother used to give us one.  They always looked so much prettier than they tasted.  I look back now and wonder why I tried to eat them?   Even when I knew they were kind of yucky.   There was one that I did keep for a few years, but eventually it crumbled.  You can easily recreate the look of  Sugared Eggs with Decadent Fiber.  They sell kits for them and many other really cool felted items.  A link to their site is HERE.  Don’t forget to leave a comment on one of the Easter Egg Craft Eggstavaganza posts.  Starting with this one and going until 4-4.2011.


Egg Craft Eggstravaganza-Easter Basket

Empty Formula container recycled into Easter Basket
Empty Formula container recycled into Easter Basket
homemade Easter Egg Basket for kids
homemade Easter Egg Basket for kids

The empty container on the left is the perfect size and color to make an Easter Egg Basket.  A little Mod Podge, Samantha Walker Paper  and stickers from Creative Imaginations and you are all set.  This is still a part of the Egg Craft Eggstravaganz – since there are eggs on the front and it is designed to hold Easter treats.

Don’t forget to enter to win the prize package. HERE


Egg Craft Eggtravaganza – Wooden Egg Trio

Lumiere Wooden Eggs

egg craft Lumiere Wooden Eggs

Creating simple Easter decorations does not have to take a lot of time or even skill.  With the right combination of products you can make simple yet elegant eggs.  This colorful trio uses 4 products including the eggs.  I stocked up on the wood eggs from the clearance bin after Easter and I  might have paid a dollar for a dozen of them.

Shop for blank or generic pieces after the holidays.  The blank surfaces make for an easy and cheap exercise in creativity for the kids.  Not only do I buy the blanks on clearance, I tend to buy basket filling, paint and glitter that the stores consider “seasonal”.  I also like to buy wrapping paper after the holidays too.   If you are looking for the Design Adhesives – they can be found in the stamp and ink isle of most craft stores and in many paper and scrapbooking stores.  You can always try online too. The content below may have been sponsored, contain affiliate links or free items for use. Know that this will not sway the opinion no matter what. (Even though they may want to!) This costs you nothing and helps pay for this blog's overhead. Click Diclosures to learn more.

Supplies used for the wooden egg craft:

Instructions for the wooden egg craft:

  1. Sand the eggs if needed and wipe off any dust.
  2. Apply the Design adhesives as directed on the packaging.
  3. Sprinkle on gold embossing powder and tap to remove excess.
  4. Use the heat gun to melt the embossing powder.  *Take proper safety precautions as the heat gun can burn your fingers.*
  5. Paint the eggs in any many you would like.

These decorative wooden eggs can be displayed year after year because I think the style is pretty classic. You could even add an egg or two inside and Easter Basket as party of the gift.  Another fun idea is to paint a name on each one and use it as a name card for your place settings.

New Friend Friday – Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s Fabric ATCs

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer fabric ATCs

fabric atc tutorialFabric ATCs by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s for New Friend Friday!  We have a stellar project to celebrate Spring and it is brought to you by a mixed media artist from NYC, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.  Recently, I met Julie at the CHA Winter show in Los Angeles.  Her original works of art are full of color and invoke many emotions.  She has a fantastic blog and is quite inspirational and after seeing her project I want to try watercolor on fabric. The colors on her project are so vibrant.  You should stop by her blog and see the other ATCs that are on display.

Each week I send questions out to our guests.  I love reading their responses and I hope you do too.  If there are ever any questions you would like to ask, please send an email to  Now lets check out the wonderful work of our New Friend Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.

Hi!  My name is Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and I’m a mixed media artist living in New York City.   I wanted to share some fabric ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) with you today.

DIY watercolor fabric & freestyle stitched Fabric ATCs:

To make my fabric ATCs I started with  muslin and stitched a flower pattern.

stitch in fabric for freetsyle atc
freestyle stitching on fabric
freemotion stitching diy
Then I painted the flower pattern with acrylic paint and a lot of water and I do this so that the paint would bleed everywhere.

how to watercolor paint fabric
watercolor fabric tutorial
Then I cut the large piece into 2.5″x3.5″ ATC size pieces.

fabric atc idea
I stitched around the edges, over-dyed some of the remnants from the original piece, and embellished each of the ATCs with the over-dyed remnants.  Click on the images below to make them larger.

fabric atc tutorial watercolor on fabric ideas free style stictching on atc water color fabric water color fabric copy

Read more:  Thanks for letting me share!  Blog

Q.  What is your favorite Medium?

A.  Don’t have a favorite – guess that’s why I’m a mixed media gal!

Q.  Are you trained or self taught?

A.  Self-taught.

Q.  One interesting fact that our readers might want to know?

A.  I’m teaching an online mixed media stitch class called “It’s Sew Easy” where you’ll learn everything from how to sew in a straight line to how to paint with your sewing machine needle!  It’s six weeks long and starts at the end of March.

Q.  Where do you find inspiration?

A.  Everywhere!  On the streets of NYC, in a magazine, from a conversation, during a visit to a museum, or simply from my art supplies!

Q.  What is your favorite color scheme?

A.  I’m very obsessed with using just the three primary colors: red, blue, and yellow.

Q.  Do you work sitting down or standing up?

A.  I alternate sitting and standing.  I primarily sit, but to get a better vantage point or leverage, sometimes I need to stand!

how to watercolor fabric freestyle stitching tutorial

Scrapbook Page Layout – “Egg”stremely Easter

Hi crafty people!  I hope that everyone is enjoying our “Egg”stravaganza this week.  Spring is officially here, although you wouldn’t know it from the snowy weather we are having here in the northeast.  I am really eggcited to share this scrapbook layout with you today just because it makes me feel all warm and springy.

In this scrapbook layout we have eggs galore!  The egg scrapbook paper is just so much fun!  I love the pastel colored eggs against the craft background.  I found this at AC Moore, but there was no manufacturer label on it!

The egg and flower stickers are made out of felt.  They are dimensional and add a lot of texture to the page.  Those are Jolie’s stickers by EK Success.
Hope you are being inspired to make your own eggy designs!
Artfully yours,

Egg Craft – Eggstavaganza, Internet Inspiration

Continuing the week long Egg Craft Eggstavaganza we found great internet inspiration to spur on your creativity.  The Larssons who created these most eggcellent are very talented and patient people.  We hope they inspire you to post a project of your own.

Egg Crafts from Chez Larsson


When I spotted this blog post I was amazed at the bloggers patience.  The childhood pastime of painting Easter eggs pales in comparison to these egg crafts by Chez Larsson. Larsson uses eggs as the basis for elaborate art pieces, each with their own story.  Believe it or not these eggs are created with a Dremel tool.

Next up is Bentley. He’s enjoys a ride in his egg-mobile on the streets of New York City. Luckily there’s no rain as he chose not to upgrade to a model with windshield wipers.




This one reminds me of Hello Kitty.

Can you believe the CUTENESS?  For full directions and other totally cute critters in eggs visit her blog HERE

Faux Faberge Eggs

I had a recent project come up where I was asked to make a faux faberge egg. I wasn’t really asked to make it as much as I was asked to incorporate an image of one into another design. I don’t own any of these fancy eggs and I had no idea where I could get a hold of one to borrow for a photo opp, so I decided I’d try to make one.

faux faberge eggs by Jen Goode

It’s definitely a project requiring some time and patience but the result can be brilliant.

Materials for making a detailed faux faberge egg:

  • Plastic Easter egg
  • Decoart craft paint
  • Thin gold cord
  • Alene’s clear gel glue
  • Triple thick brush on glaze
  • Various gems and gold bead embellishments

I blotted a couple shades of blue and lavender over a blue plastic egg to add a little extra dimension and texture to the surface. The toughest part about making the faberge egg look genuine is measuring to get the lines layed out correctly. I used cord that I taped into place to determine where everything would lay out and then I carefully glue each intersection. Once all the glue dried I glued a small gem or gold bead in place. To finish the look, I used Triple thick making sure to cover the cording entirely so it not only stayed in place but also creates a nice thick coat to resemble a clear enamel.

making faux faberge eggs

I tried a couple different methods for making my eggs. Another faux feberge egg project I worked on used just the plastic Easter egg and a bunch of self-stick gems and beads. This method is much quicker and the result is a pretty decorated egg.

A Jar Full of Eggs – Egg Craft EGGstravaganza

Spring has arrived! Create and Decorate’s newest issue is filled with sweet projects that will have you singing for the arrival of all things Spring.


To celebrate, I created this bird jar full of jars, using recycled baby food jars and Sculpey III. The mama bird protectively sits atop her nest, created by covering STYROFOAM shapes with small pieces of gaffer tape.

To see a complete list of project instructions and materials, click here.

Live Life Creatively,

Egg Craft “Eggstravaganza”

On this first full day of spring, Jen Goode and I are issuing a challenge!  Join 365 Days of Crafts as we bring you projects all about eggs!  All week, our designers will be posting “eggcellent” egg crafts (and probably some more bad egg puns!) to provide inspiration for spring, and we’d like you to join in.  We’ll be giving away a prize pack worth $30  to one lucky entrant on 4/4/11!  Entries will be accepted until noon EST.

Here’s how you can enter:

  1. Comment on this post, or one of our designers’ other egg craft posts this week (one entry per person).
  2. Link your own original egg craft in your comment for an additional entry (1 per person).
  3. Link this challenge on Facebook or Twitter for an additional entry (1 per person).

*winner will be chosen by random drawing on 4/4/11, US addresses only*


I’m starting off the egg craft challenge today with these Spring Magnet Egg Clips.  Since I can’t find much color outside my house with all the rain the midwest has been getting, I decided to break out the projects to add color to the inside.

These egg magnets are made using polymer clay, and have tiny clips on the back to hold artwork, lists, or photos in place.

egg shaped magnet clips made from polymer clay

Supplies needed:

Polymer clay in desired colors-I used Sculpey III from Polyform Products
small clothespins
strong magnets
brads and ric-rac
liquid adhesive-I used Fabri-Tac from Beacon Adhesives
small pieces of foam core (if necessary)

For complete directions for this project, please see Spring Egg Magnet Clip Instructions.

These spring egg magnet clips are a great way to use up leftover scraps from other projects, since you can really decorate them however you like.  Plus, they’re an “eggcellent” 😉 way to add some fresh spring color!

We look forward to seeing your Spring Egg Crafts!  Good luck!