Easy Holiday Luminaries

If you like to decorate your driveway or walkway with luminaries and you happen to own a scrapbooking cutting machine, why not add a design to them. I used my Silhouette machine, but any cutting machine will work. It is a quick project that you can still do tonight or tomorrow. Your house will look extra beautiful!

For this project you sill need:

Paper lunch bags

Cutting Machine

Votive lights (I used battery operated)

Download a design. I used a snowflake. Center the design.

Smooth your bag onto the cutting sheet very well, or it will slip around. 

Set your cutting machine to a heavy card stock setting.

Fill your bag with battery operated votive candles.

Line your driveway and enjoy!

Wishing You the Happiest of Holidays's!


The Rebel Crafter

Holiday Tag Ideas

I am so fortunate to belong to a wonderful scrapbbooking club. Our founder Jodie organizes all sorts of great swaps. This is the second annual holiday tag swap I have participated in. I can't even begin to tell you how amazingly beautiful the tags I received are. The attention to detail on them are amazing. I wanted to share them over the next few days to give you some inspiration to make your own. The tags I featured today are made by Karen Meyer. She was kind enough to share her materials for creating them. I especially like her touch of adding charms using a baby safety pin. I never would have thought of doing that! If you spend a little time making some homemade tags you're sure sure to get extra oohs and ahhs over your gifts. They make the recipient feel extra special. 

Here are the supplies for Karen's tags:

'Winter Wishes' tag
cardstock glued onto manilla folder
adhesive:  'glossy accents', 'ATG gun', 'hot glue'
Sizzix die:   'Super Scallop Tag'
Tim Holtz rubber stamp:    'Tall Trees Pine'
Cuttlebug embossing folder:  'Swiss Dots'
Cricut cartridge:  'Christmas' (for snowflakes)
Making Memories Clear Stamps:  'Classic Mixed Alpha' (TO and FROM)
Delta Decorative Snow
Stickles:  'Diamond', 'Waterfall'
Recollections glitter:   'Snow'
Versa Mark clear embossing ink
Recollections embossing powder:  'Snow'
Stampendous embossing powder:  'Silver Tinsel'
Stampendous Frantage glitter flakes:  'Shaved Ice'
Tim Holtz distress ink:  'Tumbled Glass'
Font:  'Adine Kirnberg Script' (Microsoft Word)
various fibers
saftey pin (to hold charms)
charms:  'tiny jingle bell', 'pearl', 'shrinky-dink star'

'Happy Holidays' tag
cardstock glued onto manilla folder
adhesive:  'glossy accents', 'ATG gun', 'hot glue', 'pop-dots'
Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
Tim Holtz distress ink:  'Tumbled Glass'
Cricut cartridge:  'Christmas' (for stars)
Spellbinders die:  'Megabilities Collection Long Classic Scalloped Rectangle-Large'
Making Memories Clear Stamps:  'Classic Mixed Alpha' (TO and FROM)
vintage image from the internet
McGill punch:  'pine'
Stickles:  'Silver', 'Diamond', 'Icicle'
Recollections glitter:  'Silver', 'Snow'
ZIG Silver marker
font:  'Adine Kirnberg Script' (Microsoft Word)
various fibers
saftey pin (to hold charms)
charms:  'tiny jingle bell', 'pearl', 'shrinky-dink star'


The Rebel Crafter

Vintage Holiday Gift Tags

I recently participated in a tag swap with my scrapbook club. The tags everyone made are absolutely beautiful, and I will be sharing them with you. A really nice tag can make your holiday package seem a little extra special. I want to show how easy it is to create a vintage look tag. You simply print the vintage clip art onto card stock, trim, and using glossy accents, or clear glue embellish with glitter. I liked a combination of fine prism glitter and craft sparkles larger glitter. Stamp or print "to: & from:" on the back, add a lovely ribbon and you are done. Or you can take your tags to the next level adding charms, and beaded ribbon. Either way make them your packages will look extra special.

To start print out your free vintage tag art from the cottage dreamer blog site:

Trim, and punch a ribbon hole. 

Pick areas of the card to embellish with glitter. I used ultra fine and candy cane craft sparkles. The larger craft sparkles give the tag that vintage feel. 

Go over the beard, and then the corners of the tag with glossy accents with a little fine glitter but sprinkle well with the larger craft sparkles.

Pick a few areas and add some glossy accents with just the fine glitter. I did the santa hat and branches.

Stamp or write to and from on the back of the tag. 

Consider adding some holiday charms. Using a baby safety pin, or jump ring, add some festive beads. Attach to the top with the ribbon.

To add beaded ribbon to the bottom of the card: Trim a piece of beaded ribbon and attach to the back of the tag with tape runner. Next cover the ribbon with a piece of card stock cut the size of the back of the tag. This way the beads will only show at the bottom of the tag.


The Rebel Crafter

Check back for more holiday tags!

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Holiday Shopping Fun

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The Rebel Crafter

Bling Sneakers

Since I recently had my bling supplies out for making my last iphone cover project, I thought I would show how easy it is to bling up a pair of sneakers. This is especially cute on young girls sneakers. Add some fun ribbon in place of laces and you have a quick gift. Since I am just a teenager at heart, I decided to do my own sneakers. 

You will need:

Acrylic flat back gemstones (find at Michael's Crafts, Etsy (under supplies), Ebay).

E-6000 Glue 

Gem pick up tool (I use a wax pencil)


Clean the rubber base of the sneaker.
Apply 1-2 inches of E-6000 Glue with a toothpick.

Use a Gem Pick Up tool to apply gems to sneakers. Work around the toe base and fill in.

Let Dry 24 hours.

Here is an example of a young girls bling pair for sale. The laces were switched with ribbon. Fast and easy gift!


The Rebel Crafter

My Husband's before and after Nerium photo at 6 days. Click on the photo if you want to check out my Nerium page. It is a great product with a money back guarantee. Use it for the month and return it on day 29 if you don't love it. But if you are like all my friends you will love it!

Make Your Own 3D "Queen Bee" Phone Case - First in a Series

I am starting a fun iPhone case project series. Each phone case project will have a different look and style with complete instructions on how to create your own. We will have a new iphone case project at least once a month so check back often. The first in my series is the "Queen Bee" iPhone case. I have a thing for bumblebees so when I saw this queen bee pendant at Michaels I knew it had to go onto a phone case. The great thing about this particular project is that it is made with supplies found locally at Michaels. While you can find lots of inexpensive embellishments on Etsy and Ebay, sometimes its nice to start a project without having to order and wait for supplies to be shipped. You can use this same project for any brand phone cover as long as it's hard plastic. You can also make ipod covers this way. For those of you who don't want to make one,  I will be selling my iphone cases on Etsy. The link will be on my site shortly.

For this project you will need:

Blank hard plastic phone case- I found mine at the Dollar Tree store. I used a black one for this design. I also saw them at the local UPS store. You can also purchase blank cases on Etsy.com, and Ebay.com. 

E 6000 Glue or GS Hypo Cement- I personally use E6000 so it is what I recommend, but some crafters prefer GS Hypo. Give both a try!

Bee Pendant- The pendant is Art-i-Cake brand found at Michaels. (I used my 40% off coupon on it). You can use any artsy pendant of course. Just make sure it has a good flat back for gluing.

Flat Back Plastic embellishments- This is where you get creative. I found the button and clock plastic dimensional stickers from Archivers scrapbook store. Check the scrapbook aisles at the craft stores for similar. You peel the adhesive strip off the back before gluing. 
I also used Artminds brand silver glittery plastic cabochons found at Michaels. They have a ton to choose from. They were in a whole different area than the stickers and rhinestones however. You may have to search the store a little to find them.

Flat Back Acrylic Gems- I used clear colored Jewelry Essentials Brand from Michael's. 

Gem Pick Up Tool- I use a waxy pencil (the gems stick to the tip), but they also sell a gem pick up tool in the scrapbook section.


*Artminds brand plastic embellishments from Michael's. 

*Many styles and colors to choose from.

*The bee pendant is Art-i-cakes brand from Michael's. I used my 40% off coupon on it. You can see they have lots of other cool pendants to choose from.

To get started remove the bale from your bee pendant. Use wire snips. If the edge is still rough (mine wasn't) use an emory board to smooth it. 

Angle your pendant across the front of the phone cover and glue it down. 

Add your plastic embellishments and glue.

*Lay your embellishments out on the phone cover before you glue down. This way you can change your mind before it is permanent. For example I changed my mind and didn't use the flower.

If you are using any plastic stickers as embellishments (the clock for example) remove the adhesive back so you are gluing the plastic back directly to the phone cover (and not the adhesive sticker).

Once you are satisfied with the placement of your embellishments you can start filling in the rest of the case with acrylic flat back gems. 

Take a toothpick and spread a couple inches of E6000 glue. Work in small areas as the glue dries quickly.

Use a gem pick up tool (I use a wax pencil) and carefully pick up and place the gems onto the glue. You can move the gems around for a few minutes if you change your mind, but they will set within 5 minutes. 

Continue doing this until your phone front is covered. Let dry one hour before finishing the sides.

Try out gem sizes along the side until you find an arrangement you like. I used medium sized gems straight down the middle, and little on the sides for this particular case.

Just like the front of the phone case work only a couple inches at a time.

Once you have your main row of gems fill in the remainder with tiny gems. 

Let your case dry 24 hours before using. Enjoy! They make great gifts!

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The Rebel Crafter

I use Nerium.
Check out the video, it is a great night cream:

Hip Gifts To Make

Have a teen or hip relative and need some inspiration on what to make them this holiday? Look no further, here are some fun ideas.

Add studs to a notebook. Instant cool.

Make some trendy rings to give and keep.

Create a woven map notebook.

Awww knit up a monster kit.

Make a recycled water bottle holder.

Recycled earrings craft.

Paint recycled lightbulbs with pearlescent and gold paint. 

I want to make this ruffled scarf in gray-off to the yarn store!

Hand paint some leggings.

Make a Lego necklace.

I love it spray painted silver.

Paint a pair of cheap tennies.

Great arm warmers to knit!


The Rebel Crafter


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