Friday, January 29, 2016

DIY Roundup: Valentines

Valentine's Day is a great excuse to craft. Show your friends some love with these DIY's!

1. Gift Card Envelope
   Materials: cardstock, double stick tape, paper trimmer, scissors
2. Heart Shaker Card
    Materials: cardstock, heart hole punch, acetate sheet, double stick tape,             scissors, pop-up glue dots or foam tape, cut mat, and utility knife.
3. Paper Letter Banner
    Materials: twine, printer, paper, washi, scissors or utility knife
4. Felt Ball Earrings
    Materials: felt balls, E6000 or Crafter's Pick glue, earring post
5. Glassine Valentines
    Materials: hole punch, wooden hearts (or a heart punch + wooden paper),         twine, glue gun, and glassine envelopes.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Product Haul

Here's a look at some of the new products* that came in this week! 

New catch-all plates, gift bags and garland! With floral accents and bright colors, this smattering of product has us dreaming of spring.

We are so smitten with these bell charms! They are about 3/4 of an inch across and can be used as zipper pulls, key chains, and cat collar accessories,

Who doesn't need a cat or dog clothes pin? They also have a magnet on the back so you can post notes on the fridge or keep your chip bag closed with these cuties.

Need to show your love for saber tooth tigers or bat girl? We can assist with that. These iron-on, embroidered patches are the perfect addition to any jean jacket or back pack. Did you know we also carry blank canvas backpacks to decorate? Because we do. 

These zip pouches are made of 80% plastic bottles. The littlest ones are great for holding gift cards and the larger bags can hold all sorts of pens and pencils. 

We'll see you soon!


*All items currently in stock at our Division location. 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

DIY Earrings

Need an easy craft for Valentine's (or Galentine's) Day? Earrings couldn't be simpler. With our ear wires you don't even need a jump ring. Simply pick out a charm and a pair of earrings is born.

Worried about sensitive ears? The shepherd crook wire (far left) is made of surgical steel. The other styles have a pewter base and are plated with gold, silver, or copper.

Here is a smattering of the charms available at Division (stock at different locations vary slightly). 

Come in and make a pair of earrings for your loves!



Thursday, January 21, 2016

Product Haul: Valentine's Clear Stamps

We have loads of cute Valentine-themed clear stamps to choose from this year. Clear stamps are such a great value, because each large set comes with an average of 15-20 stamps and is under $20! It's a great way to make loads of different handmade Valentines on a budget. 

Here are some examples of the sweet pizza Valentines you can make from one stamp set:

So many possibilities! Are you new to clear stamps? Watch this video to find out more. 

Happy making!



Saturday, January 16, 2016

DIY Roundup

It's that time of the week again: DIY Roundup! Here's some of our favorite crafts from around the internet. Hope you're feeling inspired!

1. Block Calendar  Haven't bought a new calendar for the New Year? It's time to make one!
    Materials: 2" wooden blocks, brush, acrylic paint, word/number stickers/stencils
2. Clay Phases of the Moon Use this moon phase garland to brighten any room!
   Materials: Sculpey, rolling pin, metallic acrylic paint, jar lid, cotton twine
   Materials: cards & envelopes, paint markers, decorative edging scissors, glue stick
    Materials: embossing ink/powder, carving materials, cards, double stick tape, scrap paper, heat         gun

Happy crafting!



Friday, January 15, 2016

DIY Dyed Hearts

For our Valentine window decorations this year, we made these adorable hearts using wire hangers, Procion Dye, canvas, and hot glue! It is definitely a bit of an involved project, but well worth it.

Materials: (items in bold you can buy from collage)
- canvas or muslin strips 1in x 5ft (available at alberta & division)
-hot glue
-wire hanger
-wire cutters
-1ft dowels
-clothes pins
-drop cloth
-4, 5 gallon buckets
-rubber gloves
-Soda Ash
-Jacquard Procion dye (we used navy, fushia, and hot pink)

It is important to have a ventilated space to do this project in. A clothes line and a room you can wipe down is a must!

First tear your canvas into strips. Then bend your wire hangers into hearts. We used this tutorial for the bending, but we opted to bend the hook part down. 
Next position the canvas strip underneath the wire and apply hot glue. Fold the canvas strip over, so it becomes glued. Continue the wrap & glue process until you run out of canvas.

Now for the dyeing process! Set up your 5-gallon buckets in a well ventilated room, over a drop cloth. One bucket will be filled with just water and the other three are for dye.

Put enough water in a bucket to cover the material you will be dyeing. Put your hearts in and soak for 20 minutes-1 hour. It is crucial for the fabric to be soaked through for the dye process to work correctly.

Measure our 3 gallons of water into the remaning three of your buckets. Add 1/4 cup soda ash & 2 cups of salt to each. Then add dye (we added 2/3oz to each). Stir with a dowel rod for about 2 minutes. 

Next is the most satisfying part: dyeing! Always wear gloves when you handle dye (we were too excited and forgot to put them on during measuring!). 

 If you want an ombre look: Dunk your hearts in all the way and after two seconds, take part of them out of the dye. Wait five minutes and pull the heart out until just the end is in the dye. Hold for another five minutes. 

If you want an all over dye, just leave the hearts submerged in the dye for about 5-10 minutes (depending on how saturated you want it). 

Hang your hearts up on a line to dry. It takes about 6 hours for each batch to be handled. 

We will be decorating our windows over the next week. Pop in and see them soon!n

Happy crafting.



Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Product Haul: Valentine's Day

We are fully stocked on Valentine's goodies! We have stickers, decorations, wax seals, sequins, banners, pre-made valentines, and so many pretty patterned papers. Come in and start crafting your heart out today <3

xoxo collage

Thursday, January 7, 2016

DIY Roundup

We're swooning over so many blogs this week! Here are some of our favorite tutorials:


1. Brush Lettering materials: paper + tombo markers
2. Washi Tea Lights 
3. Triangle Necklace chain + wire + jewelry pliers
4. Rainbow Heart Suncatchers acetate paper + mod podge + tissue
5. Hexagon Shelf glue + Popsicle sticks + acrylic paint

Craft Trend: Scrapbooking

As the holidays come to close, we are all breathing a sigh of relief. Making for loved ones is satisfying, but we're ready to return to our normal craft flow.

The New Year is a great excuse to start trying different crafts. Need an excuse to buy more washi tape and stickers? Scrapbooking is the answer. Making a scrapbook is a great way to preserve memories and exercise your creativity. You don't have to chronicle your whole life. You can focus on vacations, hikes, or whatever floats your boat.

Thanks to bloggers like A Beautiful Mess, scrapbooking has changed a lot over the years and has reached a pinnacle of cuteness.They even have an online course on finishing a whole scrapbook in just one week, which makes the whole process less daunting.

Our favorite scrapbook supplies:
We R Memory Keepers 4x4 Albums
Permapaque Pens (write on any surface!)

12" x 12" Patterned Paper
Alphabet Stickers
Washi Tape

Need more ideas? Stop in one of our locations for loads of inspiration.