As some of you know, I help out every year with the SNAP Conference. I’m excited to bring this fun giveaway to you today. Who doesn’t love a good giveaway, especially if it’s the ULTIMATE CRAFT ROOM GIVEAWAY?!

Ultimate Craft Room Giveaway - Everything you need to outfit your craft room for a year via @snapconf

For this giveaway I’ve joined together with members of the 2014 Snap team:

Tatertots and Jello | The Crafting Chicks | I Heart Naptime | Whipperberry | The Crafted Sparrow | Sweet Rose Studio | One Charming Party | NoBiggie | Giggles Galore | Maddy Cake’s Muse | Paisely Petal Events | Paging Supermom | Simple Simon

and some of our AWESOME 2014 Snap sponsors:

American Crafts | Where Women Create | DecoArt | JoAnn Stores | Darice | Simplicity Expressions Vinyl | Flora Craft

To celebrate the close of National Craft Month and start the countdown to Snap 2014, we are bring you the ultimate craft room giveaway! Win an electronic cutting machine, paper, washi tape, adhesive, vinyl, craft paint, beautiful trim, a wreath form and a $100 gift card to JoAnn. This prize is valued at over $1000.

To enter follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway closes at midnight on Friday, April 4. Winner will be announced on Monday, April 7.

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I have an easy flower makeover for you today with three simple flower arrangement ideas all from the same bunch of flowers — three ways to create three different looks. The secret to this makeover is the containers.

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There is nothing wrong with buying flowers, trimming the ends, and placing them in a vase. In fact, I kind of like the whimsical feeling of this one! But if you want a more polished look, grab a collection of your favorite vases or containers and follow a few simple steps. I’ve used a set of tiny galvanized tins, eclectic vintage vases, and (my favorite) soda pop bottles. When picking vases, find a collection that coordinates. For example, the soda pop bottles are all different but they all have yellow or red labels. Same with the vases, they are all clear glass but different shapes. This will give variety to your arrangement without looking hodgepodge.

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For these arrangements I went to a local floral shop and picked flowers from their selection of loose flowers. Picking flowers this way allows you to get flowers that coordinate and you can buy as many stems as you need. I chose: white garden roses, white ranunculus, yellow billy balls, red anemones, dusty miller, white dahlias, and feverfew.

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Now that you have vases and flowers, get some clippers and start arranging. Here are three techniques for arranging with each of the different collection of vases. First, the tins. For this arrangement pick two of the flowers (feverfew and dusty miller) and alternated bunches of each in the vases. Cut the stems all about the same height and fill up each tin pretty full.

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For the collection of vintage bottles, use a variety of flowers (red anemones, billy balls, ranunculus, and garden roses) and accented with dusty miller. In this arrangement you can vary the height of the flowers to create a looser look.

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For the soda pop bottles choose a variety of flowers, put only one type of flower in each bottle, and cut the stems all the same height. Doing so creates a more uniform look that shows off the cute bottle labels and the bright happy flowers.

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Seriously, these are so quick and easy that your kids can even help you. Be on the lookout for sets of vases that you can pull out on a moment’s notice. As you plan your next party or get together, think about other unique containers you can use to tie in your theme. Teacups, clay pots, vintage pitchers, mugs, milk glass, cans? The possibilities are endless!






Easter Sunday is April 20th this year. Here are a few fun Easter candy facts for you:

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Image provided by World Market. Get 10% off on all Easter Purchases until April 15th. Use code EASTER10.






At an art inspired Easter Party you have to dye eggs! Change things up a little by having your guests paint Easter eggs instead of dipping them. It helps keep the mess down, but also lets kids have all the fun of painting. Use food coloring to make the paints (which also makes these eggs perfectly safe to peel and eat).

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You Will Need: food coloring, white vinegar, paint tray, new and cleaned paint brushes.

Directions: Drop a small drop of food coloring into a cleaned paint tray. Add a teaspoon of vinegar. Mix. Paint the eggs with a cleaned paint brush. It is fun to paint patterns, letters, pictures, and abstract art onto the eggs! Painted Easter eggs are a cool activity for kids to explore and enjoy.

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To help your little artists paint, make a quick and easy egg stand by wrapping a pipe cleaner around a few of your fingers. Slip the pipe cleaner off your fingers and stand your egg in the middle.






Pipe cleaner and pom pom adorned cupcake toppers can be made ahead of time for your Easter Party. They are the perfect addition to spring cupcakes, but especially a craft inspired one. Kids will love all the different shapes and ideas they can create for these Easter cupcake toppers. (Not having a party? You can also use these as a craft for your kids to make for Easter.)

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You Will Need: lollipop sticks, mod podge, pipe cleaners, pom poms

Directions for the pom pom topper: First, barely dip one end of a lollipop stick into the mod podge. Stick a pom pom on the top of the glue and let it dry.

Directions for the pipe cleaner topper: First, create your shape, such as a heart or flower, with a pipe cleaner. Leave at least an inch of pipe cleaner on both ends. Wrap the ends of the pipe cleaner tightly around the lollipop stick.

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Top these little cupcake toppers in your Easter cupcakes or any other favorite Easter dessert. You can also wrap some pipe cleaners around these adorable solid mint green paper straws for a fun little drink decoration.






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