Thursday, August 2, 2012
Well. If you can believe it; it's now been almost one full year since PartycraftSecrets.com went live giving away how-to guides, free art-downloads for kids, and selling ebooks, filled with party planning ideas, printable templates, colouring in sheets, make'n'take projects, and boredom busting activities you can do with toddlers through teens...
And to celebrate this fantastic milestone, I'm holding a STORE WIDE SALE
for the ENTIRE MONTH OF AUGUST.
Absolutely every product is on sale!!
That includes the brand new printpaper releases, added yesterday; Halloween, Baby Shower and Movie Magic.
All printpaper packages were $5.50 are now $3.50.
All ebooks were $19.50 are now $9.50.
The customised silhouette package (featuring your own family faces) is reduced from $50 to $25.
Prices are in Australian dollars, so the new prices equate to about:
US $3.66 / $9.92 or EURO $2.99 / $8.11 or Canadian $3.68 / $9.98
Payments are processed by Paypal and the ebooks and printpapers are sent to you digitally so you can start using them straight away.
If you're not sure whether it's something you can use; experiment with the FREE printpapers on the site, have a look at the images from other real parties to see what ideas and prtinables they used (ballet / mermaid) or be bold, buy one, and experiment...
In case you're wondering: the best sellers this year have been The Jungle Ebook and the Ballet Printpaper.
So go on everyone - help me celebrate my first birthday and stash up on some crafty goodness this month in preparation for Halloween, Christmas, Valentines, or just because it's fun to be one!!
Monday, July 23, 2012
I'm a hoarder... a-hem... I mean collector, of anything that I think might have a crafty use down the track. Sometimes, I think of a use straight away, and other times, if a use isn't obviously apparent, but I know that 'one-day' it will come to me, I pop the items into plastic take-away-dinner tubs and stack them 5-high on my craft shelves. Last count, I had about 20 tubs filled with everything from water balloons and paper stars, to pink plastic pretend safety-pins and mini silver cups.
In one such tub was an assortment of tags, the sort that come with bar-codes, price tags, or brand names written all over them. There were tags from clothes, toys, and even two large tags that came off pencil-cases (see picture). The great thing about the tags, and why I've been collecting them, is that they are bright and colourful, and usually on extra-thick cardboard. Some are sparkly, others have studs and sparkles, and some are made of metal. Until today I wasn't sure what to do with them. Then I read a blog post about an amazing rock-the-baby shower over at "While Wearing Heels" and as soon as I saw the 'backstage passes' (complete with ultrasound picture - so cute!) I knew what I could use some of those tags for!
Most office supply stores sell lanyards and the plastic sleeves into which you can insert printed VIP cards (a quick google search will find you free downloads and I'll pop a link on today's partycraft-facebook page), but if you're feeling like you want to upcycle one thing into another, then...
Here's how to make your own VIP backstage pass:
- Collect the tags that come off the products you buy.
- When you have a large collection pick out the best of the batch so that you have one per child.
- Using stickers and coloured paper, cover the prices and bar-codes (and brand names if you wish).
- Add strips of coloured paper onto the front or the back, and write "VIP" onto the panel (see if you can chose a colour that will suit all the tags, so they all look similar.)
- Use a paper clip to push through the hole at the top of the tag (if the tag is torn, repair it by sticking a strip of coloured paper across the top, then hold the tag up to a bright light to see (or feel) where the hole was and carefully push the paperclip through the paper and the torn tag-hole.)
- Use a shoe lace or strip of material (like you find on cargo pants) and tie both ends onto the paper clip.
- Slip the backstage pass over your head, pop on some of mum's sunglasses and rock on or chill out.
Our children are special, and so are those pretty tags that you pull off their purchases; so stash them, and upcycle them; use them as a themed-costume, a tween's party craft, or just for fun... and send me the pictures!
(Which reminds me; both the Silver Stars Movie & Baby Shower Printable Party Stationary are out now - yay!)
Friday, April 13, 2012
One of the fastest and most affordable crafting tricks is stickers. I've blogged about them before, (most recently with the suggestion to stick stickers on balloons), and here's another sticker-craft perfect for any party, but especially one with a theme such as Hollywood, Twilight, or Space, or even a slumber party;
- Buy sheets of black origami paper, or cut up a piece of black cardboard into sheets about A5 size.
- Put out a pile of stickers (stars of course, planet-dots, sticky-gems and pearls, even ring-binder hole surrounds work well for this craft).
- Leave them to it.
You can also use liquid paper pens, glitter glue, or pale-coloured crayons to add tails to comets and extra sparkle-arkle to their Milky Ways. If you're feeling generous, you can hand out dollar-store frames for everyone to frame their artwork (but be sure to cut the black paper to suit the frame size before the party, not after the craft project!)
Stickers are a fun way for even the youngest party-guest to get involved in the craft experience, it's affordable for you, easy to clean up post-party, and a pleasure to watch as everyone sticks stickers in their own way. So go on... whatever party you're having, why not consider some sticker craft.