Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Year Invitation Pop-Up Purse

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great Christmas. I have a New Years project I would like to share with you today. When I saw the images from the Strawberry Kisses stamp set, I had to think of a project where I could use the image. I chose to color the Strawberry Kisses - Party Animal Resting image using the Spectrum Noir Markers. Isn't it adorable? I love it!

I think we can all agree that girls loves shoes!  That's why I decided to use this party shoes image and cut two pieces of the Strawberry Kisses image outline and adhere them together using foam dots to create the 3D Shoe cake topper. I love how this project turned out. These stamp sets are due to be launched next week so please stay tuned!

I decided to make a  New Years Invitation Pop-Up Purse just in time for my upcoming New Year Celebration Party. I used my Ultimate Crafter's Companion Tool in scoring my purse. 

I think this is a very unique way to set the tone for your New Year's Eve Party. Everyone who receives this kind of Pop-Up Invitation will have surely think it will be a fun and colorful party. 

That's it my fellow Crafter's!  Thanks for stopping by and hope I inspired you with my last post for year 2011. Happy New Year 2012  everyone! 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

May Arts & G45 Blog Hop - Multipurpose Holiday Window Gift Box

Hi All,  I have a very festive project I would like to share with you today. May Arts and Graphic 45 have come together for a week of blog hop. Lots of inspiring projects and prizes to win!  Be sure to leave comments both on the May Arts and Graphic 45 blogs for your chance to win some great stuff!!! 

Thursday Blog Hop Participants: 

May Arts
Jinky Kowalski - You are here

Graphic 45

I had a blast making this Multipurpose Holiday Window Box. My inspiration is a combination of my Window Gift Box and Chocolate Tower Box from my 12 Days of Christmas Crafts E-Book

The G45 Christmas Emporium line is perfect for this project. The patterns are very unique and it helps your creativity and imagination to work. Look at the floor, the inside and outside panel, and the cupcake wrapper.  It almost looks like a real thing. And of course, May Arts ribbons adorn this Holiday Gift Box to have a finished and more presentable look. I used May Arts leaves ribbon as an accent to my front door and I also made a Ribbon Wreath to decorate the inside part of the box. It's true that,  to create beautiful projects,  you must have beautiful supplies and materials like G45 papers + May Arts Ribbons.

When you are gifting, they always is all about the packaging! This ordinary cupcake looks extra-ordinary and anyone who receives such gift will feel extra special. 

All sides of Multipurpose Window Gift Box


Double Faced Satin ( Ribbon Wreath)
Sizzix Bigz XL Die - Christmas Tree 3D
CutFile - I modified Penny Duncan Cutfile

So, after eating the Cupcake, this Christmas Gift Box can also be used as a Christmas decoration. That's why I call this project a Multipurpose Holiday Window Gift Box

Look at my floor, does that not look like a real tile? That's from G45 Christmas Emporium Paper Pack. Also my 3D Christmas Tree, it does not need so much decoration because the G45 Christmas pattern paper is enough. Love it!

Oh, let's not forget the G45 Metal Hinges I used for my side panel to allow some movements. Love it too!

G45 Holiday Window Gift Box

I love to make 3D and Multi-Functional projects.  Thanks a lot for stopping by and hope I inspire you today! 

P.S. If you like what you see and want to win some May Arts & G45 goodies, please leave comments here

P.P.S. I love to read comments too, so please don't forget to leave some LOVE! tHANKS!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Crafter's Companion USA Christmas Blog Hop

Welcome to the Crafter's Companion USA Christmas blog hop!

We are so excited to be giving away so many of Crafter's Companion's fabulous products, as well as sharing many Christmas project ideas.  If you are coming from Ann's Blog, you are in the right place.  If not, make sure you head over to Crafter’s Companion USA  over here, where the blog hop starts.

The Christmas Inspiration

The inspiration I made for this blog hop is a Hand Painted Christmas Gift Bag and Candle. I used the Ivy Stamps from the Sheena Douglas Christmas Collection. Instead of painting it with Acrylic paints, I experimented using the new Spectrum Noir Markers.  Don't you love the end result?? I love it! I enjoyed making this inspiration project. I am going to paint more candles to use as Christmas gifts. You should give it a try because these markers are amazing. 

I used the Masking and Painting/Stamping on Candle techniques for my inspiration projects. 

Painted Ivy Christmas Gift Bag & Candle
The Christmas Giveaway

  We are giving away a prize on every blog, including the entire set of our new Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to one lucky winner who posts a comment on every blog. These markers are so new, that you will be receiving our first prototype of them.  That's 72 markers!

Spectrum Noir pens are alcohol ink based which have been designed specifically for crafters, but these affordable markers are also great for beginners, students and hobby artists alike.  Each pen is double-ended, with a broad chisel nib for large area fills and a fine bullet tip for detailed work.  Spectrum Noir marker pens will soon be available in 168 colour shades including a colourless blender.  The colours blend seamlessly and can be mixed or layered over each other.  These fast drying, alcohol based markers are acid-free and non-toxic, and the coloured ends of the pen allow for easy colour identification.  (Please note: The design of the pen, color names and numbers may be different than the pens that will be released in January.)  The image colour has been reproduced as accurately as possible.

I hope you were inspired by my project today and try your hand at creating your own Christmas Gift Bags and Hand Painted Candles. I am giving away the Humphrey stamps of your choice to one lucky random commenter.  Just comment before Sunday, December 11th at midnight for your chance to win.  All the winners' names will be posted at Crafter's Companion USA News blog on Tueday December 13th.  (Must be a U.S. resident to win).

PS. When leaving a comment, please mention what Humphrey Stamp you would like to have as a prize.  Please don't forget to include your email too. You can check the stamps here

Your next stop is the talented Lisette of Totally Inspired

Crafter’s Companion News Blog -

Thanks for joining us today! 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Burlap Napkin Ring Tutorial

Hello every one, Here's a quick and easy project for you this holiday season. It's a Burlap Napkin Ring.
It is a very inexpensive project but it will definitely help you on your Holiday Tablescapes this season.

Since this is a super easy and inexpensive project, you easily do different rings for different occasions. Just change the color and cut-out design that will fit into your theme. Have you checked how much a napkin ring costs in a retail store lately?  They are not cheap. Why not create your own handmade Christmas Napkin Ring this season and save some dollar$ ! 

These are so cute, they look like cupcakes or chocolates. I made these napkin rings for our Ladies Christmas Luncheon Party next week. Our host asked me to help her on the decoration and tablescapes. She is into Nativity scenes so I thought a Star Napkin Rings will be perfect for her theme. 

Please find the tutorial on how I made this DIY Napkin Rings below. Thanks for stopping by my blog and hope I inspired you today! 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Black Friday !

Happy Black Friday everyone! For those of you who observed Thanksgiving Day yesterday, I do hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner last night. Most of us are aware that after the Thanksgiving is followed by Black Friday, it's the start of Holiday Shopping, Yay!  There's a lot of good deals that are so hard to resist. Shop Till You Drop Mantra! Lol! 

Today I have a Black Friday project for you. I decided to start making my handmade gifts for friends yesterday. I chose to make this super easy Kindle Case. This is actually included on my 12 Days of Christmas Crafts Tutorial E-Book. 

This case can be used as Kindle Case, Ipad Case or Case for any Electronic Tablets. This can also be used as your Bible Case.

If you want to know more about the step-by-steps instructions, you can check my 2nd Edition of 12 Days of Christmas. Or you can email me to if you only want this specific tutorial so I can send you an invoice.

I love the combination of this Asian Fabric and Gold MayArts Ribbons. The Gathered Ribbon Flower instructions is also available here.

Gathered Fabric Flower

Thanks a lot for stopping by! Hope that I inspired you today!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Christmas Lollipop Favor Box Bouquet

Hi Everyone, this is Kathy from DoubleK Krafts and I am your guest blogger today. When Jinky asked me to guest post on her blog, I am so thrilled!

Christmas Lollipop Gift Favor Bouquet

Today I am going to do my first tutorial. I hope this goes well. Any help is greatly appreciated.  Here we go (forgive the grammar).

One of my favorite things to do for the holidays is make candy. I usually make bite size pieces, and put them on a pretty plate. This year I made  the Christmas Lollipop Favor Boxes  from The Ultimate 12 Days Of Christmas Revised First Edition. They are so cute. After you eat the candy you can hang the box on the tree as an ornament.

These are my recipes. You can change them to make what you like. Share them with friends and family. Just have fun with them. My gift to you. They are very easy, it is a great way to get the children in the kitchen and make a day of it.

These are some of the ingredients :

I used. Baker's white chocolate (my local store) and Wilton's candy melts (Michael's craft store or on line).

 You can use what you have available
  • Krispy Rice Candy
  • Light or dark chocolate
  •  Krispy Rice cereal ( you know snap crackle and so on)

Wilton has a great icing for drizzling over the top of the candy. I like to get the Wilton's white chocolate melts and add some food coloring, you can make all kinds of colors from one package. Just melt, put some in little bowls and add food coloring.( Food coloring will stain so you may want to make the icing yourself then let the children play).  

A small lesson about chocolates
  • No water near chocolates
  • Water in the chocolate will make it turn into an unusable mess
  • You can melt it on the stove
Cooking Instructions: 

Melt chocolate over a double boiler (hot-water bath), or in the microwave. I use the microwave, just make sure you start out with 30 seconds, then 10 seconds at a time, and stir until smooth.

 Chocolate will burn very easily. Start out with small batches. If you do burn a batch, start over with a clean dry bowl. Chocolate will taste like what ever it is stored with, or made in. O.K. I talk to much,lol. Put the chocolate in the bowl and melt slowly.

Add the cereal, small amounts at a time, until coated.
If you like add more cereal, or more chocolate , what ever you like. That's it. So easy.

Now just spoon onto parchment paper (you can get this at your local store) or freezer paper and place on cookie sheet.

Put a lollipop stick in center,( you can get these from Michael's, Joann's, or maybe your super market will have some). You can let air dry or put in the fridge, if you have room.I put a little to much on mine so I had to cut some off to fit in the holders. The best part of that is you get to eat the mistakes.  :)   
Then drizzle icing over the top.

Next do the same with the coconut.  

                                                                      See how easy. And yummy!

Next White Chocolate, Nuts, And Pretzels!!
Just as easy, melt white chocolate, add Spanish peanuts (in local store), or what ever nut you like, and broken up thin pretzels.

You are making candy !!!! Having fun? Still with me?

I saved the best for last. How many of you like Turtle candy?

Regular or dark chocolate
Soft caramels
Taste Tester :)

These are a little different, but just as easy.

Place a teaspoon of chocolate on the paper.

Put a stick in the center of the caramel and flatten out.
Place on top of chocolate.
Place a small amount of chocolate on top of caramel.
Then a pecan on top of chocolate. 

Cover the entire area with chocolate to seal everything in. Place in fridge to set up. That's it.  If you are like me and want more that a bite, make them bigger. this time put 4 pecans on top and cover with choclate, but this time let the feet stick out, just like a turtle.                                   

Are you still with me? sleeping yet ? :) Have a piece of chocolate?! It's time to clean up!! :) :) You are not done yet..Remember, it is all about the packaging! You can check lots of awesome Christmas Packaging ideas on the 12 Days of Christmas Crafts Tutorial E-Book of Jinky's Crafts. Note: The candy wrapping foil can be find them here. There are 60 colors to pick from and they are sold by sheet. Pop over and check it out.

 Wrap the candy, and place in the holders. 


I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Have fun making candy. Thank you for stopping by.     And Have a chocolate day! - Kathy

  PS. Please check out my Holiday Packaging Inspiration

Friday, November 11, 2011

Christmas Lollipop Favor Box

Have you been thinking on how to package your edible Christmas gifts this season? Are you thinking of giving away chocolates or lollipops? What better way is there than to present your sweet treats in this cute Lollipop Favor Box? Even the box alone looks so delectable that will surely fix any sweet tooth! Lol!

What do you always hear about selling  Real Estate property?  It is all about the...Location Location Location! What about gift giving?... It's all about the "Packaging, Packaging, Packaging"!

Like this Christmas Lollipop Favor Box, the box alone is already a mouth-watering treat.

This gift box can be used for any occasion. It would make great dinner party gift favors, wedding thank you favors, or birthday favors and many more...This cute gift box fits a Ghirardelli square chocolate. It is very easy and fast to make. This was included in my 12 Days of Christmas Crafts Tutorial E-Book- Revised 1st Edition which you can find here.

Don't forget that there is also a 2nd Edition of 12 Days of Christmas Crafts Tutorial. You can also find it here.

You can find out how to get the 12 Days of Christmas E-Book for FREE here.

Thanks a lot for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Crafts Linky

Hello all! Hope everyone is having a great week!  I have a  couple of projects sent in. They purchased my 12 Days of Christmas Handmade Crafts (2nd Edition)  and they already tried making some of the 12 projects. 

Santa Pants Treat Box & Drawers

First is this Santa Pants Treat Box + Drawers  from KathyK of  Double K Krafts . I love how she used the stripe twine and white fluff to embellished her Santa Pants. Don't You love it? To me, this is my favorite among the 12 projects.
Original sample of Santa Pants Treat Box & Drawers
 This second one is 3-in-1 Box, Bag and Card from Diana . She has a beautiful blog called Kreativ - Fenster . As soon as she got her copy of the 12 Days of Christmas Tutorial E-Book (2nd Edition) she went and  tried this Christmas Treat Bag, Box & Card right away. 

She said " the templates and step-by-step tutorial is easy to follow and does not require electronic cutters or cut-files" . Her version is very Clean and Simple yet so beautiful! Love this one too! 

3-In-One Christmas Gift Box

Christmas Treat Bag, Box and Card 
Please don't forget, the 12 Days of Christmas Crafts Tutorial is now available. Click here~ !

If your are interested to link your pr0ject/s. Please email me @

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Crafts Tutorial E-Book Giveaway

Hi everyone! I am finally done with the revision of my 12 Days of Christmas E-Book (1st Edition). It's time to celebrate! yay! So starting today until the 15th of this month, I am hosting my 12 Days of Christmas E-Book Giveaway Contest.

Both the 1st Edition and 2nd Edition E-Book are compact with great holiday projects and step-by-step photo instructions. 

12 Days of Christmas Crafts Tutorial E- Book 2nd Edition
12 Days of Christmas Crafts Tutorial E- Book 1st Edition

First Prize :  FREE  12 Days of Christmas E-Book (2nd Edition)
2nd Prize: FREE 12  Tutorials  from the 12 Days of Christmas (1st Edition)
3rd Prize: FREE 6  Tutorials  from the 12 Days of Christmas (2nd Edition)

What do you need to do to win this? You just need to do the ff: 

1. Be a follower of my blog Jinky's Crafts 

2. Post or put on your sidebar a picture of one of the Jinky's Crafts E-Book giveaway on your blog or facebook page and link it back to Jinky's Crafts 12 Days of Christmas E-Book.  You can just copy and paste the HTML code below for your sidebar. 

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3. Leave a Facebook comment below the Jinky's Crafts 12 Days of Christmas E-Book page . Please make sure to scroll down all the way to the bottom. Just tell what is your favorite  among the 12 projects. 

Once you have done this, simply leave one comment with your email address below. 

The winners will be announced on the 15th  of this month ( November) 

PS. if You are interested to host a blog candy/giveaway, please email me @

P.PS. if You are also interested to know the Profit Sharing Program for all my E-Books, please send me an email as well. 

Thanks a lot for all your support!