Let it snow! A kid-friendly DIY winter craft

Turn Popsicle sticks into fun and festive snowflakes with this kid-friendly DIY winter craft!

One delightful thing about snowflakes is that, by their very nature, no two ever look alike. To me, that uniqueness and variation makes this the perfect kid-friendly winter craft!

Turn Popsicle sticks into fun and festive snowflakes with this kid-friendly DIY winter craft!

What you’ll need:

  • Popsicle sticks (You can find them sold as “craft sticks” at your local craft store.)
  • Paint (It helps to pick a limited color palette, so that no matter which ones your child chooses, they’ll all look look nice together.)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Twine or string for hanging

Turn Popsicle sticks into fun and festive snowflakes with this kid-friendly DIY winter craft!

Paint your Popsicle sticks. Let dry completely. (We did two thin coats on each side).

Arrange them into snowflake shapes (you can use the scissors to carefully cut some of the Popsicle sticks in half for more variation).

Use the hot glue gun to glue the sticks into place.

Glue a piece of twine to the top and hang them on the wall or ceiling.

Turn Popsicle sticks into fun and festive snowflakes with this kid-friendly DIY winter craft!

This fun grouping of colors is perfectly festive for the holidays, but since they aren’t traditional Christmas colors, you can easily leave them up until the snow melts next year!

Enjoy your indoor snowflakes!

 

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‘Tis the season for giving! Fun holiday gifts for everyone on your list

Does anyone else feel a slight twinge of panic that December is knocking at the door? (Deep breathe and count to 5…)

Okay, now that we’ve established that the holidays are just about here (breathe), I can start to frantically make my lists—complete with a bazillion things to get ready, people to visit, and of course gifts to buy… Oh, and “get in the holiday spirit” is on there too!

Amidst all the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to forget just why I make those lists, so I like to take a little extra time and effort to remember all the people in my life that make it better. For me, it’s not just family and really close friends. It’s people like Joe, my mail carrier who (despite the icicles hanging from his beard) always has a smile and a warm hello. My hairdresser Debbie—without whom, I would be a frizzy-haired mess. Or my coworker Terri, who’s always there with a helping hand whenever I need it.

As you start to get into the swing of the holidays, here are some of my own simple gift-giving ideas—in short, convenient lists ranging from $10-30 :) Each list even includes one of my favorite thank you cards, so you can concentrate less on the list-making, and more on that grateful holiday-spirit.

I've rounded up some fun holiday gifts for everyone on your list, so you can focus more on the holiday spirit, than on the list-making!

Gifts for $10-15

1. pom pom hat  |  2. nail polish set  |  3. gold foil notebooks  |  4. ‘better from scratch’ cookbook
5. thank you card  |  6. tea set

I've rounded up some fun holiday gifts for everyone on your list, so you can focus more on the holiday spirit, than on the list-making!

Gifts for $15-20

1. leather journal  |  2. thank you card  |  3. mobile notebook  |  4. soap & dish  |  5. ‘you are the best’ mug
6. scarf

I've rounded up some fun holiday gifts for everyone on your list, so you can focus more on the holiday spirit, than on the list-making!

Gifts for $20-30

1. wood wine crate  |  2. Shari’s Berries brownie pops  |  3. travel mug  |  4. fresh balsam candle
5. bath bomb set  |  6. thank you card  |  7. monogram tote

Shari’s Berries brownie pops are one of my personal faves—hint, hint ;)—because who doesn’t like things that are fudgy?

I hope you’ll find some fun holiday gifts for everyone on your list!

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping

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8 simple random acts of kindness you can do for the holidays

Egads! Hard to believe the holiday season is already upon us (and even harder to believe I just used the term “egads”).

Anyway, the holidays tend to be a time for planning and shopping and cooking and shopping and cleaning and shopping … in no particular order. The next thing you know, you’re tired, stressed and you start to lose sight of what this time is really all about: being thankful for what you have and spreading kindness to others.

In lieu of this common holiday-bustle side-effect, I thought I would share a few quick and easy DIY ways you can spread some love, and hopefully alleviate a few things listed above: Planning, Shopping, Cooking, Cleaning.

Don't get caught in the hustle and bustle of the season! Spread some holiday joy with these 8 simple random acts of kindness.     Don't get caught in the hustle and bustle of the season! Spread some holiday joy with these 8 simple random acts of kindness.

Don't get caught in the hustle and bustle of the season! Spread some holiday joy with these 8 simple random acts of kindness.     Don't get caught in the hustle and bustle of the season! Spread some holiday joy with these 8 simple random acts of kindness.

Don't get caught in the hustle and bustle of the season! Spread some holiday joy with these 8 simple random acts of kindness.     Don't get caught in the hustle and bustle of the season! Spread some holiday joy with these 8 simple random acts of kindness.

Don't get caught in the hustle and bustle of the season! Spread some holiday joy with these 8 simple random acts of kindness.     Don't get caught in the hustle and bustle of the season! Spread some holiday joy with these 8 simple random acts of kindness.

Random Acts of Kindness Ideas (from top left):

Now get out there and make someone’s day! ;)

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DIY photography tips for the holidays and beyond!

Planning on doing your own photo shoot? Here's a collection of DIY photography tips to get you ready for your holiday photos and beyond!

It’s that time of year again! The time when lots of us are thinking about getting a family photo for our holiday cards (if you haven’t already taken yours, that is).

Last year, Jess shared her ultimate guide to a successful family photo shoot, including tips on how to pick a photographer, what to wear, how to do your makeup, posing for a photo, and what to do after your session—just to name a few!

There was a ton of great information for professional photo shoots, so I thought this year I’d share some DIY photography tips in case you’re attempting photos on your own.

Looking your best

The photo shoot

Editing at home

Getting those pictures off your computer

I hope these tips help you have a successful DIY photo shoot! If there’s any other information you think I should add, let me know in the comments :)

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Desktop Beautification Project – November 2015

Download your free November 2015 wallpaper, and stop back on the first of every month to get your new, free background and iPhone wallpaper.

Hi! I’m Shauna Lynn and I’m a hand-lettering artist and illustrator in Orlando, Florida. I’m very excited to be contributing to the Cardstore Blog right now, especially since autumn begins my favorite time of the year!

Here in Florida, we don’t get the lovely changing of the seasons I grew up with, but I can still dream about it when I illustrate, and that’s the kind of feeling I wanted to pull into the illustration I created here.

When I think of autumn, I think of times spent with my family, watching football, cooking the gravy for Thanksgiving dinner, and ending the night watching Planes, Trains and Automobiles (our Thanksgiving staple). I hope this desktop background conjures some of those same kinds of memories for you, too!

Download your free November 2015 wallpaper, and stop back on the first of every month to get your new, free background and iPhone wallpaper.

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Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn is a hand-lettering artist and illustrator in Orlando, Florida. She has a huge obsession with type, vintage labels, and Disney. Shauna Lynn works out of her home studio with her puppy, Teddy.

Save those outtakes! Perfectly imperfect Christmas photo card ideas

Picture perfect? Yeah, right. Save those outtakes, because sometimes, the best Christmas photo card ideas are the perfectly imperfect ones.

Say cheese!

It’s holiday card time! Time for the perfect outfits, hair, and the best behavior from your kids, right?

Ha! Just kidding.

Earlier this year, I had Jess (who also happens to be an amazing photographer) come to my house for a photo shoot of my family. Of course, I had several perfectly themed outfit choices for my kids, perfectly placed props, and any number of staged Christmas photo card ideas ready to go.

Well, that idea of perfectness quickly unraveled into what my reality at home looks like on a daily basis—my husband and I chasing the kids around, breaking up UFC-style fighting, and trying to calm down meltdowns from problems like “his arm is touching me, Mom!”  All this in order to achieve the holy grail of family photos.

As frustrated as I was, Jess pointed out to me that these everyday, real moments are what actually make for the best photos and memories.  She said, “you know those looks that your kids give you for a split second? The ones that completely turn your world upside down and remind you how amazingly, crazy-in-love with them you are? That’s what will make your photos great! Not the outfits or some idea of perfection.”

Thank goodness she knows what she is doing because she totally caught those looks on film. And those “outtake” photos are now some of my favorites that I’ll treasure and remember forever.

It’s pretty great to know that it’s not taboo to show what family life is really all about—loving the people in your life (especially) when things get crazy and not so perfect.

So, go ahead. Save those outtakes. Use them on your holiday cards this year.

You’ll definitely make someone smile with some real-life holiday cheer.

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Cards featured in this post: Merry Everything | From Our HomeTons of Joy

Introducing our 2015 holiday design collections!

For the past few months, we’ve been hard at work on this year’s collection of holiday cards, and we’re finally finished!

In addition to all the other great new holiday cards you’ll find on Cardstore this year, we’re especially proud to introduce our 2015 holiday design collections.

Each one highlights a specific tone, so whatever “holiday joy” looks like to you, we hope you’ll find just the right card to help spread it around!

Meet our 2015 holiday design collections — whatever "holiday joy" looks like to you, we hope you'll find just the right card to help you spread some this year!

Oh, So Christmas

Deck the halls with everything Christmas. From trees to wreaths, you’ll find fresh takes on timeless Christmas icons, in traditionally festive reds and greens. These cards are Oh, So Christmas!

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Painted pumpkin place cards for your Halloween dinner party!

I love setting a pretty table for holidays – it acts as a large-scale decoration and you have endless options for how to arrange it.

When I was a child, my sisters and I loved to make little place cards (mostly so we could strategically seat ourselves next to the guests), and they’re still one of my favorite things to add to a table-scape. The right place cards can add a nice element of personalization, and really help tie the whole table together.

This year, I’m hosting a Halloween dinner party, and I’m making painted pumpkin place cards. They aren’t much more complicated than those little pieces of paper I’d cut out as a little girl, but they’re a whole lot more festive looking! Read More »

5 items or less – easy Halloween costume ideas for kids

Pumpkins, apple cider, and spiders – oh,my!

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, but the planning of events and costumes starts to happen in July,because if your kids are like mine, they change their minds A LOT. We usually start out with being a princess, then a llama, a giraffe, a pirate, a pirate princess, a banana, and finally back to a princess.

With all of these changes, I like to have some quick costume ideas ready on hand that take 5 items or less. All of these kids costumes can be made with things that you probably already have at home — things like balloons, electrical tape, duct tape, and sponges.  And because they’re such easy Halloween costume ideas, they’re also a great way to get your kids involved in the process while having fun and being creative — Mommy win!

Check out these easy Halloween costume ideas, using 5 or fewer items (that you probably already have)!     Check out these easy Halloween costume ideas, using 5 or fewer items (that you probably already have)!

Check out these easy Halloween costume ideas, using 5 or fewer items (that you probably already have)!     Check out these easy Halloween costume ideas, using 5 or fewer items (that you probably already have)!

Check out these easy Halloween costume ideas, using 5 or fewer items (that you probably already have)!     Check out these easy Halloween costume ideas, using 5 or fewer items (that you probably already have)!

Check out these easy Halloween costume ideas, using 5 or fewer items (that you probably already have)!     Check out these easy Halloween costume ideas, using 5 or fewer items (that you probably already have)!

Check out these easy Halloween costume ideas, using 5 or fewer items (that you probably already have)!     Check out these easy Halloween costume ideas, using 5 or fewer items (that you probably already have)!

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Happy Halloween!

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Desktop Beautification Project – October 2015

Download your free October 2015 wallpaper, and stop back on the first of every month to get your new, free background and iPhone wallpaper.

Hey there! I’m Chelsea Bianchini and this is my first time being featured on the Cardstore Blog. I am honored to share with you my fun, inspiring background for my favorite month – October!

As the Fall weather approaches, I feel less guilty about staying in and dreaming up new creative endeavors. That’s where this quote comes into play. Some of my best ideas are from my daydreams. So instead of letting that dream fade away, make it a reality! I think the colors of this background also push that whole dreaming mindset, don’t you? :)

Download your free October 2015 wallpaper, and stop back on the first of every month to get your new, free background and iPhone wallpaper.

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Looking for more? Check out all our past desktop wallpapers.


Chelsea Bianchini is a graphic designer & illustrator living in Seattle, Washington. Originally from Ohio, Chelsea made the drive across the country to make this new city her home. She now spends her time illustrating & crafting plush toys on the side. When she isn’t being creative, she loves to spend time outdoors or in the city with her two dogs, Scout & Boo Radley.