Friday, November 06, 2015

Handmade Holidays blog hop and giveaway!

puppy placemat lisa fulmer

I'm happy to be part of the 5th Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop - so many talented crafters, bloggers and designers have come together to share great ideas for handmade gifts. So skip the mall and create something wonderful!

I came up with a fun way to make a gift for the family pet - a customized placemat to put under their food and water dish. It's stamped with my favorite new colors of Colorbox Crafter's inks from Ann Butler Designs for ClearSnap.

  • 12" x 12" white cardstock
  • 12" x12" solid color cardstock or fabric
  • Colorbox Crafter's inkpads
  • Rubber stamps
  • Paper trimmer
  • Two 14" squares of clear vinyl
  • Sewing machine
  • Clear gel glue
  • Straight pins
clearsnap inks ann butler

Stamp a random pattern across 1-2 sheets of cardstock with a variety of stamps and ink colors. I used a large rubber stamp with screened back dots, plus a few different foam stamps.

stamped cardstock lisa fulmer

After the ink is dry, trim the cardstock into 3" squares.
Glue the squares into a mosaic on top of a sheet of colored cardstock or fabric.

mosaic stamp art lisa fulmer

Add a stamped card with the pet's name on it.
Sandwich the mosaic between 2 sheets of vinyl (centered) and pin the sandwich together on all four sides.
stitching vinyl lisa fulmer

Stitch around the outside edge of the mosaic, removing the pins as you go.

Rub a small amount of glue between the edges of the vinyl, outside the stitching, to seal the mat. This step helps protect the paper inside from moisture whenever you wipe it clean with a damp cloth.

stamp art pet placemat lisa fulmer

You can use this same process to make placemats for your family, customized with your kid's names and stamp art. 

Be sure to hop through all the links to see all the other great handmade gift ideas, and enter below for a chance to win a huge stash of craft products from our sponsors, valued at $600 - good luck!


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  1. What a fun project! Thank you for choosing Clearsnap :)

  2. What a great project for a cat. I'd have to make mine twice the size for my messy kitty :)

  3. This projects is great. I could use this for my daughters cat - he likes to take food out of the dish and put it on the floor before he will eat it.

  4. Muy lindo el tapete, gracias por la inspiración.

  5. This is a clever idea. Love the colors you have chosen.

  6. fun project for the family pet - hope the pet appreciates it
    thanks for sharing

    Barb Housner

  7. Great idea! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  8. Never thought of something like this for a pet! Fun idea.

  9. FUN, FABULOUS and PRACTICAL gift idea Lisa - LOVE IT!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your tutorial too, especially your clever idea of including the adhesive to make it more waterproof :)

  10. This would make great gifts for all my friends with pets (which is all of them!).

  11. What a fun project! Made me ssmile to see it and I bet it would everytime you fill the bowls! Very creative. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win a great prize. Janelle R

  12. So clever! And you can use what ever stamp design and colors you want. Truly customizable. thanks for sharing!

  13. how cute, my dog n cat would love this

  14. Cute! I actually thought there was floating things under the vinyl when I first saw it.

  15. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea in my fave color!

  16. I love this idea! y son just got a cat and I am going to make the kitty one of these for Christmas!! TFS!

  17. Fun and colorful pet mat!

  18. Great idea! Every pet should have there own placemat! In fact, one for each holiday! LOL!

  19. A clever idea! Lots of talented crafty people everywhere at blogworld.

  20. Love it! I love making gifts for my cats! Tfs Patricia B

  21. What a cute project, Thanks for sharing!

  22. Thanks everyone for all your kind comments!!

  23. Amazing creation! Thank you for this amazing giveaway!!!!


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