Spooky Halloween Coffin

Lifestyle Crafts will be releasing their newest line of fall holiday die cuts on September 17. I have a little sneak peak for you of one of the dies from the Tricks ‘n Treats collection.

lifestyle crafts halloween coffin die cut

This spooky coffin was created from the QuicKutz coffin cutting die {not for sale until Sept 17}. Let me show you how I made it.
I started by measuring some designer series paper from Stampin’ Up! {view entire collection here}. What I love about SU’s designer paper is that it is heavy duty, like card stock, so you can use it for boxes, cards, etc. and it will hold up. It’s not flimsy like the paper you get at the craft store. This grey and ivory polkadot paper is from their newest Halloween collection, Howlstooth and Scaringbone {order here}.

lifestyle craft coffin die cut howlstooth paper

After cutting the paper to size, I placed the paper and die in the cutting plates and ran it through the Big Shot {order here}. The die cuts some edges and perforates others.

lifestyle craft coffin die cut howlstooth paper

The perforated edges are to be folded. The small tabs are where you will glue the sides together.

lifestyle craft coffin die cut howlstooth paper

Two way glue works best for three-dimensional objects. It makes them sturdier. It comes in a green and white bottle and you can find it in the scrapbook adhesive section of the craft store or you can order here.

lifestyle craft coffin die cut howlstooth paper

Once the top and bottom were glued, they looked like this.

lifestyle craft coffin die cut howlstooth paper

Then I decided I wanted to emboss the top, so I had to peel it apart. I had this cute spiderweb embossing folder (order here) so I used it for the coffin lid.

spider web embossing folder

And then I decided I needed to distress it with some ink (are you surprised?)

spider web embossing folder coffin die cut

Now that the coffin was finished, I needed to dress it up. I used these two small tags, part of Lifestyle Crafts Label It Kits cutting dies.

lifestyle crafts label it kit die cut

Once cut, I used Stampin Up Wicked Cool stamp set {order here}. I stamped “Spooky” and then used the spider web to stamp in just the corners of the label. Then, of course, I distressed both tags with black ink.

wicked fun stampin up

I used double-sided adhesive to stick the tags together and then added a little rhinestone embellishment {order here}.

stampin up wicked fun stamp label it kit die cut

I tied two coordinating ribbons in a single knot and attached the tag to the coffin using a dimensional adhesive {order here}. If you’re not familiar with dimensionals, they are fat, double-sided adhesive pieces that leave a gap between the two pieces you are attaching. They add “dimension” to your project!

lifestyle crafts coffin die cut stampin up wicked fun stamp

And that was it!

lifestyle crafts coffin die cut halloween decor

I added some crinkled orange paper which I cut myself using a scoring board and scissors.

The skeleton came from a Dollar Tree garland.

lifestyle crafts coffin die cut stampin up wicked fun stamp

Be sure to check out Lifestyle Crafts new fall cutting dies! Tricks ‘n Treats and Cornucopia will be for sale September 17.

Wednesday’s Whip Up: Vintage Spools

Back in July, we took a trip to Folly Beach, near one of my favorite places – Charleston, SC. Hubby and I used to live there and I never get tired of the history, architecture, food and shopping!
While there my sister-in-law, Ilke, and I vowed to do some antique shopping. We took one afternoon and hit as many as we could in the ares outside of downtown. {Downtown’s antiques are WAY over our budget!} Here are some of my finds…

I found several vintage handkerchiefs, ribbons and lace. I had no idea what I would do with them, but I had to have them!

And I am a sucker for vintage spools.

Originally I was going to leave the spools the way the were and use them as candles sticks. But I had an idea the other day while I was trying to figure out where to put them.
I decided to wrap them in burlap and then use the vintage ribbon and lace on top of the burlap.

I used hot glue to secure the burlap on the backside. I did the same with the lace. The ribbon I just tied in a knot, tightly enough that it would not slip down.

I frayed the top and bottom of the burlap by pulling some of the horizontal threads out.

And that was it! Just something I whipped up on Wednesday!

Easy As Pie Gift Box

I wanted to share with you these cute little “Easy as Pie” boxes I made as a make and take a few months ago.

The box was cut using Lifestyle Crafts’ dessert box die cut. You use the die to cut the paper of your choice. I used one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! designer series papers, Summer Smooches {order here}, with coordinating card stock {order here}. The die cut will also create perforated edges which you will fold. Then you just glue the sides together to create the top and bottom pieces of your box! Easy as pie!

To decorate the tops of my box, I used Stampin’ Ups Summer Smooches fabric {order here}. In case you didn’t know, Stampin’ Up! has adorable coordinating fabrics for most of their designer series papers. You get three coordinating fabrics in a set for only $9.95. Check them out here.
Anyway, I used the Fun Flowers die to cut paper and fabric flowers {order die here}. I layered the flowers so that the petals were staggered, added a smaller punched flower and used a coordinating brad {order here} to attach them.

I made little tags for each box and stamped “sweet treats” on each tag. This stamp came from a set called Teeny Tiny Wishes. It has just about every greeting you can think of {order here}. I tied a simple ribbon to each tag and looped it around the brad.

I ended up using some ink to distress the edges of my boxes. I just think it adds a little something extra and always makes it look better.

I love this dessert box die cut! Check out more ideas for Lifestyle Crafts die cuts on their blog and Pinterest page.

Back to School Gift Ideas with AstroBrights Paper

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Astrobrights Papers by Neenah Paper. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have your kiddos gone back to school yet? Our summer officially ended when my boys went back to school this past Friday. And although it stinks to say good-bye to summer, good-bye to the beach and pool and the late summer nights, WE are all excited about the new school year.


Being a former teacher myself, I love to show teacher appreciation and I’ve tried to pass this along to my boys. I l try as often as I can to make little gifts, treats or cards for the boys’ teachers to show my gratitude for all they do. And at the beginning of the year, I know they need supplies. So gift cards (Walmart, Target, Dollar Tree, Walgreens, etc) are the best thing you can give them!

So I knew exactly what we were going to do with this lovely batch of AstroBrights sent to me int he mail.

I was going to create some cute gift card holders.

I found some darling “scholarly” designer paper to coordinate with the AstroBrights paper.

The first project with a little pocket on the front to hold the gift card.

 I used my Silhouette CAMEO to cut the pocket and the ticket.

The rest of the pieces are cut to fit and punched. The layout if very similar to my popsicle card.

The little pocket has preferrated edges that you fold which are glued to the surface of the card.

Here is the card once the pieces are secured. I found some coordinating bright turquoise blue baker’s twine to loop through the tag.

The gift card fits perfectly on the tag and right inside the pocket! {In case you are wondering, I’m not giving them an ITunes gift card! It’s the only one I had on hand.}

The next is a cute little gift card box. I can’t take credit for designing this one. We made it in Stamp Club and my demonstrator, Angie Guy, created it.

I started by cutting the faces of the box and the decorative flowers. These were all cut using Stampin Up! dies.

Next I had to create the box that holds the cards. You do this by cutting a sheet of  5 1/2″ x 6″ paper. Score the 6″ side at 1″ and 5″. Score the 5 1/2″ side at 2 1/2″ & 3 1/2″ Then cut slits as shown below.

Then the scored edges are folded and creased with a bone folder and glued together to make a box that is open at one end.

Large 4″ and 3.5″ scalloped circles were cut with my Silhouette CAMEO. I used the same color as the face of the box and the designer paper. I also added a rhinestone embellishment in the center of the small, layered flowers.

After gluing the two large scallop circles together, lay them over the top of the box and gently crease a mark for each of the box faces. After the creases have been made, use a bone folder to finish the folds. Attach the inner side of the scallops to the back side of the box.

Then you just attach the smaller flowers to the front of the box and use velcro with adhesive backing to hold the closed.

Check them out…

Fun and bright! What a great way to celebrate back to school!

Want your paper announcements and projects to get noticed? Want your newletters, flyers and brochures to stand out from the others in that pile of papers? AstroBrights paper is the solution!

AstroBrights papers come in 23 brightly colored shades sure to stand out in the “crowd” of paper stacks. 

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AstroBrights is also hosting “Make Something Astrobright” design challenge.  This contest is designed to bring families together and encourage creativity. What will your family create with AstroBrights paper? There is a different challenge each week so be sure to check it out! You can enter both of these things by going to the AstroBrights paper Facebook page.


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Handmade Burp Cloths for Baby Brighton

One of my best friends Mary Beth, who I’ve known for over twenty years, just had her first baby. Andrew Brighton (called Brighton) was born on Wednesday.

Isn’t he the sweetest?!

So I made her some custom burp cloths. The first set of burp cloths I’ve ever made! I found a set of three white burp cloths at Hobby Lobby for only $9.99. I searched through my stash of fabric and found this fun orange polka dot fabric and some coordinating colored fabric.

I used Heat’n Bond iron on adhesive on the backside of each of the fabrics. You basically lay it on the fabric and run a hot iron over it for about 20-30 seconds.

Once the adhesive is attached, you just peel away the paper layer. Don’t forget this step. I do frequently and then have to start all over.

I cut the letter “B” out of one of my fabric pieces using my Silhouette CAMEO.

Then attached it to the burp cloth by holding a hot iron on it for 30 seconds, constantly moving the iron.

Then I added some decorative strips as well.

 I cut the strips with my Stampin Up Sizzix Tasteful Trims Die.

I also cut several other pieces using this die and arranged them on the other two burp cloths.

I was going to stop here but I started thinking about all the wear and tear these things go through.  So I decided to add stitching across each piece.

And here is what they looked like when they were finished!

Kinda cute, huh? I was pretty impressed with myself for my first try!

I hope baby Brighton likes them!

Congratulations Mary Beth & John!



Adorable Treat Caddy for Movie Night

The boys absolutely love when I announce, “Tonight is movie night!” They run get the blanket, spread it out on the floor and claim their spot.
Typical movie night consists of pizza dinner in front of the TV. However, Lifestyle Crafts recently sent me this adorable treat carrier die cut, so I decided to surprise the boys with a special movie night treat.

circus snack treat carrier

Isn’t this treat caddy adorable?! Where did I get it? It’s a Lifestyle Crafts cutting die.
Lifestyle Crafts recently released their Fall Core Collection 2012 dies. Check them out. . .

I immediately had my eye on the treat carrier and the tickets and I knew exactly what I was going to do with them.
I started with this stuff. The circus paper I’ve had. I think I found it at Michaels. I grabbed some coordinating paper and one of my popcorn boxes.

circus paper

Making the treat carrier was pretty easy.
If you don’t have and/or are not familiar with a die cut tool,  you NEED one! These things are so useful! This is the handle piece of the box. You need to cut two.

You simply layer the cutting mat, paper, die cut and another mat on top and run it through the tool.

You do the same with the box edge die, also cutting two.

And the banner.

When it’s all done, you will have several pieces that look like this.

The die not only cuts the paper, but it also perforates areas that are to be folded. Once folded, your pieces will look like this.

lifestyle crafts treat carrier die

Now it’s time to put it together. The next few steps are not the “correct” way to assemble these boxes. I realized this after I had done some gluing. But it still worked fine.
I used double-sided tape to attache the two handles with the “feet” pointing outward.

Next I lined the inside flaps of the edge pieces with glue. I LOVE this two-way glue. It’s super sticky and works great for cardstock projects like this.

Glue these edges under the “feet” of the handle pieces. (Here is where I noticed that before adhering the two handle pieces, I should have tucked the back edge flaps of this piece inside. I ended up just attaching them to the outside of the handle piece. No biggie, you won’t be able to see it since it will be filled with snacks).

lifestyle crafts treat carrier die

Then I added the banner.

lifestyle crafts treat carrier

Now to fill the box!
I was thrilled that my popcorn boxes fit perfectly in this little caddy! I used the design on the backside of the circus paper to decorate face of the box. Then added a coordinating strip and stamped “popcorn” on white cardstock. I also used the same stripe cardstock to cover a juice box.

popcorn box

I had an idea for the tickets as well. Same process using the ticket die cut.

lifestyle crafts ticket die

Jackson has been really into reading (or attempting to read) lately. So I thought it would be fun to let him read this. . .

ticket die cut

Of course he needed some help, he’s only 4! But he loves trying to read! 🙂
Then end result. . .

circus snack treat carrier

A fun movie night at home with happy kids and yummy snacks!

Be sure to check out Lifestyle Crafts Cutting Dies, including the new Fall Core Collection. And if you need some ideas, check out their blog.


Bloom-and-Grow Pretty Paper Bouquet

I’m so excited! My grandma is flying in today! She lives in Wisconsin and we only see her once, maybe twice a year. I wanted to welcome her with some flowers, but I knew she wouldn’t be able to take them home with her. So I came up with an alternative. A pretty paper bouquet!

lifestyle crafts bloom grow die cut flowers

Today Lifestyle Crafts released their newest die cut collection, Bloom-and-Grow! This new collection is full of pretty flowers for scrapbooking and card making. Many of the shapes are layers so you can create 3-D designs!

bloom grow die cut{source}

I used the Scallop Doilies Die to create my grandma’s paper bouquet! The paper is Summer Smooches designer series paper by Stampin’ Up!.

lifestyle crafts bloom & grow die cut

These die cuts are very simple to use. You simply place the paper on top of the die, sandwich it between cutting plates and run them through your Big Shot or other die cut machine.

scallops doilies die cut

I used a variety of the Summer Smooches papers and arranged them after they were cut. I used dimensional adhesives to make the flowers 3-D. I also cut hearts to use as the leaves.

I planned on using pipecleaners as the stems, but realized the flowers were too heavy. Quick fix – I grabbed some pencils we had laying around! I wrapped strips of coordinating Lucky Limeade cardstock around the pencils to cover them.

Then used a dimensional adhesive square to attach the pencil to the flower.

I embellished the flowers with buttons and brads and added the leaves to just a few. Good thing the bottoms of the stems would be hidden by the vase!

paper bouquet

Next I made the tag. I use my tag die cut and oval punch and some little flower stamps.

I tied it with one of my favorite ribbons from SU, ruffled ribbon.

Oh yeah, I need to mention that I had trouble getting the flowers to stay in place in the vase so I dropped a wad of play dough in the bottom and stuck them in it. Worked like a charm!

Hope grandma likes them!

lifestyle crafts bloom grow die cut flowers

Be sure to check out Lifestyle Crafts new Bloom-and-Grow collection!

Last Minute Teacher’s Gift

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw this photo I posted.

I was at Target last Wednesday, in search of a last-minute gifts for Parker Reese’s teachers, and, of course, was side-tracked by the Dollar Spot! It gets me every time! As I was ooohing and aaahing at all the fun summer stuff, I started getting an idea for the perfect gift! Thirty minutes and about $50 later (not all was for the teachers) this is what I came home with.

target dollar spot stationary

Yeah, I went a little crazy! I couldn’t help it! It was all so cute and fun!

target dollar spot stationary

By the time I returned from my impulse shopping, I only had about 20 minutes to get these gifts together before school was over! By the way, let me make it clear that teachers are worth way more than a quickly thrown together present, but my absent mind didn’t realize that it was the last day of school! DUH!

So I took the cute little buckets and personalized them by adding a vinyl monogram cut with my Silhouette CAMEO.

monogram bucket

I stuffed some tissue paper in the bottom of the buckets. I kinda wish I had some shredded paper, but tissue was all I could get so last minute.

gift wrap bucket

These polkadot clipboards are adorable, right? Well I grabbed some coordinating ribbon from my stash to jazz them up a little bit.

embellish clipboard

The clipboards had a little hole at the top to hang the clipboards on a nail or tack. I stacked the ribbon on top of each other, fed it through the hole, and tied it in a knot.

embellish clipboard ribbon

I stuck the clipboard in the bucket and used it as the backdrop for the rest of the items. Next I put this cute watermelon stationary with matching pen in one bucket. The other had some cute citrus stationary with a polkadot pen.

watermelon stationary

And that was it! Nothing super fancy. Not super expensive. But they were adorable and screamed summertime!

gift buckets

I hope the teachers liked them!
Don’t forget to thank your little one’s teachers for all their hard work!

Replacing the Old Cork Board

Sneak peek of today’s project. . .

Guess what I’m doing this weekend? I can hardly wait for Saturday because my sister-in-law and I are heading back up to Cline’s Junk Antiques! Eek! So very excited! What is Cline’s? In case you are a new reader to the blog, let me introduce you to Cline’s Antiques,or, as I like to call it, a little piece of junk heaven!

Look at all that rust and furniture waiting to be refinished!
Last time I visited Cline’s I scored some great windows for only two bucks each. Yes, $2! Here is one of them.

reclaimed window

Yes, it’s dirty. Really dirty. You see, Cline’s has tons of windows waiting to go home with someone like me. The downside is that the windows, like almost everything else at Cline’s, are just piled up in the yard.
No biggie, a squirt of the hose and a little elbow grease cleaned it up nicely!
So, this window has been sitting in my garage since that shopping trip. I finally have put it to use! I got tired of looking at the cork board in the hall near my kitchen. It gets so cluttered with cards, artwork, invitations, etc. It had to go. I’ve also been wanting to create a chalkboard somewhere near the kitchen to jot down reminders. This window was the start to a perfect solution!

cover glass paint

 I masked off the glass with some plastic bags and painter’s tape. And spray-painted it a pretty gold/yellow color.

paint window

No paint project of mine is complete without a little distressing! I used my new favorite color Distress Ink, frayed burlap, around the edges and on the faces of the wood.

distress ink wood

So my dirty old window was now clean and had a pretty coat of paint on it. Time to make this baby into something special.
I had this great Gallery Chalkboard Vinyl Decor from Stampin Up! It was $25 but I got it for free with an order I placed! So I attached the vinyl to the window.

chalkboard vinyl

Next I needed somewhere to hang things that I typically tack onto the bulletin board like photos, cards, invitations, artwork, etc.
I had this burlap ribbon and baker’s twine that I got from Pick Your Plum. They were perfect for this piece!

bakers twine burlap ribbon

I used the burlap ribbon to add a big bow on the corner of the board.

burlap ribbon bow pick your plum

I wrapped a piece of chalk in the baker’s twine so I could attack it to the board.

hanging chalk bakers twine

And also draped the baker’s twine across the top and bottom of the window. I used hot glue to attach it around the back. Then I added little clothespins that I also got from Stampin Up!

bakers twine hanging line clothes pin

This was the perfect  replacement for thumbtacks and cork board!

And with that, the board was complete!

family command center

And because I love to do things on a budget, I’m proud to brag that this piece cost less than $5! Remember, the window was $2, I bought one can of spray paint, the chalkboard vinyl piece was free and the ribbon, string and clothespins I already had in my stockpile.

If you are interested in ordering any of the products mentioned above, I’ve directly linked them to the online ordering site. Items will be shipped directly to your home! Check out all the products at Stampin Up!

Handmade Mother’s Day Card

Just two days left until Mother’s Day! Have you found a way to say thank you and I love you to yours?
If you haven’t already purchased a card, here is a simple way to make your own! The sentiment and papers can easily be changed, so this card could really be used for any occasion.

Handmade Mothers Day card Stampin Up

In the past year, I’ve become a Stampin’ Up-aholic! If you’re not familiar with Stampin’ Up!, it’s a company based out of Utah that sells a variety of paper products, stamps and other accessories for home decor, scrapbooking and card-makings. I love it so much {and I order so much of their product} I’ve recently become a SU demonstrator! So I’ve gotten lots of new products to try out!
One of my newest tools added to my collection are these Framelit Dies. These can be used in any die cut machine and are great for layering different sized shapes.

stampin up framelits die

So I used started with 2 blank cards and 2 sets of each of the pieces I needed to make the card I had in my head. I decided on two different sized framelits.

stampin up framelits die beyond garden dsp

I began by embossing my green cardstock.

embossing folder

Next I ran the paper with the framelits through the Big Shot.

stampin up framelits die

The smaller one cut the green embossed paper.

stampin up framelits die

And the larger cut the Beyond the Garden designer series paper.

stampin up framelits die

I started with the pink strip of paper and layered the two framelit pieces on top.

handmade mothers day card stampin up

I have this great set of stamps that includes a sentiment for just about any occasion/holiday. {Teeny Tiny Wishes}. I stamped it using Melon Mambo ink and then used the same ink to distress the edges.

Stampin Up mothers day stamp melon mambo

A little floral punch and a rhinestone embellishment, an the care was complete!

Stampin up floral punch rhinestone embelishment

I attached the greeting with a dimensional adhesive piece to give the card some texture.
And that was it! A cute, inexpensive way to show your mom that she matters!

Handmade Mothers Day card Stampin Up

Have a great weekend and Happy Mothers Day to all the mom’s out there!

Spring Wreath with Paper Flowers


 A while back, during one of my weekly trips to Hobby Lobby, I found these fun paper flowers.

paper flowers

I just loved them! I didn’t really know what I would do with them, but I knew I had to have them! Eventually I decided I could use them for a wreath for the front porch. After all, they did match my yellow chair and other porch decor perfectly!
I decided to make this one pretty simple. I got one yard of brown burlap, the flowers and a straw wreath.

I cut the burlap into strips. I wasn’t too careful to make sure they were straight or even because it’s burlap, and it’s not supposed to look perfect!

cut strips burlap

I used hot glue to secure the first strip to the wreath and wrapped the strips around the wreath.

wrap burlap wreath

Each time I needed a new strip, I glued it to the back side of the wreath, close to where the previous piece ended.

wrap burlap wreath

I wrapped the wreath in two layers of burlap.

burlap wreath how to

I cut the stems off of the flowers.

cut bud from stem

And used hot glue to attach them to the wreath.

hot glue buds flowers

I arranged them in a cluster to hide the leftover stem pieces.

paper flowers

I didn’t like the bright green color of the leaves, so I spray painted them with a pretty avocado paint.

paint silk leaves

Then glued the leaves to each end of the cluster.

And here is my new spring wreath! Complete with a yellow striped ribbon to match my fun yellow chair!

Oh SNAP! Queen Bee Market

the Queen Bee Market

You’ve probably heard of the Queen Bee Market, but just in case, it’s a little handmade market created by two sisters, Jess and Mique.

Forgive me if I’m wrong, but I believe the two are from California. The QBM is a collection of vendors selling some pretty amazing handmade items. We were lucky enough to have the QBM and all it’s vendors at SNAP for some seriously fun shopping! Ok, let me stop talking and let you start looking.

queen market snap

This is really just a peek at the market. Let me give a closer look inside the isles.

shop here

queen market snap pleated poppy

I’m in love with the Pleated Poppy’s stuff. Fun, bright and just stinkin’ A-DOR-A-BLE!
Love these ties for the little guys!

queen market snap pleated poppy

cut it out frames

shop here
This shop was new to me. Cut It Out sells hand-cut wooden frames in all different sizes and shapes. The wood is left unfinished so you can paint it any color you want! And their prices are GREAT!

queen market snap cut it out

This is what I came home with. I really want one of those biggins but, again, space in the suitcase was slim!

cut it out wood frames

salty bison queen bee marketshop here
This was another new name to me. Their stuff was UBER cute!

queen market snap salty bison

Their signs were my favorite. So adorable! Too bad they wouldn’t fit in my suitcase.

queen market snap salty bison

THis was my favorite.

queen market snap salty bison

There were so many other fabulous vendors. It’s a good thing I had a limit since what I bought had to fit into my suitcase. I could have done WAY more damage! Check it out.

Allora Handmade.

queen market snap allora handmade

I feel horrible for this, but I can’t remember the name of this vendor. If you know, please whisper in my ear so I can give her credit! I loved these embroidery hoops!

queen market snap

Vintage Soul Designs

queen market snap

Vintage Rose Wraps

queen market snap vintage rose wraps

Chocolate Kate
queen bee market snap

I was truly in shopping Heaven!

Here are just a couple pieces of jewelry that I bought. Hoop La earrings and this fantastic watch (that can be swapped out for a broche) by M.Bellish’d. Loving it!

I did much more damage than this. But you get the idea. Queen Bee Market rocks! I don’t suppose they’ll be headed to SC anytime soon?

Thank You for the Letterpress!

I finally got to sit down and make something other than favor boxes the other day. I had some new products to try out and I came up with this cute little thank you card.

I recently became a Lifestyle Crafts affiliate {Eeek, I know! So excited!} So when this showed up on my doorstep, I couldn’t wait to get my craft on!

They sent me a Letterpress Starter Kit and a letterpress ink and printing plate set of my choice. I chose the tile printing plates with teal blue ink. Fun and mod, don’t you think?

Anyway, I was a little nervous about using this thing, even though I got to test drive it last year at Creative Estates. I’ve told you before, I’m not one who likes to read directions, but I gave in and thought it might be a good idea. This thing had a lot of parts! It was actually much easier than I thought and had only a few simple steps.

You first attach the printing plate piece or pieces to the letterpress platform. You can use the grid to make sure your placement of the printing plates and your paper match up.

You use the ink base and brayer to roll out the ink and apply it to the printing plates. I did remember from the conference last year that they said a little ink goes a long way. And boy did it ever! I used only a tiny drop! This ensures that you get even coverage on the printing plates and also prevents bleeding from too much ink.

Close the platform.

And crank this puppy through the machine. My machine is a Big Shot, but any embossing/die cut tool (Epic 6, Revolution, etc.) Speaking of Revolution, don’t miss the deal going on right now! I wasn’t familiar with this tool, but it sounds pretty magnificent!  It’s similar to the Epic in that it die cuts and embosses but it has a 4-inch magnetic platform, so when you put your metal dies on the platform, they hold tight and don’t slide off! It is easy-to-use and compact. Huge promotion going on right now for this machine! See below for details!

Okay, I got a little excited! Back to the card. here is how it looks after running it through the machine.

Now to make the card. I absolutely love this teal ink and it was so hard to choose which coordinating paper I should use! I had several in my stash!

I went with butterflies and polkadots! I used the polkadot designer paper as the backdrop and used my top note die to cut a frame-like shape with the butterfly paper.

Next I used my scalloped border punch to create a decorative edge strip of cantaloupe-colored paper.

A few coordinating butterflies.

I grouped them together and used a dimensional adhesive. This raises the butterflies slightly for some added texture. I also used a pearl embellishment in the center. I forgot to mention that I used black ink to distress the letter pressed paper.

Oh yeah, and I used sticky strip, an extremely sticky, double-sided tape, to hold the gathered ribbon. To do this you just fold it, kind of accordion-style, and attach one side of it to the tape. The ribbon I used is Stampin’ Up! ruffled ribbon in Island Indigo.

And there is my card! Then I realized, I can make a matching envelope! I used another printing plate from the tile set. I covered the lower part of the envelope with a piece of scrap paper. Same technique shown before.

Perfect! Except that I now realize it probably isn’t supposed to have the grid included in it! Oops!

Maybe I should send it to Lifestyle Crafts to thank them for this fabulous set!

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Paper Mache Eggs: Part I

What started as a simple paper mache project, turned into some pretty fancy eggs!

I gotta admit that I was pretty pleased with myself! You see, I really only had intended on covering the eggs with a decorative scrapbook paper.

It all started like this. . .

Some plastic eggs, water, Decoupage (I ended up using Elmer’s glue), sponge brushes and bowls.

I mixed the glue and water {I didn’t measure, but I’d say 1 part glue to 3 parts water} and poured into smaller bowls. I guess I forgot to mention that I let the kids make some of these too. I gave them their brushes and bowls and let them go to town.

Anyway, I used some packaging paper as my base coat.

I tore it into pieces. . .

and soaked it in the glue mixture.

Then covered my egg using the traditional paper mache technique. I did have to shape and smooth some of the paper with my hands.

Next I took my Stampin Up! designer series paper and matching cardstock. . .

*If you are not familiar with Stampin’ Up! dsp, it’s double-sided with coordinating colors and patterns. They also have coordinating cardstock papers.

and tore it into pieces.

For the most part, I used one designer series paper and along with one color cardstock paper on each egg. I did a little at a time, letting each layer dry a little before adding the next. When they were completely covered, it took overnight to dry. I even had them under a heat lamp for several hours!

But in the morning they were finally dry! This was where I had anticipated being finished. BUT, it needed something else. {You’ve never heard me say that one before, have you?}  If you are a regular reader, I’m sure you could guess what I did.

Yes, I took out my Distress Ink pad and started inking it! To do this, you just lightly brush the ink pad against the paper in a back and forth motion.

Much better.

Then, I added one coat of pure Mod Podge because I like the little hint of shine in it’s finish.

And now, I thought I was done! But I wasn’t! I had another idea.

So I grabbed a few coordinating Stampin Up products and worked on the eggs some more.

But I’m going to share that with you tomorrow. For now, just take a sneak peek!

Ugly Bunny

Sneak peek?

Late last April, I went on a weekend shopping spree hitting up all the garages sales, thrift stores and Goodwills I could find? I got some pretty good finds that weekend, including these. . .

Do you remember? One of those finds was the ugly chocolate bunny. Why the heck did I buy this item? Because I saw it and immediately thought, “WHITE! This bunny needs to be white!” Easter had already passed, but I remembered this Pottery Barn bunny knock-off from The DIY Showoff and thought, I can make this bunny look fabulous like hers!”

Then I looked at the price. 99 cents. Really? Get in my buggy little bunny!

But I almost forgot about i! A memory of it popped into my head the other day and I scrambled to the storage closet to get it because I knew if I waited I would forget about it again! As I pulled it out from all the other junk great finds stored in there, I started thinking to myself how crazy it was that when I tossed it in there last year, Easter seemed so far away! But here we are again, already. And here is the ugly bunny!

So I undressed the bunny and got rid of his accessories.

I sprayed him with a light coat of primer.

Then two good coats of white, satin-finish spray paint.

As usual, my plan was to stop here. I wanted a white bunny. However, as usual, I couldn’t leave him alone. I’ll give you one guess as to what I did next. . . grabbed my sandpaper.

I distressed the little guy, which took a little effort since I sprayed him pretty heavily with paint. If I plan on distressing I usually go a little lighter.

Now he was perfect!

I paired him with a mossy Easter basket on my foyer chest.

Happy Easter!

Reinventing an Old Milk Can

I told you I had something to share today! I finally took a little break from the favor boxes lsat week to regain my sanity with some other type of creativity. Unfortunately that break {and my allergies} have now caused me to be way behind!

Anyway. . . I finally made good use of this old milk can. Actually, I’ve had it sitting in this spot since Christmas {I put long pine branches in it} but it wasn’t finished.

You might {or probably don’t since it was ages ago} remember on my trip to Cline’s Antiques Junk Yard I picked up this rusty old milk can. You might think it looks hideous, but I was in love! Not long before I had featured a blogger had painted her house number on a milk can for her front porch. So I was thrilled to have found one, no matter what condition it was in! Nonetheless, I think I only paid $8 for it.

Even though I like rust, this piece was a little too rusty for me. So I spray painted it with one of my favorite colors. Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze.

I used my Silhouette CAMEO to cut stencil vinyl {I’m sure regular vinyl would work fine}. I did “No. 4 “for the number of people in our family.

After cutting the vinyl, I peeled the outer piece away from the backing carefully, leaving the cut image behind.

Then stuck it on the milk can. Because the milk can surface was textured from the rust and spray paint there were some areas of the vinyl that didn’t quite stick. Plus the font was pretty intricate and I couldn’t quite get it placed right. So I had to modify my original idea of using a stencil blotter brush because I knew the paint would bleed through.

Instead I used a fine tip and painted carefully inside the stencil. Two good coats.

When I peeled off the vinyl, there was still a little bit of bleeding, but I went back with my fine tip and traced over the letters one more time which helped cover it up.

The final result! I tied a strip of burlap around the neck and filled it with long branches of greenery, cherry blossoms and my cute little sticks with lighted tips.

Oh how I love junk! And reinventing fabulousness from junk makes me happy! Now back to the favors! Have a great weekend y’all!

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Cheap & Easy Monogram Art

I totally meant to post this before Valentine’s Day but somehow completely forgot! Better late than never, right? This was the creative activity for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) in February.

It’s a three-dimensional heart art on canvas. This project isn’t limited to just hearts though. That is why I thought i’d go ahead and post it. You can modify this craft to suit any season or holiday by using a different shape or use an initial to create a monogram.

This project is really inexpensive and you only need a few materials. The first is a painter’s canvas. You can find them in the art section of any craft or hobby store. They come in a variety of sizes, we used 8×8 and 5×7 inch canvases.

You’ll need to print the shape or letter you want to use. The letter can come straight from your wordprocessor. Just enlarge the font size. You can Google any shape you want to use. It will be completely covered so it doesn’t matter what it looks like as long as it is a large image.

Now here is the fun {and free} part. Can you figure out what the hearts came from?

Paint samples from our local home improvement store! You can absolutely use scrapbook paper or whatever you like, but these are free and come in every color and shade you can imagine!

You’ll start by cutting out your shape or letter.

Use regular old school glue to attach your image to the canvas. Just a little will do just fine!

Then just use a punch to cut the hearts {or other shape}. Butterflies are another great shape and they would be perfect for spring decor! This triple heart punch is from Stampin’ Up.

After you have punched your pieces, glue a layer over your letter or shape just to cover the print.

Once it has dried, add another thin layer on top to make sure all of the image is covered as well as to give it some depth.

Once it is covered, fold some of your pieces to add some dimension to your craft. Add as many or ass few as you’d like. It’s your project!

When you are finished, you’ll end up with a cute little monogram {or shape} to display in your home. This mom added a few pieces of designer scrapbook paper in the mix.

You can drill holes in the canvas and tie a ribbon through it.

You can display it on an easel or plate stand. You can even frame it!

It’s a very simple, very inexpensive and very cute project! The colors and design can be modified to use for any season or holiday and to match any decor.

DIY Chalkboard Wine Glasses

What do you get when you mix chalkboard paint with wine glasses? I’ll give you a hint. . . you’ll never question whether or not a glass is yours again! Because it will have your name written all over it! Literally!

Chalkboard painted wine glasses! I know this is nothing new. I’ve seen them all over Pinterest. Actually, about a year ago a friend of mine made some and posted it on Facebook. I rushed out to buy the supplies to make them and they sat in the garage until recently when my buddy Becky shared a pin and asked if I wanted to have a wine “craft” night. Of course! So I loaded up the supplies and headed over to her house where we painted, chatted and of course, enjoyed some wine!

This is fairly easy to do! We found several different tutorials out there and tested two of them: applying paint with a sponge brush and simply dipping the stem in paint. But first, you have to tape the area(s) you don’t want painted. We used regular painters’ tape.

I also decided to paint around a carafe that I have. I just taped off the area I wanted to paint.

The glases were taped and prepped for painting! We very quickly discovered the best way to do this project. We started by painting with the brush {which I thought would be our best bet}, but the paint went on so thin we realized we would need several coats to completely cover the stems.

So we moved on to the other option, dipping the stems in paint. We poured the paint into a disposable container and literally dunked the stem in the paint, making sure it was covered. Then we removed the glass and late the paint drip off.

We had to let A LOT of paint drip off! This method definitely put a thick coat on the glass, but it also required a watchful eye to make sure the paint didn’t run down the glass.

First we spun it around, letting the excess drip off the glass into the bowl.

Once the drips slowed down we turned them upside down. By now the paint was dripping “up” the glass very slowly but it helped to smooth out the paint. Just know that you really have to keep your eye on them! We had a few instances where the paint almost dripped past the tape! It took overnight for them to dry completely.

And when they were finished, I tied a pretty ribbon on them!

Aren’t they cute?! This was a fun and easy project to do. Especially for some girl time! It doesn’t require a lot of concentration and the majority of the time is spent waiting for them to dry which is a great time for gossip!

Here is my set. YES, I know I spelled Pinot wrong. No idea how it happened, but I did. I am embarrassed but we all make mistakes. 🙂

What I’ve Been Up To (Christmas Crafts)

Hello friends! I just cannot believe that Christmas is just days away! It completely blows my mind! Where has December gone? 
We had a handmade auction last week at Stamp Club. All proceeds went to the Ronald McDonald House. With just a handful of us we raised over one-hundred dollars! There were no limits or restrictions to the items we brought for the auction except that they had to be handmade. I just wanted to quickly share with you the items I made. I do not have the full tutorials, but I will do my best to explain how I created them.
This project started with the angel image. I found about 5 or 6 of them in a small baggie at the thrift store for fifty cents. I think someone just printed them off on cardstock to be honest, but I thought they were pretty. I tore the corners just a little bit and used sandpaper around the edges of the image to make it look more worn. Then I used my distress ink pad around the edges. This is the first time I’ve tried distressing paper with sandpaper and I was really pleased with the way it looked after I brushed it with the ink. The ink really soaked into the paper since it had been thinned from sanding.
Next I used my sewing machine to stitch the lace and burlap to the image. I also used two-way glue to adhere the image, but because burlap is so rough I thought sewing it would help keep it in tact. Plus, I like the look of stitching. I attached the burlap to the designer scrapbook paper with hot glue. After this, I was stumped. I didn’t really know what else to add. Then the song Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” popped into my head!

Luckily I had some old hymnals that I found at Goodwill a while back. I flipped through one and knew this would be perfect! I tore just below the first phrase, distressed it with the ink and attached it with double-sided adhesive.

I found a piece of scrap wood in the garage, hubby cut it to size, drilled holes in it, I inked it {of course} and I added some jute rope to make it hang. I love this piece! 
 Who is Angie? Angie is the Stampin’ Up! demonstrator that hosts the Stamp Club events. 
I call this piece “Angie-inspired”because she made a Christmas card that I used as inspiration and I used the technique she used to make that Christmas pillow that I love.

For this piece, I adhered iron on pellon interfacing {basically iron-on adhesive for fabric} to the back of my fabric and used my Silhouette to cut the ornaments. Be sure to apply the interfacing before cutting! It makes the fabric nice and stiff for smooth cuts. Then I peeled the liner away and ironed the ornaments on to the black and white damask fabric. I then used fabric glue to attache the ribbons. Each ribbon is two separate pieces. One short piece for the vertical “hanging” ribbon and a longer piece for the bow. I find it is easier to tie the bow and then cut the ribbon so you know it is long enough. 
 The frame I found at the thrift store for a couple bucks. It had a really ugly tropical fish print in it but the frame was fabulously fat! I trashed the print and the glass and wrapped the fabric around the cardboard insert. I sprayed a very light coat of black satin paint on the wooden frame and then scuffed it up a little with sand paper. I replaced the insert wrapped with fabric and viola! 
Don’t forget to stop by and enter the My Memories giveaway! The winner will receive the digital scrapbooking software for FREE!

The Stockings Were Hung. . .

I shared this tutorial over at Seamingly Smitten last week, but wanted to share it again just in case you missed it. After my post about my trip to Cline’s JunkyardI had a lot of questions about what I would do with these. . .

I had a handful of old rusty door knobs that I picked up along with some other rusty hardware. I didn’t really have a clue what I was going to do with them, but I knew I could use them for something. And I was right! So I started wit a piece of scrap wood from the garage {I have a huge pile of scrap wood in my garage. you name it, I got it!} and my four rusty old door knobs. 

This first step was fun. The wood was too perfect, so I took a hammer to it. What a great stress reliever! I just banged it up a bit to round the corners and rough up the surface. 

Next I used a dark stain in these crevices and around the edges. This is because I plan on distressing the paint I’m about to apply and the dark stain looks better than the light wood.

A light coat of primer spray paint and one heavy coat of white latex paint. 

While the paint dried I pulled out my brand spankin’ new Silhouette Cameo to use for the very first time. Sigh, it’s amazing! You gotta get one of these! I used red vinyl for this project.

If you are not familiar with the Silhouette or any other digital cutting tool, you create an image on your computer and then let the machine do the rest. 

The best way to transfer vinyl is to use contact paper. Once the image is cut, place the sticky side of the contact paper on top of the vinyl while it is still on the mat. Peel the contact paper away from the sheet of vinyl and only your cut letters should stick to the contact paper. (Unfortunately the insides of the letters also stuck. I removed them with a tweezers after I adhered it to the wood.)

When the paint was dry I used some low grit sandpaper to give it a distressed finish.

My sweet hubby drilled holes in the wood to just large enough to fit the knobs.
And then he squeezed them in. I thought we would have to use wood glue to hold them, but they stayed just fine without it.
And because I can’t leave anything alone, I used my distress ink to make it look more worn. To do this you just take the ink pad and brush it across the edges and corners and in small spots along the surface.

Now back to the vinyl. Place the contact paper gently on the board. Once it’s in place, where you want it, you can press down on it to keep it in place. Use a scraper or other flat edge to smooth over the vinyl, eliminating any wrinkles or bubbles. Then peel back the contact paper slowly.
The contact paper removed some of the paint, but was okay with me! I love a distressed look!

I wrapped and tied a fat grosgrain ribbon on one side and then hung our stockings. I’m thinking about either adding an initial to the knobs or writing our names in black just above the knobs. But that will be another day. Like I said, I can’t leave anything alone!

But for now it’s perfect! You know I love to brag about how little I spend on my projects so. . .
This one cost about two bucks! Actually, it was free for me to make that day since everything I used, I already had lying around. But if you want to count the purchase of the knobs, this project cost me only $2! Even if you don’t have a digital cutting machine, you can use a stencil to paint the letters. Inexpensive hooks can be purchased in place of the door knobs if rusty junk isn’t your style.

How can Christmas be in just ten days? The stockings may be hung, but I’m not sure Santa has what is supposed to go in them!

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Last Minute Semi-homemade Gift Ideas

Can you believe there is just two days left until Christmas Break? That means only two more days to put together your child’s {children’s} teachers’ gifts. Buying teachers’ gifts can be expensive, especially if you have more than one child who may have more than one teacher. But teachers love getting gifts {remember, I was once a teacher} and they totally deserve them! But you don’t have to spend a fortune. Just get a little creative! Give them something homemade! Or better yet – semi-homemade! Here is what my boys’ teachers are getting. {I hope they haven’t stumbled upon my blog yet!}
These cute little buckets filled with homemade white chocolate popcorn mix and a personalized ornament. The total for each gift ended up being about $10. 
I found these cute “paint” buckets at Hobby Lobby. At 50% off,  I think they were $3. 
I decided to fill them with my yummy white chocolate popcorn mix. This recipe isn’t new. I’ve posted it before when I shared my “Ready to Pop” baby shower favors. Actually, I make this mix all the time and modify the colors and ingredients to match the occasion. I’ve found that I really like the addition of pretzels. If you are making it for kids, marshmallows are good in it as well.

Ingredients: popcorn, mini pretzels, premier white chocolate morsels, M&Ms. 
Melt white chocolate in microwave at 50% power for about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, just until melted. Do NOT burn!

Add popcorn, pretzels and candy to a very large bowl.
 Pour about 1/4 cup melted white chocolate over the popcorn and stir. 

Repeat two more times until popcorn is generously coated in chocolate. Be sure to save some to drizzle over the top.

Pour popcorn mix on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Using a spoon drizzle remaining melted chocolate over popcorn.

At the last minute I decided to add red and green sprinkles to give it a little more holiday flare! Allow the popcorn mix to cool and harden for about an hour and store in an air-tight container until ready to use.

I love to buy these food and bread bags to use for Christmas goodies. They are perfect for packing up homemade goodies and fit nicely into any size container. So I lined the bucket with the bag. . .

and filled it up with the popcorn mix.
This cute personalized ornament serves as a gift and gift tag! It was just $5. I tied the ornament on with some coordinating ribbons that I had in my craft supplies. And that was it! 

White Chocolate Popcorn Mix Recipe
3 bags microwave popcorn, popped
3 cups mini pretzels
1 – 12 oz. packages premier white chocolate morsels
1 – 12.6 oz. bags chocolate coated candies (such as M&Ms)

Mix popcorn, pretzels and candy in a large bowl. Melt white chocolate morsels in microwave at 50% power for about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted. CAREFUL NOT TO BURN!!! Drizzle a small amount {about 1/4 cup} of chocolate over popcorn and stir to coat. Continue adding chocolate, a little at a time, until popcorn mix is fully coated. You will use about 2/3 of the white chocolate. 

Spread popcorn mixture on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Using a spoon, drizzle remaining white chocolate over popcorn. Allow to cool for 1 hour before breaking popcorn mix into large chunks.

Here are a few other handmade ideas for you. These are items I made in Stamp Club made from Stampin’ Up products, but you can use any materials you have.
Stocking gift card holder. A few great giftcards for teachers: Target, the bookstore, Dollar Store, restaurants. Those were always my favorite. 

This cute little goodie sack is made from a paper lunch bag and scrapbook paper. 

A cute little box with a removable rosette flower. Everyone loves rosettes! You could even attach a pin back to it.
You probably shouldn’t send wine to school, but this tag could be used for any bottled drink. It would fit nicely on a bottle of Monin syrup accompanied by a bag of coffee.
These also are fantastic gifts for co-workers, bosses, neighbors, service people, etc. And they are so easy to throw together at the last minute. But because they are semi-homemade, the recipients will think you put a lot of time and effort into making them!

On the Menu and Tinsel & Twig

Creamy White Chicken Chili
I’m a huge fan of white chili. I have several different versions that I typically make. Some with shredded chicken and another with ground turkey. But I must say, this is my new favorite! I found the recipe on Pinterest and made it that night! It was delicious! I followed the recipe exactly but I think I added extra seasoning to suit my taste. I can never get enough cumin! Anyway, give it a try on a chilly day. It’s soooo good!
I just wanted to share with you a few other things I’ve been up to. These are items that are in my holiday shop Tinsel & Twig. This is a shop that I started last year where I sold my handmade Christmas wreaths, garlands and centerpieces. This year I’ve added a few paper items. A couple have been sold, but I can make more if you see something you like. I really would have liked to add more, but I’ve not had as much time as I would have liked and the holidays are coming so quickly! Anyway, I just wanted to show you a few things I’ve made that are for sale.
Santa’s Key
These days Santa can’t always drop down the chimney to deliver the goodies! Having a hard time explaining to your child how Santa will get in? Try this! Santa’s special key! Hang it inside as a decoration until Christmas Eve when you hang it outside on the front door. The poem reads: 

“This key is very special, you see. 
It will not work for you or me… 
Hang it just outside your door. 
And go to sleep, worry no more… 
Close your eyes and close them tight. 
‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight!”

Santa’s Little Book
This is Santa’s secret book of names, listing those who’ve been naughty and nice! An adorable Christmas decoration to remind your little ones that Santa is watching!

 Stop by Tinsel & Twig to see my other items. I know I’ve been promising and promising, but the Scissors & Spatulas shop will be opening soon!

Monogrammed Jingle Bell Shirt

Over the weekend the moms from our MOPS table got together for some laid back girl time. Of course there was a craft involved! Our group leader, Angie, came up with this adorable monogrammed t-shirt to make for the kids. Whether you are crafty or not, this one is SO easy, I promise! 
Not to mention, adorable! Don’t you think?
You’ll start with the fabric of your choice and an iron-on adhesive. This Christmas polka dot fabric is from Hobby Lobby. Cut just enough adhesive to cover the area you need for your letter or letters. Lay the shiny side of the paper on the back of the fabric. Run over the paper with a hot iron until is is attached to the fabric.

Cut out the letter or letters needed. You can do this a number of different ways: by hand {you can print out a letter on paper and then use it as a stencil}, using an electronic cutting machine or a die cut tool. Angie used the Ellison Die Cut from her daughter’s school. 

Peel away the backing of the adhesive and place your letter on the shirt where you’d like it. 

Hold a hot iron on the letter for 8-10 seconds and then smooth over it a few times.
Your letter should now be attached to the shirt!
Now don’t get scared of this part. Yes, sewing is involved, but it’s really just an up and down sew and you can’t mess it up since it can’t even be seen. 
You’ll sew on the jingle bells, one at a time, but close together. Just two stitches to attach each bell to the shirt. 

 Then thread the needle through all the bells and pull tightly to create a cluster. Do this a few times until the bells are secured.

That’s it! 

If you are making girls’ shirts, you can also add a bow. Attach the ribbon with a few stitches in the center. After the ribbon is attached you can tie it in a bow. Use clear fingernail polish to keep the ends from fraying.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I’m participating in the Christmas Pajama-rama Contest at Blissful and Domestic!

Wicked Witch Pumpkin

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Can you believe that Halloween is in less than a week?! In case you are looking for some last-minute Halloween decorating ideas I’m going to share with you my “Wicked Witch Pumpkin.”

If you’ve been here before, you know that I make weekly trips to the crafts stores to pick up some items to get my creative fix. Sometimes (often times) it’s more than once a week. Anyway, I was at Michael’s one morning and came home with these.

Two black pumpkins and some wired ribbon. What did I have in mind to do with these? I hadn’t the faintest idea, I just knew I “needed” them. Once I got them home and started pondering, I decided that I wanted to decorate the pumpkin with a witch silhouette. 

I stopped by Pinterest to see if I could find any ideas there. Of couse I did! I decided to add “wicked” to my witch pumpkin. This is the image I created with my Silhouette SD.

If you don’t have one of these machines, you gotta get one! It’s fabulous! The possibilities with it are endless!

I cut the design out on outdoor vinyl. Black was the only color I had on hand which obviously wasn’t going to show up on a black pumpkin. What did I do?

I spray painted the vinyl orange before sticking it on the pumpkin! But I wasn’t quite finished. 

I added the ribbon to the top along with a candy corn pick that I had on hand.

Perfect! I decided one black pumpkin was enough for my front porch. I’m still trying to decide what to do with the other one I bought. Maybe I’ll just wait ’til next year!

Ruffled Burlap Lampshades (the project from hell)

Do you remember these lamps? 
They were thrift store purchases a few months ago. I loved the shape of the base and I loved the shape of the shade. I knew I had to hav them, although I had no idea where I would put them or how I would transform them, but I had to have them! 
So I bought them and they sat in my garage for a couple months. Then, one day, it hit me! I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. So I started searching Pinterest looking for some examples of what I had in mind. Three hours later, I made a decision. If you’ve been on Pinterest, you know what I’m talking about. 
So here is what I decided. I would spray paint the brass bases to match the other metals in the room {aged copper meets oil-rubbed bronze}. If you are painting brass, be sure to use primer first! Then, I would cover the shade with ruffled burlap. I cut the burlap into strips and was ready to go.
Who the {bleep} knew that ruffling burlap would be so difficult?!!

After reading several tutorials for how to ruffle fabric, I decided to go with the easiest. I turned my machine setting to the longest and loosest stitch settings.
From what I read, these settings were supposed to ruffle the fabric for me. I went to town with my sewing machine and burlap, sewing a straight line down the center, eager to see some ruffles! 
Humph? Not exactly what I had expected. So, I tried to pull one of the threads {an idea I had read from a different ruffling tute}, but it broke. What the heck?!
Okay, I’ll try this other method I saw.

As I sewed I folded pleats in the fabric. This was a pain and I was so scared that my finger would get poked.
And it still didn’t turn out the way I wanted it. I tried to pull the thread again, but again, it broke. By now I was getting frustrated. When I get an idea and can’t  execute it I get upset. Pissed off, actually. But that anger provokes determination.
Finally, in all that frustration, I had an ah-ha moment.
I had some extra strong thread that I had bought to use for my dining room drapes. Maybe it could withstand the tugging. So I started over, sewing straight up the middle with the stronger thread, the machine set as shown above.
When I had sewn the entire length, I gave one string a tug. 

Hallelujah! It worked! 

I pulled the one string hard but carefully until the strip was ruffled just the way I wanted it. 
Lesson learned: When ruffling heavy fabric like burlap, be sure to use strong thread!

Originally I thought I would cover the entire shade with the strips of ruffled burlap like this one from Dear Lillie. . .
 but I changed my mind after I glued the top and bottom pieces on the shade. I decided I liked it just like that {and I was really tired of ruffling}.

I put one on a side table. . .
and the other on my sewing table. Let there be light! Up until now, I’ve been working only during the day because I had no lights in the room!
Speaking of lighting, check out this lamp I found on clearance for my work table/desk area!
Isn’t it so very Pottery Barnish? I’ve been searching for a desk lamp for months. I knew exactly what I wanted {it was from PB but much too expensive for me}. This one I found at Homegoods on clearance because it had a couple of bolts missing on the neck. Hubby secured the screws and it’s good as new! And it was only $25 people!
Are you noticing that my craft room is coming together? I think I’m just about ready to show you the entire room. I have everything organized and put away. The only reason I’m holding out on the reveal is because I have not finished the curtains and many of the walls are still bare. Soon, I promise!

Cute Nametags For Any Occasion

Need a cute name tag idea? I was asked to help design the name tags for the upcoming year of MOPS. I found my inspiration from Kendra at My Insanity
I added the feathers for a little extra pizazz for the steering team members. 
These name tags are cute, easy and inexpensive. Much better than the blue and white “Hello, my name is. . . ” stickers! 
Here is what I used: a pink feather boa, black feather clips, cupcake liners and cardstock.

Two of the three liners need to be cut in order to see all three layers. Fold the liners in half and cut around the edges. Cut the cardstock to fit in the center of the liners. I used a circular scalloped punch and folded the edges slightly.
Use scrapbook adhesive to attach the layers. Attach a pinback to the backside.

I cut the pink boa into small pieces and and hot glued the pieces behind the black feather clips. 
Then I clipped the feathers onto the pinbacks. 
Tada! That’s it! Cute, girly nametags for MOPS open house
This was my failed attempt at taking a photo of me wearing my name tag. Little Miss Momma makes it look so easy! I’ll keep practicing. 

Aren’t they cute?! The girls loved them!