Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Custom wall art

Here's a simple and cute sign you can make in a jiffy!  
You need a canvas or whatever medium you choose. I used a burlap canvas that was painted white, from hobby lobby. Then some chipboard letters, right out of my scrapbook stash. And also some craft paint-I used charcoal and mixed it with white to get the shade of gray I wanted.  Simply paint the letters, let them dry, arrange them in the order you want, and then hot glue!  
My cute hubby liked to tell me that I am his favorite, so I shortened his saying to fit on the board. It looks great on our pretty gray wall. And, it didn't cost me the 40$ plus that ordering a custom sign on etsy runs!  Easy as pie!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

4th of July favor bag

I just put a couple of really cute and simple projects together for a class I'm teaching next week. I love the washi glassine sunglasses holder!  It's so cute and fast and since you can get a six pack of these little 4th of July sunglasses for about two bucks, it's also really inexpensive!  

So here's the lowdown:  

One glassine bag-I think this one is 3x4 inches.  
Some patriotic washi tape, since these are for the 4th. Although, you could use any kind that matched your theme.
Tear them off in varying lengths.
Apply in a simple pattern. I'm not a great designer, so I try to stick to the rule of three. 
Slip in the glasses, and you have a cute party favor!  Pay no attention to the fact that this is a different pair of glasses that we started with! :). (These are not the droids you are looking for)
Repeat with any small gift that will slip into these cute and versatile bags!  

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Favor bag wedding card

I needed a wedding card and I really didn't want to pay 5 dollars for one!

So, I got out some of my scrapbook paper stash and some cute favor bags to see if I could create something bride-worthy.  The envelope is a favor bag (from Pick Your Plum) with a 3x4 from the happy-go-lucky line by Kasie Fry from Echo Park. I thought the spring colors were perfect for a spring wedding, and they matched the bags and embellishments I had on hand. 

For the inside, I just cut a piece of patterned cardstock, from the same line, to fit into the favor bag. Then I attached a small glassine bag to the front for our gift, which is always cash. Because that's one thing newlyweds always need!  I stuck a sticker flag from the EP paper onto a long toothpick and added some gingham ribbon and a sentiment sticker.  

Ta-da!  A cute wedding card that didn't cost a fortune!  And Kurt and Kate, if you see this before tomorrow, I guess I should congratulate you on having the spare time to go blog hopping the day before your wedding!  :)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Teddy bear birthday

So it's just been like 18 months since this party, but I am finally uploading pix to the computer and trying to declutter my to-do list. Bekah decided to have a teddy bear party, and she wanted purple and teal for her colors.  So we went on a bear hunt-on Pinterest. Because there are a billion cute ideas involving teddy bears!
One of the best things about this party was the low cost decor. I learned how to make these awesome tissue flowers and we used them as a main ingredient.  Add in some balloons, with a marble inside so they will hang upside down, twist up some streamers, and you have a lot of bang for your buck!
We put some on the front door, too.

These basic cupcakes are super cute with printables from chickabug.com. 
I actually took the cupcake wrapper (from chickabug) and cut it to fit the front of my plain blue treat bags. A little ribbon, and you have a custom treat bag worthy of any little girl's birthday wishes!
These are teddy bear Oreo pops. Just a double stuf Oreo dipped in candy coating, then mini Oreo for the ears, more googly eyes, a red mike n Ike, and another mini Oreo mouth. 
 I attempted some bear cupcakes-I think these are just mini kisses, Wilton googly eyes, and then an upside down cocoa candy melt with a little frosting mouth and red hot nose.  
I used another tissue pom, this one mini, to dress up my cake plate. I attached some ribbon with glue dots, and it held up well and then came right off when we were done!  I also love using tissue paper to make jumbo confetti.
We did two simple activities-one was making headbands with teddy bear ears.( I have no idea what happened to that picture. Or pix of the birthday girl, for that matter!  Probably still in the digital clutter all around me...) But the other activity was making these cute teddy bear cars.  A mini snickers bar, m&ms and teddy grahams, all glued on with candy coating.  We also tried to have other bear-friendly foods: bit-o-honeys, more teddy grahams, nilla wafers and root "bear"!  
A "beary" good time was had by all!  (Sorry, I couldn't resist that one.)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

So I took a HUGE blogging break. I have no idea what happened...just crazy busy!  I thought I would catch up by posting some of the fun packages I sent Andy this past year.  Maybe I'll get them done before he comes home!  

This is one idea I had seen in several different places on the web.  I loved the idea of sending him a box of sunshine, and I think I sent it as they were heading into winter on that side of the planet. 

I bought everything I could find that was yellow, edible, non-perishable, and possibly useful to a missionary.  This is what I came up with:  

and this:



and this:

Because the only thing better than cereal, is cereal in a little box. That cost 95.00 to ship. That makes it extra yummy. :) 

I just threw it all in a box, blew up some balloons as padding, and topped it with this cute sign! 

I think I got this as a freebie from some super creative gal.  I can't find the exact link, but here from funky polka dot giraffe are some other super cute printables.  And you can use these this one from crafty teacher lady. I know that boys don't really care about this stuff, but I like to put a little extra effort into my care packages.  I think it's my way of trying to send my love, support, worries, and prayers without words. Because I think cereal and peanut butter help remind missionaries of a home where there are hundreds of prayers being said for them everyday.   Plus, someone has to keep the post office in business, right?