Friday, August 29, 2014

Nail Polish Cupcakes Tutorial

Here is the tutorial to make the Nail Polish Cupcakes.  I decided to a Halloween theme to demonstrate the versatility of this project.  Plus, it's an excellent non-candy treat for your favorite trick or treaters!

You will need one of these, Wilton Nut & Party Cups:

Nut & Party Cups

First, I cut three strips of 1 3/4 inches patterned paper.  Then, using my handy dandy Scor-Pal, I scored every 1/4 inch of all three strips.

Glue all three strips together to make a circle.

Using a hot glue gun, carefully glue your circle around the cup.  This will be the "cupcake" wrapper.

This next step is optional.  I wanted to make my cupcake "taller", so I hot glued the top of a prescription bottle to the bottom of the nut cup.  Then, I adhered, the bottle of nail polish with a small pop up dot to the prescription bottle top.

The frosting was made with some orange paper shred that I just bunched around the stem of the nail polish bottle.

To decorate my cupcake, I made a festive cupcake pick and accented with some tiny button spiders.

Stamp:  Stampendous-Bugs & Hisses
Ink:  Versafine
Paper:  American Crafts, Bazill, Recollections
Misc:  Hot glue gun, pop up dots, Wilton Nut & Party Cup, Nestabilities, Paper punches, tiny button spiders, prescription bottle cover, spider web die cut, paper shred, nail polish

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Nail Polish Cupcakes

So, while surfing on Pinterest the other day, I found these really cute cupcakes made with nail polish bottles.  Thinking to myself, I want to make these, how can add my own personal touch? Well, this is what I came up with....

Using my handy dandy Scor-Pal and some Wilton Party Cups, I went about making my cupcake base.  The icing is made with paper shred.  I punched/stamped my "cupcake pick" and adhered to the top of the bottle.  To add a little birthday flair, I fussy cut one of the images from the paper and covered it with Diamond Glaze.

To make a cute packaging, I just made took some cardboard and covered it with paper.  I placed it in a party favor bag.  The bag was tied with some tulle and seam binding.  A handmade matching button finished my project.

I think that these would make great party favors.  If anyone is interested in tutorial, just drop me a comment, and I will get straight to work!

Stamps:  Dandelion Designs-Sentiment
Ink:  Versafine
Paper:  MME, Bazzill
Misc:  Nail polish, party favor bags, poster board, Wilton Party Cups, paper punches, paper shred, "riser" (to put the nail polish bottle on to make it taller), hot glue gun, Papertrey Ink Button Die, baker's twine, tulle, seam binding, Scor-Pal, Diamond Glaze

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Party Like A Patriot!

It's back to school time here in Florida.  Here is quick gift I made for my favorite teacher.  I found this cup on the clearance rack at Kirkmans.  I thought this would be perfect as my favorite teacher not only teaches history, but like me is a huge New England Patriots fan. 

I cut an apple using my Cricut, then I alternated strips of red and white cardstock.  One simple star embellished with a button and a baker's twine bow was adhered to a scrap of blue cardstock.

To personalize my gift, I cut a simple pennant free hand.  Using a sentiment from one of my favorite stamp companies and some letter stickers, I completed my gift.

Stamps:  Dandelion Designs-To My Teacher
Ink:  Papertrey Ink, Momento
Paper:  Simple Stories, Recollections, Unknown designer paper scraps
Misc:  Baker's twine, Disney Classics Cricut Cartridge, pop up dots, button, My Favorite Things Star Die-Namics, seam binding, travel cup

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Pencil Banner

Here is a great banner to welcome your favorite teacher and students back to school!  It was fun and fast to make!  I just cut some pencils out for each panel, then used my Cricut  to cut the letters out.

Paper:  Recollections, Bazzill
Misc:  Ribbon, Criuct,  Alphalicious Cartridge, circle paper punch

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Friday, August 8, 2014

A Simple Smile

They say "less is more", so I decided to give it a try with a simple card.  I love this sentiment and I thought it would go perfect with a few flowers and a scrap of burlap.

Stamp:  Penny Black-You Make Me Smile
Ink:  Versafine
Paper:  Recollections, Echo Park
Misc:  Buttons, burlap, Papertrey Ink Flower Dies, pop up dots

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Teacher Tag & A Drawstring Bag

I spent a rainy afternoon working on some tags to go with my Drawstring Bags from my Etsy Shop.  This will be a great back to school gift for your favorite teacher, I know mine will just love it.  I filled the bag with some candy and included two extra pencils for the first day of school.

The tag was made using Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar and the Fruit Fusion Apple Die.  The rulers are from the Lizzie Anne Designs School Days stamp set.

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Friendship Jar and Lizzie Anne Designs-School Days
Paper:  October Afternoon, Recollections, Lily Bee Designs
Ink:  Versafine
Misc:  Drawstring bag, button, baker's twine, Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar and Apple dies

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Teacher Chalkboard Clipboards

I'm always a little behind on the latest trends, so here is my first "chalkboard" project.

I painted the clipboards with the chalkboard paint.  The ledges are made from Scrabble tile holders that I stained using some walnut ink, then glued to the clipboard.  Then, using white ink, I stamped the Emma and her Backpack image on the clipboard.

A simple tag was made using Papertrey Ink's Teacher's Apple Set and Nestabilities.  I altered a mini note pad with a few more stamped apples.  I think my favorite part of this is the altered clothespin.   I cut an apple using the Preserves Cricut Cartridge and embellished with some paper punching, a button, and a half pearl.

Stamps:  Papetrey Ink-Teacher's Apple and My Favorite Things-Emma and her Backpack
Ink:  Memento, Versafine, Stazon, Heidi Swapp, Papertrey Ink
Paper:  Bazzill, Recollections,  Sn@pp Simple Stories
Misc:  Clipboards, chalkboard paint, chalk, mini note pads, buttons, clothespin, fabric, baker's twine, half pearls, Cricut Preserves Cartridge, scrabble tile holders, paper punches, ribbon, Nestabilities

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Teacher Test Tube Treats & Tutorial

It's that time of year again, back to school!  I love looking at all of the school supplies in the stores.   Since I have been late with every other gift, card, and project this year, I thought I would get started on my Teacher Appreciation/Back to School goodies.

I have had these Martha Stewart Test Tube Favors in my stash for some time now.  I am trying to re-organize and weed out my stuff.  I'm getting very close to being featured on an episode of Hoarders!  So, with some scraps of leftover paper, one of "my favorite" stamp companies, and some candy, I set out to start my first teacher project.

This is the inside shot of the card.  

Of course, a tutorial is in order.  The base is 6 1/4 inches by 11 inches.  You are going to score at 4 1/2 inches, 5 1/2 inches, and 6 1/2 inches.

Fold it together along the 5 1/2 inch score line.  Now, you are going to cut out the "holder" for the test tube.  From one end, you are going to score at 1 inch up to the 6 1/2 inch score from the previous step.  Measure 1 inch from that score mark, and score again.  Do this on the other end.  Cut away the section that was scored on each end.  

I have three packages of these test tube favors!  So, I will be posting them in my Etsy Shop.  I had a hard time finding them on-line, so I am not sure if they can be purchased anymore.  I have had these in my possession for awhile now, so some of the packaging is a little dog eared.  But, the actual tubes are in great shape and come from a smoke free home.

Stamps:  My Favorite Things- Talk Nerdy To Me
Ink:  Mememto, Close To My Heart
Paper:  Recollections, Bo Bunny, Best Creations, Inc
Misc:  Scor-Pal, Copics, pop up dots, washi tape, mini clothespin, star paper punches, test tubes,  Papertrey Ink  Apple Fruit Fusion die, ribbon, buttons, baker's twine, candy

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Thursday, July 24, 2014


Finally, I have my Pail O'Fun Cover done and up for sale via digital download in my Etsy Shop!  I have absolutely not good excuse for while it took me so long or why I haven't posted in 3 weeks!

So, if you would like to purchase the pattern, you can find it here.  It costs only $3.00 and you can use  scraps of fabric to make this cover.  Get a jump start on your holiday gift giving with an awesome Pail O'Fun Cover!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Pail O'Fun!

Hello everyone!  I've been spending a lot of time lately with my sewing machine.  I was thinking about making some more Buckets O'Fun.  So, Laura and I went over to the Home Depot so I could get an empty bucket to make the covers, but then we discovered this small metal pail.

It is called the Leaktite 2.5-qt. Metal Pail.  

You can find it on the Home Depot website here.

So, after much trial and error (a lot of error!), this is what I came up with:

It comes on and off the pail with ease, so you can change your cover when ever you please. 

Inside view

You can fit quite a bit in this pail.  There are eight pockets in total around the pail, perfect for holding small dies, buttons, glue sticks, or anything else you want at easy reach.

Here are some more that I made, and I will be posting them in my Etsy Shop today.

I am also working on pattern that will be for sale via an instant download.  I'm very excited as this is the first sewing pattern that I have designed.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Teacher Tiny Totes

I made these for one of my regular Etsy Shop customers.

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Fruit Fusion Apple Set and Teacher's Apple
Ink:  Papertrey Ink, Versafine, Memento
Paper:  Papertrey Ink, Bazzill, Recollections,  Echo Park
Misc:  Ribbon, baker's twine, My Favorite Things Scallop Edge Die-Namics,  Papertrey Ink Fruit Fusion Apple Die, mini clothespin, chipboard coaster, Copics, Stampin Up Slot Punch, tags, Tiny Totes

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Have A Wonderful Day!

I found this super cute layout/card on Betsy Veldman's blog.  Of course, I had to CASE it, but I made my own little changes:

Now, I don't have the Papertrey Ink Vertical Cuts Cover Plate:  Stripes Vertical Die, so I cheated and used my Cricut to make something similar.  I dusted off my Nestabilities, and made a chipboard frame that is dusted in shimmery glitter and the polka dotted scalloped rectangle.

Two stamps sets were used, both Papertrey Ink, Flower Fusion #1 and Polka Dot Parade #2.  I finished it off with some buttons, a tiny clothespin and some baker's twine.

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Flower Fusion #1 and Polka Dot Parade #2
Ink:  Memento, Versafine
Paper:  Papertrey Ink, Echo Park, Recollections
Misc:  Cricut Craft Room Basics, Nestabilities, glitter, baker's twine, pop up dots, paper punch, tiny clothespin, buttons, Papertrey Ink Polka Dot Parade #2 Die

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

You Spin Me Right Round...

Here are a few gifts that I made my Mom and Sister.  We love to craft, and we love to organize our craft stuff!  I bought some Lazy Susans at Ikea (love that place) for the bases, some spray paint at Home Depot, picked my trash for empty cans and went to work.

For this one, I actually spray painted the Lazy Susan as well.  Laura's sewing room is white and blue, and I wanted to it to match.  I couldn't find any paper that I really liked, so I used my favorite piece of fabric I have in my stash.  I used some Heat and Bond on the fabric to give it a little of stability and then Modge Podged it on to my cans.  With Mason Jars being so popular now, I decided that adding one would look nice.  The cans and jar are decorated with bits of lace, ribbon, and pom pom trim.  Then, I added some crochet flowers, decopaged clothes pins, and some felt leaves.

Laura actually surprised me and came over when I was making this, but I know she act completely surprised when I give this to her.  That is what an awesome sister I have!

So, this next one is for my Mom.  I left the Lazy Susan it's natural color.  This time I used some coordinating scrapbook paper.  

Paper:  Graphic 45, Carte Bella
Misc:  Lazy Susans, clothespins, lace, ribbon, pom pom trim, buttons, crochet flowers, felt, Modge Podge, fabric, Heat and Bond, felt heart trim, glue gun, Ball Canning Jar

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