{Lifestyle Crafts} Cupcake Bunting

It’s been a hectic week.  Just one of those weeks where everyone needs to be in a different place dressed in a uniform (or some other kind of ‘special’ clothes) all on the same day at the same time.  So I made cupcakes.  And, because I like cute things, I made my cupcakes cute using my new goodies from Lifestyle Crafts.  These would work for really any occasion, like Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, or, like today, just Friday.

 

Here are my goodies…

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I got to play with letterpress paper, the Quickstik (super love), and the new detailz dies in banners and flags.  The new detailz dies cut AND emboss at the same time.  They cut clean and the embossing is very pretty.  The paper is nice and thick and the embossing shows up well.  And the Quickstik…?  Well it’s genius.  You can use it to pick up tiny pieces (has a little sticky tip), place your items, and poke out the detailing on your dies.  Love it.  I can see lots of uses for this thing.  I even used it to thread the baker’s twine through the banners!

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Back to cupcakes.  First, let me say that I am a cupcake purist.  I like white cake and white icing.  Like wedding cake.  And you can’t beat wedding cake.  Second, a cupcake serving size is not one cupcake.  Please.  You need at least two.  So my cute cupcake bunting uses two cupcakes.  So you have to eat them both.

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Taaaa-daaaa!  Cute, right?  I used baker’s twine and long lollipop sticks.  I know they’re white, but I think you can see the embossing detail.  I just wanted to use that yummy paper.

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Perfect cuts.  And love how the die cuts the little slits for the string, too.  I used my Quickstik to thread those through.  I wanted to use the flag dies, too.  Especially the one with the embossed THANKS on it.  Very cute.  I can see this being used on bunches on things.  Quick, cute, and easy.  Just the way I like it.

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It’s a super sunny day (hallelujah!), so the pictures don’t so these dies justice.  Trust me…pretty, pretty, pretty.

As always, Lifestyle Crafts lets my readers have a 20% discount…just use the code LADY.  And there’s a linky on the sidebar.  I’m off to eat my cupcakes and celebrate Friday.

{freebie} Friday Freebie…Gleigh font!

Recently I received some happy mail from a Leigh.  Inside she had included a little tag that she hand lettered with ‘enjoy!’ Her handwriting is so cute!  She inspired me to make a font based on her cute little tag.  Introducing the true type font, Gleigh…

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And I’m offering it as a free download!  Just click on the graphic above to be taken to the fonts page. There you can click on the graphic again to be prompted to download the font.

Enjoy!

{make it mine} Pinteresting Canvas

I wasn’t even sure what to call this project.  Canvas seems a little too plain.  Canvas I found on Pinterest and changed so I could hang it in my bedroom is a little long.  But that’s what it is…a pin I found on Pinterest that I changed to suit me and my bedroom wall.

The pin is on my Make It Mine board.  And the original post is here.  I know Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess made something similar.  That was the original plan…to mask off the letters with vinyl then paint over with a dark wash and peel the letters off to reveal the mod podged vintage book pages beneath.  Good plan except that I COULD NOT decide on a color.  I didn’t want to go too dark and the letters I chose KG Skinny Latte by Kimberly Geswein, were a bit too skinny and I thought you might not could see them clearly.  After letting it sit in my head, (aka putting the canvas away and forgetting about it until last week) I made a plan.  The plan included vintage book pages, whitewashed chevron, black vinyl, and song lyrics.

Let me just tell you that since I decided to use this particular lyric from “You Are My Sunshine,” I cannot get that song outta my head.  Seriously.

First I grabbed a 24×36 canvas at Michael’s with my coupon.  I also picked up Martha Stewart Crafts Tintable Glaze and Multi-Surface Satin Craft Paint in Wedding Cake (on a different trip with another coupon!).  The black vinyl is Silhouette’s vinyl from Michael’s, but they wouldn’t let me use a coupon for that. boo.  Mod Podge and painter’s tape I picked up at Walmart.

I tore the pages out of an old Aesop’s Fables book I bought eons ago.  I trimmed up the pages and mod podged them onto the canvas.  Side note…I think mod podge is hard, y’all.  I’ve used it many times and am just getting to be ok with it.  I got those pages on the best I could.  After the pages were on and dried, I coated that sucker good with mod podge all over and let it dry overnight.

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Then I taped off a chevron pattern with painter’s tape.  I didn’t measure, I eye-balled it.

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My lovely assistant helped me whitewash.

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I cut the letters with my Silhouette and carefully transferred them over.

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I love, love, love it.  It’s going to hang in my bedroom.  FYI…I chose this particular part of the song because my hubby and I refer to each other as ‘dear.’  Always have :)

2nd FYI…I wanna make another one!

{tried it Tuesday} Parm Ranch Chicken

I’m totally hooked on Pinterest.  I love to pin new things, but often forget to go back and actually look at the things I wanted to pin.  I’ve started doing this…and I found a recipe to try.  The Krazy Coupon Lady calls it Breaded Parmesan Ranch Chicken.  We call it Ranch Chicken for short….oh, and we also call it YUMMY!  It’s not exactly the super healthiest.  I tried to make it a bit better by using the ‘better for you’ butter, but it is truly yummy and it’s something the whole family will eat (MIRACLE!).

The original link.  My Dinner Plan board.

You can grab the recipe from Krazy Coupon Lady, but just make sure you have chicken breasts (or tenders), corn flakes, shredded parmesan cheese, a packet of Ranch Dressing Mix, and a cube or so of butter.

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{Lifestyle Crafts} Shape ‘N Tape

**This week only, Lifestyle Crafts is offering a 50% discount as opposed to the regular 20% discount for my readers!  Use the link on the sidebar and use code LADY**

I got a package in the mail! Love getting fun stuff in the mail. This time it was a bunch of fun stuff from Lifestyle Crafts to try out…two packs of their new Shape ‘N Tape and a Tape It cutting die kit. Um…FABULOUS!  And it’s ON SALE this week!!! (see bottom of post)

First, let me say that I love washi tape. I’ve been hoarding it lately like I did Mrs. Grossman stickers when I was in elementary school. But, I have to say, this stuff is BETTER than regular washi tape! The Shape ‘N Tape is a pack of 5, 6″x12″ sheets of tape. SHEETS! So it’s not just a little strip. You can run this stuff through a die cut machine…into. any. shape. Brilliant. It was really easy to work with too. (I was afraid it would be too sticky and stick to itself like packing tape or Saran Wrap does, neither of which I am good at handling.) It’s not too sticky, but sticky enough. I even accidentally got it stuck to itself and it peeled right off. It sticks to paper beautifully (and paper bags).
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There are actually 18 cutting dies in the set, I just picked a few to try out first.  I cut off a piece of tape sheet and I placed a bunch of dies on the cutting pad.  I was able to get a bunch of shapes on a small area of the tape sheet.  I rolled the dies through the machine…perfect cuts.  No frayed edges or uncut sides.

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I gathered up a few little goodies…my date stamp (from Staples), a little paper bag (from Two Peas in a Bucket), and a black ink pad (from Michael’s).

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Those little bags are perfect to hold a gift card.  I wrapped up a music card, folded the edge and secured it with a cute little tape flag I cut.  I stamped a date on it…I’m using these for Valentine’s Day gifts for the kids!  (little clothespin came from Michael’s too)

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Cute. Easy. The best part of this post is that Lifestyle Crafts is offering a BIG HUGE discount for my readers this week.  Normally, you can purchase from their site and receive a 20% discount when you use the code LADY.  This week (Monday through Sunday, the 21st – 27th) that discount jumps to 50%.  HALF OFF!  If you’ve been thinking about ordering, this is the week.  I’m off to add to my stash right now.


This is a sponsored post. Lifestyle Crafts supplied the materials for me to try. The opinions are all my own. :)

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