{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.

{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. :)

{etsy store}NEW in the Etsy store

Well, hello 2013!  It’s off to a bit of a slow start at this house.  I did manage to finish and upload a new printable calendar to the shop!  It’s a 4×6 size, perfect for these cute IKEA frames.  Easy and inexpensive gifts for teachers, coworkers, neighbors, and friends…makes a great January birthday gift! You can find them here.


{giveaway} Cuteness from Lilla Rose

Not long ago, Lizzie contacted me about doing a giveaway for her Lilla Rose business.  First off, I’m all about small business {smiley face}.  Second, I was very intrigued about her products.  Lilla Rose is all hair cute hair goodies.  We (at least the girls in this house) were blessed with lots of hair.  Mine is very fine, but baby girl’s hair is thick. thick. thick.  I’m always looking for a good way to keep hers (and mine) under control.  and pulled off our faces!

Lizzie sent me a flexi-clip.  It’s a clip, but it’s flexible.  It’s two parts, but connected.  It’s genius, really.

I got my flexi-clip in the mail.  Baby girl and I both tried it out.  multiple times.  love.

Love it so much, in fact, that I’m ordering more.  More for us and then a few for gifts for the holidays.  I mean what tween-teen-woman doesn’t want cute hair clippies?

Just to try it out again and totally make sure, I wore it all day today as a ponytail holder of sorts.  It never budged.  I really do like it.

When you look at the site, find the awesome videos they have…one to explain what size you should order and other videos teaching you different kinds of hairstyles you can create with the flexi-clips.  FYI…I’m a small.  I have think, wavy hair.  I have the simple band in small in my hair {see photo}.

The best part of all of this?  YOU COULD WIN ONE!  Lizzie’s giving me the opportunity to offer one of the flexi-clips to you!  {one flexi-clip of your choice (up to $16)}

There are four ways to enter.  First, you can leave a comment on below as to which flex or hair accessory is your favorite from Lizzie’s site  http://www.lillarose.biz/Zizzie78.
You can enter three more times…please leave a separate comment below for EACH of these that you do…
*Like Lizzie’s Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/LillaRoseZizzie78
*Register as a customer on Lizzie’s website…. you do not have to buy anything to register  http://www.lillarose.biz/Zizzie78
*Blog or post on FB and tell everyone about your giveaway
Comments will close Tuesday night, December 4th and I’ll announce the winner Wednesday morning on the 5th!  Good luck!

{tutorials} Big Score!

I did a little video today about the different ways to score your printables and why it’s important.  Check it out!

{memory keeping} I have a story to tell…

…lots of them actually.  Everyone does.  But I haven’t been very good at getting them down.  I once was.  About ten years ago, when my first baby was born, I was a scrapbooking maniac.  Pretty paper, stickers, decorative-edge scissors and all!  I cut the heck out of all those photos.  He has two whole books.  Twenty or so months later, I had little girl.  I did good for a while…bless her heart, she almost has a whole book.  Then it got busy around here.  I lost steam.  Our house seemed to shrink and there were always little fingers that wanted to ‘help’ with the pages.  I soon discovered digital scrapbooking.  I love it.  I recommend it.  But I got so wrapped up in making the pages pretty that I lost a little priority.  Then I was obsessed with making my own little elements and papers, because I couldn’t find just the right ones for my pages.  I still enjoy that, don’t get me wrong.  That’s how all these little printables really started.  But it still left me (and my family) without something to look at, show my grandchildren, to live on after we’re gone.

So I’m changing my attitude this year.  I will get some books made this year.  Books that can be browsed through, loved, and shared.

Let me share a personal story.  My husband’s mother passed away the summer after he graduated from high school.  It was very sudden.  I never knew her…but have gotten to know a little bit about her through the pictures she had kept for her boys.  Each album (there are several), had pictures, in chronological order, of birthdays, Christmases, trips, and sports.  Each had a hand written note on the back of dates, places, and sometimes even a quote from one of the boys.  They have been a way for my husband to share his Mom with me and the kids.

We are an Army family.  We move around a lot.  We get to see and experience places that we would not have under other circumstances.  I realized recently (just the other day) that my children do not remember as much as I thought they would about where we have lived, the people we have met, and the places we’ve seen.  It was startling.  I didn’t realize that all those memories I was storing would not necessarily stick in a 4-, 5-, 6-year old brain.  Just another reason I’ve got to do this.

Because of these, and more, I’ve decided I’m going to be joining in on Project Life by Becky Higgins.

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It’s really a simple way to document your year.  I’m not calling it scrapbooking.  It really isn’t.  It’s taking everyday photos of your life, jotting down a bit or two about it, and sticking it in a book.  Take a look at Becky’s video…


I will be using some of Becky’s products like this and these, but I’m also going to be using things I already have, the digital version of Project Life over at Jessica Sprague, and some printables that I’m working on now {wink!}.  I’m even planning on integrating this approach to the piles of school work of the kids’ that I’ve been keeping.  I’m a little late in getting my supplies, they should arrive this week from Amazon, but I have been taking pictures.  And I’ve decided that my kids are plenty old enough in helping me take some pictures (they are always taking pics on my phone anyway!).  I decided to use Instagram in conjunction with my phone, since it’s pretty much always with me.  You can follow my Instagrams by finding me…domesticatedlady.

Here are some posts to get you all revved up…

on Becky Higgin’s blog

and Mari Koegelenberg from My Digital Art Studio…love her take on it.

Will you do it with me?  It doesn’t have to be fancy.  Heck, it can be whatever you want it to be.

{etsy} cute little ABC book

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These little books were an idea that came to me a long time ago.  My kiddos were barely starting to trace letters; they’re 8 and 10 now.  Badge books were big then…business card little scrapbook pages that were slipped into plastic badge holders and tied together with ribbon.  I had made some for family and friends, one that was even in Scrapbooks, Etc. magazine {I’ll have to find a photo}.  One day someone, somewhere said something about them and it sparked an idea.  Those little plastic holders were almost like lamination…I bet those write-on/wipe-off crayons would work on them.  They do and so do wet erase markers.  And they can be attached to the binder rings with a little ribbon so they don’t get lost.  The little ABC book was born!  Since then, we wore a few of them out and we’ve shared them with friends.  I even had a friend comment on a Pin of these that her kids loved them.

I decided last week to offer them in the Etsy shop.  It’s a 7 page pdf file with all 26 letters in both upper and lower case.  I also included a cover page card, 2 blank cards, and 13 sight word cards to practice.  It’s easy to make…plastic badge holders and binder rings can both be found at Walmart in the office supplies or any office supply store…and it’s a great size to stick in your purse or the car to keep little ones busy.  We used ours a lot riding in the shopping cart at the grocery store and at baseball practice for big brother.  I used them in my preschool classroom, too. And if you wear it out or mess it up…just print another one!

These books make really cute gifts, too, for little friends.  If you’re interested in looking, you can find the book here in the shop.

{Hybrid Crafting} Crafting with Echo Park!

I’ve been a fan of the Echo Park Paper Company for a while now.  Unfortunately for me, I don’t have a scrap store anywhere near me.  I have a craft store, but not a real scrapbooking store.  Poor me.  I could order all the yummy goodies from an online store, but I’m impatient and when I want something…I’d like to have it now, please. The good news?  Echo Park has a whole bunch of digital goodies!  Right up my alley, right?  I recently bought some deliciousness from their digital store.  I was antsy to make something.  Ended up making 3-somethings. :)

 

Project #1…note holder

I’ve shown you my note holders before.  I think some of you even made some for yourself!  Just a reminder…the frame is $1 at Walmart, the note pad is a 3×3 postie.  If you’re a digi-girl like me, these are really simple to design your own.  {I’m gonna start talking digital scrap now…for those of you who don’t, don’t worry, I’ll convert you sooner or later!}  I opened a blank 5×7 canvas in my photo editing software.  I like Photoshop Elements.  They even offer a 30 free trial (and maybe I should offer some beginner lessons…hmmmm).  I opened up some digital papers, borders, and elements from the ‘For the Record’ line that I bought in the EP digital store.  I arranged them all on my canvas.  I wanted my 3×3 postie to sit on the library card, so I made sure that the library card was 3 inches wide to accommodate the post it pad.  The paper, library card, and the ‘domcumented’ tab are all digital elements.  I printed the 5×7 canvas on white cardstock and slipped it into the acrylic frame.  Now, here’s the cool part.  I opened up my Silhouette Studio software and went to their store online.  Echo Park has a bunch of print and cut Silhouette files for 99 cents each!  I chose the ‘For the Record’ bracket word art. When you get it opened up, you just print the image and then run it through your Silhouette machine and the machine cuts out the image!  So I made one and slipped it inside the acrylic frame near the top.  I took the backing off the post it pad and stuck on the front of the acrylic frame and tied it off with some ribbon.  EASY! CUTE! CHEAP!  enough said.

credits…paper, library card, tab, Echo Park ‘For the Record’ (digital).  word art, Echo Park’s Silhouette store.  ribbon, Michael’s.

 

Project #2…custom framed picture

This little project is even easier than the last one. Seriously.  And it’s another digital to paper hybrid project.  {And another reason to buy the software and come play with me :) }  Inside the Playground Elements 2 pack I bought, we’re a bunch of little digital journal cards.  I picked a super cute one and resized it to a 4×6 size.  I digitally cut out the middle (but you could physically do this, too) and inserted a cute, old pic of my cutie pie son.  Printed it. Put it in a frame.  done.

credits…paper, Echo Park ‘Playground’ (digital). frame, Target.

Project #3…candy bar box

I know, I know.  I like my candy bar boxes. ;)  But they are easy and cute…and who doesn’t like to get a chocolate bar??  First, I used some digital journalling cards that came in the Playground Elements 2 pack to make a little gift card.  I overlapped two cards; the ‘my friend’ one over the asterisks one and added a 4.  I picked a darling paper from the Playground paper pack and clipped the digital paper to the template I made.  {clipping is another digital scrap term…terms you’ll learn when you take the plunge.  hehe}  Then, just like those of you who got the teacher ‘bar none’ box, you just print, cut it out, and assemble with a bit of glue stick.  I stuck a standard size Hershey bar inside, tied it with a bit of ribbon and tucked the little gift tag under the ribbon.  Perfect for gift giving…say for the last day of school, maybe?

credits…paper, journal cards, Echo Park ‘Playground’ (digital). 4 font, minya nouvelle.  candy bar box template, me. ribbon, from my stash.

 

Have I made any of you want to go digital yet?

{Teacher Appreciation} Day 2…for some POP!ular teachers

Last year’s collaboration with Bridget from Bake@350 has been one of my most popular {ha!} posts.  She made the most adorable cookies ever.  We bagged them up with a cute treat topper and they were wildly popular {there it is again, I swear I’m not trying}.  It certainly helped that we were basically neighbors and we met to put the bags together.  You can read all about it here.

I am a big Bridget fan.  I’ve been reading and drooling over her blog for a long time.  And while I consider myself fairly crafty and a bit of a foodie, I have never tackled cookies.  Well, does Toll House break and bake count?  Anyway, although we have since moved and I am no longer close to Bridget, boo hoo, I decided I could still do a popular gift for our teachers this year in keeping with the theme from last year.

Not long ago, Bridget did a post about some candied popcorn she made.  She found the recipe from another super blogger, Kellie from This Blessed Nest. At the end, a comment was made about how you really could make this popcorn for any occasion….ding! ding! ding!  idea.

I followed Kellie’s instructions.  I used that microwave popcorn she did…by the way, it’s really yummy.  I used plain vanilla candy melts {you can find those at Walmart now for those of you, like me, who live in small towns} and regular M&Ms.  I did take out {ahem, devour} the brown M&Ms…just because I didn’t feel they went with my color scheme.  Call me picky.  I bagged it up and tied the bags with ribbon and this cute little tag I made.  And guess what?  I made some tags for you, too.  You can download them here. As always, they are in pdf format, so all you have to do is open and print.  You do have to have the free Adobe Reader, but you probably already have it on your computer.

Um…this stuff is delicious.  Seriously.  I’m surprised it made it into bags for the teachers.

 

 

 

{Marry Me Monday} A sweet little wedding favor

I know this is a little bit late since it’s Tuesday already…but too cute not to show.  I finished up the updated candy bar box template and have some to show!  I released this template a long time ago and it was formatted to fit money, too.  Well, that was just a bit too awkward.  This new box measures about 6.5″ long, almost 2.5″ tall, and a bit more than .25″ deep.  The absolute perfect size to fit a standard sized chocolate bar.  The perfect little box for a quick, easy, and inexpensive wedding favor.  Plus, use digital papers or color it to match your wedding colors and personalize it with your date and initials for a very personal favor, too.

The template comes in many different formats for all kinds of users.  The PSD file can be used with your photo editing software, the SVG and DXF files can be used with your Cricut (and additional software) or Silhouette digital die cut machine, and the PDF file can be printed and used as a pattern to use on pretty scrapbook paper.  Also included is a step by step instruction sheet with photos!  It’s here…and on sale.

I’ve gotta mention to that it’s a great little goody for birthday parties, showers, luncheons…even a special teacher treat!

template, paper and modified alpha from the Little Bird kit

Paper from Color of Happy by Valorie Wibbens

 

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