{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).

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.


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).


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)


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. :)

{birthday, my real life} goodie bags for school

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And since I seem to be in the birthday state of mind…here’s a shot of the birthday goodie bags I sent to school with the youngest.  Her birthday is 5 days before Christmas.  Usually we aren’t in school, but this year we were and since she wasn’t having a party (she got her ears pierced and a special dinner out), she wanted to take goodies to the kids in her class.  I raided the junk aisle (ahem, party favor aisle) at Walmart and found these green paper bags at Michael’s.  I made little tags with the cutest graphic from Kate Hadfield (I worked with her on the popcorn toppers, remember?).

I filled the bags with goodies, folded a piece of ribbon over the top,  and stapled.  Then I added the circles I made with a pop dot.  It seriously took me about 15 minutes to make 22 of these.  quick, easy, cute.  This is officially my new way of wrapping bags!

{my real life} Birthday Cup Cakes…literally

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I play bunco with a nice group of ladies.  I think bunco is an Army wife staple…that, knowing where to stuff the TA50, and knowing how to make a green bean casserole.  Anyhoo, it’s a fun excuse to get out of the house.  And I always say, if it’s something I can do with a drink in one hand and while carrying on a conversation, then it’s pretty easy.

This month was my good friend’s turn to host.  And it was also her birthday.  So I made birthday cup cakes.  Not cupcakes.  Cup cakes.  I think we were talking one day and I was saying how I saw some cute clear cups on Pinterest that had been personalized with stickers from Frog Prince Paperie.  Then we started talked about what you could put in the cups.  It might have even been the birthday girl’s good idea to put cupcakes in cups.  And then I remembered this pin, too, from Lisa Storms.  We thought it would be a great idea for kid birthdays…no papers to mess with and maybe a bit less messy.  So I decided to try it out on the bunco ladies.  I’m pretty sure they were a hit with the crowd :)

I found the ‘crystal cut’ plastic cups at Target. I made a simple happy birthday tag for each one, printed them on sticker paper, and cut them out with a 2-inch circle punch.  I loaded each cup with a bit of icing so that the cupcake would stick (plus it’s a nice little treat to get extra icing in the bottom of your cup!).  I plopped the cupcakes in and iced them.  I gave each cake a candle (like I did here) and a bit of yellow frosting for a flame.  The cups actually made it really easy to transport them, too.  I lined a basket with tissue and loaded the cups…the cupcakes didn’t touch each other and it made for a nice little display, too.

And a party just isn’t a party without party favors, so each bunco lady got a little something to take home, too.  And the birthday girl got a little something extra.  My inspiration?  Another pin!


And the birthday girl got a little something extra.  My inspiration?  Another pin from Poca Cosa via Be Different Act Normal!


And the birthday girl was happy with her chocolate cake!

{Do Me a Favor} Wedding Favors

It’s Marry Me Monday…but I think I’m gonna change it up just a little… I’ve been pinning a lot lately on Pinterest.  Like, a lot.  It’s very relaxing to me.  Makes me feel creative…even when I’m not actually doing anything but sitting at the computer.  And since I downloaded the app on my phone, I can pin at soccer practice, piano lessons, and anywhere else I sit and wait on kiddos. So….with Marry Me Monday in mind, I started a new board today.  A board filled with wedding favors.  It was fun.  And I can’t help thinking that a lot of the favor ideas could be tweaked for lots of other events.  Here are some of my favorite pins… cookie favors from Martha Stewart via thebudgetsavvybride.com

from the Ruffled blog via Mandy Fowler



















reusable mason jar glass tumblers from PoppyandPearlCo on etsy

little kraft flags for cupcakes or drink stirrers from PurplePeonyCouture on etsy

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{Marry Me Monday} Fun Gifts for the Wedding Couple

So I thought I’d browse around to see what’s out there right now.  I haven’t looked around for wedding ideas now for about 15 years :) and all of our friends have been married about the same amount of time.  But I can feel myself starting to get addicted to these ideas.  There’s so many!  I even bought a wedding magazine the other day…which, by the way, totally freaked out the hubby!  I told him he didn’t have anything to worry about…for now!  {evil laugh}

Anyhoo, here are some cute, simple, charming gift ideas I found this week.

First up, a Lisa Leonard bouquet charm.  You just can’t go wrong with a design by Lisa.  Seriously.  Automatic home run in the gift department.

I love this next gift by bragginbags.  A rustic slice of a tree personalized with the couples’ initials.

How cute is this?  A personalized ‘Happily Ever After’ personalized plate from Aedriel Originals.  {{LOVE}}

And for my fellow military {soon to be} wives…cake toppers from The Pretty Pixie

Happy Monday ya’ll!

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