{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).
tapesheet1

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.

tapesheet2

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).

tapesheet3

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)

tapesheet4

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. :)

{holiday} Happy Valentine’s Day

Pin It
*NOTE* This is NOT a sponsored post.  I bought this little gadget because I wanted it…it was not given to me to try or blog about.

 

Last night seemed to be the perfect time to try out my new little gadget, the babycakes cake pop maker.  The perfect time because, first, I wait until the last minute to do stuff, and second, because I needed to make treats for the teacher luncheon at school today.  Ok, so I mixed up a regular chocolate cake mix and poured it into a big squeeze bottle I have.  *I think the squeeze bottle made it ten times easier*  I heated up the babycakes and filled each little pocket almost to the top.  It works kinda like a waffle iron.  If you get it too full it just runs out of the sides.  Trust me, I did this a few times and it didn’t seem to alter the cake pop in any way.  After about four and a half minutes cook time, I opened the machine to find 12 cute little perfectly baked chocolate cake balls.  Which, by the way, really do taste like chocolate cake.  Honestly I was afraid they might taste like Easy Bake Oven food…you know?  I popped them out and set them to cool on the handy dandy little pop tray that’s included.

Traditionally, I guess cake pops stand up on a stick with the pop at the top.  Cute, yes, but I would have had to find some sort of display to hold them and I was running out of time and energy…I decided to go with sitting pops.  I’ve had a set of 25 red and white paper straws from Hey YoYo for a while now.  I figured they would work as little handles for the pops.  Since I was serving to a large crowd, the handles also work well so that everyone is not touching all the food, kwim? I cut the straws in half (good straws, by the way) and dipped the ends in some melted chocolate wafers before I speared the cake pop.

I dipped the whole pop in the melted chocolate wafers and sprinkled them some cute mini hearts.  I added flags to just a few.

The teachers loved them and I spared a few for our dessert tonight.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

{roundup} Welcome, February!

Pin It

It’s February…already.  And we’ve had unseasonably warm weather around here, which makes me bittersweet.  I love the weather (and not freezing to death), but it makes we think that Mother Nature has something coming.  My friend predicts a March blizzard.  We’ll see.  I’m all for blizzards when they have chunks of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in them :)

Since it is February now, I thought I should get out some of my February stuff…

Groundhog Day Pudding Cups

The Valentine Wreath

those cute leopard print bags

And to decide what Valentines we’re going to make this year…will it be

or these (or maybe both?)

And don’t forget to grab this one, too!

I’ve got lots of great things planned for February, so be sure to sign up for email updates, subscribe in a reader, check out FB, and follow on Twitter!

 

{valentine’s, freebie} can you handle s’more Valentine printables?

Pin It

Remember these?  I’m guessing you probably do.  It’s been, by far, my most popular post.  Thanks again to Jeni for suggesting it.  I recently had a comment on that post from  Jen, suggesting a Valentine themed s’mores printable.  I thought it was a great idea.  I tweaked the design a little…and just happened to find white and pink marshmallow hearts at Walmart!  Perfect!  Pink toppers with little white and red hearts on them…too cute!  But I have a son.  The printable is pushing it for him, period.  A pink printable with pink marshmallow hearts would put him over the edge.  So I made one in blue too.  I used the pink marshmallows with the pink printable and white marshmallows with the blue printable.  The front says ‘I need s’more friends like you’ and on the back are the directions on how to make a quick microwave s’more treat. I added a little space to write a ‘to’ and ‘from’ also.

 

The download is a two page pdf file.  When you click the link, it will pop up on your screen.  You can either print it right there (print both pages or just the one you need) or save it.  I printed mine on white cardstock that I bought at Walmart. Cut out the toppers, score them down the middle and fold over a clear cello bag.  I used a 4×9 inch clear Wilton treat bag that I also found at Walmart (can you tell which store is closest to my house?).  Staple the folded topper over the folded cello bag.  You can grab the download here.

 

Enjoy!

p.s. I already sent them to Jeni and Jen…they got first dibs on the new printable for their awesome ideas!

p.p.s. I love when you guys leave comments on the post saying that you downloaded :)  It gives me an idea if they are really usable…and cute.

p.p.p.s Just a little reminder that these are for personal use only.  I design them so that I can share with you.  You may make them for others, but please don’t share the file (just send them over, they can download for free, too!) or sell it.
Tip Junkie handmade projects
Today's Creative Blog

{valentine, freebie} QR code? more like QT code!

Pin It

Ok, so the idea for this one hit me last night. I was working on some other stuff and happened to be using my QR code. QR codes are those little black pixely boxes that you can scan with your smart phone and it brings up a website, text, etc. I made one for this blog and I try to include it on the printables for download. These little codes are popping up everywhere…magazines, at the mall, I even saw one on the garden stake in my last batch of potting flowers I bought.

So bear with me on this idea. It combines the cute printable subway art idea with the qr code idea with a Valentine’s Day theme. With me so far? This may be totally out there, but I decided to give it a try. It appeals to my geeky side. I can picture it framed on someone’s desk at work…maybe a teacher’s or the school secretary’s, maybe even the dentist’s front office desk…for all to see. If someone is curious (I would be), they can pop out their smart phone, scan it with an app like QRReader (that’s the one I have), and a cute little animated message will appear. It’s a secret message, hidden in cyberspace for your friends to find.

Fun? Wanna try? Try scanning this to see the secret Valentine message….

I made both a 4×6 inch and 5×7 inch size. I framed them in inexpensive frames I found at Target this morning.

Let me add a little disclaimer…I tried this many times. I scanned from my phone, from the computer, from the printable. It works for me. I can’t guarantee that it’s gonna work for everyone and every phone out there. And I did try a red heart, but it seems that my scanner didn’t like the red. Pink works much better.  If you’re ready to give it a try, here is the printable.

If anyone is interested in a custom qr code that goes to a personalized, animated Valentine’s message?  I’m thinking these would be cute as Valentines for classmates, too….hmmmmm.  Email me or go to the ‘contact me’ button at the top of this page. Have fun with this! Happy Valentine’s Day!

{new} (etsy} Owl be your Valentine…

…if you’ll be mine!   New in the etsy shop is the Owl candy bar box for Valentine’s Day! These are quick and easy for teacher, neighbor, and co-worker gifts…and would be great little treats for school!  These little boxes hold a full size Hershey’s chocolate bar.  yum!

The download is available in the etsy shop.  It comes with an instruction sheet, too, with several photos.  But, just in case, I even did a little video to show you how easy these are to assemble.

{freebie} Lollipop Wraps for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays.  I can be all pink and red and sparkly and cutesy…and it’s totally acceptable!

You know I’ll all about cute, easy, and cheap.  Here’s a project that fits all three.  And it’s the cheapest kind of cheap…free!

Allow me to introduce…lollipop wraps, or lolly wraps for short.  Little lollipop tents that require no glue to stay together!  Easy for little hands and bigger hands, too :)

Just print, cut, score, and punch a hole.  A lollipop fits right in and it’s done!

You can grab the printable here

I even made a video to show how to assemble them…

Enjoy!  As always, I love to see pictures of the printables you make from my site.  You can upload your photos to our Facebook page!  (plus I have exclusive freebies on the FB page)

{Brown Baggin’ It} Tied with a tag and a FREEBIE!

Pin It

I’m starting a new little series called ‘It’s in the Bag.’  I have always been a fan of the paper bag.  Weird, I know.  But they’re cheap, easy to find, and there are so many different things you can do with them!  So this little series will focus on how to make brown paper bags pretty.

Tied Up with a Tag

I found these adorable leopard print brown bags at JetJewels’ etsy shop.  I’m a leopard fan.  And I especially like leopard with red.  So with Valentine’s Day around the corner, I decided to pretty up these bags Valentine style.  I filled each 5×7 leopard bag with a couple of homemade cookies.

wild1Then I printed these labels {scroll down for the freebie download}.  Then I used a 3 inch scalloped circle punch to cut them out.  I’ve also made them so that a 2 1/2 inch circle punch will work as well.  I folded the bag down, lined up the tag, and punched two holes through both.  I used a piece of 7/8 inch ribbon to tie the bag up.  For a quick how-to on weaving the ribbon to make it look like it’s tied…

longpicpreview1.  Pull the ribbon through the front of the front so that each end is in the back.  Even up the ends.

2.  Take one of the ends and weave it back through the opposite hole from where it came.  Pull through to the front.

3.  Do the same with the other end.

4.  Fluff the ‘bow’ and cut the ends.

5.  To prevent the ribbon ends from fraying, visit my little tip video.

Wanna make your own?  I’ve made up some tags to share!  You can download your FREE tags here.  The picture below is linked, too.  It’s a PDF file, so you won’t need any special software.  You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader {which you probably already have}.  Just download, open, and print.

freebie

Valentine Wreath

Pin It

We use our kitchen door the most in the house.  That’s where our visitors come in.  That’s the door all the neighborhood kids come in and out of.  When I {finally} took down the Christmas wreath off that back door, it felt really naked.  Plain white door.  I decided to do something Valentine-y.  I was going to make another ribbon wreath {pics coming soon, but similar to this one}, but I knew I would never get it done in a timely manner.  Timely manner being sharing a Valentine wreath before Valentine’s Day :)

So…I thought about it and I decided on a hodge podge of different ideas.  First I covered a green foam wreath with grosgrain ribbon. {just like the first step in Tatertots & Jello’s wreath tutuorial} Then I remembered Pamela Donnis’ great tutorial on the felt flowers she made.  If you’ve ever seen her work, the woman knows what to do with felt!  I made up a few felt blooms using her tutorial in different colors and sizes.  Pam says to the felt shapes don’t have to be perfect…I made a little cardboard guide to go by, ’cause I’m just not a freestyle kinda person.  But she was right, after a little while I was wingin’ it and it didn’t matter a bit.  I’m so pleased with how they turned out that I’m making more…maybe hairclips or a cute pin for my coat or hat?  I wanted to add some ribbon leaves.  And, of course, I had to add some polka dots.  {favorite things…ribbon and polka dots}  The quick tutorial for the leaves is below.

valwreath1

valwreath2

valwreath3

I’m sure there is a better way to make ribbon leaves.  But I made this up as I went along and it worked, so I’m sticking with it…for now.  I cut pieces of ribbon (two sizes, two colors) to about 6 inches in length.  Then I folded the ribbon, right sides together, in half.  I stitched with my machine (could totally hand do this) up one side and then diagonally across the bottom.  Turn the ribbon right sides out and shape into a leaf.

valwreath4valwreath5valwreath6

If you get a chance, jump over and browse Pam’s blog.  It’s fun!

Just thought I’d share…I’ve linked up at Skip to my Lou and Today’s Creative Blog…check them out!

Get Your Craft On Tuesday

Get Your Craft On Manners

Cookie Pops

This is another project inspired by Leigh.  She made the cutest cookie pops for Christmas…and (with her permission) I took the idea for Valentine’s Day.  I used Oreo cookies, candy melts, Wilton lollipop sticks, and various sprinkle-y goodies.  I carefully opened each cookie (do what you may for the ones that break!) and hollowed out a space for the stick with a drinking straw.  Then I put the cookie back together, with the stick inside, and dipped the cookie into melted candy melts.  While they were wet, I used the sprinkle-y goodies to decorate them including the nonpareils heart I made (see below).  After they were dry, I covered the cookie pops with little bags and tied them off with twist ties.

cookiepop2

I printed off a sheet of hearts on my printer and put a layer of wax paper on top of the printer sheet.  Using red candy melts, I piped the candy onto the wax paper to fill in each heart.  While they were still wet, I sprinkled red non-pareils all over the hearts.  I got the idea when Bridget over at Bake at 350 showed us how to do monograms.  When the hearts were dry, I carefully peeled them off the wax paper and onto the wet cookie pop coating.  It’s a super cute idea for Valentine’s Day, but I could totally see this for just about any holiday.  I think I’ll try piping some green shamrocks…

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...