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Candy Party: Part 1 — The Cupcake Tower, Candy Bar and Invitations

10 May
It was Hannah’s 12th birthday last week and she really wanted to have a “Candy Party” with a couple of her good friends.
Her favorite color is yellow, so we decided to go with a yellow and turquoise color scheme. 
So bright and happy!!
And what better way to anchor a “Sweet Candy Bar” than a pretty cupcake tower??
There are so many different ways to make a cupcake tower. But Canvas Corp makes a really fun Cupcake Tree cardboard kit that comes all ready to assemble. All you need to do is decorate the tower with whatever embellishments you want!
We used different scrapbook papers and fabrics to decorate ours. And I thought it would be fun to make a little mini-pennant that went around the bottom layer and matched a pennant that I would make to go over the top of the candy bar.

I cut out the pennant shapes with a banner die cut from LifeStyle Crafts.
It was the perfect size! And then I made the banner that went over the top of the candy bar with the same die cut set, only using the largest size die.
Basically, I took the round cardboard tops and traced their shapes on some pretty paper.
 The bottom later is bigger than a 12 x 12 sheet of scrapbook paper, so I traced the shape on fabric and cut that out for the bottom layer.
I also used fabric to wrap around the cardboard supports in between each layer. I found that fabric was much easy to maneuver into those spaces. I attached the paper and fabric to the cardboard with my handy dandy glue gun.
To cover up the edges of the exposed cardboard I used ribbon to attach the pennants with my glue gun. Then the first and second tier I used different Washi Tapes and they worked great covering up those exposed edges. I also lined the bottom of the supports with Washi Tape to cover up the seams.

{my favorite place to buy Washi Tape is etsy, I have bought a bunch through this seller. }

We made party invitations with the Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress, using the Splendor Printing Plates. And then we poked a lollipop through the middle of the invitation. {we printed off a sheet with information about the party on the back of the invitation and taped it to the back, covering up the lollipop stick}.
And then we made Candy Bar labels using the Letterpress and the Bubbly Printing Plates.
The Candy Bar was a success with this bunch of candy-crazed 12 year olds!
Coming up next — Candy Party: Part 2 —  Embellished Lanterns, Dimensional Magic Necklaces and Party Favors.
xoxo

 
PS — Check out the SNAP Conference giveaway. Win a pass to something that is going to be absolutely amazing!!

Candy Party: Part 1 — The Cupcake Tower, Candy Bar and Invitations

10 May
It was Hannah’s 12th birthday last week and she really wanted to have a “Candy Party” with a couple of her good friends.
Her favorite color is yellow, so we decided to go with a yellow and turquoise color scheme. 
So bright and happy!!
And what better way to anchor a “Sweet Candy Bar” than a pretty cupcake tower??
There are so many different ways to make a cupcake tower. But Canvas Corp makes a really fun Cupcake Tree cardboard kit that comes all ready to assemble. All you need to do is decorate the tower with whatever embellishments you want!
We used different scrapbook papers and fabrics to decorate ours. And I thought it would be fun to make a little mini-pennant that went around the bottom layer and matched a pennant that I would make to go over the top of the candy bar.

I cut out the pennant shapes with a banner die cut from LifeStyle Crafts.
It was the perfect size! And then I made the banner that went over the top of the candy bar with the same die cut set, only using the largest size die.
Basically, I took the round cardboard tops and traced their shapes on some pretty paper.
 The bottom later is bigger than a 12 x 12 sheet of scrapbook paper, so I traced the shape on fabric and cut that out for the bottom layer.
I also used fabric to wrap around the cardboard supports in between each layer. I found that fabric was much easy to maneuver into those spaces. I attached the paper and fabric to the cardboard with my handy dandy glue gun.
To cover up the edges of the exposed cardboard I used ribbon to attach the pennants with my glue gun. Then the first and second tier I used different Washi Tapes and they worked great covering up those exposed edges. I also lined the bottom of the supports with Washi Tape to cover up the seams.

{my favorite place to buy Washi Tape is etsy, I have bought a bunch through this seller. }

We made party invitations with the Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress, using the Splendor Printing Plates. And then we poked a lollipop through the middle of the invitation. {we printed off a sheet with information about the party on the back of the invitation and taped it to the back, covering up the lollipop stick}.
And then we made Candy Bar labels using the Letterpress and the Bubbly Printing Plates.
The Candy Bar was a success with this bunch of candy-crazed 12 year olds!
Coming up next — Candy Party: Part 2 —  Embellished Lanterns, Dimensional Magic Necklaces and Party Favors.
xoxo

 
PS — Check out the SNAP Conference giveaway. Win a pass to something that is going to be absolutely amazing!!

Porch Makeover Part 1 — Chevron Door Hanging {tutorial}

27 Apr
chevron door hanging straight on
It snowed here yesterday, but that didn’t stop me from trying to Spring-ify my front porch. 
I am so ready for some warm weather!!  
I started off with my front door.
wood frame
I had a unfinished wood frame in my garage, so I pulled that out. My inspiration for this door hanging is this beautiful chevron fabric I found on Fabric.com – I’m a little obsessed with it right now.
premier prints yellow chevron fabric
I used the same stencil that I also used for my Spring Chevron Subway Art.
chevron stencil
First I painted the frame white and then I stenciled the chevron pattern on the wood. 

rosettes close up
Super easy. Then I made a few fabric rosettes – I have a tutorial for those if you want to make some. And then I thought it would be fun to make a part in the middle of the frame where I can spell out different things.
beautiful chevron paper
 chevron paper with a sheen
So I printed off some words using this beautiful new paper from LifestyleCrafts (they are the people that also make the Epic LetterPress – more on that at the bottom). I love this paper. It has a sheen to it. So pretty!
 (and it’s on sale this week)
chevron paper
I also added some pretty Washi Paper to the outside of the frame: 
I printed off a few different sayings that I can switch out.  Hello.
chevron hello wall hanging
And Welcome.
chevron welcome door hanging
I attached a piece of ribbon to the inside of the frame with hot glue. And then I used these cute teeny tiny clothespins from Canvas Corp. The last thing I did was added some ribbon at the top to hang it on my door.
the hello canvas
I love how my door hanging goes along with the little canvas pennant I made a few weeks ago. I put on a little table by my front door.
And coming up tomorrow afternoon – Part 2 of my porch!!
xoxo

PS — I am linking up to these fun parties – check them out!

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PPS – Here is the winner of the LifeStyle Crafts Letterpress package: 
#35 — Simply AJ @ Queen of My Nest
And if you didn’t win —
**Lifestyle Crafts is also offering YOU  20% off ANYTHING at  lifestylecrafts.com, through the end of April (including the Epic Letterpress)!! Just type in TATERTOTS at checkout to get the discount! 
Yippee!!!

Getting Creative at Creative Estates — Spring Bunting Canvas!!

19 Apr

There were a few reasons that Creative Estates was so awesome. One was meeting so many fabulous ladies. Another was the weather. And the third reason I loved it was that it totally recharged my creativity. Being in a room with so many other, creative women was amazing!! 

{Ashley, Bev and Becca sporting their beautiful necklaces} 
In addition to breakout sessions and speakers, there were some fun creative classes!! The Lifestyle Letterpress class was fun with demonstrations on what their letterpress system could do. Bev from Flamingo Toes taught a class on how to make a beautiful Anthro-inspired necklace that was just stunning. 
And I helped Kami from No Biggie with a fun creative project using products from DecoArt and The Canvas Corp. I made up a sample canvas — a little Spring Bunting Sign to help get people’s creative juices flowing.
But what I LOVED was seeing people take the same materials and create such different and FUN creations!!! 

{she made a canvas of her logo}
 

A big thank you to DecoArt and The Canvas Corp for sparking our creativity!!!
Do you ever get in a creative rut? 
What do YOU do to spark YOUR creativity?? 
PS if you want to make a canvas like my inspiration one, it’s SO easy!! 
All you need to do is paint your canvas. Then cut out a bunting stencil {I have a few extra, so if you want one, leave me a comment and I will send them out to the first commenters}. Then stencil a little word at the bottom. and finish it off by hot gluing a little bit of Baker’s Twine to the top. A cute Spring addition to an entry table 🙂
xoxo

Getting Creative at Creative Estates — Spring Bunting Canvas!!

19 Apr

There were a few reasons that Creative Estates was so awesome. One was meeting so many fabulous ladies. Another was the weather. And the third reason I loved it was that it totally recharged my creativity. Being in a room with so many other, creative women was amazing!! 

{Ashley, Bev and Becca sporting their beautiful necklaces} 
In addition to breakout sessions and speakers, there were some fun creative classes!! The Lifestyle Letterpress class was fun with demonstrations on what their letterpress system could do. Bev from Flamingo Toes taught a class on how to make a beautiful Anthro-inspired necklace that was just stunning. 
And I helped Kami from No Biggie with a fun creative project using products from DecoArt and The Canvas Corp. I made up a sample canvas — a little Spring Bunting Sign to help get people’s creative juices flowing.
But what I LOVED was seeing people take the same materials and create such different and FUN creations!!! 

{she made a canvas of her logo}
 

A big thank you to DecoArt and The Canvas Corp for sparking our creativity!!!
Do you ever get in a creative rut? 
What do YOU do to spark YOUR creativity?? 
PS if you want to make a canvas like my inspiration one, it’s SO easy!! 
All you need to do is paint your canvas. Then cut out a bunting stencil {I have a few extra, so if you want one, leave me a comment and I will send them out to the first commenters}. Then stencil a little word at the bottom. and finish it off by hot gluing a little bit of Baker’s Twine to the top. A cute Spring addition to an entry table 🙂
xoxo

Spring Project — Make Chevron Subway Art!! {Tutorial}

29 Mar

 I have been ooohing and aaaahing over all of the Chevron projects around blogland lately.

It got me motivated to make some Chevron art for my home.

 
And since the weather here has been so dreary and grey, I was aching for some
happy, sunny art to lift my mood.

And what better song than the Beatle’s “Here Comes The Sun”?
chevron subway art at the bottom

Here’s what I did:

get a board
So I grabbed another board left over from my Laundry Room Board and Batten project and went to work. I made a stencil on my Silhouette. I think I am addicted to making stencils. They are so easy to make, plus you can use them for other projects.
And I am sure there will be some more Chevron projects coming along soon 🙂 
cut out the stencil
chevron stencil
You can buy the Stencil plastic at your local craft store. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby. They were 3 pieces to a package – so about $1 per sheet. 
Pretty cheap for a Chevron Stencil, right?
paint the board
yellow paint
I painted my board with some white craft paint. And once it was dry I stenciled the board. I was a little nervous about how my stencil was going to turn out. Should I trace the chevron on with pencil and then fill it in later with paint? No, I decided to paint over the stencil using a foam brush, and I am so happy I did that. It worked out incredibly well. I didn’t even have to tape the stencil on to the board. And since my board is longer in width and length than my stencil, I stenciled up one side of the board, and then by the time I came back down to the first section, that part was dry and I was able to blend the paint in and do the other side of the board.
sand it down
Once the board was finished, I sanded the paint off. I was going for a kind of “Beachy” look and the paint I used was a little too yellow. I liked the color a lot better once the paint was sanded off and toned down. Then I made the words to Beatle’s song on the Silhouette “Here Comes the Sun” and I printed that off. I used contact paper – my secret weapon. It’s so much cheaper than vinyl. It is a little tricky to use. You have to make sure that you get the settings right. I keep my depth setting on 2-3 for contact paper because it’s so thin. Then I laid the contact paper on top of the board and used some turquoise craft paint for the words and let that dry. And then I sanded the words too. And put a light coat of polyurethane spray over the whole board.
paint on the letters
silhouette interfacing
peel if off
cut out the pennants on the silhouette
cut out the pennants
Of course if you don’t have a Silhouette to make this project.
{You could cut the pennants out with scissors and then use Mod Podge or something like that to make them lay flat. I also sewed a small zig zag stitch all the way around each pennant. And you could use painter’s tape to create the Chevron Stripes.}
chevron subway art pennant closeup
Then I sewed the pennants to some baker’s twine that I had by folding the back over the twine and sewing it. {You could also hot glue them if you wanted}. And I made a loop at each end of the twine and put them through the point of an upholstery tack.
upholstery tacks
The last thing I did was I put upholstery tacks along each side of the subway art for a little more added interest. I think they add to the rough beachy charm of the piece!!
{I bought the upholstery tacks at Walmart}
chevron subway art full sign
And now I have a piece of Spring-ish Subway art for my Family Room Wall!!!
And I love that it goes with my Chevron Pennants and Chevron Plate on my Family Room Mantel! 
Have a Terrific Day!! 
PS – I’m linking this up over at The Lettered Cottage’s How To Party!! And these fun parties: 
xoxo

Spring Project — Make Chevron Subway Art!! {Tutorial}

29 Mar

 I have been ooohing and aaaahing over all of the Chevron projects around blogland lately.

It got me motivated to make some Chevron art for my home.

 
And since the weather here has been so dreary and grey, I was aching for some
happy, sunny art to lift my mood.

And what better song than the Beatle’s “Here Comes The Sun”?
chevron subway art at the bottom

Here’s what I did:

get a board
So I grabbed another board left over from my Laundry Room Board and Batten project and went to work. I made a stencil on my Silhouette. I think I am addicted to making stencils. They are so easy to make, plus you can use them for other projects.
And I am sure there will be some more Chevron projects coming along soon 🙂 
cut out the stencil
chevron stencil
You can buy the Stencil plastic at your local craft store. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby. They were 3 pieces to a package – so about $1 per sheet. 
Pretty cheap for a Chevron Stencil, right?
paint the board
yellow paint
I painted my board with some white craft paint. And once it was dry I stenciled the board. I was a little nervous about how my stencil was going to turn out. Should I trace the chevron on with pencil and then fill it in later with paint? No, I decided to paint over the stencil using a foam brush, and I am so happy I did that. It worked out incredibly well. I didn’t even have to tape the stencil on to the board. And since my board is longer in width and length than my stencil, I stenciled up one side of the board, and then by the time I came back down to the first section, that part was dry and I was able to blend the paint in and do the other side of the board.
sand it down
Once the board was finished, I sanded the paint off. I was going for a kind of “Beachy” look and the paint I used was a little too yellow. I liked the color a lot better once the paint was sanded off and toned down. Then I made the words to Beatle’s song on the Silhouette “Here Comes the Sun” and I printed that off. I used contact paper – my secret weapon. It’s so much cheaper than vinyl. It is a little tricky to use. You have to make sure that you get the settings right. I keep my depth setting on 2-3 for contact paper because it’s so thin. Then I laid the contact paper on top of the board and used some turquoise craft paint for the words and let that dry. And then I sanded the words too. And put a light coat of polyurethane spray over the whole board.
paint on the letters
silhouette interfacing
peel if off
cut out the pennants on the silhouette
cut out the pennants
Of course if you don’t have a Silhouette to make this project.
{You could cut the pennants out with scissors and then use Mod Podge or something like that to make them lay flat. I also sewed a small zig zag stitch all the way around each pennant. And you could use painter’s tape to create the Chevron Stripes.}
chevron subway art pennant closeup
Then I sewed the pennants to some baker’s twine that I had by folding the back over the twine and sewing it. {You could also hot glue them if you wanted}. And I made a loop at each end of the twine and put them through the point of an upholstery tack.
upholstery tacks
The last thing I did was I put upholstery tacks along each side of the subway art for a little more added interest. I think they add to the rough beachy charm of the piece!!
{I bought the upholstery tacks at Walmart}
chevron subway art full sign
And now I have a piece of Spring-ish Subway art for my Family Room Wall!!!
And I love that it goes with my Chevron Pennants and Chevron Plate on my Family Room Mantel! 
Have a Terrific Day!! 
PS – I’m linking this up over at The Lettered Cottage’s How To Party!! And these fun parties: 
xoxo