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Giveaway — Jenni Bowlin Designs {$200+ Paper and Embellishment package}

12 Aug
UPDATE — Giveaway is closed. The winner is #105 — Laura.

With my trip and trying to get my kitchen remodel project done, Giveaway Monday is a little late this week. But I am super excited about this giveaway!!

It’s from Jenni Bowlin/JBS Mercantile— 
one of my favorite paper/embellishment designers. 

I first discovered Jenni’s designs at my local craft store and was so excited use them in my projects.  
So it is an honor to feature her here!! 

What I love most about Jenni’s designs are her bold and graphic designs and retro feel. 

I love her holiday scrapbook papers. 
There are so many projects that can be made with them.
And the Halloween ones are fab. 
{her Bingo cards make me happy}
Jenni also offers Monthly Kits, which are put together at a special discount price will all sorts of awesome products inside! {they vary between $15-$30}
For example —this month’s kit include’s:

JBS Mercantile is giving away an awesome supply of Jenni Bowlin products.
Just think of what YOU can create!!!
{An over $200 value!!!}

giveaway: 

JBS Christmas Kit: 
Vintage Holidays Christmas Paper (new) – five double-sided cardstock weight sheets
Red Doily Flowers (new)
Rhinestone Brads (new)
Alterable Dotted Chipboard Numbers (new)
Green/Red Shadow Alpha Stickers (new)
Christmas Bingo Placecards
Vintage Christmas Chipboard Buttons
Christmas Tickets
  
PLUS: 
Halloween Kit:
Vintage Holidays – Halloween (new)
Black Doily Flowers (new)
Delicate Brads (new)
Halloween Mini Bingo Cards
Vintage Halloween Chipboard Buttons
Yellow Shadow Alpha Stickers (new)
Alterable Ledger Chipboard Alphas (new)

Punctuation Tickets

Here’s how to enter: 

  • Head over to JBS Mercantile. What is The Name of your favorite item? one entry.
  • “Like” Jenni Bowlin Studios on Facebook – where you can find out about new sales and giveaways. one entry.
  • Follow or comment on the  JBS Mercantile Blog — where you can be inspired by the beautiful projects!! one entry each.

and if you want a couple of extra entries: 

  • Tweet, Blog or share this giveaway on your FB page 🙂 one entry each.

Good Luck!! 
I can’t wait to see what the winner makes with all of those AWESOME supplies. 
So exciting!!
**This giveaway ends on Friday, August 19th.
PS — It’s Friday and you know what that means. It’s time for the Weekend Wrap Up Party. I LOVE seeing YOUR ideas. The party starts at 6 pm {MST}
xoxo

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"Summer Social" Guest Project — Make an Embellished Grocery Bag Container!! {great item to keep in your car}

21 Jul

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Jen is my bloggy bestie.  We run The CSI Project together, Crafterminds, and we are doing a web show together in the fall.  Yet I have never guest posted on her blog.  I wanted to have the perfect project before I posted here.  Well that day of perfection will never come.

However, I did come to share with you a fun little gift to give yourself or a friend for the summer…an embellished grocery bag container. 

These are perfect to throw in a beach bag for wet suits.  They are also wonderful to have in your car for summer road trips.  Whatever you reuse plastic bags for having a container full of them looks a heck of a lot better than stuffed in a drawer.  Plus they are so much more portable this way.
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I figured out how to fold them so that they are interconnected and one bag comes out at a time but pulls the next one out a little.

Supplies:

12 plastic grocery bags (I used Target ones)

coordinating fabric

Empty wipe container

Fabric Mod Podge

Foam brush

Spray adhesive

scissors or rotary cutter

quilting ruler

1.  Grab a dozen bags and flatten them out pushing all the air out.
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2.  Fold them in half again pressing all the air out.
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3. Overlap the handles onto the top of the previous bag.  Do this for all 11 bags lining them all up into one big row.
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4.  Fold the first bag’s handle upward.  This will be your middle and the first bag you pull out of the container.  All the other bags will be connected to this first one.
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5.  Now tightly roll up your bags tucking in the new handles as you roll.
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6.  After you roll up 12 bags you are ready to insert them into your wipes container.
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7. Tuck the first bag’s handles through the top.  Now you are done.
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Done?  What do you mean done? 
I can’t be at TT& J without embellishing right!? RIGHT!
8.  Cut out a piece of fabric roughly 8” x 10”.  With your foam brush “paint” Fabric Mod Podge onto the fabric.  The Mod Podge seals the edges and gives the fabric a durable water resistant surface.
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9.  After it is dry cut it to size.  For one of the Lysol wipes containers I cut mine 7 1/8” x 10 3/8”.  Then glue it in place.  I use a spray adhesive because it is quick and easy.  Overlap the pieces one over another. Adorable and practical! 

I LOVE IT!

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Here are some more summer fun ideas if you want to come to my house for a little bit:

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Thanks Beckie!! I have a whole drawer of those plastic bags and now I know what to do with them!!!
Beckie is awesome. Not only is she funny, but she’s smart, creative and has a big heart too.
Have you seen her signature “Roadkill Rescue” projects? 
I love this Changing Table turned Shelf she made for her craft space!
Of course I love this Chevron Trash Can transformation.
And you have probably seen Beckie’s “Countdown” Kisses Boards, she’s made different ones for several holidays. So cute! 

 And have you seen her Purple Board and Batten Bathroom?


Plus Beckie Runs Another fun site — Knock Off Decor. The girl is busy!!


You will love following along with Beckie as she scoops things up from the side of the road and transforms them into treasures at Infarrantly Creative!! 
xoxo

PS — Have you checked out Sandra at Sawdust & Paper Scraps’
series going on right now? 
 Today I am sharing Rolled Flower gift ideas — rings, earrings, necklaces and bookmarks.  
Something for everyone 🙂 

Guest Project — Tea Bag Valentines {with free printable}

23 Jan
Can I be brutally honest here at Tatertots and Jello?

#1. Truth. I’m beyond pumped to be here today!

#2. Coming up with some really witty stuff to write about tea bags is kinda hard…


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So far, the best I’ve got is,
“Two tea bags walk into a bar…”
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ugh. I know. 

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I think I peaked out when I made these little cute(teas)…
Oh Wait! I’m back!
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Print. Cut. Fold around unwrapped tea bags.
Glue the heart tags on either side of the existing one.
Done. Done. And cute.

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just like your special someone,
your grandma, 
your mama,
the bestie,
and your sisters. 

Whip some up for everyone! Why not?

Just don’t be a tea(se) about it.
Okay. Im done now.

Love you more,
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Love,

Erin

Thanks Erin!! I love that 🙂 
You may remember Erin from this awesome tutorial she did on TT&J last month

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Since then she’s been up to even more awesomeness — like: 
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kid fleece scarf
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As well as some DIY Projects — like Tiling her Kitchen
Erin is a busy lady — Go over and check out all the things Erin gets done  

Guest Project — Tea Bag Valentines {with free printable}

23 Jan
Can I be brutally honest here at Tatertots and Jello?

#1. Truth. I’m beyond pumped to be here today!

#2. Coming up with some really witty stuff to write about tea bags is kinda hard…


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So far, the best I’ve got is,
“Two tea bags walk into a bar…”
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ugh. I know. 

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I think I peaked out when I made these little cute(teas)…
Oh Wait! I’m back!
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Print. Cut. Fold around unwrapped tea bags.
Glue the heart tags on either side of the existing one.
Done. Done. And cute.

http://d1.scribdassets.com/ScribdViewer.swf?document_id=46931187&access_key=key-1r72zx2pekxqnomm3uj&page=1&viewMode=list

just like your special someone,
your grandma, 
your mama,
the bestie,
and your sisters. 

Whip some up for everyone! Why not?

Just don’t be a tea(se) about it.
Okay. Im done now.

Love you more,
signature

Love,

Erin

Thanks Erin!! I love that 🙂 
You may remember Erin from this awesome tutorial she did on TT&J last month

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Since then she’s been up to even more awesomeness — like: 
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kid fleece scarf
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As well as some DIY Projects — like Tiling her Kitchen
Erin is a busy lady — Go over and check out all the things Erin gets done  

Gift Wrapping Idea — Make Magnet Gift Tags!!

23 Dec
 

I spent the day yesterday running errands and trying to get my Christmas put together. So now — on to the wrapping!! And, if you are wrapping too – I’d love to share a little project I made — Magnet Gift Tags.

These little gift tags are fun because they brighten up your package, plus they have a little magnet on top that the receiver can keep and use all year long!

Magnet Gift Tags

Supplies:

Metal Sheet — I found mine at my craft store. But Home Depot also sells magnet sheets in the roofing area.
Dimensional Magic (or similar glaze)
Scrapbook Paper (this is a great way to use up leftover paper)
Embellishments
Ribbon
Magnets
Bottlecaps — if you don’t have any saved, you can buy a pack of 6 at Hobby Lobby.
Fabric Scraps

Here’s What You Do:

1.  Cut out a 1 inch square of scrapbook paper. You can use a punch, or a template to make the circle precise.

2. Glue the circle to the bottom of the bottlecap. I used Mod podge. Then put a layer of mod podge over the top of the paper. Let dry.

3. Fill the bottlecap up with the Dimensional Magic glaze. While the glaze is wet, you can add some little buttons or charms. And you can also sprinkle some glitter on the top of the glaze. Let the glaze dry overnight.

4. While the bottlecaps are drying, work on the tags. Cut out your metal tags. If you are using thick metal sheeting, use tin snips. I cut my tags to 2 inches in width by 4 inches in length. Punch a hole at the top, middle of each tag.

5. Hot glue a square of fabric to the middle of the metal tag.

6. Hot glue additional ribbon and/or other embellishments to the tag.

7. Add some fabric to the top of the tag and loop though the punched hole.

8. When the bottlecaps are dry, hot glue any other embellishments to the top. I copied the names of the recipients to the bottlecap by cutting some scrapbook paper into 8.5 x 11 sheets and running them through my printer.

9. Hot glue a magnet to the back of each bottlecap and attach the bottlecap to the metal tag.

And these Gift Tags can be used for any occasion – so make up a batch to have on hand for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Valentine’s Day or pretty much any type of gift
Happy Wrapping and Happy Holidays!!
I originally shared this tutorial on Simply Modern Mom’s Tag You’re It Party — check out all of the wonderful wrapping and tag ideas. You will love it!!!

xoxo

Merry Christmas, my friends!!! 

PS —

Blue Cricket Design

Becca @ Blue Cricket Design is doing a fantastic offer on Groopdealz today — $2 Charlie Bug Party Hat PDF Pattern by Blue Cricket Design ($8 Value)
Awesome deal!!


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Guest Project — Make Handmade Holiday Pillows {gift idea}!

21 Dec
Hi! I’m Pamela Michelle from A Few of My Favorite Things!!
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My idea of a great “Last Minute Gift Idea” is something that is in tune with the Holiday spirit!  And what is more Holiday Spirit-ish than Holiday Pillows?!?
So simple to sew up and sew sew cute!  Here is a quick glimpse of the end product:

 
 
Items Needed:
Scrap Fabric
Stuffing
Needle and Thread or Sewing Machine
For starters I opted to make a Christmas tree pattern out of 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of white paper.  I simple folded in half and cut a simple tree to a shape that I like.
Next I laid this over top of the “tree fabric” and traced with chalk.
Next Cut along the chalk line.  Because I like the undone look, I opted to not have seam allowance.   
 
Next cut the fabric you are using for the main portion of the pillow.  I made mine between 1 to 3 ft by 1- 3 ft.  Get creative, mix it up!  Square, rectangle, whatever you are feeling!
Now you will sew the tree to the front side of the pillow.  Because there is now seam allowance you need to sew around the tree at least 2 times and get as close as possible to the edge to make sure it won’t fray too much!  I opted to sew 3 times around on mine to be safe.  
Next put the two side of the pillow together, both facing in.  Sew 80% around the outside.  
Flip rightside out and stuff away! Once you have finished stuffing either hand sew the last little portion or do a cramp jam with stuff to one size and try to fit it under the sewing machine.   
These look great if you put 3 different sizes together and wrap with a pretty ribbon!  A great last minute handmade gift! Made some for a Holiday Gift Exchange as well as some of my neighbors and both seemed to LOVE them 🙂
   
Or if your aren’t up for a quick sew, check out my Blog, Etsy or Online Boutique where I have items like this for sale!
 
 
  
 
  
 
Great thanks to Jen for letting me Guest Post today!
Warm Wishes from Nashville!
Happy Holidays Ya’ll!
Pamela Michelle

Thank you Pam!! Here are some of my favorite projects that Pam has done: 
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Be sure to go over to A Few of My Favorite Things and say hi!! 
xoxo

PS — I am having a week of great New Year’s Eve Party Ideas all next week and have a couple spots open. So, if you have a great New Year’s Eve idea and would like to be spotlighted — send me an email @ jennifer@tatertotsandjello.com. I’d love to feature you!!!

Have a wonderful day!!


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Guest Project — make Glittered Burlap Paper Mache Letters!!

16 Dec
Hello to all the Tatertots and Jello readers!
I’m Allison from
I am so excited to share an easy project with you today!
Easy = doable in my book.

I am constantly decorating and redecorating our mantle…especially during the holidays.
You can see our Halloween mantle here.
I start by clearing everything off…minus the mirror…laying out my decorations and going for it.
I always have a general idea in mind of what I want the finished product to look like,
but it never looks exactly like my original vision.
If you are a follower of my blog, then you know I love to decorate with words,
so I decided to incorporate this love into our Christmas decor.
This is where this project came to life.
Here’s what you’ll need:
* Paper mache letters spelling your desired word…in my case NOEL.
* Enough burlap fabric to cover the front of your letters…in my case 1/2 a yard of red burlap was plenty.
* Black Sharpie
* Red glitter
* Red spray paint
* Sewing scissors…I found through trial and error, that they work better than regular scissors.
* Spray adhesive (not pictured)
* Clear top coat (also not pictured
1. The first step in this project is to trace the letters onto the burlap.
I found the best way to do this is to place the letters face down
so when you cut them out, you won’t see the sharpie like this:
2. The next step is to cut out all the letters:
3. Now spray all sides of the letters red:
4. Once the letters have completely dried, coat just the front
of the letters with a generous amount of spray adhesive, and adhere the burlap to the letters:
5. Next, spray the burlap with a generous amount of spray adhesive,
and coat it with the glitter.
Don’t be afraid to overdo it, friends.
You can never have too much glitter!
Once you are satisfied with your bling,
spray the front of the letters with a clear top coat,
available in the spray paint section, to keep the glitter in place.
On a side note, keep this clear coat stuff in your craft room 24/7.
I use it all the time.
For instance, I sprayed my monogrammed, polka dot painted pumpkins with it in early September,
and the paint lasted outdoors in the elements for over 2 months.
6. After the letters are dry, let the fun begin!
I decided to use mine on our mantle.
 They really sparkle!
And I love the way they look with everything else the mantle.
I can see these letters done in traditional burlap with
silver glitter in a natural holiday decor setting, used in a tablescape,
one large letter hung over the mantle
or on the front door from a ribbon or a strip of burlap,
the numbers “25” for the Christmas holiday,
the numbers “2011” for a New Year’s celebration.
The possibilities are endless and can extend way beyond the holidays!
Thank you so much for having me as a guest!
Happy holidays from The Soladay Family!
Thanks Allison!! 
That Sparkly NOEL is awesome! And your mantel is beautiful!! 
I think Allison is just amazing! Here are some of my favorite projects she has shared: 
Such great ideas! Be sure to check out  The Soladay Family!!!
xoxo