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Great Ideas — Parties {2}!!

31 Jul
 Birthday Cake Brownie Pops @ Munchkin Munchies
 Hawaii 5-0 @ My Insanity
Beachy Wedding Cake @ The Caffeinated Globe

 Light Up the Dark Party @ Moore Minutes
Tea Party @ Two Little Reasons
 Wedding Suitcase Decor @ Holiday Snob
 Going Away Party @ Worley House
Dino Party @ Holiday Snob
Movie Star Party @ Social Salutations
Pink Cupcake Party @ Laura’s Crafty Life
Farm Party @ Life is a Party
Baseball Party @ Savvy Southern Sisters
Toy Story Western Party @ Maddycakes Muse
Welcome Home Party @ How Sweet It Is

These are just a few of the ideas linked up this week!! 

And speaking of parties —  link up YOUR great ideas –to win $100 to Loralee Lewis!! {amazing party packages}


{be sure to check out her “Friday Freebie” on her blog too}

 xxox

Happy Sunday!! 

Have a great day!

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"Summer Social" Guest Project — Make Pinwheel Placemats!!

26 Jul
Hello, everyone! 
My name is Amy, and my blogging home is Positively Splendid, a little creative haven where you’ll find everything from simple craft ideas to sewing projects, and just about everything in between. I would love for you to stop in for a visit!



I am so excited to be taking part in Jen’s Summer Social! Today I’m going to share a quick project with you to punch up your table decor during your next outdoor gathering.

These fun  pinwheel placemats are a terrific project to complete with fabric scraps you might have lying around!

All set to see how these are made? Let’s get started!
For this project, you will need…
Fusible web, such as Wonder UnderIronFabric scraps in various printsPaper and paper trimmerDisappearing ink markerClear rulerScissorsHot glue gun and glue sticksButtonsRibbon and/or rick-rackBamboo placemats (I found mine in the Dollar Spot at Target)
step 1 / Use your paper trimmer to make square templates of various sizes. I found that squares of 4″, 3″ and 2.5″ work well. Fuse contrasting pieces of your scrap fabric together, wrong sides facing, following the instructions for your fusible web. Use your disappearing ink marker to trace your square templates onto your fused fabric pieces, and cut your squares out. (You will need three squares of descending sizes for each placemat.) Using your ruler, draw lines diagonally through the center of your squares with your disappearing ink marker, as shown.



step 2 / Use your scissors to snip about 2/3 of length of the lines you just drew, as shown.
step 3 / Add a dab of hot glue to the center of each of your trimmed pieces. Fold every alternating corner of your snipped sections up to this center point, as shown, pressing them firmly into the hot glue to secure them.
step 4 / Add a button or other embellishment to the center of each pinwheel to conceal the glued corners. Cut strips of ribbon or rick-rack that are the width of your placemats and adhere these to the left side of your mat with hot glue. Hot glue three pinwheels of descending size, from largest to smallest, along this ribbon, as shown.
All finished!

Aren’t these little guys so festive and fun? 

Thanks, Jen, for having me over today! I hope y’all will stop by Positively Splendid sometime soon. You can also find me hanging out on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!
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Amy!! 
That is absolutely adorable!!!
I want to make some RIGHT NOW!! 
Amy is one of my favorite blogging friends. We met for the first time at Blissdom and then we were able to hang out again at Creative Estates in April. 
{Here we are, along with another of my favorite people, Lara from Less Cake {More Frosting}.
There are so many reasons that I love reading Positively Splendid. One of the main reasons is Amy’s love of color!!
I love her Boy/Girl Room.
And her pillows are amazing. So so cute!
I could spotlight every single project that Amy has made on Positively Splendid, because I love them all so much and you will too!! 
Be sure to head over and give her a big TT&J hello!!
xoxo

PS — We finished shooting Day 1 of the Get a Little Creative Show yesterday. Check out the fun set. Chevron!
{thanks Shelley @ House of Smiths for the great pic}

"Summer Social" Guest Project — Make Pinwheel Placemats!!

26 Jul
Hello, everyone! 
My name is Amy, and my blogging home is Positively Splendid, a little creative haven where you’ll find everything from simple craft ideas to sewing projects, and just about everything in between. I would love for you to stop in for a visit!



I am so excited to be taking part in Jen’s Summer Social! Today I’m going to share a quick project with you to punch up your table decor during your next outdoor gathering.

These fun  pinwheel placemats are a terrific project to complete with fabric scraps you might have lying around!

All set to see how these are made? Let’s get started!
For this project, you will need…
Fusible web, such as Wonder UnderIronFabric scraps in various printsPaper and paper trimmerDisappearing ink markerClear rulerScissorsHot glue gun and glue sticksButtonsRibbon and/or rick-rackBamboo placemats (I found mine in the Dollar Spot at Target)
step 1 / Use your paper trimmer to make square templates of various sizes. I found that squares of 4″, 3″ and 2.5″ work well. Fuse contrasting pieces of your scrap fabric together, wrong sides facing, following the instructions for your fusible web. Use your disappearing ink marker to trace your square templates onto your fused fabric pieces, and cut your squares out. (You will need three squares of descending sizes for each placemat.) Using your ruler, draw lines diagonally through the center of your squares with your disappearing ink marker, as shown.



step 2 / Use your scissors to snip about 2/3 of length of the lines you just drew, as shown.
step 3 / Add a dab of hot glue to the center of each of your trimmed pieces. Fold every alternating corner of your snipped sections up to this center point, as shown, pressing them firmly into the hot glue to secure them.
step 4 / Add a button or other embellishment to the center of each pinwheel to conceal the glued corners. Cut strips of ribbon or rick-rack that are the width of your placemats and adhere these to the left side of your mat with hot glue. Hot glue three pinwheels of descending size, from largest to smallest, along this ribbon, as shown.
All finished!

Aren’t these little guys so festive and fun? 

Thanks, Jen, for having me over today! I hope y’all will stop by Positively Splendid sometime soon. You can also find me hanging out on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!
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Amy!! 
That is absolutely adorable!!!
I want to make some RIGHT NOW!! 
Amy is one of my favorite blogging friends. We met for the first time at Blissdom and then we were able to hang out again at Creative Estates in April. 
{Here we are, along with another of my favorite people, Lara from Less Cake {More Frosting}.
There are so many reasons that I love reading Positively Splendid. One of the main reasons is Amy’s love of color!!
I love her Boy/Girl Room.
And her pillows are amazing. So so cute!
I could spotlight every single project that Amy has made on Positively Splendid, because I love them all so much and you will too!! 
Be sure to head over and give her a big TT&J hello!!
xoxo

PS — We finished shooting Day 1 of the Get a Little Creative Show yesterday. Check out the fun set. Chevron!
{thanks Shelley @ House of Smiths for the great pic}

Guest Project — Throw a Rustic Wedding & make a DIY Tree Cupcake Stand {tutorial}

3 Jun

Happy Friday Tatertots and Jello readers!
I’m Andrea, your guest blogger today from *Keepin it Thrifty*
*Keepin it Thrifty*

*Keepin it Thrifty* is my collection of DIY, thrifty fashions, Goodwill finds, & anything thrifty

Stop by and take a look, I love meeting new thrifty people. 🙂
Today, I’m so excited to share with you my DIY Rustic Cupcake Stand. Tatertots & Jello
is my favorite blog when it comes to inspiration.
Thereis always so many wonderful things linked up to the Weekend Wrap Up Party, you guys are amazing and very inspiring!!
I hope this tutorial inspires you! 
DIY Rustic Cupcake Stand Tutorial
  Step 1. Cut three stair step size logs to your desired size.
Mine was 10, 12, & 15″

Step 2. Cut two smaller size logs.
{these will go in the middle}
Mine was 6″
Step 3. Take your drill & screw and drill into the above tier
make sure you go in at a angle.
{like shown in pic below}

Step 4. Repeat step three to the opposite side. You want to make sure your smaller log is securely screwed to the top tier and to the bottom.
Note: you will use four screws for each tier

 

Step 5. Take one screw and drill it into the top. Once again, making sure it is secure.

Step 6.  Repeat steps 3 -5 for each tier 
{this is what your stand should look like so far}

It’s really simple and just think of it as a “stacking method”
Step 7. Your FINISHED

This is what your rustic cupcake stand should look like finished.
And here is my cupcake stand at my wedding.
{5-22-11}

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! 
Jen, thank you so much again for allowing me to share with your readers my tutorial. It’s a honor to be on your blog!
Here are a few more DIY wedding crafts I made for my wedding.
 {inspiration}
And to see a sneak peek at my wedding in pictures
click here

 Wow – what a beautiful wedding Andrea!! 
Thank you for sharing it with us!!!
I love the birch tree arbor that you were married under! 
Be sure to check out Keeping it Thrifty for more great ideas, like: 

{and I love Andreas What I Wore posts, where she shows how us how she takes thrift store finds and turns them into fabulous outfits!}
{Aren’t Andrea and her new hubby adorable? Congratulations to them!!}
Be sure to head over to Keeping it Thrifty to find out what’s next for Andrea! 
xoxo

I love that Rustic Wedding/Party theme idea! 
 Here are a few more pretty Rustic links: 
 
 {Rustic table Numbers @ Le Fru Fru}

{Shop Ruche}

{Kayce’s BlogPS It’s Fri-day!!! Time for the Weekend Wrap Up Party!!! 
I am SO excited to see what YOU have been working on this week! I’d love to have you link up tonight. The party starts at 6 pm MST.  

Spring Project — make Nest Placecards {Letterpress Tutorial}

19 Apr

I am having such a great time experimenting with my Epic Six Letterpress system that LifeStyle Crafts sent me. 
There are so many ideas that I have swimming around in my head! 
I had never tried making anything with a Letterpress before, so I asked LifeStyle Crafts if I could come up to their offices for a demo since they are pretty to close to me.

Check out their warehouse, my heart had palpitations thinking of all of the awesome die cuts sitting down there – ha! 
It was super informative to get all of the inside tips on letterpressing.

After the demo, I was all fired up to make something. So I came up with this Spring Placecard idea. I used this die cut with picks of all sorts of sizes. I think they are so cute!!

Another thing I love about the Epic System is that you can do all sorts of projects with it. AND, you can combine different things for your projects. 

For the Spring Placecards I used the Epic System in three different ways:
  • I used the letterpress for the design
  • I used the plain plate to EMBOSS the paper
  • and I used the die cut system to cut out the picks. 

And, you can also cut out fabric with your Epic die cuts. 
{more on that coming up soon…}
So fun!!!
These placecards are super easy to make. 
So if you have about 1/2 hour, you can whip these out and impress your guests. Or, they would be really cute in cupcakes too!!

The first thing I did was letterpress the design onto the paper
Letterpress paper is a lot thicker than normal paper. And the letterpress inks and embosses at the same time. So you get that awesome indentation of the design on the paper. 
I love that!

Now, there are a few steps to this letterpressing process:

1. The first is that there are some adhesive sheets that come inside of each letterpress plate. They are the exact size of the plate, but you can cut them down if you have a smaller plate you want to use.

2. Once you peel that off and apply it to the plate, you can peel the other side off and attach the plate to the underside of the letterpress grid plates. I love the grids, because they help you line up the plates exactly with the paper underneath.

3. There are also some foam strips you can attach to the bottom of the grid plates to position your paper exactly where you want it to be in relation to the upper decorative plate. So clever!!

4. Then you take a SMALL amount of ink and roll it out on the clear square with a special brayer. And, I also found out that you can leave the ink out for a few days. It won’t dry out. So if you have another project to do, you can do it without worrying that the ink will dry out.

5. The letterpress also comes with some special wipes that make cleaning the plates and rolling suqare a breeze.

6. Once you have the plate attached and the foam guides in place for your paper, you roll ink on the decorative plate. Roll the brayer over the plate a few times to make sure the ink is evenly applied.

7. Then you put your paper in and shut the lid on the grid plates. And then you run it through the Epic machine. I rolled it through once, and then reversed so that the plate went back through a second time.

 And now you have a beautiful, letterpressed paper. For the placecards, I then used my pick die cut and cut out the shapes. To do this, there is another plate that is made for the die cutting. And a mat that does on top of the die cut plate. Then you just roll that plate through the machine.

The next step in making the placecards was cutting out some little ovals to write people’s name on. I used a small oval die cut to cut these out. But first, I ran the plain letterpress paper through the Epic machine WITHOUT any ink. This was to emboss the paper. And I love it!!

So if you needed a card really quickly, it would be so easy to emboss a piece of paper and then add a decorative ribbon and you would have a gorgeous card!!

Then I wrote {I really had my husband do this because he has beautiful handwriting} each person’s name on the ovals and then attached them to the picks with a dimensional sticker. The last thing I did was I attached a little velvet flower with a rhinestone brad to each of the placecards.


Then I put the picks through a little nest, added some ribbon and some chocolate eggs. And I had a festive placesetting for a Spring Party!!!

I also have this fun Pennant die cut. 
I can’t wait to make some pennants of all different sizes!!!  
And I was so impressed with all of the different dies that you can make some things with. 
Here are some other dies and plates that I love —

So fun!!
Don’t forget to enter to win an Epic Six Combo System {$169}. And, you can get an extra 20% off ANYTHING at the Lifestyle Craft website, including the Epic Six machines by entering TATERTOTS at checkout {good through the end of April}.

xoxo

PS — Check out this sweet Spring Paper Bag Bunting  from my friend Becca at Blue Cricket Design. I love this!!

Spring Project — make Nest Placecards {Letterpress Tutorial}

19 Apr

I am having such a great time experimenting with my Epic Six Letterpress system that LifeStyle Crafts sent me. 
There are so many ideas that I have swimming around in my head! 
I had never tried making anything with a Letterpress before, so I asked LifeStyle Crafts if I could come up to their offices for a demo since they are pretty to close to me.

Check out their warehouse, my heart had palpitations thinking of all of the awesome die cuts sitting down there – ha! 
It was super informative to get all of the inside tips on letterpressing.

After the demo, I was all fired up to make something. So I came up with this Spring Placecard idea. I used this die cut with picks of all sorts of sizes. I think they are so cute!!

Another thing I love about the Epic System is that you can do all sorts of projects with it. AND, you can combine different things for your projects. 

For the Spring Placecards I used the Epic System in three different ways:
  • I used the letterpress for the design
  • I used the plain plate to EMBOSS the paper
  • and I used the die cut system to cut out the picks. 

And, you can also cut out fabric with your Epic die cuts. 
{more on that coming up soon…}
So fun!!!
These placecards are super easy to make. 
So if you have about 1/2 hour, you can whip these out and impress your guests. Or, they would be really cute in cupcakes too!!

The first thing I did was letterpress the design onto the paper
Letterpress paper is a lot thicker than normal paper. And the letterpress inks and embosses at the same time. So you get that awesome indentation of the design on the paper. 
I love that!

Now, there are a few steps to this letterpressing process:

1. The first is that there are some adhesive sheets that come inside of each letterpress plate. They are the exact size of the plate, but you can cut them down if you have a smaller plate you want to use.

2. Once you peel that off and apply it to the plate, you can peel the other side off and attach the plate to the underside of the letterpress grid plates. I love the grids, because they help you line up the plates exactly with the paper underneath.

3. There are also some foam strips you can attach to the bottom of the grid plates to position your paper exactly where you want it to be in relation to the upper decorative plate. So clever!!

4. Then you take a SMALL amount of ink and roll it out on the clear square with a special brayer. And, I also found out that you can leave the ink out for a few days. It won’t dry out. So if you have another project to do, you can do it without worrying that the ink will dry out.

5. The letterpress also comes with some special wipes that make cleaning the plates and rolling suqare a breeze.

6. Once you have the plate attached and the foam guides in place for your paper, you roll ink on the decorative plate. Roll the brayer over the plate a few times to make sure the ink is evenly applied.

7. Then you put your paper in and shut the lid on the grid plates. And then you run it through the Epic machine. I rolled it through once, and then reversed so that the plate went back through a second time.

 And now you have a beautiful, letterpressed paper. For the placecards, I then used my pick die cut and cut out the shapes. To do this, there is another plate that is made for the die cutting. And a mat that does on top of the die cut plate. Then you just roll that plate through the machine.

The next step in making the placecards was cutting out some little ovals to write people’s name on. I used a small oval die cut to cut these out. But first, I ran the plain letterpress paper through the Epic machine WITHOUT any ink. This was to emboss the paper. And I love it!!

So if you needed a card really quickly, it would be so easy to emboss a piece of paper and then add a decorative ribbon and you would have a gorgeous card!!

Then I wrote {I really had my husband do this because he has beautiful handwriting} each person’s name on the ovals and then attached them to the picks with a dimensional sticker. The last thing I did was I attached a little velvet flower with a rhinestone brad to each of the placecards.


Then I put the picks through a little nest, added some ribbon and some chocolate eggs. And I had a festive placesetting for a Spring Party!!!

I also have this fun Pennant die cut. 
I can’t wait to make some pennants of all different sizes!!!  
And I was so impressed with all of the different dies that you can make some things with. 
Here are some other dies and plates that I love —

So fun!!
Don’t forget to enter to win an Epic Six Combo System {$169}. And, you can get an extra 20% off ANYTHING at the Lifestyle Craft website, including the Epic Six machines by entering TATERTOTS at checkout {good through the end of April}.

xoxo

PS — Check out this sweet Spring Paper Bag Bunting  from my friend Becca at Blue Cricket Design. I love this!!

$5 Challenge — 3 different Dollar Store Tiered Tray Ideas {and a Chevron stencil printable}

9 Feb
 

Studio 5 called me up a couple weeks ago and asked me if I would take the $5 Challenge. 
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Of course I couldn’t resist!!
So I headed over to my favorite place — The $ Store and scoped it out. I decided to make a few tiered trays. I have been loving Enamel Paint ever since I made my mustache glasses. 
I wanted to make some Chevron Platters. 
Kind of nautical for Spring! 

I ended up making three different kinds of Tiered Trays from the Dollar Store. 
The first were Painted Chevron Plates. I picked out two plates and my Dollar Store was out of glass candlesticks, so I had to go scrounge around a few thrift stores to come up with enough for my projects. But they ended up being between .25 and .50 each so score!! 
 I made a Chevron template on my Silhouette and printed it off on vinyl and then stuck the vinyl to the plates. Then I painted over the stencil with Plaid’s Enamel Paint.
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Here’s a tip — do NOT let the paint dry and then peel off the stencil because your paint will peel off too. You need to peel off the stencil while the paint is still wet.
Then I painted some pennants on one of the plates and a flower on the other. You can use a pencil on your plates and then paint over the pencil marks. And obviously, you can paint anything you want. I was also thinking that a big number would be cute on the top plate.
{total cost — $2.50}
I have made a Chevron Stencil that you can download if you want to use it. You can either trace the chevron pattern on Contact Paper and cut it out with an x-acto knife. 
Or you can trace the stencil onto stencil material and also cut it out with an x-acto knife. You can find stencil plastic at your local craft store. 
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Then bake the plates in the oven for 20 minutes to set the paint. Once baked, the plates are dishwasher safe. This paint is technically not supposed to come in direct contact with food, so use a doily or something when putting your food out.
The second type of tiered platter I made was — A Triple Tiered Platter. 
{total cost — $4.00}
 I got this idea from Joy’s Hope. She made some last Spring and I have been obsessed with them ever since. Super easy. Just get three of the silver platters at the Dollar Store and spray paint them different colors. Then spray paint a couple of candlesticks too. You can attach the candlesticks to the platters with Gorilla Glue, E6000 or 9001.
{total cost — $3.00}
The third platter I made was — Mod Podged Pizza Pans.
I also found the pizza pans at the Dollar Store. You take strips of paper and mod podge the paper on the trays. Then there is a spray you can spray over the top that seals the paper.
{total cost — $1.50}
I have a complete tutorial on how to make these here — Mod Podged Tiered Trays.
So if you have a big event coming up, or just need some unique serving pieces, head over to the Dollar Store and make some trays!!
Here’s the video — if you want to take a look 🙂
xoxo

PS – I’m linking this up to Sarah’s

and these other super fun parties — be sure to check them out!! 

  

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I’m linking up to these fun parties – check them out:

 

 

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