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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!!

Great Ideas — Spring/Easter Printables!!

16 Apr
 Print off this Spring Bunting printable @ Landee See Landee Do
Beautiful He is risen Easter Printable @ Tattered and Inked
Happy Easter printable @ Nifty Thrifty Things

 Bake up some Easter treats and package them up with these toppers @ it is what it is
Or print off these Peeps Toppers @ Peanut to Princess
 
 And another cute, printable topper is this Bunny Chow @ Cute as a Fox
 He is Risen Printable in a few different colors @ Loving Every Second
 Keep Calm and Hop On printable @ A Mama’s Two Cents Worth
Fun printables. We have been joking about frozen frosting on Twitter. She also has Dr. Pepper, Pepsi and Coke printables @ 30 Handmade Days
Print off these Egg Hunt printables for a Egg Hunt this week @ In Between Laundry
Print off and frame these Whimsical Egg Prints @ Measured by the Heart
Print off this festive Easter Banner @ My Computer is my Canvas
Print off these Big Brother/Sister printables @ it is what it is
Make up some Puzzle Piece Rice Krispy treats and attach this printable @ 30 Handmade Days
So pretty- print off some botanical printables @ This Blessed Nest
I am having such a great time going through all of the fun links this week!!  
There are tons of great Easter ideas, DIY projects, refashions and sewing projects and even Chevron projects! 
Come check them out and enter to win $50 to
Another Great Ideas feature post coming up tonight!!! 
xoxo
PSI hope you are having a great Saturday!! We are whizzing down the freeway, heading to California. And thanks to my hubby, I have a magic internet stick that lets me put these posts together while we are traveling 🙂 

Great Ideas — Spring Treats {1}

2 Apr
{Check out these Bunny Cupcakes and Printables @ 30 Days}
{Festive Easter Treat Printables @ Skip to my Lou}
{Kids will love these Peeps Pops @ Love From the Oven}

 {Give your favorite peeps an Easter Peep Treat with this free printable @ Itsy Bitsy Paper}
{And another awesome printable is this Sweet Tweet Topper @ it is what it is}
 {These Bunny Cupcakes would make a fun Spring Party edible craft @ It’s Always a Party at the Parkers}
{Another cute cupcake to put together — Carrot Top Cupcakes @ Seven Year Cottage}
{Make some festive Jelly Bean Bark @ Scissors and Spatulas}
{How delicious do these Chewy Cookie Crunch Bars look @ Amanda’s Cooking?}
 {Find out how to make these Un-fried, Fried Ice Cream Desserts @ TidyMom}
{Find out how to make these Chicks and Bunny Cupcake Toppers @ Sweet and Lovely Crafts}
{Make a Beautiful Spring Cake @ Domestic Sugar Bake Shop}
{Bake a Choffy Cake @ WhipperBerry}
{Make these amazing Raisin Sugar Cookies @ The Queen Bees Hive}
{Create Mini Tiered Cakes @ Sugar Swings!}
{Bake up some Cinnamon Cappuccino Cupcakes @ Langes Fadchen, Faules Madchen}  
 {Grab the recipe for the Peanut Butter Pie @ Simply Cadence}
{Get the 411 on how to make these incredible Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cucpakes @ Simply Sweet Home}
{Get the recipe for these Copycat Mound Bars @ Nothing But Country}
{Whip up a batch of Easter Chex Mix @ Reasons to Skip the Housework}
 {Make delicious Banana Bread @ Inspired by Charm}
{Make your own Homemade Granola bars @ The Bird’s Papaya}
{Grab the recipe for these non-dairy Marmalade Ginger Cupcakes @ Red Ted Art}
 {Or this recipe for Dariy, Egg and Peanut-free Chocolate Chip Muffins @ Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss}
 {And check out this amazing recipe for Sweet Potato Muffins @ This Chick Cooks}
 {Make this Savory Sweet Brown Butter bacon shortbread with bourbon-maple glaze @ Fudge Ripple}
{Bake up a batch of the softest Raisin Sugar Cookies @ The Queen Bee’s Hive}
{Your kids will love making Flutter Bug Cupcakes @ Heck Fridays}
{These Disguise Cookies are so funny @ Munchkin Munchies}
{Bake up some Jelly Donut Muffins @ Singing With Birds}
{Get the recipe for this yummy Berry Bread Pudding @ Sweet Little Smoothies}
{These Cinnabon Rolls are so delicious-looking @ Sweet Escape}
{Another sweet treat would be this amazing Creme Brulee French Toast @ Wash, Fold, Put Away, Repeat}
 {Make healthy Whole Grain Biscuits @ Joseph’s Grainery}
WOW – going through all of these treats has made me so hungry!!
  I want to go bake up a bunch of yummy sweets!!! 
And there are so many other ideas going on this week! 
From DIY projects, furniture projects, party ideas, refashions, and more. I love see YOUR ideas! 
Come link up YOUR ideas and enter to win a  

Camera straps that ZIP!

Another Great Idea feature post coming up tonight!! 
Have a Wonderful Saturday! 
xoxo

Great Ideas — Spring Treats {1}

2 Apr
{Check out these Bunny Cupcakes and Printables @ 30 Days}
{Festive Easter Treat Printables @ Skip to my Lou}
{Kids will love these Peeps Pops @ Love From the Oven}

 {Give your favorite peeps an Easter Peep Treat with this free printable @ Itsy Bitsy Paper}
{And another awesome printable is this Sweet Tweet Topper @ it is what it is}
 {These Bunny Cupcakes would make a fun Spring Party edible craft @ It’s Always a Party at the Parkers}
{Another cute cupcake to put together — Carrot Top Cupcakes @ Seven Year Cottage}
{Make some festive Jelly Bean Bark @ Scissors and Spatulas}
{How delicious do these Chewy Cookie Crunch Bars look @ Amanda’s Cooking?}
 {Find out how to make these Un-fried, Fried Ice Cream Desserts @ TidyMom}
{Find out how to make these Chicks and Bunny Cupcake Toppers @ Sweet and Lovely Crafts}
{Make a Beautiful Spring Cake @ Domestic Sugar Bake Shop}
{Bake a Choffy Cake @ WhipperBerry}
{Make these amazing Raisin Sugar Cookies @ The Queen Bees Hive}
{Create Mini Tiered Cakes @ Sugar Swings!}
{Bake up some Cinnamon Cappuccino Cupcakes @ Langes Fadchen, Faules Madchen}  
 {Grab the recipe for the Peanut Butter Pie @ Simply Cadence}
{Get the 411 on how to make these incredible Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cucpakes @ Simply Sweet Home}
{Get the recipe for these Copycat Mound Bars @ Nothing But Country}
{Whip up a batch of Easter Chex Mix @ Reasons to Skip the Housework}
 {Make delicious Banana Bread @ Inspired by Charm}
{Make your own Homemade Granola bars @ The Bird’s Papaya}
{Grab the recipe for these non-dairy Marmalade Ginger Cupcakes @ Red Ted Art}
 {Or this recipe for Dariy, Egg and Peanut-free Chocolate Chip Muffins @ Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss}
 {And check out this amazing recipe for Sweet Potato Muffins @ This Chick Cooks}
 {Make this Savory Sweet Brown Butter bacon shortbread with bourbon-maple glaze @ Fudge Ripple}
{Bake up a batch of the softest Raisin Sugar Cookies @ The Queen Bee’s Hive}
{Your kids will love making Flutter Bug Cupcakes @ Heck Fridays}
{These Disguise Cookies are so funny @ Munchkin Munchies}
{Bake up some Jelly Donut Muffins @ Singing With Birds}
{Get the recipe for this yummy Berry Bread Pudding @ Sweet Little Smoothies}
{These Cinnabon Rolls are so delicious-looking @ Sweet Escape}
{Another sweet treat would be this amazing Creme Brulee French Toast @ Wash, Fold, Put Away, Repeat}
 {Make healthy Whole Grain Biscuits @ Joseph’s Grainery}
WOW – going through all of these treats has made me so hungry!!
  I want to go bake up a bunch of yummy sweets!!! 
And there are so many other ideas going on this week! 
From DIY projects, furniture projects, party ideas, refashions, and more. I love see YOUR ideas! 
Come link up YOUR ideas and enter to win a  

Camera straps that ZIP!

Another Great Idea feature post coming up tonight!! 
Have a Wonderful Saturday! 
xoxo

Decorating a wall for all seasons — Spring Specimen Wall Art!

31 Mar

 Do you have an area or spot in your home that you like to change out seasonally? 
I don’t an entry way buffet or table to display seasonal items, so I created a little place in my kitchen that I love to change out during the year.
At Halloween I created these Halloween Specimen Art frames…
During the winter I made some Felt Snowflake frames…
And now that Spring is upon us, I thought it would be fun to create something new for that space. The other day I was tooling around Tai Pan {a really cool home decorating store in Utah/California} and I came upon this $10 frame.
 {Check out what she my friend My friend Ellie G. from Less Cake {More Frosting} did with the same exact frame — 
It’s long and skinny and I thought it was the perfect shape for my kitchen wall.  
And then the another night was at Ikea and I found these super cute, inexpensive frames that I fell in love with.
I combined the two and something exciting happened!! 


The first thing I did was I painted the silver frame white with some glossy craft paint. Now don’t laugh at me, but I didn’t even know that glossy craft paint existed until about a month ago. Can you believe that? I love it!
Once I painted my frame, I went to work on the gallery frames. I found three coordinating scrapbook papers and cut them out to fit inside of the frames. Then I decided to do three different things in the three frames.
The first frame I used a Canvas Corp. tiny burlap-wrapped canvas. I met PSA essentials at CHA this year and they were sweet enough to send me the awesomest customized stamp pad. I love it! More information to come on that {as well as a giveaway} but suffice to say that I love it.
I used their alphabet letters and made a “h” to represent our last name.
I used a circle stencil to cut around the stamp and then I sealed it with Mod Podge and used Plaid’s Dimensional Magic to create a 3-D look. After that dried, I hot glued a giant bottle cap from  Bottle Cap Inc. to the canvas with the “H” on top to the first gallery frame.
I wrapped the burlap frame with some pretty Maya Road ribbon that they sent me. I love the lace look of it. And I also attached a pretty ribbon flower, also from Maya Road, at the top of the frame.
The second gallery frame I added scrapbook paper to and then some Washi tape.

Do you know about Washi tape?? It is the coolest stuff!!! I am working on some projects for a Studio 5 segment and I am loving it!! So cool! You can buy Washi tape on etsy — like here.

I added the Washi tape to this second frame. And then a birds nest to the center.
The third gallery frame I added the third scrapbook paper to and also some Washi Tape.And the I put the glass on top of it and then I wrapped some twine around the glass and tied the twine . I did this two times at the top and bottom. Then I put the glass and paper inside of the gallery frame. I used some tiny little black clothespins from the Canvas Corp and attached some B&W family pictures to those. So that third frame is a little photo gallery that can be switched out. I really love it!

And that is my little Spring/Summer Kitchen Wall. 
 I love that it’s interactive and can be altered over the season/years with different pictures and momentos.
And the white and fresh vibe makes me so excited for Spring! 

PSI’m linking up with Melissa @ The Inspired Room’s Gallery Party


 xoxo



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Guest Project — Make a PB-inspired Spring Pillow Cover!!

23 Mar
Hey Tatertots & Jello gals.
Its Cheri from
I am a wife and a home schooling Mom–I have 4 great kiddos

Jenn and I have known each other for quite a while. She is always coming up with such creative ideas. She is so perky all of the time–she is like the Mary Poppins of blogland.
It is an honor to be here today.
I worked on a project to show you gals.
The PB NEST pillows are so popular so I decided to put a little twist on my design.
Then after I finished my project I went over looking for something else over at the PB only to find this:
Seriously I had not seen this before I made my design–have I been under a ROCK?

I grabbed some canvas that I had on hand and pressed it all nice and smooth.
{I had 2 pieces plus some extra to rip into strips}
{I grabbed some cotton Osenberg that was a little darker too}

Then I wrote in free hand –with a pencil–right onto one of the pieces of fabric.
I wish I could say I used this font–but it was free hand.

I grabbed my DecoArt paint, fabric medium and dazzling metallics paints.

First–I mixed a little bit of the paint with equal amounts of the fabric medium, mixed it together and then painted the letters
H, m and e. I let it dry and then the next day I mixed a tiny bit of the metallics paint with the fabric medium and went over a few areas to give it a little razzle dazzle, I let it dry.
Once it was dry I pressed over the letters –just as the instructions tell you to do so.
Then I ripped each of the letters apart into even rectangles for each one. I liked the ripped edges.
Then it was time to make the “O”.
I ripped a couple strips of the canvas and Onesberg fabrics, plugged in the hot glue gun and started twisting and glueing with tiny dabbs of glue.


Then I glued each of the letters onto the other piece of fabric.

I love it

A new “TWIST” on the NESTING idea
This piece can be hung or finished off as a pillow.
I pulled a wooden egg I have from another project and laid it in the nest–

Come on over to Its So Very Cheri” to put your name into a random draw for this piece.
(it does not come with the egg)
Come check out my fabric tape and chalkboard tape that I made for my tape party.

I will be posting another really cute tape project that I did for my little girls Shabby Chic Bedroom on Friday.
Come back over to see what I did.

 
I am also one of The DIY Club gals.
 DIY Club
 And I have a fun party that goes up every Sunday–it is open 7 days a week
with 7 different categories. I features bloggers each week.
 its so very cheri
 Thanks for having me, Jen! It’s be so fun!! 
Thanks Cheri! What a fun project.
I love that nest idea! 
Cheri has a great, beachy style. Maybe because she lives in Florida. Can you tell I’m jealous of her wonderful weather? Lucky!! 
 Be sure to stop by It’s So Very Cheri and say hi!! 
xoxo
PSLaura from Ellie Inspired is donating 100% of the proceeds of this adorable dress pattern to the relief efforts in Japan! 

PPS — I have a Spring Chevron project to share later tonight!!

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Spring Project: Make a Bench out of an old Crib

25 May
Have you seen those cute headboard benches? I have been wanting to make one for awhile now. The other day I went to lunch with a couple blogging friends — Tausha from Sassy Style and Shelley from House of Smiths.
{I stole this off of Shelley’s blog }
So much fun! Afterward we hit a cute thrift store and then the salvage yard!
Sitting right in front was this antique crib front. I thought it would make a great oversized chair to go on my porch!
This is what I did to make my new oversized chair/bench:
1. I started off with my peeling, dirty old crib front. I washed it down and sanded the whole thing.
2. Then I measured the width of the crib — 30 inches. I cut two long boards from Home Depot to that length. I decided to make the width of the bench 18 inches so it’s pretty deep. You can make a bench anywhere from 16 to 20 inches — depending on how you want it to look. Then I cut the two sideboards 17 inches in length (you’ll see why in a minute).
I added some Gorilla Glue Wood Glue to the edges that touched and then screwed them together.
3. Then I cut the boards for the top of the seat. I cut them 18 inches in length so that there would be a 1-inch hang over on the front of the seat. I also used wood glue on the underside of the boards before I hammered them onto the frame.
4. For the legs of the bench, I bought two sturdy chair legs from Home Depot. They have an end that has a screw on it. Then I bought some metal leg attachers — the leg screws right into the metal piece. I added an extra block of wood underneath to add more stability. Then I screwed that attachment into the bottom of the seat at the front two corners. The other legs of the bench are the back of the crib. I also used Gorilla Wood Glue between the boards.
5. I found some cute moulding to put on the back of the bench to add a little more interest. And I bought some rope moulding for the bottom of the seat apron. Then I attached the seat to the crib using L-brackets I also found at Home Depot.
6. Then I primed the bench using spray-on wood primer.
7. After the primer had dried overnight, I was ready to paint! DecoArt sent me some patio paint to try. It can be used on concrete, wood or metal and is great for things that are going to be exposed to the elements. I used the “Wrought Iron Black” color. To apply it I used a big bristle brush that could get in all the nooks and crannies. I put two coats on the bench and let it dry.
8. Then to accent the wood details on the moulding, I decided to use a glaze over the top. I took some “Dark Eucalyptus Green” DecoArt Patio Paint — which is really more of a pretty teal color. I put about 2 ounces in a plastic cup and mixed it with water-based glaze from Home Depot. Then I brush that combination on the bench and iped it back off with a rag.
My assistant helped me with this stage — she did a great job!
I think I’m going to look for another old crib and make a matching one for the other side of the porch!
It was my first big foray into the world of power tools.
 XOXO