Thursday, June 28, 2012

DIY—Handmade boxes!

Hello everyone! I’m so excited to be back with this really easy—yet super fun, tutorial. I’ve always been interested in making my own card boxes; and one day I felt like searching the sea of videos on Youtube to find a quick, easy, and fun handmade box tutorial. When searching, I came across this really cute duo, from the UK, that has a blog and Youtube channel dedicated to handmade crafts; and, I immediately feel in love with them. They’re so cute, funny, and delightfully entertaining. You can find them here and here.

What I did was take the box making instructions they’ve provided and made a box according the dimensions that I needed. I wanted to make a box for my handmade ‘Thank you’ cards, but I also wanted room to include handmade envelope seals and a black and white bakers twine for a little added cuteness.
For this tutorial I’m going to simply show photographs of how I made these boxes, but you can check out their video for detailed instructions on how to cut and assemble these boxes. I don’t want to take full credit for these—I’m hoping to get them the exposure they deserve for this wonderful idea. You can click here for the video.

Enjoy!


Now wasn’t that just the cutest?! I love that I know how to make these now—these would work great a gifts, favor boxes, and so much more. I hope you give this a try! Happy Crafting!

Friday, June 15, 2012

How Do You Eat Your Raspberries?

I was inspired by the latest edition of Martha Stewart Living for this blog post. She had a list of her favorite ways to eat raspberry dishes, and I thought, “Hey, my favorite way to eat raspberries isn’t in there”. So, I wanted to share that here on my blog—being that summer is just around the corner and the need for cool treats will be in demand in all of our homes.

Ingredients
1.       5-6 raspberries
2.       ½ cup of vanilla yogurt
3.       Handful of raisins
4.       Handful of nuts

What I do is start by rinsing my raspberries, and then I mash them with a fork and add them to the half cup of vanilla yogurt and mix. Next I add the raisins and nuts—and eat!








How do you eat your raspberries?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

DIY—Handmade Thank You Cards

Hi everyone! I’m back again with another tutorial/fun paper crafting idea, and if you didn’t already know—I’m a seller on Etsy; and, one of the things I like to do when completing an order is sending a ‘Thank You’ card along with each package. I like to think that the buyer will have an even greater experience if they receive a hand written thank you note of appreciation from the person who put all their love into making the product. So today I’m going to show you how I make mine!
Here is a list of the tools I use:
1. Ivory Card stock (8 ½ x 11)
2. Paper Trimmer for 12 x 12 paper
3. Scoring tool (Awl or Bone folder)
4. Background Stamp (Any background stamp that you prefer will do)
5. Sentiment stamp
6. Ink
7. Scissors

Ok, now let’s get started!

Step 1: Take your ivory card stock and cut it down to a 7 x 4 piece of card stock, using your paper trimmer.

Step 2:  Score the card stock down the middle and fold it in half.
Step 3: Choose your background stamp—in this case I’m using this wonderful lace background stamp that I’ve recently purchased from my local craft store. Once you’ve chosen your background stamp go ahead and stamp the bottom of your card stock in the color ink that you prefer. Right now I’m obsessing over the color lavender.

Step 4: Now you can choose your sentiment, and stamp it in the middle of your mini note card. I chose to make Thank You cards, but by all means use any sentiment you like—get creative with it!

Step 5: (This step is completely optional) Cut around the background image, then you’re left with this really cute ready-to-use note card.

Thanks for stopping buy for another tutorial! I hope you enjoyed it. If you liked this idea so far I’m sure you will love what is to come next. I’m creating something really cute to store all these wonderful note cards; and I’m going to share that with you in another tutorial post, so—stay tuned! Or shall I say…..TO BE CONTINUED…………………..

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

DIY Cupcake Décor for Brides on a Budget

Wedding season is here—and I’m so happy that the DIY 100% handmade scene has been spreading rapidly these past years within the nuptial world because that means I get to share my DIY projects with you all! Brides today not only want a beautiful and unforgettable wedding, they also strive to have the most unique handmade items that can’t be bought anywhere in stores. Handmade favors and décor are now signature stamps of individuality at weddings—and that makes them even more exciting to attend.
DIY favors and party décor are not only 100% OOAK—they’re also relatively cheap to make! And not spending excessive amounts of money in the favors and décor department can help if you’re on a budget. So, today I wanted to share a simple yet stunningly beautiful cupcake topper that is sure to make guests’ huddle around your desert table.
Let’s get started!
1. Your choice of glitter paper (There is an ultra wide variety of glitter paper at most Joann’s craft centers)
2. A heart shaped craft punch (Can also be found at your local craft store or online)
3. Toothpicks
4. Glue (I prefer to use Tacky glue when paper crafting—it dries fast and clear)

Step 1: Punch your hearts out (LOL, that sounds funny)

Step 2: Place some glue in the middle of your heart and add a toothpick. Once you’ve applied to glue and picks to the amount of hearts needed let them dry for about 20-30 minutes.
Step 3: Apply the glue to another heart and just match it to the back side of the heart covering the toothpick.

Wow! That was easy. Once they’ve dried they’ll be ready to insert into your cupcakes like so…



So cute right?! Doesn’t the glitter leave you mesmerized? LOL. Well I hope you’ve enjoyed this mini tutorial and hopefully this DIY project will spark more ideas in your creative mind!