Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Simple Thanksgiving Decor

Today we put a little spin on our acorn decor kit! We decided to use all the fun embellishments that come in the kit... gems, paper leaves, paper circles and letters... for another project. So, we were left with only the acorn base.



Instead of tossing it, we glued on some artificial fall leaves and raffia. Then, we cut out the word "thankful" on our silhouette and attached it with spray glue. Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Kids DIY Tie Dye T-Shirts

School started this week here in Cache Valley. So, we wanted to do one last fun project with the kids.



All you need for a fun custom shirt is tie dye, elastics, white shirts, and water. First, dampen the shirt with water for best blending and coverage. Then, tie the shirt according to the design you want. Shake the Tumble Dye and spray it on the shirt.



Let the shirt air dry. Last, heat set by ironing for permanence.



For a successful design, we suggest letting kids choose about 3 colors for their design. Also, talk about how they want it to look before starting. In this case, we gave the kids 3 options... bullseye, spiral, or stripe. Each child picked a different design.



The oldest child chose the bullseye design. He wanted his shirt to look like a target. For the bullseye, find the center of the shirt. Pull up from the center of the shirt and tie an elastic around, letting the rest of the shirt hang. Tie elastics every few inches down the rest of the shirt. Spray the tied off sections as desired. He did an alternating red, navy, and sky blue.



This girl chose the swirl design in aqua and hot pink. For the swirl, hold onto the center of the shirt and twist until the shirt is in a fairly tight circle. Tie elastic bands around the circumference of the circle to make pie-shaped sections. Spray the tied off sections as desired. In this case, she just did 4 sections. But, you can do more sections for more colors.



This boy is a big Utah Jazz fan and wanted to do stripes similar to the city edition uniforms. For a stripe design, fold your shirt like an accordion and tie elastics every few inches. Then, spray between the elastics.



So, what do you think, which method is your favorite? Do you think your kids would enjoy tie dye? Do you have any tips for doing this with children?

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Pretty Handmade Mother's Day Card with Velvet Paper

If you need a last-minute Mother's Day gift, don't underestimate how much most mother's love cards! A personal card, made by you, with a special message is so appreciated.



We made ours with the Penrose paper pad and lot's of lovely velvet paper. We cut out various flower shapes using our cutting machine. Then, we arranged them onto our paper to make a pretty bouquet.



These kind of flowers really last. In fact, you could make a 3D bouquet for her to decorate with them too... or a wreath would be nice. There are so many ideas!



Pair them with a pretty necklace in a velvet-lined box and you've got the perfect gift. Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful ladies who influence others for good!

Friday, April 19, 2019

DIY Spring Easter Bunny Photo Props

It's Easter weekend! Are you excited for egg hunts and family fun? We are! Don't forget to take pictures.



It's so fun to use photo props. So, we decided to make some Easter Bunny props. We cut bunny ears and noses out of our velvet paper. We love how soft and fuzzy they are!



We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Easy Spring Birthday Treat

Spring and Easter colors don't have to be washed-out pastels. Throw in some fun, bright colors too... Like orange! The orange ribbon is what really makes this pop. Love it!



We found this cute little tube of jelly beans at the store and wanted to jazz it up with some embellishments. So, we wrapped the top in scrapbook paper and attached a tag decorated with floral stickers. Then, we added that sweet ribbon.



Do you ever switch up packaging for gift-giving? It's one of our favorite things. We especially love pretty candies in an equally pretty package.



Happy birthday to our awesome spring birthday friends out there!

Friday, April 5, 2019

Spring Gift Tag

We found this adorable cupcake at the grocery store and knew it would brighten our friend's day. So, we made a little tag to go along with it, using some of our favorite stickers from the June 2017 scrapbooking kit.



It's nothing to fancy. But, it's so nice to know someone was thinking of you. Do you ever grab an extra treat for a friend when you go shopping?



Friday, March 29, 2019

Spring Confetti

Decorating for spring is so fun! We love busting out those cheerful colors.



We wanted to use a chocolate bunny for our centerpiece. But, it looked lonely. So, we added a paper doily and some Easter grass. For more color, we punched flowers out of our velvet paper to use as confetti.



You could even cut strips of velvet paper to make your own grass.



Velvet confetti is so easy to make! We love how it brightens up our centerpiece.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Velvet Bunny Easter Treat Bags

Spring is really here! Usually we think of velvet as a fall or winter thing. But, there are so many cute ways to use velvet for springtime.



One of our favorite spring velvet ideas is making soft, fuzzy bunnies with it. We cut these bunnies out of white velvet paper using our silhouette cutting machine. Then, we attached them to treat bags and wrapped them up with ribbon.



Photos can't do these justice since you need to feel the texture to really appreciate it. We hope you are enjoying spring and have flowers popping up where you live!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

DIY Velvet-Lined Gift Box

We wanted to make a gift box for these pretty pressed-flower necklaces and found the perfect way to make it more plush and fancy... velvet paper! We are majorly crushing on the velvet trend right now.



To start, we made a simple box out of papers from our Penrose paperpack. Then, we cut velvet paper to line the inside.



For the flower on top, we cut a bunch of little flowers out of velvet paper, using our Silhouette. Then, we added some velvet leaves and adhesive pearls.



The necklaces are from one of our favorite Etsy shops, Wylde Wanderer. What do you think of this velvet-lined box? Are you loving the velvet trend too? We hope so because we have some more velvet projects coming soon!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Cool Stencil Dyed Shirts DIY

We have another fun gift idea for you today. Cool stencil dyed shirts! These are surprisingly easy to make using our Tumble Dye and you can choose any shape you want.



This first one we did is a zebra shape. We cut it out of cardstock paper using our cutting machine. Then, we placed the stencil over our shirt and sprayed the Tumble Dye in a fine mist. To make it permanent, heat set with an iron after it's dry. Done!

Another shape we picked was this simple flamingo. Rather than doing several colors on this, we stuck to neon pink and yellow.





The last shape we did is this fish shape. We love how detailed it is with all the scales. But, you could easily do it with a simple cutout, like a heart too.



Which was your favorite shape?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

DIY Shibori Dye Projects

It's December! Are you an early shopper that's already finished or are you just starting? Our favorite gifts are those special, thoughtful gifts. We love handmade gifts!



Have you notice the shibori trend that's hot right now? This summer we made a bunch of shibori projects that would make perfect gifts for any time of year.





It's was so fun to try different ways of wrapping, dipping and mixing colors. Experimenting with Tumble Dye is a blast!



We found that you can get nice, deep colors by mixing a bit of black into our dye. For these projects we did about 2 parts blueberry to 1 part charcoal.



This plain white table cloth turned out really cool. But, these easy t-shirts might be our favorite.



Simply accordion-fold your shirt and dip the folded edges into the dye. Experiment with submerging more or less of the edge to get more white space. Dip the front and back edges or just one side. Go on give it a try!



We hope you enjoy these cool Shibori dye projects. Check back for more DIY gift ideas.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Pretty and Easy Gift Bag

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are thankful for you!



Earlier this month, we made these adorable gift bags for fall and thought the idea would be perfect for winter or Christmas as well.



We just used a simple brown paper bag, tied it up with string and leaf shapes cut out of lush velvet paper. For winter, try cutting out berries or snowflakes using your cutting machine or die-cut. For christmas, how about some holly shapes instead?

Now, what to put in that adorable gift bag? Don't worry! We have lot's of ideas coming soon!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

DIY Gratitude Blessing Tree

It's the perfect time of year to think about all of the things we are grateful for! So, we decided to design this simple tree you can decorate with your blessings.



The kit includes the tree paper, buttons, and leaves. It's on sale for just $2 through Thursday!



If you are a member of our FHE club, you got one in your kit this month. All you need is a permanent marker and adhesive to complete the tree. Write your blessings on the leaves and decorate to your hearts content. Then, hang it to remind you of the positive things in life.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Fall Treat Gift Bags

Today we are sharing one of our favorite go-to fall treats! It's the perfect sweet and salty combination of sunflower seeds and pumpkin candies. There are so many cute ways to package it!



You can put it in a clear bag, tie it closed with jute and add a simple tag, like we did above.



You can put it in a handmade basket. These are so adorable and easy to make with scrapbook paper! Follow our directions here.



The last idea is to put a bag topper on it, accented with stickers. We hope you like this idea and can use it for your Thanksgiving tablescape or give it to someone who needs a little "thank you" gift.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Free Thanksgiving Printable for Hersey's Nuggets

Happy November! It's the month of gratitude. To celebrate, we are sharing a free printable with everyone. This would be a fun gift for a friend or neighbor gift. You could also use it for your Thanksgiving place settings.

This was designed to go along with a lesson for our new faith-based club kit. If you are interested, there are details at the end of this blog post.



This is simple to put together! Just print out the image at the bottom of this blog post. Attach the little pieces to Hersey's Nuggets. Put them in a bag and top it off with the bag header.



This month we are also are grateful to introduce a new monthly club kit especially for Latter-Day Saint families. Each month we will ship a kit with 3 fun and meaningful family home evening lessons. The lessons are all ready to teach. Right now we are having a special. The first kit is just $8. Read more here.



Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Last Minute Halloween Trick-or-Treat Ideas

Happy Halloween! Today we have some fun last-minute ideas that you can do to get ready for trick-or-treaters.



First up, make your own trick-or-treat bag. This project will only take a couple minutes. All you need is a simple canvas bag and your favorite iron-on transfer. You could also use iron-on letters to spell your child's name for a personal touch.



If you don't get a lot of trick-or-treaters or just want something different for some special trick-or-treaters, why not decorate your package a bit? We used Cow Tales and scrapbook supplies for this project.



For the first one, we just wrapped the box in paper and added a ribbon and tag. For, the second Cow Tale idea, we put some Cow Tales in a little bag and added scraps of paper and stickers to the top. Simple and easy!

Happy Halloween!!
 

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