Mar 02, 2018 | Post by: Meghan

DIY Foiled Shamrock Artwork

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When I first saw Thermoweb’s new Clear Designer Toner Sheets, I knew I had to use them for a St. Patrick’s Day project.  They have so many foils to choose from.  I thought the gold shattered glass foil screamed St Patrick’s Day!

I grabbed the polka dot clear toner sheets since I thought it would be bold, yet subtle for the idea I had in mind.  I already had a piece of wood that was once used as home decor to add height to a vase.  I haven’t used this piece of wood in years, but figured since it was in my attic collecting dust I may as well use it!  This piece of wood has now been repurposed in to the base for my super simple DIY Foiled Shamrock Artwork!

Supplies:

Add a coat of paint to your wood block.  If you need extra coverage, add a second coat.  Once the paint dries, use sandpaper to rough up the edges to give it a rustic look.

Cut out 3 small shamrocks from green cardstock using the Cricut.

Cut a sheet of the Clear Designer Toner Sheet so it’s the same size as the front of your wood block.  Cut a piece of foil the same size. Place a piece of cardstock inside of a piece of parchment paper.  Then, place the toner sheet on top with the foil sheet on top with the pattern side facing up. Run it through a hot laminator, leading with the creased side.  Then, peel back the foil sheet.

Next, add adhesive to the back of the toner sheet and adhere it to the front of the wood piece.

Add foam squares to the top of two shamrocks. Glue all three together.  Glue the shamrock to the center of the block. That’s it! So simple!

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Feb 26, 2018 | Post by: Meghan

8 Rainbow Crafts Projects

There something about rainbows.  They are magical and full of vibrant colors. Whether you’re young or old, it’s always amazing to spot a rainbow out in the wild.  I’ve rounded up 8 quirky and colorful rainbow crafts for you to try.

This Mini Wooden Rainbow Stackers via Handmade Charlotte is just what you need for your kiddos.  It’s fun little stacking game to keep them occupied for hours (well, maybe not hours, but at least a few minutes!).

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If your cake needs a colorful pick-me-up this DIY Rainbow Cake Topper via Tell Love and Party will do the trick! So cute!

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If keeping your desk spaced organized is a challenge, you need to make this DIY Rainbow Catchall Dish via Club Crafted. It’s the perfect size for paperclips, pushpins, and other small desk accessories.

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Instead of tossing an important key onto a free keychain you got at a parade (you know what I’m talking about!), why not make this No-Sew Glitter Keyring DIY via I Heart Maggie.  Since there’s no sewing involved you can whip it up in seconds!

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Even when it’s dark and gloomy outside if you have this Rainbow Macrame Wall Hanging via The Craft Patch it will always be bright and cheery inside.

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If you have or know a little girl this DIY Rainbow Confetti Wands via hello, wonderful is a must-make.   I wish  I had a wand like this when I was younger!

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Who said rainbows couldn’t be classy? This DIY Rainbow Woven Tote via The House That Lars Built is perfect for ladies who lunch!

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This soft, cozy Rainbow Pillow via We Are Scout feels like a giant boppy pillow for adults.  Just sayin’.

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Feb 23, 2018 | Post by: Meghan

DIY Kiss Me I’m Irish Banner

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On St. Patrick’s Day everyone is Irish, right? You may as well play the part (even if you aren’t) with a festive “Kiss Me I’m Irish!” banner!

I enlisted the help of my Cricut Explore Air 2 to help me create a fun mini banner for my shelves perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.  Instead of cutting out letters and gluing them onto my banner, I decided to cut the letters out of the center of each banner.  (more…)

Feb 09, 2018 | Post by: Meghan

DIY Heart and Tassel Garland

I’ve really gotten into the Valentine’s Day decorating spirit. My shelves in my living room are all decked out in red and pink to welcome the day of love.  Most of the projects I did this year were created from my Cricut machine. To say that I am obsessed with this guy would be an understatement!  (more…)

Jan 19, 2018 | Post by: Meghan

DIY Pom Pom Heart Pillow

Valentine’s Day decor means heart, hearts, and MORE hearts!  So, I decided to make a decorative heart pillow for my living room.  I, of course, had to add pom poms to my pillow.  They really add a the finishing touches to this DIY Pom Pom Heart Pillow!

Supplies:

  • Red Cotton Fabric
  • Pink Pom Pom Trim
  • Scissors
  • Needle and Thread (or a sewing machine)
  • Scissors
  • Batting

Lay your fabric down so it is double-sided.  Cut out a heart shape.  You’ll be left with two identical hearts.

Pin your trim to the inside of your heart (the pom poms will be facing inward).  Then, pin your other heart piece on top.  Sew around the outside of your pillow, making sure to stay close to the edge so your sewing machine sews the trim to the heart.  Leave an opening at the bottom of your heart about 3 inches long.  After you sew your pillow, flip it right side out.  Press it with an iron.  Then, stuff it with batting and sew up the opening you left.

Jan 17, 2018 | Post by: Meghan

3-D XO Valentine’s Day Decor

Add some love to your home this Valentine’s Day season with this super easy 3-D Valentine’s Day Decor!

This festive little gem was made out of paper, popsicle sticks, and foam squares!  You don’t have to stick with the X and O like I did.  You can use this technique to give all sorts of shapes dimension!

Supplies:

  • Red Cardstock
  • Glitter Paper
  • Foam Squares
  • 2 Popsicle Sticks
  • Cricut Cutting Machine
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

First, cut out 3 X’s from your red cardstock and 1 X from your gold glitter paper.  Add foam squares to the fronts of the red X’s.

Next, place the red X’s on top of one another.  The gold X will be the last one you add.

Cut a piece of your popsicle stick so its about 2.5 inches.  Cut two pieces of popsicle stick about 1.25 inches.  After you cut all of your wood pieces, trace them over your glitter paper.  Glue pieces of glitter paper on all sides of your wood pieces with your hot glue gun.

Glue the popsicle sticks on the bottom of your X and O.

Jan 15, 2018 | Post by: Meghan

XO Vinyl Valentine’s Day Pillow

Now that I have kids I am all about decorating for the holidays.  For me, it all started with Halloween this year.  I even made the small transition from bats and scary pumpkin faces to Fall decor like leaves and plaid pumpkins.  I definitely kicked it up a notch when Christmas rolled around with wood slice ornaments and a cute little pipe cleaner tree.

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When Christmas made it’s official exit (in my house it’s January 1st or 2nd), I was kinda bummed.  I knew Valentine’s day was next up on the list of holidays and I wasn’t feeling as excited to transform my living room shelves.  Until, I got a Cricut for Christmas.  I’m pretty much obsessed with it and have created so many Valentine’s Day projects, starting with this XO Vinyl Valentine’s Day Pillow.  (more…)

Jan 03, 2018 | Post by: Meghan

Easily Create Gorgeous Custom Wedding Invitations

Disclaimer – This post is sponsored by Basic Invite. Basic Invite is an online stationery company providing wedding invitations, birth announcements, graduation announcements, and quality stationery for all of life’s moments.  All opinions are 100% my own. 

When I got engaged, I knew I would be very hands-on with my wedding. I wanted to DIY any aspect of it I could to keep my costs down and customize it to fit the style of my husband and I. Like most brides, I added custom details to my wedding by making my own jewelry and adding special DIY touches to my centerpieces.

One DIY area most brides won’t attempt is their stationery, specifically their invitations. They assume they need to know graphic design to take on a task like designing custom invitations.  I ended up making my own invitations for my wedding. Since I don’t have a degree in graphic design, I kept the style of my invitations super simple with just basic font mixing. They turned out fine, but they were very simple and took a ton of time to make.

I recently found out about Basic Invite. Man, where was this place when I was planning and DIYing my wedding?!?! Their website is serious eye candy for any bride-to-be looking to design custom wedding invitations. Had I known about Basic Invite when I was creating my wedding invites (and stationery) the look and feel of them would have been way more professional with pretty details and the process of creating them myself would have taken way less time. As a bride-to-be saving time is a must since you are juggling a million to-dos at once!

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Now that I know about Basic Invite, I want to help all of you brides out there by sharing the details of this amazing online stationery shop and how you can create your own gorgeous wedding stationery. Yep, it can be done and you can do it yourself! Here are some of the details of what Basic Invite provides so you can make your wedding stationery affordable and gorgeous!

They have (almost) unlimited colors. Different websites offer custom color options, but at Basic Invite they allow their customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Yep, go ahead and choose that mossy green you love (that has a hint of grey in it and probably only exist is nature) because it can be added to your wedding stationery! Another element that makes Basic Invite different from other online stationery companies is the amount of customization they allow their customers. Once a design has been selected, the color of the elements can be changed. There are over 180 different color options to choose from. This allows customers to truly create a card that is exactly what they want!

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You can order custom samples. Basic Invite is one of the few online stationery companies that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print and get a feel for the paper quality before they place their final order. You guys, this is amazing. You get to see the invitation you created (in the flesh) before you order 200+ of them. This saves so many headaches of ordering your invitations (without seeing them) and praying they are exactly what you want. You have enough on your plate to stress about as bride; this service will take the worry of your custom invitations off that very full plate.

They have over 800 wedding invitation sets to choose from. That’s right 800+ options of cute wedding invitations for you to choose from until you find the design that fits your style! They just rolled out their new clear collection, added rose gold to their foil line, and introduced foil place cards. You really can’t go wrong with foil details and the clear invites are beautiful!

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Each of their wedding invitations is part of a set, which means you can find everything from save the dates to wedding invitations and enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs and thank you cards. Not only can you get all of your wedding stationery with one click, but it will all match. Best.News.Ever.

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Once you’ve selected your fun wedding invitations, it’s time to keep the cute going with over 40 different colors of envelopes. You don’t want to send your guests an invitation in a plain white envelope do you? The answer is “No”. Basic Invite is just as colorful with their envelopes as they are with their invitations. You get to choose from over 40 different colors so you can make your invitation stand out even before it is opened! Oh, and you don’t have to worry about licking yucky glue to seal these bad boys. Nope. All of their envelopes are peel and seal so they can be quickly and securely closed. Winning!

Another feature Basic Invite offers is a free address collection service.  They’ve made one of the more unpleasant tasks of sending out invitations super easy. You can use their free address collection service to request your addresses with just three simple steps. Share a link, collect addresses, and get free envelope printing.  It’s as easy as that! Having the ability to pick out your wedding invitation design and customize it to fit your style is super amazing, but this feature comes pretty darn close to matching that level of excitement!

You can also add a gorgeous keepsake guest book to your big day. Basic Invite allows you to personalize a wedding guest book that is the perfect addition to your wedding day stationery. These customizable guest books have a ring hidden inside which allows them to lay perfectly flat for a classy and convenient look. Since your guest book will have sweet words and well-wishes, you’ll want this to be beautiful so you can display it for years to come.

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Man, everything Basic Invites offers makes me want to get married all over again just so I can make the most gorgeous wedding stationery ever! The good news is you now know about this awesome online stationery so you can make your wedding invitations and stationery chic and fabulous.  If you’re like me and have already done the wedding dance, you can still get super cute stationery from Basic Invite. They have customizable invitations for birthdays, showers, baptisms, and so much more! Basic Invite will be your go-to stationery shop starting with your wedding and beyond!

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If you are looking for more stationery inspiration, be sure to check Basic Invite out on Facebook, Pinterest , Instagram, and Twitter.

Dec 21, 2017 | Post by: Meghan

DIY Felt Evergreen Branch

This DIY felt evergreen branch is just what you need for your holiday decor this year. It’s a no-maintenance way to add festive holiday greenery to your home or office!

Christmas is in full effect at my house. I’ve been decorating my tree and adding some festive charm to my shelves.  As I was going through my Christmas storage box looking at all of the decorations I have I was feeling pretty underwhelmed.  I felt like I was in need of some fresh, modern decor to add to the mix.

I love the look of Evergreen trees, but didn’t want to run out and get some fresh Douglas Fir branches cut since my kiddos are still tempted every once in a while to put random things they find on the floor in their mouths.  So, I wanted to get the look of a fir, but without the risk of having it shed all over my floor.  I figured out a way to get the look of a Douglas Fir branch using felt! This project is super simple.  So simple you can complete it in about 10 minutes! See the full tutorial at diys.com.

Dec 20, 2017 | Post by: Meghan

DIY Rustic Woodslice Photo Ornament

Showcase your favorite photos with this DIY Wood Slice Ornament.  Use it to display your favorite photos from the year or visits with Santa. It’ll make a great addition to your Christmas tree!

Now that I have kids, an annual trip to see Santa has become a Christmas tradition.   Last year was their first year with Santa, and surprisingly, there were no tears.  I thought for sure our visit with Santa this year would bring tears from someone since the kids are a little older and more aware of their surroundings.  Once again, no tears.  So, we are two for two!

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I now have four pictures of Santa – two from last year and two from this year. I figured I would do something with these photos instead of just tossing them into our Christmas storage box.  I decided to transform them into into a DIY Wood Slice Ornament.  My goal is to create these ornaments every year.  That is, until my kids no longer have any interest in visiting Santa! See the full tutorial at diys.com!

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