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Magical Fairy Garden

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Putting together two fairy gardens with my girls yesterday had me ridiculously giddy! I ran over to our local nursery in the morning after a workout (My new obsession which is boxing and cross fit called crosskick. It kicks my butt. I’ll have to share more about that later).
Picking out all the cute supplies and fairies was so fun. Then I ran to Walmart and grabbed a plastic container. I didn’t know if I wanted to establish the fairy village in our garden in the back yard because our raspberries are taking over so I started it in this. First, I sprayed painted so it was a bit cuter.
The girls love it but I still think I might love it more. haha. I need to plant some more small flowers and plants. I did make a tiny paper garland on string and attached it to the painted sticks. Which added a crafty touch. It’s going to be so fun because we can keep adding to it over time. There’s fences, tiny rocks to make paths, arch ways, stone walls and bridges. You definitely can get out of control. Excited to build onto it each summer.

My favorite part is the mailbox. We already added a tiny note for one of the fairies and can’t wait until we get a reply. Hopefully I won’t forget like the tooth fairy often does.

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The Minions took over yesterday. I bought those for Myles and was laughing cause they’re so stomping through the garden.
My friend, Annie, Made the cute moss corner on an old book at a birthday party which was perfect to just tuck right into the dirt!

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The wheel barrow is full of buttons and rhinestones that Quincey painted yellow and she pushes around the garden.

 

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Prize Ribbon Garland

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I know I mentioned that I love the Bow/Prize Ribbon Die set already but I have to say it again… I love it! This is a look at the prize ribbon die in action as a garland and on a card. It comes with a cute HOORAY flag to layer with.

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A prize ribbon garland would be so fun at a birthday, graduation or other celebratory occasion.
Layer some fringe behind it and add some honeycombs on the ends and you’ll be set.
You know how sometimes you don’t know how to finish the ends of a garland? Use coordinating paper and the bow from the die set to add a darling touch to each end.prize ribbon garland

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Happy Day Envelope Album

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Today I have a simple and fun mini album I put together of some recent pics during spring break. The fun part is that the base of the album is made from envelopes from my Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy collection. In each envelope I included pics, notes, tickets, memorabilia from our staycation. You know I love the experience of looking through mini albums. Seeing if you can find hidden treasure, secret notes and details.
We couldn’t go anywhere far from home during spring break because Avery had practices for a play she will perform at the end of the month. Believe me, I am counting down to our annual-much-needed-beach-vacation in a couple weeks. We did adventure out to the zoo, built forts and had fun with the big girls home all day so I included fave memories and snaps from that.

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The cover and back cover are a Dear Lizzy banner transparency. Then a piece of my gold number vellum and the “Happy Day” is cut from a card from my envelope set. Through out the album I use Dear Lizzy gold rimmed tags, gold foil number stickers, paper and my number paper clips.
Love these tassels from Maggie Holmes and the days of the week tape from A Beautiful Mess Messy Box.

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dear lizzy mini album

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I only glued half of the gold rimmed tag so I can still open the envelope easily.

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dear lizzy mini album

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Easter ears and building forts

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An old pic of me and Collin that I had on my phone.

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To print the pictures for this project I used the CANON Selphy Printer 910.
First I collaged my photos using the PicFrame app to a 2:3 ratio. Then I grouped them again in the 3:2 ratio making it easy to print all four pictures on 4″x6″ photo paper. Lasty, I cut them in half. I am obsessed with this printer since I can print everything right from my phone. I noticed there’s a pink one now??!!! Neeeeeed.
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DIY: Abstract Art Quote

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In partnership with Glade I wanted to share a DIY of how to add a feminine touch to your home decor. I’m really enjoying painting abstract canvases around my home lately. Such an easy way to freshen up the color scheme plus it is cost efficient too. Mix that with the new Peonies and Cherries scent from Glade and my home is ready for spring!
This particular quote art I made to match my daughters’ room. I already want to create another one and have them help me because it would be a fun mother/daughter craft.

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. -Roald Dahl

The quote is from the book The Minspins written by Roald Dahl. It was published a few months after he died which makes it quite intriguing to read his last incredible contribution to literature. We have a few of his books when we bought them in a set from Costco but that one wasn’t included. I will have to add it to our summer reading list.
I want my girls to not look for the beautiful things in life in the most unlikely places. To keep their eyes open for new discovery and not only look in common places.

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STEPS:
Start with a few shades of paint and a piece of chipboard. Mine is 8.5″x11″.
Cut small pieces of chipboard into various widths about 1/2″-2.5″ and use those as a paint brush to paint onto the chipboard. Cover the board in random steaks of color. You could use foam brushes as well.
Next, let dry.
Once dry, add white and layer over some of the colors. Love when the bottom layer color is peeking through. Go over any colors that may not look right too.
Then, diecut a quote with gold foil paper with Cricut or Silhouette.
Adhere to paint with Modge Podge or I used a glue stick then set a piece of plastic (like saran wrap) and a heavy book on top until dry.
That’s it! Frame it or leave on chipboard and display to enjoy!
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Bunny Brownies

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Sunday afternoon smelled like heaven after baking some yummy bunny brownies. We used the Wilton bunny treat mold to make that sweet silhouette. Waiting for brownies to cool definitely tests my patience but pays off in the end. Plus, I always  a c c i d e n t a l l y  leave some batter in the bowl. hehe
Just wanted to share this simple spring-time twist to one of our family favorites.

For the treat bag I embellished with Dear Lizzy tag stickers, patterned paper and the *coming soon* DIY Diecut Bow Set. The bow set is shipping the beginning of April to stores and your go-to online shops so watch out for that. It’s a must-have to add to your product collection! I know, I know, you’ve got so much stuff. But trust me. I seem to be using it on everything. “Put a bow on it” should definitely be a new crafting slogan. ; )

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bunny brownies

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Chalkboard tags + Flowers

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Chalkboard tags contrast with these sweet flowers making a darling thoughtful box! I’ve never thought to mix paper and fake flowers or greens so this is such a fun, new combination for me. Especially since we all probably have a little of both of those in our stash.
Wilna tells us how she put them together below…

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I started by cutting flower shapes (available on iheartstudio.ca) and layering them to make flowers using Dear Lizzy papers. Next, I added to the centre part of the paper flower a fake flower as well as green flourishes (also fake) and ribbons to the back of the paper flower. I adhered them to a little box with hot glue along with a chalkboard tag to write a little sentiment on.
Can totally see these Christmasy too! Red with gold and the white boxes!

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Fall feathers that pop!

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Fall doesn’t necessarily mean that the colors have to be dull and muted. These cards have just the right amount of pop! Wouldn’t they be perfect for a place setting at Thanksgiving dinner?(Include a name instead of thanks…) Or have these little “thanks” ready to show your gratitude. They are 2″x3″ when folded which qualifies as being adorable in the card making world.


I love fall, I love feathers and I can’t stop watercoloring. So today I am sharing a little combination of my favorites.dear lizzy blog| Amy Yingling

I was so excited to find a new use for the adorable dear lizzy dies.

Die cut and folded in half the large scallop die makes the perfect little mini cards. So fun, so easy… and the perfect little gift to have on hand. With a few easy steps you can make these too.

1.  Using white card stock and large scallop die – die cut and fold in half.
2.  Watercolor a small area on the center of the card
3. Die cut and watercolor the little feathers
4. layer with gold thread and glue to card front
5. Add a greeting using a simple thanks from the Silhouette library.

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dear lizzy blog| Amy Yingling
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Fluttery Favor Boxes

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These butterfly boxes would be darling for a birthday party or any fun event you have coming up. Sneak a treat or a little prize inside and you are ready to fly.
My girls would hold onto one of these boxes and carry it around in their bag or purse everywhere they go. Pretty sure I’d find a lost tooth, lucky rock, coins, treasures they find on my dresser or hand drawn notes inside. Sometimes I try to put things like these boxes aside and save it for them in their memory box and sometimes I let them just enjoy it. i.e.: destroy it. wink winkDear Lizzy blog and products| Wilna Furstenburg

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I used my Silhouette to cut out a few sheets of butterflies, changing the sizes with each different paper I used. Find the butterfly cut file in my shop! I used some of the Dear Lizzy Red polkadot vellum too! Once I cut all the butterflies, I layered them and stapled them together.
Next, I took 9 little jewelry boxes that I bought from Michaels and decorated the tops with different patterned paper, Tissue paper, Tulle, Mini pom-pons (I found these at Michaels too and adhered them with a dot of hot glue) also add some ribbons. Lastly I adhered a butterfly to the top. These are perfect for gifts, party favors and so much more.  -Wilna

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Kraft: every color’s BFF

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For someone who loves color and pops of white it’s funny that kraft is one of my favorite papers to create with. Honestly it’s pretty blah, I mean, how cute are different tones of the color brown? But kraft is an exception because it is perfect to mix & match with gold, bright colors, even black and kraft play well together. It is basically the BFF to every color of the rainbow.
It even makes wrapping gifts effortless. Around Christmas I pick up a whole roll at Xpedx to stamp, embellish and layer with all sorts of goodies. Mixes in perfect with the brightly colored wrapped gifts. dear lizzy blog/ amy yingling

Here’s Amy to share this cute box she put together with Dear Lizzy products….


“With kraft as the base I love to layer lots of threads, ribbons and sequins. For this little gift today I added a little paper rosette using some of the papers from Dear Lizzy Daydreamer collection. The colors are great for a little party. Then I layered it up with a cute label and the wood piece from the clothespins.
Use those rosettes for the cute addition to a wood skewer. You can stick them in a plant, present, cake or donut. Gifts from the heart don’t need to be lavish. It seems the things I love the most are simply thoughtful and the cuter the better, right? Enjoy!”

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Zing! Wow! Spark! DIY Thickers

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Have you ever used DIY Thickers before?
It’s a sticker on both sides of the letters and numbers… so you stick it down and then peel the front off the sticker. Then add any glitter, wow! zing! or spark! to customize it however your colorful heart desires.
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I put together some monogrammed tags to grab when I need something quick. Which seeing that sometimes I’m running around with my head cut off, I am hoping I appreciate my preparedness in the future when I am wrapping a gift at the last minute.monogrammed tags
Even using the embossing powder without embossing it worked great. It’s such a fine powder that it sticks perfect to DIY Thickers.

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