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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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extra sweet envelopes

dear lizzy productsFabric bags are one of my fave go-tos for gift giving and filling with trinkets and thoughtful treasures. Then decorating the outside is the icing on the cake. And these bags by Wilna are everything sweet.


 

A long time ago, I bought these drawstring bags and finally got a chance to fancy them up.
First, I painted the little bags with acrylic paint and let the paint dry. Next, I stamped with my Dear Lizzy Stamps and embellished with Dear Lizzy fringe, sequins, clothespins.
Next, I used my Silhouette to cut the envelopes that fold down to the center. Inside I made invitations (they are 2×3). Fold and slide into the bags. I also punched a little tag and added the initial with Dear Lizzy thicker of every person invited to their invitation on a tag.

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Hello September! I know I’ve been dreading saying goodbye to summer but fall is fast approaching and I am welcoming it with open arms and a high five.

As much as I revel in picking out a thoughtful gift, the most fun is packaging.
Instead of wrapping paper, grab some Dear Lizzy paper. Love this darling box by Amy Yingling.

Start by die cutting paper butterflies, layer three different sizes then sew on a tag. Top it off with a Dear Lizzy flair button and Julie Andrews will be singing a new tune about paper packages.

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DIY: Ribbon Weaving

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School has started and the weather is getting crisp– now is a better time than ever to learn how to weave. After the kids are in bed and while Collin is traveling, my evening ritual includes watching Gossip Girl reruns and listening to summer rainstorms as of late. Throwing in a weaving loom and colorful yarn + ribbons would be the perfect addition.
Love this unique twist to the typical weaving techniques using ribbon + twine Ann Marie is sharing today. She walks you through step by step. So colorful and rad!!
PS Congrats to Ann Marie and husband in welcoming their new sweet bebe! xoxo


 

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Weaving is one of those trends that has recently taken Pinterest by storm and for good reason. It’s an incredibly relaxing craft that can be done virtually anywhere with a variety of materials and techniques…the possibilities are endless! Normally I use yarn when I weave, but I decided to try something new and mix of Dear Lizzy grosgrain ribbon with baker’s twine to create a fun woven wall hanging. Here’s how I did it:

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1. To begin, I gathered all of my supplies, including a handful of my favorite ribbon + baker’s twine from the Daydreamer 24-Pack, sharp fabric scissors, and a Martha Stewart loom and needle. (If you don’t have that particular loom, you could always create your own! This is a great tutorial for building one out of a wooden frame and nails.

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2. Next, I created the base for my weaving (aka the “warp”) using baker’s twine. I began by tying a double knot to one the prongs and then threading back and forth between both sides of the loom until I was satisfied with the size of the warp. Once I reached the end, I tied another double knot to a different prong (on the same side of the loom as the first double knot) and trimmed off any excess string.

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3. Since the width of the grosgrain ribbon was a little too wide for the look I was going for, I cut a strand in half. Note: a little bit of fraying will occur when you cut the ribbon, but I think it only adds to the handmade charm of the weaving!

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4. Once I had a half-sized strand, I threaded it through the needle and tied a simple larks head knot (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyzUmetVJFA) on one end of the warp and began weaving back and forth.

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5. When I wanted to tie on a new color, I simply double knotted the two ribbon together (always on the backside of the weaving) and continued the process.

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6. Once I was happy with the size of my weaving, I tied off the final ribbon.

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7. Since I wanted to hang the woven wall hanging from a twig, I carefully slid the top part of the weaving down with my fingers, making sure I didn’t create too much tension on the warp. Then, I tucked the twig into the top strands until it was all the way through and I could pull the weaving off of the loom.

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8. To secure the bottom strands of the weaving, I double knotted every two strands together until the entire structure was finished.

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9. Next, I evened out the look of the dangling strands by cutting a straight horizontal line with my fabric scissors.
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amme_weaving_1410. Finally, I cut another strand of baker’s twine and tied a knot on each end of the twig so that I could hang the weaving to a wall or in my case, a doorknob.

11. Then came the fun part: finding a home for my new woven masterpiece! I decided to hang it from the doorknob in my office to add a colorful, welcoming touch to the room!

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Birthday in a bottle

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This Birthday in a bottle idea is darling for a birthday invitation, adding a gift inside or any treats to give to a friend. Here are some tips of how Wilna put the bottles together.


To make the tags: First I painted half of the tag with Chalkboard paint and used a white pen to write a little note. Next, I added gold embossing powder to the other half of the tag. Then layered with Dear Lizzy stickers and sequin ribbon. Also, added some of my diecut phrases.
To make gold milk bottles I poured gold acrylic craft paint in it spun the bottle to cover the inside. Tied the tag to the bottle with baker’s twin. I think these would make awesome gifts or invitations. I have a friend who has a birthday soon and the plan is to give her one of these bottles with flowers in it.

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School is back in session!
Their first day of school Collin put a note in each of the girl’s boxes with a clue to a surprise he’d planned for them on Saturday. After lunch they met up at the purple slide to share what their note said and figure out Dad’s surprise. This idea was brilliant because we knew Avery would find Quincey and see how she is doing. They ended up playing together at recess even. It’s heartbreaking to picture your kids at the first day of school all alone, trying to make new friends and figuring out the routine. Even though I think the whole experience of going back to school helps them grow, it was comforting to know they have each other.

These cute envelopes would be perfect for a lunch note-even add a little treat inside. They were made by the darling Amy from Inspiration Ave.
First, choose a few pieces of coordinating Dear Lizzy papers. Use an envelope cut file from Silhouette Studio and the  Cameo to cut your shapes. Last, embellish with tags and stitched hearts.

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After a long day of school we sit in the window seat and she tells me all about it.

 

Back To School Feast

IMG_8015b This year we headed up to the glorious mountains for the back to school feast. It is a celebration for the ending of summer and beginning of another school year. My sister, Camille, and Collin helped put it together for our kids. Camille made the yummy caramel and white chocolate cinnamon apples as well as a delicious quinoa + mango salad. I pulled together some crowns and special details. Before hand, we chose a theme for the year and shared it with them. During the feast we also talk about their excitement and concerns. Making new friends and how to be a good student. My great grandma Charlotte happened to be here visiting from San Diego and I saw her watching with wide eyes as we carried the chairs and table to our perfect spot. Then I had to laugh and holler to her, “Grandma, I promise I’m not crazy.” Actually we kind of are. But it was memorable and that’s what we were striving for. A million giggles, many clinks of their bottles with a loud “Cheers!” through out the night and a couple hilarious quotes proved the night to be a success.
Matthew: “We should do this more often…”
Quincey: “This is the best day of my life!” haha Mostly because there was an unusual treat of cream soda involved. Not to mention, a tower of R A D donuts.

“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!”

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Our first Back To School Feast here

Here’s to another year, my sweet girls! I am so proud of you. How brave you face the up-coming months. How set your eyes are on the goal of being a friend to others and striving with all your might to grow and learn. Love you, Momma!

 

 

Popsicle Invitations

So thrilled to have some over-the-top darling projects from Wilna like these popsicle ice cream invites. Seriously, I could just eat them up.
Check out her shop full of hand-drawn cut files and even her famous coffee cup albums.


Since in the summertime we always enjoy popsicles… they were a great inspiration for invitations. I cut each popsicle out twice using my Silhouette + the cut files you can find in my shop. Next, I used hot glue to add the two pieces together with a stick in the middle.

The fun part was decorating them!! I used Dear Lizzy Papers, glue and actual cake sprinkles. Don’t forget gold glitter, of course.
For the painting section have you ever used Impasto Acrylic Paint? It is a medium that works with paints and most stains to build up the texture and thicken it. Loved the look that added to the popsicles. ice cream invites ice cream invites ice cream invites

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Love how each one is unique, make the invitation process fun. Or you could do them all the same to streamline the process. And a popsicle theme would be easy and cute to add through out the party decor when it is time for the big day.

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DIY: Geometric Banner

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Love this banner idea from Ann Marie using Dear Lizzy paper and twine:
One of the most consistent crafty trends over the past couple of years has been the banner. It’s gone from triangles to circles to tassels and everything in between! I’m always trying to think ofnew and exciting ways to push the trend even further, so I was psyched when I found this awesome 3D geometric ball cut file designed by Amy Robison in the Silhouette Studio store. Here’s how I took the simple shape and turned it into a festive banner for my office.
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1. First, I gathered together all of my supplies, including the Daydreamer 6 x 6″ pad, a solid tape runner, red baker’s twine, my Cameo die-cutting machine + 12 x 12″ mat, and the 3D geometric ball cut file.
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2. Next, I chose my favorite patterned papers from the 6 x 6″ pad and laid four at a time out on my 12 x 12″ Cameo mat.
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3. Once I had the cut files arranged in the Silhouette Studio software, I let my Cameo go to work and cut out a bunch of the 3D geometric balls.
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4. After determining how long I wanted my banner to be, I cut a long strand of red baker’s twine.
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5. Using my fingers to carefully fold along all of the perforated lines, I began to create the geometric ball shape with the help of a solid tape runner.
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6. Before sealing up each of the geometric shapes, I used a needle to thread the baker’s twine from one side of the ball to the other.
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7. Once I had all of the 3D geometric balls strung along the baker’s twine, I hung it up over a floating shelf and called it good. I love the way it adds a playful touch whimsy to my office!
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