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DIY: Stamped Canvas Pouch

Today I am so excited to have one of my blog crushes and favorite designers Ann-Marie here to share a project using my Dear Lizzy stamp + some paint. Psst… all the Dear Lizzy products are still on sale at sooooo ch-check it out.
I’m a firm believer that one can never have enough bags for storing essentials of all shapes and sizes! When I spotted this canvas zippered pouch at Target last year in the dollar spot, I knew it had to come home with me. The size is perfect for corralling loose change or sunglasses and then throwing into my purse for safekeeping. With the help of the heart stamp from the Daydreamer set and acrylic paint, I gave the pouch a little pop of color and extra visual interest! Here’s how I did it:
1. First, I gathered all my supplies, including the Daydreamer stamp set, pink twine from the Daydreamer Value pack, an acrylic block, Martha Stewart acrylic paints, a sheet of scratch cardstock, washi tape, two makeup sponges, and a handful of q-tips.
2. To create a smooth surface for applying the paint onto the stamp, I squirted a little paint onto a scratch piece of cardstock (held down to my table with a few strips of washi tape) and then used a makeup sponge to even out the coverage.
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3. From there, I began stamping the heart onto the canvas pouch in columns. I repeated this process until I covered the entire bag, leaving three empty spaces for the heart to be stamped in a different color.
4. Since it’s difficult to get a perfect stamp impression when using paint, I filled in any gaps with a q-tip. (You could also use a fine-tipped paintbrush if you prefer.)
5. Once the aqua-colored hearts were dry, I repeated steps 2-4 with yellow paint and stamped in the allotted spaces.
6. Next, I created a tassel for the zipper using neon pink string and pink twine.
7. Creating tassels is super easy! You can get a step-by-step tutorial here.
8. Once the tassel was finished, I tied it to the zipper and threw the pouch in my bag! The more organized I can be, the happier I am!
Concept + Photos: Ann Marie


Instax Share Review

instax share

Because I am loving my Instax Share printer I thought I filmed and put together a quick review of how it works and what I love about it.
It’s really easy to set up and I am loving the result of the photos compared to my camera. Definitely awesome to get to choose the photo. Though, of course, I still love my Instax mini camera.
Click here to watch or press pay below.
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instax share review

instax share

instax share review

INSTAX share // B&H Photo INSTAX share 

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Instax Printer: For Your Phone

instax share printer

Days like today I really appreciate my own thoughtfulness. Immediately after opening this shiny new toy from the box I was jumping up and down– like I hadn’t known it was coming since Wednesday. Sheesh, I’d been tracking its every move since it left New York. And now that my kids are in bed I can thoroughly enjoy setting it all up. Though it is both a good & bad thing when most of the instructions for your techy toy are in Japanese. We’ll see how this goes.

For years I’ve been sharing my love for Instax and I still love that little camera!
But, you guys, this prints from your phone. So you can make sure the picture is good before you print. How many times have I forgotten to change the dial on the camera from the little house to the bright sun? Far too many. But I love over-exposed polaroids for writing notes on so it doesn’t bother me too bad. How many times have I taken a picture and my kids blink their eyes at the exact same moment? I swear they do it just to bug me. ; ) This printer also runs on batteries… little CR2′s, I mean, even the batteries are cute.

Excited to share how this all works, details of the little machine, & the quality of pics.

The best prices I found for it were on Amazon: INSTAX share // B&H Photo INSTAX share 

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Handmade Soap + Jars

homemade soap diy

How thoughtful is this gift of handmade laundry soap?! Love. it.
Amanda made them for graduation presents for girls who are heading off to college… but this could be darling for anyone, really. Even someone like me, who despises laundry more than anything, would appreciate such cuteness. Actually, I like the washing and drying part, I just suck at the putting away. They can sit in a basket for days until all the clothes are dirty again. How hard is it to put it in the drawers?! Lola is my neat freak. She’ll carry her clothes and put them in her drawer for me. The other girls couldn’t care less.
I love the tiny measuring cup she included and my Dear Lizzy jar paper was perfect.

dear lizzy jar paper

Cut out the jars and use a typewriter to print a message on the paper. Or if you don’t have a typewriter you can print it on a piece of paper and then use washi tape to temporarily attach the jar to the paper where it printed and print again so it’s on the jar. Because, let’s be honest, the typed message really adds to it.
I like American Typewriter font or there are some free ones at

Happy washing!
Project + Photos: Amanda Rydell

dear lizzy jar paper


dear lizzy jar paper


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Hanging By a Thread: darling garland


I know what you’re thinking, hanging by a thread is referring to me… especially since it’s Monday and my husband’s been gone for work and I almost brushed my teeth with Desitin, again. But actually this darling garland is. (Ok, maybe I am a little too.)
Such a cute + quick project to brighten up your workspace or a corner of your home.

Start with a string the length you want the finished project to be. Hang the ends with a push pin the color of your wall and tie a knot on the push pin and trim the slack.
Next, begin adding different elements.
There’s folded paper lollis, dimensional circles, feathers, ribbons, layered butterflies and tulle. Even keep some sting tied in a knot.
The feathers and tulle give it a dreamy feel from a distance that I love.
Also, did you know you can find really cool colored string at Home Depot?

Thanks so much for the project idea Jesse!
Concept and Photos: Jesse Lohof



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DIY: Paper Bows


Paper + bows make my crafty-loving heart swoon! Love these new die cuts from Maggie Holmes. It’s a wafer die that you can use over & over and works with most die cutting platforms. (Just need the right plates.) The “love” die below is from my Dear Lizzy set.

bow die cut

Packaging up gifts for people I love is one of my favorite things.
For the first one, I sewed a burlap bag and added tags inside then layered a bow with a Dear Lizzy wood shape + clothespin.
The middle one I started with a bag, added a Dear Lizzy label, DL project life card, a tag and “love” + bow die cuts. For the last one I embossed a kraft bag and added a bow and a tag inside.
kraft bag packaging

I just learned THE best tip for using metal dies—
At CHA we were messing around with using wax paper so the paper will pop out easier after it’s cut. That didn’t really work out. I was trying to leave a few sheets of paper in it too but I still ending up using the holes to have to poke paper out and usually ended up poking all the paper out.
So instead of using a tool to push through the tiny holes on the dies every time you cut try adhesive backed foam. You cut a piece to fit the foam take off the adhesive backing and place the die on it then run through the die cutter. You then have to peel some of the foam off of the plates that stuck to it BUT the die is awesome now and the foam will stick inside so the paper just pops right out each time you use it. die cutting tips

paper bows

paper bows how to
Remember that one time I made a video to go along with this post and now I am not even going to post it? haha! Next time…!

maggie holmes die set


You can still enter the Instax + Fave Things giveaway I posted about for the next couple hours… and try for the new giveaway below because sharing is caring!

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***Leave a comment below to win all three dies by Amy Tan, Maggie and Dear Lizzy (me)!! I will post the winner on Saturday.
Share on Facebook|Pin on Pinterest|Post on Instagram and add an extra comment for each!***



DIY polka dot bags: Pencil Eraser Stamping

pencil eraser stamping

This isn’t anything new… but it is fun. It’s one of those things you learn that’s so simple and easy you can’t help but love it! And want to stamp on everything.
Any pencils will do. But hopefully you will be lucky enough to find one that has images of puppies and kitten on it like I did.
pencil eraser stamping

Unused pencil erasers work best. And choose a color pencil to stamp with a coordinating color stamp pad so you don’t mix them up. I still mixed mine up somehow and the result wasn’t pretty. Loving the new stamp pads from SC! Try stamping and layering the dots for a cool look. Similar to this paper of  mine.
Glassine bags can be purchased here.

pencil eraser stamping

If you look close I cut the constellation map paper perfect to see Taurus? Anyone else a bull?
Consider this is a public service announcement that my birthday is coming up! #partytime
pencil eraser stamping

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*** I got all the details for my Barcelona class finished and it’s the class I will be teaching online. I was hoping to have everything ready before our trip but thanks for your patience. I will keep you posted!! Next week for sure though. I started kitting the kits for the online class… it’s going to be fun.

DIY: Seed Bombs

DIY Seed bombs

Recently I planted peonies and iris bulbs so now I am crossing my fingers that they sprout out of the ground someday because I have the blackest thumb ever. Pretty sure I couldn’t keep a cactus alive. But I love flowers and plan to spend more time in my garden and yard this summer. Last year I was completely enamored with Myles and growing him. ; )
I adore these DIY bomb seeds that the darling Amanda from Be Crafty made! She used my Dear Lizzy paper on a couple of the bags. Then added clips and stamped tags with fabric strips. Love it! They are perfect to give away as a gift to celebrate spring. You definitely have to get your hands dirty for this project. Here are the tips she shared:

I have always seen seed bombs at the green house in candy machines and wanted to try make them.  Seed bombs are little balls of dirt, dry clay and flower seeds. They are intended to be placed in areas where gardening in unavailable, but can be placed anywhere.

I found they were a lot easier to make then I thought. Please note: I read many different directions and worked with supplies I had on had.

SUPPLIES:  Dirt, dry clay ( found at walmart for $5 in crafting section) wild flower / flower seeds

STEP 1: Mix in small batches, adding dirt and clay together.
STEP 2: Roll into small balls
STEP 3:  Add a few flower seeds. The clay will hold the seeds in place.  ( don’t add to many)
STEP 4: Set balls out in sun for clay to harden. ( about 24 hours)
STEP 5: Enjoy + Share

TO MAKE THE BAG: I placed sticker letters  in the middle of a small canvas bag. Using distress ink (for scrapbooking)  mix with water in a small spray bottle.  Spray over the stickers. I added more ink as I went to get a darker ombre look.  Once the bag is dry, remove letters ( ok, I removed them right away, but best if you wait till it’s dry)
Photos + Craft: Amanda//Be Crafty Workshop

DIY Seed bomb

DIY Seed bombs


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Lola + Small Fry

bunny tote diy
Last week I got to work with my sis in law, Emily, at Small Fry Blog and photograph a darling bunny bag she crafted. Lola gave it a trial run and approves. See the simple DIY here. Perfect for Easter egg hunting and just being adorable.

How in the world Lola was scared of these tiny checks when she has a dog the size of a horse is beyond me.

bunny tote diy
bunny tote diy

xo, Lizzy

Don’t Get Pinched: Girl Hair Clips

diy hair clips

It’s a tragic day in second grade if you forget to wear green on March 17th. Quincey has been hounding me since last week to get her all green outfit laid out and ready to go. She definitely did not inherit my procrastination gene. But today we finally put together some fun, green accessories. I shared the green bow tie diy for Myles, now here’s some super quick girls’ ideas to put together.

diy hair clips

The first are some modern style barrettes.
I used some fabric scraps and glitter POW cardstock from American Crafts. Love that stuff.
-First, I cut some acrylic 2.5″ x .5″. You can use thick chipboard or foam board anything really.
-Next, cut the fabric slightly larger and wrap the acrylic like a present. Hot glueing each side as you go.
-Last, slide a bobbi pin on a 2.25″ piece of ribbon. Add hot glue to the back of the barrette and then attach the bobbi pin and ribbon. That’s it!
If you are making the glitter cardstock  ones it’s the same steps just cut the glitter cardstock slightly larger than the acrylic and then add the ribbon and bobbi pin the same. Use Modge Podge or Tackly Glue and glitter and it will work just as great. Just make sure the last step is modge podge to keep glitter in place. Should be quick since it’s such a small piece.

diy hair clips

diy hair clips

Next is a clover flower that Quincey helped me make. Great for a beginner sewer.
-Cut 3 clover leaf shapes.
-Then sew a running stitch along the bottoms.
-Last, pull thread to bunch together and tie a knot. Would be cute in other colors and more petals. Love Amy Tan’s embroidery threads and needles for this.
diy hair clips

diy hair clips

diy hair clips
Happy St Patty’s Day! xoxo, Lizzy

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