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“Hello Summer” Favor Stand (Echo Park)

Please note that the Blog Hop and competitions previously detailed on this post have now closed. You can see who won the Echo Park giveaways on their blog here. You can see who won my giveaway here. I encourage you to visit all the fabulous blogs that were on the hop – there is a list at the end of this post! Hello Summer Party Favor Stand I have this project to share today. I know it might look complicated but I promise it is not! To create this I took a cheap cupcake tree (this link will take you to the exact product I used available on amazon.com) and covered it in paper from the Hello Summer Collection. To make the borders I cut strips from the You’ve Been Flagged Paper and cut notches into the flags with a pair of sharp scissors. You don’t have to be too accurate as the overall effect is what is most important! To create this birdhouse I used this file from the Silhouette store and then added some of the chipboard and sticker elements to create the clouds and bird details. They are all layered and mounted using dimensional foam. Here is […]

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“Fine and Sunny” Wall Art & Mini Album (Kaisercraft)

Hi Everyone It’s the last day of April so I thought I would share some projects I created for Kaisercraft using their April Collection – Fine and Sunny. To see the full Collections on Kaisercraft’s website – click here. To see the products at amazon.com click here. The Letter “C” I created this for my daughter’s room. It’s fun and just a tiny bit girly – just like her! Baby Mini Album I wish I had some photos of the inside of this album but I sent it off in such a rush that I didn’t get a chance to take any!  Treat Containers These little treat containers are a great way to use up scraps. I have a full tutorial on my blog here. This really is a fun collection – and tomorrow I have a couple to share using the other April Collection – Charlotte’s Dream. Please post a comment with any questions – Lowri 🙂 I am linking up this post to these websites here.

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Delicious Paper Strawberries! (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone  I have this post up on the Echo Park Blog today. These paper fruits are perfect for hiding sweeties inside, or you could make a bowlful for some colorful Spring decoration. They are simple to make and I have made them using both a paper template and an electronic die-cutting machine – the only difference is that with the machine they are quicker to cut out! There are a few patterns available online – try this one here which you can print onto plain cardstock for a template or if you have an electronic die-cutter – you can purchase the cutting file here.  With either method it is easy to shrink or enlarge to create the size strawberries you want. I tucked some treats inside before using strong paper threaded through all the holes in the petals to close. Don’t worry about how it looks as you are going to be covering the top with the leaves of the strawberry. These fabulous papers from the This and That Graceful Collection were perfect for this project and I used the Kiwi green paper (kind of appropriate for me living in New Zealand!) from the Dots and Stripes Soda Fountain […]

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Christmas Leftovers into Valentine Treats!

Hi Everyone I was guest posting over on the Making Memories Blog this week – and I had a couple of ideas for turning your leftover Christmas bits and pieces into ideas for Valentines Day. From Christmas Day to Valentine’s Day We all have scraps of paper and embellishments left over from our Christmas projects, so I thought I would use some of the fabulous red and cream colored leftovers I had from the Twinkle Collection to create a couple of simple Valentines Favors. I made these candy holders using some of the Words paper and then added some plain red organza ribbon along with the gorgeous spotted red and cream ribbon from the Trims and Brads embellishment pack.  One of the flowers from the Twinkle Baubles embellishment pack completes the simple but elegant decoration. These would be great as a little gift for a teacher, filled with some lovely pink candy hearts. These flowers are a great way to decorate gifts and packages too.  I used a rosette die to create the flower and one of the Twinkle Baubles in the centre. The over-size rhinestones in this pack are fabulous! Check in again soon to see another great way […]

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Wedding Tutorials Day 4 – Favors

Hi Everyone Today I have an idea for Wedding Favors. SO simple and easily adaptable to any theme. Please note that the contest previously detailed here has now closed. Winners can be seen here. Wedding Favors Your guests could either open these or keep them as a little memento of your day. I like to fill them with after dinner mints! These really are one of my favorite projects to make and I have a new and simplified tutorial to share today!  Cut paper into 3” x 4” rectangles (7.5cm x 10cm) You can get 12 of these from one sheet of scrapbook paper Place very strong double sided adhesive tape along the two long and one short sides. I used JEJE Extra Sticky Tape Remove the backing from the tape Form a cylinder, joining the 2 shorter sides together with the adhesive Press adhesive very firmly Pinch one end of the cylinder together. Press adhesive firmly and fill with little treats  Pinch other end of cylinder together at right angles to form this shape. Use a paper crimper or scoring tool to really seal edges Note – the papers are from the Nantucket Collection from Pink Paislee. I have […]

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Wedding Tutorials Day 3 – Confetti

Hi Everyone Today I will show you how to make the Confetti Bags I created for my sister’s wedding – SO EASY!! Confetti Bags Your guests can either use these to shower you with love or keep them as a little memento of your day. Note – the punch I used was the Fiskars Butterfly Punch and the papers are from the Nantucket Collection from Pink Paislee   These are super simple to make with scraps of paper and dollar-store baking paper and organza bags! Gather up any paper scraps you would like to use and using a decorative punch, create lots of colorful shapes Using cheap baking paper and the same punch, create lots more shapes. Eight layers of paper at a time was perfect with this punch but you might need to experiment Gather them together in a pleasing ratio! I used cheap organza bags ($2 for 5 from the dollar store) as my confetti holders, but you could use cello bags or the favor containers here! You can see all my wedding related tutorials by following the links below: Placecards Tutorial Flowers Tutoria Confetti Tutorial Favors Tutorial Please post a comment with any questions. Lowri I am […]

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Wedding Tutorials Day 2 – Flowers

Hi Everyone Today I will show you how to make the Rolled Flowers decorating the Placecards shown yesterday, plus some other flowers for decoration Rolled Flowers These flowers look stunning and are very easy to make – see below. Cut a spiral of paper. You can do this using a die cutting machine or you can simply draw a spiral shape directly onto the paper (See note below) Working from the outside in, wrap the paper around a wooden skewer Be sure to keep the inside edge neat. Once you reach the centre, slide the flower off the skewer Place a blob of hot glue or other strong adhesive on the base as shown. Press the Flower into glue and hold until firm (one reason for using hot glue is that this will take about 5 seconds!) These flowers can be used on all your decorations or scattered on your table Note: These flowers are made using the Nantucket Collection from Pink Paislee. I cut the spirals using a Cuttlebug machine and a die similar to this one here. Decorative Flowers  These flowers were created with the same Nantucket Collection and this time I used a Nantucket Chipboard Tile for the […]

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Wedding Tutorials Day 1 – Placecards

Hi Everyone I had a wonderful response to my recent post where I shared some of the pieces I created for my sister’s wedding, and several people have asked how to make the items shown.  Be sure to also take a look at this post HERE which shows you how to make the paper flowers to decorate the placecards. Placecards If you are hosting a small, intimate or informal event, you can still offer some great little touches such as place cards and it is really easy to create these yourself with a few basic scrapbook supplies. Even at a very casual event, you might like to ensure your guests are seated as you would like – so placecards become necessity – they also make a lovely keepsake for guests to take home. These are easy to make – see the tutorial below.   Cut labels or plain squares from patterned scrapbook paper (see note below). Fold paper shapes in centre and crease well. Using double sided tape or an adhesive runner, attach your smaller piece to your larger piece, taking care they are centered Decorate as you wish. I have printed names onto clear labels and added some simple […]

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Casual Summer Wedding Stationery w/ Pink Paislee

Hi Everyone Hope you have had a wonderful few days over Christmas. We had a very casual family wedding last week and I put together a few fun items for decoration. Placecards To create each card I cut two pieces of paper using Spellbinders, creased them in the middle and glued one on top of another. I printed names onto clear labels and added one of my rolled paper flowers (see below). Candy Favors I have made these many times before (I have a tutorial here if you would like to see how!) but they are so elegant and perfect for hiding a couple of after-dinner mints. Confetti Bags I collected all the paper scraps from the other items and punched butterflies using a small punch. I then punched the same shape from layers of baking paper to create confetti. (Note – 8 layers of baking paper at a time was perfect!) Flowers I also created some paper flowers for decoration. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of them after they were arranged as I was doing all the cooking for the reception and it was a little busy! Here are a couple of pictures of what was an absolutely […]

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Wine Glass Markers (Pink Paislee)

Hi Everyone – a really quick party idea to share today using one of my favorite products this year – Vintage Vogue Spool Buttons from Pink Paislee. If your parties are anything like mine – you need to keep a pretty close eye on your wine glass throughout the evening! These are a great way to give your guests a good chance at remembering which glass belongs to them! To make these I used a plain wire ring (sold as wine glass charm rings or plain earring bases) and threaded on some beads for decoration. I used the stone chips as the first bead to stop the others falling through the center hole. Using pliers, you then bend the plain end of the wire 90 degrees to make a right-angle  end to fit through the loop. Please leave a comment if you have any questions. Lowri 🙂 I am linking up this project to these websites here.

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