The other day I was playing around (code for wasting time) on the computer and found myself designing the fun Valentine’s cards. I’m planning to use a couple of them in a gift wrap project that will be live on the blog Thursday, but I also wanted to share them with you. All of the cards are free downloads so you can print right from your computer.
And in true ‘ConfettiStyle’ style, I designed these cards in fun, bright colors so they will surely brighten someones day.
Attach a card to a gift, frame one or two, or use them as part of a scrapbook and paper crafts project. Whatever you do, have fun.
These Valentine’s Day printables are yours to enjoy!
The pink heart card is perfect for anyone including teachers and everyone on your support team–hair stylist, nail technician.
Give the I Love You card to your significant other.
The poppy card has one of my favorite quotes on it and is ideal for a special friend.
This bold floral design is my favorite and would be great for mom or a special girlfriend.
Give this friendship card to all your girl or guy friends.
Be My Valentine is another great card for your hubby, wife or significant other.
Love Is A Word card is designed for anyone that brings meaning to your life.
During the holidays I always keep a couple of candles on hand for last-minute gift giving. Candles are one of my favorite gifts to give but sometimes I want a little something extra to go along with the candle.
As I’ve been out and about Christmas shopping, I’ve seen lots of cute jars filled matches. I immediately thought about what a great gift matches would be paired with a candle. And then, like all crafters and DIYers the thought of making my own Mason jar matches popped into my head.
A quick trip to the store to gather supplies and in no time flat I had created this sweet candle gift set.
Here’s what you’ll need to create your own DIY Mason Jar Matches…
Take the lid off of your Mason jar, and use it to trace a circle on the sheet of sandpaper. Using your hot glue gun, glue the sandpaper to the lid of the Mason jar. Fill your jar with the matches, trimming down to size if necessary. Tip: It is important that the matches you use are labeled strike anywhere, or they will not ignite on the sandpaper. Tie a bow on the Mason jar and add a decorative sticker or gift tag.
I promised I’d give you the low down on how I made these cute Holly Leaf Swizzle Sticks so today I’m sharing the tutorial so you can whip out a few of these for yourself.
First let’s talk supplies.
You’ll need wood cocktail stir sticks with a holiday sentiment on them. I found my cocktail sticks at HomeGoods but found similar ones at TJMaxx and on Etsy. If you’re shopping HomeGoods/TJMaxx look for the sticks in near the checkout line or back with the gift tags and holiday ribbon. I spotted them in both spots in my local stores.
tip: you could also use monogram stir sticks which you can find here.
Next you’ll need holly leaf embellishments to add to your swizzle sticks. I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby but these exact ones don’t seem to be available online. These 3-D holly leaf stickers are similar. Or you could use these cute gift package stickers for another look.
The last thing you’ll need is temporary glue dots. If you’re not familiar with glue dots, they are like adhesive tape but come in individual dots instead of one long strip like regular tape.
tip: the best part about using dots is the fact that they aren’t permanent. After your holiday party you can remove the holly leaf embellishment and use them again.
Now the hard work begins.
Step 1: Hold a swizzle stick in one hand and attach a glue dot to the front of the stick under the circular topper.
Step 2: Attach a holly leaf embellishment on top of the glue dot to hold it in place. **the holly leaf embellishment I used had a small stem so after I attached it to the glue dot I wrapped the stem around the stick.
Voila! You’ve got yourself really Christmas Swizzle Sticks in no time flat.
tip: Swizzle sticks also make a great hostess gifts add-on with a bottle of wine.
Making these swizzle sticks is hard work so I recommend you sit back and enjoy a holiday cocktail after you make a couple of set. Enjoy!
Because I’m a designer, I have always have a pile of fabric scraps lying around. A few weeks ago I was in the middle of cleaning up my office and preparing for The Art of Gift Wrapping workshop when an idea struck me. Why not makE gift tags out of my fabric scraps?
This is a super easy project that I know you’ll love so continue reading and check out my cute tags.
Is your holiday party calendar is already booked up? If so, I know you’re on the hunt for creative hostess gift ideas. I’ll be sharing my Holiday Gift Guides starting Monday but today I have a fun and easy DIY hostess gift idea to share.
No matter what type of holiday party we attend, my criteria for a hostess gift is that it needs to be creative, fun AND useful. This year I came up with the idea of creating a Holiday Gift Tag Jar filled with an assortment of gift tags and ribbon. What I love about this gift is that it only take a few minutes to pull together and you can find all of the supplies you need for less than $12! Everything you see here came from TJMaxx.
I used a glass jar for this hostess gift but you could use jsut about any decorative container that you want. The jar is purchased has a pretty embossed snowflake pattern on the outside but you could add a sticker to a plain jar to get the same effect. And I purchased boxed sets of ribbon and gift tags which included enough of each that I am able tome two jars.
Lay out all your ribbon and tags and mix and match so that you jar includes a variety. Fill the jar so that you can see everything inside and then tie a bow around the lid as a finishing touch. It’s that easy!
In addition to being a great hostess gift, a Holiday Gift Tag jar would make a fun gift for a girlfriend, co-worker or someone in your posse like your hair stylist or manicurist.
p.s. A Holiday Gift Tag Jar isn’t just for Christmas. You can make a year round version filled with all occasion tags and ribbon.
To make your own handcrafted gift tags, check out this post. And you and get tips on building your own gift tag collection here.
Today I’m joining a few bloggers for the Handcrafted Home DIY Blog Hop hosted by Jamala from Viva LaVintage For Your Home. And because this is a creative + diy themed blog hop, Jamala tasked each of us to transform an item using gold leaf.
Well, what’s a girl to do when the only craft projects on my mind are holiday related? Transform Christmas ornaments of course.
I dove into my holiday stash and found these two unfinished wood ornaments that I purchased from Hobby Lobby last year. They were the perfect candidates for a little DIY UpStyle.
After applying my gold leaf and adding a few vintage ornaments to the top of each wood piece, my ornaments went from plain to pizzazz!
This was a quick an easy DIY project and I love the way my ornaments turned out.
Tips for working with Gold Leaf:
Gold Leaf is easier to work with on surfaced that don’t have a lot of nooks and crannies. If you’re working with ornaments similar to mine, you’ll have to spend a little time smoothing the gold leaf on all the edges.
Wear latex gloves or put a few drops of talcum powder on your hands to make handling the gold leaf easier. This stuff is really clingy.
Use a soft bristle brush to smooth the gold leaf down. Smooth bristle will ensure you don’t tear the gold leaf.
Buy a high quality gold leaf paper and adhesive. I used the Gold Leaf Kit below (affiliate link) and think its one of the best out there.
Now it’s time to see the other fabulous DIY projects. Hop over and see how creative they got with their Gold Leaf.
I bet when you read the title of this blog post you had no idea what I was talking about, right? Well it’s time for another round of Swap It Like It’s Hot, where a group of crafty and creative bloggers get together, swap cast off thrift store pieces and breath new life into them using their DIY skills.
I was so excited when Charlotte from Ciburbanity asked me to participate in the swap again but was a little nervous about what I was going to receive in the mail from my swap partner. This time around my items came from Kimm at Reinvented and when I opened my box of goodie, I was giddy. Kimm sent me some great pieces to work with.
Like all craft and DIY projects I undertake, I spent some time bonding with the pieces before I decided how I was going to transform them. I decided to makeover a couple of the pieces now and the others will make their debut as part of my Christmas decor in November. #moregoodnesstocome
So before I jump into what I did with a couple of these items, let me first tell you that I had a hard time letting go of the leaf bowl the way it was. It was perfect and I could totally see if on my coffee table filled with fall nuts. But alas, I had to let it go and give it a new look (or in this case, a new purpose).
Since I loved the bowl so much, I didn’t go too crazy with the transformation. I decided to pare the leaf and one of the snack bowls and turn it into flower vase AND candleholder. You read that right… this little piece has two personalities.
Now it’s a candleholder…
And now it’s a flower vase.
How did I do that you ask? I attached the bowl (with the writing facing the back) to the leaf using a screw so the bowl could be turned upside down. When the bowl is facing down, a candle sits on the bottom. Then when the bowl is turned upright, I add a glass bowl and use it to hold flowers. Just like magic!
Oh, and did I mention that I added a hanger to the back of the leaf so it can also hang on the wall too!
The other piece I transformed was this art piece. I knew immediately that I was going to make a clock with this piece and decided on a black and white theme.
It went from a cozy cottage piece of art…
to a chic black and white buffalo check clock with a gold edge.
Pretty snazzy don’t you think? I’m thrilled with the way my swap items turned out and had so much fun transforming these pieces. Now it’s time to go check out all the other bloggers projects.
And speaking of other’s bloggers projects, I was so busy getting crafty with my items that I totally forgot to take photo of the items I sent my swap partner Christy. So, hop on over to Christy’s blog,Confessions of a Serial DIYerand see what goodies I sent her and how she worked her DIY magic on them.
And be sure to stop by each of the participating blogs throughout the week to see all of the fabulous swap transformations.
The pages I choose had designs which reminded me of beautiful wrapping paper. Here’s one of the pages before I colored it.
When selecting colors for the pages, I decided to use two of my favorite color combos–red & hot pink and royal blue & green. After the pages were colored I used them to wrap small cardboard gift mailers. Gift mailers are a great alternative to a traditional box for wrapping small items.
And because I’m all about the details, I added small grommets to the egde where the paper overlapped. And then I added some cute tassels. Aren’t these tassels the cutest things ever? I followed Amber’s hula tassel tutorial which you can find here.
COLORING BOOK PAGE GIFT WRAP
Hand coloring your gift wrap is definitely more time-consuming than using store bought paper but for special gifts it’s worth the time and effort.
You can pick up your copy of The Inspired Room Coloring Book on Amazon.