Patriotic Banner for the 4th of July

Patriotic Banner for the 4th of July

A Patriotic Red White and Blue Banner for your next 4th of July Get Together.

Is the Family getting together for the 4th?

Get the party started with a simple 4th of July Banner using StyleTechCraft Red and White

Glitter Vinyl, Navy Cardstock, and a Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*.

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Patriotic Banner for the 4th of July

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Patriotic Banner for the 4th of July

Patriotic Banner for the 4th of July

  • Use a hole punch to add holes in the top of the banner pieces.
  • Thread the banner pieces and plain wood beads* onto a piece of twine.

Patriotic Banner for the 4th of July

Patriotic Banner for the 4th of July

Set out the chairs and fire up the grill, and you’re on your way to a great 4th of July Celebration.

Mae’s Baby Shower Banner

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

Mae’s Baby Shower Banner

This past weekend we held a baby shower for my daughter

and soon-to-be granddaughter Mae.

The theme was April Showers Brings Mae Flowers.

My daughter gave me full permission to do “my thing.”

Everything was pink and flowery. (I had fun.)

One of the decorations that I made was a banner with my granddaughter’s name.

It was a simple project that we used along with a few balloons and giant rosettes

to create a place to take photos.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

If you’re interested in making a banner for your next party here’s what I used: 

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Mae's Baby Shower Banner

  • Cut the scrapbook paper slightly larger than the wood banner pieces.
  • Place the scrapbook paper design side on the Xyron Creative Station®*
  • Turn the handle of the Creative Station to run the paper through.  As it runs through, it adds complete adhesive covering on the underneath side of the paper.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

I wanted to keep the banner pieces simple. 

But you could add all kinds of flowers and embellishments to make it special.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

How to make small pom-poms:

  1. Cut a small piece of matboard or cardboard approx. 2 inches. Loosely wrap the yarn around the matboard 50 times.
  2. Slide the wrapped yarn off the matboard and tightly tie the middle of the loops with a second piece of yarn.
  3. Cut all the loops with a pair of scissors. (Leave the second piece of yarn long.) Give the pom-pom a shake. Then the fun part, give the pom-pom a haircut, trimming all the ends the same size.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

  • I added the banner pieces and wood beads onto a long piece of pink ribbon.
  • I spread the banner pieces to make room and tied the pom-poms directly onto the ribbon. Trim the long strings of the pom-poms.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

I found these Cute Floral Pails* at Dollar Tree* and filled them with pansies. 

They were the perfect addition to our Spring themed baby shower.

Mae's Baby Shower Banner

I picked up these cute pink mugs at Hobby Lobby and used StyleTechCraft White Glossy Vinyl

to make the words for the Mom and Mae cups.

I used the Mom mug during the shower to hold pink cutlery.

It was so much fun planning this party.

I’ll be sharing more details of the shower soon.

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Pot of Gold Party Favors

Pot of Gold Party Favors

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these cute pots of gold party favors.

A quick and simple little party favor for your guests.

Fill with all kinds of goodies and chocolate coins.

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I found the little Black Cauldrons* at Dollar Tree with their St. Patrick’s Day display.  I knew they would look cute as little pots of gold under rainbows of ribbon.  (And don’t forget to get a few extra to save for next Halloween.)

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Pot of Gold Party Favors

To personalize the Pots of Gold…

Solid and Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon Pack, 24 Bright Colors, 3/8" x 48 Yards by Gwen Studios

If you love ribbon, you can find the variety pack of Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon Pack by Gwen Studios* at Walmart or Walmart.com.

Simple DIY’s for Setting a Pretty Table

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

Setting a Pretty Table for a Special Occasion with Simple DIYs

Whether for a casual dinner party, wedding, or intimate dinner for two,

a beautiful table can set the mood.

For this dinner, I’m setting it up outside.  I love eating Al Fresco whenever possible.

It lends an air of casualness that promotes better conversations.

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Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

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Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

Let me start by saying, first and foremost, I am not a seamstress.

Which makes all of the following projects “sew simple”!

To create the Table Runner:

  • Start with a 2-yard piece of Rugby Tan Satin.  Cut the satin into two 22″ x 46″ pieces.  Sew the two ends together to create one long piece of satin.  
  • For simplicity, I folded, pinned, and ironed 1″ around the whole piece of fabric.
  • Tuck and refold the 1″ seam in half, pin in place.  Sew each side, leaving a 1/2″ seam.
  • Iron the seams.  
  • Sew a strip of lace trim on each end of the table runner.  My table runner is 20″ x 90″.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

  • I created 14″ napkins using the same technique as the table runner.  The lace is only on two sides of the napkin.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

There are several different ways to fold a napkin.  One of the easiest ways is the accordion napkin fold.

  • Begin with a pressed napkin.
  • Lay the napkin flat. Accordion-fold the napkin by folding the bottom edge 1″ to 1 1/2″. Continue folding the entire length of the napkin. Make sure to leave the lace showing on each end.
  • Fold the pleated napkin in half.
  • Wrap a small strip of 1½” satin ribbon around the middle of the folded napkin, overlapping and securing the ends with a glue dot.  
  • Wrap a small strip of satin rhinestone around the 1½ satin ribbon and securing the ends with a glue dot.  
  • Set onto the center of the plate and flare out the folds.
  • For a special touch, place a small flower in the center of the napkin ring.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

To make the Bow:

  • Cut two 24″ pieces of 1½” satin ribbon. 
  • Cut one 6″ piece of 3/8″ ribbon.
  • Fold the ribbon pieces into two loops crisscrossed with the tails on each end.  
  • Lay ribbon bows together with the second one askew. 
  • Tie the bows together with the shorter piece of ribbon.
  • Trim the ends of the ribbon tails with a notch cut.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

  • Cut a 2″ strip of satin rhinestone trim.  
  • Wrap around the center of the bow and attach in the back using a glue dot.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

  • You will need two ribbon bows, one for each end of the table.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

  • Pin the bows onto each end of the table.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

No “pretty table” would be complete without flowers.  

For a casual simple look, use a variety of large vases and vintage jars

to add flowers to your table. 

A simple ribbon tied around the neck is all you need.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

A Simple Vase of Daisies.

As Meg Ryan said in the movie, You’ve Got Mail…

“Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flowers?”

To dress up a clear glass cylinder vase, wrap a strip of rhinestone trim around

the top of the vase and secure it with a glue dot.  (such a simple trick)

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

To Dress the Table:

  • I used the Aqua Voile to create a simple tablecloth. I sewed two ends together to make a 36″ X 90″ tablecloth. Because the fabric is light and airy, I carefully cut the fabric and did not sew any seams around the cloth. It is subtle enough to add a bit of detail without overwhelming the table.
  • Place the table runner centered on the table.
  • Place a natural woven placemat under the plates for a more casual look.
  • I used vintage pink wine glasses for the drinks and two different vintage plates.   I like to mix old with new to create a fun and inviting vibe.
  • Add napkins to the plates and flowers on the table to finish the look.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

Thoughtful touches and simple DIYs make this table perfect for any special occasion.

DIY Graduation Card and Gift Card Holder

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DIY Graduation Cap Card and Gift Card Holder

How to make personalized graduation cards for the special people in your life.

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For the Graduation Card and Card Holder

I used The Maker’s Movement NEW Graduation Cap Die Set and the NEW Donut Box Gift Card Holder Die Set.

If you are a Cardmaker/Paper Crafter, make sure to check out all NEW RELEASE Stamp & Die Sets now available. So many cute sets!  (and I promise, I will have more on the donut box later)

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Directions:

  • The pieces for the Graduation Cap were die-cut out of Black Glossy Cardstock* and edged in gold using a Gold Chisel Tip Calligraphy Pen*.
  • The gold layer for the card is Rinea Foiled Paper which was adhered to the card base using a Tape Runner*.  
  • The tassel and button on the cap were made using the gold foiled paper adhered to cardstock and then die-cut.

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  • I used the Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the back of the foiled paper.
  • This picture is when I used the Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the purple foiled paper for the gift cardholder.  
  • I also added adhesive to the gold foiled paper used to create the letters on the front of the card.

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  • Die-cut the gold foiled paper (with adhesive added to the back) using the alphabet die and Crossover II Die-Cutting System*.
  • The adhesive on the back of the foil makes the letters stickers and easy to adhere. 

LETTER ALIGNING TIP…If you’re a perfectionist like I am and want to align the letters as straight as possible. Use Gridded Transfer Paper* to help you line up the letters. Place the front of the foiled letters on the adhesive side of the transfer paper, remove the backing off of the foiled paper and transfer the letters onto the front of the card.

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To Make the Graduation Cap Gift Card Holder:

  • To make my gift card personal, I chose to make my graduation cap purple to honor the school colors of this year’s graduate.
  • Add adhesive to the back of the foiled paper using the Xyron Creative Station*.  (see previous picture)
  • Die-cut the pieces of the graduation cap using the Crossover II Die-Cutting System*.
  • Die-cut the base of the gift card holder out of black glossy cardstock and the New Donut Box Die.
  • Fold the box on the score lines and adhere to side tabs to create the box.  
  • Adhere a small piece of paper on the inside of the box to finish creating the lid.  
  • Adhere the Graduation Cap pieces onto the top of the box.  If you would like a little dimension, add 3D Adhesive Foam Squares to the back of the cap before adding it to the box.

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  • Add a little personality on the inside of the box with graduation-themed scrapbook paper.  
  • Insert candy, gift card, or cash for a graduation gift they’re sure to love.

Simple Spring Place Card

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Add a little whimsy to your Spring Table with this cute little Bunny Place Card.

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Make it personal, it’s fairly simple and very inexpensive to make. 

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For the Bunny Place Card…

I used inexpensive wood bunny cut-outs from Dollar Tree* and scrapbook paper.

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Directions:

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  • Lay wood piece onto scrapbook and give a gentle rub to make sure everything is stuck down.
  • Carefully cut around the shape with a craft knife*.
  • Sand the rough cut edges of the shape with a sanding block*.  You can use an emory board* to get into small places to smooth.
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To make my bunny stand, I used a small wood piece cut from an old scrabble tray* and glued it onto the back using Dap Rapid Ruse All Purpose Adhesive*.

(You can find scrabble trays on Amazon*.  Another idea would be to use a small kids block*.)

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Now you’re ready to set the table using your good dishes and let the party begin.

Personally…I always considered these red toile dishes my “good” dishes and I only used them

for Holidays.  Now, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve decided to use them every day.

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Easy DIY Football Themed Party Ideas

Fall Football and Fun…

Fall is right around the corner, and with that comes Football Season.

Whether you’re watching the NFL, College or High School, a few simple football snacks

are always welcomed by the fans.

To keep the decorating easy, I used a few sheets of Football themed scrapbook paper.

I used one of the 3″ x 4″ sections and attached it to the front of a small caddy container

(from the Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer*) with repositionable tape to make a

silverware holder.

I used the Deflecto 3 Tier Dessert Stand* to hold my snacks.

The stand is the perfect tailgating companion.

It is easy to put together and folds flat for compact storing and transporting.

Use football-themed washi tape or strips of cut paper and adhere it around the edges

of the tiers for added fun.  (Make sure to use repositionable adhesive. )

Create a banner to hang on the wall using colored cardstock or construction paper in your

favorite team colors.  I created the letters using white craft vinyl from StyleTechCraft and cut

them out using my  Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine*.

You could also use letter stickers to spell out your words.

I picked up clear cups, napkins, condiment cups and silverware at Dollar Tree.

Entertaining doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

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Having everything in clear cups makes for easy grab and go snacking.

I also found this cute little Football Game at Dollar Tree. 

It makes a great prop and sign holder.

Popcorn, Muddy Buddy, Pretzels, Mini Corn Dogs and Beer.  Oh My!

Now we’re ready for some Football!

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Patriotic Themed Summer Party

Celebrate the Red, White, and Blue!

No matter if your party is big or small.

It’s easy to throw together a Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Themed Summer Party.

Gather up some hotdogs, burgers, and brats for the perfect Summer BBQ Get-Together.

Here are a few Ideas to make the Summer Holidays fun and special.

Grab and Go Party Ware.

Bring Deflecto to your next party.

I used a Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer* to hold my tableware and condiments

for easy grab and go.

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Bold Stripes and Bright Stars

Every party needs a few yummy desserts.

The 3 Tier Dessert Stand* from Deflecto is perfect for displaying cupcakes and other goodies.

It is easy to put together and folds flat for compact storing.

All three tiers on the stand have holes for holding cake pops.

They were the perfect size for inserting small flags and the handmade banner for the top.

How to make the Banner…

  • Cut two bamboo skewers 6″ each.  Wrap the ends with decorative washi tape.  The washi tape helps keep the skewers securely in place when inserting in the stand.
  • Die-cut or hand-cut 5 banners out of decorative scrapbook paper.
  • Tie a piece of blue and white twine on each end of the bamboo skewers.
  • Fold banners and adhere to the twine.
  • Apply letter stickers on the front of the banners.
  • I used red glitter vinyl and my silhouette die-cutting machine to create the words USA to apply to my banners.
  • Stick on each side of the top tier in the holes made to hold cake pops.

Little details make everything more festive.

Don’t forget to make a few star picks to stick into the cupcakes.

This is a fun project that the kids can help you make.

  • Create the picks by punching or die-cutting several blue and red stars.
  • Add adhesive to the back of the star and place a toothpick in the center.
  • Adhere a second star on the back.
  • For quick and easy work, I used the Xyron Create-A-Sticker* to add adhesive to the stars.
  • Decorative the stars with additional small foil stars.

Add a touch of Vintage Americana with blue Ball mason jars. 

They are great for storing straws, and they also make great drinking glasses.

And when the sun starts going down, don’t forget the sparklers and glow in the dark novelties.

Summer Fun Party Decorations Ideas:

I found most of my supplies at Michael’s Craft Store, Dollar Tree and Walmart.

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How to make a Mini Gift Bag out of an Envelope

The Quick and Easy way to make a Mini Gift Bag from an Envelope.

The Envelope Gift Bag is a great way use large envelopes and recycle old ones.

The gift bag was decorated using the Farmhouse Market Collection from Carta Bella.

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Directions:

  • Seal the envelope closed.
  • Cut the end off one side of the envelope.

  • Score the envelope 3/4″ on the remaining three sides of the envelope.  You will need to use medium to firm pressure when scoring to crease through all the layers.  Score on both sides of the envelope.
  • Fold the envelope on each score line.  Use the scoring tool to go over each line to make sure you have a good sharp crease.

  • Put your hand inside of the envelope and gently start opening it up.  Refold the lines as you open it up.   Create gusset folds on the sides of the bag.
  • Once the bag is fully open you will have two pointed flaps sticking out on each end.  Add adhesive to the flaps and adhere to the bottom of the bag.  (you can also add a piece of decorative washi to the bottom of the bag to hold the flaps in place.)

  • Start decorating the bag.
  • Add a decorative strip of washi tape around the bottom of the bag.
  • Add stickers to the front of the bag.  Stickers are a great way to cover up a name when re-using an envelope.

  • Fill the bag with your gift.
  • Fold the top of the bag over and crease.
  • Punch two holes in the top of the bag and add ribbon.

Remember the next time you get a card to carefully open the envelope on the side so

that you can recycle it into a cute little gift bag.

Red Buffalo Plaid Hot Chocolate Bar

Fun and Easy Red Buffalo Plaid Party Ideas

The theme for this year’s Sue’s Holiday Workshop was “Mad for Plaid”.

To add to the fun of the event, I created a Red Buffalo Plaid Hot Chocolate Bar.

The Hot Chocolate Bar was simple to put together and was a big hit.

The most important part of the Hot Chocolate bar is the Hot Chocolate.

I went back and forth trying to decide on how I wanted to present the Hot Chocolate.

There are so many recipes online for delicious hot chocolate.

Because this was a “creative event”, I went with a little more creative approach.  (and simple)

For my Hot Chocolate Jars…

I found little tiny mason jars at Michaels Craft Store.  I created labels for the jars using a

Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine* and Red Glossy Craft Vinyl from

StyleTechCraft.  I applied my labels onto the jars using Vinyl Transfer Tape* .

I tied a small plaid chipboard house made from Eileen Hull’s House Ornament Die*

with twine around the neck of the jar.

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The jars were filled with enough Hot Chocolate mix for one individual serving.  

They make a great party favor, and the guest gets to take home a cute little jar.

I put all the jars on the bottom of a plain black two-tiered metal stand.

I applied Red Buffalo Plaid Washi Tape* around the rim.

This little detail helped make it stand out and added to the theme.

On the top of the metal stand I added spoons, mini chocolate chips, candy canes.

I also left a place for a can of whipped cream (not yet added to this picture).

For the Table…

I used a black tablecloth for the base of my table and cut a red buffalo plaid runner from

plaid flannel.  (Sew Simple…I didn’t even sew the edges.)

It’s a really quick and inexpensive way to create the look

Air Pots filled with Hot Water made making the Hot Chocolate easy and mess-free.

For a vintage feel, I used large mason jars filled with extra hot chocolate mix,

extra marshmallows, and caramels.

I picked up the Buffalo Plaid Insulated Coffee Cups* and Red Buffalo Plaid Party Supplies* online.

A Hot Chocolate Bar would not be complete without frosted sugar cookies.

My sweet daughter in law baked these sugar cookies from my favorite sugar cookie recipe.

You can see the sugar cookie recipe here.

(The little red bird was made using an Easter Chick cookie cutter.)

I made the Holiday Hot Chocolate Sign by painting a wood bracket sign with black chalkboard

paint.  I used a Silhouette Cut SVG file from the Silhouette Store and my Silhouette Cameo

Electronic Die Cutting Machine* and resized the image to fit my sign.

I used red and white glossy craft vinyl from StyleTechCraft.

To complete the fun, I had fun Red Buffalo Plaid Themed Photo Props*.

I used Red and Black Buffalo Plaid wrapping paper on the background wall.

A fun way to break the ice and get the party started.

Red Buffalo Plaid Party Supplies Available on Amazon.