More requests for chevron

By | May 18, 2015

I received a request last week from Ashley who wanted some chevron in red, teal, black and white. Ask and you shall receive, friends! This one’s all in one document, but there are five versions to choose from.

Teal, Red, Black, White Chevron paper Teal, Red, Black, White chevron paper Teal, White, Red, Black chevron paper Teal, Red, Black, White chevron paper Teal, Red, Black, White chevron paper

Messy Stripes redux

By | May 12, 2015

Heyo! I personally really love the look of horizontal stripes on a mini album page, so I’ve put together some printables that should do the trick nicely. Each pdf comes with a letter size pattern in portrait orientation, then two half-page patterns on the next sheet. Click the thumbnail to see each pattern. Enjoy!

Horizontal Messy Stripes - black & white Horizontal Messy Stripes - red & white Horizontal Messy Stripes - red & coral Horizontal Messy Stripes - pink & white Horizontal Messy Stripes - teal & white Horizontal Messy Stripes - cotton candy & white Horizontal Messy Stripes - purple & white Horizontal Messy Stripes - blue & white Horizontal Messy Stripes - green & white Horizontal Messy Stripes - chartreuse & white

Shine Bright Like a-

By | May 6, 2015

Hey, hey! It’s already May!

I was futzing around in Illustrator, as usual, and whipped up a set of messy diamond patterns for you. Soon I’ll be back with more messy stripes, too!

Click the thumbnail of the image you want; it will open in another tab as a pdf. Save that file, not the thumbnail. If you save the thumbnail and try to print, it will be very pixelated (fuzzy) because it’s not a hi-res image. Enjoy!

Diamonds Pattern 1 Diamonds pattern 2 Diamonds pattern 3 Diamonds pattern 4 Diamonds pattern 5 Diamonds pattern 6 Diamonds pattern 7 Diamonds pattern 8

Grey Chevys

By | April 7, 2015

I received a request last month from Tosha, who wanted some grey chevron. Ask and you shall receive…

Free Printable Grey Chevron Free Printable Grey Chevron #2 Free Printable Grey Chevron #3 Free Printable Grey Chevron #4 Free Printable Grey Chevron #5 Free Printable Grey Chevron #6 Free Printable Grey Chevron #7 Free Printable Grey Chevron #8

DIY St. Patrick’s Day badge & free printable

By | March 12, 2015

I wrote a while back about Wanda’s Birthday Club and the badges I made for everyone to wear. I’m following up today with a printable St. Patrick’s Day badge and some quick instructions.

If you don’t want to go through all the steps to add fringe and a pin back, I bet the rounds would fit nicely into the tops of mason jars. I’m sure you all could think of a lot of other uses, too!

 

DIY St. Patricks Day badges

 

SUPPLIES NEEDED

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Print the sheet of badges onto cardstock. Choose option DO NOT SCALE or they won’t fit perfectly into the punch

2. Punch out each badge with a 3” punch.

3. Use thin cardboard like a cereal box and punch out two 3” circles for each badge you intend to make.

4. Plug in your hot glue gun so it can start warming up.

5. Fold a piece of tissue paper in half longwise. Use fold as guide to cut in half.

6. Fold each smaller piece of tissue paper in half first along width and then again along height.

7. Hold one piece of folded tissue paper so that the longest fold is facing away from you and the open ends are closest to you. Cut off the smaller fold on the side, then cut small strips into the paper, leaving at least 1/4” space to the edge.

8. Repeat on second piece of tissue paper.

9. Use your hot glue gun to place squiggles of glue all around the edge of the cardboard circle, about 1/4” or so deep.

10. Attach your fringe by placing into glue with folded edge on the inside of the circle. Gently mold your fringe to go around the perimeter of the circle. Repeat with remaining fringe as needed, or if you want a lot of fringe on your badge. Don’t be afraid to layer it!

11. Add more hot glue to your circle, including on some of the fringe that overlaps the circle. Quickly place your printed badge on top and position. Repeat for all badges.

12. When glue has cooled, place your badge face-down on your work surface and place a small strip of glue in the location of your pin. Grab a pin and place it in the glue. *Note: be sure your glue doesn’t block the fastener as it will glue the thing shut and render it unusable. I made this mistake a few times!

13. Carefully fluff your fringe and distribute. Wasn’t that fun?!

 

DIY St Patricks Day badges

 

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DIY mini sundae cups

By | March 7, 2015

Today was a crafty day!

This first project was actually the idea of my brilliant and amazing mother back in the early 80s. She was the BEST room parent/PTA volunteer in the district and always spent countless hours making super creative stuff for our events. She made these little sundaes as holiday ornaments for our class party.

DIY mini sundae

I haven’t added string yet because I have to figure out what I want to use, but these can be an adorably sweet table number holder or just a decorative element for your next event. Heck, I bet we could even figure out how to turn it into a quirky brooch!

sundae2

What you’ll need:

Hot Glue Gun & refills *
Pom Poms .5″ *
(I used white, red, and assorted colors)
Clear 1 oz. Plastic Shot glasses *
(I used 2 oz. glasses but I think 1 oz. would work better)
Striped Paper Party Straws *

Step 1
Put a dallop of hot glue at the bottom of the shot glass. Be sure to keep it toward the center so it doesn’t show on the sides.

step1

Step 2
Layer the white pom poms so they cover the bottom.

step2

Step 3
Add another dallop of glue on top of the white pom poms. Keep it toward the center. Place your colored pom poms on this layer.

step3

Step 4
Cut your straw into fourths. Put a mini dallop of glue in the center of the colored pom poms and insert your straw. Make sure it sticks up enough past the top of the cup like a real straw would.

step4

Step 5
Add more glue, then fill your top layer again with white pom poms. Try to cradle the straw a little so it’s not completely showing through the side.

step5

Step 6
Add a small dallop of glue, and your red “cherry” on top. I’ve thought about putting some green embroidery thread through it as the loop for hanging…

step6

WALAH! Instant sundae.

DIY mini sundae

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Messy Stripes!

By | March 5, 2015

Sometimes you want to play with lines that aren’t super straight and perfect, so I made this little set of printable papers to add some imperfect pizzazz to my mini album. I hope you like it – don’t be afraid of the bold colors!

All 6 color combos are included in the PDF. Click any of the thumbnails to open.

black & white messy stripes blue & yellow messy stripes pink & purple messy stripes orange & red messy stripes green & yellow messy stripes pink & pink messy stripes

#WandasBirthdayClub

By | February 23, 2015

This past week we celebrated one of my dear friends with a pre-birthday shindig at the hometown Reel Big Fish show with Less Than Jake. It was so much fun putting a bunch of DIY touches on the night and I can’t wait for the opportunity to do something like this again!

It started with a basic logo. Since Wanda is a huge fan of Disney, I went with a play off the 1950s Mickey Mouse Club logo. (I always loved Annette…)
jwebday

I wanted people to be able to participate in the festivities, so I whipped up some fun badges for everyone to wear. (I’ll be adapting it for a printable template later in the week for you all.) Using my 3″ punch, some cereal boxes, tissue paper, fringe scissors and a little hot glue, these puppies came together pretty quickly and just as I had pictured!

birthday badge

I also used my new Flashe paint to whip up a little poster… next time, I will sketch things out a bit more. Sorry, mouse, for the exaggerated mouth!

birthday poster1

I added Chip & Dale to the top along with their little fingers, as if they were holding the poster up. I posted it on the passenger side door to my car and decorated the inside with curly ribbon streamers taped to the interior roof when I picked up the girls for the show. Wanda was pretty jazzed about it!

We also got her a tiki cup that she used at the venue as well as some black & white party straws… total class with this one!

Thanks to a magical little helper, the poster wound up on stage when Reel Big Fish started the show and it couldn’t have been more perfect!
birthday poster on stage

The only thing that bummed me out was that I messed up the soundtrack that was to be playing when she stepped outside & saw the car. I spent over an hour putting together the perfect mix of Disney songs in a truly appropriate order. That would’ve been the cherry on top!

This process was a lot of fun and surprisingly easy. It’s inspired me to plan out a new item for the shop: Party in a Box. Stay tuned for that one in a few months!

Many thanks to the fellas for cooperating with our hairbrained idea, and for wishing Wanda a happy birthday in between songs! #WandasBirthdayClub in full effect, people! So happy I got to be a part of it!

Wandas Birthday Club 11001997_10100683589114064_1795427346_o 11000064_10100683589153984_1772473093_o(^that’s a peek at some of the usual antics these guys have on stage, especially when a former member of the horn section makes a guest appearance!)

And last but certainly not least, I was jazzed to see my favorite band take the stage once more. They have the coolest stage decor in the history of awesome bands. Love them!
Less Than Jake

Obligatory Valentine Printable

By | February 13, 2015

Today’s Freebie Friday printable is a small set of DIY valentines in my favorite color palette. Enjoy!

free printable valentines

Step 1: Print & cut – I used sturdy cardstock

DIY valentine step 1

Step 2: Fold strip around card (it won’t completely reach all the way around)

DIY valentine step 2

Step 3: Write your note on the back of the card

Step 4: Put adhesive on both sides of the strip, making sure it will be hidden by the heart

Step 5: Affix your heart to the strip and walah – peekaboo valentine!

DIY valentine step 3

Typeface Tuesday!

By | February 10, 2015

Hello again, and welcome to another installment of Typeface Tuesday. Today’s theme is just plain fun fonts. Enjoy a little silliness!

Laser Metal <—my new fave

Ballerina Script

Les Mysteres de Paris

Radar Echoes, Unclear Atmospher

Canter family

 

And who doesn’t love a fun dingbat, especially when it’s made of vintage Mickeys?!

Mickey Vintage