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How are we in February already? And, how am I so behind in sending out thank you notes from the holidays? Am I the only one who falls behind? (Probably, because I’m the nutty girl who wants to make everything herself.) But these… these are way cool. I’ve thought about doing this for a while now.
The possibilities are endless with your camera, willing family members (i.e. children), blank white boards or cardboard, Sharpies and blank cards. I took about 10-15 pictures of the kids and picked my favorites. Uploaded and printed them out at the photo center for very little cost. If you print them glossy, you get the coolest effect.
I love my Sharpies. Use them and turn these blanks…
… into any card you want! For 4″ x 6″ pictures, you could purchase empty photo card frames. I have extra cardstock laying around so I just cut it to size for my blank cards. (See first picture.) They measure at 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″. I get weird when it comes to the borders… I don’t like them too wide.
And to stick them on the card, use double stick tape or glue dots. If you want to get fancy, use photo corners or with an X-acto knife, cut slits on a diagonal at each corner and feed the corners of the photo through.
Don’t limit yourself to just saying “Thank you.” You can split it up like, “Cool! Thanks a bunch!” Or “Happy / Birthday”.
My daughter thought the pictures “freakishly” looked like the words were already printed on the boards.
Yes, I could’ve printed the cards out at the photo center as folded cards (for a whole lot more money), but what’s the fun in that? Enjoy… let me know if you’ve done this or if you might try it!
More decoupaging. This Altoids mint tin was stashed in a box waiting for its next life. Yeah, yeah, on the brink of hoarding here, but I LOVE recycling, or upcycling. Maybe this could hold some paper clips, safety pins, or thumbtacks if you’re not into sewing.
Here’s what I did to make this fun little box. I took an old refrigerator magnet (an out-of-date freebie sheet magnet), cut it to size and stuck it on the tin.
I dug up some scrap fabric and traced around the lid. Then I just cut around my traced line to make sure the fabric would completely cover the lid.
I lightly brushed Mod Podge on the top of the lid and flattened out the fabric. When the lid was dry I decoupaged two opposite sides down to cover the entire lid… like pick the front and back, or the other two sides. It’s the corners that demand your attention. I treated the corners like I would wrapping a gift box lid – nice, neat hospital corners. Then I “Mod Podge-d” the heck out them so they’d stay down.
Used my sharpest craft blade (X-Acto knife) and trimmed around the lid when everything was dry. I let it dry for 24 hours (Mod Podge paranoia). Tip: Take your time with the cutting and trimming part. Mod Podge gets all crispy and tough to cut through. PLEASE be careful.
And here it is! My own little magnetic pin holder.
Look! The pins stick to the top!
Those are a couple of my other pin holders. Vintage, eh? I’m so looking forward to having the magnetic one next to my sewing machine… pins won’t get away from me so easily now. Maybe this means I have sewing projects coming up?? *grin*
Hi everyone. Hope you enjoy this look back at some of my tutorials and recipes from the year. (
I hope the links all work back to the original post! ACK! Might need to work on this still. The pictures aren’t linked, but the posts are all listed underneath.)
This year did not fail to amaze me… the good and the bad. But sharing ideas and meeting many of you near and far has been such a highlight of my year. I’m thankful and humbled by your continuing readership and friendship. May 2013 bring all of us peace. Blessings to you, friends!
Favorite tutorials and recipes from 2012
- Cranberry Raspberry Jello Crunch Recipe
- DIY Subway Art Tutorial
- Upcycled Sweatshirt Pillow Tutorial
- Irish Stout Coffee Cake Recipe
- Upcycled Paper Bag Envelopes (Use those shopping bags!)
- Rice Krispie Sushi Treats
- Teacher Appreciation Notes and Gift Idea
- T-Shirt Quilt Completed (no tutorial or recipe – just a project update)
- Bottle Cap Art Magnets Mini-Tutorial
- DIY Beer Label Coasters made with stone tiles
- Chicken Broccoli Braid (Bake) Recipe
- Glass Tile Ornament Tutorial
Two giveaways in one post! AH!! Sorry I missed yesterday, but I was finishing a project. Overextended me. Typical. Let’s see what this giveaway is all about.
I love paper… not for scrapbooking (mentioned before) but for just about any other type of paper crafting. These sets from K&Company just get me in the Christmas mood.
They’re cute background for these little gifts for my kids’ Sunday school teachers. This was a Pinterest inspiration, but I pieced together the gift bag. (Teachers, if you’re reading, would you skip the picture or cover your eyes. Sorry for ruining the surprise.) All you need are clear party favor bags. I cut the scrapbook paper into 3-3/4″ x 9″ strips, folded one end twice to make a little bag “bottom”. Stuff into the party favor bag and place your goodies.
Here are the last of my giveaways… two pretty sets of K&Company specialty paper (double-sided!) and accessories, and then two sets of Jolee’s Stickers. All these products are available at art and craft supply stores like Michael’s. Follow the raffle instructions below… and if you would prefer NOT to enter through Rafflecopter, just e-mail me at jtiu(at)comcast(dot)net with “K&Company raffle” or “Jolee’s Christmas sticker raffle” in the subject line. Good luck!
I love making handmade ornaments to hang on the tree, to use as gift decorations… but I never seem to make enough time to do many. A year ago, I came across an etched glass ornament and thought there could be a less messy option… rub-on letters makes this possible!
Glass tile comes in sheets, and if you’re lucky, you can find a bunch in the clearance section. One sheet can cost about $4 which is inexpensive considering you can make 16-18 ornaments. But I recently found some tile going for under $2! Now a few pieces were chipped, so you have to make sure you check the sheet before you purchase.
What you need
• Glass tile from the home improvement store
• Glass cleaner of choice
• Rub-on letters
• Burnishing tool (popsicle stick will do)
• Ribbon (I used 1/8” and cut into 4”-5” segments)
• Glue (appropriate for glass)
• Optional: decoupage glaze (like Mod Podge or clear acrylic medium), fine-tipped brush
Before you begin, dust off and clean your glass tile. (Materials from the store always come home with a nice layer of dust.)
The tiles are bound together by a mesh and it’s not difficult to cut with a regular pair of scissors. I wouldn’t necessarily use a fancy pair – any office pair will do. The cool part is you can just cut apart what you need and store the rest if you aren’t making a big batch of ornaments.
Cut a pair of matching tiles, or unmatching. I like a matching “sandwich”. After cutting, you’ll need to peel off the mesh. Thankfully, it comes off easily.
Prepare your rub-on letter. I centered the monogram on the very bottom of the tile then when I was happy with the placement, I rubbed (burnished) the letter onto the tile.
No need for drying time at all… you’re done. However, if you’d like, this is when you would use a fine-tipped brush to go over the rub-on letter with a little clear sealer to prevent scratches and “erasing” the letter.
For the hanger take your ribbon, and fold in half. Center it at the top of the tile, and stick in place with a dab of glue. Spread more glue, like you’re dressing a sandwich, then top with another glass tile. Gently press (so you don’t get glue smooshing out) together for a few seconds. Let the glue set at the manufacturers recommended time.
Hang on your tree! Or adorn someone’s gift!
Would love to know about your favorite handmade ornaments… want to share? Two of you will be randomly chosen to receive some fun Jolee’s stickers (the top group and bottom group). Leave a story, a comment (and a link, if you have one) by Tuesday, Dec. 4, 10 PM (central time). Thanks!!!
These are fancy looking, but oh so easy to do with some simple materials. Again, I feel like I need to mention that there are lots of decoupage coaster tutorials out there. All are very searchable, and use everything from color copied photos, scrapbook paper, scrap fabric, wine bottle labels… my coasters use local beer labels. Great gift idea for a host, or that beverage aficionado in your life!
- Tub or mixing bowl large enough to submerge your bottles
- 4″ x 4″ Stone tiles (found at your home improvement store in the flooring section)
- Foam Brush
- Mod Podge, or some acrylic decoupage medium
- Felt (adhesive-backed)
- Optional (but useful): Safety pin or dressmaker pin, plastic card (i.e. used gift card), very fine sandpaper, clear acrylic spray
**OH, when you’re looking at the tiles, check them for chips and dings before you purchase. People pick through them!**
First, you’ll want to remove your labels. I filled our empty beer bottles with water, then submerged the bottles in hot/warm water in a large mixing bowl. Actually, I left it overnight, and in the morning, the labels were super easy to remove. No rips, no shredding. Lay your labels down to dry. (Now go put your glass bottles in the recycling bin…)
Prep your stone tiles by wiping down with a damp towel. They get pretty dusty at the home improvement store. Assuming your labels are dry… use your foam brush and apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to your tiles, nice and easy. Place your labels where you want them, and then press them down firmly.
You’ll get tiny air bubbles, air pockets, because stone tiles are bumpy and porous. Just work out the bubbles gently with your fingers (or plastic card) from the middle of the tile and outward. This is also when you might find a pin handy. I would gently poke the air bubble then push the air out with my finger. Let the tiles dry for about 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, check your tiles. They will feel tacky, but you can touch them. Add another coat of Mod Podge, and work out the air bubbles, and let dry. Repeat two or three more times. I painted five layers, each time working out any air bubbles with a pin.
Let your tiles dry completely overnight, or 24 hours. If you don’t like the tacky feeling, which I don’t, you can “wet sand” your tiles with very fine sandpaper. I wet a small piece of sandpaper and just went over the tiles. Your decoupaged skin won’t be messed up at all… it will become smooth. Skip the sanding (or not), then just seal with clear acrylic spray, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Lastly, cut 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ felt squares and glue under the tiles, or if it is adhesive-backed, just press into place.