Cascading Glitter Bunting Banner Tutorial

First order of business: Congratulations to the WINNER of our Blogiversary Giveaway:

Blogiversary Winner

Yay Ashlee!!  As a special THANK YOU to everyone that entered & so kindly helped spread the word about the blog – I’ll be showing you how to make the Cascading Glitter Bunting Banner that was in the party in a box!

*If you’re not the DIY type – you can just buy it all finished and delivered to your door HERE – don’t forget to use the special follower coupon code PURDUEAVE15 to get 15% off!*

For those of you that love a good project…let’s get started!

Cascading Glitter Bunting Tutorial

Step 1: Cut out your bunting. {if you need help with this – see THIS TUTORIAL}

               * I used Canvas Fabric {also called duck cloth or drop cloth} from Hobby Lobby.  You want to use a heavy weight fabric so that it

                   hangs well and doesn’t roll.  Rolling is no bueno.

Step 2: Put a thick {& I mean THICK!!!} line of Mod Podge across the top {wide, flat end} of the first flag:

Run a thick line of glue across the top

Step 3:  With a dry bristle brush – “PULL” the Mod Podge from the top to around 1/2 – 3/4 of the way down the flag.

* Don’t go back over the area that you’ve pulled.  You DO NOT want uniform thickness with the glue.  It needs to be in varying thicknesses to give it the ‘Ombre’ Effect.


Step 4: Cover the ENTIRE flag with glitter.  You might think “but Erin, there’s no glue at the bottom!  Why glitter there?”  Some of the glitter will get trapped into the fibers of the fabric and we will seal it in the next step.  It makes the glitter “thinner” in some areas.   :0)


Step 5: Lay the flags out in a well ventilated area (I actually DID have a drop cloth underneath – but took this picture later just to show you)

and spray with an acrylic sealer.  I like the Mod Podge Sealer– it doesn’t dull the glitter.


Step 6:  Allow them to dry for the recommended time for your sealer

Step 7: Sew/hot glue your bunting to the ribbon of your choice.  {see my bunting tutorial if you need help with that}

Step 8: Step back and admire your handiwork then throw a party to show it off! :0)

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Yay for YOU!!

If you don’t feel like this is in your wheelhouse – you can always buy one all finished in my Etsy Shop!!

p.s. If you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and have friends that might, too – don’t forget to share.  Sharing is nice. ;0)

Our HOMEMADE Christmas

I hope that you all had a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!  Ours was wonderful!  This year we took things down a few {okay, a few major} notches.  As I posted earlier, we needed to simplify Christmas this year and decided to make all of the gifts. {with the exception of clothes they needed & thanks to wonderful Grandparents, Aunts & Uncles, Santa Claus brought them a gift that they wanted, too!}

But –  this post is to tell you all about the HOMEMADE part of Christmas.

I don’t mean to sound like a salesperson – but I couldn’t have done these projects without 3 things.

1. My sewing machine.

2. My Silhouette Cameo

{If you got one for Christmas but need to learn how to use it – you can sign up for my Online Silhouette Course HERE.  Class begins Monday January 6th!}

3. My Photoshop Skills.












Here is what we all made for each other:




My cute hubby made my 9 year old daughter this “pink fluffy” pillowcase.

She see’s them in the store and loves them and says funny things like:

“It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die” – so he knew that it was the perfect gift for her.

{He was VERY proud of himself}


That’s a dedicated dad :0)







My husbands favorite game is Monopoly.  Our family has a not so good history with it.  I’m ashamed to say that the biggest fights in our marriage have been over Monopoly.  We were actually banished from playing it at his moms house.  I thought that maybe if I made a homemade version that had funny things to lighten the mood that we could play a friendly game.  So – I put my photoshop skills to good use and made him a JAREDOPOLY board.  I had so much fun thinking up clever Chance & Community Chest cards, talking to his mom to find out the places he’s lived for the properties (which she impressively remembered them all!) It was ALOT of fun!


 And even more fun when we played and I CRUSHED him Christmas Morning!  {although – he was so mad that he didn’t enjoy my funny cards :0(  There is a price that comes with Monopoly Domination.  Ho Ho Ho!}

I will post all of the details on making this board another day.  That would be an entire post on it’s own and I need some time to change the files to be generic for you to use!

But just be throwing around ideas for a board of your own.  I think that a LOVEOPOLY board would be SUPER FUN for Valentines!!




My 13 year old daughter has been wanting new ipod covers.  One day she will say “I want a minnie mouse ipod case” another day it was “I want a BYU iPod case” – so my 9 year old, who loves to draw, decided to make her these interchangeable skins to go inside this Clear iPod Case.  You can download the silhouette studio cut file HERE.



PVC Pipe Bow & Foam Tipped Arrows


My 11 year old son is boy through and through – so we helped our 7 year old son make him this PVC pipe bow and arrow. (the “arrows” are wooden dowels tipped with cut up pool noodle)  We’ve seen them made with hula hoops – but we had extra PVC and 45 degree elbows laying around – so used those with a rubber band for the the string.  We now have 3 other kids that want one, too…so our work here is not done.



Constellation Flashlight


My 7 year old son has a hard time staying in bed – so we thought that something interesting to keep him there would be PERFECT!  I’ve seen these around – but decided to make more work for myself and make a set.  My 9 year old son got to learn how to use my Silhouette to make these.  He thinks he’s pretty cool now.

You can download the Silhouette Print & Cut File HERE.

Or print a regular printable HERE.  {Just cut out the big circles and use push pins to punch out the small constellation circles.}

Don’t want to mess with it, and would just like to purchase??  I’ve added them to the shop, and the low cost keeps them in the frugal category!

I put a tiny piece of double sided tape on the flashlight to hold the cards in place – but they still pull off easily.





I’m ashamed that I had to ask what this thing was.  My husband helped my 13 year old daughter make it for me.  Once I found out – I was REALLY excited!  I’ve been doing a lot of screen printing using my Silhouette to make the masks.  This will make my work go MUCH quicker!!  Very thoughtful!  LOVED IT!


The rest of the homemade stuff was all me.  And I had so much fun doing it.





I used the Silhouette to cut out vinyl to act as a mask – and then sprayed them with this frosted glass spray. (and I couldn’t help myself – I added a blast of glitter spray, too)

You could also use Etching Cream – but I had this spray on hand – so I used it, instead.

**If you use the frost spray – they MUST be hand washed!  If you want dishwasher safe – go for the Etching Cream!!**

{If you don’t have a Silhouette – you can use contact paper and an exacto knife.}



Christmas Jammies


Every year on Christmas Eve we have our fancy Christmas Dinner.  They each have a wrapped gift at the table, and it always has their Christmas Jammies inside.

We open the gifts and change into our Jammies and eat our super fancy dinner in them.  I love it.  I’ve never attempted making PJ’s before and was a little nervous.

I followed this SUPER EASY TUTORIAL and they turned out great!

The only changes to the tutorial I made were:

*adding the ribbon to the girls and a shoelace to the boys to look like ties. (in hindsight I would’ve used thinner ribbon)

*I didn’t make the pattern like she suggested.  I just eyeballed cutting around the sample and then used the first cut as a pattern for the second cut.

Luckily – I’m a fabric junkie – and have  A LOT of fabric hanging around.  Leftover from old projects – or projects that never came to fruition – however it worked out – I had ticking stripe fabric lying around – and thought that PJ’s would be the perfect use of it.



Rosemary Place Card Wreaths


For the dinner table – my sister in law shared some of the rosemary from her garden and I made these wreaths and place cards:





We also break a piñata on Christmas Eve – and they started last week making it.  I didn’t get a picture of the finished product – because, to be honest, it creeped me out.  It was supposed to be rudolph the red nosed reindeer – but it looked more like a brown rat with a red nose.  Not pretty.

If you want a tutorial on making a piñata – check out this post.



Homemade Tamales


I used THIS RECIPE for the masa & some of my leftover TOMATILLO CHICKEN for the filling.  I even used the juices from the chicken to make a sauce to top them with.

I wish I could tell you how delicious these Homemade Christmas Tamales were…

BUT…I burned them.

Yep – they were all destined to be perfect.  I didn’t add more water to the bottom of the pan and before we knew it – the house filled with smoke and my favorite pan was scorched and our Christmas Tamales had a inedible smokey flavor and went into the trash.  Here is a picture of them all perfect going into the pot to their un-forseen demise.


I was sad – until I had the idea to have cereal instead.  And then I was happy – because I love cereal!

I had a lot more plans – as you can see on my Homemade Christmas Pinterest Board – but not enough time.  But, regardless of having or not having a job next year – I’m definitely doing this again!!!

For a lot of reasons:

*got to teach the kiddos a few skills while we helped them make the gifts

*having them think of the idea {thank you pinterest!} & make it was WAY more exciting for them than picking out a gift in the store

*christmas morning seemed much more exciting – because they had their handiwork to show off & they were much more engaged while they opened gifts.

*the joy of giving really took center stage this year.  I think because they were more invested…


I hope you’ve been inspired a little bit to do this with your family. And I hope that you’ll share any links to great homemade Christmas Ideas in the comments section!



His & Hers Soiree: The Ruffled Table Skirt Tutorial



I know what it is that you’re all just praying I put up a tutorial for… the VERY most fabulous thing about the table.

The Table Skirt


Talk about WOW FACTOR!  It’s absolutely stunning!  And the best part is – you can use it under any table cloth for a totally different look.

The second best part?  You can make this with pretty basic sewing skills…or no sewing skills at all!!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ruffled Bed Skirt

{Mine was ivory colored – it’s also available in white}

MultiRuffle-Ivory-15inch-Drop-Bedskirt-P14066287A good pair of fabric scissors.  I love MINE!

LOTS of pins

Sewing Machine {or a hot glue gun for a no-sew option}

Here’s How You Make It:

Step 1: Lay the first skirt over the table you are fitting it to.  {Ha Ha – you are making your table a skirt after all – it has to be tried on and fitted!!}

Step 2: Arrange it so that the ruffles fall evenly on the 3 ruffled sides


Step 3: Secure the “non ruffled” edge to the table with some tape.  This fabric is slick – and you don’t want it sliding around!!


Step 4: Take the second bed skirt into a large room and spread it out on the floor.

Step 5: Cut the ruffled part of the skirt OFF of the center all the way around like this:


Step 6: Take the ruffled edges to the table and start pinning this ruffle above the existing ruffled skirt just below the edge of the table.

*After taking this picture – I realized it was better to pin one corner first and the pin my way to the next corner, and then move up the long sides.

You should have excess ruffle that you can wrap around the front part the has no ruffle.


**Note: to do this – I folded over the extra fabric from the cut ruffled section, then folded it again to give it a nice finished edge. **


Step 7: Go back and add A LOT MORE PINS!!  This is slick fabric – and it’s hard to sew without it REALLY pinned well!!


Step 8: Go around and make sure everything looks good – tuck and pin where needed – the corners might need some creative pinning!

Step 9: Once it looks good hanging on the table and you have LOTS of pins…you can take it to the sewing machine.

If you aren’t a seamstress – a hot glue gun would do great!

Just unpin a short section at a time and run a bead of glue between the fabrics, press closed and then move on.

Step 10: Throw it onto your table, throw a cute table cloth on top and step back and admire your work!


I wanted to add this ruffled table skirt to the giveaway – but since it’s so specific to what shape and size your table {#is#} – I can’t :0(

But I hope that you’ll make one!  Pin it now so you don’t forget ;0)

I hope that you’ve been looking through our other posts and searching for the key words to win this Party in A Box on Monday!!

You can learn more about it in THIS post.

And here are links to the rest…

The Hanging Decorations

Food, Glorious Food

Put the mystery phrase together and win!!

Until tomorrow…


His & Hers Soiree Treasure Hunt!

Throwing a party that Dudes will be attending?

My fabulous friend, Randi, has thrown another spectacular party that left even the men impressed…


Ya…I know…you want to know how every last detail was done…so for the rest of this week – I’ll pick apart the details and give you the resources and free printables so that you, too, can throw a fabulous Soiree.  Best part?  Tucked into the posts this week I will give you key words that you can use to decode a secret message.   They will look like {#this#} Be the first to put the secret message together you will win this “Party in a Box”.  Key decorations from this party all neatly wrapped up in a box just waiting for you to throw a FABULOUS party!  Good luck!  It should be SO much fun!  Make sure to let your friends know so that they can play along, too!!


Class is in Session {as soon as you join it!}

Do you love browsing pintrest and admiring all of the amazing word art prints {Follow this board HERE}

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Or the gift tags that people are giving away as freebies: {Follow this board HERE}

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Or would you love to document your life through Digital or Hybrid Scrapbooking? {Follow this board HERE}

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The list of what you can do goes on and on…

create your own christmas card

edit your photos to look professional

learn about actions



creating a chalkboard effect

Yep, these are all things that I know you wish that you could do.

Well – stop wishing you could do it – and let’s DO IT!


First session will begin May 1, 2013.  Upon payment you will receive an email to the address provided on the invoice form with more instructions.  If you have ANY questions – please email me:

{Remember to put a valid email address, as this is how I will communicate with you for the class!!}

The cost is $20 for a 4 week class.  I will send you assignments via email and teach you the basics of Photoshop Elements 11 through easy to follow video tutorials.

To top it all off, not only will you receive the instruction, but you will also receive get lots of free digi-goodies included in the class – as well as links to thousands more!

Don’t have photoshop???  It’s okay – I will also walk you through getting a free 30 day trial of the program to make sure it’s something you enjoy before purchasing it.

If you know that you are going to purchase it – Amazon has a great price on Photoshop Elements 11 with free 2 day shipping for Prime Members. {It’s $99 through Adobe}

If this is something that you’ve always wanted to do – but felt like it was out of your skill range – let those crazy notions go!!  You can do it!!  And I’ll be right here to walk you through it!!

Can’t Wait!!


Bunny Ear Napkin Rings


I saw these darling bunny ear napkin rings at Pier 1 and they were one of those projects that I just knew would be easy to make…and I was right.

20 minutes later I had 12 darling napkin rings.  The supplies were all things that I have around my house…but you may not have these:


Supply List:

Burlap – I tried some white that I had and some from THIS RIBBON.  The ribbon worked TONS better – it didn’t fray and fall apart as much as the cut burlap.  However, with that said, the burlap from the fabric counter is definitely cheaper.  It runs about $3.99 per yard and you only need 1/4 yard to make 12 ears.  Then use a 40% off coupon .  Pretty cheap.

Fusible Interfacing – you don’t HAVE to use this – but I think it makes the burlap stay together better while you’re cutting it.


Mod Podge (or some other type of glue that dries clear)

Hot Glue Gun


Glitter (optional) I used Martha Stewarts Crystal Glitter, because it’s clear and just adds a nice shimmer.

Hairspray (If you’re glittering)

Fuse Your Fabric to your Interfacing

1. Plug in an iron and turn off any steam settings that you have.  You want it hot, but dry.

2. Lay your interfacing with the bumpy/textured side facing the fabric.

3. Follow the package directions for the amount of heat and time you need to iron the interfacing to the fabric.

How to Make the Bunny Ears:

1. First you’ll need to print out our template HERE


2. Then cut out the template following the directions on the page. Cut the strip first:


2. Then Fold the Ear piece in half:


3. After you’ve cut this piece you should have one long strip and 2 ears.

4. Lay them out onto your fabric and trace the pattern onto the interfacing side.


5. Cut, following your guides


You should end up with 3 pieces that look like this:


6. Then turn over so that the interfacing is up (you don’t want to see your pencil marks on the burlap side)

7. Arrange the ears so that they are overlapping slightly and mark on the bottom where you will cut your slits.

***Note: My picture shows the marks up high – but after trial and error – I found that they are much cuter tucked in toward the middle or bottom.


8. Fold your strip on the mark  {to make cutting easier} and cut.  Repeat for the second mark.

Cut the slits SMALL!!!!  If they are too big it won’t round out the ears.


9. Fold the ears inward (like you want the curve of the ears to be)


10.  Slide the “tabs” at the bottom of the ears into the slits


11. Then place glue on the “tabs” and press until set. (I like hot glue – because it sets so quickly)

12. The glue the back side of the band (decide how big you want the opening for the napkin to slide through and glue it there.)


13.  To keep the burlap from fraying – just paint the edges with some sort of glue that dries clear.

**I used Mod Podge.  It helps to stiffen the fabric and hold it’s shape, too!


14.  Then – if you love for things to sparkle {like I do} you can sprinkle on some glitter.  I used Martha Stewart Crystal Glitter

15. Spray with Aerosol Hairspray to set the glitter.




Once your mod podge is all dried – you can slide it onto your napkin and stand back and admire your craftiness!!!

Here they are in white and brown burlap:



And if you aren’t really the napkin ring type – you can always use them as egg holders:



If you just aren’t a bunny ear fan – here are some cute butterfly napkin rings we made last year:



And if you have leftover burlap – I’ll show you next time what I did with mine!  You’re gonna love it!!


P.S. If you loved this tutorial – please share it on facebook and pintrest!  We love people that share!!  Thanks so much!

Photo Ornaments

I believe in printing photos. I believe in giving photos as gifts. I believe in decorating your home with the photos you love. This project combines all three.

How to make a photo ornament:

Create a 5×7 (or you could do a 4×6) in photoshop (or whatever editing program you’re using) and use grid lines to divide it into quarters. Then choose your four images, open them, and drag them onto your 5×7. You can resize them first so they fit into one of the quarters, or you can resize them after dragging them onto your image by simply holding down your shift key and dragging the corners to resize. You can use the text tool to add the year, or you could hand-stamp that on later.


I printed my 5×7 already mounted on a board. If your lab doesn’t offer that option, you could try mounting it on styrene board with spray adhesive. Let me know how that goes.  (see update at end of post)


Cut the four images apart with kitchen scissors. It’s alright if the edges are rough.


Drill holes for hanging.


Take sandpaper and sand the edges, even taking some of the image itself off.


Put a ribbon through, and you have a beautiful keepsake. We love pulling out these ornaments every year and putting them on our tree!

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I try to make a couple of these every year with my favorite photos, and I also make an ornament for everyone whose picture I have taken during the year and send it to them at Christmas time.



Updated: I tried making these by mounting the picture myself, using a board from an old school binder my son had that was falling apart. The edges don’t sand the same way, so I cut them rounded to make it look a little more finished. And be careful not to get glue all over the picture. Other than that, it worked great and was super simple. I even made the holes by just pushing a ballpoint pen through the board because I was extra lazy.

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Of my gel medium, that is.

At my house projects rise out of necessity. This week the kiddies wanted to learn to sew stuffed animals. I had to buy an entire pack of needles. A button fell off the girlie’s dress. I went next door to borrow a needle from the neighbor. She gave me an entire pack. And yet I can never find a needle. Ever.

Necessity dictated that I needed a place to store needles.

Say hello to my new sewing kit. I kind of love how it turned out.

And say hello to my new mouse pad. I have an anywhere mouse, but the man of the house said I’m scratching up my table. Use of the mouse pad is necessary. Only it was falling apart. It was rolling up on the edges and peeling off. I hated how it caught the mouse when I moved it around. I recovered it. Using gel medium transfer. Of course.

ps. Say goodbye to my gel medium transfer projects. I’ve told myself I cannot buy a new jar. “Move on.” Said the little voice in my head. So I will.

pps. Here are links to past projects I’ve done with gel medium. In case you were wondering…

The backpack

The pencil bag

The camera strap

The story stones


Again and Again

I have blisters on my fingers.

I’ve been playing around with gel medium and transfers quite a lot lately. I know… I’ve talked about this before. I think there may be an never ending supply of fantastic things to make and do using the technique. And when all of the amazing papers and what-not available get thrown into the mix. Well… let’s just say that I’ve got more plans than I have blisters. Puts a little bit of a damper on the plans…

Anyways, this is a pencil case. So super simple. So incredibly awesome. I want to pack it around with me everywhere and show it off to everyone… “Hey, guess what? I made this… I know, right? I’m so very cool [ 😉 ].”  But really I know it’s all about that fantastic orange paper turned fabric. Really.

Now you may be asking yourself, “What’s so great about gel medium transfers when there’s printable canvas?” That’s a wonderful question. Here’s my answer. I have no idea. I’ve never used printable canvas. I can’t bring myself to buy it. I have all these questions… What if it gets wet? Is it waterproof or water-resistant at all? Who knows? Will it suck up so much ink that I’ll have to buy new cartridges after printing one sheet? Don’t know. I’ve not been willing to try it. But here’s what I know about gel medium:

  • It costs around $12 [give or take… I’m pretty positive I didn’t pay that much, but Amazon said it, so it must be so. I know I used a 40% off coupon when I got it at the local craft store].
  • It does take a bit of work to get the paper off. I mentioned the blisters on my fingers. Totally not kidding. But I was doing a 11 x 17 sheet. Just a little on the large side. And I mentioned in my other post that there’s no need to be gentle. I’m obviously not being gentle. After a while I used my vegetable scrubber to get the top layers off [though out of wariness I may have been a bit gentle during this part]. You know, always test a small area first and all that.
  • Every person I’ve showed the pencil case to feels the fabric and asks what kind it is. Every single one. It has almost an oil cloth feel to it. The gel coating gives it a slight water-resistance. I poured a pool of water on the fabric and waited a minute or so [my patience gave out, but it was at least one full minute] then wiped it off. It hadn’t soaked through at all. I don’t know how far I would trust this, but I will stand by my slightly water-resistant statement. And I can guarantee that the colors didn’t bleed or fade. That’s a plus x 5 in my book.
  • Gel medium may or may not last forever. I’ve made four projects with it now and two of them were really big. I’ve still got over half my jar left and it’s just the small 8 oz jar [237 mL].

So that’s it. I think a camera case for the point and shoot might be in my future. I mean, seriously, with print options like this out there, who could resist? Loving the instagram collage. And the rainbow dots? Yum.

Vintage Fork Place Card Holders

Genius.  I didn’t make these myself – I found them at one of my favorite stores: Sweet Salvage.  They were one of those items where I think: “I could make that” and then I think “OR – I could buy them already done.”

Here was my reasoning:

1. They are already done

2. I would have to search for vintage forks this cute – and that could take a while.

3.  I was feeling lazy.

My laziness won out and I bought them.  But – YOU could make them!!  Ha Ha.

I recommend making some kind of a form to make them uniform before you start.

Here is a picture of them all lined up pretty like:

Don’t they just make you happy?  They make me happy.  I couldn’t stop smiling when I found them.  That could be reason #4 for buying them ;0)

They could also be used to identify food in a buffet line, display photos, leave a sweet note for a loved one…what would you use them for?