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Watercolor Bookmarks

DIY Watercolor Bookmarks

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DIY Watercolor Bookmarks

I’m hardcore crushing on all things watercolor right now. I’ve been playing with watercolors nonstop the last few weeks, thinking of anything and everything to used them on. These watercolor bookmarks are great as teacher gifts or for a fellow bookworm.

Supplies:

watercolor paints

brush

watercolor paper

Lifestyle Crafts Pocket Die

Watercolor Crafts - bookmarks

To make the ombre bookmarks I created a “wash” along the paper then ran horizontal brush strokes along the paper. It’s a little difficult to see the color in pictures but the ombre bookmarks are pink, orange, and yellow and blue, turquoise, and mint. The tie-dye bookmark, as my daughter called it, was made by dabbing the brush with various colors onto the paper and letting the colors run together. I love this marbled look with the bright colors like pink, purple, turquoise, and yellow.

Lifestyle Crafts - watercolor bookmark

Once the watercolors were dry I used my pocket die to cut out the bookmarks.

I then tied bakers twine through the top and placed them in the sleeves. The pocket die comes with the bookmark die, the sleeve with optional die cut front, and several tags that you can attach. Once I glued the pocket together I added gold glitter tape and bakers twine bows to the front.

These are great for gifting with books or you could slip a Barnes & Noble gift card inside with a note behind the bookmark. I plan to make a few more of these for Mother’s Day to give some of my fellow bookworm friends.

DIY Watercolor Bookmarks tutorial

 

Some of my favorites….

Birthday Pillow Boxes with printable gift tags

Birthday Pillow Boxes - Printable Gift Tags

DIY Envelopes

How to make an envelope

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Easy Halloween Treat Ideas

Easy Halloween Treat Ideas

Hey, hey craft friends! I’m back with a few more Halloween treat ideas to share with you. I’m excited to share three new products from We R Memory keepers that help create a gift bag or candy treat box in a few easy steps.

Halloween Treat Boxes

I’ve worked with Lifestyle Crafts for over a year and a half now and I have to say they have some of the best dies. I was thrilled to find out they recently merged with We R Memory Keepers, whose products I absolutely love. I’ve shared plenty of tutorials using We R Memory Keepers tools and today I get to share a few new products they recently released. Pssst..there’s also a We R Memory Keepers tool giveaway happening later this week. :)

Halloween Treat BagsWe R Memory keepers sent me some of their new punch boards to try and I’m in love! Remember the DIY Envelope Tutorial I shared using the envelope punch board? These new punch boards are very similar, they help  you create your own gift boxes in various sizes. The instructions are printed right on the board, along with a two-sided punch and bone folder for crisp fold lines.

DIY Candy Box

I can’t get over the candy punch board treat boxes. Look at how cute that classic candy shape is! I made a bunch of these candy boxes ranging in sizes but I have to say this small box is my favorite. It only fits a small piece of candy but it’s perfect for classroom treats.

Candy Box Punch Board

To make them you simply trim your paper to size, punch one side by aligning the paper with the lines and diamond shape, then flip it over and repeat.

Gift Bag Punch Board

The gift bag punch board is great for creating a small bag in a pinch. You simply cut your paper to the size you’d like, punch according to the instructions, fold, and glue together. You can make a bag in under 5 minutes using the punch board. This is great for those who don’t have a die cutting machine or need something quick that doesn’t require a set up or computer.

Gift Bag Tutorial

The back of the punch also acts like a hole punch to string ribbon through the bag (the candy box punch creates a scalloped edge).

We R Memory Keepers also came out with chevron washi tape. Eeekk! This stuff is amazing! I love adding chevron washi tape to my scrapbook layouts, paper crafts, and cards. It has a great hold and comes in a variety of colors. I plan to use the red and grey for Christmas cards this year.

Chevron Washi Tape Crafts

I paired the white and black chevron washi tape with my favorite mini pocket die that I also used to make Valentine Treats. It’s perfect for a fun size candy. You can tie bakers twine around the bag or add a personalized tag.

Easy Halloween Treat Ideas

I think the best part about the boards is that they’re perfect for holiday crafts and treats. You can use them for Halloween, Christmas, Valentines and birthdays!

You can learn more about the envelope punch board here.

How to make an envelope

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Embossed Happy Birthday Gift Tag

Happy Birthday Gift Tags

Hey, hey friends! It’s taken me a lot longer to recover from SNAP than I thought it would. I still have so much to share about the conference! We went to Disneyland for three days then the next day headed to SNAP for four and I think it took a toll on my immune system, because let’s face it..that’s a lot of people to come in contact with! I’m feeling so much better and ready to get back to sharing some fun things with you this week. Today I have a quick and easy craft to share that you can literally make in minutes. This embossed Happy Birthday gift tag is a great way to embellish a gift and personalize for the special recipient.

Happy Birthday Gift Tags

The first thing I did was take a plain white gift tag and letterpress Happy Birthday on it. For some reason out of all the stamps I have I couldn’t find a Happy Birthday stamp. If you have a stamp use that to make it even easier.

how to make embossed Happy Birthday gift tags

For the cake I used the new Detailz Dies from Lifestyle Crafts. The cake came with the Party Die Set along with a cute pennant banner and candle. With these new dies you can die cut, emboss, and stencil all-in-one! I love the detail embossing gives to my papercraft projects, you can see it in the picture below.

Embossed gift tags

I like simple and white space but it was a little too plain for me, so I added the yellow trim on the bottom and a pink bow on top. I also placed adhesive pearls on the cake for added detail.

The embossed happy birthday gift tag was perfect for my nieces birthday gift and took maybe 5-10 minutes to make!

Happy Birthday Gift Tags

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St. Patrick’s Day Treats

Last week I shared with you the mint brownie ice cream push pops and today I’m ready to bring on the St. Patrick’s Day crafts! I’m starting off with these cute and simple St. Patrick’s Day treat boxes.

St. Patrick's Day Crafts

Are you big on St. Patrick’s Day crafts and recipes? Growing up, St. Patrick’s Day wasn’t a big holiday for us. We did however always get a new green shirt to wear to school. Now as a parent I try to make every holiday fun, whether we’re Irish or not, St. Patrick’s Day is filled with rainbow crafts and green clothes for our kiddos.

St. Patrick's Day Crafts

To make the St. Patrick’s Day treats I used the treat box die to cut my shape out. I then added a strip of washi tape above the tabs you will need to fold when assembling the box. Lifestyle Crafts

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I then filled them with Hershey nuggets, I’ve been a little obsessed with these since the diy candy wrappers.

St. Patrick's Day Crafts

To finish the treat boxes I closed them with jute, added glitter star brads, and St. Patrick’s Day pins I found at Jo-Ann.

St. Patrick's Day Crafts

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St. Patrick's Day Crafts

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Mini Paper Pocket Valentines

Lifestyle Crafts mini pocket

A mini paper pocket is  great for adding candy or Valentine cards in. Pair the paper pocket with washi tape shapes and bakers twine to create an easy Valentine gift for classmates and friends.

Lifestyle Crafts mini pocket

The Lifestyle Crafts mini pocket provides endless possibilities whether you love paper crafting or want to create an easy personalized gift. I received this die the day before CHA and immediately considered making 25 business card holders with it. Planning a Disneyland trip for a family of 5 + preparing for CHA + 25 embellished paper business card holders is NOT ideal in my book. I think I ended up with 3 mini pockets to give companies my business card to. But I’m ok with that because I know this die will be put to use in other ways, especially for holiday treats and gift tags.

Lifestyle Crafts mini pocket

Now you know how much I LOVE washi tape, right? I’m kinda sort obsessed with the stuff. I may or may not have over 60 rolls with a few more on the way. Its a problem..I know! If you’re a washi tape fan like me then you’re going to love the new Shape N’ Tape washi tape sheets from Lifestyle Crafts. Not surprisingly they sold out almost immediately after they were released but I’m keeping an eye out for them to be restocked. Imagine the possibilities with the washi tape sheets..you can create any shape you want instead of being limited with a washi tape roll.

washi tape crafts

To make the candy paper pockets I used my die to cut the paper and folded on the perforated line.

Lifestyle Crafts mini pocket

Lifestyle Crafts mini pocket

If you look closely you can see thin “tabs” that are folded which is where you apply the glue to close the die.

Lifestyle Crafts mini pocket

Now its time to embellish the mini pocket. I used the Tape It Kit to cut a few shapes out. This kit has 18 shapes that are great for small craft projects or scrapbook layouts. But don’t worry you don’t need a die cutting machine to use the washi tape sheets! You can trace a shape on the back and cut it out with scissors or an xacto knife.

Lifestyle Crafts mini pocket

I added various washi tape shapes and bakers twine from The Twinery to embellish my valentines, then filled them with mini M&M bags.

Lifestyle Crafts mini pocket

Lifestyle Crafts mini pocket

 

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Paper Bow {Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas}

Lifestyle Crafts Knotty and Nice Discount

By now you may have realized that I LOVE paper crafts. Earlier this year I began reading a few paper crafting magazines and quickly became fascinated with all the tools and techniques. There’s still so much I have yet to explore but I feel like I’ve come a long way and am learning what my favorite paper craft tools are. Today I’m going to share with you my latest paper crafting project…Paper Bows!

Lifestyle Crafts Knotty and Nice Discount

Lifestyle Crafts released two new gift sets called Knotty & Nice. The bundles come with a variety of dies that can be used to embellish gifts, for scrapbook layouts, and even home decor projects. Take a look at what I’ve been making with the new paper bow and doily dies.

DIY Paper Bows

I found the take out boxes at World Market then used both gift sets to create simple yet pretty little treat boxes to give to friends this holiday season.

DIY Paper Bows

My favorite is this kraft paper package with the silver bow. I used the matchbox die to create the box but I also have a simple box tutorial if you don’t have a die cutting machine.

Christmas Gift Ideas

DIY Paper Bows

Knotty Gift Set

Nice Gift Set

I’m a tad bit obsessed with making these paper bows, I could decorate my entire house with them! I also made a paper bow garland that I’ll share with you next week.

Christmas Gift Boxes

The Black Friday promotions are still running until tomorrow. You can get the Revolution die cutting machine along with three Christmas dies and a sticky thumb runner for $31.99 when you use the discount code PUMPKIN. That’s one sweet deal! Plus all the borders, boxes, and bags are 40% off as well!

Holly Jolly Craft Kit

Lifestyle Crafts Discount

Black Friday Specials

Lifestyle Crafts Black Friday Sale

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Glitter Ornaments

Glitter Snowflake Ornament

This year our tree is going to have an eclectic collection of handmade and store bought ornaments. I want to focus on making as many ornaments with the kids as possible, both to give as gifts and keep for our own tree. I recently made glitter snowflake ornaments that I couldn’t wait to share. This idea for diy glitter ornaments is so simple to create and the possibilities are endless.

Glitter Snowflake Ornament

I used the Snowflakes die and double sided adhesive to create my ornaments. I cut the die cut out, applied it to the ornament, removed the backing, then sprinkled glitter on top. If you don’t have a die cutting machine you could use a punch to cut shapes out of the adhesive paper.

Glitter Snowflake Ornament

I also made one with Christmas trees using the evergreen punches die. The glittered shapes were a little too see through for my liking so I added faux snow inside to give them some contrast.

glitter ornament tutorial

Double Sided Adhesive Ornament

I know there’s a diverse group of readers with different cutting machines so I like to tell you about all of the great deals I hear about. {If you have any questions on any of the machines I write about feel free to email me and I’d be happy to share my thoughts on what I like about each of them}

Lifestyle Crafts Black Friday Sale

Lifestyle Crafts is having a BIG sale starting today {Black Friday}. From Nov. 23rd through the 30th you can get 40% all borders, boxes, and bags. Orders over $50 will receive free shipping plus free Sticky Thumb dimensionals.

Lifestyle Crafts Discount

They also have a special Holly Jolly Craft Kit for only $39.99! The kit will come with the Revolution tool, Sticky Thumb adhesive runner, and three holiday dies (Lightbulb die, Candy Cane Tag, Elf Stockings). That is THE BEST deal I’ve seen from Lifestyle Crafts. The revolution cutting tool alone retails for $89.99!

Also, Did you know you can find dies at your local craft store too? Michaels, Joann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, and Archivers all sell cutting dies that can be used with manual cutting machines like the Revolution.

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That’s not all..on top of the fab discounts you can receive an extra 20% off all products by using the code PUMPKIN. Which brings the Holly Jolly Craft Kit down to $31.99! That’s one awesome deal!

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Disclosure: I was not compensated to write this post, however I did receive dies to review. I purchased the adhesive paper myself and truly believe in Lifestyle Crafts products.

Halloween Spider Pumpkin

Lifestyle Crafts Tricks 'N Treats

I can’t stop making black & white Halloween decorations this year..I just love the combo! I also can’t get over these cute little white pumpkins I found at Target recently. With some new Lifestyle Crafts cutting dies I was able to transform a plain white pumpkin into a spooky spider pumpkin to add to my Halloween decor.

Lifestyle Crafts Tricks 'N Treats

From the new Tricks ‘N Treats collection I used the Spiderweb Punches die to embellish this itty bitty pumpkin. I simply cut the dies out then ran them through my Xyron machine. Off topic but I purchase this at Michaels about 6 years ago and recently found it in my garage with the original cartridge. What was I thinking!?! I love this thing! Have you used one? You can create stickers out of anything that will fit. I purchased it for my scrapbooking but as you can see I’m way behind on my scrapbooking if I just recently discovered it again. My only complaint about using it with such small dies is that a lot of the stickiness got on top of the spiders. But overall I like my new Halloween spider pumpkin, it’s different and the colors work perfectly with my decor.

Lifestyle Crafts Dies

Have YOU pulled out the Halloween decorations? What are your favorite Halloween colors?