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I love a clever DIY. A project that uses unsuspecting materials to make something awesome. Well, it doesn’t get more clever than this project if I do say so myself! Using a few woven placemats, you can create your very own designer inspired circle tote bag that will have heads turning and all your friends asking where you got it! I love how this turned out and you will too!

How to Make a Circle Tote Bag - DESIGNER INSPIRED - YouTube

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I love the look of a traditional planter…I do not love the task of keeping a plant alive! In the spirit of my lazy green thumb, I’ve come up with a really fun way to bring the outdoors in using Americana Outdoor Living Paint. This paint is perfect for creating durable finishing on projects that will live outside your home…or in the case of this DIY Mini Planter, projects that will live in your entryway, your desktop, or any other surface that need a little greenery (faux greenery that is!)

With a little strategic placement of painter’s tape, you can create the look of a traditional planter using some basic supplies! Watch below to see exactly how this project came together!

Supplies:

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How to Make a Paper Placemat - YouTube

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Remember when you would give your mom a corsage for Mother’s Day? Those days are long gone. We’re starting a new tradition that your mom is going to love..printable Mother’s Day Award Ribbons that she can rock all day and proudly show off her boss mom status to the world!

With the help of my Canon TS9521C Printer and our super duper free printable, you are minutes away from wowing your mama with the cutest award ribbon ever!

To get started you’ll want to gather up the goods

you’ll also need… (not pictured)

CLICK HERE FOR YOUR FREE MOTHER’S DAY AWARD RIBBON PRINTABLE!

STEP ONE: 

Print out your free Mother’s Day Award Ribbon and use scissors and a 2.5″ circle punch to cut out the badges and ribbon designs.

Next you’ll need to make some paper medallions for your award ribbons…here’s how.

STEP TWO:

Trim a 12×12″ piece of cardstock to 4″ wide

STEP THREE: 

Score the cardstock at 1/2″ intervals

STEP FOUR: 

Cut the 4″ wide strip in half, so that you have two 2″ wide strips that are both scored at 1/2″ intervals.

STEP FIVE: 

Adhere the strips together then fold like an accordion. Glue the ends together and flatten to create a medallion and add hot glue to the center as shown. Place a plain paper circle into the hot glue on the back of the medallion. This will hold the paper medallion together. 

With all the pieces cut out and the paper medallions complete, all you have to do is assemble!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Canon USA. The opinions and text are all mine.

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There’s nothing like  a hot pink lipstick! It’s my go-to shade for everyday – but there are some days when I don’t wear any make up but still want to have a set of hot pink lips in my life. That’s where this adorable zipper pouch comes in! With a few simple stitches and a few clever cuts, you can create this project in minutes! I love ,love love it…and you will too!

Lip Shaped Zipper Pouch - YouTube

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Every crafter has her favorite tool. It might be a pair of knitting needles. It might be a crochet hook. It might be a sewing machine. In my case, my favorite tool changes from day to day based on what I’m creating. Lately, I’ve been crushing hard for my Glowforge.  If you’re unfamiliar with this powerhouse machine, you can read all about it HERE. The Glowforge allows you to do some heavy duty crafting like cutting through wood, acrylic…and it even does some stellar engraving…which brings us to the reason for this post. Engraving is cool and that’s all there is too it. The only problem with engraving is deciding what the heck to engrave, right? Engraving with your Glowforge opens up an entire world of personalization and gift giving options. If you’re anything like me, engraving with the Glowforge means you’ll never buy another personalized gift again. You’ll make it.

Right now, I’m about to tour you through a series of life-changing engraving projects that will forever alter the way you wander the aisles of IKEA. Every single engraved project in this post is a product I purchased from IKEA! See – the awesome thing about IKEA is that most all their items are packed flat…which means most of their items can be engraved in the Glowforge before being assembled! Genius, right?!

Before we dive into all the awesome items I engraved with my Glowforge – let’s talk briefly about how the heck you do it. You see, the easiest materials to engrave in your Glowforge  are their Proograde materials.   Proofgrade materials have been pre-calibrated to the machine so you don’t have to tinker with the settings. When you work with other  – non-Proograde materials (i.e. stuff from IKEA), there’s a little bit of trial and error that has to happen. Don’t be afraid! I’m about to show you how it’s done!

  • You’ll need to remove the crumb tray from your Glowforge and place it on a flat surface.  Then follow the guide to create your own “crumb tray” using boards as a base
  • I’ve only used this technique for engraving! Cutting through non-Proofgrade materials requires a different technique.
  • TIP: Purchase duplicates of any non-Proofgrade materials that you’d like to engrave. This way, you can test the settings on one of the materials until you have it just right. Then you can use the duplicate for your final project.

Now – let’s take a look at some of the projects I was able to create using IKEA products in my Glowforge!

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Who to make it for: 

  • Bride and Groom – this is a great wedding gift!
  • Housewarming Gift!

How much?

  • The  Proppmatt Cutting Board rings in at a whopping $4.99! IKEA has a lot of other cutting board that work great as well!

Who to make it for:

  • Tie a gift card to the spoon for an awesome quick gift for anyone!
  • Make a set for your foodie friend who loves to cook

How much:

  • Each Rort spoon costs $1.99, which is basically the cheapest spoon you’re ever going to find unless you steal one.

Who to make it for: 

  • This housewarming gift will make you a favorite for years!
  • Engrave a recipe on the outside of the crate and fill it with all the ingredients!

How much:

  • The Knagglig crate is $5.99 which is a little pricey for IKEA  – but the finished product makes it all worth it!

Tips: 

  • To engrave this crate, you’ll want to keep the layout of your design in mind. Make sure you account for the two pieces that make up the front of the crate. You’ll want to engrave a little on the top and the rest of the design on the bottom piece.

What kind of artist doesn’t have a personalized art caddy?!

Who to make it for:

  • well..first…make this for YOURSELF!!! Obviously!
  • Make one for your kiddo to keep all of his art supplies in order!
  • A great teacher gift! Fill it with treat and supplies!

How much?

  • The Lustigt Caddy comes in at $17.99 which ain’t cheap BUT it does assemble into a really impressive, functional organizational tool.

Who to make it for?

  • I meeeaaann….can’t you just imagine how cute this would be in any kid’s room?

How much?

  • The Flisat stool will set you back $17.99. Sure – Ikea has cheaper stools but this one works best for engraving in your Glowforge.

And there you have it! A parade of inspiration that wil

l hopefully give you some ideas for how to use a Glowforge to create personal gifts for every single person you know! Next time you hit up the local IKEA – take a look at all the other Glowforge-able items! There are a ton!

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This crafty content was made in partnership with Kleenex® Brand. All opinions are my own.

When you live life as a crafter, every surface becomes a potential project. Every empty bottle, every empty jar…and every empty Kleenex® tissue box is an opportunity for upcycled goodness. Now, I’ll be honest – there are times when “upcycling” just turns into a somewhat sad finished project…but right now is not that time. Right now, I’m going to show you what is perhaps that coolest upcycled DIY in the history of ever.

Around these parts, we use our fair share of Kleenex® tissues. Between my allergies and Markus’ toddler sniffles, it’s a good idea for us to have a nice stash on hand. To save a few dollars and a few trips to the store, we stock up at Costco…land of all things bulk and beautiful. And it doesn’t hurt that you can snag a frozen pizza sample while you’re there! From April 17, 2019 until May 12, 2019,  Costco members will save $4 on Kleenex® Ultra Soft, Trusted Care and Soothing Lotion tissues.

Now since I know you, I know you love to save some money and I also know you love a crafty project. Let’s do both! Grab an empty tissue box and let’s start making…brace yourself…extreme clever cuteness is ahead.

STEP ONE:

Head out to your local Costco and grab your Kleenex® tissues! Or snag them online here. Once you’ve used the contents, it’s time to get crafty!

STEP TWO:

Gather your supplies! You’ll need some scrapbook paper, a ruler, a craft knife, scissors, glue …and of course your Kleenex® tissue box!

STEP THREE:

Use the ruler and craft knife to cut the box in half as shown.

STEP FOUR:

Use a marker to trace a half circle shape onto the bottom half of the box. Then use scissors to cut it out.

STEP FIVE:

Now it’s time to cover the bottom half of the box with scrapbook paper. When covering the curved edge, you’ll want to fringe the paper as shown then glue down the strings along the edge of the curve.

VOILA! You’ve made a perfect notepaper holder for your desk!! But wait! We still need to make something with that other half of the tissue box!

STEP SIX:

Flatten the top of the tissue box then cover it with scrapbook paper. You’ll want to cover both sides of the flattened box top.

STEP SEVEN:

Fold in three flaps of the box top and glue them together. Leave one flap unglued.

STEP EIGHT:

Slide a photo into the flaps…

DONE! You’ve transformed the top of your tissue box into an adorable easel-style photo frame!

Together these two projects make the perfect duo for decorating your desk at work or at home…and to think it all started with a trip to Costco and a box of Kleenex® tissues!

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GIRL.FRIENDS. The only way I know to yell at you is use ALL CAPS…but I also appreciate how intensely obnoxious it would be for me to write this entire blog post in caps, so I’ll skip it. Just know, though, that every word I write here is written with the highest, most extreme level of excitement and a whole lot of “pinch-me-right-now-how-can-this-be-real-life.”

Since we’re girlfriends, I’m just gonna put it aaaalllll out there. I’m going to tell you the real deal. The real deal is this:  I started this blog as a hobby. I started this blog as a place to share my handmade cards.  When I started this blog, I looked up to heavy hitters like Liz Kartchner of Dear Lizzy…I still do! You’ve heard me say it before…but I’ll say it again…I started this blog with zero…did you hear me ZEEEEEEERO, intention of making it my full-time gig. I SURE AS HELL did not intend to one day release my own collection of crafting supplies. A collection of crafting supplies manufactured by the exact same company as Dear Lizzy. 

Well friends, the product collection that I never thought would happen is here. For almost one year, I’ve been working with American Crafts to develop and curate a collection of crafting supplies that reflect Damask Love perfectly. Wild Card is part of the new Designer Destination section of JOANN Stores. Designer Destination is intended to give you the feeling of a paper boutique with the convenience of driving to your nearest JOANN. The Damask Love Wild Card collection will be positioned next to collections from Shimelle, Jen Hadfield, Maggie Holmes and Paige Taylor Evans.

For the Wild Card collection, I wanted to create products that are:

  1. Functional
  2. Fun
  3. Colorful…obviously
  4. Quirky
  5. Super duper easy to use!

I’m proud to say that Wild Card by Damask Love is ALL of these things and so much more.

]Now that you have a bit of the backstory on Wild Card, let’s take a detailed look at each element of this collection

Wild Card Project Pad – filled with stickers, ephemera, patterned paper, shaped cards AND an envelope template!

Wild Card 6×8 Paper Pad –

this paper is perfect for folding in half to create a quick card and in the back of pad you’ll find an envelope liner template. Are you wondering if this envelope liner template fits the envelope template from the Project Pad…why yes, yes it does!

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Wild Card Ephemera – 40 die cut pieces of the cutest designs you ever did see.

Shaker Sticker // Adhesive Sequins // Washi Tape // Puffy Stickers

Mini Cards – so perfect for a quick little note for a friend! Also perfectly sized to use as journaling cards on in your memory keeping journals or planner!

Rub-On Embellishments // Sticker Sheet

And there she in in all her glory! The complete Wild Card Collection! Come visit me on Facebook where I’m sharing a flip through each Project Pad – giving you a close look at each element of the collection.

FULL STORE LISTING

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Glitter makes everything better…except for when that glitter spills on the floor, gets on everything and is impossible to clean up! As a self proclaimed glitter lover, I am always excited about glitter options that cut down on the mess! Enter: DecoArt Galaxy Glitter! Imagine if glitter glue and paint had a baby…a really shiny, glittery, intensely brilliant baby. Yeah – that’s Galaxy Glitter!  Unlike typical glitter paints, Galaxy Glitter is densely packed with chunky glitter flakes that result in a big impact on your projects. Take a look at our recent Facebook Live with DecoArt to learn more about Galaxy Glitter and see how I use it to assemble a really fun mirror!


 

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We’re always trying to come up with different ways for you to make the most of your crafting supplies – and today’s project is one that will help you use every last inch of your iron-on material! These striped vinyl iron-on tote bags just require a Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore Air and a  little bit of know-how, which is exactly why I’m here.

You’ll need:

STEP ONE:

Remove the backing from the Cricut Transfer Tape or the Heat Resistant Transfer Material – whichever you’re using. 

STEP TWO: 

Begin placing the iron-on strips facedown onto the transfer material. Facedown means that the shiny side of the transfer material is facing down onto the sticky side of the transfer material

STEP THREE: 

Now you can cut out a design using your Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore just as you would if this were a full sheet of iron on material. Next you’ll need to weed.

STEP FOUR:

Place the design onto your tote bag. If you are using Cricut Transfer Tape, you’ll want to cover the entire design with a piece of cotton fabric. This will protect from overheating the material as you apply heat with your iron or Easy Press. If you are using  Adhesive Heat Resistant Transfer Material, you can skip this step.

STEP FIVE: 

Use an iron or Cricut EasyPress to apply heat to the project. Work slowly and check often to see if the iron on material has started to adhere. Once it’s started to adhere, you can peel back the transfer material and apply more heat to make sure everything sticks securely into place. 

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