A Look at the Branding for Cupcakes4Charity

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The inspiration for my event benefiting the children’s hospital, Cupcakes4Charity, was based on the previous year’s branding by Donny Carpio. Because the sale was being held in Autumn this past year, I updated the colors to match more of a harvest feel but I wanted to make sure the colors were still fun and vibrant and in line with cupcakes and especially kids! I added a polka dot pattern and created a seal, which is reminiscent of a cupcake wrapper. I enjoyed making the advertisement materials and event decor. It was a fun break from doing interaction design and client work.

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Repurposed Placemat Throw Pillow

What’s a placemat pillow you ask? It’s a quick and easy way to make a throw pillow for your chair, bed, or couch using a placemat! I learned this technique from my sister and I’m excited to share with you today.

I got my LOVE placemat after Valentine’s Day one year and decided to repurposed it into a pillow. This project is great if you have or find a placemat you can’t use for the dining table because you don’t have enough for the table. Browse the store after a holiday or stop by a thrift shop and look for a vintage design.

First off, make sure the placemat you want to use has two pieces of fabric sewn together. Using a seam ripper, cut the thread along one side to create a small opening. Stuff the placemat with polyfill and seal the opening by doing a blind stitch by hand.

Here's my pillow before I blind-stitched the opening.

Here’s my pillow before I blind-stitched the opening.

If you haven’t done this before, check out this easy-to-follow tutorial by Amy at Positively Splendid. That’s it! Quick and simple and you’ll be done in about 15 minutes!

XOXO,
Dawn

 

Valentine’s Day Paper Heart Favor

Valentine’s Day is coming up so I wanted to get started posting some fun projects for you! I found this project on Martha Stewart’s website years ago so I tried searching their new site to see if it was still there.

Here's how a couple of mine turned out!

Here’s how a couple of mine turned out!

I was able to find the tutorial but I think the video or template is missing so I decided to unwrap my heart and try to show you how to make it. I hope you find it helpful! These favors are great for giving at valentine party/wedding guests, school, or work. It would also be a fun class project for kids. And, they would look cute for a Valentine’s Day party decoration.

Supplies:

  • Double-sided scrapbooking paper (I found my at Michael’s)
  • Coordinating ribbon
  • Small hole punch (preferably 1/8″)
  • Scissors
  • Candy (optional)
  • Great folding skills!

Here’s how:

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Try experimenting when making your hearts. I tied two hearts at both ends of one ribbon here.

Try experimenting when making your hearts. I tied two hearts at both ends of one ribbon here.

Here is the original craft by Martha Stewart

Here is the original craft by Martha Stewart

Shadow Box Print with Rose Petals

When I moved into to my new place, I had so much fun decorating. For my bathroom, I wanted to hang a piece of art on the small wall above my sink. I went to Michael’s and found a print of a vase holding pink roses, which matched nicely with my purple/pink rose theme. I looked around my garage and found a white shadow box frame that I had never used, which ended up being the same size as the print. Perfect! Then, I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to actually place pink rose petals inside the frame to simulate fallen rose petals? I took another trip to Michael’s and headed to the wedding section and found pink faux petals.

Here is a close up of the petals inside the frame.

Here is a close up of the petals inside the frame.

This project is really quick and easy and I love seeing it every time I go into my bathroom. I hope you find a place for it in your office or home!

New Year’s Wine/Champagne Bottle Glitter Gift Tags #freeprintable

If you’re headed to a New Year’s Eve party or hosting one, print my glitter wine/champagne bottle gift tags and dress up your bottles. You can use them as decoration or a way to write a quick note to the recipient and wish them a fab 2014.

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Download PDF

More photos of the tags cut out and in use. 🙂

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Happy New Year Friends!
Dawn

Recreate Challenge: Holiday Tree Decoration #freeprintable

Hi crafters, I hope you’re having fun decorating for the holidays. I know it’s mid-December but I wanted to squeeze in another “Recreate” project for you. I saw these at Urban Outfitters for $14. Mine ended up being less than $7. These wooden tabletop trees make great additions to your holiday decor at home, in the office, or as centerpieces. I created three tree templates for you to try out, download the template and make your own!

You'll need craft paint, craft brush, pencil, exacto knife and/or scissors

You’ll need thin craft wood ($5-9 at Michael’s, craft paint $1-2, craft brush (a small paintbrush might be easier, pencil, and scissors

1-Cut out the template and trace on thin balsa or birch craft wood. 2-Cut out two pieces. 3-Cut half way from the top on one piece and from the bottom on the other piece. 4-Make sure the cut is about the thickness of the wood. 5-Paint/decorate. 6-Assemble

1-Cut out the template and trace on thin balsa or birch craft wood. 2-Cut out two pieces. The wood should be thin enough to cut with scissors. 3-Cut half way from the top on one piece and from the bottom on the other piece. 4-Make sure the center cut is about the thickness of the wood. 5-Paint/decorate. 6-Assemble

You can create any pattern and pick any colors you like. I freehanded a chevron pattern on mine. If you don’t have craft paint, you can use metallic Sharpies, but they are not as vibrant as paint. Test the different media on scrap pieces of wood before you start decorating. You can also use decorative tape and other embellishments.

I also created a taller tree by adding another row at the bottom. I used the cap of the paint to draw circles on the wood and painted those silver and gold. I think this turned out great!

Polka Dot Tree variation

Polka Dot Tree variation

If you can’t find craft wood, you can experiment with cardboard and other materials. The possibilities are endless. That’s it for now! Have fun crafters!

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Pet Paintings-Guest post by @RachelFrank

Pet PaintingThis week,  I have a special guest blog post for you! I asked social media professional and talented local artist, Rachel Frank to write a post and share some of her pet paintings. She turns photos of your loving pet into a beautiful painting that you can hang in your home or office.

Check out her Etsy website to see her other artwork for sale!


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Christmas is just around the corner and that means it’s time to go shopping! Are you having trouble thinking of the perfect gift for that special someone  or just a dear family member or friend? Shopping for gifts can be difficult and stressful, not to mention tough on the wallet. One suggestion would be to  support your local artist on etsy. Many artists are more than happy to make custom paintings for their clients and what better a gift then to give Uncle  Ben a portrait of his beloved Fifo. Whether it’s your dog, cat, goldfish, or whatever, everyone loves their pet. So here’s to that perfect gift while supporting your local artist.

Rachel