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24th Jul2014

DIY Circus Theme Cake Topper

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Circus Theme Cake Topper

As you may already know, we took my daughter to the circus for her birthday.  I am loving this circus theme and had such a fun time making these cute circus party favors that were a hit with the kids.  I also wanted to share simple paper craft and easy DIY circus theme cake topper I made for her cake. You only need a few materials.

Materials:

  • Two paper straws
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Colorful paper
  • Two pompoms
  • Glue

I cut a one inch strip of red and white striped scrapbook paper that I had left over from the party favors I made. I cut them into little 1”X1” pendants. The red and white stripes made it easy to just eyeball and cut a 45 degree angle.

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Fringe makes everything better!! I used some left over blue paper to make these little fringed squares.

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Next, I cut two slits on each of the tops of the straws and inserted the twine as shown. It slides right in perfectly.

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I glued the pendants to the twine and added a little yellow fuzzy pompom I had left over from some caterpillar clothespins Mia and I made a while ago. You can use any glue.  I chose to use hot glue.

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There you have it! Instant circus theme cake topper! It’s very quick and easy and costs next to nothing to make.

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If you need more carnival or circus inspiration, check out these posts!

14th Jul2014

Party Top Hat Headband DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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My daughter turns four at the end of this month and my husband and I are taking her two best friends and her to the circus for the first time. I thought it’d be fun to dress her up a little for her special day so I wanted to share and easy repurposed Party Top Hat Headband DIY that I made out of a party cup and that you can make for a costume, party hat, or just for fun!

Materials:

  • Small Party Cup
  • Scissors
  • Circle Craft Punches
  • Cardstock
  • Ribbon
  • Craft Flowers or Felt
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Headband

I purchased these cups for .50 for the whole pack at an after Easter sale.  They were just too cute to pass up and I knew I would eventually use them for something.

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I used scissors to cut it down to the size hat I wanted.

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Next I cut out two circles with two craft punches. The sizes I used are 2” and 3.5”. The 2” just happen to fit the bottom of the cup perfectly.

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I glued the top, rim, and ribbon band onto the cup.

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Then, I had some extra felt craft flowers from my Dollar Bin Headband project I did not long ago and glued that to the hat.

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Lastly, I hot glued the mini hat onto a sparkly gold dollar bin headband. Isn’t it adorable??? I can’t stand it! I may even wear this myself to the circus or even make three of them for party favors for her two best friends!

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24th Jun2014

Fourth of July Parade Wagon and Paper Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

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I am really looking forward to the mini Fourth of July parade that we do every year. I don’t know why, but my husband and I have never gotten a wagon for our daughter.  We would always hitch a ride with someone else, or even just pushed her in her sparsely decorated stroller. This year, we finally purchased a wagon off of Craigslist and I want to share some easy paper crafts you can make to decorate for this year’s festivities.

When we bought the wagon, the plain wooden sides were screaming for paint! I chose Krylon’s blue ocean breeze. I thought it’d look pretty with the red wagon.

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I made some paper medallions for the side. To make these, I cut two 2” strips for each medallion, and cut out two circles with a circle punch.

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I folded each strip like an accordion.

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Using double sided tape I attached the two pieces on one side.

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I punched a small hole for the string.

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Using hot glue, I added the circles on both sides of the medallion. Hot glue works the best because it dries quickly.

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I strung them on ribbon and attached them to the wagon!

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I also made little flags with scrapbook paper and BBQ skewers.  Super easy! I attached them to the wagon with Duck Brand tape (it works perfectly).

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In case you missed some of my other recent Fourth of July ideas, here are a few:

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12th Jun2014

DIY Cards or Invitations for Any Occasion

by Dinah Wulf

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Sometimes it’s really tough living so far away from family.  We live in California while my side of the family lives on the East Coast and my husband’s side of the family lives in the Mid-West. It’s especially difficult when you have a little one who always asks for their grandparents at night or when there is only Dad and Mom in the audience for a dance recital, while all the other little ones maxed out their ticket limits. Because of this, I get creative with good ‘ole snail mail when I send out Mia’s artwork, school pictures, and dance photos, etc. to all the grandparents and aunts and uncles. So, I thought I’d share something you can make for anytime. Here is my quick tutorial for DIY Cards or Invitations for Any Occasion.

Materials:

  • Cardstock
  • Paper Cutter
  • Various Large Circle Punches (at least 2 sizes)
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Wallet Sized Photos
  • Envelopes

Cut the desired size for your card. You can fold them vertically or horizontally.  The larger cards pictured here are 5”X7”.

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I wanted Mia’s grandparents to be able to remove the card and have the full wallet size photo intact just in case they wanted to remove it and show it off! So, I cut a 4”X4” square. Each card will use 2 different sized circles. Cut the smaller circle into the square piece.

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Next, cut out a large circle, and use the smaller circle punch to cut a hole inside the larger circle to match the square. (Say that 10 ties fast!)

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Assemble the picture as shown.

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Tip: I only put one small piece of tape on the picture (again, just in case the parents want to disassemble the card and carry the photo in their wallet).

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Tape the photo to the front of the card.

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There you have it! You can use these for invitation, birthday cards, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or anytime cards!

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In case you missed it, here are some more of my DIY card and invitation tutorials:

04th Apr2014

Over Two Dozen Ideas for Paper Crafts

by Dinah Wulf

Paper Crafts

I love making paper crafts, especially for parties like DIY invitations, decorations, and favors or for gift giving like homemade gift tags and gift wrapping embellishments. I put this list together of fun paper craft tutorials I have done in the past and came up with over two dozen!

Paper Crafts for Home Décor

These three crafts are fun and all made our of recycled materials. The butterfly wreath I made without buying one thing!

Recycled Book Page Wreath Tutorial

Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath

Easy Coffee Filter Flowers

Gift Wrapping Embellishments

I love wrapping presents! Part of that is making my own embellishments to put on top of the gift to make it stand out a little. Here are a few I have done, most of them made out of recycled materials.

Border Punch Gift Wrapping Embellishments

Recycled Coin Wrapper Gift Embellishment

Coffee Filter Flower Gift Wrapping

Tips on How to Make Paper Feathers

Water Colored Book Page Roses

Recycled Phone Book Origami Paper Flower

Book Page Bow

Homemade Cards & Gift Tags

Along with a gift, you just have to make a card! Or sometimes the card is the gift. Here are a few I’ve made. My favorite is the little paper tool box gift card holder I made, perfect for the fellow Crafter or DIY’er in your life.

Paper Towel Roll Scroll Card

Easy Homemade Heart Love U Card

Paper Toolbox Gift Card Holder Tutorial

Teacher Appreciation Free Printables

Briefcase Candy Notes For Dad

A List of Two Dozen Candy Sayings

Paper Crafts for Parties

These crafts are great for party decorations and favors because they are fun, inexpensive, and easy to do.  The standard accordion flower tutorial can be used as paper flowers or medallions to fit any party theme.  Just change the patterns and colors of paper to fit your theme.

St. Patrick’s Day Treat Boxes

DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes

Accordion Paper Flower Tutorial

How to Dye Coffee Filter Flowers

Animal Print Accordion Flowers for a Tween Birthday

Paper Flowers Made from Napkins

Homemade Paper Invitations

DIY Invites are also fun to make, assuming your guest list isn’t outrageous. Here are several I have made for kids parties, baby showers, and even one for a Bachelorette party.

Lego Ninjago Invitations

Owl Themed Invitations

DIY Birthday Invitations

Cherry Themed Invitations

Rocker Themed VIP Invites

Simple Anytime Invitations

Boarding Pass Invites

19th Mar2014

Teacher Appreciation Free Printables

by Dinah Wulf

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This is the first year in many years that I finally get to participate in Teacher Appreciation week!  As a bonus, I have the honor of participating in another Craft Lightening! This sweet little gift can be made in less than 15 minutes! Mia is in her first year of pre-school and has three teachers. I thought I’d make a few Teacher Appreciation Free Printables that can be used as gift tags, bookmarks, or little signs. With a little bit of paper scraps and ribbon you can embellish them any way you’d like.

I came up with three sayings that I found online:

  • 2 Teach is 2 Touch Lives 4 Ever
  • Thank you for helping me GROW.
  • There’s no one quite like a special teacher and no one quite as special as you.

Materials I used were:

  • Scrapbook paper scraps
  • Paper Cutter
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Picture corners
  • Double-sided tape
  • Craft flowers
  • Rhinestones
  • Glue
  • Skewer

The printable looks like this, so that you can dress them up however you’d like!

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They can be used any way you please. I thought the “Thank you for helping me grow” one can be attached to a BBQ skewer and inserted into a favorite blooming flower or plant.

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I hope you enjoy them! The creative possibilities are endless for these.

Thank you to Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts for allowing me to participate in another fun Craft Lightening!  If you want to see some of my other 15 minute crafts you might like:

Be sure to check the other fabulous Bloggers participating in this series!

24th Feb2014

Pretty in Pink Playdate

by Dinah Wulf

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Two of my best friends and I all had little girls 30 days apart from each other. Needless to say, the three of them are now best friends just like their mommies. Two weeks ago, they started dance classes together. After dance class, all of us get together for a playdate. I just couldn’t help myself the night before our last one and made a special Pretty in Pink table setting for their lunch.

I had some left over plastic sparkling cider glasses from New Year’s and dressed them up with a little lace at the bottom.

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I couldn’t resist and added little name tags as well.

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I also printed their names and framed them in little frames from the dollar bins at Michael’s.

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For the centerpiece I simply chose a fun patterned scrapbook paper with a pink try, mercury glass vase, and burlap hydrangeas. I also added a little pink craft butterfly on top.

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I found some mini cupcakes from the grocery store and put little white pompoms on top.  I used a pedestal tray I made out of a glass candlestick and porcelain tray I found at Goodwill.

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I put some lace on little wooden baskets to match the glasses and put pink Sixlets candies inside.

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Here are a few more pictures.

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It only took a few minutes to do this out of items I already had in my craft room.  The girls were so excited when they saw it and it added a little special touch to their playdate. This would be cute for Mother’s day, a birthday party or Valentine’s Day as well.

20th Feb2014

St. Patrick’s Day Treat Boxes

by Dinah Wulf

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I am on a treat box roll! I know I just posted how to make Candy Box Treat Boxes the other day, but I couldn’t help myself and just HAD to make some St. Patrick’s Day Treat Boxes since Valentine’s Day is officially over. I made these with my Fuse Creativity System from Fiskars. Here’s how I made them.

Materials:

Instructions:

Place your treat box design set on the machine. I put the plates on top so that the design on the box would be plain.

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Place your desired 12X12 scrapbook paper on top of the design set.

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Note: I used regular scrapbook paper which worked nicely; however card stock scrapbook paper is a little sturdier. It depends on what you are putting inside. For example, temporary tattoos, stickers, plastic toys, some candy will work great in these.

Place your cutting plate on top of the scrapbook paper. You are basically creating a craft sandwich. Next, push the plate through the machine while cranking the handle.

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The box cut out will look like this.

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Fold the paper in the indicated areas.

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Tape or glue your treat box together.

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I embellished these boxes with shamrock stickers and I made a leprechaun buckle out of paper scraps for one of them. You can fill them with whatever your heart desires, like chocolate coins, play gold coins, small toys, or candy.

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These treat boxes are addicting to make! I want to make them for every party and holiday. I will more then likely make an Easter themed treat box soon!

If  this post is your style, you may also like my post on Boarder Punch Gift Wrapping!

14th Feb2014

DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes

by Dinah Wulf

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I was lucky enough to take a tour of the We R Memory Keepers booth at CHA last month. I received the Candy Box Punch Board and couldn’t wait to try it out. The product was pretty self-explanatory, but the directions were a good reference tool. Here is how I made these DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes.

Materials:

Instructions:

The width of the box will always be 7”, but you can choose any length up to 12”. The 7” side goes horizontally on your punch board. The left side of your paper will align with the guide on the punch board as well.

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Simply push firmly down on the punch and then mover the paper to the left.

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Once your paper covers the mark, use your bone folder to score it. By the way, the bone folder comes with your Candy Punch Board!

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Repeat the punch on the other side.

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You can also add scalloped edges if desired by using the other side of the punch.

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Here is a close up of the scalloped edge.

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Next, you glue or tape the box together.

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Tie one side of the box with ribbon. Fill it with treats, and then tie the other end.

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Aren’t they adorable?  There are so many possibilities for colors, patterns, and themes.  They are perfect for weddings, parties, and even teacher gifts. You can decorate your boxes with messages, stickers, ribbon, or whatever you want!!!!

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Thank you to We R Memory Keepers for sending me this board!

12th Feb2014

A List of Two Dozen Candy Sayings

by Dinah Wulf

A List of 2 Dozen Candy Sayings

My husband LOVES candy and sweets.  A couple years ago, he severed his Achilles tendon playing soccer and needless to say, he was on crutches for a while. He hated it! I wanted to surprise him with a candy bar with a clever saying every day when he opened his briefcase just to cheer him up a little. We kept it up for over a month and I just wanted to re-post an updated list of Two Dozen Candy Sayings since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

  1. Mini Chips Ahoy Cookies – For our own special ‘COOKIE’ monster!
  2. Butterfinger – We love you so much “BUTTERFINGERS” won’t count that high!
  3. Kit Kat – We don’t ever want a break from you!
  4. Snickers – We love how you make us laugh and “SNICKER”!
  5. Junior Mints – You are worth a “MINT”!
  6. Peanut M&M’s – We’re “NUTS” about you!
  7. M&M’s – You make us melt!
  8. Rice Krispies Treat – I think it’s a “TREAT” that you’re my Daddy!
  9. Peanut Butter M&M’s – Daddy, we think you’re Magnificent and Marvelous!
  10. Hazelnut Chocolate Bar – We love you so much it’s “NUTS”!
  11. Milky Way – We think you are out of this world!
  12. Anything with cookies – We love you so much it makes us COOKIE!
  13. Zero Bar – You’re not a “ZERO”. You’re our hero!!
  14. Heath – Sugar and Spice you’re everything nice!
  15. York Peppermint Pattie – Daddy, we get the sensation from you!
  16. Twix – Just be “TWIX” you and me, we love you!
  17. Rolos – Daddy, you’re my “ROLO” model!
  18. Slim Jim Twin Pack – Daddy, we hope no one gives you any “BEEF” today at work!
  19. Candy Dipped Fortune Cookies - We are so FORTUNE ate to have you in our lives!
  20. Anything with Nuts – There’s “nuttin” I wouldn’t do for you!
  21. Anything chewy – We CHEWS you!
  22. Bit O’ Honey – You’re as sweet as honey.
  23. Mini Nutter Butters – We love cookies “BUTTER” hearts are with you.
  24. Here are some sweets for my sweet.

I recently did a post on Briefcase notes for Daddy.  Who says you only have to do this on Valentine’s Day?

10th Feb2014

Angry Birds Party Decoration with FREE Printables

by Dinah Wulf

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One of my Besties had a fifth birthday party for her son this past weekend.  It was an Angry Birds Party theme and of course I HAD to help.  Since I have a very girly girl, this was an opportunity to help with a party that is more for boys. Last week I shared some Angry Bird party favors I made and on Inheriting Our Planet I shared a recycled crown I made for a King Pig piñata. Today, I want to share an easy Angry Birds party decoration I made out of shipping boxes I saved.

The materials I used were:

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Sharpie
  • Printables
  • Paper cutter
  • Colorful Card stock
  • Double-sided tape or glue

I made some numbers to represent scores, 500, 1000, and 5000.

Angry Bird Scores Printable

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I also made some black and red TNT signs.

Angry Bird TNT Printable

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I added some bright and bold colorful backings with card stock to make them stand out more.

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I wanted to free hand on the boxes with a black marker to give the boxes a more cartoon-like feel.  I drew on boards and nails so that they looked like wooden crates… all of which were not perfect, rather imperfect on purpose!

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I then randomly placed the signs on the boxes with double-sided tape.

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Here are some AFTER photos!

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In case you missed it, be sure to check out my Angry Bird Droppings party favors and my recycled King Pig CrownHere is the rest of the party! Oh! Enjoy the free printables too!

07th Feb2014

Briefcase Candy Notes For Dad

by Dinah Wulf

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I know Valentine’s Day is coming up, but I don’t think you need a holiday or special occasion to send sweet and thoughtful notes to a loved one.  I think the best thing is sending them little surprises when they least expect it. My husband LOVES candy. When he hurt his foot a while back, we would put a candy bar in his briefcase with a little candy saying. For example, we put a Butterfinger candy bar with a tag that said, “We love you so much BUTTERFINGERS can’t count that high!” For a full list of fun candy sayings check out my Sweet Gift Idea post. Anyway, I kept it up five days a week for over a month! I wanted to get back to it, maybe do it once a week, so we made some new briefcase candy notes for Daddy.

Here’s what we used:

  • Candy Bars
  • Paper Scraps
  • Paper Cutter
  • Craft Punches
  • Craft cut out letters
  • Double-sided tape
  • Glue stick

First we cut out some letters. You can always hand write the notes or print them on your computer.  You can even cut words out of old books or magazines.

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We covered our candy in colorful paper from our paper scraps bin.

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One by one we glued on our message with a glue stick.

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Now we have to hide them somewhere so he won’t see them. Oh! And we have to remember to slip them in his briefcase! Hope you like our briefcase candy notes! Don’t forget to check out those candy sayings too. There are some good ones!

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30th Jan2014

Border Punch Gift Wrapping Embellishments

by Dinah Wulf

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I just got the AdvantEdge Punch System from Fiskars and I wanted to test it out. Because I’m such a craft Geek, I didn’t bother reading the directions. I know. I know. Hence, I made a couple mistakes. BUT the good news is that you will learn from them! Ha! Anyway, I decided to turn my test pieces into some pretty border punch gift wrapping embellishments.

The punch system has a variety of small and large interchangeable border punches. They both are easy to work and punch out beautifully.  I tested a small size first. 

For the small standard sized cartridges, you have to pull out the wings before you insert it into the machine.

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It snaps right in to the adapter and the adapter fits snuggly into the cartridge. The large punches do not need an adapter.

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As you can see, the wings slide into the machine when moved to the left.

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A 12X12 piece of scrapbook paper fits and aligns easily. Push down the magnetic clamp to help hold the paper in.

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As you punch, the wings help guide you to ensure that your border is continuous and perfect.

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Here are a few of the punches I tested.

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Aren’t the borders beautiful?  They aren’t just for scrapbooking.  For me, I plan on using them for gift wrapping embellishments like this as well as party décor embellishments for favor bags, decorations, and such.

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I’m really excited to start another project!  If there is anything you think I should try, please leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!

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Here are some other gift wrapping crafts I’ve done. Check out this round up of eco-friendly gift wrapping!

Thank you to Fiskars for sponsoring this post!

24th Jan2014

Easy Homemade Valentines for School

by Dinah Wulf

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Are you sick of my Valentine’s Day posts yet? Ha! Anyway, I didn’t want to give out candy with my daughter’s Valentine’s for school this year, so I thought I’d try something different.  Of course buying in bulk is always cheaper, so I found these mini colorful gel pens at Staples for a good price.  They actually write really nicely and come in so many fun colors. I made these easy homemade Valentines for school and they turned out so cute.

Here’s what you need:

  • Mini pens
  • Card Stock or Scrapbook paper
  • White paper
  • Double-sided tape
  • Tape
  • Paper cutter
  • Computer and Printer

I asked my husband for help when trying to think of what to put on the Valentine card and he was absolutely no help. In my head I was trying to think of things like, “Ho-PEN you have a nice Valentine’s Day.” I know! I know! Cheesy! But I finally decided on, “You’re the WRITE friend for me. Happy Valentine’s Day!” I designed and printed them out. I used a paper cutter to make things easier on me.

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I used double sided tape and right aligned it so that I could put the pen on the left side. When I hooked the pen, I also put a piece of regular tape on the back to secure it because I knew I’d be traveling with a dozen Valentines in one bag.

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That’s it! Here they are. Mia said they were “cute” (I love it when she says things are cute because she’s still so little and it’s funny).

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Hope you like them and try it out!

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