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DIY party decor using Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe collection

Hello everybody! Spring is in full swing now, the weather is nice, the grass is greener and there are flowers popping everywhere!  Today I wanted to share a quick post on how to use paper crafts to make party decor for all of those events that usually happen this time of year: Bridal showers, Mother’s Day, graduations,birthdays or any other type of celebration.

I recently hosted a little brunch at home and used papers from the Floral Shoppe collection to make it a little extra special.

I started by simply typing a menu  of the food that I was serving and matted it with papers from the collection, then used those to decorate my plate settings.

I then used a scallop die and strips of papers from the collection to make cupcake wrappers. Perfect project to use those scraps of papers left from another project.

For my last project I used a 3″ circle punch to make coasters to decorate my table further. This was super easy to do, I just cut a few circles of the papers and then backed them up with chipboard for extra support.

I firmly believe is not what it cost to make something but the attention and love you put into it. Hoping this post give you some inspiration to use your beautiful Graphic 45 papers to create beautiful decor for your next party.

 

Materials:

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe papers

 

Thank you for reading. I will see you soon with more projects!

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Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Recipe Box

Hello friends and Happy Holidays! We are now in the rush of  the holiday season and looking for those last minute gifts to give to our family and friends. I wanted to share this super easy project: A recipe box to hold all of your family recipes made with the Twelve Days of Christmas collection from Graphic 45. I hope that it will give you inspiration to create your own to give out or even to keep one for yourself.

To create my little box I used chipboard as a base. I wanted the box to be of a specific size ( 5 1/2″ x 3″ x 2 1/2″) to be able to hold the Graphic 45 square tags. If you prefer you can easily make your own at any desired size.

I then decorated my box using papers and fuzzy cut images from the collection.

I also wanted to include 3D items to decorate my box. I made Poinsettias out of red cardstock paper and used die cut items like leaves to give my box more texture. I also used a set of mini Pinecones and Berries that I purchased at my local craft store.

The base of my box has a set of four Graphic 45 antique brass claw feet metal embellishments as I wanted to make sure that my box will stand in the kitchen counter.

For the actual recipe cards I used decorated Graphic 45 square tags. I love using tags they are so easy to decorate!

I labeled my tags with the numbers 1 thru 12. I wanted to include 12 recipes to make during Christmas.

I tied different ribbons on the top of the tags to make them more festive.

Here are some of the decorated tags.

Day One:

Day Two:

Day Four:

Day Six:

In the back of the tag I inserted my typed recipes. Do not worry if you don’t have heirloom family recipes.  I also used some of the ones that come in magazines or the ones you can get free at the supermarket. Those will look awesome too!

Giving out a handmade gift is so special. I truly believe that it is not what the gift cost but the attention and love that you put into it.

I hope that you have the most amazing holiday season! I will see you soon with more projects.

 

Materials:

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas collection

Graphic 45 antique brass claw feet

Graphic 45 square tags

 

 

 

 

 

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Altered Frames Using the Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Collection

Hello everyone, and Happy Holidays! It’s the end of November and the holidays are fast approaching! It is finally time to start getting the presents ready to give out to our families and friends. In this post I wanted to share a quick and very inexpensive project that is a great gift to give out during this upcoming holiday season: altered frames using the Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland collection.

The idea came about when I saw these chipboard frames at my local Michael’s store. And to my surprise they were only $1.00! I picked up a few to alter into a mixed media project.

Step One:

I painted my frames using regular craft paints. I picked black and gold colors as my base to make the images pop out more.

Step two:

I used gesso, stencils and other mixed media mediums to add dimension my frames.

Step three:

I used fuzzy cut images from the collection to decorate my frames. As you can see the Poinsettias are my absolute favorite image from this collection.

Step four:

I adhered all my images using foam tape to add extra dimension.

Step Five:

I added other elements like wood pieces, gold stems and die cut leaves to add extra interest.

And here is the finished product!

I loved the result so much that created two different ones to give out as presents. I still can not decide yet which one is my favorite. For the first one I added a peace wood sign.

And for the second, I used a Merry Christmas wood shape.

In no time I had both my frames ready to give out as presents and they cost barely nothing! Thank you so much for reading and I will see you soon with more projects.

Happy Holidays!

Materials:

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland paper collection

Chipboard Frames (Michaels)

Gesso and mediums (Prima)

 

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DIY Halloween and Fall wax melts

I have been a candle collector enthusiast for the past two years and I am happy to see my collection growing. But lately I have been bitten by the vendor wax obsession. I did not know that wax melts were so popular until recently, while watching videos online. There is a great amount of online vendors that offer products with different scents, themes, shapes, colors and sizes, so now I scour those websites looking for the latest releases, the newest shapes or seasonal ones. Now wax melts can get pricey, especially when you add shipping costs to them so I have to come up with a DIY version using half burned candles that I have leftover from my collection.

The ones I made this month are for the current holidays: Halloween and Fall, but of course the theme can be changed.

This DIY was not only cost effective, but also helped me recycle candles that were just taking space in my storage shelves.

The first step is to grab all of your supplies: different candles, disposable baking molds, silicon molds ( I get them online from Ali Express), a pot, a wax cutter (a knife will do), wax paper (easy clean up), and decoration items like glitter and sprinkles. I use these items only for my wax making so I try to find cheap disposable ones. Most of them I get at the Dollar Tree for 99 cents.

The first step is to put water to boil, and carefully insert your candle to melt. I use a plastic knife to move the wax while it’s melting to mix it faster.

Then carefully without burning yourself, start filling your molds with the melted wax. You can mix different candles to create different colors. If you want to add decoration to your shapes place them in the mold prior to filling the wax.

Then let your melts harden by drying them overnight or by placing them in the freezer for about an hour.

They will pop right out of the mold when hardened.

To create chunks with different colors I use the baking molds. First I melt one layer of wax and let it dry completely. I then use my wax cutter (Ali Express) to cut squares from it.  I then melt another color wax and use that as my base. I melt it and while is about 50% dry I place the chunks inside, and then cover with a little more wax. These molds take a little bit longer to dry as they are bigger in size.

After drying I cut my mini wax loaf into square chunks. and use bakery bags to store them( I found them at Hobby Lobby).

So here are the finished products. I liked them so much, I made different shapes and used different packaging to gift them to my friends as a fall greeting. I plan adding a wax melter and some fall decor and make little baskets. You can definitely say I am in the holiday spirit.

Thank you for reading. I’ll see you in the next post!

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