Mason Jar Gift Wrapping

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending The My Favorite Things event by The Elevate Blog Conference  in Carlsbad at The Printed Palette.  We had to bring 5 of our “favorite things” to trade with 5 other people, all while being creative in the packaging.  Want to hear more about this awesome event?  Check back later this week, I will be doing a whole separate blog post about the event.   For now I will be giving you a little teaser on how I packaged my favorites!

I love mason jars.  I use jars for everything.  They are in my craft room and help me organize things.  I always give away my homemade salsa in them.  Last year even started giving my cookies away in them as well.  This year I wanted to take it a step further and start packaging non edible items in them as well.  I decided to package my items in mason jars.  Genius right??  YES!!!!!!

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First off,  if you know me you know I love Mary Kay Eye Make Up Remover…like LOVE the stuff.  But I knew I couldn’t buy and give that out to everyone (we had a $5-$7 cap).  I also use Ponds cleansing towelettes, they have been a favorite of my especially when I travel.  Those I could buy (in the travel section for $1).  I knew they would be a perfect fit in the jars too!

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Between scrapbooking and my photography business I use my camera stamp almost daily.  I love it so much so I knew I had to include that in there.  What else is my trade mark style?  Tickets… I always use them as my to and from tags on gifts… and we cannot forget my love affair with kraft paper, so I included a few mini kraft bags.  Boom done!

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I couldn’t stop there, I had to decorate the jar itself.  I always have a massive stash of paper doilies and cupcake wrappers on hand. I cannot pass cupcake wrappers and not buy them… they are a total weakness of mine.  I just went with the whole “blue ribbon” look and  layered it all together and attached it to the lid of the jar.  I made the tails out of a pages from a vintage book I have been using to create with.  I added some pom-pom ribbon and a bottle cap with the same vintage paper and DONE!  I am mason jar wrapping hooked.  I am now going to wrap everything in a jar!  Don’t be surprised what I will now stuff into a jar.

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Looks cute right?  I know you all have jars in your cupboards.  Get them out and start using them.. like NOW!


Free Silhouette Shape of the Week

Have you checked the free shape of the week over on the Silhouette blog?   I think you’ll like it.

It is the cutest Halloween pop cup card.

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The best part about it?  It’s FREE!  All of you Silhouette owners need to download it… like right now!

Halloween Treat Bags

Halloween treat bags are officially being made, and what a great feeling that is.  Candy isn’t always first on the list at Halloween, occasionally it takes a backseat to baked goods.  You all know that the normal kraft bags show grease spots or basically any spot once you put food in it.  Wax bags or glassine bags come in handy for baked good items.  I made these bags because I knew they would be the perfect size for brownies, a slice of banana bread, cookies, becuzuluvme blog coffee cake slice… ok you get the picture.

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I am notorious for buying paper so I can cut it up and use it as embellishments.  The tickets… cut from a 12×12 paper, the Frankenstein head?  Cut out from a 12×12 paper, The witches wart circle?  Yep,  you guessed it cut out from paper.  Do you see a pattern here?

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Everything on this treat bags was cut out or stamped.  Super easy, super simple, totally doable.

Now get to creating!

Halloween Scrapbook Freebie Project Life Download

This weekend here in SoCal the highs going to be in the 90’s again, so it  will be the perfect time to dig through my garage for my beloved Halloween decorations.  It is one of my families favorite holidays.  When bringing out your pumpkins, hanging spiders, and candy bowls don’t forget about your picture frames.  I have a few frames around my house that I rotate printables in and out of depending on the occasions.  I just download them to a folder on my desktop, upload it to Costco and in an hour for about a buck I have the perfect holiday decor.   Sometimes I even leave a bunch in the frame ( I know lazy but the birthday ones are popular).  It makes great gifts too!  Start building your collection now….

Summit Avenue Designs download.

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October thirty one download.





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Halloween Treat Bags

For most of us we are still swimming in our pools, blasting our air conditioners, and working on our tans.. but fall is coming.  It will be here before we know it.  We wanted to show you how easy it is to make simple treat bags out of a few dollar store items and a few things you probably already have at home in your stash.

We all know the Dollar Tree carries crepe paper… they will have Halloween colors out soon if it’s not already out.  Brown lunch bags, you might have them at home if not get them at the dollar store.  Next just some scrap Halloween themed scrapbook paper and punches.

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Martha Stewart has great edge punches and their not just for borders.  You can use them for the details on rosettes, or on the top of the treat  bags as well.

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Lay the brown paper bag flat (don’t open it) and punch the top of it with the border punch. You do not have to keep the bag tall,  you can cut the bag down and use Martha Stewart’s haunted fence punch then it would look like a graveyard!  Use this same technique with the snowflake punch in winter, the leaves punch in fall…. you get the picture.

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Next take out all that old scrap Halloween themed paper (you could even use gift wrap) and just cut some circles for an added focal point on the rosettes.  All this cuteness for a couple of dollars at the Dollar Tree.  No need to buy fancy gift bags.  It can get expensive when you have to make 20+ treat bags for your child’s classroom.  You can still make it cute without spending $20 on bags.

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 Have fun creating treat bags this season!

Baby Shower Games are Out Crafts are In

We can call it a sign of the times… or everybody is on Pintrest so their events are getting better.  Either way we have all been to a baby shower or two that lost our interest as soon as the cheesy games came out.  Am I right?

If you come to a shower that I am hosting you can count on not playing any games whatsoever, but you can count on being crafty.  I have hosted my fair share of showers and if you have been a guest at any of my events I am a social butterfly.   Stopping to play games that no one really wants to play cramps my social butterfly-ness, not to mention the guest of honor usually can’t play and then I feel guilty if everyone does not walk away with a prize.  If I am hosting a shower I set up crafting areas throughout the party.

 At this particular party I set up a Bow Bar, Burp Cloth Corner, and a Onesie Table.

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Gusts are allowed to graze the sumptuous buffet, chat while crafting, and sip on beverages.  There is no stress about finishing the crafts in a certain time frame in fact some guests were so into it they were still crafting while watching the gifts being opened.

I always have a little sign with steps and or instructions in plain sight.

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Everyone is always afraid that their “Great Aunt Ida” will create a hideous bow and that you will have to put it on your sweet baby cause she will ask you about it… you have nightmare about this scenario.  I put those fears to bed by already layering cute patterns in a “so one will create an ugly bow”  because well it’s just not an option now.  All they have to do is glue it on the ribbon covered hair clip.  Everyone wins… they feel awesome about themselves because they created a great looking bow, and the guest of honor feels great cause she now has a ton of super cute bows!

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Guest had the option to making all the crafts or picking one they felt comfortable making.

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During the party we had tags to fill out with their names once they completed a project.  We attached them to each project so the guest of honor knew who created it.

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Not to mention it looked super cute just hanging there!

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You can use this set up for bridal showers too!

Just think dish towels, pillowcases, aprons…. get my drift?

Party Favors *DIY Goody Bags* Superhero Birthday Party*

Correct me if I am wrong no matter how old you are, but the best part of a birthday party is the cake and the party favors.  Am I right or am I right?

First off let’s talk cake.  Personally I look for two WOW factors in the cake.  1. Does it look spectacular?  2. Does it taste wonderful?  If the cake has both of these I am a happy camper.  My niece had a birthday party and requested like every other little girl, a superhero party.  Finally a birthday theme I can really get into!  I have long list of go-to bakers but for this cake I commissioned my old high school friend Melissa.  I knew she would take our crazy suggestions and run wild with it!  Boy did she run with it.  Amazing.

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As the children arrived to the party they would stop and stare at the cake.  They didn’t know if it was a toy or food!  She was able to incorporate three of my nieces favorite superheros, Batman, Spiderman, and Superman.   Each scrumptous layer was a different flavor.  The cupcakes are not just for decorations they are perfect for little hands… no mess cupcakes are the way to go!


Now for the goody bags/party favors.  I like to give something that will last a little bit longer than the car ride home.  But what do you give besides candy?  Sure there are the normal bubbles, coloring books & crayons (if you are thinking about this stock up on them now while the Back to School clearances are going on) glow in the dark bracelets, but this was a superhero party… it had to be amazing.  Then I had an idea…they need superhero capes.  BINGO!  I am brilliant (not really cause I thought their would only be a handful of kids there).  Apparently my niece was a super popular 3-year-old and had a gazillion kids there.

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Don’t think I spent a gazillion dollars on these.  These are afforable to make.  Yes I know my way around the garment district, but this can be done with a 40% coupon at Joanns for cheap.  For the white circle in the center I visited my local die cut center for our school district and cut out a bunch of  “planets”.  Luckily they had lightning bolts too (I know these were Ellison brand dies but I am sure Accucut carries them as well).  If you are doing mass quantities like I did you are going to wish you had a die cut center to cut these out at.  Cutting a million pieces of felt is going to start to killing your hand.  I. Am. Serious.  The diecut machines are great cause they cut through material like butta… no joke.  You will need without a doubt a good pair of scissors for this project.

 While at the die cut center I stumbled upon these sweet little masks.

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I added some elastic to the back and a little stitching around the rim of the mask and voila done!  But I couldn’t stop there.  Nope.

They needed cuffs, super cute cuffs.

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Now I was basically on my own for a pattern.  I knew the die cut center was not going to have anything to help me out.  I had a coffee cozy on my cup from my morning Starbucks run and with that came a genius idea.  I used the cardboard as a template and cut away.  The stitching you see on everything serves no purpose other than it looks good.  Both the cape and the cuffs have a little bit of velcro sewn in to help it stay in place.

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Party favors…. complete success!  They enjoyed these party favors far better than a bag of candy.  Think out of the box for your next party.  You will be surprised with what you come up with.

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?? Touchdown Bucket DIY

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The only reason everybody is ok with letting summer come to an end is because we know that means football season will be here soon.  For weeks now little boys and girls have been hitting the field, and whether you are playing tackle or flag, football is football.   The only downside of some of these organized sports for children is the high cost of membership to play.  They must put out tons of money before they even step one foot on the field, then after that they must fundraise until they squeeze every cent out of grandma & grandpa!  Pj has created a Touchdown Bucket for her team.  Each time a player has a great play or scores a touchdown the cheerleaders parade up and down the sideline shaking this bucket and the parents are more than excited to drop some money in the bucket.   Doesn’t have to be dollar bills,  change adds up to!

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Do you want to make one too?  This can be applied to any sport… baseball, soccer, basketball.

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She started will a clear pail, you can find ones similar to this at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or tin ones at Home Depot.  Next use a 12×12 sport themed scrapbook paper and wrap it around the pail (cut down to desirable size).  Now you are ready to play with the front… put your team name, or decorate with sport themed embellishments.  To finish it all off add some ribbon and tulle to the handle, don’t forget to cut a slot on the top lid so they can slide the money easily through.

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I’ve seen it in action and it is awesome!  After the first touchdown was scored 5 adorable little cheerleaders walked up the sideline with the bucket and the crowd was eagerly awaiting it to reach them.  Moms, dads, aunts, uncle, little sisters were all waving money around in excitement!  Lots of quarters, nickels and dollar bills were dropped in the bucket that day and not just for touchdowns but for great tackles too!  At the end of the season this mighty Pop Warner team hopes to put on an awesome team party with lots of goodies from this magical little bucket.

Cupcake Liners* DIY Gift Wrapping*

Brown paper packages tied up with string… make that twine, and gussied up with cupcake liners these are a few of my favorite things.

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Ordinary folk will see cupcake liners and pass right on by thinking to themselves ” I am not baking cupcakes anytime soon” and not buy any.  Extraordinary people will see cupcake liners and buy all the patterns because they need to wrap a gift, need to gift a jar of jam, need to make a garland, or they need to make a birthday card.  Why on earth would they need a cupcake liner to wrap a gift you ask??  Because it’s CUTE!  Seriously why would we want to make something look ugly?  Cupcake liners make everything super cute.  When in doubt add a cupcake liner…you have never heard anyone say “that’s too many cupcake liners”.  Stay tuned for some more decorative ways to use cupcake liners!!

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Pick Your Plum * Discount craft Supplies * Deals *

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Pick Your Plum is a website that offers a limited number of items at a significant discount.  Each morning they release what is “on sale” for they day.  They go to great lengths to secure these deals for you.  What exactly do they sell?  everything from headbands, personalized baseball bats, washi tape, cupcake liners, personalized wooden buttons, scarves, and that was just in a week.  You have to be on your toes with them, where the motto you snooze you lose should be a disclaimer on their website.  If you ever see something you like you have to snag it up and quickly!  Here are a few words from Pick Your Plum themselves:

We have. We know. Join us.

Get it before your neighbor does:

We have limited supplies on some of the most swank supplies. We have agents out in the field who find killer deals on high quality products.
We delicately slap prime-o pricing on crafting, clothing, baking supplies, home decor and other fabulous finds. Stellar pricing. Cool.
We sell it ’til it’s gone or ’til time is up.
You leave feeling like you just won Martha in a crafting contest.
The supplies arrive in 7-8 shipping days and you’ve just picked your ‘plum’! Doesn’t it feel good?
Sign up for Instant Alerts so you always know ‘The Deal’. Don’t blame us if you overdose. We only sell products we would use ourselves. We enjoy quality.

The relationship isn’t over once you buy something from them… they have great Pinterest boards too!

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Go to the website now and register to sign up, this will get you alerts or emails each morning on what is being sold for the day.