DIY Balloon Filled Gifts

I'm so excited to share this project with you.  Celebrate birthdays and special celebrations with balloons filled with small gifts, money and confetti! Let's cue the confetti and cue the fun! Grab yourself a few balloons and get to blowin' and create a super fun and fast gift.  DIY style - of course!
Why not make the birthday boy or girl work a little for the fun gifts and what a creative way to give money!  I grabbed a few supplies and got started.  I’m so excited, here is what you'll need..
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– A clear container, we used a glass jar
– confetti (you can find our handmade confetti tutorial here)
Clear Balloons
– Ribbon
– Small toys and money to fit inside the balloons
This is pretty simple.  All I did - take confetti, insert it into the balloons and then blow up the balloons. Our balloons are small so we did need to roll the confetti to fit inside.  Same with the toys.  Please note: choose toys without sharp edges.  The whistle in the picture would tear the balloon each time we tried to get it inside a balloon.  You will need to stretch the balloon over most toys.  Money is much more simple, just fold in half and then just roll to insert.
 I tied a bright pretty ribbon, added a card and that's about all.  I think anyone would have a great time popping each balloon and find sweet surprises inside.  

Hand Painted Vintage Sugar Mold

I purchased a Vintage Sugar Mold months ago and it has been sitting in the garage waiting to become something awesome.  Yes, yes, I'm using the words painted and vintage in the same sentence.  I love the look of vintage pieces and I also love to update them to make them work for me in the studio. Give me paint and I will paint the world.

Just to give a little history on sugar molds:  They were used the southwest areas of the US and Mexico to measure brown sugar, the sugar was thick and full of molasses.  It was packed in molds and wrapped, then sold in local stores or at markets.  Pieces of the sugar were chipped away as needed for cooking.  The sugar was measured this way because most places didn't have scales.
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I purchased my mold at a local vintage market.  You can find these at most vintage markets.  You can also find them here and here

 This project took a little time, but it was really easy.  Here is what you need to get started:
     Vintage Sugar Mold
     Arcylic Paint
     Primer Spray Paint
     Foam Brushes

1.  Clean the mold
2.  Spray the primer the base coat - let dry
3.  Then paint base of mold with acrylic paint (I painted three coats)
4.  I then painted the holes different colors
5.  Let dry and touching up as needed

The mold fits my Cricut supplies fit perfect!  In additional to my holding my cricut supplies, it can also hold pens, markers, scissors, all your crafting supplies, as well as plants candles, the possibilities are endless.

Cricut Explore Air

I'm so excited!  tisa's creations and Just My Little Mess are so proud to now work with Cricut for all of our DIY and crafts to create anything from cards and invitations to party and home decor.  Cricut is going to be the perfect partner!
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I just received my new Cricut Explore Air™ and I've started creating and cutting and it's really amazing.  This machine is fabulous straight out the box.  The set up was super easy and I love that it connects to my computer via Bluetooth and I can use it from my iPad as well as my computer.  Yay!  Here are a few more features for you to love.

  • Dual carriage for cutting and writing or cutting and scoring in one step
  • Upload your own images for free
  • Cut over 60 materials from vellum to leather
  • Smart Set® dial for easy material settings
  • Free Cricut Design Space online software and iPad® and iPhone® app
  • Cut Smart® precision cutting
  • Works with all Cricut® cartridges

I hope you join us as we explore Cricut Explore Air™ and all of the amazing products Cricut has to offer.

Desk Organization: Big TO DO Notepad

Meant to be Sent has some of the greatest stationery products.  I've purchased a few notepads from them and let me tell you....the paper stock, the gold edges...I love everything.  I purchased a notepad called the Big Ta Do Pad List.  "This is no ordinary notepad, it's oversized, measuring 7 X14 inches, gold edges, and on heavy paper stock.  The days of the week are perforated into sections for easy on the go lists or keep them all together to see your week at a glance.  

photo by:  Meant to Be Sent

So my problem?  I have a small work area and I really can't have this on my desk.  So I thought I could maybe hang it on the wall.  Here's how I did it.  

I measured the pad with a ruler to find the middle. 

Mark the center and drill the hole. 

 I sanded the hole just a little to make the front of the notepad smooth, and then just hung it up on the wall in front of my desk.

This was a super easy project and I can keep my favorite notepad at my desk without taking up space directly on the desk.  This is not a sponsored post I'm just sharing something I adore and I hope you will too.  Head on over and take a look at other Meant to Be Sent Items.  Have a great Thursday!

Gifts Just Because

I have many people around who continue to inspire me and encourage me to do my best and sometimes convince me to do things I never thought I could do.  I'm always looking for small gifts just to say thank you.  I love stationery (yes,  I know, you are well aware) - I also love to give stationery as gifts.   I created this really quick gift and I wanted to show you how simple it is to create something special for the special people in your life.
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Here are the supplies used:

Pencils (Traget Dollar Spot)
Printed Stationery - find similar from a previous post here
Small piece of twine
Alpha Stickers
Small Hand Saw
So I gathered my supplies and went to work.  I measured the tin container.  Then cut the pencils to 4 inches with a small hand saw.  I wrapped the pencils with twine.  I then took the stationery, cut to fit into the tin (my stationery measured 3.5 X 4 inches) and placed those in the tin.  Close the tin and add a ribbon, then decorate with a round tag and stickers. 

Handmade Confetti

Cue the Confetti!!
Hi everyone, I wanted to stop in today and share with you how to make handmade confetti.  I love the look of new trendy large round confetti -- and guess what?!?!  It's suppppper easy to create yourself. And I'm sure most of you have everything you need already in your craft supplies.
Here is what you will need to get started.
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 - 3/4 inch punch -OR- 1 inch punch
 - you can find one here
 - tissue paper
 - you can find tissue paper here
Fold the tissue paper so you have about 6 layers and then just punch.  Yes punch and then you have confetti!  What?!?!?  I know so super easy.  I hope you find this quick tutorial helpful.  You can see how I used the confetti in a Creative & Fun Gift Idea post for The Eighteen 25 Girls - click here

How Do You Store Your Washi Tape?

I'm not embarrassed to say to own way too much washi tape.  I need to find a way to store the tape better.  How do you store your washi tape?

I'm storing them in amazing over sized jars.  They are all clear and I could see all the tape, however when I need to use them, I need to pour them all out to get to the colors needed.
I do love the way this looks, however, not a big fan of pouring them out each time I need to use them.

I've been seeing this idea on Pinterest and thought I would give it a try.  Have any of you tried using embroidery hoops to store your washi tape?  I love embroidery hoops.  Or is there a better way?

Tisa's Favorite Things: Pencils

Well, I guess I should be honest...I have a problem.  I can't really stop buying pencils.  I love them. I think I'm the only person at work (my full time job) that might still have an electric pencil sharpener. And yes, I'm also a pencil snob.  They all must be real wooden pencils with amazing erasers.  I also buy extra erasers just in case.  ha!

Today, I just wanted to share a little bit about myself.  Really, it's the small things that make me happy.
I also have a problems with journals, notepads and coffee mugs.  I will share more about those another time.

Have a great day.

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