Hand Painted Note Cards

Happy Friday everyone!

I've been searching for great first day of school teacher gifts. And decided to make a few using what else...SCHOOL SUPPLIES!  I absolutely love when the isles start to fill up with all the school supplies.  I love to see what's new, and always loving the classics.  My favorite classic...64 count Crayola Crayons, you know the one with the sharpener in the back...yes!
Today I used INDEX CARDS.  Yes! Regular 3x5 inch blank index cards to create this great project. You only need a few more supplies to get started - let's go!

3 - pkgs 100 count blank index cards
Berry Basket
Scrabble Tiles (optional)
Acrylic Paint - I used Decoart's Americana Sea Breeze
Foam Brush
Binder clips

1.  Stack index cards.
2.  Clamp two sides using binder clips
3.  Paint ONE coat on 2 sides - let dry
4.  Re-position the binder clips and paint ONE coat on the other two sides, let dry
5.  Pull apart the index cards, you can try flipping through them, like a book and they will come apart easier.  If you added a little too much paint, you will need to pull them apart one by one.
6.  Stack the cards together and tie with ribbon.
7.  Place the notecards in the berry basket.
8.  (optional) I added scrabble tiles just to add something to the front, you could also simply add a tag.
And you have the cutest little teacher's gift, teachers could use this to write hall passes or even notes home.  And I could see this in more amazing colors - pink, red, blue, purple...all the colors!  Thank you so much for stopping by.

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.