Thursday, August 11, 2011

Decorative Butterfly Drink / Glass Place Card

This little project took me back...way back to a time when I enjoyed cutting out hearts and little paper people. I NEEDED them after seeing gold butterflies on a wedding show. I don't plan on using them for place cards..just some fancy pants glasses. No room in the budget for splurges.  So I just cut my own. It was so simple. I found a butterfly temple I liked. Folded my paper in half yep you guessed it cut with scissors :)

After some brief trial and error I came up with this template. Can't wait to start cutting on gold :)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

DIY: Bud Vase Place Card Holders Tutorial

Now what ever happen to the acorns? Well, I changed my colors and now I have half finished acorn place card holders sitting in a box. I am NOT repainting all of them and gluing again way! I needed some easy cheap place cards and holders.

I really like the blumebud...but the cost is crazy for just 6 ...around $10 plus shipping = two 12X12 card stock and eight 4 or 3.75 inch water tubes. You can purchase double sided 12X12 card stock for under $1 a sheet the tubes run about .10 each. I am using the scrap leftover from my diy pocket fold. I also plan on stamping a peony pattern on them. Anyways...on to the tutorial!


Something to score with( I am using a rotary cutter with scoring blade)

Cutting tool ( Also using the rotary)

Craft knife to cut a circle the diameter of the water tube

Bone folder

Ruler/ something to measure with

12 X 12 card stock will be cut to 3 X 12(should be at least 100lb)

3.75" or 4" floral water tube (round ended)

Adhesive( I am using adhesive tape)

Cut the paper down to 3X12


Measure out four sections of the 3X12 according to the template above. 2.5", 3.5", 3.5", and 2.5"

With your tool you have chosen score along the fold lines.

Cut the circle

Measure the diameter of your floral tube and cut a circle to fit. Make sure you have it centered.

Fold along your scored lines


Add name card, stamp etc

Overlap adhere the 2 bottom flaps together. Your bottom should measure 3"

 In the hole place a tube with flower.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Paper Flower Topiary Project Begins

Finally have all my paper flowers done! Now its time to really start working.  :)

Make your own stamps (Photopolymer Stamp Tutorial )

It is not hard or expensive to make your own custom stamps.

You will need

photopolymer sheet ( I used polyester backed purchased from You also can get them from places like boxcarpress
Light with 60 watt (halogen, and uv work better)
transparency paper
scrub brush
Cheap picture frame
bubble wrap
4 binder clips


First print your image in negative/positive on your transparency paper. A negative area will be white the positive will be black. I have a laser printer. They do make them of ink jet too. I bought my paper off amazon 50 sheets for $12.00 You are not limited to line drawings. You actually can print photos like this

Make sure the lines are not too thin
The right eye is too thin :(


Start with the back of the picture frame

Then add bubble wrap

Next add your photopolymer sheet ( take it out of the bag). You can cut it down if necessary and use it later. Please do so in a dark place and store in absolute darkness.

Then add your negative/positive.

Place the glass on top and clamp it up :)


Place under a light about 5-6 inches above your frame.


It took me 30 minutes to get good results.  Please do a test before you start on a big piece.Halogen lamps take less time, black lights/uv lights are ideal and can take about 3 min. Many have found nail dryers to work wonderful.


Scrub in circular motions...NOT TOO HARD!  Wash away all the sticky gel with water.

Final Cure

Dry with hair dryer and place back under light for about the same time.


Glue the stamp on a stamping block or piece of wood.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Free Vintage Postcard Back & Peony RSVP Templates

PDF Here

I wanted better print quality for my rsvp postcards so I made a new vintage postcard back. Thought I should share my peony rsvp template too :)

PDF Here


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Painted my stepping stone chargers

I think they turned out very well. I originally just spray painted them gold but they looked like cheap gold coins. I painted them black first and applied the gold over it. I am happy  with them :)

****Use breathable paint designed for concrete. Let stones cure for at least 28 days before painting they WILL crumble :( 

Friday, July 22, 2011

Cheap Flower pots Fantastic :) MY Decoupage Adventure

I took advantage of a 75% off summer clearance and bought all my flower pots for my centerpieces .43 a piece for 10" pots. The down part they are plastic. don't even look real.  I spray painted them gold. They looked even cheaper than before.  What to do? Decoupage!!! I think my first one turned out fabulous. I can't wait to assemble my branch centerpieces.

How did I do this? Glue, white tissue paper, gold paint and a stamper.
Tutorial to come soon ! 
Yes, I cut the plastic rim off too.