Category: DIY

Marfa Magic

Every now and again I get the opportunity to collaborate with my talented friends on passion projects – much like the one pictured here. Last year my gal pals traveled to deep West Texas to magical Marfa, where they captured this stunning shoot. I love how it came out so very much, and feel lucky to have been a part of it! Credit goes to N. Barrett Photography for these images, Cakewalk Bake Shop for design, styling, and that mega gorgeous cake, and Bows and Arrows for the design, styling and florals. You can see even more from this shoot on Style Me Pretty.

Marbled invitation and cake

Do you love washi tape? I do. I love to seal envelopes with it, wrap up products with it, and think of other creative ways to incorporate the colorful tape. Here, I’ll show you how to make a simple cupcake topper using any washi tape you have on hand.

First up, gather your supplies. You’ll need:

  • Washi tape (any pattern or color of your choice)
  • Coordinating card stock
  • A large shape paper punch (I’m using a heart, any shape will do. Think circle, star, etc).
  • Toothpicks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Tiny alphabet stamps
  • Stamp pad

Oh, you’ll also need a cupcake (or two)!

After you’ve gathered your supplies, you’ll take your washi tape and a piece of card stock and layer about two inch pieces of tape onto the card stock. You’ll want to cover about a 2 inch square of surface area. (This can change based on your hole punch). Also, before you start, go ahead and plug in that hot glue gun so it’ll be ready when you’re ready to use it!

Next, take your hole punch and punch out your shape. Also, punch out another shape in the plain card stock.

Now you’ll take your mini letter stamps and stamp the message of your choice on the blank shape. Here, I did “happy bday.”

Use the glue gun to put a line of glue down the center for your toothpick. Also, put a few dots on either side to adhere the washi tape heart to the back.

Align the washi tape heart to the back of your message heart and you’re done! Stick it in your cupcake and you’ve got a cute, simple presentation. Happy crafting!

While reading A Cup of Jo last night, I noted in my head a post she wrote about cute party supplies. I always love to look at cute party supply websites so I hopped over today to Shop Sweet Lulu, and, well, I want it all! Do I need these things? No! Do I want it, yep! Here are some of my favorites:

Now I really want these. Trying to think of something creative to do with these berry baskets. The color, yes yes yes!

Glass bottles a la like the ones your milk man used to deliver. These would be amazing accompanying a late night bite at a wedding with warm chocolate chip cookies. And perhaps the milk spiked with a little Baileys? :)

Multi-colored plastic vending capsules, need I say more? Stick these in a basket on the way out of your par-tay with a goodie inside for amazing favors.

Giant balloons, enough said.

Some of my other favorite party and craft supply shops to peruse are:

Cupcake Social

Knot & Bow

Fort & Field

Now get out there and get creative and throw a party for someone you love, or heck, yourself!

Good things come in small packages. Things are just…cuter when they’re tiny, right? I love making Bitty Notes for the etsy shop because they’re fun to drop in a kid’s lunch box, stick in your partner’s car seat for a surprise on the way to work, or stick in a pocket! I recently made a set of Valentines (did you get the free download??) that would be just perfect in these tiny envelopes. With this {super} simple DIY you can do Valentine’s Day on a budget – and have fun crafting all at the same time.

What you’ll need:

First, download the Tiny Envelope Template and print onto cardstock.

You’re going to cut along all of the solid lines. The PDF yields two tiny envelopes per page.

Next, fold on all dotted lines. Be sure to take the edge of your scissors and give it a nice, crisp crease.

When all dotted lines are folded, you’re going to take your rolling tape and roll along the “place tape here” edges indicated on the print out.

Fold the short edges in and bring the flap with tape up toward the center. Press taped edges firmly on short flaps. Now, put something in your tiny envelope!

You can either tuck the top flap into the envelope, or put another bit of tape along the top and press down to seal. Whatever you prefer!

These tiny envelopes can be used for a number of things: place cards at a wedding, a fun presentation for your business card, or just to put a tiny note in. Be creative!

DIY Valentines

Until Wednesday evening, you can download my DIY Valentines, seen in my etsy shop, for free right here! {No longer available here}

Print them on white cardstock, write a message to your sweetie on the back, and stick in a tiny envelope. See my Tiny Envelope DIY to make them yourself!