Sunday, November 8, 2015

A Cup of Cheer - new Echo Park PDF

It's a free tutorial you can download complete with supply list! Check it out! :)


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Thanksgiving/Harvest Party Bottle Tag

Hi Echo Park Fans!!! I just cannot say enough great things about The Story of Fall. I LOVE this collection. From the foxes to the hedgehog and the bright blue mixed in; this collection has knocked it out of the park for fall. 

I wanted to make something festive to bring to a party. I made a wine tag file for you to copy it! (see below for the link). This fits white bottles really well (with the tapered neck). It also fits reds but with a bit of an angle at the top. I resized the middle hole to 2” if you do not want the tapered look.

Then I scored the tag at 3.5”.

Next I die cut “grateful”, the fox, and the background label piece. Then I punched a hole in the corner and added a brad to the background label piece.

Then I wrapped some twine around the fox and tied a bow. I added a jewel brad to embellish it a little. Every fox needs some bling! :) 

Now just embellish. I added chipboard photo corners in the top right and bottom left corners. I added some foam dimensional tape to the back of the “FUN” ephemera and put it in the corner. Then I added some chipboard leaves around the “It’s Fall Y’all” sentiment. 

I finished it off by adding a border sticker on top of the “FUN” sentiment and finished it off with a big bow at the top. 

I added a lot of dimension on this as I knew it wasn’t going in the mail. I love dimension! Don’t be afraid to layer layer layer!

So the next time you are headed to a party and want to dress up a bottle of apple cider or even a liter soda bottle make a tag for it! :) 


Silhouette Tag File (I don't know how to load it here so feel free to email me to get it!


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Candy Cane House

Hi! I'm up on the Echo Park Paper blog today with a super fun candy cane house to decorate your house with this holiday season! I cannot help it. I think it is totally darling. I hope you enjoy it too and there are so many great embellishments in this collection that make decorating this house feel like decorating a gingerbread house!

Here are all the pieces cut out according to the cut file instructions - see! It’s not that bad! 

Next I worked on the front and went a little crazy with the snow effect… but I had fun! I put it on the bottom and under the windows.

Okay… and then I added some more to the edges of the roof… and as many other places as possible. :)

After that I realized that I wanted to work some of the washi tape in and add a little extra detail to the top of the house.

Time to embellish!!! On the adhesive chipboard sheet you will find these awesome 3-d snowflakes. They felt like gumdrops to me!

I also found this awesome polar bear (and the tree on the other side) on the adhesive chipboard sheet! How cute is he!?!

Just a view from the top. :)

Okay, maybe I got a little carried away with these GORGEOUS enamel dots but I think they totally made the “details” of the project. I felt like my candy cane house became a little swiss chalet!

And here it is all completed. My little girls are VERY excited about this candy cane house. And I love the way the red looks against the blue for contrast. Very frosty! :) I hope this inspires you to create a little home decor for your house this season. This would also make a really cute teachers’ gift!



Friday, October 30, 2015

Christmas Countdown Board

“Sim-ply haaaa-ving a wonderful Christmas time.” :) Hello Echo Park fans!!! I am here with a little Christmas countdown inspiration! I really wanted my girls to get jazzed about Christmas now that they are a little over 3 and 20 months as well as their new baby sister who is due right before Christmas! So I thought this would be a fun thing to do every morning with them as well as their advent calendars (yes, multiple. many. I love advent calendars.) I loved EVERYTHING about this The Story of Christmas collection from the wood grain backgrounds to the Rudolph's to the poinsettias and everything in between. 

I ordered the backing board off of Amazon for about $9 (primed). I really wanted the rough wood edge so I knew what look I was going for. I then cut strips of patterned paper into different widths ranging from 1/4” to 3/4” and 11” long. Next I arranged them how I wanted them and mod-podged them all down and set aside to dry.

I die cut a piece of dry erase vinyl using The Story of Christmas Designer Label #5 Die Set

Here comes the die cutting… Die cut the Rudolph, snowflakes, “Christmas”, poinsettia, and Christmas tree. Whew! :) I love embellishments.

I then added a garland sticker to the top left side. I loved it and just had to get it into my home decor so I could see it all the time! How cute are those stars!?!

I grabbed both trees off of the “Element Stickers” page and put them down to create my little forest that Rudolph is in. Given my busy background, I wanted to create layers and dimension without adding a lot of other patterns. So this helps the eye to focus. 

I added foam dimensional tape to Rudolph and glued Christmas to the front. Time to add the alpha stickers!

Next I ran my poinsettia through my sticker maker to get it sticky on the front. Glitter time! What is it about Christmas projects that just makes me want to add glitter to EVERYTHING!!? I love glitter. Then I thought… why not glitter ALL the things? So I ran the snowflakes and the poinsettia leaves through the sticker maker too and glittered them! 

Punch a hole in the center of the poinsettia and add your brad. You can use the included die if you like that better. I just wanted to get this gorgeous brad on my creation.

After all that I wanted to glitter my “Christmas” too. Stickles to the rescue! 

I added some white dots with a gel pen, some stickers here and there, and called it good! 

Lastly, put two eyelet screws in the top of the project and hang it on your child’s door or someplace in the house where they can have fun looking at it all the time and changing it every day with you!

Xyron 2.5” Sticker Maker
Wood Panel
Glitter in red, green, and silver
Gel Pen
Eyelet screws



Wednesday, October 14, 2015

New PDF!

Hello Echo Park fans!!! I have a new PDF downloadable project up and ready for your inspiration! It's FREE and I would love to see what you do with it! I made this for my husband for our anniversary. :)

You can go download it HERE. It comes with complete instructions and supply list!


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

ABC Flip Book using Teacher's Pet

Hello everyone! This is Courtney Lee from Courts Crafts here with an alphabet project using the brand new collection Teacher’s Pet!!! Were you the teacher’s pet? I admit it… I totally was. 

I was SO inspired by this sheet of alphabet paper! Emmaline is about to turn 3 and she is working on her alphabet. I thought - what better way to teach her? She LOVES flipping through this and we now have a “letter of the day” that we are working on. We flip to the letter in the morning and I try to think of ways to incorporate it into our day! If your kids are too old for this project, it would also make a great baby shower gift! 

It was a little hard to choose my “favorites” out of the 26 letters to show you but here are eight of them. I only used the stickers and dies that came with the collection to do my whole alphabet. It was amazing how much fun it was to find the different picture representations for words that started with the current letters.

P is for paper clip, paper airplane, and penguin. I also wanted her to find the letters in the words so I incorporated them as well. If you look on the “F” page you can see that once she gets more advanced I wanted her to know that “4” and “5” also start with “F”. 

I grabbed the crayon die from the Create Art Die Set to add to the “C” page. When she got to it she immediately yelled in delight, “C is for crayon!!!” It was kind of darling. I used the alphas to create some words like, “ruler” and I worked in background shapes like the school house for “S”.

Okay, okay, so I could just just stop there. Here is a 9th. “L” is for “Lion”, “Lunch box”, and “Lunch”. I had such a great time creating this project that I hope all three of my children will enjoy when it comes time to learn their alphabets. Who knows! It may even become a family heirloom that brings them all fond memories of family time together. One can hope. :) 

Thank you for spending time with me today Echo Park fans! Pick up this Teachers Pet collection. It’s quite darling. DEFINITELY check out the bookmark paper. I simply cut them apart and added names and laminated them as is. My girls are LOVING putting the in their books!

Ribbon (I used May Arts Ribbon)
Hole Punch
Washi Tape

Photo Stand


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ahoy Mateys! Porthole Cards!

Yo-ho Yo-ho A Pirate’s Life for me. :) Ahoy all ye mateys out there! It’s the Fearsome Ginger of the Pacific Sea here to show you the card set that I made using the new Pirate’s Life from Echo Park Paper! I used 4 - YES 4 - of the die sets that come with this collection to showcase the super cute creatures! I hope you enjoy them!

I actually made these for Emmaline’s pre-school teachers. She just finished her first week at summer-school-pre-school where they had a mermaids/ocean creatures/ships/etc. theme. It was my first time dropping her off somewhere and I just wanted to say thank you for all the wonderful feedback they gave me about her. It was so nice. Here are some close-ups of the four cards!
Here is your tip of the day: add some fibrous twine to your card. Anything that gives a card texture is a HUGE bonus and makes you want to touch it. 
I didn’t have any of those nifty silver things that look like bolts on a port-hole so I substituted with some gold and dark gold pearls. I love using up my stash! Also, this was a great way to use up my tiny alphas. I used several different ones so be sure to check out your stash for those tiny alphas when you need a repeated sentiment. Remember that the card recipient is NOT going to see all 4 cards together so if you use different ones on different cards, who cares!? :) 

Okay, those anchors are darling. The big one is a die cut and the small one is a sticker. I wanted another pop of color on the card. Stickers to the rescue! 

Thanks for hanging out with me today. I hope this inspires you to decorate a small child’s pirate themed birthday party or to change the sentiment into a birthday for big or small. Always feel free to ask any questions you may have and I’m happy to help! Have a beautiful day!

May Arts SM-09 Jute Twine

Mini Pearls