Easy Like Sunday Morning: No. 16

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This week in baby news: our child is a serious busy body. And he’s not even born yet. I went in for a routine ultrasound this week and this kid moved and kicked and swirled and punched for an entire 45 minutes. The ultrasound tech had to chase him around in order to get all the measurements she needed. He definitely made her earn her paycheck that day! Pretty sure he’s gonna grow up to be a member of Cirque du Soliel…or maybe a ninja. Whatever he grows up to be, I know that I’m in for years of staying very busy with this guy. I’m totally fine with that, but I’d better familiarize myself with super simple craft projects that I can complete before he gets himself into anything too dangerous.

Today’s project fits the bill. With back to school season in full swing, projects like this will be great as a last minute gift for your favorite teacher…because everyone loves a gift card. Especially when it’s packaged up as adorably as these.

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{1} You’ll need an 8.5″ x 4.25″ piece of cardstock that is scored at 3″ and 6.5″

{2} A  4″ x 3″ piece of cardstock

{3} A ruler

{4} A tape runner or other good adhesive

{5} A 1/2″ circle punch

{6} Craft knife

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All that’s left to do is dress up your envelope with a little ribbon and a tag. This project only takes minutes! Gotta love that, right?
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Summery Citrus Treat Boxes

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I might be a little obsessed with today’s DIY. Ever since I saw THESE adorable coasters, I knew I wanted to create something similar…minus the sewing…because I’m not so great at sewing. Paper though? That I can handle… and I’ll bet that you can too, once I walk you through the process.

As a lucky member of the 12 Months of Martha team, every month I get the chance to play with my Martha Stewart supplies and create something to inspire you. Recently, I received a bunch of their paper punches …and you know how much I love paper punches! So today, I’m using basic shapes to create something stellar. I’ve made treat boxes in the past (here and here) and the technique is the same for this project. Here we go:

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SUPPLY LINKS:

Martha Stewart Extra Large Circle Punch | Fiskars Scissors | Circle Cutter | Large Scoreboard

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QuickTipUsing a circle cutter to create leaf shapes is very easy. Check out this post on DIY paper flowers to see how it’s done! It’s easy and quick.

Summer Citrus Treat Boxes | Damask Love Once my boxes were assembled, I glued a baker’s twine bow to the leaf for a little added embellishment. If you’d like, you can also add a cute tag, like I did to the orange treat box.

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Easy Like Sunday Morning: No.15

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Most recent pregnancy craving: cherries.

Ranier cherries.

The ones from Trader Joe’s…and only the ones from Trader Joe’s.

Thing is, Trader Joe’s is a 30 minute drive from our house, so I have to stock up everytime I go. And, every time I walk in, they know exactly what I’m looking for! I can finish off a 16 oz container is a day, no problem. I can only hope that excessive cherry consumption is not some sort of health hazard. I like to think it’s giving the baby super brain powers or something.

Sadly, cherry season will end leaving me high and dry and forced to move on to the next craving. French fries are a strong contender. When that happens, I’ll have this cute paper project to remind me of my cherry-loving days. Here’s how they’re made:

Easy Paper Punch Cherries | Damask Love

{1} Baker’s Twine: I’ve got a ton of this  stuff! Take a look. You can add to your own collection by stopping over to Baker’s Stock where they are offering 50% spools of baker’s twine to Damask Love readers. Just use the code DAMASK6. For this project, I suggest brown and white twine.

{2} Craft Knife: I’ve had this one for years and I love the feel of it in my hand. You can also use one of these, which is great for precise cuts.

{3} A Black Pen: I love my fine tip sharpies!

{4} White Gel Pen: I’m due for another one of these gel pens. I’ll probably order a bunch…that’s how much I love em!

{5} Circle Punch: I used this punch for this project, the size is perfect.

{6} Red and green cardstockEasy Paper Punch Cherries | Damask Love

Can you believe that you can make these with just baker’s twine and a circle punch!? To make the baker’s twine a bit sturdier, you may want to utilize a simple technique that I frequently use for projects like this one where the twine needs to “stand” on it’s own.

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By stiffening the twine, your cherry stems come to life and are easier to adhere to the final project, like a card or a tag.

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The Foil Files: Simple Foil Sheet Stationery

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It’s August.

Yes.

That’s a Christmas card staring back at you.

If you’re anything like me, the only way you are going to be sending out Christmas cards is if they are super simple…and even then, you’d better get the jump on them right now! Lucky for you, today’s project will solve all your holiday card woes. These are totally mass produceable – and they pack plenty of “wow-factor” thanks to my newest favorite foil product: Martha Stewart Foil Sheets.  I was able to snag the last package of these from my local Michael’s but thankfully, Amazon seems to have plenty in stock. These sheets are designed to be used with stencils and transfer adhesive, but I figured out a much simpler approach. Here we go:

Foil Transfer Sheet Stationery | Damask Love {1} Martha Stewart Bow Punch: Easy my favorite Martha Stewart punch. I bought it a few years back and you’ll have to pry it out of my cold dead hands. It’s perfect for quick embellishments and perfectly sized for card making. Far be it from me to a be a craft supply pusher, but honestly, you should probably own this. All the cool kids are doing it.

{2} Martha Stewart Scalloped Circle Layering Punch: And while you’re adding to your punch collection, go ahead and grab this one. It’s a great basic to have on hand and it’s sorta like two punches in one. Visit THIS post to see just how the layering punches work.

{3} Martha Stewart Foil Sheets: These bad boys are rather cool. Just keep scrolling and I’ll show you what I mean. For this project I used the Mediterranean and Tropical colorways. The foil also comes in gold shades.

{4} Cardstock in the same colors as the foil you’ll be using. For this project, I used red and green foil sheets, so I used red and green cardstock.

{5} Xyron Sticker Maker: Okay – I don’t mean to be pushy or anything, but if you don’t have a sticker maker, then I think this needs to change post haste. Seriously. I’m not sure why you are avoiding the pure joy that comes with making your own stickers, but this needs to stop today. So before you go any further, go ahead and snatch up the Mini Sticker Maker and the Disposable 3″ Sticker Maker. Matter of fact, get the 5″ Create-A-Sticker Machine. There. Now you’re prepared for any and every sticker-mergency. Foil Transfer Sheet Stationery | Damask Love  {1} Punch bows from red cardstock

{2} Punch scalloped frames from green cardstock

{3} Run all the shapes through your sticker makers

{4} Place the stickers, sticky-side-down, onto the grey side of the foil sheets and rub gently to make sure it’s nicely adhered.

{5} Peel the foil back…

{6} …the foil will adhere to the bows leaving a negative impression.

{7} Repeat this with the green scalloped circles.

These shimmery little components make for the perfect wreath on your holiday cards and are so very easy to assemble. Just run all the foil pieces through your sticker maker again and you’re ready to adhere them to the front of your cards.   Foil Transfer Sheet Stationery | Damask Love

Foil Transfer Sheet Stationery | Damask Love

And you know from THIS post how much I love the Silhouette Adhesive Gold Foil, so I put it to use in this card design. A simple strip of foil on the inside of the card adds the perfect contrast against the doily punched edge.Foil Transfer Sheet Stationery | Damask Love

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The Foil Files: Custom Mason Jar Toppers

DIY Foil Mason Jar Lids DIY Foil Mason Jar Lids

You can letterpress paper. Sure. That’s been done. Let’s try something a little different, mmkay?

The Foil Files series continues today with another project featuring a creative take on crafting with foil. Today though – we’re crafting with real foil. Like the foil from the grocery store. That stuff in your pantry. Grab it and take it to your crafting table. This is a good one.

I was inspired to try this project while I was walking the floors of the 2014 Craft & Hobby Association Tradeshow. I saw a display by Sizzix, featuring a die specifically made for customizing mason jar lids. I loved it…and immediately began brainstorming ways to recreate the look at home with supplies that I already own. Here’s how I did it:

DIY Foil Mason Jar Lids

{1} Aluminum Foil: Just grab what you have on hand. I used the regular stuff, although I’m sure you could use heavy duty foil as well.

{2} Letterpress Plates: This is what you’ll be using to customize the lid. We R Memory Keepers has a ton of different designs to choose from. For my projects, I used the Homemade Letterpress Plate set for the floral circle image, the Journaling Letterpress Plate set for the leaf image, and the Scholastic Printing Plate set for the monogram.

{3} Flat Letterpress Notecards: There are lots of companies that make letterpress weight paper. I like the Lifestyle Crafts Flat A2 Letterpress Notecards. They are thick enough to create a nice impression.

{4} Double-sided adhesive: The wider the adhesive, the better. If you have a full sheet of double sided adhesive like THIS, even better!

{5} Circle Cutter: I am a big fan of the Martha Stewart Circle Cutter. I’ve used it HERE and HERE, in case you need some convincing!

You’ll also need traditional mason jars for this project…but considering the never ending mason jar trend, you probably have one, two or ten on hand…or is that just me?

DIY Foil Mason Jar Lids

{1} Cover the letterpress notecard in double sided adhesive. If you are using tape, like me, adhere the tape in rows right next to each other to create a seamless layer of adhesive. If you are using full sheet adhesive, this step is much easier. Just apply it to the notecard.

{2} Peel off the adhesive backing

{3} Place aluminum foil over the exposed adhesive and smooth it into place.

{4} USe your circle cutter to cut a circle from the foil covered paper. If you are creating a lid for a standard mason jar, this circle should be 2 5/8″ in diameter.

{5}…You should get a clean cut circle like this.

{6} Arrange the letterpress plates on the foil circle

{7} Run the letterpress plate and the foil circle through your manual die cutting machine using the Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress Starter Kit. The pressed foil will fit under the mason jar ring.

The finished product is a customized topper for your mason jar that is way prettier than the generic one.  You can add a monogram or simple design. I’m thinking these would make beautiful place settings for Thanksgiving, or maybe just a simple way to package up homemade treats.

DIY Foil Mason Jar Lids

DIY Foil Mason Jar Lids

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