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I love getting cards in the mail. It’s not often that happens because we have so much technology. BUT, what if you changed that! Once a month you should make ONE card and send it to someone special. That’s not hard right? Once I show you this tutorial you might end up doing 5 cards a month because it’s super chic, contemporary and cute.

Good news is this weekend is MOTHER’S DAY! What a perfect time to make a special card for your your mum!

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Let’s get started

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-Fiskars – ProCision – 12 Inch Rotary Bypass Trimmer
-Scrapbook Paper
-Craft Knife
-Tape

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Use paper that makes you smile. If you know who you are sending it to you could even design the card completely around them!

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Get the paper that you want to use for the card. I used a piece of paper that looks like a notebook. I did this because I wanted it to look neat when I wrote inside. Simply fold your sheet of paper (8×10) in half, then fold it again in half.

Use your cutter and cut different size strips.

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Start by making a small incision with your craft knife to the end of your paper. You want to be careful when doing this because you don’t want to cut a strip too big. You will slide your strips of paper through the slits then tape the back.  I love this project because you can be super creative and overlap your paper as much as you like.

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I made an abstract initial, a T. I then added different strips along the top to dress it up. Don’t be afraid to create a beautiful abstract card. Enjoy! I hope in return you will get a card in the mail, it’s super fun and brings you back to how things used to be.

See ya in the next post!

in other news

* I am now working with YaYa Club Clothing Company as their Social Media Manager. Make sure you check out their Facebook page HERE because we will soon be doing ton’s of awesome giveaways!

*If you are not sure how to use the Fiskar’s trimmer check out my review and tutorial HERE.

*Don’t forget this Sunday is Mother’s day! Not sure what to get you Mum check out this cool candle you can make her HERE.

*Other important dates coming up
May 18 is Armed Forces Day
May 24 is Victoria Day
May 27 is Memorial Day

Happy Tuesday Jaderbugs! I am super stoked about this week. I am finishing up on something HUGE and although I can’t tell you now, I promise to share in about a week. I know, I know… You are probably shaking your head at me right!

My good friend Ed Roth designed all of the stencils that I used today. I always look at his stencils and try to figure out what I love the most about them. I finally figured it out. It’s the simplicity of them. So many people think stencils have to be super detailed (don’t get me wrong he has a lot of perfectly detailed stencils) but you get what I mean. It’s the simplicity and repetition of shapes that attracts me the most to his stencils. I have been wondering what I would make with his small stencils and lemme tell you I figured it out.  Since I am always mailing notes to friends I figured it would be much better if they opened an envelope to a hand crafted note card. RIGHT!

If you are thinking on the save wave path as me then let’s hurry and get on the stencil train…..or stencil ride…or whatever ride, cause it’s time to do stenciled notecards.

Stenciled Notecards

 Don’t you love how detailed they are! I just know I will make someone smile with them!

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* Blank envelopes
*Blank notecards
*Stencil 1 stencils 
*Stencil pouncer

How to make stenciled notecards

Start by placing the stencil on top of the note card. Gently press one side of the stencil to make sure it does not move.

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You can use any stencil you want for this project. When you move to the next section of the note card place the top line of the stencil on the last one that you painted. This will give you consistency overall.

How to make stenciled notecards

I put a little squirt of each color I am using on my pallet. I love the way dried paint looks.

How to make stenciled notecards

Make sure to dab in multiple colors when doing one card. You can add a few colors to make it pop.

How to make stenciled notecards

How to make stenciled notecards

If you want you can even stencil the envelope!

How to make stenciled notecards

I hope you enjoyed this crafterooo boo boo! Now off to get some other crafts done. Don’t forget to find me here! Let me know in the comments what color notecard is your favorite. I’d LOVE to know!

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There is something about writing in a journal or sketch book everyday. Maybe it’s the fact that you document little tid bits of your day, a memory of something or sketches of things you love. I remember when I was a little girl I had a diary with a key. I loved that thing SO much until one day I went to write in it and could not find the key. I guess I was so paranoid that someone would read what I wrote that I hid the key in a spot that I couldn’t even remember! I think that was an early detection that I had ADD. I wish I still had that diary…

Today I will show you how to decorate a Sketchbook to reflect who you are! It’s super fun and every time you look at it you will smile. I promise.

Decorate a Sketchbook

 

you will need *Glitter
*Brush
*Mod Podge
Inspirational Stickers
*Journal or Sketchbook

You can purchase any of the items I used today by clicking on the links.

 

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Are you excited yet? HEHE

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I love Cosmo Cricket stickers! They are absolutely my FAVORITE.

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Find stickers or words that make you happy and would encourage you to write and place them on the cover. Have fun with it! I wanted my cover very simple but you can put any sticker that makes you happy inside.

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Once you place your stickers on the cover coat the entire cover with Mod Podge. You can use any finish that you would like.

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Don’t worry about the stickers coming off. The one thing I love about Cosmo Cricket stickers is how thick they are. They almost feel like card stock which I like!

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When you put the Mod Podge on it will look white like this picture. I promise when it tries it will be translucent.

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The next thing I did was put a little Mod Podge on my plate and sprinkled glitter in it. I used Martha Stewart’s coral pink.

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Mix it good together with the Mod Podge!

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Then coat your journal anywhere you would like. I did the side to add a little bit of color to it. Remember when it dries it will be clear the and glitter will shine bright like a diamond!

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This is the final product! Now my stickers are on for good and the glitter will never come off. Every time I look at this I smile.

What will you put on your journal?

See ya in the next post Jaderbugs

 

 

I am always traveling with my laptop and phone cords to charge them back up with ton’s of juice. I love that they are white but sometimes I want things to show my personality, especially when I am in a public space. Today we will be decorating our phone power cord with yarn. So many people will notice your fashionable power cord and say “Hey, where did you get that”… perfect way to make new friends. You can then explain that YOU made it and show them THIS tutorial so they can make one of their own. It’s a really easy so let’s get started.

It’s like a “YARN BOMB” cord… Yeah, that sounds delightful.

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Lion Brand Yarn Bonbons Bright

You can purchase the yarn by clicking on the link.

 

Friendship-bracelet-power-cords-jaderbomb I love this yarn because it has a shiny pieces woven into it and it makes for some pretty cool projects. Check out this wall art I made using it HERE.

 

Friendship-bracelet-power-cords-jaderbomb Start by wrapping the yarn around one end and tie a knot. You can use as many colors as you would like.

 

Friendship-bracelet-power-cords-jaderbomb I started by using one color.

Friendship-bracelet-power-cords-jaderbomb Wrap your first color down your cord. Make sure you do it tightly.

Friendship-bracelet-power-cords-jaderbomb You can make your section short or long, it depends on what you like.

Friendship-bracelet-power-cords-jaderbomb When I was ready to move to my next color I took my red and tied a knot at the end of my blue. Just continue wrapping the next color. It’s really that simple. Continue doing this until you are completely done.

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I added a little flare on top with some navy yarn. I tied a knot on one end then took two pieces and tied knots then wrapped around the cord to start the knotting over again.

Friendship-bracelet-power-cords-jaderbomb I am loving how cute it came out. It’s bright and whimsical just like me.

 

Friendship-bracelet-power-cords-jaderbomb Make sure you share with all of your friends. I promise everyone will start making them.

See ya in the next blog post!

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* My good friend Margo Potter just launched her new website. It’s pretty awesome click HERE to check it out.

* If you want me to feature any of your free printables shoot me an email: jade@jaderbomb.com

*DON’T FORGET ABOUT MY MARTHA STEWART GIVEAWAY! 

Happy Tuesday Jaderbugs! I am so excited to finally share with you how I make Washi tape. Washi tape is pretty popular these days but what’s not popular is how much they cost. Sometimes you can snag them for a good deal but most of the time they are a little over priced. Now let me warn you that the washi tape I make does not tear like the “paper” washi tape. Sometimes that bugs me BUT most of the time I remember how much money I saved and that I could make tape with any print I like then I feel much better.  Don’t ya see, it’s like personalizing something…In a way. I also made a you tube video while I made the tape. I hope it makes you feel all warm and cozy inside. Hehe

Below is a picture of the ones I just made. If you are wondering what the gold paper is click HERE to find out.

INGREDIENTS:

*Wax Paper
*Rotary Cutter
*Cutting Mat
*Double stick tape
*Wrapping Paper
*Flat Ruler
(for a cutting mat)
or use something with a flat surface to cut
*Scissors
(use this if you don’t have a rotary cutter)

First thing you will do is lay a sheet of wax paper down.

Put a strip of double stick tape on it.

I usually put a alot.

Tear some wrapping paper and lay it right on top of the tape. Now your tape is stuck to the wax paper on one side and the wrapping paper on the other.

Once you are sure your tape is secure on the paper flip everything over.

It’s hard to see in the paper but in person you can now see where your strips of tape are. Get your ruler out and line it up on one side of the tape.

Grab your rotary cutter. If you don’t have a rotary cutter or flat ruler you can just hand cut the strips of tape with scissors. I just think it goes faster with the rotary cutter which is why I use it.

Now you are ready to start cut cut cutttinggggg (I was just singing that btw).
Cut one side of the tape on the mat.

Then move to the other side of the tape. When you are finishing cutting you will notice it will be one long strip of paper. Trim the edges where there is NO tape and VOILA!

You can now start wrapping all of your tape into a roll like I did below. I cut a little strip of cardboard to wrap around the entire roll. This hold it all in place.

How precious are these babies. I can’t wait to use these on all of my Christmas presents. When you are ready to use them cut a piece, pull the wax paper off and stick it where you want. It’s that easy!!!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Don’t forget to make it a DIY kinda day
See ya in the next post

Quote of the day:
“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world: Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead

Howdy Hoo Jaderbugs! I am super excited to share with you some super popular food posts from last years Holiday season. I can’t wait to show you the DIY projects I have been working on for this upcoming week because they are some great gift ideas also!

No.1

Today I will start off with this super moist delicious cake. Every time I make this my heart get’s excited. Did I mention that my family tears.it.up? Click HERE to see how I made the mini flag bunting for the cake.
{Click HERE to get this Devil’s cake recipe}

 

No.2

The next thing I will show you are my famous red velvet cake balls. Me and seester made these last year for Christmas and let me just tell you we had a blast. The thing I love the most about these cake balls is that you can get your kids involved. If you decide to make them, make like 100 of them because the person eating all of them will never feel like they ate “ALL” of them.

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{Click HERE to get these red velvet cake balls recipe}

 

No.3

Now these yummy suckers will turn you into a
Popcorn Snatcher Monster.”
I am serious. When you finish making these and let them sit for about 15 minutes…they have this warm, chewy, sweet goodness to them. It’s actually quite delicate in your mouth. I love that you control how “PEPPERMINTY” you want it!
{Click HERE for the Peppermint Puffs recipe}

 

No.4

Sometimes we spend so much time looking for “special” recipes that we pass up the really SIMPLE (awesome) ones!
This recipe is the perfect recipe to WHIP up in a JIFFY.
{Click HERE for the Peppermint Puffs recipe}

 

No.5

I am so proud of these because they totally happened by accident. Well I sorta was playing around but I locked this recipe in to “jaderbomb” because you “might” see this somewhere later on….
I made sure that is was very easy to make so enjoy!
{Click HERE for the Nutella Pankcake Balls recipe}

 

 Well Jaderbugs, I hope you enjoyed all of my great recipes from last year! Stay tuned for many new ones this month. The first “GOOEY” one will be up sometime tomorrow!

See ya in the next post!

Make it a DIY kinda day,

Quote of the Day: 
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other”
-Mother Teresa 

Good Morning Jaderbugs!
Is it really Friday? Wait… It is Friday!

I posted a picture of this craft on Instagram last week and everyone was excited when they saw the GOLD glitter. I get excited when I see GOLD glitter.

 I also get excited when I see gold glitter with a hint of light near it, don’t you? Today’s craft is super fun and will add that pop of holiday decor to any space. This is great for any occasion actually. What I love the most is you can spell out whatever you want! 

You can MONOGRAM it!
Let’s get started.

Seriously, how cute is this? I wish I could show you how pretty they look when they are lit.

INGREDIENTS:

*Tall glass candles
( I got these from Walgreens. 2 for $5)
*Mod Podge
*Wooden Letter
(I got these at Hobby Lobby. They were around 50 cents)
*Gold glitter
*Brush
*Baker’s Twine 

The first thing you will do is coat the letter with Mod Podge. I actually put one layer of glitter and now I am applying the second layer.

After you coat your letter with Mod Podge, sprinkle with your glitter.
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Cut a piece of baker’s twine and gently wrap it around the letter (or number).

Once you wrap your twine around your letter then you will wrap your twine around the candle. BTW, I bought my candles without any sticker or wrap on it. It came clean and crisp just like the picture.

VOILA! Peace on my window seal, at night, while I eat Nutella on toast, and drink a Dr. Pepper, while watching RHWOA, then taking my chewy vitamins because I can’t swallow pills…. YEP.

P to the E to the ACE from my crib to yours.

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First thing I am wondering is if everyone survived “Cyber Monday”. I am pretty much done with Christmas shopping,well except for all of the “things” I will find from now until then. Which I hate to say could totally start to pile up. I have this thing where we always buy one nice gift but other little ones also. There is something about watching a person open a present. Do you experience that too?

The other day when I went “BLACK” friday shopping I instagramed this picture. The funniest part is when It went on facebook someone responded to it and said they knew where I was at. So, I was at Joann’s.  They had some major deals going on and they still do so click on the link I just put to shop online. I accidentally ran across these HUGE letters and I though “Wow I could totally decorate with these for Christmas and also keep them up all year after Christmas”. I bought them. The large one is normally $9.99 but was on sale for around $4.00. The small one normally is around $5.00 but for it for $2 something. I am telling you it’s a great deal. It’s always fun to think out side of the box when it comes to Christmas decor. With all of the decorations out all over it get’s overwhelming somethings and you can’t think. That’s why I am here!

Let’s get started.

INGREDIENTS: 

*Cardboard Letters
*Mod Podge
*Craft Brush
*Glitter
*Krylon Sealer 

You can purchase all of the item’s by clicking on the links under ingredients.

These are all of the things you will need to make your home all warm and cozy. Did I mention that you can totally buy letter’s of someone’s name, do this to them and give them as a Christmas present. Everyone loves something that has their name, initials or favorite sayings on them. At least in Louisiana they do!

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 The first thing you will do is coat the top of your letter with Mod Podge. Keep in mind this dries fairy quick so you don’t want to coat the entire letter then glitter. I do a little piece glitter, shake off glitter then move to a spot away from the one I just did. So it’s a little bit of going all over the letter but eventually it all will be coated with awesome glitter!

This is about the size I do at one time. I used the “original” glitter. I don’t know if there is an original but you know what I mean. Not all that new FINE, THIN glitter but the large gold flakes. These always bring me back to being a kid so I thought hey, let’s go there for Christmas. What I love most about this project is you can get so creative with it. You don’t have to use gold. You can use whatever color your home decor is or if you are giving it as a gift you can make it that person’s favorite color.

 When you are completely done you can coat the entire thing with Mod Podge or spray with this sealer. I used the sealer but they both work the same. You can get this from any craft store. 

 Make sure you spray this OUTSIDE!

 This my Jaderbugs is what you will get.  A mantle full of awesomeness. If you didn’t see my tutorial on how I made these tinsel trees you can click HERE to see them. Yesterday I posted how to make a garland with Cotton Balls and it exploded on Pinterest. Click HERE to see how I did it!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, make sure to come back tomorrow to see some easy DIY Christmas decor.

Don’t forget to make it a DIY kinda day,

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Oh HAPPY day Jaderbugs! I have this post I am working on featuring 5-10 homemade crafts you can make to decorate your Christmas tree with. That will be coming up this week but I wanted to share a few of my favorite ones with you now. I love making things that fill those empty spots in my Christmas tree. You know? Those spots that are screaming for love and affection? This year is the FIRST year we ever got a real tree. It was so much fun going through the entire process. Lil one had fun picking it out. The one thing I didn’t realize is that you can’t BEND the branches like a fake tree.

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Do you know what this means? HUGE spots that need love and affection. I tried sticking ornaments in those lonely spots but it was just not working. Our living room tree’s theme is GOLD, WHITE and a pop of red. I thought why not add a little bit’O candy in the tree and that is where this idea came from. I didn’t want to go out and buy candy ornaments because they are super duper expensive and I just don’t like throwing away money like that.  I hope you enjoy this craft because they turned out SO cute. Just think you can do silver ones and put bright fun paper around them. I love this because you can be creative and add paper on them that you personally love.

Stay tuned because I have THREE trees in the house this year so you will be seeing some fun ways to decorate a tree. Did I mention each room has a different theme? Eh…. I know. I have OCD.
Let’s get started:

INGREDIENTS:

*Scissors
*Twine
*Mylar Tissue (purchased from Walgreens)
*Scrapbook paper
*Paper towel roll

You can click on any of the ingredient links to purchase these items in ONE spot.

 The first thing I want to tell you is this Mylar Paper is GOLD and SILVER. This is what it looks like right from the package. You can see that there will be a crease from where it was folded.

If you flip the paper over it will be silver. I didn’t know this until I bought it. I think this is great because you can choose this side if you don’t want GOLD.

The first thing I did was lay my cardboard roll on the edge of tissue, roll it over so see where I need to cut.  The goal is to have no cardboard showing.

Once you cut it it will look like the picture below. It will be too “long” so you will need to cut the strip in half. I used the crease that was already showing as a guideline.

Once you cut it wrap your roll with the tissue paper and secure with tape. I like to use double stick tape so I can “hide” the tape from the human eye. It actually just looks a little better this way.

Get a piece of twine and tie it around the ends of the roll. This will give us that CANDY look. Are they not so cute? I planned on leaving them just like this but I really wanted them to pop.

Soooo. I added red and white chevron paper around them.

This is what they will look like once you are done! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial… Make sure and post yours on my facebook page so I can share with my readers. I love seeing your take on one of my crafts.

Don’t forget to make it a DIY kinda day,

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Well..It’s already that time of year and I sit here shaking my head in disbelief. I can’t believe it “really” is that time of year.

How did Thanksgiving already come and go? Have I been asleep all year? I remember when I was a kid I used to overhear my parents say things like ” Boy, time goes so quick the older we get”… What does that really mean? I get that times goes as fast but come on. Nobody ever said it would fly by quicker than you can digest the turkey you ate a few days ago.

To get in the spirit I will be making a lot of fun new Christmas Tutorials for you on here, sharing Christmas ideas, featuring other amazing Christmas crafts and kicking out some fun printable’s.

Do you ever walk around the stores WISHING you could buy everything because it all looks so good in that one spot at that exact moment. I am totally that person however over the years I transformed the way my brain thinks. I get that something I make will not have a “label” on it BUT it will prolly cost me 3/4 less and will be made the way I want it. Sometimes it’s hard to break something down in your head and re-make it. So I will be doing all of the dirty work (figuring the break down process) for you and posting it in easy steps.
I wanted to add a pop of color on my mantle in the living room so I thought mini Christmas trees would be perfect.

Yes, I was one of the crazy people out on black friday shopping. I only went to 2 stores though. One of the stores was Joanne Fabric  and craft store and there I purchases these little cardboard cones for around .75 cents.  (I know!!!) I know they sell these at any craft store so it should be easy to find. Let’s get started.

INGREDIENTS:

*Tinsel
*Cardboard Cone
*Glue Gun 

TWhat I love the most about this craft is that you can get tons of garlands and make like 40 of these babies. I actually saw one like this in Albertson’s the other day and it was $39.00.  Granted the tinsel on those were a little fancy but I purposely wanted to use the “vintage” looking tinsel garland. It add’s a retro feel to the room.

The first thing you will do is add a little dot of hot glue on your cardboard cone.

Carefully start wrapping your garland around the cone.

Keep going until you get to the very bottom…..

VOILA! It’s that simple. The three cones may have cost me $3.00 and the garland was $3.99 at Wal-Mart. These look so cute on the mantle and I am proud that I took something that was WAY over priced and made it affordable and ridiculously cute.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, make sure to come back tomorrow to see some easy DIY Christmas tree decor.

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Quote of the day:
“It is the first duty of the citizen to be calm.

Won’t you take me to… FUNKY TOWN with FUNKY ROCKS… with FUNKY MAGNETS…

You get it, I am pretty excited about these babies. However I never even got to put them up because dad took them to Hawaii and already gave them away! He said all of his friends there would love them. I was hoping he would of “forgot” to give them away. Eh. He didn’t.

Good thing is it’s only rocks! I can make TON’S more Jaderbugs! Let’s get started on our halloween rock magnets

Halloween Rock Magnets

 INGREDIENTS: 

*Paint
*Glue Gun
*Craft Brush
*Baker’s Twine
*Rocks
*Magnets

Make sure you click on the links of ingredients to order these items!

The first thing you will do is paint your first coat of paint onto the rock. I like to do one half, let it dry then do the other half. Remember your first coat will be translucent to a certain degree.

I love taking pictures of my paint. It looks so pretty! NO. I don’t want to eat it, today.

Once your rocks are fully coated you can start painting your design on them. I really enjoy whimsical, organic designs.  Remember if you are putting different designs on your rocks to let each color dry thoroughly. I won’t show you the rocks that threw in a pile because I thought I had magical brushes that would not mix the paint together.

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To make the little designs with your baker’s twine I like to start by wrapping them around my finger like this. If you find an easier way please do that!

I know. I was lazy. I did NOT paint the  backs of my rocks. I mean, had I known they were taking a trip to Hawaii I would of.  But, once you are done painting and gluing you can place your magnet with an adhesive backing to the back of the rock. Where ever you choose to put your baker’s twine just hot glue it down.

This one kinda reminds me of Charlie Brown’s shirt. I love the way the black and white baker’s twine makes everything pop!

I am totally in LOVE with my little pumpkin. Guess I will make a new one!
(Insert shaking head here, haha)

I have this vintage serving plate in our kitchen and I use it to post important notes. These little magnet’s were cute on it.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, see ya in the next post! Make sure you come visit me in these places too! (look below this line, hehe)

Check what else I did  these Halloween earrings that look like these magnets here.

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