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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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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! 

Quote of the day:
“Glad we are still alive to enjoy this pillow tutorial” -jaderbomb

Oh what a happy day! I had so much fun making this pillow and I know you will too. It’s obvious I love doing crafts that an adult or child could do by themselves or possibly together. I think there is something special that happens when you craft with your little ones. Trust me, they remember it!  I can’t tell you the last time I Tie Dyed something. I didn’t want to make a “shirt” because that is what everyone does. Making a basic tie dyed pillow sounded like the thing that would put a smile on my face!

Let’s get started with our Tie-Dyed Pillow.

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This is what you will end up making. I like our bed to be completely white but every now and then it’s fun to give it a PUNCH of color!

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I used the Tulip one step Tie Dye Kit.

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It’s super easy to do because the bottles already come with powder in them. All you have to do is fill them up with water. Make sure to stop at the line. You don’t have to wear gloves but your hands will be stained if you don’t. Be creative when you put your rubber bands. After all, the bands are the things that break up the color so make it fun!

 

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You can see I just started squeezing color onto my shirt in different spot. Remember that color chart from when you were a kid.
Red + Blue = Purple
Yellow + Blue = Green
Red + Yellow = Orange

The reason whey I want you to know this is because even if you only have a few colors you can make so many more by pairing them up with other colors. This is my favorite part.

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This is my mess when I was done. You want to let it dry outside over night or 7-8 hours. I did mine in the afternoon so checking on it in 7 hours would of meant me getting up in the middle of the night….
Well. I decided it wouldn’t hurt a few more hours, haha. When you let it dry rinse it out, then wash it. Don’t wash with other clothes.

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When you are done washing and drying lay your shirt out on a flat surface. Make sure you turn the shirt inside out. Lay your pillow down on top of the shirt. Get a piece of chalk and outline the pillow. Sew all of the sides except one. Cut all of the edges then turn the shirt right side out.

Stuff your pillow inside and then hand sew the side that we didn’t sew.
That’s it Jaderbugs!

I wanted to include this fun print for you. I thought it was so cute and perfect for this time of year!

Sending you and yours and HUGE hug from my family to your’s….

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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}

 

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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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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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Quote of the day:
“The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.” -William Saroyan

Happy SUNDAY Jaderbugs! I know everyone is already shopping for Christmas and I figured I would post some really good items that are great to give a loved one. I personally feel so much better giving gifts that I know are biodegradable, natural, therapeutic & made with minimal dyes.

It just feels better ya know? I put some items that will appeal to anyone so enjoy! P.S. Below the pictures are links that will take you directly to the website of the item. Make sure you share this link on your facebook, twitter or pinterest because everyone should shop “GREEN”.

Happy Holidays…

GO GREEN for CHRISTMAS

 

Quote of the Day
“The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end. It is the highest emblem in the cipher of the world.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Friday Jaderbugs! I can’t believe the weekend is already here. I made a fun printable for Thanksgiving and Christmas for you. I made it in these three colors since it is the most generic colors for each holiday. If you want to place a special order head on over to my ETSY shop to purchase it. I can create whatever you request, different colored letters, background print, background color and your very own unique saying. I love giving this so someone in a frame for Christmas since I can make it so personal.
You have two choices to get this free printable today. You can click on the picture, save it to your desktop and then print it or you can click on the link right below the picture for the original PDF. I suggest always clicking that link. The quality will be a lot better. This print out is an 8×10.

Click HERE to download the Thanksgiving PDF.

Click HERE to download the green Christmas PDF.

Click HERE to download the red Christmas PDF.

I hope you enjoy this fun free printable. It’s the perfect time to print out both. I like to print them on CARDSTOCK because it’s more durable and it look’s great. This print out is an 8×10.

 

Quote of the day:
“The universe is not hostile, nor yet is it friendly. It is simply indifferent.” -John H. Holmes

I hope everyone had a good day today! I know I was supposed to post this last night but I had a major set back. I have been suffering from the worst ear ache ever! I don’t know if you have ever had a bad ear ache but it’s not fun. It kinda feels like someone is trying to pull a tooth out of your mouth with no medicine, BUT on the other hand thank goodness for family doctors who can call in meds over the phone for ya! Phew, I feel much better now.
(insert a dazed and confused jaderbomb sitting at the computer, haha)

Since everyone is already jumping on the Christmas wagon I figured I would too. I get a lot feedback on my printable’s so I could not wait to post this sucker! I love writing notes to people, writing down recipes, making a fun grocery list or making fun scrapbook pages. What is this printable good for?

ALL OF THE ABOVE AND MORE JADERBUGS!

I made a few colors for you in case you would like to print them out, put a picture on it then frame it! These are so cute, right.

You can either save the picture to your desktop and print it out that way or right below the picture you will find a link to the full sized PDF. This is an 8×10 print but you can scale it down if you want.

Click HERE to download PDF.

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Hope you enjoyed the FREE printable I made ya! See ya in the next post.

 

 

Quote of the day:
“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” -Roy L. Smith

You can drag this print or save it to your desktop or get original PDF below.

Click HERE to download the true PDF.

This was one printable I had a BLAST making. It’s great to frame in your house for the holiday’s, give to someone or use it for scrap booking. I am sure you can think of a million other things so enjoy it!

Happy Monday Jaderbugs! I have to tell you every year around this time I start “thinking” about what I will decorate with for Christmas, what color’s I will use, will there be a theme, how much will I do and no telling what else. Growing up we always had a house decorated to a T. I have to say my mom always did go all out. I think when I was younger, and on my own I felt that desire to follow her footsteps in the “decor” department. I would find it was super expensive and I would throw away a lot of money trying to decorate. It’s funny because I am totally the opposite now. Yes, I still go all out but just in a different way. It’s not that I don’t love spending a fortune turning my house into a winter wonderland but I found other things to be way more important.

 Christmas isn’t about how pretty your house is but about the people in it. The memories. Not relying on materialistic things to make you happy even though it’s hard to do in a materialistic world.

I hope you have a COZY day and I hope you enjoyed the free Christmas printable I made for you!

See ya in the next post!

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