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Make A Wish

September 22, 2018

By Judi Kauffman

Blow out the candles and Make A Wish! This is the perfect card for birthday celebrations.

The Make A Wish die set includes the sentiment – all three words cut in one piece, plus separate stars to sprinkle on the card front or use on other projects. The background is embossed, sanded and woven Shimmer Sheetz, but if you’re in a hurry use embossed background with a simple tone-on-tone pattern instead.

If you like quirky color combinations stick with purple and green as shown or change it to suit your taste and that of the recipient! Just make sure there’s plenty of contrast between the words and stars (one color as shown or use two, your choice) and the background.

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Shimmer Sheetz Sunday: Tissue Time

September 2, 2018

By Judi Kauffman

Guests often comment about my tissue boxes – I have decorated one with Shimmer Sheetz for almost every room in the house, and over the years I’ve made many for gifts. If you’re working ahead for the holidays, it’s a project I can highly recommend. They’re easy to customize and personalize, fast and simple to make.

I’ve posted tutorials in the past with other versions. These two are meant to evoke summer travels with beach and a steamer trunk as inspiration.

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Book of the Month Club 2 – Do-It-Yourself Story Books

August 25, 2018

By Judi Kauffman

When the office supply store had composition books for only fifty cents as a back-to-school doorbuster deal, I bought thirty to give to a friend who teaches in a school that serves children from low-income families. As part of her curriculum, she has the students make up stories I thought that the words ‘Once Upon A Time’ (Suzanne Cannon’s A Way With Words die) would be the perfect fit!

GETTING STARTED –

If working with a group or class, decorate a couple of books to give students an idea of how to start, but then encourage them to customize their book as they choose. They will each need a rectangle to cover the printing on the front cover. Older children can cut their own. It’s a good idea to have the die cut words ready ahead of time with a few extras in case someone tears theirs. (I am donating die cuts, patterned papers, stickers, gems, glue, embossed and lightly sanded pieces of Shimmer Sheetz, and washi tape, along with the composition books.)

ANOTHER OPTION –

Turn it into a family affair. Make books so you and the kids can “interview” aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents, siblings and each other, and can pretend that pets can talk. Write down their stories. Paste in photos and drawings! Write questions on the top line of each page and be sure to add the date of the interview and the name of the person giving the answers, along with the name of the person asking them… For example, “What were your favorite games as a child?” “When did you know you wanted to be a ______________?” (teacher, fireman, dancer, farmer, doctor…) “What were your favorite movies, who were your favorite singers, when you were my age?” Instead of taking notes, videotape the interview and write in the books later!

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Shimmer Sheetz Sunday: Contain Yourself – Desk Décor

August 5, 2018

By Judi Kauffman

Want to do some re-purposing and up-cycling? Today’s tutorial demonstrates how to use Shimmer Sheetz to give scraps of wood and clear plastic boxes a new life as ‘Desk Décor’! The boxes came with spray mists, the beaded trim was once a belt, the vintage flower was a brooch I wore on a winter coat.

The Wood Block Tool Holders and Plastic Box Pencil and Pen Palace would make a fun holiday gifts. Both are easy and fast to make; switch the color combination to suit the style of the recipients. And don’t forget to make a sparkly little treat or two for yourself while you’re at it!

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Shimmer Sheetz Sunday: Cupcake and Cake Toppers

July 8, 2018

By Judi Kauffman

This tutorial is devoted to sweet treats and parties. And, yes. I ate all three fancy store-bought cupcakes after finishing the photos…one a day to prove myself capable of a modicum of self-restraint (I live near Georgetown Cupcake so I splurged), but I resisted the urge to bake or buy a cake on which to show the cake topper!

This project has many other options. Several are listed at the end of the instructions.

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Planner Books

June 30, 2018

 by Judi Kauffman

Planning a wedding or other big event? Need to keep track of invitations sent and RSVPs received, the menu and other aspects of the special event? Give some inexpensive composition books a facelift and you can do it in style!

To customize the books for use as a journal instead of a planner, incorporate the word ‘Courage’ or ‘Memories’ or ‘Faith’ or ‘Make a Wish’ instead. And ‘Special Day’ remains a good choice for journals as well as planner books. Suzanne Cannon’s A Way With Words collection has so many wonderful options.

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Welcome Board

June 16, 2018

By Judi Kauffman

If you’re a fan of chalkboards, this project is for you! Choose a board that hangs on the wall or go for one that’s easel-backed and can stand on its own. Decorate a rectangle with a sentiment and some embellishments to put at an angle at the upper left corner and you’re done…

I chose to make a chalkboard that welcomes guests and reminds them of the day’s activities, as well as answering the most-asked question (“What’s your wifi password?”), but there are many ways to change and customize the project: Instead of hearts, add stars or butterflies or flowers.

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Shimmer Sheetz Sunday: Treasure Tins

June 3, 2018

By Judi Kauffman

One of my neighbors handed me a paper bag the other day, grinning like a Cheshire cat as she said she thought it might be something I could use. Boy, was she right! The bag held twenty little empty Gingermints tins from Trader Joe’s. She’d been saving them for ages without any idea what to do with them till she met me and realized I loved to give items a face lift.

Who doesn’t love empty tins? These are the perfect size for jewelry, small seashells, canceled stamps, more candies or other treasures.  knew right away that I could cover them with Shimmer Sheetz without having to paint the sides. The top is already a nice soft peach and the bottom an interesting shade of green. Maybe it’s time for a visit to Trader Joe’s to see what other candy tins I can find…

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