DIY Personalized Gift Tags

One thing that I always run out of every year is gift tags. I decided that it’s not going to happen this year. I decided to make a bunch of personalized gift tags well in advance so I’m ready.

I’m not one of those super organized people that starts Christmas shopping early and has all the gifts wrapped and ready before Thanksgiving. Are you? If so, I hate you ; ) Not really, but I’m jealous. Every year I vow that next year will be different. That I will start shopping in October and be done early. Yeah. Right.

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I know me. It won’t happen. So when I’m hurrying and scurrying wrapping gifts on Christmas Eve, at least I’ll have gift tags!

But maybe, just maybe by taking baby steps – like making my own gift tags early – that a pattern will develop. One step at a time.

So how did I make these gift tags? I’m glad you asked?

Using my Silhouette Cameo, I cut tag shapes out of white card stock. Then I cut frame shapes with an initial in each center using Silhouette’s printable gold foil.

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I made the frame shapes by creating an internal offset and then I made the two shapes a compound path. You can download my free cutting file for Version 3 or Version 2. (for personal use only)

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I made initial tag for everyone in my immediate family.

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And I think I might have gone overboard with how many I made for the grandbabies! Or not.

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Since we’re talking about Silhouette, did you hear there’s a new Cameo?

new silhouette cameo Here’s a link to a video explaining what’s new

Starting tomorrow, the new Silhouette Cameo will only be available online at the Silhouette Shop for the first week or so and they expect them to sell out quickly.

Paper Rosette Fall Wreath

Confession: I have a weakness for paper. Pretty paper and card stock. My paper of choice is double-sided card stock. I just can’t help myself.


Hello. My name is Jeanie and I’m a double-sided card stockaholic.


Can you relate?

I guess it doesn’t help that I receive daily emails from not just one but two daily deal sites tempting me with the latest and greatest patterns and colors.

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So when the chance to participate in this month’s Silhouette Challenge came up, I took it as a challenge to use up some of that lovely card stock.

Paper Medallion Wreath

This is probably about the billionth time that I’ve made these paper medallions (my favorite is the Christmas Tree), but they’re just so dang pretty! And so easy to make. Especially if you use your Silhouette to cut perforated lines in the card stock for you. Accordion folding card stock without perforated lines is possible, but the folds would have to perfectly straight and creased. I honestly don’t have the time or patience for that.

And since you probably don’t have the time or patience for that either, I’m including links so that you can download the files I made.
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Feel free to adjust the spacing between the vertical lines and the position of the horizontal lines. Version 2, Version 3 (For personal use only)

Never made paper medallions? Here’s a quick little picture tutorial for you.





I told you it was easy!

I hot glued buttons into the centers.

To make the wreath, I covered an old wire wreath frame with a roll of burlap ribbon and just started hot gluing on the paper medallions.

I made various sizes of medallions and just kept adding layers, making sure to overlap the edges.


I love how it looks on my salvaged wood chalkboard.


Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

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Easy Light Fixture Makeover

In order to keep my powder room makeover on budget, I decided to keep the existing light fixture and just give it an easy makeover with spray paint. Have you priced bathroom light fixtures lately? Updating your light fixtures by spray painting saves a nice chunk of change.

There was really nothing wrong with the light fixture that the previous owners had installed. I just preferred a darker color to coordinate with the other hardware in the room.


This isn’t the first time that I’ve used Rustoleum’s Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint, so I knew that it would work perfectly for the light fixture. See how I used it in my kitchen makeover, too.

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And while I was at it, I spray painted the door knob, hinges and screws, too. Why buy new when the old will do, right? Well, the old with a little updating, that is!

Here are a few tips to remember when spray painting light fixtures and door hardware:

Obviously, you’ll want to carefully cover what you don’t want painted with painter’s tape.

Poke holes into cardboard to hold the screws in place.


Be patient and spray several light coats for even, non-drip coverage.

Scuff up hardware with sandpaper first before spray painting. And remember to paint both sides of the hinges. My hinges were previously painted white so I had to remove that old, bad paint job first. I just put them in an old pot with simmering water and the paint peeled off easily.

I’m very happy with how the light fixture and door hardware looks and even happier with how much money I saved by just updating them with a little spray paint.

Could a light fixture or maybe some door hardware in your home use a spray paint makeover? I have two outdoor light fixtures that are screaming for a spray paint makeover.
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Frame a Mirror with Clips in 5 Easy Steps

Plain, frameless mirrors. How boring! I have been wanting to frame my bathroom mirrors since, well, forever. Since even before the powder room remodel. It seems like such an easy DIY that practically anyone could do and makes such a dramatic difference.

However, there was one problem. My mirrors are attached with those little metal clips.

Since I was unable to find a tutorial that dealt with those pesky little buggers, I was left to my own devices (which isn’t always a good thing – but this time it worked out) and came up with a way. So if you’ve been yearning to frame your clipped on mirrors, I gotcha covered!

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When there’s a will, there’s a way!

Here’s how to frame a clipped-on mirror in 5 easy steps:


  • wood trim (I used baseboard trim)
  • miter saw
  • utility blade
  • small chisel
  • paint or stain
  • Liquid Nails adhesive
  • measuring tape
  • painter’s tape


Measure the outside dimensions of the mirror.


Cut the wood to the dimensions measured at a 45 degree angle


Place the piece of wood against the mirror and mark the location of the clips with a pen or pencil. Using a utility knife, carefully make slices into the wood between the marks.


At this point, you can use a small chisel to make a small recess into the wood.


Paint or stain the frame pieces, being sure to paint or stain the back of the wood, too.


I used the same Modern Masters metallic paint that I used on my interior doors.


Apply Liquid Nails adhesive to the back of the frame pieces, then place the frame pieces in place on the mirror.

To keep the frame in place while the adhesive is drying, use strips of painter’s tape.

Since there is space between my mirror and sink, I wedged some scrap pieces of wood in that space to keep the frame from slipping while the adhesive dried. There you have it! An easy way to frame your bathroom mirrors, even if they have clips. A framed mirror looks so much better, don’t you think? And it’s such an easy DIY.

Thankful Banner

Back in the Spring, I found a new use for an old shutter. I’m getting a lot of mileage out of that old shutter because I gave it a new, fall, look. I simply switched out the Spring banner for a Thankful banner – perfect for Thanksgiving. Maybe you’ll want to make a quick and easy Thankful Banner for your Thanksgiving Day decor, too. I promise, it really IS fast and easy.


I made the banner using my Silhouette. I created the banner shapes in Silhouette Studio and am happy to share the cutting files with you. You’ll find links to download the files at the end of this post.

Since I seem to have quite the collection of scrap book paper and card stock, it was a great way to use up some of it. I used a light brown American Crafts 80# card stock for the background banner and a patterned paper from Bella Blvd called Thankful.

I cut the letters out of Silhouette’s black Adhesive Card Stock.


My home is already decorated for fall and this will make a nice Thanksgiving Day addition to the existing Fall decor.


I’ll probably just make a few adjustments to the top of the bookcase that is my faux mantel.

You may download the Silhouette cutting file for Legacy Version here and the Version 3 file is here. These cutting files are for personal use only.

The current Silhouette promo ends tomorrow, September 30. If you’ve been wanting a Silhouette, you may want to consider getting the Portrait.

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Fall Decor Fast and Easy

Here’s a quick, easy, and cheap way to decorate for Fall. Use what you already have and make a few minor adjustments. Let me give you an idea.



The photo on the top is a metal flower that I bought this past spring. I wasn’t too crazy about the paint job at the time but I liked the overall look of it and knew I could easily repaint it any color that I wanted. Well you know how that goes, right? Life happens and I never did repaint that flower. Until now.

I took another look at it the other day and the light bulb went off! I can paint that to look like a fall flower. See….my procrastination paid off this time! Uh, that usually doesn’t happen.

With mustardy yellow petals and a brown center, I can make it look like a Fall flower. A sunflower. Sort of.



I added these two DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics to my sample pot of yellow paint to get a more fall-like mustard yellow and got to painting. No need to be neat and precise here. Just brush it on.


After two coats it’s looking better already.


What’s up with the basket of buttons? I was trying to figure out what to use for the center of the flower. Sun flower have brownish seeds in the center so I went looking for brown buttons.


And all I could find were these 11 little, brown buttons. Not enough. I went on a scavenger hunt through the house looking for anything that I could use. Dan later gave me a great idea. Where was he when I needed him?!?



Then I remembered seeing this! A brown, stretchy, wide, bead belt that was in a bag of I-don’t-know-what that I was saving for well… I don’t know. In case I needed it some day. I don’t know what some day I would ever wear that belt seeing as I have no waist – but that’s a different story. Anyway, it was just in a bag of junk that I hadn’t thrown out yet. See! Procrastination wins again!

I snipped the elastic cords of beads and knotted the ends and just hot-glued them into the center of the flower. (Don’t be jealous of my manicure)


Perfect. It works perfectly as Fall decor. It was fast, easy, and cheap. My kind of decoration.

To get rid of the hot glue strings, I blasted it with hot air from a blow dryer.


I bet if you look around your house you’ll find something that you can easily turn into Fall decor.

Oh, I almost forgot! Want to know what Dan’s idea for the center was? Beans. Dried beans. That would have worked, too!

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How to Make a Growth Chart Ruler

Making one of these growth chart rulers has been on my to-do list for a long time. When I received an email notification that my daughter sent me three Pinterest pins that were images of growth chart rulers, I got the hint ; )


At first I thought I’d make one for each of my grandchildren, but Dan thought it would be better to have a family keepsake with all the kid’s growth recorded on one ruler. Smart guy.

So without further ado, here is how to make a growth chart ruler – or at least how I made one.

You will need:

  • a long board
  • black sharpie
  • painter’s tape
  • measuring tape
  • a straight edge
  • sand paper
  • stain

For the wood: I happened to have a piece of 1 x 6 x 6. Ideally a 7′ length would be better. I felt safe with the 6′ length since no one in my family is over 6 feet. Watch, now my grandson will end up over six feet just because of Nanny’s 6′ board ; ) how-to-make-growth-chart-ruler-by-createandbabble

The first thing I did was place a strip of painter’s tape down the middle of the board. Then I marked off the 12″ mark lightly with a pencil


Then I drew a line against a straight edge from the painter’s tape to the edge of the board with a black Sharpie. (Quilting square are handy for so much more than quilting, you know!)


Next, I placed a second strip of painters tape down, covering about half of the length of the 12″ marks. Then I made Sharpie lines at 6″ intervals. I repeated that same step for the inch marks. I don’t know why I didn’t take pictures of that!


Once all the lines were drawn, I took the board outside to finish it. Laying it across the railings on the deck made it easier to stain and stencil. (I need saw horses: in case Santa is reading this ;)



I just placed the paper stencil down on the board and traced inside the edge with a black Sharpie then filled it in using a thicker Sharpie.


Now for the stinky part. Yes, I mean stinky as in it smells bad. Really bad. It’s homemade stain that’s supposed to make wood look aged. I put some steel wool in a jar with vinegar and let it sit on my counter for a couple of days. And listened to it hiss and moan. I’m serious. It was making noises. I took off the lid because I was afraid it was going to explode or something. Anyway, after a day or so it makes this stinky solution.


So wearing two pairs of rubber gloves, I rubbed said stinky solution on the board and this is how it looks after one coat.

Two coats. And the stink does go away after it’s dry. Thank goodness.

Have you ever tried the stinky stain? I was hoping for more of a gray, weathered color. Maybe I let the steel wool in too long, But in any case, I like how the ruler turned out. And if my grandson grows to be over 6′ tall…well my daughter will have to add an addition to the ruler ; )

Pretty Organization with Sharpies

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It’s no secret that back-to-school time is upon us. While my back-to-school shopping days are over (yippee!), this time of year inspires me to get my work supplies organized. And it has to be pretty organization ; )

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Always the bargain hunter, I saw that Staples had some Sharpies on sale, so I picked up a pack (or three). Using Sharpies to decorate ho-hum, plain storage containers is fast and fun.

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These cute, little bucket thingies were found on a clearance shelf. I thought it would be perfect to hold small craft supplies, so I bought one. Okay I bought two. But they do need a little something to perk them up a bit.

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All I did was add dots to the buckets with a black Sharpie. I also painted the wire handle with the black sharpie, too. I used a white Sharpie paint pen for the little, wooden handle. It doesn’t get much easier than that, and isn’t it cute? It’s the perfect little organizer for all the little things that I use almost daily.


Starting on August 10th all Sharpie fine and Ultra Fine markers and highlighters will be on sale at Staples “while supplies last”

I did say that I bought two of those hanging bucket thingies, right?

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This one was sprayed with white spray paint first. Then I enlisted Dan to paint on the screws and nails because I can’t draw to save my life. He thinks the nails look like golf tees ; )

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But, I can paint a bucket handle with a Sharpie paint pen.

There you go. Two clearance shelf storage items made pretty, functional and unique. And all it takes are a few Sharpie pens and a little imagination. And a Dan who can draw ; )

Oh, one more thing before you run off to Staples to get those Sharpies: you can paint on fabric with Sharpies! How cool! Check this out:

paint fabric with sharpies I printed out a design on fabric (using my home printer – see how here) and started coloring in the flowers. Isn’t that pretty! Think of all the things you could do with that: tote bag, pillow, wall art, etc.

DIY Paint Storage Shelf

Do you ever find yourself with a large collection of craft items and don’t know how to store them? I seem to have amassed a fairly large collection of craft paints. I had them in a basket but that just wasn’t working for me any longer. It was taking too long to find the color I was looking for plus it was a mess. I knew I could come up with something better. Here is my DIY Paint Storage Shelf.

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This was a super-easy build and it didn’t cost much to make. Home Depot has craft boards in their lumber aisle. I love using those for small projects like this mostly because I can fit them in my car and don’t have to borrow someone’s truck to get them home.

Want to make one? Here’s how:

Materials used:

  • a piece of 1/4″ plywood (the size this will determine the size of your shelf. I had a scrap piece that measured about 18″ wide x 19 3.4″ high)
  • 3-1/2″ x 1/2″ boards
  • 1-1/2″ x 1.2″ boards
  • paint

Tools used*:

  • Ryobi miter saw
  • Ryobi AirStrike Stapler

*I am fortunate that I have these power tools (thanks to Santa and Ryobi!), but I would think you could cut this thin wood with a hand saw or better yet, have Home Depot cut it for you. And small wood nails could be used if you don’t have an Airstrike stapler….yet.


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  • Cut (or have cut) the 3-1/2 boards: 2 @ the height of the plywood piece and 2 @ the the width of plywood piece minus one inch.

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  • Staple together to form a rectangle frame
  • Staple the plywood back onto the frame

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  • Cut (or have cut) the 1-1/2″ x 1/2″ boards to the inside width dimension of your shelf. I cut six of these for my shelf. Dry fit them into your shelf and tilt them before stapling. The tilted shelves keep the bottles of paint from falling out.

Now that the shelf is assembled it’s time to sand and paint.

Build Your Own Paint Storage Shelf

I used a gray craft paint that I had on hand. I plan on doing a little fun decorating to this piece. More on that in a week or two. But for now I love that my paint collection has a pretty, organized home!

DIY Paint Storage

It’s so nice to be able to see all of the colors at a glance. It beats dumping out a basket of paints looking for the one I thought I had!

DIY Paint Storage Shelf

Tell me. How do you store your craft and DIY supplies? And if you make this shelf I’d love to hear about it!

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DIY Onesie Dresses

Having a granddaughter is so much fun. Don’t get me wrong – I still spoil my grandson (my daughter can attest to that!), but having a little girl to shop and sew for after 6 years of boy stuff brings all sorts of new fun to being “Nanny”! Like these DIY onesie dresses. Apparently onesie dresses have made their rounds on Pinterest and blogs for a couple of years, but they’re new to me since I’ve been in “little boy world” for a while.

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It only takes about 1/3 yard of fabric to make these dresses for the 3-month size onesies. The amount of fabric you buy determines the length of the skirt section (minus an inch for the hem) that is sewn onto the onesie.

For the placement of the skirt on the onesie, I measured down one inch below each arm hole seam. Then I made two tiny, light dots with a pen and then used a straight edge to make more dots to ensure my skirt would be sewn on straight. These dots are covered with skirt so I didn’t worry about using a disappearing ink pen. Although I’m sure I have one somewhere.


One of the ways to gather the fabric is to sew on a length of elastic. You pull the elastic while sewing.


I prefer to just use the good old basting stitch and pull the bobbin thread. Then I sew on some coordinating bias tape.


After the bias tape is sewn on, I trim the edge close to the bias tape, fold over, and stitch onto the onesie.


Of course I had to add some extras, like ribbon and lace.


You know you have way too much ribbon when you have some that matches your fabric exactly! And you know you have enough headbands if one matches the fabric perfectly!


Oh that sweet, little face!

You may also like to make these Fabric Flower Headbands to match!