Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year! Pop Fizz Clink FREEBIE Printable

That is it lovelies, one more day of 2013! This past year FLEW by but I am really looking forward to 2014 - there are so many exciting things in store and many more great memories to be made.

I was absolutely thrilled to partner up with Tiny Prints this holiday season and got to witness first hand their fantastic customer service and quality holiday cards. I absolutely love my Pop Fizz Clink NYE party invites and matching stickers! To complement my New Year's theme, I whipped up this black and white print for a backdrop to my bar, and if you're needing some last minute NYE party decor, now you can too!

Download your Pop Fizz Clink print here!

And have a HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR! See you in 2014! xox

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Giveaway winners!

Sorry all for the late announcement - technical difficulties over here!

Time for some winners! The tiny print $30 GC goes to Nyd! Did you know tiny print has everything from iPad cases to lucite trays to notepads? So many fun things to look through!

And winner of the digital design by moi (can be used next year as well if you've already done your cards), is Betsy!

Ladies, email me to claim your prizes!

Congratulations Nyd and Betsy!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Print Your Own Photo Cards 2013 and Tiny Prints GIVEAWAY

It's that time of year again. Christmas card time! I'm usually done mine and have them out the door end of November but I've been really slow this year - not quite sure why. If you're a little late to the party like me, doing a custom photo card that you can print in a jiffy at Costco/Walmart etc is a great solution. Of course, nothing beats my card-crush Tiny Prints (absolutely loving their glitter collection this year!), but these DIY ones work as extras when you run out of your fancy printed ones, and are great because they can be reprinted within no time if you need more. 

I'm only doing a few designs this year (well, one is new, two are updated versions), but you can check out last year's designs here and feel free to email me if you'd prefer one of those! Etsy listing can be found here and they are also up on my website.

Oh, and because who doesn't love a giveaway - leave a comment below to enter to win one of TWO prizes:

1) A $30 Tiny Prints Gift Certificate

2) A custom photo card design from the Paper Society

Winner announced Dec 13th by 10 PM EST.

What are you doing for Christmas cards this year?


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Adventures in DIY Flocking an Artificial Christmas Tree

I have always wanted a white Christmas tree. So badly, in fact, that I came very close to spray painting our hand me down artificial tree last year (seemed pretty messy and tedious so I skipped that idea).

Then one day in mid-November, I came home to a white Christmas tree. Hubby had surprised me with it, along with a new assortment of gold, silver and white ornaments (and six bottles of wine sitting underneath it - he knows me so well). Sweet man had taken note, and on the 8th anniversary of the day we decided to be more than just friends (a date we hadn't acknowledged for a while), he tried to fullfill my lifelong white tree dreams.

To make a long story short, I returned it. I found a bigger, better one for a better deal so tree #1 went back (yup, I'm that wife). I decorated it, and then stepped back and looked at it, and it wasn't working. White, for once, just wasn't right. It was just too white. It didn't have that magical Christmas feel to me. Perhaps had we splurged on an uber expensive one it would have felt different, but this tree just wasn't for me.

Tree #2 went back to the store, and a third tree put up in it's place. This time, it was our old artificial tree, the one we've put up every year since we've been married. But, I couldn't do the green anymore. Some faux trees are realistic looking - ours is not. The green is just... so greeny. So after some soul searching (and wine drinking), I decided that faux flocking my tree was the way to go.

There are a bunch of "recipes" out there including everything from soap flakes to shaving cream. I went the shaving cream route and was flocking happy with the results!

To flock an entire 7.5 foot tree (every single branch) it took TWELVE batches of the following recipe:

1 cup Elmer's All Purpose Glue (not the kiddie version)
3 cups Generic foam shaving cream
1 tbsp Corn starch

Mix all ingredients in a stand mixer for a few minutes or until stiff peaks form.

For application:
I started from the very bottom of the tree (I kept it in it's pieces so flocked the bottom third first, then put on the second tier to flock, and then put the top on to finish it up).

To help mask the nasty green, I decided to flock every single branch thoroughly. I filled my palm with my fluffy mixture and massaged it into each branch. After half the tree was done, I had dozens of little cuts in my hands. Learn form my mistakes - wear gloves! I put gloves on for the remainder of my flocking session and was much more comfortable.

Be warned - this is not a quick process. All in all, it took me about 4 - 5 hours to finish the tree, but I'm so happy with how it turned out.

Let the flock dry for at least 24 hours (preferably more). It dries nice and spongey - not hard and crusty. It DOES flake off when you move it, add ornaments, etc to a certain extent, but a quick sweep will clean up the mess and it won't effect your flocking result.

Also, if your tree is pre-lit, you really have two options (that I can think of). Tape off each light with painters tape (which would be WAY too much work in my opinion), or flock over those flocking lights and call it a day! I decided to go this route and then add more lights post-flocking (and leave the ones I flocked over unplugged.)

I'll try and get pictures of the finished and decorated tree up this weekend! Until then, is this something you would try, or have tried?