504 Main by Holly Lefevre: paper
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Showing posts with label paper. Show all posts

5.30.2014

Sugar Cookie Favor Boxes

I have been trapped under, beside, and on top of boxes...
but that aside, this month has been full of celebrations.
Most recently we threw my daughter a small birthday party
before we took off from California to Texas.
In general I like to keep my party favors useful or edible,
so for this soiree I used the Mini Pizza Boxes from Lifestyle Crafts to package
"everyones" favorite butterfly sugar cookies from the local bakery.

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These sweet favors were so simple and made such a great presentation.
Here is how to make them.

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Supplies


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Embellishment



Make it!

  • Cut the paper in half. I used the Chalkboard Paper Pack  because I LOVE the look and style but it is also 2-sided so you get a decorative inside and outside.
  • Place the mini pizza box die on the Genius platform.

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  • Place the paper on top; top with the cutting mat.

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  • Run the pizza box die through the Evolution.
  • When cut, bend at perforated lines.

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  • I used the Sticky Thumb Adhesive to keep the box secure. Just add it to the back and front of the box bottom, and the front of the lid.

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You can be done here...but let's embellish!

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  • Cut one Rosette on the Evolution out of a coordinating paper. (you should be able to cut 2 rosettes from each piece of 6 x 12 paper)

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  • Bend the rosette at the perforations; use Sticky Thumb Adhesive to adhere the ends together
  • Glue (with hot glue) the rosette to the top of the pizza box.
  • Add a button or embellishment to the center.

NOW...

  • I also cut small squares, that fit right in side the boxes, in wax paper to set the cookies on.
  • Fill the sweet boxes with some sweets and you have an adorable and oh so yummy party favors!

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I LOVE my Evolution (and the dies work with many other manual die cutters).
Use the code 504MAIN to grab a discount on your order!



What is your favorite favor from a party?
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This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre

disclosure: I am an affiliate of Lifestyle crafts. Supplies and/or compensation were provided for this project.

2.05.2014

How to Make Pretty Paper Cake Toppers

I truly enjoy making fabulous birthday cakes for my kids, husband, family...
and friends if given the chance. I have made bowling pins and balls,
solar systems, trains, flowers, and giant cupcakes - to name a few.
Recently however, I have been baking up Bundt cakes and angel food cakes,
(a little less frosting!)
and had to devise new ways to decorate them!
Paper Cake Toppers by 504 Main


I am enjoying the simple simplicity of a beautiful cake adorned with pretty paper.
It is so easy and so versatile...and everyone seems to love it!

1.28.2014

How to Pretty Up a Package

These days I find myself celebrating a lot of milestone birthdays for friends and family.
For these special birthdays, I like to present a pretty package.
Now, one of my "very serious" faults is that I cannot wrap a package for the life of me.
I try...but my corners are never right, there is tape everywhere - you get the picture, right?
So I have taken to embellishing and creating fun ways to pretty up and personalize packages (to divert attention from my other wrapping faults)! 

Pretty Packaging with Lifestyle Crafts by 504 Main

Using  my Lifestyle Crafts Dies and Evolution Die Cutter, plus some fun chevron washi tape and miniature pom poms...and anything else I can think of, it is easy to create pretty packages for those special people in your life.

1.01.2013

Tooth Fairy Mailbox

My daughter is a little bit obsessed with the tooth fairy.
I have mentioned before how she leave notes,
draws pictures, and asks the tooth fairy a bunch of questions.
Well, the tooth fairy is having a really hard time finding those things under her pillow at night...in fact sometimes she cannot for fear of waking a sleeping child...
so I have come up with a solution...a 
TOOTH FAIRY MAILBOX!


And since tooth fairies are teeny tiny and the tooth fairy's secret hiding place is becoming very full, anything Jules leaves for the tooth fairy has to fit in the mailbox!


I used the Mailbox Die from Lifestyle Crafts as the base for this cute little mailbox.
image: Lifestyle Crafts

I used the mailbox die in my Epic 6 but their dies can be
used is a wide range of manual die cutters.

The sweet mailbox is part of the new Love Notes Collection
- get ready for Valentines day NOW!
image: Lifestyle Crafts

To make the tooth fairy mailbox, just use what you have on hand - you know each tooth fairy has their own style...ours likes glitters and flowers and ruffles. I did make one aother version using some artwork we had...I think it is pretty cute too!

 

I pulled out my arsenal of girly things and got to work creating this magical sparkly mailbox (under the supervision of Jules of course!).
I kind of want to make a boy mailbox now!

USE YOUR IMAGINATION AND HAVE FUN!

BASIC SUPPLIES:
  • Lifestyle Crafts Mailbox die
  • Manual Die Cutter (Epic 6)
  • Chip board/cardboard/cereal box
  • 1-2 sheets of (quality) decorative paper
  • small decorative brads
  • hole punch
  • paint brush/foam brush
ADHESIVES
I used a variety of glues and adhesives for my project, you can get away with using less or other products. I just felt certain glues worked better for certain situations.
  • Hot glue/hot glue gun
  • E-6000
  • Mod Podge, matte
  • Spray Adhesive

THE BASE:
  • Small glass jar
  • 2 chip board circles (or thicker cardboard circle) - I used all three (see how to below)
  • (E-6000 and Mod Podge for glue)

DECORATIVE EMBELLISHMENT:
  • Glitter (specifically I used Martha Stewart Crafts Rich Essential Glitter)
  • Crepe paper streamers
  • Paper flowers (Recollection brand Floral Embellishments) 
  • Ribbon
  • Lace/trim
  • hole punch
  • Velcro circles

NOTES: Be sure to protect your surfaces when using glue and spray adhesive!
 
HOW TO MAKE THE BASE:
  • Glitter the inside of your jar (see the floor polish/glitter method I learned from The Single Nester)
  •  Cut circles out of chip board or cardboard. I cut 2 chip board circles but felt I needed more substance so I also added a cardboard backing for strength. Glue them together using Mod Podge.

  • Once dry, apply Mod Podge to the top of the circle and then sprinkle all over with glitter - I left a blank space in the center because that is where the mailbox was going to go and no point in wasting glitter! (be sure to tap glitter off onto a clean piece of paper or paper towel so you can save the excess.)
 

  • I used crepe paper streamers and ran a line of hot glue along the edge of the cardboard base. I did it a few inches at a time and simple ruffles the streamer as I went - not perfect but it worked and was easy! (see above photo)
  • I applied some lace trim because I wanted to and because it covered the hot glue line.
  • Apply E-6000 to the rim of the glass jar and center it on the back (un-glittered side) of the base. 
  • Let dry.

HOW TO MAKE THE MAILBOX:
NOTE: THE INSIDE OF MY MAILBOX IS JUST WHITE, YOU CAN USE DOUBLE-SIDED PAPER IF YOU WANT A DESIGN INSIDE TOO.
  • Cut the mailbox out using your die cutter. I cut one chipboard set and one set out of decorative paper. I wanted my mailbox to be durable.
  • I also cut one mailbox door in a matching paper so that when the door was opened there was pretty paper.
  •  I then used spray adhesive to apply the paper to the mailbox.
 
  • Assemble the main portion of the mailbox - fold along perforated lines and around the top over - with the chipboard I went slowly to round it so that it did not crease but rounded more smoothly.


  • Glue the lip to the bottom (using hot glue)
  • Fold back along perforated line and using a combination of hot glue and Mod Podge, insert into the back of the mailbox and let dry.
  • I then Mod Podged the entire outside of the mailbox and let it dry.


HOW TO EMBELLISH THE MAILBOX
  • I felt like my mailbox was not sparkly enough ---I used a paintbrush, Mod Podge, and glitter and painted some areas of the printed paper and applied glitter to those areas.
  • I still wanted more glitter so I sprayed the entire mailbox with spray adhesive and sprinkled white glitter all over...the print still shows through but now the entire mailbox sparkled. 

  • I punched a hole in the front of the mailbox and ran a ribbon in through the front, tying a knot on the inside of the mailbox door to hold the ribbon in place. I ran the ribbon across the top of the mail box and on the back side applied a velcro circle (one side on the mailbox, one side on the ribbon) for easy opening and closing. I finished it off with the paper flower embellishments.

  • For the flag, I wrapped a piece of ribbon over the top for a flag, added some of the Recollections flowers and fastened it to the mailbox, using the holes cut with the die, with a decorative brad.


FINISH IT UP!
  • I used my hot glue (but you could use other glue) to glue the mailbox to the base - I centered the mailbox on the base.
  • Then, using hot glue again (but you could use other glue) added a small piece of lace trim to the base of the mailbox.
  • To finish it off, I glue a few of the paper flowers together and added some glitter in the center and placed them on the mailbox and base.


  • Finally, I added some paper shreds (just because it looked cute) and my little girlie wrote the tooth fairy a note! 



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This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
disclosure: I received product and am an affiliate of Lifestyle Crafts

12.20.2012

Paper Trees with Glittering Toppers

I have this vision to one day have many varieties and styles of Christmas trees
decorating my house for the holidays.
- all kinds - fabric, wood, glass, paper-
Whatever happens to strike my fancy!
I have a few different sets:
my trio of fabric trees 
but this year I added a trio of Paper trees to the mix.
 

I have been enamored with my Martha Stewart Crafts Circle Edge Punch since I received it and cannot wait to get my hands on some more dies...but do love the one I have.
So much so, that I made three paper trees with it.

P.S. If you love that glitter topper - head over to my Glitter Your Holidays post to enter to win some Martha Stewart Crafts Rich Essentials Glitter (a 24 piece set!)


I know it is so close to the holidays, but this is a pretty simple craft!
In fact I am making my kids one big one each for their rooms this weekend!

SUPPLIES
  • Circle Edge Punch (watch the video tutorial for the Circle Edge Punch)
    • NOTE: You can also use an electronic craft cutter or simply cut plain circles to make these trees. 
  • 45 sheets of paper/cardstock per tree (15 per tree, 5 per level) 
    • NOTE: You will notice I ran out of paper (and so did the store) and one of my trees is multi-colored - I actually like it!
  • Glue stick or rubber cement (I use rubber cement and a glue stick...because I prefer rubber cement for a project like this...but ran out!)
  • Hot glue/Hot glue gun
  • Scissors or craft knife

Optional (for topper)
  • Clear ornaments  
  • Floor polish
  • glitter  

MAKE IT!
  • I used my Circle Edge Punch to punch out my circles
  • Large Tree: 5 - 12" circles, 5 - 10" circles, 5 - 8" circles
  • Medium Tree: 5 - 11" circles, 5 - 9" circles, 5 -7" circles  
  • Small tree:   5 - 10" circles, 5 - 8" circles, 5 - 6" circles  

  • Fold each circle in half - when folding, match the sides and have all of the folds be in the same place (i.e. in between scallops or in the center of them- the center is easier). Run the side or your scissors or Popsicle/craft stick along the fold to really give  it a good crease.

  • For the bottom level of each tree, cut 2 1/2" off the bottom of each folded circle. This flat bottom will help it stand up on its own.


LARGE TREE
  • Bottom level: measure up 5 1/4" from the flat bottom - this is where the bottom of the middle level circles will touch/end/overlap onto the large circle.
  • Apply adhesive to the overlapping areas of the circles, line up the mark you just made and glue them together, making sure the folds are in the same place/nestled together as well.
  • On the second/middle level, mark up 6" from the bottom of the middle circle (at the fold. Lay your top circle so that the bottom of it (at the fold) matches this mark.
  
MIDDLE TREE
  • Bottom level: measure up 3 1/2" from the flat bottom this is where the bottom of the middle level circles will touch/end/overlap onto the large circle.
  • Apply adhesive to the overlapping areas of the circles, line up the mark you just made and glue them together, making sure the folds are in the same place as well.
  •  On the second/middle level, mark up 4 1/2" from the bottom of the middle circle (at the fold. Lay your top circle so that the bottom of it (at the fold) matches this mark.
 SMALL TREE
  • Bottom level: measure up 3" from the flat bottom this is where the bottom of the middle level circles will touch/end/overlap onto the large circle.
  • Apply adhesive to the overlapping areas of the circles, line up the mark you just made and glue them together, making sure the folds are in the same place as well.
  •  On the second/middle level, mark up 3 1/2" from the bottom of the middle circle (at the fold. Lay your top circle so that the bottom of it (at the fold) matches this mark.
 ALL TREES
  • Apply adhesive to the overlapping areas of the circles. You may have to touch up the edges one you have your tree sections completed.
  • Make sure the folds are in the same place as well.
 

  • Repeat for all five sections - I lined up my first one with the subsequent sections to make sure my circles were all placed the same...even though I did measure.
 
  • Let dry. It does not take long!
  • Once you have 5 pieces of tree (three circles high) complete, run a "thick" line of hot glue on the fold of one section. Glue another section to the first section at the center folds. Apply more glue and add one section at a time. Until all five are attached.

  • Repeat for all of the trees - it goes quick! 

TOPPER 
I finished my tree off with a clear glass ornament glittering with Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter (did you enter the giveaway for a set of Rich Essentials Glitter?)
  • I saw this tutorial on The Single Nester for how to make glittering ornaments and had to try it. The process is pretty simple...Hope on over to the Single Nester for a full tutorial. Squirt some floor polish into the clear ornament, shake it around, and drain out the excess (onto a paper towel) - be sure to coat the inside of the ornament; then pour some glitter in there - put a finger or paper towel over the hole and shake it all up to coat the inside. Then let it dry.

  • I used some vintage tinsel to wrap around the opening and then hot glued them to the top of each tree.  
Pretty, no?!




Want some gorgeous Martha Stewart Crafts Rich Essential Glitter for yourself...
Head over and enter the giveaway! 

What is your favorite holiday item to decorate with?
 
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 This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre

disclosure: in the past I have received some of these products for review. Those obligations have been fulfilled. I continue t use the products because they are awesome.
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