How To – Carve a Rubber Stamp

Hi everyone!

My cousin gave me a stamp carving kit for Christmas, and I’m finally getting around to using it! IMG_2343IMG_2347Box Contents:

  • Design templates
  • Transfer sheet
  • Pencil
  • Block with carvable rubber sides
  • Wooden handle with five gouges
  • Ink pad

IMG_2349There are lots of fun designs to choose from!

As you might’ve guessed, I love bows, so I chose one of the bows for my first stamp! IMG_2352Lay the transfer paper over your design and trace with a pencil. IMG_2356Flip the transfer sheet (lead side down) onto the rubber block.

Rub your thumb along the transfer sheet.  The pressure from your thumb should transfer the lead onto the rubber block. IMG_2359Transfer complete! IMG_2367Load the smallest gouge into the handle.  It should just press right in. IMG_2369Use the smallest gouge to (slowly) carve around the design.

If you get going too fast, you might accidentally carve too far into your design. IMG_2373IMG_2375IMG_2378Once you’re a comfortable distance away from your design, start using the large gouges to clear away the excess rubber. IMG_2388IMG_2390IMG_2394Once you’ve trimmed the edges and cleaned it up a bit, your stamp is complete!! IMG_2395Isn’t it adorable?!

I’m in love with my new stamp!

Happy Crafting!! Bow signature pink

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Smile

Hi everyone!

I have another little phrase embroidery project to share! IMG_2107Supplies:

  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (mine is from Jo Ann’s)
  • Printed phrase
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

IMG_2110DMC Floss Color:

  • 917 – magenta

Start by printing out your desired phrase.

I chose the word “smile” and used a script font I had on my computer.

Use your pencil to trace the word onto your fabric. IMG_2197Start Back Stitching the word.

As you can see, I left some space where the lines intersect and where the letters meet.

Later on, we’re going to be adding another row (or two) of the Back Stitch, so we’re going to need that extra space to work with. IMG_2202 IMG_2207 IMG_2210Once our first row of the Back Stitch is complete, we’re going to move on to the second row. IMG_2212As you can see, I stitched right next to my original Back Stitch.

I still left some space between the “L” and the “E” because we will be adding a third row of the Back Stitch there at the end. IMG_2215 IMG_2220 Once the second row of the Back Stitch is complete, we’re going to add a third row to the left side of each letter. Font comparisonWe’re trying to make our stitching look as close to the original font as possible. IMG_2234Once the Back Stitching is complete, we’re going to dot our “I” with the Satin Stitch.

Start by outlining the dot. IMG_2238Once the dot is outlined, we’re going to Satin Stitch over it.

Once the “I” is dotted, our project is complete! IMG_2246I love how this turned out!

The colors are so happy! They definitely make me want to smile! 🙂

Happy Crafting! Bow signature pink

POPSUGAR Must Have Review – June 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly POPSUGAR Must Have review! IMG_0672To receive fun goodies each month like I do, click here!! IMG_2421I didn’t have enough self-control to avoid the spoilers for this box! Whoopsie! 🙂 IMG_2522Each box comes with a card full of details on each product. IMG_2422Box Contents:

  • Spongellé – Boxed Flowers – Fleur en Boîte
  • Yogitoes – Peacock hBand
  • Pacifica – Enlighten Eye Brightening Shadow Palette
  • Quay Australia – Mandate Sunglasses
  • Judy Blume’s In the Unlikely Event
  • SNAP Infusion – SUPERCANDY
  • Sweet & Spark – $30 Gift Card

IMG_2494Spongellé – Boxed Flowers – Fleur en Boîte – Retail Value $16

I absolutely LOVE this body wash infused sponge!  It smells amazing and the flower shape is adorable!

The sponge is a little rough, which makes it perfect for exfoliating!

I have a feeling that I will continue to use the sponge even after all the soap washes out! IMG_2502Yogitoes – Peacock hBand – Retail Value $4

I think this headband is adorable! I never wear exercise headbands though, so I was a little self-conscious when I wore it to the gym.  My friend, Lindsey, said I looked cute, but I’m still on the fence!

I’ll have to give it another try and see if I like it better the second time! IMG_2510Pacifica – Enlighten Eye Brightening Shadow Palette – Retail Value $14

I love eyeshadow palettes, but unfortunately, only one of these shadow colors works for me.

I like the shadow on the far left, but the others are just too dark or oddly colored for my skin tone.

I’ll have to see if these shadows work for any of my friends! IMG_2505Quay Australia – Mandate Sunglasses – Retail Value $45

Like most girls, I can always use another spare pair of sunglasses!

I was surprised with how lightweight these are, and I love that they came with their own protective case. IMG_2516Judy Blume’s In the Unlikely Event – Retail Value $27.95

I’ve read the plot summary several times, and this sounds like a good beach read (or just a laying on the couch read!)

I’ve been reading on a Kindle for almost five years now, so I have a feeling my hand will cramp when I start reading this book!  So pathetic, but it will! IMG_2497SNAP Infusion – SUPERCANDY – Retail Value $4 

I already ate the green, sour pack, and the candies were very yummy!

I really like the idea of a “healthy” candy! IMG_2487Sweet & Spark – $30 Gift Card

I don’t typically like it when my subscription boxes come with gift cards, but this gift card is the exception!

Sweet & Spark is online site that sales curated vintage jewelry.  How cool is that?!

I’ve found several pieces that I like, so I need to hurry up and purchase one before they sell out.  There’s only one of each item, so it’s very possible that they could sell out of everything I like if I don’t act quickly! IMG_2431Aside from the funky eyeshadow colors, I’d say that June was a hit!

The total retail value of this box is $140.95!  That’s a great value!

I can’t wait to see what July has to offer!

Do you subscribe to POPSUGAR Must Have?

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DIY Hand Embroidery Quote – Aspire To Be

Hi everyone!

I have another embroidery phrase to share! IMG_1725Supplies:

  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (mine is from Hobby Lobby)
  • Printed phrase
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Needle

IMG_1728 DMC Floss Colors:

  • 823 – navy
  • E3821 – metallic gold (optional)

We’re going to start by printing out a phrase.

I chose “Aspire To Be” because it’s short, cute, and something we say in my sorority (Kappa Kappa Gamma).

Because my quote is somewhat inspirational, I chose a script font that fit well with the phrase. IMG_1733Use your pencil to trace your phrase onto your fabric. IMG_1736We’re going to start by double Back Stitching the body of the “A” and single Back Stitching the little connector.

By “Double Back Stitching” I simply mean two rows of the Back Stitch right next to each other.

I double up my Back Stitch when I want to make my lines thicker. IMG_1740 IMG_1749 IMG_1751Continue to Back Stitch “aspire” until you reach the end.

Remember to only double stitch the main portion of each letter and single stitch the connectors.

Use a French Knot to dot the “I” IMG_1755 IMG_1760Use the single and double Back Stitch method for the last two words as well.

Once, “to be” is done, our project is complete!!

If you want to add a little more pizzazz, you can use the gold thread to Whip Stitch around the letters.  Just like we did in our “Eat cake” project.

IMG_1782I love how classic this project looks!

There’s nothing wrong with simplicity!

Happy Crafting and Aspire To Be (KKG)!! Bow signature pink

Allure Sample Society Review – June 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Sample Society review! IMG_2305Each box comes with a mini magazine filled with information on each product featured for the month. IMG_2297Box Contents:

  • Completely Bare – Wax Strips for Face, Bikini, and Body
  • E.L.F. Studio – Small Stipple Brush
  • eSalon – Perfect Ending Leave In Conditioner
  • Cotz Face – Sunscreen SPF 40
  • St. Tropez – Self Tan Express
  • Lauren B. Beauty – Nail Couture

IMG_2321Completely Bare – Wax Strips for Face, Bikini, and Body

I love to try out different wax strips, so I was super excited when I saw this product in my box!

I’ve used other Completely Bare products in the past and have been very pleased with them.

These strips are great! I just wish they would’ve given me a few more!

IMG_2328E.L.F. Studio – Small Stipple Brush

I’ve been wanting to try a stippling brush for a while now, so I was (once again) super excited to see this in my box!

I’ve been using it to blend my blush and it’s been working great!

It’s much smaller than other stippling brushes I’ve seen, but I like the compact size!  It makes it even cuter!

IMG_2319eSalon – Perfect Ending Leave In Conditioner

I’m a big believer in leave in conditioner, so this is great!

It smells fantastic and is for color treated hair! So perfect!

IMG_2317Cotz Face – Sunscreen SPF 40

I love the idea of a tinted sunscreen!

This product is just a little too oily for my liking!

The tint is perfect though!  It looks really dark at first but blends to the perfect neutral.

IMG_2325St. Tropez – Self Tan Express

I’ve heard great things about St. Tropez products!

I have very fair skin (some might say porcelain) and am not interested in tanning, so I will be giving this to my friend, Lindsey. She loves self tanner and is ecstatic to be getting some more!IMG_2312Lauren B. Beauty – Nail Couture – Polo Lounge Punch

Because I subscribe to Julep Maven, I don’t typically enjoy receiving nail polish in my other subscription boxes, but this polish is great!

The pinky berry color is beautiful, and I like the formula!

I posted an unboxing picture on Instagram the day I received my box, and Lauren B. Beauty actually commented on my post! How cool is that?! Pretty cool if you ask me!!

IMG_2335What do you think of the June Sample Society box?

Are you excited for the July box?! I sure am!

DIY Hand Embroidery – Cursive Name

Hi everyone!

I love writing my name, so I decided to embroider my name on some pretty fabric!

IMG_1601Supplies:

  • Fabric (I got mine at Jo Ann’s.  Isn’t it beautiful?!)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Pencil
  • Needle

IMG_1605DMC Floss Color:

  • 451 – grayish brown (I promise it matches in real life!)

IMG_1598Start by writing your name (or the name of your friend 🙂 ) on the fabric.

IMG_1606Just Back Stitch over the pencil lines.

This project is super easy but also very pretty!

IMG_1614Finish off the Back Stitch and dot your I’s (or J’s) with a French Knot.

I love how this project is super quick but turns out so pretty and thoughtful (such a good gift idea!)

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Hello Darling Quote

Hi everyone!

I’ve been into crafting little phrases/quotes recently, so I have a easy, short embroidery phrase to share with you today.

IMG_1495Supplies:

  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
  • Needle
  • Pencil

IMG_1491DMC Floss Colors:

  • 3341 – peach
  • 747 – light blue (optional) I promise the blue thread actually matches the fabric.  It looks completely off in this picture  though.

First, find a font (or two) that you like and type out the phrase.

Then, trace the phrase onto your fabric.

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Were going to Back Stitch the “Hello.”  Instead of just one “row” of the Back Stitch, we’re going to do two.

Because I was going to Satin Stitch the “Darling,” I wanted the “Hello” to be thick too.

IMG_1503 IMG_1507 IMG_1510 IMG_1518This was the first time I’ve ever done two Back Stitches next to each other.  It was a little annoying, but I really like the look!

IMG_1521Separate your six strand thread into two strands of three for this next portion.

We’re going to use the thinner thread to outline the “Darling.”  Outlining make the Satin Stitch much easier!

IMG_1528I wasn’t sure how the Satin Stitch was going to look, so I did a little test portion!

IMG_1530If you’re confident in your Satin Stitch, you can definitely skip the testing portion!

After testing, I went ahead and outlined the rest of the word.

I tried my best to outline inside of the pencil lines, because I didn’t want to make “Darling” extra thick when it came time to do the Satin Stitch.

IMG_1538 IMG_1542 IMG_1544 IMG_1565Continue with the Satin Stitch until “Darling” is done!

IMG_1569Our project is complete!

I love the color combination, and I had a good time practicing my Satin Stitch!

Happy Crafting!

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Julep Maven Review & Coupon – June 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Julep Maven review!

IMG_0421To receive monthly boxes of goodies like I do, click here!

IMG_1994Box Contents:

  • Isabela – Boho Glam – amparo blue crème
  • Manda – Boho Glam – sky blue with golden shimmer
  • Luxe Up Your Lips – Blushing Rose
  • Lollipops
  • Coupon

June features “The Deep End” collection.

IMG_2002I picked the Boho Glam box this month, because I loved the polish colors!  I have already used both of them, and they do not disappoint!

Isabela – Boho Glam – amparo blue crème

Isabela is a beautiful dark periwinkle blue! I absolutely love it!

I painted it on my toes and it’s so fun! Perfect for summer!

Manda – Boho Glam – sky blue with golden shimmer

Manda is also a fun summery color!  The gold shimmers give it a slight sheen that really makes it pop!

I painted it on my fingers and it’s so pretty!

Because the blue is so light, it kind of works as a neutral!

IMG_2004Luxe Up Your Lips – Blushing Rose

I’m not a fan of Julep’s Luxe Up Your Lips.  I find the formula very grainy and unenjoyable.

I really love Julep’s basic Lip Gloss, but I can’t get behind this one.

I will say though, that the color is nice.  It’s definitely more opaque than the first round of colors they came out with.

IMG_2009I love that Julep featured a Lilly Pulitzer quote this month! 🙂

Here’s this month’s coupon.  It’s good until July 20th.

Are you a Julep Maven?

What do you think of the June box?!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Kate Spade Quote

Hi everyone!

I love Kate Spade and hand embroidery, so I decided to combine the two in this next project! IMG_1341Supplies:

  • Fabric (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Pencil
  • Needle
  • Sharpie

IMG_1343DMC Floss Colors:

  • 823 – Navy Blue
  • E3821 – Metallic Gold

IMG_1332Type up and print out the quote.

I used a font called “Things People Do For Love!” You can download it too or use another font you like! IMG_1337Trace the quote onto your fabric. IMG_1350We’re going to start with the navy thread and Back Stitch the words. IMG_1355IMG_1358IMG_1363The quote looks so cute!

If you’re satisfied, you can stop now. If you’d like to add a little more pizzazz and tie in the gold dots, keep reading! IMG_1367Separate the gold thread into individual strands.

Take one of the strands and whip it around the navy Back Stitch. The gold thread only pierces the fabric at the beginning and end of each letter.  You just weave it over and under each stitch. Does that make sense? IMG_1373IMG_1378IMG_1385Sooooooo cute! I can’t tell you how much I love this (and cake!) 🙂

Happy Crafting!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Swirly Twirly Design

Hi everyone!

I have more embroidery to share with you!

IMG_1035Supplies:

  • Stitched Blooms by Carina Envoldson-Harris (get it here)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Fabric
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil

IMG_1040DMC Floss Colors:

  • 158 – dark blue
  • 162 – light blue
  • 164 – light green
  • 600 – pink
  • 605 – light pink
  • 744 – yellow
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Design courtesy of Stitched Blooms

This is the motif we will be using.

IMG_1045Print out the motif and trace it with your Sharpie.

IMG_1047Trace the motif onto your fabric.

IMG_1053Start with the green thread and Back Stitch the leaves.

IMG_1055 IMG_1058 IMG_1060Once the leaves are done, we’ll move on to the yellow portions.

IMG_1065Back Stitch the “stems.”

IMG_1070Add in some Lazy Daisies.

IMG_1073 IMG_1076Repeat!

IMG_1079Use the dark pink thread and the Stem/Outline Stitch for the swirly portions.

IMG_1085 IMG_1092It’s starting to look so cute!

IMG_1095Use the light blue thread to Back Stitch the little paisleys.

IMG_1099 IMG_1100Once the paisleys are stitched, separate your six strand thread into two strands of three.

IMG_1106Use one of the strands of three and Straight Stitch the lines inside the paisleys.

IMG_1110 IMG_1114Once the light blue is done, we’re going to move on to the dark blue.

IMG_1118Use a Lazy Daisy for the large teardrop.

Be sure not to pull your thread too tight.  You want to maintain as much of the teardrop shape as possible.

IMG_1120Use the Back Stitch for both crescents.

IMG_1126Once the crescents are stitched, separate your thread into two strands of three like we did earlier with the light blue thread.

IMG_1128Use the Scallop Stitch for the inside portion of the crescents.

IMG_1132 For a finishing touch, we’ll add a few light pink stars.  Take your pink thread and split it into two strands of three.

IMG_1134Use the Star Stitch to make little stars.

IMG_1139Once the stars are stitched, our project is complete!

IMG_1147So cute and playful!

Happy Crafting!!

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