TWO Videos: Succulent Planting + Gift Tags

Hello! Today I have two videos for you… and they are a bit different. As some of you may know from my posts on Instagram, I’m a big fan of succulents… so I’m excited that there are now succulent stamps available! The first video shows how to create some fun succulent gift tags using some colored ink, pencils and gamsol. The second video shows how I (very simply) plant and care for succulent plants. They are addictive!

I so very much love filling my craft room with small and sweet succulents (and cactus). They are gorgeous, inexpensive and easy to care for. Since I am a crafty blog, let’s first chat about the succulent gift tags I created…

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

These new Simon Says Stamp Succulent stamps make me so very happy! I stamped the images using SSS inks since these inks work well with Gamsol. I also added a heart to two of the images. I quickly colored the images using my colored pencils and used Gamsol to do all the blending. Gamsol makes coloring effortless with pencils!I really like the colored outline of the image instead of just black.

I also did some partial die-cutting with the matching dies to cut out my images. I made sure to cut out an extra image for the back side of my tag. I applied a strong adhesive to the back of both the die-cut pieces and sandwiched a stick in between. If you don’t have the kabob skewers that I used, you could always use a straw or a toothpick instead.

Now… time for info on the succulents themselves! Please know that I am NOT an expert on this. Not at all. I don’t really have the time to be an expert, but have found great luck by keeping it simple. And my guess is you are all limited on time… so simple would be best for you too. Yes, I have lost a few succulents along the way. But overall, my method of planting and caring for succulents (and cactus) has worked really well for me.


[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Here is really all there is to it:

  • Pick a container. — Any container! It really is best to use one with a hole in the bottom. However, I tend to ignore this rule. (The small pots I used in this video are no longer available, but you can find similar things.)
  • Get some pebbles. — I like to use both medium sized pebbles (like these) and small pebbles (like these). They are good to have in bottom of the container fpr drainage and at the top for a nice, finished look.
  • Get some good soil. — I use an organic cactus soil. It works like a charm! However, in the past I have used a non-organic option that is very inexpensive. (Half the cost, twice the amount!) Both work well.
  • Get some succulents or cactus. — I get mine at local florist shops, Home Depot, Lowes or on Etsy. Get whatever appeals to you. Have fun with it!
  • Water with ice. — I find it best to water my plants with an ice cube once every two weeks. Ice slowly melts and prevents the plants from being “flooded.” These guys don’t need much water at all! I put a timer on my calendar to remind me to water them.
  • Sunlight! — Theses guys LOVE sunlight. Put them near windows!

Again – you can Google search to get more (and better) info. But if you want to keep it simple… there you have it.

Small planted succulents make a great gift for friends, teachers, etc. I hope this is helpful!

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Video: Cupcake Holders + Stamped Tags + Recipe

Hello! I have teamed up with my dear friend Melanie Bauer from Melanie Makes for another special treat. Melanie came up with a scrumptious Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins recipe… and I came up with a simple yet cute packaging for it. Check out my video to see how to use a paper or plastic cup for a fun muffin or cupcake holder.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]


Here I go again… spoiling our teachers. :) But this treat could be for just about anyone! The video shows how to take a paper or plastic cut and turn it into a fun cupcake or muffin holder. So easy.

I also share some tips for making quick and colorful tags. For all the tags, I used the rounded rectangle die from the My Favorite Things Luncbox die set. (It is the perfect size and shape.) I then stamped an image with My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid Ink and did some two-color and three-color Copic blending. (Totally inspired by the amazing techniques over in our Copic class.) That first tag is my favorite… there is just something awesome about that pile of books from the MFT Class Act set.

By the way, those gold touches on the books? I did that with the Pilot Gold Marker. This gives nice and thick coverage and is perfect for quick, bold shine.

The adorable raccoon on the next tag is from the MFT Cute Critters set. And by the way, I die cut the little heart window from each tag with the MFT Mason Jar die set. Isn’t he cute?

The last one is the I-am-running-out-of-time-so-let’s-make-this-simple tag. I again used the MFT Class Act stamp set.

On each tag, I wrote the message on the red tag behind the stamped one. This would work with any tag die shape… even a circle.

RECIPE

So the talented Melanie Bauer of Melanie Makes has created the perfect Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins recipe to go with these gift boxes and tags. Be sure to head HERE for the recipe she created for this collaboration. (And also check out her other incredible recipes and food photography!)

GOOD NEWS

Do you like these My Favorite Things products? Be sure to stop by my blog tomorrow for a great discount…

Also, in the video, I mentioned the Copic Markers for Card Makers. Class has started (but you can easily join in anytime – now or 10 years from now) and people seem to really be happy! You can find info HERE.

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Video: Mother’s Day Treat Topper + Free Download + Recipe

Hello! I have teamed up with my dear friend Melanie Bauer from Melanie Makes for another special treat. Melanie came up with a yummy Strawberry Banana Muffin recipe… and I came up with a simple yet cute packaging for it. Check out my video to see how to use a regular sandwich bag along with a free download to make a fun treat for a mom!

Mother’s Day isn’t only about celebrating your own momma. It can also be about celebrating all the ladies in your life that work hard to raise good kiddos. Friends. Aunts. Teachers. Grandmas. Why not tell these folks how amazing they are? After all, it is important for us to encourage and lift each other. So I decided to come up with a fun little treat that I could give to several ladies in my life that I love and respect. Just to remind them what awesome mommas they are.

In the video I show how to take a simple sandwich bag and transform it into a bag perfect to hold a muffin or cupcake. (You could also purchase baggies that are intended for this purpose at Target, etc. but I didn’t have any on hand.) So easy to do!

The toppers are just as simple. Just download and print THIS free download.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE MOTHER’S DAY TREAT TOPPER DOWNLOAD

All you have to do is score and cut and you are good to go! I used a fun die from Simon Says Stamp to create the flowers. However, you could easily create your own with any embellishments you may have. You could even create your own flowers from circle punches. (Just cut slits in along the edge of a punched circle for a funky flower. For the leaves, just punch a circle then put the circle back in the punch but offset… creating a leaf shape.)

THIS download could also be used to create mini cards or sentiments for regular cards. You could also use the basic design for occasions throughout the year… just stamp any sentiment.

If you haven’t been to Melanie’s blog, I highly recommend it! She has many tasty recipes. Be sure to head HERE for the Strawberry Banana Muffin recipe she created for this collaboration.

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Video: DIY Basket Treat & Card with Recipe

Hello! I have again teamed up with my dear friend Melanie Bauer from Melanie Makes. Melanie came up with a yummy mini Ginger Carrot Cake recipe. And me? I came up with a simple DIY paper basket and card to go with it.

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails below.]
The basket is quick and easy to make and can be adjusted to make baskets of other sizes. The basket I made works great for any mini loaf treat – you could even do mini pumpkin breads, etc. It would even be great to hold Easter candy! The video also shows how to easily make a large paper bow. This is a great way to save money… instead of buying lots of ribbons.
I used the Impression Obsession bunnies and Clearly Besotted Grass dies to decorate my basket and card, but you could use anything you have on hand. The sentiments are from the My Favorite Things Easter Bunny set.
You can see Melanie’s cute little mini carrot cake in the basket below…

If you haven’t been to Melanie’s blog, I highly recommend it! My family loves her slow cooker chicken Parmesan sandwiches and her simple sweet cornbread. I also loved doing our collaboration last month for the Mini Mint Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies and Shamrock Treat Download.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Video: Shamrock Treats with Recipe and Download

Hello! I have teamed up with my dear friend Melanie Bauer from Melanie Makes to bring you a new recipe and a free download. Melanie came up with a delicious Mini Mint Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pie recipe. And me? I came up with a felt 4 leaf clover and tag to go with it!

I thought Melanie’s fabulous Mini Mint Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pie would be fun with a felt 4 leaf clover tag sticking out the top. It was very easy to make! I have a free download here for you. In the file, you will see a pattern to cut the shamrock petals and also the “so very lucky to have you” tags. Easy peasy! (Just download THIS and print and you are ready to go!)

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The easy felt 4 leaf clover could also be used for a pin, barrette or card. And add one more petal and you have a flower. (I guess shamrocks have 3, but mine is fun and has 4.)

If you haven’t been to Melanie’s blog, I highly recommend it! My family loves her slow cooker chicken Parmesan sandwiches and her simple sweet cornbread. They are absolutely amazing. Melanie also happens to be a long time friend of mine and one of the team members at Online Card Classes. I am so very proud of her and her blog. Makes my heart happy to see her succeed!

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VIDEO: Card Boxes

Hello! The other day I showed a couple small cards I made and promised to show how to make a box to hold them. So today’s video shows how to create two different size card boxes with the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.

(Check the thumbnails at the end of this post for supplies used.)

These card boxes are so fast and easy to make! I used the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board… which is intended for creating envelopes of any size. However, I used it to make boxes! The video shows how to make a box for A2 cards (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) and envelopes and also for 4-bar cards (3 1/2″ x 4 7/8″) and envelopes.

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(By the way – as always – I wasn’t asked to promote this product. I just bought it, used it and liked it!)

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