Joy's Life http://joyslife.com Silhouette, Cricut, Sizzix Eclips, KnK Zing, Home Decor, Food, Vinyl & Crafting Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:26:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Computer Binary Code Birthday Card with Silhouette Cameo and SEI http://joyslife.com/computer-binary-code-birthday-card-with-silhouette-cameo-and-sei/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=computer-binary-code-birthday-card-with-silhouette-cameo-and-sei http://joyslife.com/computer-binary-code-birthday-card-with-silhouette-cameo-and-sei/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:24:15 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=34515 [...] ]]> Computer Binary Code Birthday Card #SilhouetteCameo #SEI #LetteringDelights #JoysLifeStamps

I have two words for you: men’s cards.  I don’t know about you but for me coming up with a card for a man can be a challenge.  I’m making this card for my Father-in-Law’s birthday.  This card is my second attempt.  The first card I made…I kid you not…was shaped like a tombstone COMPLETELY by accident.  I used the shape from this card and thought it would be so cute.  It wasn’t.  To make my choice even worse, I used gray paper.  Seriously.  I was trying to create a computer theme but it looked like a card where computers go to die.  Way to wish someone a depressing birthday, right?  Then I came up with this card using some of the same images that I started with and this fun (not gray) paper by SEI!

Computer Binary Code Birthday Card #SilhouetteCameo #SEI #LetteringDelights #JoysLifeStamps

I really like the way SEI’s paper cuts.  I’m using it in my Silhouette Cameo.  If you need help with your Cameo, check out my tutorials!

Computer Binary Code Birthday Card #SilhouetteCameo #SEI #LetteringDelights #JoysLifeStamps

I created two inserts for my card using the Silhouette software.  First, I made a white rectangle to fit behind the numbers so they would show up well.  Next, I made a green rectangle to cover the white so the inside of the card would match.  It wasn’t necessary but I didn’t like the way the white looked just sitting there being all stark.  I made the card by using a rounded rectangle, adding a line to the middle and making it perforated.

ProgrammedforLove

I used Lettering Delights Programmed for Love svg file to create this; specifically, the “01101101…” binary code in the bottom left of the photo.  I imported the image, ungrouped it and enlarged the numbers.  By the way, I checked out what this binary actually says and it says, “Miss”.  Whatever.  LOL!  Happy Birthday is pretty long in binary.

Computer Binary Code Birthday Card #SilhouetteCameo #SEI #LetteringDelights #JoysLifeStamps

I used my ATG gun on the edges of my card and got adhesive where I didn’t want it.  ACK!  If that happens to you use an eraser like this to rub the glue away.  Use a clean side of it so you don’t mark up your card.  That’s why mine is missing pieces, I cut dirty parts of it off.

Computer Binary Code Birthday Card #SilhouetteCameo #SEI #LetteringDelights #JoysLifeStamps

The tag was slicker than I thought and I smeared my stamp.  No worries!  I used it as an opportunity to make a more creative tag by using some of my scraps.  I got this tag from the Athenaeum Creative Pack by SEI.

Computer Binary Code Birthday Card #SilhouetteCameo #SEI #LetteringDelights #JoysLifeStamps

This stamp comes from the Joy’s Life “My Hero” stamp set.

Joy's Life My Hero Stamps from joyslife.com #joyslifestamps

Computer Binary Code Birthday Card #SilhouetteCameo #SEI #LetteringDelights #JoysLifeStamps

Here’s the inside with the added green insert hiding the white that backs the numbers.

Computer Binary Code Birthday Card #SilhouetteCameo #SEI #LetteringDelights #JoysLifeStamps

I wrote this post while participating as a member of the SEI Design Team.

SEI Design Team Member #SEI

Happy Crafting!

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DIY Shabby Chic Silver Mason Jar Lamp with LED Power http://joyslife.com/diy-shabby-chic-silver-mason-jar-lamp/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=diy-shabby-chic-silver-mason-jar-lamp http://joyslife.com/diy-shabby-chic-silver-mason-jar-lamp/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:24:44 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=34916 [...] ]]> I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. #LEDSavings

DIY Shabby Chic Silver Mason Jar Lamp with LED Power #LEDSavings #shop #cbias

Oh my goodness.  How long have I wanted to make a mason jar lamp?  A long time!  I really needed a lamp for my craft room desk and this is perfect.  What I especially love about it is the light it puts out. I’m using a GE LED Energy Smart 60 watt light bulb. It’s has super bright LEDs but puts out a wonderful warm colored light, my favorite.

DIY Shabby Chic Silver Mason Jar Lamp with LED Power #LEDSavings #shop #cbias

I followed this tutorial that I found on Pinterest, except that mine didn’t turn out that way.  LOL!  Hey, it happens, right?  So, instead of this being a mercury glass mason jar lamp, it’s a shabby chic silver lamp.  Oh well.  I still love it.  I used a mix of white vinegar (the tutorial calls for white wine vinegar) and water in my mister.  I misted that onto the jar, then sprayed on silver metallic paint that I’ve had for years.  I got interrupted in the middle of painting because the sprayer clogged.  I had to go in and find a pin to open it up again.  Thank goodness I’d not cleaned up from sewing.  LOL!  So, that could have also hampered my mercury glass look.

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I bought a mason jar lamp kit adapter by Darice to quickly create my lamp.  It’s so easy.  You just screw the lamp adapter to the top of the jar!

DIY Shabby Chic Silver Mason Jar Lamp with LED Power #LEDSavings #shop #cbias

Now all I need to do is add the light bulb!

DIY Shabby Chic Silver Mason Jar Lamp with LED Power #LEDSavings #shop #cbias

This shade is made to be decorated.  I’ll think about what I might want to do with it.  For now, I’m leaving it white.

DIY Shabby Chic Silver Mason Jar Lamp with LED Power #LEDSavings #shop #cbias

Did you know that 1 LED Bulb lasts as long as 15 traditional incandescent bulbs?  Yep.  Guess what else? These bulbs can be dimmed.  I’m so happy about that because I added a dimmer to my craft room and have to keep it on high because my current bulbs aren’t dimmable.  I’m changing those to GE LED Energy Smart light bulbs this week.  Plus, they put out great light but don’t put out heat.  You can learn more about LED bulbs here.

DIY Shabby Chic Silver Mason Jar Lamp with LED Power #LEDSavings  #shop  #cbias

It was very easy to find the GE LED Energy Smart light bulbs at Target.  They were right under the “Light Bulbs” sign!  Easy.  Don’t you love going to Target?  I do.  I found so many things that I needed.  My basket included: sunglasses (mine broke just as I got in the parking lot), these light bulbs, coffee, a jump rope (because I embarrassed myself at the gym doing the rope “step over” instead of a jump…must…practice…at…home) and Easter items.  I’m so glad I was in there because I’d totally forgotten to do any Easter shopping.  Whew.  That was close.

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Happy Crafting!

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Delicious Avocado Turkey Sandwich with Homemade Green Onion & Garlic Cream Cheese Spread Recipe http://joyslife.com/delicious-avocado-turkey-sandwich-with-homemade-green-onion-garlic-cream-cheese-spread-recipe/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=delicious-avocado-turkey-sandwich-with-homemade-green-onion-garlic-cream-cheese-spread-recipe http://joyslife.com/delicious-avocado-turkey-sandwich-with-homemade-green-onion-garlic-cream-cheese-spread-recipe/#respond Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:30:27 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=34955 [...] ]]> This sponsored post was written while participating in my partnership with Oscar Mayer and One2One Network, but as always, all opinions are my own. I received Deli Fresh BOLD coupons and other related items from Oscar Mayer/Kraft Foods.

Delicious Avocado Turkey Sandwich with Homemade Green Onion & Garlic Cream Cheese Spread Recipe #spon #DeliFreshBOLD #recipe

My daughter got to come home from college early this weekend so she’ll be here to celebrate Easter with us before she has to drive six hours back to school.  I’m so happy to have all three of my kiddos under the same roof!  That also means that we have to cram a whole bunch of things into a small amount of time as we prepare for Easter, run errands and catch up.  We need more time!

Delicious Avocado Turkey Sandwich with Homemade Green Onion & Garlic Cream Cheese Spread Recipe #spon #DeliFreshBOLD #recipe

  Happily, we’ve got some super tasty (you’ve got to try it, really) Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh BOLD Italian Style Herb Turkey Breast on hand to make some great sandwiches for everyone.  Fast, easy AND I didn’t have to stand in a long deli line to get a deli fresh flavor.  Less time in line equals more time for family.  Score!

Delicious Avocado Turkey Sandwich with Homemade Green Onion & Garlic Cream Cheese Spread Recipe #spon #DeliFreshBOLD #recipe

My husband quickly whipped up some delicious sandwiches for the whole family and then we all sat down at the kitchen table and enjoyed them together.  We all spent the whole meal discussing how the Hunger Games books compared to the movies.  Tonight we’re going to watch Catching Fire again and we’re all excited.  Here’s how to take your sandwich from ordinary to BOLD!  Follow the recipe below to make the spread.  Add the spread to both sides of the bread.  Layer tomatoes and avocado on one slice of toasted whole grain bread.  We grow our own alfalfa sprouts and added those over the avocado.  Add Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh BOLD Italian Style Herb Turkey Breast to the other side of the bread.  Put your sandwich together.  Yummy and bold!

Recipe Time!

Delicious Avocado Turkey Sandwich with Homemade Green Onion & Garlic Cream Cheese Spread Recipe #spon #DeliFreshBOLD #recipe

Green Onion & Garlic Cream Cheese Spread
Author: 
Recipe type: Dip
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A delicious green onion & garlic cream cheese spread, perfect as a sandwich spread!
Ingredients
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 4 Tbsp. Sour Cream
  • 2 tsp. Garlic Salt
  • ⅛ cup Fresh Green Onion
Instructions
  1. Blend first three ingredients with mixer. Finely chop ⅛ cup of green onion. Stir green onion into the rest of the mix by hand. Refrigerate for at least one hour for flavors to meld.

Delicious Avocado Turkey Sandwich with Homemade Green Onion & Garlic Cream Cheese Spread Recipe #spon #DeliFreshBOLD #recipe

Oscar Mayer provided me with that awesome sandwich spreader and the lovely teak cutting board my sandwich is sitting on below.  After taking the photo, I ate that very sandwich.  Yep.  It was as good as it looks!

Delicious Avocado Turkey Sandwich with Homemade Green Onion & Garlic Cream Cheese Spread Recipe #spon #DeliFreshBOLD #recipe

If you haven’t tried Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh BOLD lunch meats, I highly recommend them.  It’s something I’ll be buying again and again.  They’ve got four new varieties too: Italian Style Herb Turkey Breast, Cajun Style Turkey Breast, Maple Honey Ham and Chipotle Season Chicken Breast.  Another thing I really appreciate, Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh BOLD has no artificial preservatives and no artificial flavors.  Thumbs up to that!    You can find Deli Fresh Bold meat in the refrigerated meat section of your grocery store.  YAY!  No wait.  No lines.

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Upcycle an Old T-Shirt Into a Useful Bag http://joyslife.com/upcycle-an-old-t-shirt-into-a-useful-bag/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=upcycle-an-old-t-shirt-into-a-useful-bag http://joyslife.com/upcycle-an-old-t-shirt-into-a-useful-bag/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:22:48 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=34881 [...] ]]> Make a T-Shirt Bag #Upcycle #tshirt #diy

I’m super excited about one thing.  I lost enough weight from exercising that this shirt is too big! YAY!  That made it a perfect candidate for turning it into something I really did need.  A bag to hold my kickboxing gloves.  This is definitely not my original idea, though I added in a few changes.  I saw so many tutorials on Pinterest for making awesome things out of t-shirts, I just had to try it.  (I followed this one.)

Make a T-Shirt Bag #Upcycle #tshirt #diy

What?!  I rocked the straight stitch twice in one week!  Alert the media!  LOL!  I’m trying to sew a little bit more.  Here, I’m sewing the bottom of the shirt closed.  By the way, I pinned that wrong.  I’m reading this sewing book and you’re supposed to pin vertically not horizontally.  I’m a beginner. ;)  I’m using a 20 year old Brother sewing machine that I bought from WalMart but I bought this machine last year…and have yet to do anything with it except turn it on.  Bad me.

Make a T-Shirt Bag #Upcycle #tshirt #diy

After you sew the bottom closed you can cut off the bottom of the shirt.  I saved it and cut it to a size that I liked to create some bows for the handles.  (Also because my finished bag looked hideous without them.  Just sayin’.)

Make a T-Shirt Bag #Upcycle #tshirt #diy

Honestly, the bag is finished at this point.  However, I turned mine inside out and it was so ugly that I just had to do more surgery on it.  I decided to taper the sides of it some, so I just pinned it again and sewed those areas.

Make a T-Shirt Bag #Upcycle #tshirt #diy

Then I cut them off, just like with the bottom of the shirt.  Those changes really helped the overall look!  I’m using a Fiskars Rotary Cutter to make my cuts and I’m cutting on a self healing mat.

Make a T-Shirt Bag #Upcycle #tshirt #diy

See?!  I told you!  Save that leftover bottom of the shirt piece and turn it into bows.  Cute, huh?  Plus, you reused almost the whole shirt.  Almost. ;)

Make a T-Shirt Bag #Upcycle #tshirt #diy

Alright…I made the shirt bag and it was fun.  Really!  I had a nice time putting it together, adding some of my own changes and working with my sewing machine.

Make a T-Shirt Bag #Upcycle #tshirt #diy

However, this shirt with my kickboxing gloves in it looked HIDEOUS when it was actually being toted around!  (On the table here I think it looks fine.)  I DID take this to the gym with all my stuff in it…and it fit.  So, that’s a yay.  Then I came home and ordered myself a proper gym bag (gym sack) that fit my needs and didn’t look like I was carrying a shirt full of fighting kittens in it.  The awful look probably came from the stretchy fabric of this shirt, which might just be stretchy due to time and wear.  I still think this is a fabulous DIY idea and it’s incredibly resourceful and useful.  Two thumbs up to the original creator.  So, my suggestion?  Maybe tie a knot in the bottom of the shirt you’re thinking about using and see if the items you want it to hold look good in it.  Smart!  Want a no-sew option?  This one is great.

Happy Crafting!

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Felt Bunny Treat Bag http://joyslife.com/felt-bunny-treat-bag/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=felt-bunny-treat-bag http://joyslife.com/felt-bunny-treat-bag/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:24:53 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=34832 [...] ]]> Felt Bunny Treat Bag #Easter #Bunny #DIY #SilhouetteCameo

It’s true.  My bunny has no face.  I just couldn’t decide how I wanted it to look, soooo…it has ears and we’re just going to consider it a strict rabbit silhouette…aka: “The Faceless Bunny”.  LOL!  I dig it like this but you can add whatever you like to make your bunny uniquely yours!

Felt Bunny Treat Bag #Easter #Bunny #DIY #SilhouetteCameo

I used this Silhouette file as a template to create my bunny.  Instead of using my Silhouette to cut this out in fabric, I decided to use some of the massive amount of craft store felt that I have on hand.

Felt Bunny Treat Bag #Easter #Bunny #DIY #SilhouetteCameo

I like to use chalk to outline the template directly onto the felt.  I did that in these projects too: Felt Ornaments & Owl Wall Hanging.  After chalking it, I cut the bunny out.  I cut both pieces of felt (front and back) at the same time.

Felt Bunny Treat Bag #Easter #Bunny #DIY #SilhouetteCameo

I pinned around the felt to keep it from moving all over the place.

Felt Bunny Treat Bag #Easter #Bunny #DIY #SilhouetteCameo

I rarely ever sew but I can rock the straight stitch. ;)  Use that to go around the edges but DON’T sew the inside of the ears.  If you leave it open you’ll have space to shove in some candy (aka: add some lovely treats).

Felt Bunny Treat Bag #Easter #Bunny #DIY #SilhouetteCameo

I LOVE keeping this candy on hand.  You can eat it while you’re trying to brainstorm a new craft and it looks pretty when it’s part of a gift.  Plus, you can dress it up like this and this!  Display it simply in this!  My suggestion?  Get some.  By the way, I glued on the white felt using Fabri-Tac.  You could also use Felt Glue.  When I was sewing the bag, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to add anything or not.  Fabric glue is a great way to add things later.  I heart it!

Felt Bunny Treat Bag #Easter #Bunny #DIY #SilhouetteCameo

Candy + felt and a simple template = a rockin’ faceless bunny bag.  Make one!

Have a sweet day…eat candy.

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