Joy's Life http://joyslife.com Silhouette, Cricut, Sizzix Eclips, KnK Zing, Home Decor, Food, Vinyl & Crafting Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:25:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Chocolate Hazelnut Strawberry Trifle in Mason Jars Recipe http://joyslife.com/chocolate-hazelnut-strawberry-trifle-in-mason-jars/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=chocolate-hazelnut-strawberry-trifle-in-mason-jars http://joyslife.com/chocolate-hazelnut-strawberry-trifle-in-mason-jars/#respond Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:24:24 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36779 [...] ]]> This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #AddCoolWhip #CollectiveBias

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I love how beautiful “in the jar” recipes look, don’t you?  They’re quick and easy snacks but I think they’re pretty enough for special occasions that have a rustic flair.  Don’t you? This yummy recipe is perfect for kids desserts and adult desserts, though you might want to race to the fridge if you want to get your hands on one.  They’re going pretty fast in our house, so make a bunch!
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I bought all my ingredients for this delicious chocolate hazelnut strawberry trifle at Walmart.  I love it when I go there because I always remember something I need and they usually have it.  This week it was Tilex and a piece of hardware for the  bathroom.  Yay!  More projects getting completed over here!

The Recipe

Chocolate Hazelnut Strawberry Trifle in Mason Jars Recipe
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Recipe type: Chocolate Hazelnut Strawberry Trifle in Mason Jars
Cuisine: Dessert
Serves: 6
 
These delicious chocolate hazelnut strawberry trifles are perfect in mason jars! (Recipe altered from Kraft Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Pie.)
Ingredients
  • 2 oz. BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
  • 1 Devils Food Cake (box or favorite recipe), fully baked
  • Sliced Strawberries
  • 1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) JELL-O French Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • ½ cup chocolate-hazelnut spread
Instructions
  1. Bake a Devil's Food or chocolate cake from a box or your favorite recipe. Cut into small pieces, place into the bottom of mason jars.
  2. Beat dry pudding mix, milk and chocolate-hazelnut spread and whisk 2 min. Stir in 1 cup of COOL WHIP; spoon or pipe over the cake pieces.
  3. Whisk chocolate and ½ cup COOL WHIP until well blended. Pipe the mixture over the strawberries or use as a garnish for the top of the dessert.
  4. I layered the trifle as follows: cake, chocolate-hazelnut/Cool Whip mix, strawberries, cake chocolate-hazelnut/Cool Whip mix, Cool Whip and chocolate/CoolWhip mix drizzle.
  5. REFRIGERATE.

assemblycoolwhip

I was amazed by the awesome flavor of the chocolate-hazelnut spread mixed with Jell-O French Vanilla pudding and Cool Whip.  Put that on your “must taste” list.  You will LOVE IT!

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Cool Whip mixed with 2 oz. of melted BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate made a richly chocolate flavor that was strong enough to taste even amid the other ingredients.  Delicious!

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Ok, so you saw the gorgeous shot of the finished trifles at the beginning of the post.  The three above are what we made when we were finished with the beauty shots.  If you’re making these for your family, you might be in a hurry.  These are perfect for a quick assembly because they taste great no matter how they look!  Given the choice of any of these from the fridge my youngest son took a messy one…and he loved it.  True story.  See photo below.

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My son gave this two thumbs up!  YAY!

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I’m sooo eating the one in the middle tonight.  LOL!  What are your favorite Cool Whip and Jell-O recipes?

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Cricut Artiste It’s Party Time Gift Card Holder http://joyslife.com/cricut-artiste-its-party-time-gift-card-holder/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cricut-artiste-its-party-time-gift-card-holder http://joyslife.com/cricut-artiste-its-party-time-gift-card-holder/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:24:01 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36720 [...] ]]> Cricut Artiste It's Party Time Gift Card Holder #Cricut #CricutArtiste #CTMH #GiftCardHolder

I made something that I’ve never made before!  A gift card holder…card.  I’ve always wanted to make one of these so today I’m using my Cricut Expression 2 along with the CTMH Cricut Artiste cartridge to do just that!  Make sure you scroll down to see the inside!

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One of the most important things I can tell you about creating this card is that you should cut it out at 5″ so the gift card will fit.  Trust me.  I cut it out without adjusting the size and it was the size of a business card.  Ack!  You can find the card I’m cutting on page 55 in the Cricut Artiste book.

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I’m using the CTMH Big Top Occasions stamp set on the front and inside of the card.

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Sometimes I don’t stamp the image right the first time.  To keep from having to go back and cut out an extra piece later, I cut out extras when I begin.  Here I’m cutting out 4 of the frames that match the Big Top stamp set.  Yeah, I thought I could definitely screw it up at least 3 times.  LOL!  You can find this frame shape on page 77 in the Cricut Artiste handbook.  I cut it at 2″.

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I stamped the frame stamp onto paper using Versamark.  Next, I added some Zing embossing powder and melted it with my heat gun.  To add the twine, I cut little slits at the fold on my card and used a needle to pull the twine through the holes.  Lastly, I used some double sided tape to close my card.  When you do that, make sure that your card fits before gluing everything in place.

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I love the look that heat embossing gives! I used a small circle punch to create the center and a pop dot to give it dimension.

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Isn’t it cool inside?  It’s such a fun way to give a gift card.  I like the masculine look of it too.  It’s so hard to create boy/man cards!

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Here are some other things I’ve made using the Cricut Artiste cartridge.  You can find all of my Cricut posts here.

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If you need Close to My Heart (CTMH) Cricut items or any CTMH items, you’ll find a great seller in my friend, Melanie!

Happy Crafting!

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BE U Tie Dye Hoop Art with SEI Tumble Dye http://joyslife.com/be-u-tie-dye-hoop-art-with-sei-tumble-dye/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=be-u-tie-dye-hoop-art-with-sei-tumble-dye http://joyslife.com/be-u-tie-dye-hoop-art-with-sei-tumble-dye/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:24:00 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36335 [...] ]]> BE U Tie Dye Hoop Art with SEI Tumble Dye #SEI #TumbleDye #tiedye #hoopart #doilie

This fun project is perfect for dressing up a wall in a teen’s room, a craft room or anywhere that needs a punch of color and a reminder to stay uniquely you!

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I created this using SEI Tumble Dye, the SEI Hoop Art Starter Kit, doilies and thin wooden letters.

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It’s so simple to create this!  Take the muslin from the Hoop Art kit and pull it taut inside the hoops.  Layer the doilies in a pattern that you like.   Grab your Tumble Dye and start spraying!  (Make sure to use a craft mat underneath your project to protect your area from overspray.)

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Once you’re finished spraying, carefully remove the doilies.  If you’re like me and spray heavily then you can use a paper towel to blot the excess spray.  Careful up and down blotting will help your project dry faster, just try not to smear it.

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Next, use wooden, cloth or chipboard letters and spray them with SEI’s Tumble Dye.  I used a paintbrush to dab up some of the excess spray and used it to paint the edges and corners that the spray missed.  When the letters have dried, attach them to your project with hot glue, glue dots or fabric glue.

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 When it comes to crafting, every mistake is simply a new kind of art.  Don’t worry about making it perfect, make it YOURS!  Just BE U!

SEI Design Team

You can see all of my SEI projects here (on my blog) or here (on Pinterest).

Happy Crafting!

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We Roll Tide with Our Alabama Game Day Food & Jell-O Jigglers http://joyslife.com/we-roll-tide-with-our-alabama-game-day-food/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=we-roll-tide-with-our-alabama-game-day-food http://joyslife.com/we-roll-tide-with-our-alabama-game-day-food/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:15:50 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36675 [...] ]]> This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TeamJellO #CollectiveBias

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It’s football time!  This week Alabama plays West Virginia in the Georgia Dome.  We’re so excited to watch the first game of the season!  We’ll be ringing it in with some game day food.  Each football season we try to add a cool, new item to our football food making, so our family was super excited that Jell-O came out with these awesome  JELL-O University Mold Kits and that one was for the University of Alabama!  Roll Tide Roll!

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Our kit came with 4 packs of Strawberry Jell-O but I bought some Pina Colada flavored Jello-O so we could mix the two flavors together to create an awesome tropical flavored Jell-O Jiggler.  I also just “had to have” a nice white color so I could replicate Alabama’s colors of crimson and white.

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With just a few easy steps you can make these tropical layered Alabama Jell-O Jigglers.  First, spray the inside of the Jigglers Molds with cooking spray.  Add 2/3 cup of boiling water to the Strawberry Jell-O.  Stir for 3 minutes until the gelatin is completely dissolved.  Pour the dissolved gelatin into the mold, filling halfway.  If you have any Jell-O left over, pour it into a heat safe bowl and refrigerate for an extra treat!  Place the molds in the refrigerator for about an hour for the Jell-O to firm up some before adding your second color layer.  Next, repeat the process using the Pina Colada Jell-O and refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm.  When they’re ready to take out of the molds, simply run a knife around the edges of the mold to loosen the gelatin.  Unmold them and add them to a plate.  You’re ready to eat!

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Look at the detail!  Those are elephants on the left and right of the Alabama “A”.  It says “Alabama Crimson Tide” around the outside of the “A”.  It was hard to capture with my camera but every little letter came out perfectly.  I was so impressed!

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Jell-O University Mold Kits can be found for local University teams at Walmart stores in the cities where they are located but if you want to find a larger variety of schools for purchase you’ll need to shop online at Walmart.com.  I did!  Save money when ordering on-line by using this coupon: SAVE 75¢ on ONE (1) JELL-O University Mold Kit.

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Our football food includes these fun football shaped mini burgers!  We should probably add some cheese on top for the laces, shouldn’t we?  Either way, they tasted great!  We baked yeast rolls for the buns.  YUM!

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If you didn’t know what big Alabama football fans we are, you do now.  LOL!  This is our English Mastiff puppy, Saban.  She’s named after Alabama Coach Nick Saban.  You can read more about how she got her name in this post.  Oh, yes!  She’s still a puppy.  She turned one in April.  She’s about 130 lbs right now but will grow to be somewhere between 180 and 220 lbs.  Here’s some information about her furry family.  The greatest thing about her is…she’s my perfect furry friend.  I love her so much.  Plus, she makes me laugh!  Here’s how she looks if rival Auburn wins.  LOL!

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Which team or teams are you cheering for this season?

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Back to School with BIC 3D Cardstock Pencil Holder http://joyslife.com/back-to-school-with-bic-3d-cardstock-pencil-holder/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=back-to-school-with-bic-3d-cardstock-pencil-holder http://joyslife.com/back-to-school-with-bic-3d-cardstock-pencil-holder/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:28:24 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36640 [...] ]]> This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias

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You know what I love about this project?  How versatile it is.  You can theme this fun pencil holder for any desk, office or classroom you just need to vary the paper and embellishments and add these colorful BIC pencils.  You could make a bunch of these holders for all of the teachers, friends or co-workers in your life and make each of them completely different.  Isn’t that cool?

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This project uses 7 pencils and I bought a 10 pack.  That means I can keep this pink and green one for myself.  YES!  Do you love that one as much as I do?  Answer = yes.  LOL!  Hey, if you were actually taking a test you could use these pencils because they’re a #2 pencil,  perfect for tests and for a teacher’s gift.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo and this 3d teacher pencil holder gift file to create this cute project.  It was very easy to assemble.  Simply cut, fold and glue!  YAY!  Every piece fit together perfectly.  That cute apple paper is from the Smarty Pants Collection Pack by Simple Stories.  The patterned paper is by Jillibean Soup but I ended up going with a solid green.  I thought that looked more apple-like.

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I recently learned something that escaped me in all of my years of crafting.  A project looks more finished if you chalk, ink or marker over the white core cut lines that are left from scoring, folding or your die cut machine.  Here’s a back to school project where I didn’t do that.  See what a difference covering those white marks makes?  Do you have BIC markers on hand?  Try those!

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I found these adorable BIC pencils at Walmart in the Home Office area.  I went into Walmart thinking I was just going to buy these pencils for my project but I left with potato chips, laundry scent boosters, shampoo and a jump rope.  Yep.  That sounds about normal for me.  Do you do that?  I’m glad Walmart has all of the things I need in one spot.  It saves me time so I can get back to crafting!

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I used an Epiphany Crafts round 14 punch, bubble cap and brad setting to help me create that cute “I love school” brad from a sticker in the Smarty Pants paper pack.  I pierced a hole through the star to attach the brad.  The stars and apples that come with the .svg file have two pieces to them.  The first piece has a slit in it made to go over your BIC pencils.  Next, you glue a matching star or apple cover over the piece with slits.  That gives it a great  finished look!

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Stickers, twine and BIC colorful pencils really make this project pop!

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What back to school projects are you creating?  I’d love to hear about them!

Have a crafty day!

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Wonkafy Your Party or Everyday with Wonka Peel-a-Pop http://joyslife.com/wonkafy-your-party-or-everyday-with-wonka-peel-a-pop/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wonkafy-your-party-or-everyday-with-wonka-peel-a-pop http://joyslife.com/wonkafy-your-party-or-everyday-with-wonka-peel-a-pop/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:00:18 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36613 [...] ]]> I received this product and incentives in exchange for participating in this post about WONKA™ Peel-a-Pop™ frozen treats.  All opinions are my own.

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There’s no denying how super cute the new NEW WONKA™ Peel-a-Pop™ frozen treats are.  The new dessert pops look and peel just like a banana, but in true WONKA form – you can actually eat the peel!  I think they’re perfect for a WONKA themed party complete with candy, purple WONKA hats and crazy clothes.  Wouldn’t that be cute?  Another idea is to use the Peel-a-Pops for a jungle or monkey themed birthday party.  Adorable!

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It’s easy to Wonkafy your party or your every day!  Simply add food coloring to your favorite foods or add some WONKA candy as fun and yummy dessert toppings!  Feeling creative?  Cut out Wonka hats and Golden Tickets from colored paper and use them as party bag toppers for candy or invitations.  FUN!  I created these using my die cut machine  and printer but you could find any top hat shape and cut it out of purple paper and design your own Golden Ticket from yellow paper.

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You know what else Willie Wonka would do?  He would stack his fun foods to crazy heights!  That’s what I’ve done here with these colorful cookies.  I used this recipe to make these awesome cookies.  Mr. Wonka would approve of these colorful cookies when it comes to his parties, I’m sure of it!

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Check your grocery store’s freezer aisle for Peel-a-Pop frozen treats in both Vanilla Banana and Vanilla Grape flavors.  They are definitely a unique and playful dessert experience!  Here’s how they work:  Just a minute after opening the frozen creation, the peel becomes chewy as it peels back to reveal a creamy vanilla center.  At only 70 calories per pop, they’re a guilt-free treat for kids of all ages.

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My husband thought these fun pops were good and really liked the ice cream part.  Although I loved the idea of the pops and wouldn’t hesitate to serve them at a themed party, they were not a hit with me.  So, I guess like a lot of things, it’s up to the taster!  Try them and see what you think!  I cannot get over how cute they are though.  The idea is genius!

Wonkafy your party or your everyday with these fun  WONKA™ Peel-a-Pop™ frozen treats !

 

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Xyron & Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop – Fish You Were Here Sequin Shaker Card http://joyslife.com/xyron-perfect-paper-crafting-blog-hop-fish-you-were-here-sequin-shaker-card/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=xyron-perfect-paper-crafting-blog-hop-fish-you-were-here-sequin-shaker-card http://joyslife.com/xyron-perfect-paper-crafting-blog-hop-fish-you-were-here-sequin-shaker-card/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:00:26 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36541 [...] ]]>  Xyron & Perfect Paper Crafting Blog Hop - Fish You Were Here Sequin Shaker Card #Xyron #PerfectLayers #Joyslifestamps #Sequin #ShakerCard #fishingcard

Welcome to the Xyron and Perfect Paper Crafting blog hop!  Be sure to check out both of the blogs for prizes!  If you fall in love with the Perfect Layers tool, like I have, then be sure to use discount code Xyron10% to save 10%.  Woo hoo!

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This is the first shaker card I’ve ever made!  It was super fun!  I made it for my daughter because she’s back at school (like a fish!  fish…school…you got it) and I miss her, even though I’m happy she’s off pursuing her dreams.  YAY to that!

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I’m using Simple Stories I Heart Summer paper, the Mini Perfect Layers and the Xyron 5″ Creative Station.

I ran the newsprint paper through my Xyron and stuck it to this woodgrain piece.  Next I used the Mini Perfect Layers tool to help me create a perfect 1/16″ layer!  I was impressed!  I cut the paper using my favorite Fiskars craft knife on a self healing mat.  Don’t use a craft knife on anything except a self healing mat or risk some pretty messed up tabletops.  Just sayin’.

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Next, I used a Spellbinders Nestabilities S4-132 classic rectangle die in my Cuttlebug to cut a nice space out of the center of my card.  (I also totally took this photo so I could remember how to make the “sandwich”.)  A plate, C plate, die and B plate.  Later I put C where B goes, it makes no difference.  Just make sure the cutting area is facing the plate you want to etch with the blades.  Etching them while cutting is just going to happen.

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As I said, I haven’t made a shaker card before but I have made a shaker mini album page.  When I did that, I used a ton of foam adhesive.  This time I decided to use craft foam to create the void between a layer of acetate and the back of the card.  It worked even better (I thought) and will help me get rid of the ton of craft foam I have on hand.  By the way, I’m using that super bright yellow because it’s what I had, white would be a better choice.  I cut a rectangle out of the foam.  Next, I placed a piece of acetate between the paper layers and the foam layer and glued everything together.

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Now the fun part!!  Add sequins.  Next, glue paper to the foam.  Ta da!!  Shaker box!  Also, your foam size should pretty much match the paper size of your card.  I have no idea why I kept hacking away at it like that.  Wait.  I do remember.  It’s because I didn’t want that blinding yellow to show…and that’s why you should use white.  LOL!

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After I assembled the shaker, I cut some pieces of paper from the  Simple Stories I Heart Summer paper and created a little border using the Xyron Mini Sticker Maker to turn that paper into stickers.  It also helped hide the hideous yellow foam.  Just keepin’ it real.

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Look how exact those 1/16″ mats are!  Look just above the sentiment (which is from the Joy’s Life Wildlife Puns Stamp set) and then below it.  Look at the light brown paper just below that…also 1/16th…and the white cardstock just below that…yep…1/16th.  Nice.  I received the Perfect Layers Mini set for this blog hop but you can bet it won’t be the last time you see it on my blog.  I will definitely be using it again…and again!  Two thumbs up to this product.

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I made the fishing pole using a plastic drink stirrer and bending it by heating it with my Darice heat gun and a pair of tweezers.  I wrapped a piece of leftover paper (it matches the borders!) around the drink stirrer and glued it down.  I cut a tiny piece of metallic paper into a hook shape and Voila! I had a fishing pole.

I hope you enjoyed my project (and learned from my mistakes).  You should check out Xyron and Perfect Paper Crafting blogs each day during the hop for prizes and cool creations!

I wrote this post while participating on the Xyron Design Team.  I received Xyron products and the Perfect Layers Mini crafting tool for the purpose of this post.

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Back To School 3D Cardstock Backpack http://joyslife.com/back-to-school-3d-cardstock-backpack/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=back-to-school-3d-cardstock-backpack http://joyslife.com/back-to-school-3d-cardstock-backpack/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:04:35 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=36519 [...] ]]> Back To School 3D Cardstock Backpack #Xyron #SVGCuts #3d #cardstock #backpack #simplestories

How cool is it that you can make things like this entirely out of paper?  It never ceases to amaze me!  Today I’m using the Back to the Books SVG kit by SVGCuts.

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I cut out all the pieces using my Silhouette Cameo.  The Xyron 5″ Creative Station made adhering the cursive panels a breeze (even though I cut one of them out upside down).  Doh!

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These are all the pieces that create the backpack.  Not too tough after all!  See how easily the backpack straps will line up to the back of the pack?  Just use a few brads to hold them in place.  Easy!

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I’m trying something new to me, decorating with stickers!  Every time I get a pack of paper with stickers I give the stickers away.  Not this time!  I’m using paper and stickers from the Smarty Pants Collection Pack by Simple Stories.  Did you know that you can use baby powder or corn starch to make stickers not sticky?  True story!  I’m adding powder from this powder tool to some of mine and then popping them up with foam dots.  Adding the powder keeps them from sticking where I don’t want them to stick.  The powder tool works pretty well.  Honestly, if I could remember to buy baby powder I’d just use that with a paintbrush to achieve the same effect but I never remember.  LOL!

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Yo Brad!  I’m thrilled that I finally got to use those cute brads on something.  They’ve been in my stash for years.  I LOVE the ruler stickers on the backpack straps.

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Everything you see is stickers, except for the ruler washi tape.  I added two buttons tied together with black and white bakers twine.  Here’s how I store my twine.

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That ribbon sticker originally said star student…or something like that.  I used a foam dot and added the “I heart school” sticker for more dimension and to help bring a little black up from the colored paper below.

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Back To School 3D Cardstock Backpack #Xyron #SVGCuts #3d #cardstock #backpack #simplestories

I hope you enjoyed this fun 3D project!  This would be so cute filled with fun back to school things like shaped erasers, yummy smelling hand sanitizers and Smarties candies to name a few.  It would also make a sweet teacher’s gift!

Happy Back to School”ing”!

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