Monday, September 18, 2017

Palm Tree Kitchen Towels



Recently I have been watching a new home remodeling show based in Palm Springs, California and the inspiration is everywhere!  Lots of bright colors, pink flamingos and green palm trees.  So when I saw these cute bright green and hot pink towels, I just knew that I had to embellish them with JOY Embroidered Letters.

Here's how I made it:

Select a set of kitchen towels - I got mine on super clearance at my local craft store (score)!  Then based upon the style of the towels, select a complementary set of JOY Embroidered Iron-on Letters.  For this fun palm leaf print, I chose the hot pink bubble letters.


Pick out your sayings- I liked "I'LL WASH, YOU DRY" so the set of towels coordinated, but did not match. Peel the letters carefully from the sheet and lay them out on the towels.

I created an apostrophe by cutting the number 2 in half from the JOY Embroidered Letters - Baby Monogram style.


Iron the letters to the towels following the package directions.


You can find Joy embroidered iron-on numbers and letters in a variety of fonts, colors and sizes at your local craft store.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Wedding Keepsake Frame


I had a lot of wedding pictures after our daughter's wedding, but wanted to display some of the favorites for all year round. For a personalized touch, I used Joy letters to embellish the frame.  Hope you are inspired to make a keepsake for your wedding couple!

Materials:
- JOY embroidered monogram letters (with couples initials)
- 5 x 7" clear frame with beveled edges 
- Black cardstock cut to 5-1/4" x 7-1/4" 
- Teal cardstock cut to 5" x 7" 
- 2-1/4" scalloped black circle; 2" teal circle (punched or die-cut)
- 3/8" rhinestones
- Adhesives
- Paper trimmer


Instructions:

1.  Layer and glue the teal on top of the black cardstock to mat your photo.

2.  Glue the teal circle to the black circle. Arrange and glue the letters to the circle. Place the initial for the last name in the middle, the groom's initial on the left and the bride's initial on the right.

3.  Place the mat and photo inside the frame.

4.  Glue the rhinestones and monogram to the frame as shown.

You can find Joy embroidered iron-on numbers and letters in a variety of fonts, colors and sizes at your local craft store.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Personalized Pantry Storage


I don't know about you, but we always have a mess of straws, condiments and other loose items in our pantry. This simple project really helps organize those items for easy access.


You will need:
  • Joy embroidered iron-on letters
  • Hot iron
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive velcro
  • Hanging jewelry organizer
  1. Remove hanger from organizer.
  2. Stitch or glue the opening shut.
  3. Remove the Joy letters from the sheet and arrange them in place as shown. 
  4. Cover with a pressing cloth, then iron-on the letters for 30 seconds.
  5. If you plan to store straws like I did, cut slits at the bottom of a few pockets.
  6. Place the adhesive velcro to the back of the organizer and attach to the inside of your pantry door.
You can find Joy embroidered iron-on numbers and letters in a variety of fonts, colors and sizes at your local craft store.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Wood Slice Place Cards


Wood slices are still trending and are perfect for a fall table. Make these quick and easy wood slice place cards for your next dinner party.

Supplies:
  • Joy® embroidered script letters*
  • 2" diameter wood slices 
  • Craft glue
  • Permanent marker
*Iron-on script letters are available in 4 different sizes:  sm, med, lg and extra lg.  These letters are also dyeable.

 


  
Place a wood slice on your work table then glue a monogram letter on top. 

Add leaf design details with a permanent marker.


Now you're ready to set the table! 

Designer Tip - you can also use this same tutorial to create holiday ornaments! Just drill a hole in the top of the wood slice and thread some twine through it so you can hang it on your tree.

You can find Joy embroidered iron-on numbers and letters in a variety of fonts, colors and sizes at your local craft store.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Monogram Wedding Tag


Create a custom monogrammed wedding tag for that special couple.


You will need:
  • Joy embroidered monogram letters
  • Die-cutting machine with embossing folder
  • Cardstock
  • Spray ink
  • Mini flower and trim
  • Foam adhesive squares
  • 2" circle punch
  • Liquid glue

Lots of dimension on this tag! I used white letters which are dye-able. I mixed a drop of ink into a mini spray bottle filled with water and spritzed the letters to tint them.

Emboss your cardstock, trim part of it into a tag shape, and punch a circle from another part. Glue the letters onto the circle - use the couple's last name in the center and their first names on the sides. Die-cut a decorative border for the circle. Use the foam squares to adhere the circle to the tag and embellish with a mini flower and trim.

You can find Joy embroidered iron-on numbers and letters on sheets or individually in a variety of fonts, colors and sizes at your local craft store.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Upcycled Mixed Media Wall Art


Adding words to your mixed media art is easy with JOY letters. With so many different fonts and how easy it is to dye them, you are sure to find the right look for your message. For this sunflower piece, I upcycled coffee cup sleeves and the foil seals from coffee cans to add dimension and texture to my sunflowers.

You will need:

11x14” canvas
Acrylic paints: gold, orange, dark brown
Stamp pads: green, dark brown, orange
Brown ink
Rubber stamp - any image
Coffee cup sleeves
Foil seals from coffee cans
Glue, scissors, paintbrush, craft iron

1.  Paint your canvas with gold, adding areas of orange at the top and bottom. Add dark brown randomly around the edge. Stamp brown impressions randomly across the background.


2. Color your letters with brown ink and let dry. I used the Baby Monogram letters in pink - brown dye covered them easily. This font also comes in brown.


3.  Cut centers of sunflowers from a coffee cup sleeve that has a texture you like. Rub lightly with brown ink on just the raised portions of the cardboard. Add a little orange in the center and a dot of brown. Cut stems and leaves from other sleeves and color with green ink. Here are my pieces cut from three different kinds of cardboard sleeves:


4.  Cut petals into the foil seals with scissors. Paint the front of the flower gold with orange in the center. Paint the backs orange. Glue a flower center onto the petals and twist and bend the petals around the center.


6.  Arrange the flowers, leaves and stems on the canvas and glue into place. Iron the letters into position with the craft iron.


7. Add highlights to letters and flowers with orange paint.

You can find Joy embroidered iron-on numbers and letters in a variety of fonts, colors and sizes at your local craft store.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Personalized Pencil Boxes


Back-to-school time is here and what better way to store all of those new supplies than pencil boxes personalized with JOY embroidered letters. This is a quick and easy project that's fun to do with the kids in just under 30 minutes!

We found these fun plastic pencil boxes at the dollar store that were just begging to be personalized. Just arrange your favorite JOY letters and emojis on the top and glue them down!


Zach is on the football team, so he used the Cooper font in red for his black pencil box to coordinate with his school colors. We added in his jersey #60 and a few stars to complete theme. Some letters and numbers have adhesive on the back, so you can just peel and stick!


Marlee's favorite colors are purple and turquoise, so the Bubble letters were a perfect choice.


I just love how these colors POP! You can find Joy embroidered iron-on numbers and letters in a variety of fonts, colors and sizes at your local craft store.



Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fabric Bulletin Board


I always seem to find out about fun annual events a bit too late. So I thought a special little bulletin board just for things I want to do next year made sense. From special events I want to attend, to clubs I want to join, to things I want to make - now I have a special spot to tack a reminder until later in the year when I'm ready to load up a new day planner.


Supplies:
- Joy embroidered iron-on numbers
- 12" square sheet of smooth foam
- 16" square piece of fabric
- 11" square piece of felt or thin quilt batting
- Duct tape to match the fabric
- Scissors, small piece of ribbon
- Decorative straight pins
- Iron and ironing pad


1.  Press the fabric and center the numbers about 4" down from the top. Use some of the matching punctuation marks to create an oval border if desired

2.  Carefully press and hold the iron down on top of your design for several seconds. Lift and press again a couple more times to ensure all the pieces are adhered.


3.  Wrap the edges of the foam sheet with duct tape, then place the felt on top.

4.  Wrap the fabric around the foam, keeping the iron-on numbers centered at the top, and pin into place around the edges.



5.  Pin or tape the fabric edges against the back of the foam. Pin a loop of ribbon on the back for a hanger.

You can find Joy® embroidered iron-on numbers and letters in a variety of fonts, colors and sizes at your local craft store.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Fashion Shoes for Back to School

It's time to get ready to go back to school and every little girl wants to put her best foot forward!


Monograms are everywhere. From jackets to snuggly robes; table napkins to tea towels; tote bags to T-shirts and everything for "Back to School".

My granddaughter couldn't wait for me to put her initials on her new shoes to make them even more fashionable. There were lots of styles and sizes to choose from, but she liked these circular ones best.


Since we were putting them on her shoes, I used fabric glue to adhere the letters instead or ironing them on.  We let them dry then sprayed the shoes with a waterproofing spray.  She liked the monograms so much, we also added them to her book bag and a pencil pouch.


The letters are dyable, but, as you can see, she's very trendy and likes them just the way they are.  

You can find Joy® iron-on embroidered letters 
in a wide variety of fonts, sizes and colors at your favorite craft store.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Wedding Monogram Sign


The nice thing about this wedding monogram sign is that it can be adapted for any occasion, including an anniversary, a new birth, a new home or even the start of a new job. It's quick and easy to make in just 15 minutes - enjoy!


Supplies needed:
- Joy embroidered iron-on numbers and letters
- Chalkboard sign
- White chalkboard marker or paint pen
- Clear-drying adhesive
- Pencil



1.  Center your large monogram letter on the chalkboard and glue into place.

2.  Lightly sketch some vines around the letter and fill in your design with the pen.

3. Arrange and glue the rest of the letters and numbers at the bottom of the chalkboard.

4. Use the pen to further accent the sign as desired. I added hearts to signify there are 3 of us in our  family.

You can find Joy embroidered iron-on numbers and letters in a variety of fonts, colors and sizes at your local craft store.