Thursday, December 31, 2015

Monday, December 28, 2015

Mixed Media Art Tags

mixed media tags lisa fulmer

I love the extra texture that Joy embroidered letters bring to art journaling and mixed media. These art tags are 4" x 8" - I had lots of fun inking, spritzing, stenciling, painting and stamping! For the bird tag, I rubbed my white letters across ink pads to color them. For the snow tag, I left them white and added clear glue and glitter.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Create some JOY with this personalized gift basket!

Do you like to give your family gifts? I sure do! I recycled this fall basket I had made last month and passed on the love by using Joy embroidered letters to personalize it for a Christmas gift.

Materials used:

White Joy letters:  1" block and 3/4" script
Green chipwood basket
Red berries from a spray
Key ornament
Chalkboard star ornament
White paint marker
Christmas pine garland
Wire cutter, scissors
Craft stick 
Hot glue


Start at the back of the basket and wrap the garland around it, making two rows. Glue to secure.

Cut the berries apart leaving at least 1" of stem. Glue them into the garland, spacing them around the basket as shown in the photo.

Outline the edges of the chalkboard star with the white marker.

Lay out the letters first to get them spaced correctly and glue to the star.

Tie the star to the basket handle and attach the key ornament in the same manner. Apply a bit of glue to hold them in place.

Spread some snow medium on the top of the garland using the craft stick. Use a light touch on the berries to avoid concealing them. Allow to dry thoroughly.

Fill your basket with goodies of your choice. Some stove-top potpourri is always a great homespun gift - you can find lots of recipes online.  

This is the season for giving!  Enjoy!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Dollar Store Christmas Candle

dollar store christmas candle

It is so easy to dress up a inexpensive dollar store candle with iron-on embroidered letters from Joy!

I keep a little container of left over bits from other Christmas projects - so I grabbed some odds and ends, along with some ribbons and went to work. NOTE: I ended up using the red letters, rather than the black ones shown above.

I started by hot-gluing a wide burlap ribbon to the candle, then adding a fluffy silver bow. I filled in around the bow with lots of small embellishments from my jar. I ironed my Joy letters onto a medium-width grosgrain ribbon, cut it to length, then glued it to the candle.

To finish off, I added glitter glue to a few of the pieces for some sparkle.

Look for Joy iron-on letters at your favorite arts and crafts store! 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Personalized Christmas Stocking

iron-on letters christmas stocking

Joy iron-on letters are a quick and easy way to personalize almost anything around the house, especially during the holidays. We always hang stockings along the fireplace mantel, and these sheets of embroidered letters made it really easy to personalize each one.

There are different fonts available in different colors. To make the letters stand out a little more, I glued a strip of sparkly white felt on top of the green, then added silver decorative trim along the top and bottom edges. This was the perfect background for the red embroidered letters. Iron-on letters made personalizing our stockings a quick and easy project.

Stockings are also great for gift-giving. Personalize and fill with special treats for a neighbor, co-worker, or use for a hostess gift.  It would be unique and definitely a gift that keeps on giving.

Joy iron-on letters can be found at your local arts & crafts stores!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Quick and Easy Holiday Candle

holiday candle

With the holidays around the corner, this is a good time to start thinking of quick and easy last-minute gift ideas! Joy embroidered letters really come in handy to add a personal touch - but don't limit yourself to ironing them on fabrics! I used a Xyron sticker maker to add these letters to a glass candle.

When you think of the versatility, the possibilities are endless! Remove the letters from the sheet, then put them through the Xyron sticker maker and stick them to any surface easily!

Simple and fun - happy holidays!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Enjoy Gift Bag

personalized wine bottle gift bag
Enjoy Gift Bag

Dress up a plain gift bag with JOY embroidered letters!

- Gift bag
- JOY letters to spell "Enjoy"
- Tacky glue
- Toothpick

Arrange and glue letters to spell "Enjoy" or the word of your choice. 

Apply glue to the back of the letters with a toothpick and adhere to the bag.

Try this idea on wrapped gifts, too. Add someone's name or initials on top instead of using a gift tag.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Merry Christmas Gift Bag

merry christmas gift bag joy embroidered letters

Make your Christmas gift bags a little more special with iron-on embroidered letters from Joy.

Start with a plain canvas gift bag (mine was from Canvas Corp). Replace the drawstring cording on the bag with red and white gingham ribbon, then iron-on your letters to spell out your holiday cheer.

merry christmas gift bag joy iron-on letters

Glue white lace, rick rack, buttons and a small wreath to the front of the bag.  For a truly personalized gift, add your recipient's name. 

JOY Iron-On embroidered letters and numbers can be found at your local Arts & Crafts stores.

Friday, December 4, 2015

How Do You Spell Out the Holidays?

joy letters christmas crafts

Joy to the world - and especially to all you crafters! We love seeing how you're using Joy embroidered letters for your holiday craft and décor projects. Frames, blocks, cards and tags - this is what Terry Ricioli created. Share whatever you're lettering up on our Creating with Joy page on Facebook

Look for Joy iron-on letters at your favorite craft stores!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Blocks of JOY

christmas joy holiday decoration

Make these quick and easy Christmas blocks for the mantel - it's a great Christmas decoration that requires only a few supplies from the craft store.

I used the 3" collegiate size embroidered letters from JOY.  You can find a variety of these letters at your favorite craft store or on their website - go large or small!

joy embroidered iron-on letters
Supplies you will need:

Embroidered letters:  J, O, Y
Christmas-themed cardstock
Tacky glue
Clear glitter
Mini sisal Trees
Paper trimmer


1.  Cut the cardstock into 4" squares - 5 squares for each block

2.  Vary the colors and patterns as you glue the squares to each side of the block. Smooth out any air bubbles and let dry.

3.  Remove the release paper from each embroidered letter and adhere to each block.

4.  Smudge some glue around the white borders of each letter and sprinkle with glitter; shake off excess.

5.  Glue the sisal trees to the top of the center block.

Smoothfoam cubes and Joy embroidered letters come in different sizes.  A "PEACE" block set would be great using  2" or 3" blocks and smaller letters.

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Greeting Cards with Heart

sunshine greeting card lisa fulmer

Sometimes when you're in the middle of all the colors of the holiday season - red, green, gold, blue, silver, white - you just need a shot of sunny pinks and yellows! These bright pink Joy embroidered letters do a marvelous job of delivering a message of sunshine and love on a handmade greeting card for that special someone in your life.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Holiday Pillows

Decorative pillows customized with Joy 3-D embroidered letters are a great way to add a seasonal touch to any room and SO easy to make.  Just add letters to a purchased pillow and voilà, you'll have a holiday pillow in no time at all!

You will need:

JOY 3-D Embroidered White Varsity letters


18"x18" pillow
Felt snowflake embellishment
Tulip® Color Shot Instant Fabric Color - Silver Shimmer
Holographic silver yarn
Silver thread
4 decorative silver beads with large holes (or pony beads)

1. Spray the letters with silver fabric paint (or other color) if desired, but white letters look just as pretty. Remove the backing then press in place on the pillow.

2. Add a silver yarn tassel to each corner to finish.  

Tassels are easy to make:
1. Wrap yarn around your fingers, a 3" wide piece of card, or a quilt ruler.

2. Use a tapestry needle to pull a 6" piece of silver thread thru the loops of yarn at the top. Knot the ends together to secure.

3. Slide the loops of yarn off the quilt ruler then cut the loops at the opposite end. Slide the bead onto the threads used to tie the loops at the top.

4. Pull the bead down over the loops, about 3/4" from the top to create the tassel.  Use the threads to attach the tassel to the corner of the pillow.

Decorative pillows are fun and easy to make for your own home or a friend's. Enjoy! 

You can find Joy Iron-on letters at your favorite craft store.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Personalized Scrapbook Albums

I have been a scrapbooker for 16 years, so I have lots and lots of scrapbooks. I only use one type of album, so even though I buy them in different colors, I have trouble telling them apart on my shelves. Is this our recent Disney trip? Our last cruise? Who knows?

That's where JOY embroidered letters come in. These letters work great on the fabric-covered scrapbook albums that I use. They are super-easy to iron onto the spine of each album. I can personalize them any way I want, and since JOY has so many colors and fonts, it's easy to distinguish my albums from one another now!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Perfect Onesies for Twinsies

It just doesn't get any cuter than this! Even if you don't have any newborn twins in your life, these "buy one, get one free" onesies would be sweet for any two babies on a playdate.

Look for Joy iron-on embroidered letters at your local craft store and personalize your next gift!

Monday, November 16, 2015

A Basket of Bounty Created with JOY!

I love creating garlands and buntings. They are wonderful for any occasion and in this case, I used JOY letters to decorate a quick and easy garland to embellish my fall basket. I chose green because when November turns into December, I can create a new garland with a Christmas theme and re-use my basket.
For this project you will need the following supplies:

JOY Embroidered letters: 1" Black to spell B O U N T Y
Chipwood basket
Jute string
Corrugated 2.5" pennants
Cardstock:  Terracotta and kraft
Orange ink pad, sponge applicator
 1-1/2" circle punch
Dimensional glue dots

I had a helper while I was trying to set up my project shot.  I am thinking it is totally appropriate to have a black kitty to help with my fall decorating! This guy belongs to my daughter and little did she know when she named him Terror that it would be a self-fulfilling prophesy! As fast as I put him down, he would jump back up. I finally gave up and made him a part of my little photo shoot!


1.  Adhere one corrugated pennant to the orange cardstock. Cut out, leaving a 1/8" border. Repeat with the remaining pennants (6 total).

2.  Punch out 6 circles. Chalk the edges with the orange ink. Adhere a letter to each circle. Adhere the letters to the pennants spelling "BOUNTY" using the dimensional adhesive dots.

3.  Thread the jute string through the pennants. Weave one string from left to right through the hole in each pennant. Cut another length of jute string and weave from the right to the left. Tie a 4" piece of jute between each pennant. Unravel the tails and trim excess.

4.  Fill the basket with fall gourds, dried corn and other goodies. A small pumpkin would be perfect for the basket.

There is an epilogue to this story. I finished up the photos and was back in my studio. I heard some noises coming from the other room and walked in to find Terror sitting IN THE BASKET! I guess he thought he should have been the center of attention. Next time he just might end up wearing a costume. Cheers and Happy Fall!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Autumn Fruit Basket

Are you ready for the holidays? Do you decorate for the fall season? Here is a simple way to add a little festive décor without spending a lot of money. I got this basket from a dollar store - with a little burlap, flowers, fruit and Joy letters, it all comes together!

Pull your letters from the package - I spelled "thankful."

Line up your letters on a strip of burlap and iron them on. Here is a tip - don't move the iron around, just press one part at a time, then lift the iron and press another part until all the letters are adhered.

The flowers I used come on a wire - push the wire through the burlap, twist and secure it around the basket handle.

Simple and easy - happy decorating!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Thanksgiving Dinner Place Cards

Setting a pretty table is a holiday tradition in my home, but I like to keep things simple. These place cards fit the bill on both counts. You can use any type of cardstock for your base - I used some leftover reply cards from another event and folded them in half. 

Add some easy embellishments like strips of patterned paper and dimensional stickers to complement your theme. Because I was working with paper, I chose not to iron my letters on and instead used craft glue to adhere them to my card.

Be sure to look for Joy Iron-On Letters in your local craft store to add a personal touch to your holiday table.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Children's Artwork Frame

childrens artwork frame

What parent or grandparent doesn't love to show off their children's artwork? But at some point, the fridge becomes too full with the kids' masterpieces, right? Customizing an acrylic frame is an easy way to maintain a prominent art display that rotates their newest doodles and drawings.

I love watching little kids as they create. At almost two years old, my grandson Warren doesn't always get to use markers. But this time, he just quietly worked on his masterpiece for at least 10 minutes or more. Just happy creating.

For Warren's special artwork frame, I decorated the top and bottom with a couple strips of washi tape and used Joy Iron-on Letters to spell "My Masterpiece."

I glued the letters onto the acrylic and added a couple self-adhesive magnet strips to the back so it hangs on the fridge.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Sweet Dreams Pillow

personalized headband and name pillow

Here's a sweet gift idea for the princess in your life - give her a personalized headband to frame the hair around her face, and a "sweet dreams" decorative pillow to rest her precious head.

There's precious little you can't make more special with Joy - look for a variety of embroidered iron-on letters at your local craft store.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Leaf Place Card

Leaf-shaped place cards add a lovely touch to your fall tabletop décor for family gatherings. They are easy as 1-2-3 to make with JOY letters! 


Large leaf for pattern
Baby Monogram Letters and Numbers (Brown)
Ink pad
Tacky glue
Scissors, cotton swab


1.  Trace the leaf on the back of the cardstock, cut out, and fold some vein lines into the leaf.

2.  Rub some ink around the edges of the leaf and add color to the veins with a cotton swab.

3.  Arrange the letters of your guest's name and glue them to the center.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Back Pack Makeover

Before...and after!

It's fun and easy to update a worn-out backpack!

Just wash it, brighten up the colors with fabric paints, and then add your favorite sentiment or inspiring word with Joy letters.

Check out my how-to video below, which shows you how we used gesso, paints and stencils to give this little girl backpack a fashionable make-over fit for a teen!

Look for JOY Iron-On letters and numbers at your local craft store!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Scrapbook Layouts - Making Memories

JOY embroidered letters are great for scrapbook pages - you can glue or even iron them on to paper.

Joy letters give nice texture to my page about our trip to the Tennessee Aquarium. They make a wonderful alternative to regular alpha stickers.

Look for JOY Iron-On letters and numbers at your local craft store.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Pennant Magnet

We love how Marilyn Gossett incorporated a Joy letter into her cute pennant magnet - perfect for a girl's school locker! The soft texture of the letter's embroidered surface complements the sheer ribbon and dimensional butterflies so nicely.

Visit Marilyn's blog to learn how she made her pennant, including some tips for working with magnetic sheets.

Look for Joy iron-on letters and numbers in your favorite local craft stores!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Monogrammed Christmas Ornaments

monogrammed burlap christimas ornaments

This is a wonderful handmade gift idea for the holidays by Beth Watson - a set of monogrammed ornaments for the whole family. Just glue fabric or burlap around a wood or chipboard circle and embellish with lacy trims. Iron-on an embroidered Joy letter to the center of each ornament to represent the name of each family member (don't forget the family pet!).

Now's the time to get started making your gifts - the holidays will be here before you know it!

Look for JOY Iron-On letters and numbers at your local craft store!
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