Sunday, August 30, 2015

Halloween and Fall Party Decorations

halloween fall party decorations

Marilyn Gossett knows her way around a papercrafted party - her ideas for decorating with die-cuts, buttons and Joy letters are quick, easy and adorable! Perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving or an autumn dinner party.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Monogrammed Fabric Wallet and Cell Phone Case

There's nothing in your purse or on your nightstand that doesn't deserve a more personal touch with a monogram. Give your wallet, cosmetic bag or cell phone case a little extra TLC (and how lucky is the girl named Tanya Louise Carrington?). Don't forget the bookmark - let your family or roommates know who's in the middle of a great story.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sweet Dreams Night Light

sweet dreams night light candle lamp

This "Sweet Dreams" night light is such a precious gift for a baby's room and it's so easy to make. You will need JOY embroidered letters, a lampshade, a candlestick, glue and an LED candle.

 joy embroidered iron on letters  

The letters are meant to be ironed on, but for this project I attached them to the lampshade with glue.  I glued the ring attachment inside the "drum style" shade to the top of the candlestick then placed the LED candle on top of the ring.  Hey presto - I have a night light!


Not all shades will work with a candlestick, of course, but the letters will adhere to most shades to use on any kind of lamp base. 

The embroidered letter sheets are available in a variety of colors and different fonts so you can use this technique to personalize a shade and "say it with Joy" in any room in your house.  

Here's a quick re-cap:

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Fabric Painting - Creativity Rocks!

fabric painting lisa fulmer creativity rocks

I really love painting and stenciling on fabric with acrylic paints, inks and mediums. The Joy embroidered iron-on letters are perfect for adding a sentiment - they keep with the fabric feel of the piece. I worked on a 12" x 20" sheet of natural muslin; first I stenciled the arches with a peachy cream paint. This acts as a resist later when I start adding more ink and water.

The letters were white - I painted them with acrylic inks which color the threads with nice, deep tones. I saturated the muslin with ink - some at full strength, some watered back. It's so fun to be loose with the smudging and splattering with my abstract mountain landscape design.

When that was dry, I added another layer of stenciling with paint - you'll see a chicken wire pattern at the top and a pebble pattern at the bottom. When those patterns were dry, I dripped and smudged in more ink to deepen the colors. It's important to let each layer dry before working more on top of it. I added some circles and stripes for the final layer, then when that was dry, I ironed on my letters, using a sheet of parchment paper to protect them.

The inks stiffen the muslin just enough so it hangs nice and straight, plus it helps prevent the edges from fraying. I intentionally frayed the left side before painting. A piece like this can be hung like a banner with mini curtain ring clips, or it can be framed or mounted to a canvas, or even sewn into a larger art quilt. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Vintage-Style Pendant

vintage resin pendant

Who says iron-on letters are just for clothing? I decided to give this vintage-style pendant a personalized touch with a JOY embroidered letter.

Items you need:
- Dimensional medium (ICE Resin, Glossy Accents, Dimensional Mod Podge, etc.)
- Large jewelry bezel
- Small JOY embroidered letter
- Patterned paper
- Embellishments of your choice

1.  Cut patterned paper to fit inside the jewelry bezel. I traced around the bezel onto my paper and then cut it out. I used a vintage style paper to make my pendant look old. If the paper fits inside tightly enough, you won't need an adhesive to hold it down. If not, place a little adhesive on the back of the paper so that the edges won't come up after you pour in the resin.

2. Place embellishments on top of the paper, including your letter.

3. Pour in your resin or medium to the top of the bezel and let sit for at least 24 hours.

And there you have it - a beautiful and easy personalized piece of jewelry!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Table Markers for a Wedding Reception

wedding reception table marker

Planning to DIY your wedding reception? Marilyn Gossett shows how to use embroidered Joy letters to make your table markers look more elegant. 

After adhering each table number to a paper diecut shape, glue a pair of diecuts to either side of a wood skewer and add a ribbon bow. Poke a skewer into each floral centerpiece - decorated and painted mason jars make really cute vases for your flowers.  Coordinate the vase with the table marker using a monogram embellishment, made the same way. 

You can iron-on letters and numbers to paper by using a pressing cloth in between, or you can opt to add some glue to the letters to adhere.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Monogramed Bath Towels

monogrammed bath towels

Hanging monogrammed towels in the bathroom is a southern tradition. My youngest daughter recently moved into her first apartment and we've been busy decorating. A fresh set of towels and some fancy soap is just what every new apartment dweller needs.

It was quick and easy to iron-on her initials above the band of the bath towel. Then I sewed on two layers of white trim under the monogram to make everything pop. I love how crisp and clean white trim makes everything look!

This project was really quick and simple, I hope you give it a try!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Thank You Gift Bag

Place a thank you gift in a cute burlap drawstring bag embellished with iron-on letters. It's perfect for a hostess gift, teacher appreciation gift, or party favors for your guests. If you manage spiffs or other incentive programs at work, a thank-you gift bag is a nice, personal way for you to give out checks or gift cards.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

All-Occasion Handmade Greeting Cards

all occasion handmade greeting cards

Monogram lettering from Joy is perfect for adding a touch of elegance to handmade greeting cards.
This gatefold design for monogrammed cards or invitations can be styled for any occasion - weddings, anniversaries, showers, or congratulations all come to mind. 

To create this card you will need:
  • Joy Embroidered Iron-On Letters (mine are 1" white)
  • 1 sheet 12"x12" black cardstock (makes two 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" cards)
  • Patterned scrapbook paper
  • Bright solid scrapbook paper
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoring tool
  • Adhesive (wet or dry)
  • Rhinestones 


The photos below gives you all the measurements for trimming your papers (folded card will be 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"). Layer and adhere each piece together as shown. 

You can leave the inside of the card black for use with white or metallic pens, or adhere a sheet of white paper to the center panel. 

handmade gate-fold notecard

I have a tip if you are curious about how you tell an "M" from a "W" - they look very similar in this font. See the curlique on the lower left side of the M where I placed a rhinestone? That is how you tell if it is upside down. The "W" has the curlique on the upper left side.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Do Not Disturb Sign for the Nursery

do not disturb baby pillow

Baby (and mama) needs their sleep, so hang this "do not disturb" sign on the nursery room doorknob at nap time! Using gingham fabric makes it easier to align all the iron-on letters.

  • Joy Baby Monogram Letters & Numbers (Hot Pink)
  • Pink and white gingham fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Polyester stuffing
  • Iron, sewing machine and thread, scissors

  1. Lay out your letters for your message on the fabric to determine the size and spacing you want, then cut out two pieces of fabric to fit.
  2. Iron the letters on the right side of one piece of fabric, following the package instructions. Place the two pieces of fabric, right sides together, and sew around the edges sides, leaving a gap at the top open for filling.
  3. Turn the pillow cover right side out and fill with stuffing.
  4. Pin a ribbon in between the the front and back of the pillow fabric, on either side of the gap, then hand-stitch it closed, catching the ends of the ribbons in your stitches. Remove the pins. 
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