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.

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