Thursday, April 27, 2017

Felt Monogram Plaque


I love decorating my doors - these extra-large script letters really make a bold statement for the entrance to any room. Of course, a monogram plaque is perfect for a bedroom - and the texture of the embroidered letter against thick, wool felt is luxurious.


I like how the white pops against my bright orange felt, but these embroidered iron-on letters can easily be dyed to whatever color you like - with fabric dye or ink spray.

Supplies:
- Joy letter
- Smoothfoam 8" disc
- Wool felt - two colors
- Small straight pins
- Decorative straight pins
- Craft glue, scissors, narrow ribbon


Cut a circle of felt 2-3" larger than the disc. Cut tabs evenly around the perimeter of the circle, then place the disc in the center. Wrap and pin each tab snugly around the disc and pin in place, creating small pleats around the edge.

Cut a smaller circle of felt and iron the letter to the center of it. If you plan your design such that some of the letter hangs off the circle, use a sheet of non-stick parchment paper below the circle so the exposed parts of the letter don't stick to your ironing board. Use parchment on top too, so enough heat seals the letter without scorching the wool. 


Cut a square of felt a bit larger than the circle from a contrasting color and pin it to the front of the plaque. Dab glue on the back of the circle, placing it where the letter is to prevent seeping through the felt. Wool felt is nappy enough to stick to itself pretty well, so you only need a little glue to anchor.

Pin a small loop of ribbon to the back for a hanger.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Quick and Easy Emoji Journals



I have to say that I am just IN LOVE with the new Joy Embroidered Emojis and Bubble Letters - they make me swoon! My 13-year-old niece fell in love with them too, so on a recent visit, we crafted up these quick and easy emoji journals - one for her and one for her best friend!

STEP ONE:
Glue scrapbook paper to the cover of a composition book with a strong adhesive. Open the cover and trim away any excess paper - this saves the measuring step!


STEP TWO:
Pick out your Joy letters to spell the text abbreviations you want to use. We used the black and white letters on the turquoise journal and the pink and turquoise letters on the black-striped journal for the most contrast. Line up the letters so they are straight and iron them on your journal cover according to the directions on the package. I use a small craft iron because it doesn't have any steam holes.

STEP THREE:
Pick out your Joy emojis -  this is the really FUN part! There are six different packs of emojis to select from and each pack includes four different designs. The emojis can be applied in two different ways - either peel and stick (reinforce with glue as desired) or iron-on for extra durability.

Here is a close up of the emojis - I give them ALL THE HEART EYES!
😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍


I hope you will use our quick and easy Emoji journals as a jumping off point to start "creating with Joy!" Joy Embroidered letters and symbols are an excellent way to personalize anything and everything - the possibilities are endless!

Share YOUR projects on our Creating with Joy Facebook page.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Marvelous Mini Monograms!


Monogram letters add a classy touch to wearables, gifts and home decor!  I used some of the new mini monogram letters in honor of Lauren and Matthew White's wedding. I added some joy to a photo that commemorates their special day and adds a pop of color to my space.

After etching and painting a heart-shaped glass bottle, I punched some circles from coordinating cardstock. I glued the monogram letters to the layered circles and then to the front of the bottle. I topped it off with a small bunch of colorful silk flowers. If you use fabric instead of paper for your circles, you can iron on the monogram.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Emoji Backpack


Emojis are all the rage now that most kids are using smart phones, social media and text messaging...my son, being one of them. He's in the 7th grade and I often find him drawing these characters on his school papers. So I thought it would be nice to surprise him with a little bit of fun on his backpack. He loves it and says his friends like it too!


Supplies:
Joy Embroidered Emojis
Hot iron - cotton setting
Piece of cotton cloth
Clean backpack surface


The nice thing about these emoji iron-ons is that they can used like stickers, too -just add a little glue for permanent adherence on any surface. You can find them at your favorite craft stores - fun!



Place your emoji on the backpack and cover with a pressing cloth. Press your hot iron on the patch for 10 seconds, then repeat 2 more times.
Be careful not to touch the backpack with the hot iron without the cloth - the high heat may discolor the pack.
 


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Make a Monogrammed Pillowcase


This project is a modern take on vintage-style pillowcases. You know the ones with embroidered monograms and flowers? Who has time to embroider all that? Just use Joy iron-on letters flowers and you'll have a beautiful, personalized pillowcase in minutes.

Supplies for a Monogrammed Pillowcase


  • JOY Letters - you can find these in your local craft store
  • Iron-on transfer paper
  • Images of flowers (I used flower images that I scanned into my computer from my sketchbook. If you don't draw, you can use copyright-free clip art)
  • White pillowcase
  • Iron & ironing board
Instructions to Make a Monogrammed Pillowcase 
 
Center the Joy letters onto the pillowcase edge, then follow the instructions on the packaging to iron them into place. When creating monograms, here's the order for the letters: First Name (left), Last Name (center), Middle Name (right).

Designer Tip! I used the white monograms as is for a subtle look on my white pillowcase. If you want something that is bolder, you can dye the monograms any color you want!


Arrange your iron-on flower images around the monogram. Follow the instructions on the transfer paper packaging carefully to ensure that your images transfer correctly.


And that's it! To care for your pillowcase, be sure to wash it inside out with the gentle cycle in cold water, then let it air dry. I hope you'll try this project out. Special pillowcases like this can become family heirlooms filled with meaning. To read about my memories of pillowcases and childhood summers, visit this blog post.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Personalized Easter Baskets

Easter is almost here and Joy embroidered letters are the perfect way to personalize Easter gifts. Joy letters come in many fonts and colors so you can style the basket for just about any taste. The great thing about this basket? Your child can use it after Easter for toy or book storage.

Supplies:
  • Joy embroidered letters, spelling out your child's name
  • Wood crate or basket
  • Acrylic paint
  • Ribbon
  • Felt flowers 
  • Craft glue

Instructions:

Paint the wood crate with acrylic paints. I used a dauber to add painted polka dots.
Once the paint has dried completely, glue a ribbon across the front of the crate.
Glue the Joy embroidered letters over the ribbon.

Glue felt flowers onto the front of the basket. You can get a video tutorial for felt flowers here.
Fill the basket with paper shred, Easter books, toys, and candy of course!

    Happy Spring! Look for Joy letters in your local craft store.
     
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    Sunday, April 9, 2017

    Baby Emoji Tee Shirt


    With babies, sometimes you only get a small window to get the shot you want. The plan was to take a picture of him sweetly sleeping while wearing the shirt with the sleeping emoji. But as soon as we put the shirt on him, he was wide awake. Once awake, we got all kinds of scrunched=up newborn faces.

    I finally got this sweet little picture of him sitting comfortably on his daddy's lap.


    I got a kick out of these new iron-on emoji patches from Joy - they fit perfectly on an itty-bitty pocket, too.

    So easy to use - just position letters and emoji in place on the tee shirt, cover with a thin white cloth and iron on.


    Make sure to look for these new patches at your local craft store.


    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    Upcycle small bottles into vases for springtime blooms



    Decorate small bottles or vases with flowers and letters that spell "bloom" and add sprigs of greenery or blossoms for a fun spring tabletop decoration. I used a set of milk bottles, but this would work well with an assortment of different bottle shapes, too.

    You'll need:

    • Joy embroidered letters to spell "bloom"
    • Five bottles or small vases
    • Die-cutter and flower die
    • Various papers
    • Iron and dish towel
    • Narrow ribbon
    • Glue stick, scissors

    Here are the letters I used.  These are dye-able, so if you don't want white, just spritz them with spray or immerse them in a dye bath.


    Cut five large flowers from pastel cardstock, five medium flowers from tissue paper and five small flowers from leftover gift wrap. Cut five lengths of ribbon to fit around the necks of your bottles.

    Iron the letters onto the smallest paper flowers. Use a dry iron and a cloth to cover the letters and paper when you iron them.


    Layer and glue the other flowers together. Tape the ends of each ribbon to the back of each flower.  Hang around the necks of the bottles.



    Monday, April 3, 2017

    Easter Egg Door Décor


    Give your front door some springtime flair with this cute Easter egg sign...get ready for Peter Cottontail!

    While out shopping, I found this adorable felt Easter egg. I grabbed some new Joy Chunky Block Letters and made it a little more "egg-stravagant."


    I ironed on the blue letters to the felt, quick and easy. The purple and blue just look so springtime fresh together!



    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    Flower Power Messenger Bag

    flower power messenger bag

    I picked up a couple plain canvas messenger bags for painting - because wearable art rocks! Working with acrylic inks and fabric paints, I started giving the front flap a little psychedelic color.

    plain canvas messenger bag

    By misting the canvas first with water, I could get a nice "bleed" on all my drops of ink. In some areas, I brushed the edges out even further.

    painting canvas messenger bag


    After adding and blending a few colors to cover the flap, I let it sit for a couple hours until it was mostly dry, but still a bit damp. Then I randomly paint-stamped a few shapes all over and let it dry overnight. Because the fabric was slightly damp, I was able to stamp some faint "ghost" shapes with transparent fluid acrylic pink and yellow paints that absorbed more into the fabric. I used opaque paints for the green and blue shapes.

    joy embroidered iron on letters

    Once the flap was completely dry, I was able to iron on my letters to spell "flower power." Now I'm still trying to decide what color I want to paint the rest of the bag - I'm thinking black, so the bright colors on the flap really stand out. So fun!

    paint stamp messenger bag

    Monday, March 27, 2017

    Sunglass Case Makeover


    I picked up a free sunglass case at the thrift store the other day. I was looking for something to makeover with my new patent leather paints - I love the look of shiny patent leather. And... in red? Oh my!


    Combine fresh paint with embroidered letters from Joy and you have a custom, personalized gift that's quick and easy to make.

    Apply two even coats of patent leather paint on the sunglass case with a soft bristle brush. The paint will have a tacky feel as it dries between coats. Glue your letters in place - done!

    Joy iron-on embroidered letters are available at your local craft store in a variety of fonts, sizes and colors.

    Friday, March 24, 2017

    Monogrammed Spa Robe


    Spas and hotels always have lush monogrammed robes that feel so luxurious. But you can make your own for a fraction of the cost with Joy embroidered iron-on letters!

    I started with a plain fleece robe that I picked up at an after-Christmas sale for just a few dollars. I then ironed-on two cursive style letters from Joy for my monogram. These letters are amazing because they give the look of expensive embroidery for a fraction of the price!


    So wrap yourself in luxury! This robe would also make a great addition to an expectant mom's "hospital go bag" or for bridesmaids' gifts!

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    Update a Vintage Napkin for Easter


    I really love vintage table cloths and as a result, I have a plethora of matching vintage napkins sitting around. I am always looking for fun ways to update them - today I want to share a fun way to turn a vintage napkin into a cute hand towel for Easter.


    Supplies:
    • Joy iron-on embroidered letters
    • Vintage cloth napkin
    • Assorted ribbons and trims
    • Heat N Bond fusible tape 
    • Sewing machine, iron, ironing pad


    I started by layering my trims on one edge of the napkin. I used the Heat N Bond to secure the ribbons on top, trimming after they were ironed down. I turned the trimmed edges to the back of the napkin and sewed them down.


    I applied the Joy letters using the instructions with the packaging. In just a couple of minutes, you can change and personalize anything to suit your needs. Happy Easter!