Friday, August 18, 2017

Quick gifts and thank-you cards

Joy embroidered iron-on letters are perfect for just about any surface - so they're great for making quick gifts and thank-you cards. Give thanks with Joy!

You will need:

Joy Embroidered Iron-on letters
Scrapbook papers and paper trimmer
Die-cuts or punches
Flat-back gems


1.  Cut papers for a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2" greeting card:  
     Striped panel:  4 x 5-1/4"
     Scalloped ovals:  4" and 3-1/2"
     Fleur de lys die-cut:  1-1/2"
     Paper strip:  1/4" x5-1/2"

2.  Arrange the layers as shown in photo below.
3.  Assemble the card and adhere layers in place; glue the letters (or press with a hot craft iron) to spell THANKS. Add the rhinestone embellishments.
4.  Add a larger Joy letter to a decorator bottle for a personalized thank-you gift.  Fill the bottle with candies or bath salts.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Personalized Travel Tissue Holder

Back-to-school usually also means the beginning of cold & flu season. I used to send my daughter to school with her own personal pack of travel tissue, but she always shoved them into her book bag carelessly, which ripped the cheap, plastic covering and the tissues would end up getting dirty and unusable.

Once I started making fabric travel tissue holders for her, the tissues stayed in place because the fabric was a bit tougher. I also think my daughter might be more careful with the fabric tissue holder because...Hello! Cuteness!

This year, I'm planning to personalize her tissue holder because she tells me she's kind of famous for always sharing a tissue when someone is in need and, if the tissue holder get passed around, it's sure to come back to her eventually if her name is on it, right?

There are fabric tissue holder tutorials all over the web. They are easy to sew and make a good beginner's project. Here's a quick explanation of how I make mine:

  • Joy Embroidered Iron-on Letters - available for purchase at your local fabric or craft store
  • Iron and ironing board
  • 6.5" x 7" piece of fabric for the outside
  • 6.5" x 7" piece of fabric for the inside 
  • Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies 
  1.  Pin fabric pieces together, right sides facing each other.
  2.  Sew 1/4" around the outer edge. Leave a small opening on one long side.
  3.  Turn the fabric right side out and press, making sure your opening is pressed inside.
  4.  Lay the square, outside fabric facing down, on your ironing board. Fold short edges towards the middle, so the edges meet each other. Press in place.
  5.  Stitch the ends down. Turn cozy right side out.
  6.  Remove the Joy letters from the sheet and arrange them in place. Cover with a pressing cloth, then iron-on the letters for 30 seconds.
  7.  Allow to cool for 1 minute before you handle.
If you want some tips for how to prepare for the cold season, check out my blog post on the topic. Stay healthy!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Family Memo Board

Make family time more special with this cute memo board. Now that the kids are starting to head back to school, weekends are more important than ever - it's nice just being together. Whether I post a reminder about a fun event or a special note to say "I love you," this memo board helps me remember that Saturdays should be a little more laid back - just the way I like it.

  • 12 x 14" frame (I got mine secondhand at the Habitat for Humanity Store)  
  • 12″ cork tiles
  • Joy Iron-on Embroidered Letters
  • 13 x 15″ fabric remnant
  • Liquid glue
  • Spray adhesive
  • Foam board
  • Tack nails and small hammer
  • Cutting blade and mat

Measure and cut the cork tiles to fit inside the frame.

Because the inside of my frame was deep, I cut a piece of foam board the same size and glued the cork tiles to the foam board.

Lay the fabric over the cork to determine letter placement. Gently slide the cork out from underneath fabric and iron on the letters.

Spray the cork with adhesive and smooth the fabric over it.

Tap in a few tack nails inside the back of the frame to hold everything in place.

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.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Baby Date Blocks

Make a set of DIY baby date blocks for the newest mother in your life. She can use them to count down to her delivery date, then again to celebrate each week of her baby's first precious year.

You’ll need:

JOY® embroidered iron-on letters and numbers
Four, 4" Smoothfoam™ blocks
Scrapbook paper
Washi tape
Découpage medium

With so many different styles, sizes and colors to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect style of Joy embroidered letters you like! You can color the white letters with dyes, pens or paint.


1.  Glue two blocks together to make the base. Trim your scrapbook papers into squares to cover all sides of the base, as well as the remaining two cubes.

2. Remove the backing from each letter and or number to expose adhesive, then press in place. (The numbers (0-9; one per side) and the letters (to spell "weeks") to the papers as shown. If using letters and or numbers from a sheet, gently press in place with a craft iron and a pressing cloth to protect the paper.  Letters can also be adhered with tacky glue.

3. Brush a thin coat of découpage medium on each side of the blocks to adhere the papers. Finish the edges of each block with washi tape.

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, August 6, 2017

Name My Collar!

I found a puppy wandering in our neighborhood last week.  It had a metal tag on its collar with a phone number so I was able to call the owner and let her know I was looking after "puppy" until she could come and pick her up.  A story with a good ending to be sure, but one that reminded me to make sure my puppy's tags were on his collar and that his name could be clearly seen.


Joy® embroidered letters to the rescue!

I purchased a new collar at the local pet store and with a sheet of Joy small, classic monogram letters I solved the challenge in no time at all.


I removed the letters I needed for his name and, following the instructions on the back of the sheet,  ironed them one at a time onto his new collar.  


Now everyone will know his name!  

Tucker is a small dog and only needed a narrow collar, but Joy embroidered letters are available in different sizes, colors and fonts.  So, for example, the numbers on the Baby Monogram sheet would be perfect to add a phone number for a wider collar.  Larger numbers, and letters are perfect for larger dog collars.  Whatever your dog's name may be, Joy has got you covered......

You can find Joy embroidered letters at your favorite craft store!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Quick and Easy Personalized Cosmetic Bag

Here's a quick and easy personalized cosmetic bag that takes less than 30 minutes to make!

I am always on the lookout for items that I can personalize because I feel that a gift carries more meaning when it has a personal connection to the recipient. Recently I found this cute peach cosmetic bag that just had HELLO on it - it was just calling out to be embellished. 

The writing on the bag was already gold, so I got out my Joy Gold Script Letters to spell out the word BEAUTIFUL, which fit across the bag perfectly. 

Since this bag is made from a synthetic material, I decided liquid tacky glue would be better than a hot iron. I used a glue with a fine-point applicator for these delicate letters.

Apply a piece of painter's tape to the bag to keep everything lined up straight, then press the letters into place with tweezers. Start in the middle of the word - then work your way to the right, and then to the left.

Fill with some fun cosmetics, perfume and nail polish and you have a great gift for anyone who might need a pretty pick-me-up!  

Use my quick and easy personalized cosmetic bag as a jumping-off point to start creating with joy! JOY embroidered letters, numbers and symbols are an excellent way to personalize anything and everything - the possibilities are endless. Find them at your local craft retailer in a variety of colors and sizes.

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