Saturday, September 30, 2017

More than Words

Joy® embroidered letters are not just for words!

It's Halloween next month and time to start thinking about how we'll make Jack O'Lanterns this year.  Nana, that's me, isn't a fan of the grandchildren wielding knives to add faces to pumpkins, so my grandson thought it would be fun to use nose and eyes from his Mr. Potato Head collection to make a face on a craft pumpkin.  A very creative idea for a 5 yr old!  It didn't work out too well, but it made me think that maybe we could use some of the letters we'd been using to create words.....

The "O"s would be the eyes and a mouth, "L" would make a very nice nose and the letter "I"s would be perfect for the eyebrows.  We stole a hat from a pre-made scarecrow from last year and with a little glue, we had the perfect craft pumpkin head in no time at all!  The grandchildren are thrilled and learned a fun lesson about shapes.

Joy embroidered letters are available at your local craft stores.  There are a variety of colors, fonts and sizes available.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Halloween Centerpiece

halloween centerpiece lisa fulmer

The season of "BOO!" is almost upon us, so here's a quick and easy way to make a fun centerpiece.

- Joy®iron-on embroidered letters* and emojis
- Smoothfoam™ cube
- Smoothfoam™ balls
- Craft paint and brush
- Marbling inks
- Washi or duct tape
- Skewers
- Black paper
- Halloween stickers
- Glue, straight pins

marbled smoothfoam balls halloween

1.  Glue and/or pin paper to wrap around the cube and decorate with Halloween stickers.

2.  Poke a skewer into each of 5 smooth foam balls and paint the balls with two coats of orange. After they're dry, dip the balls in black and white marbling inks (follow package directions).

3. Wrap each skewer with decorative tape, then glue emojis and letters, B O O  in place.

4. Poke each skewer into the cube (make pilot holes first with the pointed end of another skewer) to create a bouquet shape as shown. If your decoration is a little top-heavy, glue pennies on the bottom of the cube to weight it, or make the skewers shorter.

halloween centerpiece lisa fulmer

You can find Joy iron-on letter sheets in different fonts and colors at your favorite craft stores!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Princess Magic Wand

We just had a fabulous birthday party for our granddaughter - part dino-themed and part princess-themed. So the princess needed a fabulous magic wand to help her celebrate! She is so in love with this magic wand - she's running around the house, waving it at everyone and yelling POOF (her Gramps taught her that one)!

These smaller sized Classic Monogram letters were perfect for this project. I chose the plain font in white- so I could color them to match my project.

I used a ready-made paper maché star, then painted it, crackled it and added some gold details. Since it is paper, the paint dried really quickly - so no time spent watching paint dry!

It is so easy to color your letters using a variety of mediums. My favorite is chalk ink - it's opaque so it covers in one coat. Put your letters on a piece of scratch paper and simply press the ink pad down on them to color. Set aside to dry.

After I added my letters I finished the project with paper flowers and lots of twine to give it a frilly, girly look. She is so in love with it!

You can find Joy embroidered iron-on numbers and letters in a variety of fonts, colors and sizes at your local craft store.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Door hanger for sleeping baby

baby sleeping door hanger

Let everyone know not to disturb your little one's slumber with this cute moon and stars-themed door hanger.

  • Joy embroidered letters
  • Wood door hanger
  • Craft paints
  • Metal moon embellishment
  • Gold glitter
  • Adhesive foam dots
  • Self-adhesive gems
  • Liquid glue pen
  • Mini glue dots

  • Paint the door hanger in a color that matches your nursery.
  • Paint the metal moon and adhere it to the door hanger with the foam dots.
  • Adhere the Joy letters to the sign with mini glue dots.
  • Cover the door hanger with liquid glue, then sprinkle glitter on top while the glue is still wet.
  • Embellish with gems to simulate stars!
You can find Joy embroidered iron-on letters and numbers in a variety of fonts, colors and sizes at your local craft store.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Palm Tree Kitchen Towels

Recently I have been watching a new home remodeling show based in Palm Springs, California and the inspiration is everywhere!  Lots of bright colors, pink flamingos and green palm trees.  So when I saw these cute bright green and hot pink towels, I just knew that I had to embellish them with JOY Embroidered Letters.

Here's how I made it:

Select a set of kitchen towels - I got mine on super clearance at my local craft store (score)!  Then based upon the style of the towels, select a complementary set of JOY Embroidered Iron-on Letters.  For this fun palm leaf print, I chose the hot pink bubble letters.

Pick out your sayings- I liked "I'LL WASH, YOU DRY" so the set of towels coordinated, but did not match. Peel the letters carefully from the sheet and lay them out on the towels.

I created an apostrophe by cutting the number 2 in half from the JOY Embroidered Letters - Baby Monogram style.

Iron the letters to the towels following the package directions.

You can find Joy embroidered iron-on numbers and letters in a variety of fonts, colors and sizes at your local craft store.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Wedding Keepsake Frame

I had a lot of wedding pictures after our daughter's wedding, but wanted to display some of the favorites for all year round. For a personalized touch, I used Joy letters to embellish the frame.  Hope you are inspired to make a keepsake for your wedding couple!

- JOY embroidered monogram letters (with couples initials)
- 5 x 7" clear frame with beveled edges 
- Black cardstock cut to 5-1/4" x 7-1/4" 
- Teal cardstock cut to 5" x 7" 
- 2-1/4" scalloped black circle; 2" teal circle (punched or die-cut)
- 3/8" rhinestones
- Adhesives
- Paper trimmer


1.  Layer and glue the teal on top of the black cardstock to mat your photo.

2.  Glue the teal circle to the black circle. Arrange and glue the letters to the circle. Place the initial for the last name in the middle, the groom's initial on the left and the bride's initial on the right.

3.  Place the mat and photo inside the frame.

4.  Glue the rhinestones and monogram to the frame as shown.

You can find Joy embroidered iron-on numbers and letters in a variety of fonts, colors and sizes at your local craft store.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Personalized Pantry Storage

I don't know about you, but we always have a mess of straws, condiments and other loose items in our pantry. This simple project really helps organize those items for easy access.

You will need:
  • Joy embroidered iron-on letters
  • Hot iron
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive velcro
  • Hanging jewelry organizer
  1. Remove hanger from organizer.
  2. Stitch or glue the opening shut.
  3. Remove the Joy letters from the sheet and arrange them in place as shown. 
  4. Cover with a pressing cloth, then iron-on the letters for 30 seconds.
  5. If you plan to store straws like I did, cut slits at the bottom of a few pockets.
  6. Place the adhesive velcro to the back of the organizer and attach to the inside of your pantry door.
You can find Joy embroidered iron-on numbers and letters in a variety of fonts, colors and sizes at your local craft store.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Wood Slice Place Cards

Wood slices are still trending and are perfect for a fall table. Make these quick and easy wood slice place cards for your next dinner party.

  • Joy® embroidered script letters*
  • 2" diameter wood slices 
  • Craft glue
  • Permanent marker
*Iron-on script letters are available in 4 different sizes:  sm, med, lg and extra lg.  These letters are also dyeable.


Place a wood slice on your work table then glue a monogram letter on top. 

Add leaf design details with a permanent marker.

Now you're ready to set the table! 

Designer Tip - you can also use this same tutorial to create holiday ornaments! Just drill a hole in the top of the wood slice and thread some twine through it so you can hang it on your tree.

You can find Joy embroidered iron-on numbers and letters in a variety of fonts, colors and sizes at your local craft store.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Monogram Wedding Tag

Create a custom monogrammed wedding tag for that special couple.

You will need:
  • Joy embroidered monogram letters
  • Die-cutting machine with embossing folder
  • Cardstock
  • Spray ink
  • Mini flower and trim
  • Foam adhesive squares
  • 2" circle punch
  • Liquid glue

Lots of dimension on this tag! I used white letters which are dye-able. I mixed a drop of ink into a mini spray bottle filled with water and spritzed the letters to tint them.

Emboss your cardstock, trim part of it into a tag shape, and punch a circle from another part. Glue the letters onto the circle - use the couple's last name in the center and their first names on the sides. Die-cut a decorative border for the circle. Use the foam squares to adhere the circle to the tag and embellish with a mini flower and trim.

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, September 3, 2017

Upcycled Mixed Media Wall Art

Adding words to your mixed media art is easy with JOY letters. With so many different fonts and how easy it is to dye them, you are sure to find the right look for your message. For this sunflower piece, I upcycled coffee cup sleeves and the foil seals from coffee cans to add dimension and texture to my sunflowers.

You will need:

11x14” canvas
Acrylic paints: gold, orange, dark brown
Stamp pads: green, dark brown, orange
Brown ink
Rubber stamp - any image
Coffee cup sleeves
Foil seals from coffee cans
Glue, scissors, paintbrush, craft iron

1.  Paint your canvas with gold, adding areas of orange at the top and bottom. Add dark brown randomly around the edge. Stamp brown impressions randomly across the background.

2. Color your letters with brown ink and let dry. I used the Baby Monogram letters in pink - brown dye covered them easily. This font also comes in brown.

3.  Cut centers of sunflowers from a coffee cup sleeve that has a texture you like. Rub lightly with brown ink on just the raised portions of the cardboard. Add a little orange in the center and a dot of brown. Cut stems and leaves from other sleeves and color with green ink. Here are my pieces cut from three different kinds of cardboard sleeves:

4.  Cut petals into the foil seals with scissors. Paint the front of the flower gold with orange in the center. Paint the backs orange. Glue a flower center onto the petals and twist and bend the petals around the center.

6.  Arrange the flowers, leaves and stems on the canvas and glue into place. Iron the letters into position with the craft iron.

7. Add highlights to letters and flowers with orange paint.

You can find Joy embroidered iron-on numbers and letters in a variety of fonts, colors and sizes at your local craft store.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Personalized Pencil Boxes

Back-to-school time is here and what better way to store all of those new supplies than pencil boxes personalized with JOY embroidered letters. This is a quick and easy project that's fun to do with the kids in just under 30 minutes!

We found these fun plastic pencil boxes at the dollar store that were just begging to be personalized. Just arrange your favorite JOY letters and emojis on the top and glue them down!

Zach is on the football team, so he used the Cooper font in red for his black pencil box to coordinate with his school colors. We added in his jersey #60 and a few stars to complete theme. Some letters and numbers have adhesive on the back, so you can just peel and stick!

Marlee's favorite colors are purple and turquoise, so the Bubble letters were a perfect choice.

I just love how these colors POP! You can find Joy embroidered iron-on numbers and letters in a variety of fonts, colors and sizes at your local craft store.

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