Autumn Inspiration: Whoolio

Autumn Inspiration: Whoolio

Hi Friends!

Fall is my favorite time of year and I’m always so inspired to create!  Meet Whoolio!  He’s an adorable baby owl taking flight for the first time and was sketched by one of the Make Shoppe artists.  No one can resist the cuteness of a baby animal…maybe that’s why I’m hooked on watching “too cute,” or browsing that site called “zoo borns!”
Soon we’ll be expanding this card line with more cute faced creations.  We’re constantly looking for inspiration so give us some ideas of what you’d like to see next!

More Whoolio!

 

From me to you…

-Tutu

 

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A DIY Card for the Royal Babe!

A DIY Card for the Royal Babe!

Congratulations to the Royal Family!  Today I woke up thinking about Kate and wondering if the time was close.  As I go online to browse I see that Kate has been in labor for awhile and then…a Royal Prince.  I’m so delighted that this beautiful couple finally have their first baby and can’t wait to know more as news develops.
I created this cute little card (as if I were invited to present it to the royal family, ha!) in honor of the new heir.  I just kept picturing this adorable little prince in a royal one-sey!  Check out the gallery!

If you have any DIY projects you’re making please share I’d love to see!

-Tutu

DIY 4th of July

DIY 4th of July

Hi Friends!

Summers officially here and today we’re busy in the Make Shoppe putting together some ideas for the 4th of July.
As I browsed online, Pinterest, Etsy and Craftsy and saw some really cute ideas but didn’t have all the various materials to make certain things. So, I started going through some scrapbook papers and put together some colors and textures that had a patriotic and vintage feel to them. Then I gathered some shape punches and other tools but I still didn’t know what I wanted to make.
Awhile back before the MakeShoppe started, I did a lot of scrapbooking and card making and that inspired me to try to put together some cute stuff with the card stock. So, little by little I made these cute little napkin rings or bracelets, party hats and bow ties. When I create a hardly use any templates I usually just practice on scrap paper until I’m happy and have achieved my look. Besides, if it’s too easy it isn’t challenging enough, right?  Check out the gallery!

If you have any questions about technique or materials, please feel free to send me a message in ” Talk to Tutu.”

Wishing you and yours a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

-Tutu

 

A DIY Wedding

A DIY Wedding

Hello All!

As we approach wedding season I’ve seen so many great craft ideas for a DIY Wedding, Bridal Shower or Engagement Party. Although professional wedding vendors are in high demand it seems that Doing it Yourself (DIY) has become a fascinating trend for saving a few dollars. Having an extravagant wedding is always welcome but not at an extravagant price! The heartfelt, warm and sentimental features are what your guests will remember and a lot of this can be done by you.

I was recently contacted by a friend and was asked to work on a design for a Bridal Shower Card. She expressed she has a tight budget but wants hand crafted cards made for her event. So, I pitched an idea to her that could save her some money. I would design a card template for her that she and some of her Bridal Party could assemble and put together themselves. She absolutely LOVED this idea!!! In addition to designing the card I also provided a materials list and where to buy them, step by step instructions and some assembly pictures to go along with it.

So, today I’ve finished the design and will be presenting this to her. Check out the gallery to see the making of the card!

// Materials

// Materials

// Card stock and cake top template. Vector Flourishes  printed on card stock.

// Card stock and cake top template. Vector Flourishes printed on card stock.

// Setting up the templates.

// Setting up the templates.

// Rounding the template corners.

// Rounding the template corners.

// Lace Punch for each cake tier bottom.

// Lace Punch for each cake tier bottom.

// Practice round.

// Practice round.

// Cake tier cut-outs cut, cornered and adorned.

// Cake tier cut-outs cut, cornered and adorned.

// Cake ribbons (cardstock strips) for design.

// Cake ribbons (cardstock strips) for design.

// Floral adornments punched.

// Floral adornments punched.

// Swarovski Elements to embellish flowers.

// Swarovski Elements to embellish flowers.

// Flowers and Stone Elements on cake. Snip the strips.

// Flowers and Stone Elements on cake. Snip the strips.

// Viola!

// Viola!

 

Gloria

Gloria

Introducing the most glorious Fairy Godmother, Gloria.

During the making of each fairy, I often think about what names I’ll give them. Sometimes the names will come easy like for example when I made Basil. She has a very bright spring green color to her and just reminded me of all the pretty greens of a herb garden.

For Gloria, she was inspired by the Christmas Song “Gloria.” As I designed her I was listening to that song performed by the untouchable Patti Labelle. If you haven’t heard this rendition…this must be the very next thing you do after reading this post!

Gloria is timeless and beautiful just like the song and you can find her along with many others on, ETSY!

Happy Holidays and many more fairies to come!

-Tutu

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Basil & Violet

Basil & Violet

Ok, these fairies and the fairy community are growing at an exponential rate and I’m running out of room to store them! I’ve now got to come up with some ideas for fairy storage. Although that won’t be as fun, creative or challenging…it’s got to get done! Ha!

The Make Shoppe now welcomes: Basil and Violet!

 

Find Basil, Violet and more on Etsy!

-Tutu

Meet, Merrina!

Meet, Merrina!

The Make Shoppe welcomes, Merrina!

Just like all the other fairies previous to her, Merrina is made up of tiny natural wooden parts for her body that have been sugared with aqua/blue glitter and accented with glittery blue pieces for her sleeves and wings. A blue coiled crown sits atop her head as she rules her little wonderland world! Her eyes are hand painted and cheeks dusted with a light rose tint. Her beautiful dress is an arrangement of aqua + blue poinsettia floral petals! If you like peacock colors…she’s a perfect fit! She’s very tiny (about 4.5″) but so colorful she would brighten up the area she’s placed in.

Merrina and all the other Make Shoppe Fairy Dolls are perfect as gifts and can be personalized!  Please send me a message or visit Etsy if you’re interested in placing and order. Other colors also available!

email: tutusmakeshoppe@gmail.com
etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheMakeShoppe

Ideas for usage:

– Holiday gifts
– Tree ornament
– As part of a holiday table center piece
– China cabinet display
– Dessert table decor
Thanks for stopping by!

From me to you…

-Tutu

 

 

The Fairy Community Grows…

The Fairy Community Grows…

Hey Friends!

Meet “Sugar” who is the newest addition of the Make Shoppe Fairy community and just born a week ago! Along with Sugar comes her mother “Chloe.”  They are slightly different from the previous fairies, Fiona, Maui and Lahina. Both Chole and Sugar are intended to be limited edition “winterland fairies,” created just for the holidays. You can do so many things with these fairies like use them as beautiful decor for a holiday table or even as tree ornaments! Just place them anywhere in your home for an instant uplift! I plan to create as many fairies as I can…all with unique traits including a Christmas themed fairy with the traditional red poinsettia floral dress. Can’t wait to show her off!

Here are some great shots of Chloe and Sugar (also avail on Etsy)

Thanks for stopping by! Visit again soon to see the newer additions!

-Tutu

Hand-Crafted Fairy Dolls

Hand-Crafted Fairy Dolls

Hi all!

I’m really excited about sharing my latest obsession with you! These fairy dolls are so fun to make and as you can see are just absolutely too cute. I was shown a similar technique by a friend and although it worked well for her…I just couldn’t quite get it as nice and balanced as she did. Then again, she’s been doing her dolls a lot longer than I have so she’s developed a skilled hand.

So this project although really fun, takes patience and quite a few components.  I headed down to the craft store and got all the items needed which include: a variety of wooden doll parts, paints, glitter, glue gun, glue sticks, moss, wire, and florals for the doll skirts. Skipping right over the boring stuff…my absolute favorite part of this project was picking out the various floral and leaf accents for the doll’s skirt. There are so many different flowers to use and colors to choose from!  For my first project I had some home decor potpourri balls lying around so I decided to make little Island dolls. I named my girls “Maui,” and “Lahina,”…i know…so appropriate! For my 3rd doll I decided to do a floral skirt made from synthetic autumn colored leaves. For obvious reasons…I really love this look the best! Meet “Fiona,” she’s my fall fairy doll.

For my next project, I’ll be making some Christmas and New Years themed fairies so make sure to visit me again soon!

Thanks for stopping by, don’t forget to visit me on Etsy!

-Tutu

Holiday Bling-Bling!

Holiday Bling-Bling!

Hello!

We’re gettin’ ready for the holidays here in the Make Shoppe. My latest project has been designing some dazzling and attractive “Holiday Bling!” The particular bracelet featured is made up of high-end Swarovski crystals and gold filled rondells (which are the blingy spacers between the crystals).

These super easy glide on style bracelets are the perfect gift and definitely take the guess-work out of deciding what size to buy. If you or anyone you know is interested in knowing more about these please don’t hesitate to contact me through my Etsy Shop. Also, custom sizes and color combos are available!

Here is a sampling of some others…