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 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!

 

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

Oh deer…is it too early to post about Christmas???

Oh deer…is it too early to post about Christmas???

Hey Friends,

Wow…I can’t believe I’m already seeing items and promotions for the holidays. That’s nuts, right? I mean, when is it exactly appropriate to start the marketing and advertising for the seasons to come? Isn’t there a Fall between Summer and Winter?
I’ve also received a few orders for some holiday cards this early on! My customers usually just leave it up to me to design their cards and today…well did just that! Today’s mood was torn between still trying to enjoy summer but also realizing that the holidays are among us. So, feeling quite goofy, I designed this “oh deer,” card as a reflection of my mood. A bit too rebellious you think?

Who votes rebellious?

Who votes cute and playful?

Thanks in advance for your help and feedback!

From me to you…

Tutu

DIY Engagement Card

DIY Engagement Card

Hi Crafters! I don’t know about you but I’ve just been itchin’ to create some card designs for the wedding season. I suppose weddings can happen just about anytime but summer is usually quite popular for those wishing to have the best weather.
Today, I received a request from a customer that has just been invitied to an Engagement Party. So, I’d like to take you along to show you some of the steps I took to create my card. Ok, buckle up and let’s get started!

Helpful Materials:

Pencil
Tweezers
Card Creasing Tool
Paper Cutter
Scissors
Bazzill Colored Card Stock for base plus extra for card design
Scrap Paper
Double Sided Permanent Tape
Loctite (Gel Control) Super Glue
Small Heart Punch
Martha Stewart Lace Doily Punch

Put it Together:

I’ll show you the different steps in the photo gallery!

From me to you…

Tutu

hello…thinking of you…bon voyage…?

hello…thinking of you…bon voyage…?

Hello from the Make Shoppe! Tutu needs your help! What type of occasion or event should this card be for? Hello, Get Well,  Bon Voyage, With Sympathy, House Warming, Thinking of you or maybe any of the above?  This card idea is so simple and can easily be used for any occasion. I always make more than one just to keep on hand. Let’s get started…

What you’ll need:
~ Tree Punches
~ Ink Colors
~Scrap Paper
~Card Stock as your card base
~Craft or Cosmetic Sponges

Let’s practice…

Materials

Using scrap paper, punch out the tree shapes

Use the punched page as your stencil

Use the sponge to absorb the ink and blot over the stencil

Repeat with differently colored inks

Experiment with stamp placement

 

Now that you’re comfortable try this on a real piece of card stock and create your card!

From me to you…

Tutu

Frog Card Evolution!

Frog Card Evolution!

Hey there Make Shoppers! As you all know, Father’s Day is this Sunday June 17th. Do you have a card ready for Dad? Well no worries because I’ll be sharing my Father’s Day card ideas with you!
As you can see in the featured picture all you need is some colored card stock and some basic punches to get things started. Try using your imagination to create certain shapes. For example, for the body of my frog I used a round circle, a heart shape punch for the legs and a maple leaf punch for the frog feet. Also, don’t worry about being too perfect…your card should have a handcrafted feel to it that Dad will love!
I would absolutely love to see your beautiful creations out there. So if you’ve made this card, email me a picture, PLEASE!  tutusmakeshoppe@gmail.com

HOPPY FATHER’S DAY!frog card for father's day

From me to you…

Tutu

Cute as a Button

Cute as a Button

Howdy crafters! As you already know, baby showers and new beginnings are amongst us and creating that perfect hand-crafted card means so much to the mother to be.
So, I couldn’t wait any longer to share this cute baby card design and technique with you.
In this post, I would like to point out a few easy techniques when card designing.

#1 Wheel buttons- you can get these from an old shirt.
#2 Large circle punches- use various sizes for creating the stroller bassinet and baby face.
#3 Real cosmetic blush- applied with q-tip for the cheek color on the baby face…cuteness overload!

From me to you…

Tutu

Cork Stationary

Cork Stationary

Look how easy it is to design your own stationary or greeting cards with just a few items! Today I gathered some card stock, envelopes, ink and few old corks to make my own personalized stationary in just minutes! Take the cork, dab it in the ink, press firmly on your paper and lift gently. A computer and printer may be helpful for printwork or you could use letter stamps.
This is a wonderful project for crafters, kids and the whole family!

From me to you…

Tutu