I know I mentioned that I love the Bow/Prize Ribbon Die set already but I have to say it again… I love it! This is a look at the prize ribbon die in action as a garland and on a card. It comes with a cute HOORAY flag to layer with.
A prize ribbon garland would be so fun at a birthday, graduation or other celebratory occasion.
Layer some fringe behind it and add some honeycombs on the ends and you’ll be set.
You know how sometimes you don’t know how to finish the ends of a garland? Use coordinating paper and the bow from the die set to add a darling touch to each end.
Piles of prize ribbons and a bathtub full of beach balls. Sometimes my days highlighted with such random cuteness.
Prize ribbon die is included in the bow die set so you get two in one!! It’s my favorite new product. There’s also a HOORAY banner that layers on the prize ribbons.
Loving all the new colors that Tim Holtz has come out with so I had to add them to my rainbow forest of bottle brush trees.
Today I am thrilled to share a fun little project I’ve been working on with & Apparel. Together we curated a darling line of summer staples to add to your wardrobe. In the warmer months I live in skirts and shorts so you will find some playful patterns and everyday pieces as well as the comfiest shorts I will be living in everyday. There’s also comfy tees, some other flirty skirts and darling accessories. I know that I’m no fashion blogger but I like getting dressed in the morning and I love shopping even more.
We used some inspiration from the latest Dear Lizzy collection as a jumpstart for the styles. So you’ll find a cute flamingo bag/clutch and also a pineapple bag. There’s a pair of cute+chic rose gold sandals that you need for summer.
Love this bottom skirt because that guava pink is such a great color right now. See the entire collection here! Thanks so much for joining me on all sorts of creative and life adventures on this blog. Sending cyber hugs, Lizzy
If you follow me on Instagram, you know we love bath time around here. We have #balloons+bath time and recently flowers+bath time. I decided we needed some bath bombs. If you haven’t heard of them– they fizz in the water which is fun and the kids love it. It also softens the water to make your skin feel so nice after.
Well, my first attempt at making my own bath bombs was a literal BOMB. It must’ve been because I didn’t have a good mold and was using easter eggs shells to make easter egg bath bombs. Sounds fun, right? Nope, Pinterest-fails are so frustrating. The mixture was enlarging out of the egg shells and wouldn’t just say together. I think it’s because I added more water too because I thought it was dry when it wasn’t. If I did it again I would snag one of these bath bomb molds first.
My second attempt I used this recipe on A Beautiful Mess and these bow treat molds and I left them in it over night so they really took shape. Instead of falling apart when I tried to take them out. I was happy with the end result this time and they smell like lavender just sitting there in a jar in the bathroom.
Homemade Bath Bombs: More info at A Beautiful Mess
4 oz. baking soda
2 oz. corn starch
2 oz. citric acid
2 oz. Epsom salt
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons water
1 teaspoon essential oil
1 1/4 teaspoon oil (I like coconut or olive oil here)
1-2 drops food coloring (optional)
After that I packaged them up all pretty for Mother’s Day gifts.
Using my Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy Project Life cards and other goodies. Including Maggie Holmes tassels and my new mini Honeycomb balls. Like I have said before, you always need some glassine bags on hand for packaging.
Today I have a simple and fun mini album I put together of some recent pics during spring break. The fun part is that the base of the album is made from envelopes from my Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy collection. In each envelope I included pics, notes, tickets, memorabilia from our staycation. You know I love the experience of looking through mini albums. Seeing if you can find hidden treasure, secret notes and details.
We couldn’t go anywhere far from home during spring break because Avery had practices for a play she will perform at the end of the month. Believe me, I am counting down to our annual-much-needed-beach-vacation in a couple weeks. We did adventure out to the zoo, built forts and had fun with the big girls home all day so I included fave memories and snaps from that.
The cover and back cover are a Dear Lizzy banner transparency. Then a piece of my gold number vellum and the “Happy Day” is cut from a card from my envelope set. Through out the album I use Dear Lizzy gold rimmed tags, gold foil number stickers, paper and my number paper clips.
Love these tassels from Maggie Holmes and the days of the week tape from A Beautiful Mess Messy Box.
I only glued half of the gold rimmed tag so I can still open the envelope easily.
Easter ears and building forts
An old pic of me and Collin that I had on my phone.
To print the pictures for this project I used the CANON Selphy Printer 910.
First I collaged my photos using the PicFrame app to a 2:3 ratio. Then I grouped them again in the 3:2 ratio making it easy to print all four pictures on 4″x6″ photo paper. Lasty, I cut them in half. I am obsessed with this printer since I can print everything right from my phone. I noticed there’s a pink one now??!!! Neeeeeed.
In partnership with Glade I wanted to share a DIY of how to add a feminine touch to your home decor. I’m really enjoying painting abstract canvases around my home lately. Such an easy way to freshen up the color scheme plus it is cost efficient too. Mix that with the new Peonies and Cherries scent from Glade and my home is ready for spring!
This particular quote art I made to match my daughters’ room. I already want to create another one and have them help me because it would be a fun mother/daughter craft.
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. -Roald Dahl
The quote is from the book The Minspins written by Roald Dahl. It was published a few months after he died which makes it quite intriguing to read his last incredible contribution to literature. We have a few of his books when we bought them in a set from Costco but that one wasn’t included. I will have to add it to our summer reading list.
I want my girls to not look for the beautiful things in life in the most unlikely places. To keep their eyes open for new discovery and not only look in common places.
Start with a few shades of paint and a piece of chipboard. Mine is 8.5″x11″.
Cut small pieces of chipboard into various widths about 1/2″-2.5″ and use those as a paint brush to paint onto the chipboard. Cover the board in random steaks of color. You could use foam brushes as well.
Next, let dry.
Once dry, add white and layer over some of the colors. Love when the bottom layer color is peeking through. Go over any colors that may not look right too.
Then, diecut a quote with gold foil paper with Cricut or Silhouette.
Adhere to paint with Modge Podge or I used a glue stick then set a piece of plastic (like saran wrap) and a heavy book on top until dry.
That’s it! Frame it or leave on chipboard and display to enjoy!
Last week I partnered with a couple favorite brands for a giveaway on Instagram. (It’s still going right now if you want to enter!) The first is a $100 gift card from & Apparel which is a darling online shop and everything is under 50 bucks. Cutest skirts and shoes that you can mix it up with a playful graphic tee. The other giveaway is for a pair of shoes from Yosi Samra. I am wearing some leather flats that are so comfortable and modern-chic. Love the quality!
Lola came with me to take some pics. If you remember years ago when I had Quincey ride in a bike basket when I released my first line of products… Crazy how long ago that was. Years later and it’s Lo’s turn. I was pedaling at .00001 mph but she still loved it.
She said she had to wear my fake reading glasses because it was too bright outside without them and she couldn’t see.
PHOTOS: BECKY KIMBALL PHOTOGRAPHY
I’m pretty sure there’s nothing cuter than the profile of a baby’s face. I mean, what’s not to love about chubby cheeks and button noses? To document my daughter at this stage in her life, I decided to create a my own silhouette of her profile to hang on her wall. Here’s how I did it:
In order to get a good shot of my six month old’s profile, I put her in a high chair against a plain wall with plenty of light and distracted her with some toys.
Using the camera on my iPhone, I snapped as many shots as I could get.
Once I had a photo I really liked, I opened it in the VSCO Camera app on my phone and converted it to black and white image to increase the contrast.
From there, I took a scratch sheet of notebook paper (the more transparent, the better!) and used my phone as a light box to draw out my daughter’s profile. This was the fastest method, but I could have printed the photo out and traced it that way too).
After I had her profile drawn, I trimmed it out and then used the shape as a stencil to trace onto patterned paper.
Next, I took some of my favorite supplies from the Daydreamer collection and created a simple cluster in the bottom right hand corner of a 12 x 12″ sheet of patterned paper.
Finally, I hung the print on the wall and now admire it every time I walk by.
PROJECT + PHOTOS: ANN MARIE LOVES