April 16, 2014

I am super excited to announce that Darby Smart has added me as their most recent creative designer and picked up my ‘Glittered Wooden Spoon Favor‘ tutorial!!!! What that means is you can now easily purchase all the supplies you’ll need – in one box- quickly from their website! Check it out! 

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April 4, 2014

Today I have a super fun, totally easy and completely cost effective “favor” project for you! How to create these sparkly (glass-like top) glitter wine stoppers… which would make the most perfect bridal shower or bachelorette party favors! Or maybe if you are having a wine themed wedding, and you feel brave, you could make one for every guest! I must add, that after all is said and done – these beauties only cost $0.60 a piece… aren’t they even better looking now that you know how cheap they are!?! 

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SUPPLIES:

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Start by adding a thin layer of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic glue to the top of the cork.

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Next, shake on a bunch of chunky glitter. Using your finger pat the glitter that is hanging off the edges inward and make sure you are happy with the coverage of glitter across the top of the cork. **I tried out lots of different styles of glitter, but the larger sequins look best.

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Now, make a whole bunch – it hardly takes any time at all! I’ve made at least 50 of these and I still have 1/3 bottle of glue left, just to give you an example.

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Once the first coat of glue/glitter has dried completely you are ready for the “thick, glass style” coat of glue. Make sure you are working on a surface where you can leave these corks to dry completely without moving them.

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Apply a SUPER THICK coat of the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. As you can see from the images below, you are looking for the glue to pile up and form a dome on top of the glitter/cork. If there are any air bubbles you MUST remove them, otherwise they will dry just as they are. You can pop or scrape them away with a needle. 

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This ‘dome’ will dry completely as is; crystal clear and beautiful… just like glass! 

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Make sure to leave them alone while drying. If you tilt the cork, the glue will leak right down the side. Ours took about 10 hours to dry completely, so I recommend doing this last step in the evening – so you can just let them dry overnight. 

Once dry, they have an awesome “glass-like” finish on top with loads of glitter underneath!

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These sparkling beauties would make perfect bridal shower or bachelorette party favors!

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As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

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Photography: Studio 11 Weddings // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise // tapered corks: Jelinek Cork Group // Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter (in sterling, florentine gold, tourmaline, kunzite, charoite) and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic: Michaels // nail polish: OPI – Love Angel Music Baby

April 1, 2014

“Abigail is one of those people that cares so much about other people, but never expects it in return. Because of that, her bridesmaids wanted to throw her the perfect shower. Being one of her bridesmaids myself I helped plan, excite, and enjoy this special day for Abby. All of us girls were on a budget so we needed to be very cost aware, but we still wanted to throw a good shower. We delegated obligations, took over her mom’s house, and only had a few minor panics. Since Abby and her soon-to-be husband love to cook together, we decided to have a kitchen themed shower. All of the paper goods had silverware and dishes on them, we gave away hand stamped tea towels for favors, and (my favorite) had everyone write a word of advice on a wooden spoon. Overall the day ended up great, and perfect for our bride to be. There were lots of laughs, hugs, and love towards this wonderful girl that we all cherish. Seeing her be a bit emotional because of all of the love coming her way was an absolute delight for me. My favorite quote of the day? “This is the best shower I’ve ever been to!!” – Spencer Studios

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“My favorite things about my bridal shower were seeing the faces of all my beautiful friends, how well everything was coordinated and how thoughtful the kitchen theme was! I absolutely love cooking and my bridesmaids took all of that into consideration…

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..All of the decorations, invitations, game cards, food, and favors were DIY-ed by my bridesmaids! They made an adorable flag banner from fabric scraps and ribbon, a fabric floral arrangement of epic proportions, hand-stamped tea towels to give to guests, matching stationary for the invites and thank-you’s PLUS cards to use during game time, pretty paper badges for myself and the winners of each game, and they even made me a fabric bouquet. It was precious and entirely scrapbook-worthy! A perfect way to say bon-voyage right before my destination wedding…

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..Our wedding was a planned elopement, so there wasn’t a lot of decoration required but I did DIY my hair piece for our ceremony! It’s now one of my favorite DIY projects. I took my great-grandmother’s old string of pearls and turned it into a hair comb. It’s the sentimental things that meant the most to me at our wedding. In addition to the comb, I broke the flower bouquet tradition and carried a journal. Over the years, we’ve written letters to each other in this journal, and now our vows are kept among them! But the best part of all was simply marrying the man I loved and sharing it in a beautiful, intimate setting!” – Abigail the bride

January 31, 2014

For me, planning my wedding was an absolute blast… and I enjoyed every second. However, those last few days before the big day are usually a tad bit stressful (or really stressful) no matter who you are and how well things have been planned. So today I’m sharing a project that’s obsession worthy; the Wedding Advent Calendar! It’s the absolute perfect way to brighten those last stressful days before your event; it’s a mini-celebration each and every day! Although as the bride you can’t make this for yourself – your bridesmaids will need to do it for you! So Pin, tag and share this darling idea with your besties so that they get the hint! 

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We tried to keep the supplies as simple (and as cost effective) as possible!

  • large cork board (ours is 22″ x 36″ and was only $15)
  • spray paint *optional
  • cute little gift items
  • fun wrapping supplies
  • tags
  • twine/ribbon
  • sewing pins
  • and cute number stickers!

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Colors Shown Here   ///   Grayscale Design

Download, print onto cardstock and cut out our FREE design above. Or create your own!

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We started by masking off our cork board…

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 ..and then painted the wood frame with Krylon Satin ‘Nickel’ spray paint – two coats will do.

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While the spray paint is drying, you can make the numbered tags! How many gifts you will give the bride is completely up to you… from 5 to 31 ~ it’s your choice!

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Now here’s the thing about using stickers (versus stamps or printing from your computer) – many do not have multiple 1′s – which you need for 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. So when purchasing your stickers, make sure that within the font you will be able to cut other letters to resemble a “1″! This package of ‘thickers’ in ‘Wisecrack‘ was the perfect font – you’d never know we cut T’s and turned them into 1′s!

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Cut twine or ribbon and add little bows to each tag.

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So here’s the deal. As a bridesmaid, after you’ve spent $$$ on your dress, the shoes, the shower and the bachelorette party… I get it – the last thing you want is another expense. However, if everyone only buys one or two items – it could be $3 – $10 a person.

If you want to give this gift at the bridal shower, have the board and numbers prepped before hand, ask 10-15 people to bring one, small wrapped gift (letting them know of your wrapping color scheme will be helpful) and assemble board in secret during the shower. Then give to the bride at the very end of her unwrapping all her gifts… and tell her that she has more to unwrap but not until days before her wedding! This way all the presents and wrapping have been divided up among multiple people, so it’s not as much work. ***Also, you don’t have to do 15 gifts – do 5 or 10… or 30! Whatever you want!

Gift Ideas: undies, lipstick, body spray, mini-frame, lip balm, zit stick, tea bags, eye shadow, gum, hair bands, nail polish, wine opener, socks, candles, face mask, small gift cards… etc!

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Using your favorite adhesive, apply the ‘wedding advent calendar’ design.

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Gather all the gifts together…

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..and start assembling! Lay them out on the board before you number them to make sure they all fit together and look adorable.

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Using a sewing pin (with a large head on it) – pin right through the tag and present!

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Cutesy Details: I simply embellished some of the plain gift bags with Sharpies (chevron, flower swirls and large gold polka dots) and made the two large envelopes out of scrapbooking paper (stripes and mini-polka dots) just by folding and securing with scrapbooking adhesive.

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This heartfelt gift will make the days leading up to your besties wedding, even more special for her… so connect with the other bridesmaids to see how you gals can pull this off!

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As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

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Photography: Studio 11 Weddings // DIY tutorial and downloads by: Jen | Something Turquoise // large cork board, paper/gift wrapping supplies, Krylon spray paint, tags, thickers, sewing pins : Michaels // little gifts were purchased at Target, Bath & Body Shop, and Ulta // nail polish: OPI – Love Angel Music Baby

January 21, 2014

Are you in search of a fun and silly way to entertain your wedding guests? Then look no further than this simple DIY… wedding Mad-Libs, or Wed-libs are a light hearted and easy game perfect for any type wedding event! Since everyone loved the 3 versions that we published {last year}, today we are sharing 3 more! Happy Crafting!

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SUPPLIES: 

  • FREE ‘wed-libs’ downloads below
  • 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock
  • paper trimmer
  • bakers twine
  • pencils
  • printer

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Download. Print. Cut your 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock in half, lengthwise – at 5.5″.

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That’s pretty much all there is to it… these designs are full front and back!

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We have 3 brand NEW ‘Wed-libs’ theme downloads for you!!!

HOW THEY MET  //  Front  &  Back

THE REHEARSAL  //  Front  &  Back

THE BIG DAY  //  Front  &  Back

These fun Wed-libs were written by my fabulous mother exclusively for Something Turquoise!

Once downloaded, print as many as you need – both front and back. Do test prints to make sure that you are happy with the paper and printer quality. You can also take these files to your local print house and have them print them for you. Two ‘wed-libs’ are on each 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper.  Most print house’s will cut them for you as well, with one swift chop.

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If you’d like to add pencils we used 18″ of twine…

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Tie a simple knot or a bow… and you are done!

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SO fun! Now… for those of you not familiar with how to play ‘Mad Libs‘… you are supposed to blindly fill in the words asked for (on the back of these cards) and then transfer or read them into the front paragraph. It makes the story sillier if you don’t know what it’s about…

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Click {here} for the other 3 versions:
The Proposal Story, Bachelorette Party and Honeymoon Plans

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As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

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Photography: Studio 11 // DIY tutorial + free downloads by: Jen | Something Turquoise // Wed Libs written by: JoAnn Causey // cover weight 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock in Gravel + purple bakers twine: Paper Source // Martha Stewart paper trimmer + jewel topped pencils: Michaels  // nail polish: Essie – Turquoise & Caicos

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