June 14, 2013

Here is our third DIY tutorial from our special Seaside Bridal Shower! It’s all about the details… details are what people remember. If you are throwing a beach inspired event, this darling seashell seating card project does double duty – it also makes a terrific favor! We added beautiful pearl-like candies from Martha Celebrations for the perfect seaside touch!

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SUPPLIES:

  • Krylon Gloss Enamel Spray Paint
  • Hot glue gun
  • jewelry making ‘split rings’
  • tweezers
  • your choice of seashells
  • cute seating cards and yummy candy

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‘Split Rings’ are exactly like teeny tiny keychain rings… and their tight metal grip will be holding our cute seating cards!

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Add a dollop of hot glue to the base of your seashell. Using tweezers, (and working fast because of the hot glue!) pick up a split ring and place it into the hot glue – hold it there until the glue dries – making sure the ring stays vertical. The direction your ring is facing is the same direction your card will go.

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OPTIONAL // I wanted bright white seashells (maybe you want… turquoise!) and split rings – so I spray painted them after I added the split rings. You can do either!

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I only needed one coat on the backside of the shells, but two coats on the inside! Let these dry completely, like really dry for a week or so before packing them up tightly – you know how spray paint can get. **I know, not food safe ~ but the candy hardly touches the paint!

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Since I spray painted after I added the split rings – I had to carefully bust through the paint to open the rings. CRAFTERS TIP // It’s easier to add the rings after you paint – but if you want everything the same color you have to add the rings first. Totally up to you!

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Make cute seating tags and insert them between the two metal pieces of the split rings!

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Aren’t they adorable!? These split rings can be glued onto almost anything!!!

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Add some pretty pearl like candies… of course these are from Martha Celebrations… and you have the perfect seaside seating card and favor!

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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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beautiful photography: Studio 11 Weddings // DIY tutorial: Jen | Something Turquoise // seashells: California Seashell Company // Krylon Spray Paint, Martha Stewart Crafts glue gun, and split rings: Michaels // font Lavanderia: LostType.com // arrow from computer ‘special characters’ font section // nail polish: OPI liquid sand in Get Your Number

Click here to see the entire ‘Seaside Bridal Shower with Martha Celebrations

June 7, 2013

I’m completely obsessed with these champagne glasses!!! While planning this event…. I couldn’t find any glassware that I was satisfied with – so I was forced to make my own!
Just a little frost paint make these glasses ideal for the seaside…

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SUPPLIES:

  • Martha Stewart Crafts Frost Translucent Glass Paint in your choice of color
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Foam Pouncer
  • Glassware of your choice
  • rubbing alcohol and a ziplock baggie

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Using rubbing alcohol, thoroughly clean the area of your glassware that will be painted.

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Working with a tapping motion, carefully apply thin layers of the frosted glass paint with a foam pouncer. Feel free to tape off areas of your glassware that you don’t want paint on.

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When you use a foam pouncer to apply the paint, it leaves a bubbly texture behind which will give these glasses the texture of being etched. But to get the ‘bubbly’ look just right – wait until the paint has dried for about 10 minutes and go back with your pouncer (no extra paint needed) and re-pounce the entire painted area. It will greatly smooth out the bubbles!

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For the tumbler, I used the same painting steps as above.

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In between coats, you can easily save your pouncer and paint in a zip lock bag!

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The champagne glasses required only 2 coats of paint, with an hour of dry time in between.

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The water glasses required four thin coats of paint, with an hour of dry time in between.

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///////////////  CURE YOUR PAINT  ///////////////

Once cured, these glasses will withstand many washings – even in the dishwasher. There are two curing methods: 1. Air Dry for 21 days. 2. Oven Cure – place glasses in a cool oven, set the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes, turn the oven off and let the glasses cool down inside the oven completely. The gradual warm and cool will carefully cure the paint and not harm the glass!

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Cheers to such a beautiful project and such gorgeous friends!!!

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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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beautiful photography: Studio 11 Weddings // DIY tutorial: Jen | Something Turquoise // Svalka champagne glasses and Godis tumblers: IKEA // Martha Stewart Crafts Frosted Glass Paint in ‘Beach Glass’ and foam pouncers: Michaels // nail polish: OPI liquid sand in Get Your Number

Click here to see the entire ‘Seaside Bridal Shower with Martha Celebrations

May 13, 2013

“I am originally not a wedding photographer but when I found out about Matt and Kik’s engagement, I knew I had to take their pictures! Matt and Kiki are born and raised SoCal sweethearts. They met on, they play on, they got engaged on and soon will be wed on the beach. So the location was an obvious choice. For the images we wanted to create something very simple, candid and calm, just like their love. No drama, or hassle just love and light. The focus needed to be on them and their relationship and that’s why we decided to use no props. We set it up like a usual beach day. We were even going to go surf after the shoot but we ran out of light! Bikini, trunks, hat and a blanket to lay on was all that we needed to make sparks fly…” – Lucy from LULIGHT

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“Lucy from LULIGHT is my cousins girlfriend and has been the most lovely addition to our family. She lets my cousin assist her for the photoshoots and they are the sweetest pair to work with. My cousin Alex is so goofy and energetic and she is so gentle and encouraging that my fiancé and I felt so comfortable and were able to just be ourselves and be in love. Lucy will also be shooting our wedding day and I absolutely can’t wait for her soft vintage take on the day.

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…Just about everything! We’ve spent our fair share of time on Pinterest and the Craigslist free section. With those thrifty inspirations along with all of our helpful young and talented friends we will be able to have a beautiful budget wedding.

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…As you can see in Lucy’s amazingly transparent photos we are a low maintenance beach loving couple. So we decided to go with a beach style s’mores bar for the wedding dessert. We found a rustic old planter box and will be filling it with sternos placed in sand with all the s’mores makings placed around. I’m super excited to see it all come together!” -Kiki, the bride-to-be

April 1, 2013

“Lace, warm tones, and pops of metallic made for an elegant, romantic inspiration shoot with Fabulous Fete. Two locally designed and handmade gowns by Kira Elizabeth Designs showcased different looks in keeping with the classic, lavish feel of the photo shoot, which took place at the historic and striking Spoleto Festival headquarters at 14 George Street. The delicate, sophisticated floral arrangement paired perfectly with the lace runner, rough-hewn farm table, and vintage-style white leather chairs. A lace-embellished bar and delicate cake rounded out a contemporary take on classic wedding elegance!” – Reese Moore Weddings

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Photographer:  Reese Moore Weddings // Cake: Elaine’s Events Cakes of Distinction // Event Planner: Fabulous Fete // Dress Designer: Kira Elizabeth Designs // Invitations: Open House // Equipment Rentals: Snyder Event Rental // Hair Stylist: strawberry blonde salon // Floral Designer: WildFlowers Inc. // venue: Spoleto

April 6, 2012

Inspired by the rustic look of nautical home decor, I imagine these adorable favor bags on display at any beautiful beach front wedding… I originally created this tutorial for DIY Weddings Magazine!

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Supplies: Rubber stamps, stamp pads and twine, of your choice colors. Muslin bags which come in all sizes, in this example they are 3” x 5”. You will also need scissors and scrap paper for rubber stamp testing.

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First we will stamp onto the muslin bags. Be aware that stamp pad colors show up differently on the fabric bags than they do on paper. I always like to test my first stamp on a piece of scrap paper.

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After testing your stamp, reload it with ink and stamp on your muslin bag. For the engagement ring bag I did two stamps with the diamonds facing the opposite directions. The engagement ring stamp is from Michaels and the stamp pad color is called Tempting Turquoise from Stampin’ Up.

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For the anchor bag I just stamped one anchor in the middle of the bag. The stamp is from Paper-Source and the stamp pad color is Pacific Point from Stampin’ Up!

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The ‘thank you’ bag is the same as the anchor, one simple stamp in the middle. The stamp is from Paper-Source and the stamp pad color is Chocolate Chip from Stampin’ Up!

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I chose to stamp the seashell design in a line of three. The seashell stamps on each side hang a bit of the edges of the bag, but that’s why it’s cute. The stamp is from Paper-Source and the stamp pad color is Really Rust from Stampin’ Up.

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Next comes the fun part! Replacing the muslin bags boring string with cute twine! The easiest way to measure is to lay the twine out next to the length of the string so you will know how much is needed, cut that length. The twine is from Cupcake Social via Etsy.

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Now tie a knot with the boring string and the new cute twine, you will be using the string to pull the twine through the bag… so that voila, you have a re-threaded draw string favor bag!

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Now carefully pull the string out of the muslin bag, which simultaneously re-threads your bag with the cute twine.

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Then cut the knot tied with the old string off your twine.

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That’s it! Fill with literally anything you want and you are done! So cute and so very personal!

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Sea salted caramels, bridesmaids jewelry…

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…handmade soap, or gift cards – the cute bags can hold it all!

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What will you put in yours???

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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: Jen | Something Turquoise // Jen originally created this tutorial for: DIY Weddings Magazine, Spring 2012 Issue // muslin bags: MuslinBag.com // stamp pads (in: Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip, Pacific Point, and Really Rust): Stampin’ Up! // anchor, seashell, thank you rubber stamps: Paper-Source.com // ring rubber stamp, crinkle shred, rustic box, and scissors: Michaels // twine: Cupcake Social via Etsy // sea salted caramels: Little Flower Candy Co. // handmade seashell soaps: Esscents Scents, Soaps & More via Etsy // gift card: Starbucks // nail polish: Mimosa’s for Mr & Mrs by Opi

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