February 4, 2014

We absolutely love all the fun little extra wedding day details that can be created to add additional flair… like these personalized wedding coffee sleeves! No sense in burning your delicate fingers on hot coffee the morning of your wedding day… you can make these protective sleeves in no time – and of course tailor them to your wedding theme. There are so many options! The cup below was simply punched out of thick glitter paper ~ isn’t it fab!

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SUPPLIES:

  • Lifestyle Crafts Evolution Machine
  • Lifestyle Crafts ‘drink sleeve‘ die cut template
  • your choice of cardstock (cut to 6″ wide and at least 10″ long)
  • your choice of 12oz coffee cups from Party City (so many colors!)
  • Sharpie, stamps, print out… whatever you’d like to embellish your cup

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Start by cutting your drink sleeves with the Evolution machine from Lifestyle Crafts. Place your choice of cardstock on top of the drink sleeve cutting die, and crank through the machine…

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In seconds you will have a perfectly punched and embossed drink sleeve, ready to fold!

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There are so MANY different ways to embellish these drink sleeves… stamping you and your grooms initials is one idea.

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..another idea is to use a wedding related rubber stamp.

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You can write special names with a Sharpie paint pen… like Bride or Maid of Honor.
These would make wonderful additions to any bridal shower!

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This drink sleeve cutting template also comes with a few tags and banners as well… here we are cutting the sleeve and a tag at the same time, using different paper.

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You can use this tag to write each guests name, their table… or just a simple sentiment.

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Attach with your favorite scrapbooking adhesive.

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To save 20% off any Lifestyle Crafts or We R Memory Keepers products please use the code TURQUOISE during checkout at www.shopwer.com.

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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 Photography // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise // Lifestyle Crafts Evolution and Drink Sleeve Cutting Template: courtesy of We R Memory Keepers // white and turquoise 12 ounce coffee cups and lids: Party City // Glue Dots, rubber stamps (ring and alphabet), cardstock, glitter paper and Sharpies: Michaels // nail polish: OPI – Mimosas for Mr & Mrs

January 27, 2014

“Megan + David are a sweet, fun loving Seattle couple. When I asked them what they love about each other, Megan said she loves David’s laugh and sense of humor; David said he loves Megan’s thoughtfulness and how she always thinks of others. Then and there I melted and was so excited to get to know them! Their wedding was held at the Daybreak Star Cultural Center at Discovery Park, a unique and beautiful park that is a holdout of wilderness within the city. The park is built on the historic grounds of Fort Lawton, which provided the perfect backdrop and pop of color for their portraits. After a heart-felt outdoor ceremony with a blue sky and the mirrored waters of Puget Sound behind them, the couple enjoyed a ‘fiesta’ themed evening of amazing Mexican food, a few cocktails, handmade donuts, and hitting the dance floor hard with their overjoyed friends and family.” – Red Sparrow Photography

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“It’s obviously really hard to pick just one, but I would have to say the dance party! I don’t think I sat down once after the music started, and most of the guests didn’t either! It was so nice to just let go after the more stressful parts of the day, and dancing was the part of the wedding I was looking forward to the most ~ aside from marrying my best friend of course! Our DJ was great and I could have danced all night!

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..I, along with some fabulous helpers, DIY-ed quite a bit for our wedding. The programs, seating cards, the decorative poms, the table numbers, my flower piece for my hair and the thank you cards were all done by me. Additionally, instead of having a traditional guest book, we decided to use a cookbook by one of my favorite chefs, Rick Bayless. My husband proposed to me in his restaurant, where the chef gave me a signed copy of one of his books. We had guests write on the pages of the book. We are looking forward to cooking and seeing our friends and families little notes to us!

I had a fabulous group of family and friends that helped with all the flowers, both centerpieces and bouquets. A big shout out goes to my Mom, who spearheaded the whole thing and helped me pick out my flower types and colors and my friend Jenny who is basically the bouquet making queen. While DIY-ing can get a bit stressful, it really allowed me to put my own stamp on the event – while making great memories with the people the helped me along the way. I wouldn’t have had it any other way!

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..I did indeed! My something old was my grandmother’s bracelet; my something new was my earrings and my dress; my something borrowed was the necklace that my mother wore in her wedding; and my something blue was my shoes!

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..I think the biggest thing to remember throughout the whole process is – there is no right or wrong way to do things, so throw that rule book out the window! I really wanted the focus of our wedding to be on the celebration portion, so we made the ceremony short and sweet and allotted the most time for eating, drinking and dancing. Don’t want a cake? Get something you and the groom really enjoy, which in our case was donuts! Don’t want to do a bouquet or garter toss? Don’t! Just because your wedding isn’t super traditional, doesn’t make it any less special.” – Megan, the bride

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photography: Red Sparrow Photography // second shooter: Paul Gibbons Photography // venue: Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center // dress: Maggie Sottero, alterations: Eltsa Custom Sewing // men’s attire: Men’s Warehouse // bridesmaid dresses: Donna Morgan // bride and bridesmaid earrings: Mumsy // invitations: Minted // hair: Swink Stylebar // makeup: brides sister // flowers: DIY, purchased from: Every Day Flowers // caterer: Madres Kitchen // donuts: Street Donuts // DJ: Headsmile Productions

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

December 24, 2013

Happy Christmas Eve!!! This year we had the pleasure of working with Sugarfina for our custom, SomethingTurquoise.com Christimas candy favors ~ aren’t they adorable!?! We had to share because they are so darn cute! We were attracted to Sugarfina at first because of their ‘turquoise bear gummies‘ but quickly fell in love with the owners and their love of sugar!

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Sugarfina is a high quality, curated candy boutique that carries incredibly unique and down right darling sweets! If you have a sweet tooth, are in need of a sugary gift or are looking for specialty, custom wedding favors ~ you simply must check out their gourmet candy collections. We had such a wonderful time working with them on our custom Christmas favors we know that you will too!

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images courtesy of: Studio Eleven Photography

December 13, 2013

Sharing DIY projects is our absolute favorite thing to do… especially when it’s a project like this!!! Today we will be showing you exactly how to make your own votive candles! Which of course is a very classic wedding favor, but when they are purchased (and not handmade) – they are just boring – so we know that our DIY brides will be thrilled to make their own! These little votives are very easy to make, it’s just a melt and pour kind of thing and you get to pick your color and fragrance! Ok, enough chatting, let’s get down to business…

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Supplies:

  • candle wax, we used Crystal Palm Wax from CandlesandSupplies.net (love!!!!)
  • pouring pot 
  • old wooden spoon
  • wicks
  • votive molds 
  • wick pins
  • flutter dies
  • fragrance

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/////   CRYSTAL PALM WAX   /////

It’s beautiful and unique. It melts wonderfully and is very easy to work with. Each candle will have a different (crystal – feathered – marbled ) appearance that gives the votives a rustic look. The imperfections and unique lines give them charm. This is a clean burning wax with no soot. *Technically speaking this wax should be poured between 200 – 210 degrees, but we are keeping it simple in this tutorial and pouring it once melted. Varying pouring temperatures and molds will produce a variety of crystal shapes and sizes!

Start by melting your awesome ‘crystal palm wax’ on very low heat, stirring constantly. If you keep the heat as low as possible and melt the wax slowly, you can eliminate the need for using a thermometer – we like to keep things simple! Here we are only using about a half pound of wax. One pound makes 10 votives. Make sure to just keep stirring it ~ DO NOT let it burn or simmer!

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To keep things simple we are using ‘flutter dyes’ to color our wax! Not only are they cute, but they are a very easy and hassle-free way to color your candles! Using 1 flutter dye per pound will give you a medium shade tint, using 2 will yield a darker color and using half will achieve a pastel look… the experiment is part of the fun!

Once your wax is almost fully melted you can add your flutter dye. The amount will be up to you… here we only added half a flutter dye to half a pound of wax (meaning the color produced would have been a full flutter to a full pound). Stir until the dye and remaining wax is completely melted as shown. Here we are using a ‘peach flutter dye’.

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Remove from the heat and add your scent. You can use up to 1.5 oz of scent to 1 pound of wax. I normally use 1 oz to 1 pound – because I like to keep it simple. Stir to combine.

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Ready your molds! Place the wick pins inside your votive molds on a surface where you can pour the wax. These wick pins are the place card holder for you wicks! Here we put down some parchment paper to protect the surface from rogue wax. 

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Now the fun part, pour your candle wax into each mold! You can do this right away… if you wait too long your wax will start to cool and it will harden in your pouring pot. If that happens, just re-melt it. 

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Where you stop your pour is completely up to you, some people fill them till they overflow!

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This is what they look like completely cooled… 

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Instead of messing with ‘mold release’ chemicals… just pop your completely cooled votives in the freezer for 5 -10 minutes. The cold will perfectly release the candle wax from the mold.** This is also true for any candle holder… like if you have the remnants of a burned candle in a container – pop it in the freeze and the wax releases like magic!

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Tug a little on the wick pin to remove your candle!

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Then turn the candle upside down and tap the pin on your counter top a few times to release the wick pin. Carefully push down and then pull the pin out.

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You can make your own wicks (details here) or purchase them. Simply slip them in the hole! Press the wick clip base firmly into the wax so that the wick stays put. 

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Trim the wick down as needed… and that’s all there is to it!

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Aren’t they gorgeously rustic looking…

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We just love the way all these turned out, aren’t you super excited to make them!!!
The flutter dyes we used were: peach, lavender, light blue and blue. 

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Supplies:

  • cardstock
  • paper punch
  • twine
  • 9″ tulle circles
  • pen

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If you are looking to turn these darling votives into little wedding favors, here is a cheap and easy way to package them.

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Start by punching and then hole punching little tags…

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Then write a sweet message to your guests… or design and print them from your computer.

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Put each votive in the center of a tulle circle, wrap the tulle around the votive, clip with a clothespin and then tie it off with a piece of twine or ribbon…

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Make sure to add your cute little tag!

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So fun and so lovingly handmade. The perfect favor for the hardcore DIY bride.

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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 // Crystal Palm Wax and flutter dyes: CandlesandSupplies.net // votive molds and wick pins: Candle Lynn Supplies via Etsy // pouring pot, scent, wicks, hole punch, hexagon punch, 9″ tulle circles, and cardstock: Michaels // nail polish: Essie – Mint Candy Apple