Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Listen to your mother!

I’m excited to announce the arrival of my Mom’s Kitchen Sink Advice 2016 Calendar. This is a calendar that will make you laugh, think, reminisce and maybe even make you tear up a little bit. It is much more than just a calendar of months to keep you on schedule in 2016.

This calendar has everything you will want to share with those you love throughout the year. Everyone will enjoy the clever idioms, fun quotes and proverbial messages. Likely most of you won’t want to wait for the next month to arrive. But as they say . . . don’t get the cart before the horse! 

The illustrations in this calendar will bring back memories of happy times and simple pleasures. The months include words of wisdom, tender truisms, household hints and tips, clever quips, and a few good recipes. It is filled with everything but the kitchen sink.

The calendar can be found in my Etsy shop. The cards are printed on cover stock in a matte finish, with two size options. The large calendar measures 11 x 17 inches. The small calendar measures 7.5 x 11 inches. Hang one month at a time, or create a wall of wit and wisdom throughout the year by hanging all of the months together as a collection. Both calendar sizes come with the cover art (shown at top).

It’s a great gift to give anyone in your life, and the perfect gift for your mom. I guarantee if you give her this gift, she’ll know she raised you right. :) Enjoy!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Cutest tassel project ever!

Tassels are fun and festive. Tassels are very in for every event. And now tassels are being partnered with some very cute art to give them a new twist on celebrations. Learn how to make these festive tassels with Little Cuties animal tags and garden tags for your parties with the how to directions below~

Hanging Tassel Supplies:
Art from the circular Little Cuties tags at Lettering Delights (three tags per each part)
Tissue paper in a variety of colors for the tassels
Colorful wide straws, can be plastic or paper
String or twin to string the swags together and make them hang
Gluestick, double sticky and Scotch tape
Honeycomb tissue balls (if desired for additional decor)

The photo below shows the supplies as well as prepared pieces for this craft.

How to make the Cuties Tassel Swags: 
Print and cut out each character tag in three inch circles (to make a swag of 4 characters, you will need 12 circles). A swag of 4 parts will be about 6 feet long, and will have 5 straws (if you put one at the top). Make sure to cut the string longer than 6 feet for hanging.

Using gluestick, glue each of three tags together, so that one is glued to less than half of another vertically, but glued also to a third tag until the set is glued into an inverted triangle, so that all three parts are glued to one another.

Note—see photo above—do not glue the circles completely to the centers so that a wide straw can run through the center of each inverted triangle. Also, before glueing, make sure that the circles are lined up vertically straight to one another so that they will hang straight.

Next, make tassels from tissue paper (see photo above). Take one sheet of tissue that is 20 x 30, fold in half to be 15 x 20, then continue folding in half at 7.5 x 20 and then 3.75 x 20. Fold the length of tissue in half to make a band 3.75 x 10 and cut into two piece at that fold. Now with two 3.75 x 10 pieces, slit the all-folded side of both so that you have many pieces stacked together. Keep all in one stack and hold tightly in place while cutting through all in .25 inch slices to fringe the tassels up to one inch from the top. You will have many sheets of fringe. Then roll one or two fringed tissue pieces around a wide straw, 1.5 to 2 inches from its top and tape to secure. See photo below.

Once you have all of your tassels made and taped to the straws, take one inverted triangle of Little Cuties and slide it down  just over the tassel where it is taped. Then use double sticky tape to adhere the triangle to the straw (taping gently inside the triangle to the straw). Do this on all tasseled straws until you have all of the straws decorated with tassel and circular art.

Now it is time to string the pieces together. Cut your string or twin to at least an 8 or 9 foot strands. Thread the string down each straw, one to the next to make a garland, or swag of tasseled Cuties. You can adjust each piece to get it positioned just right. I chose to not tape the pieces together at this point, as the string will hold them together, and allow them to flow gently in the breeze.

Finish off each swag with one remaining tassel inserted and taped to the end of the last straw (see photo below). Make sure to knot off the string and tape or glue to the last tassel, so that they will all hold together and not slip loose.

If you want to have honeycomb tissue balls in the decor, use larger circle tag art to stand atop each ball, as shown in the photo below. Use two circle tags the same size and sandwich the string between.

If you want to have honeycomb tissue balls in the decor, use larger circle tag art to stand atop each ball, as shown in the photo above.

If you would like to use paper straws (as seen in the photo above) and can find them in the wide size, they work even better than the plastic straws. You can even use the thin paper straws, but they are a little harder to string and are a bit thin looking for the swags.

This is a project that can be used with any fun art that is made in a circular format, or even just fun pattern designs. Fill free to make my Little Cuties animal and garden tassel swags with any other art. Go to my site on Lettering Delights to find many other collections and themes and use the patterns and designs for all of your holiday tasseling needs! Think — Swell Noel Swags,  Costume Clubhouse Swags, Sweet Peeps Swags and many others in the Sheri McCulley Studio collection. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Shower them with books

Baby showers have become a great way for new parents to build a wonderful library for their little cutie that is on the way. What better way to share the love of reading than to have all guests bring their favorite children’s book as a gift.

And what better gift than the Little Cuties, Let’s Pretend Animals and Little Cuties, Let’s Pretend in the Garden books. It’s the perfect way to bring books and decor together all in one darling theme—The Little Cuties!

Get the other Little Cuties paper crafting sets of animals and garden themes at Lettering Delights. There are two baby shower invitations to choose from for your event. One for animal lovers and the other for garden lovers.

Make animal and garden party decor from tags with sweet sayings, papers to use for wrapping and decorating, favor boxes and Little Cuties characters to finish off the decor-able baby shower.

You can even choose from a variety of fabrics and wallpapers available now in my Spoonflower shop with the Little Cuties as the theme. They are wonderful for making diaper bags, baby clothes, and decorating for a nursery. Below is a sampling of swatches of the little cuties fabrics.

Now, shower these new moms with the Little Cuties collection.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Little Cuties on the Grow!

A first birthday party for the tiniest one in your life is a a pretty big deal, and the Little Cuties Animals and Garden sets are just the ones to help create a day of fun for your little one.

Choose from a variety of party invitations in the cuties garden and animal themes.

Party favor animal boxes and garden boxes can be made and given to the other little tikes with a “choke-free” trinket inside.

Tags with sweet saying can be used to create party decor, along with bunting animal and garden banners and honeycomb balls.

Gifts can be given in gift bags with darling Cuties, using the animal and garden characters, animal and garden tags and mini bunting.

And other gifts can be wrapped from the Little Cuties animal and garden paper patterns.

And don’t forget the parents at your kiddie party. Drinks for them can even be festive with little cuties tags and honeycomb fruits and straws.

Before your little one grows up too soon, get all of the graphics and party themes at Lettering Delights to create your own party for your little cutie’s happy day!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Just can’t contain the cuteness

The Little Cuties just can’t be contained. But you can keep each child’s attention when they are given a Little Cuties box to contain their treasures.

The complete set of animal and garden boxes come with different Little Cutie character on each side of a box so you will have all of the characters in the set.

There are six Little Cuties Animals boxes, containing 24 characters in all. There are seven Little Cuties Garden boxes, containing 28 characters in all. They can be sized up or down depending on your needs, or even nested to use as stacking blocks.

The little ones will love these as treasure boxes with their favorite characters, or as building block to help build their knowledge of animals, fruits and veggies.

Each of the the Little Cuties boxed sets are available at Lettering Delights.