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.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Two green thumbs up for Little Cuties Garden set

You might want to start your own little greenhouse garden just so you can use these Little Cuties Garden seed packets. These seed packets can be found at Lettering Delights. They are great to use when helping to teach children how to plant seeds and grow their own little garden.

They are also perfect as gifts for your friends who love to garden. 

The top photo shows the front of the seed packets and the photo above shows the back of the packets with the Little Cuties characters.

If you want to make your own apron, or one for your little cutie, just cherry pick your favorite garden kids graphicsbugs and scenes on LD and print them onto t-shirt transfer material and iron onto your fabric of choice. Be sure to follow the directions and make sure you reverse the art and/or type when printing. To learn more about t-shirt transfers, go to my post on Little Cuties “onesies” and learn the details.

I got the mini greenhouse kits at the Target dollar section and used my own little cutie labels to make gifts for friends. If you would like to also use these mini greenhouse label wraps you can get them free for the month at LD for your own decor and gifts—click here

These label wraps are made so you can write in which seeds you are providing with your greenhouse.

Above shows one side of the label, and below shows the other side.

Here are a few close-ups of some of the veggie seed packets in the set of 12.

You can get the seed packets at LD as well as the art to make your own gardening apron. 

Now, go and plant some seeds and watch them grow with the little cuties in your life.