Wednesday, February 27, 2013

FREE PRINTABLE: Letters to the Tooth Fairy

In honor of National Tooth Fairy Day We have not lost any teeth yet in our home but with Audrey turning 5, I know it's coming soon. I have created a new FREE printable package - Letters to the Tooth Fairy. I illustrated my idea of what the Tooth Fairy looks like and created an envelope and two letters. The first is from your child to the Tooth Fairy. They can fill in their name and the number of teeth lost. There is an envelope printable included that they can make to place the letter and the tooth to leave for the Tooth Fairy. The third printable is a letter from the Tooth Fairy for your child. This letter is editable using Acrobat Reader and you can type in their name and number of teeth lost to make it look "official". There is also a "Official Use Only" fill in at the bottom including the Seal of the Tooth Fairy.

You can download your free copy of Letters to the Tooth Fairy here.

I hope you and your children will enjoy this special activity together as much as I enjoyed making it for you.

Have a great day!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Swamp Party Ideas

1. Swamp Box Invitation, Magnolia Creative Co. 2. Stamped flatware, Magnolia Creative Co. 3/4. Gingham Plates and Polka Dot Napkins, Polka Dot Market 5. Lime Green Polka Dot Balloons, Kara's Party Ideas, 6. Burlap Favor Bags, Kara's Party Ideas 7. Alligator Suckers, Sweetnicks, 8. Alligator Cookies, Silly Gilly Desserts

It's so funny to me how quickly the Swamp collection is becoming one of my biggest sellers. I created this party a year ago for my son's first birthday who will be two in just a little over one month. I guess I just don't associate a deep love of alligators, muddy water and crawfish anywhere but Louisiana but I think it's quickly catching on! I wanted to put together some fun party finds to accompany this collection and help you bring your own Bayou Bash to life.

The Swamp invitation is now available in 3 ways, the fully assembled box invitation, just the alligator egg and invitation and a flat invitation, one for each party budget. I'm even selling the eggs alone so you can create the look yourself and I'll soon be adding plastic alligators as well in both sizes. If you're looking for a fun swamp favor, homemade Swamp Slime is a great option. You can change the colors to match any party theme or for everyday fun! I hope you enjoy these creepy, crawly finds and have a swamp-tastic week!

View the original party here on Kara's Party Ideas.

Friday, February 22, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Party and Gift Ideas

1. Party invitations Magnolia Creative Co 2.Burlap Wreath Door Decor and More 3. Clover Ring ThirtySixTen
4. Leprechaun Onsie and Leggings Kakabaka 5. Green Chevron Straws Shop Sweet Lulu
6. Gold Chevron Forks Sucre Shop 7. Shamrock Cookies Picket Fence Confections
8. Cake Plate Cling WH Hostess 5. Green Chevron Paper Bags Shop Sweet Lulu

We are in full on St. Patrick's Day mode here at Magnolia Creative Co. I'm in charge of our city's St. Patrick's Day parade. Some close friends and I started it and we're about to roll out our 5th year! It's such a fun, family event and St. Patrick's Day is so close to my heart. My family participated in the Baton Rouge parade for years. My husband and I even had a St. Patty's themed wedding event and our entire wedding party rode on my uncle's float in the parade. The local news even interviewed us. A good time was had by as I'm sure you can imagine!

To get your St. Patrick's Day party in gear I've compiled a list of my favorite green themed party goodies and gifts. I hope they inspire you to get your green on and start the party!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 18, 2013

chloemae Giveaway Winner

And the winner of our chloemae giveaway is 
Kristin Upthall!

Congratulations! Karen will be contacting you soon to claim your prize.

Have a great Monday everyone! I'm off to celebrate the 5th birthday of my sweet girl, Audrey. It's hard to believe it's been 5 years! Time flies when you are having fun!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Stationery Academy

I know I said I'd blog Monday, Wednesday and Friday so this is a little bonus post. I am trying to win a scholarship to the Stationery Academy in Dallas in August and part of the application is to blog about it. The Stationery Academy is the week after my birthday. I've wanted to attend for sometime now and since it's only going to be a couple hours away, I can't pass it up! This conference is led by Whitney English and Natalie Chang, superstars in the paper biz. It's an amazing opportunity to learn from these women as well as all the other incredible speaker and creative entrepreneur that will be there. My goal is to develop Magnolia Creative Co. into the business I know it can be. Life has sidetracked me a little bit but in a good way. I'm ready now to roll with this, have fun and be a success! Wish me luck and watch out because I know that fun, exciting and new things are coming for Magnolia Creative Co. I hope you'll join me for the ride.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Chloemae Giveaway & Valentine's Printables

I'm hosting an adorable giveaway if I do say so myself this week. Chloemae is a precious etsy shop created by Karen Madden. She makes fun bow ties for boys as well as toy leashes that every parent will love! She's graciously donated a prize of one free product of your choice to the winner from her etsy shop!

By Karen I'm a former middle school Home Ec teacher turned stay home mom and entrepreneur. I love design and beautiful fabrics and actually started my college career in Apparel and Textile Merchandising. Last year my husband came to me and asked me if I would make him some bow ties and before I knew it I had a little cottage industry going at my kitchen table. I opened up an Etsy store and also began selling the ties to a boutique here in Lincoln, Nebraska. Since my little girl is my biggest inspiration I named my company after her. Right now I mainly sell little boy bow ties (for photo shoots, birthdays, and holidays) and toy leashes. I'm working on several girl designs that I am excited to roll out later this year so stay tuned for these releases!

Chloemae Links

Here's how to enter the giveaway.
1. Like Chloemae on Facebook - This is mandatory
2. Like Magnolia Creative Co. on Facebook- Bonus entry
3. VIsit the Chloemae etsy shop and leave a comment below telling us which product you'd  choose if you won - Bonus entry

The giveaway will end Sunday, February 17 at midnight and the winner will be announced in the Magnolia Creative Co. Monday blog post.

Also tomorrow is VALENTINE'S DAY! If you're in need of some free printables to spice up gifts or your party, I've designed two collections for Catch My Party. I've received pictures of how people have used them and it's all been so cute!

Download the Cupid Collection here and the Love Collection here.

Images from Gallamore West and the Creative Itch

Good luck!

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Happy Lundi Gras & FREE Printables

I was honored to be asked to contribute a Mardi Gras shoot for the new Everyday Party Magazine. The recent launch was a huge success and one of my Mardi Gras pictures was selected for the cover! If you have not checked out this magazine you need too. It's filled with some spectacular parties and TONS of DIYs to help you to create a fabulous party on an everyday budget. You and read the magazine here

For the shoot I created some new Mardi Gras printables. They contain invitations, party circles, signs, bead wraps and a banner, just in time for your Mardi Gras party tomorrow. Download them for FREE here and laissez les bon temps router!

Have a wonderful Lundi Gras today and Mardi Gras tomorrow! This is my favorite time of the year and it's hard to believe it's over. I hope y'all had as much fun as I did! 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Client Party: Pink Cupcake First Birthday

I've been taking a lot of my custom orders from clients and turning them into full collections and adding them to the shop. Claire H. contacted me about designing a pink and yellow cupcake collection for her daughter's first birthday. She was such a pleasure to work with and we just finalized her son's dinosaur party collection, which will also appear in the shop soon.

Check out the pictures she sent me from the party. Claire did a wonderful job setting everything up and all the sweet treats look simply delicious! You can find the new Pink Cupcake Collection in the Magnolia Creative Co. shop here.

Important shop announcement - all Magnolia Creative Co. printables files will be sold on the Etsy shop and printed files will be sold through the website. If you see a collection on the website that has not been added to the etsy shop please send us an email and I'll be happy to set it up for you.

Don't' forget you have until midnight tonight to enter the Gambino's King Cake giveaway! A very yummy king cake shipped fresh to your door just in time for your own Mardi Gras party. Enter here. As always, thanks so much for your support and have a great celebration!

Monday, February 4, 2013

King Cake Giveaway!

In Louisiana it's a heated debate on who has the best King Cake. From Lafayette to New Orleans people will argue as to who has the best and EVERYONE has a favorite, even in Shreveport people battle it out.  Gambino's is my favorite (they did my wedding cakes so I'm partial to them), Haydel's, Randazzo's are the top contenders around the state but there are many, many more! To celebrate my favorite holiday and this heated ongoing debate, I'm giving away a FREE Gambino's King Cake shipped overnight, straight to your door and ready for your Mardi Gras party!

1. Like the Magnolia Creative Co. Facebook page - 1 Entry
2. Follow the Magnolia Creative Co. Blog - 3 Bonus Entries
3. Tweet about the Giveaway - 2 Entries

The giveaway will end Wednesday, February 6 and your king cake will be delivered to you on Monday, February 11 in time for Mardi Gras. 

Don't forget you can also download the FREE 2013 Mardi Gras printable collection featured on the cover of the new Everyday Party Magazine to add some glitter to your party. Please be sure and email me pictures if you do, I'd love to see how you used the printables where ever you are!

Good luck and laissez les bon temps rouler!

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This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Gambino's Bakery of Louisiana.

Friday, February 1, 2013

[TUTORIAL] NO SEW Hand-Dyed Ombre Ruffle Tablecloth

I inherited a lot of talents from my mother, unfortunately sewing was not one of them. I've tried, I've taken a class and it didn't go well. When the sweet ladies from Everyday Party Magazine asked me to design styled Mardi Gras shoot for the premier issue I was so honored. I wanted to do a classic Mardi Gras party with lots of elegant DIY elements. I recently purchased a lovely ruffled table runner and that was the inspiration for the tablecloth - RUFFLES in Mardi Gras colors. I'm a hippie at hard and have always love hand dyed fabrics too. I researched how to sew it myself and found many well written tutorials but when they started talking about using "rufflers" and pulling strings and such my head started to spin, so I grabbed my trusty glue gun and headed off to Hobby Lobby to gather my supplies.

Materials needed:
• White fitted tablecloth - this is the no sew cheat. I purchased mine here
• Lots of white cotton muslin - I purchased 15 yards
• Rit dye in purple, green and gold (yellow)
• Salt
• Surgical Gloves
• Rubber bands (the hair kind are fine)
• Large safety pins
• Coat hangers
• Hot glue gun and lots of glue sticks
• Optional - Purple, green and gold thread and your sewing machine

I started by cutting the muslin to cover the top of my table with a little overhang, you need this to glue the top fabric layer to. Next I cut my fabric into three even strips. The height will vary depending on your table. You want to allow for a little overlap to cover the edge of the layer below it. Next I started folding the fabric up and secured the top with the rubber bands.

I got out my cook pot and filled it with water about 6" deep. Let the water boil with salt in it and "wash" the fabric in the salt water first but only the part you plan to dye. I forgot to salt wash one layer and I bet you can't tell which one so don't freak out if you forget. Next add your dye mix and give it a good stir.

This next step takes a while so get comfy! Start by dipping your fabric in your dye color almost to rubber band. You'll leave it in the dye for 5-10 minutes. Then you'll redip and leave a  few inches from the edge of the top. You'l leave it in the dye for about 10-15 minutes. Then you'll dip just the edge (about 2 inches) and leave it for about 20 minutes. See why I said get comfy! Luckily I have a cabinet above my stove so I rigged up a tie so that I could hang it from the knob and not have to hold it the entire time, hopefully you can do that too. Repeat these same steps for all three colors to achieve your ombre look. 

After you've finished dying each piece hang them up somewhere to dry. They will drip so be sure and put something under them to catch the drips because they will stain what's underneath. Leave them to dry overnight. The next day open up your beautifully dyed pieces and spread them out to admire your work!

Optional sewing step: Using your machine, sew a hem on each edge in an opposite thread color just to add some extra color. 

Next comes the fun part, making ruffles! The best way to make sure the layers are even are to do the top (purple) layer first, then the last layer (yellow) so you can center the middle layer (green). Start by attaching the end of your layer the the top middle of your fitted tablecloth. Stretch out some more and attach with another dot of glue. Then fold the layer back, attach with some glue and then pull the fabric forward and keep repeating the same step all the way around the table. The trick is to vary your fold lengths so that the the ruffles are not exact in the same place, especially once all the layers are attached. 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have fun making your own dyed tables skirt and experiment with some new color combos. Be sure to share your pictures with me if you do, I'd love to see your creations. 

Have fun!