Supporting Local Makers + LA Antler Co. Necklace Giveaway

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We love to shop small and support local makers. We run small businesses, so we know the large amount of work it takes to operate it, and what orders, followers and subscribers mean (emotionally and financially). Not only does it feel good supporting someone’s hard work and dreams, but the product is amazing, too! When we learned about antler necklaces by LA Antler Co, made in our home state of Colorado, we immediately emailed Addie to buy one. The rustic meets chic necklaces are so unique, and a fantastic new accessory for every woman’s jewelry collection.

Jessica and Addie met on a snowy spring day for coffee, and talked life and antlers. We learned that her fiancé has a passion for shed antler hunting. Every single year deer shed their antlers and grow new ones. With a piling amount of antlers in their home, Addie started creating beautiful pieces of art. She designs home accents wrapped with yarn, in addition to the necklaces.

Jessica has a necklace, and loves it! Every time she wears it, she receives many compliments. It’s a good day because LA Antler Co. is GIVING AWAY one necklace on Instagram. You don’t want to miss this – ENTER HERE.

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Celebrate Teachers With Fruit And Free Printables

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It’s teacher appreciation week! We know we each had our favorite teachers growing up, and they made a positive impact on our lives. Now, we see our children’s teachers helping them learn and grow. It’s awesome, and honestly, we don’t know how they do it! Since we can’t seem to get enough of all the cute fruit everywhere (recently at Bullseye’s Playground at Target), we’re thanking our teachers with fruit.

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Fruit has irresistible puns, so Jenna (Fleur de lis, a paperie) made fruit-tastic printables for us. Good news because we’re sharing them with you! There’s a tag for cherries, bananas, apples and watermelon; We CHERRY-ISH you as a teacher, You’re awesome to the CORE, You’re one in a MELON teacher and You’re like a PINEAPPLE, you stand tall, wear a crown (of knowledge) and are sweet on the inside! These labels are 4×6, but for our fruit tags we scaled them to 60% when we printed them to attach to the fruit.

Some other fun ideas you can attach the tags to is fruit-flavored gum packets, juice or sparkling water, totes, water bottles or anything else with fruit you can find!

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Take the time to thank the teachers you love this week, or any week. These printables are perfect for Valentine’s Day, back to school time and at the end of school, too.

Print the FREE PRINTABLE here.

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Celebrate Mom This Mother’s Day With A Sweet DIY Paper Cake

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Being a mom is one of the hardest, and most rewarding jobs in the world. Between the three of us, we have 8 children, ranging from 9-years-old to 2-years-old. Nothing could have prepared us for the ups and downs of motherhood (and all the priceless memories in between), but one thing’s for sure – we had the best mom growing up. She was the greatest example for us to learn what it means to be a mother, and how impactful a mother’s love can be. Our mom, without a doubt, takes the cake as the best mom (and now Nani to 8 grandkids) ever!

This year, we’re treating our mom to a sweet slice of cake, a beautiful DIY layered cake. This cake won’t cause any cavities
though, because it’s inedible. It’s made of paper, and decorated with the best, most colorful paper, ASTROBRIGHTS®  Papers.

We like to do most everything as a family, so we didn’t just stop at just one cake. Our mom gets the grand, three-layer cake, and we made three additional “baby cakes” to celebrate our own motherhood. Just like our personalities, they are all vibrant, but different and one-of-a-kind. All the how-to details for the 3-tier cake is available at Astrobrights.com. It’s worth checking out!

We hope you COLORIZE your Mother’s Day as you celebrate your own Mom, you, or any special Mother’s in your life, this year.

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Materials:

  • Astrobrights Papers, see colors below
  • Scissors
  • Paper mache boxes (found here or here)
  • Glue dots, mini and regular
  • Glue stick
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue

Directions:

Step 1: Determine the colors of the cakes.  For the three-tier cake, we used Rocket Red™, Gamma Green™, Solar White (found in the Spectrum Pack) and Terra Green™ cardstock. You can use the text weight instead of the cardstock weight, but we found that the cardstock weight was more durable when opening and closing the box. For the middle layer, we printed a free watercolor printable on the Solar White paper. To get the size you need, re-size as needed in Microsoft Word.

For the black and white baby cake, we used Eclipse Black™ and Solar White. For the confetti and rainbow baby cake, we used Plasma Pink™, Pulsar Pink™, Solar Yellow™, Cosmic Orange™, Blast-Off Blue™, Lunar Blue™Stardust™ White, Terrestrial Teal™, and Terra Green™. For the mama bear cake, we used Fireball Fuchsia™ for the melted frosting on top, and we painted Stardust™ White with gold leaf paper for the base of the cake. Follow directions on the gold leaf packaging to add this fun touch of glam to any paper.

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Step 2: Measure the size of the box, as well as the lid.

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Step 3: Cut the paper according to box measurements. Important note: add 1-2 cm. to the lid width measurements, because you will want it a bit higher than the actual lid to cover the edges of the lid.

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Step 4: Add glue dots to the edges and corners of the paper, and begin to wrap the box with paper. It’s best to leave the lid trim for last, so you can make sure the entire rim of the box is covered.

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Step 5: Cut any embellishments, or designs you choose to add. Our cakes are pretty and somewhat simple, which best suits us. The embellishments worth noting are the DIY paper flowers, the Boy Mom topper (and the classic white “pleats” on the cake), the mama bear and rainbow.

To make the flowers, first print flower petals from a template you can find online. Trace onto Rocket Red paper, and then cut. We used a Poppy flower template through our Silhouette Cameo software. But, most petals you find online will work. Next, cut a small triangle on the bottom, center of the petal. This is where you need your hot glue gun. Press hot glue on one side, and gently place the bottom side of the other piece of the petal on top. Continue to do this until you have four petals. Now, just glue each petal on top of each other. Once you have the petals, begin to create the center. We free-handed one small circle in Terra Green, one mini circle in Gamma Green and then leaves in both greens. For extra texture, cut slits in the larger Terra Green circle. Glue that textured circle in the middle of the flower, and then glue the mini Gamma Green circle in the center. Finally, glue the leaves on the bottom of the flower. You can place these all over the cake, or use a couple – it’s up to you!

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To make the bear, trace and cut the image of a bear onto card stock paper. For the words, you can use an electronic cutting machine to cut the words Mama Bear inside the bear. If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can use an X-acto knife to cut the words, or use a Sharpie to write them.

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To create the rainbow, free hand one small arch (the last layer of the rainbow) with a pencil on the bottom of Astrobrights cardstock paper, and then cut five additional arches, each other larger in size than the one before it. Glue each layer on top of each other, beginning with the largest. Next, free hand cut clouds, and glue them to the end of each rainbow.

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To stand the bear and the rainbow on the cake, use small wooden toothpicks (with square ends, not pointed) to create mini DIY easels. Dab hot glue on the ends of the wooden toothpicks to keep them in place on top of the cake. You will need 2 toothpicks per “cake topper.”

Finally, to make the black and white cake, cut small pieces of Solar White paper (2 inches wide by the length of the mache box), and glue one end of them on the box one by one (sliding each one under the one before it) until the entire box is covered. Because we only glued one end of the white paper on the cake, it left the other end open, which created a  beautiful pleat effect. As for the Boy Mom words, we used an electronic cutting machine to cut the words (you could easily cut the letters with stencils, or use sticker letters) and glued the back of the letters to two black and white straws. We punctured two small holes in the top of the mache box to stick the straws inside. Voila!

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Step 6: Fill with gifts, and give to Mom (or yourself).

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Our family of cakes will make for one sweet Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day to all you amazing, hard-working moms out there!

This post is in partnership with Astrobrights. We were crafting with and coloring on Astrobrights paper long before this post. It’s always been a fave product of ours. Thank you for supporting the brands that support j. sorelle. Astrobrights was one of the first, so we are very grateful. 

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March of the Penguins 2, Movie And Game Night For The Whole Family

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I (Jessica) was thrilled to create a DIY family activity to celebrate the release of March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step documentary available on Hulu for Momtastic. My family fell in love with Emperor Penguins when we watched March of the Penguins, so we were so excited to discover more about the Antarctic-dwelling birds we adore with the sequel.

Make Friday night a movie night and game night all about penguins. It’s fun for the whole family. After making this DIY Penguin Domino set, I can’t imagine Dominoes any other way. It’s like those tiny black and white penguins were meant to be on the back of Domino pieces. Read the waddle-ful tutorial here.

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DIY Pins For Mother’s Day And Every Day + Free Printable

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Pins! Pins! Pins! We’re not talking about pins on Pinterest, although we love a good pinning session. We’re referring to trending pin accessories everyone likes to wear on apparel such as jean jackets, and totes. We’re finally getting in on all the pin action. We got really pin happy with rainbows and cacti for a recent DIY pin post for Momtastic.

With Mother’s Day is coming up, we’re making DIY pins for our amazing mother, and all the special mothers in our life. These pins are great DIY gifts for kids to make for moms and grandmothers. We know we would love a cute black and white striped bag (Target’s Bullseye’s Playground), decorated with homemade pins, and a sparkling bottle of Prosecco inside on Mother’s Day.

Materials:

  • Shrink Paper
  • Sharpie Markers
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Scissors
  • Parchment Paper
  • Oven
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pin backs
  • Restaurant turner, or spatula
  • Hot glue fun

Visit Momtastic for the tutorial. The pins are different, but the directions are the same. There are very important tips we shared because it was a bit of trial and error for us.

Jenna made a free printable for us to trace for Mother’s Day pins. You can download it here FOR FREE.

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Happy Mother’s Day and happy pinning!

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