Archive for February, 2010



DIY Oscar Party Part II

Friday, February 26th, 2010

★ Update! A 2012 version of Oscar printables (including an invitation and ballot) is now available. Check out the full post here!
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As promised here is the rest of the goodies for the DIY Oscar Party! I thought a candy tray would be a fun way to serve your guests and what Oscar party would be complete without a ballot! Mine are designed to let guests make their predictions and keep track during the ceremony. There is a place on the back to record the final score to help you pick a winner if you’re awarding a prize. Also note, not all categories are represented due to space constraints.

Candy Bag Toppers Download
Fill 3 5/16″x5 1/8″ cellophane bags (buy) with candy and staple in the center. Print out candy bag toppers onto solid sticker paper (found at office supply stores), cut to size, fold in half the long way and affix toppers to cellophane bags. Don’t have sticker paper? Just print onto cardstock paper and affix with double-sided tape.

Candy Tray
Inspired by the candy girls at Alt, I thought a candy tray would be a perfect touch to the party. All you need is a white tray and a length of red ribbon. Tie the ends of the ribbon together. The knot should rest behind your neck and the ribbon should go under the front of the tray. Then just fix the ribbon in place with strong tape or thumb tacks!

Ballot Download
Print double-sided onto 8.5×11″ card stock and fold in half length wise. Coordinate with red pens.



DIY Oscar Party Part I

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

★ Update! A 2012 version of Oscar printables (including an invitation and ballot) is now available. Check out the full post here!
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I love movies and with the Academy Awards coming up I thought it would be fun to make an DIY Oscar party. Here’s everything you need to throw your own! From invitations and ballots to popcorn and treat bags, just print, cut and enjoy!

Invitations Download
Print onto 8.5×11″ card stock, trim to size then use a 3/4″ hole punch to notch the corners.

Envelope Liners Download
Print onto 8.5×11″ paper, trim to size and afix with glue stick to the inside of an A7 envelope.

Popcorn Bags Download
Print directly onto white 5×7″ bags, available in my Etsy shop. If you don’t have an Ink Jet or if your printer doesn’t allow you to print odd formats, you could always print the label onto sticker paper (found at office supply stores) and post apply it to the bag.

Check back tomorrow for the ballots, candy bags and one other surprise!



Tips & Tricks

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

I’ve been working on a fun DIY series to share with all of you but I’m still in the process of editing all the photos and setting up the files for downloading. In the mean time I thought I’d share this quick tip that I just learned from my sister Allison. This trick totally came in handy for my latest project so here’s a sneak peak for what’s in store.

Rather than spending tons of money to replace all those craft punches that have begun to dull you can repair them yourself! All you need is a little tin foil! Just punch the foil a few times and TA-DA your punch is sharpened and restored! I was a skeptic at first but after testing it out on all of my punches myself I can tell you that it actually works! Added bonus, I also discovered a new way to make shimmery homemade confetti!

*Update: Reader Kylie was kind enought to add that if you punch through some wax paper afterwards, the wax will lubricate your punch too. Thanks Kylie!



Giveaway! The Vintage Pearl

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

What better way to welcome a new sponsor to Twig & Thistle than with a giveaway! Erin of The Vintage Pearl is offering up not one but TWO $50 Gift Certificates to her fabulous store. Erin makes the most beautiful sterling silver jewelry and gifts, the ones pictured above are a couple of my favorites.

To enter, leave a comment saying what’s your favorite piece of jewelry that you currently own. I’ll pick one winner at random and the other will be my favorite comment. Giveaway ends Tuesday, March 2nd at 12pm PST and I’ll announce the winner Friday, March 5th. Good luck everyone!

*CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to everyone that participated!



The Business of Cards

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Recently, I realized that I didn’t have any business cards for Twig & Thistle, so I set out to create some that I could use if I ever needed to pass one along. As always, I find it incredibly difficult to design for myself, but it was a good challenge and I had a blast letterpressing them.

I used Crane’s Lettra Letterpress 220lb. stock in Pearl White and PMS 877 for the silver and 7406 for the yellow. The thick stock allowed for a really deep impression which is exactly what I wanted. I used offset ink for the silver since PMS 877 doesn’t come in rubber base, and I had to add a tiny bit of black to make it more legible. The thinner ink was a little tricky to deal with at first but handled really well once on the press. The metallic effect is subtle but it’s pretty in the light.

Note: The process shots were taken with my iPhone so they’re a little grainy!