How to Cut Rounded Corners in Large Quantities

This is probably one of my most favorite tools.  It’s a bulk paper cutter. It cuts rounded corners, diamond corners, etc.  I use it to cut round corners on everything from postcards to business cards to invitations. It allows me to purchase the more economical square corners and round the corners myself.

I’m addicted to corner rounding.

 

The Akile Diamond Cutter:

How to cut your own rounded corners on photos, scrapbooking, business cards and invitations via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo #wedding #diy #scrapbooking

 

A stack of about 750 postcards took me about 10 minutes to cut:

DIY Die-Cut Rounded Corner Prints and Photos via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

 

 

The cutter has guides that you can adjust so that the paper can be placed quickly into position each time for each stack:

Rounded Corner Prints and Photos via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

 

Easy to press down (i.e. no blisters):

How to Round the corners of wedding invitations, holiday cards, photos etc with a DIY die-cut

 

The clippings fall into a small container underneath the cutter.  There’s a small drawer to hold different attachments and replacement rubber pads:

Use a Table Top Punch Corner Rounder to round corners on paper and plastic  via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

 

I’ve saved an enormous amount of expense by ordering printed items in bulk with square corners and then rounding the corners myself:

(My “Year at the Hemlock” cards…brand new and so pretty. I hand these out when people want to read why we are moving…makes the posts easy to find.)

Order economical business cards and round the corners yourself with a DIY Corner Rounder that punches bulk die cuts

 

This is how I made my cute little “Lil Journal Project” prompts:

Journal Prompt Set - I made these using business cards and a DIY corner rounder

Cute quotes on the back: CONTINUE READING

A Frozen Winter Birthday Party and Free Printables

She’s 7! Here is my last minute “winter” party we put together for Boo’s birthday last weekend. It turned out better than I thought it would for the late start I got!

The background I made using burlap. The snowflakes I cut out of a large roll of drawing paper….as well as the popsicle stick snowflakes:

A Frozen Winter Birthday Party Free Printables with Snowflakes and Snowmen in Turquoise, Light Blue, Grey and White via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com #frozen

 

She’s so big!

The Birthday Girl: A Frozen Winter Birthday Party with Snowflakes and Snowmen in Turquoise, Light Blue, Grey and White via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com #frozen

 

Photo of the party table:

Desert Table: A Frozen Winter Birthday Party with Snowflakes and Snowmen in Turquoise, Light Blue, Grey and White via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com #frozen

 

I made the t-shirts at the last minute…Mr. LBB is always a good sport wearing his: CONTINUE READING

The Olympic Games Party Treat Ideas

The Olympic Games Party Treat Ideas via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics begin tonight! Here are some last minute treat ideas you can serve that will make the games just a little more fun to watch.

The Olympic Games Party Treat Ideas: Rice Krispie Treats via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com
Olympic Colors Rice Krispies Treat via Rice Krispies®

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Football Food – Appetizer Ideas

Super Bowl Sunday is on February 2nd! Who are you rooting for this year!?

Super Bowl Sunday Appetizer Ideas via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com #superbowl #football #appetizers

Food is a huge part of game day! So, I have rounded up 10 amazing appetizers that will make you want it to be Super Bowl Sunday every day.

Football Food: Buffalo Beer Cheese Fries via Bake Your Day Buffalo Beer Cheese Fries via Bake Your Day

 

Football Food: Pepperoni Pizza Pull-Apart Bread via Just a Taste Pepperoni Pizza Pull-Apart Bread via Just a Taste

 

Football Food: Super[Bowl] Food Guacamole via The Emerging Foodie  | Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.comSuper[Bowl] Food Guacamole via The Emerging Foodie
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Four Projects For a Pinterest Party

I had a Pinterest party recently for a few close friends I hadn’t seen in a while. 4 projects from Pinterest….in 2.5 hours.

How to throw a Pinterest party and 4 projects to get you started. Includes free instruction downloads! via lilblueboo.com #mpinterestparty

I thought it would be fun to carve out a morning for them to try something new:

How to throw a Pinterest Craft Party via lilblueboo.com

 

Here’s what we made, along with four PDF downloads if you want to have your own party:

4 Pinterest Party Craft Projects: Sharpie Marker Art Ornament via lilblueboo.com #sharpie


Here’s the Sharpie station:

Sharpie Marker Ornament Station Set Up for your Pinterest Craft Party via lilblueboo.com

 

Ceramic ornament from Michaels Craft Store ready to decorate:

Ornaments ready to decorate! Sharpie Marker Ornament Station Set Up for your Pinterest Craft Party via lilblueboo.com

A snowflake ornament:

Make a snowflake! Sharpie Ornament Project for your Pinterest Craft Party via lilblueboo.com

 

Download the PDF:

Free Sharpie Marker Ornament Tutorial PDF Instructions for a Pinterest Craft Party via lilblueboo.com

SHARPIE ORNAMENT
1. Materials: Industrial Sharpie, Ceramic ornaments
2. Hand write lettering.
3. Use initial stencils as a guide for calligraphy.
4. Let dry.
5. Hang from tree!
6. Not a step really. Just admire my nice “H”.

 

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Instant Photo Booth Printer Hack

Instant Photo Booth Printer Hack via lilblueboo.com

 

I thought this would be a fun  idea for a holiday party or birthday party….an instant photo booth set up to print the photos immediately.  I use the photo booth app Pocketbooth for my 4-photo snaps.

 

Pocketbooth app via lilblueboo.com

First I take the 4 photos. Anyone else get unnecessary anxiety in photo booths?

 

Photo booth app via lilblueboo.com

 

To maximize paper I cut 2.5″ wide pieces of cardstock.  I used popsicle sticks as the new tray guides because most printer trays do not shrink small enough.  The strips of paper slide right in to their new tray: CONTINUE READING

Birthday Party Ideas for Girls

Birthday Party Ideas for Girls via lilblueboo.com

Planning a birthday party for your little girl? Looking for fun, unique girl party themes and inspiration? I have rounded up some of my favorite girl birthday party ideas from around the web. Click below for the gallery.

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Hand Stamped Party and Table Decor

 

DIY Hand Stamped Party and Table Decor via lilblueboo.com #party #diy #tutorial

 

In the new issue of Moyo Magazine I wrote a column about DIY Party Decor:

 

 

…..a few photos were used from the projects below but I thought I’d share some additional photos that are centered around DIY stamping!  It’s very easy to carve your own stamp…and depending on the theme of your party or gathering a single stamp can carry all the way through:

DIY Carved Stamp via lilblueboo.com

 

Add tiny accents (dots, stars, hearts etc) with a smaller stamp made from a pencil eraser:

Tiny Accent Stamp from a Pencil Eraser via lilblueboo.com

 

For these invitations I printed out the “Home Sweet Home” on regular card stock, rounded the corners of each invite and added the stamp:

Handmade Stamped Invitations via lilblueboo.com

 

Roll some fabric paint onto a paper plate and use it to stamp your table cloth and napkins:

Hand Stamped Table Cloth and Linens via lilblueboo.com

 

Having a wine tasting?  Stamp a few old book pages with a hand carved stamp:

 

Wine Themed Table Decor using book pages (Wine Tasting Party) via lilblueboo.com

I wrote an article on wine-themed decor over at Parade:

 

Also wine themed: tese wine cork stamps….cut one in half and they double as place card holders! (View the tutorial here)

Recycled Wine Cork Stamps via lilblueboo.com

 

Here are basic stamp carving supplies you might need:

DIY Stamp Carving Supplies via lilblueboo.com #supplies #diy

1. Linoleum Cutter Set

2. Ranger Archival Ink Stamp Pad

3. Speedball 4″ Brayer

4. Folk Art Paint Best Selling Colors

5. Speedball Speedycut Blocks


 

 

 

Pretty Party Table Decor

Today I went to a surprise luncheon/party for my mother-in-law’s 60th birthday. My sister-in-law Jen (“TT”) planned the entire event so I showed up early to take some photos because I knew the table would be amazing. Her tables are always amazing!

Party Table Decor in Coral & Gold via lilblueboo.com #diy #party #decor #chevron #coral

 

I loved the coral, gold and chevron accents. The party favors were little inspiration rocks and the card read: Thanks for being my mother’s rock.

Table Decoration Ideas in Coral, Gold and Chevron via lilblueboo.com #diy #party #decor #chevron #coral

My sister-in-law Carolyn, me, mother-in-law Gale and sister-in-law “TT”:

Birthday Party Decor via lilblueboo.com #diy #party #decor #chevron #coral

 

I love that TT’s dress even matched the party decor….adorable as always:

birthday party table decor via lilblueboo.com #diy #party #decor #chevron #coral

 

 

Here’s another beautiful table she did:

A comfort shower via lilblueboo.com

Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas via lilblueboo.com

Happy May 1st! Cinco de Mayo is this weekend and we have rounded up some awesome ideas for party decor, food, drinks and activities!

 

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