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Updated: 2018-01-15T09:44:08.373-07:00

 



Butterfly Valentine Treats with Free Template

2018-01-09T15:57:24.810-07:00

Happy New Year! We are starting off the new year with Valentine projects. Yay!



We made these little butterfly valentines a while ago for our club. But, we think you deserve a little gift too. So, you can copy our template below.

They are really simple to create and make a great gift for friends of all ages. All you need is the template, scissors, adhesive pearls, smarties, and some cute scrapbook paper (like the ones we used from the "Always Yours" assortment pack). It's on sale this week by the way along with a bunch of other great Valentines product worth over $150 for just $35!



Cut the butterfly wings out of your scrapbook paper, accent with half pearls, and attach your smarties. Done!

More Valentine projects on the way!




Winter Scrapbook Layout

2017-12-29T11:46:28.620-07:00

Winter is such a beautiful time of year at our warehouse here in Logan, Utah! The snow and frost make everything look magical.



We love to create beautiful winter layouts with cool colors. Snowflake, pearl, and button accents really make these pages complete.



Do you have snow where you live? If not, do you still use snowflakes in your scrapbooking?



Our #1 Favorite Way to "Wrap" Gifts

2017-12-21T09:00:02.330-07:00

We are winding down our holiday blog posts and gearing up for some beautiful winter projects. But, first we want to share our favorite go-to wrapping idea.



For small odd-shaped gifts, these adorable corrugated cardboard pillow boxes are so perfect. They are simple to use and can be dressed up with your favorite ribbon or tag.



If you love these as much as we do, you're in luck. They are 50% off on our website right now, along with a bunch of other great gift items.

Happy Holidays!



DIY Gift Tags

2017-12-19T15:53:15.875-07:00

Hopefully all your shopping is done and you are now busy wrapping your gifts! If you need something to dress up your packages a bit, try a special oversized tag.



We made these tags with the Holiday Cheer perforated sheet and mounted it on a larger paper cut into a tag shape. The accents are ribbons and buttons.

Check back tomorrow for more wrapping ideas!



DIY Gift Bows with Velvet or Scrapbook Paper

2017-12-15T14:33:06.395-07:00

Hey there! It's holiday time! Are you ready? We are mostly done shopping here. But, now comes the job of wrapping up all the gifts.

When you have pretty wrapping supplies, this can be one of the most fun parts. If you want a DIY option, we have a fun and simple idea for you. Make your own gift bows! These are great because you can use any kind of paper and make the bow coordinate perfectly with your wrapping.



We even made you a fun little video to show you exactly how to do it! It's really simple. Just cut 3/4" wide strips of paper 4", 10", 11" & 12", loop as shown, and glue them together. Voila!

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For our video, we used velvet paper. The texture is soft and rich, perfect for the holidays. You have to see it in real life to fully appreciate it.



The awesome part is wrapping supplies, including velvet paper, tag sheets & holiday paper is on sale this week! Check it out here.






DIY Holiday House & Trees

2017-12-01T16:31:13.331-07:00

It's amazing what you can do with scrapbook paper! We created this cute little holiday house and trees with just paper and scissors. If you're on a budget this year, snag one of our variety packs and see what you can create.



To create the trees, cut square pieces of paper of different sizes and follow these instructions. It looks complicated at first. But, it's really quite simple.



We made the cute little house template ourselves. It's our little Christmas gift to you. Download it free by saving the image provided below. Enjoy!




Craft Dyed Wooden Christmas Trees

2017-11-29T20:55:14.108-07:00

As promised, we have more holiday decor projects on the way! Today we have a simple idea that can be colored to match your decor. These also make great neighbor gifts.



First, cut some simple triangles out of scrap wood. Next, apply our tumble dye in whatever colors (or glitter) you'd like. This video shows how. Last, use the end of a pencil or paint brush to add dots of acrylic craft paint for "ornaments". We kept it simple with white dots. But, you can do any color.

They look so cute grouped in varying sizes. More diy holiday decor ideas coming soon!



Gold Holiday Decor Project

2017-11-29T20:47:14.671-07:00

Freshen up your holiday decor with a few new handmade items, like these hoop art pieces. These are so simple to make with our dyes and iron-ons. Plus, the hoop art kits are on sale! We used SEI's hoop art kit, tea tumble dye, gold glitter tumble dye, and a metallic iron-on sheet to create these pretty holiday decorations. For the "joy" hoop art, we cut the word "joy" out on sticker paper and attached it to the fabric provided in the hoop art kit. Then, we sprayed it with our tea and gold glitter tumble dye. The finishing touch was the snowflake and circles cut out of the metallic iron-on sheet. For the pinecone hoop art, we made snowflake and pinecone stencils out of paper and layered splashes of tea and gold tumble dye. The final layer on those was pine boughs cut from the metallic sheet. [...]



Free Christmas Countdown with $10 Purchase

2017-11-23T07:37:38.948-07:00

December is coming fast. So, we want to make sure you are ready to start your Christmas countdown and decorating. If you spend over $10 on our website between now and Thursday, you will receive this free Christmas countdown.



Simply slide the countdown sheet into this magnetic plastic cover. Then, you or your little ones can use a dry erase marker to cross of each day. You can reuse it year after year!



We also have some great deals going on for holiday iron-ons and decorating kits. Check it out here.



Make Your Own "Be Bright" Holiday Shirt

2017-11-17T07:00:12.858-07:00


You can make your own holiday shirt with our iron-on transfers! They are so fun and easy to use. For this design, we used our pretty glitter alphabet to spell "BE".

Then, we cut Christmas lights out of our solid red and green sheets for the "bright" part. The iron-on sheets are so versatile. Cut any shape you can imagine! We love to use our cutting machine with these.



If you want to do something like this custom shirt or maybe design your own ugly sweater for an upcoming party, you're in luck! The holiday iron-ons, including the glitter letters and solid red and green are 50% off this week. Just to sweeten the deal, we are also giving away a free 12x12 inch magnetic sleeve and countdown with purchases of $10 or more.



Hop over to our website and check it out. :)



Origami Wreath Embellishment or Ornament

2017-11-10T08:30:18.481-07:00

The holidays can be expensive. But, it's amazing what you can do with a little bit of inexpensive scrapbook paper. For these projects, we used the Cheery Holiday pack, which is on sale for just $10 this week.



We ran across this little origami wreath tutorial on-line and fell in love. Just imagine the possibilities! Add it to a card or scrapbook layout for a dynamic embellishment.



Of course we had to make an ornament too. They are so fun to make. Give it a try!



We haven't heard from you for a while. So, we'd like to know if you've started your holiday crafting yet? What ideas would you like to see this season?




Christmas Cards

2017-11-08T21:33:07.779-07:00

We know, we know! Christmas products are hitting the shelves before some of us are ready. You may want to enjoy the season of Thanksgiving before moving on to thinking about gifting. However, if you are a card-maker you know holiday cards take time and the earlier you get started, the better! So, we're here to help those early crafters today. Here are three simple card ideas. This card kit will be available on our website soon. But, if you can't wait, we have several other holiday card kits on sale this week for just $7.50 each! Little 3-D touches make all the difference! These little gems our some of our most favorite embellishments to use, especially for the holidays. We also used gems on the wreath to add dimension and sparkle. But, we think it's the ribbon that makes this card even so pretty. For this last card, we cropped the poinsettia paper to create an interesting background. So, we only needed a few more accents to make it complete. Are you ready to start your holiday crafting now or are you going to wait until Thanksgiving is over to think about it? [...]



Cheesecloth Ghosts Decor with Glow & Glitter!

2017-10-13T12:09:01.198-06:00

We wanted to put a little spin on a classic cheesecloth ghost. We are SO THRILLED with how it turned out! If you haven't made these before, it's really quite simple. Drape cheesecloth over something shaped like a ghost. We placed a water balloon sitting in a wine glass on wax paper. Then, saturate it with starch spray. Once it drys, you can remove the balloon and it stands on its own! For more fun, add Tumble Dye! We decided to use the glow-in-the-dark for the first one. Simply spray it with dye while it's still damp. Look how cool it looks in the dark. The second ghost we wanted to make a little more girly. So, we used silver glitter tumble dye and added a bow. You can also accessorize with a bowtie, eyes, etc. Have you made these cheesecloth ghosts before? If not, we hope you're ready to try with some dye. Happy Friday the 13th! [...]



DIY Halloween Cards

2017-10-06T10:52:15.452-06:00

If you subscribe to our newsletter, you know that we've had some great sales lately! In fact, just this week, we added three new Halloween limited edition card kits for only $7 each. Sometimes the shots on our website, don't do these kits justice. So, we would like to share 3 of the cards from the Spooky Street limited edition kit. These kits are so fun and simple to put together! This bat card is one of our favorites. The black velvet paper adds a richness to these that is hard to capture with a camera. This monster card would be so fun for your kids, nephew, niece, or grandchildren. How would you like to open an envelope to find a card with giant spiders on it? We hope this little sample gives you a better idea about what comes in our limited edition card kits. Check out this kit an more in this week's sale here. [...]



DIY Halloween Favor Bags

2017-09-29T10:37:50.024-06:00

Have you walked down the Halloween isle yet? It's full of yummy candy! If you want a cute way to share some treats for your favorite little goblins, we have a fun DIY! If you aren't a big sugar fan, you could also stuff these with stickers, party favors, gift cards, whatever suits your Halloween tradition. Believe it or not, these are super simple to make! You could even make these at a Halloween party. All you need is some little fabric bags, your favorite Tumble Dye colors, and iron-on letters. First, spray or dip your bags in the dye. If you get them wet first, the color will blend more. Let the dye dry. You can use a blow-dryer to speed things along. Heat set the dye with an iron. Next, gently peel off the letters you want to use. Place them on the bag, adhesive side down. Then, iron-on them on! Last, fill them with something fun to giveaway! Simple, right? We hope this inspired you to start your fall and Halloween crafting! [...]



DIY Deer Shirt

2017-09-22T16:21:22.900-06:00

It's deer season! Celebrate by making your own deer shirt using Tumble Dye and a stencil.



For a masculine shirt, use a gray shirt and green dye. We created variations of dark and light green by applying more spray in some areas and less in others.



For a more feminine shirt, use a white shirt and glitter spray.



If deer are not your thing, the stencil and color combinations are endless! We hope this gives you some inspiration.



TIPS:
• Place a piece of cardstock in your shirt, to avoid spraying through to the back.
• Cut a stencil out of sticker paper and attach it to your shirt.
• Cover the areas you don't want sprayed with paper.
• Do several light sprays rather than saturating it all at once.
• Don't forget to heat set to make it permanent.



DIY Wedding Book

2017-09-15T07:00:01.035-06:00

We LOVE weddings! If you are planning a wedding or working on an elegant craft project, you'll love this mini album we made. This could be used for a wedding album, sign-in book, or any other project you want to have a formal, sophisticated flair. The supplies we used are velvet paper, a stencil, gray Tumble Dye, and our kraft starter album (on sale). Just lay your stencil over the velvet paper and spray with Tumble Dye. After it's all dry, you can use it for your project or as an album cover. The rich, plush velvet texture is perfect for fall or winter weddings. We decided to use plain coconut velvet paper for the spine and replace the ribbon with something more sparkly. The with velvet paper and Tumble Dye offered in so many colors, the possibilities are endless! [...]



Fall Scrapbook Layout Idea

2017-09-08T10:13:07.998-06:00

Have you checked out our perfectly coordinated fall paper packs? If not, hop over quick! They are still in our sale category for a very short time.



We used the papers to make this adorable fall scrapbook layout! We like to cut simple shapes out of the paper like circles and leaves to add interest and dimension.



We hope you are enjoying our fall project ideas and getting ready for cool autumn weather!



Fall Banner DIY With Scrapbook Paper & Banner Kit

2017-09-08T10:06:57.469-06:00

Our week of fall projects continues! If you haven't started decorating for fall yet, you have our permission. Bring on the pumpkins, scarecrows, leaves... and banners! :)



This adorable banner was made using our banner kit and fall paper pack (which is on SALE through Thursday BTW -- Just $5).



We cut the autumn papers into leave and flag shapes and whipped this cutie up in no time. How would you use this autumn paper pack?



DIY Velvet Fall Leaves for Crafting

2017-09-05T08:30:08.460-06:00

Fall is on the way! One of our favorite things to use for fall crafting and decorations is velvet leaves. They have such an amazing texture!



They are really simple to make. We cut these out of velvet paper using our Sizzix. But, you could do the same with any type of cutting machine or even a pair of scissors.



These leaves are so handy for fall crafting. Make a bunch and sew them together for a garland or wreath. Add them as card or scrapbook accents.



There are so many great ideas! What would you do with these lovelies?



DIY Velvet Aspen Tree Card

2017-09-04T07:30:08.867-06:00

Happy Monday! We have a super cool card to share today using DIY aspen trees. You are going to love how we made these! First off, did you know we sell velvet paper? It's exactly what it sounds like, a rich, plush velvety paper. It adds such an amazing texture. We especially love it for fall and winter crafting. To make your own aspen trees, you will need to start with a sheet of our coconut velvet paper, charcoal tumble dye, and a little paint brush. Use scissors to cut strips of velvet paper the size you want for trunks and branches. They should be a little uneven and taper slightly. Shake the Tumble Dye, take the lid off, and paint some fine horizontal lines on your velvet paper, to resemble Aspen bark. The dye will bleed slightly to create the natural bark look. Then, just put them on your project and add a few leaves. Cool, huh? It's a lot of fun too. Plus, we have some fall velvet paper bundles on sale this week for just $5 each! More fall crafting ideas coming tomorrow! [...]



DIY Fall Envelope Album

2017-09-02T15:53:57.656-06:00

We have some really great fall items on sale this week. So, we are sharing ideas of how to use them on the blog. Today we are featuring our envelope album kit. It is 30% off and you get a free tag book when you purchase it now through Thursday. There are instructions on how to put everything together. But, it's always fun to add your own flair. We focused ours on fall hikes. You can do whatever you want, Thanksgiving, family photos, etc. The pockets the envelopes make are great for storing extra photos, or in our case, pretty leaves and memorabilia. It's easy to add a few extra embellishments from your stash. We added alphabet stickers and sundries. The kit comes with pre-cut papers, rub-ons, ribbon, chiplets, metal rings, eyelets, and kraft envelopes. What is your favorite part about this fall envelope book? Don't forget, the sale ends next Thursday. So, hurry over to our website to get your envelope kit. [...]



Brentwood Card Ideas

2017-08-25T10:16:33.749-06:00

The Brentwood cardmaker pad is so easy to use! Just cut some of the papers in half to use for card bases, layer pieces of your favorite patterns on top, add a few stickers from the pad, and accent with ribbons or gems from your stash. Done! Here are some of the cards we made from the Brentwood paper pad. We really love how they turned out and the variety you can get from just one pad... This bird paper is so pretty, cut a nice crop and you don't need much more to decorate the card. Blessings and gratitude cards are perfect for fall! These stickers are designed especially for cards and work perfectly with the papers. Lucky for you, this pad is on sale this week! 30% off! Plus if you purchase it, we'll send you a tag book for FREE! Check out this deal here. [...]



Simple DIY Bag Using Heart Sticker & Tumble Dye

2017-08-15T07:00:06.923-06:00

Everyone loves a compliment, right? We sure do! When we stumbled across this cute video featuring our Tumble Dye, we were all giddy. So, check it out. It's only about 30 seconds.

allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BQ4pcYPHLPw" width="480"> Isn't Nicole from Darby Smart so sweet? We love these simple little bags she made using a heart sticker and Tumble Dye.



Thanks for sharing, Nicole! We'd love to see what you create with tumble dye. Please submit your projects to seiblog{at}shoppes{dot}com and we might feature your project next.



How to Make Your Own Team Jersey - Simple DIY

2017-08-09T17:11:50.048-06:00

Hello there our creative friends! It's time for the fall soccer season to start here in Utah. If your child is participating in sports or you want to create a team shirt of your own, we know the most simple way to do it. All you need is a shirt, iron, and athletic iron-ons! If you want small numbers on the front of your shirt, we have those. If you want large numbers for the back of your shirt, we have those too. If you want to spell something out on your shirt... you guessed it! We have that too. In fact, we have lot's of sizes of athletic letters, depending on your project. This awesome video walks you right through how to make a team shirt. Check it out! allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1sxGV_97M3Y" width="480"> Easy, right? Yes! So, go get your iron, some iron-ons, and make something awesome. It doesn't have to be a shirt. Think of all the things you can personalize. Just a note here, some of our iron-ons have a paper backing like the one above. Others have a plastic film on the back. So, make sure to follow the directions on the back of the package. Happy crafting! [...]