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Cottonelle Contest and Giveaway

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Cottonelle Fresh Care flushable wipes and Cottonelle Clean Care toilet paper

We talked about Cottonelle Fresh Care flushable wipes and Cottonelle Clean Care toilet paper a couple of weeks back.  Nothing leaves you feeling cleaner and fresher.  The logic goes like this; You wouldn't wash your car with a dry cloth , so why would you use dry tissue alone in the bathroom?  I can't believe I haven't been using flushable wipes all of this time.  Now that I have thought about it, and had some time with the routine of the Clean Care toilet paper and the wipes, an aha moment has happened.  I won't go back!

I came up with my own metaphor to illustrate the logic behind the Cottonelle routine.  I had these two dirty paint brushes after a recent project. 

I tried cleaning them with just a dry paper towel.  As you can see, they are still caked with paint.  I certainly wouldn't feel comfortable using them in a new project!

I dipped the paint brushes in the water and then used the paper towel.  Let's see how that worked.

Much better, wouldn't you say?

Cottonelle is unveiling a series of hidden camera videos to show people that nothing from a kitchen table to a car can be properly cleaned without the combination of cloth and water.  I showed you the car wash example last time.  Lets take a look at this salon and see how shampooing hair with out water goes…

Now through June 30th, you can visit to watch the Cottonelle Wash Test videos and submit your entry for a chance to win one of four grand prizes of $10,000 bathroom makeover!  For more information, check out sweepstakes rules.

In addition to the grand prize giveaway, Cottonelle has teamed up with SBLC to offer a giveaway for a Cottonelle care package containing the Cottonelle Fresh Care fluishable wipes and Cottonelle Clean Care toilet paper! To enter, like the Cottonelle on Facebook and follow Cottonelle on Twitter then leave a comment this post telling us why you want to win!  Make sure to leave your email address in the comment so we can contact you if you win.  Good luck!

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Aluminum Can Easter Egg Wreath


Make an aluminum can Easter Egg Wreath @savedbyloves #sizzix #DistressPaint


It’s no secret that I love to transform recycled aluminum cans into home decor and jewelry.  This aluminum can Easter egg wreath fits that bill.  See how I used a new Sizzix die and Tim Holtz Distress Paint for this colorful and unique recycled can spring decoration!

Make an aluminum can Easter Egg Wreath @savedbyloves #sizzix #DistressPaint


Recycled aluminum cans

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 10PK – Egg

Embossing folders of your choice

Tim Holtz Distress Paint

Foam Mount Adhesive Squares


Wreath Form




Cut your cans into sheets like I show you in the aluminum can rose pendant video:

Emboss the sheets in your favorite folder, then cut into egg shapes using Sizzix.  I cut 2 egg sizes.  It doesn’t matter exactly what size, as long as you have one bigger and one smaller size.


Paint eggs with Tim Holtz Distress Paint.  This is the first time I have used this new product.  It is pretty awesome.  It is great for metal, such as cans!  Unlike alcohol inks, which you have seen me use on cans in the past, the distress paint is opaque.  I love the color palette too!  There is a chalky kind of look to the finish, which is fabulous.

After Sanding

Sand once paint is dry to reveal aluminum can color on raised areas of embossed/painted eggs.

Make an aluminum can Easter Egg Wreath @savedbyloves #sizzix #DistressPaint

Arrange eggs and adhere to wreath form as shown, using foam adhesives for varying height of eggs compared to one another.

Make an aluminum can Easter Egg Wreath @savedbyloves #sizzix #DistressPaint

I am loving it!  It is staying up until fall.

Old T-shirt Craft

Old T Shirt Revamp with Chevron by Clones N Clowns, featured @savedbyloves

Turn your old t-shirts into fashionable attire with this DIY Chevron t-shirt revamp at Clones N Clowns.  The tutorial is simple and you will be sporting your own version in no time.  Great for spring and summer fashion!

Want more T-shirt crafts? There is a 50+ for that!

Recycled T-shirt crafts to make

Decoupage Rainbow Planters

Make rainbow decoupaged planters easy DIY Mod Podge @savedbyloves


When I saw Margot Potter’s tissue decoupaged planters on the I Love to Create blog, I just knew that was a project I would be doing.  It is perfect for spring, and so easy to do.  Well, as luck would have it, I got a package from my Thrifty Stashy SNAP! Swap partner with just the supplies I needed for not only that project, but several others on my to do list.

Make rainbow decoupaged planters easy DIY Mod Podge @savedbyloves

The tissue paper was perfect for the project.  Using the tissue and Mod Podge, I followed Margot’s tutorial linked above, with just a couple of tweaks.  I made my strips wider for wider color stripes.  To seal and and sparkle, I sprayed my decoupaged planters with Mod Podge Pearl.

Make rainbow decoupaged planters easy DIY Mod Podge @savedbyloves

I love the end result!  The project is so easy, cheap and quick.  I must say it is a little creepy how my swap partner, Jessica from Mom4Real, sent me so many things that I need for upcoming projects.  I think she may have my house bugged!  If you haven’t visited her blog, you are in for a treat.  She has some serious style, and she shares tons of creative ways to decorate your home on a budget.  This is the first of several projects you will see not only from me using the awesome supplies Jessica sent, but from the rest of the talented bloggers participating in the swap, so be on the lookout.  We are all attending the upcoming SNAP! conference and are getting to know each other beforehand by participating in this fun swap and create event.

Make rainbow decoupaged planters easy DIY Mod Podge @savedbyloves  DecoupagedPot



Check out the other projects from the participants. The list will be growing as they post their projects, so stay tuned!

DIY Crepe Paper Roses

How to Make Crepe Paper Roses[pinit]

Make easy crepe paper roses with DIY and template @savedbyloves[pinit]

Spring is in the air and paper flowers are popping up all over the place.  Today’s project fits right in with the flower mania, and can be created in loads of colors to fit your style.  Crepe paper is perfect for making realistic looking roses.  It stretches and curls in a way that is perfect for mimicking actual petals.  Grab some crepe paper sheets in your favorite colors and let’s get started!

Make easy crepe paper roses with DIY and template @savedbyloves


Crepe Paper Sheets in Petal colors (streamer rolls won’t work for petals since they are not wide enough)

Green crepe paper sheet or streamer roll for leaves


Glossy accents or other paper glue

Floral tape

Floral Wire

Pencil or bamboo skewer

Petal and leaf template (click thumbnail below to reveal full size template and print)

Paper rose petal and leaf template free printable

Make easy crepe paper roses with DIY and template @savedbyloves


I showed you how to make roses using scrapbook paper and the above template in this PAPER ROSE DIY WITH TEMPLATE post.

Follow the same steps, using crepe paper instead.  I had a hard time finding crepe paper sheets, but then ran into a huge stash of it at my local Goodwill.  Score!  I linked where you can find some on Amazon under supplies above.

You can cut several layers of the crepe paper at once, for several petals with one cut.

Make easy crepe paper roses with DIY and template @savedbyloves

Making these with crepe paper was easier than using cardstock since the crepe paper is thinner and wraps around the floral wire more easily.  You can stretch the petals by lightly pulling with your fingers and curl them with the skewer or pencil to shape them more easily too.

I am in love with them!  Won’t they make such a great Mother’s Day gift?!

Make easy crepe paper roses with DIY and template @savedbyloves

How to Make Charms

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Happy spring time SBLC friends! Amy here from Plucking Daisies to share with you how to make some sweet springtime charms. These charms are super easy to make and use for a variety of crafty ventures! You can use them for custom jewelry pieces, ornaments or even wine charms for your Easter Brunch or spring celebrations!

I used my charms to decorate an Easter Bunny Tree. They are a lovely addition to my spring table decor and oh so charming!

How to make Charms | @PluckingDaisy #RangerInk

How to make Charms

You can make your own charms for adornments, jewelry, gifts and pretty much anything you can dream up. Grab your favorite images and prepare to be “charmed”!


Tim Holtz Idea-ology Facets or Fragments

Glossy Accents

Images or Photos (copies NOT originals)

Ribbon or Chain

Alcohol Ink

Ranger Foil Tape Sheets

Adhering Images to Charms

You can select any image you like to use when making your charms, a favorite photo (color copy), old greeting cards, a childs artwork…the possibilities are truly endless! For my charms I used these delightful vintage Easter Images from Tim Holtz Seasonal Paper Stash.

STEP 1: Apply Glossy Accents to the back of your charm and press down onto image.

STEP 2: Flip paper over and use a credit card or craft scraper to press out any air bubbles.

How to make Charms | @PluckingDaisy #RangerInk

STEP 3: Allow to dry for several hours then trim off excess paper.

Create Metal Backing for Charms

To finish and complete the look of your custom charms you can easily create a metal backing with Ranger foil tape sheets. Not only will the foil tape enhance the look of your charms, it will also smooth any rough edges and ensure your image stays put.

STEP 1: Ink a sheet of Ranger Foil Tape with Alcohol Ink. I used: Shell Pink – Salmon – Citrus – Aqua

How to make Charms | @PluckingDaisy #RangerInk

STEP 2: Emboss Alcohol Inked foil tape with Sizzix Embossing Folder. *I used Sizzix Dots and Flowers set A2

How to make Charms | @PluckingDaisy #RangerInk

STEP 3: Peel away the backing of your embossed foil tape and press cut out charms onto it. Cut around the charm leaving a slight edge all the way around. Fold edges over onto charm to secure your image.

Hanging Charms

Now that your charms are complete you will need to hang them. Whether you will be using them for jewelry, gift wrap or decor you can customize how you hang them just as easily as you made them!

STEP 1: Add Jump Rings

STEP 2: Reapply Alcohol ink to blending tool and stamp (DON’T swipe) onto Metallic ribbon.

How to make Charms | @PluckingDaisy #RangerInk

Use your stamped ribbon to create pendants, ornaments or “Charming” gift toppers!

How to make Charms | @PluckingDaisy #RangerInkI hope you enjoyed this little lesson in Charm making and will take what you learned to make some “Charming” gifts, jewelry and decor! Thanks for having me back at SBLC! Until next time…

Have a Charming Day!


American Chocolate Week: Walmart Bakery + Starbucks = #DeliciousPairings

American Chocolate Week #DeliciousPairings #Starbucks #WalMart #StarbucksMocha Bakery at Walmart


We are in the middle of marathon training in this house, which means there is a lot of tired and hungry.  When things get tough, it helps to reach for some of my favorite things – enter coffee and chocolate.  Coffee is a must in my daily routine all year round, but especially during training.  My chocolate consumption increases too.  It is a fantastic fuel source and I feel like I deserve it with all the running.  This is one of the great perks of being a runner, after all!  Plus it is American Chocolate Week.  I have a patriotic duty to partake.

American Chocolate Week #DeliciousPairings #Starbucks #WalMart #StarbucksMocha Bakery at Walmart

With American Chocolate Week in mind, we took a trip to Walmart over the weekend, visiting the in-store Starbucks Mocha demo.  I am a huge Starbucks coffee fan.  I visit the stores when out and about, but more often brew at home with Starbucks whole beans from the grocery store.  In Walmart stores nationwide you can find Delicious Pairings display to help you pair various Starbucks coffee blends with different bakery goods, creating deliciously paired breakfast or treats to savor.  At the demo, we learned that pairing Starbucks Mocha blend with a chocolate treat really compliments the flavor of the coffee.  This was enough of a reason for me to purchase the Starbucks Mocha Grounds in the coffee aisle, and The Bakery at Walmart Brand Double Chocolate Muffins in the bakery…

American Chocolate Week #DeliciousPairings #Starbucks #WalMart #StarbucksMocha Bakery at Walmart

American Chocolate Week #DeliciousPairings #Starbucks #WalMart #StarbucksMocha Bakery at Walmart

I brought my goodies home and brewed a pot of the new Starbucks Mocha.  I tried the coffee black, which is not my usual.  I am a cream and sweetener kind of coffee drinker.  It was actually pretty good.  The Mocha flavored coffee is made with a light roast bean, so I could take it black without protest.  The flavors were strong and pleasant, but after a few sips, I was ready for something to take the edge off of the bitterness.  I took a bite of the double chocolate muffins with a sip of the coffee… BLISS.  The coffee bitter notes were subdued by the chocolate, and the chips melted on contact with the hot liquid for a delightful celebration of American Chocolate Week in my mouth!   The flavors complimented one another for a duo worthy to be called a delicious pairing. I can see this becoming a regular happening!

American Chocolate Week #DeliciousPairings #Starbucks #WalMart #StarbucksMocha Bakery at Walmart

To learn more about the Mocha Roast and Double Chocolate Muffins, visit the links:

Starbucks Mocha Ground Coffee

The Bakery at Walmart Double Chocolate Muffins

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Cute DIY Button Wall Art

Make Button Wall art By Decor and the Dog, featured @savedbyloves


Today I am sharing with you a great project for decorating your craft room walls.  Michelle Decor and the Dog created this button wall art as part of a Pinterest Challenge.  Isn’t it so cool?  The color palette is calling my name too.  Go over and see how she made it happen!

Love Buttons?

Make an Upcycled Plastic Bag Bracelet

Make an #upcycled plastic bag bracelet @savedbyloves #recycledcrafts


Today’s project is a fun plastic bag upcycled bracelet!  Fusing plastic bags creates a fabric that can be stitched, die cut, painted and embossed for some cool effects.  The possibilities are endless.  Keep your eyes peeled for brightly colored shopping bags and start hoarding!


Plastic Bags

Copy paper


Ironing board

Chain Bracelet

Jump rings

Jewelry Hole Punch

2 pairs of chain nose pliers



Turn iron onto Setting 4

To create the “fabric”  cut the handles from the bags and cut rectangular sheets smaller than your copy paper.  Layer 5-10 sheets and sandwich between the 2 sheets of copy paper

Iron 30 seconds (continuously moving iron to avoid melting plastic), flip sandwich over and iron other side for 30 sec.  Let cool 15 sec and check.  If plastic is not completely fused into one sheet (air bubbles and crackle sounds), repeat ironing and check again.

Die cut or hand cut small ovals and squares.  Hole punch and attach to bracelet chain with jump ring.  Alternate ovals and squares.


For loads more plastic bag creations to make, visit our 50+ roundup!

50+ projects to make using #recycled Plastic bags #upcycle #repurpose #DIY @savedbyloves

Easy DIY Paper Daisies

Paper Daisy DIY #Sizzix #papercraft @savedbyloves


Paper Daisy DIY #Sizzix #papercraft @savedbyloves


It was time for some new paper flowers to usher in the spring around here.  If you have been here long, you know I am a fan of making paper roses.  I decided to switch it up a bit and create daisies this time.  For a cheap, simple and beautiful DIY spring decor idea, look no further.  These would be great for weddings and other centerpieces too!

For this project, you don’t need much.  I used my SIZZIX machine and a flower die, but a die cut machine is not necessary.  You could easily do this with a paper punch too.


 Sizzix Flower Layers and Leaves Die

White Cardstock

Yellow Quilling paper

Paper quilling tool or toothpick

Craft glue (I use Glossy Accents for paper to paper since it dries in 5 sec and holds great)

Floral wire

Floral tape

Hot glue gun


Paper Daisy DIY #Sizzix #papercraft @savedbyloves

Cut several 8 petal flower shapes, either from a paper punch or die.  You will use 2 of the shapes per daisy.

How to make paper daisies

Fold each petal lengthwise, as close to the center as you can get.

Make a paper flower bouquet

Once your petals are folded, stack one flower shape on top of another, adhering with glue, such that the petals are alternating (see pic below).

Paper Daisy DIY #Sizzix #papercraft @savedbyloves

Paper Daisy DIY #Sizzix #papercraft @savedbyloves

For the center of the flower, coil yellow quilling strips using a quilling tool or toothpick.  I used 2 strips of quilling paper for each flower center.  When one ends, just glue the second there and continue coiling.

Glue flower center in place.

Paper daisy tutorial

#Papercraft #paperflower #DIY #weddingcenterpiece #DIYwedding

Make a bend in the end of your floral wire to create surface for hot glue to grab and glue wire to flower back.

To finish, I wrapped my wire with floral tape.  This is not essential.  I just like the look of the wrapped wire better.

#Sizzix #paperflowers

Paper Daisy tutorial #DIY #weddingDIY @savedbyloves

Paper quilling tool

If you love paper daisies, check out the crazy awesome project Amy from Plucking Daisies shared with us awhile back: