26 July 2015

DIY Birthday Cupcake Pop-Up Card

Let's start by calling this month the most birthday month of the year because many people I know have their birthday this month (and hey, including me, my birthday was a week ago!). Also, some of my pen pals are having their upcoming birthday too, so lately I've been busy preparing many mail-able birthday surprises for them. As for the greeting cards, I decided to do a simple DIY project and make them something handmade in order to make it unique and give it more personal touch.

Cupcakes are always a good idea for birthday. It's very cute and lovely! In real life, I don't actually eat sweets like cupcake that much, but I absolutely adore its design. And cards? Who doesn't like cards? I love receiving greeting cards for special days like Christmas, New Year, Valentine, Birthday, everything! For me, a handmade card is always a thoughtful gesture, but a handmade pop-up card is beyond impressive!

Do you like to make your own cards?
You should! Because this adorable birthday cupcake pop-up card is surprisingly very simple to make.

Materials: colored papers, scissor, cutter, ruler, pencil, and hole punch.

I'm using the total of 7 colored papers.

Anyway, if you don't like to use cupcake (seriously, why?), basically you can always make it into any design you want!

See the full tutorial on this video:

24 July 2015

Make Up Guide: Lipstick Palette for Every Occasion

When it comes to make a decision choosing the best lipstick to wear, let's face it, there are plenty of choices and the truth is, not all shades complement every skin tone. The general guidelines suggest that the darker your complexion, the darker lip shade you can support. The casual choices for people with pale skin are nude colors like pink or peach to flatter their looks, while people with medium to olive skin tones will look great wearing berry or coral shades, and people with darker skin may want to wear deep red color as their safest options.

My complexion is somewhat between medium to olive. For me, it is not easy to find the right lipstick shade that will look fabulous on my lips. I always end up trying as many colors as possible just to find the "right one".

To help me (and all of you) find the best lipstick color to wear in certain occasion, I made this printable lipstick guide that you can print at home and use it as your make up guide or ideas. I've put together lipstick color chart with every occasion, including which complexions they work best for.

I personally like to make and collect useful article with helpful illustration and use it as my source of inspiration or just simply a helper. For make up guide like this, I just print it and insert it in my planner so every time I wonder what color/look I should wear, I just open my planner and find bunch of options that I like. It's like non-digital version of Pinterest, but won't need Wi-Fi connection.

Anyway, this is just my personal choices of what I think will look great and suitable for each occasion. Remember to always test colors against your skin before you make a decision.

To download larger resolution of this lipstick guide, just click on the download link below, extract the .zip file and you'll find the file in .jpg and .pdf.

For personal use only. Please do not use them commercially. Feel free to share it but make sure to credit or link back to this blog. If you use any of my freebies, you can tag me on Twitter or Instagram, use hashtag #CarolynnStuffs so that I can see it! Remember to play nice :)

20 July 2015

Freebies: "Pin It" Buttons

It's no secret that many bloggers agree that Pinterest has helped them gain more traffic to their blog. If you have a blog and would love to share your images to a larger audience, "Pin It" button may be necessary for you because it makes your image become easily pinned straight away on Pinterest.

Since I've been redesigning my blog lately, today I create a "Pin It" button design for my blog and I want to share with you the rest 23 "Pin It" button designs that you can download and use for free. Yay for my first freebies!

Here’s an example of how my "Pin It" button design is going to look like on your image:

How to use it:

Click the download link below to start downloading "Freebies Pin It Button.zip" file and then extract it and you'll find a folder that contains 23 "Pin It" button designs (.png files). After that, you can follow the steps below:

Add a "Pin It" Button to Blogger
Add a "Pin It" Button to Wordpress (self-hosted)

For personal use only. Please do not use them commercially. Feel free to share it but make sure to credit or link back to this blog. If you use any of my freebies, you can tag me on Twitter or Instagram, use hashtag #CarolynnStuffs so that I can see it! Remember to play nice :)

16 July 2015

DIY Animal Jewelry/Necklaces Holder

I personally don't like the idea of putting all my necklaces together in a jewelry box. Not only because I will mostly spend 5-10 minutes untangling necklaces, but also because I think it's sad to relegate such beautiful form of art to a dark and tiny space where no one could appreciate its beauty when I'm not wearing it. So I came up with this pretty solution and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Materials: Picture frame (remove the glass), plastic animal toy figurines, gold paint, brush paint, x-acto knife, small nails, sandpaper.

Tools: Hammer, pencil, scissor.

Optional: White paint, white paper, rope.

Good thing is, I already have almost all of the materials and tools I used on this project and only spent a total of IDR 30,000 (way less than US $3) for buying a pack of small plastic animal toy figurines and a can of gold paint.

I had always wanted to do this DIY ever since I found a similar project (using half-cut plastic animal toy figurines) on Pinterest. With this chic and adorable animal holder, I can finally organize and display my (cheap) necklaces collection in a pretty way. Yay because now I have a spot where I can just hang all my necklaces and it doubles as wall art too!

See the full tutorial on this video:

13 July 2015

DIY No Sew Dog/Pet Bow Tie (3 Easy Ways)

Dog with bow tie? Omg, I can't even...!

This DIY is quick and very easy to make. It's so perfect as a last minute touch up before you bring your fluffy friend to a party or an evening dinner at a friend's house. I actually made these bow ties for photograph purpose and it makes Suri and Lammy look even more adorable in photos.

It only takes me for about 5 minutes to make each pretty bow tie and basically all you need is just a piece of cute fabric, velcro, and hot glue gun, and you're all set. If you're not so good at sewing like me, then this DIY is definitely for you.

I made these bow ties in three different ways and styles: adorable, fancy, and cute! But really, you can name it anything you want! The result will be all the same anyway: beautify your pooch and make everybody asks "can I pet your dog?"

Materials: Fabric/felt, ribbon, velcro.

Tools: Hot glue gun, measuring tape, lighter, scissor.

See the full tutorial on this video:

Featuring my two little cuties, Suri and Lammy.
My dog's blog: http://surithedog.blogspot.com/
My dog's Instagram: http://instagram.com/suriandlammy

06 July 2015

DIY Mosaic Letter from Old CD and Cereal Boxes

These days, almost all files have gone digital. I still remember those old days when my shelves were full of cds or dvds of musics, movies, school assignments, and back-ups of important files.

I don't know about you but as a clumsy person I was before (I still am, actually), I'm pretty sure I had wasted many discs by not burning files for my school projects and other back-ups properly. I never wanted to toss them out in the trash in the first place, hoping that they would be useful someday. But after a while, they sure started to take up a lot of space so I decided to transform those failed burnt discs that lying around my house into something more valuable.

If you don't like the idea of using old cds of your favorite bands or movies (even if you'll most likely never even touch it again) because you think it may become an antique collection, using failed burnt discs may be a smart answer for you.

Materials and tools: Many old cds or dvds (I prefer to use dvd), cereal boxes, print out of your preferred letter, scissor, pencil, ruler, clear tape, hot glue gun, hot boiled water, and paper tape (optional).

I spent zero money on this project because both materials and tools are so easy to find and I believe most people likely have them around their house already. But I must say that this is not a quick DIY project because gluing tiny pieces of cds actually took time. However, the result is worth the effort! It looks glam, chic, and modern, not to mention unique and artsy.

See the full tutorial on this video:

01 July 2015

Introducing My Youtube Channel

Like a week ago, I'm starting doing something new. I created a new Youtube channel to share my inner passion, i.e. DIY.

How do I know if I love DIY?

For me, simply because it makes me happy and I never feel obligated to finish a craft when I start doing a DIY project. I do what I like because I like doing that. As silly as it sounds, but it is! I'm happy with making a DIY project and that's it. And I want to share it with the world through video, an easy to follow medium, which is why I choose Youtube.

I'm not new in doing DIY, I've been creating "stuffs" since like I was a little kid. And believe it or not my crafts always turned out satisfying, well, maybe not all but most of them. So yes, I'm passionate enough to make a Youtube video about it. What's new for me is making a video and talking to a camera. It's really daunting for me. I'm kind of camera-shy, it's really weird and awkward when I first filmed my self, but I tried my best not too. I think it shows through the video, but I don't know, you probably can tell it yourself.

So yeah, expect to see DIY contents here in my blog too. I will really appreciate any support!

Don't forget to subscribe and let me know what you think.
Let's be positive :)

Visit my Youtube channel here.