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From concept to completion. Our floral  Custom Spring Bridal Shower Invitation and RSVP cards. From @armstrongnotes Available Monday via our #etsy #shop #etsylisting #creative #illustration #design #floral #beautiful #love #wedding #bridal #igers #igdaily #instahub #instagood #instalove #iphonesia #instadaily #iphoneonly #design #bride #bridalshower #invitation #rsvp #papergoods #notecard #armstrognotes #follow #foryou #awesome #custom #originaldesigns

From concept to completion. Our floral Custom Spring Bridal Shower Invitation and RSVP cards. From @armstrongnotes Available Monday via our #etsy #shop #etsylisting #creative #illustration #design #floral #beautiful #love #wedding #bridal #igers #igdaily #instahub #instagood #instalove #iphonesia #instadaily #iphoneonly #design #bride #bridalshower #invitation #rsvp #papergoods #notecard #armstrognotes #follow #foryou #awesome #custom #originaldesigns

Feb 8

Have you made your VDay Purchase??

Hey everyone,


So with an impending snow storm getting ready to hit the tri-state area, your probably thinking you’ll stay in all weekend. 

Well if you want to spend Valentine’s Day cuddling up with your cat Shelby (and hey there’s nothing wrong with that right?) then stay in. But if your looking for some human love on the 14th, strap on your boots, layer layer and layer some more. Then head on down to the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden in Astoria Queens, and three wonderful rewards await you…

1. Astoria Market will be hosting their Pre-Valentine’s Day Market; your opportunity to purchase a handmade card or gift for your loved one, future squeeze or the person you admire from about 300ft away.

2. The Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden is hosting a PORK FEST!!! Yes along with delicious beer, you can purchase traditional Czech & Slovak pork fest menu. Because you shouldn’t shop on an empty stomach!!

3. Armstrong Notes will have a table for the Pre-Valentine’s Day Market. Come on by and say hello to us and check out our awesome handmade goodies.  We will be located at table #1 from 12-6pm. OOOH and we will also have a gift certificate up for grabs!!

Some of our products you’ll be able to find Sunday Feb 10th at the Astoria Market Pre-Valentine’s Day Market in Queens, NYC

Valentine’s Day Card for your boo!! From #armstrongnotes available in our #etsy #shop tomorrow!! #valentine #love #papergoods #greetingcards #valentinedaycards #lovenotes #handmade #artisan #creative #design #foryou #madeinnyc #lovenotes #instagood #instadaily #wine

Valentine’s Day Card for your boo!! From #armstrongnotes available in our #etsy #shop tomorrow!! #valentine #love #papergoods #greetingcards #valentinedaycards #lovenotes #handmade #artisan #creative #design #foryou #madeinnyc #lovenotes #instagood #instadaily #wine

Me & You Valentine Day Card from #armstrongnotes available in our #etsy #shop NOW!!! #papergoods #handmade #greetingcards #valentine’sday #valentine #meandyou #love #creative #design #embossed #red #instagood #instadaily #foryou #madeinnyc

Me & You Valentine Day Card from #armstrongnotes available in our #etsy #shop NOW!!! #papergoods #handmade #greetingcards #valentine’sday #valentine #meandyou #love #creative #design #embossed #red #instagood #instadaily #foryou #madeinnyc

Handmade Embossed Stationery from #ArmstrongNotes #handmade #custom #papergoods #greetingcards #pink #orange #floral #etsy #artisan #shop #madeinnyc #creative #design #instagood #instadaily #dove #stamp

Handmade Embossed Stationery from #ArmstrongNotes #handmade #custom #papergoods #greetingcards #pink #orange #floral #etsy #artisan #shop #madeinnyc #creative #design #instagood #instadaily #dove #stamp

Awesome Valentine Day Pop-Up Card. Available 1.17.13 on our #etsy #shop #handmade #greetingcards #papergoods #valentine #valentinesday #lovenotes #hearts #glitter #princecharming #popup #artisan #creative #design #instagood #instalove #instadaily #shopsmall #madeinnyc

Awesome Valentine Day Pop-Up Card. Available 1.17.13 on our #etsy #shop #handmade #greetingcards #papergoods #valentine #valentinesday #lovenotes #hearts #glitter #princecharming #popup #artisan #creative #design #instagood #instalove #instadaily #shopsmall #madeinnyc

2013 Craft Idea: Today Was A Good Day

I was inspired to create this post after reading a few craft blogs and watching a 90’s video countdown.

I hope you and your loved ones can get together and create this easy to do craft idea. It offers hope and optimism for the upcoming year and is a great way to keep a group occupied as the clock counts down to midnight!!

The original blog can be found here: http://blabadale.tumblr.com  

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I was also inspired by a 90’s video countdown I was watching the other day, which featured Ice Cube’s ‘Today Was A Good Day.’ A song that represents taking the time out to notice and cherish the small things regardless of how rough the world may be.  

I absolutely loved the thought of merging the mason jar idea with the message behind Ice Cube’s song. So I decided to get a mason jar some craft supplies and created a fun and unique keepsake that I will be sure to use throughout 2013.  Below I’ve detailed the steps I’ve taken which everyone can do at home.  I will include a full list of supplies at the end. 

 If you have children or a large group of friends over this New Years eve, personalizing these jars will not only be fun but will make it more likely for them to use them throughout the year.

***Tip: You don’t have to limit yourself. If you don’t have mason jars but have jam jars, pasta jars or any other glass containers with a lid then you’re good to go.  I had a jar from Joe’s Crab Shack on hand so thats what I’ll be working with.

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 Print out several ‘Today Was A Good Day’ strips. I then cut them into 1x5 inch pieces. You can print out everyones names ahead of time. Also feel free to make the wording as large or small as you’d like.  

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Once you have your strips, set them aside. We will come back to them in a minute.  

Use either Scotch photo mount or Super 77 and spray the entire inside of the jar.  Make sure you are constantly rotating the jar to get an even spray.  If you don’t have either of these sprays I believe you can also use Modge Podge.  

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Once you have allowed the inside to dry for a couple of seconds (no more than 30) take you favorite color glitter and sprinkle freely on the inside.  Vigorously swirl the glitter to ensure full coverage.

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***Tip: place the lid back on the jar and just have fun shaking it. If you have kids you probably don’t want them spraying the adhesive but can allow them to select the glitter and shake the jar once sealed.  

Set the jar aside for 15-20 minutes.  Once time is up grab some hairspray.  You’ll take the hairspray and hold it about 8-10 inches away from the jar and spray the inside.  Adding the hair spray will make sure that the glitter fully dries and will prevent it from coming off as you add notes through the year.  

While the inside of the jar finishes fully drying, you can begin to decorate the lid. 

I used liquid pearls to create a colorful and texturized look.  What colors and pattern you use to decorate is completely up to you. I chose to use 4 colors: Buttercup Yellow, Lavender Lace, Key Lime and Silver Pearl. 

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I removed the seal of the mason jar so that you can just write your note and pop the card right in.

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 Since I’ll be keeping the lid on, I decorated the top and sides of the mason jar.  You can also use some of the adhesive spray and attach a ribbon around the lid.

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****Tip: When working with liquid pearls you want to take your time.  You need to allow about 5 minutes dying time. Make sure each set of decorations you make dry before you continue working. If not you will smear some of the pearls. If you smear don’t fear!! Take a qtip and a little bit of Windex and wipe the area. Allow it to dry and reapply your pearl.

Now back to our precut strips.  Spray the back of the strip with adhesive. I used the photo mount spray because of the spray nozzle offers even distribution and has a clear permanent bond.  Very carefully you will take the strip and place it on the outside of the jar. Location doesn’t really matter, however I placed two strips going across the top of the jar so the beginning and ending of the sentences met. 

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Now comes the really fun part. You can take the liquid pearls and decorate the outside of the mason jar.  Make sure to allow sections to dry before moving on.

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What you end up with isn’t as important as what it will represent. Time shared with loved ones, while looking forward to the new year with hope and positivity.  No matter how dark things get, its the small moments we share with loved ones that pull us towards the light.

I hope you try this out and have a blast!!! I’d love to see your end results or hear any comments you may have.

Thanks for reading have an awesome New Year!!

Adriana P. for Armstrong Notes

Also, make sure you keep coming back for more fun DIY paper goods and beginner Jewelry DIY’s!!!

Supplies

Mason Jar

Scotch Photo Mount Spray

Printed ‘Today Was A Good Day’ & Names sheet(s)

Liquid Pearls (you can finds these at any crafting store like Michael’s or JoAnn’s)

Glitter (I used Martha Stewart Silver Glitter)

Craft Scissors (optional) You can use these to cut out the names in fun patterns.

***Tip: If the liquid pearls are too messy or you just don’t have them on hand, you can take ribbon and attach them around the outside of the jar.  If your using Modge Podge you can soak strips of colored or patterned scrapbooking paper and layer them on the inside of the jar instead of using glitter. Make sure you allow the Modge Podge to dry for several hours.  

A Trip to the Circus (by Elly Mackay)

Stunning work

Merry Christmas to all!! #armstrongnotes #papergoods #christmas #santa #instagood #instadaily #holidays

Merry Christmas to all!! #armstrongnotes #papergoods #christmas #santa #instagood #instadaily #holidays

Merry Christmas Eve. #armstrongnotes #papergoods #holidays #christmas #greetingcards #babyjesus #instagood #instadaily #creative #design

Merry Christmas Eve. #armstrongnotes #papergoods #holidays #christmas #greetingcards #babyjesus #instagood #instadaily #creative #design