img_8422I’d like to interrupt the radio silence with an announcement that I’m officially married! My husband and I were married on a yacht on the Ohio River with our close family and friends. We celebrated by dancing the night away to our favorite local band, eating our favorite Cincinnati foods, and ended the night with fireworks AND sparklers. It was truly a magical night!

I had hoped to be one of those brides that shares projects and plans along the way, but I chose to make my own wedding dress. This was such a huge undertaking (I finished two days before the wedding) that I didn’t even understand the amount of work, love and patience it would take to complete my dream wedding dress, but I did it and can’t wait to share that process with you! And all the other DIYs I completed along the way!

I’m happy to kick off married life, enjoy my favorite season and to get back to sharing projects!


Mrs. Bishop


FOIL STD 8When I first saw the Heidi Swapp Minc products at Michael’s, I was so impressed and inspired that I was ready to foil everything. Luckily the reasoning side of my brain kicked in and told me to put down the arm full of foil rolls. I went home and did a little research and found that the Minc foil applicator is just a fancy laminator. Instead I said hello to a $20 laminator on Amazon.

Cue to my upcoming nuptials. I found the holographic invites above and knew I wanted to have the holographic rainbow vibe through out the invitation suite and life. Now my fiance and I are way behind on the timeline for sending out of save the dates and anyone planning a wedding knows all those damn little things add up so quickly and save the dates aren’t really necessary…but making inexpensive save the dates is totally justifiable. Come through laminator! Now I can’t take credit for this DIY but it’s so damn impressive I had to share it and our awesome save the dates. 


  • Heat reactive foil (MINC or Deco Foil)
  • Laser printed Save the Date on cardstock
  • Laminator
  • 1 piece printer paper
  • Scissors/X-acto knife/Roller blade
  • Ruler

How to

Print your save the date/design on a laser printer. The foil won’t stick to ink from an inkjet printer. I don’t think there is a specific time frame you need to foil after printing. I did the foiling a few days after the printing and it worked fine.

Foil STD 1Foil STD 2Measure out the design that you want to cover with foil and cut out pieces to that size. I cut out 9 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ pieces to cover both designs to save a little on time instead of cutting the save the dates before hand. I ended up cutting out the middle part that wasn’t used. The left over pieces ended up working great and I used up a whole roll instead of two with left overs.  

Foil STD 3Place the foil on the design and place cover sheet over it. The foil will stick to any printed area so make sure your foil is exactly where you want it to stick.

Foil STD 4Turn on your laminator and let it heat up. I used the 5 mm setting because it is a hotter setting than 3 mm. Send the materials through laminator. This takes about 30 seconds. If your piece of foil doesn’t completely cover the design, just place a piece of foil on the missing spot and send through the laminator again. There might be a very fine line, but it’s better than throwing away a perfectly good save the date.

Foil STD 6Next you peel off the foil. I tested to see if there is a difference in letting the foil cool versus peeling it off right away and I didn’t see a difference. I think the quality of the printing affects how well the foil sticks.

Foil STD 7Use your rotary cutter, X-acto knife or scissors to cut the save the dates. This was a pretty easy cutting process, but I think I’m going to invest in a paper cutter for our wedding invites. 

To break down the cost:

50 pack Cardstock – $2.50 (on sale at Michael’s – regularly $5) – 2 STD per paper

1 roll Heidi Swap Foil – $7 (on sale at Michael’s – regularly $10)

Laminator – $20

FOIL STD-9For a few hours on a Saturday morning, our Save the Date’s cost under $30! Now I have a sassy laminator to foil everything. Will you give this technique a try?


STRIPE FINAL 2I’ve been focused on getting our bedroom put together after we finally painted it a nice bright white. I wanted to add a bold design behind the bed and found the the abstract lines by Doug Meyer and Kelly Wearstler a little crazy, fun and energizing. When I showed my fiance my inspiration, he said it reminded him of Eddie van Halen’s guitar and that’s just awesome.

Abstract Stripe Wall Inspiration

dougmeyerstudio.com / guitarguitar.co.uk / domino.com

Supplies + Tools


STRIPE - TAPE - calliopeWhen we finally sat down with the wall and our tape, I had an idea in my head of what I wanted, but didn’t want to plan it out on paper because I wanted the abstract design to really come from working together with my fiance in the moment to create the design. We cut the longest stripes first knowing we could use them somewhere else if they didn’t work. I was a little apprehensive to start cutting, but remember you can always extend stripes with smaller pieces. As we mapped out the design, we used painters tape to hold the vinyl in place. Once we got to a design we were pretty happy with (coinciding with the end of the vinyl roll), we slept on it for a few days.

Something to remember when deciding if you are happy with the design, the design will look way better when applied. The blue painters tape was definitely distracting and the vinyl bumping out from the wall was visually wonky.

PEEL OFF BACKING-calliopeWhen you are set on the design, it’s time to peel off the backing and apply. When applying a stripe, start at the end and remove a few inches of the backing. Put the end in place and then slowly peel off the backing as you smooth the vinyl to the wall with your other hand. This prevents a tangled mess.

When applying the lines, Walls Need Love suggests using a yard stick or laser lever to draw lines. Since our design was abstract, pretty small surface, and the vinyl has no stretch, we just peeled off the backing and applied the stripes. You could also trace the edge of the stripes on the wall once you have the design set and before applying the vinyl. The best part with the vinyl is that it is easy to peel off making an edits a breeze. 

TRIM EDGES XACTO - calliopeSince the vinyl doesn’t have stretch, it won’t stay bent so you need to trim to edges. For corners, it’s better to go on to the next wall and use an x-acto knife to trim the tape than come up too short. The X-acto knife is also handy for trimming overlapping lines when needed.

The trickiest part of applying the design was the lines were like a basket weave. You will have to carefully pull out the stripes as you apply them without trapping other lines that haven’t been applied yet. I’d highly suggest enlisting help.

The Walls Need Love vinyl stripes comes with a yellow spatula that is used to smooth the lines as you apply them to the wall. We just used our fingers to smooth down the vinyl, but I am definitely keeping it as it comes in handy for other projects!

STRIPE FINAL 2STRIPE FINAL 1I’m happy with the result. It definitely captures the vibe of the inspirations and adds dimension to our bedroom. Will you give abstract lines a shot? QV signature no bolt


ENVELOPE STENCIL 1ENVELOPE STENCIL 2For all you bridal babes out there, I have an awesome DIY that will make addressing all those Save the Dates, invites and thank you’s much easier. I recently finished making my Save the Dates and was sitting down to address them when I remembered the Lettermate I saw on Pinterest. It’s such a brilliant idea that I decided to make my own. Our save the dates are a postcard so I created a smaller template to accommodate the two addresses as well as a larger size for the invitations. I have the templates for you to download below!


How to

SILHOUETTE TRACE SCREEN SHOTOpen up the stencil JPG file in Silhouette Studio. Click the Select Trace Option and highlight the template(s). Uncheck the High Pass Filter and Low Pass Filter boxes and move the Threshold to 45 and the Scale to 10. Click the Trace button!

SILHOUETTE LOAD STENCILPlace your stencil material on the cutting mat and load into the machine. 

SILHOUETTE SCREEN SHOT CUT SETTINGSHighlight the original image and delete it. Double check that the stencils are the correct size – 3″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″. If not, then select the stencils, hold the shift key as you drag the corner with the mouse to the correct size. The shift key keeps the proportions the same as you make the stencils larger. The measurements are shown. Go to the Cut Settings and select the Stencil Material  ption, but change your cutting configuration to blade 10, speed 2, thickness 30, and uncheck double cut. I had trouble with the settings for the emoji stencil DIY, but found this to work on the first run. Click the Send to Silhouette button to start cutting! This cut so well the stencil popped off the cutting mat in pieces. 

*If you don’t have a cutting machine, the easiest way to make the stencils is to print the this PDF stencil file onto the card stock paper and cut out the stencil using an X-acto knife and ruler.

ENVELOPE STENCIL 4ENVELOPE STENCIL 3Just like that you are ready to send pretty mail! I’m off to finally send those Save the Dates! QV signature no bolt


Taco Ice Cream Sundae & Pinata Toppings BarSUNDAE PINATA BAR-6Not only is it taco tuesday but my third favorite holiday, Cinco de Mayo, is this week and I’m sharing a DIY that combines two of my favorites – tacos and ice cream. I actually can’t believe I haven’t made ice cream tacos before!  Not only do I show you how to make taco sundaes, but I stepped up the piñata game by turning the traditional donkey piñata into a serving bar filled with toppings. Ole!

supplies + tools

Piñata Bar

  • Pinata
  • Tray
  • Tissue paper
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Flexible tape measure
  • Masking tape
  • Holographic paper

*When buying your tray and pinata, make sure the pinata is wider than your tray.

Ice Cream Tacos

How to

Pinata bar - beforeMeasure the width of your topping tray with a flexible tape measure. Don’t include the lip of the tray in this measurement because we want the tray to rest in hole.Pinata bar - mark holePull back the tissue fringe and mark the width of tray on the piñata core in multiple places along the length of the piñata. Connect the dots and draw a line.Pinata bar - x-acto cut hole3 PINATA HOLEUse an X-acto knife (a new blade is best) to cut a along the lines make a hole for the tray. End where the current hole is.Pinata bar - cut in half This is the most gruesome part. Cut the pinata in half with the X-acto knife.Pinata bar - measure toppings tray We are going to measure so we know the size of cardboard piece needed to extend the piñata. Place the tray in the back end of the piñata and measure the length of the tray that is left. This is the length of the cardboard piece.Pinata bar - measure bellyMeasure around the belly of the piñata with your tape measure. This is the width of the cardboard piece.Pinata bar - cut cardboard Cut out your cardboard piece. With the X-acto knife, lightly score lines about 1” apart in the cardboard. This will allow you easily bend the cardboard into a U shape.Pinata bar - tape Now it’s time to put the pinata back together.  Before starting, rip off pieces of tape so you have them ready to go. Don’t do what I did and use clear packing tape. Masking tape is much better. To shape the new cardboard piece, put a piece of tape over the edge of the cardboard and slowly smooth the tape down as you add a curve to the cardboard. Use long pieces of tape along the length of the cardboard for added support.

Pinata bar - cut tissue stripsKeep the tissue paper folded and cut 2” wide strips of tissue paper.Pinata bar - cut fringe It’s time to fringe! Cut fringe leaving a 1/2″ space at the top for glueing to pinata.Pinata bar - glue fringeUse a paint brush and Mod Podge to attach the fringe. The fringe goes in one direction so apply it to the end first and work your way up. I crumpled the fringe before applying to blend the look of the fringe. I tried my best to match the colors of the tissue paper, but wasn’t perfectly successful. Pinata bar - guts I covered the “guts” of the pinata with holographic paper. You could also stuff some left over tissue paper too. Let the piñata dry. Pinata bar - after


  1. Soften the waffle bowls by wrapping one waffle bowl in a damp paper towel and microwave for 15 seconds. Remove the waffle bowl from the microwave and quickly shape it into a taco shell shape. The waffle starts to hard after being removed.
  2. Dye coconut flakes for the “lettuce” by shaking a 5-10 drops of green food dye with a scoop of coconut flakes in a plastic baggie.
  3. Chop red gummy bears for the “tomatoes”. Add “peppers” by chopping up yellow and green gummy bears and “onions” with white gummy bears. You could make a “salsa” with gummy bears!
  4. Scoop whipped cream for “sour cream”.
  5. Fill your pinata bar with toppings.
  6. Add chocolate ice cream to the taco waffle shell and sprinkle on the fixings. 

SUNDAE PINATA BAR-2SUNDAE PINATA BAR-8I love that the pinata is cute and functional. I can totally see him filled with an assortment of Mexican dips for a real taco bar. Who’s ready for a fiesta?!


vday convo heart ice cream tray 3vday convo heart ice cream trayvday convo heart trayI’m back with a fun, quick Valentine’s Day DIY. I’m going to introduce you to one of my favorite craft mediums – resin!  New materials can be intimidating, but I’ll teach you the basics of using resin and you will complete a project you will heart.

I hate reading instructions and it absolutely kills my fiance. But since our end results really depends on following the instructions, give it a quick read through. Let’s go!


How to

vday convo heart suppliesSort out the candy hearts to find the best printed hearts.

vday convo heart mod podgePaint a layer of Mod Podge on the tray bottom and place the heart candies on tray. You need to move quickly when moving around the pieces because they can smear color in the glue. Depending on how you look at it it could be kind of fun.

vday convo heart resin mixResin has many hazardous chemicals so I highly suggest using disposable gloves. Also, use in a well ventilated area. I picked up the low odor resin and it’s definitely an improvement from the normal version. The key for resin is to mix equal parts of the two solutions. If you add too much of the resin or hardener, your resin can be too soft or harden too fast. (Ignore the dark color – I used old resin)vday convo heart resin pourMeasure out two equal parts and then pour one part into the other. Stir for 2 minutes. The mixing will create air bubbles. We will fix this in the next step. Pour the resin over the candy. I can’t really make any good suggestions for how much resin to mix. You could pour water in your tray before getting the project started and then pour the water into the cups to get the resin amount.

Set your blow dryer to the hot heat setting and gently blow dry the resin to remove any air bubbles. If you have a pretty powerful blow dryer, hold it further away from the tray as to not splatter resin on the sides. Let the resin curate for 24 hrs (or however long your instructions say.) To keep out any dust or hair, cover the tray with plastic wrap.

vday convo heart sprinkle tray 2vday convo heart sprinkle trayvday convo heart trayvday convo heart ice cream tray 2
What a fun way to display sprinkles for an ice cream bar or share some sweets with your Valentine. My favorite is to serve myself ice cream in bed. Will you give epoxy resin a shot?!

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emoji stencils disco mugdisco mug cocoa poo stencil close upI’ve been seriously craving hot cocoa to stay warm (before El Nino hit). And since I basically speak emoji, I thought what a great way to jazz up hot cocoa by using emoji’s IRL. Of course, you don’t have stop at using these stencil on drinks. Dust a little emoji on your favorite dessert.

supplies + tools

  • Silhouette machine + Cutting Mat or X-acto knife/scissors
  • Plastic stencil sheet or card stock
  • Emoji Stencils
  • Cocoa/Powdered Sugar
  • Sifter
  • Hot drink (or yummy dessert)

How to

silhouette cut emoji stencils
For a Silhouette cutting machine, open up the stencil design in Silhouette Studio. Trace the designs. Place your stencil material on the cutting mat and load into the machine. For the plastic stencil sheet, select the ‘Silhouette Stencil’ material option, but change your cutting configuration to blade 10, speed 2, thickness 30, double cut. I had trouble with the settings, but found this to work on the first run. Send the design to cut. Remove the stencil from the cutting mat and pop out the negative design pieces.

*If you don’t have a cutting machine, the easiest way to make the stencils is to use card stock. Print the stencil directly onto the cardstock and cut out the stencil using an X-acto knife or scissors. They won’t really be reusable if using the card stock on a liquid.

cocoa stencils steps 1 + 2cocoa stencil close up 2
With a little trial and error, I found the best way to get a good emoji on a hot drink is to fill your cup all the way to the top. The other option (and my favorite) is to add a nice layer of whipped cream and smooth it out with a knife. Once your drink is ready, carefully place the stencil on the top of your mug. Using a sifter, add a decent layer of cocoa powder over the stencil. Use the two nubby handles to lift the stencil straight up from the mug. If you pull the stencil up by one side the extra powder will fall into your mug and ruin the design.poo cocoa stencil 3
Make your cup extra special or share your feelings with that special someone. Don’t forget to get the party started with a disco ball mug. Cheers!

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Silhouette vinyl phone coverWhen I upgraded my iphone, I was so underwhelmed by my cover options at the time that I choose clear. Not a bad choice since I selected the gold iPhone and it’s very versatile for this project. I previously applied a leftover lightning bolt wall decal to my last iphone and a YAS moment arrived when I realized I could design and create a vinyl iphone cover using my Silhouette machine!  It’s so easy it feels like cheating!

vinyl iPhone case supplies



How toMeasure phone case Use a flexible sewing measuring tape to find dimensions of your phone cover. Include the sides of the cover in these measurements.

Size vinyl designOpen the Silhouette Studio and select your design. (There are tons of designs in the Silhouette Design Store.) Size the design phone cover dimensions by dragging out from the corner. Hold the shift key while you drag to keep the proportions of the design as you change the size. For the vinyl, it’s better to go a little bit larger than make it too small.

Load vinylSilhouette cover cutCut the vinyl piece to a little bit larger than your cover size, place on the cutting mat in the same position as the design is on the cutting mat in Silhouette Studio, and load the mat into the machine. Select your media and cutting options, and let the Silhouette cut out your design.

Peel negative design coverPeel away the negative part of vinyl from your design. I love to be resourceful and save this part of the design for another project. They make great stencils!

Apply transfer paperCut out transfer paper to size of the design. The squares on transfer paper measure 1 inch. Peel off the backing (no red lines)and apply the transfer paper to design. Use the scraper to smooth transfer paper to vinyl.

Pick up vinyl on transfer paperSlowly pick up the decal by peeling up the transfer paper.

Apply vinyl design to phone caseAlign and place the vinyl on the cover. Use the scraper to smooth the vinyl on to the phone cover.

Peel of transfer paperSlowly peel away transfer paper. You want to bend the transfer paper back so you peel in a horizontal motion rather than pulling up in the air. Use an X-acto knife or scissors to trim away any extra vinyl around the edges and in the cover holes.

vinyl design covervinyl phone cover complete Just imagine all of the design possibilities! Flamingos, cats, unicorns, stars, zebra stripes… This is just the beginning of my iPhone case designing career. What design are you wanting to put on your phone?!

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pillow complete edit cropChristmas decor is in full effect at my house. My tree is up, the mantle is in progress and I even made a front door wreath. I’ve never actually decorated this early. I usually end up decorating the week before Christmas and keeping the decorations up way into January. Recently, I purchased pillow inserts from Joann fabrics in anticipation of creating pillow covers to add a more comfy lounging situation for the winter. Since I’ve pumped up my Christmas decor, I wanted to add a touch of spirit onto my couch. For this project I’ve split it into two parts where you can learn how to cover a pillow and decorate with iron on material. You will find total project supplies and tool list as well as individual  supplies for each part.



How to

First we will make our pillow cover. Before we get going, wash, dry and iron the fabric according to the type of fabric. Ironing is especially important when cutting matching pieces.

Pillow Cover Supplies

  • Sewing machine
  • Pillow Insert
  • Fabric
  • Scissors or Rotary Blade
  • Pins
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Pinking Shears (optional)
  • Sewing gauge (optional)

Pillow Cover PiecesFor this pillow cover, we will have 3 pieces. The front and two pieces for the back. This creates the envelope type cover where we can slide the pillow into the cover with out sewing it in or adding a zipper. This cover is also good if you are using two types of fabric – one for the front and one for the back.

Let’s get our measurements. For the front, we want to add a 1/2″ seam around the pillow. So add 1″ to the pillow height and width. For the back, the two pieces are half the width of the front, but we want the opening to over lap so the pillow isn’t exposed. Add 1″ to the width of each piece. We also need to include the 1/2″ seam around the two pieces. The easiest way to calculate the width of back pieces is to divide the pillow width by two and add 2 inches to each half. The height of each back piece is the height of the pillow plus 1″. Look at the diagram below for a visual.

Pillow Cover Illustration

Iron Down Seam - Pillow BackOnce you have your pieces cut, we are going to fold in and iron the hem of the back opening. This will give a nice finished product. Fold the wrong sides together and iron down a half inch on one side of length on each back piece. It’s hard to see the right and wrong sides of the fabric since it’s a solid color. My fabric has a sheen on the right side and is flat on the wrong side. You can always mark it with a disappearing marker or piece of tape to keep the sides straight while constructing the cover. The sewing gauge comes in handy here. Use the little blue piece to mark a half inch. Slide it along as you fold down and iron. The finished pillow back is below.

pillow back edit

Pin Cover TogetherLay the two back piece on the front with the right sides touching each other. We are going to turn the cover inside out when finished sewing. Line up the edges and pin. Head to your sewing machine.

First sew a straight stitch along the ironed down edge. You want to line up the sewing foot to the edge of the fabric.  You may need to take out some pins for more maneuverability. Next sew around the edge of cover leaving a half inch seam.

Shear Edges + Cut CornersIf your using a fabric that is likely to fray, use pinking shears to cut a zig zag along the seam edge. To create sharp corners, snip off each corner (without snipping your sewed seam corner). Next turn the cover right side out. You can use your scissors to help push out the corners.

Now for the iron on design. Baby it’s cold outside is one of my favorite holiday songs. And it’s a cute design that can last through out the winter. But get your creativity on for your design!

Iron on Design Supplies

  • Silhouette cutting machine + cutting mat  or  X-acto knife
  • Iron on glitter material 
  • Silhouette hook + spatula tools (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Press cloth (i.e. scrap cotton material)
  • Iron & ironing board

silhouette studio iron on design reverse cropdesign cut editFor the iron on glitter material, you need to flip your design especially if you use lettering. The design will be backwards when cut. Open the Silhouette Studio, select your design and adjust the size for your pillow. To flip the design, select your design, right click and select ‘Flip Horizontally’. Cut your iron on material to the size of your design leaving a little extra around the edges. Place the material with the clear liner side down onto the cutting mat and load into the machine. Select the Heat Transfer Material Flocked option (blade setting 3) and send to the Silhouette to cut. Remove the design for the Silhouette and peel off the excess material leaving only the design on the liner. The hook and spatula tools can come in handy for this step.

Iron On DesignSet your iron Cotton/Linen setting. This is usually the hottest setting. Make sure the steam setting is OFF. Pre-heat the fabric where the design will go for 10-15 seconds. Place the design on to the ‘right’ side pre heated fabric with the liner side up. (I ironed on the design before I sewed the cover hence the frayed edges above.) Lay your press cloth over the design and iron 25-30 seconds while applying medium pressure. Flip the cover inside out and apply additional heat the back of the design for 25-30 seconds. Let the material cool and peel off the liner.

pillow complete 2 edit croppillow back editpillow complete 3 editI’m ready to cuddle up on the couch with my puppies and fiancé to bask in the holiday glow of the tree and Netflix.

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