I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that a baby shower I hosted back in March for a dear friend is being featured on Kara’s Party Ideas!
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With the end of summer drawing near, I couldn’t resist one more opportunity to use elements from the Ahoy Collection by Carta Bella. I just love this grouping of anchors, sea sentiments, and ocean inspired designs. Remember the nautical birthday card I shared last month? Here are several more ideas to accompany an anchor themed or nautical birthday party using digital scrapbooking products:
I used a generic banner die-cut to make my banner base. Then, I used the alphabet letters from the nautical collection to spell out the word “AHOY.” The focal point of this cute banner has to be the gorgeous anchor element. I used the print and cut feature of my silhouette to cut out a perfectly shaped outline of this graphic. To make everything pop, I edged the border with aqua glitter. A few additional paper embellishments and ribbon completed the look!
The Ahoy collection contains several darling graphics including a boat, a lobster, and a fish. When I saw these elements, I knew they would be the perfect embellishments for treat bag toppers.
I packaged goldfish with the saying “Catch of the Day,” licorice bites with the phrase “Sailors Sweets,” and sour gummy worms with the sentiment “Live Bait.”
Here’s the basic outline of how I made these goodies:
- Open a new 4-inches x 2-inches document in PSE.
- Drag a piece of coordinating digital scrapbook paper onto your document. Adjust the size if needed.
- Add a text box to the bottom half of the document containing your catch phrase. I used the font Lobster 1.3.
- Print out this document. Fold in half.
- Use the print and cut feature of the silhouette to cut out a digital element to add to the topper.
- Adhere this digital element to the topper using double sided foam tape.
- Embellish with additional punches or ribbon if desired.
- Add your finished topper to a Ziploc bag filled with yummy treats using tape adhesive.
I love creating little signs to include as part of a dessert table when hosting a party. I made this framed graphic for my nieces’ birthday using Element 1.
A couple of notes:
- I used the aqua chevron paper labeled “Seashells” as a base.
- In PSE, I opened Element 1 and set my foreground color to the same navy color as the bottom portion of the banner. Then, I selected the paint brush tool and filled in the “1826” date so it wasn’t visible.
- To make this element easy to cut out using the silhouette, I added a very light aqua stroke line.
- I added a new “date” to the bottom banner using sticker letters. 2006 is the year my sweet nieces were born.
- In order to make this sign dimensional, I added a scalloped red punched shape to the center. I also layered a cut-out anchor in the center using foam tape.
- For extra sparkle, I edged the anchor element with aqua glitter.
There you have it… 3 extra ideas for savoring summer memories using the AHOY collection. Now, go “Seas the Day!” and find some fun ways to incorporate digital design into your next project!
Here’s a peak at my final birthday package to my sweet nieces- all the nautical DIY goodies and 2 books about the sea!
We just officially completed a little reading nook in Olivia’s room and can’t wait to share it!
When James’ parents came to visit Olivia in March 2013, they helped us create a custom bookshelf based on this popular Pottery Barn product. James and his Dad worked all weekend to craft this beautiful piece so our precious babe would have a library at her fingertips. Notice the curved lines? I am still amazed at their craftsmanship!
Last week, James helped me hang this gorgeous petal shaped mirror above the space.
With this new piece, Olivia’s reading nook is complete! …And, I think our sweet girl might love this space just as much as I do!
Last week, I shared 7 fun digital projects on the Snap Click Supply Co’s blog in honor of JessicaSprague.com turning 7! What a milestone! Jessica and her team are truly leaders in the world of digital scrapbooking and design.
I just LOOOVE the Fresh Cut digital collection– the digital designs are perfect for your Spring and Summer projects. Here’s what I came up with:
1. Bottle Tag
I attached Element 60 from Element Pack 1 to a bottle of bubbly that I was giving as an anniversary present to our good friends. I threaded 2 strands of pink and orange ribbon through the festive tag to secure it to the bottle. A little “B” letter monogram (for their last name) and pink heart were the perfect embellishments to complete this DIY gift.
2. DIY Card
To accompany the bottle, I included this cheerful card. Here’s a quick tutorial:
- Create a 4×6 transparent document in PSE.
- Open the beautiful floral background paper included in the Fresh Cut collection AND the vertical “4” element from the Basics Life Cards Number pack.
- Drag the “4” to your new document and size it take up most of the space.
- Clip the floral paper to the number element.
- Save this file as a PNG.
- Open this file in your Silhouette software.
- Trace the outer edges of the graphic and then use the print and cut features of the Silhouette.
- Add gold sticker letters to the bottom.
- Embellish with ribbon, a small punched pink heart, and swirl element.
3. Dressed Up Envelope
Be gone boring envelopes! To dress up my mail, I glued Element 7 from Element Pack 3 to a plain envelope. This gorgeous graphic instantly became the perfect frame to house the recipient’s address! Don’t you love happy mail!? Tip: Definitely use thin copy paper to this project so you don’t weigh down your envelope and have to pay extra postage!
4. Photo Embellishment
The Fresh Cut collection is FULL of awesome elements to add to your photos. I couldn’t resist placing this scalloped embellishment at the top of a treasured pic!
5. Project Life Layout
This fully digital layout was made almost exclusively using papers and elements from the Fresh Cut collection clipped to a Life Template. The Fresh Cut journaling cards are so handy for documenting your summer memories!
6. Unique Recipe Card
This project features a reinterpretation of “the classic recipe card”! I used Element 22 from Element Pack 1 and Element 9 from Element Pack 2 to create a one-of-a-kind interactive recipe. The darling DRINK UP journaling card swivels out of the way to reveal a delicious smoothie recipe. A jeweled brad set this project in motion! 🙂
7. DIY Art Print
When I think of summer, I think of swimming, lazy days, sunshine, AND strawberries! To celebrate the season, I created a little art print featuring Element 45 from Element Pack 3. Here’s a brief tutorial:
- Open an 8×10 new document in PSE.
- Drag Paper 3 from Paper Pack 2 onto your document.
- Print this out and place in a frame.
- Open a new 8×10 transparent document in PSE.
- Drag Element 45 from Element Pack 3 onto your document and size it so there’s about a 1-1.5 inch margin around the top and bottom.
- Save this file as a PNG.
- Open your new file using your Silhouette software.
- Trace the outer edges of the graphic and then use the print and cut features of the Silhouette.
- Attach this cut-out element to your frame using double sided foam tape.
I took this project one step further by adding 2 banner elements. I glittered the edges of the ENJOY banner and attached it to the main strawberry stamp using 2 layers of foam tape. Two small pink pearls glued to the “My Favorite” element completed the look!
I hope these 7 ideas inspire you to create something TODAY from this beautiful designer collection! Definitely head over to the Snap Click Supply Co.’s blog for more fun projects from our Create Inspiration Team. I adore Betsy’s whimsical Garden Mini-Album. The watercolors are just perfect paired with the digital elements. Tammy’s baseball wreath is pure genius for celebrating my favorite summer sport. Her step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to turn a heavy wire into a wreath base. Love Julie’s travel layout capturing memories of NYC- her post will definitely inspire you to do something creative with your photos! Also, be sure to take a peak at Debbie’s Full of Treat Cakes post. I think her darling treat boxes would make a perfect centerpiece at your next party!
To celebrate Father’s Day this year, I knew I wanted to do something special for James. We’ve had quite a year of ups and downs! When I saw a template for adorable printable book on the blog I Heart Nap Time, I knew it would be the perfect gift for our superhero! Here’s how my version turned out:
I used Photoshop Elements to superimpose James’ head on all the pages. A bit of washi tape, a “Dad” rubber stamp, and a personalized message embellished my project. To bind my book, I used the Sew Easy Paper Stitching Piercing tool to create an evenly spaced row of holes. Then, I threaded blue baker’s twine to complete the spine.
I was so excited to see Erin of Strawberry Mommycakes as the designer of this awesome printable. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Erin several times on projects for The Dating Divas (check out my recent posts: Mother’s Day Adventure and The Puzzle Date for more of her amazing work!).
….Definitely had to include these adorable snack toppers filled with James’ favorite treats: Skittles and Peanut Butter M&Ms!
Olivia wore her Super Girl t-shirt from Target and presented her SUPER DAD with his gift and candy! What a great day filled with wonderful memories and the perfect Father’s Day gift.
In case you missed it, here’s what we did LAST YEAR.
Want to know how I made this?
Click over to Snap Click Supply Co’s blog for a step by step!
I just love combining beautiful digital elements with handcrafted embellishments! Here’s the full digital base starting point:
What sweet memories are you recording lately?
I fell in love with this beautiful lattice gift box in the silhouette store. And, it just happened to be the right size for a darling album from one of Olivia’s sessions with our favorite photographer, Tiffany Henning.
I cut the file out using my silhouette and adorned the top of the box with a die-cut Nestability flower, 2 tiny punched green leaves, and a center pearl.
This little box is easy to put together and packs a definite “wow” presentation- perfect for Mother’s Day!
Quiet on the blog lately… a sneak peak at what’s going on behind the scenes:
…watching this sweet girl GROW.
…crafting like crazy for a special celebration. Can’t wait to reveal more!
…enjoying the first couple days of SPRING weather (hello, 60 degrees!)
…turning 30 in 2 short weeks!
…finishing outstanding kitchen projects (tile, crown molding, painting).
Our part of the country has been known to have a late snowfall during the month of March. As winter draws to a close, I thought I would share one last craft activity that can be pulled together in a matter of minutes. Olivia’s cousins, ages 4-9, stayed with us over The Holidays and we made paper snowflake ballerinas.
To make these beauties, we followed the basic tutorial on Krokotak.com.
A couple of notes on our process:
- I created a ballerina template using a manila file folder so that tracing would be a breeze! The girls just had to position this shape against a folded edge of a piece of construction paper.
- I gathered a variety of different papers/materials to make the paper ballerina skirts. The girls experimented with construction paper, tissue paper, and even cellophane to create their festive skirt layers. I would suggest cutting out each material into a square shape so it is ready to go before the craft begins.
- Embellish, embellish, embellish! The girls used glitter glue pens to decorate their masterpieces. Rainbow loom rubber bands even served as colorful necklaces!
So impressed with their creativity!
Cheers to the last bit of winter before SPRING!
Welcome to the Create Inspiration Team’s February Party!
Spring is in the air, friends! After a LONG winter, our area finally surpassed the 40 degree mark. Pretty soon, the crocus and daffodils will be blooming and I can’t wait! In honor of this “spring fever,” I put together a project that is perfect for your next Spring celebration:
These darling cupcake toppers are from Carina Gardner’s Fresh Picked Spring Stamp Collection. Here’s a close-up of each design:
Ready to make your own hybrid cupcake toppers using digital elements from Jessica’s Shoppe and traditional scrapbooking supplies? Follow these simple steps:
- Open each stamp in PSE.
- Use the “Fill Layer” option to select what color you would like the image to be.
- Drag each of these shapes onto a new 8.5 x 11-inch document.
- With the grid function on, size each circle to fit a 1-3/4th inch circle punch.
- Print your stamps.
- Cut out each shape using a 1-3/4th inch circle punch.
- Edge your stamped shape with glue and sprinkle with glitter.
- Add embellishments to the center (rhinestones, punched flowers, etc..)
- Cut out a scalloped shape from a piece of scrapbooking or digital paper. (I printed digital files from the Happy Spring Mega Paper Pack.)
- Layer your stamped element onto your scalloped circle shape and adhere.
- Tape your finished topper to a toothpick or a lollipop stick.
- Add your beautiful design to a delicious cupcake!
If you need a refresher on how to edge your paper with glue and glitter, see this POST or this TUTORIAL. For my center embellishments, I used a combination of shamrock, heart, cupcake, and flower punches. There are so many crafting possibilities– 4 little hearts punched on green paper, for instance, transform into a shamrock! Likewise, I added a little bling to the top of the cupcake candle by adhering a simple clear rhinestone.
Wouldn’t the shamrock toppers be festive for a St. Pat’s Day celebration? Pair them with this DIY digital print using supplies from Jessica’s Shoppe and you’ve got instant party decor!
For the full scoop on crafting this print, head over to THIS POST.
You are going to LOVE what our team is sharing this month! Be sure to click on each link and prepare to be INSPIRED:
Chez Nous: Irish Blessings and Banner by Tammy Circeo
Craftin’ Chaos: Life Planner by Debbie Crowder
Designing Delicious Adventures: DIY Spring Cupcake Toppers by Candice Meyer
Just a Pharmgirl: Gettin’ Lucky with Bingo Cards by Betsy Sammarco
Dinner Hero: Easy Spring Break Photo Album Project by Julie Walker
We hope you enjoyed our February party! If you missed all the January fun, check out our projects HERE. See you next month for Easter-inspired designs!
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