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Handmade Patriotic Card

It’s almost the 4th of July!  Today, I’m sharing a handmade patriotic card that I made several years ago for a friend –her birthday is actually on Independence Day!

Patriotic Handmade Card

This card happens to be one of my favorite patriotic card creations to date.  It’s super simple to make- as long as you have red and white buttons!

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To represent the stars on the flag, I used 2 punched flower shapes embellished with a clear sparkle.  I also dressed up her envelope.  Here was the outer design:

Patriotic Envelope Design

…and a close-up of the embellishment cluster:

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Happy Fourth of July!

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7 Projects Celebrating Digital Scrapbooking & Design

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.

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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

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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.

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2.  DIY Card

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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.

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3.  Dressed Up Envelope

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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!

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Father’s Day Gift 2014

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:

Super Dad Book

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.

Super Dad Book Binding

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!).

Super Dad Treats

….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.

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In case you missed it, here’s what we did LAST YEAR.

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Easy Handmade Spring Butterfly Card

Spring Butterfly Card

This card couldn’t be easier to make.  I started by cutting out this digital file by Samantha Walker on my silhouette.

Then, I added a white square to the inside to highlight and contrast the butterfly cut-out.  A couple of punched butterflies staggered in a diagonal line adhered with glue dots finished out the look!

Spring Butterfly Card Supplies

One of my favorite ways to dress up butterfly punches is by adding rhinestones.  If you are working in a purely digital format, no problem!  Jenni Bowlin’s Jeweled Butterflies collection will achieve this same look!

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Create Inspiration Party- Spring Treat Boxes

Welcome to the Create Inspiration Team’s April Party!

We are so excited to share some DIY Spring and Easter themed projects with you today.  Before we jump into our featured tutorials, we have an exciting announcement….. Jessica Sprague’s new sister site, Snap Click Supply Company, is now officially LIVE!  We love her new site, dedicated to bringing you the best collection of digital designs on the market.

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Who is ready for Easter?  Here is an idea for a unique Easter basket and treat box– perfect for your dinner table setting!

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Instructions for Making the Cool Chick Easter Basket:

1.  Use your silhouette to construct a box shape using traditional scrapbook paper or printed digital files.  (The pattern I used created a 2.75-inch x 2.75-inch cube.)

2.  Create a handle for your cute Easter cube using a scalloped punch.  Adhere to your project using double sided tape.  (The ends will get covered up when you add patterned paper in step 4!)

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3.  Open up the pink floral file from the Cottontail Papers collection in PSE.  For this project, I decided to lighten the background by adjusting the levels and saturation layers of the image.  (Side Note: It was such a light-bulb moment for me when Jessica explained how to tweak digital patterned paper using the saturation layer and colorize function during one of her classes.  Be sure to check out all her scrapbooking classes for the full scoop on customizing your layouts!)

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4.  Print out your floral background and cut out 4 squares to fit the sides of your boxes.  Adhere using double sided tape.

5.  Open up 4 characters from the Cool Chicks Elements collection in your silhouette software.  (I sized them to be about 2.5-inches tall for my cube.)  You will want to trace the outer edges of each element and then use the print and cut features of the silhouette.

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(A couple of helpful hints: Make sure your registration marks are on so you know where to place your elements on the page.  Click on the “Trace” button from the top menu followed by the “Select Trace Area” button.  Use your cursor to highlight one of the elements.  Then, un-check the high pass filter and move your threshold all the way up to 100%.  All that’s left is clicking the “Trace Outer Edge” button!  Repeat these steps for all of your elements.)  If you are new to the silhouette, I highly recommend Lori Whitlock’s class Silhouette Basics.  This YouTube video will also walk you through how to print and cut using the silhouette.)

6.  Time to embellish your cube!  I mounted the Cool Chick elements to each side using foam tape and created a paper flower at the top.  You could use flower punches or an SVG file, like the center shape from the Decorative Flowers collection, to cut out various petals!  I gently curled each point with a pen to give my shape even more dimension.  To finish the look, add a pink pearl to the center! (I attached each petal layer with a glue dot.)

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7.  Fill your “Easter Basket” with a surprise treat!

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Instructions for Making the Spring Treat Box:

1.  Download the No Mess Cupcake Box and cut out each element using the silhouette.  (Lori Whitlock’s class is INVALUABLE for understanding how to group/ungroup pieces of a set like this!)

2.  Embellish the center name-plate.  I attached a tiny punched flower to the center of a bow using a glue dot.

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3.  Instead of a cupcake, fill your box with a treat filled Easter egg!

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Wouldn’t these little Spring treat boxes look adorable at each place-setting or even as place card holders?

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You are going to LOVE what our team is sharing this month!  Be sure to click on each photo link and prepare to be INSPIRED:

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DIY Art Print for St. Patrick’s Day

Some St. Patrick’s Day art inspiration for you this weekend:

Irish DIY Print

To complete this simple art print, I used a journaling card from the St. Patrick’s Day Mini-Theme Collection by Echo Park.  Then, I added several text layers and several embellishments, including a center shamrock made out of sparkly gold hearts.  Love this simple quote– perfect for St. Patty’s Day.

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Irish Print Detail

A couple of tips:

  • I placed each line of text on a separate layer in Photoshop Elements.  (If there was a scripted word within the line, it also received its own layer.)
  • I aligned my text by dragging and dropping ruler guides.
  • Fonts: Ostrich Sans and Sverige Script.
  • After I had everything the way I wanted it, I merged all the layers so I could easily drag the element onto an 8.5 x 11-inch paper to print.

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I loved the way this little journaling card turned out– so, I made it into a greeting card too!

Irish Print Card Details

I sized the digital element to be 3-inches wide and layered it onto gold paper and a green die-cut shape.  Can’t beat a card that you can make in less than 10 minutes after the digital work is already complete!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day… Cheers to simple DIY projects that add a bit of charm to your home!

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Valentine Countdown

Pinterest is exploding with amazing ideas for creative Valentines these days.  When I saw this PIN, I knew I had to try and make these fun airplanes!  As I clicked through to the post for the instructions, I found 7 more darling projects featured on a blog hop.  I instantly realized that these inspiring projects were perfect for creating a little Valentine Countdown to send to my sweet nieces!

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Here’s a peak at how each day turned out:

Day-5

I used Skip to My Lou’s darling printable to complete the first day’s surprise.  My little instruction note encouraged my nieces to help “pick out an outfit for ‘Suzy Sunshine’ each day of the countdown week or to even draw/design one of their own!”  I utilized die-cuts, stamps, a paper heart doily, ribbon, punches, and coordinating papers to finish the design.

Day-4

I combined two of the featured blog hop projects for Day 4.  I used my silhouette to create a fun heart box, which I filled with Hershey Kisses along with the cute printable from Catch my Party.  I lined the bottom of a second handmade box with Skittles and placed the darling printable from P N P Flowers on top.  Aren’t those heart flaps adorable?!

Day-3

I included a stamped tic-tac-toe board to fit inside a small “I LOVE YOU” envelope based on inspiration from Nest of Posies XOXO Tic Tac Toe Valentine post.  I packaged this cute game with printable envelopes from Camille Styles.  I tucked a few favorite pics of my nieces with Olivia into these fun envelope designs.

Day-2

Day 2 was all about racing paper airplanes designed by Kami at NoBiggie.  I bundled these cuties into a little paper bag decorated with Washi Tape and sticker letters.

And, finally… Day 1’s surprise involved quite a few colorful rubber bands:

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I fell in love with the saying featured on Paper and Pigtails: Let’s Band Together and Be Friends Forever!  Kori’s design inspired me to experiment with some digital files from Jessica Sprague’s online store.  I used paper from the Blowing Kisses collection and a shape by Carina Gardner to highlight 4 new rainbow loom bracelets for my nieces.  (I checked the “colorize” button on the paper to transform the pink background into a beautiful aqua!)

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I packaged everything up in a fun Valentine box from Michael’s.

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That’s it…  5 Days of fun inspired by super talented bloggers!!  Be sure to check out the Blog Hop to see each blogger’s creative project and free printable designs.

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Valentine Decorations

Is it just me or does winter start to feel dreadfully long by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around?  Despite the snow still on the ground, these beautiful tulips make it feel more like Spring.

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Flower displays happen to be one of my favorite ways to decorate for Valentine’s Day.

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Here’s a peak at an evening Valentine table setting I used for Pinks and Drinks one year:

Valentine Table Setting

Candle light, flowers (real and fake), and crystal… a tried and true recipe for easy, beautiful decor!

Remember our manzanita tree decked out with Halloween decor? Here it is transformed for Valentine’s Day:

Valentine Tree

One last decorating idea: create a display featuring treasured cards collected over the years.  This past year, my Dad helped me transform this antique frame leftover from my Great-Aunt’s painting stash into a fully functional display piece.  (He used piano wire to create a backing grid!)  I clipped my favorite Valentines to this frame using a variety of small, decorative clothespins.

Valentine Display Frame

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Valentine Party Ideas: Pinks and Drinks Invitation

As you might have seen in my Instagram feed, we are decorated for Valentine’s Day!  Each February, I look forward to pulling out treasured Valentine’s I’ve received from family and friends over the years.  I came across an invitation I sent out nearly 4 years ago and couldn’t resist sharing it with you.

The inspiration for “Pinks and Drinks” came from the Hostess with the Mostess blog I came across back in 2008: Valentine’s Day Party Invites.  Here was my DIY card version:

Pinks and Drinks Invitation

This stair step card was embellished using Martha Stewart punches, rubber stamps, and a Nestability die.

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I love how dimensional this card turned out!

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Isn’t this a fun theme?  Here are some easy, fun Valentine party decorating ideas!

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Create Inspiration Party: Winter Wishes

Welcome to the Create Inspiration Team’s January Blog Party!

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The temperatures might still be below freezing, but I have a cozy project to share today that will warm your heart.  If you are looking for a fun gift to share this winter season, consider crafting a fun snowman note and tag from the Winter Wishes digital collection.

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I paired these fun tags with some hot cocoa and chocolate goodies as a surprise treat for my neighbors.  Here’s a look at some of the details:

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To make the main graphic, start with a 5×7 blank document.  Then, layer your paper, elements, and text to create a beautiful winter scene.

A couple of helpful tips:

  • I used Carina Gardner’s Photo Tag2_6 to make my Snowflake wishes banner.  Note: I utilized the stroke option to create a gentle navy outline around the whole shape.
  • I clipped the snowflake elements to the upper banner so they were contained within the white space.
  • I created a separate text box for each line of the snowman poem to easily manipulate the spacing.
  • I used the paint brush feature to create a mound of “snow” under the penguin’s feet.
  • I added a blue pearl the center of the banner snowflakes.

Jessica’s collection of Photoshop and digital scrapbooking classes are amazing for learning how to manipulate layers and create masks.  They are full of invaluable tutorials that make this type of project super easy!

The cute poem is actually a combination of several phrases from THIS PAGE and THIS POSTHere’s my attempt at combining my favorite rhyming phrases:

The air is cold, the snow may fall… the winter season is here for all!  When it’s so cold you want to holler and hoop, it’s time to bring out the Snowman Soup!  Sending you warm winter wishes, hope you enjoy these treats and dessert dishes!

You could modify this version, use the inspiration phrases, or have fun coming up with your own rhymes!

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The circular winter wishes tag features glittered edges, layered Nestability die cut shapes, punches snowflakes, and a rhinestone!

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I started with Carina Gardner’s photo tag2_14 and sized this beautiful shape to take up about 4 one-inch squares on the background grid of my document.  Then, I added Winter Wishes Starry Night paper.  I also created a simple text box spelling out the words “Snow Wishes” in fun fonts, which would serve as my center embellishment.

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All that’s left: Layering!  I used nesting die shapes to cut out each of my digital elements to give further dimension and interest.  I couldn’t resist adding some extra sparkle via punched snowflakes and a glittered border around the text “Snow Wishes.”

Cheers to crafting up some winter fun!

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Want to see more gorgeous projects from our talented team?  Be sure to click on each link below and prepare to be INSPIRED!

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Chez Nous: Valentine Cookie Cutter Garland by Tammy Circeo

Bugjuiced: Menu Planning Board by Debbie Crowder

Designing Delicious Adventures: Winter Wishes by Candice Meyer **YOU ARE HERE**

Just a Pharmgirl: Valentine Cupcake Stands by Betsy Sammarco

Dinner Hero: Valentine’s Day Treats by Julie Walker

We hope you enjoyed our January party!  See you next month for some fun St. Patrick’s Day ideas!

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