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DIY Engagement Cards

Two of our friends recently announced their engagement.  To celebrate this exciting news, I created these little DIY engagement cards.  First up is a “Bride” greeting featuring this silhouette design.

Handmade Card for Bride

I layered the graphic element on a fushcia background and edged the panel with pink glitter for extra sparkle.  To complete the look, I added rhinestone and paper heart embellishments.

DIY Bride Card Detail

Tip: To cut very detailed graphic elements that have thin lines, make sure your cutting mat is relatively new and very sticky!  *I might know from experience that the paper will tear very easily if using an older mat!*

DIY Engagement Card

I paired the Bride card with a fun engagement box using this template from Sarah Bailey available in the Silhouette Store for immediate download.  A few additions to this DIY card to make it sparkle:

  • rhinestones on the ring
  • a die-cut of the word “love” on the base box
  • punched hearts
  • a foam sticker behind the diamond element to create dimensionality

I love how these DIY engagement cards turned out! I packaged them in the same envelope for the couple.

Handmade Engagement Cards

Congrats, Eddie and Vanessa!

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Valentine Recipe Idea

A few weeks ago, I attended a class taught by STL Veg Girl, Caryn Dugan.  I sampled tofu and seitan dishes… and actually LOVED them!  I tried recreating one of her amazing recipes at our annual Pinks and Drinks girls get-together before Valentine’s Day.

Chocolate Mousse

The chocolate mousse was a hit!  After requests, I mailed the recipe as a Valentine.  I used Carina Gardner’s recipe card from Jessica Sprague’s digital shoppe as a base for the text.  On the back, I paired a journaling card from the Blowing Kisses collection with my favorite dessert quote about friendship.

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Valentine Recipe Gift

This quick and easy Valentine gift idea also gave me the chance to test out the print and cut tools on the Silhouette… love the ability to cut out any digital shape I want!  I used this feature to make the little banner tags and scalloped recipe note!

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If you ever have a chance to take one of Caryn’s classes, you won’t regret it!  Love having delicious ideas on how to accomplish my goal of incorporating more plant based foods into my diet.

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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:

Rainbow-Loom

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!)

Day-1

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 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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Pinks and Drinks Invitation 2

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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Stratejoy Pinterest Contest

Several days ago, Molly Mahar posted a challenge to turn one of her inspiring quotes into a memorable Pinterest graphic… I couldn’t resist putting my spin on these two favorites:

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Love the message on this beauty… Always keep creating.  Always keep believing. The positive possibilities in our life are endless.  I snapped this photo while watching the sunrise at Haleakala in Maui, Hawaii.

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I remember this gorgeous cluster of bougainvillea from our trip to Aruba like it was yesterday.  I really needed to hear this powerful reminder today.  Crafting joy in the present moment can be oh so difficult when the baby is teething and tired, the laundry has piled up, and the sink is full of dishes from about 2 days ago.  But, that’s the secret… practicing gratitude and cultivating a life of beauty amid all the chaos.

Thanks, Molly for the inspiring words!

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Ideas for a “Lucky in Love” Wedding Theme

Two good friends recently took the plunge and said their “I Do’s” at the courthouse.  They have plans to throw a big 1-year anniversary bash next Spring.  In the meantime, the rest of our circle of friends decided to host a party in their honor.  I designed some fun decorations using the theme “Lucky in Love” and highlighting how their personalities are a “winning combination.”

Here’s a glimpse into the design:

Luck-in-Love-Details

The main table featured a “Winning Combination” sign, which was embellished with die-cut images, red sparkles, and a cute photograph of the couple.  I love to use several groupings of flowers when creating a tablescape.  In this case, a small cluster of purple hydrangeas from my garden were paired with gorgeous red roses.

Lucky-in-Love-Table Lucky-in-Love-Sign

Another area of the room displayed a “Love Story” sign complete with important dates in the couple’s relationship.

Love-Story-Dates

The drink area was dressed up with a tiny bunting that spelled out M-A-R-R-I-E-D!

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I saw THIS PIN and knew I had to incorporate the reference to playing cards somehow.  Here’s what I came up with:

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This dimensional banner graced the front door:

Married-Banner Married-Banner-Detail

One of the first projects I worked on was creating a guest book activity.  The couple of the hour recently bought a house so I wanted the end result to be something attractive they could eventually display in their new home.  I was inspired by THIS PIN and started scouting local craft stores for the perfect letters.  I eventually settled on these huge letters from Hobby Lobby.  After a few coats of white paint and some strategically placed sparkle embellishments, these beauties were ready to go!

Lucky-in-Love-Guest-Book Wedding Guest Book

Guests used silver and gold Sharpie pens to write their congrats notes.

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One of the main attractions of the evening was a DIY photo booth.  This activity was SO much fun!  A white sheet served as the backdrop.  To spruce up their outfits, guests could chose from a variety of hats and accessories stored in a nearby trunk.

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If you are looking to make some of your own party props, Pinterest is a great resource!  Check out THIS PIN, THIS PIN, and THIS PIN to get started.

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Last (but certainly not least!), I created a multiple choice trivia quiz featuring fun facts about the couple.  The newlyweds revealed the correct answers later in the evening.  This little activity ended up being a great conversation piece.

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It was a wonderful night full of beautiful details, delicious food, and great friends.

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