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Snowflake DIY Gift Tags

Snowflake Holiday Gift Tags

Tis the season… for creating cute gift tags, that is! These darling tags were actually made from paper scraps left behind by my Silhouette machine. All you need to do is punch out the shape outline left behind!

Then, punch an identical tag to pair beneath it and clip them together with ribbon. The negative space from the original silhouette cut-out provides a little window, which beautifully showcases a decorative paper underneath! I’ve seen this technique before on Pinterest but have never tried it myself using paper scraps!

Snowflake Gift Tag Tutorial

The creative possibilities with this format are endless! On the second tag, you could use your favorite scrapbook paper, design a background out of watercolors, or even add some washi tape! The Thinking Closet posted this amazing tutorial for a gorgeous washi tape background. I used a snowflake embossing folder to add a little extra dimension to the top tag.

I adorned these tags with a festive medallion embellishment from the Winter Wishes collection. (Note: I adjusted the hue to match my aqua color palette using the “saturation” layer in Photoshop Elements.)

Snowflake Gift Tag Detail

Edging the border with glitter gave this element a little extra sparkle!

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Nautical Birthday Party

Nautical Birthday Party

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:

Ahoy Banner

Ahoy Banner

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!

Ahoy Banner Detail

Treat Bags

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.

Nautical Birthday Treat

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.”

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Here’s the basic outline of how I made these goodies:

  1. Open a new 4-inches x 2-inches document in PSE.
  2. Drag a piece of coordinating digital scrapbook paper onto your document.  Adjust the size if needed.
  3. Add a text box to the bottom half of the document containing your catch phrase.  I used the font Lobster 1.3.
  4. Print out this document.  Fold in half.
  5. Use the print and cut feature of the silhouette to cut out a digital element to add to the topper.
  6. Adhere this digital element to the topper using double sided foam tape.
  7. Embellish with additional punches or ribbon if desired.
  8. Add your finished topper to a Ziploc bag filled with yummy treats using tape adhesive.

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Birthday Sign

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.

Nautical Birthday Sign

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.

Nautical Birthday Sign Anchor Detail

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!

Nautical Birthday Party Gifts

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In the Workshop: Quick and Easy Scrapbook Page

Want to know how I made this?

Hybrid Layout May 2014

Click over to Snap Click Supply Co’s blog for a step by step!

Hybprid Layout Detail May 2014

I just love combining beautiful digital elements with handcrafted embellishments!  Here’s the full digital base starting point:

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What sweet memories are you recording lately?

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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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Create Inspiration Party- DIY Spring Cupcake Toppers

Welcome to the Create Inspiration Team’s February Party!

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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:

DIY Cupcake Toppers

These darling cupcake toppers are from Carina Gardner’s Fresh Picked Spring Stamp Collection.  Here’s a close-up of each design:

Cupcake Topper Designs

Ready to make your own hybrid cupcake toppers using digital elements from Jessica’s Shoppe and traditional scrapbooking supplies?  Follow these simple steps:

DIY Cake Topper Materials

  1. Open each stamp in PSE.
  2. Use the “Fill Layer” option to select what color you would like the image to be.
  3. Drag each of these shapes onto a new 8.5 x 11-inch  document.
  4. With the grid function on, size each circle to fit a 1-3/4th inch circle punch.
  5. Print your stamps.
  6. Cut out each shape using a 1-3/4th inch circle punch.
  7. Edge your stamped shape with glue and sprinkle with glitter.
  8. Add embellishments to the center (rhinestones, punched flowers, etc..)
  9. Cut out a scalloped shape from a piece of scrapbooking or digital paper.  (I printed digital files from the Happy Spring Mega Paper Pack.)
  10. Layer your stamped element onto your scalloped circle shape and adhere.
  11. Tape your finished topper to a toothpick or a lollipop stick.
  12. 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.

Cupcake Topper Details

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!

Irish DIY Print

For the full scoop on crafting this print, head over to THIS POST.

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

Create Spring Inspiration Collage

 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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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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In the Workshop: Handmade Halloween

I’m so excited to share that I’ve been selected as a member of Jessica Sprague’s new Create Inspiration Team!

Since joining The Dating Divas team over a year ago, I’ve really worked on my photography skills.  Jessica’s amazing digital classes have been such a blessing to start learn the ins and outs of Photoshop to complement this growing hobby.  Her easy to understand explanations and fun tutorials are by far the best I’ve seen on the web.  I am so honored to be joining her creative team!

Here’s a recent card that I made using online elements from The Snap Click Supply Co:

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The “31” digital element serves as the focal point for this quick and easy card.  You can find this cute graphic in the Frightful Complete Kit.  I printed it out and die cut the image using one of the Spellbinders Labels 16 Nestabilities.  I ran it through the Cuttlebug machine one more time to emboss the image.

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Then, I distressed the border using the Vintage Photo stamp pad from Tim Holtz.  I love how distressing the edges really makes the embossing effect pop!

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I layered this element on gold paper edged with orange glitter, printed digital paper lined with a gold Krylon pen, and a brown paper card base.

A small purple witch’s hat served as the final embellishment.  I love adding a row of rhinestones to simulate a fancy ribbon or buckle on her hat!

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I look forward to creating more projects using a mixture of digital and traditional paper elements!

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