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DIY Halloween Cards

There’s finally a chill in the air and the leaves are starting to change! Here are 2 quick and easy Halloween cards to help you celebrate the season!

Halloween Silhouette Cards

I used the Halloween Cameos collection as a base for my design. Aren’t these silhouette images from Snap Click Supply Co. so fun and festive?!

Here’s the pumpkin version:

Pumpkin Cameo Card

After cutting the cameo, I layered it onto Bo Bunny orange dot paper edged with a gold Krylon pen. Two small embellishments give this card a little extra dimension: a little golden “Boo!” flag at the top and green vine leaves around the center circle. I didn’t glue all the leaves down, which gives the card a little bit more texture and movement!

And, one my favorites, the witch:

Witch Cameo Card

I couldn’t resist adding a line of purple rhinestones and a punched flourish to her hat!

Halloween Cameo Card Details

I would definitely recommend using a newer Silhouette mat when cutting these files since the cameo designs are incredibly intricate. Once the pieces are successfully cut, these DIY Halloween cards can be put together in a matter of minutes. I love how they turned out! These cameos would also be great as a Halloween gift tags!

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Nautical Birthday Card

Snap Click Supply Company has been celebrating digital design all month long by offering double the number of items on sale.  To go along with the theme of “double the fun,” I created a quick and easy summer birthday card for my awesome TWIN nieces!  This fun card uses digital elements from both the Ahoy There (Carta Bella) and the Nautical collection (Fancy Pants).

DIY Nautical Card

When I started this project, I didn’t have an exact picture in my mind of how I wanted it to turn out.  I did know, however, that I wanted to use the phrase, “Ahoy! It’s Your Birthday!”

Ahoy Card

I began by using the “print and cut” feature of my silhouette to cut out several awesome digital designs, including an anchor and alphabet letters spelling AHOY.  I also selected a background paper for my card base from the Ahoy There collection… this was a tough pic as there are so many fun nautical choices!

Ahoy Card Detail

With my card base determined, I started experimenting with the placement of the cut out digital designs. I love adding dimension to my hybrid card designs so foam tape is a must!  In the picture below, you can see where I applied foam tape to make various layers pop.

Ahoy Card Layering Detail

A few decisions and embellishments:

  • I punched a hole through the anchor top and added a bow using red baker’s twine.
  • I edged the white background panel with a Krylon gold leafing pen to add a bit of sparkle.
  • I used a Nestability die (Labels 18) to cut out a blue shape to highlight the anchor.  Love the contrast this step provides!

Nautical Card Elements

On the back of the card, I added the rest of the birthday sentiment.  I embellished the text with clear rhinestones in two sizes and a red punched heart.

Birthday Greeting Detail

To compliment my summer theme, I also whipped up a fun envelope design.

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Again, I used the “print and cut” feature of the Silhouette to cut out the “Summer” word from Fancy Pant’s Nautical collection.

Tip: This element didn’t have a clear boundary for the Silhouette to recognize.  To remedy this issue, I opened the element up in PSE and added a light stroke to the edge in a coordinating color.  Adding a stroke line made cutting out this element using the Silhouette super easy!

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I grouped the fun “Summer” word element with 2 layers of washi tape and a punched star.  I also added the twins’ names with sticker letters.

Summer Envelope Design

This nautical birthday card was fun to make and perfect for any summer birthday!  I hope my sweet nieces have DOUBLE the fun on their 8th birthday!

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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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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!

Patriotic Card Detail

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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:

Patriotic Envelope 2

Happy Fourth of July!

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Around Here: April 2014

I didn’t think that life could actually get fuller.  And then it did.  April has flown by and I’m trying to catch my breath and replace moments of overwhelm with confident faith that everything that needs to get done will.  This month I have been:

… finishing projects.

… planning surprises.

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… reading this article: I’m Done Making My Kid’s Childhood Magical and reflecting.  A friend sent this and it struck a nerve, especially since I place so much effort and emphasis on crafting beautiful events for the people I care about in my own life.  I both agree and disagree with this eloquent writer.  Childhood is truly a magical time.  I can almost see light bulbs illuminating for Olivia on a daily basis as she learns new skills or simply delights in activities like watching the puppies or walking around the neighborhood.  However, I also firmly believe that parents can create meaningful moments of engagement… there is a place for crafts, party planning, and beautiful decorations within the sphere of fostering beautiful memories.  It all goes back to intention- are you going through the motions simply for the sake of appearances?  Or, are you building a memory?

… visiting a precious newborn!

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… celebrating Easter with our little bunny!

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Photo Credit: TH Photography & Design

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Photo Credit: TH Photography & Design

… crying after finding this article: Time & Inspiration. LOVE, love, love Kami’s encouragement to embrace “moments of wholeness and tender growth.”  All the overwhelm/stress/anxiety melts away when you read something like this– suddenly your perspective widens and you are able to appreciate the here and now.

… running my silhouette nonstop in preparation for a special bachelorette weekend.

… listening to the magic of these four voices: (and checking off at least one item on my 30 During 30 list!)

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… managing temper tantrums.  My, oh my, yes… we have entered a new phase where running away in a fit of anger and then dropping to the floor in disgust (complete with tears and flailing arms/legs) is a common reaction to a simple redirection.

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… starting a new project.  Based on this inspiration, James is building me an “L” shaped desk in our living room.

Living Room Desk

… searching for delicious protein packed meals that are easy to make.  Cooking motivation is still eluding me!

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In the Workshop: Easy Easter Gift

Olivia sent some special packages to her favorite buddies that contained a Spring/Easter surprise.

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Aren’t these solar powered dancing chicks adorable!?  Olivia has gotten such a kick out of watching this toy- she is constantly pointing, “talking,” and running up to her new friend!

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I packaged this easy Easter gift in a DIY container made from Samantha Walker’s Bottle Box Kit.  Then, I added an embellished tag with the saying, “This dancing chick knows… you are one of my favorite peeps!”

I made two versions– one features a cheerful yellow/pink combination and another sports a bright green/blue palette.  I transformed the name plate tag from the Cottontail Embellishment pack to a blue tone by checking the “colorize” option under the saturation level and manipulating the hue slider.

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I’ll be honest, I was a little intimidated when I first opened the SVG file for this box.  The video on Samantha Walker’s website was really helpful in terms of figuring out how to fold everything (Click here for video link.)

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A couple of hints that will make this project easier:

  • Use somewhat flexible paper that won’t splinter along fold lines.
  • Before you assemble the box, make sure that you have folded each and every one of the “score lines” — especially all of the curved lines!
  • I approached folding the curved score lines from multiple angles — keep turning your paper since the middle marks are harder to get to!
  • After all the score lines are folded, I found it easiest to tuck the tabs into side slots to make a cylindrical box shape (this process deviates from the video).  Then, I folded the bottom pieces together to form the base.  After completing these two steps, I assembled the top.  Experiment with the order to find what works best for you!
  • The top assembly is tricky!  After folding the top pieces closed, you need to pinch all the pieces toward the center.

 

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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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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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