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Congrats Grad!

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Happy Wednesday All!  We are rockin’ and rolln’ over here in Southern California this morning with the 5.0 earthquake that hit our coast.  I did not feel it since I was on my morning walk, but those always bring on a bit of a buzz among the local folks.

Today over at Decorate to Celebrate, we are kicking off a new challenge with the theme of Graduation.  Whether if it is your little squirt graduating Kindergarten or your kiddo graduating Medical School, it is cause for celebration and we would love to have you LINK up your project to share.

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The design team has some great inspirations to kick off this challenge and this is what I made for my nephew who is graduation High School tomorrow!  This is the last of the four boys my brother-in-law and sister-in-law have to walk across the High School podium.  My nephew’s gift is music and he was honored with the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award this year, so I used that as a thread to my theme for his banner.

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I cut the base of the banner using my Cricut (had to dust that baby off a bit).  The cart was Country Life cut at 7 inches. I found some cool Lori Whitlock rosettes via the Silhouette Store and I cut those out at 2.8 inches.  The musical notes were a cut from the Silhouette Store as well.   Using some Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine, I added some shine to the base of the banners. Added some washi tape I got from Paper Issues and Pick Your Plum, I called it done!

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Now be sure to head over and check out all the great inspirations the design team has and LINK up your fun Graduation project!

Thanks for sharing a piece of  “hats off to the Grad” pie with me.

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Teachers vs Cootie Monsters!

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Happy Wednesday!  Today over at Decorate to Celebrate do you have a fun challenge that will help bring smiles to educators!  It is a teacher gifts or classroom party challenge.  How perfect is that?  It is getting to the end of the year and many of you all will have to start coming up with ideas for your kiddo’s teacher and class room celebrations!  The design team has a ton of amazing inspirations to glean ideas from!

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Here is what I cooked up.  I am a 100% germ-a-phobe.  I think being so sick for all nine months during both of my pregnancies made it worse, so the thought of the stomach flu hitting our house just sends me into the fetal position.  Having teacher friends that teach in elementary school settings, they are about as bad as me, so I decided that any teacher of small children would love to receive this instead of the traditional apple.

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This was actually so easy to make! I cut down some designer paper from Stampin’ Up and used my ATG to adhere it to the bottle of hand sanitizer.  I then took some ribbon and wrapped it around the bottle and used a Glue Dot to fasten it to the front of the bottle. Now for the fun part!  Heading over the the Silhouette Store, I found this Lori Whitlock tag (Circle Banner) with the pennants on it.  I changed up the size to be around 3 inches around and changed up the colors of the tag layers and pennants.  I then added the little saying I made up using  a font I found at the Silhouette Store.  I grouped together everything and printed out on my color printer and then cut out on my Silhouette!

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How easy was that? You could whip out a ton of these babies in no time flat!  Head over to DTC and check out the inspirations and LINK up your own teacher gift/class room party idea!  I can’t wait to see what you have cooked up!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “keeping the cootie monsters at bay” pie with me!

Linking Up To:

Everyday is an Occasion: Sunday Funday

The Real Thing – Real Family Fun 14

Gotta Create – Wildly Original Linking Party! 

Girls Just Want to Have Fun with Bubbles!

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Yay!  It is another fun challenge week over at Decorate to Celebrate and the theme is “All About Girls”!  The Design Team and Guest Designers came up with some great inspirations for throwing an all girl themed wing ding!   As you all know, I am not lacking in the little girl department, so this idea came easy.

My oldest is heading off to Kindergarten in the fall so I am wanting to really make this summer fun. What I cooked up is an idea to throw a beginning of summer party play date that was only girls and all about bubbles!  How fun would it be to just play with bubbles for a few hours!  So here is my invite and favor to our bubbly extravaganza!

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I created everything via my Silhouette and the bottle holder cut is a Lori Whitlock cut.  I also found the cut file for the invite at the Silhouette Store.   I pulled out some Glossy Accents (I had not used that supply in a very long time) to embellish the bubbles and dusted with some glitter.  The paper is DCWV Summer Stacker and Fawn Lawn (Chevron) and the ribbon is from American Crafts!

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Now head over and check out the rest of the fun projects over at DTC and link up your own “all about girls” project!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “bubbles, bubbles, and more bubbles” pie with me.

Baby Got Subway Art!

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Happy Wednesday everyone!  Today a new challenge kicks off over at Decorate to Celebrate and the theme is B-A-B-Y Showers!   Sadly I am at a place in my life where my circle of friends are not having first babies, which means NO showers to attend, throw or dream about.  But that does not mean there are not babies to snuggle, smell and love on.  It just means the multiple children effect is happening and our type of showers are now thrown in the hospital room during visiting hours or at their home when you bring them a meal and a small gift . . . so you can hold the baby! 🙂

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I made this for a dear friend who just celebrated the “birth day” of her #5 !  I am hoping I can trade this and a meal for a sweet babe snuggle time party!

Thanks to my Silhouette Cameo, this was a snap to make.  I created the subway art using various fonts and positions and then made sure all were outside cuts and grouped together.  I then cut it out on vinyl I scored from Pick Your Plum!  I burnished it on transfer tape and then burnished on to the finished canvas.

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For the canvas, I wanted to do some bright colors that did not scream B-A-B-Y!  I painted the canvas bright yellow and then found a Silhouette  chevron cut file!   I cut that on standard white 12×12 card stock and then using a sponge, I sponged the red paint on the canvas using the chevron cut as a stencil.   Once that was finished and dried, I headed down to the hubs workshop and hit canvas with a power sander to dull and distress.  Once that was done, I added the vinyl.

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Now be sure to head over to Decorate to Celebrate and check out the fun inspirations the design team has cooked up (word has it, we have some A-M-A-Z-I-N-G guest designers this challenge) and LINK up your fun Baby Shower project!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “babies make you want to decorate to celebrate” pie with me!

Time for a Spot of Tea!

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It is another fantastic challenge kicking off over at Decorate to Celebrate with this round’s theme being “Tea Party”!  As many of you know, I am  mother of two little girls so one can imagine the many impromptu tea parties we have around here.  I decided to make this cheery chalkboard sign to hang on my kiddo’s playhouse front door to announce upcoming tea parties we throw for their dolls and play dates.  I swear, I am such a BIG little girl at heart!

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I found the wooden tea pot at Michales recently and applied a quick and dirty coat of cream colored craft paint.  While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I pulled out the Silhouette and cut the circle stencil on 12×12 card stock and used Glue Dots to secure to the tea pot so I could spray the chalkboard paint to the project.

While the chalkboard paint was drying I took laser cut bees I found at Michales and glittered the wings using Piccolo Pure Sparkle Gold Glitter securing with Glastique. I then applied Piccolo 3D Enamel Gels (Lemon Butter, Colbalt Turquoise and Orange). I set them aside to set and dry.

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Once the chalk board paint dried  I heat embossed the tea pot with Piccolo Embossing Powder Adhesive and  Turquoise Lagoon Embossing Powder.

I then took some buttons and  threaded with Hemptique Hemp .2 mm thread and hot glued to the bees.  I then took the thread and some Hemptique Hemp Cord and tied around the top of the tea pot and then threaded a button with more hemp thread and hot glued to the center.  I fluffed the cord and thread.  I was very happy how the hemp thread texture and vibrant colors really complimented this project with following the whimsy feel, yet keeping the all natural no-nonsense integrity of the product.  If you have not worked with hemp and all natural crafting products, you must add that to your list and check out my friends over at Hemptique!

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Now be sure to head over to Decorate to Celebrate and see the amazing “Tea Party” ideas that the rest of the design team has come up with and LINK UP your creative tea time inspiration.

Thanks for sharing a piece of “enjoying every spot of tea party my little ones invite me to” pie with me.

LINKING UP TO:

I Gotta Create – Wildly Originally Linking Party

The Real Thing with the Coake Family – Real Family Fun

Everyday is an Occassion – Sunday Funday

Craftin Desert Diva’s Linking Party

A Touch of Spring!

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Hello and Happy First Day of Spring!  It feels like spring here all the time, so I am hardly bursting with enthusiasm like those of you that live in the north, mid-west , back east or across the pond are probably doing after your hard long winter!

If you came from Decorate to Celebrate, then you are in the right place.  It is our Easter Theme Party inspiration challenge where you you can link up some of your amazing Easter and spring decor!

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I decided to make a sideboard or mantel decor using two wooden pedestal birdhouses, plastic eggs, washi tape, glitter and craft paint!  It was super easy to do and I gave me a chance to pull out the power tools again (even though you probably don’t need to truly use them, I just love having an excuse).

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It was a super easy project to put together and since time has not been my friend and I wanted to have something different as my decor this year, I was thrilled that I was able to stick it to Father Time and get a project done that was cute and quick!

I just painted the birdhouses random spring colors and then glittered the edgings.  I literally lucked out that all the different washi tape actually fit perfectly across the roof!

For the egg garland, here is how I did it!  I used the same washi tape to coordinate with the birdhouses! And I got to drill holes on the tops of each end of the eggs!

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Now head over to Decorate to Celebrate and be inspired by the amazing Design Team and LINK up your Easter festive project!

Also, be sure to join me for a Spring Hop that is going on right now with Every Day is an Occasion!  There are more spring creative ideas and some fun giveaways!

Spring Blog Hop ButtonLinking Up To:

Gotta Create: Wildly Original Linking Party

Navy Wifey Peters Aboard the USS Crafty – Submarine Sundays

Every Rainbow has its Pot of Gold!

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This year Larry the Leprechaun has a competing role with Mr. Cottontail in the regards to my holiday decor schedule.  I decided to make room among the flowers, birdhouses and bunnies to honor the “Luckiest Day of the Year” by making this festive and very lucky wreath.  I know… NOT ANOTHER WREATH!!!!  I love wreaths and I love making them and any excuse to make one, I jump at the chance and today’s challenge over at Decorate to Celebrate of a ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY or EVENT gave me that excuse!  Let’s celebrate EVERYTHING WONDERFUL ABOUT LEPRECHAUNS, SHAMROCKS, RAINBOWS, and POTS O’ GOLD with your table decorations, party banners, pennants, yard signs, cupcakes, party favors and more!

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Believe it or not this wreath was tossed together in just under an hour (minus the over night dry time for the glittered parts).  All I did was pull a 18 inch grapevine wreath out of my “wreath making stash” and put my Silhouette Cameo to work cutting out some St. Patty’s Day Charms from their store on chipboard at 1.5 inches.  Then using clear adhesive and course and fine glitter from Recollections, I glittered front and back of the charms. I strung the rainbow charms onto white twine and tied directly to the wreath at a slant.

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I then modified the Pot of Gold charm to no longer have the toggle and increased the size to around 4 inches and cut on chipboard.  I applied Piccolo Enamel Adhesive and dusted the base of the pot with  Piccolo Vintage Copper Enamel Powder and hit it with some heat.  I then added some clear adhesive to the void area at the top of the pot and dusted with Piccolo Pure Sparkle Gold Glitter (this stuff really looks like  real gold!).  I then tied some burlap ribbon I scored from Close to My Heart around the wreath and tucked it under the wrap to create a “pillow” effect.  I then hot glued the pot of gold to the center of the “burlap pillow.

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A few weeks ago Pick Your Plum had chalk board stakes for sale so I picked me up some of those!  I modified it by removing the stake and stamping the sentiment, using My Pink Stamper’s Happiest Moments stamp set with White Daisy ink from Close to My Heart. I then inked the border with Topiary ink from Close to my Heart and kissed it with some gold Smooch Spray.   I tied and fluffed some white tulle around the wreath and then using a made up tucking method, I fluffed the ends to look like a cloud.  Funny what you come up with in the middle of the night!  Then is sprinkled some more Piccolo Pure Sparkle Gold Glitter on the white fluff and set with hair spray, yes I did say hair spray.  That stuff really works well in setting glitter! I then hot glued the sentiment plaque to the center of the cloud.

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Lastly, I wrapped some more burlap ribbon to the top of the wreath and there you have it!

Now it is your turn to get creative and pop over at Decorate to Celebrate and see what my fellow Design Team members have cooked up for some fun and lucky inspirations and link up your lucky projects!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “now I am hungry for Lucky Charms” pie with me!

Linking Up To:

Everyday is an Occasion – Sunday Fundays

Gotta Create – Wildly Original Linking Party

Show and Tell Saturdays