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A Blooming Thank You!

Hello everyone!  As I was putting the finishing touches on this project last night, my craft studio shook and rattled for a split second, rolling my chair I was in across the room.  Yes, it was a 4.1 about 40 miles off the coast, yet I felt it.  Uggg… I dislike earthquakes terribly.

Now on to the project.  A friend wanted me to make something like these that she found on Pinterest.  I used Microsoft Publisher and printed these out on cardstock and then using the “Center” function on my Cricut Expressions, I cut these babies out.

I used party streamers and sewed the edges (like this tutorial) and made rosettes.  I had previously baked a whole set of ribbon making curly ribbon and used those as the finishing touches.

I am thinking I may enter this into the Die Cuttin’ Diva’s challenge this week – I feel they are different and original to fit their “Anything Goes Challenge“.

Now off to deliver them!

Thanks for sharing a bit of crafty time with a bit of rock, rattle and roll to it” pie with me.

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Recipe:

Cricut Cart: Mini Monograms set at 3 inches for the circle and 1.5 inches for the scallop circle for the back

Party streamers (trimmed the middle one to add the “layer” effect.)

Paper: Recollections Bright Color Stack

Cuttlebug – Swiss Dots

Ink for edging around the circle – Close to My Heart: Cotton Candy

Wilton Cake Pop Sticks

Curly Ribbon (baked at 200 for 20 minutes wrapped around 1/4 inch wooden rods and attached at ends with cloths pins.)

 

Fit for a Perfect Two Year Old Princess

I am in the midst of a HUGE and I mean HUGE project. . . one of those projects that I am trying to keep a happy heart through, but keep asking myself, why did I get myself into.  In the end I know I will be happy I did do it, but right now I am in my own mental anguish (kind of like being at mile 15 of a marathon). What I am doing is making handmade scrapbooks (no pictures, just the base) for 14 moms in the co-op preschool I attend with my kiddos.  I did have some time last week to whip together a card for one of my hub’s fellow engineer co-worker’s sweet little girl’s second birthday.

There is a movement around here where many moms from all types of social economic backgrounds have come together on Facebook and use that platform to swap, sell or look for items (mainly toys, baby gear and clothes) that we all have instead of buying new. Since it is via Facebook and you have to be from the area and be invited to the group, it is much easier and safer than Craigslist.  I know I have padded my crafting mad money selling my beloved Gymboree collection that my youngest no longer fits into.

I found someone who was selling a huge bag of dress up cloths (Disney Princess) for only $10 that were in great condition.  I packaged up the clothes and added this card for a little gift! This idea was right up this family’s alley since they are very aware of the environment and love recycling through goods.

Thanks for sharing a piece of “recycled gifts can be a great idea” pie with me!

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Recipe:

Cricut Cart: Once Upon a Princess cut at 3.5 inches

Cuttlebug: Swiss Dots

Paper: PTI and Recollections (white)

Ribbon: Celebrate It

Recollections Gems

Ink: CTMH (close to my heart) Cotton Candy

Stamp:My Pink Stamper:  Sweetest Cupcakes

My Pinkalicious Blog Hop Challenge (April)

Hi everyone!  Outside of dealing with terrible allergies or maybe it is a cold this weekend, I was able to hop along on Friday with My Pink Stamper’s Pinkalicious Blog Hop.  The challenge gave me a kick-start on my Mother’s Day project, since it was to make something for Mother’s Day.  So that is what I did!

If you have not noticed, I have been on a kick of making paper flowers using strips of double-sided scrapbook paper.  So I scaled it down and incorporated it onto a card!

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Thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “getting ready for Mother’s Day with the thanks to a April MPS blog hop challenge” pie with me.

Recipe:

Cricut Cart: Mini Monograms (circle cut at 2 inches)

Cuttlebug: Swiss dots

Flowers: cut at 1/2 inch strips x 6 inches for the smaller ones and 8 inches for the bigger one(each flower had 6 strips)

Paper: K&Company Designer Stacker

Embellishments: Some extras I had lying around (not sure where I got them)

Ribbon: Crinkle Ribbon from My Craft Spot.

Stamp: My Pink Stamper- Happiest Moments (my personal fav right now)

Ink: Close to My Heart: Chocolate

A Happy Birthday For a Gaming Boy!

I have two nephews that are 12 and 9.  They love video games (like any boy their age) and this year the hubs and I went in with the grandparents and got the boys a Kinect for their 360.  Since it was such a “special and bigger present” we decided to give it to them on the oldest birthday and that would then cover the birthday present for the youngest that is in October.

All I can say was both were over the moon when they opened it and saw what was lurking behind the wrapping paper. I even got a few great candids of all the excitement!

To go along with the theme of the gift, I decided to break out a Cricut Cartridge I have not yet used and put it to good use !

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Thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “two happy gaming boys” pie with me!

Cricut Cartridge: Father’s Day

Paper: DCWV – Summer Stacker and Recollections

Stamps: $ bin special (super small font block)

Ink: CTMH (Close to My Heart – Winter White)

Stickles – Diamonds!

More Spring Time Bouquet

I made two more sets of flowers recently using flower watering cans I found in the dollar bin at Target!  Woot, Woot… love me some bargain bin specials!

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Recipe:

1/2 inch x 10 inch strips of paper (used 7 strips for each flower)

Clock faces – Michael’s

Brads – Michael’s

Watering Cans – Target

Baker’s Twine – Stampin Up

Rustic embellishments – Michael’s

Timeless Springtime in Paris Bouquet!

I saw this idea via Pinterst and decided that I was going to take this on for a birthday present idea for my Aunt.  Her birthday is on Monday and every year I get her flowers and we do a spa day together after tax season (since she is an Accountant and is swamped this time of year).  This year I made these in replace of my normal flower arrangements.  I think it will bring a bit of a Parisian flair to her office. . .

Thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “embracing my inner french girl” pie with me.

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Recipe:

Paper: K&Company – Life’s Journey Designer Paper (cut at 1/2 inches by 12 inches long and used 8 strips for each flower)

Paper Wire (for stems)

Vase (found on clearance at Michael’s in their Parisian home decor section)

Clock faces – Tim Holtz

Buttons – Tim Holtz

Keys – Tim Holtz

Baker’s Twin – Stampin’ Up

Brads – Recollections

hot glue

Mini Monograms Cricut Cart for hiding the backing of the flower. Set on scallop at 1.5

A More Up Close and Personal Look at Hello Kitty B-Day Party

Since I was limping along with computer woes last week, I decided to give a more detail post regarding the “almost death by Hello Kitty” I endured a couple of weeks ago. . .  and because I got a few more requests for more details! Ask and ye shall receive!

I actually really kept this party at a good and reasonable budget since we were going all out and doing the big Disneyland thing the next day.

Table scape:

I have glass containers I found at Home Goods that I use for these types of events.  I headed into my attic and dug through some Christmas decorations and found the fillers for them along with the styrofoam HK heads I made (I bought those online in a set 12- WAY cheaper than at Jo-Ann’s and Michael’s.)  I made the heads by cutting out felt bows and suing a sharpie to do the eyes, nose and whiskers. I hot glued the bows on.

Decorations:

The center pieces for the little picnic tables were larger styrofoam balls that I found online.  I cut out ears and bows and attached with hot glue and used sharpie for eyes and nose. I used black pipe cleaners for the whiskers (they easily stuck in the balls). I placed brightly colored M&Ms in the shallow glass bowls and placed the heads on top of it.

The outside banner and accents to the pom-pom were made out of white and pink foam.  I had my hubby cut out stencils using a print out from a coloring page of the head and bow in wood with his scroll saw which made for perfectly matched mass production. Cutting through foam was super easy and quick. I added finishing touches on the bows and attached with hot glue.  The whiskers were made out of black pipe cleaners.  I used a punch and ran it through fishing line for the overhead pom-pom decor and pink ribbon from the Celebrate It line from Michael’s.

Pin the Bow  Game:

A good friend threw out an idea of pin the bow game, so I thought about it one day and came up with  this game.  I thought of a felt board and went with that concept.  Again, using the wood stencil the hubs cut out for me, I made the bows for each kid that was invited and traced out the face on a felt white sheet.  I then attached two pieces of felt to a large piece of white foam.   On the day of the party I wrote all kids that were in attendance names on the back of the bows so we would know who’s was the closest to pinning the bow on HK.  It was a huge success!

HK Headbands:

The same good friend suggested making some kind of head bands.  So I thought up these.  I found the head bands via Ebay for $2 free shipping for 12.  I cut out ears and bows (yes, using the same wood stencil the hubs made for me).  I attached with hot glue. On the day of the party, I painted black whiskers on all the little girls and placed the headbands on their heads.  THEY LOVED THEM!

Boo-Boo Bags:

I am not a fan of cheap Chinese party favors to just fill a bag.  I decided to do something a little more personal and useful for this party and they were a  huge hit and not to time consuming.  I found the material via Jo-Ann’s online and it was $40% off and had free shipping.  I made 12 of them cutting 5 inches x 12 inches and folding in half inside out and sewing them almost shut.  After that reversing the material and filling the bags with flax-seed that I got from a bulk bin at a local store for $1 a lb.  I figured each bag cost about $1.50 when all said and done.  After they were filled, they were sown shut.  I placed them in a plastic favor bag and tied with ribbon and printed out instructions to use hot or cold on Avery labels and attached.  I made Goodie bags and added a lip gloss and some HK band aids to them.   They were a huge hit!

Party Craft:

I decided to set up a “mommy and me” bracelet making station. I found all the beads via ebay and even found HK beads! I spent no more than $8 on all the beads. I pre made packages so all they had to do was thread the beads and go.  It was super cute and a fun way for mommy and daughter to have a little time together.

Inside Banner/Cupcake Toppers:

 

 

This is my favorite thing to do for a party and like I said before in a previous post, I ordered HK die cuts via ebay and worked from there.  I found the heart garland via Michael’s on a clearance Valentine rack for $1.50 and bought two.  I used that as my base and then used Mini Monograms and Once Upon a Princess Cricut Carts to make the content and structure of the banner.  To add finishing touches I used my Cuttlebug embossing Happy Birthday folder and Swiss dots folder, stickes and ribbon for burst of color in between the rounds.  I attached the rounds directly onto the chain on the garland.

The cupcake toppers were just a bit of the same concept and cricut carts just scaled down and added to 4 inch Wilton sticks.

There you have it in a nut shell… Thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “Hello Kitty on a Budget” pie with me!