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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.

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

Old Friendships, Very Loved Projects and Doll House Party Invites!

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We all have that one friend that we have known longer than anyone.  One that you grow up with, the one that you have done some of the silliest and most outrageous things with.  Watched each other head off to college, get married, have kids,struggle, succeed and grow. The one friend that even after years of letting life get ahead of keeping in touch regularly, once you reunite, you pick up right back up with finishing each other’s thoughts in conversations and just know them to a level of almost being a part of your family.  I have that in a dear friend I have known for over twenty years and in the past couple years we have settled in life enough to keep up with each other more even though we live 7 hours apart.   I was thrilled to have the opportunity to make party invites for her brilliantly themed vintage doll house birthday party she is planning for her sweet 3 year-old little girl.

She and I share a love for vintage anything and if you throw in a french twist you have us hook, line and sinker.  So to me once she told me the theme, I knew exactly what I was going to create.  As many of you know, this year I am a  Guest Designer for Samantha Walker’s die cuts you can find over at the Silhouette Store.  I remembered seeing a house card when perusing her stuff and decided to go from there.  I did not use all of the cuts that came with the house since I had volume of invites to make, but I managed to improvise some of the layers and add embellishments to make this just be the sweetest 12 darn things I have made in a long time.  We all have those projects that just evolves into something near and dear to our creative heart.  Believe it our not, these were hard to part with, but seeing how thrilled my friend was with the end result, it was a joy to send them away.

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Here is how I did it: 

I bought the doll house via the Sillouhett Store and kept the size the same.  It fits beautifully in A2 envelopes!  I opened up several pages and began to ungrouping the piece together the pieces I wanted.  The base of the house I cut on white card stock and then cut another layer on double sided designer card stock from Crate called Little Bo Peep.  This worked out beautifully since I could cut down that house and flip the side that was the back of the house and use as another front layer.  I inked each layer with coordinating stamp ink (Close to My Heart Cotton Candy). I secured layer to base using my ATG.

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For the windows, eaves, flower box, bird and doors, I cut the shapes out from American Crafts 6×6 stacks I found at Target! I really wanted to translate this was a birthday party invite so I wanted the door to look decorated with birthday pennants and banners.  American Crafts sure delivered and to scale!  I inked layers with stamp ink (Close to my Heart Topiary, White Daisy, Cotton Candy and Stampin’ Up Pumpkin).  I secured with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive and Pop Dots for those items that needed some dimension (bird, flower box, sentiment).

Using some buttons from Close to my Heart I added door knobs and added pre-made roses from the Recollections collection that were on clearance! LOVE!

For the front sentiment, I used a standard cut that came with my Silhouette Cameo software and tweaked and sized it to my liking. The font was French Script!  I used the same cut (flipped vertically and increased size) and font for the party details for the insert.  I inked edges with stamp ink.

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It was a super fun project to plan and execute.  She has shared some of the party decor she has been making and I managed to coaxed her into sharing her A-M-A-Z-I-N-G wooden doll house neighborhood she crafted along with this post! She is crazy talented and I am thrilled we get to share the same blog space!  What is funny is that neither of us really saw our projects while making them and look how well they pair with each other! I guess that is the result of being old friends.

a cute shot my friend did before she sent them out. I love this idea!

a cute shot my friend did before she sent them out. I love this idea!

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Don’t you just {love}!

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A Birthday that “Bears” Celebrating!

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Happy Monday all!  If you came over from Fantabulous Circut Challenge Blog‘s recent challenge, you are in the right place.  If you are just joining me, you need to head over to FCCB and check out the fun inspirations that the amazing design team has in cooked up.  This week’s theme is Fun with Puns.  All you need to do is make a project using at least ONE Cricut cut and have a fun pun to go along with your project theme!  I can’t wait to see what you got up your sleeves!

This week I decided to kill two birds with one stone and make my oldest daughter’s birthday invitations while keeping this challenge in mind.  We will be celebrating at Build -A – Bear Workshop this year, so I had to get my paws on the new Teddy Bear Parade Cricut Lite Cartridge!  Oh my did we have a hard time deciding what bear theme to use.  The soon-to-be birthday girl decided upon a cute ballerina bear!

For the sentiment tag, I pulled out my Silhouette and printer and put them both to work!  I created this by piecing different images from the stock images that come with the Studio software.  I came up with the pun on the fly and threw it all together pretty quickly. I inked the edges headed straight for my Circut to start on the cute little bears!

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Using Cricut Craft Room, I designed the bears to be around 3 inches and built them from there.  I added some faux stitching, inked a bit around the edges and some cute bling flowers and called it a day!  Having to make many of these, is a bit timed consuming, but I had a great little helper!  The base paper I used was from American Crafts  Hip, Hip, Hooray! 6×6 paper stack I found at Target!  LOVE THIS PAPER!  I used the paper from the same stack for the tutu and shoes.  I added some bubblegum pink crinkle ribbon from Kristen Swain. These invites fit in an A2 envelope!

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Make sure you head over to FCCB and check out all the fun projects and join in on the fun by LINKING up!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “punny pie” with me !

Love is in the Air . . . Let’s Decorate!

 

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Hello and Happy Wednesday!  If you came over from Decorate to Celebrate isn’t this Valentine decor just screaming sweet nothings! Before I get into the mushy details of this love fest decor, I have my own news to shout from the roof tops!  I am just thrilled to announce that this is my first post as a design team member for Decorate to Celebrate!  I have always loved that challenge blog and it has always inspired me.  To be a part of their team is just an amazing honor!  Make sure you pop over, get inspired, create and link back up!  We really want to see what you got cookn’ in the the Hallmark Holiday of Love department! dtc5 This project was a fun project to create.  I came back from CHA very inspired and creatively energized!  I had it planned out in my head for some time, but needed to roll up my sleeves and get on with it.  As you can see there are a lot of components but all were very easy to execute and on the C-H-E-A-P (music to the hubs ears)!    dtc 3 The pennants and stands were made in just a couple hours and the materials list was SHORT! PLUS IT WAS NO SEW!!!!!! All you need is fabric of your choice, yarn and wooden porch railing decor found at Home Depot, craft paint, hot glue, scissors, and sand paper!  I hand crocheted the bows . . .  look  HERE for the tutorial! dtc 4 This bouquet of love was so simple.  The metal tin came from the Target dollar bin and I rounded up some Valentine cupcake wrappers along with a foam ball and some straight pins.  This was made with 75 cupcake wrappers. All I did was fold the wrapper in half and “scrunch” the bottom and pin to the foam ball.  Continue until all the wrappers cover the area that does not fit inside the bucket! dtc 2 Now on to the heart shaped yarn wreaths!  If you have followed me for a while, you will know that I have a thing for making yarn wreaths.  I find them relaxing. I guess this is my version of knitting or crocheting.  It was super simple, just pick up some foam heart wreaths for around $2 each and some yarn! Tie a knot at one end of the yarn and then pin it to the back of the wreath and just get your wrap on and knot the end and pin it! dtc1 Last but certainly not least, YARN BALLS!  This was my first time tackling these little guys, but after being the master of yarn wreaths, this was easy peasy!  All I did was gather up 12 small foam balls, using the same technique as I did for making the wreaths.  A great project for indulging on bad reality TV and being  a couch potato!

I finished the project with a few pieces I picked up from Michael’s and Hobby Lobby’s home decor and Valentine section using as a container for the yarn balls, the love birds and glitter hearts.

I hope this was an inspiration and got you in the mood for crafting love!  Be sure to head over to Decorate to Celebrate and link up any Valentine decor projects you are working on for either a party or your home! Thanks for sharing a piece of “love for decor” pie with me!

Linking Up To:

Everyday is an Occasion- Sunday Funday

Gotta Create

Craft-O-Maniac

Sarah Hamer Designs: Link Up Tuesdays

Angela’s Homestead – Saturday Spotlight

Sassy Little Lady -Show and Tell Saturday

Boo To You Party Invite!

I can’t believe it is the middle of October already!  I love Halloween and that is a great excuse to throw a party.   Last year I went a little over board with our party and at one point I think we had a total of 73 guests milling all around our house and backyard! NOT KIDDING!  I remember telling my husband right after closing the door to the last guest, “NEVER AGAIN!” Don’t get me wrong, the party was a HUGE success and I have had many of last year’s guest recently asked me if there was a “save the date” for this year’s party.  However, I am only insane once and decided to scale WAY back on the invite list to a few very close friends and their kids.

I wish I could say I came up with this idea on my own, but not so much:-)  Thankfully I “blog pal” around with some amazingly talented ladies and this idea came from Ribbons and Glue.  When I saw her project, I just knew I wanted to do something like it and when I started thinking about party invites, I thought how cool it would be to make a party invite that is very personal and can be used as Halloween decor for years to come.

In another project I saw from Ribbons and Glue, she had these little ghosts that she found at Target.  I loved them the minute I saw them, but I have a thing for ghosts and snowmen so that was not too far of a stretch for me to HAVE TO find those.  Sadly, I could not find them right away until last week when we were in the $ bin area at Target and my oldest spotted the LAST box of them!  WOOT! WOOT! Those were scooped up in a NY minute and the project stated to take shape!

I found some scrap wood the hubs was tossing out and sanded it down, painted it black and then did a layer of white/orange at the same time to give it a “candy corn” feel with craft paint.  I let it dry and then sanded it down again to distress it.

Using Simply Charmed, I cut the “font” BOO at 3 1/2 inches.  I ran it through my Cuttlebug Spots and Dots.  The ribbon I used was from the Celebrate It line from Micheal’s and the little purple bling I picked up there too.  Using twine from the Twinery, I made a “spider web” behind each “O” just fastening twine with tape.  I added a little black gem to the middle to appear as a spider.

The paper is from a Holiday stack from Cloud Nine Designs.  I added additional ribbon to balance out the block. I then glued the paper over the ribbon using Zip Dry.  I also used the same paper and glued it to the back of the block where I then added another removable paper piece with the details of the party information on it (sorry no pictures of that… did not want to risk having 73 people showing up on my doorstep:-))

As for the little table scatter ghosts, I wrote the names of all the members in the family with a fine tip Sharpie and added bows to the girls.  I used glue dots and added googly eyes (totally scrap-lifted that from Holly- I am really not craft stalking her, I promise! However, if you have not seen her blog, I highly recommend it!  Her blog has inspired me greatly and actually has lit a fire of creativity in me when I felt like I was losing my creative mojo) and then used medium sized glue dots and added the ghosts to the “BOO”.  I then used pop dots to the BOO.

So far the invites have been a hit and they love that it is something that can be used for years to come and it was so personal.

Thanks for sharing a piece of “not your everyday ghoulish invite” pie with me.

Linking Up To:

Everyday is an Occasion-Sunday Funday

Paper Issues – Halloween Harvest

Craft-O-Maniac

Decorate To Celebrate

Really Reasonable Ribbon – Halloween Ribbon

My Sheri Crafts- Halloween

Pink Cricut Link It Up Tuesday

Pink by Design – Fall or Halloween

Baby Shower Fun

 

As I have mentioned before, I was asked to help with a baby shower for someone.  She had told me that the theme was “clothesline” and that the colors needed to be blue and green.  What I needed to do was make a banner and several center pieces.  This is what I came up with!

The execution was fairly simple and I learned a new trick while shopping out the flowers.  I live in an area that has a Trader Joe’s and since I shop religiously at our local one every week on the same day at the same time since my first child was born, I have grown to know most of the staff including the woman who orders all their flowers.  I asked her if it was possible to make an order for specific flowers that they do carry and they hold them for me.  Well guess what they do!  If anyone knows anything about hydrangeas, they are a costly flower if you try to purchase them at a florist.  At Trader Joe’s they are half the cost!

I ended up making about a 4.5 foot banner, 7 center pieces, and a marker for the gift table. Doing the whole project with all the supplies cost me $62 and about 5 hours of my time in total and that included me delivering.  They loved it and it looked amazing added to what they had already done to the backyard.

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

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Recipe:

Cricut Cartridge: Every Day Pop-Up Cards, Learning (banner cut at 5 inches for onsies and 3 inches for letter).. Used flip feature for onsie for clothes lines for the opposite side (cut at 2.5 inches)

Cuttlebug: Swiss Dots, Buttons

Baker’s Twine (Twinery)

Paper: Recollections

Tulle

Lollypop Sticks (large) for the clothesline

Mini Clothes Pins – Stampin’ Up and Jo-Anns

Tin buckets and pails (Michael’s) Please note I had to line with Cling Wrap to insure NO leaks, even though I got the “Leak Proof” buckets.  The Cling Wrap workd well!

Buttons – Michael’s Dollar Bin

ATG

Pop Dots

Crop-A-Dile

Life’s a Party!

I have a friend that called me a few weeks ago to see if I would make some stuff for a baby shower she was throwing.  It was for a boy and it needed to be football themed.  How fun!  I think I have said this before, being a mom of two little girls, I jump at any chance to make boy stuff!

She wanted a football themed diaper cake inspired center pieces, thank you tags for the favors with a little referee that said, “Thank you for Taking the Time Out to Celebrate”, and a banner with the little guy’s name on it.

This is what I came up with!

Diaper Cake Inspired Center Piece:

Recipe: Cricut Cart was Life’s a Party  football image cut at 2.5 inches for base football and 2.75 for shadow. I used Swiss Dots for embossing.  For the diaper cake center piece, I used zip ties and rolled 3 size 2 diapers and fastened zip ties around the middle of each and then used a large zip tie and attached all three together in a triangle set up and wrapped about 11 inches of ribbon around the middle to cover the zip tie and fastened ends together with Zot Dots and then attached the football embellishment with a large Pop Dot a the seam of the ribbon.

Thank You Gift Tags:

Recipe: Cricut Cart was Mini Monogram both circle and scallop were cut at 4 inches.  I used Microsoft Publisher and made the image.  I found a pregnant stick figure and decided to make a referee with a bump.  I needed to have it be solid black so i could color lines of white for the referee shirt.  It was easier finding that image than black and white cardstock that I was going to use for the original concept of using the pregnant silhouette image from Life’s a Party Cricut Cart.  I used my white gel pen for the stripes and embossed the scallop layer with Swiss Dots folder for my Cuttlebug. I punched a hole at the top of each gift tag and ran ribbon through it so she can attach these to the favors. NOTE:  I printed out the images and then used the “CENTER” feature on my Ciruct.  It was a bit tricky at first, but I figured it out thanks to a tutorial video I found via My Pink Stamper.  I view a few other videos at first that I “goggled” and they were not cutting the mustard on really QUICKLY breaking down how to do it.

Banner (LOVE DOING BANNERS):

Recipe: Cricut Cartridge Life’s a Party onsie cut at 4 .75.  I used Design Studio ( I can’t seem to get Cricut Craftroom to successfully update, so until I have some leisure time to call PC I am using DS).  I used the “Hide” feature for the duck and so I have just the onsie.  I then cut the base of the banner out of chipboard and the same exact image for the white layer I embossed with Swiss Dots.  I then used the layer feature on my Circut and cut the blue and brown polka-dot.  For the lettering I used Schoolbook Plantain at “REAL DIAL” size at  inches and then embossed with Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder.  I then punched two holes, using my Crop-A-Dial at the top of the onsie on only the chipboard, then ran the baker’s twine I got from My Craft Spot.

For the little footballs that are in the center of the ribbon bunting, I used the same football image I used for the diaper cake center pieces cut at 1 inch.

For the bunting  I used 7 layers of material cut at 5 inches each and then trimmed when each was completed.  I layered the tulle and ribbon tieing them directly to the baker’s twine (each tied on top of each other in a diagonal way so the material fanned out with each layer). I used a glue gun to attach the football.  The banner measured about 6-feet

I had a ton of fun doing this project and it only took about 9 hours to plan, prep and complete. Not bad for just a few hours for a few days this week.

Thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “life’s a party” pie with me!

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!

Hello Kitty Mania has Just Begun!

My four-year old is a HUGE Hello Kitty fan.  Back in January I went on the hunt to buy the Hello Kitty Cricut cartridge only to find out that it was retired and trying to purchase one via Ebay or Amazon would cost the fortune of a small country.  I found someone who sold the die cuts and ordered them and then added extra touches to them. 

Here is the first installment to the Hello Kitty mania I am underway on . . . birthday invitations.

Thanks for coming and sharing a piece of “when it comes to Hello Kitty, if there is a will there is a way” pie with me.

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recipe:

Hello Kitty Greetings Cricut Cart – Cut at 2 inches

Mini Monograms Circle cut at 3 inches “Real Dial size”

Paper: Recollections brights

Card Base:  iCraft scallop card sets of 8 at Michael’s $ bin

Cuttlebug: Happy birthday folder

Ink: Jelly Roll Pens for stitching

STICKELS!  Diamonds!