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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

DIY Doll Wardrobe

Check out the video to see an up close and personal tour of these fun filled doll wardrobe.

Happy Sunday All!  I can’t believe NEXT Sunday will be Easter! Wow time is flying by and I guess it feels that way since I have been very busy in my craft room and in the hub’s workshop cookn’ up some fun playtime goodies for our two little girls.

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A while ago we decided we needed to make something that would hold all the dolls and doll swag our little girls are starting to accumulate.  I wanted it to be interactive as well as organized storage.  The hubs and I sat down started to design a concept.  We came up with a design, made a blueprint and headed to the wood store.

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It has taken a few weekends to knock out these two pieces, but we had a blast doing it.  We still have a large drawer to make and that is soon to be in the mix of construction. DSC_6096

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I had a blast putting my Silhouette to work and cutting out vinyl and transferring it onto sections of these structures, spray painting and peeling off.  I found the cuts at the Silhouette store from Samantha Walker and Lori Whitlock.  DSC_6097

 

Thanks for sharing a piece of “love DIY” projects with the hubs!

Linking Up To:

Gotta Create – Wildly Original Linking Party

The Real Thing- Link Party
I Heart Naptime- Link 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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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

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 !

Happy Geek Week!

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So late last night I randomly found out that this week has been National Engineers Week!   Being married to a Mechanical Engineer, I had to have fun with this even though it is now Friday and the week is almost over. I tossed together some cupcake batter and popped them in the oven and grabbed some heavy cream, powder sugar and some gel food coloring and made a quick frosting.

While the cupcakes were baking, I whipped out some fun cupcake toppers totally on the fly using my Silhouette Cameo.  I found the Pi image online and imported, printed, and cut them in less than 10 minutes. Then I made the argyle sentiment toppers using the tools and color patterns that came stock on my Silhouette software in about 10 minutes as well.  I  have to say I L-O-V-E my Silhouette!  The cupcake toppers were done just as the cupcakes were ready to come out of the oven! PicMonkey CollageThe hubs is pretty happy to have a fun little treat to bring to the rest of the “Nerd Herd”.  I am super happy I could throw this together so quickly to close out a week that honors their genius innovation and brilliance and total logical approach they bring to the world.   The funny thing is, I don’t think any of them have any idea that this week exists nor do they really care, but they will love the fact it is a reason to get cupcakes! 🙂

Thanks for sharing a piece of “honoring the Nerd Herd” pie with me.

Linking Up To:

Sarah Hamer Designs – Link Up Tuesdays

Everyday is an Occasion – Sunday Fundays

Gotta Create – Wildly Original Linking Party

Craft -O-Maniac

Sassy Little Lady Show and Tell Saturdays

Angels Homestead – Saturday Spotlight

Blackberry Vine – Tuesday To Do Party

The Snowflake Project

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Happy Day After Christmas! I hope you all are enjoying the bliss of the holiday after-glow!   It has been a whirl wind, but I loved watching my kids in the magic of it all!

Today I am going to share a project I made for a project  for the decorations for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School.  The goal is to get crafters to make snowflakes and mail it to them so they can use it for the Winter Wonderland theme they are going to use.  Click HERE for all the details.

I found a simple Silhouette image and cut it out at around 5 inches on chipboard.  I then punched a hole at the top of one point with my Crop-A-Dial.  After that I applied Glastique Matte and then dusted with Piccolo Pure Sparkle Silver Glitter. I shook off the excess and repeated on the opposite side once dry.

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I ran some ribbon through the hole and packaged it up and sent it out to be part of the many that will hang to greet the students that endured so much just two weeks ago.  My prayers are with them, their families, the community and those that were directly effected by the tragedy.

To check out more about the glitter used in this project, please head over to Globecraft & Piccolo’s blog to see my product highlight.

Thanks for sharing a piece of “there is no snowflake alike” pie with me.

Handmade Winter Gift Exchange!

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I decided to participate in the Craftaholics Anonymous Winter gift exchange.  This is were you sign up on Elfster and then you get paired up with another crafter to make a gift for each other.  I have not yet received my gift from my pair, but will share it with you all when I get it.  I sent my project to her last Friday, so I am pretty sure it is safe to link up my project back over to Craftaholics Anonymous.

I decided to make another yarn wreath . . . Shocking!  I love making these and believe it or not, I am making another one right now.  They are a bit time consuming, but I find them relaxing to make. This is probably the closest thing to knitting or crochet I will ever get. 🙂  My match-up lives in Orlando and works for Walt Disney World.  Her profile picture was her with Mickey, so I thought it was safe to say, she is a bit of a Disney nut.

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For the wreath, I used a 12 inch round foam wreath and wrapped it with red, black and white yarn. I cut the image using this tutorial as a guide from my Silhouette.  This machine rocks and it was so easy to take an image from Google Images and make the images.  I cut them on a thick piece of  black card stock from Papertreyink and chipboard for a solid structure.   Once I glued together the black card stock to the chipboard, I glittered the top of the image.

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I made ribbon flower using a zip tie to hold it together and then hot glued it to the yarn wreath I made.  I added different sized buttons to make Mickey head and ears.

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I think this turned out super cute and I hope that she loves it!   Head over and see all the other fun projects LINKED up that someone made for a complete stranger – there is a lot of crafty love going on over there!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “crafting for the sheer joy of giving” pie with me.

Craftin’ Up the Holidays on a Dime

I have the honor and privilege to be invited as a guest designer for Decorate to Celebrate today!  I love this challenge blog and it is full of such amazing inspirations.  To be a part of the inspiration team is such a “pie al a mode” moment for me. Thank you Amy and Decorate to Celebrate for this wonderful opportunity!

The challenge is to make something in the scope of home, party or table decor that revolves around celebrating the Holidays, using paper crafting (Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years, etc.).  I am a total Christmas fanatic and have been wanting to start decorating my house since before Thanksgiving, but thankfully crafting Holiday cheer during that time staved off my need and allowed Mr. Tom Turkey to shine instead. Be sure to head over to Decorate to Celebrate and get see the other amazing creative ideas and LINK up your great Holiday project!

What I decided to make is an inspiration from the pages of the Holiday Crate and Barrel catalog  I saw this idea last year and again this year and just had to tackle it. It can be used as a center piece for a holiday table or just a fantastic decor added to an end table or sofa table. Thankfully, the hubs has an elaborate workshop in the garage so I have access to to pull this off – under the watchful and teachable eyes of course.  I think he is getting  nervous that I may be expanding my crafting space into his workshop soon. 🙂

How To:

I started with going to Home Depot and gathering up two sticks of 1/2 inch trim and 1/4 inch dowels (in the baseboard and crown molding department).  After doing a quick and dirty calculation I came up with the sizes I wanted and cut the 1/2 trim down to the sizes I needed.

Large Tree:

  • Long sticks: (roughly) 17 1/4 inches,
  • Short stick 11 1/4 inches,
  • Tree base cut down from  a 3/4 inch thick block to 6 x 2.5 inches

Small Tree: 

  • Long sticks : 12 3/4 inches x 8 3/4 inches
  • Tree base cut down from a 3/4 thick block to 4.5 x 2.5 inches

Once all pieces were cut down, I sanded down the rough edges and glued together with wood glue using clamps on each corner of the trees so they would set firmly and dry overnight.

Once dried,  I released the clamps and sanded down any glue that may have leaked out due to the pressure of the clamps. I mixed up some epoxy and with the help of the hubs cut down the dowels to fit in the cavity of the trees and quickly and I do mean quickly adhered the dowels to the tree.  BOY DOES THAT EPOXY DRY FAST!  

After that, I wrapped a piece of wire around the peak and hung from a tree branch so I could paint them.   I used Rust-Olemum Textured Metallic spray paint and painted it with about 4 coats (I should have had a layer of primer first; live and learn). Regardless,I loved the sparkle this paint gives off.

In between coats, I fired up my Silhouette and ordered two different 3-D ornaments for .99 each.  Using Bo Bunny’s North Pole designer paper (needs to be two sided designer paper), I cut out various sized ornaments.  These are a little tricky to put together- need more patience than talent :-).  But once I got the hang of it, the assembly went faster.  These don’t need any adhesive and I found a tutorial on putting together a round 3-D paper craft from the designer of these ornaments that I was able to crossover for making these.  Once they were assembled, I added ornament hooks and cut them down to size using wire cutters.

Note: You can use glass or plastic ornaments as well.

Ornament Cuts:

Ball Ornaments

  • Large : 6.25 x 6.0
  • Medium: 5.22 x 5.0
  • Small: 4.20 x 4.0

Long Skinny Ornaments

  • Large:  6.0 x 4.91
  • Small: 4.77 x 3.85

This project was very fun to make and it was a great way to incorporate some creative time with the hubs as well.  I am thankful he likes to guide me in learning new things, even if it may mean he may be woken out of a dead sleep hearing his chop saw or scroll saw hard at work in the middle of the night (that is when most of my crafting gets done). Also this project cost about $20 to make and you can’t beat that!

Thanks for sharing a piece of ” you can make what you want on a dime” pie with me!  And be sure to head on over to Decorate to Celebrate by clicking HERE to join the party!

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