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It is so fun to be ONE!

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Woot! Woot! It is Friday and we are in full P-A-R-T-Y mode!

If you are hopping along the “blogiversary ” going on over at Everyday is an Occasion you are in the right place! If you are here by chance, you are in for a treat!  Jill from Every Day is an Occasion is celebrating her one year blogiversary! Today you will be hopping from blog to blog gathering birthday inspiration.  AND she has some amazing CHA crafting swag she scored over this summer for her goodie bag giveaway!

My birthday inspiration came from the delights of one of my many weekly Target runs.  Yes, I said Target!  I saw  a card in the stationary section that caught my eye and when I almost summoned up the courage to think I may buy it, I realized that I could so easily make this and save the million dollars $4.99 they wanted for it. Duh!!! Yes, sometimes I loose my mind and forget that I have a 300 square foot crafting island in my house.  I blame that moment of insanity on the blinding bright lights of Target and my kids nagging me to get over to the toy department so they can add to their already mile long Santa list.

So here is what I came up with!

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This is a Samantha Walker cut that can be found at the Silhouette Store.  It was super easy to put together and all I did was copy the base of the image and flip it and weld the two bases together to form a “fold” card.  If you need a good tutorial on welding with your Silhouette, click HERE.
I inked the edges and added some bling and buttons and had a lot of fun playing with the fun features of this card.  How cool is the “cone holder”? I added some baker’s twine and more bling and buttons to finish off the cone
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I added sentiments from the retired My Pink Stamper Collection under the scoop flaps for more sweet surprises.
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This card was a lot of fun make and I know it will bring a smile to any birthday celebration!
Be sure not to forget to head over to the “Birthday Blog” and get yourself in the giveaway mix! 

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Now let’s keep the party hoppin’! 
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A is for Apple!

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Hi all!  Today is my last day of having my oldest be home with me before she heads off to the great and new world of Kindergarten! Sniff, Sniff! To brown-nose kick off the year right, I decided to make her teacher a card to go along with all the “donations” of sanitize wipes, Kleenex, markers, and paper.  Sheesh! I guess that is the new rite of passage that goes along with now being a mom of school-aged kiddos.

Here is a peek at what you can find up over at Jinger Adams today!

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Thanks for sharing a piece of “they grow up so stinkin’ fast” pie with me

Giving the Gift of Cheer!

Happy Sunday!

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Here is a quick and simple project that you can make as a gift for almost any occasion.  I made this for my neighbors/friends as a warm welcome back from an extended trip. We had been taking care of their kitty while they were away, so it was easy to place this onto their kitchen counter for a cheery welcome home.   DSC_7129

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All I did was pick up a glass water pitcher at Home Goods, found some sunflowers at Trader Joes and thanks to my addiction to Pick Your Plum, I had the chalkboard sticks handy.  I used a white gel pen for the sentiment and inked the edges with stamping ink.  I added some Hemp Cord from Hemptique (love that stuff- such a crafters go-to, something that just adds such a natural and no nonsense feel to a project! did I say I love hemp cord from Hemptique? ) and added some buttons.  For the buttons I ran Hemp Crafter’s Cord from Hemptique for a splash of color.  I used a hot glue gun to secure all the buttons! EASY PEASY!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “sunflower cheer” pie with me.

Some Berry Exciting News!

amelia-design-team-350Hi all!  Today is the big Design Team announcement over at Amelia & Me Crafts and my mug is part of the lucky crafty talent.  I am super excited to be on this team since it is a blog/online store that is dedicated for Silhouette Cameo and American Crafts product lovers obsessed. Yes, they are an authorized retailer for both Silhouette and American Crafts products!   Does it get any better than that?  Head over and meet this amazing group of talent and see what amazing products are available!  Also be sure to LIKE them on FACEBOOK!  You will not want to miss all the fun happening over there!

Since we are on the subject of my love for my Silhouette and being on a team that celebrates all that is wonderful about that amazing piece of crafty engineering, here is how I dressed up some homemade jam I made yesterday from strawberries we hand picked on Monday with my kiddos for my youngest birthday.  I thought it would be a fun way to give thank you notes to those who have shared in celebrating with a very special little lady turning four with the strawberries she picked.

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All I did was break down Lori Whitlock’s Circle Banner (can be found via Silhouette store) and add color and a cute sentiment. I then used the pint and cut feature, added a button and some CTMH burlap twine and cute fabric and called it done! The hardest part to all of this was making the jam!

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Thanks for sharing a piece of “berry good news” pie with me!

Linking Up To:

Gotta Create

The Real Thing

Everyday is an Occasion 

DL ART Thankful Thursday for August

Jinger Adams meets Kiwi Lane Designs!

Hi all and happy back to posting day to you!

I have been B-U-S-Y with getting my almost Kindergartner ready for her first day of school! YIKES!  On a fun note, check out the fun layout I have up over at Jinger Adam’s Blog today.  I got to play with some Kiwi Lane Designs framing templates for the first time since we have teamed up with them this month and man were those fun! Head over and see how I did it!

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The Five Minute Card

OK, so most of you that follow me know that I tend to make things that take some time, but TIME IS NOT ALWAYS MY FRIEND . . . so I am finding as my kids’ schedule is starting to kick into high gear with school, activities and just life.

I love making cards for people, and the thought of running out and buying a card because time is running out is just plain sacrilegious! I find myself breaking out into cold sweats when I am holding a “manufactured” card at the checkout counter.

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Well, I just found some pretty amazing products at Michales the other day that changed my world in the scope of being able to make a card that is cute, trendy and heartfelt totally on the fly!  GOODBYE over priced Hallmark cards and Hello to Mambi Cards, by Me & My Big Ideas!

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I seriously made this card in about FIVE minutes! All I did was pick a pre-cut and scored card from the Mambi card stack, cut down a piece of paper scrap for a layer and wrapped a piece of ribbon around the middle and set it with my ATG.

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I then punched out a circle on another piece of scrap I had on hand and inked the edges and secured it with my ATG.

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Finally I added the pre-made embellishments from Recollections I found on clearance and called it done!

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I have a feeling you may be seeing more of these fun and quick cards!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “cards on the fly” pie with me.

Linking Up To:

Everyday is an Occasion – Sunday Funday

Little Girls are made of Rainbow & Unicorn Magic

Hi all and happy Friday!  I am super excited to share a fun and VERY easy banner I recently made for a birthday party of a close family friend.  The theme was what any six-year-old little girl would want, Rainbows and Unicorns!  I wish I could say I came up with this idea on my own, but with time not being my friend, I pulled inspiration from this amazing banner I found on PINTEREST! Thank goodness for Pinterest!

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I actually dusted off my Circut to make the banner bases and letters with the Storybook cart, but the star of the show came from Miss Kate Cuttables over at the Silhouette Store.  I ended up un-grouping and filling each layer with color and then grouping the colored layers back together.  I set the cut to OUTLINE only and then ran through the printer and cut.

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I punched holes at the top and secured with some American Craft ribbon, added some stickles, gems and a couple rainbow stickers and called it done in about an hour.

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I love when time-pressed projects come together like this one did.  I happened to be over at my friend’s house this week and saw the banner hanging in her little girls room… now that made me smile and made me love my hobby  passion more!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “girls are made of rainbow and unicorn magic” pie with me.

Linking Up To:

Everyday is an Occasion – Sunday Funday 

Something Sweet and Dainty!

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Nothing a Little Fairy Dust Can’t Fix

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I have been wanting to share a more up close and personal view a fun project I made that is suited for any sweet little girl’s room.  I found a white wooden base at Michaels and with a little help from the magic maker of the Silhouette, I cut the sentiment on vinyl and the wand star on DCWV Glitter paper (which cut like butter including all the stitching holes along the border).

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After I transferred the vinyl sentiment onto the white base, I painted it using purple spray paint.  As the paint was drying, I dusted the sign with fine glitter. I  allowed it to dry and then removed the vinyl, exposing the white undercoat of the wooden base.

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To finish the wand, I ran Hemptique Bamboo Baker’s Twine (the best baker’s twine I have ever worked with!) through the wand and finished with a crinkle ribbon bow and gem. I added a paper straw as a base to the wand and added a few more gems to the corner of the sign.

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This is probably one of my favorite projects I have made right now and I have a feeling I will be making a ton of these for all the little girls I know!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “fairy dust is just magical” pie with me.

Linking To:

Everyday is an Occasion – Sunday Funday

Gotta Create – Wildly Original Linking Party

Real Family Fun Link Party

Tatertots & Jello Weekend Wrap-Up Party

Back in the Saddle with the Jinger Adams Collection

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Hi all i am home and well rested from my week at the lake!  I am proud to say I managed to come home sunburn free!  Miracles do happen, especially since we were there during record breaking heat!   Today my post is up over at Jinger Adams’ blog! What a great way to kick back into gear.

Head OVER and check out the fun home decor project I made using her new Sweet Tart Collection.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this collection.  It is full of so many fun treats to play with, it is like having the best play date in your craft room!

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Thanks for sharing a piece of “life is sweet tart good” pie with me!