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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}!

2013-03-22 11.35.53Thanks for sharing a piece of lovin’ what you do with cherished friends” pie with me.

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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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