Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween Decor

Hi all, Happy Halloween!!!  Hope your week is going well.  It's got to get better today if not, because of the candy.  What a great way to end the week.  My kids are so excited it is contagious.  I love seeing them run from house to house all happy and excited because they get candy.  Last week after all the birthday craziness was over, I made some last minute Halloween decor.  I always say I am going to make decor for the holidays and never get around to doing it.  This year I decided would be different.  Here is what I came up with ... 

I went to the dollar store and bought a couple frames.  Then I chose this subway art from the online Silhouette store.  I printed it on white card stock and cut it out to fit the frame.  Then I found a spider from the store and cut it out and adhered it to the subway art with a pop dot to give it some dimension.  Lastly I added some stickles for the spider web and the ribbon across the top.  Super simple.  

This is another frame from the dollar store.  I bought the Happy Halloween and the spooky tree scene from the Silhouette online store.  Cut them all out of colored card stock and glued or pop dotted them to some white card stock.  I then added the ribbon around the edges.  Again super simple.  I think these two projects took me a total of 45 minutes.  And the best part is I can remove these sheets from the frames and use the same frames for other holidays.  

That's all I have today.  I will post pics of the kids Halloween costumes tomorrow.  They too were easy to throw together.  Have a great night and remember to keep an eye out for the little characters if you are out driving.  

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Friday, October 25, 2013

The Big Birthday Celebration

Hi all, it's been awhile I know.  Well finally the birthday madness is over!!  Whew, I didn't think it was ever going to end.  It's not that I don't appreciate the girls birthdays, but it is a bit overwhelming having them in the same month.  So this post is all about their birthday party.  We combine them since they are only two years in age apart, although I think that this may be the last year I get away with it.  They decided that they wanted a pool party this year, and since we have a wonderful rec center with a great indoor pool I went with it.  Here is the invitation I created ... 

I used the Cameo's print and cut feature to create the beach ball cover and the ball with the text on it.  I then used a brad to attach the top to the bottom and allow movement.  I used a tape gun to attach the bottom of the ball to the chevron card stock.  That's it, pretty simple.  

This is the banner I made to hang up in the party room.  I used a flip-flop shape I found in the Silhouette online store.  I had to alter the shape quite a bit to get it to work out.  The shape is designed so that the only thing that cuts is the outer frame and thong part, basically the purple part in the picture above.  Here are the steps to make it cut just the sole of the flip-flop:
  • Place the flip-flop shape on your mat in the Designer Edition software
  • Select the shape and select ungroup
  • Copy one of the flip-flops
  • Select one of the flip-flops and then chose Modify and Release compound paths
You do this to both the right and left flip-flop.  Once I cut and assembled all the flip-flops, I used the Silhouette double sided adhesive to create the letters.  I sprinkled each letter with some Martha Stewart purple glitter.

These are the goodie bags I made for each of the kids.  Just a simple print and cut project.

And these are the push-pop cakes that I made.  My husband made the stand for these a couple year's ago.  All I did was change out the ribbon around the edge to match the party.  

We that is all I have for you today.  It was an awesome party, and really one of the easiest kids party I have ever done.  I hope you have a great weekend.  I am off to start the kids Halloween costumes!!!

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

More Birthday Cards

Hi all, Happy Wednesday.  Hope your week is going well.  I am in the middle of Birthday madness around here.  October always seems like a crazy month because not only were both my girls born in October, but a ton of other family and friends also celebrate their birthday's in October.  So today I have a couple more birthday cards for you and there will probably be more to come.  Here goes ... 

This card was made for a really good friends husband.  He turned 40 the same day as my daughter so we couldn't celebrate with him, but I think he did enjoy his birthday.  Just a simple man card made with the Silhouette.  

This card was for my sister-in-law.  She also shares her birthday with my daughter.  

This is the card I made for my eldest daughter.  We surprised her with a trip to the circus for her special day.  

The great thing about all these cards is that except for the card bases, they were each made using one sheet of white card stock.  I did this using the Silhouettes print and cut feature.  Just chose and sized all the shapes, including the card frames, color filled the shapes and then print and cut them.  It was super easy and fast.  

That's all I have for you today.  Hopefully you have a wonderful rest of the week.  I am in craft crunch mode for my girl's birthday party.  I hope to share some of that Birthday goodness on Friday.  Thanks for stopping by.  

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Birthday Bookmarks

Hi everyone, happy hump day!!  Seems like the weeks fly by lately.  Hope you are having a good week despite the Government shutdown.  Well in this house there is no shutting down, so I have just been crafting away.  My daughters birthday is on Friday, and she wanted to take in something to share with her friends.  Since she is in public school now she is not allowed to bring in treats.  I decided that I would make some bookmarks since they are so focused on reading in Kindergarten.  Here is what I did ...

I think that these stitched bookmarks were a free shape of the week from Silhouette not to long back.  They were easy to cut out and not to time consuming to stitch.  The hardest part was getting the thread through the needle.  I used the Sew Easy floss and needle to do the stitching for these.  Then added some ribbon and they were done.  

That's it for today.  Hope you have a wonderful rest of your week.  

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