August 26, 2015

Back To School Teacher Gift

It's that time again - back to school!

And every year it's the same - I find myself completely boggled, trying to accept that my little one is entering her new grade level.  This year it is 5th grade, which is extra hard for me to process because that means that next year she will be in middle school - yikes!  That means that this is the official last year of little kid status.  Last year of getting to help out in her classroom.  Last year of sleeping in til 7, lol!

But I'll worry about all that later.  Today is a happy day.  And to celebrate it we made this super cute sneaker pencil holder ("tennis shoe" to you Deb!) for her to give to her new teacher on the first day.


The design is from the SVG Cuts Back to the Books svg kit, and the paper is from the Graphic 45 French Country paper collection.  I also made one of these for myself last year and I just love how easy they are to assemble.  Tons of gluing and some very odd shaped pieces, but amazingly it all goes together easily.  I recycled one of my daughter's yogurt containers and put it inside the shoe to hold the pencils.  It fits perfectly and protects the shoe from pencil points or leaky pens.

My daughter is excited to start school and I know she'll have a giggle every morning looking at this shoe and secretly knowing that there are Minions hiding on the yogurt cup inside, lol!


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August 25, 2015

Soccer ball thank you card

My daughter has never been very interested in playing team sports, but last summer she participated in a British Soccer camp for the first time - and she LOVED it.  So she participated again this summer and she loved it again.  Those coaches have an amazing way with kids!

We gave them thank you cards at the end of the week and my daughter didn't even complain when I asked her to write a little note inside.  She really did enjoy the camp and coaches!


I used a Silhouette Design Store file by Snapdragon Snippets called Soccer Ball Outline (Design ID #10496) and I can't remember the name of the font.

My daughter had so much fun all week playing soccer, and I had so much fun all week listening to that wonderful British accent....

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August 24, 2015

Burlap Birthday Banner

I offered to make a birthday banner for one of my peeps who was having a beach themed party, and the first idea I had was to use burlap.  I'm not sure why I thought this felt beachy, but it works I think, lol!

I've never used burlap in a project before and I was trying to figure out how I would make it work, when I stumbled through Michael's big 80% clearance sale aisle.  Ok, I didn't stumble, I lingered.  I went through EVERY bin.  TWICE.  Wow what goodies I found, including a roll of laminated burlap!  Can you say destiny??  Now I KNEW my burlap idea was perfect, lol!  And it only cost me 85cents!  I also found a package of white twisty rope for 50cents that felt beachy to me too.  Gotta love great finds with perfect timing!

I hand cut the burlap into banner pieces, and decided to make it a bit stronger by glueing 1/2 inch strips of chipboard to the top back edge where the holes would be punched.  This really helped stiffen everything up and make it more durable against shredding.





I just made simple pastel scallop circles with gorgeous shimmery light blue centers to mat the letters (SNF Jolly Curls from Sillhouette Design Store) which I popped up with some foam tape.  I added some cute sea shells and coral from SVG Cuts' Wet n Wild svg kit.


Can you see the shimmer on that beautiful Creative Memories light blue paper?  LOVE their shimmers!



Another long project that is hard to figure out how to photograph.  I had hubby and my 9yo hold it up outside so I could take a pic, but the two of them had such troubles trying to get the string tight enough and level enough and steady enough, that this is the one and only shot I got - complete with backlighting that makes it look like it is glowing!  LOL!  But you get the idea!  :)


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August 23, 2015

80 Candle Accordion Birthday Card

I was lucky enough to attend a Karen Burniston card making class a few months ago, and ohmygosh I love how her brain twists to create these accordion dies!  The cards close flat and are A2 size, but when they open up into an accordion fold there are little connecting windows that swivel out and zigzag in the opposite direction.  So FUN!

I've seen them a couple times online, and they looked interesting, but once I saw them in action I had to get a couple of them (Accordion Rectangle and Katie Label Accordion plus the coordinating Katie Stars Frame Edges).  And then I couldn't resist using them to include 80 candles for a special friend's milestone birthday this month, heehee!!

The stamp is by Art Impressions and was PERFECT for my project...




The font I used is called "SNF Jolly Curls" (Design ID #89674) and the candles are "3 Birthday Candles" (Design ID #59293) by Lisa Norris, both from the Silhouette Design Store.  The symmetrical part of my nature absolutely LOVED the fact that I could put 5 candles on each panel of the sentiment and have everything all balanced.  ;)


The card ended up being so long that was hard for me to find a spot to take a full picture of it, lol!  And when it was folded it was so thick that I had to make a box to put it in instead of an envelope.

That was alot of die cutting by hand, especially the frames since you can only cut one short and one long side at a time - not easy when you are making a total of 18 panels!  I'm not used to that anymore after being spoiled with my Cameo and Eclips, lol!


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August 20, 2015

3D Wedding Cake

When I saw this new Mr. & Mrs. kit from SVG Cuts I knew right away I had to make it for the same friend who I had made wedding invitations for a few months ago.



I used her wedding colors in the flowers and the same embossing design for the layer panels that I used on her invitations.  I added some gold cording and a bunch of metallic sticker flourishes to the gold glittery pedestal, and I used a zillion pearls and glass bead strands with some crochet ribbon to each layer.  There's also satin ribbon around the base of each layer.  I'm surprised the cake didn't crush the pedestal from the weight of all the bling, lol!

Each cake layer lifts off to reveal a hidden box.  But, to be honest, these boxes do not fit together easily.  The "lids" are very tight and tricky to put together.  If I try making this design again, I may try tweaking the box sizes a smidge to make them close better.  But I do still adore this file.  Oh and by the way, it is HUGE! About 18" tall!

Another Mary hit!

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August 13, 2015

Sneak Peek!

What a summer!  Busy busy busy!  And some of it has been crafty busy, heehee!!!

Here's a little peek at something I'm finishing up this week...



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