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In Birthday, DIY, Graphic Design, Parties, Silhouette on
September 13, 2017

For Baby Elaina’s 1st Birthday

This past weekend, we celebrated my dear friend’s daughter’s first birthday! Little baby Elaina came on Labor Day last year (oh the irony!) and has grown into such a little cutie with an adorable smile! To honor and acknowledge her Korean culture (she’s half-Korean, half-Chinese), a Dol celebration was in order! Elaina’s mama got a little DIY herself and made the Dol towers out of white and black beans. One tower says “Happy First Birthday” and the other is Elaina’s name in Korean. How cool is that?

Purple and aqua were the party colors and were sprinkled throughout the event. I love the idea of using just colors as your “party theme” because it makes party planning a cinch! And luckily, these two colors are very popular right now thanks to the mermaid trend.

It was such a joy to help my friend, Anna, with party decorations! She told me the items she needed and gave me total creative license in the design. A designer’s dream!

A traditional component of a Korean first birthday party is the Doljabi, where the child is placed in front of several objects and whichever one he/she selects will predict her future! The guests were asked to cast their vote so I created a little sign to go along with the game. And of course, a first birthday party must-have is the one year poster listing all the special favorites and milestones. Again, I used the trick of printing this custom design as a color engineering print and taped it onto a foam board bought from the dollar store. The color quality was great too!

 

 

Michaels had a cardstock value pack in the party colors so it made paper decorations super easy to coordinate! From the “Happy 1st Birthday” pennant banner to the smash cake and cupcake toppers. I added a little gold glitter on some of the cupcake toppers for a little sparkle…it’s a little girl’s birthday party after all! I also learned a new craft that I’ll for sure be making again for another party…tissue paper pom pom toppers! A tutorial for that will be on the blog later this month.

 

The smash cake topper was a tricky project but so glad I put on my MacGuyver thinking cap on and made it work! In order to replicate the style of the topper I made for my own daughter’s smash cake, I needed to find a way to make the sans serif letters on “elaina” and “one” stand on their own versus being connected to the letters before/after. For example, I could easily have the letter “e” of “elaina” touch the letter next to it (“l”) but it would not look right if I connected the letter “i” of “Elaina” to the letter “a” in front of it or the letter “n” after it. Luckily, I was able to “weld” the word “turns” with the word “one” at the bottom of the topper but the word “elaina” was still a challenge. So how did I do it? I glued the letters of “elaina” to a small clear acetate sheet. Then, I added two skinny “pillars” of acetate sheet behind the word “turns” and connected the two acetate sheets. You can kind of see it behind the “s” in “turns”. This created the illusion that the letters on the topper were “floating”! #crafthacksFTW

 

Little Elaina was surrounded by so many family members and friends. She might have been a little overwhelmed with all the excitement and overstimulation! But sorry sweet girl, it’s because you are so loved! Happy birthday Elaina!

 

 

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In Birthday, DIY, Parties on
July 27, 2017

TBT – Here’s to 4.5 Years!

This week, my firstborn turns 4.5 years old. What the what??

So since I’m in disbelief, I’m going to act like a moody preschooler, pound my fists while declaring he’s still 4, and take a walk down memory lane. For the first four years, I have been lucky to have picked the themes for his birthday parties and he’s totally been cool with it. Never once asked to change it. So lucky, right?

For his 4th birthday party, we did a dinosaur-themed party because he really liked the Disney movie The Good Dinosaur. While I did not use the characters from the show except for a figurine/toy as table decor, I turned to the Silhouette Design Store (SDS) for dinosaur-related shapes and designs. Personally, I prefer to do party themes that aren’t so specific like TV shows, characters, etc because it’s easier on my end since I’m the one who’s crafting it all. I stick with general shapes and repeat the party colors wherever I can.

Do you have a dinosaur-themed birthday party coming up? Take a look below and be inspired!

Party Banner
The dinosaur body parts on this awesome banner is Design ID#85872 from the Silhouette Design Store. I opted to make my own birthday messaging in the middle to personalize the event even more. To create the word banner, simply cut out letters with an offset backing in a different color. Between each layer, I placed dimensional foam adhesives so that each layer would “pop.”

 

Themed Cupcake Topper
Did you know you don’t always need a SDS design to make your Silhouette creations? Use your imagination! This particular cupcake topper is super easy to make and great for those leftover paper scraps! With the Text tool, I typed out “4” and “ROAR” and sent it to Silhouette to cut. Use different colored and/or textured paper to make your project colorful and eye-catching. Again, I used dimensional foam adhesive behind the letters to give the cupcake topper a 3D look.

 

Favor Tags
As I mentioned before in a previous post, the Silhouette CAMEO cutting machine is your party decor workhorse! Did you know it can also serve as a basic graphic design program. These favor tags were created to work like a Print and Cut design…simply create within Silhouette Studio and then send it to Silhouette to cut out.

 

Favors with Tags
I was inspired by Pinterest to make these party favors. Duh, where else? Don’t the favor tags complete the look of the favors by providing some visual interest? Side note: If you are going to do these dinosaur-topped baby jar favors, have major self-control when assembling the favors. The large M&M bag was so hard to resist! I may have had a couple…handfuls.

 

Goodie Bags
I spiffed up chevron goodie bags purchased at my local Michaels by adding some dinosaur diecuts with the all-time favorite…googly eyes! I love SDS designs that come in a set, like this one (Design ID#23556). Four dino shapes for the price of one! Score!

I even used these dinosaur shapes elsewhere at the party, such as simple decor on the wired dessert stand in the picture below. My favorite use of these dinosaur diecut shapes was for the dinosaur egg hunt activity I set up for a group of energetic preschoolers. I had my Silhouette CAMEO cut out one dinosaur shape per 8.5in x 11in colored cardstock and glued a bamboo skewer to the back. Then at the party, I had hubby and few other parents staked them into the grass at various areas at the park. Meanwhile, I passed out to each kiddo a foam dinosaur hat (a HUGE hit!), a cheap plastic spatula, and a goodie bag filled with about 5-7 dinosaur-filled eggs.  The objective of the game was to deliver one dino egg via spatula to their mommy/daddy dino’s home, by color. So for example, if they had a green egg, they had to find the green dinosaur shape staked somewhere in the park. It was hilarious to see how some kiddos took it very seriously to safely deliver the eggs across the grassy park. And then there’s my Type A kid who was trying to instruct his friends that the magenta egg belongs to the pink dinosaur not the purple dinosaur. 🙄

 

This party was outdoors so I kept the party decorations minimal and focused my crafting/decorating attention on the favors and tablescapes. I hope these party ideas are helpful and inspire you to create and personalize your upcoming special event!

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In Birthday, Cardmaking, DIY, Silhouette on
May 17, 2017

Pineapple Shaker Card

 

A week ago, I arrived on the beautiful island of Oahu. I soaked up the sun and ate my way through Waikiki (I had no car otherwise I would have hit up North Shore shrimp trucks or Island Snow shaved ice in Kailua)! I felt my pants were getting tighter each day because I just kept eating and eating. #noregrets

Hawaii appears to be the place to be as my mother-in-law was also in town to celebrate her birthday! Um, can I go somewhere fabulous for my birthday every year? Sigh! Soooo, it was only fitting to make a fun tropical-style birthday shaker card! Shaker cards really take your handmade cards to the next level. Not only is it fun to shake as if it was a maraca, it looks fancy-schmancy (aka it looks like you spent hours on it but ya didn’t!).

Never made a shaker card? For those with a Silhouette cutting machine, follow along this tutorial to see how easy it is!

Supplies needed:

  • Download Silhouette Design ID #83612 by talented Amy Robison (whom I met on my Silhouette Summit trip!)
  • Download Silhouette Design ID #192829 by Daniela Moscone
  • Cardstock in green, coral, khaki, and white
  • Patterned cardstock (for card base) or feel free to use anything you have
  • Shaker filler materials
    • I used sequins in gold, silver, light pink light orange
    • Tiny rhinestones. I used a mix of Silhouette rhinestones and leftover ones I purchased from Michaels
  • Dimensional adhesive
  • Fabric or regular washi tape
  • Brown fine-tip marker
  • Clear acetate. (HACK: This is going to sound weird but it’s resourceful…I use the clear acetate that comes with dimensional stickers or clear stamps. Be sure to use ones that are truly clear and unblemished.)
  • Foam tape (I purchased this one which is available in many local stores)
  • Tape runner (this is my go-to crafting adhesive)

 

Make the card base:

  • This is a standard 4.25″ wide x 5.5″ tall card. So the card base measures 8.5″ wide by 5.5″ high and then folded in the middle.

Make the white cutout layer:

  • In Silhouette Studio, cut a 4.125″ wide x 5.375″ high rectangle. Then, drop in Design ID#83612.
  • Right click on the design and “ungroup” the various pieces. Delete the middle and left pieces. What you have left is the pineapple top (the stem) and pineapple bottom.
  • This step is optional: I modified the pineapple top by deleting (anchor) points near the bottom to give it a shorter “stem”
  • Next, move the pineapple top so that it rests right above the pineapple bottom (the oval shape). Right click to group.
  • Then, resize the grouped pineapple piece so that it would be almost as tall as the card.
  • Ungroup the pineapple piece and “cut” the pineapple top” and “paste” onto a blank Silhouette file. This is because we want the pineapple top to be cut on a different paper. *See last step*
  • Now, you should be left with just a rectangle and the oval-shaped pineapple bottom. This will be your “shaker window.”
  • Using white cardstock, send to Silhouette with the appropriate cut settings.

Make the background design for the shaker window:

  • I used leftover yellow scrap paper that was larger than the shaker window
  • Center your cutout layer on top of the card base to determine where to place the yellow scrap paper underneath. Once you find the perfect spot, use tape runner to adhere the yellow scrap paper to the card base.
  • Next, set your cutout layer down over the card base+yellow scrap paper. Hold down firmly so that the cutout layer doesn’t move.
  • Take the brown fine-tip marker and draw in pineapple design on the yellow scrap paper. Be careful not to run marker too close to the cutout layer otherwise marker will bleed onto the white cutout paper.

Create shaker window:

  • Trim the plastic acetate if necessary. Ideally, it should be 0.5″ larger than the cutout.
  • Apply tape runner to the inside perimeter of the cutout
  • Set the plastic acetate on top and press firmly. Tada! You’ve created your shaker window!

Add shaker filler material:

  • On the background design, glue on a few rhinestones and sequins. These will be static embellishments. Why?? The reason why I do this is because it keeps the card visually interesting. Otherwise, all the sequins are all bunched up on the bottom of the shaker window.
  • Next, cut little strips of the adhesive foam tape and place them on top of the plastic acetate, following the oval shape of the cutout.
    • TIP: Offset the strips about 0.125″ from the cutout edge so that you don’t see the foam tape from the front of the window.
    • TIP: Make sure to have the foam tape pieces touch from one end to another. This way the shaker filler won’t fall out of the window.
  • On the background design, drop in your filler materials. I used sequins of various sizes and colors.  Make a little pile in the middle of the background design.
  • Take your cutout layer that now has the foam tape and set it over the card base.
  • Press firmly where the adhesive foam tape is to securely close the shaker window.
  • Add adhesive foam tape as necessary at the corners of the cutout layer. This will make your entire cutout layer “pop” from the card base.
  • Once you have ensured your shaker window is secure, shake your card to see the filler material move around inside the window. Fun, right?!

Add final embellishments:

  • On top of the shaker window, add a strip of washi tape. I used fabric because it was a new material I wanted to try out and I like how it brings a different texture to the card
  • The circular “have a sweet birthday” tag was created using Silhouette’s Print and Cut feature. Adhere to card with dimensional adhesive to give it a layered look.
  • Next, cut and add two hibiscus flowers and tropical leaf from Design ID #192829 to tie in the tropical theme.
  • Lastly, remember when we saved the pineapple top (stem) onto a separate Silhouette design file? Cut the design using the same green paper as the tropical leaf. Use adhesive tape runner to adhere it above the shaker window (pineapple bottom).

 

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April 22, 2017

Birthday Card + Sticker Combo

 

 

As an avid paper crafter, I love making handmade cards. Sure, there are stores and aisles filled with greeting cards but nothing beats a 100% personalized card. Now that my 4-year-old has his groups of friends, we have been invited to many birthday parties. But let’s be real, name a preschooler who keeps (and cares?!) about his birthday cards…it’s always about the gift under the wrapping paper!

So what is a crafty mama to do?! Other than wrapped presents, I know what else preschoolers love…stickers! So, I created these adorable cards with a built-in sticker that peels off!

With two birthday parties this month to attend, I created two cards to match the birthday party themes. Paw Patrol and construction…totally classic 4-year-old themes, right? I was even able to make the Paw Patrol one a little more fun by making the number 4 and bone pieces “pop” using dimensional adhesive.

Supplies used:

  • Cardstock for card backing
  • Silhouette White Sticker Paper
  • Dimensional adhesive
  • Silhouette Design ID # 59769 (for the construction-themed card)

 

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In Birthday, Cardmaking, DIY, Silhouette on
April 14, 2017

Hamburger Birthday Card

 

Here’s a fun birthday card I made for my brother-in-law. I’m always looking to create something different and a little whimsy so I thought…why not swap out a typical birthday cake with a hamburger! A delicious-looking one in fact! Hamburger cut file is from Silhouette’s Design Store (Design ID #10634).

This easy project was a great way to use up paper scraps. Did you know you can put all your scraps on the cutting mat and have the design cut in one run? YES to time-saving tactics! Just place your scraps in various corners/sides of your cutting mat and make sure the design is approximately in the same spot in Silhouette Studio®.

Now, I’m off to get myself a burger!

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