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December 22, 2017

Craft Night No. 1 – Holiday Gift Tags

About a month ago right after Thanksgiving, I co-hosted my first craft night for a group of friends. It was a little MNO (aka Moms’ Night Out) where we sipped some wine, ate some finger foods, and chatted all night long while making some holiday gift tags. The event was so much fun that I hosted it again a few weeks later. For the past several years, it has been a little dream of mine to share my love for crafting with friends. These days, people are busy…I for sure fall in that camp as well. But I think it’s sad when we become too busy to even try something we’ve been longing to do. I see you adding pins to your Pinterest “One Day I’ll make this” board! 

So it was such a joy to teach and show my friends how to make personalized and unique holiday gift tags that they can actually use to jazz up their gift wrapping! Practical crafting is my jam! 😊

Since I have become such a paper hoarder, this craft night was a great way to use up those excess sheets of paper and finally put to use some craft supplies I’ve gathered but haven’t used! #craftersconfession

After scrolling through, yup, you guessed it…Pinterest, I found several tag designs ranging from simple to intermediate in difficulty. Various paper crafting techniques were even incorporated, such as stamp/heat embossing. Below is a roundup of the holiday tags we made as well as other helpful info related to each tag should you be interested in making your own!

Clockwise from top left:

  • This was the most intricate gift tag of the collection but probably the most fun as it’s a shaker tag. Circle shaker pouches were purchased from My Favorite Things. Shaker fillers were a hodgepodge of holepunched paper, holiday confetti bought from Target’s dollar bins, and sequins. The stamped sentiment inside the shaker tag was created using Versamark ink with gold embossing powder.
  • The adorable 3D-looking Christmas tree is a Silhouette Design created by my friend Amy Robison. The unique technique used here was curling the tree layers for a dimensional look
  • The Peace, Joy, Love tag features white embossing powder on a sheet of vellum. I love how the white “pops” off the vellum and pairs well with the red tag backing.
  • Who doesn’t love to know right away which present is theirs? This simple monogrammed tag showcases glitter adhesive chipboard letters purchased from Michaels. I love the black and white color palette that gives a very classic look!
  • The Joy to the World tag looks fancy but really just required a lot of simple assembling. With all the pieces prepared, crafters simply wrapped washi tape on the bottom of the white tag, glued a red button and two green leaf paper cut outs, and stamped the Joy to the World sentiment. The stamp was custom designed with my Silhouette Mint.
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December 18, 2017

Holiday Teacher Gifts (with Silhouette Designs Mash-up)

 

Does it seem like Christmas shopping gets harder each year?! Despite getting a bit of a head start with Black Friday sales and even wrapping a few presents right after Thanksgiving, the month of December still flies by so quickly! We are in the home stretch!! I’m running on hot cocoa topped with whipped cream and holiday sprinkles. Yes, sprinkles. You can never be too old for sprinkles.

On my Christmas shopping list are my son’s preschool teachers for whom I am so grateful. They have not only taught him how to write his name in upper- and lower-case, counting to 100, but more importantly, have shared important lessons on feelings and kindness. There is a wonderful book they read called “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” that teaches a very simple yet meaningful message: kids have the “power” (think kid-like fun super-hero power, not the bossy authoritative kind) to “fill” people’s buckets with kind and positive words versus actions/words that can “dip” buckets. It is such a simple concept but has made a huge difference in our child’s understanding of empathy, especially towards his little sister! Ha!

Anyways, I’ve digressed but you know it’s hard to not talk about something you love! Hey, maybe it could even be a good Christmas present…there’s still time with Amazon Prime!

So! To thank the wonderful teachers, some of the parents and I are getting what I hear is the most favorite (and practical) gift for teachers…gift cards! Perfect! But then came #craftersproblem… I kind of wanted to do something a little special/different with the gift cards rather than slipping them into a card/envelope. Because crafters never make things easy. 😬

Luckily, this gift packaging idea was not too complicated and I’m really pleased on how it turned out! Hooray for an idea in my head actually working out! #winning

I purchased regular wide-mouth mason jars and white crinkle paper shreds from my local crafts store. The rest of the supplies I already had at home. Yes, I kind of have a mini mini craft store at home. You’re more than welcome to “shop” and help me with my craft supply hoarding issues. 😳

I have always loved the look of upside down mason jar snow globes and thought it would be neat to create a faux snow globe scenery by papercrafting.

  • First, I measured the interior cavity of the mason jar to create the main piece which also served as the background. I used scrapbook paper that had a snowfall design.
  • The snowy hills were also custom designed and cut out with my Silhouette CAMEO. There are three hills, which were put together with foam scrapbooking adhesive giving a dimensional look.
  • Next, I created a Silhouette mash-up featuring designs from two of my favorite artists, Amy Robison and Lori Whitlock.
  • Lastly, I glued mini iridescent sequins in the sky to give the illusion of snowflakes. Plus, a little sparkle is always fun!

Then, I wrapped the gift cards to look like a little present and secured it to the back of the main piece with strong adhesive. I added a little gift tag with the kids’ names. Finally, I added white paper shreds to the base (aka jar lid) so that it would look like snow and tied a cute red ribbon for a finishing festive touch that also helps keep the neck of the jar from looking bare.

The practical side of me loves this gift because after the teachers retrieve the gift cards, they can re-use the mason jars for whatever else. I’m sure they have plenty of ideas being teachers!

 

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July 16, 2017

I is for Ice Cream (and I’m celebrating it all week!)

Guess what today is??? National Ice Cream Day! 🙂

I mean, do I really need a day to remind me to enjoy one of the world’s greatest invention? Heck no!

So, I’m going to go a step further and make it an ice cream week here on the blog! I’ll “sprinkle” (har har, I love cheesy puns) in some tutorials and even a FREEBIE! Be sure to swing back in a couple days to see how to make your ice cream eating experience extra special.

Today’s tutorial showcases a simple DIY shirt made with heat transfer vinyl (HTV) for my littlest. Every time we walk into an ice cream or froyo shop, she makes a mad dash towards the sample cups and then another mad dash towards one particular flavor which she points at with all her might. My favorite part is watching her hold the sample cup with her tiny pudgy fingers while enjoying the sweet treat. It’s got Vitamin D and Calcium right? #secondchild

Want to make this shirt for your kiddo…or yourself?!

Supplies needed:

  • Shirt (I recommend washing your shirt first beforehand)
  • Heat transfer vinyl (remember to use promo code 10OFF. FYI, I used smooth/matte material in white)
  • Hook tool (promo code 10OFF)
  • Amy Robison’s Ice Cream Cone Design ID#133499
  • Thin fabric (like a plain dinner linen napkin)
  • Iron

 

Let’s begin!

I love modifying designs purchased from Silhouette’s Design Store to make them work for my project needs.  The Ice Cream Cone design by Amy Robison is so dang cute and I would totally use it as-is for any paper project. Side note: how awesome is it that when you open the file in Silhouette Studio, there is a little mockup in the top left corner?!?! SO incredibly helpful, am I right??

Here’s how I slightly modified the design for my daughter’s shirt:

  1. After you open the file in Silhouette Studio, right-click and ungroup.
  2. Delete everything but three pieces (pink ice cream scoop, black cross-hatched cone, and colorful sprinkles). Also, do not resize the remaining shapes. NOTE: No need to change the fill color of the remaining pieces since we are not printing.
  3. Drag the cross-hatched cone to fit under the pink ice cream scoop. Make sure there is some overlap between the two pieces.
  4. With both cone and scoop selected, choose Weld under the Modify Window. NOTE: Don’t worry if your welded shape fill color changes to black. Again, fill color doesn’t matter when it comes to HTV projects. We are only concerned with cut lines.
  5. Next, move the sprinkles piece on top of the ice cream scoop.
  6. Great! We have our ice cream design and now we can add text.
  7. Then, simply create one circle shape with a 6.50in diameter.
  8. Click on Text tool and type “I is for” in a space somewhere above the ice cream cone shape with whatever font you like.
  9. Click on the four-arrow symbol on the bottom left of your text box and drag it down the top of the circle so that the words are on top of your circle and centered by eye. NOTE: If your text box was below your ice cream cone design and you dragged up the text box to the top of your circle, your words would probably be upside down. For more information about the Text to Path technique, visit this post.
  10. Next, copy/paste the “I is for” text box, drag it down to the “inside” of the circle, and revise text to read “ICE CREAM” in caps with the same font that you chose earlier.
  11. We obviously don’t want the words to overlap the cone so we will use the vertical slider to “slide” the text outwardly. Slide as far as you can.
  12. Lastly, for both text boxes, right-click and choose “Convert to Path,” which will “unlink” its “Text to Path” relationship to the circle. The circle is now back to being a regular cut circle, which you can now delete.
  13. Adjust the text as needed until you are satisfied with your design.
  14. Group everything so that it’s one piece.
  15. Resize your design accordingly to fit your shirt.

Once you have your finished design, the last step is ironing it onto your shirt which is super easy to do. Just click this link and follow steps 3-14.

Now all that is left is to sport your new awesome shirt, grab a pint of your favorite ice cream, and ENJOY! 🙂

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