Our little one turned 2 last month and we had her party just a few weeks ago. It was a great time with LOTS & LOTS of toddlers, ha!
I chose to do a rainbow party theme this year, full of fun bright colors. Truth be told, I was a bit stumped on what to make for party favors. Since we were having Brooke's music teacher come and play music for the kids, I figured it would be perfect to make streamers they could use during the music portion, and then have them to take home. It worked out perfectly!
These are simply long pieces of gorgeous satin ribbon (thank you, Papermart!) tied onto plastic shower curtains rings (IKEA). The rings are the perfect size for toddler fingers to slip their hands through. All you have to do is tie the ribbon, finish off the ends & you're ready to go!
Here are the streamers hanging up outside before the party started. It was a gorgeous day so the party was mostly outside. These double as decorations, too. Double score!!
The birthday girl figuring out how to work her fancy rainbow streamer...
I even filmed a video showing you how to make these gorgeous rainbow streamers. Thanks to the awesome folks over at Papermart for offering me this amazing ribbon at a great price! The quality of this ribbon was incredible - and really made all the difference in how these turned out. They were a huge hit - all the kids loved having one to take home with them!
The exact ribbon I used from Papermart was 1-1/2" X 50 yards of the Double Face Satin Ribbon. I ordered one roll of each of the following colors:
disclaimer: I contacted Papermart regarding their selection of ribbon. I was offered a discount in exchange for a writeup/review of their product. All views expressed are my own - I truly only review products on my blog that I actually USE and ENJOY!
I've been trying to catch up on my scrapbooking lately (like I will EVER be caught up, ha!!) - and I decided to tackle our family Christmas cards. I like to do a layout each year displaying the card we sent out to family & friends.
This was our Christmas card that we sent out a few years ago when I was pregnant with Brooke. Yes yes, the year 2010. I told you I was behind...!
We got quite a few laughs from this card...it was a pretty fun idea. It was a great way to announce our pregnancy since a lot of people still didn't know. I think Pete's belly was a bit bigger than mine...even at 24 weeks!!
Here is our card from 2011. The photos of this are not that great, I apologize. I used some white shimmery mist on the background of this layout to tone down the green chevron pattern, and it reflected pretty badly when I tried to photograph it.
Look at how little & cute she was! Gahh!!
And here we have this past years card - 2012. I just completed this layout and even filmed a little video of me completing the layout for you to see! I used mostly all October Afternoon's Make it Merry Collection for this, with a little bit of Carta Bella thrown in. Our card this year had photos on the front & back so I had more space to fill with photos, which was nice.
I used the photos from our family photoshoot for this card, the design was from Shutterfly. I am currently working on completing the layout from all the 2012 Christmas cards we received...so far it's 3 pages!! You can see last years version of that layout HERE.
You can watch the video of me completing this layout below, or over here on Youtube. I didn't talk through the video...just music this time. I tried to put captions in to explain things where it was needed, but let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!
Today I'm sharing these fun little lip gloss holders using Whimsie Doodle digital stamps, and the Top Note die from Stampin Up. These work up REALLY fast and make a great little treat to give out for Valentine's Day (perfect for teachers!). If you don't own the Stampin Up Top Note die, there are a bunch of digital cut files for your Cricut or Silhouette that are very similar - there's so many variations you could do!
Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post, as I have a video tutorial on how to make these...plus I've included a bit of instruction on using Whimsie Doodle stamps, too!
I printed these Valentine Messages stamps on various colors of cardstock and then punched them out with a 2" circle punch. I only added a small amount of color here & there with my Copic markers...but not much! Really quick and easy to do.
here's a look at what's inside...a single stick of (holiday themed, LOL) lip gloss. It was all I had on hand...but hey, it's February and there's still plenty of snowman hanging around during February...right?!
I've also had many MANY inquiries on how Whimsie Doodles stamps work, what they are, how I download & print them, etc. - I put together the first part of this video to help some of you out. If I can, I may try and do another video to show more options for using these digital stamps. Let me know what you think and if you find this video helpful - or if you have any questions! I can try and address them in a future blog post or video for you. Thanks!!
Hi everyone! I have another video tutorial to share with you today. After seeing a few versions of these, I was inspired to try creating some wine bottle gift tags of my own. I am really loving the Carta Bella and Echo Park collections from A Cherry On Top, so I decided to use them on these, and also show you how to make them. Scroll to the bottom for the video.
Here are the photos of the various tags that I've made:
The opening at the top allows you to just slip these tags over the neck of the bottle. This is so much more fun than a wine bottle bag..! Or, you could still put them in a bag and use these too!
Just some more examples using various stamps and dies...
Here is the one we are making in the video. I've linked to all supplies at the bottom of this post. You can also find my article with full supply listing over here on A Cherry On Top.
I have another fun and quick tutorial to share with you today: Hand "Santatizers"...!
These were not my original idea, but I had some bottles of hand sanitizer that I've been looking to do something creative with. I did some googling and stumbled upon this idea. I just had to give it a try...! Once I figured out how to make one, I realized these would be super quick to put together. I decided to film a tutorial showing you how I made my version.
If you're familiar with washi tape, these are basically the same thing, just in 12"x12" sheet format. You can cover a much larger surface area with these - and I've already found some great uses!
Here's an example of something GREAT to use these for. I always find covering a glass surface with paper to be challenging. I can never get my paper to adhere just right to the glass (no matter how strong the adhesive, it ALWAYS seems to pull off eventually). So I tried these Washi sheets - and they work PERFECTLY up against these glass jars! Woohoo!
I decorated the outside with several layers of Washi Sheet, and then filled the inside with yummy candy (of course). To complete the look, I added some ribbon and embellishments. These jars are recycled coffee drinks that I've washed and put aside for crafty ideas like this. I love when I can recycle something instead of throwing it away!
It's the 3rd of the month so that means another Whimsie Doodle post for me! This time I am showing you a fun set of images from the freebie section, these adorable "Good Dog" Christmas Tags. I used them to create some fun treats to give to the little pooch in your life!
The best part about this printout is that they perfectly coordinate with a 1 3/4" circle punch. All you have to do is print & punch. So easy! I decided to layer on top of a 2" circle, and add a bone die cut, to the top. I put some doggie snacks into small plastic treat bags to complete these dog treats.
I plan on selling these at my fair on Thursday - I am hoping people will want them as fun little "stocking stuffers" for their pups this year...
I even filmed a quick video showing you how I put these together. You can watch below or over on YouTube. Enjoy!
I'm back with ANOTHER video today! I'm on a roll lately
I'm still having fun playing with Halloween stuff and came up with a modified version of my Valentines Pencil Holders. I decided to make these wider so they could hold stickers, and a few more goodies...
I'm always looking for ways to give something more than candy - this is a great way to do it. There's still room for something small like a tootsie pop...but you can even slide a gift card into the top of these if you'd like. Lots of possibilities!
I will probably do a Christmas version of these this year, too. I think they would make great stocking stuffers. I used the Tiny Treats Halloween stamp set from PaperTrey Ink, along with the coordinating die. It's such a cute set and really makes these personal & fun.
You can watch my video on how to make these below, or over on YouTube. Enjoy!
I have MORE Halloween goodness from the Imaginisce Monster Mash collection for you today! This time I decided to use some old envelopes that I had lying around for another purpose: Apple Cider Holders! These are a great alternative to giving out candy on Halloween. They could easily be modified to a theme for Autumn, Thanksgiving, or even Christmas. They would make a great favor for your table during the Holidays, don't you think?
Here's another example of a pair that I made with more of an Autumn theme (using those same stickers from Imaginisce)
I have a full list of supplies for this project over on A Cherry on Top. You can also view my video below to see how I assembled these. Click here to watch on YouTube.
Thanks for watching, please let me know if you have any questions. I love that this project makes use of OLD stuff that I have lying around (I'm not sure about you but I have lots of envelopes that need to be put to use!) I have seen other things with envelopes too, like gift card holders. Perhaps I will tackle that one in another tutorial for you, if you guys are interested? Have a great day!
Well, it's that time of year again...time to get ready for Craft Fairs! Although I am not currently committed to any fairs this year, I will still be making fun stuff! I might sell some stuff here on the blog...or will use them for Brooke's friends & daycare teachers. Last year I decided to take a break from doing a ton of fairs so that I could enjoy the Fall and Holiday season with my family. I still do a Holiday Shopping Night event at a local elementary school in November, so if you're in the MA area - definitely look out for that - I will most likely be there!
The good people over at A Cherry on Top wanted to send me some Halloween stuff to play with. I picked this super cute Monster Mash Halloween line from Imaginisce - I just love all the cute characters in this line! Here are some M&M Holders that I pulled together using the die cuts in this collection.
Here are some more individual photos for you to check out. I also have a VIDEO to show you how I put these together, so be sure to scroll down!