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Father’s Day Mustache Bars

I’m back today with something fun to give to the Dad’s for Father’s Day…

these mustache bars are all dressed up and ready to go…!

I used the mustache cut file & bow tie technique from the other week. I paired them up with some masculine paper that I had in my stash. This paper is old, I believe it’s from Cosmo Cricket many years ago. I hold onto it because let’s face it, good masculine paper is quite hard to find…!

I added a few stamped images to the center of the bow ties using a stamp set from Ali Edwards.

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Brooke’s 1st Birthday: Recap

I will warn you now – this post is going to be EXTREMELY long, and loaded with pics. I apologize in advance to my readers who don’t care about one-year-old Birthday Parties…! ;)

So as you guys know, I love this type of stuff !! :) I was pretty pumped to put together decorations for my little peanut’s 1st Birthday party. We tried to keep it relatively small, as our house is only so big – and we both have large families. It turned out that we had amazing weather – 80 degrees & sunny in late April – awesome! Here are some pics & info on a bunch of the DIY decorations I made. I will do my best to give resources & explanations for each item, but if you have any specific questions just let me know. Thanks!

As you can probably gather from the photos, the theme for her party was owls. I love owls :) I wanted bright, fun colors – so I decided to use the Little Girl & Summer Days collection from Echo Park as my color inspiration. This is where my HUGE tip comes in: if you go to Jessica Sprague’s site, you can purchase Echo Park digital kits. These kits include their papers, embellishments, etc. – even better is on Wednesdays, they have Echo Park $1 deals – where they offer their digital kits for only $1 each! TOTAL SCORE! I ended up grabbing these kits on sale as I saw them, so I already had them on my computer ready to be used.

This came in especially handy when it was time to put together the invitations: (I used Photoshop for this – and I’ve blurred out personal info)

The best part about these digital kits was using the digital papers on the goodies for the party. I loved the colors in these collections, but I didn’t want to have to go & buy all that scrapbook paper, only to use it & throw it away! Instead, I printed out a bunch of designer paper from the digital kits. I printed it on regular old computer paper, and just backed it with white cardstock when I needed to.

Here are some party hats getting ready for assembly. I started by using this digital cut file with my Silhouette. I then glued some printed designer paper onto some regular white cardstock to make them nice & sturdy.

I printed out some super cute owls and created little embellishments from them using punches. I added them to my hats and tied some elastic through some holes & they were all set. Cheap, easy & quick party hats!

The birthday girl of course had her own special hat (made with the real designer paper). I picked up some pom poms at Hobby Lobby and used my hot glue gun to add them around the rim of the hat. I also created my own pom (more on that below) for the top of the hat & glued it on using the hot glue gun. Lastly, I cut out the number 1 using my Silhouette and adhered with some foam adhesive. I really love how it turned out – it looked SUPER cute on her!

I made some of these large owl decorations using my Cricut and my Silhouette. I have the Silhouette SD, which does not cut 12″x12″ paper. So I pulled out my Cricut and cut out the largest scallops that I could (using 12″x12″ paper & the “fit to page” option). I believe these ended up being roughly 11.5″ or so. I then cut out circles to layer inside. The owls were all cut from this cut file that I found in the Silhouette online store. These guys were SUPER fun to make – and you seriously cannot beat the price of $0.99 for 4 owls – one of the many reasons I love my Silhouette over my Cricut!

I hung them up in various spots throughout the house…

(paper lanterns from Hobby Lobby. Photo books are ones that I recently created on Shutterfly and put them out for viewing.)

I made the pom pom garlands using yarn that I grabbed at my local craft store. I picked the colors that I thought matched best, and just created them while watching TV a little each night. They don’t take too long to make, and I think they are so fun. They will be great to re-use in her playroom now that the party is over. I also used them as a backdrop in her cake smash photoshoot.

We had a ton of balloons – which the kids LOVED. I bought one of those do-it-yourself tanks (“Balloon Time” I think they are called?). Grandpa (my Dad) sat there all morning blowing up balloons – he did a great job. It was so fun to have all that extra color. Each kid got to take a few balloons home with them – so they were pretty happy with that!

I also made a few banners. Banners & garlands seemed to be another them to this party…!

This was a small banner to go in the front of her high chair, I adhered it to the tray using glue dots:

This next banner says “Brooke is One” – also made using my Silhouette (sorry for the funky photo – I had to use my fish eye lens to fit this banner into one pic, so it sort of looks funny!).

Another banner – this one says “Happy Birthday” – I hung this above the table with the food & goodie bags. I made the large tissue paper poms by following this tutorial – they were surprisingly easy to do!

One of my favorite projects was this garland depicting her first 12 months. I totally grabbed this idea from Pinterest.

I used some American Crafts Thickers for the numbers. I simply punched out some cardstock with a circle punch, and adhered the Thickers. I then used a glue dot to stick the circles to the clothespins.

I had a whole bunch of photos printed out & I wanted to try and display as many as I could. I decided to use the mantle above our wood stove to display photos of Brooke from those early days. I just used more of those wooden clothespins and some pom pom yarn.

Also, those owls that you see? They were a TOTAL score that I found at my local Christmas Tree Shop (a store local to New England). They were like $4 each. I stumbled upon them a few weeks before her party & couldn’t believe it. They were the SAME colors that I was using for her party, and super cute! I plan on re-purposing these in her nursery or playroom.

This last one is not a banner or garland, but just another display of some of my favorite photos from the past year. I had this hung up above her high chair. This photo hanger is actually from IKEA. I got it there a few years ago, so I have no idea they still sell them.

The goodie bags were a fun project. I grabbed some colored bags at Hobby Lobby (green for the boys, purple for the girls) and made them into owls. Again, used my Silhouette to do some die cutting for this.

Inside each bag was a variety of things: bubbles (with an added owl on top!), sidewalk chalk, stickers, and some coloring pages with crayons.

These coloring pages were actually quite neat. I found this website and used it to print out a variety of fun party-themed coloring pages. I cut them down to 4.25″x5.5″ and they fit nicely into a clear plastic bag that I use for my greeting cards. I grabbed some crayons at the Dollar store and added a few to each package.  I also printed out full 8.5″x11″ sheets of these coloring pages and put them out in the playroom for the kids to color while they were at the party. However the weather ended up being SO nice that no one even went upstairs to the playroom – they were all outside!

For food, we kept it simple & went with munchies, pizza and salad. I put on my baking hat (well, I attempted)…to make the cupcakes & Brooke’s cake. Let’s just say that although I am pleased with how they turned out, I am NOT a baker. I am a paper crafter. I should probably just stick to working with paper. LOL.

I made the cupcake toppers with toothpicks and the same punched out owls from above. It was a little warm that day, so of course the eyes of the owls started sliding off a little. GAH! (everything always looks so easy on Pinterest, doesn’t it?)

Brooke had her own cake to smash – because let’s face it – who wants to eat cake after the kid smushes their yucky hands into it?

Even the little ones had their own snacks at this party. It was Toddler heaven…

I used more of that digital scrapbooking paper that I had printed to wrap around these water bottles. My Mom was teasing for me this level of detail ;) But it took 2 minutes to do, and I had PLENTY of the paper to use – so I figured why not!

SO – there you have it. All the crafty details. Holy cow, that was a lot – sorry to overload you!

And if you’re wondering how it all went? Well, Brooke totally enjoyed herself! She ate, walked around, played with her cousins, got lots of cool gifts and had a grand old time. Her big gift from Mama & Dada was a Radio Flyer wagon – which she LOVED. All she wanted to do was have someone pull her around in the wagon & eat Goldfish. By the end of the day she was running around in just her onesie. She was filthy, sweaty, tired…and covered in cake, frosting, water, dirt and goldfish. She didn’t nap – but was totally ripping it up and having a great time.

I’d say it was a total success and a great way to say HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY to my sweet little girl! :)

it’s that time of year…

Right now I’m working on stocking my Etsy Shop with plenty of Teacher Gifts – we are getting closer & closer to the end of the school year – time to grab a small gift or card to say THANKS to all the awesome Teachers out there. Here are some photos of recent projects I’ve been working on. You can find most all of these for sale in my shop. If you are local, I am willing to meet up with you so that you don’t have to worry about shipping costs – makes it easier for both of us! Contact me if you have any special requests or questions.

For most of these, I decided to try out using some digital stamps. I recently stumbled upon Scrappin Doodles digital stamps and found some really fun stamps to try out.

What I like about digital stamps: the cost is lower than a traditional stamp, shipping is free (just a download link) and you can customize them to any size you want. I grabbed some of these school themed stamps from Scrappin Doodles and I was able to use them to make some really fun Teacher themed gifts. (I found Scrappin Doodles simply by doing a Google search for digital stamps – if you guys have any other faves or recommendations, feel free to leave them here as a comment, I’d love to check them out – thanks!)

The first project I created was this mini gable box filled with a mini bottle of hand sanitizer (what Teacher doesn’t need that, right?) – and a mini post-it magnet holder. I was thinking that you could add more to this box if you’d like – a gift card, maybe some candy, etc.

You can customize to the name of your Teacher if you want, or you can simply say “Thank You Teacher” – I am offering both options.

I will mail these flat for easier/cheaper shipping – and you will just need to assemble the box and add the goodies.

Here is another version of the Crystal Light containers that I have done in the past. These are great to fill with candy, or can be used as a little pen/pencil holder on a Teacher’s desk:

Here is a set of 3″x3″ cards – perfect size for writing a small note of Thanks:

Some more Skinny Notepads…

and finally, a different spin on some post-it holders:

WHEW! That was a long post with a lot of pics. A cookie to you if you made it this far :)

Sunshine Wall Art

I’ve been working on decorating Brooke’s playroom for a few weeks/months now. (everything takes longer these days!) I’m sticking with fun & bright colors (no shock there, ha). I’ve been looking at lots of great & inexpensive ideas for wall art on Pinterest. I came across this piece of artwork and got inspired to try making my own version. Here’s what I came up with…

I used my Silhouette to cut out the circles and the black face for the sun. But other than that, there was no die cutting involved on this. Super easy! I can tell you that this worked up very quickly (and is a great way to use all those scraps!). Stay tuned as I will be offering a tutorial for making another version of this for A Cherry On Top’s celebration of National Scrapbooking Day!

So fun! All I need to do now is find a simple white frame for it & I can hang it on the wall. I plan on doing a post about all the DIY projects in Brooke’s playroom, so stay tuned for that.

By the way, you can follow me on Pinterest by clicking here. Have a great day everyone!

Easter Pencil Packs

HAPPY SPRING PEOPLE!! It’s super warm here today…85 degrees, WAHOOOO!

We’ve been outside enjoying this weather and I have to tell you it’s amazing. It’s only MARCH! We’ve been taking Brooke to the park a ton lately and it feels so good to get outside. This weather is very rare here for MA this time of year, so I’m trying to soak it up while I can. The little one does need to nap though, so while inside I was able to bang out a few Easter crafts. This one is super fun and a great thing to add to any Easter basket.

I used some Kraft envelopes I had lying around and cut them down to create a pocket for the pencils. From there, all I needed to do was slide the pencils in and embellish. I found those super cute Recollections Easter stickers at Michael’s. I used some scallop and circle punches to create tags and tied it all together with some ribbon & twine. Love all the bright Spring colors!

If you are interested, I’ve listed this set of 5 Pencil Packs in my Etsy shop. Thanks for looking!

Bunny Bars…and other Easter Goodies

OK Valentine’s Day is over…it’s never too early to think of Spring right? Easter, all that good stuff?

Well, I am thinking about it anyway. :) We haven’t had much of a winter here in New England (which I am OK with!) – so I’m already thinking Spring. I decided to put something fun together yesterday using some Hershey Bars. I found this great tutorial for creating a bunny out of punches. I altered it just a bit to fit the project I wanted to make, and here’s what I came up with…

(the fluffy tail is my favorite part!!) It’s just a regular cotton ball that I trimmed down & adhered with liquid adhesive.

…just pull on the candy bar to have it slide right out. These would be great inside Easter baskets I think!

Once I completed those, I realize that these would also be fun to make with some recycle Crystal Light containers. So I got to work making one…I think these are even more fun. You could fill these will all sorts of Easter goodies. Hide eggs in them, candy, gift cards, etc…

these do have a lid, so if you wanted to close them up you could. I just thought it would look cute to have an egg popping out the top for this photo.

If there is enough interest, I will be listing these for sale in my Etsy shop at some point. When I do, I will post info here. Thanks!