Saturday, April 28, 2012

Cards of Easters Past

As I have done for all of the other holidays I regularly make cards for, here are my cards from my Easters past:








2011's card is already on my blog, so you can find that post HERE.

So there they are! I like being able to go on my blog and use it as a resource to remember what I've done for past holidays. I also love seeing how my girls have grown into beautiful young ladies. Hope you enjoyed the cards, too! 

Easter Card 2012

Well it's still technically April, so I wanted to post my Easter Card I made for this year before the month is over. I also want to post my past Easter cards as a resource for me, so hopefully I'll get to that before the weekend ends.

Here is my VERY SIMPLE Easter card 2012:

On the front, a Spring-y photo of my girls ticket cornered
& orchid baker's twined (from Scrappy Moms)

On the inside, I have a strip from the front photo that
had to be cut off. The font is FZ Script 15 Italic.

So simple, huh? Life's been a bit hectic lately but I still wanted to send a card out, so simple was key.

The photo was taken on a beautiful day in March when my daughters and I went on a photo journey at our local arboretum. The three of us were so busy just snapping away and enjoying God's beauty. Yes, the original intent was for me to take Easter photos of my girls during this visit. But much to my delight, my daughters took just as many photos with their camera and iPod as I did. We had such a great time that we re-joined as members of the arboretum. I can't live in Colorado right now, so I guess I have to pay for God's Beauty for now! :)

Here are a few of my photos from that day:

Ahh, just looking at these again makes me remember that unseasonably warm and fun day. It was such a nice treat! God is GOOD.

Have a wonderful remainder to your weekend!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Dinosaur Train 2nd Birthday Party!

A few weeks back I went to my twin cousins' 2nd birthday party! I offered to help out with the decorations, which led me to get to know the boys' favorite TV show on PBS, Dinosaur Train! It really is an adorable show. And even though I initially suggested Elmo as the theme, I'm glad I was able to branch out into some other characters and personalize the party for my cousins.

Here's what I made:
Personalized party hats for the birthday boys!

I actually altered 2 party hats that were
in my party supply stash. They were a bit
girly before, but now they are fit for boys!

I got the Dinosaur Train graphics
online and printed them out.

The #2s were made with the Cricut Elmo's Party
cartridge and were glittered up with Stickles!

More Stickles on the names (also in Elmo font) . . .

And the letters were placed on foam tape for dimension.

And these were the banners I made!
Again, I used the Elmo font for the lettering,
but I ran the top layer through the Cuttlebug with the
Tiny Mosaic CB embossing folder for a dinosaur skin look!

The ribbons were all different between each of
the letters, but stayed with the color theme.

And again, I printed Dinosaur Train
graphics from the internet.

For added fun, I adhered a photo
of each boy to a letter of their banner.

Eliot is peeking through!

I had some more photo fun when making
these small little kid favors. I edited the twins
into a Dinosaur Train graphic! Everyone got
a kick out of these tags. They were attached
to a bottle of bubbles purchased at our local
dollar store 3 for $1. Simple and cheap!

Just some good ole' curling ribbon to attach the tags!

As part of my gift to the boys, I found these awesome
personalized T-shirt transfers from a store on Etsy!
The store is called customtshirtdesigns, but for some
reason I can't find any items for sale right now for them.
Maybe they're not making them anymore? Gasp!

But aren't the boys so cute in them?
They say, "Look who's 2" and then their
names are on the bottom of the 2. So perfect!

And of course I had to make matching cards!
I went with the design of the tshirt transfer, but with
the color and embossing from the banners.

The letters for the cards were cut using
the Cricut Birthday Bash cartridge. That is
definitely a favorite Cricut font of mine.
I use it A LOT.
I would have preferred to weld the card together
instead of adhering the tops of the numbers together,
but my Gypsy had to be replaced by Provo Craft (grrr)
and I hadn't used the Cricut Craft Room yet.
Some day I will dabble in it.

And yes, the sentiment stamp on the inside
is a Scrappy Moms stamp! It's from the
Simple Sentiments set. Love my SMS!

Don't the twins look adorable in the hats?
Ok, it took some major work to get this photo since they
didn't enjoy wearing the hats, but it was worth it!
They had a great birthday party!

Thanks for stopping by! I think that's it for party posts for me for a while. Hopefully I can get my Easter card up before the end of the month (yikes!). Have a great weekend all!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Chocolate Birthday Party

I know I mentioned this party last month, and now I'm finally getting around to post. I helped a friend out who was having a chocolate-themed birthday party for her 13-year old daughter. That 13-year old also happens to be good friends with my 13-year old! :)

The first thing I made was a centerpiece. If you remember from my month of being a Scrappy Moms guest designer, I made a pinwheel centerpiece for a chocolate party. Well, the colors of the party changed, so the centerpiece had to as well! Yeah, like I'm going to bring something that doesn't match- LOL!

I used Cricut-Imagine's Bubblegum Stripes
cartridge to make the patterned paper.

The pinwheel die is the first metal die ever from
Scrappy Moms! It's very cute and super easy to use!

Now for the next few items, I only made the labels and tags using my PC and added the ribbon. And it was without the Cricut (I know-shocker)! The culinary crafty mom of the birthday girl made the actual items.

Such a cool concept - Hot Chocolate on a Stick!

I added the Grape Fizz Trendy Twine and tag.

Aren't these jars adorable? They're from
Hobby Lobby. I used address labels & my
Print Shop program to design the labels.

I helped fill the jars with the sugar scrub and
WOW did it smell yummy - just like brownies!

The play-dough also smelled yummy,
but I was told by the birthday girl's brother
that it did NOT taste yummy- LOL!

The containers were sold in a set of 4
from the local dollar store.

I thought my friend was ingenious for using a paint container
cut apart for the homemade chocolate lip gloss!

All of these fun treats went into a pail that
each girl got to decorate at the party
and then were taken home as the favor! So fun!

And as the star of the show and what started
the idea for this theme, the chocolate fountain!
It was quite the hit at this chocolately party!

We're almost to Friday - YES!! Thanks for popping by. Have a great weekend my crafty friends!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

An Absolutely FAB-ulous Manicure Birthday Party!

HI! Remember me?? So sorry I've been away for so long my fellow crafters. I have been crafting, but life has been a bit crazy lately so I haven't had the time for posting. Hopefully the summer will get better for me to get back into the swing of things. Until then, my posts may be scattered. Please bear with me! :)

I've had a few birthday parties lately that I've been crafting for. The most recent was my younger daughter's manicure birthday party.

Here are some photos from it:

The 3D Nail Polish Invitations!
I got this idea from the following :

The party info side

I used the Cricut Forever Young cartridge for the
nail polish bottle and Quarter Note cartridge
for the lettering throughout the party.

The 3D invite in action!
That's a Q-tip for the polish applicator!

These cupcakes were made by my work friend's mom.
They truly were absolutely FAB-ulous!!
I didn't have any left after the party!

I made cupcake toppers for all of the
DE-lish cupcakes to match the party theme.
The stamp is from Scrappy Moms'
"Sweet Somethings" stamp set.

The sparkles on the cupcakes happen to match
the sparkles on the nail polish bottle top! LOVED that!

The birthday girl requested a banner from me after seeing
the ones I made for my 2-year old twin cousins recently.
I will post those party details hopefully soon!

I used the Cricut Black & White Imagine cartridge
to make all of the zebra-patterns for this party.
Worked out really well!

I hung 3 nail polish bottles from the banner.
I thought these could easily be removed when
the banner becomes a permanent fixture in
my daughter's room if she so desires.

Had to add in the absolutely Fab-ulous stamp
again from Scrappy Moms!

Ahh, the favors. I spent the most time on these little babies.
I used the Forever Young cartridge again for the purses.
And as recommended by a crafty co-worker,
I used velcro as closures on the purses- worked great!

All 13 purses!

Each purse was personalized with a tag
thanking each guest for coming. Also,
the guest's initial was on the back of the purse.

The contents of the favor purse: nail polish (of course!), 
a mini nail file, a Bath & Body Works Pocketbac
(hand sanitizer), a Charms Blow Pop,
and a few pieces of Bazooka bubble gum.
I used to love the comic that came with each Bazooka
piece when I was a kid, and now my girls love them!

Here's a close-up of the bling! I used gun metal & magenta 
Stickles, but then I ended up adding the stick-on gems later.
It needed more BLING!! I added a mini glue dot
behind to make sure they stuck to the glitter glue.

Here's a view of the initial side of the purses.

Here is my daughter opening presents while her guests
enjoyed the cupcakes at the fabulous little nail place near us,

There's the birthday girl with her banner behind her!

Here are the spoiled pre-teens getting pampered!
Cosmos was decorated so nice for the upcoming Summer season.

And here's the gang showing off their
freshly manicured nails!
This is one side of my postcard-style thank you note.

Here is the other side of the thank you.
I had a photo with the birthday girl and the guest,
and then the girl getting her nails done.
And then I did a simple nail polish bottle as embellishment.
Thank-yous - DONE!

Thanks for popping by! Happy crafting all!!