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Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with Artsylicious Mini Albums

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with Artsylicious Mini Albums

Can you believe it’s almost Mother’s Day? If you’re still contemplating what to get the mom in your life then today’s steal, the Chatterbox Artsylicious albums and embellishments may be just what you are looking for!

Now you may remember that my mother is more along the practical side of things, yet I really wanted to do a mother’s day album, so I decided to put a very special twist on it. I decided to create an album for my oldest daughter for Mother’s Day, expressing to her the joys and hardships of motherhood. Even though she is only a mother-in-training at this point, I think it’s important for our children to know the feelings of motherhood and this album is sort of a journey of my feelings from the point of her birth to now. It’s something I can add pages to over the years and will finish up with a page of her as a new mother.

The papers and embellishments of the Artsylicious collections truly made this album.

While I was in mini album mode, I decided to get a jump start on another mini album for my father-in-law’s Father’s Day gift. (Eeek! I hope this doesn’t ruin the surprise, since he actually does peek at the blog!)

I decided to make an album featuring a photo and small sentiment from each of the kids, their spouses and grandkids. It’s a good thing I still have time to get this completed!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend! May the crafty vibes be with you. See you Monday!

Fantastic Friday | An Eggscellent Easter Project

Fantastic Friday | An Eggscellent Easter Project

I came across this amazing post from the Le Papier Studio with an idea for decorating Easter eggs with silhouette shapes. The thought of adding these designs to an egg immediately made me turn to my Silhouette for shapes.

I came up with fun images for my kids to decorate their eggs with, organized them on a page, and then cut them out on to regular contact paper.

There are a few ways that you can create the silhouettes on your eggs.

  • Color the egg then add a sticker for a stark, crisp, white decoration.

  • Add the sticker to the egg then add to dye.

  • Add the stickers in layers, alternating lighter to darker colors of egg dye, and adding designs as you go.

You can see in this egg where my daughter used the third technique (which we found to be the most fun).  She started with a dyed yellow egg, then added a chick silhouette.

She then submerged the egg into pink dye for a final result of a yellow chick on a pink egg.

Here is another example with the same technique.

We found intricate designs best for wrapping around the egg, as they had a little more flexibility. You can see in this egg, where I removed part of the design and what was left was the silhouette of the design. So pretty!

One more tip is that the contact paper holds better to room temperature or warm eggs.

We also found today’s steal, the Prima Patterned Ribbon Spools, to be a perfect companion for spicing up a regular egg. After dying the eggs, a simple band of ribbon hot glued around the center of the egg truly added a unique and decorative touch!

Have a wonderful weekend and a very happy Easter!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, So Sophie Style

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, So Sophie Style

Mother’s Day is just around the corner so today and next Friday we’re highlighting some fun do it yourself gift ideas for that special mother in your life.

Today’s steal, the My Minds Eye So Sophie, Clever and Charming collections, were perfect to create two of my gift ideas with a heartfelt touch.

My mother-in-law is truly into all things that smell good. This year I decided to put a twist on the ordinary and alter the bottles of smell good stuff and add a wrap around a candle.

These turned out so cute and are so easy to add a personal touch to. I used photo tape to adhere the papers to the bottles since regular adhesive wasn’t quite strong enough.

Now my mother is quite the opposite. She does not like scented things, unless they are the flowers in her yard. For her I thought it would be fun to pretty up a little gardening set. While this gift is a little more frilly and not quite as functional as she is, I’m sure that she will appreciate the thought of having something cute for Mother’s Day.

I hit the dollar section at one of my favorite stores and found the perfect items to alter along with a big bag of wild flower mix.

I think she will love it!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Scrap happy and be sure to check in next Friday for a great Mother’s Day and Father’s Day idea.

Fantastic Friday | Baby Boy Nursery Decor

Fantastic Friday | Baby Boy Nursery Decor

If you’re looking for a fantastic collection to create some darling baby boy nursery decor, then today’s steal the Piggy Tales, Steadfast Tin Soldier collection is the one for you!

After creating girly-girl last week I was excited to shift gears and create something totally boy. I hit my new large chain craft store looking for items to alter. Knowing that I wanted to create bedroom decor, I hit the jackpot and for $5.26, I found a paper mache letter, a wooden train and a door hanger.

I started with the door hanger and covered it with a solid paper since I wanted to keep it a little less busy. To cover the hanger, I simply traced the hanger onto the paper and adhered it to the front using photo tape. Another great alternative for adhering paper to wood is ModPodge, and it also seals the paper making it a little more durable.

After covering the front of the plaque, I added a small wave of patterned paper, some ribbon and one of the super cute window embellishments that come with the Piggy Tales collection. I added a photo of the the baby in the window. Some inking, a few buttons and little bling later, my door hanger was complete.

Next, I altered a paper mache letter for sitting on top of a dresser or shelf.

First I spray painted the sides and back of the letter then turned the letter upside down onto paper to trace. After cutting out the paper for the top of the letter, I ran it through my Xyron machine and adhered it to the front of the letter. I inked the edges of the paper and then cut out some circles on my Silhouette. I inked them and adhered them to the front of my letter using 3D foam squares to give a little dimension, then I added some of the ribbon from the Piggy Tales collection.

I finished things up with a little Wooden train which will look fantastic sitting on the shelf next to the altered letter.

I really wanted to cover the train in patterned papers so I carefully broke off the moving wheels and then painted the sides and back of the train with spray paint.

I traced the train onto patterned paper and solid paper and cut it out using some precision scissors. I ran the train cutouts through my Xyron and adhered it to the front of the wooden train putting the patterned papers on the bottom and the solid on the top. I added a thin border of blue across the middle and added some buttons and ribbon for decoration.

I used my Silhouette to cut out some rims for the train wheels. I then secured the wheels to the train using 3D foam dots to add a little dimension.

I think it turned out quite cute!

This idea of nursery decor would be so fantastic to give a new mommy as a baby shower gift. Definitely something unique and from the heart!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Be sure to check in next week for all sorts of fabulous ideas.

Make Your Own Princess Party!

Make Your Own Princess Party!

The long awaited return of the Imaginisce Enchanted collection has finally come! If you missed out last time, don’t delay as today’s steal is sure to fly. Not only is it fabulous for those scrapbook pages for your little princess, but it’s perfect the makings of a princess party.

As soon as I knew I’d be working with the Enchanted collection, I knew I wanted to piece together a little how to for easy birthday party ideas. First off we need an invite.

To make this invitation:

  • Make a card base from white cardstock  measuring 5.5  x 11″ and fold in half. Scallop the bottom of the card if desired and ink the edges.
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper measuring 5.25 x 4.5.” Ink edges and adhere to front of card toward the top, leaving a white border at the bottom.
  • Print out “It’s a Princess Party” onto white cardstock. Ink edges and adhere to front of card toward bottom of patterned paper.
  • Cut out a scalloped circle measuring 3″ in diameter. For Silhouette users, I used the Scallop Grid design. Ink edges and adhere to front of card.
  • Use a crown embellishment from Enchanted collection or other crown die cut. Ink edges and adhere with 3-D foam mounting squares on top of scalloped circle. For Silhouette users I used the crown from the Princess set. Add gem embellishments if desired.

Next we need to add a little decoration to the top of our cupcakes.

To make cupcakes toppers:

  • Cut out a scalloped circle out of white cardstock measuring 3″ in diameter. For Silhouette users I used the “circle scallop med” design. Ink edges.
  • Cut out a thin circle measuring 2″ in diameter.  Adhere to top of scalloped circle.
  • Use embellishments from Enchanted collection or other die cut crown.  Ink edges and adhere to front of circles using 3D mounting squares.
  • Embellish with sticker glass from Enchanted collection.
  • Affix to a toothpick and insert into top of cupcake.

Of course a party isn’t complete without a thank you goodie bag.

To make gift bags:

  • Find small paper bags in party section of the store.
  • Cut a piece of white cardstock  measuring just smaller than the front of the gift bag. Ink edges and adhere to front.
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper measuring just smaller than the piece of white cardstock, so that a thin white border will show.  Ink edges and adhere to front of white cardstock.
  • Cut a piece of different patterned paper in a strip measuring 1.5″ tall and the width of the patterned paper for the front of the bag. Scallop edges if desired, ink and adhere to front of bag toward bottom of bag.
  • Fold a silk flower in half and adhere to the front of bag on top of scalloped patterned paper strip.
  • Use the carriage stamp from the Enchanted collection and stamp onto white cardstock. Scallop edges if desired. Ink and adhere on top of patterned paper.
  • Trim patterned paper leaving a 1/8″ around the edge of stamped image block. Ink edges and adhere to top of silk flower using 3D foam squares.
  • Add additional accents if desired.
  • Print out name tags, ink and attach to handle of bag with ribbon from Enchanted collection.

One more addition to make the princess party complete—a photo frame to preserve the memory of the day.

To make frame:

  • Paint back and sides of wooden photo frame with acrylic paint that coordinates with patterned papers.
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper to cover the front surface of the frame. I find this easiest to do by laying the frame face down on the back side of patterned paper and tracing the edges with a pencil. Ink edges and adhere to front of frame.
  • Cut another piece of patterned paper measuring about 1/4″ smaller from the outside edge than the base layer of paper. Round and ink edges. Adhere to front of frame on top of the other patterned paper.
  • Cut out a scalloped circle from white cardstock measuring 3″ in diameter. Ink edges and adhere to lower right hand corner of frame.
  • Cut out a scalloped circle from patterned paper measuring 3″ in diameter. Ink edges and adhere to top of white circle using 3D foam squares.
  • Add castle from sticker glass to center of circle.
  • Tie bow out of ribbon and adhere to top of frame.

Now most importantly, may your princess birthday party live happily ever after!