Friday, July 27, 2012

Personalized Souvenirs!

It's almost time for our Portugal vacation!!! Can't wait to see all our family! I didn't realize how much Canada stuff I had bought to give away, I think I'm going to have a suitcase full just in souvenirs! I hope I have enough room for everything! Hopefully I'll be able to get some blogging time of my adventures there, if not I have scheduled posts for while I'm gone!

Anyways, I always find it hard to decide on what to take everyone. So for a few people that I know love crafts I decided I would make them a personalized etched glass mug. This one is for my Aunt Judite (Judith in Portuguese)! Hope she likes it, I know she loves crafting so I know she will appreciate it!

On the back side of the mug I added a maple leaf!

 Love how it turned out. If you want to know how I did this check out my previous blog posts on etched glass projects! Here, here, and here!

Happy crafting everyone :)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

DIY No Sew Floral Headband

I've been wanting to try this out for so long. Today I finally had to do it! When I get something in my head I won't rest until its gets done so, while I made supper and did some laundry, (no time to waste, lol) here is what I made...  my first fabric floral headband for my daughter. The best part was that it was a no sew project. It literally took 10 mins to make!

I used a old summer dress of hers that was way too small and had ripped seams in so many places. I really didn't feel like fixing it :(

I started off by cutting strips of fabric. 1 inch wide by as long as I could go with the fabric I had.

Start by tying a knot.

Twist the fabric around itself and then wrap it around the knot. Use hot glue to adhere the the back of the flower as it gets bigger.

Tuck the end of the fabric underneath the flower and glue it in place.

Once you have all your flowers done, arrange them how you like and glue them to a felt backing. Then choose your headband (I just used and elasticized band) then used felt to secure it in place. And voila a brand new OK recycled headband! I'm sure I'll be making more of these :)

 Happy crafting!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Wedding Invitation turned Wedding Card!

What do you do with wedding invitations after you have been to the wedding? I usually keep them for a while and then like anything else they end up in the recycling bin :(

Well just so happened that we are going to a wedding tomorrow and I completely forgot I didn't have a card yet so I thought well why not use the card stock from the invite. That way it for sure would coordinate with the wedding itself! So easy and simple, it saved me so much time trying to pick papers! I wished I had taken a picture of the invite itself, so you could see the difference, oops next time! Hopefully the couple won't take offence to me taking their invitation apart, lol!

I used today's freebie from My Scrap Chick - Blooming Mum, and cut it out with my Cameo. Isn't it pretty?  
I love how it turned out and how quick it came together!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Versatile Blogger Award!

Wooohooo! I have been given the Versatile Blogger Award by some very awesome, crafty ladies from the Craftmates Blog! Thank you Virna, Aimee, Irma and Bebsy! You must check out their blog, so many crafty party ideas :)

So as a recipient of this honor, here is what I need to do:
  1. Thank the blogger who nominated me - done!
  2.  Include a link to their site in the post - done!
  3.  Include the above award image in this post - done!
  4.  Give 7 random facts about myself - done!
  5.  Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award - done!
  6.  When nominating include a link to their site - done!
  7.  Let other bloggers know they have been nominated - and DONE!

Random facts about me:
1. My favorite color is brown - Is that weird?
2. I was born in Portugal, in the beautiful city of Viana do Castelo. Immigrated to Canada when I was 2.
3. I wanted to be a hairdresser when I "grew up"
4. Am terrified of the movie "Wizard of OZ" gives me the creeps!
5. Don't like clowns, also creepy!
6. Had laser eye surgery a few years ago, and LOVE it!
7. Love to travel! Have been on 2 cruises to the Caribbean, travels to Mexico, Dominican, Portugal (many times), Spain, China, Hong Kong, Macau, a few cities in the US and Canada, but my favorite city so far was San Francisco! Next I hope to visit Paris and London!

Since I love all kinds of crafting, here are some of the awesome blogs I follow that are also deserving of this award! 

Sharalyn from Sharaspapercreations
Therese from Therese's Crafty Cabana
Jessica from Stay at Home-ista
Liz from Quirky Vistas
Candi from Chaos - n - Crafts
Jozi from Mundo de Jozi
Chelsie and Christy from My Best Friend's Blog
Michelle from MichelleMyBelle'sCreations
Rachel from Loving Life
Kathy from Kathy's Krafts
Jordann from J House Tawk
Sally from In my craft room
Maggie from Hell on Heels Housewife
Lori from Creative Paper My Way
Kim from Crafty Pink Anchor

Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Olivia's 1st Bday Party... Paper Goodies!

My Niece Olivia is turning 1 next week! So I thought I would have some fun making her some paper goodies for her party! My Sister in law (also very crafty) is decorating the event with pink and green and turns out I just had the perfect paper stack to coordinate with for her party! Love this paper, it comes from the DCWV Cherry Limeade Stack.

 I used the files from SVG Cuts HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU SVG KIT, and their 3D NUMBERS PARTY SVG KIT. I love how it all turned out! Everything was cut using my Cameo.

Pictured above is the card I made for Olivia... I combined a few files from the HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU SVG KIT to create this card. I'm not much of a card maker but just love how it tuned out!!! I think I will just have to enter it in the SVG Cuts Facebook Challenge for the Summer, wish me luck! The competition is amazing :)

And here is O's party hat! Isn't it adorable?! 

Finally the number 1... a great keepsake from the party! I know she won't remember her party, but when she looks back a photos when she's older I'm sure she'll love it!

Hope this has inspired some of you to pretty up your next party!

Monday, July 9, 2012

"All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go..."

Every time I pack a suitcase, I think of this song... not that I'm packing, well not yet anyways. We will be leaving soon enough to visit our family in Portugal! So excited can't wait, my son is already there with my In laws and I miss him terribly, and even though his sister hates to admit it she misses him too!

Ok, ok, now back to the fun stuff!!! My cousin Marisa, asked me if I could make her a suitcase out  of paper for her son Marko's 1st Birthday Party. Her theme for his party is travel by plane, train, or car... so a suitcase is what she chose to fill as a goody bag/treat for every child! That meant I would have to make 15 of them! Wow, anything for you Marisa, good thing I love soooo much!!!

It probably would have been a lot easier if I had bought a suitcase file, but if know me I always like to do things the hard way! I made this file with the Silhouette Designer Studio Edition Software. I'm so used to using SCAL, so this was a bit more challenging for me... but I think it turned out pretty well!

 Cute right?!

The suitcases measure
4.5x3x1.5 inches. Big enough to hold some treats for the kiddos! Or as you can see here big enough for Barbie's clothes, lol!

Hope she likes them! I love how they turned out! Too bad I'm sure they won't last more than a few minutes in kiddy hands... :(

So I'll finish with the end of the song, cause it's still continues to play in my head! Bah!!!, don't you just hate when you can't rid of a song in your head, lol!

 "And I'm leaving on a jet plane,
I don't know when I'll be back again,
Oh, babe, I hate to go!"
I'm happy to share with you this suitcase file but,
Before you download...
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Suitcase box - .studio (Silhouette) file