Friday, April 12, 2013

Ninjago Themed Photo Props - Free Silhouette Files


Continuing on with the Ninjago themed Birthday Party...

Here are some of the Photo Props I have created for some fun pictures that night! I got some of my inspiration from here, make sure you stop by their blog to see more wonderful ideas!
Again, I will be sharing all these Silhouette files for those of you interested :)

The Ninjas are all frowning, they actually look kinda scary... I think it's the hole in the eyes, creepy! Hopefully, they won't scare anyone too much! Might make for some interesting photos ;)

Ninjago Themed Photo Props - Free Silhouette Files

Here are some fun bubbles I made too!

Ninjago Themed Photo Props - Free Silhouette Files

I also made a prop container simply by wrapping a mason jar with the lantern file. Notice I also made some cool Ninjago weapons, I'm sure those will be popular with the boys!

Ninjago Themed Photo Props - Free Silhouette Files

Here is the Birthday boy, Tomas posing and testing out Sensei Wu's Props. So serious Sensei Tomas! He didn't like that I was laughing at his new look, not pleased at all can you tell? LOL!

Ninjago Themed Photo Props - Free Silhouette Files

Click on the links below for your free files!

Before you download...
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  1. If you choose to download all I ask is you become a follower.
  2. Note my files are for personal use only! (Personal use means... only for you to use (no trading, or sharing of my files... let me do that!) 
  3. If you want to share, send your friends over to my blog for the download. 
  4. I'm OK with people sharing my files on their own sites as long as there is a direct link back to this blog...Give credit where credit is due! (a message to me would also be appreciated)
Ninjago Bday Photo Props (Silhouette) .studio file
Ninjago Bday Bubble Props (Silhouette) .studio file
Ninjago Bday Weapon Props (Silhouette, print and cut). studio file (images came from here)

Ninjago Birthday Party Lanterns - Free Silhouette Studio file


Today I am going to share with you how I made some little lanterns to go with my son's Ninjago themed party.

Do you remember making these in Elementary School??? I sure do! I really like how these turned out and how quickly they came together! 

Since I wanted to make a few of these lanterns, I thought rather than cutting them out by hand I would create a file for them with my Silhouette program. Now I can share it with you all!

Before you download...
My free files RULES!!!

  1. If you choose to download all I ask is you become a follower.
  2. Note my files are for personal use only! (Personal use means... only for you to use (no trading, or sharing of my files... let me do that!) 
  3. If you want to share, send your friends over to my blog for the download. 
  4. I'm OK with people sharing my files on their own sites as long as there is a direct link back to this blog...Give credit where credit is due! (a message to me would also be appreciated)

Click here for the Lantern (Silhouette) .studio file

Ninjago Birthday Party Lanterns - Free Silhouette Studio file

Here is a quick pictorial on how simple they came together. Pretty self-explanatory I think!

Ninjago Birthday Party Lanterns - Free Silhouette Studio file


Easy right?  Coming up...


Have a great day and thanks for stopping in,
Happy Crafting :)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ninja Table Backdrop and Banner - Free Silhouette Studio File

Ever since I found out about Hostess with the Mostess, I haven't been able to set up a party table without somehow making it pretty! May not be HWTM caliber, but at least I give it a good try ;) 

Since I won't be hosting the party at our house this year,  it will make set up a bit tricky because I will only have 30 minutes prior to the party to decorate. To help me visualize it all, I have set up a table in my basement so that I can easily replicate it all on an actual day. That, and this way there will be a visual reference on how I can have one of my helpers set it up for me... now that's smart planning! *wink, wink*

For the Ninjago table, I thought it would be cool to create some Japanese looking screens. Here is where I got my inspiration from. 

For these screens, I used 3 sheets of foam board 20x30 inches, a ruler and black tape. I found the foam board at the Dollar store, and the tape is actually electrical tape. Who knew hubby had some hidden craft supplies in the garage!

Ninja Table Backdrop and Banner - Free Silhouette Studio File

I then just eyeballed the tape placement. I used the ruler more as a guide to keep the lines somewhat straight.  I then cut out my son's name for the middle screen using my Silhouette Cameo.  For the side screens I wanted to incorporate his age so searched Google for the Japanese character nine and traced it in the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. I did the same with the small little ninja stars. The font I used is called Shanghai and is a free download from dafont.com.

Ninja Table Backdrop and Banner - Free Silhouette Studio File

I also created the banner that I strung on the table with the Silhouette software and cut it out with the Cameo. For those of you planning a Ninjago Party and have the Silhouette machine, I will be sharing all the .studio files I've created!

Before you download...
My free files RULES!!!

  1. If you choose to download all I ask is you become a follower.
  2. Note my files are for personal use only! (Personal use means... only for you to use (no trading, or sharing of my files... let me do that!) 
  3. If you want to share, send your friends over to my blog for the download. 
  4. I'm OK with people sharing my files on their own sites as long as there is a direct link back to this blog...Give credit where credit is due! (a message to me would also be appreciated)

Click HERE for the Ninja Birthday Banner .studio file (For personal use only!)
(The file includes all the letters of the alphabet and numbers, so that you may personalize it for yourself. Just in case you don't have the font installed on your computer!) 


Hope you like my Ninjago like table so far... stay tuned for posts coming up on...


Have a great day and thanks for stopping in,
Happy Crafting :)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Planning a Ninjago Birthday Party - Invitation Tutorial


Hey all... it feels like forever since my last post, probably cause it has been a while... no worries, you're going to get post overload here soon!

So my son turned 9 yesterday. Last year he asked for a Star Wars-themed Party (it has actually been one of my most popular posts.) This year he asked if he could have a Ninjago themed party, "Of course" I said... but, in my mind I was kinda panicking, all I know is that they are little LEGO ninjas that my vacuum loves to find!

Well, no worries I thought, I'll just go to the Party place and buy the Ninjago party package... I couldn't believe they don't have such a thing (at least here in this city!) I have seen so much online I didn't think this would be a problem. Well, it's a good thing I'm crafty, lol!

So I thought I would start by sharing how I made my son's Birthday Invitations. I found this image just by doing a Ninjago search on Google images. Click here for the exact site. 


I have Photoshop, but haven't really tried using it yet... so I stuck with things I already was familiar with. I opened up Paint on the computer and pasted it on to the work surface. Since I needed a bigger surface to write on, I sized the picture to the length I wanted. Then I clicked on the paint button and colored the bottom portion black. All that is left to do is add your text. The font I used is called Shanghai. Once you are finished save your image. Open it up in whatever program you like and print it. 


Planning a Ninjago Birthday Party - Invitation Tutorial

I then used Word to create the rest of my invite. I really wanted something quick and easy to make especially for his little school friends. So I thought I would just print it all out on one sheet of paper. To do that I divided my page into 4 sections. On the bottom 2 sections of the page, I included a map and party details (see picture below). The top right section of the page I placed the image I created above, only flipped upside down. Fold the page in half and then in half again. Now they are ready to stuff in an envelope! So easy right? 



I also used these images and sent them over the internet to our friends and family! So much easier than hand-delivering ;)

I hope you like this quick tutorial on how I made these invites. Maybe next time you will make your own too :)

Stay tuned for posts coming up on...


This is at least what I have planned... we shall see much I can actually get done! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting :)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Vacation Pictures of Peru | Travel

Hi Everyone!

I finally had a chance to put together some pictures of our trip to Peru to share with you all! Not my usual kind of crafty post, but I think photography is an art and I love to practice it when I can. I tried to capture our experience, the people, the culture and of course the breathtaking views. Here are some of my favorite shots. 

Vacation Pictures of Peru | Travel

The worried man. Sitting outside a church... wonder what's on his mind? 

Vacation Pictures of Peru | Travel

This poor man was passed on the steps - One too many Pisco Sours!

Vacation Pictures of Peru | Travel

Peruvians have their bases covered... Rooftop offerings both Gods! 

Vacation Pictures of Peru | Travel

This beautiful lady showed us how they weave and make their very colorful lama and alpaca yarn.

Vacation Pictures of Peru | Travel

Rescued Ox! Jose our driver stopped the van to untangle this Ox from the fence.

Vacation Pictures of Peru | Travel

One of the most beautiful places I have ever seen and stayed during our trip. Arawana Sacred Valley Hotel.

Vacation Pictures of Peru | Travel

Another one of my favorite pictures... when I took this picture I never noticed the man sitting in the bush!

Vacation Pictures of Peru | Travel

Prickly pears... so delicious, had no idea they grew on a cactus!

Vacation Pictures of Peru | Travel

Beautiful Bloom!

Vacation Pictures of Peru | Travel

The three Caballeros...
put on a traditional horse show and dance for us!

Vacation Pictures of Peru | Travel

Peruvian Moma and her baby at the local market! Aren't they gorgeous!?! Love the colors!

Vacation Pictures of Peru | Travel

Can you tell we are a bit excited! That... or we chewed a few too many coca leaves, lol! 
Thank you to our friends Luis and Isabel for the fun times and wonderful memories!

Vacation Pictures of Peru | Travel

One more checkmark on our Bucket List!


Vacation Pictures of Peru | Travel

Machu Picchu the highlight of our trip! Literally breathtaking!!!

Vacation Pictures of Peru | Travel

I hope you enjoyed my very condensed version of our trip... 1500 pics thought might be a bit too much for you all... If you really want to see more I recommend you go visit this majestic place!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

DIY Paper Luminary/Luminaire Sleeves


Hi Guys!!! We are finally back from our amazing trip to Peru! Actually got back on Sunday but been crazy busy trying to get things back in order and come back to reality! Hopefully will be able to get some pics of our trip up soon :)

For today I want to share with you a really easy project. A few weeks ago I saw some Deewa Candles by Karve Design. Basically, they are candles that have been accented by thin, hand-carved plywood. I thought they were so cool looking that I thought I could replicate them using recycled jars and paper. Initially, I thought of using candles but quickly changed my mind once I actually gave it a little thought and realized what a fire hazard that would be! Had a brain fart there for a second :(

Click here to see where I got this inspiration! 

DIY Paper Luminary/Luminaire Sleeves

Here is what my empty jars started off like...
DIY Paper Luminary/Luminaire Sleeves

I then created a rectangle with evenly spaced cut lines across it leaving about 1-inch space on each end. I made the rectangle to measure the height of each jar. This was done in the Silhouette Studio DE and cut on the Cameo. Although I did use an electronic cutter for this it could easily be done by hand with a ruler, a blade and some patience!
DIY Paper Luminary/Luminaire Sleeves

 Here is what the jars look like once they are fitted with the paper sleeves. 
DIY Paper Luminary/Luminaire Sleeves

Here they are all lit up... So pretty in the dark. They would make such a cute, inexpensive centerpiece for a party or lighting for a romantic dinner! Wink, wink!
DIY Paper Luminary/Luminaire Sleeves

Pretty simple right? You could also use a wave pattern or maybe even a chevron... so many possibilities! I hope you've enjoyed this little idea and maybe even get a chance to make it.  Beautify your space or wow your guests at your next nighttime event!

Thanks again for coming by!
Happy Crafting :)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Carrot Patch Paper Garden | Easter Treat Boxes

Are you all ready for Easter? Here are the perfect little treat bags for the little bunnies in your life! Aren't they so cute?!? They are the perfect size to fill with just enough goodies :P

Carrot Patch Paper Garden | Easter Treat Boxes

Here is the recipe:

Paper - Memory Stor and plain paper from Recollections 
Stamp - from Micheal's dollar bin Craft Smart
Cuttlebug - wood grain folder
Cut with the Silhouette Cameo

Hope you like my little carrot patch, thanks for coming by!


Happy Crafting :)

Monday, March 11, 2013

DIY Pin Cushion from an Old Sock



DIY Pin Cushion from an Old SockI've been meaning to share this with you all for a while and finally got to it this morning when my husband handed me another holy sock! Usually, they end up as grease rags for the garage, but a while ago I had this idea to turn one into a pincushion. So today I decided to show you how I did that. SUPER easy!!!


  • First make sure you have a clean sock... who wants to work with a dirty, smelly one! YUCK!!! Also, make sure that the hole in your sock is not in the toe area, or else it won't look as pretty!







DIY Pin Cushion from an Old Sock




  • Starting at the top of the sock, roll it inward until you reach the toe part. Should end up looking something like this! You could just leave it like this, but it doesn't look very pretty :(








DIY Pin Cushion from an Old Sock, recycled







Squeeze the sock into a small clay pot or container of your choice. I didn't even have to use glue to secure it in place it was wedged in pretty tightly! Stick your pins in it and there you have the quickest little useful project ever!
















Hope you like this DIY tutorial, would love to know what you think. What do you do with your old socks?

Happy Crafting Everyone :)
Thanks again for stopping by! 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

St. Patty's Nail Polish Treat Bag

No likes getting pinched on St. Patrick's Day! So here is a treat I made for my daughter for that same reason. Hopefully, it will prevent a few tears! Now if for some reason she forgets to wear green at least her nails will keep those little claws away... especially her brothers!


This is a very quick and easy treat bag to make. The file comes from My Scrap Chick. I believe it may have been a freebie from last year. The tag was created with my Silhouette DSE, by welding some hearts together and a rectangle, then creating an offset. For the inside of the tag, I used the print and cut feature of the software and the font I chose was called Ma Sexy. I also added some green glitter glue to give it that extra sparkle and Voila! The perfect pinch-proof package any girl would love to receive!   

Thanks for stopping by!
Don't get pinched on St. Patty's Day :)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Rocking Horse Shaped Baby Card | SVGCuts

Here is a card I made recently to add to my card collection, I'm trying to be prepared for upcoming occasions! It seems you can never have too many cards handy!

Rocking Horse Shaped Baby Card | SVGCuts

The file for this card comes from SVGCuts Bundle of Joy Kit. Instead of creating the Rocking Horse bag from which this image comes from, I decided I would turn into a card. To do that, before I cut out the back part of the horse I created a fold line on the upper top portion of the cutout by grouping a dashed line to it. Then glued the front of the card to the top part of the backside, above the fold line. I also created an internal offset of the inside of the card to give it extra strength and stability.

Rocking Horse Shaped Baby Card | SVGCuts

This is what the inside of the card looks like when opened up. Unfortunately, I can't tell you where this stamp came from as I may have thrown out its info :(

Well, hope you like this cute little card I created. If you're in the need of baby files Bundle of Joy Kit is definitely one you might want to check out!


Happy Crafting!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

3D Easter Daffodil Vase Framed Paper Art | SVGCuts

It's time again for the SVG Cuts Spring Facebook Challenge! The Challenge is to use elements from the chosen kits/collections ONLY and create a 2D or 3D project. 

This time I wanted to keep my project clean and simple! Here is what I came up with! Isn't it pretty!?! I used a RIBBA frame from IKEA, removed the glass and the mat and just placed it in behind the art for later use... smart right? You could use this frame over and over again and change it with your holidays! 

Here it is sitting in our wall alcove...


3D Easter Daffodil Vase Framed Paper Art | SVGCuts

This project is perfect for Spring and the upcoming Easter Holiday! The daffodils that Mary (designer of these files from SVG Cuts) created are so gorgeous and realistic! Who knew that simple plain paper could look this amazing! These flowers come from here.

3D Easter Daffodil Vase Framed Paper Art | SVGCuts

Here is a closer look! Can you say WOW!!! And yet so easy to create!

3D Easter Daffodil Vase Framed Paper Art | SVGCuts

And how about the vase that the flowers are in? I would have never guessed it came from a Halloween Apothecary jar from here! I adjusted the sizes of my files so that the finished results would fit nicely in the frame. I also cut a few panels off the file so that I could mount it flat. The vase stands 5" tall. 

3D Easter Daffodil Vase Framed Paper Art | SVGCuts

And this banner, how adorable is it? Love the buttons! The banner comes from here.

3D Easter Daffodil Vase Framed Paper Art | SVGCuts

The picture above shows you what it looks like hanging on a wall. 

Here are the kits and supplies I used for this project...

RIBBA frame from IKEA
Twine from American Crafts
Paper from Recollections
Green Floral Wire
Cuttlebug and Polka Dot embossing folder
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Hot Glue and Gun
Cut on the Silhouette Cameo

Well, hope you like my little Spring project! I LOVE how it all came together, wish me luck!!! And, if you haven't entered there’s still time to get your entry in! Good luck! Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Crafting :)