Friday, April 29, 2016

Confirmation Day!


Hello everyone!

Just a warning that this will be a fairly lengthy post! Maybe it will make up for the lack of them recently. It has been a crazy month for me... First it was my son's 12th Birthday a few weeks ago, and just this past weekend we celebrated his Confirmation Day. So lots of parties and lots of eating!

So lets get to my crafty creations! 
When I searched for Confirmation ideas on the internet, I didn't find a lot of them. 
Lots of Communion ideas, but not for Confirmation. So I had to make my own up and will share them all with you today :) BTW, my Communion posts are a few of my highest viewed posts on the blog! Click HERE my son's Communion and HERE for my daughters.


Cake Topper


I'll start by sharing the cake topper I made on my Silhouette. The font I used is called Arabella, you can download it free from here. But, for those of you that want what I have already created it is all yours FREE, just keep on reading! 

This cake topper cut measures 3.7 x 6.8 inches. I used 3 pieces of the black offset/shadow and one top silver layer. Then just glued them all together and attached them with hot glue to a skewer. If you want to see a similar how to video, click here (for my happy birthday topper FREE file). 



So here you go, the Cake Topper file (first of 4 free files through out the post!)
Click on the link below for your FREE download! 

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Confirmation Day Cake Topper .studio3 (Silhouette File) 

Cake


Now lets move on to the cake details :)

I find masculine cakes very difficult to make as I always gravitate towards "girly" details. 
That is why I went with a suit cake look. In hindsight, I could have just made it a one layer cake as this was a fairly large cake and the bottom piece wasn't even cut... 
But then if I had done that, my coworkers wouldn't of enjoyed all the left over cake ;) 

For those interested, here is what was inside the cake.
Top layers- Vanilla & Chocolate flavoured - baked in two 8 inch round pans.
Bottom layer - Vanilla & Chocolate flavoured - baked in a 11 inch round pans.
Entire cake was frosted with vanilla butter cream icing and covered with fondant.


So let me show you the rest of the cake now.
Elegant, yet "little" manly is what I was going for! I think I did pretty well :)  




I used a metallic Silver washi tape on the cake topper, the outside of the "God Bless Tomas" label (inside - Print and Cut), the cross, and the ribbon wrapped around the top layer to coordinate everything. I didn't want to use glitter for this as it is a bit messy and this was super easy to do!



TIP:
For Creating Washi Tape Paper

To cut out the cake topper and the label offset, all you need to do is adhere the washi tape onto a piece of cardstock. Laying the washi tape down strip by strip as close as possible, making sure you completely cover the size of paper you need to cut. Press the washi tape really well into the cardstock. Load onto your machine. Do a test cut to ensure the the blade depth is correct and then cut out your pieces. 




DIY Chalkboard Vinyl Sign


For the cake table I created this Chalkboard Sign. For those of you that follow me on Instagram, you probably saw the sneak peek I posted last week. Click HERE if you didn't!

Here is how I made this DIY Chalkboard sign...
  • I first created the design using the Silhouette Design Studio program. 
  • Next I cut it out on white vinyl, then weeded the excess negative space.
  • Using Transfer tape/material, pick up the design from the vinyl backing by laying transfer tape (sticky part down) as straight as possible on top of the design. Give it a good rub to ensure you pick everything up nicely when you peal it back.
  • Next, I laid the design on the Chalkboard, making sure it was as level as possible.
  • Press down the cut vinyl design into the board, you may want to use a credit card to smooth down the vinyl and prevent any air bubbles.
  • Peel back the transfer material slowly ensuring the vinyl letters are stuck on to the board.
  • Finish off the board by rubbing on some chalk randomly and smudging it around with your fingers. Eh voila, your own DIY Chalkboard sign!


I will also be giving this design away FREE
As a BONUS I have also included a Communion Version of the sign. 
(The version you download, says God Bless You on your Confirmation/Communion Day, you will need to add the Date)

Click on the link below for your FREE download! 

Chalkboard Vinyl Communion and Confirmation Sign .studio3 (Silhouette File)


Thank You Gifts


 For each of the families that came to our celebration, I made them a really simple little "thank-you" gift. A Candle inside a Glass Cylinder. Difficult to see in the picture below, but each cylinder has a frosted vinyl cross on the front of it. I also used the same washi Silver tape and wrapped the top of each cylinder. On the inside I placed a candle and some diamond shaped crystals (I used a heat gun to melt some of the wax from the bottom of the candle and secured it to the middle of the cylinder). I also added a poem on the inside with a small piece of double sided tape. Forgot to take a picture of it but to the bottom of the cylinder I adhered a round "thank-you" from Tomas tag with the date on it. Wrapped the whole thing in cellophane and tied it with a white ribbon. Super simple, supper easy and really inexpensive! (Most items were from the Dollar Store)

And just because I love you, here is another FREEbie!



Here is a closer look at the poem on the inside. 
If you look closely I enlarged specific letters to spell out Tomas. 

I found this poem on the internet, but modified it a little to personalize it to Tomas.

"Trust in God our Guide
This Holy meal He does provide
For His wine and bread He shares
Give Him thanks each day in Prayers"

This was all typed up in Silhouette Design Studio and then just printed out. 
Then cut out using a square stitched Die. 


The Godfather


The next most import person of the Confirmation Day is the Sponsor/Godfather. As a little "thank-you" from Tomas to Victor I made him a "Godfather" glass! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how it turned out!

This was done using armour etch.
Click HERE for a previous tutorial. And if you would like the FREE Godfather file click on the link below! (a few different versions included)

The Godfather .studio3 (Silhouette File)



Tomas



And here is our little man Tomas, just before the ceremony in his cute little 3 piece suit!


And here he is again with his GodFather, as he is blessed with the gift of the Holy Spirit by our Bishop. 


Last picture, I promise :)

A picture of Tomas holding his candle during the mass. 
So sweet, just love him! 
Proud Mommy right here :)


Hope this super lengthy blog post gave you some ideas for planning your own Confirmation Celebrations. Sorry about the length, but hopefully you can benefit from all my work and enjoy the FREEbie files I gave away throughout the post!



Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

ARI 3D Paper Letters | SVGCuts

Hi All!

Today's post will be short and sweet just like this cute 3D Letter Name I made for baby ARI! I love you can coordinate paper to match any room decor. 

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Here is what I used on this creation:

Letters 3D Letters SVG Kit
Paper: White (AC Cardstock), Pattern (Hello Sunshine - Pink Paislee)
Dies: Stars Framelits (Sizzix)
Embellishments: Arrows/squares (Studio G) Sequins and Drops (Pretty Pink Posh)
Cut out on the Silhouette Cameo


These 3D Letters make great baby gifts and are the perfect touch for any nursery. 
I LOVE how they turned out, hope you did too!


Don't forget to check out SVG Cuts latest! 
Fairy Cottage SVG Kit
Isn't it GORGEOUS!?!
I think it is one of my favorites, just need some time to make it! 
Hope that comes soon ;)  


Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Some Bunny Loves Me Easter Card | SVGCuts

Happy Easter to Everyone! 
A little early I know, but somewhere in the world it's already Friday :)

Been a little while since I last shared anything... took a little trip to San Francisco with my hubby last week and got back Sunday to a couple of really sick kids. They picked up a nasty stomach virus and seems so did the rest of the family. I guess it was a good thing we were gone. They are all better now, but my daughter lost 7lbs and my son lost 5 lbs in one day! Crazy!!!

Anyways back to my post! 
Today I want to share some really cute Easter cards I made to share with the kiddies in our lives. 

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The files for the card come from SVG Cuts.
The card base I used comes from the latest FREE SVG file -> click HERE for the FREE download
The bunny comes from the Spring Bunnies SVG Collection.

These cards were fairly easy and quick to put together!


 The Stamp I used on the inside comes from Craftsmart (Micheal's Dollar Bin)

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Wish you all a very blessed Easter Weekend!
Hope you liked my simple Some "Bunny" Loves Me Easter Cards.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Magical Birthday Rainbow Shaker Card


I think I may have some card issues! 
I just can't stop making them! 
It feels good having a little card collection ready go go for when I need one :)

Today I want to share with you a really fun interactive card.
How cute did this Magical Birthday Rainbow Shaker Card turn out?!


Soon as I saw this rainbow die, I just had to have it. Then I thought I can't have a rainbow without clouds so I had to get some too!

I think I may have to start picking up some more shifts at the hospital since I can't stop spending money at Simon's!


Here is how I finished the inside.


For those interested in the supplies I used here is my Recipe:

  • Stamps - Rainbow of Happiness - My Favorite Things
  • Ink - Paintbox Pigment Inks - Colorbox
    • Salty Ocean - Distress Ink - Tim Holtz 
    • Tuxedo Black - Memento
  • Stamp Positioner - my own DIY Stamping tool
  • Dies - Stitched Rainbow - My Favorite Things
    • Puffy Clouds - My Favorite Things
    • hearts - Holiday Shapes - Simon Says Stamp Die
    • Stitched Rectangle - Simon Says Stamp Die
  • Die Cutting Machine - Big Shot - Sizzix
  • Cardstock - Neenah Solar White 80lbs
    • Black Layer - Hello Sunshine -Pink Paislee
  • Shaker Mixsequins Pretty Pink Posh, Martha Stewart Glitter, Recollections Microbeads and Clear Seed beads.


Hope this card has inspired you today.
I have the perfect person in mind for this card and I hope they will love it :)


Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)


Linking up with: 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Sending Love - Watercolour Smooshing


I am having so much fun trying out different card techniques. 

I had no idea what watercolour/ink smooshing was until until I saw Kristina Werner do it in one of her videos. If you want to learn more about it, there are lots of great videos on You Tube. 
SO easy to do and the results look amazing! 

Just love this!


Here is the recipe for this card:
  • Stamps (hearts) - Stampology - Autumn Leaves (old set, maybe discontinued)
    • (YOU, Love, small hearts) - Love Stamp and Cut - Hero Arts
    • (Hugs and) - Prayers - Simon Says Stamp Coordinating Set
  • Ink - distress inks - Seedless Preserves, Picked Rasberry, Fired Brick - Tim Holtz
    • Tuxedo Black - Memento
  • Embossing Powder - Gold - Recollections
  • Stamp Positioner - my own DIY Stamping tool
  • Dies  (black craft foam) - Sending - Simon Says Stamp Wafer Die 
  • Die Cutting Machine - Big Shot - Sizzix
  • Cardstock - Neenah Solar White 80lbs

As you can see I used a variety of different stamps to create the card sentiment I wanted. Mix and match all your supplies, don't be afraid to do that. I have always done that with any of my projects, it's a great way to stretch out your supply stash and creating something totally new!

Here is what the inside looks like.


This card really didn't take long to make. I'm sure I will be making more cards using Watercolour Smooshing technique in the future! Hope this has inspired you to give it a try.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)


Linking up with:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says: Touchy Feely

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

DIY Flower Vase Shaker Card


Hey everyone!

I have a bunch of birthdays coming up, so I wanted to stock up and make a few cards to have on hand using supplies that I have been hoarding and hadn't tried out yet! Anyone else have that problem? LOL!

Today I want to share with you a really cute DIY Flower Vase Shaker Card.
This will make the perfect birthday card for one of the ladies in my life!
Who doesn't love flowers?!


The first thing I did for this card was stamp and clear ink emboss with WOW! embossing powder onto some 80lb Neenah cardstock. The stamps I used for this card come from Stampendous - Bouquet for you set. I then water coloured the images in staying with the wells of the embossed areas. Once I was happy with the colouring I loaded the paper onto my Silhouette PixScan mat, scanned it and did the trace of the image and then cut them out!

Here is a cell phone pic I took after the cut (sorry for the bad quality).
I can't tell you how much I LOVE, LOVE my PixScan mat! No fussy cutting required!!!
Click HERE for previous tutorial on the PixScan.


Want to know where I got the vase cut out?!
It is actually a die piece to cut out bows from American Crafts - Dear Lizzy - Fine and Dandy (the banner also came from this die set). When I cut out the top layer of the card I made sure that my big shot would stop cutting the bow by having the top plate end where the bottom of the vase would be. I then just used a craft knife to cut the piece out. So easy right? Sometimes you just have to look at the supplies you have in a different way to stretch out your collection!


The rest of the shaker was assembled like any other shaker card. I used some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, Martha Stewart Glitter and some Recollections Microbeads. I then added the top layer of the card to a piece of coordinating green scrap I had and mounted it onto A-6 Card base.

Hope this DIY Flower Vase Shaker Card, has inspired you to create something similar and maybe look at supplies you have in a whole different way!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)


Monday, February 22, 2016

Spring Thank You Card


Hello crafty friends!

Today I have another sweet and simple Spring Thank You card to share with you.

I keep getting inspired by all the crafty goodness from the FB Stamping Enablers Group. If you are at all interested in stamping you need to join their group! BTW I'm not affiliated with them at all, but if you are looking to get inspired they are a truly an enabling group :)

What better way to say thank you then with flowers!
At least these ones will last forever ;)


Here is the recipe for this card:
  • Stamps - Spring Hello by Lia - Hero Arts
  • Ink - distress inks - Tim Holtz
    • Tuxedo Black - Memento
  • Blending tool - 1 Inch Round - Ranger
  • Stamp Positioner - my own DIY Stamping tool
  • Dies - Wonky Stiched Rectangles Stax- My Favorite Things Die-Namics 
    • Flower pot (present) - Party Dies - Craftin Desert Divas
  • Cardstock - Neenah Solar White 80lbs
    • Craft - Recollections
  • Twine - hemp twine

The flower and leaf stamps once stamped were then cut on the Silhouette PixScan mat using a scanner. Click HERE for a previous tutorial on the pixscan/scanner method.

The hardest part of the card was piecing and layering the flower arrangement!


 Hope you've enjoyed my card today :)

Thank YOU all for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)


Linking up with:

Simon Says Stamp - Work it Wednesday February 2016
Simon Says Stamp - Simon Says: Anything Goes

Friday, February 19, 2016

Hello Spring Celtic Card | SVGCuts

Hello Everyone!!!

I cannot remember the last time we have had such a mild winter. The little snow that we had is almost all gone! Every year it feels like we only get a few weeks of Spring and then go straight into summer because of our extremely long winters! This year I think we will see it fairly soon (fingers crossed). I cannot wait for Spring to arrive!

When I first saw the latest FREE Celtic Card file from SVGCuts, I immediately was inspired to create a Spring/Easter card. Look just how beautiful it turned out! 

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Here is a close up of these dainty little flowers and the stamped sentiment.


and a peek at the inside!


For those interested...
Here is the recipe for this card:
  • SVG fileFREE Celtic Card 
  • dies - Simon Says Stamp mini flower and leaves wafer dies
  • Hello stamp - Spring Hello by Lia - Hero Arts 
  • thinking of you stamp - Prayer Stamp and Dies Set from Simon Says Stamp designed by Hero Arts
  • Ink - Tuxedo Black - Memento
  • Stamp Positioner - my own DIY Stamping tool
  • Cardstock - AC Cardstock
  • Electronic Die Cutting Machine - Silhouette Cameo
The Hello stamp was stamped then cut using the Silhouette PixScan mat using a scanner. Click HERE for a previous tutorial on the pixscan/scanner method.

Hope my Hello Spring Celtic Card has inspired you to create something beautiful today! 
I think this card can be made to suit whatever theme you want. It's a great card base to have in your collection! Don't forget to download it for FREE and check out all of the other FREE files in the FREE Design Section

Also, check out Mary's latest SVG Kit
Springtime Box Cards SVG Kit 

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)


Linking up with:

Simon Says Stamp - Work it Wednesday February 2016
Simon Says Stamp - Simon Says: Anything Goes

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Valentine's Day Post Office Drop Box | 3D Paper Mail Box/Treat Box | SVGCuts

Hey everyone!

Back again with another mailbox creation for the teacher! This time this super cute Valentine's Day Post Office Drop Box comes from SVG Cuts Valentine Mailboxes SVG Kit and the little letters are files from Hearts Aflame SVG Kit

This project was super easy to put together and fairly quick. I think I took longer choosing the papers than assembling it! It's a good last-minute treat box if you don't have lots of time to waste ;)

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I was so excited to use my Simon Says Teacher dies, that came in a few days ago.
I'm always making teachers things and this little die will come in so handy!


The paper I used comes from My Mind's Eye - Filled with Love paper Pad

To finish the back I added a couple of die-cut hearts and stamped one of them with a sentiment from the Love Stamp and Cut Set from Hero Arts.


I wish you all a very Happy Valentine's Day! Hope my little Valentine's Day Post Office DropBox has inspired you with some creativity :)

For those of you done with Valentine's and want to move on to Spring, check out the latest SVG Cuts Kit Springtime Box Cards SVG Kit. Beautiful isn't it?!


Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Valentine's Day Mail House | 3D Paper Valentines House/Gift Box | SVGCuts

Are you ready for Valentine's Day?! 
I most definitely am NOT :(  Still working on some last-minute projects!

Every year I like to make something special for the teachers. This year one of them will be receiving this super cute Valentine's Day Mail House! 

How CUTE is that!?! LOVE it!

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The awesome files I used to make this beauty comes from SVGCuts Hugs and Kisses SVG Kit and the Hearts Aflame SVG Kit.


The stamp I used on the front door comes from Fleurette Bloom's Happy Days Stamp Set.
Paper from Pink Paislee - Pen Pals


As you can see I altered the house a little by adding a slit to the roof of the house from  Hugs and Kisses SVG Kit. To create this you must add the same slit line to the roof panel and each roof liner (top and inside piece). You will have to ungroup some files to be able to do this and copy the opening in the exact same spot on each piece. Regroup everything once you are done.  Really easy, just make sure the opening is wide enough for the letters!


There is still plenty of time to create one of these for yourself or as a gift for someone!
Hope this has inspired you to create your own Valentine's Day Mail House :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Crafting  :)


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