Monday, September 22, 2014

A Teen Instagram & Polaroid Camera Themed Birthday Party

Last weekend my daughter turned fourteen and I was seriously stumped on a theme.  To get some ideas we started surfing the Silhouette website and this darling Camera image caught our eye by Imaginisce which sort of set our whole party in motion.  I thought it would be fun to print the wording on the little polaroid coming out of the camera (in hindsight this would have also be darling created as a shaped card).  ;)

With a camera theme in mind I created these fun little instagram treat boxes using cutting files designed by Lori Whitlock (previously shared in more detail HERE).

That in turn had me thinking of ideas for games and I thought it would be fun to do a mall scavenger hunt where her and her friends would break into small groups and then be given an hour to run and take pictures of everything on the list.  I thought I was being really original, but apparently there are lots of variations of this out there. It turned out to be a really fun way to keep the girls entertained on a budget!
Sydney requested I make a KitKat ice cream cake which she had been drooling over for a couple years now on YouTube seen HERE.  I'm not too great in the kitchen, but I found it really easy to create (as long as I was patient enough to freeze it between each layer).  To carry out my rainbow theme I decorated the top with M&M's.  :)

And to finish it off I have a digital layout to share using some photos I took of her with her sister shortly before the party started.  I'm so happy I did this!  Since it was an evening party, I didn't get very many good photos of the actual event so this was a great way to document the day.

For this 2-page spread I used Lori Whitlock's newest Smile Collection available at Snap.Click.Supply.  Aside from a couple brads I used from her Basics Attachments set and the scalloped circle from Masking Template Set 3 I really tried to stick to using only what came with the kit.  :)

I don't know about you, but thinking about planning fun parties that my kids will love (and don't cost a fortune) always makes me break out in cold sweat each year.  With this in mind I hope I've helped inspire you for your next party.  Thanks so much for hanging with me today.  :)

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Friday, September 19, 2014

A Doodlebug Happy Camper Backyard Campout Layout

I'm thrilled to be sharing a layout over on Doodlebug's blog today using one of the cutest collections ever:  Happy Camper!

There are so many darling images in this collection from the retro camper to the cute little fish and critters!  To ground all these ultra cute images, I created a scene within a die-cut circle which I matted with a new Bon Bon colored Doily.

For my title I paired some Loopy Lou stickers with the new Chipper Stickers.  I love how the two font compliment each other!

To help tie everything together visually, I finished off each of my four background strips with a matching cardstock paper frill and some washi tape.  I can't wait to find more time to play with this adorable collection!  :)


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pebbles Fall Apple Cards with Paper Weaving Tutorial

I have some Apple Themed cards  to share which I created with Pebbles ultra versatile Basics Collection!

Pebbles Apple themed cards with weaving tutorial by Mendi Yoshikawa using #Basics Collection from @PebblesInc. @MendiYoshikawa

For my first card I turned to my Silhouette Cameo (using Lori Whitlock's apple shape found HERE or HERE).  I added a little stitching around the edge, stamped a Papertrey Ink sentiment onto one of their die-cut tags and then layered them with a die-cut daisy topped with a button center.  This came together quickly and yet I think it still has a lot of personality.  

Pebbles Apple themed card by Mendi Yoshikawa using #Basics Collection from @PebblesInc. @MendiYoshikawa

Up next I have a card featuring a great basic apple print paper from Pebbles Back To School Collection and a handmade apple embellishment which I created from woven paper strips and another one of Lori's apple cutting file found HERE.

Pebbles Apple themed cards with weaving tutorial by Mendi Yoshikawa using #Basics Collection from @PebblesInc. @MendiYoshikawa

My last card features yet another die-cut apple from that same woven paper.  I was thrilled to discover I could make two apples from my one woven 6x6 sheet .  I kept the rest of my card design simple using a 5" circle die-cut for my base and adding a little ribbon with a tag for my sentiment to help dress it up.

Pebbles Apple themed cards with weaving tutorial by Mendi Yoshikawa using #Basics Collection from @PebblesInc. @MendiYoshikawa

Make sure to check out my Pebbles blog post HERE where I shared how I created these fun woven apple focal pieces for my last two cards.  I always love finding more ways to use all my favorite patterned papers and this was a super fun technique to experiment with!  :)

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Monday, September 15, 2014

A Couple of Apple Inspired Fall Cards

Just popping in today with two cards I made awhile back that share apples in common.  I don't know what it is about fruit motifs, but I am drawn to them like crazy.  I can't seem to get enough whether it be on a cute Gymboree line for my kids or a dozen different stamp sets that have seemed to make it home with me.  They feel happy to me.  :)

For my first card I used a sketch found in the September issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine. There was a sneak peek at this issue along with the sketch on the blog shared HERE and a full sized version HERE.

To create my card I paired Silhouette diecut apples and a filmstrip cutting file with Doodlebug's Petite Print paper & washi tape and a stamped sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Fruit Fusion Apple set.

For my next card I used that same Papertrey Ink Fruit Fusion Apple stamp set to stamp my apple and then paired it with their Mat Stack 3 die and their Wonderful Words Teacher stamp set and die.  

I created this card for a past Craft Warehouse card challenge in which we were given the aqua dot paper and the chalkboard tape by Fancy Pants to use.  After a bit of experimenting I discovered that a Signo Uniball pen that was zapped with a heat gun worked beautifully to prevent smearing on the slick chalkboard tape surface.

Thanks so much for visiting and for all the sweet comments that have been left.  They always mean so much to me!  :)

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Pebbles Back To School Teacher Cards with Bow Tutorial

Hi there!  I thought I would share some cards that were featured over on Pebbles blog a couple weeks ago using their classic Back To School collection.

No. 1:  A Pennant Card 

No. 2:  Crayon School Days Card

No. 3: Hanging Metal Rimmed Tag Card

No. 4: Teacher Thank You Card with Handmade Bow

I made a quick little step-by-step photo tutorial to share how I created the bow in my last card.  For full descriptions of each step with the lengths of all my ribbons, pop over to Pebbles blog HERE.  :)

This bow went together quickly and would look adorable done up with all sorts of ribbon styles!

 I hope I've inspired you to make some cards for a special teacher in your child's life.   I think school themed cards would also make a wonderful gift for teachers as a boxed set (It's never to early to get started on Christmas presents--I always learn the hard way that it will be here before I know it).  ;)


Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!  :)

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