Sunday, February 28, 2016

Shamrock Basket

Do you need a quick little gift this month?

 The Dreaming Tree has a new FREE download.

This is a fun little basket that goes together quickly and easily.

Here is my version.  I used pattern paper from Basic Grey and Doodle Bug.
The little basket is perfect for filling with some "gold coins" and giving to a special friend.

I hope you will try this fun, free little basket.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Sweet 16 Birthday Party

Are you ready for another Birthday inspired post?
This past month my baby turned 16.  
Really? 16?  How did that happen?

Anyway last minute she decided she wanted a party, so we scheduled the church and sent out some quick invites and all was ready...
except for the decorations.

She kind of wanted to do it herself so she bought balloons and paper streamers but then decided she wanted me to add just a touch more.

Of course the first thing I thought of was a banner.
You have to have a banner right?

She wanted pink, green and grey to match the balloons and things she had already gotten.  I was working on the Valentine's Dance decorations so I reused some of the same ideas and came up with this.

She liked it so much she asked if she could hang it in her room after the party.
(Score for mom!)

Next up was the photo booth.  We couldn't really come up with a cleaver booth so we decided on a "Selfie Station" instead!

First I cut out some words and hearts and we put them on a white board for the background. 
(please excuse the less then perfect pictures-- that's what happens in a church gym)

I made a sign and cut out props using files from SVG Attic
 Armed with Selfie sticks, props and a sign we were ready.

The last thing my sweet sixteen year old wanted was NO CAKE!  
She really doesn't like cake but can you have a birthday party without cake?

How about a paper cake, filled with m&m's?

I purchased this file from My Scrap Chick a while ago but had never used it.

We used the paper cake as the center piece and then everyone got to take a favor home.
Win, win!  Cake without the cake!

For entertainment we hooked up my laptop to the projector and wireless speakers.  the kids, danced, talked , ate, laughed and had fun then we finished it up with a movie.

The party turned out to be a lot of fun, of course teenagers are fun to begin with (if not a little crazy)!
Next time I hope I get more than a few days notice!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

SVG Attic Birthday Bash Blog Hop

Welcome to the SVG Attic Birthday Bash blog hop! We are celebrating our second year with SnapDragon Snippets, so we decided to throw a blog hop.  We are so excited to have you join us today!
At each stop of the hop we hope you will be inspired by the creativity of SVG Attic's Inspiration Team AND their Guest Design Team. You are sure to find many wonderful projects that will be at the top of your crafting lists!

You should be arriving from Lisa'blog. If you happened across this post out of order, please head to the SVG Attic blog to start at the beginning of the hop.

Here is what I created for the hop:

Lets face it, with a house full of teenagers, every party turns into a movie party so why not start out right?

To create a Movie Birthday Party start with the Sweet Shop Kit at SVG Attics.

SVGA Sweet Shop Party

This is a Valentine kit but it is perfect for creating a birthday party.

I started with the banner.  It was really easy.  I simply used an Arial font to create my own letters and then used the  pennant.  Delete the hearts and add some basic stars in different sizes with foam pot dots.
What could be easier?

The Cupcake box works into a perfect concessions treat box.
Once again, omit the hearts.  To create the window, I used plastic from a bakery box and taped it to the inside.  It makes a clear window to peak in but sturdy enough the candy doesn't poke through.

Next up are the treat buckets.  They are a large size and perfect for filling with popcorn or other treats.  To finish them off, add some ribbon and a ticket with a star.
Make lots of these,you will want to fill them up with all kinds of goodies!

At the best parties, everyone takes home a little favor.  They can be filled with candy, treats or even a thank you note.
Use the plain truffle box in different sizes.  Tie the ends with some pretty ribbon and for the finishing touch add another star or two.

Now is the time to get the Sweet Shop Party Kit because there is a big sale happening now at SVG Attic!
Don't miss out and make your movie  birthday party the best it has ever been!

Now how about some blog hop prizes??

2- $15 Gift Certificates to SVG Attic

What do you need to do to be eligible for these amazing prizes?
1. Become a follower and/or email subscriber of each blog in the hop.
2. Leave some comment love at each stop. You can do so until midnight on Sunday, February 21st to be eligible for the prizes.
3. If you do both of the above, check back at the SVG Attic blog for the winners on Tuesday, February 23rd.

We would also love it if you would stop by the SVG Attic Facebook page and give us a "Like"!

Here is the complete blog hop lineup:
Tracy (You are here!)
Beth (Go here NEXT!)

I hope you have enjoyed this stop on our hop! Be sure to head on over to the other stops for more birthday inspiration. Comment and become a follower to be eligible for the prizes!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Sneak Peak

Tomorrow is the SVG Attic Birthday Bash Blog Hop.

You can join us by clicking here or follow along on Facebook.

I am so excited to be a part of this Blog Hop.
I thought I would share a little sneak peak of what you will see here on my blog.

Interested?  Come back on Saturday and check things out.
You might also win a prize.  
Pretty cool!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Valentine's Day Banners

I love making banners.
Its one of my favorite things to create.

When I got asked to decorate for our ward's Valentine's dance I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

First off I plugged in the Cameo and cut a ton of red, white and pink hearts, then I added cupids in black and lips in pink and red. I also cut words like Love, Cutie, XOXO, Be Mine and Kiss Me, in different sizes.
I hung the shapes and words all over the walls.
(sorry no pictures for this- Church gyms are not the best place for taking photos)

For the tables, I used the cameo again.  This time cutting out some very pretty heart dollies.
The dollies were laid under heart shaped bowls filled with candies and cheep rose petals from Walmart scattered around. 
Very elegant, simple and pretty.
Still no pictures.

For one corner of the room, we made a "Selfie Station"
On the white board I hung the Kiss Me banner (below) and some more of the shapes.
On a table sitting next to the white board was this sign and props.
The Selfie Station was a hit!
(These are the pictures from my daughters party, I reused the sign and some of the props then made some new ones as well- no pictures)
Lots of pictures now floating around on Facebook and Instagram

To finish off the Decorations I created three Banners.

The Love Banner was easy to create.

Find a font you really love,
Type the word and make it really big.(The letters in this banner are about 11" tall)
Add some holes on the top and  then cut.
String them all together with a ribbon and a great banner is ready to go.
Try it with any word you like.

The Be Mine banner was created using a basic pennant and a heart with scalloped background.
 Use a basic serif font to create your letters.
To add a finishing touch, add a cupid on each side of the letters.
Tie the Pennants together with string and then add some pretty pink tulle.

Here is a close up look.
I think it turned out pretty nice and its big too.

I made the Kiss Me banner almost the same way as the Be Mine.
Use a basic scalloped Pennant.
The font is called Cheri and its one of my favorites. Do an offset for the letters.  Glue the letter to the offset/shadow then add both to the pennant with foam pop dots.
Add a heart and some lips to finish it off.

Here is a close up of the banner.
The Kiss Me banner is the one I used as part of the back drop for the selfie station.

Not sure which one is my favorite because I love them all, I will leave that to you to decide.
In the mean time try making a banner yourself. You will be surprised how fun it can be.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Birthday Layout pages

Every month is a great month to celebrate a birthday because every month is a birthday for someone but all of February I will be "birthdaying" it up here on the blog.
(Of course there will be some Valentine projects as well.)

For our Silhouette classes this month we are doing two different Scrapbook layouts celebrating birthdays while we learn a few new techniques.  Here is a sneak peek with some little instructions.

This is Birthday Bash Kit from Silhouette.  It can also be purchased at  PPb n Designs

I love using these pre-planned layout kits.  They are so easy to do and make the cutest pages.
To get started pick some of your favorite birthday pattern papers.
Open the file and start cutting. 
You don't have to resize or anything.
Once all your pieces are cut, layer the paper and create your layout. 
Once you do one layout, you will want to do them all!

This very simple 6x6 layout was created using nothing but dingbat fonts.
Yes fonts!
*Dingbats are fonts that have symbols and shapes in the positions designated for alphabetical or numeric characters. Some fonts have a printable PDF that shows you what the images are.  If not you can use a Character Map to view them.

To create the layout download the Favor and Flavors Three Dingbat font here.

Once the file is downloaded, you will install the font and print off the PDF that comes with it.

To make the elements, open the Text window in Silhouette Studio and select the font type Favor and Flavors Three.
Look at the PDF and find the element you want to create.
Type the letter that represents your element.
(for example to get the frame you would type lower case m)
The frames show up on your mat. 
Now you just have to size the element to a workable size and cut it out.

Thats all there is to it.  Using Dingbats is easy and there are so many free ones you can find on the internet.  (Just check out Pinterest to get started!)

*Warning - using dingbats can be addicting! And you can use them for more then just layouts, try them on cards, banners and other paper projects.
Lets see what you can do!

If you are enjoying all this birthday talk be sure to join me for a very special birthday blog hop sponsored by SVG Attics

Monday, February 1, 2016

Valentine Purses

Do you ever find yourself wishing you had some little gift to give someone special, 
for a pick me up,
a thinking of you
or Happy Holiday

I find myself doing that a lot.  
And the silly thing is, I have access to the easiest way to create little give a ways!

This time I am going to be prepared.

I found this cute little purse pattern on the Silhouette Store today.
It is designed by Lori Whitlock (one of my favs!)

So I quickly made up a few of them and filled them with some red, pink and silver kisses.

Now I am ready for any little gift giving that may come up in the next few weeks.