Easy Handmade Spring Butterfly Card

Spring Butterfly Card

This card couldn’t be easier to make.  I started by cutting out this digital file by Samantha Walker on my silhouette.

Then, I added a white square to the inside to highlight and contrast the butterfly cut-out.  A couple of punched butterflies staggered in a diagonal line adhered with glue dots finished out the look!

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One of my favorite ways to dress up butterfly punches is by adding rhinestones.  If you are working in a purely digital format, no problem!  Jenni Bowlin’s Jeweled Butterflies collection will achieve this same look!

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Cherry Blossoms of Japan

A few days ago, I posted this photo on Instagram for “throw back Thursday” with the caption: Remembering our incredible trip to Japan 4 years and all the gorgeous blooms!

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Today’s weather is just absolutely perfect- there’s a slight breeze in the air, the temperature is hovering around 70 degrees, and the cherry trees in our neighborhood are in full bloom.  In honor of this beautiful Spring day and my love of cherry blossoms, I gathered a collection of some of my favorite pictures from our trip to Japan.  Enjoy!

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The next few pictures are from the garden at Heian Jingu Shrine in Kyoto.  This space was filled with what seemed like hundreds of weeping cherry blossoms suspended from bamboo canopies.  I could have stayed in this spot for hours.

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Happy Spring and Easter weekend!

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In the Workshop: Easy Easter Gift

Olivia sent some special packages to her favorite buddies that contained a Spring/Easter surprise.

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Aren’t these solar powered dancing chicks adorable!?  Olivia has gotten such a kick out of watching this toy- she is constantly pointing, “talking,” and running up to her new friend!

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I packaged this easy Easter gift in a DIY container made from Samantha Walker’s Bottle Box Kit.  Then, I added an embellished tag with the saying, “This dancing chick knows… you are one of my favorite peeps!”

I made two versions– one features a cheerful yellow/pink combination and another sports a bright green/blue palette.  I transformed the name plate tag from the Cottontail Embellishment pack to a blue tone by checking the “colorize” option under the saturation level and manipulating the hue slider.

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I’ll be honest, I was a little intimidated when I first opened the SVG file for this box.  The video on Samantha Walker’s website was really helpful in terms of figuring out how to fold everything (Click here for video link.)

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A couple of hints that will make this project easier:

  • Use somewhat flexible paper that won’t splinter along fold lines.
  • Before you assemble the box, make sure that you have folded each and every one of the “score lines” — especially all of the curved lines!
  • I approached folding the curved score lines from multiple angles — keep turning your paper since the middle marks are harder to get to!
  • After all the score lines are folded, I found it easiest to tuck the tabs into side slots to make a cylindrical box shape (this process deviates from the video).  Then, I folded the bottom pieces together to form the base.  After completing these two steps, I assembled the top.  Experiment with the order to find what works best for you!
  • The top assembly is tricky!  After folding the top pieces closed, you need to pinch all the pieces toward the center.

 

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Create Inspiration Party- Spring Treat Boxes

Welcome to the Create Inspiration Team’s April Party!

We are so excited to share some DIY Spring and Easter themed projects with you today.  Before we jump into our featured tutorials, we have an exciting announcement….. Jessica Sprague’s new sister site, Snap Click Supply Company, is now officially LIVE!  We love her new site, dedicated to bringing you the best collection of digital designs on the market.

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Who is ready for Easter?  Here is an idea for a unique Easter basket and treat box– perfect for your dinner table setting!

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Instructions for Making the Cool Chick Easter Basket:

1.  Use your silhouette to construct a box shape using traditional scrapbook paper or printed digital files.  (The pattern I used created a 2.75-inch x 2.75-inch cube.)

2.  Create a handle for your cute Easter cube using a scalloped punch.  Adhere to your project using double sided tape.  (The ends will get covered up when you add patterned paper in step 4!)

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3.  Open up the pink floral file from the Cottontail Papers collection in PSE.  For this project, I decided to lighten the background by adjusting the levels and saturation layers of the image.  (Side Note: It was such a light-bulb moment for me when Jessica explained how to tweak digital patterned paper using the saturation layer and colorize function during one of her classes.  Be sure to check out all her scrapbooking classes for the full scoop on customizing your layouts!)

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4.  Print out your floral background and cut out 4 squares to fit the sides of your boxes.  Adhere using double sided tape.

5.  Open up 4 characters from the Cool Chicks Elements collection in your silhouette software.  (I sized them to be about 2.5-inches tall for my cube.)  You will want to trace the outer edges of each element and then use the print and cut features of the silhouette.

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(A couple of helpful hints: Make sure your registration marks are on so you know where to place your elements on the page.  Click on the “Trace” button from the top menu followed by the “Select Trace Area” button.  Use your cursor to highlight one of the elements.  Then, un-check the high pass filter and move your threshold all the way up to 100%.  All that’s left is clicking the “Trace Outer Edge” button!  Repeat these steps for all of your elements.)  If you are new to the silhouette, I highly recommend Lori Whitlock’s class Silhouette Basics.  This YouTube video will also walk you through how to print and cut using the silhouette.)

6.  Time to embellish your cube!  I mounted the Cool Chick elements to each side using foam tape and created a paper flower at the top.  You could use flower punches or an SVG file, like the center shape from the Decorative Flowers collection, to cut out various petals!  I gently curled each point with a pen to give my shape even more dimension.  To finish the look, add a pink pearl to the center! (I attached each petal layer with a glue dot.)

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7.  Fill your “Easter Basket” with a surprise treat!

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Instructions for Making the Spring Treat Box:

1.  Download the No Mess Cupcake Box and cut out each element using the silhouette.  (Lori Whitlock’s class is INVALUABLE for understanding how to group/ungroup pieces of a set like this!)

2.  Embellish the center name-plate.  I attached a tiny punched flower to the center of a bow using a glue dot.

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3.  Instead of a cupcake, fill your box with a treat filled Easter egg!

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Wouldn’t these little Spring treat boxes look adorable at each place-setting or even as place card holders?

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You are going to LOVE what our team is sharing this month!  Be sure to click on each photo link and prepare to be INSPIRED:

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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Wishing you a charming and magical St. Patrick’s Day!

(Photo taken last year and this year- my oh my, what a difference 12 months makes!)

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Lately… March 2014

Quiet on the blog lately… a sneak peak at what’s going on behind the scenes:

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…watching this sweet girl GROW.

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…crafting like crazy for a special celebration.  Can’t wait to reveal more!

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…enjoying the first couple days of SPRING weather (hello, 60 degrees!)

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…turning 30 in 2 short weeks!

…finishing outstanding kitchen projects (tile, crown molding, painting).

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Easy Winter Craft Activity

Our part of the country has been known to have a late snowfall during the month of March.  As winter draws to a close, I thought I would share one last craft activity that can be pulled together in a matter of minutes.  Olivia’s cousins, ages 4-9, stayed with us over The Holidays and we made paper snowflake ballerinas.

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To make these beauties, we followed the basic tutorial on Krokotak.com.

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A couple of notes on our process:

  1. I created a ballerina template using a manila file folder so that tracing would be a breeze!  The girls just had to position this shape against a folded edge of a piece of construction paper.
  2. I gathered a variety of different papers/materials to make the paper ballerina skirts.  The girls experimented with construction paper, tissue paper, and even cellophane to create their festive skirt layers.  I would suggest cutting out each material into a square shape so it is ready to go before the craft begins.
  3. Embellish, embellish, embellish!  The girls used glitter glue pens to decorate their masterpieces. Rainbow loom rubber bands even served as colorful necklaces!

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So impressed with their creativity!

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Cheers to the last bit of winter before SPRING!

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One Little Word: January and February

Loving the process of making my word visible this year by participating in Ali Edward’s One Little Word Class.  Here’s a peak at January:

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One of the writing prompts included finding a quote reflective of your word.  I had a hard time choosing just one so I created a full page of “Light” quotes.  In between several blocks of text, I scattered various sizes of silver, aqua, and vellum stars.

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Download a copy if this visual resonates with you: Light Quotes Printable

Action cards for February are prepped and awaiting my text for specific measurable goals.  For the monthly reflections layout, I used pieces of a transparency printed with patterned clouds in 3 of the squares.

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In the process of preparing these pages, I realized that I wanted to create something that captured the word GROW for the prior year.  I wasn’t able to keep up with any of the monthly prompts in terms of creatively documenting our time.  To honor our big year, I created these pages:

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I enclosed my word within a text frame documenting all the ways we were constantly required to GROW.  Thicker number letters, a delicate leaf die-cut, and flower punches embellished the layout.

On the backside, I created a text block of song lyrics that were particularly meaningful to me.  A few of my favorite pictures, polka dot washi tape, and a simple journaling card completed the look.  (Note: I used the weld function on my silhouette to make the “Grow” text appear more scripted.)

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A few favorite details:

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As February draws to a close, I’m really excited to see what March and the rest of the year brings!

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Create Inspiration Party- DIY Spring Cupcake Toppers

Welcome to the Create Inspiration Team’s February Party!

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Spring is in the air, friends!  After a LONG winter, our area finally surpassed the 40 degree mark.  Pretty soon, the crocus and daffodils will be blooming and I can’t wait!  In honor of this “spring fever,” I put together a project that is perfect for your next Spring celebration:

DIY Cupcake Toppers

These darling cupcake toppers are from Carina Gardner’s Fresh Picked Spring Stamp Collection.  Here’s a close-up of each design:

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Ready to make your own hybrid cupcake toppers using digital elements from Jessica’s Shoppe and traditional scrapbooking supplies?  Follow these simple steps:

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  1. Open each stamp in PSE.
  2. Use the “Fill Layer” option to select what color you would like the image to be.
  3. Drag each of these shapes onto a new 8.5 x 11-inch  document.
  4. With the grid function on, size each circle to fit a 1-3/4th inch circle punch.
  5. Print your stamps.
  6. Cut out each shape using a 1-3/4th inch circle punch.
  7. Edge your stamped shape with glue and sprinkle with glitter.
  8. Add embellishments to the center (rhinestones, punched flowers, etc..)
  9. Cut out a scalloped shape from a piece of scrapbooking or digital paper.  (I printed digital files from the Happy Spring Mega Paper Pack.)
  10. Layer your stamped element onto your scalloped circle shape and adhere.
  11. Tape your finished topper to a toothpick or a lollipop stick.
  12. Add your beautiful design to a delicious cupcake!

If you need a refresher on how to edge your paper with glue and glitter, see this POST or this TUTORIAL.  For my center embellishments, I used a combination of shamrock, heart, cupcake, and flower punches.  There are so many crafting possibilities– 4 little hearts punched on green paper, for instance, transform into a shamrock!  Likewise, I added a little bling to the top of the cupcake candle by adhering a simple clear rhinestone.

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Wouldn’t the shamrock toppers be festive for a St. Pat’s Day celebration?  Pair them with this DIY digital print using supplies from Jessica’s Shoppe and you’ve got instant party decor!

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For the full scoop on crafting this print, head over to THIS POST.

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You are going to LOVE what our team is sharing this month!  Be sure to click on each link and prepare to be INSPIRED:

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 Chez Nous: Irish Blessings and Banner by Tammy Circeo

Craftin’ Chaos: Life Planner by Debbie Crowder

Designing Delicious Adventures: DIY Spring Cupcake Toppers by Candice Meyer

Just a Pharmgirl: Gettin’ Lucky with Bingo Cards by Betsy Sammarco

Dinner Hero: Easy Spring Break Photo Album Project by Julie Walker

We hope you enjoyed our February party!  If you missed all the January fun, check out our projects HERE.  See you next month for Easter-inspired designs!

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DIY Art Print for St. Patrick’s Day

Some St. Patrick’s Day inspiration for you this weekend:

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To complete this simple art print, I used a journaling card from the St. Patrick’s Day Mini-Theme Collection by Echo Park.  Then, I added several text layers and several embellishments, including a center shamrock made out of sparkly gold hearts.  Love this simple quote– perfect for St. Patty’s Day.

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A couple of tips:

  • I placed each line of text on a separate layer in Photoshop Elements.  (If there was a scripted word within the line, it also received its own layer.)
  • I aligned my text by dragging and dropping ruler guides.
  • Fonts: Ostrich Sans and Sverige Script.
  • After I had everything the way I wanted it, I merged all the layers so I could easily drag the element onto an 8.5 x 11-inch paper to print.

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I loved the way this little journaling card turned out– so, I made it into a greeting card too!

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I sized the digital element to be 3-inches wide and layered it onto gold paper and a green die-cut shape.  Can’t beat a card that you can make in less than 10 minutes after the digital work is already complete!

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