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Easy Spring Gift Box

I fell in love with this beautiful lattice gift box in the silhouette store.  And, it just happened to be the right size for a darling album from one of Olivia’s sessions with our favorite photographer, Tiffany Henning.

Spring Gift Box

I cut the file out using my silhouette and adorned the top of the box with a die-cut Nestability flower, 2 tiny punched green leaves, and a center pearl.

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This little box is easy to put together and packs a definite “wow” presentation- perfect for Mother’s Day!

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Two Photos and a Lifetime in Between

Mother’s Day is around the corner.  My mom has always treasured this little grouping of photos that sits nestled in the edges of her dresser mirror:

Mom Gardens

I was probably 15 months old, happily exploring flowers at my grandparent’s garden.  The little girl on the carousel is my mom.  I recently asked her why the photos are taped together and she replied, “well that’s easy- I love this photo [of me] because I can see you in it!  You’re mine.”

I snapped this scene a few weeks ago of Olivia and my mom at the Botanical Gardens:

Grandma and Olivia Spring 2014

I’m struck by the similarities- a flower scene and so much love.  I have a feeling that one day, this photo will be pinned to my dresser mirror as well.

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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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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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DIY Art Print for St. Patrick’s Day

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

Irish DIY Print

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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Irish Print Detail

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.

Irish DIY Print 2

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

Irish Print Card Details

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!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day… Cheers to simple DIY projects that add a bit of charm to your home!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Wishing you a delicious day filled with love!

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*Photo Credit: Tiffany Henning of TH Photography & Design

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Valentine Recipe Idea

A few weeks ago, I attended a class taught by STL Veg Girl, Caryn Dugan.  I sampled tofu and seitan dishes… and actually LOVED them!  I tried recreating one of her amazing recipes at our annual Pinks and Drinks girls get-together before Valentine’s Day.

Chocolate Mousse

The chocolate mousse was a hit!  After requests, I mailed the recipe as a Valentine.  I used Carina Gardner’s recipe card from Jessica Sprague’s digital shoppe as a base for the text.  On the back, I paired a journaling card from the Blowing Kisses collection with my favorite dessert quote about friendship.

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Valentine Recipe Gift

This quick and easy Valentine gift idea also gave me the chance to test out the print and cut tools on the Silhouette… love the ability to cut out any digital shape I want!  I used this feature to make the little banner tags and scalloped recipe note!

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If you ever have a chance to take one of Caryn’s classes, you won’t regret it!  Love having delicious ideas on how to accomplish my goal of incorporating more plant based foods into my diet.

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Valentine Countdown

Pinterest is exploding with amazing ideas for creative Valentines these days.  When I saw this PIN, I knew I had to try and make these fun airplanes!  As I clicked through to the post for the instructions, I found 7 more darling projects featured on a blog hop.  I instantly realized that these inspiring projects were perfect for creating a little Valentine Countdown to send to my sweet nieces!

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Here’s a peak at how each day turned out:

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I used Skip to My Lou’s darling printable to complete the first day’s surprise.  My little instruction note encouraged my nieces to help “pick out an outfit for ‘Suzy Sunshine’ each day of the countdown week or to even draw/design one of their own!”  I utilized die-cuts, stamps, a paper heart doily, ribbon, punches, and coordinating papers to finish the design.

Day-4

I combined two of the featured blog hop projects for Day 4.  I used my silhouette to create a fun heart box, which I filled with Hershey Kisses along with the cute printable from Catch my Party.  I lined the bottom of a second handmade box with Skittles and placed the darling printable from P N P Flowers on top.  Aren’t those heart flaps adorable?!

Day-3

I included a stamped tic-tac-toe board to fit inside a small “I LOVE YOU” envelope based on inspiration from Nest of Posies XOXO Tic Tac Toe Valentine post.  I packaged this cute game with printable envelopes from Camille Styles.  I tucked a few favorite pics of my nieces with Olivia into these fun envelope designs.

Day-2

Day 2 was all about racing paper airplanes designed by Kami at NoBiggie.  I bundled these cuties into a little paper bag decorated with Washi Tape and sticker letters.

And, finally… Day 1’s surprise involved quite a few colorful rubber bands:

Rainbow-Loom

I fell in love with the saying featured on Paper and Pigtails: Let’s Band Together and Be Friends Forever!  Kori’s design inspired me to experiment with some digital files from Jessica Sprague’s online store.  I used paper from the Blowing Kisses collection and a shape by Carina Gardner to highlight 4 new rainbow loom bracelets for my nieces.  (I checked the “colorize” button on the paper to transform the pink background into a beautiful aqua!)

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I packaged everything up in a fun Valentine box from Michael’s.

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That’s it…  5 Days of fun inspired by super talented bloggers!!  Be sure to check out the Blog Hop to see each blogger’s creative project and free printable designs.

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Valentine Decorations

Is it just me or does winter start to feel dreadfully long by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around?  Despite the snow still on the ground, these beautiful tulips make it feel more like Spring.

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Flower displays happen to be one of my favorite ways to decorate for Valentine’s Day.

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Here’s a peak at an evening Valentine table setting I used for Pinks and Drinks one year:

Valentine Table Setting

Candle light, flowers (real and fake), and crystal… a tried and true recipe for easy, beautiful decor!

Remember our manzanita tree decked out with Halloween decor? Here it is transformed for Valentine’s Day:

Valentine Tree

One last decorating idea: create a display featuring treasured cards collected over the years.  This past year, my Dad helped me transform this antique frame leftover from my Great-Aunt’s painting stash into a fully functional display piece.  (He used piano wire to create a backing grid!)  I clipped my favorite Valentines to this frame using a variety of small, decorative clothespins.

Valentine Display Frame

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Valentine Party Ideas: Pinks and Drinks Invitation

As you might have seen in my Instagram feed, we are decorated for Valentine’s Day!  Each February, I look forward to pulling out treasured Valentine’s I’ve received from family and friends over the years.  I came across an invitation I sent out nearly 4 years ago and couldn’t resist sharing it with you.

The inspiration for “Pinks and Drinks” came from the Hostess with the Mostess blog I came across back in 2008: Valentine’s Day Party Invites.  Here was my DIY card version:

Pinks and Drinks Invitation

This stair step card was embellished using Martha Stewart punches, rubber stamps, and a Nestability die.

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I love how dimensional this card turned out!

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Isn’t this a fun theme?  Here are some easy, fun Valentine party decorating ideas!

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