Monday, May 11, 2015

End of School Year Gift Bags

I can't believe summer is almost here!  What an amazing school year it's been for our 4 year old.  She has absolutely loved school and adores her teachers. I wanted her to be included in the gift we'll be giving her teachers so I asked if she'd like to decorate the gift bags for them. She can never say no to painting! :)

White Kraft Bags from Whisker Graphics are the perfect canvas to let your little one's imagination run wild.  Our daughter is in love with polka dots and stripes and draws them on everything she can get her hands on.  It was only fitting that polka dots and stripes adorned the gift bags as well. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:
White Kraft Bags- Whisker Graphics
Paint- Sea foam, Gold and Coral
Basket shred

Monday, April 13, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Wrapping Idea

With Mother's Day being right around the corner, I thought  I'd share a couple quick and simple gift wrapping ideas. 

I just love the simplicity of a basic brown and white paper bag and these kraft bags from Whisker Graphics are the perfect blank canvas to dress up. 

For these gift bags, I simply wrapped crocheted lace around the bag and attached vintage ephemera using Natural Solid Divine Twine,  So quick, easy and perfectly feminine for Mother's Day. 

Supplies used:
Natural Solid Divine Twine
Brown and White Plain Kraft Bags
Crotchet lace, vintage ephemera- Melissa Frances

Monday, March 30, 2015

Magical Easter Bunny Door

Hi there!
 I'm so excited to be guest posting for The Wood Connection today. I have a fun project that I think you'll enjoy. 

Spring is finally here and with that comes the magic of the Easter Bunny. My 4 year old daughter was concerned about how the Easter bunny would get into our house to leave eggs and treats. "He can't come down the chimney because that's for Santa  and he's too little to reach the doorknob," she pondered.  We thought and thought about how that old rabbit would get inside our house.  Aha!  A magical bunny door that only the Easter Bunny could open would be the perfect way for him to get in! 

My daughter attentively observes the bunny door in amazement and is counting down the days until Easter. She has even started leaving little offerings of carrots and Easter eggs on the table for the bunny. 

Ready to make your own magical bunny door?!
Let's get started!

Supplies used:
Bunny Vinyl
Small Wood Table
Foam Brushes
Paint: Gold, Coral, Cream and Sea Foam
All products available at The Wood Connection

Other Supplies:
Door Hinges (available at Home Depot)
Gold Glitter


Paint a light layer of cream paint across the entire slat sign.  When the board is completely dry, rub the bunny vinyl onto the sign. Paint a thin layer of sea foam blue paint across the entire board and over the stencil. Once the paint is dry, peel off the stencil. Sand the entire board to get a distressed look. 

Paint door hinges gold and allow to dry. Once dry. screw them into the edge of the slat sign. 

Paint a thin coat of wood glue to the egg and sprinkle with gold glitter. After it has dried. use wood glue to attach the egg doorknob to the sign. 

Directions for the Bunny Table:

Paint top of table cream and allow to dry. Attach bunny vinyl to top of the table and proceed to paint over the stencil using gold paint. Paint the entire table gold and let dry. Peel off bunny stencil.

Using a piece of painters tape, tape off two sections on each table leg. Paint the bottom section coral and the top section sea foam blue. 

So there you have it! An enchanting portal from Easter Town right into your very own living room.

There is nothing I love more than to foster imagination and curiosity in children. I think this magical Easter bunny door does just that. :) 

 Thank you so much for stopping by and have Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Spring Umbrella Favors

How about some darling umbrella favors for your Easter brunch? Or how cute would these be for a spring bridal or baby shower? Whisker Graphics makes creating sweet favors so easy with their bright and happy spring colored Middy Bags.  Just looking at all these pretty colors makes me want to go on an Easter egg hunt. :)


Make a cone out of white cardstock. Cut the edges off  a middy bag and cover the cone. Secure the bag around the cone with adhesive. Fill cone with shredded basket filler and goodies.

Tuck a paper straw down into the cone. Wrap tulle around the cone and gather at the top. Secure the top of the tulle by tying Divine Twine around the top. Attach spring label around the cone using Divine Twine.

Thank you for stopping by! 

Supplies used:
Yellow Chevron Middy Bag
Green Horizontal Striped Middy Bag
Pink Polka Dot Middy Bag
Aqua Divine Twine
Green Apple Divine Twine
white cardstock
white tulle
shredded basket filler
paper straws
adhesive- Xyron Mega Runner

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Mommy and Me Valentine Party

Last week my daughter and I had a few friends over for a Mommy and Me Valentine Party. We had lunch, made Valentine cards and decorated pink cookies. The little girls had a blast giggling and making things while us moms had fun...well....giggling and making things. ;)

I made each little girl a party hat using a basic cone template and cutting it out using white cardstock. I thought these pink Whisker Graphic bags would be perfect to cover the hats with. I cut the bags in half, wrapped them around the cone and adhered using my Mega Runner. I then attached paper hearts to the front of the hat and added a bit of tissue garland around the bottom and top.  I love how the middle hat looks like pink frosting on a Valentine cookie. So sweet!  

Here are mini goodie bags I made for the girls.  I sealed the top of the bag and turned it on its side, I then cut the side off so it was envelope style and filled it with conversation hearts and pink jelly beans. I embellished the bag with a Sweet Sticky Label, a be mine heart and a mini clothespin.

I made the same bag for the moms by sealing the top of the bag, turning it on its side and cutting the side of the bag off.  I embellished with pink doilies, bingo cards and hearts.

These little bags held stamps, stickers and little heart notepads for the girls to draw on. I tied a little Valentine tag to the bag using Cotton Candy Divine Twine.

Each little girl also received a little love bug to take home. :)

The decorations were simple. I used my Cricut machine and cut out several hearts and attached them to strands of Cotton Candy Divine Twine using glue. After the glue had dried, I hung the strands from the ceiling. It was so fun to see a flurry of hearts hanging all throughout the living room.

For lunch I thought it would be fun to have little bite size foods presented in muffin tins. The girls loved their heart shaped cheese (that's why there are no photos of it in the tins!). We had carrots, grapes, cheese, crackers, oranges and s'more snack mix.  We also had pizza but the muffin tins were such a hit that no one really paid any attention to the pizza!

When the party was over and it was time to go home, each girl received this cute felt envelope to carry her valentines and goodies home in. I bought it from Target in the dollar spot (LOVE that dollar spot!).

 Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a beautiful Valentine's Day! xox


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Valentine Decor

Valentine's Day will soon be here and I am in full decorating mode. I LOVE Valentine's Day. It's right up there with Halloween. As much as I adore the classic reds and pinks for Valentine's, this year I wanted to change it up a bit with sea foam blue and gold. 

The project today uses my favorite Xyron machine - the 5" Creative Station.  Before my Creative Station came along, I was using glue that would take forever to dry and would bubble up my paper. It drove me nuts! With the Creative Station, I simply feed the paper through the machine and apply it onto the wood block. No mess, no drying time and no bubbled up paper. 

Apply acrylic paint to wood blocks, chunky heart, finial and mini candlestick and allow to dry. Using wood glue, attach candlestick to wood block and let dry. Attach finial to top of wood block as well.
Run paper card through the 5" Creative Station and apply to block. 

After I painted the wood heart, I cut stretchy sequin trim to fit the heart. I then used my Xyron Mega Runner across the top of the heart and attached the trim. Pretty quick and easy, eh?

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Supplies used:
Xyron 5" Creative Station
Xyron Mega Runner
Mini candlesticksphoto blockschunky heart - The Wood Connection
paint-  Sea Foam, Delta
wood glue
gold sequin trim

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Frozen Birthday Party

Our daughter recently turned 4 and had been dreaming of a Frozen themed birthday party. I was more than happy to make this dream come true! I wanted it to be magical but I didn't want to spend a ton on decorating. Thank heavens for the dollar store.  Dollar Tree had snowflakes galore in every shape and size, so I bought several and hung them up all over the house. I wanted the kids to feel like they were really in Elsa's ice palace. 

The invites to the party were made with DCWV glitter cardstock, tied with cream ribbon and embellished with a snowflake and pearl. Inside the envelopes for the invites, I found these darling movie ticket style invitation. Just use photoshop or Picmonkey to fill in all the details of your party. 

The goodie bags for the kids were fun and inexpensive. I found these t shirts at Lone Rock Outlet for one dollar! If you go, just know you have to do a little digging in the dollar bins but I was able to find 8 Frozen tshirts with no problem.  The shirts also change color in the sun which made the kids pretty excited. I tied the shirts with ribbon and added little snowflake rings from the dollar store. 

Using a basic playdough recipe, I added a little glitter and light blue food coloring for "Elsa's Sparkly Snow Dough"...the kids loved it! 

I placed the playdough in a ziplock bag and put the dough in these darling white kraft bags by Whisker Graphics. I made the labels and attached them to the bags. I then punched a whole in the bag and using Aqua Divine Twine, tied a snowflake cookie cutter to the bag.

I found this adorable Frozen scavenger hunt that we played during the party. It was a huge hit and SO much fun. The kids had a blast running around the house searching for the clues.  At the end of the scavenger hunt, the kids found their gift bags with their t shirts and playdough. 

For the food place cards, I made the labels and attached them to white kraft bitty bags. I sprayed a bit of spray adhesive on the bags, sprinkled white mica over the bags and filled with basket shred. These little snowballs were found at Joann's and I thought they would be perfect to use as a stand for the place cards. I attached a stick to the back of the white kraft bags and stuck the stick inside the snowballs. 

I made a few cakes stands to display the food on by simply gluing a dollar store candlestick to a glass plate (also from the dollar store). 

Carrots for Olaf noses..,

Popcorn as snowflakes...

I wanted to buy white donut holes for the snowballs but I only found brownish ones and I wasn't about to drive all around town searching for white donut holes. So, I bought these mini blue cookies instead. 

String cheese and crackers for Sven Snacks...
Frozen grapes...

Blue and silver kisses to melt a frozen heart.

And of course, we had to drink melted snow. 

Here is the cake. I had no idea what I was doing but somehow it turned out pretty well. At least the 4 year olds ate it up and my sweet husband claimed to love it! ;-)

BEST part of the party for our daughter was the Snow Queen herself, Elsa. When she walked in, our daughter whispered to herself with wide eyes "She is real..."
Elsa told stories, sang and danced with the kids. She also presented a crown to the birthday girl. Our daughter was (and still is!) in absolute heaven over having Elsa come to her party! I cannot describe how incredible she was with the kids, the looks on all their little faces was priceless.  

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a magical day!

Supplies used:
White Kraft Bags by Whisker Graphics
Aqua Divine Twine
White Mica
Snowflakes, glass candlesticks, glass plates,vases (spray painted silver)- dollar store
silver sparkle fabric used as a backdrop- Joann's Fabrics.

If you'd love an amazing Elsa to come to your child's party, contact Magic Princess Parties.