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.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Card and Bottle Brush Trees

Christmas is right around the corner and if you're looking for some last minute card and decor ideas, I've got a couple for you. 

I made a card using paper, die cuts and a mini polka dot envelope from Melissa Frances. The bottle brush are stacked on top of vintage spools with bakers twine wrapped around them. I finished them off by adhering Christmas die cuts to the front. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Soap Packaging

I was thrilled to be a part of Stampington's  winter issue of Willow and Sage. It's a gorgeous publication with beautiful visuals and amazing DIY recipes for bath and body. 
Today I'd love to show you some simple ways to wrap handmade soaps for gift giving this holiday season.

Instructions for soap packaging:
Wrap cream crochet lace around each bar of soap. Tie mini embellishments such as resin frames, bottle brush trees and ornaments to the soap using bakers twine. Tuck holiday mini flash cards into the lace. Sprinkle with a bit of mica.

Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies used:

Deck the Halls Mini Flashcards - Melissa Frances
White Mica - Melissa Frances
Cream Crochet Lace - Melissa Frances
Mini Bottle Brush Tree - Melissa Frances
Resin and Ornament- Melissa Frances
Natural Solid Divine Twine - Whisker Graphics
Handmade soap- my awesome stepmom, Lisa. :)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Three Tiered Holiday Dessert Tray with The Wood Connection

Happy Holidays!
Today I'd love to show you a fun project that is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.
 Let's get started!

Supplies used:
mini wood finial
wood glue
ivory paint
patterned paper- Authentique; Cozy
All products available at The Wood Connection

Paint all the unfinished candlesticks and frames with ivory paint and let dry. I didn't worry too much about making sure the paint was perfect, I like a little of that shabby/worn look.

Trace the frames around the pattern paper and cut out. Attach paper to frames using mod podge and allow to dry.
Open up the back of the frames and sprinkle a bit of mica onto the glass. Cut out a piece of paper to cover the back and place it on top of the mica. Place back of frame back together. 

Here's a close up of what the mica will look like through the frame. Don't you just love that little bit of sparkle?! 

Attach mini wood finial to the mini candlestick using wood glue and allow to dry.

Attach four candle cups to the bottom of the largest frame using wood glue and let dry. 
Using wood glue, layer the frames and candle sticks; large frame/large candlestick, medium frame/medium candlestick. Then place the next medium frame on top of the last candlestick and attach mini finial to the top of the frame. Allow to dry.

Next add festive photos, mini gift bags, desserts, tea cups and anything else you can think of to adorn your dessert tray. 

Thanks so much to the The Wood Connection for having me. I am always so thrilled when the ask me to guest post. As a little Merry Christmas to you, The Wood Connection has been generous enough to give me a $25 gift certificate to give to you! 
Simply leave a comment about what you love most about the holiday season and I'll pick a winner on Friday, December 19th. 
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!