Monday, November 24, 2014

Lego Friends Birthday Party!

Hello Friends!

Well, my sweet daughter is on her last year for single digits.  She turned 9 on Saturday and requested a Lego Friends theme.  I knew when we began to look at Amazon, Zurchers, Party City, Target and anywhere else we could think of, we'd have to get very clever and come up with some decorations.  No problem, thanks to my Cricut Explore!  Man, that machine made me a total rockstar and my sweet Shelby was SO excited with her party.  For starters, her cute daddy wrapped her gifts to look like Legos.  Holy cute, I must say!

She ordered a strawberry cake with vanilla frosting.  So, once again her awesome daddy made her a cake, also resembling a Lego: 

Next, is where I was able to help out.  I made the confetti to match all the colors of the presents and her banner that I was so delighted with.  Here's a close up of one of the panels: 

I found this Lego Font and had added it to my computer so I could use it in Design Space.  Well, this font in particular has characters in some of the letters, and Design Space only added them as X's.  I was panicking a little but I decided to add her name in Photoshop and make it a Jpeg so I could use it in Design Space.  It looked SO cute and I could get to work.  I made 9 panels on her banner, each panel had 9 circles with her cute name on them.  I double stick taped them to give them a little dimension and asked my 5 year old if it looked like a Lego.  She said exuberantly, YES!  I was so excited.  The first panel and last panel needed to look like a Lego scene.  I scoured my cartridges and found the perfect cuts to weld and add to the scene.  

The branches were from Cindy Loo and the grass was from Walk in My Garden as well as the butterflies.  It was SO fun to make this look as Lego-y as possible and I have to say it was perfect.  She now has it hanging in her room and I love that she wanted to keep it.  

Here's the whole thing that we hung in our front window.  It was a hit!  And I love that font written with my Explore so much.  The word is "AWESOME" on her banner.... Thanks to the Lego movie, I could include that as the birthday theme.  It was such fun and I am so happy we could pull off this not-so-easy theme.  

Thank you so much for visiting today.  I hope your Thanksgiving is the best.  I'm thankful for each of you!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Gift Card Holder

Hello Friends!

I wanted to show you a gift card holder I made to give to my daughter's substitute teacher.  She is having surgery next week and won't be subbing anymore.  My cute Shelby is so sad to see her go so I thought we could do something that may help her after surgery.  She decided on a gift card to Kneaders and I thought that would be perfect!

I decided to try something new with my Cricut Explore and have it emboss my words "Thinking of You" and then I'd scratch off the color and see what happened.  WOW!  Can we say "Love!!!".  I was so excited at how quickly this worked and it has that shabby distressed look that I just go crazy for. I just love when things work out exactly how I think they should!

I've only tried that technique just once, on a paper with a white core, but I will be trying solid colors soon!  I mean, why not!?  It worked so well, and I am even more in love with my Explore than before.  HOORAY!

Thank you for visiting today!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Wood Turkey? YES, PLEASE!


Today I have a project I actually completed in November and have been loving it as a Thanksgiving accent to my house.  Hooray for the The Wood Connection and their adorable wood crafts.  Oh how I love that store!

I of course had to add feathers cut with my Cricut Explore and some 12x12 paper.  

Thank you so much for visiting today!  I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I'm so thankful for you!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bestie's Birthday Card

Hi again!

Today I have a card that I made for my Bestie.  Her birthday is a big deal!  I had to make sure her card was as sweet as she is.  I think this was the ticket!  

Thank you for visiting today!  Hope you've had a great weekend!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Base Camp Wood Monogram

Hello sweet friends!

I wanted to show you one of my favorite projects I've done so far.  I actually entered it into the Cricut I Made It Contest.  YAY!  I used Base Camp to make a template for my husband to cut some wood for me.  He cut the shadow and made the stand, and then I painted and cut another "N" not the shadow.  It wasn't the easiest thing to put together but I'm SO happy with how it turned out.  My cute friend loved it as well.  

Thank you for visiting today!  I appreciate you so much.  

Friday, November 14, 2014

Mini Box of Cards

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I have a post of a gift I made to thank the previous Box Tops for Education Coordinator at my girls' school for all of her help to get me set up as the new Coordinator.  I saw this beautiful project from Karen's Krafty Korner and knew it'd be perfect!  The cards all had flowers that I dry embossed and scuffed the color off to make the white trim and I loved the band around the box and I can't wait to make some more. I of course had to add some rolled flowers using my Cricut and then my gift was finished! 

Thank you so much for visiting today.  Stay tuned for some more fun crafts I've done over the past few months.