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Autumn Colors Challenge

 

This is my first time participating in a challenge with SVG Cutting Files.  The challenge is for fall colors, you can create anything as long as you use fall colors and something from SVG Cutting Files.

I went ahead and made a Thanksgiving card using their Chibi Turkey file.  It’s a pretty cute little bird.   Although I did just realize I put the beak and little wing-hands on up-side down! oops.

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I designed the card base, flag and maple leaves.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out all the elements for the card.

The “let’s talk turkey” flag was printed and then cut.  I had the dashed just cut, but they didn’t show up that well, so I went over them with a marker.

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I used dimensional foam tabs to elevate the turkey and second level.

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This was also my first time using distressing ink on the edges.  I was a little nervous, cause you know if I over do I would have to just re-cut that piece.  But I am pleased with the result.

 

Don’t forget to go to the challenge page and see all the other amazing projects.

 


Dawn Marie

 

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A Birthday Party Hollywood Style

Awhile ago my nieces made a parody music video which was apparently really funny.  They had been wanting to make another video with some of their friends and decided their 11th birthday party would be the perfect opportunity.

My sister came up with a Hollywood Movie theme with a casting call audition and she employed me to come up with some invitations for her.

Hollywood Invitation I wanted to make a movie clapper as the envelope, my sister wanted a casting call flyer as the invitation.

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I changed her mind.  I really wanted to make the invitation look like old 35 mm film.  I wanted to print the information on velum with a picture of the girls.

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While the film was the length of the clapper, it wasn’t wide enough.  I didn’t want it to get lost in the envelope pocket so I added the film reel.

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I used Photoshop to make the clapper image look like a chalkboard.  I then used my Silhouette Cameo to cut all the components out.

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I used Silhouette’s print n’ cut feature for the front of the clapper, the back is black card stock.  I cut out the main part with the bottom strip as one piece, the triangle on the left and the top strip board were separate pieces.  I used brads to connect the three pieces and allow for movement of the top part.

 

These invitations are pretty big, and would have been more expensive to mail, but since they were just being handed out at school, we didn’t have to worry about that.

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Luckily Party City had a ton of Hollywood Movie decorations that my sister was able to find.

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I know, typically I would have made all these, but time just flew by and before we knew it, it was time for the party and I had no decorations made.

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The family room was set up as a karaoke station.  I don’t know how many times we heard “Let it Go” that night.

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Since it was a slumber party my sister limited the number of guest and we were able to set the table for pizza.

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I have never had a party where we could do a table setting and it was fun!

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My nieces insisted on the plastic wine & champagne glasses.

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They also had a photo booth set up, and we used a black plastic table-cloth for the back drop.

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She had a basket full of photo props.

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Each guest received a popcorn box full of other goodies, like scarves my mom made and little top hat head bands.

The girls decorated the cupcakes

 

Since my nieces love playing with fondant, my sister decided to let the kids decorate the cupcakes.  It keeps them occupied and saves on the work for her.

The girls had a great time and got the new video made.  Since I am just the aunt I got to leave after they consumed all the sugar and got all giggly.

 

Thanks for visiting and remember to Shine On
Dawn Marie

 

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Rainbow Brite Baby Shower

Hooray for Baby Season!

I love hosting baby showers and birthday’s and well any party really.  I don’t want to toot my own horn (OK, yes I do), but my sister and I throw some amazing parties.

One of my cousins, Bailey was expecting her first baby this month.  Our other cousin Darcy wanted to throw Bailey a shower, with the help of my sister and me.

A little background information for you, I have a boat load of cousins.  And it can kinda get confusing, as there are two that I am going to talk about, but they are not sisters, they are also cousins.

The three of us started brainstorming about themes, my sister and Darcy throwing down some great 80’s cartoon themes.  When Darcy says ‘Oh, I know! Rainbow Brite!’

A little side note: when Bailey found out they were having a girl she said “…she will wear and use anything that she is given but if you have color choices, go easy on the pink please we like the whole rainbow” so a rainbow theme was just perfect for her.  Plus there was a whole ton of Rainbow Brite playing going on whilst growing up.

So to work I went on the invitations.  I had less than a week to design, cut and send them out, so I went with a simple design.  We also kept the theme secret from the Mom-to-be.  That was really fun.  I of course use my Silhouette Cameo to make the invitations and other decorations.
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I cut out different colored circles in various sizes and sewed them together.  This was my first time sewing paper, and I am now hooked!

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We really wanted some tissue paper pom-poms and decided to make some ourselves.  We got some tissue paper packs from the dollar store, instead of separating the tissue paper by color we decided to make them rainbows too.

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I think we bought two or three packs, and made about nine small ones and four large ones.  More than a dozen pom-poms for $3!

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They look great all clustered together.

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Of course I also had to make some rosettes, my other favorite party decoration.  I used plain colored card-stock and matched each of the Color Kids to the color of the rosette.  On the other side of the rosette the circle is the Sprite that matched the Color Kid.

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For the banner I cut out onesies and rainbow letters that “Welcome Baby” as the parents had not decided on a name yet.  For the banner spacers I used images of a few Rainbow Brite characters on the onesies.

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At the last shower we threw (for a different cousin) we gave these Cookie-in-a-Jar gifts, and everyone said they made wonderful cookies.  So we decided to do it again.  We made 40 of them….

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Luckily my mom had tons of rainbow-colored fabric to use on the lids.  We decided to use mini M&M‘s, instead of chocolate chips, because they were the most rainbow like candy.  The tags I made using my Silhouette and I was able to print on both sides of the tags.  The back has the instructions for baking.

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My most favorite decoration was the rainbow backdrop on the food table.

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I still love looking at pictures of the backdrop.

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Remember all those circles I sewed together?  This is where they ended up.  Looks great huh?

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We tried to stick to the rainbow theme with the food as well.

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Luckily Mother Nature loves colors as much as we do.  The two bowls of marshmallows are  the clouds that border the fruit rainbow.  And of course there is a bowl of Skittles on the table.

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We wanted to make a diaper cake, and just in time, SVG Cuts came out with this Tiny Miracle kit that had a diaper castle.  Rainbow Brite’s castle was yellow and had rounded tops, not pointed ones.  If I had more time, I might have tried to adjust the tops, but the castle still looked great as it was.

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Although I didn’t take pictures of the food tent labels, they also matched the rainbow theme.

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My sister made these wonderful rainbow cupcakes.  To which I added the cupcake toppers with all the characters.

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I also made the mom-to-be a souvenir invitation and framed it for her.  My mom had a couple of dolls, that belonged to my nieces, so we added them to the decor.

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My sister made some gluten-free chocolate cupcakes and some that were rainbow inside.

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Oh, so yummy!

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And of course here is my cousin in all her pregnant glow!

MSS_RainbowBrite23The guests played present bingo, when mom-to-be opens a present, you get to mark in on a Bingo card.  It is a fun way to get everyone involved in the presents and we play it at all our showers.

My cousin was just thrilled when she came and saw the theme and all the decorations.  Her baby girl has since arrived and everyone is doing wonderfully.

 

 

Happy Party Planning

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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day!!!!

SPOILER ALERT!

Hey Dad, your cards are in this post, so if you keep reading you will see them.  Because, like always, they are not in the mail.  OK, I don’t know if the one my sister is sending you is in the mail yet or not, but I do know mine has not yet shipped.

 

Love you!

 

I made this card for my cousin to give her dad.

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This is just a basic card for dads, there is no theme, but I really like it.

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Inside is a simple pop-up that says “Dad” so from front to inside it reads “Happy Father’s Day Dad”

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I really like the way the front turned out.  I just used colored card-stock and a patterned scrapbook paper.  I made sure there was no distance between the rectangles when cutting the patterned paper.  I used Silhouette‘s print and cut feature for the front sentiment.

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I used sketch pens on the letters before cutting them out.

 

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I think the card is elegant and still masculine.

My sister asked me to make a card for our dad, but she requested it be different from the one I would give him.

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So I made this one for her to send.  I think it fits her and her family pretty good, as they are (well, really, we all are) huge Star Wars & LEGO fans.

The LEGO Darth Vader was also part of the blog hop I talked about here.

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I wanted to do something different for my dad, than just another card.  I have seen all the fun puns on Pinterest saying “World’s Best Pop” attached to a soda bottle.  But my Dad lives out-of-town, and really I didn’t want to give him some soda.

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At SVG Cuts I found this soda bottle in their Surf Shack kit and knew it would be perfect.

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Using the bottle, I made a custom label, for the base and the neck.  I also used the print and cut feature to decorate the bottle top.

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The base label says “Happy Father’s Day to the Worlds Best Pop” which I again used the print and cut feature.  I filled it with candy for him to enjoy.

I think it is quite a unique card and I had a blast making it.

 

Happy Crafting

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