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Thank You Coach Gift and a Giveaway for Silhouette Goodies

I can make anything with paper, but vinyl still scares me.

What about you?  Do you vinyl?

If not here is your chance to try!  I have teamed up with some other wonderful bloggers to give you a chance to win a gift certificate to purchase some vinyl and other awesome Silhouette goodies.

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T-Ball is over, which makes me a little sad.  This year I volunteered to be the parent that took care of getting a thank you gift for our coaches.

I collected money and went out and purchased gift certificates for a self-serve frozen yogurt store.  I used sketch pens in my Silhouette Cameo to write the sentiment and dollar amount on the gift certificate.

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Looks way better than my own hand writing!  I of course had to make envelopes out of fun baseball paper to hold the certificates.

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I used my Cameo to cut out the envelopes and I also cut out “Thanks Coach” and glued it to the front of the envelope.

Of course being the over-achieving-silhouette-owner that I am, that just wasn’t enough.

I recently talked about my new love of glass etching and thought how awesome it would be to etch a picture frame with the word “Coach” and have a spot for the team picture and a spot with some baseball subway art.

I made up the subway art in a horizontal 5×7″ size, as our team pictures were also 5×7″.  I thought I could find a frame with two horizontal 5×7″ spots, but in a vertical orientation.

Boy was I wrong!  All the pre-cut mats for horizontal pictures were horizontal, making a long picture.  That just would look good with what I had in mind.

I found these (buy one get one free!) frames that had a horizontal 5×7 and lots of blank space.  And I realized I could do the subway art with vinyl!

 

 

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I used vinyl as a stencil to etch the word “coach” in the glass.  Vinyl is such a great etching stencil, it gives nice clean edges so none of the etching cream leaks under the stencil.

I had to do an offset of the text, to get the look I wanted.  I etched it on the inside of the glass, so the outside is all smooth.

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The colors of our baseball organization are blue and yellow, so I used blue vinyl for the subway art.   It was so easy to apply, and it gives it a look that says “this is the way I purchased them at the store.”

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I forget how easy vinyl is to work with, my mind always first goes to paper.  What can I make out of paper?  Maybe now I will ask “Can I make that out of vinyl?”

I can’t over how easy this project was!  Although, if you notice in the bottom left corner it just says “base” with a blank space before it, I did have some difficulty with fonts.  It really says “1st, 2nd, 3rd” but the font was too thin, so I had to redo it in a different font.  But that was just a minor flaw, and was quick to fix.

 

 

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I also made some cupcake toppers for our end of the season party, to go on the cupcakes my sister made.  (but they are made from paper)

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The frosting on the cupcakes looks like grass, cause you know, that’s what the field is.

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Ian and his trophy at the end of the T-Ball season

 

 

 

Now it’s your turn to make something!

I’ve teamed up with some amazingly crafty women to allow you a chance to get some vinyl, from Expressions Vinyl and My Vinyl Direct, and other goodies including a fabric blade and interfacing.  There will be one grand prize winner and three runners-up.

Enter below for your chance to win a gift certificate for some vinyl and a whole bunch of Silhouette goodies!

You only have to enter on one of our blogs, but be sure to check them all out.

 

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Gift Card Birthday Box ~ Free download

It is Birthday Party Season!

 

OK. So there is really no Birthday Party Season, most people can’t really plan on when a birthday is.  But it seems like we had a lot of birthday parties to attend in the months of March & April.

For one such birthday I was unsure if we were going to be able to attend.  Kids were sick and so I put off getting a gift, then I decided to stop on the way to the party.

Don’t judge me, you all have done that too.

But, as the saying goes, the best laid plans of mice and men….

The day got away from me and I wouldn’t have time to run in and find a present.  Alone with the kids in tow.  But I could stop and grab a gift card.

You know, there needs to be more dive thru services for things like this.  A gift card ATM.  Go ahead, run with my idea.  Just include me in the royalties.

I also knew I wasn’t going to be able to stand around the card isle finding the perfect gift card holder.  But as the baby was sleeping, I did have time to make a little box with a tag.

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I made a box template and tags in Silhouette Studio and filled them with some digital paper in birthday pattern.

I used the sketch pen feature to address the tag.

It is a little deeper than a gift card, but I filled the space with tissue paper.  I wanted something a little more substantial than an envelope.

The boys and I ran into the store, bought a gift card conveniently located next to the check out counter, and made it to the party on time.

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For those of you who might find yourself in the same kind of rush you may download this box here.

You will need Adobe Reader, a printer, scissors and glue.

Happy Crafting

 

Please remember this is for your own personal use only.  You may print the item as many times as you need for your own personal use but please do not forward, share, sell or in any other way distribute this file, or use for any commercial purposes or claim as your own design.  If you would like to feature this item, please do so as a link to this page.  Thank you.

 

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Easter Bunny Juice Boxes for a Preschool Easter Party

Ian has his Easter party at school today.
So what do I volunteer to bring?
Juice boxes of course because I can make them look like super cute little bunnies.
I found these Hansen’s Junior Juice
boxes and thought the would be perfect because there are just 4.23 oz, a perfect size for little 4 & 5 year olds.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out all the parts for the bunny.

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I was grateful that I had two mats!  I could load another one to cut, while I was taking all these little parts off.
I then just glued them all together and wrapped around the boxes.

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I made 20 boxes and was able to use one 12×12″ sheet of pink card stock, scrap pieces of black and 7 sheets of 8.5×11″ white card stock. I also had the googly eyes, so I only had to buy the juice boxes, which I got 20 for less than $7.

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I also broke out my Cameo to make a letter matching egg game. I got the eggs 18/$1 and I already had the vinyl. I cut out an upper case and a lower case letter, and put them on different colored eggs.

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I put the upper case on the top half and lower case on the bottom half. The kids then would match the two letter s together.

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We also had the kids make rabbit masks to hold up for a group picture.

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You need a paper plate, card stock for the ears (white and pink), pipe cleaners for the whiskers and craft sticks for a handle.

We cut out the center of the plate, made a template for the ears and let the kids cut the ears and glue them together.

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They turned really cute and we were able to get a great group picture.

Happy Easter

 

 

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Hand Made Decorations for a Pirate Party

This past month I have been busy making Ian’s birthday party decorations.  I wanted to share a few of the items I am making.

I don’t want to spoil the surprise, so this is just a sneak peek at what I can do now that I have my Silhouette Cameo to help me.

Ian had decided he wanted a pirate birthday party this year.  I wanted his invitations to be pirate chests that open up to revel treasure, and a treasure map.

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I quickly gave up trying to draw a treasure chest and just purchased a cut file from the Silhouette Studio Store.  After which I ran it through my Cuttlebug to emboss the paper with a wood grain.

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I went to Photoshop and created a picture of coins and jewels that matched the shape of the card.  I imported that image into the Silhouette Studio software so that my machine would cut around all the little shapes for me.

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I also created a cut out that would contain all the information on the card.

It says

“Avast, me hearties!
Join us for a swashbucklin’ adventure
Shiver me timbers! Captain Ian is turning 4
Board ye ship ‘n follow ’tis old map
to find a buried birthday treasure!”

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I used the digital graphics from Just So Scrappy‘s YoHo Pirate kit (as I will do for various other items I made for this party) to make cut out a treasure map.

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The three elements inside the card were made with the Silhouette’s Print ‘n Cut feature, which I think is da bomb!

I cut the treasure chests out in a light brown and dark brown cardstock.  I also cut the straps in the same two colors, I then used the light straps on the dark chest and vice versa.  The buckles and locks were cut out using a gold-colored cardstock.  I glued all the elements together, except the map, which I attached with a brad so it can be moved.

Using the same digital graphics I created a pirate flag topiary  table decoration.  I had to create my own cut file for the flag portion, cutting out the skull and crossbones.

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I sandwiched a white piece of cardstock in between the two flag pieces, which I glued to a paper straw.  The base is made using the print and cut feature, it is an adapted cupcake wrapper shape.

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And what it just wouldn’t be a party with out party hats!

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For the pin wheel I used the sketch feature that can only be found in the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition.

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I ‘hand’ drew the skull and bones, and by hand I mean I used the draw polygon tool.  I used the sketch tool to make the skull look more hand-drawn.  I used a black Sharpie Marker to draw the lines with the Cameo and then made the cut around it.

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This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to decorations that can be made using a personal cutting machine.  I would never have been able to cut out all the pieces to make forty invitations, if I had to do it by hand.

I have much more planned and will revel more after the party.

Happy Crafting

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Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

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