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Valentine XO Game Free Printable

Valentine’s day is coming up.  Not really my favorite holiday, because I am not really all that fond of hearts.  Never really have been.  I even had an anti-pink period in my life.  Don’t worry, I got over it.

I have boys who need to give out Valentines at school, to both boys and girls.  They are two and four so I have a hard time wanting to hand out cards that say ‘be mine’ or ‘my valentine’ or anything like that.  There are lots of great alternatives now, and really punny ones too.  I typically like to make something for the kids to hand out, but this year I am so far behind and if I did make something I would have to double it cause now both kids are in preschool.

Yesterday I decided to just buy valentines for the kids to hand out.

EEKK!!! I KNOW! who is this lady?

But I couldn’t go with out making anything for the kids.  I love the Tic-Tac-Toe Valentine’s I have been seeing lately and decided to design my own for the kids at school.

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In Silhouette Studio I designed the game board and some x’s and o’s.  Only I wanted them a little thicker so I cut out 5 layers of each x & o and glued them together.

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The boys will give one to each kid, from both of them, but not as their valentines cards.  Just a fun gift and they can play it at school during the party.

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I wanted to make a free printable for you guys, but didn’t want you to have to cut out all those little x’s & o’s.  So I made your game pieces in circles to cut out.

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You can click on the picture to download it or go here.

 

Please note this design is for PERSONAL USE only please. Please do not forward, share, sell or distribute the files for any commercial purposes or claim as your own design. Thanks a bunch!

 

 

Dawn Marie

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Custom Birthday Party Invitations using Silhouette’s Print and Cut

I feel a little behind this year.  Ian’s birthday is next month and I have only been working on his invitations for about a week.

Ian decided in December that he wanted a Ninja Turtle birthday party.  I knew it was on the list of parties but didn’t know he wanted it this year.  (He has the next six birthday’s planned, yep, he takes after me.)

I decided I wanted his invitations to be a pop-up card with the front as a sewer cover.  I designed them knowing I would need to use my favorite thing about the Silhouette.  It’s Print ‘N Cut feature!

It is the main reason I got it and it just so happens that this month’s Silhouette Challenge was to make a project using this very thing I love so much.

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I started with a picture of a NYC manhole cover.  I used Photoshop to make the sewer cover look a little more comic-booky.  I couldn’t find a TMNT one with out words on it, and while I could have altered it in Photoshop to remove the words, I just didn’t want to go the trouble, this was easier.
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I had thought about having just a circle card, but the pop-up part would have been to small, or the circle card would have been too big. So I used a card template from SVG Cuts Haunted Forest kit.

I needed something above the manhole cover, and I didn’t want to use a solid color so I used a picture of NYC that I found on one of the TMNT sites.  Since the angle of the city is from the street it worked perfectly.  For that part and the sewer cover I used the fill with pattern feature, or more accurately, I dragged and dropped the pictures into the shapes.

I used foam dimensional tabs to raise the ‘Let’s Party’ text.

 

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I didn’t want to apply the letters individually to each invitation.  I connected them with the offset tool, I made the offset as small as possible while still maintaining connections between each letter.

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It was still in two parts, but that was better than 9 parts.

I made the “Ian is turning 5” part in Photoshop and traced it in Studio.

But a TMNT party invitation would not be complete with out some Ninja Turtles!

p.s. I decided to use the Old-School version from my childhood because I like them the best.

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I traced a PNG copy of a picture of the four of them coming out of a sewer.  This was the part that I wanted to use as a pop-up.

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It is pretty amazing how close and accurately the Silhouette cuts with the print ‘n cut feature.  I could even cut out the little spaces on the bottom that would have been white after printing.  There is no way I would have been able to cut that out by hand.

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The party information will be printed out on vellum and attached to the bottom of the inside. I decided on vellum because I didn’t want the inside to be white.  I could have printed it on colored paper, but with the size of the card I couldn’t get two on one page, and I hate wasting paper.

Stay tuned for how the party turned out and all the other things I will make, although you will have to wait till a couple of months.

 

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

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

Print and Cut Rebus Valentine Tigger Printable Heat Transfer T-Shirt Love You Valentine’s Jar {tutorial} + Print & Cut Blog Hop Valentine BINGO with {FREE} Printable and Cut File DIY Conversation Hearts Temporary Tattoos {Heart} Dance! Custom Birthday Party Invitations using Silhouette's Print and Cut Milk & Cookies Valentine's Treat Print & Cut Valentine's Day Banner Old wooden box Love Print and Cut Fabric Labels Be Mine Banner Love is all you need - Print & Cut Valentine Journal Cards Free Printable: Snickers Valentine Tag Labor & Delivery Nurse Thank You Bags Valentine Robot Shirt with Print and Cut Heat Transfer Vinyl Print and Cut Fish Valentines 3D Print and Cut Magnets (And Tons More Silhouette Print and Cut Ideas) Baby Month Stickers with a FREE cut file Super Easy Print and Cut Journal Card Valentines Simple Silhouette Valentine Card Valentine Hugs and Kisses Canning Jar Craft Frozen Inspired Tattoos Be My Valentine Mini Album Print and Cut Valentine Pudding Cup Wrappers - February Silhouette Challenge Print & Cut Birthday Invitations

1. Clever Someday // 2. TitiCrafty // 3. GingerSnapCrafts.com // 4. My Paper Craze // 5. Simply Kelly Designs // 6. Little Blue’s Room // 7. Mama Sonshine // 8. Small Stuff Counts // 9. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 10. GiveMeAPaintbrush // 11. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 12. Barb’s Life // 13. GetSilvered // 14. Lil’ Mrs. Tori // 15. Minted Strawberry // 16. unOriginal Mom // 17. Where The Smiles Have Been // 18. Persia Lou // 19. Silhouette School // 20. From Whine to Whine // 21. DailyDwelling // 22. Creative Ramblings // 23. Paper Garden Projects // 24. It Happens in a Blink // 25. Perfectly Fabulous // 26. Adventures in All Things Food // 27. Create & Babble

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Racing Bib and Medal Display

Who know that almost one year ago I would run my first race and become an addict?

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After running the Shamrock run last March I knew that I would continue to race as long as I can, as many races I could.  Last year I was able to participate in five races.  Two of those races included finisher medals.

I was a loss for what to do with the bibs and medals from the races.  I am kind of sentimentalist so I knew I wanted to keep them, but how do I display them?

I figured I wanted a sign with an encouraging phrase on it and hooks to hang everything.  I also wanted to incorporate the distances I ran and one that I will run.  I found a blank wood sign at the craft store for less than $5.  I picked up the hooks at my one-stop-shopping store for a couple bucks, including the back brackets for hanging.  Because of the size of the sign I decided to attach the medal hook to the back and purchased a hook specially designed for that.  The paper and vinyl I already had.

I first painted the wood, but didn’t like that look, so I covered it with scrapbook paper using Mod Podge.

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After determining the size of the area I had to work with I went to my Silhouette Studio to design my sign.  I used the distance (in miles) of a 5k, 10k, half marathon and full marathon (which I plan on running this year).  I used the quote “Take in the fact that you just did that”  I really liked the quote because it reminds me that every race, every run is an accomplishment.

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I planned on using white vinyl for the numbers, because I wanted them in the background and not over powering the sign.

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After cutting out the vinyl and taking the backing off the numbers I realized my vinyl was clear, not white.  I am not even sure where I got clear vinyl….

I thought it would be ok, and that the clear vinyl would make subtle.  It was, too much so.  If I looked at the right angle I could see the shiny numbers but I needed them to stand out a little more.

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I took my white chalk pen and went around the numbers, it gave them more depth and I was now able to see them.  I actually like it better than if I used white vinyl because it is visible but subtle.  I went over the whole thing with a coat of Mod Podge to protect the paper.

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At first I thought I would position the bib hooks so they would hang flat, one hook in each corner of the bib.  But I realized that even with only my five bibs there was a size difference, so that wouldn’t work and I decided I would just hang them by one corner.  This also allows for another hook if I need it.

 

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I attached the hanging brackets and medal hook to the back, with screws.

Side note: I had to use one hanging bracket on each corner because the sign weight was uneven with the weight of the medals.  If I put one bracket in the middle it would tip towards the medal side.

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I was going to put it in the living room, but decided the wall above my dresser was a better choice.

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So now when I get up in the morning I get to see it.

 

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It will also be easy to add my new bibs after each race.

 

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Of course I am hoping that I will fill it up and need to make another one!

 

 

Just. Keep. Running.

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Want to find out what races I’ll be doing next year?  Check out my list.

Dawn Marie

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Creating Sunshine Free Printable

I think it is important to have a positive outlook on life.

I am a firm believer of the idea that the day is what we make of it.  It is not always easy, but we gotta try.

I try to wake up and tell myself “today will be a good day and I will be happy” OK, so maybe not when I wake up, cause I can barely find the floor to stand up out of bed.  But at least after my first cup of coffee and then tell myself that multiple times a day when things are going so good.

So I decided to make myself a reminder.

I purchased this phone cover and after a few months thought it needed something more.

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I couldn’t think of a design that I wanted.  OK, that’s not true, I couldn’t narrow done a design for the back.  So I thought I would come up with something a little more motivational.

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“Some days you just have to create your own sunshine”

I thought it very fitting for me and lest be honest it is not always sunny here in the PNW.

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I loved the quote so much that I decided to make a print for it.  And just in case you need a little sunshine I have this printable available for you to download too!

Just click here or on the picture below to download your copy in order to bring a little sunshine to your day.

Create Your Sunshine

 

Please note this design is for PERSONAL USE only please. Please do not forward, share, sell or distribute the files for any commercial purposes or claim as your own design. Thanks a bunch!

 

 

Dawn Marie

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