Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Little Touches and the Silhouette

This was the 7th year we have done our Birthmother's Day Celebration but the first year I have ever had a Silhouette to help me create things for it. Let me just tell you, it was awesome for this! It allowed me to kick things up a notch without having to spend a lot of extra time on some of the extra "attention to detail" (as Sandra Lee would say) touches that I think make an event/party so much more personal. 

Let me just share some of the things the Silhouette helped me do..... 

Using the Silhouette, I was able to create these awesome stickers for the bags that were given to attendees staying at the hotel when they checked in. I created a scallop circle using a shape from the Silhouette store out of black and white damask paper. Then I layered a circle with the retreat logo (also cut with the Silhouette) on top of that. 

Remember when I posted awhile back about the drink mix packet holders I made to go on a bottle of water? Well, those were really created for this event. But I knew people who would be attending read this blog so I couldn't show these to you yet but they turned out great! I cut and scored the actual holder using a cut file I created out of black and white damask paper then I print and cut a smaller circle using our retreat logo and layered that on top of a slightly larger circle cut out of black cardstock. 

I also made something I call "mint books." They look like a little book of matches but when you open them up there is a mint or Lifesaver inside. I created the cut file for this myself so the Silhouette did all the work for me by scoring and cutting it so all I had to do was add a mint to the inside of each one and secure it with a staple. These would be great for wedding favors too! I'm willing to share the cut file if anyone wants it.)

The Silhouette also helped me create an applique for the goodie bags. I ironed on heat and bond to the backs of different black and white fabrics and then cut out a dress I purchased from the Silhouette store. Then I just ironed the dresses on the black bags. Easy peasy!

And I used it to create the name tags. This year we decided to use the plastic sleeve kind that you can get from office stores. I created an insert with each attendee's name for the inside and then cut them out with the Silhouette. We added thin ribbon to tie them on with. They turned out great too. ( Nope, I didn't change my name, just forgot to take a picture of it but my BFF had taken a pic of hers.)

Sometimes I seriously wonder, is there anything this machine can NOT do? ;)

And just so you know, I'm not getting paid by Silhouette to rave about their machine. All opinions are my own. I just big puffy heart love that machine!

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  1. Everything looks perfect! you really did an amazing job!

  2. I use that bag to haul mu lunch/whatever to work every day, and the name tag is my first official cubicle decoration!

  3. Love the bag embellishments. Great color combos!!!

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  4. Love your ideas! Found you through tip junkie. I would love your cut file for the mint book - what an adorable idea! Thank you!