Thursday, December 12, 2013

Santa-tizers for Nurses

Noah, my son who has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and autism) gets 15 hours of having a PCA (personal care aide) a week. We have had some not so great PCAs in the past several months and I'm kind of not the nicest client when it comes to the not so great aides being in my home and taking care of my son so I decided to make a little RAK (random act of kindness) for three nurses who work in the office and have to deal with my phone calls. 

Here's what I came up with......

It holds a little bottle of hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works. What nurse (even one who primarily works in an office) doesn't need a little hand sanititzer? I crafted up these hand sanitizers to look like Santa's pants. The perfect combination for any nurse in December! 

Most of my supplies came from Consumer Crafts. They have great prices, arrived quickly, and were packaged well. 

You will need:
Martha Stewart scoring board (I have been wanting one of these for a long time and LOVE it. Review coming soon!) 
Cello Bags
Small Bottles of Hand Sanitizer (mine came from Bath and Bodyworks)

What you will do: 
1. Cut your red cardstock to 3 1/2 inches wide by 5 1/2 inches long. 

2. Using the Martha Stewart scoring board, score the paper on the long side at 2 1/4 inches and 3 1/4 inches. Flip it to the short side and score at 1 inch and 2 1/2 inches. 

3. Cut tabs on the long side where the score marks meet. 

4. Use the red tape, to adhere the two sides to one another to make a little box.
5. Add the black ribbon with some of the red tape. Cut a small yellow square for Santa's belt and then cut the middle out using a craft knife, adhere to the black ribbon also using a bit of the red tape.
7. Place the bottles of hand sanitizer in each of the little boxes. 

8. Package in a cello bag. Using the red and green Baker's Twine, tie on a jingle bell or two to embellish and then tie a bow. 

You now have cute little hand sanitizer holders ready to surprise whomever deserves surprising in your life! 

Disclaimer: I was compensated by Blueprint Social and Consumer Crafts for this post but all opinions and views are my own.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Snowflake Pin/Ornament

This is another one of my super easy because life, a kid, a husband, a house, and a bad back get in the way at the holidays - type of projects!

A cute little snowflake face! You can make it as an ornament or turn it to a pin and wear it proudly.

To make your own, you will need: 

White Cardstock
Snowflakes (I used wooden ones purchased at Hobby Lobby but you could cut them with your Silhouette too!) 
Glue (I used E-6000) 
Bakers Twine or Pin Back (depending on whether or not you are making a pin or an ornament)
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic 
Snowy Face File (I created this file myself in the Silhouette Studio Software and I'm sharing it here. While I sized this to fit the snowflakes I was using, you can re-size it to fit yours.)

How to make your own: 
1. Using the print and cut feature in the Silhouette software, cut out as many faces as you need. 

2. Dab a little glue in the middle of the snowflake and glue on the snowy face. 

3. Once it is dry, put on the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (MPDM). Start with the center of the face and work your way out squeezing slowly the MPDM bottle. Have a straight pin handy and pop out any air bubbles that arise. Let this dry for at least several hours. If you move it before it dries, the MPDM will run leaving your snowy face looking blurry.

4. Glue on a pin back or add some bakers twine and you're done!

Isn't she adorable?!? These make great ornaments, adorable pins, and would even look so cute embellishing a Christmas gift under the tree and best part - minus drying time, it takes less than 10 minutes!

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! 

  1. 2013 Snowman Christmas Card by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
  2. Christmas Hoop Art by Lil' Mrs. Tori
  3. Silhouette Nativity Advent Candle Box by One Tough Mother
  4. Christmas Party Photo Booth Props by unOriginal Mom
  5. Another Stenciled Tea Towel by Cutesy Crafts
  6. Silhouette Gift Tags by Rain on a Tin Roof
  7. Snowflake Pin / Ornament by Coley's Corner
  8. State Sign Couple Gift by It Happens in a Blink
  9. Mason Jar Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  10. Merry Christmas Wall Decor by One Artsy Mama
  11. Deer Head Holiday Banner...featuring Santa's Reindeer by The Thinking Closet
  12. Restore your UGGS (with PAINT) by From Wine to Whine
  13. Monogrammed Snowflake Ornaments by Architecture of a Mom
  14. Christmas Countdown Sign by The Girl Creative
  15. Elf Chalk Sign: "The Best Way to Spread Christmas" by Weekend Craft
  16. Glittery Christmas Subway Art by The Turquoise Home
  17. Sketch Pen Labels by Sowdering About in Seattle
  18. Snowflake NOEL Sign by My Favorite Finds
  19. DIY Holiday Hostess Gift by Everyday Paper
  20. Folding Nativity Backdrop by Chicken Scratch NY
  21. Recycled Glass Jar Advent Calendar by Nearly Handmade
  22. Reindeer Card: Double-Sided Print & Cut by GetSilvered
  23. Personalized Block Ornament by Suburble
  24. Paper Medallion Christmas Tree by Create & Babble
  25. Mini Mid-Century Homes by Tried & True
  26. Glitter and Vinyl Minecraft Christmas Ornament by A Tossed Salad Life
  27. DIY Countdown to Christmas Refrigerator Style by My Paper Craze
  28. Reversible Recipe Holder/Block Frame by The Sensory Emporium
  29. DIY: Lettered Christmas Pillows by The House on Hillbrook
  30. Simply Charming Christmas Ornaments by Life After Laundry
  31. No Glitter was Worn by GiveMeAPaintbrush
  32. Make Easy Ornaments from Paper Circles by Bringing Creativity to Life
  33. Cutting Machine Embroidery Applique by Terri Johnson Creates
  34. "Believe" Christmas Banner by Daily Dwelling
  35. DIY Christmas Nativity Card by Pitter and Glink

    Do you have a Silhouette machine?
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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Candy Cane Mice

My Mom has made a TON of these adorable candy cane mice. She'll be selling them at the church craft show this weekend. I think she really enjoyed making them and they are just adorable. They'll make a great gift for a classroom full of kiddos and terrific stocking stuffers. And you could even hang them by the tail on a tree! 

Cute, traditional Christmas colors candy cane mice

Sweet little grey mouse

Of course, I loved the teal one.

A tiger version is a must in our family.

She's selling them all packaged up in a cello bag with a cute little tag. 

Close up of the tag

Aren't they sweet! 

Here's a tutorial and template if you want to make your own! 

Monday, November 11, 2013

DIY Stenciled Mugs

Have you seen all the mugs that people post on Pinterest that are made with Sharpies? I always thought those were neat and have been wanting to give it a try. I'm not the best a freehanding an image, doodling, or writing on something like a mug so I used my Silhouette machine to create stencils! 

I read many different tutorials on how to do these. Some of them are pretty similar, but this is one that I liked best and referenced the most.

First you'll need two inexpensive mugs, permanent markers such as Sharpies or Bic Mark Its, and vinyl stencils of the images you want to put on your mug cut out with your Silhoutte machine. For this project, I chose to make use this mustache image and this lip image that were already in my library. I cut them out of black vinyl because that was what I had in my stash. The color really isn't important.

Wash your mugs really well with soap and water removing any price stickers. Let them dry then just before you go to start writing on the mug, wipe the area you will be writing on with alcohol. Place your stencil on the mug and press it down smoothly. If there is any area of your image that needs to remain white (like the middle part of the lips I used) be sure and place that down too.

Now you simply color in the image using your markers. I used a Red Sharpie and a Black Bic Mark It. I found the Black Bic Mark It worked much better and when I make mugs again, I will use all Bic Mark Its next time. Anyways, I found it easiest to out line the entire image being careful not to go outside the stencil and then fill it all in. I let them both sit for about 10 minutes before I removed my stencil. If you notice that the marker bled outside the stencil any, you can easily clean it up by dipping a Q-tip in alcohol.

I then put my mugs in a cool oven, turned the oven to 450 degrees and put the timer on 45 minutes. When the 45 minutes were up, I turned off the oven and left the mugs in until they cooled. The mustache mug looked amazing straight out of the oven but the color of the lips was more orange than red. So I added more red Sharpie to the mug and baked it all over again.

They turned out pretty cute! I washed them a couple of times just to be sure nothing scrubbed off and all was good.

With the holidays right around the corner, you could easily turn these into gifts for teachers, co-workers, friends, etc. by adding a couple of packages of hot cocoa and candy canes inside the mug, tie them with some pretty ribbon and add a jingle bell embellishment and you have a cute gift!

This post is part of the monthly Silhouette Challenges hosted by Lauren at The Thinking Closet

Check out other posts by Silhouette Challenge participants below: 

DIY Ironing Board Hanger by The Turquoise Home
Silhouette Challenge: Time Zone Bathroom Art by Nearly Handmade
Santa's Christmas Countdown by Tried & True
Nautical Anchor Pillow Tutorial by The Thinking Closet
Christmas Card Ornament with Free Cut File by unOriginalMom
Thanksgiving and Christmas Dual Sign by Architecture of a Mom
Itching to Etch by Get Silvered
Snowman Tag ~ Silhouette Challenge by Whats Next Ma
Thanksgiving Sign by Chicken Scratch NY
DIY Horse Silhouette Pillow by Rain on a Tin Roof
Sketching on Fabric by The Sensory Emporium
Paper Leaf Garland by Lil' Mrs. Tori
DIY Blessing Board - Silhouette Challenge by One Tough Mother
Christmas Pillow by Create & Babble
Glass Painting with Reverse Stencils by Givemeapaintbrush
Chalkboard Thankful Tree by Cutesy Crafts
Bottoms Up! MYO Wine Tag by From Wine to Whine
'Happy Holly-days' Tags for the Swap by An Elegant Touch...
Thank You for Dinner (Card) by Everyday Paper
Advent Star Christmas Countdown by My Favorite Finds
Geometric Fabric Bowls by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
Paper Carnival by Home At Eight
Silhouette Cameo Tutorial: Dual Sided Business Cards by Black and White Obsession
In Case of Emergency Baby Bag Tags by Tossed Salad Life
Christmas On My Mind by Creative Turn
Jingle all the Way! by My Paper Craze
Christmas Lights Garland by Making Home Base
We Are Thankful by 4 You With Love
Seattle Skyline Silhouette by Sowdering About in Seattle
DIY Stenciled Mugs by Coley's Corner

Interested in joining us for our group posting event next month?  We'd love to have you.  Simply fill out the new member request form, and Lauren from The Thinking Closet will get you squared away.

Friday, October 25, 2013

17 Years

Seventeen years ago today at 2:12 AM this precious little peanut impatiently made an early entrance into the world. I was overwhelmed by the love I immediately felt for him just seconds after his birth. 

And over the years that has not changed. He has taught me some of the most important lessons of my life about love and motherhood. He has pushed me out of my comfort zone and stretched me beyond my limits. I've done things I didn't even know I had the strength to do because of this boy.

Sometimes, I look at him and am just overwhelmed. He is so amazing. I am simply in awe of the amazing young man he is becoming. Life isn't always easy for him but he has an innocence, love for people, and sweet spirit that inspires me. 

Happy birthday my sweet boy! I am so lucky and blessed that I was made for this and God gave me you! 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Oval Pumpkin Card

I created a very simple card. 

To create the pumpkin, I punched three ovals from orange cardstock. I inked the edges with brown ink and a sponge. Using regular adhesive I placed two of the ovals next to each other on a Kraft colored card based that was stamped with my Hero Arts polka dot background stamp. I then placed the third oval in between the two ovals using a pop dot to give it some dimension. I made a "stem" from green cardstock, tied some green baker's twine around it, and tucked in between the popped up oval. 

Simple and cute! 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Fall Decor with the Silhouette

I am so ready for fall! While it's still pretty warm outside, I recently took down the summer decor and am slowing putting out the fall. Maybe if I get ready for fall, Mother Nature will follow! 

I was a little bored with my fall decor so I decided to make a couple of new things and am sharing these cute fall luminaries with you today. 

These luminaries were super easy to make thanks to Silvia, my Silhouette machine and took less than 20 minutes. I started off with this file for autumn luminaries from the Silhouette store. I then cut it out of a rust and olive colored card stock. I put some vellum on the inside of the luminary where the leaves are cut out. Then I assembled my luminaries securing them with a strong adhesive, popped a battery operated candle inside, and was done! 

Super easy and cute on the mantle! 

This post is part of the monthly Silhouette Challenge hosted by Lauren at The Thinking Closet. To see more posts, check out the posts by some of my Challenge buddies below.

Organizing for Preschool by Life After Laundry
Stamped Wrapping Paper Tutorial by The Thinking Closet
Gender Reveal Fabric Banner by Create & Babble
Preschool Lovey Book by A Tossed Salad Life
Front Door Sign by Cutesy Crafts
Paper Pumpkin Banner by Chicken Scratch NY
A Stache Bash Shower by Home At Eight
Fall Decor with the Silhouette by Coley's Corner
Happy Fall Y'all by Tanya's Creative Space
Halloween Lights by Lil' Mrs. Tori
Customized Disney T-Shirts by DailyDwelling
Craft Room Labels by Super Sweet Life
Toddler Growth Chart by Joy and Gladness of Heart
"Let's Hear it For the Boys!" by An Elegant Touch

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

How Many Fingers are You Card

This week's CAS(E) this sketch was a simple but fun design. 

 I started thumbing through a 6 x 6 paper pad and found a paper that was blue and green and very masculine. I don't make many masculine cards at all so I thought I'd challenge myself and create a masculine card. 

And here's my finished card: 

I once again broke out my favorite stamp set, Friendly Advice Kids' Quotes by Inkadinkadoo . This is seriously my most used sentiment stamp set. I love it.

I stamped the sentiment. Added the banner using the same patterned paper I backed the card with and then added three green stars just to give it a little something extra. 

To see more cards using this sketch, head over to the CAS(E) this Sketch blog.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Snow Globe Card

This week's Festive Friday Theme Challenge is to create a card with a Children's Theme. That's a pretty big theme so I started thinking what I wanted to make. I started thinking of my Noah and the things he likes related to Christmas. (OK, so if you have read this blog long you know Noah likes ALL things related to Christmas!) But two things he really loves are snow globes (which he calls wish wishes) and reindeer. So I decided to make a reindeer snow globe card!

I cut a circle using a large circle punch and then stamped the reindeer from a Recollections set. I then masked the reindeer and stamped a Christmas tree from the same set. I colored them both in with my colored pencils. Then I cut a piece of light brown cardstock into a rectangle and rounded the corners of it to be the base for my snow globe. I adhered everything to my and stamped "Merry Christmas" in red from the same stamp set onto the base of the snow globe. Lastly, I added some clear Stickles to the tree and a red rhinestone to the reindeer's nose. 

I really love how it turned out!

To see more cute Children's Themed Holiday Projects, head over to the Festive Friday Blog!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

First Day of School 2013

It's been a very long summer and I was very thankful for the start of school yesterday. Noah was excited to go however, he was not excited for my obligatory first day of school pictures so I did the best I could. 

Technically, he is in the 11th grade but because he goes to a special needs school he will stay in school until he turns 21. 

He had a great day but came home exhausted and hungry! LOL 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

(Less Than) 10 Minute Birthday Card

I recently came across a new challenge; the 10 Minute Craft Dash at Pretty Pink Posh. You are supposed to make a card pertaining to that week's theme in 10 minutes or less. I've never actually timed myself while making a card so I thought this would be a fun challenge though I discovered it is nerve racking to see that clock sitting there so I had to stop looking at it!

Here's my finished card.

Per the rules of the challenge, you can pull on all of your supplies that you think you might want to use before hand so I did that and I'm sure that saved me time. Per the rules, you can also draw a sketch before hand of how you think you want your card to turn out. I've never drawn my own sketch before but I went ahead and did that too.

I stamped the quote from one of my favorite stamp sets, Kids' Quotes by Inkadinkadoo in the middle of the card and filled in background in various colors to create "confetti" using two of the stamps from the Loves Me, Loves me Not set by Technique Tuesday.

I made this card in.

The bow kept giving me problems but in the end I love how the card turned out.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Birthday Cake Card

It's time for another CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge. This week's sketch is below. 

And here is my interpretation of the sketch.

I used a cake stamp from Recollections and colored it in using my colored pencils. I really love coloring in images - it's really therapeutic to me!

The Happy Birthday stamp is from the Birthday Princess Pure Innocence stamp set by My Favorite Things. I stamped it on a punched circle and then tucked the circle behind the mounted birthday cake image.

The card felt a little blah to me so I added brown ribbon and a cute little bow at the bottom.

I love how this card turned out. 

I'm also linking up to the Dessert CASology challenge