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Life is the bubbles! Pebbles ‘Party with Amy Locurto’ project

Hey there, friends! Happy Monday! I am FINALLY sharing my project I made with the adorable Pebbles product featured in my last What I’m Working With Wednesday video! (Check it out to see the OTHER goodies in the video!) Hooray! I got kinda busy this weekend so ‘extra’ projects had to be set aside while I finished up some ‘work’.

I think this came out so darn cute.. too cute, really! I love the cartoony look and colors. Now I for sure know I need to order more! I hate that I am drawn to so many styles of product. I love clean, fun, cutesy (like Doodlebug) I love designs somewhere in between (Echo Park, American Crafts (Pebbles) Little Yellow Bicycle, Simple Stories, etc.) and I love things that are more vintage (October Afternoon, Crate Paper..) This is a problem because I think I need.it.all. There are very few companies out thaere that I wouldn’t want to build a house with all their products and live in it…. I could totally make a couch outta Thickers! lol

Anyhow, here’s what I made, design details are posted below the pictures.

I totally wanna be on this card floating around with that pretty glitter.

And now the cute treat box..

Go on, scroll back up and look again! lol

I told you it was CUTE!

Here’s some design tips for ya:

  • Pebbles papers and stickers
  • I cut the card base from the Wet n Wild SVG Cuts kit. The front panel is cut with acetate and I filled it up with some chunky Doodlebug glitter. I made a special light blue border to go around the edges to cover the edge of my acetate, plus it just made it look more put together. It’s the details, peeps.. the details!
  • Over the white bubble stickers I added some glossy accents.. eeeek! I forgot how much I like this stuff on things like bubbles and such. I need to make more bubble projects!
  • The little sand dollar box is so.stinkin.cute. It’s also from SVG Cuts Wet n Wild kit! I sized it down a bit. The sand dollar is cut with Doodlebug sugar coated paper. Perfect look for a sand dollar! (I’m totally saying in my head, “A sand dollar, make me hollar!” lol I added some stickers, twine, and a button

That’s it! Makes me excited for summer… although, my body is a hot mess so that just means I need to get busy working out more. OK.. there’s actually nothing ‘hot’ about it, I’m just a darn mess… *wiggles arms* SEE! What IS that?.. *flap, flap, flap*

*le sigh*

Time for me to head outta here! You all take it easy.. I am off to ‘work’ some more! Lots of fun projects in the works and I can’t wait to share! Lots of goodies coming the first week of April!

Toodles.

 

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“Trick or Treat, smell my feet… Give me something….

…. That I can smash on your furniture and carpet!”

That’s exactly what Play-Doh is! Not only does it smell cruddy, it’s a total pain to get out of the carpet. My kids love the stuff, but someone ALWAYS gets it smushed somewhere. I always tell them to stay on the play mat with it, but someone has to come and show me their creation and a little ball of salty dough mess falls on the ground and gets stepped on.

I always love to give little goodie bags to my girls’ classmates and friends.. They usually include candy, pencils, erasers, plastic spiders, sticky hands/body parts, stickers, maybe a cookie… and PLAY-DOH. Kids love it, most parents hate it.. and I like to be evil, so I send Play-Doh just to get the parents riled up LOL!

The kiddos and I stayed in jammies all day! I know, we’re so nasty! I won’t tell you the last time I showered.. LOL j/k. Another boring day at home lead me to gettin’ crafty and I made some treat bag toppers to show you how cute and SIMPLE using print and cut is! This is going to make school party favors and such go by SUPER fast! I REFUSE to paper piece 60 treat bags/boxes for my girls’ classmates. Nope.. not gonna happen! Thank that crafty Gods for this amazing little machine!

All ya need is a little free time (I know.. FREE time? Most mamas don’t know what free time is anymore. I can’t even go have a potty break in peace!).. *sigh*…. You also need some awesome Halloween paper/digital paper and some spookingly cute Halloween clipcart! There are TONS out there, but I LOVE Jazzy Patterns! She has a little Etsy shop and she designs some fabulous stuff! She (Tatjana) is sweet as sugar too! If you happen to chit-chat with her, let her know I sent ya!

Here’s what I made with her ‘Happy Halloween’ collection!

 

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Yeah, just Play-Doh.. no, I am not quite that evil to send several containers of it, I just don’t have any Halloween candy.

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I mean, How cute are those graphics? And as usual, the Silly-butt did an awesome job cutting them out!

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See that amazing Halloween twine? That’s from Trendy Twine! <—— That’s the Facebook page! Go say “Hi!”…..  I love my Halloween twine!

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I used my Epiphany Crafts Shape Tool for the candies! Made them look 3D and shiney! Oooooh… Shiiiiney! I love my shape tool!

I know what you’re thinking… I ‘LOVE’ a lot of things.. It’s a problem I have, seriously. I love you, too.. Just sayin’! <3 *wink-wink*

 

Wanna make some?…

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  • Get the pretties all ready for print and cut in Silhouette Studio.. or whatever program you use, lol.
  • I didn’t keep track of all my sizes, but I do know the children were cut around 2.80″ and 2.50″ high. So you can size them from that and then kinda size the rest however you think it looks best. That’s pretty much what I did.

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  • Once you print ‘em out.. run them through the Silhouette and watch it do it’s magic..
  • On a side note.. that little witch girl from this angle looks a little scared..

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  • Cut out a shape to fit over the bag. I use Ziploc sandwich sized bags that are 6.50w. I made my covers 6.60w and 6.25 high. Score at 3″ and fold. Use the 3.25″ side as the front. Add a scalloped trim like I did if you want.
  • Yep, I changed my mind and went with the orange diamond print instead of the green. I wanted to switch it up a bit from the witch one.
  • I used Tombo adhesive to stick it to the bag.
  • Thread some twine through the top if you’d like!
  • Easy peasy! Now just decorate them!

Fun and simple! The kids would probably enjoy doing this project too! Use some 3d foam adhesive to add dimension.. ink the edges if you’d like.. add ribbon, tags, glitter.. go for it!

Until next time!

Boredom strikes again!

And instead of washing dishes or doing the two loads of laundry waiting for me, I find something to craft instead! Don’t judge me.. you know you all do the same thing! For what it’s worth, I did try to do something with the kiddos, but they were watching a movie on TV and wanted nothing to do with me… *sniffle*.

HA! Sniffle nothin’… I was like, “Whoa, kiddos are entertained and DON’T want me within 2 feet of them for once?.. You bet your glue sticks I ran to my craft area and got busy!

I wasn’t in the mood for all sorts of paper piecing.. I’m saving my crafty juices for the new Echo Park kits that are on their way to my house! I have to whip up 3 projects by the 19th, which won’t be a problem.. I might even do more! But one of them is pretty detailed, so I don’t want to exhaust my poor fingers…. I know, dramatic, right?… LOL. Really, I was just too lazy…

So, my poor lil’ Silly-butt (Silhouette) has been sitting there sulking on my table wondering why she’s being ignored lately. I decided to show the Silly-butt some love and do some print and cut stuff. And my most favoritest (Yes, that’s a word, because I said so.. And so does the ‘urban dictionary’.. LOL) place to go for graphic cuteness is Lettering Delights. *swoon*

I picked up the Pucker Up Birthday graphic set and the Pucker Up Paper Pack! You HAVE to browse their pretties! SO many cute cut files, graphics and fonts!

Anyhow, I decide to make a party giftbag and hat! Yes, random party stuff.. fun! I was going to make a little giftbox and a couple cupcake toppers, but my printer is pretty much out of ink and of course I don’t have any on hand, egh. Story of my life, always out of something! I really need a huge craft space with lots of storage so I can buy loads of things and stock up! Hmm.. I wonder if hubby really needs that silly ol’ garage?.. GAH! Could you imagine a crafty space as large as a two car garage? I’m smiling like a total goober right now thinking about it.. And while we’re on this subject, I don’t think we really use our master bedroom much so, hmmm.. LOL! I can have the first craft room with a huge bed in it, I mean, crafting can be exhausting, right?

Doh! Rambling, sorry.. lol. If you come to my blog often, you’re probably use to it.

So, yeah.. I made a party bag and hat!

TA-DA!

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I noticed the shirt my son was wearing kinda matched the bag/hat, so I got him in for a few pictures. I was surprised how excited he was. Like.. hand clapping and a big “YAY!” and all.. Hmmm.. SOMETHING was up…

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I got a few good pictures of him wearing the hat and holding the bag… then I realized why he was so excited to take pictures for me… bless his little heart, he thought he was getting a real present from me.. yeah, I know.. jerk mom alert! He said, “Can I open it now, pleeease?!”.. I said, ” Baby, it’s just a bag.. nothing inside” Ooooooh…. The look on his face, “Nothing?” looks inside… “Oh..”

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*hand to forehead*.. sorry little dude, mommy owes you a Hot Wheels next trip to the store!.. Maybe a 5 pack. In the meantime, to make up for it, I am making him a big Buzz Lightyear diecut from my Cricut Cartridge to plaster on his wall! And yes, he totally needs a date with some hair clippers!

Here’s some more pictures and details!

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  • Party hat is a FREE SVG file from SVG CUTS BLOG!
  • Bag is also from SVG Cuts – The Vintage Halloween bags! It’s a great size for a few little gifts.
  • As mentioned above, my graphics and digital paper are from Lettering Delights!
  • I used the Silhouette print and cut feature with my graphics. So fun! I just wish my printer would have printed that pretty teal color better. Maybe I can adjust it?..
  • Other ideas include: birthday banner, cupcake toppers/wrappers, invitations, cards, giftbox, treat bag toppers and more.. You can make a whole party! Maybe after I get more ink I will make a whole matching party set to share! That would be fun!

I hope you all like it!

And on a side note.. my new blog design should be up soon at happylifecraftywife.com! YAY! I am going to have a modern and clean looking blog and I can not wait! The template gets installed tomorrow and then gets tweaked and customized from there!

See ya!

The 19th is here.. You know what that means! CHA REVEALS!!!!!

Today is the day I get to share my CHA Echo Park booth projects with you all! Yes, I have been talking about it a lot on my FACEBOOK PAGE and now I can stop yappin’ about it and actually show you all! After I tell you all a little story..

I was contacted on July 6th asking if I would be able to design some projects for Echo Park Paper to show at CHA… I wish you all could have seen my face when I read that email! I was SO stinkin’ excited and could not believe they would contact ME, let alone read my blog.. I mean, who am I?…

I replied back saying I would.. I mean, WHO would turn that down? A crazy person, that’s who! Then, before I heard back about my deadline, I thought to myself, “Gee, isn’t CHA THIS month?”.. Ummm, yeah. *panic begins to set in*…. I was told that they needed my projects by the 14th.. *gulp*… AND they still needed to ship me the paper! *double gulp*…. I told myself, “You’ve got this, Tamara!”… (I really did say that…. Psssh! Don’t try to pretend you don’t talk to yourself!) So, I got a big box of awesomeness on July 8th in the evening and immediately got busy! As soon as I saw the GORGEOUS paper I was inspired to create! In TWO FULL DAYS I got done.. I was pretty amazed! I shipped them all out on July 11th.. which is an AMAZING day for me.. Not only did I get done super fast and knew my projects would arrive in time, but that evening I was asked to be on their in house design team!

Just imagine, if you will, a crazy woman running through the house screaming like a half pig, half duck.. being strangled. Kinda like, “Quuuuuack.. ah-ah-ah-ah *gasp*..snort, ah- *gasp* ah-ahhhh-.. Quuuuack”.. “Snort”…

My husband asked what my problem was.. and you know what?.. If HE thinks I’m having an ‘issue’ then it’s seriously disturbing!

So yeah, I am excited to say the least! It’s a lot different than any other DT I’ve ever been on and I don’t want to get into too many details, but it’s super-doooper! If you want to meet the other SUPER talented design team members, head on over to the BLOG!

And you get something out of it too.. what?.. PAPER KIT GIVEAWAY’S! Yes, I will be giving away some of the newest kits here on my good ol’ blogity-blog here and there! Yeah, buddy! And I get to give one away NOW!! (See below my projects for details!)

 

OK.. now that I got that outta my system, time for CHA projects and to get down to business!

*breathe in.. breathe out*…. (Seriously, I’m such a child! I feel like such a celebrity right now… LOL! )

So, first off, if you’re not already following Echo Park’s BLOG or ‘like’ their Facebook Page, then you might have missed out on peeks of some bea-U-tiful new lines! I’m talking about Victoria Gardens and Apothecary Emporium! “Hellooo000oo, GORGEOUS!”

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These were two of the three lines I got to work with! I knew right when I saw Apothecary Emporium on Facebook that I wanted to make some test tube type of project with them. I had two tubes laying around and decided to make my own SVG file to hold them (which will be a free download during my Blogiversary Bash) and decorate it with the cool stickers that come in the kit! I will admit, I don’t usually use stickers, just never really thought to. But these were SO fun!

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I used a lot of pewter ink from Color Box! A great color for Halloween stuff (So is black, white and silver!)

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Those little stickers fit just right on top of the test tubes!

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I stuck some of the stickers on cardstock and cut them out. I then distressed and inked the edges. You can do so much with these stickers alone! These would be great with some Reese’s Pieces or black and orange jelly beans in them! The twine shown is from the awesome Trendy Twine! How awesome is that black and orange?! I think it’s a limited edition, so you might want to go snag some while you can! Go like her Facebook page and let her know I sent ya!

Think that’s neat? Well, this is my FAVORITE! I had visions of doing something like this since LAST Halloween when I first started crafting, I just had no idea where to start! I tackled this and LOVE how it came out. I was sad to ship this one off, for sure! I will have to make another one!.. or at least the hat! The hat is a paper mache cone that I got wet and shaped at the top. I dried it and Mod Podged the paper to it!

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I hope you like that vintage crinkle ribbon! I will be giving some away for my Blogiversary!

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I used Recollections brand glitter and it works just as nicely as the Martha Stewart stuff…

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The photo above shows how I added glitter to the wire holding the bats. It looks awesome in person with black and silver glitter on various elements!

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I will share tips on how I made this in the next few days! :) It’s a lot of fun!

 

Next up, is the Victoria Gardens collection. When I first saw this I had so many ideas coming to me and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. Then, I remembered a PDF file I saw awhile back to make a very small carousel.. that was it! I HAD to make a vintage looking paper carousel! The PDF was way too small to make any sort of template from so I created my own files in Sure Cuts a Lot from the basic shapes library and a mix of SVG files and created this…

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Can I just say I am dang proud of this beauty!? It’s a GIFT BOX! The top section and bottom section are both boxes. I built this thing as if I was building myself a house! lol.. I was very careful with placement and measurements. The center column is stuffed with packing paper and dowel rods for support. I actually had a lot more flowers and things cut out and realized if I went ‘overboard’ it would have been too much since it was such a large piece as is. Again…. 98% of this was made with the SCAL basic shapes library! I will share more about how I made this in a few days.

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Don’t those papers totally MAKE the project?.. That roof was a total pain to make! I had to use some rusty math skills to create it!

 

And, last but not least! The ‘secret’ paper I got to work with! Happy Days… how fun and cute are these papers?

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I decided to go fairly simple with a neat 3D project. Sadly, I didn’t get very many photos of this since I got sidetracked and then ran out of time. When I saw these papers I immediately thought ‘diner’.. So, I made an ‘EAT’ sign with 3D letters!

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The dice were a last minute add for that extra something special. You can make a menu and use this to hold it, cool, huh?! Most of this project is made from files at SVG Cuts!

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And there you have it! Again, I worked so hard on these! Most of you who read my blog know I love to make 3D projects… and that hat box and carousel really show ‘me’. I don’t usually have time to go all out like I like to.. I hope I got a few of you to say, “WOW!”.. :) I had so much fun working on these! I love starting a project and just going for it! And then to be picked up for Echo Park’s design team after all this! I am truly blessed! This past *almost* first year of paper crafting has been AMAZING for me!

Now, for my giveaway…

Wait, did I mention I am now on ECHO PARK PAPER’S DESIGN TEAM??!!… I did? Oh, well.. in case you forgot or something.. *wink*

*insert big cheesy grin here*

OK.. PAPER TIME!

Let’s begin the happy dance!!!

First of all, If you are just now seeing the new lines here on my blog, here are the rest!  Pretty Christmas lines!

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(These do not ship for awhile still, so you will not be able to win one of the Christmas lines.. YET!..)

 

Today I am giving away your choice of Happy Days, Apothecary Emporium OR Victoria Gardens!

To enter and win all you have to do is comment on this post and tell me what your FAVORITE project of mine was and what new paper line you’d like to win!

Facebook - ‘Like’ me on FACEBOOK! I LOVE new followers and you will not want to miss upcoming projects and giveaways (some limited to Facebook only!)

And if you want.. stop by Echo Park’s Facebook Page and tell them what you thought of the new paper lines! I’m sure they love the positive feedback on their amazing products! Also, stop by their BLOG for more photos and CHA chatter and to meet the design team!

Thanks for getting through this looong blog post! I hope you enjoyed my projects!

Toodles!


Welcome to the Summer SVG Shindig!

It’s a PAR-TAY!!!!!!

Well, people.. it’s here! The Summer SVG Shindig! I am the last stop on this party train! If you’re here from Ruthie’s Blog, than you’re in the right spot! If you happen to jump around by accident.. you might miss out on some awesome projects and blog candy, so head on back! The hop starts at Bee’s Hive o’Drama!

I was so excited to be a part of this talent filled blog hop and I can’t wait to show you my projects.. yes, that’s plural! I hope your computer doesn’t crash with all these photos goin’ on! With that said, let the party begin! (or end.. since I’m last? lol.. )

At first I was going to go ALL OUT with this. I wanted to make an actual entire party with SVG files. Then, I came back to reality and remembered I have 3 kiddos and my ‘free time’ is not so.. ‘free’. Soooo… I made a few things to inspire you to create! All my projects are perfect for a ‘summer shindig’ and I hope you like them! Yes, this is a LONG post..

So, grab your sunblock and an ice cold lemonade.. spiked or not, that’s up to you… *wink* Keep on scrollin’ through.. I’ve got some blog candy waiting for ya at the end of this post! And if you don’t like ‘candy’, just pretend it’s some fresh fruit or something.. Heehee..

**Just a warning.. these photos are icky! Lighting was awful and my new moniter is not calibrated yet.. so my color looks off and greenish… Sorry!**

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And yes, our back lawn is crappy!

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Don’t those bright colors just make you happy?..

Right now you’re probably thinking, “She had MORE planned?.. yikes”.. I know, I know.. I was thinking the same thing after I made about 3 projects and practically glued my eyelid shut! (Don’t ask..lol)

Now I will break up the projects and underneath them it will tell you cut sizes. Nothing is ‘out of this world’ difficult or anything, so I won’t bore you with ‘instructions’. 99.9% of these items are made with fabulous Lettering Delights SVG’s! Simply ah-mazing! You can still take advantage of the SUMMER SALE!!!

 

 

1). Water Bottle Wrapper

 

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Collections Used: Soak up the Sun and Something Fishy

Sizes:

  • Trim a piece of cardstock to 8.75w x 2.25h.
  • ‘Wave’ 15.svg – 8.75w
  • ‘Turtle’ 16.svg – 2.00h

 

2). Straw Slips

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Collections Used: Soak up the Sun and SVG Cuts Scalloped Shapes

Sizes:

  • ‘Oval” – m.svg at 2.50h. Layer two circles over the areas you want the straws to fit through. The circles need to be .30
  • 04.svg – 1.668h
  • 07.svg – 1.331h
  • 10.svg – 1.50w
  • 03.svg – 1.668h

 

3). Cupcake Topper and Wrappers

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Collections Used: Something Fishy, Rosettes and SVG Attic’s Summer Fun Cupcake Wrapper’s

Sizes:

  • (Wave wrapper) – Cut as sized.
  • (Rosettes) 04.svg – 1.25h cut two per topper.
  • Cut four circles at 1.60

Below are all cuts from Something Fishy:

  • 15.svg – 1.910w
  • 20.svg – .841w (cut two)
  • 07.svg – 1.487w
  • 05.svg – 1.475
  • 03.svg – 2.25h

 

4). Napkin Rings

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Collections used: SVG Cuts Rosie’s Ribbons and Eat, Drink and Be Hairy

Sizes:

  • Ribbon #4 at 1.50h. Trim to 4″ wide per ring.
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  • 10.svg – 2.197w
  • 12.svg – 2.793h

 

5). Cup Covers

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SVG Collections Used: Soak up the Sun

Sizes:

  • 05.svg – Uncheck KEEP PROPORTIONS and size to 3.7w5 x 3.75h. Use a hole puncher to add a hole for the straw. Or, layer circles in your SVG cutting program. They will need to be sized to .30

 

6). Fishy Hanging Decoration

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Collections Used: Something Fishy

Sizes:

  • Cut THREE rectangles at 5.50h and 10.00w. Fan fold them at 1″ and then fold in half. Adhere together.
  • Cut a circle at 4.00w
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  • 11.svg – 3.00w
  • 22.svg – 1.514w

 

7). Simple Banner

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Collections Used: Summer Treats

Sizes:

  • 23.svg – 11.00w Add a backing to make the letters stand out. (Do this by breaking apart the SVG and removing the letters and just cutting the rectangle shape)
  • 02.svg – 5.00h
  • 03.svg – 5.00w
  • Popsicles – 5.50h for both

 

8). Napkin Holder

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Collection Used: Backyard Fun

Sizes:

  • I used a 4x3x4″ box
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  • 01.svg – 3.00h
  • 04.svg – 1.25h
  • 05.svg – 1.00h
  • 07.svg – 4.00h
  • 06.svg – 4.00h
  • 13.svg – 1.00h

 

Whew! Why do I feel like I should have offered potty breaks and snacks between those posts? Perhaps a refill on that lemonade? LOL! I know it’s a lot and I hope you all are still here, because it’s BLOG CANDY (or fresh fruit) TIME!!!

I’ve got a few things to giveaway and they are all done differently, so please pay close attention, because I will verify! :)

Yes, 3 of the 4 require a Facebook account.. I’m sorry, but it’s to help those businesses that sponsored me! MY giveaway that I am doing is right here on the blog.. All you have to do is comment! I am mentioning this because of a rude comment that was left for me on my blog this morning. Thanks for understanding!

 

Trendy Twine: I recently discovered Trendy Twine.. and I love it! The owner, Lesley, is super sweet.. so sweet that she donated a pack of the 60yd Sampler! WOW! Now, what makes this different than other twine? Cool colors AND some of them have two colors wrapped together! Very cool and unique! I LOVE her Halloween and Kraft twine!

60 Yd Trendy Twine Mini Diva Pack (Pink, Purple, Lilac, Blue, Green, Burgundy, Red, Brown) Bakers Twine

WANT TO WIN THIS?

  1. Follow MY blog (over there to the right.. sometimes it doesn’t work, so I can be forgiving with this one)
  2. ‘Like’ me on Facebook – Happy Life, Crafty Wife
  3. ‘Like’ Trendy Twine and post on the Trendy Twine wall letting her know I sent ya!
  4. ONE random winner will be chosen off of the TRENDY TWINE wall posts and announced on Wednesday, June 29th.

 

Jazzy Patterns on Etsy: Again, another recently found shop thanks to my new love, the Silhouette! Using the print and cut feature I have found that Jazzy Patterns designs work FABULOUS! You can see a card I made from one of her digital paper/clipart sets HERE  shown in her listing! Well, Tatjana, the owner/designer has offered up a digital paper pack or digital clipart/paper set of YOUR CHOICE from her shop! How awesome! Here are some samples:

Beach clipart and digital papers set for personal or commercial use Fun At The Beach (DK001)Nautical clipart and digital papers set personal or commercial use Hoist Your Sail (DK002)Afternoon Tea digital scrabooking paper pack DP074

WANT TO WIN?

  1. Follow MY blog (over there to the right.. sometimes it doesn’t work, so I can be forgiving with this one)
  2. ‘Like’ me on Facebook – Happy Life, Crafty Wife
  3. There will be a ‘share’ graphic on MY FACEBOOK PAGE! Click ‘share’ under the post with photo titled ‘Jazzy Patterns Giveaway’… or just post about the giveaway on your page/wall!! Once you have done this, reply to THAT POST and let me know! Please note, posts on my actual wall will NOT count!
  4. ONE random winner will be chosen off of the comments on the ‘share’ post and announced on Wednesday, June 29th.
  5. If you happen to order from Jazzy Patterns, please send her a message and let her know I sent ya!

 

SVG Attic: Jessica of SVG Attic is just getting started, but she has been producing some great collections! If you haven’t taken a look at her work, you must! SVG Attic has donated the Summer Fun Cupcake Wrapper Collection! Perfect for those summer shindigs!!

WANT TO WIN?

  1. ‘Like’ Jessica’s Crop Corner on Facebook and let her know I sent ya!
  2. ONE random winner will be chosen off of the comments off of her Facebook wall and announced on Wednesday, June 29th.

 

Lettering Delights: I figured since I LOVE their cute little SVG files and used them in most of my projects, that I would give away a $15.00 GIFT CERTIFICATE!! Whoo-hoo!

WANT TO WIN? 

  1. Reply to THIS POST for one entry.
  2. Follow MY blog (over there to the right.. sometimes it doesn’t work, so I can be forgiving with this one)
  3. ONE random winner will be chosen from the comments and announced on Wednesday, June 29th.

 

Whoo-hoo! So fun! I love giveaway’s! I hope you all like to goodies I have up for grabs! Please share with your crafty friends and send them my way! :) Also, for more blog candy and GREAT projects, check out the rest of the blogs in this blog hop, if you haven’t already!

1. Belinda              http://beeshiveofdrama.blogspot.com

2. Thienly               http://modpaperie.blogspot.com

3. Alyssa               http://www.mythoughtsexactly.co/

4. Bee                     http://dare2beecreative.blogspot.com/

5. Jessica               http://jessicascropcorner.blogspot.com

6. Jin                       http://underacherrytree.blogspot.com

7. Julietta                http://4goofballs.blogspot.com

8. Ruthie                 http://www.septemberninth.blogspot.com/

 

ENJOY!

Also, even if you don’t want the prizes, please ‘follow’ my blog and ‘like’ me on Facebook! 


I’ve got mah’ flippy floppy’s!

Well.. I’ve got ONE of ‘em! lol..

This week at Paper Dolls we are making FLIP FLOP BOXES! How fun! When I saw this file from Eleanor of SVG Shop I was so excited! I LIVE in flip flops in the summer! I’m picky though! They either have to be bright colored with big ol’ flowers on the top.. or my Reef Fannings! <~~~~ Those are what I have for this summer. I get a new pair every year! The most COMFORTABLE flip flops, ever! They hug your feet nicely and don’t really ‘flop’…. or ‘flip’.. so.. are they still ‘flip flops?… Or, are they.. SANDALS?.. lol.

*blink – blink*

Wait.. am I selling flip flops here.. or am I trying to show you my project for Paper Dolls?

(really though, check those sandals out!)

Anyhow..

Here is my take on the flip flop box! I went for a luau theme that would be GREAT for party favors! This was easy to make (for a 3D project), even better!

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And not only is the Crop-a-Dile fun to say.. it’s pretty awesome, too! Like my eyeltets?

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Wanna make one like mine?… Head on over to Tamara’s shoe factory with your best glue.. and let’s get busy!

You can download the box from the Paper Dolls Blog.. so scootch on over there and get it!

I kept my boxed as pre-sized.

To decorate my flippy floppy, I used SVG Attic’s Luau collection!

So pretty! You gotta check out her work! (Jessica of SVG Attic). She’s just getting started, but from what I have seen from her, she’s got great stuff! Her files are easy to use, too! Also, be sure to ‘like’ her Facebook, and let her know I sent ya!

Here are the sizes I used from the Luau collection:

  • Hibiscus – 1.40w
  • Lanterns – ’round:1.063w  ‘lantern: .904w   ’tall: 1.151w
  • Luau Caption – 4.542w
  • Coconut drink – 2.396w

That’s it! I didn’t want to do too much to the flip flop because I didn’t want it to be overkill. I think the little touches I added were just right for this, though!

For the off white ‘inner’ part of the sandal, I just opened up another flop flop piece.. and unchecked ‘keep proportions’ and kinda smoohed it a bit to fit how I wanted.. I used an x-acto knife to cut the spaces for the straps. Then I inked and embossed it.. love the way it came out!

I strung the lanterns with some twine and tied little bows. You could do this with someone’s name for a gift!

The ‘grass’ trim is just two strips of paper cut to 1.25″ and frayed by hand with scissors. Super easy to do!

Welp, I hope you have enjoyed this one! I will be pretty quiet this week as I finish up the stuff for the SVG Summer Shindig Blop Hop! I can’t wait!

Head on over to Paper Dolls to see our guest designers projects.. and hopefully create something to enter in our challenge!

Have a great week!

“Tamara, seriously.. Create a Critter AGAIN?!”

Yup.. again.

I big pink fluffy heart LOVE them dern critters!

I had some styrofoam balls laying around and decided to do something with them. I decided to make a cute little tree for no reason at all, just for fun!

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After I made it, I thought.. wow, that looks weird, LOL! It needs a branch or something…. and it’s pretty heavy for a ‘paper’ project because of the styrofoam and hot glue all over it. My son thinks it’s a bat! he whacked himself in the head with it! LOL!

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The tree needed something… anything, really. It was kinda lame by itself.. I mean, it would look CUTE in my daughter’s owl themed room! Too bad the color’s don’t match. I decided to pull out the good ol’ Create a Citter and make some animals treat bags like my Springtime Buddies that I made awhile ago. I do love those little bags! I decided to go with a fall theme (Hello…..! Can we get through spring and summer first!?) I know, fall, really?… But look how cute!

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The little fox makes me smile.. so cute!

This would be great for birthday party favors! Well, if a tree and animals fit your theme! Jungle theme? Fun stuff!

And now for more pictures.. what? Did you think you could get away with only a few photos from me? Ha! You sooo cra-zay!

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You might have noticed that not all my critters are ‘decapitated’.. sometimes it just won’t work out for that particular die cut, so you can just adhere the bottom half of your critter to the bag.. OR, you can glue it to the back of the bag instead. For this project, only my raccoon worked.

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Umm….. Yes, I have issues.. and my son asked me for a dinosaur! So.. Mr. Dino joined the Fall Friends party!

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“Awwww.. that’s cute”…

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I know.. I know.. I couldn’t help it. That’s my dark side coming out… and it made my kids laugh!

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Create a Critter, Straight From The Nest, and Forever Young cartridges and this file created by moi! Download 1springtime_buddies_bag_HappyLifeCraftyWife This is an SVG file. Open it and just cut away! to make this to my sizing, set this to cut at 9.630 WIDE. Make sure ‘Keep Proportions’ is checked. (If you have problems downloading it, email me with my contact link over there to the right… and I will send you the file!) Typepad download is wonky sometimes!

*** If you use my SCAL file and share anything you made with my file PLEASE link back to my blog. Do not post the file on your website/blog.. simply link back to this post. Thank ya! ***

For the tree.. get a 3″ strofoam ball and a hot glue gun! The leaves are all cut from SFTN from ‘branch 1′ cut at 2 3/4″. Cut a bunch.. I think I cut them 35 times? Glue them all over your ball, and burn your fingers while doing it.. I did it several times!

After that cut flowers from the shadow of ‘flower 5′ on FY. I cut 3 for each flower sized at 1 1/4″, 1″ and 3/4″. Layer them and fold the petals up. I made 6 of them for my tree.

The base of the tree is a rectangle rolled up and glued to the bottom. I did this before I added the leaves.

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That’s it for the tree! Please see THIS POST on how to make the bags with animals!

Here are the sizes for the animals I used:

Fox – 3 1/2″

Owl – 3 1/2″

Squirrel – 3 3/4″

‘coon – 4″

Dinosaur – 10″

What? You don’t want to add the dinosaur? Psssh! You’re no fun! *wink*

Happy crafting!! You all might be seeing some changes to the blog soon.. I’m ready for some fun summer colors! Yay!

Toodles!


Cute Wall Decoration – Right at Home Scrapbooking project!

It’s me again!!

Here is a project created for Right at Home Scrapbooking! I worked with some paper from Echo Park’s Playground collection. I love these papers.. I will do another project using them soon, as I have plenty left!

I rarely ever make anything boyish, so I decided to make my son this cute wall/door hanging decoration for his room! If you want all the details you can get them HERE. You will need SCAL or MTC and the SVG Cuts Jonathan’s Bears Collection

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Simple and cute, right?! My son loves it! Be sure to swing on over to RAH’s blog for details!! You can take this basic idea and make party signs, etc.!

Anyhow, I have been so busy lately! (crafting, of course) and this is what happens with 4 days straight of paper crafting and me just tossing things to the side to pick up later (ahem.. more like try and ignore it all ’til it get’s outta control! LOL!)

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It will have to wait another day.. No time today to clean it. My ‘baby’ is 8.. ack, 8.. EIGHT!!!! Lordy, she is growing so fast! I swear it was JUST her 7th birthday, like.. last month? lol. We’re having a small celebration at home with cake and some presents (I have GOT to share with you this amazing deal I got on her gifts!) then, in May we’re heading to Disneyland for a few days! Whoo-hoo! It will be my sons first time going!

OK, my crafty peeps.. I will talk to you all later! I’ve got a project to work on tomorrow for Fantabulous Cricut! Not quite sure what I am doing yet, but I am really hoping to start on it tonight.

‘With a moo-moo here, and a moo-moo there….’

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‘Here a moo.. there a moo… everywhere a moo-moo!’

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Lookie here! I created this little barnyard party favor box for SVG Cuts! How cute, right? I really like the way this came out, so much fun! If you want all the details, check out the BLOG POST!

You can take this idea and use it with your own theme! Party, baby shower, sports teams, etc. You really can do so much with these! I bought my little baggies on eBay from THIS SELLER.

Now.. more pictures!

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Now throw on yur’ overalls for a knee slappin’ good time and create some party favors! :) I hope you like them and it inspires you!

Thansk for stopping by!

‘Over the moon’ sweet treat birthday card!

A couple of us SVG Cuts design team members whipped up some cute and simple cards with SVG Cuts newest collection before it was released - Jonathan’s Bears it’s such a cute collection! Especially for little boys! You can do so much with these! I chose to make my card using the astronaut bear because my little guy LOVES space themed anything! He has astronaut jammies, a rocket tent in his room.. well, his whole room is space themed! Of course he was delighted when mommy handed him this card. His birthday was back in December.. but that’s alright! I get to create fun things for my design teams and my kiddos get the goodies when I am done!

If you would like to see how I made this you can check it out HERE! Leo put together a great video to show how I made it. Really helps if you are new to SVG’s and SCAL. Also, my design team buddy, Thienly made a CUTE superhero card and Mary (the awesome designer behind SVG Cuts) made an ADORABLE cowboy card!

We all had a few hours to plan and whip up something…. it’s amazing what you can do in a short amount of time with one SVG collection! This is not crazy detailed, but would send any little guy (or girl!) over the moon with joy!

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And a picture of my little astronaut that loves his card!

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Enjoy! I can’t wait to show you THREE new design team projects next week! Yes, I’ve been quiet over here.. because I’ve been busy crafting away!

Also.. if you like the stamp I used check out Pink By Design.. great quality and selection!

 

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