Thursday, January 30, 2014

Stenciled Love You To the Moon Card

My 9 year-old son would rather die than receive a mushy, pink and red valentine from mom.  While the sentiment on this love you to the moon card may be a tad mushy, I am pretty sure it won't send him over the edge.  

Love You To the Moon Card

I used Silhouette's new adhesive stencil material and light molding paste to make the starry background.  Be sure to head on over to the Silhouette blog for more details on how I made my card. 

I am also linking this card to the Moxie Fab World Constellations: Trendy Star Power Challenge.  You still have until tomorrow to link up your constellation/star inspired creations!  

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, January 27, 2014

Pretty Paper Leaf Wreath

Hello everyone!  Today I am sharing a pretty paper leaf wreath that was on display in the Chickaniddy booth at CHA 2014.  The soft pinks, corals, and grays in this wreath are sure to chase away the winter blues.  

Pretty Paper Leaf Wreath

Paper leaf wreaths are inexpensive, easy to make, and really pack a punch.  To make a 16" wreath, you need approximately 60-70 3.5" paper leaves.  You can die cut them manually or electronically, or even cut them by hand.  Choose 5-6 coordinating small-scale patterned papers with complimentary colors and patterns. 

I stapled the leaves to a wreath form that I cut from a corrugated box (FREE!).  To add dimension to your wreath, make a crease down each leaf and fold the ends in when stapling them to the wreath form.

As you layer the leaves, the leaf bases are covered up leaving a nice cascade of leaves all the way around the wreath.

Finish the wreath by adding a satin bow to the top of the wreath.  I used wired satin ribbon so the bow would keep its shape.

I wanted a long, flowing bow on this wreath so I cut the bow tails just at the bottom of the wreath.  The wired ribbon helps the bow tails stay in a pretty, spiral shape.

ETA: I am linking this wreath up to this week's link party over at Tatertots & Jello.  

Have a great day!


Chickaniddy Twirly Girly collection
Wired satin ribbon (Offray)
leaves cut file

Friday, January 24, 2014

Vellum Valentine

Helloooo vellum!  I recently used some of Silhouette's new vellum on this vellum valentine and I love it!  It cuts perfectly and has just the perfect opacity.

Vellum Valentine

Head on over to the Silhouette blog for more details on this card as well as a complete list of supplies and cut files.  

Have a happy Friday! 


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Easy DIY Business Cards

As I was preparing to go to CHA last week a friend suggested that I take some business cards.  Inspired by this pin, I put together some easy DIY business cards.

Easy DIY Business Cards

Each business card is made from a 3.5"x2" piece of patterned paper and a kraft sticker label.  I intentionally made a standard sized business card with a low profile as to not be a nuisance in someone's wallet or pocket.  

For more details on how to make the kraft business card labels head on over to the Silhouette Blog.  

Have a happy day! 




Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Farm Friends Upcycled Board Book Mini Album

Just over a year ago we bought a farm and, wow, what a year it has been!  Having spent my entire life in and around cities, this was a huge change for me and my family.  After collecting quite a few photos, I decided it would be fun to document some of the farm animals we have acquired over the past year by making an upcycled board book mini album.

Upcycled Board Book Mini Album

Although my kids are beyond the board book years, I thought a it would still be fun to create a mini album patterned after a children's book.  And wouldn't ya know, at 7 and 9 years old, they still got a big kick out of it!  I covered the front of the book with patterned paper, a hand-cut barn, and some stickers.

This is what the board book looked like before I got a hold of the patterned paper.  To cover the book pages, I simply cut paper the size of each page and adhered it with a permanent tape runner.  Easy as pie.

I put the names of each animal on the same page as their picture.  I imagine there will be many farm critters over the years so it is fun to remember what we named them in 2013.  Opposite the picture I used alpha stickers and rubons to write the story.  Looks like we will have to get a bit more creative when naming the ducks.  Although it is MANY years away, I hope to read this book to the grand kids someday!  

And in case you were wondering, this is what the back of the book looks like.  I simply added the year that these pictures were taken.

FREEBIE!  Want to make a farm animal board book of your own?  Click HERE for instant access to each of these photos.  These photos for your personal use only.  Please do not sell these photos or use them in commercial enterprises and please give credit where credit is due.  You're the best!

Happy crafting!


Various Doodlebug 6x6 paper pads
Teensy Type stickers
Rub On Alphabet
Fancy Frills border stickers
Simply Sweet alphabet cardstock stickers
Love Letters cardstock stickers

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

DIY Paper Doily Flowers

I was recently in my craft room surrounded by a bunch of new supplies.  I took out a bunch of doilies and started playing.  I cut, folded, scrunched, and spiraled them a bunch of different ways just to see what I could come up with.  I eventually ended up with these DIY Paper Doily Flowers.  

DIY Paper Doily Flowers

Paper doily flowers are easy to make and can be used in a bunch of different ways.  Group a bunch together to make a sweet bouquet or use a single flower as a pretty gift topper.  

Trim the stem of a doily flower and it becomes a fun boutonniere.  

Make the boutonniere by adhering a couple of paper leaves to the back of the flower stem.  Wrap the leaves and stem with washi tape and insert a stick pin.  So easy! 

A red boutonniere looks sharp against a black suit.  While you may not wear a paper boutonniere to a black tie event, they would be fun for a less formal party or other occasion.  TEACHERS and MOMS: this would be a fun, easy, and inexpensive craft for the kids to do for Father's Day! 

Even James Bond looks dashing sporting a red carnation boutonniere.  

Perhaps keep a few flowers on hand to toss onstage at your next theater outing.  

These paper flowers are super easy to make and require only a few basic crafting supplies.  My 7 y.o. daughter was able to put them together with ease.  

(Click on the image to make it larger)

For each flower you will need 4 doilies, 1 Pixie straw, and a couple of Glue Dots or other dry adhesive.  
  • Gather each doily in the center and scrunch it together, bringing the end to a tight point. 
  • Affix a couple of glue dots to the top of the Pixie and adhere the doilies to the top. 
  • Wrap the bottom of the flower with washi tape. 

These flowers were seriously SO easy to make!  Be sure to come back for more paper flower ideas.   

Thanks for stopping by!


Doodlebug Sweetheart collection doilies 
Doodlebug Limeade Pixies
Doodlebug Limeade swiss dot washi tape
Glue Dots

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Punny Vegetable Valentines

Every year I look forward to helping my kids make valentines for their classmates.  Like most kids, my kids have a short attention span when it comes to crafts, so I usually look for ideas that are quick and easy.  Inspired by some cute veggies I found in the Silhouette Online store, I had my daughter help me put together some punny vegetable valentines

Punny Vegetable Valentines

Healthy TIP: Hand these out with a bag of mini carrots instead of candy.  

For more details on these easy punny vegetable valentines, head on over to the Silhouette Blog.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!