Easy Christmas Ornaments and Tags

I have been dying to show you all these easy Christmas ornaments and tags I made this year. They are a great way to personalize your tree and gifts this holiday season. I used the adorable Felicity Jane | Fa La La kit and whipped these babies up in minutes. Head over to the Craftsy Blog for more detailed pictures and instructions to make your own.

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Gold Foil Printing Tutorial | FREE Download

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One of the favorite projects at my advent workshop was gold foiling tags. Everyone couldn’t believe how easy it was. I have a gold foil printing tutorial for you today showing how you can make your own gold foil prints at home. Professional printers charge a lot to gold foil, but for a tiny fraction of the cost you can do it yourself in only a few minutes. The key is using laminating foil (available in a variety of colors) and laser prints. Download your FREE tags and follow the instructions below to create your own gold foil gift tags.

Supplies Needed:

laminating foil
laser printed tags
laminator or iron
text weight paper
scissors
twine

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Instructions:

  1. Place laser printed tag with design face up.
  2. Place gold foil on printed design. Gold side up.
  3. Keep the foil in position and place in between a half sheet of text weight paper. Cardstock is too thick and won’t allow the gold foil to get hot enough to adhere to the printed design.
  4. Set your laminator to the highest setting. If using an iron, set to the highest dry setting.gold foil tutorial 2
  5. Send the half sheet of paper through the laminator, folded end first.
  6. If using an iron, place on a hard surface and press down firmly on the half sheet of paper for about 30 seconds. Make sure to iron over the entire area of the printed design inside the paper. You may have to test out different times with your iron. Be sure to protect the hard surface you are ironing on with a thin cloth, while still keeping the surface firm.
  7. Peel off gold foil.
  8. Finish your tag with a string.

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You may have tiny flecks that don’t completely transfer to the printed design. All of the tags are printed in gold to help mask the little imperfections that come with doing it at home. This technique isn’t perfect, but for the price and convenience, you can’t go wrong.

Advent Workshop Photos

The Advent Calendar Workshop a few weeks ago was so much fun. It has made me even more excited for my next workshop in January. I was surrounded by family and friends, both old and new. We all had a great time creating our Advent Calendars while mingling and eating some yummy treats. Take a look at all the fun that was had crafting with new tools and winning some pretty awesome prizes.

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Photo Credit: Just Izzy Photo

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Silhouette BLACK FRIDAY SALE!!!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Black Friday deals are upon us. I love being able to share Silhouette’s amazing sales with you. You all know I’m a huge fan of Silhouette and can not live without my machine. I wish I were kidding. My Silhouette CAMEO is amazing and I use it all the time. I find myself using it more and more as my kids are getting older. We love it for school and holiday crafts and projects. It makes everything look professional, but with very little time and effort. You better believe I’m on board with that. :) This is the perfect Christmas gift!

Check out this short video to get a tiny glimpse at what this incredible machine can do. The sky is the limit.

Let’s get to the good stuff. Can you believe the prices? Look how much you’re saving with each bundle. You must use discount code ROBISON at checkout to receive sale pricing.

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Christmas Advent Calendar Workshop

My Christmas Advent Calendar Workshop is just over a week away. I’m so excited to teach you all fun, new techniques and introduce you to tools that will make crafting a breeze. Today I wanted to give you a little overview of the workshop and what we’ll be doing. You do NOT need to be crafty to come to this workshop. Hopefully as you read through this, you’ll see just how easy this advent calendar is. The easier the craft, the more time you have for chatting. My favorite part. :)

The advent calendar has five different styles of paper ornaments that hang from the pine bough or elk antler. You will make five of each kind, totally 25. The gift card envelopes will be made using a tool called an envelope punch from We R Memory Keepers. It is so simple and easy to use, it’s genius.

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These 3D ornaments will all be cut and scored ahead of time thanks to my trusty Silhouette machine. All you need to do is fold, fill and glue together. Easy right? Silhouette will have two machines there for you to try out and watch it cut like magic. These diamonds are cut from the most beautiful woodgrain textured cardstock from American Crafts. You’ll love it! I promise.

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This tag is something I’m dying to teach you. It is gold foiled and takes under a minute to make. It’s amazing and my only regret is that I haven’t shared this sooner. Once again, the tags will already be cut out, so you get to spend your time doing the enjoyable part.

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How cute are these gold polka-dot bags from Whisker Graphics?! I will provide a few tags you can gold foil and stuff inside before stapling shut with gold staples. You can also bring your own goodies to fill inside.

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Thanks to the Silhouette again, the reindeer is already cut out for you. You will get to use the Silhouette to cut out your numbers from sticker paper. Then just tie on a bell and you’re finished!

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When you finish all the ornaments, you simply tie them on your pine bough or elk antler with the amazing twine from Whisker Graphics, and it’s ready to hang in your home for the holidays. Sign up for the workshop today and join me for an evening of fun.

The workshop will be held:
Friday, November 21, 2014
6-9pm
Lehi, Utah (The address will be emailed to those attending.)

Purchase your ticket HERE.

Christmas Advent Calendar Workshop | Utah

The day has finally come that I get to share this huge project I’ve been working on. YAY!!! I am so excited to announce I will be hosting craft workshops every three months or so, and the first one is this beautiful Christmas Advent Calendar.

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photo credit: justizzydesign.com

Everything you need to make this advent calendar is included in the workshop. Each attendee will go home with a FINISHED project ready to display for the holidays. And don’t you worry, there will be plenty of time for chatting and snacking too! There will also be some fun prizes to win! Believe me, there are some good amazing ones!

The workshop will be held:
Friday, November 21, 2014
6-9pm
Lehi, Utah (The address will be emailed to those attending.)

Purchase your tickets HERE.

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photo credit: justizzydesign.com

There are two choices of advent calendars with the only difference being the live pine bough or genuine elk antler. I love the look and feel they both give to the holiday season, and the stability given to this whimsical calendar of dangling paper ornaments.

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Hosting and teaching workshops is something I have wanted to do for years. A few months ago I decide, there’s no time like the present, (3 kids under 3-years-old seems like perfect timing, doesn’t it?) and I jumped in with both feet and went for it. I have learned a lot and worked hard making a craft that is not only visually appealing and useful, but affordable too. We will get to play with some fun tools and materials at the workshop from these wonderful companies: American Crafts, Pebbles in my Pocket, Silhouette America, We R Memory Keepers, and Whisker Graphics. I can’t wait to introduce you to new tools and techniques.

Join me for some fun holiday crafting and grab your ticket today because space is limited. See you there!

Dress Up Party

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My niece requested a dress up party for her fifth birthday. This fits her personality perfectly. She loves pretty things, especially those that sparkle. I had fun creating these dress up designs using a pearly pink, gold glitter, and gold and silver foil paper.

The make-up compact has a latch to close just like the real deal. I embellished the perfume bottle with a small balloon tied around the top to imitate the pump spray on classic bottles.

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The lipstick is a pocket with a sliding center you can move to make the lipstick go up and down when applying.

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This gold clutch envelope is perfect for sending out invitations to your fabulous dress up party. The file includes the envelope, envelope liner and pretty bow to seal it shut.

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Here is some of the loot the girls took home in their purse boxes. These purses are the perfect size for little girls to use to carry around all their pretty things.

You can find all the designs in the Silhouette Online Store:
Purse Box | Make-up Compact | Lipstick | Perfume Bottle | Purse Envelope

Weather Chart

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I am doing a little preschool at home for my boys this year. They are only two so I’m keeping it pretty informal and simple. I made a few things for “circle time” I wanted to share incase any of you out there would like to do the same thing.

Part of our circle time will be talking about the weather and seasons. I made this weather chart wheel that we can spin to point to the weather each day. There are also cards we can place on the calendar so we can see the weather patterns through the month to hopefully give them a better idea of seasons.

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Supplies Needed:

  • Weather Chart
  • cardstock
  • adhesive
  • brad
  • foam core/chipboard (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Cut out pieces. Glue to foam core or chipboard if you would like to make your chart more sturdy.
  2. Layer the pieces with the wheel over top the background and the arrow on top.
  3. To make the arrow spin, insert a brad through the arrow and chart. Glue the chart to the background.
  4. The make the arrow stay still while the wheel spins, insert the brad through the arrow and glue the underside of the brad to the top of the arrow. After it has dried, place the brad/arrow through the wheel and background. Glue the brad to the background.

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Friday Fav | Honeycomb Paper Pads

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I tried these out a month or two ago when I was trying to find tiny 1″ honeycomb balls to hang on pineapples for a party favor. They were hard to find online and when I did find some they were $1 a piece. That was too pricey in my book, so I kept looking and stumbled on honeycomb paper pads. It’s a blank canvas of honeycomb paper where you can cut out your own designs. I was hesitant to try it because I thought it would be hard to cut and get a nice edge that wasn’t chewed up from my scissors trying to cut through so many layers. I was pleasantly surprised at the results and that my scissors were able to cut through it.

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The honeycomb paper pads come in various sizes and glue widths (the spacing between each glue line.) I needed to make 1″ balls so I chose the pad with the smallest glue width, 1/4″. For small shapes use a pad with a small glue line width. For larger pads, use a pad with a large glue line width.

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3D Honecomb shapes are really simple to make, but all shapes must be symmetrical. Draw half of your shape onto the pad. Make sure the center of your shape runs perpendicular to the glue lines. For example: The straight edge of my half circle (center of full circle) runs vertically on my paper, while all the glue lines are horizontal.

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Once you have drawn your half shapes filling your paper, cut them out.

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Fan out your cut shapes and glue the front and back together to make your 3D shape. If you’re going to hang them, glue a string in between your front and back layer.

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I hope you enjoy working with honeycomb paper pads as much as I have.

 

 

Reese’s Blessing Dress

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This baby of mine is absolutely perfect in every way. I can’t get enough of her sweet smiles and chubby cheeks. She is very happy and content and loves to talk all day. Her brothers smother her with hugs and kisses and she just smiles at them, for the most part. She has brought so much joy into our family and we are all madly in love with her.

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I love this dress with its tiny hand-stitched details yet overall simplicity. It brings the focus to those irresistible cheeks on the sweetest face. One of my favorite things to do is swaddle Reese up tight and just see this round little head poking out. This dress gives the same effect and it’s adorable.

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Checking out those hands and fingers of hers.

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I love this fluffy hair. It is so soft and feels like silk. I want to rub my cheeks against it all day, but I try to control myself so I don’t bother her too much. The boys feel the same way and can’t keep their hands off of it either. I often find little crumbs of goldfish crackers and more from their tiny fingers in her hair.

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My grandma gave her this beautiful bracelet to wear on her special day. It is still a little big so I just put it on for pictures so we wouldn’t lose it. It’s something I hope she treasures forever and always reminds her of how much she is loved, because she truly is.

 

Pineapple Party Favors

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We blessed Reese a few weeks ago at church and had our family over afterward for brunch. I kept it much simpler this time than I did when we blessed the boys. Like, a millions times simpler. I had more free time then with two newborns napping, than I do now with two wild toddlers and a newborn.  I decorated the tables with honeycomb balls and pineapples. All the pineapples doubled as a party favor with a “thanks” hanging from it that each family took home. It looked so cheerful and was easy to set up, which made the day even more enjoyable.

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pineapple cookie

My cousin made these adorable cookies to serve and my boys are still talking about them. In fact, Jax had a meltdown today that we didn’t have any of these cookies left. It has been a few weeks and he still remembers them. I’ll admit, I wanted to have a meltdown too that they were gone. Those cookies were absolutely delicious!

We had a beautiful day surrounded by family and it was perfect. I’ll be posting some pictures of my sweet Reese in her blessing dress. I can’t get enough of her smiles and chubby cheeks. As my boys say, “She’s delicious!”

Book Binding Tutorial

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There are several ways to bind a booklet, and today I’m going to show you a simple way using some string, a needle and hole punch (optional).

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You can follow the illustration above or use the step by step pictures below.

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  1. Fold all your pages in half.
  2. Align the centers of all the papers.
  3. Mark where you want your holes to be. You will need three.
  4. Use a small hole punch to cut out the holes for easier threading. I do this if I have a lot of pages and if they are cardstock. If you have a few thin sheets, you can just poke through with a needle and your string.
  5. Start by threading your string through the middle hole into the center of the book.
  6. Thread it from the center to the top.
  7. From the top hole, take it down and through the bottom hole into the center of the book.
  8. String it from the bottom hole through the center hole to the outside of the book.
  9. Both ends of the string should be on either side of the string going down the spine.
  10. Tie your two threads in a square knot around the center string. Then you can tie the two ends in a bow around the book to close it.

I love this simple way of binding and the professional look it gives your projects. If you don’t want to have the remainder string on the outside of your book so that you can use it as a clasp, just flip the sides of the steps and start step one from the inside of the book instead of the outside. Then you can finish with a small knot on the inside of the book and cut off the tail strings.

You can see all the details of the inside of this planner on my post HERE.

Calendar

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Here’s a great little project to get your kids excited for school. A simple calendar and planner that they can mark holidays, birthdays, field trips or even track the weather in. I printed out a few blank calendars on cardstock. Four calendars on a sheet, two on each side. I then printed out all the holiday icons onto sticker paper and used my Silhouette to cut them into squares with the Print and Cut feature. You could also use the new PixScan mat.

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Once you have everything printed and cut, fold your calendars in half to make a booklet. You can then fill the months and dates on the calendar, a great writing and counting exercise for your kids. Finally you get to put the stickers on all the important dates and start using the planner.

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You can find the blank calendar and all the calendar icons in the Silhouette online store. Silhouette is also having a great Back to School promotion on their machines as well as their specialty media (sticker paper, cotton canvas, gold foil, etc.)

August Promo

Portrait Bundle:

Originally $260.91
SALE $149.99

CAMEO Bundle

Originally $380.91
SALE $269.99

Brush Script Tips

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I thought doing the brush script quotes and phrases would be a piece of cake and I could just whip them all up in an hour. Wrong. It took a lot of practice and experimenting to figure out which brushes and paints worked best for me. I’m sharing what I found worked to help save you time.

I first tried what I had on hand in my craft room, a small paint brush and craft paint that I watered down a little bit. This didn’t work well for me. It was gloppy and the paint wasn’t consistent through the whole quote. I decided to order some different tools and see if I could get better results.

Pentel Color Brush
I saw this brush in a lot of video tutorials and it looked like a great product, however I had a hard time getting the ink to flow consistently enough to look smooth and not dry. You really have to squeeze to get the ink into the brush and after 5 minutes of squeezing, it still wasn’t enough for a smooth flow of ink through the words. I found that this brush worked really well on paper with a smooth and sometimes slick finish, like a glossy paper. That wasn’t the look I wanted so I kept trying.

Pentel Water Brush and Gouache
This combination worked best for me. You fill the brush handle up with water and squeeze it through the brush tip. The harder you squeeze the more water flows through the tip. This brush cleaned up really easily and works well with gouache and watercolors. I highly recommend having this brush on hand for many different crafting uses.

I found it helpful to be loose in your writing, take your time and practice. If you have any tips you’ve found doing brush script, I would love for you to share. What phrases or quotes would you like to see in the future?

You can find all of the brush script cards in the Silhouette online store.
xoxo | be kind | embrace the journey | dream big | full heart | count your blessings | i love you | little things | my sunshine

Brush Script Cards

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I have some new brush script cards in the Silhouette store today. They are sized 4×6 and 3×4, perfect for journaling and scrapbooking. I scaled them down and used them as tags on little gifts for friends. I love this top quote. It fits me perfectly. With twin toddler boys and a 2 month old baby, my hands are definitely full, but so is my heart. A friend of mine just had twins and I knew this tag was the best fit for her treat.

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You can find all of the brush script cards in the Silhouette online store.

xoxo | be kind | embrace the journey | dream big | full heart | count your blessings | i love you | little things | my sunshine