Ice Cream Cone Treat Boxes

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These ice cream cone treat boxes are perfect for giving small gifts to friends or guests at a party. I love the style and size of the sour cream pouch box. They’re easy to assemble and hold just the right amount of treats inside. And don’t you just love the sprinkles on top? Everything looks better covered in sprinkles.

These cones would also make a cute invitation for an ice cream social or other fun summer party. You could type the party info on the scoops of ice cream, or even stuff the info along with a treat inside the cone. There are so many different ways to use these adorable little cones.

You can find step-by-step instructions for how to assemble this style of treat box HERE. Both ice cream cone treat boxes are available in the Silhouette Design Store. Download and cut yours out, then start spreading little gifts of happiness to those around you.

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Tropical Paradise

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Back in May I was invited to attend the Silhouette Summit in Hawaii that Silhouette hosted to debut their new products coming out this year. It was so fun, obviously, and I came back so rejuvenated and inspired by all the beauty those islands hold. I apparently came back on Hawaiian time, because it took me a few months to get back into the swing of things and create these tropical paradise designs. Haha!

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Pineapple and Coconut Boxes

The pineapple and coconut box are fun to use as decor for a luau, to hold utensils and treats, or to use as gift box containing a party favor. You can find some simple instructions for assembling the boxes on Amanda Coleman’s blog.
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Cupcake Wrappers

One of the reasons I love cupcake wrappers so much is they can dress up any cupcake. I am not a baker and don’t have the talent of making beautifully frosted cupcakes. I can swirl on some white frosting and add some sprinkles though. With the addition of the cupcake wrappers and toppers, they look professional and almost make it look like I know what I’m doing. ;) Plus, my dessert now coordinates with the rest of my party which is always a good thing.

Find all the cupcake wrappers in the Silhouette Design Store.
Coconut Drink | Flamingo | Pineapple | Snorkel

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Treat Boxes

I love the simplicity of the sour cream pouch style treat box. They are so easy to make and are the perfect size for a party favor.

Find all the treat boxes in the Silhouette Design Store.
Hibiscus | Pineapple | Flamingo | Palm Tree

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Gift Card Envelopes

Gift cards can be the best gifts. I know I’m a personal fan of them. Some feel they aren’t personal enough. Dress them up in one of these gift card envelopes and problem solved. Who wouldn’t love to receive some money in these adorable tropical envelopes?

Find all the gift card envelopes in the Silhouette Design Store.
Pineapple | Flamingo | Hibiscus | Snorkel | Palm Tree

Tropical Gift Card

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Here’s another look at the gift card envelopes. The card slides in to complete the image through the cut-out piece on the envelopes. Fun, right? You can write a little a message on the card, then slip it in the envelope with the gift card. So simple, but such a thoughtful touch.palm tree gift card 2

Host a Luau this summer and I know all your guests will enjoy these fun tropical designs too.

DIY Pin Tutorial using the Silhouette

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You all know I love my Silhouette CAMEO and all the projects I can create with it. I also love challenging its capabilities. Today I have a tutorial for you showing how to make these pins using the Silhouette. It’s so easy and simple and you can involve the kids too, which is always a plus.

How to make your own pins

Supplies Needed:

Shrink Film
Silhouette or scissors
extra fine sandpaper
spray paint
E6000
pin backs

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Step 1: Load your shrink film on your cutting matte. Cut out your shapes using a sharp blade on Silhouette. I set my blade to a ten and used the double cut feature. This cut through the material enough to bend and pop the shapes out. I also tried doing the two round of the double cut (4 times cutting total) and that was enough to cut all the way through it. When cutting your shapes, keep in the mind that they will shrink to half their size when cooked in step 2.

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Step 2: Follow the directions on the back of the package to cook your shrink film in the over or toaster over. I cooked mine at 325 degrees farenheit, for about 5 minutes. It was a little longer than the package recommended, but my shaped were pretty large.

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Step 3: As they are cooking they curl up almost into a ball. Don’t panic. It’s supposed to do this. Somehow they miraculously flatten back out. When your plastic shapes are flat on the pan, then they are complete and can be take out of the oven. If there is still a slight curve to some, place a pan on top of the pins and press down on them to flatten. This must be done immediately after they come out of the over while they are still hot.

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On the left is the shape before cooking, and on the right if the shape after. It’s so tiny and adorable!

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Step 4: You can color on the film with permanent marker before it is cooked to make your design. I chose to spray paint them gold after cooking, instead of drawing on them. Using an extra fine sandpaper, I believe mine is 400 grit, sand it side of the plastic to give the paint something to stick to.

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In this image you can the see the difference between the unsanded part on the left, and the sanded side on the right.

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Step 5: Apply some E6000 adhesive to the pin back and adhere it to your shape. I didn’t want to have to worry about my pin popping off so I used a lot of adhesive. I figured no one will see the back of the pin while wearing it anyway, right?

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Press the glued pin back firmly on the back of you plastic shape and let dry for about 24 hours.
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Step 6: Spray paint the pin your color of choice and allow to completely dry before handling and wearing. You can spray paint your shape before you put the pin back on, but I wanted my metal pin back to be the same color as the pin, so I chose to glue it on before spray painting.

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I’m at Snap Conference this weekend passing out these pins on my business cards with a little tutorial and amazing giveaway from Silhouette. If you’re at Snap, come find me, grap a pin and be entered to win a Silhouette CAMEO and a Silhouette Portrait. So much fun!

5 Simple Flower Tutorials Using Circle Punches

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I have a few circle punches in my stash that are staples in my paper crafting. I generally just use them for little gift tags, but today over on the Craftsy blog, I’m sharing tutorials on how to make all of these flowers and leaves using your circle punches. They are all so simple and take just a few minutes. Head over there and check it out.

* You can also find the 3D flower tutorial on my blog.

Paper Easter Basket

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There is something so simple and soothing about the color white. I love how it softens everything up and adds so much light. I did a lot of white on white with this paper Easter basket and love how it makes the peach flower pop even more. Just think how beautifully it would show off a basket full of colored Easter eggs. Wouldn’t it make the perfect gift bag for a friend this spring?easter flower basket detail crop Easter flower basket side crop

All of these die cuts are available in the Silhouette design store and you can find a tutorial to make the flower here.

Easter Basket | 3D Flower + Tutorial | Tiny Blossoms | Spring Leaves | Spring Twigs

3D Flower Tutorial

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New in the Silhouette store is this easy 3D flower. You can use it in a bouquet for home or party decor. It’s also a great embellishment for cards and scrapbooks. Make it out of fabric or felt and use it for a hair accessory. Follow this easy 3D flower tutorial below to make your own.

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Cut out 14 pink 1 1/2″ circles, 1 pink 1″ circle and 1 yellow strip measuring 1/4″x8.5″. Cut a slit to the center of each 1 1/2″ circle. Glue 1/4″ of either side of the slit on top of each other to add dimension to each petal. 3D flower tutorial 2

Using the 1″ circle as a base, begin gluing petals around the edges with the slits toward the base. For this flower I glued 5 flowers on the base and 5 on the second layer. The third layer has has three petals. The remaining petal is used on top for the center of the flower.

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Curl the yellow strip by wrapping it around a pencil. Glue the two ends together. Adjust the curls until it looks the way you want it. Glue the yellow, curled strip to the center of the flower.

Valentine Detective Party | Party Favors

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This is the final post of the Valentine Detective Party. Today I’m sharing all the party favors and little details that helped really bring the theme of the party to life. The spy kit pictured above was issued to every agent/guest when they arrived at the party. I found the mustaches at the dollar store. The glasses are from Amazon. They are a little big for kids though. The mini magnifying glasses are also from Amazon. Hallelujah for Amazon Prime! Am I right?!

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I made credentials for each guest to wear. You can have their parents email you a picture, or pull one from social media. Download the credentials print and cut file, then open it in Silhouette Studio. Now you can replace the filler info with each child’s info. I also included the font names in the file so you can download the same ones to match if you want. Import each child’s photo on the tag. Print then cut.

The clear cases are from Walmart. I have seen them at the dollar store before too. You can purchase the lanyards from Amazon.

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I love how the Silhouette Printable Gold Foil brings this secret agent badge to life. Download the badge, then print and cut it using your Silhouette. Cut another badge out of chipboard to make the badge more sturdy. Peel the backing off of the gold foil and adhere it to the chipboard. Peel the backing off the pin and stick it at the top of the heart on the back. Your badges are now ready to wear.

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These tiny notebooks are from Walmart. I think there were three in a pack for like $0.89. I love those kinds of prices. :) The spy pens are so cool. The ink is completely invisible until you use the light at the top of the pen to shine over your message. It’s like magic!

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Side note: I’ve been using these to keep my kids busy when I need to get work done. I draw a bunch of shapes on a paper and they try to find them all with the light. It’s a great activity for a busy/quiet bag.

evidence bag

Last but not least is this adorable party favor bag for the kids to take home with “evidence” of a good time. We had a Valentine exchange and used these as our Valentine boxes/bags. They were also used to haul all the spy/detective kit goodies home.

Download the evidence print and cut file. I put my paper bags through my laminator to “iron” them extra flat. Feed through your printer folded end first. My local copy shop also printed them on their machines for me too.

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I have really enjoyed sharing all the details from my Valentine Detective Party. I hope you have found all these ideas helpful in hosting one of your own. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Check out more details of the Valentine Detective Party
Valentine Detective Party | Invitations
Valentine Detective Party | Games

 

Valentine Detective Party | Games + Free Downloads

Finally! I’m sharing all the games and activities from the Valentine detective party. This post is long, but most of it is pictures. That’s just the way I like it! Let’s jump in and see all the fun activities we did to find clues leading to our secret admirers.

Heart Fingerprints

I like to have an activity guests can do when they arrive so they don’t wander around like lost little puppies. ;) It also helps them feel welcome and comfortable. It’s doubles as something to keep them entertained while waiting for all the other guests to there. For this activity, I had everyone “fingerprinted” for the agency they were part of as secret agents/detectives. Because it was a valentine party too, the kids stamped their fingerprints in the shape of a heart. The cards were then slipped into plastic sleeve, magnetic frames. This also doubled as a party favor. I love when you can double up on activities and party favors.

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Practicing their heart fingerprints before making their card. It helps take the pressure off. Haha!

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Valentine Detective Party | Invitations

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Every year I throw a Valentine party for my high school friends and their kids. It is so much fun, and a tradition I love. With a few of the kiddos being new readers, I thought it would be fun to do a Valentine detective party where they can solve different clues to find out who their secret admirer is. (It’s their mom by the way.)

I had so much fun planning this party. There are so many possibilities of games and party favors, that it was hard narrowing it down. This week I’ll take you through the whole party so that you can host your own. Today we’ll start with the invitations.

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It was all about the details and getting all the little guests excited to join the party. I wanted the fun to start the moment they received it in the mail. I stamped the mailing envelope and file folder enclosed with a “top secret” stamp I made using the Silhouette Stamping Material. So easy, and gives it more of an authentic touch than my printer would.

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This is where it gets fun. All the little extra pieces and details inside the folder make it so much more exciting when you can move and interact with the invitation.

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Paper clipped to the inside of the folder are suspect profiles of their secret admirer(s). I saved the file as a .jpg image and printed it from my phone using my handy Instax printer. I love that thing!

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The information to the party had to be read with the special heart decoder enclosed. This was a bit tricky to make on the design end of things, but I figured it all out and made it so easy for you. Yay! You can still see the bolded blue areas without the decoder, but the regular text can’t be read without it.

How to make decoder invitations:

Supplies Needed:

Directions:

Printed Invitation

  1. Download the Top Secret Invitation.
  2. Add your own party details and information to the blue layer using the same color of blue as the other text.
  3. Print the blue layer of invitation.
  4. Print the red squiggle layer directly on top of the blue invitation you have already printed.
  5. Cut out the invitation.

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Decoder Lens

  1. Download the magnifying glass die cut
  2. Cut out two magnifying glasses
  3. Cut out a small piece of red cellophane to go in between to the magnifying glass pieces.
  4. Glue the cellophane to cover the center opening of the magnifying glass.
  5. Glue the second magnifying glass on top of the other, with the red cellophane in between the two layers. This creates the decoder lens to read the invitation.

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Sometimes when I spend this much time on an invitation I wonder if it was really worth it. I enjoy making them, but do people really care what the invitation looks like? At the party, several of the kids told me how cool the invitation was and that they had been reading it all week. One even brought it with her in the car because she was so excited for the party and wanted to decode the invitation again. So, was it worth it? Absolutely! I sure love those cute kiddos and their amazing moms.

Check out more details of the Valentine Detective Party
Valentine Detective Party | Games + Free Downloads
Valentine Detective Party | Party Favors

Weaving Instruction Booklets

For those of you that couldn’t make it to my recent workshops, I put together a weaving instruction booklet for each project you can download. It’s filled with step-by-step images and written instruction. Enjoy some time weaving with your kids, or a fun craft night with friends learning a new skill.

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Download your booklet today and get started creating your new hobby.

Weaving Workshop

Kids Weaving Workshop

I had so much fun at both weaving workshops I hosted on Saturday. During the kids workshop, we learned to make a loom from a piece of cardboard and weave a drawstring bag. We had yummy snacks and everyone got to pick a few treasures to put in their bag before they left. All the kids were so cute and fun to have there. They were so polite and kind. I couldn’t have asked for a better group on my first kids workshop. Thank you all for coming!

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This sweet, little girl was so excited that she got to bring her grandma to the workshop.

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I heard several times from this sweet boy that he was having so much fun and loved weaving. This is the exact reason I love teaching.

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Pushing the yarn down was the favorite part for everyone. Who wouldn’t love to do it?

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I love the focus and determination on all their cute faces.

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I forgot to take a group picture, as always, but I did catch a few of these cuties with their bags before the end.

Adult Weaving Workshop

In the adult weaving workshop we learned how to make a loom from a frame. We learned several different stitches and some even created shapes in their weaving. Wow! We chatted, snacked and enjoyed each others company. Such a fun night and a great way to relax with friends.

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Redbox Neighbor Gifts | Free Download

Still trying to get last minute neighbor gifts made? Here is a very easy gift that your neighbors will actually like. Did you know you can give Redbox movie rental codes? It’s so easy to do and I even made a gift tag for you to write the codes on. Just print and cut out the gift tag, write down your Redbox codes, and tie to some popcorn or boxed movie theater candy. Read below to see how to purchase your codes for your Redbox neighbor gifts.

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How to purchase Redbox codes:
1. At the bottom of the Redbox home page, select “Redbox Gifts.”

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2. Select “Promo Code Bundles”

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3. Select the item you would like to give and the number of codes you wish to purchase from the drop-down menus. Add to cart and complete your purchase.

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Merry Christmas!
-Amy

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.