FREE Download | Bubblegum Machine

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I have a free download for you today as promised. Keep your kids reading through the summer with this fun poem and a bag of bubblegum. This would also be a great gift to new students for the upcoming school year.  The free download is available as a .pdf to print out, and an .svg to cut out the bubblegum machine with your digital cutting machine. If you have a Silhouette you need to have the Designer Edition software to import. There is a promotion going on for 40% off Silhouette Studio Designer Edition using coupon code ROBISON at checkout.

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Box Tutorial | Silhouette Promotion

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You all know that I love hosting little parties and party favors/boxes are one of my favorite things to design. I am going to show you how to turn your simple Silhouette shapes into a box using Silhouette Studio Designer Edition.

Before we get to the tutorial, let’s talk about the current Silhouette Promotion that starts today. This is a fabulous promotion and every one should take advantage. The Silhouette Studio Designer Edition gives you more freedom to create your own designs to cut with the Silhouette. You can also import .svg cut files you find online to build your library. All of the free designs I offer on my blog are in .svg format so you can cut them with your Silhouette, but you must have the designer edition to do so. You can get it for 40% off this week, using promo code ROBISON. I’ll be posting a free cut file for you later this week and you can find all my free downloads in the right column of the blog.

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FEATURES
Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition contains all the same functionality as Silhouette Studio® plus the following designer features:

  • Ability to open, manipulate, and cut .svg files
  • Rhinestone tools to convert designs into rhinestone templates and create your own rhinestone designs
  • Sketch tools to convert designs into several styles of sketchable art
  • Creative knife tools to allow you to clip designs using different patterns
  • Enhanced eraser set to modify designs with more precision
  • Built-in ruler and guide lines for precise alignment and drawing
  • Layers support (including ability to cut by layer)
  • PDF import
  • Nesting feature to allow you to arrange cuts as efficiently as possible—a scrapper’s dream!
  • Shadow tool—allows you to add a drop shadow to printable designs

Let’s get started turning your designs into 3D boxes using your Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software. Continue reading

Reese!

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photo by Kara Simmons

I have not blogged for a while and those of you following me on Instagram have seen why. I just had a baby a month ago and am still getting used to life with three. My little Reese is the sweetest baby and it’s hard to imagine our life before her. My boys are so in love with her and love to give her kisses and hugs all day. How could you not want to kiss those chubby cheeks! They sing to her when she cries and love to take care of her. She gets these big eyes with a terrified look on her face when she hears them near. Haha! I don’t blame her. At 2 years old, their kisses are wet and their hugs aren’t always soft. They do adore her though, and I am so happy.

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photo by Kara Simmons

I originally made all of these flowers I’ve been featuring on my blog for a piece of art to hang in Reese’s room. I love the versatility of them and hope you have enjoyed using them as well.

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My sister had her first baby a few days after me. How fun is that! This is the invitation for her shower (address is fake) along with little party favors. I used the spring bouquets and blossoms with the pink dot pattern paper. You can use these designs for more party decor such as cupcake toppers, banners and more. It turned out great and we had a wonderful time celebrating.

These two little cousins are going to be the best of friends and I am so excited to see them grow up together. They are such sweet little babies and we love having them in our family.

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Customize Spring Bouquet Print and Cut Files

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Not all of my print and cut files can be edited, but these spring bouquets can! This means you can change the colors or rearrange the flower bouquets to create a unique design that works perfect for your scrapbook pages, cards, gifts or events. Follow the simple steps in this tutorial to create your new designs.

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Font: Janda Stylish Script

Spring Bouquets

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New in the Silhouette store this week are these print and cut spring bouquets along with individual cut files for each flower. I’ll be sharing some ideas of ways to use them this week to embellish and create your own designs.

The first way I used them was on these signs I made for a wedding reception. I used the different bouquets to embellish the signs which made each one unique, but also kept them coordinating. You can follow the same designing through to party favors, table numbers, thank you cards, etc.

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Check back to see other ways to use and customize all these coordinating spring bouquets. You can find them all in the Silhouette Online Store.

Carrot Easter Eggs and Treasure Hunt

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My last Easter craft is turning these little plastic eggs into carrots. I painted the eggs using acrylic craft paint and then used a sharp knife to cut a hole in the top. You can fill the eggs with confetti or candy. To plug the hole, I used some green fringed tissue paper.

Another fun way to use the carrot eggs would be as a treasure hunt from the Easter Bunny. Your children can follow the carrot clues around the house left by the Easter Bunny to their baskets. Simple and the kids will love the added holiday fun.

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Have a wonderful Easter!

Click on the links below to see the other Easter Egg crafts.
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Easter Egg Kit

Easter Egg Kit

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Have you decorated your Easter eggs yet? Here’s a little kit you can put together for the occasion. Fill small egg cartons with different art media to decorate your eggs and a little treat to munch on. I included a mini paint set, glitter, rhinestones and washi tape along with the best Easter candy ever, Cadbury Mini Eggs.

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You could also include markers, crayons, temporary tattoos and more. What would you put in your egg decorating kit?

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I found these adorable egg cartons and had to have them. They are great for party favors and little gifts. I picked up some plastic decorating eggs at Walmart and knew they would be a perfect match for the egg cartons. They have a slight texture to them like that of a chalkboard that makes them look very real. The texture of the plastic also makes it easy to paint and decorate with other media. The eggs are hollow though, so they will float if you try to dunk them in dye to color. Because they can’t break like real eggs, these work well when crafting with kids. And bonus, you don’t have to store your pretty eggs in the fridge, you can display them through the Easter season. They are pretty much perfect, although I would love if they made another version that you could fill with candy. That would make them ideal.

To decorate the eggs above, I used acrylic craft paint and Mod Podge with glitter. I painted some to look as though they had been half-dipped and others I painted the entire egg. I think these would also look cute strung together to make a garland. You can easily poke holes in the tops of the eggs with a piercing tool to string the eggs together.

Stick around this week as I show some other fun ways to use these plastic eggs and cartons for Easter gifts and party ideas.

Tea Party Pattern Paper | Part 2

This is the last of the Tea Party Collection and it’s now available in the Silhouette Online Store. It is the second half of the Tea Party Pattern Papers and coordinates with many other Tea Party die cuts in the store. You can visit the links below or check out my Instagram for fun ways to use all the designs.

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Click on the links below to see how I used it for a Tea Party.

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Tea Party | 3D Rose Tutorial
Tea Party | Place Setting
Tea Party | Decorations
Tea Party Pattern Paper

Tea Party Pattern Paper

The Tea Party Collection papers are finally in the Silhouette Online Store!!! I am limited on the number of designs I can submit per week, so the second part of the collection will be available next week. I wanted this collection to be light and carefree with the pastel colors and ombre/ watercolor. I also added some stability with the navy blue and crisp graphics. I hope you enjoy this line as much as I have.

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You can find all the paper shown above in my Silhouette portfolio along with the other coordinating Tea Party cut files.

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I’ll be showing more samples of ways you can use this line throughout the next few weeks. You can also click on the links below to see how I used it for a Tea Party

Tea Party
Tea Party | 3D Rose Tutorial
Tea Party | Place Setting
Tea Party | Decorations

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The winner of the Silhouette Portrait was announced today. Head over HERE to see who the lucky new owner is!

Silhouette Promotion | Specialty Media

Have you taken advantage of Silhouette’s current promotion yet? If you don’t have a Silhouette cutting machine they have two great bundles to choose from that feature their specialty media at a great price. They also have their specialty media 30% off until March 31. All of these products can be used even if you don’t have a Silhouette. Although, having one sure comes in handy with the print and cut feature. I’ve included a few past projects using Silhouette’s specialty media below. There are so many fun things you can do with it. For more details and to enter to win a Silhouette Portrait click HERE.

 

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Printable Magnet Paper

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Printable White Sticker Paper

Printable White Sticker Paper

Double-Sided Adhesive + Glitter

Double-Sided Adhesive + Glitter

Temporary Tattoo Paper

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I’m going to use the Tattoo Paper on Easter Eggs this year. A fun way to add great designs. The Printable Magnet Paper is a great media for making childrens games and activities. How will you use the specialty media?

Tea Party | Decorations

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This is the last post of the Tea Party and we’re going out with a bang! I’m giving you a closer look at all the decorations for the party. Before I do, I had to show you these butterfly fans we used to cool ourselves down. The girls were so cute watching the little breezes they created blow around their hair.

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I sewed together teacups and teapots to make a garland that welcomed the guests as they walked in. All the pattern paper used on the decorations will be available in the Silhouette Online Store next week, so keep your eye out.

For the centerpiece I used a teapot and filled it with tissue paper flowers and 3D roses. You can find the tutorial for making the roses here.

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I cut out a bunch of butterflies in a variety of sizes and stapled some going up the tree trunk, and the rest I taped to vintage doors that were hinged together to make a backdrop.

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The girls loved posing in their pearls and dresses for photos. I loved taking a million pictures of their adorable little faces.

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This little one was too excited to go swimming, that she was already in the pool by the time we took pictures in the photo booth. I did get this cute one of her showing off her necklace though. Notice the pink gum I mentioned she was thrilled to receive in her tea bag. I hope you have enjoyed this fun Tea Party as much as I have loved sharing it with all of you.

Click on the links below to see coordinating Tea Party posts.
Tea Party
Tea Party | 3D Rose Tutorial
Tea Party | Place Setting

Silhouette Giveaway + Promotion

I have a lot of fun and exciting things for you today. First up is this amazing giveaway from Silhouette. One of you lucky readers will WIN A SILHOUETTE PORTRAIT!!! I am seriously so excited about this, because as you all know, I love my Silhouette and can’t live without it. Everyone should own one of these amazing machines!

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You can enter to win here on my blog, and on Instagram. Here is how:

To enter on my blog simply follow the directions below.

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*** Thank you to all those who entered the giveaway. If you entered by reposting the giveaway on Instragram, I added your info into the drawing last night. Wouldn’t you know it, the winner came from a fabulous Instagram follower that reposted the contest. Thank you again! ***

Visit me on Instagram to see how you can enter there.

Ready to get your hands on one of these amazing machines? Silhouette’s current promotion includes their specialty media with your choice of machine. Click HERE to link you to their promotion page and use code ROBISON and checkout to receive your discount.

Print and Cut promotion

1 Silhouette CAMEO® plus the following print & cut related items:

  • 1 package of temporary tattoo paper
  • 1 package of printable adhesive kraft paper
  • 1 package of printable adhesive gold foil
  • 1 package of printable adhesive silver foil
  • 1 package of printable white sticker paper
  • 1 package of printable clear sticker paper
  • 1 package of printable adhesive cotton canvas
  • for $269.99 (MSRP $357.92)

OR

1 Silhouette Portrait™ plus the following print & cut related items:

  • 1 package of temporary tattoo paper
  • 1 package of printable adhesive kraft paper
  • 1 package of printable adhesive gold foil
  • 1 package of printable adhesive silver foil
  • 1 package of printable white sticker paper
  • 1 package of printable clear sticker paper
  • 1 package of printable adhesive cotton canvas
  •  For $129.99 ($237.92 MSRP)

For all of you Silhouette owners out there, check out the great promotion they have going on right now for all of their Specialty Media. Click HERE for the link to receive 30% OFF all specialty media by using promo code ROBISON at checkout. (This link is different than the one for the Silhouette Bundle packages shown above.)

One of the many selling points for me to switch from my Cricut to the Silhouette was the ability to Print and cut! I love this amazing feature. It saves so much time and gives you incredible results! I’ve included a few videos to show you the many things you can create with the print and cut feature. Did you know you can make any silhouette cut file into a Print and Cut file? Watch the video tutorial below to see how.

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I used the Silhouette Printable Magnet Paper to make these fun butterfly magnets. I used patterns that coordinate with my Tea Party line. These patterns will be available in the Silhouette Online Store next week. Once I finished cutting and got my hands on them, the creative wheels in my head started turning. I have so many ideas of things to make with this magnet paper. Most of them are games or activities for children. I’ll be sure to post any I make. Don’t forget to check out all the fun specialty media and enter code ROBISON to get 30% OFF!

Tea Party | Place Setting

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Everything came together so well with this party, but I think one of my top favorites is the place setting. It was simple to put together and the color and little detail brought a lot to the table.

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I used a little tea bag connected to a butterfly as the place cards. The tea bag sat in the cup while the butterfly perched on the edge with each guests name. Inside each tea bag was a small pack of pink gum to freshen our breath after lunch. My two-year-old niece could have gone home happy after opening that. She couldn’t stop talking about how great it was that she had her own pack of gum. I love children! It’s always the little things that delight them.

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Our menu consisted of all pink finger foods. I ordered the pink bread for the egg salad sandwiches from my local grocery store. I should have specified that I wanted a soft pink, because I felt the color was a little too bright. The girls didn’t seem to mind. The more pink the better!

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I had two different kinds of cupcake wrappers. The first had a butterfly with wings that popped out. The second had a handle to hold as if the cupcake wrapper were a teacup. I accented the pop-out pieces with gold glitter to add some sparkle. The girls thought it was so funny to raise their cupcakes up by the tiny handle, and touch them together to “cheers”.

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The cupcakes were delicious, or maybe it was just the frosting. There were a few cupcakes left on the table with all the frosting licked clean off. Kids really are the best!

Click on the links below to see coordinating Tea Party posts.
Tea Party
Tea Party | 3D Rose Tutorial
Tea Party | Decorations

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DON’T FORGET!
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CURRENT SILHOUETTE PROMOTION.

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You can find all the details on my post here. Trust me, you don’t want to pass this up.

Tea Party | 3D Rose Tutorial

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The party favors at our tea party also doubled as a craft. Inside each of these white jewelry boxes topped with a rose and butterfly, was a bag of pearl beads and clear elastic cord. We strung pearl necklaces to wear with our pretty dresses during our party. The range in ages was 2 – 6 years old. This was an activity all the girls could do and enjoyed.

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Tea Party - Amy Robison

The 3D Rose is such a simple flower to make and can be used and embellished in a variety of ways for different looks. Check out the tutorial below for instructions.

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Supplies Needed:

Instructions:

  1. Cut out the 3D rose die cut using your digital cutting machine.
  2. Starting at the outside of the scallop spiral, roll the paper towards the center.
  3. Let go of the tight roll and watch it loosely fall into shape of the flower.
  4. Lift up the top of the flower and place some hot glue on the base (center of the spiral.)
  5. Press the top of the flower onto the base, quickly making any final adjustments to the petals before the glue sets.
  6. Cut a small square of tissue paper. Pinch it together in the center and glue in the middle of your 3D flower.

As you can see on the boxes above, I also used tiny strings of pearls in the center of the flower in addition to tissue paper. I topped them with tiny butterflies and embellished with ribbon and more tissue paper. For the flowers in the teapot centerpiece, I glued floral wire to the base (step 4) so I could stick it into the styrofoam with the other tissue flowers.

Click on the links below to see coordinating Tea Party posts.
Tea Party
Tea Party | Place Setting
Tea Party | Decorations