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Christmas Village

christmas-village-advent-calThis Christmas advent calendar started out with just the idea of making a Christmas house gift box. When I finished this first box, I thought a little village would be fun. From there it grew into an advent calendar. You can put treats or notes with activities in the boxes, under the trees and in the tiny gifts on the sleigh. Make more boxes and trees and you can do the advent for the whole month of December. Use less boxes and do it for the 12 days of Christmas. This design is flexible in how many days you will be counting down, so you can start it any time of the month.

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This little village would be so cute on a shelf or the centerpiece for a holiday party. You could even send the guests home with the little houses filled with party favors. christmas-village-from-abovechristmas-village-trees-and-snowflakes

There are so many fun details that make this little village magic. The lights on the houses, pine bough wreaths on windows and doors, and a peek inside each tiny home on every side of the box. The view of all the wrapped presents ready to be delivered to all the children on Christmas Eve is my favorite view into the Toy Shop. christmas-village-toy-shop-back-windows

When I think of elves, I think of them always having fun and enjoying everything around them. So I put a little snowman outside their house on one side, and a sled propped against the house and homemade snowflakes hanging in the window on the opposite side. And aren’t those itty bitty bows on the boxes just the cutest? christmas-village-toy-shop

The warmth of a fireplace with fresh cut logs on a sled outside, and the view of Santa’s coat, mittens and gloves hanging up in the back window are my favorite on Santa’s house. And that little mistletoe hanging above the door for when he greets Mrs. Claus looks so pretty. christmas-village-santa

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Everything about this Christmas village advent calendar is so fun, but I think my very favorite part is the special mailbox for letters to Santa. There is even a tiny envelope addressed to the jolly man with a teeny stamp. The mail box opens and closes too!

Does the Elf on the Shelf visit your house? Wouldn’t it be fun to cut a larger mailbox and some envelopes out for your kids to write mini letters to Santa that your elf can deliver? There are so many different uses for this Christmas Village this holiday season.christmas-village-2

I hope you enjoy it as much as my kids and I already have. You can find all files to print and cut each piece of this Christmas village advent calendar below. Happy Holidays!

 

Skull Air Plant

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I am excited to share with you the easiest Halloween craft that requires zero skill, and looks amazing on your mantle or shelf. This skull planter is the perfect mix of creepy and pretty. Should those even be a mix? At halloween, I definitely think so. The best part about it is you don’t have to worry about trying to keep a plant alive, so it will look great all season.

How to Make a Skull Air Plant

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Supplies Needed:

  • skull treat bucket (I found a bag of 6 for $1 at Target)
  • air plant pattern
  • glossy, white spray paint
  • tape

Instructions:

  1. Remove the handle, and spray paint the bucket white. I used glossy paint to make it look like a glazed ceramic skull.
  2. Cut out the air plant pattern on black paper. The pattern comes as a .pdf and also an .svg for those who have digital cutting machines like a Cricut or Silhouette. Once the pattern is cut out, roll the leaves up starting from the largest end. Tape or glue the end to hold its form. Using your finger or pencil, slightly roll the ends of the leaves outward.
  3. Place the plant in the skull bucket.

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These skull air plants would also look great on each place setting at a dinner party, and then could double as a party favor. With each completed planter totally under $1, you can’t go wrong.

Favorite Things Valentine Party

Homemade Valentine Stamps and Crafts

I hosted a Favorite Things Valentine party for my high school friends and their kids last week. We have a party every year and I must admit, it’s taking more and more thought to come up with a new theme every time.

You can see the past two parties here: Valentine Party | Valentine Detective Party

Favorite Things Invitation

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There were plenty of brown paper packages tied up with string at this party, but we also had our share of pink and red hearts, glitter and more. It was a great combination. I mailed the invitations in brown paper bag envelopes and sewed some hearts along the bottom to pretty them up. :) The invitation asked each kid to bring a small gift under $5 of their favorite thing for a little gift exchange at the party. That part was a lot of fun.

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Party Prep

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Before the party I prepped a banner kit for every kid. Each bag was filled with their own supplies including washy tape, stickers, glitter, banner and glue stick. Even though I filled the table with more supplies, I think it’s always fun to give each guest something of their very own. It makes it a little more special.

I used my Silhouette Mint to make some stamps for the kids to use on their banners. This little machine is amazing and you can create stamps so fast! I scanned in some images I drew and printed them out at stamps. Then I added some ink and they were ready to go. Once you fill the stamps with a little ink, you can easily get 50+ stamped images from it. When it starts to run out, just add more ink. These are great for small children too, because they were a lot cleaner than having them mess with a stamp pad that would get ink all over their hands.
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I wanted to share some of my favorite things with the kids at the party. When I was little my mom had her stash of craft supplies, and us kids had our own separate stuff. I remember feeling like I won the lottery any time my mom would let me use her ribbons, paints, stamps or anything that was normally off limits. I let loose for this party and put out glitter, paper, stamps, ribbon, and more. I expected my house to be a mess with all this crafty goodness open to little hands, but that’s what made it more fun.DSC_3220

I covered each table with white butcher paper. I bought a roll of this a year ago and LOVE it. It’s the best tablecloth for craft projects and kids parties. (I also pull it out sometimes for the kids to color huge pictures on. They think it’s awesome.) I glued hearts along the center of the paper to make a table runner. The best part of it all, when the party was over, I just gathered it all up and threw it in the trash. Heaven sent with all that glitter, confetti and glue the kids were using. DSC_3228 DSC_3259

They loved having free rein on spoonfuls of confetti and glitter, using all the sparkly ribbon and pretty tape they wanted. They glued on hearts all over and let their creative juices flow freely. I love giving kids an open ended project without them having to make a craft that looks just like a sample shown. It is so fun to see how their minds work and the things they come up with.DSC_3274

With 18 kids at the party, I planned on glitter spilling. I think my kids were the only ones that did spill it. Figures. Haha! I love this shot of my little girl’s feet covered in glitter. I’m telling you, that sparkly stuff was everywhere. Good thing I gave each kid a tiny container of it and didn’t put out bowls full of it like originally planned. I think that would be really pretty on the tables with older kids, but with some one and two-year-olds, I tried to play it safe.

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I love this shot of the table during the party with those little hands creating. This is just what I pictured when I planned the party, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. I hope you feel inspired to get a little messy with some Valentine crafts this year.

You can find all the cut and stamp files used at the party in the links below.

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

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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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!

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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Reese and Peyton

Tea Party

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Welcome to our tea party! This week I’ll be sharing all the details of a tea party I had with my adorable nieces. I used my new tea party line which includes pattern paper, journaling cards and die cuts that will be available in the Silhouette online store this coming week. This collection works well for bridal and baby showers, birthday parties, bedroom decor, paper crafting and more.

Tea Party - Amy Robison

Tea Party - Amy Robison

Tea Party - Amy Robison

Tea Party - Amy Robison

Stick around and see all the fun we had together!

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

DIY Photo Banner | Using your iPhone

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I have a Valentine party coming up that I’m hosting for some friends and their darling kiddos. It is so fun to get together and see the things kids create and talk about while crafting. It’s one of my very favorite things. I’ll be posting some of the fun activities we’ll be doing at the party so you can use them at your parties too.

I want to personalize as much of this party as possible to show the kids how loved they are. I thought a photo banner would be a great way to do that. I asked each mom to send me pictures of their kids with one reason they love them. I printed all the photos and reasons they are loved onto 3×4 cards using the tutorial below. I then added gold glitter to mini clothes pins and finished them with a paper heart. Clip all the pictures to the banner and it’s finished. Each kid will leave with their picture as a little Valentine card from their mom. The cards can then be slipped into Project Life photo sleeves.

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FREE DOWNLOAD | Valentine Banner

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I’m continuing with my new Valentine designs in the Silhouette store this week. I just added 12 new Valentine patterned papers today that I used for my heart garland. I printed out a full sheet of each pattern and then cut them with my Silhouette like I would with any other patterned paper. Sew along the top half of the hearts to keep them from flipping upside down when hung.  Continue reading

Valentine Bags and Tags

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Love is in the air. I have some new Valentine tags and more in the Silhouette store this weekend. Go check them out and come back next week to see all the different ways you can use them.

Links for more coordinating Valentine inspiration

3×4 Journaling Cards | Heart Garland and FREE Banner

DIY Silhouette Handprint Tutorial

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I wanted to add a personal touch from my boys on their grandparents gifts this year. I decided to go with handprint crafts on the gift wrap. Projects like this make me love my Silhouette even more. Rather than tracing and cutting out handprints for wreaths on several gifts, I just traced their hands in Silhouette Studio and cut them without taking up all my spare time. Jax and Mason’s handprints are in separate colors to make them stand out on their own a little more.

The handprint wreath is available in the Silhouette store. You can resize the handprints in the file to match that of your own child, or you can draw your own in Silhouette Studio. Here is a little tutorial I put together to show you how you can trace your own child’s hand in Silhouette Studio to use for handprint crafts too. Continue reading

Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Advent Tree Calendar Amy RobisonDecember is just around the corner which means it’s time for advent calendars. I love advent calendars! I created this one as a craft for my nieces and nephews to make together. I cut out all the ornaments in a variety of colors and let them mix and match to make their own special ornaments that hung on each family’s tree. I love little creative minds. They came up with more decorating ideas for each ornament than I did. I wish I had a picture of their trees to share. Take my word for it, they were adorable. Continue reading