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Leprechaun Houses

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We had the funnest party yesterday with some of my friends I worked with years ago and all their cute kiddos. I do an annual St. Patrick’s Day party with them and thought it would be fun to change things up a bit. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I love to decorate gingerbread houses. We did haunted houses at Halloween, the classic gingerbread houses at Christmas, and then love shacks at Valentine’s. I wanted to do leprechaun houses, but was a little sugared out. I’m so glad I decided to do wood houses for these. They turned out absolutely adorable! Now we have a place to keep our leprechauns if we get lucky enough to catch one.

small leprechaun wooded houseThe whole project started with these adorable house boxes I found while looking for stuff for a completely different party. The size and shape is perfect, and I love that the roof comes off so you can take a peek inside and even decorate it for the little guy.

leprechaun house suppliesHere is a list of where I purchased everything to help you find things a little easier. Everything I bought at craft stores was 40% off when I purchased it. Watch for sales, craft stores always have great ones.

Michaels – black rocks, white rocks, moss rocks, moss rocks with succulents,
Oriental Trading – paper mache house boxes, gold coins, large wood slice, wood spools
Walmart – moss ribbon, bag of moss
Hobby Lobby – small wood slices, moss ribbon, small popsicle sticks

leprechaun house wood stairsMy boys have been so anxious to make a bug garden (like a fairy garden, but for bugs) that I thought we could use these houses in the bug gardens after St. Patrick’s Day. I’m sure the paper mache houses won’t hold up very well outside, but that will just give us an excuse to do this fun activity again. If you are going to make fairy gardens, I think little wood bird house kits would make such cute houses that you could decorate. That’s what we’ll replace these with after they have endured the weather a bit. Luckily, all the cute steps, wagons, tables and chairs, etc. are all wood and will be just fine.

leprechaun housesMy oldest boys are 5 years old and couldn’t get enough of this. They’re still making houses and other accessories out of all the wood slices and moss as we speak. They woke up first thing this morning, and got to work. 12 hours and about 5 pounds of glue later, they’re still creating. I think the excitement of working on their bug gardens mixed with getting to use the hot glue guns by themselves, is what has kept them busy all day. They have done so well with them and can’t put them down.

side of wood leprechaun houseAt the party I had three cordless hot glue guns to split between the 12 kids. First of all, that wasn’t nearly enough. Second, the cordless hot glue guns didn’t heat the glue fast enough for how much they were being used. They took forever. I grabbed my cheap, mini glue guns that plug into the wall and we were able to crank out the houses much faster. If you decide to do wireless glue guns for this project, I recommend having one per person.

natural leprechaun houseAnd you can’t have a leprechaun house without a few gold coins. We places them around the houses to help lure the leprechauns to us. I hope it works.

leprechaun fairy garden housesSend your kids outside to gather some sticks and other treasures from nature and get to work making some leprechaun houses. Or, you can just go buy everything at the store like I did. Haha! Works either way.

I hope you have felt inspired to make leprechaun houses or maybe it gave you motivation for a fairy/bug garden this summer. Whatever you choose, enjoy the process of making them. That’s the best part.

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.

3D flower tutorial 1

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.

3D flower tutorial 3

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.

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.

Wedding names

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Sweet Treats

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. Just use your fringe scissors to cut the grass cards, write a clue and stick them in the eggs.

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Have a wonderful Easter!

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

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.

Tea Party
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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Tea Party | Decorations

Tea Party - Amy Robison

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.

Tea Party - Amy Robison

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.

Tea Party - Amy Robison

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.

Tea Party - Amy Robison

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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.

Tea Party - Amy Robison

Tea Party - Amy Robison

Tea Party - Amy Robison

Tea Party - Amy Robison

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

Tea Party | Place Setting

Tea Party - Amy Robison

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.

Tea Party - Amy Robison

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.

Tea Party - Amy Robison

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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!

Tea Party - Amy Robison

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”.

Tea Party - Amy Robison

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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Tea Party | 3D Rose Tutorial

Tea Party - Amy Robison

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.

Tea Party - Amy Robison

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.

3D rose tutorial

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

Tea Party

welcome tea party - Amy Robison

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

Mother’s Day Mini Album by Tara

I hope you all had a nice Mother’s Day weekend. On Friday I threw a surprise baby shower for a friend. It was so much fun. I’ll be sharing all the details of it later this week. But first, I want to show you these gifts my friend Tara made for her mom and mother-in-law using my 4×6 Mini Album die cut. Aren’t those pictures adorable? They were drawn by the sweetest little girls. Thank you for sharing them with us Tara. They turned out great!

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If you have a project you would like to share using any of my designs on the Silhouette, please email them. I’d love to feature your work on my blog.

Mother’s Day Coupon Book

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A coupon book was my favorite gift for my mom growing up. Wasn’t it everyones? It allowed me to give something handmade, which I loved, and showed her that I care. Although I think she rarely redeemed the coupons. Mom, they have expired. Don’t bother looking for them to redeem now. :)

This coupon book is available as a print and cut to make it fast and easy. Little ones will love filling out acts of services or coupons for hugs and kisses they can give to mom or grandma. They can also be given to your daughters on Mother’s Day. Maybe a coupon for babysitting. Hint. Hint. You know the recipient will love the thought and love that has gone into each coupon of this adorable flower pot coupon book.