Monday, 30 December 2013

Get ready to Celebrate the New Year!

Are you ready for New Year's Eve yet?  If not, today's blog post is just for you as it is full of quick and easy ideas you can use to get ready for a fantastic party!  I'll show you how to "jazz" up anything from old frames and vases to dollar store glasses, chocolate coins and even straws!  

I went for a black and white theme which was totally inspired by Fleurette Bloom's new Putting on the Ritz paper collection.  If you haven't checked it out yet, you should!  I love this paper... so many possibilities!

So without any further ado... here it is...
I used a mishmash of various cut files from Fleurette Bloom's shop as well as SVGCuts kit and collections. I also used my Silhouette Designer Software and used the print and cut feature on my Cameo for almost everything (apart from the vinyl).  So, here's the scoop... 

First up is the "Happy New Year" sign.  I enlarged the scrapbook page sign from the New Year's Eve SVGCuts kit to A4 size and cut the background out of silver cardstock from the dollar store.  I then filled the letters with different digital papers from the Putting on the Ritzs paper collection before cutting it out.  I had this old frame lying around so I decided to spruce it up with a bit of silver ink and vinyl cut-outs I had left over from decorating the candles.
To dress up my champagne glasses, I used the banner file from the Cards for Mom's Simple Stampable Card and added the text using a basic font (Cursif).  I lined the tray with  a rectangular piece of cardstock which I printed with the same paper collection.  I decorated the edges of the white tray with silver vinyl pieces I cut out using the brocade design from the Christmas Gifts Vinyl SVG collection.  I also used the same design to decorate my vase and candles (in the background) with vinyl so that everything would tie in together nicely.

I've always liked these little champagne bottles and thought they would make a nice gift for my guests.  I made the little tag with an extra shape in the Anytime Pillow Box collection and filled it with digital paper before adding the circle with text. For the label, I drew a square in my software and filled it with the Celebrate paper which made a perfect little border.   I framed the 2014 with another element from the Christmas Gifts Vinyl Collection.   
I didn't want to use my best glassware (after all, it is New Year's Eve and people do tend to get a little merry, lol), so I picked up some cheap glasses from the dollar store and dressed them up with vinyl.  The cut files for these elements are also from Fleurette Bloom's store - aren't they just too cute?
The drinking straws also received  a make-over... For these, I used the same shape as for the champagne bottle tag but a bit smaller.  I simply replaced the text with cheers and added a couple of half-moon cuts (top and bottom) for the straw to slide through.  The paper bow-tie on the wine glass is a wonderful freebie which you can find here on the SVGCuts website.
I had a whole bunch of chocolate coins left over from gift bags I made for our friend's children over Christmas.  I really didn't want them to go to waste but they had Christmas pictures all over them... So I decided to give them new life as well and use them for my party by adding the same shape as above again (just in different sizes) to each.  I printed and cut 40 from one sheet of paper and they were so quick to put together.  I really like how they turned out.  It also gave me an idea for another party theme... hmmm... Can't tell but hopefully you will see soon...
So, after a whole night of eating and drinking, we're supposed to kiss people right?  We'll I've got just the thing to get you ready for that "mint-nite kiss"... So simple and yet so cute, right?  I know my friends will love these!  I used basic fonts for these along with the "for" and "the" from the vinyl collection.  
For the party favours, I used the same label as for the small champagne bottle and just changed the text at the top.  I added another rectangle at the top and welded the pieced together so that I could fold it over and tie together with some string. 
Finally, I made some large rosette's to hang from the ceiling above the drinks table.   The rosette file is from the Catacomb Manor SVG kit and I just love how these turned out.  They look so elegant in this colour scheme, don't you think?

I think this one is my favourite!  I used the same rosette file but enlarged it a little so that I could add the clock face from the Maison de Madelain SVGCuts kit in the centre.  I love it and think it's the perfect, final touch to complete my New Year's Eve party decorations.  Now all I need to do is whip up some canap├ęs, blow up some balloons and enjoy the party!

I had so much fun with this project!  I hope you enjoyed looking through the pictures and that you feel inspired to decorate for your New Year's Eve party as well.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  If you like what you see, please feel free to comment, share, pin, like my fan page on Facebook or visit Fleurette's page or blog.  I would love to hear from you.
Happy New Year everyone!

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Christmas Cuddly Friend Treat Bags

I made these little treat bags for our neighbour's children as a last minute gift.  These were super quick and so easy to make!  Definitely one to keep up your sleeve in case you ever need to pull something together in a hurry...

The gift bag cut file is from SVGCuts and so are the Christmas Cuddly Friends.  I love these little guys - especially when their little faces are stamped with Peachy Keen stamps. 

To make them, I used the print and cut feature on my Cameo with the Silhouette Designer software.  I was able to cut all the cuties and the names out of one sheet of white cardstock - Awesome!  Here are some screenshots.
I started by building each of the cuddly friends by stacking all their pieces on top of each other.  I then grouped the pieces together and traced the outer edge to create a thin border around.
I would usually stop there but I wanted some dimension considering that I wasn't going to add any other embellishments to the bags.  So I decided to cut a few of the pieces for each cuddly friend separately to adhere them on top.  This came in handy with Mrs. Clause's for example, as I was able to stamp her face first and then adhere her glasses on top.
What a fun project and I still cannot believe how quick it was!  Honestly, I whipped these little guys up in no more than 20 minutes!   
Best of all, the kids loved them!
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Sunday, 22 December 2013

"Wintery" Christmas Gift Set

Today I'm sharing a Christmas gift set and Snowman tag I made using digital paper and SVG files from Fleurette Bloom
The little boxes are from the New "Nesting Gift Box" SVG Collection and the paper is from the New "Let It Snow" collection.  I don't often do winter themed projects as it is so hot here in Australia - especially around Christmas Time.  But when I saw the new paper collection, I just couldn't resist making something with it straight away! 
For the tag, I used a Silhouette file along with this cute little Snowman file as the focal point.  I recently got some Peachy Keen Stamps but haven't had an opportunity to use them yet.  So I thought I would try them out on my snowman to give him a bit of personality.  Now that I've used these stamps, I can honestly say that I understand what the fuss is all about.  They take ink very well and give such a lovely finish but mostly, I love the variety of facial expressions in each set - they're all just too cute!  
As I don't have any copic markers, I used good old watercolour pencils to add some colour to my snowman's face.  I then used chalk to add a touch of blush to his cheeks and a tint of blue all around his body.

For the most part, I used embellishments and ribbon from my stash, but I wanted something a little bigger to fill the void space under the sentiment.  I didn't have anything that worked with my colour scheme/theme so I made my own.  When I did the print and cut tag, I added a 1" circle and filled it with paper from the "Let It Snow" collection.  I stamped a snowflake on it after I cut it out with my Silhouette Cameo and then I covered the circle with an epoxy dot. Viola!  A perfectly coordinating embellishment that's quick and easy to make. 

I had so much fun selecting the files, papers and embellishments for this gift set as I sometimes really enjoy to start from "scratch".  The digital world of crafting is incredible, especially when I look at a finished project and think that it all started with a piece of white cardstock... Isn't that awesome?

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Sunday, 15 December 2013

His and Hers gift set

Today I am sharing a gift set I made for a couple of my friends who celebrate their birthdays a few days apart. 

I don't know about you but I always find it quite difficult to make or buy gifts for guys.  Fortunately, for me, SVGCuts always comes to the rescue with their amazing kits. So, for "His" gift, I was able to dress up my friend's favourite bottle of happy juice by using the door hanger file from the B is for Birthday kit with some "boy" paper from Kaisercraft. I also made my own bottle cap embellishment by punching out a circle from matching paper and the covering it with an epoxy dot. I thought this would be more suitable than a flower or a ribbon...

For "Hers", I made the champagne bottle from the New Years Eve SVG kit and embellished it with burlap strips, ribbon and flowers.  I stamped the happy birthday tag with a freebie I received when I purchased a scrapbooking magazine.  I thought it was perfect for this occasion.

As a final touch, I added a whole bunch of Teresa Collins vintage brads.  These are my favourite brads of all time and I've had them in my stash forever - just waiting for the "perfect" project to use them on.
Here's the bottle with the top off - revealing the treats I put inside... my friend's favourite chocolates...

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Christmas Ferris wheel

When taking out my Christmas decorations the other day, I came across this Ferris wheel I made last year.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was still in a good condition and that it still stood up straight!  Whoop, whoop!  Who said paper isn't durable right?

The Ferris Wheel file is from the Summer Street Carnival kit over at SVGCuts.  It took me quite a while to assemble but with Mary's awesome instructions, it was really easy to do.
The cute Rudolph is from the Christmas Morning SVG collection (there are so many fun elements in this collection - a definite "must have").  All he needed was a bit of glossy accents on his nose a little bell around his neck.  I just adore this little guy...
I also added a few elements from the paper collection (sorry but I can't remember where it was from to give credit - although I'm pretty sure it was from Bo Bunny), some rhinestones for bling and a red silk ribbon as final decorations.

For the middle, I used a star ornament from the Christmas Ornaments kit and then added a red vintage button to the centre with some red string.  I also added some of the holly borders from the Clara's Christmas Strips collection and used glossy accents to make the berries shine. 
This was such a fun project and it's definitely going up again this year as part of the standard decorations for our home.

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