Monthly Archives: April 2012

It’s My Party Blog Hop

It’s My Party Blog Hop

Welcome to our Party Decor Blog Hop. We have a fantastic group of ladies who love to make party decorations and we are excited to share our projects with you today! If you just happened to find my blog, thank-you so much. However, so you don’t miss awesome projects or the chance to win blog candy, you will want to start at the beginning at Laurie’s page.

On a personal note, I LOVE to make party supplies. In fact, I used to have a shop on Etsy for it but it just got too frustrating with the constant increase in shipping charges & many customers wanted to “cheapen” the cost of my product. Unless you are a crafter & understand how much time goes into perfecting your creations, you know & sympathize for my reasoning to just stop selling online. Since I enjoy doing this craft so much, I am now going to open up a booth here at my local craft shop to sell my creations with out price negotiations. LOL!

My project for this hop came in perfect timing for my nephew’s 6th birthday party. He turns 6 on May 15th & my own son turns 4 on May 19th. So it makes for a very busy month in April to make so many party supplies for the next month worth of parties. I choose this year to do the Peter Piper Pizza for my son since he LOVES pizza & is going to LOVE the ball pit.

My nephew had this theme ready to go since the day of last year’s party (last year we did a pirate theme, including “Real” Pirates as his “LIVE” entertainment). It’s his tradition to choose what his next theme would be & luckily he has never changed his mind later in the year to a different theme. So this year’s theme is LEGOs!!! This little boy just LOVES his Legos, I know I did when I was younger. He is already completing (with the help of my dad caz there always seems to be more “extra” pieces than usual) in these 1000+ sets he does. I make fun of him caz he gets into his “Angry Bird” face while he is concentrating on his Lego project. 

So being the good Aunt that I am plus it helps that I have a Cricut & know how to use it very well, I am making all his party decorations. For this hop I will show off the Table Centerpiece & his Name Banner. I will later post more projects as I complete them plus another post about the party. SO be on the look out for that (good if you followed my blog to get the email about it)! LOL


…..There will be 3 centerpieces for the party. This one has a Red Base & the other 2 will have a Blue Base & Yellow Base. It is planned to use a table runner of bubble wrap (spray painted green) to resemble the Lego Base Plate.

I used a box I had after my mom gave me a Pampered Chef glass container. I wrapped it in red cardstock then began the designing of the Mini-Fig svg on my SCAL2 software. I downloaded the Lego Thick font from website. Using my SCAL2 software, I was able to use this font to cut the number 6 & the text in the banner the mini-fig is holding using my Cricut. I had Popsicle sticks left over from last year’s party that I used this year as the means for the mini-fig to hold the banner. Oh, I forgot to mentioned that I put some Styrofoam block inside the box before wrapping it so that I can use a Bamboo Skewer to hold the Mini-Fig standing up. After I did all this, I sat back & thought….”This can’t be it…I need more ‘pizzazz’ for it to be a centerpiece”. I moved away from it & then it hit me….wrap the bottom like a pinata! So I had some leftover tissue paper from my Yo Gabba Gabba party decoration days that I used to wrap the bottom. Then using yellow curling ribbon, I outlined the top of the box with my Scotch ATG gun to adhere the ribbon to the box. I think it looks great! Most importantly, the birthday boy thinks so too!!!

This is close ups of the Lego Bricks sitting on top of the centerpiece & the banner the Mini-Fig is holding.


…Being that the centerpieces had “Happy Birthday Nathaniel” I chose to just use his name in the banner. #1 caz his name is so long & #2 he can recycle the use of it in his playroom….

To make the Lego bricks at the end, I cut a Blue 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of cardstock in half to make it 5.5 x 8.5″. I printed LEGO bumps that I found here, onto clear full sheet labels. Using foam board that I cut into 1×1″ squares, I popped the Lego Bumps up on the half sheet of cardstock.

I then cut out his name using the Lego Thick font, my SCAL2 & my Cricut. I layered each letter using white textured cardstock, black textured cardstock, & plain yellow cardstock. I always use The Paper Studio’s cardstock as I LOVE Hobby Lobby (& their coupons)! I bought some red poster board from the Dollar Store & cut out 6×8″ rectangles to layer the letters onto it. Using my Fisckers Paper Trimmer, I came down 1/2 inch from the top & either side to cut a slit 1/2 inch long. I threaded blue curling ribbon thru each of these slits to be able to string out his name. In between his letters, I made a simple Lego Mini-Fig Head in SCAL2. I used a rounded square as the head portion & a smaller rounded square for the top portion. Using a 1.5 inch circle for the eyes & a half circle for the mouth, I made his face features. I bought yellow poster board, also from the Dollar Store (don’t you just love the dollar store!) & used my 12×24 Cricut mats to quickly cut out 8 mini-fig heads. Using 1 sheet of 8.5×11 sheet of black cardstock, I was able to cut out the face features & ran them thru my Xyron sticker maker for a quick assembly.

I have enjoyed so far making my nephew’s party decorations. It has stretched my creativity that I so needed to get out of my Crafty Depression…LOL! I can’t wait to do more supply shopping this weekend with my sister so that I can make more stuff for his party. I am making a huge surprise for him, so you will have to come back to see what else I make for him!

Thanks so much for stopping by but don’t forget….There is Blog Candy!!!

Want to win something? Well, Laurie is offering some Blog Candy… is what she is offering & I do hope you follow my blog so that you can see the rest of my Lego Party creations!

BLOG CANDY is a $20 gift card to Michael’s!

To win, all you have to do is comment on each of the designer’s blogs. Following everyone’s blog isn’t required but we sure do appreciate it when someone new follows our blogs. The winner will be announced on on April 27th.

Thanks so much for hoppin my way…..Up Next is Sandy

Here is the entire Line-up in case you need it.


Teacher Thank You Gifts Blog Hop



Welcome to the Teacher Thank You Gifts Blog Hop ! You should have just come from Dena’s blog. If you’re just joining us and wish to start from the beginning, please hop on over to Dena’s blog ( ).

Teacher Appreciation Week this year begins on May 7th and ends on May 11th. If you’re looking for some teacher thank you gift ideas, you’ve come to the right place! Each of the designers in today’s hop are sharing a wonderful gift idea for a teacher. We hope you have fun hopping with us while picking up some great ideas!

On a personal note, this hop is very near & dear to me. I come from a long line of teachers. My father is a teacher & coach, my older sister was a pre-k/Kinder teacher & is now an Instructional Facilitator. I have many cousins & Aunts who are teachers as well as many of friends. I, myself, went back to school to get my teacher certification in Secondary Education focusing on Mathematics. But I am 34 hours away from completing such task….it’s the Linear Algebra that keeps me away…LOL! Anyways, being surrounded & very much influenced by the teachers in my family, I have come to see the nobility in the career but have also seen the unappreciativeness of the industry. This was why I was happy to join in on this hop. I hope more people can see the love these people put into your children. It is our teachers who are raising our leaders of tomorrow & for that they deserve our utmost respect & appreciation.  I hope you all enjoy the projects I created in honor of our great teachers!


My Project: Banana Nut Mini Muffins with a Pencil Candy Holder & School House Photo Album


I had seen this Pencil Candy Holder online somewhere & there were so many variations to create it. I took my own measurements & did my own mistakes but came up with the following:;

#1. Took YELLOW cardstock & cut a 6 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ square. Then scored it at 1 3/4″, 2″, 2 3/4″, 4, 4 3/4″ & at 5″. I also inked the edges & score lines with my Yellow Crayola Marker (I wished I had the Stampin Up Daffodil Delight Ink pad, but working on building up my inks still).

2. Took a deep PINK cardstock & Cut a 6 3/4″ x 1″ rectangle. Then scored it at 1 3/4″, 2, 4 3/4″ & 5″. I also inked the edges with my Stampin Up Blushing Bride pink ink pad.

3. Took brown craft colored cardstock (didn’t have my Stampin Up Crumb Cake cardstock yet, but I do now) & cut it in a 2 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ square. Then scored the 2 3/4″ side by 3/4″ & cut it to a point. At the point, using a black Sharpie, I colored in a triangular shape to look like the pencil lead.

4. Took Chrome metal cardstock & cut it 6 3/4″ x 1/2″ rectangle. Then scored it at  1 3/4″, 2″, 4 3/4″ & at 5″.

5. I first attached the bottom portion of pencil to the yellow cardstock. I also cut out of the brown craft cardstock a 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ & scored it every 1/4″. I used this to create a bottom closed area for when you slip in the candy bar, it doesn’t fall out. 

6. I then attached the pink cardstock about 1/4″ on top of the yellow cardstock. 

7. Finally, after embossing the Chrome metal cardstock with the Houndstooth Embossing Folder from Provocraft, I attached it using my Scotch ATG gun in between the yellow & pink cardstock.

8. I added a Thank You tag using my Decorative Label Punch from Stampin Up & the stamped image is also from a Stampin Up stamp from the collection called Engraved Greetings. I added 4 clear rhinestones to add a little “Bling”. 

This created my Pencil Candy Holder.


For my second project, I did a School House Mini Album. I was inspired by a blog I was directed to called scrapinfusions by Connie Prince. She had a free printable download of the school house album (go here if you wish to download it from her page). I am not one to do printables so I did download the file but I went a step further & imported into Inkscape & create an svg to use with my Cricut (I use SCAL2 to cut svg’s with  my Cricut). I thought it would be a quick project, but I was sooooo wrong! The creating into an svg & cutting the school house out was very easy. It was until I started decorating the pages that I got so into it & hours flew by so fast!!! Now, I don’t buy chipboard…..I RECYCLE! In fact I have so many cereal boxes, oatmeal boxes, cracker boxes & FROZEN PIZZA BOXES! My 3 yr old & I LOVE pizza (guess eating pizza once a week when I was pregnant got my little boy to love it as much as me, LOL)! So I used my pizza boxes to create the base of the school house pages. Here is my project up close:


For the front cover I used a light great as my base color. Then layered basic colors in cardstock & embossed my shrubs in the Swiss Dot embossing folder & the window panes with the Square Lattice folder from Stampin Up. I inked some of the edges with Chocolate Chip brown ink from Stampin Up.


These are my next 2 pages. All my patterned paper is from The Paper Studio. I used loose sheets & 2 paper packs (my Seasonal stack & Color Kaleidoscope). The cute little bear is an SVG from the Back to School collection from Scrappy Dew. I used my SCAL2 software to weld 2011 & SEPT together & shadowed to create a base for the letters & numbers.


These next 2 photos are of the Oct. page. I creates a “pull open” photo extender. I used Twine to create the closure & made a tab using the side portion of my Decorative Label Punch. I love that I can create new smaller tabs using this once punch….love multipurpose!


The Nov. page has a cute little bear, also from the Back to School collection from Scrappy Dew.


The Dec. page has 2 photos showing the “drop down” photo extender. Used the Decorative Label Punch to create another small punch & also used the Dotted Scalloped Ribbon Punch to place a border at the location where the twine was attached.


Jan. is a single photo page. Just welded text & numbers for this page.


Feb.’s page has a “drop down” photo extender with some pages embossed with hearts & a damask design. I used The Paper Studio’s “Hearts” embossing folder (inked the top with Stampin Up Cherry Cobbler Ink) & the Sizzix (Stampin Up) Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder (inked with Stampabilities Silver Pigment Ink Pad).


Mar.’s page has a “pull open like a book” photo extender. I inked the patterned paper with Stampin Up Chocolate Chip ink.


April’s page has another cute bear holding scissors from the Back to School collection from Scrappy Dew.


My last 2 pages are for May. The top page has the “pull open like a book” photo extender. The second page has another paper pieced pattern from the Back to School collection from Scrappy Dew. Instead of using their Ruler svg file, I cut a piece of yellow cardstock & embossed it with a ruler embossing edger from Provocraft. Then inked the edges & the raised area with Stampin Up’s Chocolate Chip ink.


 Well, that is my project! I enjoyed making it & very happy to be sharing it with you. So please Please hop on over to Mindy’s blog next to check out the thank you gift she’s created for a special teacher. THANK YOU & THANK A TEACHER!!!  Have a great Sunday!

Below is the complete blog hop lineup in case you lose your way:

1)   Dena :  

2)   Cyndie : 

3)   Mindy :  

4)  Jamie : 

5)  Amy Jo: 

6 Cely: