Saturday, November 30, 2013

In the meadow we will build a snowman . . .

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and if you braved the stores, a safe Black Friday.  Today I'm sharing a couple of things I've made for my Girl Scout Troop's upcoming holiday party.  We have girls from different faiths and cultures, so a Christmas party just isn't appropriate.  So I thought I'd bring a little snow flurry to North Central Florida and create a "Winter Wonderland" for the girls.

These cute little water bottle treat holders from are so easy to cut and decorate.  I also used some of Melin's fabulous digi stamps to decorate them.

The treat holders are cut from light blue Recollections card stock; their unassembled size is 3 1/4" wide by about 10 3/8" tall.  I scored the fold lines and used some red line double-sided tape to assemble them.  Then I printed out the full color version of the snowpeople digis, attached them and added some turquoise stickles.

I used the same digis to create my "Snowman Soup" favors for the girls.

Here's the link to the digi stamps -- they are available in full color and black and white, for those of you who love to color your own -- (from left to right):  Snowgirl, Melt My Heart Snowgirl, Snowman v12 and Snowman HFS Sign (this was a freebie during last year's "25 Days of Christmas Celebration" and now is available only as a cutting file).  The topper was created using Microsoft Publisher software.  I simply imported the digis, added some Word Art and text, then printed and assembled.  Plastic treat bags from Michael's, a candy cane and a packet of hot cocoa mix -- so easy and so very cute!

Here is the poem that is on the back of the "Snowman Soup" topper:  

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my projects.  I hope you'll stop by and check out all of Melin's fantastic cutting files and digi stamps -- they are so easy to cut and use!

~ Jen

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A "Hoot" of a Birthday!

I am the featured designer today at the Paper Crafting World blog.   Consider this your fair warning . . . I'm getting ready to unleash some CUTENESS on you!!!

My oldest niece, Layla, turned 6 recently and when I asked her what she wanted for her birthday this was the response I received -- "Aunt Jen!  You always make me a birthday shirt . . . could it have an owl on it this year?  I LOVE owls!"

Ask and you shall receive!  

Isn't this owl adorable!!  It is a cutting file at called I'll Owl-ways Love You (it is also available as a digi stamp, Owl Always Love You DS).  I used the freezer paper method technique to create my cute little owl.

The short version of how to make these shirts:
  1. Choose a 100% cotton shirt.  Wash and dry without any fabric softeners.
  2. Purchase a roll of freezer paper.
  3. Cut said freezer paper to fit your electronic die cutting machine's cutting mat.
  4. Place freezer paper matte side down on your mat. (The shiny side really doesn't stick well, so if you're doing text you need to reverse it to have it cut properly.)
  5. Choose your design and cut it out.
  6. Iron the freezer paper, shiny-side down, onto your t-shirt.
  7. Iron a second solid piece of freezer paper to the inside of your shirt. (This keeps the paint from bleeding through to the back side of your shirt.)
  8. Paint design with fabric paints.
  9. LET IT DRY! (Don't be tempted to peel it up before it has completely dried. It peels up the edges of your design.)
  10. Carefully peel off the freezer paper from the inner and outer surfaces of the shirt.
The shirts created with this method honestly look like they were screen-printed. The only drawback that we have discovered thus far is this . . . they do not like the dryer. You must wash them inside out and hang them to dry or the painted image will begin to crack.

I purchased a skirt to go with the shirt and used the colors in it for my owl.  And as you can see from her expression . . .

She LOVED it!  She loved it so much, in fact, she wore it the very next day to Sea World.   

We also made her some owl cupcakes, that were devoured after her birthday dinner -- 

Aren't they a hoot!  Oreo cookies for the eyes, Reese's pieces for the pupils and nose, and chocolate icing for the ears.  (Thank you, Pinterest!)

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out the cuteness!  Make sure you stop back in at the Paper Crafting World blog on Friday for another great project by Sandy and a freebie!

~ Jen