I’m in Love…

Cupid’s Arrow has struck my heart, and I’ve fallen in love with these super cute ideas for Valentines Day…

Cupid’s Arrow Truffles on a Skewer

Such a fun idea for a party or in a cute box as a gift for your friends

I will be putting fruit on my arrows for Valentines Dinner with the kiddos!!

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This quote from William Shakespeare

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This just makes me giggle…

I can’t find the original source though…

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Paper Bag Heart Garland…this would be super easy to make!!

Again – I couldn’t find the original source…

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Chalkboard art ideas from Babble

Just paint chalkboard paint directly onto canvas, put it in a fabulous frame and hang it.

As shown HERE

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These FREE PRINTABLES from Jones Design Co.

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This would be so easy and would add a simple Valentines Day touch to a bookshelf…

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And here are some ideas, tutorials and free printables from me :0)

Loving this toothpick arrow idea.

It would be cute with a raspberry or small strawberry, too!

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to make the arrow:

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1. Glitter a small square of cardstock (or buy glitter paper)

2. Spray with aerosol hairspray to set the glitter

3. Punch out, or cut out the arrow tips (you will need 2 per arrow)

4. Place a small dab of hot glue on the end of a toothpick

5. Wrap a strand of glitter eyelash yarn around the end of the toothpick

6. Place the sharp end of the toothpick through the fruit of choice

7. glue the un-glittered sides of the arrow point together over the toothpick

UP NEXT:

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I love this for giving to a friend…

To make the pennant:

Download and print the image

{I like to use Newsprint paper for this – but any paper will do}

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Cut into strips

Then V-Cut the ends of the pennant:

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Make the Flag Pole:

Use Wooden Skewers (in the kitchen section – get the thick ones, not the thin)

Wooden Beads (found in the wood section of craft stores by the dowels)

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****Place some double sided tape on the top of the dowel

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Stick it in your flower pot or vase and make someone smile…

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I’ve seen this cute Valentine going around – but had to “cute it up” with the tinsel spark and tag…

You can get the instant download tags in my etsy shop.

{Click on the image to download the tags}

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And I saw this cute image floating around that is no longer available ;0(

So I made it into a tag…

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And I don’t have a cute something to attach this to…but I thought it was cute…

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And I PROMISE that finishes out my Valentines posts for the year ;0)

I hope that you have a happy one!!

**Erin

Our Take on SMASH Books…

 

First of all…I apologize for being absent for so long.  Life got crazy and something had to give.  Sadly, my blog and my laundry were the first to go.  But, all of the awards assemblies and end of school activities have come to a close and things should settle down a little bit.

With that said: I would like to share what I have recently discovered: SMASH Books.
(Apparantly I’m slow…they’ve been around for awhile, but I just discovered them.)  They come in different themes that will fit pretty much any personality.  I was in LOVE with the product!  Not so much the price tag. Ouch. They were $12.99 at Target…but they are on sale at amazon right now…click the images for pricing…

The accessories they sell with them are absolutely creative genius.

Little sticky tabs, journaling prompts, tape, all wonderful.  The best feature?  The pen.  They call it a SMASH Stick and it has a felt tip fine point pen at one end, and a glue stick at the other.  I tell you…I fell in love.  But again, the price tag.

I have 4 kids, so the price tag goes up quickly…and all of the pages aren’t exactly what I love.  So inspired by the smash books, and by Jodi’s last Photo Friday Post, I thought: “I could make that”.

(my husband cringes every time I utter those words.)

 

You’re invited to do the same. I’m going to print out the pages for my kids, let them do their thing, and scan them to go into our family year book. (much like the books Jodi made for her Teachers) They won’t be quite as fabulous and “SMASHY”.  They won’t be able to add all of the paraphernalia sticking out everywhere…but at least I’ll capture some of their fun personalities and keep them busy this summer.

I have 2 boys and 2 girls with very different personalities – so I tried to capture their personality in the font.  Buy the book, use my page, create your own…or let your kids draw the whole thing :0)  Either way, lets document these fun times.

The first page I’ve created, is just a simple “I AM” page.  I printed it and had my kids write things that described them.

For instance: my 5 year old wrote:

A Lego Tornado

A Little Bit Fat (He’s not)

Diabolical (I may have whispered that one in his ear)

While my 8 year old daughter wrote:

Fabulous at catching butterflies

An Artist

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They drew pictures on the pages, used different colored crayons, basically just made it their own.

So…here are the first pages for your downloading pleasure.  Click HERE if you want all of the images.

Or… individual pages can be accessed: just click on the image you want to download and it will take you to the box where you can print them or save them.  I left a white background so you can print it on whatever color cardstock you like, or add in your own digi paper. :0)

I used Splendid Fiins Ledger paper  for the background and the fonts I used are: 5th Grade Cursive, AL Modern Type, Clementine Sketch,  &  Agent Orange.

Enjoy!

**Erin

Wink Wrinkles

When anyone asks my husband what he wants to be when he grows up I know the answer that is about to erupt forth. A grandpa. Even before we had children that was his answer. Now that we’re in our … Continue reading 

You’re Invited…

It’s here…the week of the Garden Party for my 8 year old I mentioned in my last post.  I’m hoping to post the tutorials for things as I finish them.

Yesterday was the invitation … you can get the free printable here.

I just used the pre-cut note cards from Hobby Lobby.  You can cut your own if you’d like.  They measure 4″ x 5.5″.  Just stick them in your printer (landscape) and hit print!

To make the tissue paper flower – I used the same tutorial from design sponge that I will be using for the giant flowers – and just shrunk things down a bit.  The following images were taken from their tutorial:

Here are the materials you will need: (again – make them smaller.  My biggest petal was 6 inches)

**Note:  I used hot glue instead of tacky glue.  I’m not the most patient person and wanted a quicker drying time. :0)

Step 1:  Form the smallest petals into a “bouquet”.  Leave enough at the bottom to twist together.

Step 2: Layer the larger petals around the smaller petals until you have a full bouquet.  Play with them and scrunch them until they have the look you are going for…

Step 3:  Scrunch the edges of your center circles.  I used 3 layers of tissue paper – don’t forget to glue the layers together.

Step 4:  Glue a handful of moss into the center.  I got the moss from Lowes in the garden center.  It’s used for hanging baskets…

Glue all of the layers together and Walah…fabulous tissue paper flowers!!

I snipped off the back  where it was twisted so that the flower would lay flat and used hot glue to attach it to the card.

Next Project:  The Ruffled Table Cloth!!

**Erin

Teacher Appreciation

Here’s a quick overview of a little project I did last year for the wonderful teachers my boys had. I think it turned out awesome. I’m planning a repeat this year. Click here for the free template. Click here for my full how-to + lots more photos. Enjoy!

No More Easter Eggs

That’s what he told me when I asked him to pick some up. But I promised there would be no candy involved. He wasn’t convinced but he got them anyway. I think he’ll be happy with this little project…

A few short years ago, when I was in seminary, Brother Anderson filled a dozen Easter eggs with various items representing the atonement/resurrection. We opened them and discussed them one by one. I wanted one in the mission field. I’ve wanted one in my home. When I think about making one I blow it way out of proportion and the task overwhelms me. Fast forward to the epic chocolate failure and the ban on all things sugar…five days before Easter.  I decided it’s time. No matter what. A quick search uncovered many links to Resurrection Eggs [as this project is apparently called], but none that held exactly what I was looking for [dang! I knew that would happen].

Have I mentioned that I make things way too hard on myself? Sigh.

But, I’ve finally done it. Mission accomplished. etc.

Here’s what you need:

  1. A small container of perfumed ointment of some sort. I’m using this [only I sanded the label off].
  2. A piece of a palm frond. I kept it long and just rolled it. I’ll probably have to get a new one every year so it doesn’t become brittle and break.
  3. A piece of bread [unleavened if you’ve got it] and a sacrament cup [going to have to hold on to one at church on Sunday].
  4. A chunk of soap + piece of towel [optional – I’m using a piece of an old sock].
  5. A tiny bag or vial with olive oil. I chose olive oil because I want my kids to know that Gethsemane means olive press. I hope we can discuss the significance of this without it going over their heads. At least the older ones.
  6. 30 pieces of silver [though I’ve noticed that most people are using three dimes for simplicity]. I’m going with 30 dimes. I think my kids will initially think, “Wow! that’s a lot of silver!” But then we can talk about how little it really is.
  7. A feather. With three little hens running around my yard, you’d think I’d have this covered, but of course, I had to steal one from the super-duper husbands fly tying kit.
  8. A piece of a thorny branch + a swatch of purple fabric. I was happy to find a tiny little branch with loads of thorns, so I used my trusty glue gun wire to fashion a little crown.
  9. A thick nail + a wooden cross. I forgot to pick up the cross at Michael’s and I apologize for this pathetic excuse of a nail. Going to have to talk to the man when he gets home.
  10. A few broken looking rocks [no river rocks allowed]. I also painted the inside of the egg black, though you could use a black piece of paper or something… also, the reference to three days of darkness is from the Book of Mormon. If that’s not your thing just go ahead and cut the bottom off. I wanted to be able to discuss the signs in Jerusalem as well as the signs in the Americas.
  11. Spices [myrrh and aloe], a strip of white linen, and a flat, round stone. In a stroke of brilliance, I decided to check and see if the health food store had myrrh. They did! So cool.
  12. Empty.
  13. 12 plastic Easter eggs
  14. Printed copies of the scripture reference/quote strips available here. I’ve situated it so you can print both sides. Plain paper [not card] is best. It will roll better. Also, please pay attention to the cut lines. Number 5 spans the width of the entire sheet, so don’t go cutting down the center first [you’d think I would have remembered that…].
Just a couple of steps to the finish…

Honestly, the hardest part of this project was deciding which of my 22 options I was going to use [that’s right… twenty-two]. And then, after narrowing it down/combining things, choosing the words I felt conveyed best the feelings + discussion I wanted the words to evoke had me wringing my hands as well. Hopefully I’ve succeeded.

How to share this with your family:

Open the eggs one by one in sequence. As each egg is opened read the quote [and I also highly recommend reading the scriptures referenced if you think your kids can handle it] and discuss the significance of the event. This is such a wonderful opportunity to help kids understand more about the Savior and the Atonement. More than any other Easter activity I’ve ever done, preparing this project has brought an abundance of the Easter spirit to my heart. I hope it will do the same for you.

ps. All Bible references are from the King James Version.

pps. If you like flag/banner option shown as an example in the first photo, simply print the reference sheet [labled “back” and omit the quotes on the front], ignore the cut lines and create your own flag/banner shapes. The quotes do not fit in this option.

Get Ready

March 4th is coming. Oh, I mean March Forth. As in: Step Ahead. Move Onward. Advance Forward. Proceed. Go.

These beauties are still in the works for me. So far I have:

  1. Designed
  2. Printed
  3. Cut
  4. Taped
  5. Painted

And I’m here to say that I am no big fan of the painting.

I honestly love this idea. Scratch off? I am so there. I am a sucker for anything fun. I must be three years old at heart because I will do nearly anything for a smiley face sticker on a chart. No kidding.

So as I’m painting small shapes with gold scratch off paint into the wee hours of the morning [because I thought it would be better than cutting into the wee hours of the morning] I’m wondering, “how can I make this work?” And I vowed to postpone this post and explore more options…

You and I Together

Did I mention that I can’t seem to let go of Valentine’s Day? I’ve moved onto cheesy pick-up lines for inspiration. Awesome.

This is assignment one of an online class I’m taking. The Art of Poster Design. It’s supposed to be just a really cute ABC poster, but I just couldn’t resist. I think I might have a small problem. Are you ready for an intervention yet? Let me know when you are. I can move on [she said with great amounts of resolve + willpower].

How about a little review of the class so far? Awesome! The projects are fun and Jessica Sprague is, hands down, the best teacher I’ve taken an online class from. And I’ve taken a few. Not only that, but the class forum is great for answering questions both large and small and even slightly embarrassing. For example, as I was making this poster all of my fonts were looking off and possibly bold, only I didn’t bold them. I have a new computer and I’m working Photoshop now instead of Elements. They are just different enough that every once in a while I spend obnoxious amounts of time fumbling around lost. So the font problem… I tried help, I tried Adobe help, and finally, I tried the class forum. Within 5 minutes I had the answer. Apparently ‘bold’ is sticky in Photoshop. Click it once and it’s there until you un-click it. Even if you change projects. Even if you close Photoshop. Bold. Sheesh. I wonder how long it’s been like that? I felt like such a dork. But hey! How about that class forum, eh?

ps. I sent kisses to the responder. I’m sure he blushed :).

pps. All of the fonts on this poster came from dafont.com:

Scratch off Valentines? Yes, Please!




I saw this SUPER cute idea for Scratch-off Valentines in Better Homes & Gardens.  They have a great tutorial…My only beef?  They had no templates for kids – who, let’s be honest – would really have the most fun with this.  So – I created a couple to share.  You can download or print them HERE

This is what they look like…

One copy has the text underneath – the other was left blank so you can write in your own message if you like :0)

Happy Valentines Day!

Erin

Valentine Printable Freebies

Ahhh…Valentines Day.  What could be better than stinkin’ cute reminders of how much you ‘love the ones you’re with’?

We’ve made these printables for you to do just that!  Just follow us – then go to the BOX and get your freebie!

I used these cast iron place card holders from ablekitchen.com to display the cards.  They come in a variety of heights so you can place more than one together.

I also can’t help but glitter things.  So sparkly…so fabulous.

To do this – just use a fine tipped glue pen (I like the Tombo glue pen) to trace the areas you want to apply the glitter (I love Martha Stewart glitters – and used her white gold glitter) – and glitter away!!  Then just shake it off and wait for the glue to dry.  Once it’s dry – set the glitter by spraying it with some aerosol hairspray!

Don’t like the look?  Then just print!  No glittering required…they’re just as cute sparkle free.

Enjoy!