Ice Cream Party Tablescape

 

Silly Silly Me!!  I planned on having a party recap for today’s post – and I stewed and fretted about sticking so much information into one eternally long post.  { Thus, the late hour of my post }  I still wanted to show you the games we played, the food we ate, the cute table that we ate them on – so I’ll have to continue the posts into next week as well.  This really was a GREAT party!  {I guess this is what happen when you have a mother that goes overboard X 2!!}  So today – I’ll post about the DARLING tablescape!

Here’s a view from the top:Ice Cream Party Table Setting - purdueavenue.com

 

And here are some closer views at the cuteness:

The Place Settings

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The Tablecloth

Randi made using THIS darling blue chevron fabric.

At each place setting:

Plate, 4 inch doily, Ice Cream Sundae Cup, Spoon

Napkin (Randi made them, and they were DARLING!) held with a candy necklace wrapped around twice and twin cherry lollipops.

You can find a similar fabric for the napkins HERE, and she trimmed them with tiny pom pom ribbon.

Glass with Pink Swizzle Stick, Blue Striped Paper Straws, and Cherry Limeade Yummy Straw Tag, and a candy bracelet around the bottom of the glass.

Cherry Limeade Straw Tags - purdueavenue.com

 

Ice Cream Scoop Place Card (You can see the tutorial HERE)

Ice Cream Party place card - purdueavenue.com

 

 

We gave each girl a glass “jewelry jar” to take home the candy jewelry they made. (more on the jewelry later!)

Ballerina jewelry jar with chalkboard label

What you’ll need:

Crystal Glass Jelly Jars

Pink Spray Paint (or preferred color)

Ballerina Cake Topper

Chalkboard Stickers

Hot Glue Gun

Chalk Marker

How To Make It:

1. Remove the lid & spray paint them the desired color

2. Once the lid has dried, use a hot glue gun to put a ballerina cake topper in the center of the lid.

3. Write the names on the chalkboard labels using the chalk marker

4. Attach the label to the front of the jelly jar

DONE!

Chalkboard Place Mat

Chalkboard Place Mats

 

Love those adorable chalkboard placemats?  Wanna know how easy they are to make??  It’s just black card stock, a chalk pen and a circle punch!

Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

Black Textured Card Stock

Chalk Marker

1.5″ Circle Paper Punch (or some scissors)

How to Make:

Step 1: Punch the corners using the circle punch (or find something round, trace onto the paper, then cut out with scissors)

Step 2: Using the chalk pen, draw a border about 1/2″ inside the paper.  If you’re not comfortable freehanding it – just use a ruler for the edges and something round for the ticket stub part.

DONE!  See?  I told you it was easy!

Next week  I’ll show off the decorations, activities & food.  You’re gonna love it!!

**Erin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’re Invited…to an ice cream party!

Summer is officially over at my house.  The kids are back in school and my quiet house feels super lonely.  So – I’m glad that I have all of my friends in blog land to keep me busy & happy!!  Thanks in advance!!  It was really nice to take the summer off and just enjoy being a mom, having some fun with my kids, and not be at my computer all day every day…but…it’s GOOD TO BE BACK!

I thought that this month I would catch you up on some of  what we did over the summer – and hopefully inspire you in the process!

The first thing was my daughters ice cream birthday party!  Since she and her BFF share a lot of the same friends, and their birthdays are so close together, and we both wanted to do an ice cream party, we did it together – and I’m so glad that we did – because her BFF just happens to be the daughter of my BFF.  Perfect.

If your kids aren’t back in school yet – this party would make a FUN back to school get together as well!!  Whatever reason you do it – ice cream parties are always a good idea.

To keep the post from becoming a novel – I’ll break it up into different projects we did leading up to the party, and then have all of the pics from the party on Friday.

Obviously – when throwing a party – the first thing that needs to be done are the invitations – and these ones are DARLING!!

{if I do say so myself}

Ice Cream Party Invitation

They were very simple!  I added the clear glitter to make it look a little bit “frosty” – here’s a closer look: {scroll down for the tutorial}

Darling Ice Cream Party Invitation Printables!

To make your life easier – I’ve attached the printable files for these darling invites!  Just CLICK HERE to preview them and download.

You can:

Print & Cut out with scissors the old fashioned way!  This means that you will need to hand write the party information in yourself.

If you have photoshop, you can edit the file to add in your party info or make any changes.  You’ll need to download the fonts I used: Airplanes in the Night Sky & Engravers MT

{If you would LIKE to use photoshop – but don’t know how – I’ll teach you!!  CLICK HERE for more info on my Photoshop for Newbies Online Classes.}

 

**If you have a Silhouette Electronic Cutting Machine**

I’ve made a video tutorial that will walk you through creating the cards.  I can’t give you the studio files because I don’t own the artwork :0(  Sorry!

 

To Make 6 Cards You Will Need:

{adjust your numbers for the amount of invites needed}

Cardstock (mine was textured bazzil stock from Hobby Lobby) in these colors:

     For Scoops: 1 sheet of each color 

Cream

Light Pink

Dark Pink

     For Cones:

Light Brown

     For Back: 3 sheets

Dark Brown

     For Cherries: {1 sheet will make TONS of cherries!}

*Note: I put the cherries for the place cards on the same file as the invitation cherries.  If you don’t want to make place cards – just disregard those cherries.

Red

Glue Stick or Pen

 

Step 1:

Print & Cut the Scoops, Cones, Backs & Cherries

**NOTE: I suggest printing on the NON-TEXTURED side of the cardstock on the cones, backs and cherries – that way if your cuts aren’t perfect – you don’t see the printed image.**

Step 2:

Start gluing pieces to the BACK starting from the CONE and work your way up, ending with the CHERRY on top.  HA!

Apply the glue around the outer edges, and then add a little scribble of glue in the middle.

Repeat with all of the pieces until your card is assembled.

*OPTIONAL: tutorial on adding the glitter to give it that “frosted” effect.

It’s super quick and easy and it really gives it some wow factor!  {This is actually of me glittering the place cards for the table – but the steps are the same}

What you’ll need:

invitations, printed & cut & glued together

glue pen (I like the EK Success Zig 2-Way Chisel Glue Pen)

clear glitter (I used Martha Stewart Coarse Crystal Glitter)

Step 1: Apply glue randomly on the cherry and each scoop of ice cream.

(I painted blue on the places that I applied the glue)

 

 

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Step 2: Cover the entire card in glitter

(I do this on a glitter tray or piece of paper to cut down the mess and transfer the excess glitter back to the jar)

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Step 3: Tap off excess glitter & admire your awesomeness!

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This next picture shows the glitter better

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**Note: I like to set the glitter using hairspray or Mod Podge Spray. It dries clear and isn’t sticky at all!

That’s the invitation – Wednesday I’ll show you how I made this darling chalkboard banner to go above the Ice Cream Creation Station!

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and this one in the window:

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See you then!!

**Erin

 

His & Hers Soiree: Food, Glorious Food

 

Food presentation is a HUGE part of the “enjoying eating it” experience!

Randi has an amazing ability to present food…so everything looks and tastes amazing!

Here are a few tricks to follow – and you’ll soon have a few tricks up your sleeve!

Let’s start with the Cupcakes:

Mustache-toppers

The first trick is to use a great big tip when piping your frosting like THESE

You’ll get a professional look, even if your piping bag is a ziploc baggie. {Don’t knock it til’ you try it!}

Don’t forget to top it with a sprinkle of Gold Edible Glitter
.

The cupcake liners were purchased at home goods – but you can find similar ones HERE
– or make your own with this template:

Scalloped-cupcake-liner-template

{Click on the image to download the template}

If you have an electronic cutter like the Silhouette, then you can zip them out on your striped paper looking FABULOUS!

You can also cut them with scissors and then use a scalloped edged scissor at the top.

For the Mustache Toppers: Just cut them out from our TEMPLATE and glue them to a flat topped toothpick.

I’ve also made a TEMPLATE for the Happy Birthday Pennants…just cause I like ya so much!

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The pennants were attached to wooden skewers {cut in half} and topped with a glittered wooden ball on top. (the balls can be found in the craft stores by the wooden dowels)

 Click HERE for a tutorial on making the glitter ball sticks. (just scroll all the way down)

The Drinks

The decision for how to make this drink was made because she had a color that she wanted it to be!  Genius!

So she found a juice that was the right color and built the drink from there.

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What’s great about this drink is that it can be a formula for any party drink

1. choose a color them – pink for example

2. add coordinating frozen fruit – raspberry

3. fill 1/2 with juice that matches the color palette

4. fill remainder of the glass with gingerale.

Done!

We also made darling

Buffet Signs

to go in front of the different goodies on the table.

Here is the one we made for the drink:

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It says “Drink Me, I’m just peachy”

You can download the buffet sign template HERE.

I’ve left the template blank so that you can add in whatever you’re serving…

Like the sign for the cupcakes:

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It says: “Let Them Eat Cake, Lots of It”  Hee Hee.

 {Let’s just say it was midnight and we were getting silly with our sign making.}

and for the

Chocolates

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The sign says “Lots of Chocolates for Me to Eat”

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You can get the mustache chocolate mold HERE

It really is as simple as:

1. Place the sticks in the mold

2. Pour in your melted chocolate

3. Wait for the chocolate to set (refrigerator works great to speed this along}

4. Pop the chocolate pops out of the mold

To keep the pops standing upright she filled a trophy cup with rice…GENIUS!

 

chocolate-crowns

Follow the same steps for the Crown Molds
except:

Before you pour in the white chocolate – sprinkle some Edible Gold Glitter
into the mold.  Then you’ll have sparkly crowns ;0)

The truffles are just lindt truffles, unwrapped with a sprinkling of Edible Gold Glitter
…so easy!  So smart!

chocolate-ballsSound like a lot of work?  You could save yourself the trouble by winning our {#PARTY IN A BOX#}!

You can read more about how to win this box in THIS POST!

Good Luck!

**Erin

His & Hers Soiree: The Hanging Decorations

We’re going to start at the top of this party and work our way down this week…

First up are the decorations that we hung:

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The great thing about the decor for this party, is that it was very centralized over the table.

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No need to stress about decorating the whole house – just pick your spot and make it {#amazing#}.

Here is a list of what was used with links to where you can find it…

The Honeycomb Balls

Ivory Tissue Paper Fans

{When you see the image on Amazon – their color is NOT the color that comes.  It has an almost pink tint to it like it the photos above.}

Black & White Bunting

{all of the fabrics were purchased from Fabric.com – here is a snapshot of my purchase list}

Just plug the item numbers at the top of each image into their search bar and it will pull up the right fabrics.

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The bottom image is the satin ribbon that we used to hang the bunting.  Make sure you buy enough to fit your space + 18″ on each end to tie it up.

To quickly make a template for your bunting:

Fold a piece of cardstock in half down the length

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Then use a straight edge of something to draw a guide from the outer {unfolded} corner to the inner {folded} corner

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Then trace it onto your fabric in this pattern:

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Flip the direction of the triangle to fit the maximum number of flags on your fabric.

Then just cut using a Rotary Cutter, Mat & Ruler
{or really good, sharp scissors} along your guide lines.

Repeat for all of the fabrics that you are using.

I use the natural canvas for the backing and the patterned prints for the front…so for every patterned flag – I made sure I had a canvas backing.

You’ll want to figure out the number of flags you need to stretch across the area you’ve selected.  One flag covers about 9″.

Here was my cut list (the number is the flags I needed to have of each fabric)

4 large stripe

4 small stripe

3 polka dots

15 canvas

To Put it Together:

Place wrong sides of patterned fabric and backing (I used canvas)

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Sew along the outer edges leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance

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To turn the corner neatly – just sew almost to the point and then – with the needle down in the fabric, lift your foot up

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Then turn the fabric so that you are lined up on the opposite edge and continue sewing.

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-OR-

for a “No-Sew” option – just run a bead of fabric glue along the inner edges of the canvas – then place the “wrong side of the patterned fabric on top.

Once you have each flag sewn or glued – lay out you pattern so it looks the way that you want it to…

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Then sew or glue the satin ribbon to the front side of the bunting flags.

You can pin them into place before you sew – or just feed them in holding them straight.

I put the banner underneath the ribbon about 1/2″ .

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When you’re almost to the end of the first flag – add the second flag in and continue sewing.

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We also have another tutorial HERE for our Happy Birthday Bunting Banner.

Italian Crepe Paper Fringed Garland

I’m kind of in love with Italian Crepe Paper now…it’s thicker and tougher than regular crepe paper – so you can be rough with it, and it’s so wide!!

All we did to make the fringe banner was unroll the crepe paper in a large area

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Then we folded it in half down the length

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Then used scissors to cut  the fringe – about 1/4″ apart

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If you fold it over on itself – it makes it a little harder to cut – but you get done MUCH quicker because you’re cutting several layers.

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Once you have it all cut…

All-done-with-the-cuts

Unfold the garland {it looks like a centipede!!}

Unfold

Then using hot glue or tape secure twine or ribbon to about 4 places along the crease.  Outside edges and 2 or 3 more in between

I used this gold flecked twine from May Arts.  Don’t forget to leave about 1.5 feet on each end for tying up the garland.

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fold it back over and roll it up until you’re ready to hang it!

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The bunting and the fringe garland will BOTH be in the “Party in a Box” that you could  win!!  See THIS post for more details on our Treasure Hunt!!

**Erin

It’s MINE! All mine…

I have the BEST HUSBAND EVER!!

Here it is my friends…the gift I’ve been asking for at least 3 years now.

And it’s mine…all mine.  Bwahahahaha!!  Best Birthday Present EVER!!

{Actually – last year he surprised me with a quick {kidless} trip to Disneyland – that was pretty good, too! }

Think that I’m spoiled?  yea – me too!  AND I LOVE IT!Silhouette-CAMEO

 

I’m not getting paid to tell you about this…so you can trust me when I say that you want one.

Why?  Here’s why:

Anything you type in any font on your computer – it cuts.  You don’t have to buy cartridges.

Whatever design you create – it cuts.

If you don’t want to create designs – you can buy them – and then – it cuts

{Just a note – if you want to LEARN how to create designs in Photoshop – you can sign up for my online class HERE}

What does it cut?

Paper

Cardstock

Chipboard

Fabric

Canvas

Freezer Paper – I will show you in future posts why this is soooo exciting!

And MORE

Go and check it out for yourself – they have a blog where people post all of the crafts they’ve made with their machines.  They also have a free shape of the week to help you build your cutting library.

Start begging your husbands now – and in 2 years – you COULD be the lucky recipient like me!!  Ha Ha.

So many projects to come…can’t wait!!

**Erin

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creating a chalkboard effect

Yep, these are all things that I know you wish that you could do.

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Erin

Pink & Gold Party

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While Valentines may be over – you don’t have to be over Pink & Gold.  It would be fabulous ANYTIME!!  As proven by this party that my brilliant friend Randi threw for our darling friends…she has allowed me to photograph it for the blog to help share the inspiration.  (Trust me – you’ll find it)

Here are some of my favorite pics from the party…

The-Decorations

Ruffled-Crepe-Paper-Streamers

Streaming Crepe Paper mixed in with Ruffled Crepe Paper {Click HERE for a tutorial} is a low cost way to make a big impact…

Hang a Birthday Banner over some pennants and add balloons to frame the area

The-window

This Banner was made by cutting the letters out on the Silhouette,

Then glittering the letters

{we used Florentine Gold Glitter (Martha Stewart)}

Then backed them with another piece of white card stock

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The same method was used to make numbers for her for the age of the Birthday Girl

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Gold and Pink Balloons are fabulous – but adding in a Giant Balloon makes it seem above and beyond…

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Then add in the tissue paper tassels and you have an amazing look.  Click HERE for a tutorial.

You can also use the same method to make this tassel garland behind the birthday banner

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To let people know they’ve got the right place,

She hung this “Celebrate” glittered chipboard banner on the front gate tied up with satin ribbon and curling ribbon

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She also hung a mini version from the wreath on her front door…

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Glittering the chipboard is simple.  If you have the Silhouette Cameo, you can cut the chipboard yourself. {I dream}

But if you’re like me and not so lucky to have one yet, you can buy them at the craft store, or HERE – your options are just more limited and you end up paying for a lot of letters that you don’t need…

Once your letters are ready:

1. Paint on some mod podge

2. While the glue is wet, sprinkle on the glitter of choice. {I love german glass glitterlike she used above}.

3. Set the glitter by spraying on some aerosol hairspray. {the cheaper and stickier the better}

4. Hang them on some twine using hot glue.

Setting-the-Table

Table-is-Set

While there are a lot of wonderful things on this table – the stand out item is this hot pink chevron table cloth.  It just makes the whole room pop!

Then the other items are like frosting on the cake :0)

Place-Setting

A fabulous place setting…I love that she brought the gold in using the chargers under the white plates.  The great thing about bringing in the white, is that in neutralizes the bright pinks and golds.  All of my serving dishes are white for this reason…you can bring in color in other ways..

Straw-Pennant

Adding a simple flag {that you can easily print and cut yourself } to these paper straws is a simple touch that makes a big impact.

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Fabulous napkin rings…do I need to explain??

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She even made a fabulous tiara for the birthday girl to wear…just glitter a Plastic Princess Tiara
with mod podge as explained above in the chipboard letters section…

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Set a place setting card on a fabulous holder to finish off each place setting…

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She finished off the table setting with a beautiful arrangement of roses…

and because you can always add a little unexpected touch…she glittered them and hung gold icicle strands in them…

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Beautiful!!

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The-Table-Spread

In the other room, she had set the table with a buffet style luncheon

Drink-Station

Complete with a drink bar to make your own flavored soda.  Try the cherry chocolate Dr. Pepper…you’ll be hooked.

She added rock candy swizzle sticks to stir and cherries to garnish.  You can get these flavored syrups HERE , don’t forget the pumps!

Set on silver serving trays they look a little more ready for a party.  And don’t forget the ice!

Ice-Scoop

That cute ice scoop is from Pottery Barn

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Instead of a large cake, she made these adorable lemon and raspberry filled cupcakes with these SUPER CUTE tinsel firework toppers!

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Click HERE for the tutorial. (You’ll have to scroll down the page to the You’re the Bomb Valentine)

She set out more place cards to say which flavor of cupcake you’ll be enjoying.

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To serve the quiche she just stacked cake plates lined with lace doilies…

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And the guests all brought dishes potluck style…

These quiche’s are from Trader Joe’s and were DELICIOUS as well as ADORABLE!

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Of course I had to bring my favorite: Poppyseed Pasta Salad

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These delicious crescent rolls…

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and to get our greens…this yummy green salad…

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All of these special touches made for a beautiful party…

And for one Happy Birthday Girl!!

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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!

Arrow

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

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Winner: Autumn S.

Item #4: Hello December Digital Paper Pack

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Winner: Mindy P.

Item #5: Hello December Flair

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Winner: Mindy P.

 

Purdue Avenue Shop:

Item #1: Til’ He Appeared Handmade Christmas Cards:

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Winner: Autumn S.

Item #2: Christmas Gift Tags:

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Winner: Shelly T.

Item #3:  Vintage Postcard Digital Download

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Winner: Wendy H.

Item # 4: May Your Days Be Merry & Bright Digital Download

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Winner: Jodi P.

Item #5: Merry & Bright Vertical Customizable Christmas Card

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Winner: Mindy P.

Item #6: Merry Christmas Circled Flourish Customizable Christmas Card

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Winner: Kristen F.

Item #7: Chalkboard Art Merry Christmas Pennant Customizable Card

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Winner: Becky P.

Item #8: Bokeh Lights Digital Image or Customizable Christmas Card

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Winner: Wendy H.

Item #9: Merry & Bright Horizontal Customizable Christmas Card

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Winner: Becky P.

Item #10 – Merry Christmas Customizable Christmas Card  w/ color choice

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Winner: Wendy H.

Thank you so much to everyone that entered the giveaway!!!

**If you are a winner – please go to our etsy shop and click the “contact seller” button and leave a message with your option choices. [If that makes no sense – just leave a message and we will let you know what your options are ;0)] Still Confused?  Email us at purdueavenue@yahoo.com.

**Erin & Mandi

No Tricks…Just Treats

This caramel popcorn recipe is the best I’ve ever had.  My adopted Mom in High School used to make it in bulk for the 3 ravenous teenagers that would show up at her door begging for it.  She was the best.  For part of my wedding gift…she gave me the recipe.  I love it.  I make it often. Too often.  That’s why I’m a little chubby ;0)  It is crunchy without breaking your teeth & it’s not sticky at all.  You can play cards while eating this stuff!!

Just air pop 1 1/2 – 2 cups un-popped popcorn{or if you’re like me – you can use 1 C. un-popped popcorn so there is more caramel on the popcorn}  

Place it in a large oven proof bowl to await the caramel topping. 

Here is the recipe for the caramel:

I know you’ll find it as delicious as I do!

And as a bonus treat…You can download the halloween poem too!

This poem is PERFECT for a Visiting Teaching message in October.

OR

if you’re not religious….another treat here is the link to these fun Halloween Freebies from Oscar & Emma.

You could use them instead of the poem.

They are not only giving you the printables, but tutorials on how to make some super cute stuff!!

I hope you enjoy all of these Halloween Treats!!

**Erin