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Easter Peeps Treats with {FREE} Printables and Cut File

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Hello friends! Today is another great opportunity to participate in our Silhouette Challenge Group’s Monthly Challenge!  Yippee! TheSilhouetteChallenge-TTC&Friends As you may have guessed, we’re continuing our little series on Easter crafts.  You’ve seen our DIY Easter Peeps T-Shirt, our DIY Tutu Easter Basket and our Easter Bunny Banner!  You know how much we love our {PEEPS}, so for our project, we’re offering an Easter Peeps Treats with a {FREE} Printable AND Cut File!

Easter Peeps Treat with Free Printable and Cut File by My Paper Craze

Aren’t they the sweetest? These would be super cute to hand out on Easter!  Not only do we have these awesome treat bag toppers for your {PEEPS}, but we have the printable wrapper for your bottle and the printable tag for your straw!  How exciting!

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As promised, we do have a {FREE} printable and cut file for you!

EASTER PEEPS TREAT PRINTABLE

EASTER PEEPS TREAT  TOPPER #1 CUT FILE (Silhouette Print & Cut)

EASTER PEEPS TREAT  TOPPER #2 CUT FILE (Silhouette Print & Cut)

EASTER PEEPS STRAW FLAG CUT FILE (Silhouette Print & Cut)

EASTER PEEPS BOTTLE WRAPPER #1 CUT FILE (Silhouette Print & Cut)

EASTER PEEPS BOTTLE WRAPPER #2 CUT FILE (Silhouette Print & Cut)

EASTER PEEPS BOTTLE WRAPPER #3 CUT FILE (Silhouette Print & Cut)

 

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Spring Cleaning - Custom Canisters I Love Paris In the Springtime Etching for Sping - Mug Personalization for the April Silhouette Challenge WHEELY excited about spring No-Sew Fabric & Burlap Peter Cottontail Banner Narwhals, plus friends Gold Fern Easter Eggs Mr and Mrs Easter Egg Head Easter Bunny Plate Welcome Spring - A Sign From Tile Paper Flowers Wall Art DIY: Bunny-Stamped Goodie Bags for Easter Inspirational Window Now We Have Everything Nursery Art Spring' and Flowers Paper Banner Glitter Jars with a Happy, Hoppy Bunny Made with the Silhouette + Free Cut File! Mother's Day Wreath Decorate A Watering Can With Vinyl! April Showers Sketch Pen Printable Spring Wreath Burlap Garden Flag with Heat Transfer Vinyl Pretty Little Herb Pots Peter Cottontail Door Hanger Spring Has Sprung Spring Has Sprung - Subway Art Bloom And Grow Sunflower Bouquet for Teacher Appreciation Sharpie Easter Eggs Tear Open Easter Egg Cards Look what's Blooming! ~ Silhouette Challenge Everblooming Paper Bouquet Silhouette Challenge: Spring Polish Swap Card [B] is for Bloom: Scrap Lumber Flower Vases Tulip Time - Fridge Magnets Neon Paper Pinwheels {tutorial} A Happy Spring Card Sketching Just Got Easier! Spring Bunny Baskets Bird Nerd Easter Eggs Easter Peeps Treats with {FREE} Printables and Cut File Garden Bench Update

1. Dream a Little Bigger // 2. So Much Better With Age // 3. Adventures in All Things Food // 4. Creative Carnival // 5. The Kim Six Fix // 6. feto soap // 7. One Dog Woof // 8. The Experimental Home // 9. From Wine to Whine // 10. Architecture of a Mom // 11. Grey Luster Girl // 12. Minted Strawberry // 13. Designed Decor // 14. Tried & True // 15. Silhouette School // 16. Bringing Creativity 2 Life // 17. Weekend Craft // 18. Practically Functional // 19. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 20. McCall Manor // 21. unOriginal Mom // 22. Creative Ramblings // 23. A Tossed Salad Life // 24. A Glimpse Into Barb’s Life // 25. Kate’s Paper Creations // 26. Simply Kelly Designs // 27. Cutesy Crafts // 28. Persia Lou // 29. Whats Next Ma // 30. Two Purple Couches // 31. The Frill of Life // 32. Nearly Handmade // 33. Get Silvered // 34. Ginger Snap Crafts // 35. Life After Laundry // 36. The Sensory Emporium // 37. Monograms & Cake // 38. The Thinking Closet // 39. My Paper Craze // 40. Chicken Scratch NY

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It’s Kind of a Big Deal… A Liebster Award Nomination!

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Hello friends!  Welcome back to our wonderful little blog, I have something super amazing to share with you!  We have been nominated for a Liebster Award!  How exciting!  We’d sincerely like to thank Jen at Driftwood Gardens for the lovely nomination!  Be sure to check her out as she is also a Liebster Award nominee and has a ton of great crafty inspiration to offer!

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The Liebster Award is for small up-and-coming blogs.  The most honoring part for me is that it is given by other bloggers {AND} that I now get to share it with other small bloggers like myself!  Here are the rules of the Liebster Award:

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My Eleven Questions… and Answers!

So here are the questions so kindly asked of me by Jen at Driftwood Gardens:

What is your blogging niche?

To be perfectly honest, I’m not convinced that we have discovered a niche.  We love crafts of all kinds, starting with paper and expanding to anything and everything that we can get our hands on.  I’d almost say our niche is {REAL LIFE} crafts, as in I like to blog about practical projects that I have enjoyed and that I can use in my day-to-day life.

What is the best thing about blogging?

I love sharing.  Before blogging, I was always eager to share any and all of my projects with anyone who was willing to listen.  Instead of showing off photos of my kids, it was photos of my crafts.  Blogging gives me the perfect outlet to share my projects and ideas with others AND network with others who enjoy doing the same.  It’s a form of therapy, LOL.

What is the worst thing about blogging?

Finding the time to blog is a continuous challenge.  I found this love at a rather inconvenient time in my life.  I spent the first decade of my adult life doing a whole lot of nothing and started my family at the age of 28.  My daughter was only a few weeks old when I fell into my love of crafting and creating, the same time in my life when I now have so many other obligations.  But such is life, a continuous juggling act.  And my wonderful readers don’t seem to mind my organized chaos.

Who is your favorite TV chef?

Unfortunately, I don’t watch any cooking shows on TV.  Since my culinary skills include burnt toast, it seems like a useless effort, LOL.  I do enjoy finding new recipes to try out on my unsuspecting children, but my husband is definitely the chef in our family.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Oh, so many to choose from!  I would say rolls.  Not the answer you were expecting, lol?  Even my husband has learned that I love rolls.  Brown-N-Serve rolls with butter.  Rolls with cinnamon butter.  Rolls with honey butter.  I just love them for some reason.  My favorite?  Sweet Hawaiian rolls.  They even come in sandwich buns… yum.

Name someone you admire and why you admire them.

I admire stay-at-home parents.  For the first 27 years of my life, I used to think stay-at-home moms had the easy “job”.  I mean who doesn’t want to stay at home all day and watch soap operas and eat ding-dongs, right?  I’ve never been a stay-at-home mom, but I think if I spent all day taking care of everyone else, you would find the kids duck-taped to a tree outside — for their own protection.

Favorite book ever?

I have to jump on the bandwagon here and say the Twilight series.  NOT because it was the best story ever or I live in some fantasy about vampires and werewolves.  Rather, it’s my favorite book because it was my first book and it opened up the world of romance novels and sparked my love for reading.  And… I’m totally Team Jacob, LOL.

Favorite movie of all time?

I’m not sure that I have a favorite movie of all time, I prefer to organize them by genre.  Animated?  Shrek.  It was one of the first kids movies that taught more than princess meets prince.  It was also hilarious for both children and adults.  Also a huge fan of the recently released Lego Movie.  Suspense?  Primal Fear.  The Shawshank Redemption.  Comedy?  Dogma.  Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.  Who doesn’t love a good Kevin Smith movie and some stupid funny laughs?  Romance?  The Notebook is an obvious answer, lol.  Also really enjoyed Pride and Prejudice.  Side note:  I am also a huge fan of Robert Downy Jr.  Yum.

Best song of all time?

“Con Te Partirò” (Time to Say Goodbye) by Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman.  I had heard it a few times in passing, then fell in love with it while visiting Las Vegas for my wedding and honeymoon.  I was fortunate enough to stay at the Bellagio and have a room overlooking the fountains where they coordinated a water show to this song.  I still don’t know what they are singing about, but the melody is beautiful enough to bring me to tears.

What is your favorite social media?

I’m still a Facebook junkie.  I know there are tons of social media platforms that offer a wide range of benefits and interactions, but I guess I’m just stuck in the old school of what I know.  Oddly enough, my mom handles the rest for our blog.

Will you still be blogging in ten years?

Absolutely.  My themes may change over the years, but I can’t see that I would ever give up blogging.

Eleven Random Facts about ME

  1. Orange is my favorite color, but having a little baby girl puts a heavy pink hue on my life.
  2. I am a zombie junkie!  I love me some Walking Dead and will watch any zombie movie available.
  3. I am also a secret history buff.  Not that I know that much about it, but I enjoy learning.
  4. I think one of man’s worst creations is styrofoam.  And saran wrap.  They make the most horrible sounds.
  5. I love slobbery baby kisses — the wetter the better, lol.
  6. I earned a degree in Business Management.  My studies made me realize how much I never want to manage a business, lol.
  7. I am an Internal Auditor by day and feel like crafting is my secret identity.  My version of Clark Kent and Superman.
  8. My favorite number is 37, because that was my school bus number in elementary school.
  9. My husband and I eloped to Las Vegas to get married (I secretly planned everything from the ceremony to the photographer) and sent announcements that were postmarked with the location and date.
  10. My husband and I dated less than three months before we got married.  Still the best decision of my life.
  11. I am a die-hard Saints fan.  I didn’t care about football until I went to my first professional game in New Orleans.  Can you say WHO DAT!  I cut myself with my craft knife the other day… and yeah, I bleed black and gold.  Coincidentally, those were also my high school colors.

My {AMAZING} Liebster Award Nominee Blogs

Part of the fun of the Liebster Award is getting to nominate amazing blogs that you feel are deserving of a Liebster Award.  This is great for getting to know new bloggers AND for helping each other find readers!  Unfortunately, I did have to guess at the number of followers, so please don’t be offended if your following is larger than 200.  Without further delay, here are my amazing nominees (in no particular order):

  1. Kristy GD @ Please Excuse My Craftermath
  2. Michelle @ Weekend Craft
  3. Tanya @ Tanya’s Creative Space
  4. Joyce @ Peace, Love & Joyce
  5. Dawn Marie @ Mama Sonshine
  6. Tiffany @ The Outlandish Momma
  7. Sarah @ Creative Carnival
  8. Pam @ Get Silvered
  9. Janice @ Nearly Handmade
  10. Lisa, Rona and Grace @ Teach Love Craft
  11. Rachel @ Love Your DLSR

Eleven Questions for my Eleven Blogs

Now let’s get to know a little more about these amazing bloggers!

  1. Why did you decide to start a blog?
  2. Is blogging your obsession or your hobby?
  3. What is your greatest source of inspiration for your blog?
  4. Do you plan your posts in advance or are you a spur-of-the-moment blogger?
  5. If you could choose a blog-idol, who would it be?
  6. What do you consider your biggest success so far as a blogger?
  7. What has been your biggest obstacle?
  8. Is there anything you would change about your journey into blogging?
  9. Do you have any insight to share with those contemplating starting a blog?
  10. What is your favorite activity (or non-activity) to relax?
  11. What do you envision for your blog in 10 years?

Bloggers… Go!  Readers… be sure to stop by my nominees and show them some bloggy-love!  Another round of thanks to Jen at Driftwood Gardens, be sure to check her out, too!

Matchbox Cover with a {FREE CUT FILE}

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Good Morning and {WELCOME BACK} to another beautiful crafting day!  Today we bring you another simple and fun project… a Matchbox Cover with a {FREE CUT FILE}!  This is my first experiment with creating a cut file, so I’m very excited to share it with you!

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If you were to walk into my home, 99% of the time there would be a candle burning.  My husband and I both love candles.  We love the warm glow.  We love the fresh scent.  We love everything about them. So when I spotted some matchbox covers on Pinterest, they immediately caught my attention.  As I browse through the pictures I’m thinking… what if there was an opening on the side to expose the area where you strike the match?… what if it had a loop to tie it around a candle to give as a sweet little gift?… what if I created my own cut file?…  Wait a minute!  Create my own cut file?  Me?  By myself?  ………………And so I did.  My very first ever Silhouette Studio cut file!

I know it’s not rocket science, many crafters create better cut files than I.  There is nothing too complicated about it.  There were no special skills or talent involved.  But hey, that’s okay.  I DID IT and I’m going to have a mini-celebration to enjoy my conquest!  So… back to my project!

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I gave the red one to my husband for Valentine’s Day.  As I stood there beaming, I’m certain he had no idea how special this little gift was {LOL}!

So here it is… THE LINK… my awesome free cut file… HERE: {Matchbox Cover Cut File} EEK!

I included the design I put on my box, just in case you want to do a {PRINT & CUT}, but feel free to decorate yours any way you want.  Once you cut out the matchbox cover, fold on the perforated lines and wrap around the match box.  You can use glue or double sided tape to secure it.  Just pop out the hanger and fold it upward to attach your twine or ribbon.

If you think I’m excited about my project, just wait until you see all the awesomeness brought to you by our monthly Silhouette Challenge Group Post!

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Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

The Great Lamp Rescue Barnyard Animal Paper Garland & Party Details Sweet and Simple Easter Bunny Card Owl Theme Baby Shower Ombre Paint Chip Earrings & Free Cut File Spring is Blooming Drop It (Like It's Hot) Hexagon Tray Spruce Up Your RECIPE BOOK Gift Card Giving Free Cut Files Custom outlines for stamps Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Juice Boxes Wine Themed Bridal Shower Learn How To Make A Sewn Paper Garland! Moroccan Thank You Card 3D Flower Spring Wreath For the Love of Paper: Cutting Embellishments Create Your Own St. Patrick's Day Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers Swimming Word Art St. Patrick's Day Lime White Chocolate Chips Cupcakes + Freebie You're invited to a dog party! I'm so Lucky! Spring Wreath with SIlhouette Cut Flowers Tiny Princesses Paper Dolls Colorful Quote with your Silhouette Get Well Bouquet with Persimmon Roses Greeting Card Holder Baby Shower Invitations How-To Create a Custom Pillowbox on Your Silhouette Machine + Free Cut File! Quality Time Jar Matchbox Cover with {FREE CUT FILE} DIY Baby Girl Shower Invitation Candy Alphabet Travel Game Paper Garland Pretty Paper Roses DIY Geometric Heart Journal Hand Made Decorations for a Pirate Party Wedding Shower Gift Heart Map Decoupaged Letters (A scanner + A Silhouette = Spectacular results!) Easter Pop-up Box Card with Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper from Stampin' Up! Better World Greeting Cards Star Wars Silhouette Canvas Monogrammed Gifts Make Printable Gift Wrap with your Silhouette Software Free Printable: Blank Banner with free Silhouette Cut File

1. McCall Manor // 2. The Turquoise Home // 3. Creative Savings // 4. Sandpaper and Glue // 5. The Thinking Closet // 6. Sowdering About in Seattle // 7. Persia Lou // 8. From Wine to Whine // 9. Dream a Little Bigger // 10. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 11. Play. Party. Pin. // 12. Everyday Paper // 13. Practically Functional // 14. A Tossed Salad Life // 15. My Favorite Finds // 16. The House on Hillbrook // 17. Adventures in All Things Food // 18. A Glimpse Into Barb’s Life // 19. TitiCrafty // 20. The Experimental Home // 21. feto soap blog // 22. Creative Ramblings // 23. The Stamp Doc // 24. Ginger Snap Crafts // 25. Simply Kelly Designs // 26. Whats Next Ma // 27. unOriginal Mom // 28. Bringing Creativity 2 Life // 29. Cutesy Crafts // 30. My Paper Craze // 31. Create & Babble // 32. Grey Luster Girl // 33. The Sensory Emporium // 34. Lil’ Mrs. Tori // 35. Black and White Obsession // 36. Mama Sonshine // 37. Weekend Craft // 38. Creative Carnival // 39. Peace, Love and Joyce // 40. Tried & True // 41. The Frill of Life // 42. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 43. Get Silvered // 44. Minted Strawberry

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Thanks for stopping by today to check out these awesome projects!  Keep any eye out for some St. Patrick’s Day fun right around the corner!

Special Edition: Do Tell Tuesday Co-Host!

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Good Morning and welcome back to join us for another {CRAFTASTIC} day!  We have a super-special surprise for you today… We are co-hosting our very first {LINKY PARTY}!  How exciting!?!?

For anyone who isn’t sure what exactly what a linky party is {besides FABULOUS!}, it’s a chance to share your crafting and creativity with others!  We love to link, link and then link some more {LOL}!  Today we’re fortunate to have been chose to co-host… wait for it…

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{SQUEAL!}  I am so honored to be co-hosting with these fabulous ladies!  You absolutely must hop on over to their blogs and show them some bloggy-love!  Yes, they really are that amazing.

Lisa @ Mabey She Made It ~ Google+ ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Instagram ~ Pinterest ~ Bloglovin’

Alicia @ A Sweet Fragrance ~ Google+ ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Instagram ~ Pinterest ~ Bloglovin’

As a {GUEST CO-HOST}, I also get to choose my very own features from last week’s Do Tell Tuesday Linky Party… so here we go!  Each co-host gets to choose their own features, so be sure to hop around to each blog for some crafty inspiration!  Click here for the full rundown on how to participate!

I personally am on a home décor kick, so hope everyone enjoys…

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My first feature is Creative “PLAY” Art for the Playroom ~ linked up by Bre from Average But Inspired!  I’m totally feeling the use of non-traditional media to create this fabulous décor!

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My second feature is a fabulous Thumbprint Family Tree ~ linked up by Marcy at Day2Day Super Mom!  I love the creativity, yet simplicity of this project!  Involving the kiddos is a super-bonus in my book!

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My final feature is this awesome Kids Command Center ~ linked up by Tammy at the colored door!  I just love, love, love the idea of the kids having their own space, reminders and artwork!

One more project peek before we move on to this weeks party… the most viewed link was…

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Shimmer verses Matte MakeUp ~ linked up by Kat at Confessions of the Perfect Mom!

Congrats on being featured and don’t forget to pick up a button for your blog!  If you were not featured here, check out Vintage ZestLil’ Mrs. ToriMabey She Made it, and A Sweet Fragrance for even more chances to be featured!


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Features will be pinned to our new Do Tell Tuesday Features Board, so be sure to follow!

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Now, let’s get ready to party!

Be sure to grab the party button below and put it somewhere on your blog, then read the rest of the rules below!

 

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Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover

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Good Morning and welcome back!  We’re very excited to bring you another round of projects from our bloggy buddies with the Silhouette Challenge Group!  Today’s theme is {FABRIC}!  Don’t worry if you’re not a professional seamstress, I can bearly thread my own machine {LOL}.

For our project, we chose to do a {HEART} themed burlap pillow cover and it turned out amazing!  It’s been the perfect addition to our Valentine’s décor and it was super easy to make!

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Before we dive into the tutorial, be sure to stop in and check out all the other wonderful projects today, you are sure to find some crafty inspiration!

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No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life

  1. No-Sew Valentine’s Day Pillows by A Tossed Salad Life
  2. No-Sew Interchangeable Fabric Bunting by unOriginal Mom
  3. Monogrammed Burlap Garden Flag by The Turquoise Home
  4. Crawl, Walk, Bike by It’s Always Craft Time
  5. Freezer Paper Stenciled Tote Bags by Weekend Craft
  6. DIY Bleach Spray Shirt by Practically Functional
  7. Stenciling Sherlock by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
  8. Felt Star Wands by Cutesy Crafts
  9. Yoda Kid’s T-Shirt by Architecture of a Mom
  10. Mark Your Territory- Dog Flags by Black and White Obsession
  11. Nautical Pillows by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
  12. Big Sister Gift & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  13. Nerdy Baby Onesies + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  14. Easy Easter Bunny Onesie – Silhouette Cameo Craft by Adventures in All Things Food & Family
  15. Fabric Envelopes for LEARNING LETTERS! (& cut file) by From Wine to Whine
  16. “Good Morning, Sunshine!” Memo Board by Tried & True
  17. Hearts-A-Lot Burlap Pillow Cover by My Paper Craze <—you are here
  18. Baby Quilt by Dragonfly & Lily Pads
  19. Surprise Holiday Banner by Whats Next Ma
  20. “Team Betty” Tote Bag by The Thinking Closet
  21. DIY Sock Minion by Create it. Go!
  22. Pretty Up Some Organza Bags by Getsilvered
  23. Easy Heart Appliqued Onsies by Create & Babble
  24. Bleach Pen Gel & Freezer Paper Stencils Made with the Silhouette Machine by Bringing Creativity 2 Life
  25. Valentines Baby Onesie & Boy’s Shirt + Free Cut Files by The Frill of Life
  26. Valentine’s OWL Always Love You T-shirt by My Favorite Finds
  27. DIY Screen Printed Curtains by Chicken Scratch NY
  28. Fabric Painted Quilted Wall Hanging by Terri Johnson Creates
  29. Glitter Iron-On Top by Simply Kelly Designs
  30. DIY Monogrammed T-shirts with Silhouette Heat Transfer Material by Pitter and Glink
  31. Birthday Challenge by Fadville
  32. Machine Applique with SIlhouette Cameo by The Sensory Emporium
  33. Fabric Applique Valentine’s Day T-Shirt by DailyDwelling
  34. “Cute as Cupid” shirt by crafts, cakes, and cats
  35. Sew Cute Applique by Life After Laundry
  36. Rhino Onesie by It Happens in a Blink
  37. Upcycled Birchbox Cameo Accesory Organizer by Cupcakes&Crowbars
  38. Customizing textiles with Heat Transfer Vinyl (working title) by feto soap
  39. Easy Fabric Art by McCall Manor
  40. Lady Bug Tote Bag with Silhouette Rhinestones by Ginger Snap Crafts
  41. Mommy and Em’s Coordinated Aprons by TitiCrafty
  42. Canvas sketch project and a share by Clever Someday
  43. Foxy Lady Pajamas by Mabey She Made It
  44. Teddy Bear by Work in Progress

 

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So first, you will need the following supplies:

  • Burlap fabric – one yard should be plenty for a small pillow, but be sure to measure you pillow in advance
  • One pillow – I recycled one that I had on hand from a prior decorating experience {be aware the patterns may show through the burlap}
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine {or needle and thread}
  • Heat transfer vinyl* – I used white for the heart pattern
  • Cardstock or vinyl* – this is for the red heart stencil
  • Fabric paint – I used red for the middle heart

*Don’t have a Silhouette?  That’s fine!  Cut you some heart stencils and use different colored fabric paint to create your own masterpiece!

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  1. Layout the burlap fabric and “measure” your length by tri-folding it over the pillow.  These are designed to mimic pillow shams, so be sure to leave an overlap “flap” for the back.  The length of the sides are unimportant at this step, as long as the sides are covered.  If needed, go ahead and mark where your sides will be.
  2. After you’ve “measured” {I used my eyeballs}, sew a straight line through your tri-folded material.  Be sure to leave enough room for your pillow to fit inside!
  3. Trim the sides along the outside of the sew line (don’t worry about how it looks, this will be on the inside.  Turn your pillow cover inside out {or technically right-side-in? lol}
  4. Cut your heat transfer vinyl and lay it out on your burlap for positioning.  As you can see, I also laid out a red heart (taken from the center of my stencil) to visualize the finished layout.  Once satisfied, remove the stencil red heart and follow your heat transfer instructions to adhere the white hearts to the burlap.
  5. Replace the red heart cutout to it’s desired location.  Fit the stencil around the heart and remove the center.  This ensures that the stencil is placed correctly on the burlap BEFORE you paint.  After placing a sheet of cardstock {or other barrier} between your layers of burlap, dab your fabric paint within your stencil to create the red heart.  The barrier is important to prevent having a duplicate heart on the back {lol}.
  6. Allow the fabric paint to dry and… Congratulations, your pillow case is completed!  Just slip your pillow inside and enjoy!

Just imagine all the applications this process has!  Now you can spruce up those frumpy old pillows in your living room and coordinate pillow covers for each holiday!  How exciting!  Make fleece pillow covers for the kids {or yourself!}?  Make weather-resistant pillows for your deck or patio?

So what do you think?  We’d love to have your feedback!  Be sure to hop on down and leave us a comment or hit us up on Facebook!

Valentine’s Take-Out Box

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Good Morning and welcome back to our crafty little blog!  Today we bring you another simple little Valentine’s Day craft… decorating a Chinese-style take-out box {YAY}!  I absolutely adore these boxes and all their different sizes, they are just so darn cute!

This project is pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll give you the short and sweet of it all… think of this as a 3D card, if you will:

  • 1 Chinese-style take-out box (or any box you wish to decorate)
  • Themed patterned paper (I used hearts for Valentine’s Day)
  • Coordinating cardstock (to match your paper)
  • 3D pop-up adhesive squares, if desired
  • Adhesive glue, such as for scrapbooking or card making
  • Embellishments, such as matching ribbon, baker’s twine and rhinestones

{measure your box}

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First thing is first, measure your box.  This will give you the size of the area you have to work with.  As you can see below, the top is slightly larger than the bottom, so your sides will be at an angle.  You have two choices: cut manually OR set this image up in your Silhouette Studio software (my choice!).

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So whether you choose to freehand the shape with your paper-cutter or set it up in the Silhouette Studio software, this is what you are looking for:

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You’ll notice that this is the exact size of the front of your box.  The reason for doing this is that you can now use it as a template for designing the rest of your “pieces”.  I highly suggest cutting this {FIRST} and aligning it with your box to ensure your cuts are angles are correct.  If not, you might be disappointed when the project is finished and does not sit well on your take-out box.

{decorate!}

From here on out, you’ll decorate this as you would a handmade card.  You can use your Silhouette Studio (as I did) and do print-and-cut pieces for your sayings, OR you can use your stamp collection if you have one.  Not sure how to use your stamps to make your own die cuts?  Check out our long-ago post on Fussy Cutting Making You Fussy?

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Don’t forget your layered pieces of cardstock, they really add a nice border to your patterned paper.  I cut my first layer (white) 0.25″ smaller than my box to have a nice red layer showing on my box.  From then, I only cut the red 0.125″ smaller than the white, and the paper 0.125″ smaller than the red.  I think it turned out nice.

Once you have all your little pieces, go ahead and arrange them as you wish on your patterned paper to make sure it all fits and looks the way you intended.

Here is the order you want to apply your designs:

  • Layer your cardstock and patterned paper (I prefer tape scrapbook adhesive for no drying time)
  • Tie coordinating ribbon, if needed
  • Attach the sentiments with 3D adhesive squares for that little “pop”
  • Apply any finishing embellishments, such as the rhinestones or baker’s twine
  • Glue your “finished” piece onto your take-out box with a strong adhesive (I also like hot glue, but watch your fingers!)  Make sure you open the top of the box and use your hand on the inside for extra pressure to get a good “stick”

Now, for the fun part…

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I think this is a super idea for kids, but really who doesn’t love treat boxes?  With the wide variety of boxes available, you can get different colored boxes and decorate them all year long!  What goodies would you put (OR want to receive) inside a cute little box?  Valentine’s cookies or chocolates, maybe?  You can go crazy with them and give them out to your co-workers!  Valentine’s Day is on a Friday this year!

Thanks for joining us again today, we hope you liked our fun little tutorial.  See you again soon for {MORE} Valentine’s fun right around the corner!  ❤

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Good Morning!  I’ll keep it short and sweet today, but I just could not pass up the opportunity to share with you guys!  One of my fabulous Silhouette Challenge Group members – Meredith from unOriginal Mom – has so kindly compiled a round-up of {AWESOMENESS} for Valentine’s Day crafting!  I absolutely insist that you check out each and every one of these {yes, they are that awesome} including our very own DIY Sweetheart Glass Block Tutorial {with FREE CUT FILE}!  Happy crafting!

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