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DIY: Make Gift Bags from Envelopes

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I have a friend who always packages up every gift beautifully. It’s her thing and she does it well. She has a scrapbook kit club and every kit she packages and ships out is beautifully wrapped. Presentation is everything! Through the years of knowing Jeana, she has inspired me to take a little more time with packaging. Putting that extra time into the outside of the gift, can make what is inside even sweeter. And, I mean, who doesn’t love opening pretty packages?

envelope assortment

I have a really easy tutorial for your today showing you how to make gift bags from envelopes. Can you believe each bag took less than 10 minutes? You can use any size envelope and embellishments you already have. Head over to the Craftsy blog for a full tutorial and some close-up photos of each back with written instruction.5 envelopes to gift bags

Tropical Paradise

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Back in May I was invited to attend the Silhouette Summit in Hawaii that Silhouette hosted to debut their new products coming out this year. It was so fun, obviously, and I came back so rejuvenated and inspired by all the beauty those islands hold. I apparently came back on Hawaiian time, because it took me a few months to get back into the swing of things and create these tropical paradise designs. Haha!

pineapple and coconut box

Pineapple and Coconut Boxes

The pineapple and coconut box are fun to use as decor for a luau, to hold utensils and treats, or to use as gift box containing a party favor. You can find some simple instructions for assembling the boxes on Amanda Coleman’s blog, or more detailed step-by-step instructions using my 3D apple tutorial that is very similar to these shapes.
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Cupcake Wrappers

One of the reasons I love cupcake wrappers so much is they can dress up any cupcake. I am not a baker and don’t have the talent of making beautifully frosted cupcakes. I can swirl on some white frosting and add some sprinkles though. With the addition of the cupcake wrappers and toppers, they look professional and almost make it look like I know what I’m doing. ;) Plus, my dessert now coordinates with the rest of my party which is always a good thing.

Find all the cupcake wrappers in the Silhouette Design Store.
Coconut Drink | Flamingo | Pineapple | Snorkel

tropical treat boxes

Treat Boxes

I love the simplicity of the sour cream pouch style treat box. They are so easy to make and are the perfect size for a party favor.

Find all the treat boxes in the Silhouette Design Store.
Hibiscus | Pineapple | Flamingo | Palm Tree

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tropical gift cards

Gift Card Envelopes

Gift cards can be the best gifts. I know I’m a personal fan of them. Some feel they aren’t personal enough. Dress them up in one of these gift card envelopes and problem solved. Who wouldn’t love to receive some money in these adorable tropical envelopes?

Find all the gift card envelopes in the Silhouette Design Store.
Pineapple | Flamingo | Hibiscus | Snorkel | Palm Tree

Tropical Gift Card

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Here’s another look at the gift card envelopes. The card slides in to complete the image through the cut-out piece on the envelopes. Fun, right? You can write a little a message on the card, then slip it in the envelope with the gift card. So simple, but such a thoughtful touch.palm tree gift card 2

Host a Luau this summer and I know all your guests will enjoy these fun tropical designs too.

Paper Easter Basket

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There is something so simple and soothing about the color white. I love how it softens everything up and adds so much light. I did a lot of white on white with this paper Easter basket and love how it makes the peach flower pop even more. Just think how beautifully it would show off a basket full of colored Easter eggs. Wouldn’t it make the perfect gift bag for a friend this spring?easter flower basket detail crop Easter flower basket side crop

All of these die cuts are available in the Silhouette design store and you can find a tutorial to make the flower here.

Easter Basket | 3D Flower + Tutorial | Tiny Blossoms | Spring Leaves | Spring Twigs

Valentine Detective Party | Party Favors

detective kit

This is the final post of the Valentine Detective Party. Today I’m sharing all the party favors and little details that helped really bring the theme of the party to life. The spy kit pictured above was issued to every agent/guest when they arrived at the party. I found the mustaches at the dollar store. The glasses are from Amazon. They are a little big for kids though. The mini magnifying glasses are also from Amazon. Hallelujah for Amazon Prime! Am I right?!

detective credentials

I made credentials for each guest to wear. You can have their parents email you a picture, or pull one from social media. Download the credentials print and cut file, then open it in Silhouette Studio. Now you can replace the filler info with each child’s info. I also included the font names in the file so you can download the same ones to match if you want. Import each child’s photo on the tag. Print then cut.

The clear cases are from Walmart. I have seen them at the dollar store before too. You can purchase the lanyards from Amazon.

detective badge

I love how the Silhouette Printable Gold Foil brings this secret agent badge to life. Download the badge, then print and cut it using your Silhouette. Cut another badge out of chipboard to make the badge more sturdy. Peel the backing off of the gold foil and adhere it to the chipboard. Peel the backing off the pin and stick it at the top of the heart on the back. Your badges are now ready to wear.

spy notebook and pen

These tiny notebooks are from Walmart. I think there were three in a pack for like $0.89. I love those kinds of prices. :) The spy pens are so cool. The ink is completely invisible until you use the light at the top of the pen to shine over your message. It’s like magic!

detective pen

Side note: I’ve been using these to keep my kids busy when I need to get work done. I draw a bunch of shapes on a paper and they try to find them all with the light. It’s a great activity for a busy/quiet bag.

evidence bag

Last but not least is this adorable party favor bag for the kids to take home with “evidence” of a good time. We had a Valentine exchange and used these as our Valentine boxes/bags. They were also used to haul all the spy/detective kit goodies home.

Download the evidence print and cut file. I put my paper bags through my laminator to “iron” them extra flat. Feed through your printer folded end first. My local copy shop also printed them on their machines for me too.

detective party kit

I have really enjoyed sharing all the details from my Valentine Detective Party. I hope you have found all these ideas helpful in hosting one of your own. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Check out more details of the Valentine Detective Party
Valentine Detective Party | Invitations
Valentine Detective Party | Games


Redbox Neighbor Gifts | Free Download

Still trying to get last minute neighbor gifts made? Here is a very easy gift that your neighbors will actually like. Did you know you can give Redbox movie rental codes? It’s so easy to do and I even made a gift tag for you to write the codes on. Just print and cut out the gift tag, write down your Redbox codes, and tie to some popcorn or boxed movie theater candy. Read below to see how to purchase your codes for your Redbox neighbor gifts.

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redbox code popcorn wrap

How to purchase Redbox codes:
1. At the bottom of the Redbox home page, select “Redbox Gifts.”

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2. Select “Promo Code Bundles”

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3. Select the item you would like to give and the number of codes you wish to purchase from the drop-down menus. Add to cart and complete your purchase.

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Merry Christmas!

Gold Foil Printing Tutorial | FREE Download

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One of the favorite projects at my advent workshop was gold foiling tags. Everyone couldn’t believe how easy it was. I have a gold foil printing tutorial for you today showing how you can make your own gold foil prints at home. Professional printers charge a lot to gold foil, but for a tiny fraction of the cost you can do it yourself in only a few minutes. The key is using laminating foil (available in a variety of colors) and laser prints. Download your FREE tags and follow the instructions below to create your own gold foil gift tags.

Supplies Needed:

laminating foil
laser printed tags
laminator or iron
text weight paper

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  1. Place laser printed tag with design face up.
  2. Place gold foil on printed design. Gold side up.
  3. Keep the foil in position and place in between a half sheet of text weight paper. Cardstock is too thick and won’t allow the gold foil to get hot enough to adhere to the printed design.
  4. Set your laminator to the highest setting. If using an iron, set to the highest dry setting.gold foil tutorial 2
  5. Send the half sheet of paper through the laminator, folded end first.
  6. If using an iron, place on a hard surface and press down firmly on the half sheet of paper for about 30 seconds. Make sure to iron over the entire area of the printed design inside the paper. You may have to test out different times with your iron. Be sure to protect the hard surface you are ironing on with a thin cloth, while still keeping the surface firm.
  7. Peel off gold foil.
  8. Finish your tag with a string.

joy gold foil gift tag

You may have tiny flecks that don’t completely transfer to the printed design. All of the tags are printed in gold to help mask the little imperfections that come with doing it at home. This technique isn’t perfect, but for the price and convenience, you can’t go wrong.

Brush Script Cards

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I have some new brush script cards in the Silhouette store today. They are sized 4×6 and 3×4, perfect for journaling and scrapbooking. I scaled them down and used them as tags on little gifts for friends. I love this top quote. It fits me perfectly. With twin toddler boys and a 2 month old baby, my hands are definitely full, but so is my heart. A friend of mine just had twins and I knew this tag was the best fit for her treat.

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You can find all of the brush script cards in the Silhouette online store.

xoxo | be kind | embrace the journey | dream big | full heart | count your blessings | i love you | little things | my sunshine


Easter Egg Kit

easter egg kit

Have you decorated your Easter eggs yet? Here’s a little kit you can put together for the occasion. Fill small egg cartons with different art media to decorate your eggs and a little treat to munch on. I included a mini paint set, glitter, glitter glue, rhinestones and washi tape along with the best Easter candy ever, Cadbury Mini Eggs.

easter kit BLOG

You could also include markers, crayons, temporary tattoos and more. What would you put in your egg decorating kit?

Temporary Tattoo Paper Tutorial | FREE Printable

tattoo tutorial BLOG

My Valentine party is today, and I wanted to quickly pop in and give you a tutorial on using the Tattoo Paper from Silhouette. This stuff is seriously awesome! You can use it on just about any surface! I’m going to show you how I used it on the plaster heart magnets I made.

tattoo tutorial BLOG

The tattoo paper comes with great instructions on the box, but I thought I’d just give you a visual step-by-step of the process.

  1. Print out your designs on the shiny side of the paper. I have provided some designs for you as a FREE download. Make sure to mirror the image before printing so your words aren’t backwards on your project after you transfer the image. Peel the top strip off of the blue sticky sheet.
  2. Line up the sticky side of the paper with the top edge of your designs. Press and seal out all the bubbles.
  3. Carefully transfer the rest of the clear sticky sheet from its blue backing onto your printed designs.
  4. Rub over the design making sure the adhesive transfers and also smooth out any air bubbles.
  5. Cut out your design to transfer.
  6. Peel the clear plastic off leaving the adhesive over your design. Put your design face down on the surface you’re transferring it to.
  7. Using a damp cloth, I used a wet wipe, press down on the design for about 15 seconds until the images transfers.
  8. You can spray with a clear sealant to protect your design if you would like. I didn’t on the magnets and they seem to be holding up fine.

Isn’t that amazing?!  will see you tomorrow with a free download of a Valentine card to go with the magnets. You can see a sneak peak on my Instagram.

DIY Heart Magnets

heart magnet collection blog

I played around with some Plaster of Paris this past week and made some hearts using chocolate molds. I remember my mom making these with different chocolate molds when we were little. She would put hooks made out of wire in them so we could string them on necklaces after we spent the day painting them different colors.

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Handmade Tags | Color Changing Tutorial

Today I have a quick little tutorial for you on how to change the color on my print and cut Handmade Tags. It is so easy, and will allow you to match the tags to your handmade gifts.

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Open your Handmade Tag file in Silhouette Studio.

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1. Select your print and cut shapes.
2. With the shape selected, go to ‘Object’, then select ‘Ungroup’.

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Classmate Valentines

ball blog

I wanted to give you all a closer look at some of the Valentines for kids with some tips and tricks. Like I said before, I picked up just about everything at the dollar store.

Have a Ball this Valentine’s Day!

These ping pong balls had 12 in the package for $1. I pulled the hearts from the tag and using Temporary Tattoo Paper decorated the ping pong balls to coordinate with the tags. It was so fast and easy, I think I’ll try it out on more surfaces with future projects. Just follow the instructions on the back of the package.

balloons blog

Love is in the Air + Don’t Burst my Bubble

My little boys think balloons and bubbles are the coolest thing ever right now. I made these next two Valentines specifically with them in mind. You can tie a balloon to the tag for kids taking them to school, or inflate them and give them to family and friends at home.

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Valentines for Kids

kid valentine collection blog

New Valentines for kids are up in the Silhouette store today. All the cards are print and cut files and the toys are from the dollar store. That means cheap and easy Valentines for your kids to give to their friends and classmates. I’ll be featuring all these valentines on my blog this week with some tips and tricks to help you out.

1. Whoopee Cushion | 2. Ball | 3. Balloon
4. Treasure Box | 5. Flute | 6. Bubbles
7. Rock Candy | 8. Ruler | 9. Sucker
10. Pencil | 11. Glasses | 12. Bracelet/Crayons

Valentine Treat Bags

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Happy Friday! Today I’m showing you the last of the new Valentine line that I put up in the Silhouette store this week. First up are these Valentine Folded Tags. This is a super easy gift for your Valentine this year. Fill a clear bag with a yummy treat, then attach the folded tag and you’re finished. So simple.folded tags blog Continue reading