11
Jul

Let it go!

No really… let it go! That song is all I hear when I am at the park with my son. There are always a couple of little girls running around, pretending to be Elsa, and screaming that song at the top of their lungs! All I hear from my nieces is “Elsa this and Elsa that”. NEWS FLASH: Frozen is not the best Disney movie ever! And… Anna is WAY better than Elsa! There. I said it! The fact of the matter is that no Disney movie will ever be better than The Little Mermaid. I remember watching that movie everyday after I got home from kindergarten. I would sing along with every song and then later that night pretend to be a mermaid in the bathtub by crossing my ankles and flipping my legs about like they were my fins. Then I would go to bed with my Ariel blanket, which I still have and use today (even though it is paper thin now). Those memories fill me with happiness, until I remember the darkest day of my life. The day tragedy struck. The day the VCR ate my Little Mermaid tape. You may not find this very tragic because you are probably thinking, “No big deal. Couldn’t you have just had your mom go out and buy another one?”. Not so much. If it were only that simple. No, Disney had locked The Little Mermaid into its vault so it was nowhere to be found for many MANY years… sniffle….sniffle…

Okay, okay, okay. I took a moment to pull myself together. Now, even though WE may all be in agreement that Ariel is better than Elsa your little ones may not be, which ultimately means I still need to finish this post so you can have your very own frozen invitations that look like this:

handmade Frozen Elsa invitation, elsa svg, girls birthday party, snowflake, frozen cutout, cricut, silhouette cameo

handmade Frozen Elsa invitation, elsa svg, girls birthday party, snowflake, frozen cutout, cricut, silhouette cameo

Oooo lala! Your little ones are going to love these! And you are going to love me because I am giving you the .svg for free! Just click below to get the download and to view the tips on how to put yours together:

Click here to download your FREE Frozen Elsa Snowflake SVG

Tips on cutting and assembling:

1) These are not printable templates! You need proper cutting machines and software to use an .svg file, such as a cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot 2 or the Silhouette and it’s compatible software.

2) You also need to be able to print your own information. I set up all the texts for my invitations in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.

3) Once you cut your pieces, simply glue them together. I glued the white snowflake and the party information pieces directly onto the blue snowflake that opens, then glued the printed Elsa onto the circle. Then to give it some dimension, I used adhesive circles to pop up the circle of Elsa on top of the white snowflake.

4) It is hard to tell in my picture, but I used glitter glue on the tips of the white snowflake to add a little frost. You can’t go wrong with a little bit of glitter ;)

5) Enjoy your party!

10
Mar

Attention Walmart shoppers… look elsewhere!!!

Most little kids whine and cry when their parents make them take a trip to the store.  However, my niece is not like other kids and is always on board to take a trip to Target.  She loves Target so much, she is making her 4th birthday party all about Target! Ummm… what? What kind of invitations am I suppose to make for this?

Target invitations, shopping cart svg, birthday party, handmade, cricut, silhouette

Target invitations, shopping cart svg, birthday party, handmade, cricut, silhouette

Ya.. I went there! I personally think it is pretty creative. So for all you Target lovers out there, download the shopping cart .svg here and get started!

Here is what you will need:

1) The shopping cart .svg - Click here for the Target Shopping Cart.svg

2) A cutting machine, compatible software that will work with the .svg file (I use to use the Cricut with Sure Cuts A Lot 2, but now I am using the Silhouette Cameo with the Silhouette Connect), and cutting accessories (mats, blades, etc.)

3) Paper, glue, and brads

Here is how to do it:

1) Cut and print all your pieces

2) Glue the pocket onto the back of the shopping cart, then glue that piece onto the shopping cart frame, then the Target sign onto the shopping cart

3) Use brads to put on wheels

4) Stuff the cart with the event information card

5) Send out your invitations and enjoy your event

Check out the following pictures for ideas on how to pull off a Target party:

Make signs like the ones you would see in Target and hang them up like so-

Target Birthday Ideas

Make Target name tags for your guests and put them on cups or have them wear them-

Top off your dessert and goody bags with Targets-

And top everything else off with red and white-

I hope these suggestions help! Now let’s take a moment to honor the birthday girl… my niece, Kenley Addison! Happy 4th Birthday, my nugget :)

05
Mar

The cutest dump you’ll ever make…

…dump truck, that is! My adorable nephew, Dax, is about to turn 2 and is obsessed with trucks of all kinds.  We decided to go with a construction truck theme for his upcoming birthday party and here is what we came up with…

construction invitations, dump truck svg, boys birthday party, cricut, silhouette

construction invitations, dump truck svg, boys birthday party, cricut, silhouette

What little boy wouldn’t like these? I don’t mean to toot my own horn but these are one of my favorite creations that I have made thus far.  I hope you enjoy them too.  And if you are interested in recreating these just download the dump truck .svg file and follow the steps/suggestions below:

 

$2.00 Dump Truck Download SVG

1) Download the dump truck .svg if you have not already done so.  Don’t forget you will need these essentials to turn that .svg into something you can actually use

- a cutting machine and compatible software (I use a Silhouette Cameo with Silhouette Connect Studios), along with cutting mats and other cutting accessories

- glue (I personally like this glue and use it on everything: http://www.michaels.com/Mono-Multi-Liquid-Glue/sb3906,default,pd.html?cgid=products-scrapbooking-adhesives)

2) Buy

-paper in whatever colors you desire (keep in mind that you can change the colors to make them girly as well)

- pop-up adhesives (this gives the invitation some depth)

- brads ( in whatever shape and color you want)

3) Cut your materials, along with your printed event information (you can make them as big or small as you like)

4) Glue

- Event information onto the dirt piece

- rims onto tires

- undercarriage onto truck

- top dump onto bottom dump

- pocket onto the backside of the bottom dump

5) Connect the wheels and dump to the undercarriage using the brads (this makes the invitation move all cute!)

6) Use pop-up adhesives to put on the wheel well on the front tire (again this just adds some depth)

7) Place the dirt piece with the event information into the pocket

8 ) Send out your invitations and enjoy your event

9) Check back soon for some party decoration ideas…

08
Feb

You’ll eat these up you’ll love them so!

It’s time to get wild with these Where the Wild Things Are invitations:

Where The Wild Things Are invitation, handmade, svg, monster cutout, cricut, silhouetteWhere The Wild Things Are invitation, handmade, svg, monster cutout, cricut, silhouette

 Well? What do ya think? The real wild thing is that I made these for one of my besties that I have known since 8th grade and that is having a baby three weeks after me :) We get to be moms together! If you are into these scary monsters here is what you will need:

1) Click here to download the Where The Wild Things Are Monster SVG File for free!

2) A cutting machine, compatible software that will work with the .svg file (I use to use the Cricut with Sure Cuts A Lot 2, but now I am using the Silhouette Cameo with the Silhouette Connect), and cutting accessories (mats, blades, etc.)

3) Paper, googly eyes, glue, pop-up adhesives

Here is how to create the monsters:

1) Download the monster .svg

2) Print and cut your pieces

3) Glue nose onto face, then teeth onto mouth, then glue that piece below the nose

4) Glue on bigger hair piece and then googly eyes

5) Use pop-up adhesives and put on smaller hair piece

6) Glue on event information circles on the inside of the invite

7) Send out invitations and enjoy your event!

Check back later for additional Where The Wild Things Are .svg files that can be used for additional decorations….

 

 

 

08
Feb

These ARE the droids you’re looking for…

Robot invitation, baby shower, birthday, svg, cricut cutout, silhouette cutout, droids, handmade

 Click below for the robot in the first photo:  

$2.00 Download Robot 1 SVG

 

Robot invitation, baby shower, birthday, svg, cricut cutout, silhouette cutout, droids, handmade

Click below for the robot in the second photo:  

$2.00 Download Robot 2 SVG

Okay, okay, okay… so they are not C3PO or R2D2, but still pretty awesome! If you missed my last post, you missed the big announcement that I am going to be a mom in March :) It’s a boy! My husband and I decided to do robots and gears for the nursery theme, hence, the robot invitations for our baby showers ;) However, these invitations would be cute for a birthday party as well.  Just download one or both of the robot .svgs above to get started.

Got your .svg? Now what do you do? Here are some instructions and tips on how to make your robot invitations:

1) Download one or both of the robot .svgs if you have not already done so.  Don’t forget you will need these essentials to turn that .svg into something you can actually use

     - a cutting machine and compatible software (I use a Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot 2), along with cutting mats and other cutting accessories

     - glue (I personally like this glue and use it on everything: http://www.michaels.com/Mono-Multi-Liquid-Glue/sb3906,default,pd.html?cgid=products-scrapbooking-adhesives)

2) Buy

     -paper in whatever colors you desire (keep in mind that you can change the colors to make them girly as well)

     - googly eyes in whatever size you desire (I always say “Go big or go home” when it comes to googly eyes)

     - brads ( I was able to find some cool silver brads at Michael’s that look like screws)

 3) Cut your materials, along with your printed event information (you can make them as big or small as you like)

4) Glue

- Event information onto the robot body

- Hands onto arms

- Feet onto legs (or rollers/wheels onto legs depending on what .svg you went with)

- Head onto neck

- Eyes onto face

5) Connect the neck, legs, and arms to the robot body using the brads (this makes the invitation move so it can fit into envelopes and it’s just cute!)

6) Draw on a smile, eyelashes, or whatever you want (I like the chubby half-smirk, but that’s just me)

7) Send those droids out and enjoy your special event!

8) Check below for some party decoration ideas…

The following decorations were created by my sister, mom, and cousin. Enjoy!

 Honor your baby with his/her name on a banner that matches the theme:

Make your own robots with old food cans and thingamabobs then fill them with goodies:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are robots made of? Gears, nuts, bolts, and screws! So top off your cupcakes with some edible ones:

 Decorate silver boxes like robots and fill them with treats for your party favors (we did chex mix):

 Change wall decor that doesn’t match into giant robots! Just wrap in silver paper and add a robot face:

 

That’s not all folks, but I am out of time for now! Check back soon for even more robot party ideas…

 

 

22
Jan

Somebody fire me!

Yikes! I haven’t posted anything new since September?! Shame on me! So sorry everyone.  I hate to make excuses but I have been very busy these past few months.  I got a new job, finished school, celebrated the holidays, and most importantly… have been getting ready for my first little one to arrive in March.  That’s right! I am pregnant! Almost 8 months along with a baby boy- Carson James Grealish :) Although this has been keeping me preoccupied the past few months and probably will be keeping me preoccupied for several upcoming months, I promise not to completely forget about you.  In fact, I will be creating and uploading many more files now that I will have my own child to make things for.  I no longer have to rely on my nieces, nephew, and friends’ children to give me reasons to create .svg files for you :) Stay tuned for a new post and .svg!

Meanwhile, take a gander at my lovely uterus and precious baby boy…

23
Sep

Don’t be scurrrrrred…

Yay! It is that time of year again! Get out those Halloween decorations and throw a party for your little ones! Here is an invitation idea that can get your party started:

Ghost svg, halloween invitation, kids party, ghost cutout, cricut file

I made these sweet and simple so they can be done in large quantities.  Here is all you need:

1) A cutting machine (I use a Cricut) and my Ghost .svg - Download Ghost .svg file right here!

2) Paper, glue, ribbon, googley eyes, foam adhesives, and a pen

Put it all together:

1) Use the .svg to cut out all the shapes (ghost body, hands, and square background)

2) Print party info. then cut to fit square background (purple in picture)

3) Glue party info. onto background paper, then attach hands with foam adhesives for a 3D effect

4) Glue party info./background/hands piece onto body below the eye marks

5) Add googley eyes and ribbon

6) Draw a smile

7) Party it up and enjoy your Halloween!

11
Jul

Make the world more magical…

My first niece is turning 5 this year! I cannot believe it! This calls for some extra special invitations! Maybe something bright? Colorful? Magical? Yes, yes, and YES! And what could be more bright, colorful, and magical than a rainbow?! Curses! You are right… a rainbow with a unicorn would be! Good thing that is EXACTLY what I did:

Rainbow invitations, unicorn party, rainbow unicorn svg cutout, magical, colorful, girlyRainbow invitations, unicorn party, rainbow unicorn svg cutout, magical, colorful, girly

Don’t these just make you happy? All warm and fuzzy inside? Get even warmer and fuzzier by downloading the .svg below and make them yourself!

 

$1.50 Download Rainbow and Unicorn SVG

Now that you have your .svg, choose the colors of your rainbow. I used the traditional colors ;) And I went with a powder pink unicorn because it stood out the best against all the other vibrant colors.  I also used Stardust, lavender, and silver liquid glitter  to decorate my unicorns (find here:http://store.scrapbook.com/collection-brand/stickles-ranger+ink.html) and pop-up adhesives to make them stand out.  The rest of the pieces are glued together with liquid glue (my favorite to use: http://www.discountofficeitems.com/office-supplies/general-supplies/tape-glue-adhesives/purpose-glues/tombow-mono-multi-liquid-glue-liquid/p74194.html?q=tombow%20mono%20adhesive). Pretty simple! And remember…

every time you download this .svg, a unicorn gets its horn!

Rainbow invitations, unicorn party, rainbow unicorn svg cutout, magical, colorful, girly

11
Jun

All you need is love…

As someone who is just 3 years into marriage, it is discouraging to see how high divorce rates are, but thankfully I can look to my parents and see that a long and happy marriage is not impossible :)  My siblings and I were unable to come together and celebrate my parents’ 25th anniversary so we decided to make it happen for their 30th. We threw them a surprise party and even secretly flew my brother, Chase, out from D.C. We all had a great time! 30 years of marriage truly is amazing. Check out the photos below to see how we celebrated:

For starters… we used the 30th wedding anniversary traditional theme of pearls and green as the theme to the party and implemented that into the invitations. I bought all materials at Michael’s and did not even need a cutting machine for these invites. Here is what I did:

1) Bought solid green cardstock, ivory/white cardstock, transparent paper, ribbon, metal embellishments, and pearl adhesive embellishments

2) Cut my solid green cardstock into 5x7s, the ivory/white cardstock into 4.75×6.75, then printed the party information on 4×6 pieces of transparent paper

3) Slid metal embellishments onto cut pieces of ribbon, then taped ribbon to back of ivory/white paper

4) Glue ivory/white paper onto green cardstock pieces, then glue party information onto ivory/white paper using spray adhesive

5) Add pearl adhesive embellishments to metal embellishments

Now for the party decor:

Green and pink party, anniversary party, 30th anniversary pearl decorations

As I mentioned earlier, the 30th wedding anniversary tradition is pearl and green so we stuck with that theme but added a little pink for fun. The colors complimented each other well and were easy to find.

30th anniversary sweetheart table

Gave the couple V.I.P. sitting with a sweetheart table dressed up with one of their wedding photos in an elegant pearl frame, a vase of flowers, and a candle. How romantic!

30th anniversary decor

Set up a table just for food and drinks, but also added pictures, flowers, and candles :) I decorated the frames with leftover paper and ribbon from the invitations. Why not?

Handmade picture frame with ribbons and clothespins

This was one of my favorite things at the party! My brother-in-law made a simple wood frame, my husband painted it. After it dried, my brother-in-law stapled ribbon to the back of the frame and I hung up my mom and dad’s wedding pictures with clothes pins :) We got so many compliments on this and it was so cheap and easy! PLUS my sister is going to replace the pictures with pictures of her kids and hang it in her daughters’ room.

pearl decorations

Each table was decorated with jars full of sugar, pearls, and a candle. Again, super easy and cheap. We bought small jars and tea light candles from a dollar store, filled them with sugar, and sprinkled pearls on top of the sugar. I wish I had a close-up, but I don’t :( We used various sized pearls of white, powder pink and olive green. You can find any color and size on ebay for very cheap!

Cheesecake and Brownie pops

We had an Italian restaurant cater the party and knew that everyone would be stuffed after dinner so we went with some light desserts. Easy, individualized desserts make it easy for you to pass out without having to worry about cutting numerous pieces of cake or what not. My sis made mini cheesecakes topped with sugar pearls and I made brownie pops topped with sugar pearls and wrapped in ribbon. Both were a big hit!

Pearl brownie pops

I just like this shot. My mouth is watering just looking at it!

Cutting cake

Don’t forget to buy a simple cake for the couple to cut into so they can have flashbacks of their wedding :)

The love birds themselves! Congratulations on 30 years of marriage, Mom and Dad! We love you and thank you for everything you have done for us throughout the years :)

The family- my brother, dad, mom, sister, and me! What a good looking bunch, eh?

 

13
May

Oh Toodles!

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

What’s that? You wish for the Minnie Mouse .svg that I made to make these?

Minnie Mouse Invitation, disney cutout, minnie mouse svg

Click here to download the free Minnie Mouse SVG!

Here is what you will need to recreate these simple Minnie Mouse invitations:

1) My free Minnie Mouse .svg (download above), cutting machine and software (I use the Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot 2)

2) Black, pink, and white paper

3) Pink polka-dotted ribbon

4) Glue and scissors, plus a printer to print your party 411

Follow these short, simple steps:

1) Download .svg and set up in your software

2) Cut shapes and print party information

3) Cut ribbon to desired length and tie bows (I did 15-16 inches per bow. There were a little long but that gave me room to tie easily and cut nice angles after I tied them)

4) Glue pink circle onto black background, then white paper with party information onto the pink circle (I used spray adhesive for this part)

5) Put a dab of liquid glue in between the ears and push on pre-tied bow. Hold for a few seconds or set something heavy and flat on top of it for a while (I used a book)

6) Send those cuties out and enjoy the party!

*BONUS SOON TO COME: Check back soon to see how to tie the perfect Minnie Mouse Bows. I hope to have a video on this within the next two weeks! It’ll make tying polka-dotted ribbon much easier and enjoyable :)

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