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 🙂

08
May

Hey baby, what yo’ name is?

Does anyone else feel like every gal pal of theirs has a bun in the oven? Well, I do! Lucky for you- this means more invitation ideas and .svg files that you can use for all those baby showers you will be hosting or attending 🙂 For example, this lovely little baby doll dress invitation:

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girl baby shower invitation, baby dress svg, baby dress cutout, handmade party invitation, purple and green baby shower invites

Adorable, right? Use it for a baby shower and match it to the colors that the mama-to-be wants for her party or nursery 🙂 Here is what you will need:

1)My Baby Doll Dress SVG (download below) and a machine/software to cut out shapes (I use the Cricut)

2) colored paper and ribbon of your choice

3) glue and scissors

Once you have collected the necessary materials follow these simple steps for assembly:

1) Download my Baby Doll .svg below

 

$1.50 Download Baby Doll Dress SVG

2) Set up party info. and print (I use Photoshop)

3) Cut out shapes and ribbon (length varies depending on preference)

4) First glue ribbon, then party info. on top so that ribbon is hidden on the inside. Then glue the rest of the pieces together.

5) Tie ribbon

6) Enjoy party!

22
Mar

My hero…

Sad news… my nephew, Dax, is turning 1 already! He is growing up way too fast! It seems like yesterday that I just posted the invitations and pictures from his baby shower 🙁 The good news, however, is that I have a new .svg for you! Instead of doing the typical  superhero theme parties like superman, batman, spiderman, and yada yada yada… make it custom to better suit your little one! Here is what I came up with for my not so little peanut nephew:

Superhero birthday party, kids party, superhero svg, custom, cricut cutout, boys invitations

Superhero birthday party, kids party, superhero svg, custom, cricut cutout, boys invitations

Soooo much fun! The cool thing is, like most of my invites, is you can personalize them.  Change the colors, change the letter, or superhero icon to what you want.  These ones were super easy to make too. Just follow the directions below:

1) Click her for the  

$1.50 Superhero SVG Download

2) Cut everything out in the colors and paper that you want!

3) Use a scoring blade to make a crease in the cape where it needs to fold.  Then use glue on the top part, fold it over, and press it onto the shirt.

4) Glue the other pieces, except for the letter.  Use pop-up dots to give it some more dimension.

5) Print out event info. and glue it to the inside of the cape.

6) If you are making these invites for a girl superhero, add some glitter or bling 🙂

7) Enjoy your superhero party!

Check below for more superhero party ideas!

Let’s start with “super” cute decorations:

Keep the decoration colors bright, like a comic book. Have bright streamers, balloons, paper goods, and other bright decor!

Have a dramatic background for the desserts! I used cardboard and paper to make my building and added a call signal for the birthday boy 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make action word decorations. Make pom poms out of tissue paper then slap on words (I used my cricut to make my words)

 

Other words to use: clunk, wham, plop, boom, bang, whack, ka-pow, bonk...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now for the “Super” yummy nom noms…

The 1st birthday requires a smash cake! However, our cake baking ended in tragedy the night before so we ended up with this one last minute. We ordered a plain cake and I dressed it up with starbursts and edible ink.

 

Again, we had a bit of a disaster while making the cake the night before so we ended up with cupcakes at the very last minute. We went with bright colors that matched the party and had time to dress them up with some superhero action words

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…And for “super” cool party favors:

Make capes and masks for party favors! Wal-mart has cheap material that goes a long way 🙂

They don't have to be fancy. As you can see, they were a big hit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a look at some of the extra “super” fun touches we did:

Create a photobooth so kids can take picture in their new capes and masks 🙂

 

And use superhero action words to make some fun action shots. Of course the adults were more into this than the kids were, but hey... we can have some fun too, right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What superheros will show up to your party?

My husband went as "The Dealer" and had a cape with decks of cards all over it, while I went as "The Puzzler"- yes, my cape has the autism puzzle pieces all over it. It was awesome!

The birthday boy wasn't up to wearing his costume but my sister sported some handmade jet-packs for her "Super Mom" costume while my brother-in-law was Quailman mixed with Duck Dynasty? Just go with it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy 1st Birthday to the cutest little superhero ever, Dax Hagen Rucker! I love you so much- even when you are covered in cake!

02
Mar

A little gem for those paper craft artists in the San Gabriel Valley!

Hello fellow scrapbookers and paper craft artists!  So, sometimes it is really annoying to go into a nearby Michaels or Joanns craft store, only to find the exact same thing you always find there.  To me, it seems like their selections are rarely updated.  So here is my solution- search your google maps for a local scrapbooking store.  This is precisely what I did the other day and stumbled upon heaven- Scrap N’ Yap in Monrovia, CA.

I love to support local businesses and I am a huge fan of this particular store for many reasons:

1) It’s pretty! When you step inside, the store is colorful and has an antiquish look to it.  It is clean and organized.  And so spacious! There is room to turn around without knocking things over with your purse. That, my friends, is important! The whole feel of it relaxing and not overwhelming like some craft shops I have been  in.

2) It’s full of unfamiliar things! As I mentioned before, other chain craft stores I have shopped at always have the same thing! I have seen the same paper and embellishments sitting there for years now.  There were definitely new and unique items at Scrap N’ Yap, which made me all giddy when I was there 🙂

3) It’s ran by awesome people! Nothing is more important to me when I am shopping than customer service, and people… this place had outstanding customer service.  The lady working, Jen, was super friendly, offered assistance, and gave suggestions.  I truly felt like I was a valuable customer to her and it was only my first time in the store! I later liked Scrap N’ Yaps Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Scrap.N.Yap) to let them know how much I enjoyed their store and 2 other Scrap N’ Yap ladies responded to my message! Incredible!

4) It’s fun for everyone! They offer a lot of classes there so you can constantly learn something new, or maybe teach others some stuff you know! I have not attended a class there yet, but they sound lovely! I have actually always been too intimidated to take any sort of paper craft class, but Jen almost has me convinced 😉

I really hope some of you who live in the area will take the time to check this place out.  It truly is a delightful place, full of delightful people.  Get a sneak peek of what Scrap N’ Yap has to offer by visiting their website: http://scrap-n-yap.com/

 

27
Feb

This means the world to me…

ATTENTION READERS:

All profits from purchased .svg files from March 1st – April 20th will be donated to Autism Speaks!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I will be participating in the Walk Now for Autism Speaks in Pasadena, CA on April 20th!  I am trying to organize a team and gather donations to raise money for individuals and their families who have been touched by autism.  Below are links to learn more about the event, join my team, The A-team Warriors, or donate to my team.

Information about the walk:

 http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1037427

Join the A-team Warriors on a walk that will change lives  or make a donation:

http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/losangeles/theateamwarriors

Don’t feel comfortable making a donation online? Follow the link below to print out a form and send a check to help support a walker or the A-team Warriors:

http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/faf/tools/donationform.asp?ievent=1037427&lis=1&tmpid=377898816&tmpval=

Or purchase one of Grealish Greeting’s original .svg files!

Thank you so much for your time and support!

-The A-team Warriors team captain and creator of Grealish Greetings,

Ari Grealish

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