gift: Valentine cello toppers

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I sat around trying to think of a fun way to show our customers, loyal readers of my blog, bloggers who have shared the shoppe and candidly anyone intrigued enough to stop by, how much we “heart” them on Valentine’s Day. In the end I decided to give away another free printable. This time it’s a craft you can do with your kids: adorable Valentine Day owl and dinosaur cello bag toppers.

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Pick out your favorite candy or bake up some goodies, put them in clear cello bags (shown with mini cellos, but you can cut off the longer ones), print off the topper, have your child sign his/her name, fold and staple (instructions are provided if you prefer ribbon). It’s simple and much cuter, in my opinion, than the cardboard ones I used to get as a kid… especially since I don’t recall getting any cookies attached. {wink}

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UPDATE January, 24, 2011 – we just posted for 2011! Read the post on how to receive your templates!

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We hope that you will love these new printable designs as much as we loved creating them. And remember, our kids don’t get to have all the fun… I plan on giving these to my girlfriends too!

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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din-o-roar party ideas

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Yesterday I shared an inspiration board for our soon-to-be woodland fairy birthday party collection {excited giggle} and today I’m sharing another soon-to-be. Within the next few weeks we’re going to introduce a bright and bold dinosaur birthday party collection. I can tell you my three year old, a true dinosaur enthusiast, is already making plans (literally) for his birthday in June.  

These are a few items from my inspiration board:

Enjoy and I’ll share our new creations soon!

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introducing something blue

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On Friday I posted a sneak peek of our new bridal shower: “Something Blue.” I’m proud to say that the new custom invitation, thank you and decor are now available in the shoppe.

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Silver plates and moire blue crepe paper placemats.

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Diamond ring and “I do” cupcake picks with beautiful silver and blue damask cupcake wrappers and white sparkling sugars. (Picks shown with 2 1/2″ circle punch, 2″ scallop punch and foam adhesive square for 3-D effect.)

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Phrase “I do” and diamond ring, wine marker from our printables collection.

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I put a little glitter on the diamond ring for sparkle. {wink}

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Diamond ring keychain favor, that doubles as a beautiful napkin ring against the silver plates and blue moire napkins.

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Or, if you prefer, printable napkin rings embellished with “I do” and diamond rings.

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Bake your guests some treats with wedding ring, wedding cake (see how it can double as a dress) and wedding gift cookie cutters.

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And maybe a martini glass cookie cutter could be fun too!

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Throw in a little candy,

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beautiful flowers, some fabulous food and you’re all set to shower your bride-to-be with an elegant party in her honor.

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This table is also perfect for a snowflake themed shower. As always, I hope we’ve inspired you for your next celebration!

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choo! choo! all aboard!

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I’m so excited to announce our newest “train” collection. The table decor colors alone just make me smile: blueberry, lemon, grass and rich red.    

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Along with the custom train invitations and thank you cards, we designed these train cupcake picks and wrappers,

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straw slips,

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napkin rings, and

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favor tags for our printables collection.

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And this was a fun little craft we created just for the shoot. The sign was so easy and only cost about $2.00 to make. (The train at the base was purchased as seen at the craft store for a mere $.59 and would be perfect as a placecard.) All you’ll need are two pre-cut wooden bases (small for sign and medium for base), yellow craft paint, dowels and black craft paper for your letters. Oh, and a sweet hubby to drill the holes for you. {wink}

As always, I hope you’re inspired for your next celebration.

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a royal birthday

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We launched a fabulous, if I do say so, Prince & Princess birthday party invitation last year. It’s fairytale castle and fire breathing dragon make it perfect whether you have a little prince, a little princess or both. And this year, we launched a slightly girlier version, Princess Castle, focusing more on the castle and a whimsical gated entryway. I’m not sure which I like more.

So with our new design we also wanted to style a new table. Don’t you just love this fuchsia and white polka dot plate and napkin set with lime green rim!?

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To this we added favors including enchanted carriage boxes:

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Princess crowns for the special girl:

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Royal court tiaras for all of her guests:

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And of course we had to create some new printables to go with our already popular pink polka dot cupcake wrappers and princess crown and castle picks:

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Like crown embellished napkin rings:

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And princess straw slips:

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Stop in our shoppe to check out all the details and more. I hope we’ve inspired you for your next celebration! 

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sneak peek at Santa

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I know it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet, but I’m already looking forward to Christmas. As a matter of fact, we recently launched a new design and it’s none other than Santa himself!

I’m planning to use him for my annual cookie decorating party…  yes, sprinkles everywhere… but the kids have a blast decorating cookies for Santa and of course a few for themselves. {wink} And as this year’s favor, each little one will go home with his/her own Santa (child size) apron. The boys are so excited they keep asking when we’re going to start baking!

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gift: BELIEVE printable

As a small thank you to all of you who have helped us have a fabulous 2009 year: our customers, loyal readers of our blog, bloggers who have shared our shoppe and candidly everyone who was intrigued enough to stop by, we’re offering this free “BELIEVE!” printables collection for a limited time.

When thinking about what I wanted to give, I thought about what this year has been like. About how many people are suffering in this economy and I thought this message, BELIEVE, was appropriate for all of us this holiday season:

  • Believe in Him,
  • Believe in a better new year,
  • Believe in miracles,
  • Believe in each other, or simply
  • Believe in yourself.

The “BELIEVE!” printables collection includes:

  • Silver B-E-L-I-E-V-E-! cupcake picks
  • Silver cupcake wrappers
  • Red & White BELIEVE! Snowflake cupcake picks
  • Red & White Snowflake cupcake wrappers
  • (NOTE: Designs can also easily be converted into gift tags and a beautiful BELIEVE! banner)

Here’s a look at the red & white snowflake set. I’m not sure which one I love the most!

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HURRY because this offer ends Dec. 24, 2009. UPDATE: Although this freebie is over we offer something new each year. And if you’re just in love with this design, the collection is now available in our shoppe and has been expanded to include beverage wrappers, mats, placecards and more. Join us on facebook, twitter or sign up for our RSS feed (links all in the right navigation) and you’ll never miss a freebie!

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Merry Christmas and thank you!

Join us on facebook, signup for our newlsetter (with discount offers to the shoppe), follow us on twitter and pinterest.

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toddler to teen Thanksgiving table

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So this year my beautiful neices and nephews are joining my family for Thanksgiving dinner. We all know I love to decorate a table, but because my hubby and I both are the babies of our families our children are much younger than their cousins. My Thanksgiving kid’s table will run the gammet from a three year old toddler to a sixteen year old… oh yeah!

So I decided to look for some modern color combinations (light blue, brown, orange) with a little glitter for sparkle and pair it with some traditional kid type decor (teepees and turkeys). This is what I came up with and I hope they (and you) like it as much as I do. {wink}

I started by going to the fabric section of my craft store and then took my selection to the scrapbook cardstock section. I was able to find beautiful blue, green and brown shimmery cardstock and complementary fall tree design (on the vase). I used the blue for the “give thanks” centerpiece background and the napkin rings. I used the green for the letters on my “give thanks” centerpiece, and I used the brown as my placemats (wish I had gotten a shot of that for you).

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The centerpiece is a simple vase with a cardstock band and glitter branches embellished with a scallop punch “give thanks.”

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With a few swipes of the surger I made napkins out of the fabric, as well as these very fun, and slightly modern, teepees. Here’s what you’ll need to make a few of your own:

  • 22″ x 18″ swatch of fabric (makes two)
  • 6 thin dowels (3 for each teepee)
  • fabric glue
  • fabric pencil
  • surger
  • scissors

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And here’s how you make them:

  1. Cut four small 1/4″ slits of your fabric.
  2. Arrange your teepee poles (aka dowels). Note: Mine are two differnt heights.
  3. Wrap the strips of fabric around your poles and tack them down to the pole and the poles to each other with fabric glue. Allow the poles to set for at least 10 minutes before applying the teepee fabric.
  4. The teepee itself is a fourth of a circle. My tallest one is 11″ and my shortest is 7″.
  5. Using your teepee poles as a guide, mark your height for each teepee. Make sure that the top of your teepee poles are placed at the corner of the fabric and stick out like they will when your craft is completed.
  6. Surge the fabric all the way around.
  7. Gently set it on your teepee frame and tack it closed at the top with fabric glue.

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For the placecards I made little turkeys with real feathers. My boys loved picking out which ones would be at their plate… but my five year old kept calling them chickens… {wink}! Here’s what you’ll need from the craft store:

  • pack of brown/black/tan feathers
  • large and medium brown/black/tan pom poms 
  • brown pipe cleaners
  • brown cardstock
  • hot glue gun
  • wire cutters

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And here are the super simple steps to pull them together:

  1. Start by choosing your pom pom color combinations and your feathers. You’ll want a tall feather for the center and one or two, depending on how dense they are, for each side.
  2. Hot glue your feathers onto the back of your pompom and set them aside.
  3. Cut your turkey legs and turkey toes using a wire cutter.
  4. Hot glue your turkey toes to your turkey legs (and don’t burn yourself like I did!).
  5. Cut out circles, or scallops in my case, as your turkey base.
  6. Hot glue your turkey legs pointing outward slightly to the base.
  7. Hot glue on your turkey body and feathers.
  8. Finally hot glue on the turkey’s head, just on top, closer to the feathers than the feet.

I hope you have a beautiful Thanksgiving!

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pink & brown tablescape

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We often get calls from customers asking about items in photos that we used for staging, but don’t sell in the shoppe,  so I’m going to start doing a better job of giving you all the details. We staged our new baby bump shower a few weeks ago. Most of the items we offer in our decor, but here are the few things we don’t:

Placemats – these are just 12×12 sheets of DCWV (Die Cuts With A View) Glitter Pink-Brown Flower Dots cardstock from the craft store.

Candy vase – I was browsing the candy store (as I do too often) and ran across these strawberry flavored malted milk balls. Well after I thought “yummy!” I thought how adorable they could be in the new baby bump tablescape. So long story short, I melted down some pink chocolate, covered a few pretzel rods, sprinkled them with pink crystals (available in the shoppe) and settled them into a ribbon embellished short vase of strawberry flavored malted milk balls.

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Tulle napkin ring – I was browsing for inspiration for our new black & yellow buzz theme and ran across a table setting that used a black chrysanthemum as a napkin ring. It was really beautiful so I thought about trying to find one at the craft store. I wasn’t in luck so I decided to make my own version for baby bump using pink tulle. To make these yourself you’ll need pink glitter tulle and florist wire. And here are the easy step-by-steps:

  1. Cut 12 4×4″ squares of tulle and stack them.
  2. Fold the group like an accordian.
  3. Pinch them in the center and wrap them with a small piece of florist wire.
  4. Trim the ends as shown.
  5. Cut a straight line between each fold to the florist wire separating the folds into individual petals.
  6. Carefully separate the individual petals and pull upward to give the flower fullness.

It takes a little patience, but it’s worth it… don’t you think. {wink}

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Hope you’re inspired!

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your guests will be buzzing

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We have been feverishly working on a new design that I lovingly call “Buzz.” It will be beautiful for all the “B” occasions: baby shower, bridal shower, birthday, bachelorette and even brunch! {I think I have a new favorite girlfriend gathering collection!} As you can see, the invitation will be a combination of black and white damask and yellow polka dots, with a fun little bumble bee near the bottom. It will have your guests buzzing with anticipation! {wink}

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This collection will offer everything from black & white plates to black crepe placemats to yellow tablecloths to a host of printables.

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 Including candy bar favor wrappers,

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 beverage wrappers that can easily double as candle or hurricane wrappers,

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napkin rings and so much more. See all the details in the shoppe and as always, I hope we’ve inspired you for your next celebration.

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