Friday, April 27, 2012

Belly Band Birthday Treats

If you're anything like me, you're always looking for a quick and easy treat for your children's classes when their birthdays roll around.  I don't usually like to send cupcakes {there's a good chance they're going to have to be carrying these goodies to school on their own, not to mention, I'm not much of a baker}.  I usually let my kids pick their favorite wrapped treat to take to school and then doll them up to make them special for their birthdays.  It allows the teacher to send the treats home if they don't have time during class...and makes transporting via bus a snap!

This year for my little girls 8th birthday, I made these fun little treats.  I had to make a lot of them {and was very short on time that week since my mom had surgery and work wasn't stopping either}, so I didn't want anything that would have tons of laying or embellishment required.  So when I found these birthday toppers in the silhouette online store, the creative wheels got to spinning...and I decided I wanted that shape to become a part of a belly band for the treat.  I allowed her to pick the colors {blue is her favorite and she was very specific about the shade of pink}, and I topped them off with a sticky backed rhinestone {because what girl doesn't love a diamond}.

I have a video below walking you through the creation of these fun birthday belly bands in Silhouette Studio.  It's a rather simple process and because you can customize the size, you can slap a belly band on anything your little ol' heart desires.

Have a fabulous day!

I hope you'll join me on Saturday, May 5th, 2012 for National Scrapbook Day!  I'll have a video, a challenge and a giveaway!


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Gift: Chevron Rainbow Notecard Set

Spring is here and the end of the school year is quickly approaching.  Summer will be here before we know it...and it's time to start thinking about showing your appreciation to those special teachers that have poured themselves and their knowledge into your children for the past year!  Teacher Appreciation Day is Tuesday, May 8th.

Today, all of the designers over at My Pink Stamper have created teacher appreciation gifts for your inspiration!  So be sure that you head on over to My Pink Stamper's site to check out all of the projects from the My Pink Stamper Design Team.

I love to give notecard sets to teachers.  And I wanted to create something fun and modern to give to my kids' teachers this year.  I decided a chevron patterned card with a rainbow of accents would be perfect.  So, I opened up my Photoshop Elements program and set out to create a digital notecard set that I could print, cut, embellish, and add a splash of handmade with a tag.  Each teacher gets something unique...and I saved myself a ton of time by creating these cards digitally, rather than in a transitional crafting manner.

Each of the notecards say "from the desk of Mrs. Lemus" {and since they're digitally created, I can quickly change the name for each teacher}.  I printed two cards per 8.5 x 11 inch piece of white card stock.  I then cut them in half and added three rhinestones to the front part of the card sentiment piece.  {I am loving all things rainbow right now!}

I created the tag using my Silhouette machine.  I added some ribbon and the "You are FABULOUS" sentiment from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set by My Pink Stamper.  This happens to be one of my favorite stamp sets!

Thanks for stopping by!  And be sure to stop by later this week for more inspiration.  But in the meantime, you can head over to My Pink Stamper for more inspiration!

Have a fabulous day!


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Silhouette Studio Tutorial-How To Release A Compound Path

Hello everyone!  I hope you are having a fabulous day!  While I began my day hoping to find some craft time, I haven't yet accomplished that.  But hey, they day's young right?  I've been running around doing errands.  I stocked up on lots of fruits and veggies {trying to make a healthy change in my life right now, and boy do I need it}.

I thought I would put together a quick video tutorial for you.  I had a viewer ask how to remove the center circles from the flower I used on my Purse Gift Card Slider {I like questions...it let's me know what you all are wanting to hear about}.  It's probably easier to show, rather than tell...so here it is...a quick tutorial for you.  It's really not a complicated process, but there is a small little trick to it.

Learning to manipulate shapes in Silhouette Studio opens up a whole world of possibilities.  And I will have another tutorial on creating these belly bands in Silhouette Studio very soon!

In the meantime, have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Purse Gift Card Slider-My Pinkalicious Blog Hop

Hello and welcome!  Today is the day for the My Pink Stamper Pinkalicious Blog Hop...and I'm excited about the project I have to share with you.  If you've come from Angela's site, then you're a proper hopper!  If you've just happened upon this post and you want to see what all the fuss is about, you can head over to My Pink Stamper's site to start from the beginning.  You wouldn't want to miss anything!

This month's theme for the Pink Designers was to create a Mother's Day project.  Mother's Day is quickly approaching and it's not too early to get a start on those projects!

I chose to make a purse gift card slider {perfect for holding a gift card to mom's favorite store, or a gift card for a mani-pedi}.  This is a perfect little gift card holder for any woman for any occasion.  All you have to do is change the sentiment to make it work for the occasion...and with so many My Pink Stamper stamps to choose from, it shouldn't be too hard to find one to fit the occasion.  For this project, I used the My Pink Stamper Family and Friends stamp set, as well as the Itty Bitty-licious stamp set.

I thought the aqua and coral color scheme was fun and fresh.  And when I saw this cut from the Silhouette online store, I just knew I had to use it.  I altered it a little in Silhouette Studio to suit my needs. I have a video below, walking you through the entire creation of this project.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you've found some inspiration {something that gets those creative juices flowing}.  From here, you'll be hopping over to Chelle.  I've posted the entire blog hop order at the bottom of this post for your convenience.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

HELLO Spring!

Today I have some projects to share with you that feature the new Lifestyle Crafts Big Top release.  There are some fun dies to use...and as you can see from my projects, your projects don't have to be circus themed to use these new dies.

The Hello Spring layout {I don't share layouts very often} features the Ring Master alphabet, Fancy Envelope Tabs and Nesting Butterflies dies.  I also used the Pennant Punches, Rings, and Circles dies.  And that fabulous patterned paper?  It's from the Hello Goodbye patterned paper pack.

I used some ink to color some plain vellum that I already had.  That made some fantastic butterflies.  A staple in the center was a quick and easy way to attach the vellum butterflies {and I didn't have to worry about my adhesive showing through the vellum}.

Here are some cards I made using the Big Top dies.  I love the Hot Air Balloon die {the sky really is the limit with this die}!  You'll see the Pennant Punches and Ringmaster Alphabet used again in the projects below, as well as the fantastic new Pennants die {you'll see it used on that cute little green chevron balloon at the bottom}.

So how's that for a whole bunch of inspiration in one day?

Don't forget, you can use the coupon code GLITTER when you shop at Lifestyle Crafts and get 20% off your entire purchase!

So, which is your favorite project from today?  Maybe I'll just make it my next video!

Spring is here...and it finally feels like spring here!  I hope you had a fantastic Easter.  I certainly did.  The whole weekend was spent with family.

Have a wonderful day!  And enjoy the beautiful spring weather!  HELLOOOOOO SPRING!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

My Favorite Peep Easter Card

Hi everyone!  I hope you are having a wonderful pre-Easter week.  It's spring break here and we are all home.  I have the week off.  My husband {who is a teacher} has the week off.  My kids all have the week off...it's like a zoo around here.  We don't have much planned, other than heading up to Sequoia National Park one day this week.  Sequoia National Park is right in our backyard {just about 40 minutes up the road from us}.  Yes, I live in the land of the Giants!

I thought I would check in with a quick and easy Easter card for you.  I have a video below walking you through the entire process, including the way I made this Candy Bunny Die Cut appear to be sugar coated.  And what could go better with that Candy Bunny than a {Punny} little sentiment from My Pink Stamper stamps?  "You're my favorite PEEP" fit perfectly!

Don't forget, if you see something you like on the Lifestyle Crafts site, you can use the coupon code GLITTER and get 20% off of your entire purchase.  A suh-weet deal just for you!

Also, did you notice that you can now subscribe to Sprinkled With Glitter via email?  Just enter your email address on the top left.  You'll get an email to verify that you have signed up to receive the email subscription...click the link in the email....and voila.  You'll get an email every time I post.  Cool, huh?

Why don't you all check in with me and let me know what you're up to for the Easter holiday?  I would love to hear from you!

I will be spending the weekend with family.  We are kicking off the weekend with a photo shoot of all of the grandkids {not my grandkids...my mom's}.  Seven kids {ranging from 10 months to 13 years}, a photographer, and the great outdoors.  Wait a minute!  Whose idea was THAT?  Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.  I better go armed with some candy in my pocket for bribes.

I hope you have a wonderful Easter and that God will reveal his wonderful grace and love to you on Easter and every day of the year!