Monday, July 25, 2016

look whooo's back!

Hi there!

My 2 older kids went to sleep-away camp again this year. I missed them so much, but it was a lot easier to leave them this time around. Last year, there were heart palpitations and sleepless nights. It was no joke.

Maia and I wanted to welcome them home with something sweet, like we did with our watermelon spread last year (click!)

look whooo's back!


I used Lawn Fawn's Give A Hoot dies to create a little owl-themed party for them.

look whooo's back!


Maia rolled the alpha dies through the machine to create this sign.  She die-cut a ton of extra letters too, and kept putting them together in nonsensical combinations and asking me what they spelled. We're about ready to learn how to read, I think!

look whooo's back!

I also used the Give A Hoot dies on party banners. Such an easy, simple way to reinforce the party theme! With the extra sleepy eyes and beaks, I created some fun cupcake wrappers:

look whooo's back!

Using the heart-shaped balloon die (from Party Balloons) I created a face and wings. The sleepy eyes and beaks were colored using copic markers, and I gave the owls a pair of blushy cheeks too. Wouldn't these look so cute as winter penguins? I've put in a formal request for critter cupcake wrappers. If you think it's a good idea, go to the LF blog and tell Kelly you think so too!

look whooo's back!

I always require milk with my sweets, and an extra owl banner was the perfect milk bottle embellishment.

look whooo's back!

The kids love little party boxes. I gave them the option of filling their boxes with the trail mix or keeping them for little trinkets and treasures. Sofia was thrilled to find out the pillow boxes are the perfect size to house her little instax camera photos.

look whooo's back!

I hope you like my little owl-themed party! It was a hoot ::wink::

♥.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

maia's kitty party

In early May, we hosted a kitty party for Maia. Before settling on a cat theme, she also asked for a pink lemonade party, a candy party, and an Ever After High party.  But when the kitty idea persisted for more than a week, I got to work.

maia's kitty party


Does the invitation artwork look familiar? I turned the illustrations into a stamp set for Neat and Tangled this month. You can buy it for yourself HERE.

I love that I can say I did this party from scratch, all of it. I know I won't have many more years where they will like these kinds of parties, so I am enjoying it while I can.

Here is a look at the party table:

maia's kitty party

The cake was my favorite ever.

maia's kitty party

I'd never worked with fondant before, or piped fur onto a cake, but it all turned out pretty well! We make the kitty grey, to match all of the artwork.

maia's kitty party

My tips, from a beginner to another aspiring fur piper: take breaks. Your hand will get a workout! And make sure the frosting doesn't get too warm. I had to put my piping bag in the fridge a few times so that the fur didn't look like lumps of poo.

maia's kitty party

Since I bought the little tub of fondant to make the cat ears, nose, whiskers and eyes (for the cake) I used the rest to decorate the sugar cookies. They aren't perfect, but all together in a pile they were very cute. I tinted the fondant pink and added some blush for the cheeks, whiskers and a nose.

maia's kitty party

For cupcake toppers, I bought little styrofoam balls from the dollar store, and wrapped yarn around them. I pushed a lollipop stick into each ball and displayed them on top of cupcakes.

maia's kitty party

These little mouse treats were made out of Laughing Cow cheese triangles, sliced almond ears, and little peppercorn eyes and noses. I cut slivers of green onion for the tails. They were a party favorite!

maia's kitty party

Since none of the girls had food allergies, I made peanut butter balls, and threw in chocolate chips and cranberries to make them look a little chunky, and rolled them in coconut. They tasted amazing, and we thought it was pretty funny.

maia's kitty party

For drinks, the girls could choose between these milk bottles, or some purrfect pink lemonade:

maia's kitty party


I dressed up some chevron party cups for them to drink out of:

maia's kitty party

I created my own design and cut it out with my Silhouette cutter out of grey cardstock. I then used a white gel pen to add highlights to the ears, and a pink marker for the blushy cheeks.

maia's kitty party

The girls made their own cat-shaped pizzas for lunch. 8 little girls in my kitchen had me sweating, I won't lie.

After some face painting, crafting, and pin the tail on the kitten, the girls got to take home an adopted stuffed cat, and some candy in these little milk-carton treat boxes:

maia's kitty party

I hope you liked this look at our kitty party!

maia's kitty party

maia's kitty party


♥.

Monday, July 11, 2016

jump for joy! {lawn fawn fall/winter release sneak peek week}

Hi there!

If you are a Lawn Fawn lover, you will want to check into the LF blog every single day this week! They will be showing off their entire fall/winter collection - eeek! There are adorable stamp sets, very cool dies, new inks, and all kinds of plaid papers. Everything will be for sale by the end of August, so sit tight!

I only received the products that are being shown off today, but I did make 2 cards to show you:

jump for joy! {lawn fawn fall/winter release week}

Jump For Joy features the cutest little critters. Isn't that hedgehog the cutest? For those of you who like a more interactive card, you can use the sliders dies to show him messing up that huge pile of leaves. Poor fox! haha. All that hard work. He doesn't look too upset.

jump for joy! {lawn fawn fall/winter release week}

I used a sunburst stencil behind the colorful critters, and kept everything else pretty much light and bright. I need to ease into the whole mood of fall and winter crafting! I'm still in summer mode right now.

jump for joy! {lawn fawn fall/winter release week}

My next card features the same fox, but also the owl from Jump For Joy, the bushel of apples from Thanks A Bushel, and a die set that I know you will all love! The Leafy Tree Backdrop dies are so perfect for building cute scenes. They will be a hit for sure.

I hope you like what I've created, but there is so much more to see on the LF blog this morning - click!

♥.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Neat and Tangled release week wrap-up

Hi there!

We're at the end of the Neat and Tangled release week, which means everything is now available for purchase in the store. I can't wait to see kitties and mermaids in your projects, and it makes my day whenever I am tagged on instagram!

The winners of the Neat and Tangled giveaways are listed on the store blog HERE. I also have my own winner to announce:


Shona, you won your kitty! Email me at "mom2sofia{at}gmail.com" to claim your prize. Congratulations! I have no kitties at home, but 2 mermaids. haha. Thanks for your sweet comment.

In case you missed a post or 2 this week, here's a round-up of the projects I made with my 2 new stamp sets:

Mermazing:










♥.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

magical mermaid {neat and tangled release week}

Hi there!

It's day 4 of this month's Neat and Tangled release week. Today, we're showing off the most amazing stencils, designed by my good friend Miriam.  They are so intricate and beautiful!

magical mermaid {neat and tangled release week}


I used the Pentagon Stencil to create a watery ocean layer for the mermaid (from Mermazing) to rest on. I rubbed Lawn Fawn's mermaid ink over the stencil - how's that for perfect?

I colored the fish in different colors and made them jump out of the water to frame the mermaid.

magical mermaid {neat and tangled release week}

I stamped the sentiment (also from Mermazing) onto the watery stenciled layer.

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the NT blog this morning - click!

♥.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

practically purrfect {neat and tangled release week}

Hi there!

Welcome back to another day of NT's July release week! I'm so thrilled by the response to Mermazing and Kitty's Favorite Things so far!

Today, I'm showing off a 3x4 set called Falling Circles.

practically purrfect {neat and tangled release week}

I stamped it twice on Kraft cardstock to create a fun backdrop for my tabby kitty. I love how different the cat looks, depending on how he's colored! That mouse toy he's holding is my favorite.

practically purrfect {neat and tangled release week}

Falling Circles could work well for a mermaid backdrop too, just saying. They look like bubbles!

I hope you like today's inspiration here. Click over to the Neat and Tangled blog to see even more!

♥.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

ice cream truck!

Hi there,

This is my 2nd post today, if you're looking for new Neat and Tangled, scroll down or click HERE.

ice cream truck!

The ice cream truck dinging down the street is a sweet sound I have, sadly, never encountered. Instead, a few weeks after we moved into our new home last year, I heard the dinging. It was ice cream truck dinging. I got so happy. I grabbed my wallet, yelled something to the kids, and we all ran outside.

Turns out instead of ice cream, they were selling knife sharpening. The kids were so disappointed, but it was still all good for me! I took them out for ice cream afterwards. hee.

The Scoop is my favorite summer set by Avery Elle, hands down. It has a vintage charm that I love and those skinny ice cream vendors are perfect. I colored everything in red, white and blue (and only a day late!)

I created a little shaker action in the truck's window, can you see it?

I hope you like it! It was so much fun to work with this stamp set.

♥.