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My daughter LOVES Strawberry Shortcake.  More often than not, when she has a little bit of TV time, she chooses “Berry Bitty Adventures,” and we check out the books from the library on a regular basis.  I admit to enjoying the series myself, and I think the clothes that the characters wear are so cute!!  If I had more time, I would definitely be recreating those outfits for my girl to wear!

Our daughter was recently invited to a birthday party for one of her friends, and the invitation featured Strawberry Shortcake!  V was delighted and carried the invitation all around with her.  In a moment of inspiration, I decided that we’d make her friend a Strawberry Shortcake-inspired outfit (and we decided to make one for V,  while we were at it ;-))

While we were making onesies the other day, we also stenciled some white T-shirts from Old Navy.  I loved the little gathers at the neckline, but they did make aligning the freezer paper stencil a bit tricky!  I scanned the invitation and traced one of the images in the Silhouette Software to get the strawberry “just right.”   When V saw the shirt for the first time, she immediately recognized that it was Strawberry Shortcake’s!  Definitely success.


I was hoping to find some pink polka-dot shorts, but they were not where I was looking.  So we just got some plain pink shorts at Old Navy to go with the shirts.


I think the outfits turned out really cute– an homage to Strawberry Shortcake without being over-the-top.  My daughter wore her outfit to the party…

Strawberry Shortcake outfit


…and we gave her friend her outfit in a pretty purple gift bag with a sequined “E” card that I made for her.  I just folded some textured purple cardstock, hand-cut an “E” (after sketching it with a ruler), then went crazy with a white pen and some “vintage” sequins.  It was so fun!

card for Ellie

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In keeping with “tradition,” Husband and I made freezer-paper-stenciled onesies for our little boy 🙂



While we were at it, we made a couple onesies for a little boy born to one of Husband’s coworkers.




As before, I used my Silhouette to cut out the stencil designs from the freezer paper (shiny-side up, so the ones with text had to be mirror-images).  The part that took us the longest was probably deciding on which designs to choose!  I love that little robot— he’s my first real purchase from the Silhouette store, and he was totally worth it.   So adorable!  All the other designs have been made from freebie designs, True-Type fonts or designed by us from scratch.

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We had a wonderful time putting together the decorations for the bridal shower!  When my mom and I first started planning the party, I created a Pinterest board to hold our ideas.  I especially wanted to make a lantern+pom-pom cluster to hang over the kitchen island as sort of the “centerpiece” decoration.

Decorations and food for Dayna's bridal shower


decorations for Dayna's bridal shower


We used paper lanterns from Hobby Lobby, and my mom made pink tulle and purple and orange tissue paper pom-poms.  We strung them each individually on fishline, then made an upside-down “bouquet” with them.  Husband helped us to rig the whole thing with more fishline and just four small Command Hooks attached to the actual light fixture.  We added swags of purple tulle to finish it all off.

decorations for Dayna's bridal shower

decorations for Dayna's bridal shower


We made coordinating decorations to hang from the chandeliers over the kitchen and dining room tables.

Decorations and food for Dayna's bridal shower

decorations for Dayna's bridal shower


I hung stitched garlands of pink and purple die-cut hearts interspersed with die-cut two-layer butterflies around a central small purple lantern.  We added a “cloud” of pink tulle to the dining room chandelier (but opted against adding the tulle on the kitchen chandelier).

The next main area of decoration was the family room mantel.

decorations for Dayna's bridal shower

decorations for Dayna's bridal shower


We used a string of twig-ball-lights balanced on glass candle holders of varying heights.  I added two “bouquets” of twigs on either end of the mantel, and we added purple tulle and small pink and orange pom-poms.  I made a larger (and longer) version of the heart + layered butterfly garland to swag along the length of the mantel.  It made a nice backdrop for the gifts and some posed photos.

There were a couple of smaller tables that we decorated.  First was a card table in the kitchen where guests took their nametags, signed a guestbook, and participated in the two activities (candy-count guessing game and a date-night suggestion jar).

decorations for Dayna's bridal shower


By the door, we used the extra pink tulle to surround the basket of favors for the guests.  The prizes for the games also sat here, so that the winners could pick them up on the way out.

decorations for Dayna's bridal shower



Finally, I can’t do a post about the bridal shower decorations, without including photos of the amazing cupcakes!  My mom’s friend made them, and she is incredibly talented.  We showed her our main inspiration image and asked her to make cupcakes with one flower apiece, and have a few butterflies scattered throughout the groupings.  Oh wow!  Look what she made!

these flower cupcakes, made by Gwen McDonald, were absolutely amazing!!!

these flower cupcakes, made by Gwen McDonald, were absolutely amazing!!!


these flower cupcakes, made by Gwen McDonald, were absolutely amazing!!!

these flower cupcakes, made by Gwen McDonald, were absolutely amazing!!!

these flower cupcakes, made by Gwen McDonald, were absolutely amazing!!!

these flower cupcakes, made by Gwen McDonald, were absolutely amazing!!!

these flower cupcakes, made by Gwen McDonald, were absolutely amazing!!!


these flower cupcakes, made by Gwen McDonald, were absolutely amazing!!!

these flower cupcakes, made by Gwen McDonald, were absolutely amazing!!!

these flower cupcakes, made by Gwen McDonald, were absolutely amazing!!!


these flower cupcakes, made by Gwen McDonald, were absolutely amazing!!!


All posts about the bridal shower can be found HERE.

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Once we’d decided on the color/theme (violet, pink, and orange, with monarch-style butterflies) for the shower, I went to town making all sorts of tags and cards for the party.  I put my Silhouette software and digital/hybrid scrapbooking skills to very good use!

All posts about the bridal shower can be found HERE.

Above is a picture of the pile of nametags.  (I always think it’s nice to have nametags at a party like this– helps conversation to be a bit less awkward!)  I modified a label shape, used an internal offset to make the pink inner frame, and added each guest’s name to make a bunch of print-and-cuts.  Next, I cut out the two-layer butterflies, which I stapled to the top of each tag with a loop of ribbon behind.  Guests used little safety pins to attach their nametags when they arrived.


The tags we attached to the favors (butterfly-shaped brownie roll out cookies) were based on the design of the invitation, and also on the design of the thank-you cards that I’ll show at the end of this post.



I used the same label shape as the nametags, but turned it on its side and added a rounded “loop” at the top to accomodate a hole for the curling ribbon.  I did a double internal offset for the pink and purple frames, and added the butterfly (digital design from Jenni Bowlin Studio) and text (font: Albermarle Swash).  Again, I print-and-cut with my trusty Silhouette SD!

I made even more use of the print-and-cut functionality to make slips for one of the shower activities.




We asked each guest to write a date suggestion for the bride- and groom-to-be on a slip and drop it in a jar.  Hopefully my brother and his new wife will be well-stocked with fun ideas from their friends who attended the shower!  The slips were created by modifying a label shape I had in my Silhouette software library (“vintage labels,” which I can’t seem to find in the Silhouette store, even though I got it from there)– again with a double internal offset and the Jenni Bowlin butterfly.

Finally, as a gift to my sister-in-law-to-be, I made a set of thank-you cards to coordinate with the shower theme.  I tried to make enough so that she can send one to everyone who attended the shower!




First, I printed the butterfly design, with a pink internal offset border, on matte cardstock photo paper, and just to make it easy on myself, used the print-and-cut feature to cut out each rectangle.  The “thank you” sentiment and the little banner flags were all cut out with my Silhouette SD, as well.  (font= Albermarle Swash, but I added a tiny external offset to beef up the thickness of the letters for better cutting en masse).  I adhered the sentiment to each card front, then stapled the little banners to the top.






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I’ve been working on a “secret” project behind the scenes, and I thought it was about time to share here on the blog…


We are delighted to announce and introduce you to this small gentleman, who will be making his debut around the first day of summer, 2014!  We are very excited!

Layout supplies:
patterned paper: Prima Marketing (“My Mommy and Me”*), Lily Bee Design (French Couture/”Stella”*, Lovely/”Whimsy”, French Couture/”Tailored”), Echo Park (Playground/”Capture”, For the Record/”Borders”)
alphas: Studio Calico Elementary (Cardstock Stickers)*, Glitz Design Teeny Alphas (Uncharted Waters/”Aqua Stripes”)
Silhouette SD to cut handwritten, then scanned, word for title, hearts
embellishments: My Mind’s Eye Life Stories “Big News” journaling card*, My Mind’s Eye Lime Twist aqua twine, The Paper Studio brads, Making Memories embossed charm
stamps: My Mind’s Eye Fine and Dandy True Blue Stamps*, Papertrey Ink Journaling Lines Vol. 3 No. 3
ink: Stampabilities turquoise*, Studio G lime green*
other: machine stitching; some scrap cardstock (kraft, aqua) from my stash; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher





Note: I am linking this layout up to the Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday challenge (use something new).  At first, I was thinking that it was just the new ink pads (purchased last week! yay for fun new supplies!) that could possibly make my project qualify, but as I thought about it more, I realized I have a lot in my stash that I haven’t touched yet–and I finally used some of those hoarded products on this special layout.  I am thinking especially of that Life Stories journaling card.  I bought it back at the end of 2009 in hopes of using it as a baby announcement card in a Project 365 album, but it didn’t work out for me to use it in my 2010 album, and I forgot about it when scrapbooking about my pregnancy with my daughter.  It is so special that I can use it now on this layout!  All of the “new” (even if they are technically older products) are marked with asterisks in the supply list above.  So hopefully it counts for the challenge!

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For my in-laws this year for Christmas, I made two different paper-cut gifts.  My mother-in-law knew about both of these gifts, so I was able to customize them exactly (hopefully!) how she wanted them.

First, I made them a hand-cut paper-pieced monogram. I really like making these monograms!

gift for the Strands this Christmas

gift for the Strands this Christmas

The second is very simple.  My mother-in-law is decorating a guest bathroom in their new house with a leafy-fern theme, and wanted something coordinating to hang on the wall.  I used a Silhouette cut file (leaf_1035) to cut a fern frond out of cardstock I’d inked with shades of brown.  I foam-adhesive-d (yeah, that’s a word ;-P) the negative of the cut to a background of olive green fabric and inserted it into a frame.  The frame came with the rattan-like mat, and it was absolutely perfect for this project!

gift for the Strands this Christmas

gift for the Strands this Christmas

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This is the last post in a mini-series about projects for my friend’s baby shower

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The little tags that I made to attach to the favors and game prizes were inspired by a tag I saw on the Silhouette blog.


They were simple to make!  I cut the tags themselves with my Silhouette, and they are edged with some brown ink (if I had been thinking about it when I actually made the tags, I would have inked the edges immediately, but during my creation process, I didn’t realize that I wanted to ink them ’til later, which made it harder, haha!).  There’s a little strip of polka-dot washi tape topped with a yellow banner and a tiny punched heart.  All the paper layers are adhered in place with Glossy Accents, but I did add a Tiny Attacher staple to the heart to make it cuter.


I reserved a few of the tags to add to the prizes we had for the shower games.  Unfortunately I didn’t have an appropriate “yay for winning a game!” sentiment stamp, so I just hand-wrote “hooray!” onto the little yellow banners.


I also thought it would be nice for everyone to have nametags, since the guests were from all different parts of my friend’s life and didn’t necessarily know each other.


As you can see, these nametags are just a variation on the favor/gift tags.  I printed the names onto the yellow cardstock before cutting it into strips (Wendy Medium font), and the hearts were cut with my Silhouette, rather than punched.  I used nice, strong Glossy Accents to glue a loop of twine to the back, and attached a tiny safety pin.


Finally, I have been to showers in the past where the guest of honor was given a stack of cards on which to write thank-you notes.  I thought this was a great idea, so I decided to make a set of cards for my friend.


I actually laid out the entire card design in the Silhouette software!  It was so quick to assemble these cards once I had all the pieces cut.  I stamped the sentiment on the kraft label and edged it with brown ink.  The giraffe is a print-and-cut I created from the cut file I made from the giraffe design in my friend’s nursery scheme (got that?  haha).  A little heart and some of the polka-dot washi tape ties it all together with the tags I made.


I think I ended up making 14 of them.  It was so fun to have this little extra gift for my friend!


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Continuing my mini-series of posts on projects for my friend’s baby shower

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As guests arrived to the baby shower, we encouraged them to paint some onesies for the new baby.  I think this was a fun way to get people mingling.  I will always aver that people best get to know each other and talk if they have something to do with their hands (or are eating together, ha!).


I prepared about 12 onesies with freezer-paper stencils that I designed and cut using my Silhouette SD. I had them on our dining room table along with foam brushes, fabric paint, and sections cut from a styrofoam egg carton to act as little paint “palettes.”

I made a variety of stencil shapes; some were cut files I’ve acquired specifically for the Silhouette, others were cut based on dingbat fonts, and others were a combination of fonts and dingbats. (I love that the Silhouette cuts any true-type fonts!!)  Since my friend’s baby is due in December, I decided to make five 0-3 month sized onesies with Christmas designs (look familiar?  they’re like the ones we made for our daughter!)


The rest of the onesies were 6-9 month size.  I chose designs that were neutral, since my friend won’t know whether she’s having a boy or girl until the baby is born!


We also had a few games.  We first had people guess the mom-to-be’s belly size by cutting lengths of ribbon.  The person with the closest length won!

The second game was played with the photo garland that hung as a decoration on the mantel.  I collected baby photos of the mom- and dad-to-be, as well as the baby’s grandparents and converted them all to the same sepia tone (so that coloration wouldn’t give any hints!).  Guests did their best to guess who was who!  I made a little card in PSE for everyone to write down their guesses.  They are decorated with the little animal images I extracted from the nursery decor for the invitation.


Finally, we played baby gift Bingo.  I recolored some printable baby Bingo cards I found online in PSE to match the shower theme and again used the extracted animals to decorate them.


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Even though it’s the middle of December, and I could be posting Christmas-y things (even though I haven’t really had time to work on any!), I’m going to continue my series of posts on baby shower projects!

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For the baby shower I threw for my dear friend, there were two main areas of decoration: the kitchen, where we had the food and beverages, and the living room (mantel), where we were for the games and the gift opening.


My friend’s nursery theme is baby jungle animals, and she suggested that I use that as the theme for the shower, too.  I thought the little animals in the border print (which you can see across the middle of the mantel) were so cute!  Like I mentioned in my post about the digital invitation, I extracted the giraffe, tiger, monkey, and elephant from some images of the nursery wall decal set.  For the shower decorations, I took it one step further and created paper-piecing cut files in my Silhouette software!

I used one of each animal in the baby photo banner that hung from the mantel.  (We used this banner for a game during the shower!  I’ll write about it in a later post.)  I printed the green gingham print paper from the Chelle’s Creations “Precious” digital mini-kit (same kit as used for the digi invitation) on matte photo paper as a background for the animals.





And as my gift, I also framed a giraffe and a tiger for my friend to hang in the baby’s nursery (I will be making a monogram for the baby’s first name to hang in the middle).  But for the shower, I propped them up on the mantel as decorations.



You can also see in the above two photos that I made some larger paper-pieced animals as additional decorations!


In the kitchen, I got to use some Pinterest ideas that I’ve been itching to try! From the kitchen light over our island, I hung tissue paper pompoms made with two shades of green tissue.  I also stitched together pink hearts (cut with my trusty Silhouette!) into a garland, which I hung in varying lengths between the pompoms.


(By the way, the grandmas of the new baby did a fantastic job providing pretty much all of the refreshments for the shower– thank you!!  There was even more food on the kitchen table, including a delicious homemade gluten-free cake, which is not shown in these photos.)

Finally, I had a little area on the kitchen counter where guests could “sign” a fingerprint guestbook.  I adapted an idea from a pin I saw, and I hand-drew some jungle leaves as a border on some plain white cardstock.  In the center of the paper, I lightly drew a grid in pencil.  Each guest chose an ink color and stamped their finger in a space in the grid, then used a black fine-tip marker to turn the print into an animal.  They each signed their name under their print.


I had a sheet of ideas next to the guestbook, an extra sheet of paper for practice, and wipes for finger-clean-up!  The resulting “guestbook” turned out super-cute, I think!  It was in this area of the kitchen that guests also picked up their name tags and favors (molded chocolates beautifully made by my friend’s mom-in-law).  I’ll have a future post about the tags.

I gave all of the decorations that I made to the guest of honor so that she could use any/all of them to add to the decorations in the baby’s nursery!

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I couldn’t resist making this layout.   I’ve had lots of other things I “should” be doing (laundry, cleaning, etc., haha), but I really needed some alone-time last week, so I took a couple hours to work on this.


I have mostly been working on my pre-2012 layouts, mostly because I have no idea how to even begin to tackle all the stories and photos beginning in 2013 (2012 is documented in my Project-366 album).  But that’s another story. When I saw the PageMaps-Lily Bee contest sketch, I immediately thought of this photo, from New Year’s 2013.  There’s a good long story to go with it (which I’d conveniently written already!) and there is only one photo.  I don’t often use such a small photo (mine is about 3″x4″) alone on a page, but I’ve been wanting to try this look for a while.


I decided to work with Lily Bee papers (since it’s a Lily Bee prize for the contest :)).  I’d been saving these two papers from the Christmas Town collection and even though this page is about establishing a New Year’s Eve tradition, I loved the colors with the photo (heck, I just love the colors).


I layered triangular pennant stickers to make the arrow embellishments, and I added the doily (and pieces) to reflect the circle elements in the sketch.



The title is my handwriting again (I’m loving this trick).  I printed the journaling (which was quite long…and already typed up) onto the background with a font made from my handwriting.



patterned paper: Lily Bee Design Christmas Town (Christmas Window, Sleigh Ride), Lily Bee Design Lovely (Whimsy), Lily Bee Design Audrey (Classy), the Paper Studio (Antique Brocade)
cardstock: American Crafts (black textured), the Paper Company (black), other (white)
embellishments: Lily Bee Design Christmas Town (stickers), Queen & Co. (pearls), mist droplets Tsukineko Sheer Shimmer Spritz (pewter), crochet thread, paper doily, date stamp
Silhouette SD
font: DJB Natalie Print (by Darcy Baldwin)
sketch: PageMaps

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