Monday, June 20, 2016

Batman/Superhero Party

Duh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh, BATMAN!
I had fun making this backdrop for a Batman theme birthday party for a couple of pretty special little people in my life.  This was done using bulletin board paper for the sky and buildings.  The windows were cut from various shades of yellow paper.  The Batman logo and comic action words were added later digitally.  I could have cut some photo props using my Silhouette or Cricut, but I ran out of time.  As is pretty typical for me, I didn't start on it until late in the evening and stayed up all night to finish it for the party the next morning.  That's just how I roll.
I think everyone had fun using it as a photo booth.  We even got the 90-year-old great-grandmother in on the fun! 
Two things I wish I had done -- I wish I had made it bigger (for larger groups), and I wish I had taken a picture of it with no one in it to use as a digital background.  Actually, I guess it would be quite easy to recreate on my computer.
There are a lot of photos here, but be sure to check out the last few.  They're my favorites!


I also made this gift bag for the Batman-wannabe guest of honor.  I cut the logo using my Silhouette machine.
Now I'll have that song in my head for days!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New Year Bulletin Board

Obviously this is another old bulletin board.  It was meant for the beginning of the new year, but it could be used for anytime (minus the year).  It's just a simple bulletin board encouraging church members to find what service best fits them.  The ones in the middle were highlighted and changed out weekly.

It's been so long ago I can't remember much of the details.  I do know the snowflakes were cut from sparkly prism-type paper (Crayola Stardust) which reflects the light and makes them look different colors.  I believe the puzzle pieces were cut using print and cut on the Silhouette Cameo.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Winter Fun

I was looking through some old photos and found these.  They were made several years ago when I was just having some fun in the snow.  Since I haven't posted in a while and the timing was right for these, I thought I'd post. 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Bulletin Board Promoting Sunday School

Once again my blog has been neglected.  I'm so far behind I didn't even know where to start, so I just hunted down something that matched the season. 

A few years ago I was asked to do this bulletin board and was given the layout, so I can't take credit for the design.  The only thing I added was the bird, which I moved each week to highlight that week's theme.

I used my Cricut to cut everything.  The bird is from the 50 States cartridge and the leaves are from A Child's Year.  The cut letters are the free font in Cricut Craft Room.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Mario Gift Bag

Two posts in one day!  Amazing!

I made this Mario gift bag for a special little boy for his 4th birthday.  He is obsessed with Mario at the moment.  I found the inspiration for my gift bag through a link on Pinterest.  (How did we ever survive without Pinterest?!)  Here is the original blog link.

I cut the various shapes on my Silhouette, but they were simple shapes that could have mostly been done with punches and/or freehand.  I used this pattern for the mustache.  I used a double layer of pop dots on the nose to give it dimension and also because I wanted to make the mustache wiggle using a homemade spring (faux Action Wobble).

Just for fun I also made a bunch of extra mustaches in three different sizes.  I applied double-sided tape to the back of each and had all the guests wear them (including the wee little ones) for a group shot. 

A special thanks to these two bloggers for helping me put a smile on a sweet little boy's face!

Faith Girlz Fall Door and Sign

I guess I'm pretty out of season on this one, but I haven't posted in so long I just dug up whatever I could find.  This was our classroom door in the Fall of 2013.  I cut the tree out of a brown paper roll and just crinkled it up to give it texture.  I added the "hole" in the tree trunk intending to add some animal peeking out, but like so many other good intentions, it just never happened.  I'm sure he's in there somewhere, but I guess he is just a little more timid than I thought.  :-)  I cut the pumpkins out using one of my cutting machines (probably my Cricut, but I've slept since then, so I can't remember for sure).  The leaves were purchased at the Dollar Tree, as was the owl cutout.

My favorite part was the sign.  I cut it out of two layers of heavy textured cardstock and sanded it to make it more rustic.  The font was from the Pooh Font cartridge.  I added line details and "nails" (dots) with a very fine point brown Sharpie.  I hung it using some jute.  I was very pleased with how it turned out.  I wish the pictures showed the texture and dimension a little better.

Here is a scan of the sign.  The color is way off, but it shows some of the detail better.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Jesus Is Our Greatest Gift

This is the quickest and simplest bulletin board I have ever done, but I like it and especially the message.  I combined ideas from the following three pins:  Victorian Christian Woman, Home and Heartstrings, and The Classroom Creative.  Thank you all for the ideas!

I used wrapping paper with the names of Jesus (from Hobby Lobby) as the background paper and just used some ribbon I already had.  I made the tag on my computer and attached it with some more ribbon. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Pin the Nose on Rudolph

This is a Pin the Nose on Rudolph game I made last year for our children's Christmas party at church.  I started with a blue poster board and then hand cut the "snow" on the ground.  The snowflakes are punches.  I already had the Christmas tree from another project (to possibly be posted at a later date).  The tree is from the Cricut cartridge Paper Doll Dress Up, and it is decorated with different punches.  The cute little Rudolph is cut on my Silhouette using a cut file by Stinkin Cute,  and the little silhouette of Santa's sleigh is from Paper Piecings by Nikki.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pastor Appreciation

This year for Pastor Appreciation the Faith Girlz made hearts and we posted them on the wall for the pastor and his wife to see. 

Very simple, but I think it was enjoyed by all.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pray for Our Students Bulletin Board

This bulletin board was inspired by one I had seen on Pinterest found  here.  Sometimes we need to be reminded to pray for our young people.  The challenges they face on a daily basis would probably surprise most of us.  Satan is attacking them from every direction.
The school building was cut on my Cricut using the Locker Talk cartridge.  I had a really difficult time with it.  I designed it in Cricut Craft Room and made it as large as I could using the 12x24 mat.  I cut the base from white posterboard.  I had separated out all the layer pieces by using the Hide Contour feature.  However, when I went to cut the layers, the machine just wouldn't cut.  After much frustration, I finally realized it was because some of the hidden images were hanging off the mat.  Even though I didn't want to cut those pieces, the Cricut still recognized them as all one cut.  Lots of wasted time and stress.  At that point I could have started over using my Silhouette Cameo (which will allow things to hang off the page, but wouldn't have been necessary for this project) and another schoolhouse cut file I have.  I decided instead to just color, cut, paste, and whatever else needed to be done to make this cut work.  Lesson learned.

The cute little students are from the Lettering Delights collection "Baby Got Backpack".  I was going to cut the layers, but by this time I just wanted it done.  So instead I just did a simple print and cut on my Silhouette Cameo.

The school bus was cut from the Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut cartridge.  The kids inside the bus are cut on my Sizzix using the Bitty Body die.  Their faces are stamped using the Peachy Keen Everyday Character Face Assortment.  The driver is the Sizzix original doll body.  I made him to resemble my husband who drives our church bus (although I was probably a little generous with the hair). 

I thought a chalkboard look would be appropriate for my title.  I used black cardstock and framed it out using faux woodgrain contact paper.  I wrote the title with actual chalk.