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.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Where Did the Years Go?

Today I had to let go of someone very precious to me.  Bittersweet.  Wishing you success and happiness, sweet daughter of mine.  So proud of you!

Friday, March 21, 2014

No Greater Love

This was the bulletin board I did for February.  It is very simple but has a powerful message.

I used the print and cut feature on my Silhouette to cut the heart with the Scripture verse (John 3:16).  The cross is cut from faux woodgrain contact paper using the New Testament Cricut cartridge.  The text for the title was cut from vinyl using my Silhouette.


Saturday, February 1, 2014

My First Print and Cut!

I have wanted to try the print and cut function on my Silhouette Cameo since I bought it 8 months ago.  I finally had a project I wanted to do badly enough to make myself learn how to do it.  It was really quite easy.  What a sense of satisfaction to have conquered another feature on this fun machine!

I am teaching the girls in my Wednesday night class at church (Faith Girlz) about storing up treasures in Heaven rather than here on Earth.  I have had this idea for a long time, and the time was finally right.  I found this template somewhere on the internet a while back.  (If it is yours or you know whose it is, please let me know so I can give proper credit.  I tried to find it again, but I never could.)


Printed on kraft cardstock.

I colored the straps using a gold metallic pen.
 
 
 
My finished box.

I cut out one for each of the girls in my class.  (I think about 15-20).  All of the cuts came out right on the mark except one that got off slightly when I was experimenting.  I chose that one for my sample box (without thinking I might post this on my blog) so I could give the girls the better ones (even though I knew most of them would end up in the trash).  We assembled the boxes in class, and I encouraged them to take them home and fill them with Heavenly treasures (such as Bible verses to memorize or things they could do that are pleasing to God).  I think only three didn't end up in the trash, but if God can use me to make a difference in the life of just one child, it is all worth it.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Pastor Appreciation Bulletin Board


October is Pastor Appreciation month.  Our church actually celebrates in September.  I believe that is because that is the anniversary of when our pastor came to our church.  Regardless of when you celebrate it, it is important to let your pastor and his wife know how much they mean to you. 

This bulletin board idea came to me on the day we would be celebrating, so I had to make it in just the few hours I had between church services.  Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a quick crafter, but if I was going to make this happen I had to do this in record time. 

I cut the sheep from the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge and colored the detail using a black Sharpie.  I discreetly passed these out to the members at the dinner following the evening service and had them each write a message to our pastor and his wife.  I even had small sheep for the children.  I wish I had thought about this earlier so I could have had more members participate, but I think our pastor and his wife really enjoyed it.