American Crafts: Creating Paper Cacti

This week on the American Crafts blog we are sharing Summer Home Decor ideas. I had so much fun making my project with the New Amy Tangerine Shine On collection. It makes me smile every time I look at it!
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I’m always looking for a way to brighten up the shelves in my craft room or my kitchen window sill and this crate of paper cacti plants fit the bill perfectly!
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I used a cactus cut file by Paper Zen/Ceclia Louie that I found on Etsy to create this colorful trio and placed all of them together in a paper crate created with a cut file from the Silhouette Design store (#57298). The base of the crate is cut from 12×12 Smooth Kraft cardstock with panels of the Planted paper. I added a border strip cut from The Good Life paper as a decorative accent, and then wrapped white twine around the box several times for a bit of texture.
The flowers on each cactus are cut from 12×12 Textured White cardstock. The Faux Suede Flowers made the perfect flower centers with a fun and textured POP of color!
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Wouldn’t this be a fun set to gift to someone?! Add a handwritten Shine On Card and you are ready to go! Or maybe you’d like to use these for your next summer party and place a cactus on each of your place settings with the names of your guests? The flower pot on the bottom is the perfect place to add a treat.
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Finish your project by creating plant markers using the blocks from The Good Life paper and the More of This paper. They are quick and simple to make by adhering them to skinny craft sticks.
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These cacti have so much personality and were so much fun to make! I hope you grab yourself some of the New Amy Tangerine Shine On papers and make a set for yourself, too!

SUPPLIES:

Cactus Cut File by PaperZenShop on Etsy
Crate: 3D Paper Eggs and Holder by Jamie Cripps (Design #57298 in the Silhouette Design Store)

Thanks for joining me today. Happy Crafting! 

JanaBold

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Echo Park Paper: “You Are PAW-some” Dog House Treat Box

Hello, friends! Today I am up on the Echo Park Paper Blog with a fun dog house-shaped treat box for the dog lover in your life. I used the adorable new A Dog’s Tail collection for this project. Check it out below!
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I used my Silhouette Cameo electronic die cutting machine to cut out the dog house using a house cut file from the Gingerbread Chalet Village SVG Set by SVGCuts.com. The base of the box is cut from the Puppy Play Paper. The roof was cut from Classic Green Felt Designer Cardstock and then covered with Furry Friends paper shingles (green polka dots). I created the shingles by cutting out small rectangles using my Silhouette Cameo and then adhering them one-by-one to the roof.
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Next, I added a piece of acetate over the dog house door and added some grass border die cuts (using a metal die from my stash) along the bottom of each of the four walls. I then decorated the front of the house with several stickers from the Element Sticker Sheet and a dog that I fussy-cut from the 3×4 Journaling Cards paper. I die cut the heart above the door using the Postage Stamp Die Set (an older metal die set by Echo Park Paper).
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I placed a treat inside of a cellophane bag, tied it with a bow, and then placed it inside of the gift box. I then tied everything closed with a cheery, red, plaid ribbon.
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Every gift needs a cute tag, don’t you think?! The tags in the Frames & Tags Ephemera pack make it easy! I attached one to the bow at the top of the box using a bit of white twine, and then decorated the tag with a few small die cut hearts (Flower Set #5 Die Set).
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Now this fun little treat is ready to give to your PAW-some friend! They will be delighted to open such a fun gift!
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I hope today’s project left you feeling inspired to create something fun for someone YOU love! See you again soon!
SUPPLIES:

OTHER SUPPLIES:
House Cut File Used for Dog House: Gingerbread Chalet Village SVG Set by SVGCuts.com
Postage Stamp Die Set
Flower Set #5 Die Set

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
JanaBold

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Silhouette: Halloween Party!

It’s October! It’s October! It’s October!!!

(Can you tell it is my favorite month of the year?!!)

And that means it is time to start thinking about my favorite holiday … Halloween!

Silhouette asked me to create a series of Halloween projects, and here is what I came up with … a fun Halloween party set-up!

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Let’s take a closer look at each piece, shall we?!

First, we have a fun little place setting.

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Silhouette Design Store Cuts:
PLATE: Circles by Hero Arts (Design #33746), 3 Decorative Circles by Lori Whitlock (Design #28278), and Trick or Treat by Sarah Bailey (Design #49258)
SPIDER CUP: Spider Drink Sleeve by Sweet Afton (Design #99936), Eyes for Spider: Spider by Jennifer Wambach (Design #32666)
CROW MUG: Crown & Jack O Lantern by Sophie Gallo (Design #148544), Hello Thought Bubble by Loni Stevens (Design #30952), Akuru Popu Font for the words

I found all of these pieces at Dollar Tree. I thought it would be fun to dress them up for a fun Halloween dinner.

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I decorated the plate with vinyl. I know the vinyl won’t last forever, but it will definitely last for a party!

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The glass gets a spider treatment. Isn’t he so creepy and cute?!jana-eubank-silhouette-halloween-place-setting-4

Warm up on Halloween night with a mug of hot cider decorated with this friendly and talkative crow. You could even decorate a mug and fill it with candy to give to someone for a sweet Halloween treat.

Once your table is set, place a giant candy wrapper box on the plate of each guest. Inside you can place goodies and spooky toys.

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Silhouette Design Store Cuts:
CANDY WRAPPER: Scalloped Hexagon Candy Box by Nilmara Quintela (Design #95157)

I decorated the sides of the candy wrapper boxes with various patterned papers and then tied them closed with colorful ribbons.

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I created the tag for each box by creating a stamp with my Silhouette Mint stamp making machine. This machine is so fun and EASY to use. And I love that it is so easy to add multiple ink colors to the stamped design.

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Decorate the table with more cute dimensional boxes and treat boxes, like this pumpkin …

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Silhouette Design Store Cuts:
PUMPKIN: 3D Pumpkin Gift Box by Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons (Design #101261)

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… and these Haunted Houses.

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Silhouette Design Store Cuts:
HAUNTED HOUSE TREAT BOX: 3D Haunted House Treat Box by Lori Whitlock (Design #93700), Nesting Pinked Circles by Sarah Hurley (Design #38854)

The “Trick or Treat” circle was also created using my Silhouette Mint machine and would look so cute on all kinds of projects!

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Do you need a costume for the big day? How about this darling black cat mask?

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Silhouette Design Store Cuts:
CAT MASK: Cat Mask by Tanya Batrak (Design #71834)

Finally, what’s Halloween without the glow of candles?  Create a series of lanterns to line the center of your dinner table. When you use battery-powered candles inside the lanterns you don’t have to worry about managing them, or the potential of starting a fire.

This lantern was made from a treat box cut. Instead of patterned paper placed in the spiderweb openings, I placed plastic, transparent office folders.

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Silhouette Design Store Cuts:
SPIDERWEB LANTERN: Spider Web Tent Top by Samantha Walker (Design #49791), Spider by Wayne Kalama (Design #66648), 3D Rolled Rose Flower by Jamie Cripps (Design #55884), and Leafy Flourish by Hero Arts (Design #12350)

The front and side is decorated with a spooky, dimensional spider …

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and beautiful roses and vines.

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Are you planning a Halloween party at your home this year? Now is the time to start planning and creating. The decorations and details are what will set your party apart.

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Happy Halloween!

JanaBold

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Jungle Themed Baby Shower Banner

Last month I held a baby shower in my home for a girl whose family is very special to me. It was a lovely night celebrating a very special mom-to-be and a very special baby boy.

I created this banner to decorate my mantle and needed to share it with you because it is made using the super-cute cut files by LetteringDelights.com.

BABY BOY BANNER

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I used a basic pennant banner shape as the base for each panel and then used the animals from the Lettering Delights Welcome to the Jungle Cut Set. The vines on the monkey, rhino, and elephant panels are from the Nancy’s Buddies Cut Set.

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I also layered together a couple of punched hearts on the rhino panel and added some gems here-and-there on the giraffe and rhino panels for a bit of sparkle.

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The banner was threaded together using jute string. In between each panel I added some knotted ribbons (American Crafts) and a large wood button from the Michael’s Dollar Bins.

Finally, I wanted the banner to have a layered feel, so I created a garland of jungle leaves to hang behind it. I cut this from a tropical leaf shape (Design #12444 by Jamie Koay) I found in the Silhouette Design Store and dotted cardstock by Bazzill that I purchased in packs at the American Crafts Warehouse Sale. Nothing complicated, just leaf cut outs strung on a piece of jute. Easy peasy!

You could create a matching invitation using the Lettering Delights Welcome to the Jungle graphics or you can do what I did (because I was short on time) and find one online that coordinates. I did THIS ONE that I found from JessicasInvites on Etsy.

I also found some free printables online that I used to create labels for all the different pies I served to the guests. The font I used here is the ZP Catawampus font by Lettering Delights.

PIE LABELS

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I did happen to find some coordinating Jungle Baby Shower plates (didn’t get a picture of those) at Birthday Direct (Jungle Babies Baby Shower Party Goods). Everything looked so darling together!

My favorite game to play at a baby shower is one that my mom stumbled across somewhere pre-internet days. It’s a matching game. It’s great because you’re not tasting baby food or anything disgusting like that … however, it’s clever and the guests can be involved without too much thinking power.

I hang the words and numbers to cover the words on a big board we created YEARS ago using plastic adhesive hooks. It works well, because the guests can call out a couple of numbers, I uncover them Vanna-White-Style, … if they make a match, they receive a coordinating candy bar, and if not, we just cover the words up again for the next person to choose from. Here is a picture of the board.

BABY SHOWER GAME

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And here is a list of the baby shower words we use with the coordinating candy bars. The guests always get a chuckle out of how the candy bars “go with” the baby shower words.

  • NURSING – Milky Way
  • BOTTLE – Baby Bottle Pops
  • NINE MONTHS – Rocky Road
  • UMBILICAL CORD – Long Licorice Rope (these are hard to find these days, but gas stations are your best bet)
  • EPIDURAL – Life Savers
  • CONCEPTION – Skor
  • OB/GYN – Butterfinger
  • CONTRACTIONS – Whoppers
  • BABY NAMES – Whatchamacallit
  • PACIFIER – Ring Pops
  • DIAPERS – Raisinets
  • HOSPITAL BILL – 100 Grand

Finally, I always love to hand something to the guests as a THANK YOU as they head back home. This time I was expecting 40+ guests, so it had to be something inexpensive. I bagged up some Dollar Tree popcorn (yummy stuff!) and created a tag on my Silhouette Cameo using the Lettering Delights Nancy’s Buddies images. Behind the tag, I tied on a smaller jungle leaf (cut out at the same time as the larger garland jungle leaves in a space leftover on the sheet).

SHOWER FAVOR

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If you have a baby shower in your future, I hope this has given you some fun ideas to get started. I always have a blast putting together parties … decorating is my favorite part! Of course! 😀

Have a great weekend!

JanaBold

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