Rosettes, Rosettes, Rosettes!

We were recently commissioned to create a backdrop for a dual 1st and 60th backyard birthday party. While looking for inspiration, I found a video about rosettes on Cricut – The Official Page on Facebook and thought those famous words, “I can make that”! So we did!

Our customer gave us a color palette to work off of, so a trip to Michaels was first on my to-do list.  I lucked out and found various Craft Smith Paper Pads in coordinating colors.  I bought a couple pads in each color scheme since just one of the largest rosette requires 8 sheets of 12×12 paper to create it.

We used the Martha Stewart – Wall Rosettes design from Design Space, so I didn’t have to create the design from scratch.  I altered my  file to reflect the number, color and size of rosettes we needed and added additional scoring lines for deeper creases on each piece.

I have the Cricut Maker. This baby is a work-horse. It probably took about 6-7 hours to cut all of the pieces for 28 rosettes. I did break it up over 2 days, but my Maker powered through. Not one issue! Around hour 4 I did wish I had another machine, but that’s a discussion for another day.

Next was the folding.  There was A LOT of folding!  Instead of Netflix and chill, it was Netflix and fold. Let’s just say I’m finally caught up on the last season of Fuller House.

Child labor is a beautiful thing, and I put my niece to work for the next step. (No children were harmed in the making of these rosettes, and she actually ended up getting paid for her contribution!) Since the decor was for a dual party, we decided to make two rosette clusters, one for the 1 year old, and the other for the 60 year old. To differentiate between the two we would add vinyl numbers to the centers.

To assemble each rosette, you glue the side tabs together then curl them into a circle.  It helps to use a dinner plate to help you curl them. Then you attach the center piece. I’ve made many rosettes, and depending on the circumstances, sometimes I put the center on the front and other times the back. The center piece helps to secure the rosette together, so you definitely need to put it somewhere.  In this situation we placed it on the front since we’d added the vinyl numbers to it.

Once all 28 rosettes were complete, we split them into 2 clusters.  We attached the clusters to wooden dowels so that we were able to hang them up.

To finish off the party decor, we also created a coordinating Happy Birthday banner, and matching chair signs and cake toppers for the guests of honor.

Let me tell you, we finished this project about a week before the scoring wheel for the Maker was release. Talk about bad timing on our part! I think the scoring wheel would have made this job SO much easier! At one point I actually ended up pulling out my old school scoring board to get better folds in the rosettes. Now I know for the next time!


Birthday Favor Boxes

It seems I’ve been taking a bit of a break from blogging. Not intentionally I assure you. I just hadn’t been doing a good job of documenting my projects as I was completing them.

With the Thanksgiving weekend coming up I hope to get started on a holiday project for my son’s class. In the mean time enjoy these favor boxes I made for his 7th birthday. He loves Legos and superheroes, so I combined them both. The inside contained a birthday Lego figure and an official Lego Builder license.

Lawn Fawn had just release their scalloped treat box die and I thought that would be great for party favors. I did a sample mock up using the scalloped treat box you can check out here. Unfortunately it wasn’t large enough for the treats I’d purchased so I started looking for other options. I found a great milk carton box on the Stamparadise blog. These boxes were a great size, and since she included dimensions I didn’t have to spend any extra money for another die.

I started by creating 20, (yes 20) milk carton bases. Cutting each sheet to size was no problem, but I will tell you, scoring each piece, especially the diagonal lines was a chore. How I went about doing the diagonal lines was to use the fold out arm of my We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 punch board. Lastly I die cut a small stitched circle on the back flap of each box so I could have a milk straw sticking out of the back.

After all of the boxes were cut and scored I used my MISTI to stamp out the city background from the Avery Elle Super stamp set in Fog Grey ink. I then stamped 40 of the same background on black cardstock in white ink, again using my MISTI, which made things go pretty quickly. Next up were 80 word bubbles (4 for each box). After everything was stamped and had a chance to dry I die cut the city backgrounds and word bubbles. I also die cut a bunch of clouds that I didn’t end up using. Finally for the word signal that read “Happy Birthday” I hand drew the shape (there is a die included in the Super Elle-ments die set, but it wasnt long enough for what I needed), and cut 20 of them out with my Scan-n-Cut. I then stamped Happy Birthday on each of them with my MISTI.

After all of my individual pieces were complete it was time to assembly everything. This actually went pretty quickly! I offset the cityscape  die cuts from the stamped background to give the illusion of depth. After they were assembled, I punched 2 holes in each box, filled them with goodies and tied them closed.

I had so much fun putting this all together and they went over well at the party. Word of advice… when undertaking a task like this I recommending binge watching something to help the time pass. 🙂

Until next time… go forth and create!

Football Keychains

This is the first year my son has played flag football. After terrible experiences with soccer and t-ball I was a little nervous, but we have had a great season.

I wanted to do something fun (it seems I always like to do something fun) for their last game which was on Halloween, so I went with personalized football keychains. (These could also be cool party favors).

This was something that I came up with out of no where, and I had a hard time getting to the final product, but once I got there I (and most of all my son) loved it. So much that now we have entered basketball season I’ll be making these again. The fun part is that all three of my kids are currently playing basketball! Better get to work!

As you can see from my photos, this started as a drawing, grew to something I cut with my Scan and Cut and intended to assembly, but I finally found an easier way in the end. Can you tell from my other posts that I often do things the hard way? The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, unless you’re me, then you always that a detour.


Star Wars Bookmarks

One of my favorite craft bloggers is Jennifer McGuire. I absolutely love just about everything she does. This particular project came from a post she did, Quick Die Cut Bookmarks, for teacher appreciation.

My son’s birthday was coming up and I normally send some kind of special treats to daycare/preschool with him. Now that he’s started Kindergarten the rules have changed. His school does not allow any type of sweet treats for birthday/holiday celebration. Crazy right?! So it was my duty, and being the mama that I am, I had to find something different AND fun. I took Jennifer’s idea, gave it a twist and made Star Wars bookmarks. Because who isn’t crazy about Star Wars right now?!

Instead of using a die for my bookmark shape, I created the shape, as well as modified the images and text in Photoshop. I printed the finished project on 80 lbs craft paper with a laser printer.

For this particular project, it was important I use a laser printer instead of an ink jet because I wanted to foil my images. I used my Heidi Swapp Minc to foil each bookmark. I originally wanted the text in one foiled color, the border in another, and the Star Wars character image a different color. After a very trying attempt (they did come out pretty well though), a co-worker suggested doing everything in one color. As much as I wanted to do it my way, one color made more sense and was SO much easier and quicker.  After all, I needed to make 25 of these bookmarks! And they came out awesome.

After everything was foiled, I cut the individual bookmarks out with my Scan and Cut, then used my Minc to laminate the bookmarks. Yep. The Minc foils AND laminates. I then used the Scan and Cut to cut out the finished project from the laminate sheets. I LOVE my Scan and Cut!  I just scanned my project, adjusted the margins and it cut each bookmark perfectly. This is definitely a plus for me because I’m somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to this kind of stuff.

*Note: You may think I could have saved time if I didn’t cut each individual bookmark before laminating it, and yes, I thought the same thing. So… what I learned the hard way was that each bookmark needs it own laminated seal around it. If you don’t have that, when you go to fold it, the laminate will separate.

If you’ve every worked with laminated projects you know that it doesn’t fold well. To fix this I completed the project about a week before my son’s bday. I placed a rubber band around the top of the bookmarks near the fold, put them in a book and put the book under a couch leg for some added weight. That gave them a pretty nice fold, but they still weren’t perfectly flat… which is okay. They will be flat when you place them in the book.

I added the finished project to a goodie bag with a Star Wars pencil, an eraser, temporary tattoos, and no candy (boo!) I did NOT create the goodie bags or do anything fancy to them. I found some Star Wars Rebel ones sale at Wal-Mart (thank you clearance!). I’m a pretty crafty mom, but I can only do so much.