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2016 Halloween Trick Or Treat Baskets

26 Oct



This year my job was to make the grandkids Halloween baskets to go with their Zoo Animal theme.  Their mom, Katie, is making all the Halloween costumes…boy is she doing an awesome job!  I can’t wait to show them to you.


This Rhino trick or treat basket is for Caden.  He’s the first one I made and I was very happy with the results.  I kinda just winged it.  The head is a template I found online and increased the size.


This Crocodile trick or treat basket is for Kylan.  He too is made from felt with rick rack teeth and scales down his tail.  He is made from a sewing pattern I downloaded and adjusted for the basket.  


Lastly, this Flamingo trick or treat basket is for Kinzley.  It’s perfect because she just LOVES pink and I found out that her Halloween costume has no pink at all!  Like the other baskets, this one is made from felt.  I made all pattern pieces. 


I also made the Giraffe, Hippo and Moose heads (shown above) to decorate their camper/campsite.  I had the felt and just couldn’t help myself!

Hope you all have a very Happy Halloween!


Playing Paper Dolls With Kinzley

23 Mar

My granddaughter, Kinzley, was spending the night with us Saturday. Wanting to do something special with her, I thought we would play with some paper dolls.

disney doc mcstuffins paper dolls

I found this cute Doc McStuffins paper doll set from the Disney Junior site. It includes these characters plus several outfits and accessories for Doc. I printed all the pages (7) on card stock (so they would hold up) and cut them out. I liked that you didn’t have to cut so close around the characters.

paper doll stands

There were a few things I did differently than what was instructed. I made these stands rather than the ones provided because they worked better. I also taped a piece of card stock to the back of Doc to reinforce her skinny neck.

Kinzley adding accessories

Rather than cut the flaps on the outfits, I applied repositionable glue (stick) on the back of all the pieces and let them set a few minutes. This made it really easy for Kinzley to dress Doc in whatever outfit and/or accessories she wanted to add…boy did she come up with some doozies!

The last thing I did was after taping the background pieces together, I folded it along the overlapped tape line so it could stand up.

Kinz and I had lots of fun playing with Doc and her friends!

Lego and Candyland Princess Birthday Party

13 Mar

For Kylan and Kinzley’s double birthday party this year, they chose the themes Legos and Princess. My daughter, Katie, added Candyland to Kinzley’s Princess theme so we could use one color scheme for both…primary colors.


Lego Candyland Party Invitation front

I made this Lego shaped invitation on my computer and printed them out on yellow card stock. Here’s the outside.

Lego Candyland Party Invitation-inside

For the inside I created a Candyland game board with the pertinent information, cut them out and glued them inside the card.


Kylan's Lego birthday wall

This is Kylan’s Lego wall. Katie made the banner using a Lego font; she covered the two pictures with a plastic tablecloth and added paper plates to make giant Legos; she added paper Ninja eyes to the balloons; built the number 6 (on the table) out of legos; painted the Lego containers, and…

Ninja Lego Lanterns

She made these cute Ninja Lego lanterns…

Kylan in his Lego shirt

and made Kylan (and his brother Caden) Lego shirts!

Lego juice box covers

She made these Lego juice box covers…

Lego and candy decorated cabinets

She decorated her cabinets like Legos and made the giant candies on top. It looked so good!


Kinzley's candyland birthday wall

This is Kinzley’s Candlyland Princess wall. Katie made the banner and I made the giant lollipops from pool noodles and cardboard rolls.

Kinzley's candyland birthday wall2

Katie made the number 3 picture using thumb tacks; she made lace and gem princess crowns for the girls, and added a candyland game board.

Kinzley's In her Candyland Princess Dress

Here’s Kinzley modeling her “new” candlyland princess dress. Katie bought the dress for just 99 cents! She bought the shoes and tights. What a cute little Princess!

Candyland Princess Dress Lollipops

I made the sucker embellishments from felt and ribbon and added opal pearls. Katie added the stripped ribbon.

Candyland Necklace

Katie also made the colorful necklace.


Lego food containers

The menu consisted of beef and chicken tacos and burritos, refried beans, savory and sweet cream cheese tortilla roll ups and chips and salsa. She build the plate holder out of Legos, and I made the Lego taco holders.

Easy Lego Themed Taco Holders

Here’s a close up of the Lego themed taco holders.

Dessert and Goodie table

Here’s the dessert/goodie table.

Kylan's Ninja birthday cake

Katie made both cakes. Here’s Kylan’s Ninja Lego cake sitting on a Lego built plate.

Kinzley's giant cupcake cake

Here’s Kinzley’s giant candy cupcake cake. It has a chocolate base filled with cake.

Kinzley's giant cupcake cake INSIDE

Here’s what it looks like inside…how colorful! It was yummy too:)

Blowing out their candles

Kylan and Kinzley blowing out their candles.

Layered Jello dessert

In addition to cake, there was jello and cool whip dessert…

Chocolate princess suckers and Legos

Chocolate Legos and Princess crowns…

Lifesaver candy containers

Assorted candy including these served in lifesaver candy containers Katie made by gluing foam letters onto metal cake pans and spray painting them.


Favor table

Here’s the party favor table that includes…

Lego Soap

Lego shaped soap…

Lego necklaces

Lego necklaces I made for the boys and purchased Crown bracelets for the girls…

candy filled plastic bear party favors

and these candy filled plastic bear containers. Katie bought and filled the containers and I made the hats and labels.

It was another successful party!

Kylan's Lego Bedroom

Afterwards, Katie used many of the Lego decorations to decorate Kylan’s bedroom…he loves it!

Caden’s Construction Birthday Party

16 Jan

For my grandson, Caden’s 4th birthday this past November, his mom and I put together a Construction Party for him. As always, we went overboard, but hey, it’s just so much fun to do and everyone enjoys it.

construction invitationsKatie made these super cute dump truck invitations from card stock.

construction party front door

For the front door, Katie made this orange extension cord wreath she saw on Pinterest, and the sign was made with her cricut machine.

construction vests_toolbelts_hats

Once inside, each child was given a personalized Construction vest, tool belt and plastic construction hat. I had a lot of pink felt and so I decided to make the girls vests pink. Further down you’ll see the favors we made to put inside the tool belts :)

punch container for the construction crew

We used my husbands orange construction cooler for the kids punch and personalized yellow sippy cups. For the gifts, Katie used a wheel barrel…sorry I didn’t get a picture.

construction party snack table

For the goodie table, we had chocolate donut spare tires, orange jello barricade cups, yellow and orange chocolate hard hats, orange cupcakes, chocolate pudding topped with oreo “dirt” and chocolate rocks (in the dump truck)…

marshmallow paint brushes

Chocolate dipped Marshmallow paint brushes on top of a decorated paint can,

chocolate coins

Chocolate coins (day wages) in a toy bulldozer. Katie bought the large construction vehicles and then gave them to Caden afterwards.

construction birthday cake

and of course this construction birthday cake Katie made…from scratch.

inside the construction cake

Here’s what a slice of it looks like…neat, huh?

construction Food Truck

For the food table, I kinda went over the top. I made this cabinet Construction Food Truck from felt, where we served: Ham and Cheese and Turkey and Cheese sandwiches, hotdogs, pasta cups and variety of chips.

help opening presentsOnce everyone ate, it was time for Caden to open his presents…with a little help from his sister.

Construction Party Tool Belt FavorsWhen the party was over, each child received 2 crayon tools and “construction” coloring cards to put in their tool belts to take home.

Kinzleys construction vest and toolbeltThese tool belts were super easy and no sew!  Here’s the No Sew Kids Construction Tool belt instructions.

Yep, it was another successful and fun birthday party!


FEED ME Monster Pillow

24 Nov

FEED ME Monster PillowsHow cute are these!

I needed something to make for the kids on Christmas Eve and came up with these. They’re soft stuffed pillows made from felt. They have a zipper mouth for gobbling up all sorts of things like, reading books, new pajamas, coloring book and crayons, gift cards, stickers…and more!

I had so much fun creating a different Monster for each child. 

Paper Lampshades and Votive Holder Covers

29 Aug

lampshade and candle holdersThese paper lampshades and votive covers can be made to coordinate with your home décor or as table decorations for any special occasion. I just love the way they soften the glow of the candles.

suppliesMaterials Needed

Glass Lampshade Template

8 1/2 X 11 (scrapbook, wrapping paper, printed digital paper)

Glass votive holders

Stemmed wine glasses

Tea lights, votives or flameless candles (safer around children)


Scoring tool

Double sided tape

Paper Lampshades

These shades measure 4” high. If your glasses are longer, try increasing the print size of the template.

Print or trace the template on the back of the paper

Cut out the template, form into a cone and secure with double sided tape.

To keep the tea light in place add some uncooked rice in the bottom of the wine glass and then slightly push the tea light into the rice.

Votive Holder Covers

votive candle coversI scored the back of my decorative paper every 1/4” and then cut long strips slightly wider than the height of the candle holders and accordion folded them.

I wrapped the strips around the holders, trimmed off the excess paper, and secured the ends together with double sided tape.

For a really easy cover, eliminate the scoring and folding and simply wrap the strips around the holders and secure with double sided tape.

Note: Do not leave the candles unattended! To be on the safe side, use flameless candles.


Last Day To Enter My 2 GIVEAWAYS!

31 Jul

Today is your last chance to enter my Pamper Yourself Giveaway and Digital Paper Packs Giveaway!

You can’t win if you don’t enter, so click the links above…who knows, YOU might be one of the LUCKY WINNERS!


Purse Shaped Favor and Gift Box

28 Jul

Here’s another craft project I want to share with you using some of the digital paper I’m giving away here! The deadline to enter is July 31, 2014.

Purse Favor BoxesThese cute purse shaped boxes are super easy to make. Use them as party favors filled with treats or as gift boxes for bridesmaids or a special friend…perfect size for jewelry.

Materials Needed

Purse Favor Box Template

8 1/2” X 11” heavy card stock


Scoring tool

Double sided tape

1/4” Brad (optional)

cut score and form purse templateFirst, I printed the template on 110# white card stock (from Walmart). Then I chose this polka dot digital paper and printed it on the back.

I cut out the template pieces, scored the dotted lines and folded the pieces.

To form the box I secured the sides and the bottom together with double sided tape. For the handle, I applied double sided tape on the wrong side of one side and folded it in half to secure.

handle with bradsTo attach the handle, I used double sided tape on the polka dot purse and for this one I punched holes on the purse sides and handle ends and inserted a brad.  Note: If the brad prongs are too long, you can trim them with wire cutters.


To dress them up, I placed coordinating tissue paper inside.


Party Tube Favors Craft Project

14 Jul

Here’s a cute party favor craft project I want to share with you using some of the digital papers I’m giving away here. Deadline to enter is July 31, 2014.

Party Tube FavorsWhen my 3 year old grandson saw these on my table a couple of weeks ago, his face lite up and he asked if they were filled with candy. LOL…smart boy! Unfortunately I had to tell him no.  This past weekend I did fill them with goodies and gave them to him, his brother and sister during our camping trip.  There were smiles all around!

Materials Needed

Party Tube Favor Template makes two 6” tubes

8 1/2” X 11” card stock

Tissue paper


Double sided tape

String, embroidery thread or ribbon

Print the desired digital paper design on the card stock, then print the template on the back.

tape tissue add tape to topCut out the template and add strips of double sided tape to the long sides of the template back, then center and lay the template printed side up on a 10” X 12” folded sheet of tissue paper. Press to secure.


Fold back the tissue about a 1/2” and add a strip of double sided tape to the top of the template. Roll into a tube and overlap  to secure.

clip tissue and secureCut the tissue into strips about 1 1/2” from the edge. Crimp one end and secure with string, embroidery thread or ribbon. Fill, crimp and secure the other end. Trim fringe if needed.


Paper Umbrella Craft Project

2 Jul

Here is the first of several paper craft projects I’ll be sharing with you using some of the digital papers I’m giving away here! The deadline to enter is July 31, 2014.

Paper UmbrellasThese super cute 3″ paper umbrellas can be used as picks for cupcakes or as stir sticks for your favorite party drinks.

Materials Needed

Paper Umbrella Template (Makes 3)

8” X 11 1/2” sheet white paper


1/4” double sided tape

1/4” brad (optional)

Hot glue gun and glue


Stir stick

Paper Umbrella template photoPrint the Paper Umbrella Template on the sheet of paper and then print the desired digital paper on the back. I used 24 lb paper.


Cut off the white (unprinted) ends, circle templates and instructions, then score across the paper in 1/4” intervals using the dotted lines as a guide. If using a scoring board use the 1/4” lines on the board.

accordion fold and secure endsCut one 1 1/2” wide strip (between the dotted lines), accordion fold the strip and then secure the ends to form a circle.

collapse center to form umbrella shapeCollapse the center to form the umbrella shape you want. If you want to add a paper cone top rather than a brad, make it first by cutting out the circle, cut the slit, form into a cone, and glue.

hot glue center and add topWhile holding the umbrella in place, add some hot glue inside the center opening, insert the brad and hold it in place until the glue cools enough to retain its shape.

If adding a paper cone top, add the hot glue in the center, hold the umbrella until the glue cools, and then hot glue on the cone.

hot glue toothpick slide on stir stickLastly, hot glue the toothpick or purchased stir stick to the inside.


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