Her Frozen Birthday - Part Deux

Frozen Part(y) 2
Crafty Girl Posing with her Elsa Crown
Free Printables are Wonderful! Thank you!!

While we were waiting for all the friends to arrive, the kids got little activity packets to occupy them. There were some Frozen coloring sheets, some word search pages... Once everyone had arrived, I passed out little journal kits for each child to decorate. My daughter is big on the journals, so this was her choice of an activity for the party. I got blank journals from Oriental Trading, along with some Frozen Stickers, and a ton of adhesive jewels. Each packet contained some jewels, some stickers, and an assortment of free printable pieces to decorate as they liked. On the table I had bowls with glitter crayons and markers and some glue sticks. The kids were really creative in using the materials to decorate their journals. I hope they enjoyed them!
As they were working on their journals, I handed out crowns to everyone (the boys had a choice of Sven antlers or an Olaf mask) and fit them so they could wear them during the party. These were adorable, another great free printable! The kids snacked and ate as they worked, and when they were done and we were cleaning up the journal activity I got a great group photo of everyone in front of the Frozen scene. I had them sing Let It Go - which is a hilarious and priceless video I'm sure my daughter will LOVE when she is older! LOL Priceless!!

Moving on... I had made up kits for each child to make their own Olaf. I put some orange and brown M& M's, a couple candy eyes, and 3 powdered donuts in a sandwich bag. This worked out well I think because there was honestly enough sugary snacks at this party to power these kids to the moon and back, I didn't think having M&M's out too would be so good... but regardless, this was a GREAT activity for the kids! 

My favorite of the creative interpretations of a snowman! LOL 
Much laughter around the table as they made and then ate their Olafs!

Once we had finished the Olafs, we moved on to presents. Then on to the CAKE! :-)
Daddy was there to light the candles. Some of the kids did not care for the fondant, but everyone enjoyed the chocolate cake! 
How is she Seven already?!?
The kids played for a while in her room, but before it was time to go we played one last game of Pin the Nose on Olaf. Again, awesome Free Printable! I printed the noses onto full sheet lable paper, and had them trimmed out. We just added the childs name, spun them around and Bam! Poor Olaf!! LOL

Overall, one of the most fun parties I've put on for my kids. Very easy to pull together, and most importantly: The Girl Had a Very Good Time.

The End. 

Happy Crafting!
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Her Frozen Birthday - Part One

The #craftygirl turned Seven this year, oh my how the time flies!! My Pinterest Board has lots of ideas on how to make a Frozen Party come to life, but here is how WE did it!
I had the Olaf made, its hand painted and hand cut MDF or something. Nice and sturdy, I hope it lasts as long as the joy of Frozen does for her! Her dress I ordered from a cute little shop on Etsy - Blossom Blue Boutique. We looked through all the dresses for Elsa, and both liked this one! I liked it for the fact that it wasn't an over the top costume dress that she would only wear occasionally!! She wore it to school for her birthday, and every chance she gets, since then! ;-) Perfection! I cut the snowflakes for Olaf's "Flurry" on the Silhouette and hung them onto the cloud using fishing line. Don't Do This. :-D It would have been so much simpler to just tape those suckers to the wall!! But it had nice movement, and looked very pretty!
I wanted to really just have the kids in one location, so I used Scene Setters, streamers, and paper lanterns to create a Chilly Party Area. The rock candy chandelier was one of my favorites, those candies are pretty perfect for a frozen party! All from Oriental Trading!

Again, I'm big on being able to re-use things, so the party decor also consisted of several Posters that have since moved into my daughters room and continue to delight her. The plates and napkins I mixed between the Disney issue party decor and some plain blue party decor. Blue being my favorite color, I will be able to use any extras at a later time. There are a ton of sites with free printables, so my daughter cut and assembled the straw flags, water labels, and True Love's (Hershey) Kiss stickers. (none of which I have photos to share here :-/) I do have some on Instagram! She did a great job, and I was glad to have her help and see how much work it really is to put on a party with allll the little details. I think she will be more thoughtful when requesting next years theme... maybe!

The cake was made by a local lady, she has a Facebook page here: Yvettes Cakes
I asked for a plain cake with snowflakes, and look at this beautiful creation I got!! It was so delicious too! Marshmallow Fondant with a rich and creamy chocolate filling in a chocolate cake... I will dream of this cake. It was Great! I added some of the Rock Candy and a Disney play set to recreate a cake I had seen online. It looked amazing! 
The beautiful original by Yvette

I really did not do a great job with the pictures, I totally don't have any of the awesome Iceberg Punch - which was just Sprite and frozen Hawaiian Punch. This is the only photo that has any of the snacky food we had out. There was a 'Do you wanna build a Snowaman' snack tray (Oreos, Pretzels, two kinds of cheesy puffs) and 'Sven Snacks' (Veggies and Dip Tray), and a platter of "We even finish each others... Sandwiches". So much for my career as a party blogger!! ;-) The cool Christoff Ice Blocks (Jello Jigglers) you can see above were a hit! I must say, for being such a horrible food additive, the blue stuff was dang delicious! 

.... To be continued ... 
Activities and more cake pictures. I apparently Loved the cake!! :-)

Happy Crafting!
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Saving is always good, right? I joined Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator because I just wanted to save on all the cool products I was buying, and 20% off is a pretty nice chunk of change! When I joined though, I paid over $100 for my starter kit!! (Which came with a TON of neat stuff, but it wasn't NEARLY as customizable as the kits are today!)

I'm looking for a few good crafters to join up this month!!
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Operation Write Home 2014 Memorial Day Blog Hop

Red White and Blue Card 2014 Polkadot Parade DSP Stampin Up
MILES may separate us but LOVE keeps up CLOSE at HEART
Thank you for visiting my blog for the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop, I'm excited to participate, despite the solemn reason for our Holiday! I love supporting Operation Write Home with cards for our troops, and I hope you are inspired to join us in supporting them through these small tokens. Information on Operation Write Home can be found at http://www.OperationWriteHome.org 

 For this weekends Blog Hop I chose to use Sketch #215 from March of this year. 
You can see this and other perfectly inspiring sketches and tutorials at http://operationwritehome.org/sketches

My card is made using all Stampin' Up! materials. The colors used are Real Red, Marina Mist, and Whisper White. I used a heart print from the retired Sweet Treat Bags on one layer as well as in an envelope liner. 
Don't Forget Your Envelopes!
The stamps used are Work of Art (heart, and Swoosh) from the 2014-15 Catalog, and [Retired] Service & Sacrifice (sentiment). The printed paper is from the Designer Series set Polka Dot Parade. The ribbons I used are tied in Lovers Knots, because its a LOVE card! :-) 
Operation Write Home 2014 Close Up Love Card
my interpretation of the sketch,
Lovers Knots on the side for the 3 dots
Thank you again for stopping by! Click on the Operation Write Home image to return to the Blog Hop! 
http://wp.me/p2kUr6-4o6 Link to Blog Hop

And please, as we enjoy the start of summer with our Memorial Day Weekend festivities, take a moment... From the 2014 Presidential Proclamation:
The security that lets us live in peace, the prosperity that allows us to pursue our dreams, the freedom that we cherish -- these were earned by the blood and the sacrifices of patriots who went before. This Memorial Day, as we near the end of more than a decade of war, let us never forget their service and always be worthy of the sacrifices made in our name. And today and every day, let us pray for and hold close the families of the fallen.

Monday. May 26th, 2014
 at 11:00 am in your time zone unite in a prayer for permanent peace,
and at 3:00 pm in your time zone, 
please pause to honor the fallen in the National Moment of Remembrance.

Thank You to our Troops, their families and loved ones.
God Bless America!

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Fathers Day Tie Banners

Father's Day is coming... someday... like a month from now! LOL But I saw these on Pinterest and couldn't resist my own! I got a tie shape for my Silhouette Cameo, and modified it to hang on my ribbon. Its two pieces, and in hind sight I could have saved a bunch of paper by changing how I cut it! But, sometimes the economical productivity view is cloudy at midnight!! Live and Learn!
I used a variety of Designer Series Papers to create the Ties, they layer over a cardstock base. I popped the neck-tie-top out a bit with some dimensionals, and I used dimensionals on all the lettering too. 
Some of the papers are crazy, but I figured it was more authentic to the Tie motif! LoL
And No, thats not Pink! Although, I have seen plenty of pink ties out there! Its Coral! :-) SOOOO Different than pink! Its very fresh and vibrant, totally for an On Trend Dad!! 
Wishing you fun in making your Fathers feel special! 
Tie Banner Fathers Day MidnightCrafting

Happy Crafting! 
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Thank You Cards

Oh My Gosh!! I just LOVE how these turned out! I used the *giant* Thank You from the set Another Thank You #136835 on the Notecards and Envelopes, with some of the Watercolor Wonder Designer Paper and the Work of Art stamp set... <3 nbsp="" p="">
So Pretty!!

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Suite Thanks Notecard Set

Throwback Thursday!! :-)
Sale-a-Bration stamp set Petal Parade and some of that Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper!
Loved these!!
Really neat font for the Thanks stamp - from the Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set #136385
Decorative Dots Embossing Folder #133520
Some cool Summer Starfruit (Retired) Thick Bakers Twine
I used the Notecards and Envelopes #131527, so these are the perfect size for a quick note or to go with a gift! They would make a "Suite" set of cards! ;-)

Happy Crafting!
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Mothers Day Gift Bag & Card

My Mothers Day card for my mama was a work of love. I've been dying to try the fussy cutting of the Designer Series Paper ever since I saw it online; and I really wanted to try one of those cool cards using the Scallop Tag Punch! It was quite the card!! LOL I know my mom is worth it though!

I used the Tea For Two Designer Series Paper to fussy cut the roses. Hardwood Stamp for the background. The Scalloped Tag Topper style card just didn't tie closed the way I liked, so I modified it. It looked online than it did in person when I tied it the way you've seen all those style cards tied... 

I'd show you the inside, but I totally forgot to take a photo of it before I wrote my mom a note! Here it is with the gift bag I made to coordinate. I used the Paper Pumpkin Stamp and the Scalloped Tag Topper again to make the cute tag, and cut banners from all the papers I used on the card. Very matchy-matchy, as I like it! LOL The important part was that my MOM liked it! 
Gift Bag and Card MidnightCrafting

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Teacher Appreciation Breakfast Treats

Saw this inspiring post on Pinterest, and (though it looks like she has edited it since then to include the link to the printable, which is a deal for $5,) I made my own version of the tag toppers to use!  
This is for Teacher Appreciation week, and unfortunately I was busy and missed the details on the luncheon my PTA usually does for the school, so I decided to provide a platter of breakfast goodies & beverage mixes that they could use during the week. 
I bought a couple of boxes of Danish, and some muffins, all individually wrapped. Then I *recreated the amazingly sassy tags* from the pin, and printed and cut them out to fit my already die-cut Top Note tags leftover from a previous project. Then I stamped some Thank Yous across the backs of the topper. I used Sticky Strip to adhere the toppers to the bags and piled them up in the serving tray. 
I was pretty pleased, they were Very Presentable!! :-) 
I had these little baskets from the dollar store that I filled with a few packets of hot cocoa, a variety of teas, and some Starbucks Via Instant Coffee packs. I made a little thank you flag to stand in the basket. 

I hope they enjoyed it, I had fun making it! Teacher Appreciation should be more often!! :-)
Thank you so very much, my kids are lucky to have had such great people in their lives.

Happy Crafting!

Supplies Used:
Top Note Die 
Whisper White Cardstock
Pacific Point Cardstock
Tempting Turquoise Cardstock
Home Printer
Paper Trimmer
Lots of Thanks Stamp Set #129687
Work of Art Stamp Set #134111
Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stacks 
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Sugar Scrub Gifts

I found these adorable bottles at Target in the Dollar Spot. O_o 
So of course, I grabbed as many as I could!! I had no idea what I would use them for, but they worked perfectly for my Sugar Scrub gifts! 

Decorating the jars, I was trying to make each one different from the others... while they all use similar papers, I tried to use the paper in such a way that each bottle was unique. I used buttons and ribbon from my stash to finish them off, and of course some Bling!! 
Flowers made with the Blossom Punch; Butterflies from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit
Rhinestone Basic Jewels and Pearl Basic Jewels add some bling
I used more of these Top Note bag toppers to bag up some of the scrub I made, pressed into a flower mold. I know, I owe you a blog post on the making of these! :-) Soon!!

I thought these captured the essence of spring, and they simply smelled amazing! Perfect decoration for some lucky lady's room! 

Happy Crafting!
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Baby Shower Card

May is a busy month!! Always, without fail. Every.Year. Sigh! I'll take it as a blessing, I could be bored at home with nothing to do, right?! ((Hahaha, I can't WAIT for that day to come, lemme tell ya!!))
Ahem. Back to Crafty Stuff....

I made this baby shower card for my beautiful friend who is expecting her 3rd child (first son). Three is the new Two, so I hear! LoL Her shower was elephant themed to match the nursery. So adorable!
Its cut on the Silhouette Cameo, personalized with his Initials, and I used the little elephant image on the envelope as well. 
The card is made using Whisper White and Pacific Point cardstock. 
Luckily, I've been unable to part with that sweet set that has an elephant that almost matched exactly! Its the Retired set - Out Of the Box. So very sweet! The sentiment inside the card - don't you LOVE the hanger?!? - is from the set Word Play, also Retired. 

I used Washi tape to pretty up the envelope. Made on my Envelope Punch Board using the Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack #130132 Neutrals, Smoky Slate, I added from the (Still Current :-) Epic Day Washi Tape #131269. And I love that I was able to find a gift bag that matched the color closely! 

Can't wait to meet this little man! 
Happy Crafting!
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