Archive for 2013

i have one word for you: cameo

Saturday, December 21, 2013

I have one word for you: Cameo. About 6 months ago, my friend raved about a cutting machine. It can cut cardstock, vinyl and with the right blade it can even cut fabric. So, I decided to dish out the dough and I'm so glad I did. I've personalized quite a few things with it, but here's my latest project.

I created the design in Photoshop first just because I'm used to working with the program and wanted to make the font style a little fancier, but the Cameo can use any font styles you have on your computer. It's as simple as dragging the design over, having it "trace" the lines and then hitting the "cut" button.



Tip: definitely add a second piece of transfer tape to the top when placing the vinyl to a wall. It makes it easier when peeling off the backing paper to keep it lined up exactly where you want it. For other smaller items, it's not really necessary.


I've used the machine for quite a few things now...not just my home. Gifts, classroom projects, party favors, back of an iPod, and even for my business. I've been able to whip up a personalized gift for a teacher within seconds. I'm telling you, if you buy one, you won't be sorry.




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crazy, buck wild

Monday, September 30, 2013

The rainbow loom bracelets have gone buck wild. Crazy, buck wild. I see them everywhere...they're on just about every child's arm and even adults wear them, too. You can read this article to find out how it all began.

While purchasing the kit for a friend's birthday, my daughter, Alyssa, wanted to give it a try, so we bought one of the fast-selling kits, too. And she fell in love.




It's never too early to become an entrepreneur, right? So, Alyssa and I talked about me posting a message on Facebook so that she could sell them for $2 a piece. I told her that in one week I would match whatever she made thus far and we would save that money to help out another child from the angel tree this Christmas. It was a hit. She got to make bracelets while earning money for herself and I got to teach her a bit about starting a business and saving for a good cause. We now have over $150 sitting in a little jar!



I wanted to give Alyssa something to house all of her tools and bands in, so I created a personalized bracelet organizer. Selling them was outside the realm of my work, but I figured "what the hey"...if it can bring Alyssa that much excitement, I'm sure other parents out there might like one, too. I created a listing in my shop for them. And wouldn't you know, they've become a hit as well.

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shazam!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

My son, Drew, is a HUGE Spider-man fan. He loves the movies and dressed up as the character for Halloween. Drew is actually a lot like him....reserved and laid back. My birthday boy has a huge heart and he's my superhero.




I had so much fun creating the invitations. Went for more of the comic book theme and even turned Drew's photo into a hand drawn character with a Photoshop action. Bought the personalized shirt from Junie Grace Designs. Great quality and Drew loves it. Creating the sparkler holders was a first for me. I love how they turned out and just glued some pieces from a Spider-man comic onto the sparkler bucket. Oh, and a friend made the cookies...they were SO good!









My 2-week vacation has started off well. Happy 4th of July!





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'thing 1 thing 2' party

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I had the pleasure of working with Daphna as she prepared for her twin boys' 1st birthday party. She contacted me through Etsy to order her invitations. Then she learned that I could create many more coordinating pieces.

Daphna ordered tent cards, 'thing 1 thing 2' stickers, quotes signs, a welcome sign, a guest book sign, name tags, candy buffett stickers, bookmarks, water bottle labels, and bubble bottle labels. She even added some of her own personal touches to the bookmarks and tent cards. Yep, as you can imagine, this party was a hit!

The one thing I miss out on is seeing all of the pieces put into place. So, when Daphna sent me some pictures, I was excited to see everything set up for this big event. I'm thankful that I got to play a small part in it. Thanks, Daphna!





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