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Party tray makeover

This is an idea I came up with while preparing for My daughters birthday party. I pulled a dollar store tray out of my party box and came up with a way to make it fit my daughter’s zebra print and peace sign party.


Here is the supplies you need:


duct tape

wrapping paper


Start by cutting little triangles of the duct tape and place them in each corner. This tray had rounded corners, so I needed to do this to cover up all the blue border.


Then I cut a long piece of duct tape and carefully lined it up with the blue line on the tray.  Smooth it down.  There will be excess tape on the corners, so I trimmed the sides to look like this.


Turn the tray over and fold over the rest of the tape.


Continue around all the sides.


For the center, I cut a piece of wrapping paper with the same measurements as the inside of the tray. I used a corner rounder on the corners.  Finally I put a small piece of double stick tape in each corned and one in the center. Then I placed the wrapping paper, starting at one end and smoothing it down as I went.



Now I have a tray that matches the party and a way to transform it for many parties to come.

Rhinestone shirt


For Christmas I got a Silhouette Rhinestone starter kit. I could not wait to make a school spirit shirt for my daughter.

First I purchased the rhinestone letters that I wanted from the silhouette store.


Then I arranged the letters in the Silhouette studio software.


I decided to just do the GE since it was my first time using the rhinestones. Even just the 2 letters took a lot of rhinestones. I cut the letters out of the rhinestone template material.


Then I added the various sized rhinestones.


You cover the rhinestones with the transfer tape that comes with the kit and finally you cover it with a pressing cloth and iron it onto your shirt. The transfer tape works the same as the vinyl transfer tape, but it is heat resistant, so it will withstand the hot iron. I am very happy with how it turned out, but I will need to buy lots more rhinestones for my next project.


Turkey Shirt

I created a cute turkey ribbon shirt for a sweet little girl. I used a turkey that I downloaded from the shilouette gallery. I then hand sewed ribbon to the shirt to make the feathers.

I cut the turkey out on my wishblade. I ironed the turkey over the ribbon. I know who will be the best dressed at Thanksgiving!


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Where’s Waldo Family

We go to a lot of family Halloween parties each year. I like to have matching family costumes for these special events.  My son is in LOVE with the Where’s Waldo books.  Last year I got the idea that we could dress up like the Waldo characters.  I thought it would be easy to find red and white shirts for everyone.  Much to my dismay there is not a high demand for such shirts.  So, I made my own.


It was a very easy process. I read a lot of posts online about painting on shirts using freezer paper. I thought it would be perfect for this project.  I purchased the freezer paper at my local grocery store. I cut it on my paper cutter to get a nice straight line. I then alternated the freezer paper on the shirt to create the stripes.


I ironed the paper to the shirt and then painted the red stripes with fabric paint and a foam brush. 


This was a very simple project. The hardest part was waiting for it to dry.  The freezer paper peeled right off and left me with great looking shirts. No one believed that I made them.



Waldo, Wolf, Wenda, Wilma and Waldo Watchers

Vistaprint ladies t-shirt

I LOVE the ladies t-shirt on Vistaprint it is fitted and looks really cute.  If you have not tried vistaprint it is really easy to get something very custom looking.


I then clicked on blank template.


I added the text I wanted on my shirt.


Then I moved things around, changed the font to ad lib and the color.


Next I cliked “online proof approval” and then blank backside.  Choose the quanity and the size.


Then you will have to click through a bunch of other items you can order to get to your shopping cart.

Water bottle part 2

This is the last day of swim lessons for the kiddos. I like to get a small gift for the swim teacher. For years I have given them a water bottle. I usually fill them with lifesaver candy. This year I used outdoor vinyl from Pick Your Plum to decorate a dollar store water bottle. I put the name of our favorite swimming hole that I cut out on my wishblade.




H2O bottles

Last year I came up with a neat gift idea for coaches and teachers. I used vinyl to personalize waterbottles that I found at the Dollar Tree.


Using the shilouette software I typed in the teachers name and then cut it out of vinyl. I use painters tape to keep the letters evenly spaced as I transfer it onto the bottle. You can also use craft punches to cut out shapes to decorate the bottle. I also made these for my whole family. We have washed them many times and have not had any problem with the vinyl peeling off. I do suggest a block style font. I used a curly font for my daughter’s bottle and it was hard to adhear straight and not rip.

Bunny Birthday Bash-invites

My little girl is turning 11 and she is crazy about bunnies, so she asked for a bunny party.  This is the perfect time of year to get bunny items, I just wish her birthday was after Easter, so I could get stuff on clearance.  Oh well!

I found a bunny invite that I liked on the internet.  I love how the bunnies are peeking around the edge of the card.

Bunny Buds Children's Birthday Party Invitations

I thought it would be easy to create on my wishblade.  Luckily the shilouette store had lots of bunnies for me to choose from and for 99 cents it is a steal.


I choose the top bunny and cut a page of bunnies and hair bows out of 3 different patterned papers.  Then I made in invitation in word and printed it on cardstock.  Finally I glued the bunnies on and trimmed off the excess.  I think they turned out very cute!


VistaPrint banner

I LOVE VistaPrint I make gifts for teachers and friends on there all the time.  Lots of people ask how I make the items, so here is a tutorial for a banner.

I got an e-mail to make a free banner, so I decided to make one for my daughter’s girl scout troop. They can use it when they are selling cookies around town. I wanted to make it pretty plain so they can use it for a long time.

First you go under signage and choose banner.


I choose browse our designs, but you can upload your own for a small fee.  I types kids in the search box.



I picked the 3rd one. and started to customize it.



I wanted the “got cookies?” to be bigger so I clicked on advanced editing.


I made the font bigger, I could have also changes the font color or added a picture.  At the bottom I checked online proof approval. If you are not ready to order you can click “save for later” on the left hand side.


Choose your quantity as 1 and click next.  Then choose your shipping.  I always pick slow and it never takes the 21 days. 


It will then show you lots of other things you can order keep clicking through till you get to this screen.



Now you are already paying for shipping, so why not make the other free products they offer.  It combines your shipping, so the more things you order your shipping per item gets less and less.

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