Saturday, October 3, 2015

Halloween Banner

For Halloween last year, we invited neighbors and friends to gather at our house while trick-or-treating.  We set up a tent, tables, chairs, and coolers and had some soups, snacks, and desserts.  To decorate the tent, I hung lights around the sides, orange and black paper lanterns from the top, and a "Happy Halloween" banner.  For the banner, I cut chevron Halloween paper into triangles and added orange letters that were cut by my Silhouette (using Roller Coaster font).  I punched holes in the tops of the triangles and strung them on orange tulle.  We had a fun Halloween night!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Back to School Teacher Gifts

I think I give dry erase markers every year for our teacher gifts, but they are so useful and run out all the time!  So, here's more dry erase markers for this year too!  I seem to package them a little differently each year though, so here's the picture from this year.  I got the glass vases at Walmart and added a vinyl initial and baker's twine.  Cute and practical!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

"Cool" Coach Gifts

I wanted to get our swim team coaches a little something for all of their hard work over the summer!  I found these pocket fans at Academy for $3 each.  Using my Silhouette, I cut out the vinyl letters (Cafe Rojo font for the "H" & Pharmacy font for the "K", "A", & "T").  I then attached a tag that said "Thanks for being a cool coach!" with baker's twine.  You can download the tags HERE.  I love how these fans can fit in your pocket and know they will come in handy at a swim meet!

8 Can Chicken Tortilla Soup

I had a couple of people I wanted to take dinner to: one for a new job & one for a new house!  However, because it's summer, I haven't been doing much cooking at all!  So, I decided to bring ingredients instead in a cute bucket with a cute tag!  Here are the things to buy:

  • bucket (found at Dollar Tree)
  • 15oz can black beans
  • 15oz can pinto beans
  • 14.5oz can diced tomatoes
  • 15oz can sweet corn
  • 12.5oz can chicken breast
  • 10.75oz can cream of chicken soup
  • 10oz can enchilada sauce
  • 14oz can chicken broth
  • 1oz packet taco seasoning
  • bag of tortilla chips

You can download the recipe tag HERE.  You can download the "Welcome to the Neighborhood" tag HERE.

Birthday Banner

Y'all know I have a thing for banners!  I needed one for my son's 11th birthday and decided to make a generic one that I could use for any birthday!  Using my Silhouette, I cut polka-dot scrapbook paper (found at Hobby Lobby) into pendants.  I cut orange cardstock into circles and then cut white cardstock into the letters & numbers (Hallandale Deco font).  I went ahead and cut every number so that I would have them to change out & use for any birthday.  For the "Happy birthday!" pennants, I assemble the pennant, circle, & letter and then laminated it.  For the number pennant, I assembled the pennant & circle and then laminated it.  I then laminated all of the numbers separately.  I attached the "11th" to the outside of the pennant with an adhesive foam square.  Because the pennant was laminated, it came off easily after the party was over.  I also went ahead and cut a birthday cake Silhouette shape with the white cardstock.  I laminated it as well and thought I could use it in place of a number if someone didn't want the number on display!


We had a fabulous trip to Cape San Blas, Florida this year and came home with lots of beautiful shells!  I wanted to figure out a way to display them so we could be reminded of our great memories from the trip!

I purchased a glass vase at the Dollar Tree.  Using my Silhouette, I cut out "Cape San Blas 2015" (Mister Sirloin font) in blue vinyl.  I placed the vinyl on the vase and filled it with our shells.  Love it!

2015 Teacher Gifts

These are all the teacher gifts I did at the end of this year.  Everyone really enjoyed them!

As the room mom, I always take up money for a gift card for the teacher, but I also like to do a little something sentimental too!  This year, I bound together a book the kids had made and also created a When I Grow Up picture collage!  

For the book, I had the kids fill out a form with questions and draw a picture.  Then, I made a cover and laminated each page.  I used the school's binding machine to put it all together (although a copy store could do this too).  It turned out so cute!  You can download the form HERE

For the When I Grow up picture, I took a picture of each child holding a chalkboard sign that said what they wanted to be when they grow up.  I created a Shutterfly poster and input all of the pictures.  The writing part was a bit complicated because I couldn't just insert a text box.  Instead, I had to create pictures with the words I wanted and input them into the poster.  There has to be an easier way, but I'm not sure what it is!  I framed the poster and it was adorable anyway! 

For our administrators and other teachers, I made coasters that they could use at their desks!  Coasters are really easy to make and I love this cute scrapbook paper!  The supplies you'll need are: plain white 4x4" tiles (found at Lowe's), scrapbook paper, cork roll with adhesive (found at Hobby Lobby), Mod Podge, clear polyurethane, & a paper trimmer or scissors.  
  1. Cut scrapbook paper into 4x4" squares.
  2. Apply Mod Podge to the back of scrapbook paper and the top of the tile.  Place scrapbook paper on top of tile.  Let dry.
  3. Apply Mod Podge to the top of the scrapbook paper on the tile.  Let dry completely.
  4. Paint a coat of polyurethane to the top of the scrapbook paper on the tile.  Let dry.
  5. Cut cork into 4x4" squares and adhere to the back of the tile.

I wrapped each coaster in tulle & attached a tag that said "Hope you 'coast' through the summer!"  You can download the tags HERE.  The teachers loved these!

For our custodians and cafeteria workers, I made brownies, placed them on star shaped dishes (found at Dollar Tree), & attached a cute tag!  You can print the tag HERE.

My kids love handing out gifts to everyone at our school and personally telling them "Thank you!" for a great year!