June 20, 2016

Patriotic Star


Here is a patriotic / nautical wooden star I decorated with Graphic 45 By the Sea papers, washi tape, and bling.

I traced a pattern for each section of the star to cut from paper. It took some planning because I wanted all the anchors situated in the same direction. I inked the edges with blue before gluing them down. I also added a band of washi tape around the edge of the star to finish off the border. I created a small rosette and attached it to the center of the star with a small tag on top. Then I added the bling star and swirls.

I really like how it turned out. I didn't measure it, but to give you an idea it's about 8" -9" tall. This is the star that's sitting on my piano as seen in the post about the paper fireworks.

Miles of Smiles,











June 15, 2016

Barbecue Grill Father's Day Cards

I made these two cuties for Father's Day. Barbecue grill box cards cut from silver cardstock and silver glitter cardstock. The oven mitts are cut from Graphic 45 cardstock. For the beer bottles, I cut them from clear acrylic then hand colored them with a brown Sharpie. I added the silver bottle caps cut from scraps of silver. I love that the beer bottles are transparent like glass. The cards have a greeting on the back that says, "Hope you have a SIZZLIN Father's Day!" The cards fold flat to mail.

Miles of Smiles,











June 9, 2016

Kitty Card

I made this card for a friend's birthday. I sized it all in Design Space and cut it on the Cricut. I combined several different cuts, like the kitty in the dresser, the kitty with the yarn, the curtains (which is really a stage curtain cut smaller). I created the white window pane separator in Cricut Design Space by combining two rectangular lines together. I added the yellow "wallpaper," red "molding," twine curtain tie backs, cloud paper window, and green bling dresser knobs. I drew the kitty faces and the gray one cracks me up! I'm sure there are moments in my day when I have that same expression on my face. LOL I think it's pretty cute!  Inside says Have a purrfect birthday! 

Miles of Smiles,
Melissa






June 3, 2016

Birthday Fish

I made this card for my dad's birthday. The pattern is from svgcuts.com. I cut the card from a nautical red/white/blue cardstock, overlayed with an embossed piece of vellum and then an embossed red cardstock stripe. The fish is layered with blue, gray, and patterned blue cardstock. I inked all the edges and used my score board to enhance the fins. I topped it off with rhinestone swirls and rhinestone "bubbles." It's a summery and nautical card, but I'd also say there's something "fishy" about it. Oh ha ha, right? That's just my corny side coming out.

Miles of Smiles,


May 31, 2016

Patriotic Starburst Fireworks



Hooray for fireworks! I made several more paper starbursts from my previous post and hung them on our entry wall along with some red, blue and silver bows. I really like how the wall turned out. I wanted to make an impact when you walk in the front door, and this will do it! I also made the doily banner and the star on the front of the piano. 

I had a very enjoyable Memorial Day weekend with various friends. It was relaxing and fun. So very thankful to live in the USA, and thankful to all those who have and who continue to protect our lives, liberties and the pursuit of happiness.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend too!


Miles of Smiles,

May 20, 2016

Patriotic Starburst


I made this really cool patriotic starburst last night. I'm totally smitten! I was trying to find some way to create "fireworks"-looking designs on my entry wall in our home. None of the cutting templates I saw fit the bill. I happened to be perusing my Anna Griffin library in Cricut Design Space when I came across this image, from the Anna Griffin Christmas cartridge. Immediately my mind went to a patriotic theme! I was really excited, I couldn't wait to make it. I sized it in design space, figured out the colors, and then when I cut the first blue layer, BAM! I realized I needed a new blade. Which I did not have on hand (I know, riiight?). So I had to wait, first to get my blades, then to find time to sit back down and try it. Last night proved fruitful! The starburst is about 11 inches, assembled in 3D fashion with large foam dots between the layers. I added pieces of a wire star garland from the Dollar Tree. I just slid the cut pieces of garland in between the layers. What you don't see here, is that I also added glitter glue to the ends of the starburst. That really gave it a "fireworks" feel! I'll be making more tonight! Maybe other sizes too. 


Have a great weekend!

Miles of Smiles!

May 16, 2016

Mother's Day box cards

Here are the box cards I made for Mother's Day. Don't they look like a pack of pansies you'd get at the local greenhouse? The pattern is from SVGcuts cut on the Cricut. I used white, lavender, and yellow cardstock for the flowers. Green for the leaves and stems and brown for the pack. The floral patterned paper is Graphic 45. I colored the centers of the flowers and put them together with a brad in each. The cards fold flat to be mailed. Super cute!

Miles of Smiles,

May 12, 2016

Tropical Luau!

Here is the latest party I planned, created, and decorated for. It was my supervisor's 60th birthday. I went with a tropical Luau theme. What was fabulous was that I happened to walk into a Dollar Tree store and they just got a pile of new luau inventory! I had some supplies from several years ago, so I just added to it. 

First I decorated mini water bottles in a hula theme with paper "grass" skirts. The tops are cupcake liners turned upside down. I topped the lid with a yellow flower.


I trimmed the hula girl table covers to fit the odd sized conference table. I just taped them to the top of the table, then covered the whole table with scrunched up plastic table covers. 

I used my pink garden flamingos as the centerpiece, surrounded by pineapples, hula girls, palm fronds, beach balls, and sea shells. I cut out the palm fronds on my Cricut, 2 different sizes.

I found the coolest large palm tree wall banners at Party City. I had the tiki heads from years ago. On the wall are also small rhinestone pineapples which were so cool. I left them on their clear backing sheet and cut around them, then taped them to the wall. A little bling goes a long way! 

The giant foil "60" numbers I handmade last year for a friend's 60th birthday, so they came in handy again. I put them on top of the desk leaning against the wall next to an inflatable palm tree, hula girls, and pineapples. I printed out the vintage hula girl print and put it in the frame.

The "valance" over the windows is literally the cut off printed edge of dollar tree table covers. That's a parrot print.  The beverage table used the same table cover. 

I hung flower leis on the door so people could put one on as they entered the party. 

It was a fabulous party, if I do say so myself. Everybody brought food and drinks and we got to socialize for a little while. And now I have a cool stash of luau party supplies for future use. 







Miles of Smiles,