The 4th of July is a holiday well known for cookouts, hanging out with family and friends, and just enjoying the warm sunshine. So for the second 4th of July game, I decided a scavenger star hunt game would be appropriate. Kids of all ages will love this game! Plus it will burn off some of that extra energy.
You could play this in a few variations. Get foam stars, cut them out with a paper punch, etc. and hide them all over the yard for an Easter egg hunt type of game. Or make up clues they have to follow in order to find each star. It’s up to you to be creative with it! For the scavenger hunters that find all 12 stars, they get a special little surprise.
4th of July is not this Friday but next Friday! Can you believe it?! When I think of the 4th, I always remember the days my sister and I would make a tent out of our folding lawn chairs and watch the fireworks at my Grandmother’s house. It was nice because we lived in a small town in Illinois and the park wasn’t that far away. It was the perfect spot. I’m ready to watch my son have these simple yet memorable moments.
I’ve created a free printable 4th of July word search for you to keep the kids busy and entertained during your cookout. If you want cupcake toppers and banners, click here to see the collection I put together last year. If you want me to make one more game, leave a comment below!
Lately I haven’t had as much time to blog on here as I’d like to. I have been busy putting together my new site and shop, By the Shore Studio and working on a Rainbow Art birthday party (I will be sharing it soon on here.)
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How was your weekend? I hope it was great! This weekend my son and I went to my dear friend’s little girl’s birthday party. You can’t ask for a better Saturday than that! We had so much fun and it got Tyler in the singing mood again. (He sings Happy Birthday after all the parties once we get home.)
I was also excited about getting to pick out girly presents and trying out my new embossing machine I got for my birthday. Above is the card and gift tag I made with my new Cuttlebug. So far I’m loving it! It makes clear, professional looking embossing and is so easy to use!
What I did for the gift tag: I used the Cuttlebug A2 Swiss Dots Emboss Folder all over the pink card stock. Then I printed out the birthday girl’s name on printer sized white card stock. I used a flourish square punch around her name and used crafting glue to attach it to the pink card stock. Then I used thin black ribbon to attach on top.
What I did for the card: First I made a simple and sweet design on my computer and printed it out on white card stock. Then I used the swiss dot folder on the bottom portion of the card. This was a little tricky because the opening on the Cuttlebug is only approximately 5 or 6″ wide and I only wanted to use the dots on the bottom half. Then after figuring out how to use my regular folder, I found they do have some polka dot border folders that look like they’d be better.
It’s now June and Father’s Day is right around the corner. Last year I created a printable card and gift tags for dad featuring a map design. This year I decided to create a Best Dad in the World certificate to add to the collection. It sure suits the theme after all and great dads really need to be appreciated!
The certificate is 8″x 10″ so it can be framed if liked, and the card measures 4″x6,” so you will want to use size A4 envelopes for it.
2. You will need to import the background into a photo editing program. Please note that some of the programs you import the background into will not keep it at the 8×10 size. If you choose to use your own program and are not sure about this, do a print preview to see if the background design takes up most of the space of standard sized printer paper. Picasa is a free program that is that I’ve found that will keep the size of the image intact.
3. Next, you will need to choose your font. You can play around with your own fonts and see if there is one you currently have that you would like to use. Or, for this monogram design, I used the Little Lord Fontleroy font. You can download it for free here.
4. Once you have imported your background image into Picasa, click on the text box to add your monogram.
5. Click the middle of the circle and start typing your text. The text will not be centered in the middle of the page. All you need to do is hoover over the text box and a circle will appear. Click and hold the circle to drag your text into place.
6. Make the text bigger by choosing a larger font size. Now save your work and print!
This is my very first computer tutorial. I hope it is easy enough to understand and you can make your own monogram wall art!
We are now offering professional printing on all of our invitations for our U.S. customers. You can still order the printable PDF file if you wish, but this will give you another option if you would rather us take care of them for you.
When you place an order for printing, we will send you a proof to approve before we start printing. This is to ensure mistakes are eliminated and you are happy with the way the wording looks. The invitations will be printed on heavy weight, uncoated card stock and come with white envelopes.
If you live outside the United States, I’m sorry, but we do not have a shipping service for you, but you can still order the digital PDF file.
I’ve been busy working on a tutorial to share with you. I had a few things to research to make it work, so it took a little more time than I expected. I am sure you will like it, so make sure to check back next week!
My son has recently started going to a daycare that also has pre-k classes. Although I miss him so much, it’s necessary as I’ve had to return to work. Next week will be our first Teacher Appreciation week ever. So I’ve made up these gift tags to put on our gifts and am sharing them with you to use as well. I used the classic teacher/apple colors, but decided to go with a heart graphic instead since I loved this saying.
I love this kraft wrapping paper that I got at Target, I’ve used it a countless number of times now. You can use it for so many things and add a personal touch to it. A little bit of bakers twine always helps too!
Here’s another way to make pretty paper flowers with your scallop punch, this time out of tissue paper.
For these flowers you only need 3 supplies:
1. Scallop Punch(you can use the size you’d like; for my example I used the 2″ one, which I use for cupcake toppers)
2. tissue paper
1. Fold one sheet of tissue paper in your choice of color in half 4 times.
2. Punch the scallop out of the folded paper.
3. Staple 2 times in the middle of the scallop.
4. Pull up the first sheet of tissue paper up and crinkle it together so it stays upright.
5. Repeat step four for each sheet of tissue paper until all of them are done.
6. Fluff your flower out until it is the desired shape.
Use your flowers in a number of ways. In the picture above, Fiskars uses their flowers for a Mother’s Day tea party. These could also be great to just make a few and put them on a tray to serve Mom breakfast in bed on her special day.
I went shopping this weekend for some Easter goodies, including picking up a good-sized Easter basket for Tyler. Isn’t Easter candy the best?!?! I just had a mini Cadbury egg right before this post for a little Easter inspiration. ;)
I love Easter and the soft colors and would have liked to put a whole printable Easter collection together. Unfortunately I didn’t have time for that this year and I’m not having Easter brunch at my house.