Papercrafted Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Centerpiece

I don’t know about your family, but if it’s there, (“it” being two flat screen tv’s for example,) my kid tends to break it. Therefore I keep all of my breakables up high, or I don’t display them. I never cease to be amazed at pleasant, family images of children playing calmly beside their parents, complete with loving looks, in a room full of expensive pottery, tchotchkes, flat-screen tv’s, etc. – all right down there at kid level (Better Homes and Gardens, I’m talking to you.) So, what’s a mom to do when she wants to have a festive Thanksgiving centerpiece but without all the danger?

Enter – my awesome kid-friendly version – that my kiddo helped me make!

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I used paper, felt, burlap, flameless candles and a few natural materials to create a durable centerpiece.  I made paper pumpkins by cutting 2-inch strips of cardstock and taping the ends together.  I free-handed some leaves and curled some leftover strips of cardstock with scissors to create the tops.

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I traced my son’s hand to create a good, old-fashioned paper turkey and glued it onto the side of a pinecone to act as a stand.

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I already had a burlap table runner and a felt leaf garland that I made a couple of years ago. My son added the finishing touch – a small gourd purchased at our local dairy farm.  Other than the glass candle holders, this is an unbreakable centerpiece that, miracle of miracles, my child has enjoyed looking at, but hasn’t bothered to touch!

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Here’s wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!

Supplied used:
Paper – Recollections Carstock from Spice Market collection.

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Merry….or, not so much.

The whole family has been fighting a cold for the last week and a half, so it hasn’t exactly seemed like the most wonderful time of the year…. However I do have a new card for today that was inspired by recent Case This Sketch and Dynamic Duos challenges:

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merry, detail

I love the effect of using two bold colors on a white background. The doily and lace add a wintery feel and a simple sentiment rounds out the card.  I cut the word “Merry” using my Silhouette Cameo using the font AZ Claire. I love this font because it has a nice, scripted look but is bulky enough to cut easily without tearing.

I also added a little shimmer to the cut sentiment using embossing powder. You can get a better idea in this photo:

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Here’s hoping for better health in the days to come!

Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cards & Envelopes, 5″x6.5″ in White. Recollections Paper Pad, 12″x12″ in Mosaic Memories. Doily from Target dollar bin.
Recollections Embossing Powder in Snow.
Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – banner.
Jute twine. Craft button.

Hello, Love

Wow. I have to say that the holidays are already upon me. Yeah. And it’s only November 3rd. I’m feeling rushed, but I’m glad to say that I have crossed a few “to-do’s” off my holiday list.   I have also been formulating a plan to create the most awesome, paper-crafted, Christmas photo card ever. Just sayin’.

I made this card a few weeks back:

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I was inspired by this Moxie Fab World Trigger Target photo:

Image credit via Moxie Fab World

I adored the soft, pastel colors on the white background in the trigger image, and I tried replicating that in the card. I actually like how it sort of came out “color-blocky,” with the aqua base, the yellow buttons, the aqua sequins, and the coral ribbon rounding out the design.

I cut the teacup shapes using my Silhouette Cameo. I designed a teacup shape in the Silhouette Studio software and varied the sizes a little because I knew I wanted to go with a “stacked cup” look.

Here is a detail of the cups:

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Now, here’s a toast to life calming down a little! Cheers!

Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cards & Envelopes, 5″x6.5″ in White. Recollections Cardstock in Light Turquoise. Recollections Paper Pad, 12″x12″ in The Neapolitan Collections. Recollections Signature Textured Cardstock in White.
Ink – Color Box in Dragonfly Black.
Stamps – Stampendous! Happy Messages Perfectly Clear Stamps SSC109. Lower case wood/rubber letter stamps from Michael’s.
Adhesive – Scotch Pop-Up Foam Squares.
Cutting tools – Silhouette cameo. Fiskars paper trimmer. Scissors.