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Silver Foil Holly Flourishes

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Do it with foil and your project will shine.  Cari did just that on this scrapbook layout using my Holly Flourishes found here in the Silhouette shop.  Check out the entire post here and make your holiday merry and bright!

Enjoy!

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Faux Etched Glass Tutorial

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Doesn’t this photo just make you want to sigh?  That’s what I did when Lisa showed it to me today.  A touch.  Just a little touch of Christmas magic added to this mirror.

Only the believers can see it.

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And those same believers can get the tutorial to make it here on Lisa’s blog.  Thanks for the beautiful rendition to one of my Split Shapes, Lisa.  Believers can find many more in my Silhouette shop here.  They are a hot product this year!

Enjoy!

 

I love the holidays for many reasons but one of them has to be the hyper-creative mode that everyone gets into as we create holiday decor or gift ideas.  I have been to Hobby Lobby three times this week and just realized I have to go back tomorrow!  This is the Christmas season.

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I’ve been seeing all kinds of projects in blogland using many of my Christmas shapes from my Silhouette shop.  Take a look at these, get your Silhouette ready and get inspired for the holidays!

These shapes can only be used on your Silhouette die-cutting machine or other svg-compatible machine if you purchase my shapes from Lori Whitlock’s svg shop here.

Let’s start off with Beth over at Unskinny Boppy – a month ago she did her first Silhouette project using my shape here.  She loves the Silhouette so much (who doesn’t???) that she came back for more during the blogging 2014 Holiday Housewalk.  This phrase is one of my favorite designs and you can find it in my Silhouette shop here.  You’ll find all of the stunning photos of her gorgeous holiday home here and when I say gorgeous, I mean gorgeous.  Be my neighbor, Beth!  I love her use of boxwood as a festive, organic addition to every room in her home.

 

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Now check out this “Believe” fabric application here.  Find my “Believe” here.  And you’ll also find a tutorial for creating a project like this.

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Did you know you could create stamps using your Silhouette machine?  See how Guiseppa did it here with my “Merry Christmas” phrase.  Find the phrase in the Silhouette shop here or choose from any of my other holiday phrases and quotes in the shop here.

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Last but not least, Cari has outdone herself with these Christmas tags using some of my latest Christmas shapes.  See her full post here.  The whimsical quality of the design of this “Merry Christmas” is married to the natural quality of the printable kraft paper to create a very current holiday look.  Find this Merry Christmas here.

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Next, Cari used one of my Word Tree phrases to create this tag.  You can see all of my Word Tree phrases here or this “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” here. She used the sketch pen feature to print this tag and “Happy Holidays” envelope detail.  Don’t you just love her work?  Or should I say, “work of art?”

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As you can see, there are so many ways to use my phrases and shapes to create your projects this holiday season – and I love to see them all!

If you are using a different electronic die-cutting machine and need an svg file, go to my designs at the Lori Whitlock svg shop.  This is also where you can purchase a commercial license to sell a project using any of my designs or shapes on your projects.

Happy cutting!

Enjoy!

 

Check out this cute idea for Thanksgiving place cards – it would work great for any event.  Name tags or raffle tickets or anything you need someone to fill out.  She used my “Welcome”phrase for the title.  I would love to be welcomed by this darling project!

Click here for the welcome title in the Silhouette shop and here for the complete tutorial.

Enjoy!

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“We hope this will be the first of many dates that you do with your dads.”  That was how this leader ended her message at the beginning of this Daddy Daughter Recognition Activity.  What a great message to leave these fathers – spend more time with your daughters.  Build a relationship with them.  Show them you love them.  Talk with them.  Share memories together.

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The evening started out with a short message from a leader:

  • Heavenly Father loves us so much that He gave us a family.  In that family is our dads.
  • Dads are special for lots of reasons.  They hold the priesthood and can help us when we need blessings and teach and lead our family.
  • He can be a hero in many ways.  They can help us increase our testimonies, lead us and guide us to make right choices and keep our covenants.
  • Dads are always there for you.
  • You are here tonight to have fun with you…let this be the start of many daddy/daughter dates together.

Note: Consider having the girls share what they have been working on over the last 6 months in Faith in God or perhaps have the dads share one area that they have seen growth in their daughter.  It usually doesn’t take very long if you give them a limit of sharing just one thing and it’s a great addition to any Recognition Activity.

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FAMILY NEWLYWED GAME

Back by popular demand!  This game was a hit the last time they did it with their moms so the girls requested it again – that’s a sure sign that an activity works!  Don’t be afraid to do something that is effective again.  Every activity doesn’t have to be totally new in order to be effective.  This game proves this point perfectly.

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They use white boards and the daughters/dads are facing each other.  This is a great set up and is super effective.  I like how they get to see each other’s reactions as well as the answers of those around them.  It made the whole activity very fun and expressive and connecting.

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If you don’t have white boards, you can also use a sheet of card stock or chipboard inside a plastic sheet protector as a “white board.”  With a white board marker, it still can be erased and works well if you don’t have a set of whiteboards (one of these leaders is a teacher and used the ones from her classroom).

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Here’s a list of the questions they asked – first about the daughters then about the dads.

Favorite Question to the Dads: “What is your dad’s favorite store?”

Daughter’s Answer: “Hobby Lobby”

Dad’s Response: “I wait out in the car!”

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LINE DANCING + PHOTO SHOOT

No western Daddy/Daughter event is complete without line dancing and a western photo shoot.  Because of a building scheduling issue, they had to make it work in tight quarters – it was great!  Don’t let less-than-perfect logistics deter you.  They love it even if the space isn’t ideal.  These leaders did a great job of just making it work.

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REFRESHMENTS

Western-style treats included cupcakes, licorice “ropes”, Rice Krispy “hay bales” and the old “watering hole.”

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The favor was a take-home package to make a couple of S’mores together.  I liked how this extends the Daddy Daughter date a little longer where they can create their treats together at home.

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As always, activities involving just dad or just mom are a fan favorite with Activity Day girls.  Thanks for letting me come!

My 2015 Young Women theme printables are here!  I have multiple sizes and formats and colors so look at the list for and click on all links for the pdfs.  You’ll see the entire theme scripture as well as abbreviated versions to fit all of your needs this coming year in Young Women’s.

TIP: right click on the image and click “Save Image to Downloads” then find it in your Downloads file – you can work with the size easier if you do this.

Click here, here and here to get these designs for your electronic die-cutter in my Silhouette shop (good for Silhouette users only) or Lori Whitlock’s svg shop here.

Enjoy!

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PJs, makeovers, story time, moms.  What Activity Day girl wouldn’t LOVE this Recognition Activity?  This night had a spiritual message, lots of connecting for moms and daughters, and a healthy dose of fun.  And it actually was fairly simple to execute because the moms brought a lot of the supplies (nice!).

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INVITATION

I didn’t see the actual invite but this activity was called “Mother-Daughter Slumber Party” and it asked each person to bring the following:

  • wear your PJs
  • bring a blanket to sit on
  • bring makeup and a hairbrush to do makeovers (many moms brought makeup that could be “destroyed” because it kind of was…)

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MESSAGE + BEDTIME STORY

The girls were asked to come up to the front of the blanket area for a message about their year-long theme that this group had been focusing on all year: “Daughter of a King”

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  1. One of the purposes of Activity Days – a place to feel safe and learn that they are all different but they have a Heavenly Father who loves them no matter what.
  2. Have the girls look in a mirror and ask, “Who do you see?”  Answers included things like, “myself,” “girls,” etc.
  3. Story: read Daughter of a King by Rachel Ann Nunes (find it used on Amazon here)
  4. Have the girls look in the mirror again and ask, “Now who do you see?”  Answers changed to, “a princess,” “daughter of a king,” etc.
  5. Discuss how each of them is a daughter of a king with potential to do great things. That they have a Heavenly Father who loves them and wants them to return home to Him again.
  6. Each girl stands and shares what they have been working on over the last 6 months in the Faith in God program.
  7. Pillows: explain that the leaders made little pillows for each of the girls to remind them, every time they lay their heads on it, that they are a princess and daughter of a king (the girls take the pillows as they leave later).

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They created small pillows then added a printed card and created a little package for each girl.  Here’s the printable (I think they probably changed the color to navy blue in photoshop).  Clear here for another option.

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BLIND MAKEOVERS

Makeovers are fun but blindfold the one holding the lipstick and you are taking the fun to a whole new level.  The leaders brought the blindfolds (men’s ties or bandanas worked great) while the moms brought the makeup and hair stuff.  The girls started as the artists, followed by the moms.

Note: bring baby wipes so everyone can clean off their faces because they like to try it more than once!

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Nail stuff was located in one section of the gym – the leaders brought all kinds of fabulous polish for moms and daughters to do each other’s nails as part of their makeovers.

And don’t forget fabulous ponytails to complete the look.

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PHOTO SHOOT

Need I say more?

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PILLOW FIGHT

What slumber party would be complete without a pillow fight?  The night ended with a “pillow fight” using huge campfire marshmallows! Don’t kid yourself – it was fun for the girls but the moms were into this!

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REFRESHMENTS

A treat table complete with all kinds of candy and a hot chocolate bar was the fun but simple refreshments for the evening – everyone could go and load up at any time throughout the activities.

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Note: The hot water was very hot – they thought it would cool down quickly but the thermoses did their job and kept it toasty hot.  Keep that in mind and maybe dispense the water beforehand so it has a chance to cool just a little.  Also, because everyone was on the floor and walking around, there were a quite a few hot chocolate spills.  Be prepared for that with clean up supplies or maybe larger cups that aren’t as full would help.  You could also use a paper plate to put their individual treats on as well as their cup and that would have helped everyone know where the cups were placed on the floor and possibly stop part of the hot chocolate if it still spilled.  No one cried over this spilt milk, though!  It was a small hiccough that didn’t put a damper on the fun at all – just something to be prepared for.

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I love any activity that connects parents or families to the girls and helps to build relationships.  This activity did just that.  The message was wonderful and they did a good job of creating a balance of fun with learning a gospel principle.

Thanks for the party in my PJs!

 

 

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