Craft Night Party!

Superflash Creative Craft Party To celebrate my new crafting space, I decided to throw a small crafting get together with some coworkers.  As it turned out, “small” turned out to be super small, and it was just myself and one other due to a few different unplanned circumstances… but sometimes those are the best kinds of parties!

Superflash Creative Craft Party - Fruit Infused Water When I started thinking about the party, I began thinking about my menu.  The party was planned to take place after work on a Friday night, and there were some dietary concerns to consider too.  I eat primal, and my coworkers are vegetarian and vegan.  There is a bit of overlap between the food needs – the best of which is that they are all focused on natural, healthy foods.  Since it was a craft party, I thought about colour, and I decided the best foods I could possibly serve were fruits and vegetables!  They’re colourful, and they’re primal, vegan, and vegetarian friendly – how could I go wrong?

So, my menu consisted of:

    • a platter of fresh berries & grapes, and some green apple slices.  I whipped up a vegetarian/primal friendly dip out of Greek yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon, and a caramel dip made of dates, vanilla, almond milk and water that is friendly to all three diets.

Superflash Creative Craft Party - Cucumber Tomato Salad

  • A fresh cucumber and tomato salad.  This has always been a summer staple in my Italian family, and it is delicious.  It’s just diced (fresh – not canned) tomatoes, cucumber, fresh basil,  onions and then a dressing made up of olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Yum.
  • Not pictured, but I also popped some natural popcorn.  Popcorn is one of those things that isn’t really paleo-friendly, but I have to admit, I did cheat a little.  It’s hard to resist!
  • For beverages, we had a giant glass jar with fruit-infused water, and two glorious bottles of wine that my coworker, Cheryl, brought (no, we didn’t go through both!)

Of course, I added little labels beside each item so that everyone was able to identify what they wanted/were able to eat.

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Superflash Creative Craft Party - Bottle Cap Magnets

When it came to the crafting portion of the evening, I wanted to pick things that would be easy for everyone to create, but also things that would turn out nice and would be fun to display.  Bottle Cap magnets were the first thing that came to mind, because they’re quick, easy, fairly trendy right now, and they turn out great.

I happen to save bottle caps every time I drink anything from a glass bottle – and since the centrepieces at my wedding were made of glass coke bottles… I happened to have a lot of bottle caps!  We started by using one-inch circle punches to cut out our images.  I used an vintage magazine to cut out a cute little couple, and some old sheet music for mine.  Cheryl made hers out of a business card.  I added a bit of embellishment, with glitter, rhinestones and beads.  Then we used Mod Podge’s Dimensional Magic to seal them in place.
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While we let our magnets dry a bit, we watched a bit of Orange Is The New Black and then began crafting up some cards.   Cheryl made a beautiful “I Love You” card for her man, while I created a little something to mail up to my nephew for his first birthday.  We decided to make use of some of my tools and toys, and picked out some stamps, ink, and embossing powder.   I’m not sure if you can tell in the pictures, but in my card, the word “one” is embossed in red, and in Cheryl’s, the butterfly is embossed with a lovely clear embossing powder, on top of turquoise ink.  Her card turned out really great!

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In the end, it turned out to be a super fun night of wine and art!  We both had a blast, and came away with a few fun things to display and share.  To recap, here are some of my tips for throwing a craft party:

  1. Take into consideration other people’s diets, and plan accordingly.  There is bound to be something for everyone, even if it takes a bit of creative planning.
  2. Lay some butcher paper over your surfaces.  It serves as scrap paper, if you want to test out a colour before using it on your project, and it makes for easy cleanup the next day!
  3. If you know how to use something that’s unique and interesting – teach others the technique too!

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Have you ever thrown a craft party?  What are your best tips?

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All about fonts – and 12 of my favourite free ones!

For my day job, I work in advertising at a local company. That means I get to design flyers and share stuff on social media all day!  I love my job so much, and one of the coolest parts about it is staying up-to-date with trends in the design world.  Particularly, fonts!  A good font can make or break a piece.  There are also lots of bad fonts around the web (Ahem, Comic Sans… I’m looking at you.)  Certain fonts are appropriate for certain instances, but not for all – for instance, some fonts are clearly meant to be just for headlines, others for big blocks of text.  Some fonts are reminiscent of a certain era (ie retro fonts) and others of a particular subculture (tattoo fonts, fonts that are similar to logos used by movies, TV shows or major brands).

Most of all, whether you are designing for print, web or anywhere in between, you want your font to be legible.   All that being said, here is a small collection of free fonts that I am really digging right now!  Below the graphic, you can find links on where to download them all. Mad love to the Lost Type Co-Op – creators of some of the worlds prettiest free fonts!
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1. Grand Hotel; 2. Market Deco; 3. Bender; 4. Type Keys; 5. Champignon; 6. Forte; 7. Sail; 8. Mission Script; 9. Matchbook; 10. Archistico; 11. Dolphin Sans; 12. Antonio

(Bonus – the title font is Yellowtail, and the collection font is Lobster Two – you’ll see that one a lot around here!)

What are your favourite fonts?   Please do share below!  Would you like to see more font features on the blog? Let me know that too!

Life’s A Beach – Photobooth!

Life's A Beach - Photobooth A photobooth can be such a wonderful addition to any party – and the good news is, it’s relatively easy to set one up!  For the Life’s A Beach birthday party, we picked a spot on a covered patio outdoor with nice lighting.  We nailed a large white sheet to the wall, and hung a fishing net, as well as the bunting for the party, available on Etsy.  Because the party was made up of 7-year-olds of varying heights, we also added a crate (covered by the white sheet) for the kids to step on – this allowed us to get some of the decor in the photobooth pictures.

Life's A Beach - PhotoboothThe best part about photobooths is that you get high quality photos from your party, where most will look directly into the camera – which is rare of party photos!  It is an interactive element to a party that all people, young and old, are happy to be a part of!  Add in a few props, and you can keep everyone entertained for hours!

If you have the capabilities, it’s fun to offer on-site printing – this allows for a take-home souvenir from a fabulous party.  It can also double as the “loot bag” for kids – and it’s a lot more memorable than candy or cheap toys.  It’s also fine to NOT offer prints from the party – you can email the photos or collect them all in an online photo album so that they can be shared afterwards.

 

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Life's A Beach - PhotoboothBecause I love you all so much, I’m offering up my photobooth props as a FREE DOWNLOAD.  You can click that link to download and print.   Cut them out, attach them to a small dowel rod, and you’re set! Add in a few other fun props (I found the Elvis glasses and luau garlands at the dollar store – and I made the chalkboard out of a dollar store tray, by painting it with chalkboard paint), and you’ve got yourself a rockin’ party that won’t soon be forgotten!  The props can be used for any party – they’re not “beach” themed at all.

If you use them, I’d love to see some photos! Post a comment and share them!

As always, blog link-ups can be found on the connect page.

 

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Life’s A Beach!

Life's A Beach, Superflash Creative, party, printables, pink, yellow, turquoise, etsy, bunting, For her 7th birthday, my niece requested a Beach Party theme, with bright pink, turquoise and yellow being the main colours.  Since I was planning a trip to Toronto that coincided with her birthday, I created the printables here in Florida, but also got to set up the party while I was visiting!  The Life’s A Beach party sprang into motion – you can pick up the printables for yourself over at the Superflash Creative Etsy Page.

The palate was super bright and colourful and it was really fun to come up with a design.  I chose the stripes to be somewhat reminiscent of a beach towel, and all the icons were of a beach theme, like sunglasses, flip flops, sandcastles, star fish and more.

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Speaking of the photo booth – it was definitely the hit of the party! 7-year-olds really love starring in photos!

We set it up outside, on a screened in porch.  We nailed a plain white sheet to the wall, and then used an old fishing net and the bunting to decorate it.  We placed a sturdy crate on the floor and the sheet was long enough to cover it – this was ideal because some of the shorter girls were able to step up, and still have the bunting and fishing net in the background.  To the left, we set up a little Ikea table with a basket full of props.  (By the way – the moustache and giant dollar store elvis glasses were definitely the favourites at the party!)

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Girls love their crafts!  For “entertainment” at the party, we came up with some beach-themed crafts.  It started with the paint a sea shell station, which was set up outside beside the photo booth.  The girls really loved this – some had never even seen a sea shell before! Some of the girls painted 4 or 5 shells themselves!

Life's A Beach Party, Superflash Creative Next, they moved on to the decorate a palm tree station – and it’s hard to say which craft they loved more!  We set out lots of tools for them to decorate with – from small pieces of paper that they could make a mosaic with, to glitter, sequins, gems, fancy scissors, markers, oil pastels and more!

After the girls ate, they moved onto the create a friendship bracelet station, to try and wind them down a bit.  Having craft stations set up is great, because it gives them something to take home (besides the loot bag) that they actually made themselves.  The girls really loved doing all these crafts!

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Life's A Beach Party, cake, beachy bears, teddy grahams, candy, gummies, Superflash Creative What’s a party without sweet treats?!  For Nicole’s Life’s A Beach party, we made a cupcake tower, with super cute, coordinating cupcake picks, and found a palm tree shaped platter to display my sisters famous chocolate chip cookies!

My favourite part though, was the cake I got to decorate for her!  I don’t normally consider myself to be a cake decorator, but I saw this idea floating around the internet, and I really wanted to try it for myself.  I used brown sugar for the sand, and two shades of turquoise icing for the water.  A few teddy grahams and some dolphin and shark gummies rounded out the cake.  This was a complete surprise for Nicole (I decorated it while the girls were painting shells outside!) and she was thrilled.  This is an easy enough design for anyone to make, and a great addition to any beach party!

That’s it from the beach for now! Check out some more photos over at the Superflash Creative Facebook Page and printables from the party at Etsy.  Look out for super cute photobooth pictures coming soon!

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