Last Minute Doctor Who Valentine – FREE!

Okay everyone – tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! Did you manage to get your hands on the coolest Valentine’s ever?  My printable Doctor Who Valentine’s are still available on Etsy, ** EDIT: now available HERE for 2016 ** but if you want something quick and free, or you want to supplement the Etsy 4-pack, I created one more matching card.

Doctor Who Valentine's Are Cool - freebie printable

You can find it at the Superflash Creative facebook page – all you have to do is “like” the page, and then click the “Free Downloads” tab.  You’ll be able to download the full resolution version of this printable card (with no website tag at the bottom), as well as all of the previously released freebies!

Happy Valentine’s Day!



Doctor Who Valentine’s Cards

Okay, so I’m still completely obsessed with Doctor Who – the more I watch, the more I want to be the Doctor’s next companion.  But seeing as how that can’t happen, I’ll just design stuff to feed my obsession.  My latest output?  Doctor Who Valentine’s Day Cards, available now on Etsy Edit: This file is now available HERE for 2016

Doctor Who Valentine's Day Cards by Superflash Creative

I designed them as a one-page printout, with all four cards on one page.  They feature my two favourite aliens – The Dalek’s and the Adipose (both looking unbelievably cute – I think it’s the eyes!), as well as the TARDIS and the 11th Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver.

For a quick Doctor Who freebie Valentine’s Day card, surf on over to the Superflash Creative facebook page, like the page, and click on the Free Downloads button 🙂

I dunno about you, but I’d be pretty stoked to receive one of these!  Anyone out there have suggestions for more themed Valentine’s Day cards? I still have a couple of weeks to get some done.  Leave notes in the comments!

Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath

Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative

For Halloween this year, I decided to create a wreath for our front door. But I didn’t want to do the traditional orange and black – instead I opted for something a little more glamorous. That’s how I came up with the Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath. It was also important to me that I didn’t spend too much time or money on it – all of the products used to create the wreath were bought at either Dollar Tree or at Michael’s just last week when they had a sale on Halloween items (I also enjoy shopping the week after Halloween for great discounts on products for next year!). Time wise, it only took me about an hour or two to create the wreath.

The supplies I used were:
– aluminum wire, bent into circles
– thinner jewellery wire
– glue gun
– 4 silver & black skull garlands (Dollar Tree)
– 1 magenta & black bat garland (Dollar Tree)
– 1 wired silver skull garland (Dollar Tree)
– 1 black sparkly LED foam skull (Dollar Tree)
– 1 bunch of black roses with spiders (Dollar Tree)
– 28″ of black sparkly ribbon (Michael’s)
– 1 magenta floral spray (Michael’s)

Note: if you need a bigger view of the process shots, just click on the photo!

Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative - Wire Frame  Step 1: Arrange aluminum wire into circle forms. Mine measured at 14″ diameter for the outside circle and 10.5″ diameter for the inside circle. Attach the two with wire “joints” – it doesn’t have to be too sturdy, since the garland will wrap around the forms. Just enough to keep them centered and spaced out while you work. Now, I used the aluminum circles because I happened to have the wire on hand – if you prefer, you can use a wreath form, pool noodle, or anything else that forms a circle!
Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative - Wrapping Garland  Step 2: Once your circles are formed, you can begin wrapping your garland around the form.  I used about 1 length of garland per quarter of the wreath, for 4 garlands in total.  When I started, and came to the end, I used a drop of warm glue (I didn’t use the hot setting for fear of melting the plastic) to secure the garland to the wreath form.
Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative - Garland  Step 3: After the black & silver skull garland was in place, I used one length of the black & magenta bat garland as an accent.  I wrapped it around loosely, just to give the wreath a bit of colour.
Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative - wrapping wire garland  Step 4: To give the wreath a bit of dimension, I cut small (about 5-10″) lengths of the wired skull garland that I wanted to stick out from the wreath. To secure the wired garland, I simply moved aside a bit of the fluffy garland (in an area where it was not glued down) and wrapped the wire around the aluminum frame. Then once it was secure, I took the end that was sticking out of the wreath and twirled it around my finger to create a little curl.
Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative - Ribbon  Step 5: At this point, the wreath should be taking a pretty good shape, and looking almost like the final product! This is a good time to cut your length of ribbon (I used about 28″ to hang it on my door from a screw – some people like to cut a super long ribbon and hang it from an upside down hook on the inside of the door – like this – but I prefer the inside of my door to be clean and free – either way, it’s your choice!)
Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative - embellishments  Step 6: Now that you know where the top & centre of your wreath is, you can add your embellishments! I used a magenta floral spray that I got for 50 cents at Michael’s, one black rose at the bottom corner and a spider from the same arrangement at the top left of the wreath, and a foam sparkly skull with a control on the back to give it LED lit-up eyes).  I used low-temp glue from the glue gun to set them all in place.

And… voila! Here is the final product, hanging on my door & ready for trick-or-treaters! If you have any questions about any steps in the process, please leave them in the comments. And if you make a wreath like this one, please link it up! I’d love to see it!  (As always – all link party linkups are on the “connect” page!)
Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative - Final Product!

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.


Life's A Beach - Photobooth by Superflash Creative Life's A Beach - Photobooth by Superflash Creative

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.



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.

Life's A Beach Party, photobooth, bunting, printables, Superflash Creative, beach, We only needed a short bunting for our party (you’ll see it in the photo booth!), but if you need a longer one, you can print out more pages and keep stringing!
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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Inspiration Boards (and how they help focus your design)

Inspiration Boards (also known as Mood Boards) are a really great way to collect all your ideas to narrow down your focus when you are designing something.  Whether it’s a room of your house or the look of a party, collecting everything in one place helps you see what will work and what may not.  Pinterest is a great tool for this, but it’s also very easy to get carried away while pinning.  To help me focus, I like to create a specific mood board where I can see everything laid out and see how the final vision will come together.

For instance, here is a mood board that I created when I was designing my bedroom in my very first apartment.

My ultra girlie bedroom idea!

I knew I wanted a bright pink room, but I also wanted it to look sophisticated and girlie.  Some things on the mood boards were things that I definitely knew that I wanted.  Other things were just representations of things that I wanted, and others were pipe dreams – like that gorgeous egg chair that I knew I couldn’t afford.  One thing that I really wanted, but after I moved in realized I couldn’t have was the chandelier – as it turned out, my apartment didn’t have overhead lighting in the bedroom, and I wasn’t quite skilled enough to wire it up!  I also really liked the idea of a wire dress form, and I ended up finding a table-top version which I used as a jewellery hanger (You can sort-of see it in the photo below on the dresser).

In the end, this is how it turned out:

bedroom, condo, pink, damask, black & white, pretty, girlie

This isn’t the best photo, because I took it at night. I did three walls with the Peony paint by Benjamin Moore (in the mood board above), and one wall in a soft grey. I chose that exact Damask bedspread above, and you can’t see it in this photo, but I also used those hand mirrors from Urban Outfitters.  I didn’t end up buying a giant Audrey Hepburn photo because I couldn’t find one that was perfect for my room – but if I had, before I moved out, I would’ve hung it right above the bed.

DIY Curtain Tie-Backs, Daisy, Flower, Pink, Black, Damask, Bedroom, I also did some little things to bring it all together – like creating my own curtain tie backs.  These were a simple project that I completed in one afternoon, but it made such a difference to the overall look of the bedroom.  The windows in the condo were one of the things that initially drew me to buying it, because they are so unique.  They are recessed, so they actually go up into the ceiling to create a unique architectural feature.  This made it hard to find a proper curtain rod, but I got creative with a shower tension rod!  Once the tie-backs were in, it completely transformed the look of the room.  (Note, the photo links to a tutorial on my photo blog to create these tie-backs yourself)

For the walls, I wanted to create art out of my own projects.  I made these canvases using scrapbook paper and packing tape, which meant that I could change out the photos if I got tired of them.  (I never actually did, because I love NYC!) I had these hanging on the small wall next to the door that borders the closet.  Because it was such a small space, I didn’t want anything very overpowering, so these small canvases were perfect – and I got to showcase my art as well! I photographed these pictures on my Diana+ camera on b&w film, while I was in New York in 2008.

DIY wreath, felt, pink, white, black, cute, puffy, circles, One last project that I’ll leave you with – my DIY wreath – who says you can’t have a wreath on an inside door?!  This was made out of a styrofoam wreath form, and hundreds of little felt circles that I cut out by hand and pinned to the form.

I added this to the front door of my bedroom, which was a super cute bridge between the turquoise & tan hallway/living room area and the pink & black bedroom.

In the end, I really love the way my bedroom turned out!  I found that the inspiration board really helped to focus my ideas, and the end product was nearly exactly as I envisioned it!  Have you created a mood board before?  Would you, now that you’ve seen how beneficial they can be?