Mom, I Love You Pop Up Cards with Free Silhouette Cut Files

Mom, I Love You Pop Up Cards with Free Silhouette Cut Files

You, like me, might have seen a picture of an “i {heart} you” pop up card floating around on the Internet. I even pinned it to my Paper Crafts board.  But I decided to change it up a bit and make it on my Silhouette instead of cutting it out by hand.  And since I can’t let a good thing go, I also made a Mother’s Day card to go with it.  So, today I’m sharing the free Silhouette cut files for my “Mom, I Love You” pop up cards!

Go ahead, pin the image below.  You know you want to, and I’d love for you to share this post on your social media outlets!  Of course, the “mom” card is appropriate for right around now with Mother’s Day coming up, but the “i {heart} you” card can be used for all sorts of occasions, year-round.  We’re sending these to our moms this year…which reminds me, I should probably get these in the mail!

There’s nothing special you need to do with the Silhouette file – no print and cut, no double cut, no switching of blade depths.  I’ve included which lines are perforated so one pass is all you need.  Cut it out on plain cardstock, then back it up against colored or patterned  cardstock of your choice.

THE DIMENSIONS FOR EACH CARD ARE AS FOLLOWS:

“i {heart} u” card:

  • Inner card: 5″ x 7.5″, which when folded = 5″ x 3.75″.
  • Outer card (full card size): 5.5″ x 8.5″, which when folded = 5.5″ x 4.25″.
  • Fits in an A2 envelope, which is 5.75″ x 4.375″.

“mom” card:

  • Inner card: 6.75″ x 9″, which when folded = 6.75″ x 4.5″.
  • Outer card (full card size: 7″ x 10″, which when folded = 7″ x 5″.
  • Fits in an A7 envelope, which is 7.25″ x 5.25″.

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After the card is cut, peel it off your mat carefully, and remove the little bits of cut-outs.  Fold along the perforated lines to “pop out” the letters.  You should be able to fold the card in half along the center fold.

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Then, just assemble with glue or tape to your outer card.  I’ve also included a cut-out heart in each cut file that you can use for the outside of the card, so it’s not super plain.  But that’s completely up to you.  You can decorate the front (and back) any way you’d like.

I’m really loving paper crafting and having a Silhouette makes things so much more fun!  I hope your loved ones enjoy these cards as much as I did making them!

Melt In Your Mouth Chicken

Melt In Your Mouth Chicken

If you’ve never had it, Melt in Your Mouth Chicken is a classic dish that transforms boring chicken breast into a superb dinner.

Chicken breast isn’t exactly my number one choice of meat, but this recipe has completely changed my mind.

A blend of mayo, parmesan, and seasonings guarantees unbelievably moist and tender chicken that literally melts in your mouth.

This is chicken heaven! Sure, it’s not the healthiest way to cook chicken, but come on, live a little!

Indulge yourself once in a while. Trust me, it’s worth every calorie.

Do you know what else makes this dish a must-try? It’s effortless to make. Just 5 minutes of prep, and the oven takes care of the rest.

If you only cook one thing this week, let it be this. Melt in Your Mouth Chicken is a definite show-stopper.

 

Melt In Your Mouth Chicken

Melt in Your Mouth Chicken is a classic recipe that’s been around for ages. Its origins are unclear, but I’m glad whoever came up with it did.

The idea of topping chicken breast with mayo and parmesan is pure genius! The mixture turns beautifully golden post-baking, and it smells phenomenal, too.

The flavor is so rich, so creamy, and so addictive!

More importantly… OMG… the chicken is insanely tender and moist! That’s something that’s hard to come by with baked chicken breast.

Best of all, this recipe is impossible to mess up. Even if you’re a newbie in the kitchen, you can easily pull it off.

If you’re looking for a dish to shock and impress your family and friends, this is the one.

 

Ingredients

  • Chicken Breast – The star of the dish. Chicken breast is the most traditional cut for this recipe, but I’ve tried it with tenders and thigh fillets and they work just fine, too. In fact, they’re more tender and flavorful. Keep in mind that the baking time will vary depending on the thickness of the chicken, so adjust accordingly.
  • Mayonnaise – The main ingredient for the topping. Apart from flavor, it also helps prevent the chicken from drying out in the oven. Have diet restrictions? You can swap it out with Greek yogurt and sour cream.
  • Parmesan – Because you can never go wrong with chicken and cheese! Aside from parmesan, you can also use gruyere, sharp cheddar, asiago, or mozzarella.
  • Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder – To add flavor to the topping. Feel free to add more herbs and seasonings to suit your taste.

Tips for the Best Chicken

  • Get a block of parmesan and grate it yourself. Pre-grated parmesan won’t melt as well as freshly-grated cheese. It’s pricier, too!
  • No one wants over or under-cooked chicken. Be sure it’s cooked all the way through by checking it with a meat thermometer. The temperature should read 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • When it comes to chicken, there’s no such thing as an exact length of baking. The duration varies depending on how thick or thin the meat is. This is why a meat thermometer is extra handy.
  • If you want extra flavor and moisture in the chicken, coat it with seasonings and let it marinate for 30 minutes.
  • This recipe is a great make-ahead dish. Make the topping, spread it over the chicken, cover the baking dish in plastic wrap, and refrigerate. You can prepare the dish up to a day in advance. Pop it in the oven when you’re ready to bake!
  • This recipe calls for only three seasonings: salt, pepper, and garlic powder. That already yields pretty flavorful meat, but you can more herbs and seasonings as you please. Thyme, rosemary, cumin, Italian seasoning, paprika, and lemon slices all add great flavor to the chicken. Have fun with it, and feel free to mix and match!
  • Did your dish turn out too runny? That’s okay, it happens. Chicken releases its juices during baking, and all of it gets stuck in the baking dish. Here are some ways to avoid having too much juice:
    • Do not overcrowd the baking dish. If you’re doubling the recipe, make sure to use a bigger dish.
    • Pan-sear the chicken beforehand. This will seal in the juices, preventing them from leaking out during baking.
  • If, despite all these efforts, the dish is still runny, simply drain the liquid.
Melt in Your Mouth Chicken Steak with Peppers and Lemons

What To Serve with Chicken

As tasty as MIYM chicken is, it’s hardly a complete meal. Round out your dinner with these awesome sides.

The dish is super creamy, so you’ll want light and refreshing sides to balance out the richness.

Any veggie dish, such as oven-roasted cauliflower and broccoli, baked potatoes, steamed asparagus, garden salad, or baked Brussels sprouts all make great options.

If you don’t mind more richness, though, pair the chicken with mashed potatoes or mac and cheese. It’s a drool-worthy combo that will make the child in you ecstatic.

Feeling extra hungry? Serve the chicken over a bowl of white rice or buttered noodles. It’s a simple pairing, but believe me, it’s so good, you’ll want to have seconds.

 

What Does the Mayo Do?

Aside from forming a rich and creamy sauce, mayo plays another crucial role in this dish.

Without it, the chicken breast will dry up as it bakes, resulting in tough and dry meat.

Mayo is the best way to keep the chicken moist and tender, so do not skip it! If you can’t stand it, you can use Greek yogurt or sour cream instead.

 

Melt In Your Mouth Chicken

Servings:       4 servingsPrep time: 5 minutesCalories:250k cal

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 4 boneless chicken breast halves

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place the chicken breast halves in a single layer in a baking dish.
  • In a bowl, mix mayonnaise, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic powder until combined.
  • Spread the mayo/yogurt mixture evenly over the chicken. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the topping has browned and a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Note: You can substitute Greek yogurt or sour cream for mayo.
Mason Jar Picture Frame Vase

Mason Jar Picture Frame Vase

Upcycle a mason jar into an affordable and thoughtful gift using supplies you most likely have on hand! This makes a great DIY gift!

This post originally appeared on the blog several years ago and I recreated the project just for fun today!

I’m Savvynana and every month we get a project challenge…should we choose to accept it? In March, we were tasked with presenting the Radiant Orchid color of Pantone’s Valspar. I recently gave you 3 tips for decorating with Radiant Orchid. This is a bold color and definitely not for everyone. For this project, I wanted to create something in Radiant Orchid that is easy to replicate, appeals to many, and screams YAY SPRING! I came up with a simple mason jar photo frame vase. I think this would make a great Mother’s Day gift, right? It’s simple, and kids can do most of the steps on their own with adult supervision.

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR MASON JAR PICTURE VASE

For this project you will need the following:

Clean mason jar

Pantone’s Radiant Orchid paint by Valspar

Paint brush

Vinyl shape or sticker and picture

Painter’s tape

Clear spray paint

STEP 1: PLACE VINYL OR PAINTER’S TAPE OVER JAR AND PAINT.

To create your picture frame window on your jar, place vinyl or painter’s tape on the area that you don’t want painted. I used my Silhouette machine to cut out a decorative square in black vinyl. There were some gaps in my vinyl, so I filled them with painter’s tape. If you don’t own a Silhouette, you could create a square using painter’s tape and decorative edge scissors. Paint the outside of the jar and immediately remove your sticker. You do not want to wait until the paint is dry or else it will be difficult to remove your sticker.

STEP 2: CUT A PICTURE TO SIZE AND ATTACH TO JAR WITH PAINTER’S TAPE.

I tried out a few different pictures before deciding on the one I liked best. I sized my pictures in a Word document and then just printed them off on my laser printer. The painter’s tape allows you to easily change out the picture.

STEP 3: “DISTRESS” THE LETTERING ON THE JAR.

This is an optional step. I like the look of the lettering and pictures on mason jars and wanted it to show more clearly. I took a metal file and scraped off the paint where I wanted the lettering to show.

Here you can see what the back of the jar looks like with the paint scraped off of the lettering.

STEP 4: SEAL THE OUTSIDE OF THE PAINTED JAR WITH CLEAR SPRAY PAINT.

The paint will easily scrape off of the jar if it is not sealed. To add durability to the paint, spray it with a clear spray paint.

Seal painted mason jar with spray enamel.

STEP 5: PLACE PAPER CUP INSIDE JAR TO HOLD FLOWERS.

Your picture will be ruined if you fill the inside of the jar with water. Place a paper cup inside the jar, fill the cup with water, and place your flowers in the cup. I used a foam cup and had to cut off the lip of the cup in order for it to fit but it worked great.

You can also fill the jar with epsom salts or a sugar scrub!

paintd mason jar gift

Or just fill the jar with your loved one’s favorite candy for a thoughtful and inexpensive gift!

painted mason jar gift idea

Note: Some of you are having difficulty finding the right mason jars. Use Golden Harvest mason jars which do not have writing on both sides.

 

Thanksgiving Napkin Rings

Thanksgiving Napkin Rings

Kids love to decorate for parties, and setting the table is one of the most important jobs on Thanksgiving!  Handcrafted napkin rings are the perfect final touch to add unique adornment to your holiday table. This craft is suitable for all ages with adult supervision; older children will be able to complete this project with minimal assistance.

You Will Need:

  • Cardboard Tubes (toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, gift wrap, etc.), cut into 1 ½” sections.
  • Felt, fabric, ribbon or twine to cover your cardboard tubes
  • Embellishments to decorate your napkin rings – felt, leaves, buttons, beads, faux flowers
  • Craft glue or a hot glue gun (with adult supervision)
  • Binder clips or paper clips (optional)

This craft comes together in two simple steps:

1) Cover your tube sections with your choice of materials. We used the items listed above, but paper, colored tape or paint would also work well. Binder clips or paper clips are handy for holding ends and edges while your glue dries.

2) Embellish your napkin rings to match your Thanksgiving table. Heavier items may need to be glued on with a hot glue gun or stronger adhesive. Insert your napkins, and you’re ready to show off your personalized holiday decorations!

With these lovely child-made napkin rings on my Thanksgiving table, I’ll be reminded of how grateful I am to have the opportunity to share my love of creativity with my children and for the special moments we’ve spent laughing and crafting together!

For more information on how https://www.savvynana.com can help you with Thanksgiving Napkin Rings, please contact us at +1 808-372-7734, or visit us here:

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DIY Scrabble Tiles Picture Frame Craft for Mother’s Day

DIY Scrabble Tiles Picture Frame Craft for Mother’s Day

Looking for a cute homemade gift kids can make for Mother’s Day? Check out this tutorial for making a handmade picture frame craft decorated with Scrabble tiles or wooden letter tiles. It’s absolutely adorable and would make such a special gift!

I love handmade and meaningful gifts from kids. This homemade picture frame using Scrabble tiles (or wooden letter tiles) is such a cute gift for kids to make for Mother’s Day. After decorating the frame, children can place a special picture inside and give it to Mom, Grandma, or any other special person in their lives.

I love that you can use real Scrabble tiles (like in the photos below). You can often find old Scrabble games at garage sales or thrift stores. You can also now easily purchase similar wooden tiles at your local craft store or online!

 

Materials for DIY Scrabble Tiles Picture Frame Craft for Mother’s Day

  • Plain, wooden picture frame in whichever size you prefer (You can purchase frames at your local craft store. Here’s some options online: 5×7 frames, 4×6 frames.)
  • Acrylic paint(s)
  • Tacky glue or hot glue gun
  • Scrabble tiles or wooden letter tiles (like these or these)
  • Baker’s twine or yarn
  • Buttons

 

Directions for Scrabble Picture Frame Craft

This craft really allows for kids to get creative and personalize their homemade gift in a special way by allowing them to choose whichever color or colors they’d like to use for painting, coming up with their own words for the frame, and adding special touches at the end!

1. Start by painting your frame with acrylic paint. Paint it all one color or let kids paint it multiple colors. Let it dry completely. (We chose to paint ours in turquoise and used a few touches of white to make it look more aged and vintage.)

paint your frame

 

2. Decide what lettering you will be using for your frame. You can spell out “Mom”, “Mother”, “Aunt” etc. or even someone’s name. Children can also spell out words like “love” or “family”. There are tons of options!

 

3. Before gluing the letter tiles onto your frame, be sure to play around with them and make sure they fit. Younger children might find it easier to do just one word, while older children might want to do multiple words that intersect.

 

4. Glue your tiles in place on your frame using a strong glue like Tacky glue or a hot glue gun.

DIY Scrabble Tiles Picture Frame Craft for Mother’s Day

 

5. Optional: Add some details to your frame. You can wrap twine or yarn around one side and/or glue buttons on it.

DIY Scrabble Tiles Picture Frame Craft for Mother’s Day

 

 

6. Place a special photo inside and give it to someone special!

DIY Scrabble Tiles Picture Frame Craft for Mother’s Day

For more information on how https://www.savvynana.com can help you with DIY Scrabble Tiles Picture Frame Craft for Mother’s Day, please contact us at 808-372-7734, or visit us here:

Savvy Nana

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Savvy Nana DIY Crafts

Pipe Cleaner Flower Pot Craft

Pipe Cleaner Flower Pot Craft

Flower Pot Craft Pipe Cleaner  – Savvy Nana

Mother’s Day gifts can sometimes be tricky, but I for one think you can never go wrong with flowers! Introducing an easy pipe cleaner pot craft! Potted flowers will not only last a lot longer than a bouquet but are made extra-special by a DIY decorated pot made with love. I’m over on the Kid Made Modern blog showing how kids (and adults!) can use supplies from their colorful craft kits to create a special decorated flower pot gift for Mother’s Day, or any day of the year!

Kids can make a sweet Mother's Day gift for mom that she will love with these colorful DIY flower pots! #mothersdaygift #mothersdaycraft #flowerpotcraft

These sweet flower pots just started with a basic terra-cotta pot painted white. From there, you can bend pipe cleaners into letters. You can also create colorful designs with pom-poms. Or you can make pictures and shapes like the rainbow on this flower pot, which is my favorite!

Pipe Cleaner Flower Pot Craft - Kids can make a sweet Mother's Day gift for mom that she will love with these colorful DIY flower pots! #mothersdaygift #mothersdaycraft #flowerpotcraft

 

For more information on how https://www.savvynana.com can help you with Pipe Cleaner Flower Pot Craft, please contact us at 808-372-7734, or visit us here:

Savvy Nana

38 Oak Cove Lane Humble, Texas 77346

808-372-7734

Savvy Nana DIY Crafts