Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pledge of Allegiance Posters

I remember learning and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of every school day. We still proudly pledge to the flag before public meetings and events. Here's a downloadable Pledge of Allegiance flag poster (in English and in Spanish) to print and hang at home or in the classroom.

Freebies on the site are printable for noncommercial use. Share thumbnails on your favorite social sites!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Home Stretch Holiday Craft Marathon

This week is my last opportunity to finish up the planned Christmas crafts and new decorations for our home, and I've been working in a bit of a frenzy to get it all done by December 22 Christmas Eve. With able assistance from my 4 year old granddaughter, Miss A, I think I'm on track to have most everything completed in the next couple days.

Here' s a picture of my drawing/crafting board this week -  total chaos. And it's my own fault. I designed a few die cut ornaments along with this year's Thanksgiving cards, then tucked a few into the card I sent to my mother. Well, she loved them (makes me happy) and asked me to make lots  more so she could send them to friends and family all over the world. OK. I can do that. And I did - and they're in the mail, and it's time to make some for our home now.

So this week there are literally hundreds of cut out gingerbread men, families of snow men and dozens of  die cut Christmas tree strips, trios and singles stacked all over the studio and the kitchen table.  I'll use some of the trees in triplicate  to make flame less votive candle wraps. The single cutouts will become gift tags and embellishments for greeting cards or place cards or they'll be perfect as tiny ornaments. The long strips - which I actually designed first - will become paper garlands for the tree and stand up decorations for the mantle, table tops or window sills.

Die Cut Snowman Family Paper Garland
I've had quite a lot of fun using my Silhouette Studio design software and Cameo craft cutter making all these die cut decorations. I could never have crafted all these detailed little gems without a computerized craft cutter. That machine takes the work out of cutting and puts all the fun back into designing paper crafts. I love my Silhouette Cameo - visit the link and you'll see more about it at my web site.

 Christmas Trees with Tiny Gingerbread, Die Cut Garlands and Votive Wraps
I can make my garlands and cutouts in many different sizes all at once. I can also cut multiples of a popular design, like the snowmen garlands.  I'm cutting the snowman family garlands from tabloid size white card stock and they come out just the right size to fit two on each window sill with some trees and gingerbread men alongside. I bought a ream of white card stock in 11x17 and saved oodles of money and time. To create even longer strips (for encircling the tree, for instance) I just tape the 16 inch sections together.

Silhouette Cameo craft cutter in my studio

Here's the cutter deal I recommend. You get the cutter, Silhouette Studio software,  plus craft tools, cutting shape files and a download card to buy more shapes from the Silhouette store. The Silhouette Studio software (basic version) that lets you draw, print, and cut just about any image or font from paper, vinyl, fabric, card stock, magnet material and lots more is free and their software support is good.

I upgraded to the software designer license after I tried out my cutter so I can import files I've created already in Adobe Illustrator. You don't need to upgrade to get started with all the features including the print and cut capability which is perfect for making shaped stickers from clip art or printables.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Father's Day Down Under - September Fun Freebies

Printable Father's Day Camo Sign
Busiest page on the Pastiche Family web site today is in the free  printables section, specifically the (no surprise here if you live in Australia) Father's Day award certificates. There's a print and fill in certificate for every special man in your family there - fathers, step-dads, uncles and grandfathers.

Not far behind in the popularity contest for Dad's Day are the printable coloring pages, father and grandfather clip art, and the greeting cards and iron on transfers. Go,  make a special Father's Day gift today.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Make Your Own Retro Hip Wayfarers - Cool, Man

Got a party or masquerade event coming up soon? Snag a sheet of these hip papercraft sunglasses to add to the insanity  fun.

Retro Sunglasses Template
Retro-style Wayfarers sunglasses to make an instant mask or toy for kids of all ages - even you boomers who probably still have your original shades. You can print, cut out and put together these knockoff replicas with nifty brads at the corners; add some to your party favors or photo booth props. We recommend printing your papercraft retro sunglasses on heavy photo paper for extra shine but any card stock will do the trick.  Free for any noncommercial use - if you want to share, share the link or the web site page.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Fish Border Printable Sheet

Fun tropical fish border paper provides the perfect setting for summer coloring crafts.

Fancy fish swim along the bottom of the page, printed in black and white and ready for coloring with markers, pencils or water colors.

printable border sheet coloring page
Fish Border Coloring Sheet

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Printable Diploma

Printable Diploma Blank
Need a diploma for GED, home school or other non-traditional educational settings? Here's the latest blank diploma added to Pastiche Family Portal's classroom printables.

Suitable for students of all ages - fill in details for student, date and other information by hand or on computer.  8.5" x 11" printable diploma is free for noncommercial use.

Monday, March 11, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Cupcake Toppers

printable st patricks day stickers or cupcake flags
Leprechaun Hat Cupcake Toppers
If you're serving cupcakes or finger foods for St. Patrick's Day take a peek at these wee flags to add a bit o' party spirit to the table. Call these cupcake toppers or food flags or stickers - it's all fine with the leprechauns. Stick them on a toothpick or coffee stirrer and jab 'em into your food for instant Irish fun.

You'll find a free printable sheet with a dozen of these St. Patrick's Day party cupcake toppers ready to print and cut out for your pub crawl or St. Patrick's Day party.

If ye prefer shamrocks, we let the wee folk talk us into making a printable sheet of shamrock cupcake flags/stickers too. Use  wither one for any noncommercial project to make St. Patrick's Day stickers, food flags, drink charms or even checkers.
printable cupcake toppers

Friday, November 2, 2012

Christmas Cookie Bag Toppers: Gingerbread Man

Sweet! There's a Merry Christmas greeting with  space below for your personal note or to/from info on one side, and 3 dancing gingerbread cookies on the other side. Six cute gingerbread treat bag toppers on each printable sheet.

Print on photo paper for a fancy look or cream colored card stock to create a homespun feeling. Add your own sweets to a small sandwich bag, fold over a topper and staple closed.

Printable Treat Bag Toppers: Gingerbread Men

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Peace Sign Craft Paper

A full page of printable peace signs to use for paper crafts, gift wrap or scrapbooking with a peace theme. Downloadable 8.5 x 11 PDF or choose a smaller peace fingers graphic to use as clip art. Free for any noncommercial use - repost small images only with link to the papercrafts web page.

Peace Sign Background Paper Printable

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Paper Craft Owl Mask

Owl Mask Printable
Whooo will you be for Halloween? Why not a wise owl? All you need is this printable Paper Craft  Owl Face Mask, craft knife and yarn or elastic thread to make your own wise own face mask.

This is just one of more than a dozen free printable masks at Clip Art and Crafts.

Friday, July 27, 2012

My New Favorite Craft Gadget

Craft Cutter Die Cut Word Art
I've tried plenty of tools and gadgets for crafting and sewing, but the latest addition to my craft room is definitely one of my favorites. I've got a shiny new Silhouette Cameo craft cutter and I'm already getting loads of ideas on how to use it. I've been testing it out with the fonts I already had on my computer, and I'm making cutting shapes from my own coloring page art and digital stamp drawings. This is way-cool fun!

The first project I designed and cut was a welded die cut of my granddaughter's name using a font on my computer and a sheet of heavy embossed card stock from my stash of Nana's Kids Cardstock Collection  by Die Cuts with A View.

I've had this lovely heavy weight craft paper for a couple years; the last project I made with these cute designs was a set of party hats for Anya's 2nd birthday. If I'd had this cutter then I could have added each child's name to the front of their party hats.

I'll be using my Cameo cutter to create some Oma-designed fancy cupcake wrappers for her 3rd birthday bash. Maybe I'll even make some standup table decorations or a very special paper doll ... stay tuned for more projects from the Cameo craft cutter.

PS I think I'll be adding freebie die cut shapes to my web site this year!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Cute Cupcake Mini Flags

Mini Flags - Cupcake Design
New freebie just in time for birthday parties or backyard bashes. If you need some clever crafty signs to decorate party tables or label treats at your BBQ, picnic, bake sale or pot luck luncheon, try making a few food flags with these easy printables. Print, label, fold and glue to a plastic straw or kabob stick.

Need to mark tables? Use these simple food flags and add numbers.  You'll need to anchor the finished flags in a bottle, flower pot or basket filled with beans or a block of foam so they'll stand up ... or tuck them into a floral arrangement or real cupcake!

Mini Cupcake Craft Flags - free printable for personal use, these food flags feature cupcakes, but there are several other designs including a blank template you can use to make your own mini flags.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Hawaiian Flower Letter Paper

Hawaii Flower Letter Paper
Just in time for tropical vacation scrapping or luau party games - printable  Hawaiian hibiscus flower border paper with lines.

Use this paper for crafts, scrapbook pages or writing letters. Make your own journal or luau party memory book by printing multiple sheets and placing them into a binder.

Having a Hawaii holiday this year? Add a bit of Mele Kalikimaka with just a touch of green, perhaps by writing in green ink or rolling up the sheet and tying with a tropical green ribbon.

This free printable tropical flower border paper with hibiscus watermark and writing guidelines is free for non-commercial and personal use.

Print these 8.5" x 11" luau letter paper sheets at Pastiche Family Portal.

Friday, October 7, 2011

South of the Border Cactus Clip Art

I'm been  designing  Day of the Dead printables this week and  plan to use these cactus border clip art graphics to make name tags and drink charms.

Cactus Clip Art Border

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Pumpkin Shape Paper Coloring Sheet

pumpkin shape paper with lines
Pumpkin Shape Paper
Halloween or Thanksgiving harvest pumpkin shape paper with lines.

Kids can write a poem or story about what their thankful for, write a spooky Halloween story, practice writing letters and numbers and color in the page after the writing is done.

If you make these pumpkin sheets smaller you could use them as gift tags or labels. Add a bit of color with your graphics editor or with colored pencils.