A very moustache birthday – Biglietto di compleanno da scaricare in regalo!

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Sono un po’ in arretrato di regalini da scaricare gratuitamente e stampare. Oggi vi lascio in velocità un biglietto di compleanno baffuto e minimal.
Il file è già pronto per essere stampato su A4, non dovrete fare nulla se non stamparlo senza bordi e ritagliarlo lungo la linea.

Moustache Birthday Card

Cliccate sull’immagine per avere le dimensioni originali, e scaricate con la freccetta che troverete in basso a destra. Per compensare questo velocissimo post, sappiate che arriveranno dei bellissimi file autunnali e matrimoniali da scaricare! Stay tuned.

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A story behind everything – Una storia dietro ogni cosa

Paper flowers wreath - Ghirlanda fiori di carta

“But there’s a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begin.”
Mitch Albom, For One More Day

“Ma c’è una storia dietro ogni cosa. Come un quadro è finito sulla parete. Come una cicatrice è comparsa sul tuo viso. A volte le storie sono semplici, e talvolta sono dure e strazianti. Ma dietro tutte le tue storie c’è sempre la storia di tua madre, perché la sua è dove la tua comincia.”
Mitch Albom, For One More Day

Thirty and Fabulous – String lights for a friendship and a birthday

"Fabulous" Lights Birthday Card - Biglietto di compleanno lucine "Fabulous"


A. is a dear friend of mine. We’ve known each other for more than ten years, and managed to stay friends despite our differences and some girlfriends and boyfriends. Yes, we have many dissimilarities, plus he’s a boy and that’s not helping sometimes, but we also have a lot in common: interests, witty conversations that not many people get or like, and a friendship to preserve with some “free speech” moments. It isn’t easy. Sometimes we walk away, we fight, we just disappear in our everyday lives like acquaintances. But then, his birthday.

A. è un mio caro amico. Ci conosciamo da più di dieci anni, riuscendo a rimanere amici nonostante le differenze di carattere e qualche fidanzato e fidanzata. Sì, abbiamo molte differenze, in più è un ragazzo e la cosa non aiuta a volte, ma abbiamo anche molto in comune: diversi interessi, un senso dell’umorismo che non tutti capiscono o amano, e un’amicizia da preservare con alcuni momenti di “discorso libero”. Non è facile. A volte ci allontaniamo, discutiamo, o semplicemente scompariamo nelle nostre vite di tutti i giorni come due conoscenti. Ma poi, il suo compleanno.

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Some years ago, at his birthday party, in order to show me his feelings about it he created a cozy corner in the big garden with pillows, blankets and a lot of string lights. Because I really, really love string lights and that was his gift for me. I still love that memory very much, it is a sort of “no matter how far away, we still care” reminder, and has been the beginning of a bright tradition of nights full of lights, so this year’s birthday card is a fairy light festival!

Qualche anno fa, alla sua festa di compleanno, per dimostrarmi i suoi sentimenti al proposito ha creato un confortevole angolino in giardino con cuscini, coperte e tantissime lucine. Perché io amo davvero tanto le lucine, e quello era il suo regalo per me. Sono ancora molto affezionata a quel ricordo, è una sorta di “non importa quanto lontani, siamo ancora importanti” memorandum, e quello è stato l’inizio di una radiosa tradizione di serate pieni di luci, perciò il suo biglietto di compleanno di quest’anno è un festival di lucine!

"Name" Lights Birthday Card 2 - Biglietto di compleanno lucine "Nome"

If you like it, you can have it at a really bargain price here. I’m thinking about making it a summer party invitation… what do you think?

Se vi piace, potete trovarlo ad un prezzo scontatissimo qui. Sto meditando di farne anche un invito per party d’estate… cosa ne dite?

“A Wonderland Birthday” printables #3

A Wonderland Birthday printables Another Wonderland printable: you can find the first and the second one here and here.

Today, we are going to have the clocks you’ve seen in the pic I posted with the garland.

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“A Wonderland Birthday” printables #2

A Wonderland Birthday printables

Second episode of my Wonderland Free Printables for you. You can find the first one here, with the explanation and some lovely boxes.

Today, I’m gonna give you a sweet preset with a variety of uses.

Wonderland preset For example, you can use it for a special invite, like this one: Wonderland Birthday invite

For this cute cake topper (just glue a stick on its back):

Wonderland Cake TopperAnd for a garland, punch two small holes on each letter for the ribbon. I only have this bad rehearsal picture but you can see what I am talking about.

I can create one for you if you need it.

Wonderland Birthday garland

“A Wonderland Birthday” printables #1

A Wonderland Birthday printables

Elide just turned 1. Throwing her a party was not so easy because her parents are moving and there’s a lot to do, but we really wanted her to have a bit of her Wonderland party, so her mom cooked hundreds of delicious muffins and cheesecakes, and I worked on decorations.

I’m gonna give you some free printables. Maybe you can’t eat them, but they are as sweet as a muffin top! Let’s start with the first ones.

Wonderland printable boxes

I put each letter of her name on the little boxes, but you really can use them as you like; are you going to give some little treats to your guests? Make a pyramid of the little boxes, or just display them with a black bow on the top of each one. I can assure you the result is incredibly cute! Too bad I don’t have any pictures. But hey, if you’re gonna use them, send me yours, would you?

Just click on the images to see a larger version.

printable blue wonderland box

printable yellow wonderland box

printable pink wonderland box

This was the first one. Follow me to know when I’m going to post the next Wonderland printable and have a wonder..ful start!

Wonderland printable boxes


Pretty Girl Birthday Card – Freebie for You

Baby girl Birthday card

I got some lovely messages about my last post yesterday, and I really want to thank-you, so I’m giving you the birthday card I created for Alice’s 1st birthday. You can also use it for a newborn baby.

This is the original file I used for Alice, without the bow; I think this card is really sweet.

Alice's birthday card

Now this is a file without the name on it: you can use an Apex Lake font if you want it to be the same. Remember to leave some blank space where the bow is going to cover some of the white part. I’m gonna give you both the italian and the english version. Click on them to see them larger.

English file Italian file

For the bow, this file has three sizes of it, so you can use the same bows with the wrapping paper.

Pretty pink bows

The message on it said:

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want your children to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

A. Enstein

Baby girl birthday card freebie

My beautiful anemone paper flowers

elegant anemone paper flower

Fact is, I do love anemone flowers and I create lots of them, all the time, because they are so beautiful and make me happy. You know that a recent research finds the key to a job that gives you satisfaction in the possibility of seeing the result of your work? Creating something with your hands, in these days of ebooks and mp3, holding them, messing around with glue and finally touching your precious creations, actually means happiness.

Anemones are a delicate flower, but their paper version can be both elegant and joyful, depending on the materials and colours you use, so that they will look fine in a vintage wedding as you can see in the first picture, or as a tea party placeseat, like this one within a paper cup I made some time ago.

paper anemone and tea cup

They are also lovely wrapping decorations, and I loved Lia Griffith’s wonderful ones but I really wanted a template that was ready to use on whatever paper I had. Therefore I created my own template, based on her work (I take no credit, and you can use her tutorial for this template), so now I can have a rainbow of flowers!

rainbow paper anemones

rainbow of anemones

I created the pink one on Sunday afternoon, when little Alice turned 1.

pink anemoneI used them for her presents.

1st birthday

baby gift wrapping

 I’m usually the one who gives babies their first book, but Alice’s uncle is a writer, so he took care of that. He is going to give her a book for every birthday, so that when she grows up she has a good library to discover. Her first book was The Catcher in the Rye. I gave her something else instead: this, because I couldn’t buy a book but I still wanted to be in that club, and this – I think they are the best toys for every child in every corner of the world: kids, imagination is coming! baby gift wrapping

This is my template. You can use it (personal use, of course): it’s easy, because it is not necessary to follow perfectly the lines to have a great uncome.

paper anemone templateAnd another flower for you: they look very sophisticated with vintage elements, don’t they? paper anemone

Double Season Pillow Box – printable freebie

I went on vacations last week. When I left it was still summer, but when I came back the leaves were suddendly turning yellow and brown.

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You know when it’s been some months of sunny days and you start longing for sweaters and hot chocolates? Well, this summer hasn’t been neither sunny nor hot, but I’m still starting to feel that way now. I’m reading The turn of the screw and missing my night tea.

I had to wrap a gift in like 5 minutes two weeks ago, so I created the pillow box and used scrappy paper to wrap it. Despite the makeshift means the result was nice, so I thought it would have been nice have a real packaging set for the next occasion.

Scrap paper pillow box
The gift wrapping I was going to post, anyway, was very similar to this picture and sounded too bloomy for the new season: that’s why I created a double one. Now you can choose between the bloomy one and the fall one. Click on the images to see them larger.

Double season pillow box #1


Double season pillow box #2
For both of them you have bows:

Double season bows

And, just in case, here you are the two patterns on a bigger scale:

Spring pattern

Fall pattern

Happy wrapping!

Flip flop birthday card

Benvenuta estate! E per chi viene affettuosamente preso di mira perché si presenta ai concerti con le flip flop che utilizza per fare kitesurf (ribattezzate ciaspole), cosa c’è di meglio di un biglietto di compleanno a tema?

flip flop card

Per realizzarlo ho usato un pattern già pronto, che trovate qui.

Il procedimento è molto svelto:
1. stampate il pattern su un cartoncino non troppo spesso
2. piegate a metà il foglio e disegnate la sagoma di una suola
3. ritagliate la sagoma ottenendone così due identiche
4. eseguite su una delle due tre piccole incisioni (una in alto, centrale, e due a metà, laterali)
5. ritagliate dalla carta avanzata due striscioline che verranno infilate nelle tre incisioni
6. fate in modo che le striscioline siano leggermente più lunghe del dovuto, sia perché risultino più gonfie sia per fissarle meglio, con colla o scotch, all’altro lato della suola
7. incollate la ciabatta così ottenuta sul fronte del vostro biglietto (nel mio caso, un A5 piegato a metà)
8. incollate l’altra suola sul retro, nella stessa posizione.

Potete arricchirla aggiungendo altri elementi, per esempio onde del mare o sabbia ritagliate da altri cartoncini colorati: questa è la versione base da modificare a piacimento.

Et voilà, il biglietto estivo è pronto!

flip flop card