November 11, 2013

Paper Carnival

Hello everyone! I am excited to be back this month with a Silhouette Challenge that I have been meaning to share for a while. These pieces are simple, but very personal to me. Having been trying to get pregnant for three years and going through the process to try and adopt, having a room that was not for any age in case we were placed with children, but a room for our little one was different. During my pregnancy, as I decorated the nursery for Caroline, the wall art was the most challenging part of it all. It was not until I was about 8 and a half months along that it finally clicked. Since my baby shower was in the carnival theme, we decided to go with art that would mimic it.

I bought a few shapes that went along with things you would see at a carnival or circus; A hot air balloon, carousel, & elephant. For a very pregnant and over tired girl, this was an easy project. I already had frames that I had the hubs paint white for me and I purchased mat boards and plastic sheeting to cover the art at Hobby Lobby for a total of $2-3, including the paper to make the paper art.

To get this effect there are two layers to this shape and I used gray and a light pink, her nursery colors. I used foam sticky tabs to help the shapes really stand out. 

Thank you all for stopping by and checking out my little, but special project. If you'd like to see what everyone else did this month click on the links below. If you have a Silhouette and would like to join us please email Lauren at The Thinking Closet. 

DIY Ironing Board Hanger by The Turquoise Home
Silhouette Challenge: Time Zone Bathroom Art by Nearly Handmade
Santa's Christmas Countdown by Tried & True
Nautical Anchor Pillow Tutorial by The Thinking Closet
Christmas Card Ornament with Free Cut File by unOriginalMom
Thanksgiving and Christmas Dual Sign by Architecture of a Mom
Itching to Etch by Get Silvered
Snowman Tag ~ Silhouette Challenge by Whats Next Ma
Thanksgiving Sign by Chicken Scratch NY
DIY Horse Silhouette Pillow by Rain on a Tin Roof
Sketching on Fabric by The Sensory Emporium
Paper Leaf Garland by Lil' Mrs. Tori
DIY Blessing Board - Silhouette Challenge by One Tough Mother
Christmas Pillow by Create & Babble
Glass Painting with Reverse Stencils by Givemeapaintbrush
Chalkboard Thankful Tree by Cutesy Crafts
Bottoms Up! MYO Wine Tag by From Wine to Whine
'Happy Holly-days' Tags for the Swap by An Elegant Touch...
Thank You for Dinner (Card) by Everyday Paper
Advent Star Christmas Countdown by My Favorite Finds
Geometric Fabric Bowls by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
Silhouette Cameo Tutorial: Dual Sided Business Cards by Black and White Obsession
In Case of Emergency Baby Bag Tags by Tossed Salad Life
Christmas On My Mind by Creative Turn
Jingle all the Way! by My Paper Craze
Christmas Lights Garland by Making Home Base
We Are Thankful by 4 You With Love
Seattle Skyline Silhouette by Sowdering About in Seattle
DIY Stenciled Mugs by Coley's Corner


  1. These came out really well, I love the simplicity. The pink and grey balloons are particularly pleasing. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Oh my gosh! Those are adorable! I really love the colors.

  3. I'm pregnant with a baby girl and our nursery is going to be circus-themed! Thanks for the inspiration on a few new pieces to include!

  4. This is one sweet nursery!! How beautiful!

  5. Love the idea of a carnival-themed nursery! So whimsical! Thanks for sharing the photos of your beautiful creations; I love the 3-D effect (and the sweet elephant).

    Thanks for participating in this month's Challenge and for sharing your creativity with us!

    1. Thank you Lauren, and thanks for letting me be a part of this amazing group!

  6. I love hot air balloons, and horses. These are just precious.

  7. These are so sweet! Love how they turned out.

  8. I love how you created a 3-D look! These are so fun and whimsical...well done!

  9. Finally having a chance to go through all the Silhouette Challenge project inspiration-- I'm like a [big] kid on Christmas but earlier!!

    I'm in heaven right now!! Carnivals have always made their way into my little heart. Those hot air balloons, the carousel, oh my. I've gotta stop staring, there's a drool puddle forming on my desk haha!

    Keep on being fabulous!!

    1. Thanks so much Trisha! I have to find time this week to go through them all but I am excited!

  10. I love your nursery theme :-) I'm 38 weeks and running out of patience, we did a Peter Rabbit/Garden theme for our daughter and I'm still trying to put at all together! My favorite is the hot air balloons