Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Love Lift...

We have a new challenge posted for you at Challenge Me Happy today and it's a fun one!  This time we're lifting this layout by the cute and oh-so-creative Marie Johansson!

Here's the layout I've done for the challenge.  Always love a reason to plaster stars all over a page!  

And besides that, I love the place in my heart and memory that this photo and little boy's face takes me to.  Sarasota, Xmas holidays, 1997.  Fun on a sand beach we'd never heard of before (had no idea it was in the top 10 beaches in the world for sand), playing games while gale force winds threatened to blow the building down, raking the beach for sharks teeth (for real!) and relaxing in a place where there were no snow drifts!  Good times.  Good times.

Be sure to stop by Challenge Me Happy to check out what the rest of the design team did and to enter the challenge for a chance to win a prize from Echo Park!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Paper Roses....

So here's a thing to show you...!  I made this WAY last year ago, and then it was requested for the magazine Create: For the Home and I never saw it again till it was returned to me just a bit ago. 
 There was some fierce paper rolling went on to create this.  But it was fun.  And a great way to pass the time whilst chatting on the phone with friends and family.  I didn't actually keep track of the number of roses rolled, but it was close to a lot-hundred!

 I used a large, vintage dictionary for the pages, and long boutonniere pins to affix them to the styrofoam wreath underneath.  

 I used a length of organza fabric to tie a simple knot and it hangs from this shabby painted hook.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Vintage Market find goes all upscale...

Remember I said I was going to post about the journaling book I made into a little memory book for the Bridal Shower we recently threw?  This one here?

So, I divided the book into sections for the invitation, the menu, the guests, their addresses, some words of advice they might like to share, etc.  I want to add photos to the book yet, and I didn't want it to become too bulky overall, so I actually removed a few pages from the book.  A book like this one, is a series  of "signatures" sewn together and I just pulled out the center two pages from each signature.  As I was adding embellishments, I kept them as flat as I could to keep the bulk to a minimum as well.

Here is the book as it was presented to Amy.  Now it has guests and gifts listed in it, and some wise words added too.  
A few days ago I posted here, about a paper lantern I embellished with butterflies and flowers.  That was also made for the shower and I kept with the same theme for this book, using many of the same papers and shapes.  

 I left a couple of sections un-labeled so that Amy could keep track of any other details she would like.  Or, that's where we'll adhere photos of the day that don't fit with the other sections.

This post recently went up at Love is in the Details.
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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Time to get back to "work"

Enough of all this play and tea parties and fancy things!

I made this card and posted it over at Love is in the Details a while back and thought I should show you here!  I've had the technique inside my head for awhile and finally got to sit down and try it out.  You should know, that long ago when my main craft was cross stitching...my mom made the (probably very accurate) comment that, "I think you would be perfectly content just poking a needle in and out of fabric even if there was no thread in it."  

I think maybe this card proves her right?
There's a lot of "sewing" in the paper crafting industry currently, but mostly all actually USE thread. 

To begin, I chose three different stamps to try.  I tried to use ones that had a simple, basic shape, stamping with black ink onto white printer paper.  
Next, I laid the card stock over a piece of white card stock and then a mousepad, then poked holes all around the outline of each stamp.
This is the effect it produced.

I liked the rose the best, so decided to use it.

 If you don't have a selection of stamps to use for this, you could go online and look up clip art in any subject you can think of, and the possibilities will boggle you!

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Happily ever after....

I'll be quite honest and tell you that Pinterest is my best friend these days.  Especially during the planning of the recent bridal shower...SO MANY wonderful ideas posted there!!!  And this one was too!  

I made this canvas as both a prop for the shower (on the gift table) and a gift for bride and groom.  They have a very clean, graphic style to everything they wear, do, and love, that I knew this would suit them perfectly.  

Besides that, it's a very pleasing way to USE UP some alphabet stickers!!

The process is easy.  It helped that the stickers were mostly all so old, that their stick had long ago dried up, and I was able to move them around the canvas with ease.  Once I was happy with their placement, I glued them down with a stronger adhesive.

Finally, I gave the whole thing a few quick coats of white spray paint and it was really that easy!  I can see making more of these.  

Heading off to Pinterest to find some good quotes...!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Paper Lanterns

I love paper lanterns.  How could I not, all white, and light and airy and...papery.  And paper lanterns with a bit of adornment....well, even better!!  
 Using my Silhouette Cameo I cut several different sizes and styles of flowers and butterflies and then began layering them together.  The butterflies are machine stitched with the threads left long to resemble antennae.  
To assemble the whole works, I just plugged in my trusty hot glue gun and glued it all down.  I had some green leaf ribbon given to me by a friend years ago, and saved for just this special project!  I wound it through the flowers and butterflies, and tacked it with hot glue in a few spots.

Of course one wasn't enough, so I made another combining with some satin melted flowers in subtle, pale colors.  Here's how they looked hung up.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

So many pretty things and a Bridal Shower. (Photo heavy!)

I've been MIA.  I know this and I'm sorry.  But wait till I show you why!  This past weekend my daughter and I hosted a bridal shower for my soon-to-be daughter-in-law!  I feel like this is a party I've been waiting my whole life to throw!  I've been collecting mismatched vintage china and silverware and goblets and hats and other tchotchkes for, literally, years.  And I finally got to pull it all out and use it for one perfect setting and occasion!

How about I just let the photos speak for themselves!

When they first arrived, guests were greeted at the front door with this tableau.  The chalkboard art is Jeff's work of course.

An opportunity to check the hair once more before going inside...

Then, in the backyard there were several tables set with mismatched china, silverware, goblets, chairs, etc.  Everything as random as possible.


This was Amy's place.

I found this journal at a vintage market a couple of weeks earlier and made it into a little memory book for her to remember the day by.  (Post coming soon...)
The little favor boxes containing homemade butter mints that each guest took home, were cut on my Silhouette, punched with a Martha Stewart all over punch and it performed beautifully, I might add!

The food was set out on all the pretty plates and platters I have stored away for just such occasions as this!  The strawberry pound cake was made by Classic Cakes and Confections, who did a wonderful job with the petit fours and macarons as well!

And let me tell you about the roses!  A few weeks previous, while wandering through a flea market, we came across a booth selling lovely vintage items (yes, we bought a couple) and adorning their booth were these beaUTIful lush garden roses!  I had to know if they were the growers and they were!  Well, Dad was.  He's got 45 bushes of many different varieties.  Timidly, I asked if I could buy some.  What's the worst they could do?  Say no?  Boot us out of their booth for our impudence?  Unsell us the items we'd bought?  But no!  They almost fell over themselves to invite us to come and cut!  As many as we'd like, whenever, here's the address, don't worry about calling ahead, just come!

So we did.  How could you say no to that?

Amy was gracious in her gift opening skills, personally acknowledging each one with a comment of appreciation.  Her mother (who was unable to attend) would have been so proud!

Being Easter weekend, the two other bridesmaids were unable to attend, but Melissa was here from Canada and had a MAJOR hand in helping me put this together!  

Of course we played games.  We had to have a reason to use these pretty clothespins from Michaels!  Each guest received one and then forfeited it if they were heard speaking the words "dress" "wedding" or "Jeff".

And we played "Guess the spice"game.  We also played Bridal Bingo, where the guests filled in their bingo card with gifts they imagined the bride would shortly open, giving themselves a free space for their own gift.  Any line crossed off won a prize.

Each table had a unique arrangement of vintage hat, flowers in vintage pitchers or vases and a photo of the engaged couple.  

The banner was made from burlap, canvas, dictionary paper, sheet music, paper doilies and other paper.  And saints preserve us, you can buy silver lamé seam binding!  So I did, and used it to bind the banner together. 

I realized later we didn't get any good photos of the whole yard...until the very end when it was all in disarray.  But, I decided even the party aftermath looks pretty!

Sorry, that was a LOT of photos.  I still have to catch my breath when I look through them.  I hope you enjoyed the photos too.