Saturday, December 5, 2009

Masquerade Party Decor & Food!!

To "finally" finish my posts about the Masquerade Party...we'll start with the decorations!

About 3 bolts of pink and burgundy tulle was draped across the room surrounding the dance floor area. The dance floor was covered in 6,000 pink and burgundy silk rose petals. The tables were also sprinkled with confetti with the #"50"; and 12,000 pink, white and black acrylic diamonds.

I added silver table runners, glass mirrors and hand painted topiary's.

A stack of pink take-out boxes to go to the guests!!On to the Food!!!! The food tables were also decorated with lighted black rose vines, diamonds and masks (from the invitations). A nice veggie tray. Gotta have a meat and cheese tray!
And the fruit tray...that was my first pineapple to cut myself!! Let me tell you fresh pineapple makes canned taste like junk.

A few trays of deviled eggs, I made about 72 deviled eggs!
A condiment tray!
And last but not least...the beautiful cake!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Masquerade Party!!!

My Mom's 50th Birthday was this year and I was struggling to pick a theme for the party. I already did the "over the hill/graveyard/dress in black" 50th Bday party for my Dad 2 years prior. Plus I didn't think the morbidity goes over as well with fickle we are! Well my Mom just so happened to e-mail me a video that had dance clips from tons of movies and the Labryinth ballroom scene came up. I have loved that movie since it came out and always dreamed of attending a Masquerade Ball. So I replied back to my Mom asking if she liked Masquerades and if she ever wanted to go to one...and she replied YES!!

I began the frantic search to find the perfect decorations, and supplies for the invitations too! We only have two scrapbook stores in our town and I love them both, but Pearl Printing had just what I needed this time around! This silver cardstock was perfect for creating a glamorous mask which I hand drew and cut. I added lots of glitter, some bling, and don't forget the fabulous feather!

The invitations were placed inside a clear envelope, which was inside a white envelope!
I used Versamark on the pink paper to create a watermarked-glitter-embossed swirls under the mask.
The glitter on the mask was extra thick and super glamourous!
The room was booked, the date was set, the invitations went out and then I realized (after noone could make it) that I planned it on graduation night...dur. SOOOO I made a re-invitation, LOL. This time around I designed it digitally and printed them out on cardstock. The digital masks are from Princess Sophie Design (P.S!) that I purchased at The Little Scrap Garden. The swirls are Dainty Swirl brushes that I purchased at Scrap N' Fonts.

More to come on the food and decorations I made for the party, so stay tuned! Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Birthdays, oh, birthdays!!

This first card was made with the Card Maker birthday kit. I love having materials on hand to make a 10 minute card, most of my other cards take me a minimum of 3o minutes to design and create. Some take up to an hour, but I don't fret about the time, it's totally worth it to me (and hopefully the recipient)!This card was for a Broncos fan, so I folded a piece of brown cardstock and cut it to a football shape, then I sanded the folded edges, marked the "threads" with a white marker and added two strips of white paper.

My oldest daughter LOVES monkeys and I found this super cute digi-kit at called Monkey Do by Mindy Terasawa. I used both the kit and the stickers to make this fun monkey birthday invitation!
Acrylic, or acetate, cards are so much fun too!! It is hard to see the acrylic piece, but if you look closely you can see the outline of it. Remember this acrylic card I did? The blue mesh at the top of the card was cut from body poof material, this one happened to come as a liner in a gift basket, but you could cut up a regular poof just the same!

I attached the smaller white card that came with the acrylic card by punching holes in the fold of both cards and tying a soft fiber through them.

Thanks for coming by today!!! I hope your having a wonderful summer!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


I'm always in the process of trying to liven up my craft room. I've seen wooden words of inspiration in many crafters' rooms and enjoyed the feeling it made! So I grabbed me some wooden letters, some Tim Holtz crackle paint and created my "CREATE"!!! lol :P
Up close you can see I did not paint them solid, I wanted a shabby feel to the letters.The inside of the letters I left white. These pictures really don't show the crackle texture very well. I just zoomed in with my camera and snapped these close-ups. Opposed to standing on the counter top to take a better pic.I certainly have made WAY more cards lately than anything. I haven't actually scrapbooked in a very long sort of saddens me, where does my time go??? REALLY? This card is full of lace, vintage trims, stitches and frilly goodness!! It is so hard to loose a loved one and I wanted a card that was comforting to touch and filled with lots of Love. The rose is a remnant of the arched lace at the top of the card and I bundled it and hand stitched it to a sheer leaf by Creative Impressions. The yellow paper lace trim at the bottom was from one of the super cute packages that Shelly wrapped my purchase in. She always puts lots of love and care into her customers packages!! You should check her out...I squealed when I saw her cute alphabet soup kit, I didn't win the giveaway...harrumph, and when I went to her shop to purchase one...they were already sold out, that Chicky is one HOT commodity!!To mimic the cute yellow trim on the front of the card, I used a Fiskars lace border punch on a piece of yellow paper on the inside of the card.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope to hear from you!!!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Oh, Baby Pt. 2

Hi, I'm still here...just haven't been feeling in the mood to post a blog. Well, that, and the time too! I'm sure you all understand.

I can't believe it...but I sewed a crib bumper....yay me!!! (Too much Zach and Cody for me) I used a pattern and checkered fabric I bought from Wal-Mart. It goes perfectly with their Disney Cars Nursery theme! I was a bit disappointed that the fabric faded considerably with the first washing after I was done sewing, even using the oh-so-gentle and yummy-smelling Dreft baby soap.

I had to make my cutie-patootie nephews these super cute banners to hang in their nursery! They were a "Peachy-Cheap Deal" that I took advantage of a while back!! You gotta love that site...I could almost buy the daily deal....daily! I used leftover fabric from the crib bumper and some cute "racing" themed striped material.

The first Banner is for Carson.

The second banner is for Camron.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Many Thanks....and the winner is!!!!

Wow, school is out's almost hard to believe. In appreciation for how much my girls' teachers have done for them (and all their students), I created a few handmade items for them! First up we have some cards, not only for their teachers, but the secretaries and also their bus driver!

Pencil holders were a must!!!

Then I thought, clipboards are such a cool idea!! Clipped to the board is a patterned paper notepad.

But I went even further than that! I added a piece of acrylic to the back and attached them by ribbons at the top and Velcro closures at the bottom. That way they can open it up and add papers and pictures an extra bonus, acrylic makes a great dry-erase surface!!! How cool is that???
Then I used up lots of scraps from the cool patterned paper and shaped brads I purchased to make some super easy bookmarks!!!
To top it off I decorated some over sized wooden clips and added a picture!
I hope they feel super appreciated.....cause they are!!!!
So are you ready to see who won my huge blogaversary giveaway??? The odds were pretty good for those that left comments in the last week. I wrote the 4 names down on papers, sat them in front of Shaylie.....and let her pick one!
and the winner is.......Congratulations PaperTree Designs!!!!
Just send me your addy and it will be on its way to your home!!!
Would you like to see what I put together for you????
oh yeah!!! I told you it would be good! You walk away with all these goodies:
1 package Autumn Leaves flourish acrylic stamps
31 types of fibers, each 5 ft. long (by the way this looks super cute as a scarf!)
a huge stack of mat stacks, mostly DCWV
a stack of DCWV vellum quotes from the sports, baby and girl packs
1 pack of black rub-ons "thanks" themed
1 pack of embellished tags
1 pack of Colorbok chipboard shapes, elements, quotes, and alphas
1 pack of Maya Road chipboard swirls
1 pack of buttons in tons of shapes and colors...including a few super cool metal buttons!
1 pack of eyelets in lots of colors in round, heart and flower shapes
1 pack of Prima paper flowers in tons of colors
1 pack with 2 silver and 2 gold "2007" brads
1 pack of adhesive backed bling in pink, blue, green, and white
1 pack of purple daisy flower punches
1 pack of baby confetti
1 pack of Easter confetti
1 pack of Wedding confetti
1 pack of Patriotic confetti
and 1 pack of Christmas confetti
Thanks to everyone who left comments...and keep coming never know when I might decide to do another giveaway....this destashing thing is kind of liberating!! I get to go through stacks of things I forgot about, get the creative juices flowing...and share some of my "overstocked" supplies!!!! It's a Win-Win scenario!!!
Until next time!!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Oh, Baby!

First off... Wow I haven't blogged in a while! I've been so busy crafting that I don't know if I've even blinked in the last 2 months. So I need to cram a few items per post just to catch up!! Yay for you!

One of the main reasons, I've been so busy is my 2 new nephews!! Which they are the highlight of today's post! First up is their birth announcement! I created these in Photoshop Elements using some digital scrapbook supplies. I printed 60 of these using my Epson R1800 and Luster photo paper, it was the first time I used the roll attachment!!

Next up is the Baby Shower Invitations! The main paper is Coordinations, which is fun paper because when you sand or tear it, the core color of the paper is a lighter color. You can see it where I sanded the embossed scallop edge. The wording was cut by my Cricut and adhered with my Xyron sticker maker. The circle was cut with Fiskars shape template and then I sanded the edges. The dark brown flower was stamped with white ink and cut out by hand. The cutest part (in my opinion) are the giraffes, which I stamped, colored with pencil, hand cut, and glued yellow flocking to the spots.

Last but certainly not least, I made some custom Onsies! I finally tried using the vinyl for my Cricut, it was so fun, and let me tell was a lot easier than I thought!!! I spent some time looking for cute "twin" sayings and this was my absolute favorite!

Here are all 3 sets of Onsies I created! The pear I hand drew, and cut with a craft knife from a piece of vinyl.
For the "womb mates" I added a top coat of glitter paint to give them some *sparkle*!!

This is just a little sampling of what I have been working on lately!!! More to come soon! Oohhh I almost forgot.....

Today is my 1st Blogaversary!!!

One year ago I made my first post, which also had a giraffe theme!!! How fitting! In the last year I have made 58 posts about what I love to do.....craft! I certainly have had a blast sharing my creations with everyone and thank those of you who stop by to see what I've been up to, especially if you left me some blog love (comments). That is what makes it all worth it!

SOOOOOO, just as a special treat to YOU my blog readers I have a super duper cool giveaway!!! I am putting a packet together with a brand spanking new package of Autumn Leaves "flourishes v2" acrylic stamps, some paper, stickers, embellies....and who knows what else...a defiantly cool gift to a lucky blog reader! I will draw the winner to this freebie giveaway one week from today! To qualify leave me a comment on this post! To increase your chances of winning, leave me a comment on one of my other 57 you a total of 58 entries!!! So what are you waiting for????? Start spreading the blog love baby!!!!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Easter Recap

Well it's been almost a week since Easter, where does time go.....really? On Easter day I handed out some super fun bags to all the grownups at our Easter egg hunt. I found the super cool bag template at House of 3. I printed the image directly on the bag and then embellished it with a paper doilie and attached them with flowers and a brad at the top.

Inside the bag was also a card that I made from the House of 3 Easter Bag download kit. Instead of printing the design on a bag I printed it on regular paper, cut it down, then in half. One half was used as the front on the card and the other was used for the inside of the card. I topped them off with some cute Easter stamps and voilla a super easy gift...six super easy gifts that is!!