Friday, July 15, 2011

Baby Shower Decorations

I volunteered to help make decorations for a baby shower. I was a little short on ideas so my friend Camille sent me a picture. I was trying to spend as little money as possible.

The inspiration:

I had gotten these 2 David Stark Topiary's from work during the holiday's (for free). They've been in the trunk of my car for months. I figured they would be perfect.

So I went to Walmart and bought a can of spray paint to try to cover a little of the newsprint. It didnt cover completely, it seemed to soak right in. But I still think it looked ok.

I had cupcake liners (reg and mini sized), but they were white. Since they were white they looked too much like, well, a cupcake liner.. So I used 2 different glimmer mists on them to make them different shades of pink, and attached them to the ball part of the topiary.

Then I used yellow glimmer mist on paper and cut out circles to use as centers.

I added some ribbon around the top and the bottom of the 'planter' part

Here's the completed project. (and it only cost me $2.50 for the paint)

Monday, June 27, 2011

so... 40 SUCKS! lol

Tonight was a friend (Shirley) from Church surprise 40th birthday party. No gifts required but gag gifts acceptable. So I FINALLY got to make the 40 Sucks bouquet I saw a year ago online. (I wish I could remember where I saw it so I could link back to it.) But the whole thing cost me less than $5. The 'pot' was from some gourmet popcorn we had bought at Costco at Easter that I covered in paper. I bought 2 packages of suckers (because I had to have 40 lol) and a package of straws at the dollar store. I had the florist tape, and floral 'foam'(not sure what exactly it's called but it disintegrated fast from touching it)

My boys helped me wrap the straws in floral tape, then I poked them into the foam. Cut the flowers out on my Cricut, poked the sucker stick in the middle then into the top of the straw. I love the way it turned out.

Close up of sucker flowers

Design Team :(

Recently Jen announced that she will no longer be blogging much as she has gotten a job making cards for her local florist, so there is no more Design team :( I was really enjoying getting out of my comfort zone to make some of these challenges. AND it really made me want to craft again. I've not really been doing much in the last year because of my schedule at work.

I had already made my card for the week I just hadn't posted it. We were suppose to use a digi stamp by Tiddly Inks. They have some very cute digi stamps and some very unique ones too. I chose to use the teacher themed set with a stair-step card. I colored it with watercolor pencils. I think it really turned out cute!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Monday's Theme Challenge at POM

Today's theme is Father's Day/Masculine at Pieces of Me

This is my all time favorite Father's Day card. Several years ago a very talented lady (named Angela Sgro) was in the same card swap that I was in, and she made the cutest Hawiian shirt. I turned it into a Father's Day card. You can get the template for the card here. The key is using a paper that is double sided. I didn't have much time this week and this was very easy to make.

See you next week!

Monday, May 30, 2011

POM Challenge for May 30th

I'm trying to challenge myself by using what I have and not buying more. So when I saw this weeks challenge was graduation I knew I still had some paper left from the card I made Sarah last year when she graduated from High School in my scrap box. Love the paper but it said 2010 on it. So I worked around it. Our family was invited to a graduation party for a family at church who has 1 son graduating from High School and one graduating from Jr High. So I wanted the cards to be different from each other while still using the same papers.

Not crazy about how tilted the hat on this one is but it was in place before I took a good look at it and it was too late. I added mini buttons on the side of this one because it needed something a little extra there and I didnt want to use ribbon.

This one I let the paper be the focal point, I felt like the paper background was busy and didnt need anything added to it.

POM Challenge for May 23rd

OOPS! Totally forgot to post last week's challenge. So today I'm posting it and this week's challenge. The challenge for May 23rd was ribbon.
For this card I wanted to ruffle the ribbon to give it a different look. I wasnt sure how to get it to stay on the card while I sewed it so I used my red line tape... oh boy! Not something I recommend doing if you want to sew after. It was so sticky I actually ruined 2 needles.

Here is a closer view of the ribbon

Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday Challenge at Pieces of Me

This week's challenge was 1st Birthday. This theme was really challenging for me, I do ok with baby cards (mostly because I always seem to do the same jungle theme).
Make sure and check out Jen and Ali's creations over at Pieces of Me .
I hope you'll play along too!