Saturday, November 08, 2014

Something Blue Bridal Shower

One of my best friend's got married this summer and today I have some of the shower photos for you. We decided on the Something Blue theme and it was so perfect, especially since our dresses where a gorgeous blue.

First up, BANNERS! I know, right?  But it's true. They are super easy to make, take two seconds to hang, and just do all the work for you. I love love love them against the trees! This isn't the best photo so I took a close-up below, as well.

Here you can see the Core'dinations Whitewash Cardstock. After it's sanded, the blue comes right through! I flipped it over for the letters, cut them on my Silhouette and then embossed them.  A simple Spellbinder's die cut makes cutting these banners super easy.

And of course her very own Bride banner for her chair.  Some Canvas Corp premade banners make this easy with some Black Magic for the letters and Whitewash for the crown. I mean this is your excuse to crazy with the tulle so why not? My friend's mother-on-law outdid herself on this one, it looks like a dress!

The Something Blue sign.  I ordered this from Te Amo Charlie on Esty.  She has SUPER fast shipping and was so so easy to work with! On this table we also placed the Something Borrowed part of the shower. I made little signs for each table to keep the theme moving along. I ordered some Becky Higgins Project Life cards for guest fill out some "borrowed" advise for the bride and groom. Part of my gift to her (I am still working this part, LOL!) will be to put these all in an album and PL will make that super easy.

Now let's talk desserts!  These represent more of the Something Blue theme. Now, I cannot take credit for any of these desserts. I didn't make them, I am  SO not a baker. The vision that we had for this table is spot on. The vintage/shabby chic stands (thank YOU, Misty!) and the "SWEETS" board is a favorite of mine. I used some Canvas Corp burlap and Maya Road canvas tags and other bits and pieces of my stash. Again, thanks to Pinterest for the inspiration pieces on these cute little "save the date" cookies that Kate made.

The cool thing with the "Sweets" sign is that each one is on wires so you can bend them and make them any shape!

I have to tell you these were the BEST cupcakes. Kristie hit a home run on these after finding this on Pinterest as her inspiration. Blue velvet=YUM! I have to tell you....a burlap table runner might be the easiest way to dress up a table!

I love the vintage soda box crates I scored at a yard sale. We use them for tables around our fires but they were just perfect for this occasion.

The signs were just some Core'dinations Black Magic with a chalkboard marker. I cut kraft cardbases from Core'dinations in half for the tent card bases. Super easy and only takes a few minutes. Thanks to Kate for her nice handwriting!

Each table setting had a mustache and crown for some games and a fan from Te Amo Charlie with all the social media icons.  It was outside in July so we need fans! Each part of the shower had a sign explaining the station...Something Old...Something New...Something Borrowed...Something Blue!

Last but not least, the Something Old part of the shower was photos we gathered of Stacy and Mike throughout their relationship and lives. My Brother-in-law is pretty handy with wood designs so he created this black frame. We strung framing wire and hung the photos from it with little clothespins. Again, the fun vintage soda crates were perfect for the stands. Nothing like a trip down memory lane!

I think everyone can agree that a Bridal Shower is only as smooth as the bridal party putting it together!  We had the BEST group of girls and a fabulous  mother-of-the-bride and mother-in-law that helped it all come together. Please note these that photos are a courtesy of a bunch of ladies at the event. This was a total group effort!  Photobucket

Friday, October 31, 2014

Darice & Core'dinations Witch Hat

I looooove Halloween! And when I got my hands on this Darice paper mache witch hat, I knew it screamed the need for some  Core'dinations Cardstock.


  Torn Cardstock Witch Hat Supplies:
Step 1: Paint the top and bottom of the hat black just in case any of the base of the hat sneaks through. Basic black craft paint works just fine.

  painting panting inside

 Step 2: Tear different strips of Core'dinations ColorCore cardstock. Paper tearing never gets old! Core is great for this because the color core looks great. For tips on tearing our cardstock, view our videos here. Tear the strips, sand them with Sand it Gadget and white off with Dust Buddy. Using the Dust Buddy is important because it helps the adhesive stick.

  tear strips
Step 3: Adhere torn strips, rotating colors and patterns on the top of the hat and finish off with some May Arts Ribbon.


Step 4: Place on a pumpkin or other decoration.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cards Easy as 1-2-3

So, Brian's brother got engaged to one of the cutest, funniest, nicest girls I know and we couldn't be more excited! I get a sister in-law!!!!!!!! One that likes wine, loves my kids and takes good care of my brother-in-law so who isn't happy about that?  Of course, we had to make them a card. The thing that is great about this David Tutera line is that stuff comes together so quickly and Henry can help me pick out the bits and pieces without any cutting or fussing.

I mean and who doesn't let chevron? I think you can put chevron on anything and it looks good!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Using Cardstock for the Chalkboard Look

Yep, it's me again getting my crafty groove on. I couldn't be more excited to be taking time out to do the one thing that I love...MAKE STUFF! A few weeks ago this card was featured on the Core Blog:

Celebrate your next Birthday with a Core'dinations Black Magic card. With some simple sanding and heat embossing you can make it look just like chalkboard!

  Black Magic Birthday Card Supplies:
BM cu3

Step 1.   Begin by sanding the Black Magic cardstock first. It's important you sand BEFORE you stamp and wipe dust with Dust Buddy. Removing excess sand will help the clear ink pad stamp clearly to ensure a crisp image when you emboss.

  BM cu2

 Step 2. Emboss with Tim Holtz & Ranger heat embossing powder. I like to use my scraps because sometimes it takes a few tries to get a good image.

  BM cu1

Step 3. Add layers of Glitter Silk and more Black Magic along with embellishments.



Sunday, October 12, 2014

Simple Cards with Embossing and Vellum

A few days ago, I had some cards using Core'dinations Core Basics line on the blog. It feels so good getting back into the crafting groove. The Vellum and  110 lb Smooth White cardstock are great for stamping.  And even though the Kraft and Black cardstocks are not sandable, they still look great embossed, scored and punched!

 Core Basics Cards Supplies:
  • Core Basics: 110 lb Smooth cardstock, Smooth
  • Kraft, Smooth Black, Textured Kraft and Vellum
  • David Tutera Celebrate white cardstock base
  • Fiskars Punch
  • Memento Ink
  • May Arts twine
  • Misc button
  • Darice embossing folder
  • Papertrey Ink dies
  • MyStampBox Stamps
  • Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Happy Day Card

Step 1. Emboss black cardstock and adhere to card base.
Step 2. Stamp sentiment and cut in a banner shape. Gently fold it over a pencil to curl it.
Step 3.  Adhere with embellishments.


Congratulations Card

Step 1. Stamp on a piece vellum, let dry.
Step 2. Adhere with staples over punched images.

  corebasicscardscu1 Photobucket

Friday, June 27, 2014

I'm here!

I can't believe I am blogging again! 
I couldn't be more excited to be srapbooking and crafting again. 
Life is changing a bit for me and I found the urge to get out and make stuff again. Maybe it's a release, maybe it's because I have more time but most of it's because I MISSED IT.  Life is short and we have to make time for what we love and I love paper. Always have...always will so it was time to get down and dirty again and it felt GREAT!

This layout is for the CSI Case File no. 128 that Core'dinations is sponsoring so head over there for a chance to win some CORE

I need to get a handle on my photo editing skills never realize how easy this stuff was and now I'm like, "how did I do that?  AND how did I do that so quickly?" But it feels good. So this little number is about H a.k.a Henry and is first day of sub zero baseball LAST  YEAR. Yep, I am even more behind on photos then that. 

Getting back into the swing of layering is not easy!

And of course banners are still in style! 

And last but not least, my newest favorite obsession...these deco photos from Snapfish! EEEEEEEK, I love love them. They are a bit more expensive than traditional photos but to get a few here and there won't break the bank and it's nice for a change. can get square ones which I lurve. 

Well, that's it for now. Back to work on my other THREE layouts I have started!!! Wooop woooop!