this year, my little friend cece wanted a hannah party. and while her mom got most of the party stuff from a party store, they wanted an invitation and cake by lexi. playing with fonts is a fun way to mimic the look of the logo and get the feel for something like this while still having a printed, personalized invitation. we talked about trying a guitar shaped cake, but then we decided to put a guitar on the cake instead, using the images and colors of the invite...
to transfer those elements to the cake, i printed them larger and cut them out to use as templates to cut the shapes in fondant icing. i used two star cutters for the stars and saved the extras to use on the board. i love how it came out!
cd mixes of a few of cece's favorite hannah songs were the perfect party favor, especially with a label to match the invitation.
and the large version of the guitar for the cake cut-outs was so cool i printed extra on text weight paper and used it for wrapping paper and a gift card--a very last minute idea!
here's colleen posing for another party favor/activity that michele found--a photo with hannah herself! it was a big hit and cece had a great time!
i just had to share mignon's work of art from our stamping together on thursday. she loves all of the tweets and tweet houses from the saltbox studio and decided to go to town with them--literally, creating birdville! i especially love how she used the branch to create the tree. every bird has a house perched on those branches and the birdbath is their community pool! colleen created a masterpiece too, but sh'e not quite finished, so she'll get a post of her own later...
hope you're having a great weekend!
after i finished yesterday's card, i still had this little inchie on my desk and just had to make a quick card with it. i also still had the kraft card stock and the twine hanging around, too! it was fun to create on such a little canvas--the bird was small enough to be able to include a bit of the branch to perch on and the size of inchie allows her to still take center stage on the larger card. all stamps are from the saltbox studio, the notecard is a muse.
i haven't had time this week to stamp for fun, with so much going on. but the girls were home because it was conference day today, so when they were looking for something to do this afternoon, we stamped! when i sat down, i was actually stumped about what to do! finally, i decided to check out today's ways to use it challenge on splitcoast and here's where i ended up--creating with inchies. the small saltbox tweets ended up being the perfect size and subject matter for the one inch square pieces. and paired with the nest, these two have a little nesting to do!
thanks for all the comments about my cover card yesterday. it was such a nice surprise when i found out about it, but it was even more exciting to actually see it!!
i've been dying for the june/july issue of paper crafts to be available. i had a card and a notebook picked up for publication way back when, and then the contract came and said the "what's cookin'?" card would be on the cover, and i couldn't believe it--i kept thinking something else would catch the editors' eyes and mine would get bumped, but seeing is believing, right?! rose ann commented that she saw it, so i picked one up at the bookstore even though it's probably on it's way to me--thanks rose ann! this really is a huge incentive to get back to submitting. the cover card and directions are also on page 86 and the notebook, on page 83--go check them out! before you go, here are two variations of the same card...
all three images are from the a muse clear stamp set, party time. and they would be great for father's day next month--what kind of cooks are the dads in your life?
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today, i have one more of the cut out invitations that i created a few weeks ago. i have a backlog of things to post, but i think i'm close to reaching the bottom of the stack! this was an invitation to a build-a-bear party, so what's better than a dressed bear?! i created a bear template on the computer and saved the document twice, as both the inside and the outside, adding the details necessary for each. after printing one on each side of a piece of card stock and folding in the middle, they lined up perfectly for cutting out, leaving the fold on the hand to make it work. here's the inside shot...
the head, legs and non-folding hand are all just on the back, with only the clothes on the front flap. the lining up and making it work took a little longer than some of my other invites, but once you get it planned, it's easy to reproduce!
have a beary good day!
for mother's day, i love to create little paper crafted gifts for the moms in our families, so i was very excited when i saw this post on lyndsay's blog, with links back to the original project by ali edwards and another by kelli crowe. wow! it was the perfect project and didn't take very long either. i picked up a couple of the martha stewart shadow boxes when i went to get the butterfly punch, but i wanted to make some smaller versions as well, so i ended up with small canvases for those. i even made a few extras for birthdays! here's a close-up of one of the big ones...
i used the jolie chocolat 8 x 8 paper stack by s•e•i, which was perfect for the box and had some sparkle and shine included. like lyndsay, i added a few a muse twinkle stickers to the outside of the box--the design just begs for them!
here is bird's eye view of all of the small canvases. i wanted them to be somewhat unique, so i created each one using a different paper collection for quick and easy coordination, but i would love to take time one day to create something similar with more random scraps and still come up with something cohesive like ali's. here are a couple more close-ups...
i swiped pink chalk ink over the canvases for a little color and heat set. to attach the butterflies, i folded the wings up a bit and used crystal effects to glue the bodies to the canvas. a little coordinating ribbon was perfect for decorating the sides and hiding the staples. and the final touch was a line of platinum stickles to the butterfly "bodies" for added bling.
i was totally taken with the butterflies, but this was such a fun project that i have to do it again with other punches. this is definitely one of those projects that looks like so much more than the time it takes to make it!
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here's a quick card i made for today using the very cute mother's day stamp in the mama mouse and more set from the saltbox studio. i love the little flower detail--the micro dot twinkle sticker is the perfect fit for a little bling! all paper is a muse--i used a scrap of a pink kitchen note for the band, adding fruit punch stickles to the dots for added texture and more sparkle. for all of my readers who are mothers and mothers-to-be, i hope you're having a wonderful day!
both my nephew and my godson had their first communion today and when i saw elena's invitations the other day, i was inspired to use the church tweet house from the saltbox studio for their gift cards. i stamped and layered the image on watercolor paper, adhering it to a pre-made mini card from stampin' up! i added a strip of the watercolor paper behind the scallop with the sentiment to give definition to the scallop--when it's closed the back of the card peeks out like an additonal layer. i love easy-peasy!
here's another quick card with that cool around the block cloud paper that was in my treat box last week. this time, a tweet house from the saltbox studio is high in the sky with the little birdie singing from the roof top! so many sentiments would work with this, but i'm always in need of birthday cards and this one from a muse is one of my bird-day faves.
have a great weekend!
here's one more baby shower invitation from last weekend, this time for an expected boy with a boat theme. after studying lots of different tugboat pictures, i drew the boat on the computer using the basic shape tools. i thought the design needed a little water and the scallop stamp from the a muse fancy borders clear stamp set fit the bill perfectly, especially since i could easily see through it to stamp it three times and space it just right! i accidentally printed way too many of the little boats, so i offered the hostess a set of matching thank you notes to give to the honoree...
i still have lots more, so i'll have to come up with some new designs and more reasons to use them up! when i'm creating sets like this (as well as individual cards), i rely on my teflon bone folder to press my creases perfectly. do you have one? it's such an unsung "behind-the-scenes" tool, but i really do use it every day, so it was the perfect tool to review for craft critique. if you want to know more, my article was posted this morning--go check it out!