Simply TGIF Hello

Hello Lil Sunshine-3My card-making style tends toward the fussy/intricate, vintage, highly embellished, and lots and lots of ribbon. And, unless I’m going for dramatic, Christmasy, or blingy, my preferred colors are softer and more subtle. Today’s card threw all that out the window, and for once I liked the result. Several layers, but otherwise simple and cute.

TGIF FEB Challenges-002I’m playing along with the TGIF Challenge this week and I really liked the sketch. It allowed me to showcase yet more retired dsp I’m trying to put to good use. (As I make more room for new stuff??  Possibly!)  It also is the perfect vehicle to use this huge greeting from the Sale-a-Bration collection. I have a hard time figuring out exactly how to utilize the really big sentiment stamps, so I don’t have a lot of them in my stamp collection. But this freebie gave me a good way to work outside my comfort zone. And “hello” is always the perfect place to start, no?

Hello Lil Sunshine-2I have every intention of NOT using the Curvy Corner Trio Punch sometime in the near future of my cardmaking, but it’s hard to put this one down. This simple touch (admittedly to every open corner here) provided almost the only “embellishment” I added.


Here’s what I used (all SU):

  • Stamps: Hello
  • Inks: Daffodil Delight; Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Paper: Daffodil Delight Card Stock; Painted Blooms DSP (retired)
  • Tools: Curvy Corner Trio Punch
  • Embellishment: Whisper White ribbon from a My Paper Pumpkin kit

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A Twinsational Day

Room Decor1What wonderful weather (62 degrees and sunny in early February in my neck of the woods is quite a treat!), what a lovely place to have the event, what a wonderful group of people gathered; in short: what a wonderful TWINSATIONAL day! Likely the only twins-shower that I’ll ever see in my family, it was — well — doubly special.

I wanted to showcase for posterity the way the items I put together looked in the room after we finished decorating–and before the happy crew of kids and adults gathered for the festivities. The photo above shows the “hospitality” table (have no clue what word is appropriate here!) that held the favors I made (see post here), the diaper cake (here), and a batch of goodies for the kids that were present to play with and enjoy during (and after) the event. Several of us got together one afternoon and worked on some of this–creating a dozen tutus….and enough glitter mess (from the glitterized tulle ribbon that was sparklingly gorgeous!) to fill a tub! Add in some dollar-store tiaras for the girls and some blow-up plastic Avenger-type “weapons” for the boys (and, hey, I played with one of those “hammers” myself), and the table was sweet and complete fun.

Ariana banner room decor

And here are the “name banners” I put together (using the Simply Created Build-A-Banner Kit stencils and a WHOLE bunch of SU and stash papers; see prep-post here).

Isabella Banner room decor

Initials

I think these stand for “Adorable Infants”. 🙂

And here’s another item I had put together before the shower, to be used there, and then later at home on the babies’ walls. The local HL had these HUGE papier mache letters–about two and a half times larger than the ones they generally stock–when we decided we wanted to use them. So I snapped them up, and then spent most of the afternoon, while others worked on tutus, wrapping…and wrapping …..and wrapping pastel tulle ribbon around each letter. That “A” was most particularly time-consuming!  For the shower itself, I added a bit of bolder pink or purple wrapped in a random design around each letter and a touch of bling where I tied it off at front bottom. This little “extra” can be easily removed after the shower, if desired, to add lace, ribbon, buttons, more bling…or whatever seems best once the nursery is completely put together. So, a very adaptable gift item that was very easy (even if labor-intensive) to do.

There was a lot of other great “stuff” at this shower, too: dining tables topped with either pink or lavender tablecloths, tiny rubber duckies, baby-themed confetti, and little tissue-baby-buggies holding down a pink and purple balloon; serving tables filled with festive food, this adorable and Cake2absolutely delicious, sugar-rush-inducing REAL cake; an “advice tree” Advice Treeto pin on good wishes and advice for parents-to-be; and a “thumbprint tree” spot at the arrival area for everyone to leave a very personal, lasting imprint for the wall-hanging, which will be completed later by my sister (and grandma-to-be), who is a very talented artist.  So much sweetness surrounded us all today as we gathered to fete the parents and share in the excitement of preparing for two little girls to get here!


So, that’s it for my twinsational day, and I finally get to rest from all my “shower duties” for this year. I’m exhausted from all the prep, setup, and cleanup…but mom and dad will be getting a LOT busier very soon!  🙂

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Double-Diaper Cake

Diaper Cake 2

The first time I was introduced to the concept of a “diaper cake” for a baby shower, I thought that was the cutest thing ever devised for this kind of event. I’m always amazed at the creative minds out there that dream up these things to begin with. I mean, really–it’s kind of a big leap from what a diaper represents to a CAKE. Not something I would likely have ever thought to do on my own. But I’ve now made so many of these through the years that I’ve lost count. So, naturally, I had to make one for my niece’s twins shower.

I’ve seen many photos out there for twins where separate cakes are made, but I could just Diaper Cake pinkenvision one where a Diaper Cake purplecuddly-cute stuffed animal sat on each side of the cake, and so I worked from there.  Miss Pink and Miss Purple each have their own side, replete with little toys, a bit of clothing, some blankets with a cute owl print in pinks AND purples (those form the “frosting” for the cake layers), and –of course– tucked underneath all that is a (literal) hundred neatly rolled and banded diapers, waiting to be used when “Size 1” is reached. That may be awhile– so after it’s done being a table decoration for the upcoming baby shower, this little tower of tutu cuteness can be kept intact as a room decoration til ready to use those diapers, if the parents so choose.

Diaper cake

And this is a continuation of the “tutu” theme being used throughout the shower. I tied up a variety of pink and purple tulle ribbons onto some elastic cording and put it around the “base” of the cake, which is a rectangular box–which also houses a gift for the babies. The only item on this that can’t be reused for the twins or their room is what I put on top of the base: I wrapped up some cardboard circles in pink or purple paper and used them to be the “wings” on this cake, to hold the stuffed animals. The rest of the “layers” are the rolled diapers, covered with blankets (bottom two) and a couple of pre-folded cloth diapers (on the top layer). Those came in a four-pack–and just happened to have one purple and one pink patterned one in the bunch. I really lucked out in my shopping, because so much baby stuff this season seemed to be more in the soft greens and yellows or peaches, and so I was really tickled to find items I could make work here. (Next time I’m making a cake, the recipient will probably NEED yellow, peach, and green–and it will be the scarce color combo then!)

So, that’s all the shower prep now–done. I’ve got to finish packaging up the rest of the gifties, and then plan on a marathon room-decorating session coming up for the weekend. And then on to the big event. Nothing quite like family, friends, food, fun–and getting ready for babies on the way!

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Trash to Treasure: Two Twin Topiaries Touting Tutus

Topiary-both2

Ta-Da!  There, that was my quota of “T-alliteration” for at least a month! 🙂 I think I may be a bit punchy from exhaustion, but I finished another aspect of the upcoming baby shower and I’m definitely PLEASED as punch with the results.

This is a trash-to-treasure story because they started out the day in a sorry state. Although in great shape structurally, they were missing all but a bit of ivy-greenery and they were filthy Topiary Before(so filthy that I didn’t take a true “before” picture and instead waited til I had at least dusted off a couple pounds of dust and dirt). These were a cast-off from a move by another family member who knows I’ll attempt to recycle anything into craftiness. When we started talking about doing everything in “twos” for the shower, I knew I’d found the new incarnation for these sad little things. The pots were just a standard “clay pot color” til I shined them up with some Silver Metallic Stazon that I’d bought on clearance awhile back at my local craft store. I painted these at (my day job) work today on my lunch hour (ignore the stuff on the counter where I worked!) so they’d have plenty of time to dry before I started handling them so much. I also removed all the greenery sprigs and soaked and scrubbed and cleaned and revived them enough to re-use a lot of the pieces of them, too.  The spanish moss was a total loss, however, and had to be replaced.  Here’s the way they looked when I finished them at about 1:00 a.m.:

Topiary-both

The color in the photo was impossible to get right with these two together, but one is in pinks and the other in purples (which you can tell better in the  individual photos below) to go along with the rest of the shower goodies.

Purple TopiaryAfter replacing the spanish moss Pink Topiary2on the cast-off topiaries, I covered the entire topiary post with tulle yardage and gathered underneath the styrofoam ball at the top, and then again at the point where the post attached to the clay pot. Then I added back the greenery sprigs, adding in some to help make it full enough.

I had found some lovely little silk roses in my chosen colors in the bridal section of the local box store–at half price (yay!) that were done like a garland. This was perfect to use on a topiary base because all I had to do was play around with the location of each rose bunch by moving the ribbon garland strand around til I had it where I wanted it, then secure each section of rose cluster with a florist pin.  The hardest part of all of this effort is that I’m 6-feet tall and was working with an item that was about 2.5-feet tall on a tabletop, trying to make sure it was all evenly spaced, not top-heavy, didn’t have any gaps anywhere, and looked good from all angles. This kind of stuff was a lot easier to do when I was 30 years younger and making stuff for the current mom-to-be as a newborn!

I tried to make these very, very similar, but with their own bit of personality–hence the dots and chevrons on the ribbon I chose to finish them off with, rather than totally matchy-matchy. (I wasn’t a fan of chevrons for a long time, but I think this ribbon may have won me over completely now. LOVE those polka dots totally, though!). In addition to the big, bold main bow, I snipped several lengths of ribbon and tucked them in (with straight pins into the styrofoam) among the greenery and roses to really make the whole thing pop with color and fun.

So, shower day is getting closer, and my to-do-list is getting shorter. Very happy with this project, but glad to have it done. Too tired at the moment to even look to see what’s on the agenda for tomorrow!

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Baby Shower Favors–done!

Baby Shower favors2

Not a card made on Saturday, but I sure did a lot of papercrafting! I put together 60 baby shower favors (and MOST of the candy bought for them actually went in there….). My right index finger is quite angry with me right now with a bit of an arthritis flare-up from all the various paper-handling I did, and my entire right hand is REALLY mad at me for all the punches and Big Shot items cranked out.  Whew!  More photos as they look when complete, but not yet set up for the shower (which is not til next Saturday):

Baby Shower favors5

Baby Shower favors7

Baby shower favorsThese were really a lot of fun to put together, and I’m thrilled to have finally gotten the Mini-Milk Carton Die when it was on clearance in December–it really made short work of the base for each of these, leaving me free to spend the time I had to do the embellishing…. hence all the punching and all the flowers and doodads on all four sides of all 60 of these. They’re finished up in every shade of pink and purple paper I had on hand (for the twin girls on the way), and the little poem on “doubles” I put together for this. There’s a bit of bling on each little clothespin, and a piece of pink or purple tulle to carry through the “tutu cute” theme.

So, one more thing was checked off the shower to-do list. Next up, some topiary, one to be done in pink and one in purple. I’ve got the vision in my head–now I’ve just got to see if I can make it work!

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Some Twin-tastic Shower Prep

It’s a Girl….and a Girl!!

Baby Welcome Sign in process2

Right now I’m in the middle of a very time-consuming, very labor intensive, very much-loved project….and it just dawned on me that– so is the mother-to-be! Thankfully, all I’m having to do is help her friend get ready for the upcoming baby shower. Whew!

There will be a couple of banners that I’m making thanks to the Simply Created Build A Banner Kit. I love these letter stencils and will be adding them to a couple of pre-made kraft-paper banners from the local crafts store. Baby Welcome Sign in process

The two little girls on the way are getting their names done up in either pink or purple, and all shades of those two colors will be used throughout both the shower and the babies’ nursery. I like to decorate any shower “room” with items that can be reused or re-purposed once mama gets home with the goodies. These banners will be adorned with enough tulle (the mom’s choice) to make any fru-fru lover swoon with delight. I think I’ve bought 12 rolls of tulle ribbon so far for the various items, and there’s no end in sight!

There will be some nice little favors for each guest to take home with them, all being put Shower prep 1together courtesy of the Mini-Milk Carton Die I just recently purchased off the SU! Clearance Rack. It seemed perfect for this project.  I’m just up to my eyeballs in all kinds of papers that I’ve die cut, punched, and glued…and will BE glueing for awhile now! I’ve pulled out every single SU pink or purple paper–new and retired stock, along with every other paper in my stash. Who knew I’d finally get to use up all this Concord Crush Card Stock I’ve been hoarding?

Since these babies will be my newest great-nieces, I’m delighted to be so paper-deep in work, and decided I’d document my Shower prep 2creative process here for posterity, as well as the finished products–if I ever get them done! I keep thinking of new things to add to the projects to make them “just right”. (These are the first twins in two generations in our family, so we’re all kind of excited and overwhelmed with the prospect!)

And, naturally, this is providing me with loads of double-the-fun in creative opportunity.  Here’s the little poem I came up with for the favor boxes:

Double the sweet, Double the fun;

Double the diapers when day is done.

Double the giggles, Double the curls;

Our lives’ll be blessed with double the girls.

Now, back to work!


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Welcome, baby boy!

Baby Boy Welcome Home 2

This project was one I had to put together quickly because I had a great-nephew make his debut into the world a bit earlier than expected. This prompted my use of some on-hand baby images that I’d had in my stash for awhile, so the stamping here is bare-minimum–in the sentiment only, but I’ve got a whole bunch of “punch-action” going on to throw in a huge Stampin’ UP! element to the finished card.

Baby Boy Welcome Home

This was the first time I’d ever made the been-around-awhile step-blocks-card (Dawn’s Stamping Thoughts youtube tutorial here). I absolutely love how it lends itself to the appearance of baby blocks. What could be more perfect to welcome a newborn?  I’ve used my absolute favorite-for-baby-boys paper ever, that I’ll never get rid of til it’s used up. It’s a Sale-a-bration dsp from 2009, called Delicate Dots. I bought enough that year to earn several packs — so I’m set til another 50 baby boys come along. 😉


Card Recipe additional items:

Baby Boy Welcome Home 4

 

  • Baked Brown Sugar ink
  • Crumb Cake, Whisper White, So Saffron, and Baked Brown Sugar Card Stock.
  • 1″ and 1-1/4″ Circle, Hexagon Punches
  • Itty Bitty Banners stamp
  • Bitty Banners Framelits

I added my personalization for the card (which is “blocked out” all the way around, front and back) to the bottom of the block stack, with a simple handwritten note.Short (list), sweet, and adorable–just like the little boy it’s for!

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Monkey business

Hudson diaper cake2This is my “epic save” from a COLOSSAL failure diaper cake for my niece’s baby shower today.  BAD monkey business of a mess I started with; GOOD monkey business in the save!

This thing is five-feet tall and largely comprised of two plastic “buckets” inverted onto each other to hold the gifts inside–and there were lots of them.  All the usual, typical first Hudson diaper cake1baby needs that often get overlooked in gifting, but that are really, really needed once baby arrives.  But there’s also all kinds of monkey-toy and monkey-designs on the gifts contained here…lots and lots of fun monkey business happening, too!

The “cake” on top is very traditional (just diapers rolled up into “cake layers”) and nothing to write home about, although I think it did turn out very cute, and was definitely lovingly made. But to appreciate how great this finished project actually is, you’d have to have seen the vision inside my head that did NOT turn out.  I originally wanted to create a “tree” to hang all this monkey stuff from.

Let’s just say I was NOT successful in turning thought into reality. Hah!

But my niece seemed to love it anyway, and that’s all that counts!


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A new digital playground…

Thanks to the wonderful Pals chat group, I learned about the new digital challenge blog at MDS Monday.  And I managed to get two projects completed to play along in their premiere challenge!

My first entry, above, is one of my favorite photos of my great-niece and great-nephew. (Yes, sadly, I’m just now getting around to scrapbooking stuff from 4 years ago!   This is part of why I love digital designing and MDS–finally getting these projects done!)

MDS Monday‘s first challenge is this very nice, very *ahem* challenging sketch.  I’m still learning all the ins and outs of digital design, still working with the original MDS, and still accumulating downloads with all kinds of goodies with which to play.  One thing I did NOT have was a…banner! So I had to figure out how to make a banner out of a rectangular piece of DSP (added as a page layer). I’ll be reading up on the easiest way to do this in the next few days…but for the time being, I made the flagged edges on my banners the “traditional, real-paper” way–I used a square punch, turned at a 45-degree angle, and then filled the punch with the same color as the background cardstock. Worked like a charm–but I’m anxious to find out how many times I’m going to have to say “duh-uh” to myself when I discover any other “normal” digital ways of doing this!  Nothing like learning new things!

This second page was created for a friend–newly a grandmother last year–using the same sketch.  This time, I used like 90 million pieces of ribbon and trim….BUT I changed up and, instead of using the three banner shapes, I instead chose to dangle three little ornaments under the feature photo.  I also did a mirror-image arrangement. On this one, I created my “background paper” using another image of this sweet baby, changed to black-and-white, and then decreased the opacity of the photo to about 30% of the original. This afforded me the opportunity to include an additional photo on the page, while remaining true to the layout of the sketch. This opacity trick was the same one I used to add the Christmas tree stamp to the background page on my first layout above (the one with the wild bongo-kids).

Both pages include a mixture of many stamps, papers, and embellishments from the Merry and Type, Christmas Lodge, Snowburst, and Tree Trimmings stamps; Frostwood Lodge and Letters to Santa designer series papers; and embellishments from all those sets.  I used the “Add Text” feature of MDS to do all the journaling.

I’m really loving the fact that MDS lets me really get to work on all the years and years of photos I’ve accumulated that I want to commit to a scrapbooked album.  And I’m thrilled to find another site dedicated to inspiring and challenging those of us who need some prodding to “git ‘er dun”!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri

PP104 & DD#11

I created this card for two challenges.  The Paper Players Challenge here  to use the sentiment/words as the focal point of the card and Dynamic Duos of Baja Breeze and Pink Pirouette challenge here.

 

My crazy lighting for this photo kinda makes the center-most stamped Baja Breeze piece look like a different color than the Baja Breeze papers I used on the card, so I even went back and made sure I’d used the right ink! It really is all Baja and Piro, though, I promise.

My favorite part of this card was layering all the wonderfully fun pieces I created using my Big Shot. The Whisper White cardstock base is fitted with six different layers of goodies! The bottom layer was created using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder and the Finishing Touches Edgelits Die. I used a Labels Framelit for the large pink 2nd layer, and a smaller Whisper White 4th layer. The 3rd and 5th layers were cut using two of the Apothecary Accents Framelit Dies, and the center sentiment was punched with the Large Oval punch. Both the sentiment and the underlying dotted blue layers were stamped with an image from the Layered Labels stamp set. (Yet another example of SU’s perfect coordination!)  Then all these lovely layers were adorned with some happy little pearls to set them off.

This card would work well as a birthday, gift, or even a thank-you card. With this particular color combo, it would also work well for a baby shower gift!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! — Terri