Saturday, December 29, 2012

Top 12 of 2012

It is hard to  believe in just a few days 2012 will be over. Overall it was a pretty good year. I was not able to make as many new projects and blog as much as I have in past years because things have finally taken off with my Etsy shop but today I want to share my favorite projects of 2012. Click on the month under the photo to find out more about it.











Which projects were your favorites? I hope good health, happiness and lots of mojo comes your way in the New Year!  As always I am grateful for your visit and look forward to sharing more with you in 2013!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Recap

Happy Wednesday. If  you celebrated Christmas yesterday I hope it was a good one. We woke up to a couple of inches of snow so it was a white one for us.  Emilia was thrilled because she loves it, Rich and I not so much. Emilia opened all her presents in the morning and was very happy with all she got. This year it was mostly cooking stuff and books and movies but we are all loving the Karaoke Wii Singing game Sing 4 she got! Rich and I exchanged small gifts before Christmas. He gave me a new Nintendo DS, my other one broke and an art game to go with it. I got him a record.  The rest of the day was a pretty quite one but in the evening we went for a drive to see the lights. Unfortunately not many houses had lights up this year but we still had fun even if it was freezing out at least we were in the car. Emilia and I finished up the night by watching Christmas Vacation, one of our favorite holiday movies. Here are a few photos of the morning.

I have been busy working on Etsy orders again but today I wanted to share a card set I made for one of my nail clients as a holiday gift this year. One day we were talking as I was doing her nails and she was telling me how she likes to send handwritten notes but was finding it hard to find stationary so I though this gift would be perfect for her.
I started with the new Card Wrapper Template from My Time Made Easy. After cutting the base out of Stampers Select White Cardstock I embossed it with the stripes impression plate from PTI. After that I added the top using a pattern from the Dainty Damask paper pack. It is suppose to be sky blue but when I print using Silhouette Studio the color comes out different. If anyone knows a way solve that problem please let me know. After adding the top piece I created the monogram using the digtial images from the Merriest Monograms set  then I cut it out using print and cut in Silhouette Designer Studio and created a black mat.
Inside are 6 matching notecards  which I also created using Silhouette Designer Studio

I gave it to her this morning and she really seemed to like it. Unfortunatley I also found out she is not going to be coming back in the new year because she does not want to drive so far anymore. I was really sad to hear that but she is 80 years old  so I understand. She was  a great client to have for the last 3 years though so I am really going to miss her.
That's all for now I hope to be back soon with a year end post. Until then I hope the rest of your week is a great one.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Tea Time Part 2

Happy Monday and Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish readers! I hope your weekend was a good one. We lit the first candle Saturday night but are saving the presents for Christmas. Last weekend we were enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures but this weekend that all changed and snow and cold returned. The snow didn't last long but the cold is still hanging around.Thankfully it is suppose to be back in the 50's by the end of the week though. I hope it is warmer where you are.
Today as promised I want to share the rest of the items I made for the tea party. First is the invitation.
I used the same layout for the brunch invitations I made here but this time I added die cut tea cups from the Tea For Two Additions set with tiny flowers using the flower die from the Flipping Out Dies.
Next is the tea bag favor
The base was made with the PTI lunchbox note die but I enlarged it using SCAL to hold a tea bag and made mats to go with it..The tea pot from Tea For Two was die cut and stamped. The leaves are from turning a new leaf dies but this time I shrunk them with SCAL so they were tiny and my Silhouette cut them out. The rose was made using the smallest MFT rolled rose die and to finish it off I added a liquid pearl to the middle. When you take the teabag out you will find this sentiment from Tea For Two that has been die cut behind it.

Finally here are the matching food and drink cards.
These were all created digitally with  Silhouette Designer Studio. I hope you have enjoyed my tea party.I had a lot of fun making it. I will be back soon with more to share until then I hope your week is a great one.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Tea Time Part 1

Happy Saturday. I hope your weekend has been a good one. It is hard to believe it is December 1st and was in the 60's here today. I am not complaining but we could use some moisture just no big snows though.
Today I want to share a new party theme I have been working on for a few weeks now in between orders. Introducing the  Shabby Chic Tea Party

Since there are so many pieces to this set I thought I would break it into 2 posts highlighting each item so I don't overwhelm you with it. Today I want to start with the banner, teapot and teacup.
A couple of months ago I asked Lauren Meader from My Time Made easy if she could make me a round teapot template. If anyone could do it I knew she could and she did.  This is what I came up with using her Apothecary Jar Template and what  started my new tea party theme. I was also inspired by the paper in the Ella Rose Shabby Chic digital paper pack. It reminds me of Cath Kidson and Laura Ashley.
The template comes with a different spout but I ended up changing it to the one that comes with her other Tea For You template because I liked it better and it fit perfectly. The base of the teapot was made out of white cardstock. The sentiment from the PTI Tea For Two Set was handstamped then diecut and attached to the front. Hibiscus Satin Ribbon was added to the rim tied it in a bow then I added a felt flower that I made with the MFT rolled rose die and a tiny pearl. To finish it off I added some white pom pom trim to the bottom.
Now you can't have a teapot without a cup so I created this matching tea cup.
When Lauren came out with the Cuppy Cake template she mentioned that the top could be used as a cup. I thought that was a brilliant idea but was not sure what to do for a handle.When I saw the handle for the teapot I shrunk it to 65% and it worked perfectly. The top of the cupcake also matches the teapot style too. I  also used more of the patterned paper I used for the teapot to decorate it.  The saucer was made using this template from Claire at Waltzing Mouse. I think these would make great favors at a tea party. Just fill them with candy. I used lemon drops then attached a tag. This one was made using the new Do Me A Favor Tags Stamp set stamped with Hibiscus Ink. Then I added some Spring Rain Satin ribbon and attached it to the bag. Some petite white pom pom trim finishes it off.
Finally the banner
I love how this came out. I think it would also look great in a baby girls room as a name banner too. I used  the SVG pennant banners from Perfect Presentation and more patterened paper. I added tissue paper trim that I made to the tops. The letters were die cut and covered with angel dust glitter. The teapots and butterflies were die cut then a felt rose was added to the middles and finished off with tiny pearls. Hibiscus Satin Ribbon holds it all together. Click on the photo to see it close up.
That's all for now I will be back next week to share the rest with you until then I hope the rest of your weekend is a great one and as always thanks for stopping by.