Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Homemade Bridesmaids' Bouquets

A couple of days ago I posted about the silk Boutonnieres and Corsages I had made for the upcoming wedding of my dear son.

Now you lucky dogs get to see what I have made for the 5 bridesmaids!
I took the plain round hanging bouquet that you can purchase at Hobby Lobby and ripped it apart.  It just wasn't special enough.  We want to save money, but have some pizazz too!
Here is what the bouquet looked like before I tore it apart:
It has large open roses with a leaf and a little organza ribbon hanging out here and there.  The bride wanted a bit of sparkle. And we wanted hand held bouquets.

So, I made the one you see to the left.
The organza and leaves from the store-bought one were eliminated .
I fashioned a Styrofoam ball into roughly a half round and added the open roses from the store-bought one, as well as small rose buds. 
Pearl berries and crystal accents were also added.

Here is a view from the underneath of the bouquet. 

The colors for the wedding are ivory and red.  We wanted both colors in the bridesmaids bouquets and this is how we went about it.

I took store-bought bouquet holders like the one to the left and did a bit of modification.  

First, the ruffle had to go and then the plastic lace piece was cut off. I basically got it back to just being a cup with a hole in it!

A bit of ribbon wrapping and viola!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I have been working. Playing might be a better term because I really enjoyed it!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Homemade Wedding Boutonnieres and Corsages

We have a wedding coming up in the family pretty soon.  In order to save money, I have been tasked with making all the floral decorations.  
Yay!  I love doing stuff with florals!

My next few blog posts will probably be about the different items I have made for the wedding.
I know I enjoy seeing things like this, even before I had a wedding coming up. So, I'm going to share what I have done.  

We wanted rather minimalist Boutonnieres and Corsages and this is what I came up with:
Just a simple rose for the guys and not much more for the ladies.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What's Life.....

Hi all.  By the looks of my title one might think this is going to be a heavy topic.
No, no no!

I have a silly card to show that showcases a new rubber stamp by Whipper Snapper Designs.  
The image is called 'Snow Diva' and you can find her here.

This snowlady is all styled out!  Wouldn't she be fun to make?
Either with real snow or as a cute winter decoration!

The sentiment is by I Brake for Stamps.
I used papers by Crate Papers - "Snow Day" collection and by Belle Blvd - "Sophisticates".
I do love my designer paper!!

And for challenges entered:
Bah Humbug - must be Christmas - glitter & glitz
Jingle Belles - Christmas - Pink Christmas (for a cure)
 Wags 'n Whiskers - handmade (punched snowflakes, added glitter and added to bow)
Totally Gorjuss - Ooh La La
Secret Crafter - Anything goes as long as it sparkles
 Our Daily Bread Designs - Make your own embellishment
One Stop Craft - Anything goes
Little Claire's  - Christmas
Di's Digis Designs - Girly Challenge 
Stamptacular Sunday - Must use a stamp - So Distressing 
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Anything Goes 
Sentimental Sundaysmust include a Sentiment - Anything Goes 
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes 
I Did It Creations - Anything Goes 
Catered Crop - Recipe (stamped sentiment, glitter, tied a bow)
Card Cupids - Use a Decorative Punch of Some Type
Woodware USA - 2E - Anything Goes
Lexi's Creations - Pink for Boobies
 Top Tip Tuesday  -Use Design Papers
Tuesday Throwdown - Think Pink
Paper Take Weekly - Get In Shape 
Thanks for taking time to stop by!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

So silly

I finally got around to looking at my copy of Just Cards magazine.

Imagine my surprise to find a second card of mine in there!!
Really observant, aren't I?!!

To my defense, the picture is not the greatest and the color is off.  

See, you can't even tell that is a ribbon rose on there!

I had a good laugh to see I had missed my own card being in there.
Thanks for Looking!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Surprise Publishing

Just Cards! is about to come out, or is at your local store.  Over a year and a half ago I sent them two or three cards.

One was finally published a few months (half a year??) ago. I was happily surprised then, just as I am now.

It has been so long since I bothered to submit cards that I have no idea what I have sent them.

If I do say so myself, I think it is a darn cute card (below) that I made with one of Dustin Pike's cute digital images.
Looks better in real life!!
I hope to find time to be blogging again real soon, as I have some wedding flowers I have made for my son's pending wedding I want to show off.  Stay tuned!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Season of Thanks

It will soon be the special time of year where we all give thanks for all of our blessings.  
In honor of that time, I have made a card with Designed2Delight's Stitched Pumpkin and Harvest Basket.

I love the Affinity collection by the Paper Studio and this is one of the card bases. The center DP is Basic Grey's Indian Summer.

Just to make sure I had enough leaves on the card, I added a leaf brad.

Going on right now over at the Designed2Delight blog are two challenges: the progressive Free Image challenge and the Saturday themed challenge. 
The free image sent out on Friday was the beautiful Autumn Mums and all one has to do is use it on their entry. Then a new free image will be sent to them on Friday.
The Saturday challenge is 'Die Cut Divas'.  Yay, I use them all the time, except for this card! Oh well. You must use 2 or more die cuts (or punches) on your entry. You could win a free Designed2Delight image!

Challenges I have found for this card are:
Critter Sketch - Anything Goes
Digi Makeover Challenge - Re-size Your Digi's
Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge - Fall Colors and/or Thanksgiving
Paper Pretties - Fall Inspired
Ooh La La Creations - Punches/Dies
Nettie G's Digital Gems - Anything Goes
Stamp plus Fun = Creativity - Anything Goes
Catered Crop - Follow the Recipe (I 'cooked' with papers, stamps, embellies, techniques and color mediums) 
Corrosive Challenges - Punches and/or Dies
One Stitch At A Time - Use your Favorites (love BasicGrey papers) 
Paper Sundaes - Anything Goes  
Sentimental Sundays - Step out of your Comfort Zone
Just Some Lines - Fall(Autumn) Colours
Card Makin' Mamas  - punches
Crafty Catz - Autumn
Paperworks - photo inspire
Stamp Man - Pears or pairs
Crafty Purple Frog - Fall Into Fall
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Autumn Colours
Paper Play - Autumn Leaves
Shelly's Images - Burnt Orange, Maroon, Brown


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Designed2Delight Challenge - Girls and Glitter

For only the second time in the whole history of the world, I'm hosting this week's challenge at Designed2Delight(a little melodramatic, don't ya think?!)

 Everyone loves Glitter, right?
And the majority of us are girls, right?

So, Girls and Glitter it is for the challenge!!
First, a close-up of my glittery creation.  You can actually see the glitter in this picture! I used Art Institute Glitter which I consider to be the most sparkly.  IMHO.

The whole project is below.
Isn't Designed2Delight's 'Spring Kaela' the sweetest?
She was colored with Ranger Distress inks. I substituted the larger bouquet in the set for her hand and popped it up.

The sentiment and butterfly are from Designed2Delight's Bloom, Grow, Dream set.

I decided it was time for me to try something different for my project and I came across this notebook holder at Shelly's Images blog. She has a nice tutorial here which I failed to follow exactly. *chagrin*

Challenges entered are:
By the Cute and Girly - all things bright and beautiful
Shelly's Images -Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times  – Sparkle
Little Miss Muffet Challenges  - Things With Wings
Delightful Challenges - Girly Girl
 Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes
Colour Create - Pink, Brown, Cream and White
Papercraft Star - anything goes
Kelley Kid's - for someone special
Flutterby Wednesdays - anything goes
Truly Scrumptious - decorate the inside
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Flowers
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations - Unique Fold (Something different from your usual)
Paper Take Weekly - Things With Wings
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge - Flowers
Jen's Digi Stamps - Anything But A Card
The Stamping Boutique - Recipe Challenge (4 different colours 3 different embellishments 2 different papers (does the inside DP count?) and 1 DIGITAL image)
Paper and Such Design - Tic Tac Toe*(ribbon, DP, felt)
Crafty Boots - Anything Goes
Heart Song Inspirations  - Glitter and/or Chipboard
Hooked on Crafts - Spring

I'd like to remind you that Designed2Delight has a couple of challenges going on this week. One is the Girls and Glitter challenge.
The other one is the free 'stamp' of the month wherein you receive a free digital image every week as long as you continue to play.  You use that week's image on your project for the challenge.  Complete details are here.  So, get crafting and join us!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Designed2Delight Challenge - Anniversary

It's the Designed2Delight Design Team Challenge that starts today.  And we are asking for Anniversary cards. I need this challenge, because I don't seem to ever think of making anniversary cards. Maybe you need prompting too?

For this challenge, you may use any image, or a Designed2Delight image. And as you probably know, you have the chance to win a Designed2Delight image!  All the details are on the D2D blog.

Hmmm, what image should I use for an anniversary card, I wondered? I chose D2D's "Drew's Cupcake". I liked the fact that he had lots of presents.  (my kind of guy!)
He is colored with Ranger Distress Inks, which I have been neglecting for quite a while. I had to get out of my 'rut' and do a bit of water-coloring.  Also did some paper piecing for the presents.

Wow, has it been ages since I used Dew Drops!  For awhile everyone was using them and when I finally get some, they aren't the rage anymore.  Well, tough, I thought this card could be enhanced with a row of them.  So typical for me, being behind the times!!

Challenges entered:
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Choose at least 3 (Ribbon, Button, & Popped up Image)
 Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge - Anything Goes  
Pink ElephantPaper Piecing
Woodware USA - 3 different Papers, 2 different Embellishments and 1 Image
Tuesday Morning Sketches - #109 Sketch
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
 Partytime Tuesdays - PTT #31 Anything Goes
Stamp-N-Doodle - Anniversary/Wedding
Crafty Creations - punch/diecut
Craft Us Crazy - Autumn Colors or Favorite Embellishments (crackled heart)
Some Odd Girl - Paper Piecing

I really hope you will get some time to join in on this challenge.  For some super inspiration, go see the examples we have on the D2D blog. And, while you are there, check out the SOTM challenge that is also going on. Another chance to get free images!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

D2D Just for Fun!

When I first saw the single flower in Designed 2 Delight's "Fun Flower" set, I thought it would be a great image to use to create my own background.
And it does!!

Using MS Word, I chose two sizes for the flower and copied and pasted them all over the page.  I turned them around, flipped a few and brought some to the front of the others.  Generally I played around and had a good time, which is my main goal!  *whee!*

Challenges I found for this card:
Craft Us Crazy  - Anything goes in August
Digi's With Attitude! - anything goes
Crafty Calendar -  August: Hot Colours!
Stamping Scrapping Central - anything goes
Victorine Originals - Summer
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge - Hearts
Partytime Tuesdays - PTT #31 Anything Goes 
Stamp-N-Doodle - Anniversary/Wedding & OR Two or more circles on your project 
 Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge - Anything Goes 
I Did It Creations - Nature
Cupcake Inspirations - Photo Inspiration
Totally Gorjuss - As you like it 

Over at the Designed2Delight blog, there are 2 challenges going on right now. 
One is the progressive challenge where you receive a free image every week for participating.
The other challenge is "Winter or Christmas for a Child" which is open until Friday Midnight EST. You have a chance to win a free D2D image. 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Do You Stack Up? Challenge #34

Hello everyone.  Today is Thursday and the beginning of a new challenge at Do You Stack Up?

This week's Sponsors:

Digi Darla
One Month's Membership in our Digital Stamp Club

Stitchy Bear
$10 Gift Voucher for Stitchy Stamps, Panda Bear Designs and Dezina World

Stamping Boutique
Winner’s Choice of 5 Digis
The image I used this week is from The Stamping Boutique and it is called 'Prince Lonnie Latte'.
He makes a great summer card:
Just to get out of the Designer paper rut, I decided to make my own background using a resist technique with some flame stamps and Ranger Distress inks.  First I sponged on a yellow(I've forgotten the name at the moment) ink and then orange(Marmalade) over part of the yellow.  Then I Clear embossed the flame stamps. I sponged more orange and then red(Fired Brick) before ironing off the embossing.  Then more sponging of the red & burgundy inks. Can you tell I love sponging?!
Boy, Lonnie is really in the heat! Lonnie doesn't get out much to grill (that's why he is so pale) so he has done a terrible job and burned his burger.  And he is in a pissy mood so he is waving away his beloved latte.  His wife is probably yelling at him to drink his latte so she can take over the grilling!  I know I would be!!
Gee, such a happy story I've dreamed up!  LOL

Back to reality. I have found the following challenges to enter this card:
Craft Us Crazy  - Anything goes in August
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
Digi's With Attitude! - anything goes
Just Some Lines - Embossing 
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes
Stamps R Us - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown -Dimension and Texture
Challenge Up Your Life - No patterned paper
Crafty Calendar -  August: Hot Colours!
  Marks Finest Papers - Emboss it
One Stop Craft - #145 Bold and Bright
Paper Creator's Crafts  Red and Blue  
Sparkles Forum - For The Boys 
Creative Inspirations Paint - CAS
Stamping Scrapping Central - Summer
Victorine Originals - Summer
Stamp with Fun - Summer
Cards For Men - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Masculine Card
Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps Challenges -Primary Colour Challenge
This is going to be the last challenge I am involved in as a member of DYSU's DT.  My son has met the love of his live this summer and he is going to get married before the end of the year. THIS year! Needless to say, I'm going to be busy.

Anyway, in light of all the activity that is starting to take place in trying to plan and arrange for this wedding, I am stepping down from my DT position. I'm going to miss it terribly and especially all the wonderful ladies on the team!!  
*okay, I'm getting misty*

I will still be making cards now and then, as that keeps me sane!

Thanks for coming by and please look at the rest of the Design Team's contributions here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Designed2Delight challenge Anything Goes

 Hi peeps!
Today I want to show you the card I made for the Designed2Delight 'Anything Goes' challenge going on now through Friday midnight EST.
Do you see that crocheted lace?!  I made that!!
Yup, I really did, and it wasn't hard to do either.  I liked this pattern because it had the perfect openings to weave lace through.

 This D2D image is 'Sitting Kaela' which is part of the 'Ladybug Kaela' set.  I tried to give her some red hair, but apparently I have no clue as to how to do that! *sigh*

Challenges I found to enter:
Fussy and Fancy - use three or more of your favorite embellishments (pearls)
Crafty Ann's - scallops and or fancy borders
Jellypark Challenges - favorite embellishments (pearls)
Craft Us Crazy  - Anything goes in August
  Crafty Sentiments - No Sentiment
Paper Crafting Journey - Anything Goes
  Paper Play - Recipe - 3 different embellishments, 2 patterned papers, 1 lace 
Sassy Studio Designs -Use more than 1 die cut 
Shelly's Images -Show Us what you got (anything goes)
 Stamp Insanity - Anything goes
Digi's With Attitude! - anything goes
Just Some Lines - Embossing 
Sugar Creek Hollow  -  Buttons and Bows 
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Try Something New (crocheted the lace)
Kaboodle Doodles - Ribbons
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes
Stamps R Us - Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday - #125 Cute & Girly
Paper Take Weekly - Dies To Die For (Use Diecuts)
Tuesday Throwdown -Dimension & Texture
The other challenge going on at D2D is the FREE Image challenge. Every first Friday of the month D2D offers a free digi to everyone to grab. This digi is the beginning of a progressive month challenge, meaning you use that digi on a card or project, link it before the week is over, and the next Friday you will get another free digi on your email. And so on until the month is over.  For details please visit the blog.
I hope you will consider joining us at D2D!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Do You Stack Up? Challenge #33

Are you ready for another challenge?  I think you will agree that it is easy:

Everyone needs a stash of Thank You cards, so that is what we want to see.
Please check the Do You Stack Up? blog for our requirements and outstanding inspiration pieces.
This week's Sponsors:

Prairie Fairy
$10 Gift Certificate

Crafty Emma
£10 Gift Voucher

Little Claire
Bike Set Stamp

So, what have I done for this challenge?  I was looking at a piece of patterned cardstock and an idea came to mind for the image I picked out this week. 
I had chosen "Mouse Flowers" by Little Claire. The paper I was looking at was a compilation of borders. I would love to tell you which paper I used, but the identification edge was cut off and I can't find my note where I wrote that info down. I know I'm the only one who does that!

I used my trusty Prismacolor pencils to color the image to match the paper.  So much easier than trying to find a DP to match an image I have already colored!

The 'Thank you" by Stampin Up was stamped on the bottom border to mimic the top border.

Challenges I am entering:
One Stitch at a Time - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp & Show - show some bling
Stamp Scrap & Doodle Sat. - photo inspiration (I used the colors)
Gingerloft - make it sparkle
Wags N Whiskers - sparkly
Frosted Designs - animals
 Jellypark - use fav embellishment (gems)
Paper Playtime - anything goes
Paper Crafting Journey - anything goes
Shelly's Inages - anything goes
Stamp Insanity - anything goes
Craft Us Crazy - anything goes

Art Impressions - anything goes
Sundays with Crissy - kiss
Top Tip Tuesday - thank you

I'll be looking for lots of Thank You's this week. (the DYSU challenge)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Saturday Challenge at Designed2Delight

Time to start a new challenge at Designed2Delight.  
This week we are looking for projects with PINK & BLACK as the predominant colors.
Any image can be used and all the details can be found at the D2D blog

My blog posting is late today as I really was not so sure my card would be posted on the challenge blog.
You see, I made my own background.  With markers!
I guess I just felt like doodling.
Even though I kinda like it, I was very nervous about submitting it as my entry this week.
I'm just a big chicken!   bak!

Now that it is posted, might as well enter it into some challenges:
Send a Smile 4 Kids - anything goes for kids
Fussy & Fancy Friday - use a lot of fav embelly
Frosted Designs - animals
Meljens Design - use black
PaperPlay - create your own DP
Southern Girls - black & white with a pop of color
Truly Scrumptious - lace it up

Please join our challenge at D2D, you could win a free D2D image of your choice!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Do You Stack Up? Challenge #32

Hello everyone!  You are going to love this week's challenge:
Any embossing on a project will qualify!
Here are the sponsors for this week:

Sassy Studio Designs
Winner’s Choice of 4 Digis

Digis With Attitude
$10 CAD (Canadian Funds) Gift Certificate

Crop Stop
Winner’s Choice of 3 Digis

Now, on to my inspiration piece for this week:

Isn't this lady wonderful?  She is "Grandma Gertie" by Digis with Attitude.

I used Prismacolor pencils & OMS for the image. (What a surprise, huh?) 
The background was a solid color that was greatly enhanced with Distress inks.  The pink embossed piece started as a piece of print scrapbook paper that got embossed and inked with the same inks. 

Do you love that crackled heart? I thought you would!!  You can find a wonderful tutorial here.

Challenges I've entered this card:
Stamp Something - use a digi
Craft Us Crazy - anything goes
Catch the Bug -  anything goes
Sparkles Forum - one for the girls
Priscillastyles - sketch MMSC116
Scrap-Creations - bingo (ribbon, diecuts, pearls)
Sassy Studios - distressing
PaperPlay - create your own DP
Crafty Sentiments - dies & punches
Art Impressions Stamps - fav technique (distress inks for coloring bg)
One Stitch at a Time - use a digi
Sentimental Sundays - flowers
Stampin Sisters in Christ - old stash (chipboard)
Sketch N Stash - sketch (old scrapbook paper)
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - petals
Simon Says Stamp & Show - fav tech (distress inks for coloring bg)
Stamp N Doodle - recipe
Dream Valley - distressing
Make it Colourful - color it pink
Ellephantastic - add some layers

Please head on over to DYSU to get lots of inspiration. 
Get your favorite embossing tools out and create!!  And have FUN!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Have a Wonderful Day

Have a wonderful day and do something creative!

Here I have made a reminder card for Design2Delight DT's Saturday challenge which is 'BLING'.  You still have time to get something made and entered into the challenge.  Go here for all the details!

I used the easy to color Design2Delight 'Fresh Cut' for my card and colored with Prismacolor pencils and OMS. For bling I added Stickles' dots here and there in amongst the flowers & hearts. Also Stickled the edge of the sentiment oval.

For additional bling, I painted some of the clouds with Iridescent Medium which adds a pretty glimmer.  And I added two HUGE gold rhinestones to the upper right corner of the card and a pretty glittered dragonfly right beside the flowers.

I think I used every type of bling I own!!

Challenges I've entered this card:
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - petals
Stamp Something - use a digi
Charisma Cardz - bingo (flowers, gems, circles(dots?))
Craft Us Crazy - anything goes
Catch the Bug -  anything goes
Sentimental Sundays -  flowers
House of Gilli - dot dot polka dot
Sparkles Forum - one for the girls
Stamp Scrap & Doodle Sat. - friendship
Stampin' for the Weekend - spots & dots
Sweet Stampin - rainbow colors
Gingerloft - make it sparkle
Ellephantastic - add some layers
Wags N Whiskers - sparkly
The Poodles Parlour - round & round the garden

I do hope you will join the D2D Challenge this week!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Do You Stack Up? Challenge #31

Hi everyone!  You want to know what the new challenge is at Do You Stack Up?

Cool huh?!
We want to see a whole lotta black and a little bit of color.

And, if you are one of the lucky random draws, you could win:

Copic Marker Scrapbooking is giving the winner SIX Copic Ciao markers (in N. Am.) or a Martha Stewart punch (other than N. America).

Shelly's Images will give the winner a choice of THREE digis from their store.

Through the Craftroom Door is giving a whole ONE YEAR PDF subscription!

So with prizes like that, you WILL be entering the challenge, won't you?!!


For my inspiration piece, I used several Copic Marker Scrapbooking images; one for the focal image and the rest as a collage background.  Only thing I colored was the crab!

I found a few challenges in which to enter my card:
Clear it Out -summer
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Bee Crafty - croppin & choppin
Crafts & Me - anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - summertime
Stampin Sisters in Christ - any creature
Stamp Something - summer fun
There She Goes - celebrate summer
Woodware USA - anything goes
Stamping Scrapping - summer fun
Paper Playtime - summer
Paper Pretties - lazy days of summer
Critter Sketch - summer fun
Digi Design House - black & white
Creative Craft - summertime

I am totally blown away by the inspiration our DYSU Design Team came up with this week.  Everyone really rose to the challenge.  I hope you will look at their work and enter our challenge!