My Love & Happiness

Happy Monday!!! I wanted to post this yesterday, but my Hunny Bunny and I opted to pick up a pizza and watch a handful of New Releases. Sweet and blissful love. It’s what makes my world go ’round.
Speaking of love, I’m sharing a layout I made. My favorite photo of us the night of my brother’s wedding. I actually backed it on thick chipboard that I can frame and hang up.
I’m submitted this project to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes With Buttons.

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I impulsively purchased the huge flower waiting in line at Michael’s (those dollar bins are dangerous lol). The key too!!! Everything else I pulled from my existing stash and just kept layering until it looked good.

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BONUS DIY: If you look real close you can see some color sprays behind the flower and picture. This is the first time I use sprays or mists so I went light. Looking back now, I wish I had sprayed heavier lol
I bought empty spray bottles and gel food coloring. They don’t clog up the sprayers and the color is richer. I YouTubed tutorials and watched dozens of vids before deciding this was what I wanted to try first.

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Thanks guys! Up next: I pulled out an unfinished project from the vault ;-)

Copics!!!

Friends, I’m so excited!!! … I know I’ve been MIA. I’m sorry blah blah blah (how many times can I apologize for the same thing lol) … Anyway, if you haven’t liked my FaceBook page yet please do so! Because while I haven’t been on here, I have been sharing a few odds & ends over there. Including my hoarding confession LOL ;-)
I struggle with Copic Markers. I love them. I love buying them. But I suck at using them. I’m excited because I’ve finally been able to color an image that looks decent and I’m happy with. Woo hoo!
It’s a Saturated Canary image with Wink of Stella on the wings. Be happy for me! This is amazing progress.

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Baby Boy Babyshower Book

It’s Super Bowl Sunday!!! … and I’m bringing you another Babyshower Guestbook LOL. Last time I showed you a Girl’s book so today I have a Boy’s book. I love this one! I love the paper and embellishments I used. It looks cleaner cut and straight lined. I love that look.

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I hope you enjoyed!!! I still have another boy and a unisex babyshower guestbook to show you, but in due time. GO SEAHAWKS!!! ;-)

Goody Bags

My sweet friends! I’ve missed you, but I’ve been crazy busy making these super cute goody bags for my God Daughter’s 5th birthday party. They’re not too elaborate because, after all, they are goody bags that young kids will likely destroy or throw away LOL but they’re still cute enough to pine over :)
Each scalloped piece, each paper rosette, each center piece is different from the other. That was very difficult for 25 bags! I even hand stamped or embossed backgrounds on some of the scallops. Each flag banner has her stamped name on it. Of course, everything is hot glued together. CLICK to enlarge the main images so you can really see the details.

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Fun with the Glue Gun!

So, I keep seeing everyone use these adorable enamel dots and pearls on their cards and Project Life. Some at decent prices and some not. So what do we do!?!? YouTube it and then make it ourselves!!!
I have a small cheapie standard got glue gun, but it’s high temp so it does what I need it to. I just started globbing hot glue on my Ranger craft mat and tapped underneath it to smooth out the glue and any bubbles. Gave it a night to dry and slapped some nail polish on them. They popped right off the mat. I used my Cutter Bee’s to clean up any dried nail polish around the edge.
VoilĂ !!! Homemade enamel dots. When they’re on a project you can’t see any imperfections! Even if you did, it just adds to the curiosity ;-)
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Can you even see a difference from homemade to store bought!?!?! (above).
These are super adorbs! I can’t wait to start adding that extra little something to my projects.

Creative Baptism

I skipped Wednesday, I know, but I grossly underestimated how exhausted I’d be after a day and a half of babysitting a set of 3 year old triplets LOL. My niece and nephews are visiting for a few days and even though I’m tired, I’m enjoying every moment!

Today’s post is my God Daughter’s baptism in September 2013. I have detailed supply lists so if you have questions, please ask. I made 90 handmade invitations, 30 topiary centerpieces, 10 paper cross centerpieces, and 75 favor tags.

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I hand cut each invitation and vellum piece with the party information printed on it. Embossed the white cardstock with varying embossing plates.
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The paper carnations are ordered from Silk Flowers Factory and hot glued in place because I did not want them moving while in the envelope. The pearl accents on the collar are individually placed with Inkssentials White Enamel.
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The silk flowers on the Styrofoam ball are from Dollar Tree. I traveled to every Dollar Tree in a 20 mile radius to find this box full. Each topiary required 13 individual flower blossoms and there are 5 blossoms per bouquet for $1. I also purchased the Styrofoam pot inserts from Dollar Tree and cut them down for the perfect fit. I hot glued everything with a high temp gun.
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I completely forgot to take a picture in my craft room before the venue. These crosses are created with a sturdy white pre-embossed cardstock from The Paper Studio Blanc Boutique Pearl Finish pack. There are 10 different embossed designs in each pack. I hand cut 2 shapes to make one cross. Tucked inside is purple tissue paper and a small rice bag tying down 3 white pearl balloons. I’m kicking myself for not having taken a before picture :-(wpid-partyfavor

The party favors are oober cute cross key-chains from Wrap With Us. I threw them in a basket and printed out the sign to frame it. This was posted at the exit so everyone could grab one as they left the event. Each tag had my God Daughter’s name, the event date, and thanking the recipient for joining us on such a special day.
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Here you can see why we chose to do a small topiary, because the majority of the tables are small round club tables with four stools per table. The topiary doesn’t take needed tabletop space. They’re a small accent to what is already going on in a busy room. Not seen in these photos are the 4 large flat screens looping 30 pictures of my God Daughter from birth to today.
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On the opposite side of the room are lounge seating with acrylic light tables. Yes, the tables lit up and slowly transitioned into different colors. To accent this open space we chose the cross and balloons.

I truly hope you enjoyed this post. The baptism reception was a success and out of 30 topiary centerpieces I only retrieved 10 at the end of the night LOL. I hope they’re being  beautifully displayed on someone’s mantle or desk <3 it was pain staking to complete this project, but as always the result is incredibly satisfying.

Christmas Rewind

It’s Saturday! Woo hoo!!! And I’m happy for it.
Today I’m taking you guys back. I made a few cards for my boyfriend’s coworkers this past holiday season. I couldn’t get around to making more for the rest of our families, though :-(
Please enjoy!
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