Sunday, May 31, 2009

Paper bouquet -- final touches

My mom snatched up one of the paper bouquets I made recently and also requested that I add a couple of flowers to it. I was happy to comply, though I had a tough time finding just the right papers to add to this bouquet. She suggested something with green and/or a darker pink. After searching through my stash of 12x12 papers, I found just the right K & Company designs...

Before


After
(the colors aren't quite true...)





Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Something different ... and delicious

For Mother's Day, I decided to make the dessert I've been craving: chocolate mousse. Yum yummy yum yum yum. It was the perfect dessert after the perfect meal of ribs, cole slaw, and baked potato that my husband made for me. I say again: yum yummy yum yum yum!



When my family spent the weekend with us later in May, I decided to re-create the chocolate mousse magic. The dessert was met with rave reviews....

Sympathy card

The colors in the photos aren't quite true, but here's the latest card I finished.... I've been working on a big scrapbooking project for a friend, so it was nice to take a break and make a card...



Friday, May 15, 2009

Encouragement

Our pastor and his family are going through a rough transition in their lives right now, so I thought I'd share a little encouragement with them.

I had two photocopies of my favorite hymn, "Jesus, Lover of my Soul," one of which I sponged with brown inks and layered with various stamps. I cut out a few lines from the other copy and used lighter browns and edged them with blue ink so they would stand out.




I stamped various images -- swirls, the dragonfly, a bee, and the swallow -- on blue and craft cardstock and cut them out for added dimension...

I also had some fun with the envelope, using texture brushes to give light coloring in browns and blue, and layering it with script, swirls, a face, and a bee stamp -- and one of my favorite stamps: an ink spaltter...

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Delicious oranges

After dutifully cataloging my newest stamp sets, I sat down to play. I've wanted this set (Tart and Tangy, from Stampin' Up!) for nearly a year, and now it's mine (insert maniacal laugh)! The set also features apple, cherries, and strawberry stamps that I can't wait to use.





I bought this orange ribbon on a whim at Michael's in the 50-percent off bin, which made the spool a whopping 50 cents. I think I should get some more soon...



My mom introduced me to the lovely little dew drops that seem to go well in the center of just about everything I've been making these days. They're like little flat-backed beads that make stamped images and paper flowers just pop...



I made three of this card -- I set aside two for my Etsy shop, in the hopes that I'll have time to take good photos and upload the stack of cards and things I've been stockpiling...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Best friend's birthday

My best friend, Sarah, turned 30 last month, and for the grand celebration I hosted a surprise party complete with festive spring decorations.

I used my new butterfly die set with my Cuttlebug to create garlands of daisies and butterflies in various spring colors. I also cut strips of silky fabric, threaded them into garlands, and gathered them at somewhat regular intervals with ribbon.


The centerpieces are big tissue-paper poofs that were inspired by a Martha Stewart kit I saw at Michaels. I was tempted to buy the kit, but there were instructions with photos on the back of the box, which helped me realize I could make the centerpieces myself.


I also hung the decorations in the kitchen/dining room....


The butterfly/daisy garlands are now hanging in the craft room as a kind of curtain between my craft area and my husband's music area.



I made sure we had fine china, candles, flowers, and table linens -- all things that Sarah and I miss when entertaining these days because we've got toddlers...


Sarah's husband and I planned the menu of appetizers--various goat cheeses, other cheeses, olives, tapanade, crackers, and almonds (a rare treat for her since her daughter is allergic to nuts)--grilled lamb with olive reduction sauce, pancetta-wrapped asparagus, potatoes au gratin, and green salad with citrus-vanilla dressing. My husband also contributed by doing much of the shopping, grilling the lamb, and making the salad dressing.


Since four of the five women guests were pregnant (including the guest of honor and myself), and one of the guys doesn't drink, we forwent the wine with dinner and instead offered a mocktail bar. Everyone had fun making exotic concoctions, adding finishing garnishes, and naming them.

Sarah herself helped set the bar for elegant 30th birthday celebrations with the element of surprise when she hosted a lavish backyard party for me in August:


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Sneak peek: everlasting bouquet

At my aunt's request, I've been making more bouquets of paper flowers. Here's a preview of my latest crop. My aunt gets first dibs, then I'll put the rest in my shop. I still need to put some finishing touches on the flowers (namely to trim the stems so they're arranged properly), and I'll put ribbon and tags on the vases.

Update: Several of these particular bouquets won't be making it into my shop after all! Between my mom and my aunt, at least three are spoken for. I hope to make more in the next, well, two years! It's nice to have a two-year plan as a catchall for the inspiration that no doubt will continue to flow between now and when I have extra time again...

Buttercup






Blush Bouquet







Pink Posies








Amy Butler Blues








Black and White Text