Monday, February 27, 2012

Pretty Paint Cans

Here are some decorative paint cans that I made for a couple of my friends at the 2012 Heartfelt Retreat. It was a last minute idea that came to me.

Here are the supplies:
  • Alphalicous Cricut Cartridge
  • Scalloped Border Punch
  • Extra large scallop circle punch 4"
  • CTMH Scalloped circle punch 2 1/4"
  • CTMH Miracle Paper Pack
  • $1 Clear Paint Cans found in dollar section at Target

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Victoria's Sweet Sixteen

Here are some pictures of the decorations we did for Victoria's Sweet Sixteen Birthday Party.

We bought decorations from Walmart and Party City.

For the balloons that are hangings, we used an air pump that we have for our travel air mattress. It was tricky figuring out how to get it to work, but we got it it to. However, it ended up being a two person job. I turned the air pump off and on while Dan handled the balloons.

Inflated balloons were from party city. We got a dozen pearlized balloons for about $13. And the "16" ballons were $10 each. Dan about had a fit when he saw the total for balloons.

We got the cake from Albertsons. After a long conversation with the Bakery manager, we figured out a less expensive cake that achieved the tiered look. We chose two round cakes, the size of what they make in their bakery. This lovely cake cost $60. If we had gone with the wedding cake equivalent, it would have been $160.  We also went with Butter cream frosting. The tops later was italian cream, and the bottom layer was vanilla cake.

If you look closely, you can see that it looks like the roses have glitter on them. I loved this very nice added touch.  You also have no idea how hard it is to do a Sweet Sixteen party in blue. Everything comes in pink. But I lucked out and found these lovely blue "1" and "6" candles at Walmart. I think they matched wonderfully.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Name Frames for My Besties

Here are some lovely pictures frames that I gave as gifts for a few of my best friends.
Here are some of the supplies that I used:
  • CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
  •  Alphalicious Cricut Cartridge
CTMH Sonoma Paper Pack

CTMH Perfect DayPaper Pack

Miscellaneous CTMH  Paper Packs

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sonoma Mini Workshop

I just love purple. So I love the new Close to My Heart Sonoma Paper Pack. Here is a mini workshop I taught members of my team. I only used four sheets of cardstock (1 B&T, 1 Smoke Plum CS, and 2 Colonial White CS) Plust scraps for the embellishments. 

The Layout is Hat Trick from the book Magic.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Dreamin Workshop

Just wanted to share a some pics from my August Workshop. 

This will be a short and sweet post. So I will just share my supplies from Close to My Heart.
Dreamin' Level 2 Paper Pack 
Harvest Charms 
Cricut Art Philosphy Collection (to cut the leaves)
Harvest Happiness Stamp Set (Leaves)
Mixed Shapes Dimensional Elements

Layouts inspired by layouts from Cherish and Imagine books.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Wedding Details: Bouquets & Vases

Another one of my bright ideas was to decorate vases to hold the bouquets during the reception. I bought these cute square vases at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. The ended up being $6 each. I decorated them with Blue Ribbon and Just Blooms Big Pinks from CTMH. My friend Kristi, stamped on the flowers using moonstruck ink.We used those beads that soak up water in the vases, too. My only mistake is that I didn't make sure all the bridemaids take their vases and bouquets home. Sorry, Girls! :-(

This is Kristi & her husband Brian

I think the effect was very nice.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Wedding Details: Candy Buffet

I got the idea for a Candy Buffet from my friend Amanda. She had one at her wedding and I thought it was an awesome and unique idea. The cost for it added up to quite a bit. But the good thing was that we bought the candy a little at a time, so it was easy to spread out the cost.

My friends also contributed some of the unique containers, so that saved us on the cost as well. The flowers and feathers were given by Amanda. She had used them as decoration for my bridal shower. So this is another good idea for being able to re-use items. The vases were made from empty Snapple bottles and decorated with CTMH B&T paper. She weighted them down with blue glass stones.

Candy used:
  • Sixlets – 2 packages from Party City
  • Chocolate covered almonds – left overs from the ones used for  favors.
  • Jelly beans – Jelly Belly from Target, 1 ½ lbs
  • Blue Fortune Cookies --
  • M & Ms in Royal Blue, Light Blue and Teal – 3 packages from Party City
  • White Butter mints – very large bag from Party City
  • Gummy Frogs & Sharks – from Target, 1 ½ lbs
  • Blue & White Lollipop sticks – wedding section of Walmart
  • Wine glass favors - 50 for $14.88 at Walmart on Clearance. They came with the ribbon, labels, and lace circles.  
  • Peeps - I bought about 5 packages at easter to make sure I had enough. I don't think we used them all. My daughter probably ate most of them at the reception and then finished off the ones that came home. 
Total Cost was around $140

I got some scoops from the container store, and some wedding ones from Party City. We couldn’t find the small scoops the day before the wedding so I found a cute scoop spoon from target. I think we paid $11 total for the variety of scoops.

Also, the table cloth for the table was part of the table rental. $16

I forgot to put some small dessert plates on the candy buffet.

I also wanted to share some of the symbolism of the candy.

  • Sixlets are one of my childhood favorites. I go crazy everytime I see them. 
  • When Victoria was little she didn't like chocolate and didn't care that much for candy. Jelly Belly Jelly Beans were one of the few candies she would eat. So, it was a special treat to go to the mall to a store where she could scoop out her favorite flavors. 
  • Gummy frogs because Dan's dad and sister love frogs.
  • Gummy sharks for Dan & Victoria because they love Shark Week. 
  • Peeps are one of Dan and Victoria's favorites treats. We even went to the Peeps & Company store near Washington D.C. got the T-shirt. 
  • Fortune cookies were a gift from Christiny and Andrew. We loved them even though they made your whole mouth blue.