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 -- http://fancyfortunecookies.com/
  • 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.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Wedding Goodies: Place Settings

Well, Hello there! I know it's been quite a while since I've posted anything. So, I'm taking a minute to post an update. The last few months have been hectic. At work, we had a major installation in the works and lots of testing to make sure it was ready for production. Well, that is still progress. But the really big thing taking up all my extra time was my wedding. After 16 years of marriage, we finally got the wedding we have been dreaming of. The wedding has now past and I find that I have time to post all the things I wanted to share a long the way. So stay tuned for some fun stuff to come. 

!! Warning - !!!
Please do not take any of my following comments as complaints. I am trying to share all the details in the hopes that someone who is planning their own wedding know what to expect. I know  I made many flubs and goofs along the way. I was lucky to have such caring and forgiving friends and family. It's in my nature to tell it like it is and I try to stay true to what happened and not leave out the bad stuff.

So the first thing I want to share is the place setting. One of the big challenges of my wedding was to keep cost down. We figured we would have a small wedding since we had already been married so long and thought we'd be lucky to get anyone to come. We had the wedding and our reception at our church (Unity Church of Grapevine). So we were limited to 75 guests. We also had certain budgetary constraints for the cost of food so we decided to go with hors d'oeuvres or finger foods. We had the food served buffet style. I will share more about the food in another post. So back to the subjet at hand...Well that meant we had to figure out how to use up all the "real estate" to fit everyone in. I worried so much about having everyone congregated an just a couple of tables or having just a couple of people at one table and other people not having anywhere to sit. So after a lot of research, we decided to have a assigned seating. Boy! Did I agonize over grouping people! Mostly it was trying to keep people in a group seated together, and trying to place people with people they knew so they would feel comfortable.The final count for the reception ended up being 68 with 62 people in attendance. So we were so happy that we had enough for everyone.

So, here is a picture of the place setting. Please keep reading to find out how cost effective this lovely setting was. 




Favor Boxes - Purchased from Walmart. They were on clearance. Normal the cost was $19.97 for a box of Fifty, however they were on sale for $14.88. So these lovely favors ended up being $.30 each Plus the cost of jordan almonds for $32 for 100 favors. I really had no idea what the cost of chocolate covered almost, so I was a little shocked by the final price. Overall, I think that was pretty good for the end result. We put five almonds in each bag. This sympolizes a number that cannot be divided symbolizing the lasting union and five blessing for the bride and groom (Fertility, wealth, health, happiness, and longevity.)

Place Card - Purchased from Michaels. $20 for 2 packages with a total of 96 place cards. I think they were marked down at the time. I printed the names on the card using my laser jet printer. I was also printing last minute name cards because I didn't follow up sooner to get guest names.

Napkin - Purchase 600 napkins in bulk from Costco for like $15.  We took one napking folded it in half and using a 8" x 1" strip of B&T paper as the band. The monogram was made using a 2 1/4" inch CTMH Scallop punch a 1 3/4" circle punch. The "W" was stamped with Moonstruck ink using the "Old World" Alphabet. 

A special thanks to the following:
  • Melissa Robinson, my husband Daniel, and daughter Victoria for helping me put together the favor boxes.
  • Amanda Canale, Victoria and Kim Sharp for helping to assemble the napkins. 
  • Elizabeth Arnold for typing in the names on the place card template and helping me print them out. Thanks for deciphering my outdated guest list. 

I am so lucky to have such amazing friends and family who tolerated my OCD and helped me through my moments of stressing out. 

Love to all, 
Xellina



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Contrast Embossing Blog Hop

Welcome to this group’s first attempt at a Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 11 of us highlighting the “Contrast Embossing” Technique as shown on page 31 in the Spring/Summer 2011 Idea Book!  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.  If you would like to start from the beginning, please visit this link {Debbie Barber's Blog}.  While there you will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way.  Let’s get started!

If you are coming from {Tonya Whitehurst's} Blog, you are on the right track!  This technique is highlighted with the Lucky paper packet in the Idea Book but you will find variations for its’ use through this hop. 



I used the Sophia Paper pack. For this technique, I used the "Blessed" stamp set, which is the April SOTM. The background cardstock is Sweet Leaf. I stamped the flowers in Smoothie Ink and the stems and leaves in Pear Ink. Then I stamped the Bird with Versamark and used White embossing powder.

If you would like to see details on the technique or my supply list, please continue reading below.  If not, please continue onto {Sheila Wilkerson's} Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

Supply List:  {INCLUDE ITEM NUMBERS AND DETAILED INFORMATION ON STAMP SETS AND OTHER PRODUCTS USED}

The steps to Contrast Embossing are:
  1. Stamp background image on project.
  2. Stamp additional images in Versamark ink.  Sprinkle with contrasting color of embossing powder.
  3. Tap off excess powder.  Set with craft heater.

Here you can see a visual demonstration of this technique.


Thanks for stopping by!  Continue onto {Sheila Wilkerson's} Blog to continue the hop!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Studio J - Pumpkin Patch 2010

We love the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch. We've been going since Victoria was in first grade, maybe even earlier than that. In the early years, we like going because it was free, and money was tight. In more recent years, we enjoy buying a few pumpkins, pumpkin bread, kettle corn, and making  day of enjoying the atmosphere.

I don't know to much about the family that organizes it. I always felt like I was overstepping my bounds by asking. But they offers so many neat activities. Here's a list of the things we enjoy.
1. Snacks
2. Cartoon cutouts are everywhere. We enjoy taking pictures with them.
3. Maze made out of hay for the kids.
4. Hay ride
5. Pumpkin Patch with a ba-jillion pumpkins

You can visit their website at: http://www.flowermoundpumpkinpatch.com/

For this layout, I used a paper pack only found in Studio J. It is called "Boo!". It was the perfect color combination for our trip to the pumpkin patch.



Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Studion J - Thanksgiving 2010

This year, we spend Thanksgiving at Dan's Dad's house. It was the first time in a long time that the families of Dan and his siblings were together on Thanksgiving. We all get together for birthdays and Christmas, but usually someone in traveling during Thanksgiving.

It's amazing how a family with just 3 children growing into such a large family. 
Ed & Carolyn (Dan's dad and stepmom)
 Trisha and here kids, Kylee and Andre

 Chuck and Laura with their kids, Ashlyn, Trevor, and Isaac.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Studion J - Ohio 2010

Last October, we went to visit my husbands grandparents in Bryan, Ohio. We hadn't been out there in several years, because the drive takes over 16 hours. We finally found a reasonable airfare to Dayton, Ohio and drove about 3 hours to get to our destination. 

It was so awesome to see the fall colors and the weather was perfect. We were also able to visit with the families of Dan's aunt and uncle who live close to his grandparents. 

Here are the Studio J layouts from our trip. I used the "Back Country" paper pack.




 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sophia, Sophia!

I just got the Sophia Level 2 Paper Pack from CTMH, and I am having so much fun with it.

First, I made this adorable sock cupcake which is going to be birthday gift for a relative. You can go here to see the cupcake socks, and you can go here to see how I folded the socks. I know I am going to wear out this gift idea this year.

Then I made this adorable card using two techniques for paper flowers. I just love how they turned out. Here is a video that was my inspiration for the flower.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Inspirations Blog Hop

Welcome to our Inspirations Blog Hop!  We will be featuring products currently offered in our January Inspiration Brochure.  If you have come here from Sheila Wilkerson's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here Debi’s blog (debiistheothersister.blogspot.com).  
We have Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's brochure and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

I was so excited when CTMH first shared the new products in the Inspiration brochure that I had to have everything. Okay, almost everything.  Plus, it is my turn to teach the workshop for my meetup group this month. So, it was perfect timing to come up with some awesome artwork to share.

So I have made two layouts and two cards using a variety of products from the Inspiration brochure. I will try to detail accurately the stamp sets used. Furthermore, the Wings Level 2 Paper pack was used for all images in this post. To be honest, I only used 1/2 the paper pack.

Layout 1a

I used two stamp sets for this page: Bohemian Alphabet (E1019) and the WOTG Stamp Set.


Layout1b
 I only used the WOTG Stamp Set for this page. I love the quote and the decorative accents in this set.

Layout2a

 This second layout is from the "Magic" Book and the layout is called Lovely Assistant. It's really a simple layout that uses a minimal amount of paper and allows your pictures to really be the focus. I used the "Take a Picture" Stamp (C1440) on this page and the next page.


Layout 2b
Card1
This card was the card featured in the WOTG kit, and only uses the WOTG stamp set. 


Card2
This card uses the Rosy Regards stamp set (B1369).



Now "Hop" on over to Tonya's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas! Remember, these products are only available at a discount in the month of January!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see the Inspirations brochure and how you can get these products!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

January SOTM

To start the New Year, I wanted to work on creating more artwork. So, I am working to participate in more swaps and challenges. This is the artwork for a vitual swap that I particpated in. Most of the paper is the CTMH paper pack Wings.