Thursday, June 20, 2013

Projects, Projects, Projects!

With the end of school and 2 showers, I was pretty busy crafting (and surviving).  I've just now found time to upload the pictures and blog about what I've created.  (ok, really I've just now relaxed enough to do it.)  We had a bridal shower and a baby shower the last week of school.  Yep, only a group of crazy happy teachers would schedule like that!  But, it was all worth it.  Both ladies enjoyed the showers and I got to make a bunch of stuff ~ win win!

And... you can't have an end of school year without graduation!  I love graduation - it is such a fun and exciting time - one chapter closes and another one is just beginning. So exciting!

Bridal Shower
A young bride can always use recipes that are tried & true.  Using the Recipe Box from Close To My Heart (of course) I measured and then cut out Colonial White card stock.  I stamped the card stock using a retired stamp set in Cranberry and New England Ivy ink colors.  The letters are cork that I inked in Cranberry.  All guests to the shower were asked to fill out a recipe card (or 2 or 3) and bring with them to the shower to put into the box.  The sweet bride received many recipes and loved the idea.

The bride mentioned she wanted to scrapbook (yay! I say 'yay' because she's never done one before) her wedding all and the events leading up to the big day.  So, with that in mind, I created the Shower Sign-In as a 12x12 scrapbook page.  This way, she already has a page ready to go into her album.  She is a beautiful person, inside & out.  I'm so happy for the couple!  I used the Claire paper pack and the April Stamp of the Month: My Sunshine.

Baby Shower

Another sweet teacher friend is having her first- a baby girl and we wanted to shower her with fun.  The card I made was so fun, I just loved doing it.  I used Close To My Heart papers, but the buggy/carriage is from a Cricut cartridge that we do not sell.  Nor do we sell the tiny pink safety pins.  

This pictures shows I made the carriage pop up using Adhesive Springs.  It actually bounces like a real carriage!

The sign-in sheet was a 12x12 sheet.  Her nursery is in lavender and grey with a touch of teal.  The carousel is from the Artiste Cricut Cartridge from Close To My Heart.  I'd never actually made the carousel, but it was so cute, I will certainly be making it again...soon.  The fireworks in the background really add that extra celebratory feeling that I was going for.  The best part, the square shaped bling I had from Close To My Heart - it was absolutely perfect for the base of the carousel!

A family friend's youngest child graduated and I got to make the card.  The young lady is brilliant!  In fact, she actually finished all her coursework in December.  Since then, she had been enrolled in a junior college.  She finally got to walk the stage, with honors and a scholarship, in May.  Like I said, brilliant!  And she's beautiful to boot.  Look out world! The card was made with the exclusive and limited Dream Pop paper from Close To My Heart.  I'm not generally a fan of bright colors, but this pack of paper was super fun.  The 'ribbon' was created using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  The stamp is the Congrats Graduate and at the base, I used Black Shimmer Trim.  All in all, it turned out quite cute.  One thing I try to do when I create cards is to make them cute, but versatile.  If I change the papers and colors, this card could easily work for a boy.

Another project I got to make for a young lady (different girl) who graduated this past May was a memory box.  Her mom, a co-worker, spent hours and hours pulling every photo her daughter had taken and put onto facebook and/or instagram in the past 4 years- all of her high school career.  My co-worker then printed off all 800 pictures (yes, 800 pictures).  She asked me to create a memory box to house all the photos.  The whole gift was given to the young lady the night she graduated.  She loved it!  This is her "life in social media" box.  I used the For Always paper pack, For Always Assortment, and lots of bling- Black Sparkle Flourishes and Black Shimmer Trim.