Friday, July 16, 2010
Hey, it’s Kathy…and I’m all about BIRTHDAYS today! It is my baby’s FIRST birthday today, and we are off to deliver the first round of the 189 quilts that have been made and donated for my Quilting for Babes project. But first I’m back to show you the hybrid projects that I put together for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party a couple of weeks ago!
When Nalley became obsessed with Strawberry Shortcake earlier this year, I knew that I had to step back into my childhood and live vicariously through her. I too, loved Strawberry Shortcake and still have my figurines…and they still smell!!! These PRECIOUS strawberry boxes from SP’s XOXO Confection Collection were absolutely perfect for the party. I had thought originally that I would use them as the party favors, but there were 20+ kids at her party, and that’s a lot of work. So, I turned them into the party invitations and filled them with strawberry and creme jellybeans in a cello bag.
I printed the party details on some cardstock, punched a scalloped circle from leftover red and white damask paper (from the Sweetie Pie Collection), punched a smaller green cardstock circle and topped it with a cute strawberry image. I attached it with some green wraphia and tied the box closed with some white grosgrain ribbon. I did enlarge the box slightly from the original and I also cut it all out on my Cricut…LOVE the Cricut! I hand delivered all of the invitations, as they wouldn’t fair well in the mail!
I wanted Nalley to have a special birthday outfit to go along with the Strawberry Shortcake theme and that would tie in to the invitations. I bought a plain white shirt at Walmart for $4 and used the same papers from the invitation to clip into the strawberry shape. I printed the image onto some iron on transfer paper and cut out the shape, leaving a small white border all around. I have used a couple of different transfer papers, and my favorite by far is the “blue back” Super Soft Iron On Transfer Paper from Dharma Trading. It prints beautifully and it goes on like a dream. When it is washed, it is so soft and not “plastic-y” feeling.
I made a very simple ruffled twirl skirt and headband to match in a red and white polka dot fabric that I had bought to make her birthday dress last year…but that never happened, LOL! The morning of the party, I put her outfit on and the shirt was too long and covered up a good portion of her skirt. The wheels started turning and I thought about when I was younger and we woud tie up our t-shirts with a knot in the front (anybody else grow up in the 80′s and do that?). Instead of just knotting her shirt, I made a QUICK button covered pony tail holder out of the red and white polka dot fabric and a white pony tail elastic. It worked like a dream and took me all of about 3 minutes, tops! If you look closely in the photo below, you can see it in the back.
We did really simple party favors, a coloring book and crayons, some strawberry candies and a party blower…
Nalley’s favorite part of her whole party was the cake (and the chocolate covered strawberries). But the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…the cake is my favorite part of ANY party!
The morning of the party, I realized that the table needed a little something else…it was kinda boring. I punched out some 3″ scalloped circles from the leftover green polka dot paper from the invitations and adhered some “3′s” in red and pink cardstock. I attached a skewer and plopped them into a champagne glass filled with extra jelly beans. I tied some grograin and chiffon ribbons on them and there you go. You can only see one of the in the pic above, but there was one on either side of the veggie tray.
The little details always make a party so special. So go take a look around the Shabby Shoppe and see how you can mix in a little Digi detail into your next party! Until next time…Cheers!
Hybrid Projects, Inspiration, Uncategorized
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Hi everyone! Denise here with a fun hybrid project using recycled packaging. The kids have been chomping on strawberries this summer and I thought the 1 lb. strawberry containers would be perfect for thank you packages using the charming Shabby Princess kit Hopscotch. The sides of the strawberry containers are straight, which help with wrapping a ribbon around the outside.
To reuse a plastic container, first you’ll need to wash and dry the container. For this package, I left the original stickers since they will be covered up later. Measure the widest dimensions of the top panel and in Photoshop you can crop the exact size of paper for the top panel. For the sample I sized the Hopscotch paper 75% before cropping. On an 8.5 x 11″ canvas place the top panel for the package, a label and any additional tags or embellishments you’ll be placing on the container. Print the file onto a sheet of double sided matte photo paper (61 lb. Staples brand is my fave). Cut out the individual parts. From here you can glue the main panel onto the container and add ribbons and embellishments to make a fun thank you package. See below for some additional distressing tips to add to the warm country feel of the Hopscotch thank you package.Left Photo – Some handy tools to have for distressing include a cheap nail file and the round distressing tool that has a blade along the inside edge.
Right photo – For the top panel, trim and use a corner punch to round the corners. Use a distressing tool or nail file along the edges to weather the edges. Crumple (really!) and add some folds to the panel. Slight tears are ok too!
After crumpling the panel, smooth it out a bit, not entirely flat. Holding the nail file flat, lightly file the edges of the paper sticking up. Ranger Distress Ink (Antique Linen) can add a touch of color along the edges and you can add a little weathering with a slight tap along some of the spots of the panel. The same technique was applied to the label and tags. Here’s an upclose shot to show the touches of weathering and ink.
I really love how the distressing added a little extra somethin’ to the country charm of the Hopscotch kit. I hope you’ll give the technique a try with your hybrid projects and we’d love to see them! :)
See you back here tomorrow, where Kathy will be posting about another hybrid project and more!
Hybrid Projects, Uncategorized
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Good Morning, Trish here :o)
So, ever since I did this page, people have been asking me how I did the edges.
All the questions on it kinda threw me off. lol When I lifted this page for our first Thursday Thievery
I saw that the page had fun edges, so I did fun edges. And truly, though it pains me to admit it and lose my whoa factor, it’s so easy. Like smack yourself in the forehead and go “Oh duh!” lol
So the first thing you’re going to do is open three pages that contrast against each other well. I’m using these from this week’s Product Spotlight, Your’s Truly
Next look in your kit for a swirly bit of rub-on or other swirly bit, and if it’s an SP kit - it’s most likely got some. Now place that bit o’ swirl where you want to do the fun cut-out (be it edge or what have you). Here’s mine:
Zoom into 100% and make sure you can see your swirl in your work area. See how you see the paper through it?
What you want to do is duplicate the swirl as many times as it takes so that you can no longer see the paper through it. I ended up duplicating mine 4 times. Then merge all those swirls together into one layer. Then duplicate it again, and hide the top one. Select the bottom swirl and add an outer stroke to it. I’m setting mine to 15. Create a new layer above it and then merge the two together.
Get your magic wand and use it to select the swirl, the stroke around the swirl, and the area inside the swirl. Select the second paper layer and then cut. (CTRL+X)
Now hide (or delete – up to you, I wait to delete until I’m comepletely done with the papers) the swirl you were just working with and put the other one back to visible. Get the magic wand again and this time select the inside of this swirl. Select your third paper layer and then cut.
Hide the swirl you just worked with and then move your third paper under the second.
That’s it! I told you, not difficult at all and you end up with the coolest swirly edges on your papers. Here’s my finished page:
I hope you all enjoyed this, and have fun scrapping.
Inspiration, Tips and Tricks, Uncategorized
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Hi Everyone! It’s Karen and I’m so glad to be here with this weeks product spotlight on “Yours Truly.”
My oldest daughter got married a few weeks ago, so when I saw this kit I thought it would be just what I needed to scrap some fun pages. The wedding colors didn’t really match, but I didn’t let that slow me down too much. I did a quick black and white conversion on the photos and then scrapped away. My favorite part of the kit was that adorable tree, so I made it the base for my page. Then, I just couldn’t resist topping the whole thing off with one of the sweet little birds. And, since I think that no page should be with out it, I framed the whole thing with some of SP’s wonderful stitching. I really had sooooo much fun scrapping with this kit!
I think you’ll be able to see from the pages by the team, how fresh and fun the kit is. But don’t forget that it’s marked down this week only to just $5.96! Happy scrapping and I can’t wait to see what you do with “Yours Truly.”
AND, last (but certainly not least), I am so excited to announce the winner of my SWEET RECIPE CHALLENGE! We had a lot of fun seeing all of the different ‘takes’ on the challenge.
CONGRATS, Jenelle! Your SMILE layout is absolutely adorable, and we thank you for joining in the challenge. You should have a $10 gift card to the Shabby Shoppe in your email inbox! Stay tuned for our next recipe challenge.
Thanks so much for stopping by, we’ll see you back here tomorrow :o)
Product Spotlight, Shoppe News, Uncategorized
Monday, July 12, 2010
Hi everyone, it’s Lu here, and today I’m bringing you a little color inspiration from the design world. When considering this post, I turned to Pantone, a “global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries”. In December 2009, they announced the 2010 “Color of the Year” as Turquoise.
I was pleased to discover this, as I love this color! And I was really happy to bring this post to you during the summer, because for me, that’s when I most dream of turquoise. Of course, I’ll wear turquoise jewelry year round like pearls, but something about that cool color is such a welcome relief (visually) from the heat. It stands on its own, but I especially love it paired up with a few other “summery’ colors such as yellow & green. I think of sunshine and lemonade with yellow; with green, I can smell fresh cut grass & see grasshoppers jumping! And like most people, when I see striking color palettes, it gets my creativity stirring! Like SP and her magazine ads, I have a hard time seeing anything & wondering “how can I translate that in a digi-layout?” Here are a few “beauty & home fashion” items that have caught my attention…
As my background is in interior design, one of the things I’ve spent a lot of time around is paint chips. Pouring through them to find just the right color… and oh yes, one shade makes a big difference! Personally, I’ve always been captivated by the names assigned to the colors… it can really transport me, you know? And the colors that are paired together… sometimes I’ll think “Wow, that is so unusual, I never would have thought to put that together.” Other times, I”ll think, “Wow, that’s is so unusual… I never would have put that together!” LOL! Anyway, I thought it would be fun to emulate those paint chips to support my turquoise color study and this is my combination!
On the color “palette”, I assigned each color the kit name that I had pulled from for inspiration. I thought this might be a fun starting point to inspire ya’ll to create a layout utilizing these stimulating and oh-so-compatible colors. They play nicely together, don’t you think? You don’t have to necessarily use these kits, there were quite a few that I could have worked from, in varying shades. These kits just worked best for my layout, as you’ll see below:
If you’d like to learn more about Pantone and the full article of the 2010 Color of the Year, you’ll find it here. I found it to be very informational & interesting. Well, that’s it for me today, but if you’ve been “inspired by turquoise”, please let us see what you come up with… reply back in the comments with a link to your layout in the gallery. Happy Scrappin’!
Beauty & Fashion, Inspiration, Uncategorized