Tuesday, December 30, 2014

50th Anniversary Party for My Parents

On December 22, 2014 my parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary! My niece and I collaborated on their party. We started a Pinterest board months ago and pulled inspiration from there.

For this event we wanted to give my mom the tiered wedding cake she never had! My niece's boyfriend's stepmom baked the cake. Then she and my niece decorated it. It was delicious!

For favors we decided to do a candy bar. Bags were at the table and guests were told to scoop up some golden treats. Each jar had a chalkboard labeled with the kind of candy that was in the jar.

We pinned a lot of ideas on centerpieces using mason jars, but due to time I ended up doing something simpler. I wrapped the jars in burlap ribbon then added a a smaller width of gold or white ribbon. I wrote a part of the Bible verses in I Corinthian 13 on each chalkboard shape and embellished with a paper flower and gem. On the opposite side is a wooden heart covered with a white, punched heart shape. Before I punched the paper I ran it through my printer. They have my parents' names and the dates 1964-2014. We chose real flowers over artificial so we purchased white roses, baby's breath, fern, and gold ting ting from a local florist.

The church hall had chandeliers and my niece made these pom pom shapes to hang on them.

On Pinterest I came across an idea to have the couple's wedding picture enlarged for an anniversary decoration. I improvised by getting my mom's wedding dress and my dad's Coast Guard uniform, that he wore for the ceremony. Then I cropped their faces and printed out an enlarged photo of that to add to their outfits. 

The photo display is from a pin I saw. I flipped through decades of photos looking for ones that had BOTH my mom and dad. Then I scanned them and converted them all to black and white. The banner was a last minute thing I was able to create. I purchased the burlap sheets for another project and ended up not needing them. Then I found out that you could use the sheets in your printer.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Joyful Stars December Blog Hop

Welcome to the Joyful Stars December Blog Hop! If you've come from Joyce's blog you're on the right track. If you just happened upon my blog, that's fine, just continue from here and when you get back to me, you know you've seen them all! 

My project is a Christmas card featuring the new Hopscotch paper packet, new white shimmer trim, and white enamel stars. The sentiment was created with the A Typeface stamp set. Lastly the amigo is my Sticky Boy! 

Sticky Boy is a much loved icon by Close To My Heart consultants. He first appeared to introduce our amazing My Acrylix® Stamp Sets 10 years ago! We are celebrating that anniversary and Sticky Boy's birthday with the Deal of the Decade special this month. Sticky Boy appears to consultants at Close To My Heart's annual convention. I was lucky to find one in Washington DC in 2010, but sadly he met with a cruel fate.

This was right before Convention 2012 in Dallas. I was hoping to get another one and lucky me I found a little baby Sticky Cowboy. Yeehaw!

Even better was the 2013 Convention in Disney World. Close To My Heart supports the charity Operation Smile and during the auction it was my privilege to bid on and win a full sheet of Sticky Boys. This stamp set has not been used until today! I wanted to make special cards for my amigas this Christmas. 

Your next stop is Krista's blog.

Just in case you get lost or experience a technical difficulty, you might want to keep Joyce's blog open in a separate tab as she has a full list of participants!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas Card Parade - Day 2

This year I am using up what's in my stash to make my cards. So I will be posting quite a few different ones this year.

Last year I purchased the Frosted Cardmaking Workshop on the Go kit and never put the cards together. I knew that I wanted to use different colors and papers. Frosted had grays and blues, and I wanted to go with traditional Christmas red and green. I used the current Yuletide Carol paper with the stamp set and embellishments that came with the kit.

I used these current supplies from Close To My Heart. Click image to shop!

Yuletide Carol Paper Packet

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Card Parade - Day 1

This year I am using up what's in my stash to make my cards. So I will be posting quite a few different ones this year. First is a trio of cards that uses the cutting guides in the retired Ivy Lane Workshop on the Go from Close To My Heart. I had enough of this paper from Basic Grey to make four of each design. 

I used these current supplies from Close To My Heart. Click image to shop!

Christmas Village Stamp Set
Silver Shimmer Trim

Merry, Merry Stamp Set

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Seasonal Expressions 1 Is Here!

Enjoy four months of fabulous product.
Seasonal Expressions idea book
It’s finally here, the idea book you’ve been waiting for! Full of unique ideas and bright, detailed photos, this themed seasonal book is sure to delight! From now through March, you can order some of the most charming Valentine’s- and spring-inspired papers, stamps, and embellishments you’ve ever seen. The vivid colors and patterns will give your layouts and cards a fresh look and plenty of pizazz. See the contents for yourself now in Seasonal Expressions 1!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Deal from CTMH

Cyber Monday Only: 20% Off All Cricut® Collections!

For the first time ever, Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale on Monday, December 1, 2014. There has never been a better time to buy Close To My Heart’s exclusive Cricut® Collections for 20% off the retail price. Whether you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or creating 3-D projects, our four exclusive Cricut® collections make the perfect addition to any craft room! Sale starts at midnight (MST) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 pm Monday night. Make sure you share the news about this sale with all your friends and family members, too! Visit my web site to order.