Sunday, April 25, 2010

Pink and Brown You Rock Card

On Friday, my niece was in a school talent show. Their version of American Idol. I left work an hour early, but even still, traffic was horrible and I missed her scheduled performance. I did however get to see her steal the show when she danced on the floor to the side of the stage to another song that someone else was doing. She was also voted class vice-president this week.

This is the card I made for her to congratulate her on her achievements.

The stamp set it Taylored Expressions' "You're My Hero" set. The background is the Allegro Cuttlebug embossing plate, and the stars were cut with my Nestabilities.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Brown and Ivory Wedding Card and Tag

This is the card and tag I made for the bridal shower I attended on the 10th; the one where I gave the brown and ivory towel cake. The card was quick and easy. I used Ivory cardstock scored in a harlequin pattern using the Scor-Pal and put Cinnamon Stickles on each intersecting line. Then I stamped the champagne glasses from The Angel Company's retired Blissfully Ever After stamp set and colored the "champagne" with Yellow Stickles and the ribbon with watercolor crayons and a water brush. The sentiment is from the Growing Love set. The bottom of the panel uses cinnamon glitter bubble stickers.

The tag was cut from the Wedding/Marriage Cricuit Cartridge. The sentiment came from the same Blissfully Ever After set and was accented with more Cinnamon Stickles. The ivory ribbon is a remnant from the cake and is tied with a smaller brown ribbon.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mother's Day Card

Today was my Create a Bunch at Lunch group. For this meeting, we made the card I posted a few weeks ago with the girl and the umbrella and we also made this Mother's Day card.

The patterned paper is Brooke Paisley from Making Memories' Simply Fabulous collection with Coordinations' White Washed Green. I used my Labels One Nestabilities for the sentiment panel and the Flower Creations die and some punches to make the flower.

The sentiment is from The Angel Company's Trendy Greetings stamp set, and the swirl is from Fancy Curls. The stamped swirl and the flower are both accented with a Stardust Clear Gelly Pen, which is one of the groups favorite things to use.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Elegant Wedding Card

This is the wedding card I made to go with the cream, black and silver towel cake for my co-worker.

This card uses Heather Scott's Monday sketch from a few Monday's ago. I had it all ready to go, but didn't want to post it until after the shower, because the bride is a blog follower and I didn't want to spoil the surprise. So here it is now.

The background is black cardstock covered with Pewter Perfect Pearls, and using the Angel Company's Victorian Elements stamps to remove the perfect pearls in spots revealing the black underneath. The image panel takes the champagne glasses from TAC's retired Wedding Wishes set, and the Contratulations from the Growing Love stamp set.

I colored the ribbons around the glasses with Silver Smooch, and filled the glasses with Illuminate Smooch. The silver ribbon is a scrap left over from decorating the cake.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Another Towel Cake

Here is the second cake I made for my co-worker's bridal shower last weekend.

This one is basically the same as the one posted Saturday, but it uses two bath sheets and two bath towels. Note to self....while bath sheets seem much larger when you look at them or when you use them after taking a shower, they're really not all that much bigger than the bath towels when you roll them up. In fact, both layers were the same size. To help the bottom layer look bigger, I ended up rolling a measuring cup set in the center and wound the bath sheets around it, and even then, the bottom layer is still not much bigger than the top layer. Something to keep in mind if you decide to do this yourself.

Other than that, the cake came together in exactly the same manner as the one I posted on Saturday, including using spatulas and wooden spoons to poke through both layers and help hold the cake together.

Since the towels the bride chose were cream, I was able to incorporate her black, white and silver wedding colors into my decorating, and went for a big bow on top accented with flowers.

There is also a matching card that I will post on Thursday.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Wedding Shower Gift That Takes the Cake

I have two bridal showers today. One for family and one for a co-worker. For both showers, I thought I'd try my hand at making a towel cake. I'd seen one once before at another shower last spring, and figured it couldn't be that hard. Truth is, it's a piece of cake :). Pun totally intended.

The idea is to make three layers using two bath towels as the base, two hand towels as the middle layer and and two fingertip towels for the top. You basically fold all of the towels in quarters lengthwise and roll them up and pin the back. I actually did each of mine slightly different, but the idea is still the same. I also chose to fill mine with kitchen gadgets, because in each case, I am going in halves with someone else on the gifts.

This one is the one I made for my cousin's fiance. She chose chocolate brown towels. My sister and I decided that a two layer cake would be easier to handle and we used three bath towels to make this cake. Two are rolled together for the base and one is rolled up for the top layer. My nieces will also be going to the shower, so we decided to make a smaller separate cake for them using hand towels.

The insides are stuffed with various kitchen gadgets we found at Bed, Bath and Beyond where we got the towels. They were items that were not on the bride's registry, but were just different and interesting, or something everyone can use a bunch of. Spatulas and bag sealers are pushed lengthwise from the top layer through to the bottom layer to keep the layers together and give them some stability. Other items include a strawberry huller, an avocado peeler, a cookie scoop, bag clips, a mini chopper, a silicone fingertip hot pad and some other miscellaneous items.

The sides are rolled in cream colored ribbon that I added some cream cabochon crystal stickers to, and the topper is flowers from a dollar store. Strangely enough, it was the girls' mini cake that was the most difficult to get together. It was so small, that the gadgets I was filling it with weren't laying right. But other than that, the cake was amazingly easy to put together.

Check back in a few days, and I'll share the other cake.

Monday, April 5, 2010

You Rock!

Having a musical husband, some of my faborite stamps are those that lean towards rock, or have some sort of musical theme. Taylored Expressions recently released the My Hero stamp set, which I just had to have. I finally got a chance to cut it this week and used it for Taylor's sketch challenge.

I had a lot of fun giving the guitar a fun paint job with copic markers R28 and Y18. The paper is from The Angel Company's Cha Cha paper collection and matching cardstock. The embossing on the blue panel was created with the Cuttlebug Allegro emobssing folder. Some of the stars are accented with Irridescent Smooch, and some are raised with foam squares.