Wednesday, April 23, 2014

every good gift...

Once in a blue moon, I still accept to make custom cards for order.  This one is for a little girl's baptism, and the verse was to be the focal point.

every good gift...

I created the sentiment using the free online photo editing service, PicMonkey.  Once I designed the fonts and arranged them all to my liking, I saved the file as large as the program would allow me to.  I then formatted it to print out in the size that I needed, and added handmade touches to soften the more modern lettering.

I hope you like it!

♥.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Simon Says Stamp + Mama Elephant Summer Garden Blog Hop

Hi there!  Mama Elephant and Simon Says Stamp are collaborating for a fun blog hop, featuring the new stamp and die set, Summer Garden.


This beautiful stamp set was designed in collaboration with Mama Elephant and features the most beautiful flowers and elegant font.

hello beautiful {summer garden blog hop}

I stamped, colored and die-cut the flowers and the leaf sprigs and mounted them with foam squares into the negative space of a circle cut.  I didn't want to cover any of the blooms, so I stamped the sentiment onto a vellum banner.

hello beautiful {summer garden blog hop}

I hope you like it!  Simon Says Stamp is giving away a 25$ voucher, gleaned from among the comments left on all participating blogs.


Be sure to hop over to all of these blogs for a chance to win:




Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter bunny party!

Hip hop hooray and happy easter!  Sofia had her birthday party yesterday and I worked extra hard to get pictures ready for you right away. Who wants to see bunnies the day after Easter? ha. I don't know about you, but after the holiday is done, so am I. I don't want to see bunnies again for awhile... same goes for Santas the day after Christmas. 

Sofia turns 9 on Tuesday (I can't believe it.) When we realized that Easter fell on the same weekend that we were planning her party, the theme was easily decided.  I went with bunnies, and no real color scheme except that I wanted you to look at the full table and think "spring garden."

Easter bunny party!

Nothing says spring like a small arrangement of tulips,

Easter bunny party!


and fresh, organic carrots,

Easter bunny party!


except maybe carrot cake pops.

Easter bunny party!

You guys. I was so proud of myself for these. They actually turned out just how I envisioned, a first for me when making cake pops.

Easter bunny party!


Lemon cake inside, orange candy melts and a sprig of apple-flavored twizzlers on top.  I poked the sticks into a styrofoam block and into a little wooden container I found on clearance at Joann's the last time we were down south.  I pushed some fake grass into the box to cover the styrofoam block.

Easter bunny party!


I kind of love the drinking bottles.  Bunny ears on top, and a tail in behind:

Easter bunny party!


I made all of the cupcake toppers using Mama Elephant's "honey bunny" stamp set.

Easter bunny party!

A pink cream cheese icing, and a green lemon flavored buttercream...

Easter bunny party!


The highlight of the day for all of the girls is always whatever Marlyn (Montreal Confections) bakes for us.  This cake got full-on girly squeals, and not just from me.

Easter bunny party!


Easter bunny party!

I love that she gave the bunny floppy ears, to match the honey bunny image I was using throughout.

Easter bunny party!

I found an amazing ruffled gingham ribbon in my May Arts stash, and tied it around the base of the cake plate.

Easter bunny party!

There were bunny cookies.

Easter bunny party!

And bunny tails; little truffles rolled in shredded coconut.

Easter bunny party!

Did you notice the big bunny silhouette in the empty Ikea frame? With files that Kryssi allowed me to use, I was able to cut a giant honey bunny!

Easter bunny party!

We had a few activities lined up for the girls.  The first one, watercoloring on eggs:

Easter bunny party!

They also sewed up felt bunnies:

Easter bunny party!

And, using the same giant honey bunny images, I cut some photobooth props for the girls.  I plan on printing out the photos and sending them inside of thank you cards.

Easter bunny party!

I love Sofia's huge eyes. What a goof.

Are you still with me?  I know this is a huge post!  I already shared the thank you baskets *here* but Marlyn also created the most beautiful egg-shaped cookies, and they needed to be packaged in a special way.

Easter bunny party!

I cut a card box out with the silhouette cameo, and slid the packaged cookie inside. All you see at first glance is the pattern through the negative bunny space. And then, when you open the box, it's a surprise to see an egg-shaped cookie! I love this idea. I could see this being fun for all kinds of holidays.

whew. I hope you've enjoyed this look into Sofia's Easter bunny party! Happy Easter, everyone!

♥.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

bunny party favors

It's Sofia's bunny party day!

It may seem strange to share the favors before the actual party, but I thought in case anyone was looking for some very last-minute inspiration, I should share these today.

bunny party favors

I found some very gaudy baskets at the dollar store, 2 for 1$.  They did not match the party colors at all, so I sprayed them a bubble-gum pink instead. I used Mama Elephant's sketchy letters to stamp and adhere a personalized banner to each basket.

bunny party favors

Inside, I started with a base of crinkly basket filler in spring colors, and filled the basket with fun, Eastery treats.  Inside each egg, are little chocolates, some nail polish and a soft, girly headband.

bunny party favors

Since Sofia's party is the day before Easter, we settled on the sentiment "hoppy easter" inside of a thank you.  The bunny bums were appropriate for the end of the party, we both thought. hee.

I hope you like them! We're all set to greet Sofia's friends this afternoon, and I'll scramble to share it all with you bright and early tomorrow morning - I'd love if you had time to pop back over here tomorrow!

♥.

Friday, April 18, 2014

a basket of love.

I have a just-for-fun card to share:

a basket of love.


I got the new Avery Elle stamp set, red & goldie (designed by my friend JJ) and couldn't resist inking it up right away. It was a most welcome break from all the party stuff.

a basket of love.

The images are so sweet. I masked the "wolf" (haha, you can barely call him that) onto the tree stump and stamped Red standing beside him.  I hope JJ doesn't mind, but I thought Red needed a little apron. I drew it on with a copic multiliner pen.

Happy weekend!  Tomorrow is the first of our birthday parties, a bunny-themed one for Sofia. I've been posting pictures to my instagram feed. You can search for me, "mom2sofia," if you'd like to follow along.

Before I sign off, even though Sofia's party is tomorrow and it's all bunnies, bunnies, everywhere, we're celebrating something much more significant this weekend.  Happy Easter weekend to all of those who are rejoicing in the "basket of love" that Jesus gives us (see how I brought it all back around there? it's a gift, people. ha.)


Down the Via Dolorosa, called the way of suffering
Like a lamb came the Messaiah, Christ the King,
But He chose to walk that road out of 
His love, for you and me.
Down the Via Dolorosa, all the way to Calvary.

♥.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

hello {lawn fawn inspiration week}

hi and welcome back to another day of lawn fawn's april inspiration week.  On today's showcase: dream, stitched scallop borders and the grassy border.

I gave the stitched scallop border a more translucent feel like cutting layers of it out of crepe paper.  What else is a girl to do with party supplies as far as the eye can see? heh heh.

hello {lawn fawn inspiration week}

I layered the scallops onto a piece of blue patterned paper, and then die-cut it using a circle die.  I love that the color underneath peeks through.

hello {lawn fawn inspiration week}

The stitched detail is so pretty, especially on a thinner material like crepe paper!

Visit the lawn fawn blog for even more inspiration.

♥.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

penelope's blossoms {lawn fawn inspiration week}

Hi there, and welcome to another day of lawn fawn's april inspiration week.  Today, we're all floral and sweetness with Penelope's Blossoms.

You may remember that I styled an easter egg hunt for lawn fawn, using penelope's.  (click!)


And, for a little something new, I created a flat card that would be perfect for mailing out:

penelope's blossoms {lawn fawn inspiration week}

I stamped a cluster of blooms and branches, masked off the bottom (very roughly, no precise cutting required!) and stamped the banner so that it overlapped the florals.

penelope's blossoms {lawn fawn inspiration week}

I then colored the inside of the sentiment banner with a blue copic marker, feathering the edge that meets the blooms with a colorless blender.

I could see making a full card set, with each sentiment banner a different color!

Visit the lawn fawn blog today for more penelope's inspiration.

♥.