Monday, July 28, 2014

Breathe In...

I haven't been stamping up my usual the past couple of months...but I could not resist participating in this week's Power Poppy blog "Peep of the Week" challenge. Marcella and the Bloom Brigade Team make it pretty easy...just stamp  any card or project using Power Poppy stamps or digital images and share it on their blog!
Since we are entering the last month of the wedding round up...I thought I would make this card for our soon to be wed daughter, Caitlyn. She has had over a year long engagement and yet this last month is just full of little details that need attention, on top of a new job and very busy schedule. She has a good attitude and help also, which never hurts...but thought this card from her Mom might be just the thing to relax and remember to Breathe In...
I used some of this beautiful designer paper to make a few bridal shower items, including a bride-to-be banner for the food table and strung these tiny envelopes (a Papertrey Ink envelope die) across a mirror for note writing. I had a couple of envelopes leftover and can't waste them...so paired them with this beautiful botanical from the "Springtime Love" set and used the very appropriate sentiment from the "Good Thinking Renewal" set! Of course, the second half of the saying, "Breathe Out" is used on the inside of the card along with a couple of strips of the designer paper with the shutters (which represent an open window, I believe...)
This is actually an A6 card size, which gives a little extra length for both the mini envelope and the tag adorned with ribbons to fit nicely.
This gorgeous image was stamped in versamark and embossed with ranger gold detailed embossing powder. I colored with a variety of copic markers and added some blue to the flowers to add a pop of the same color in the envelope. The tag has a bit of gold detailing around the edges and also stamped with a soft blue background stamp to add a bit more interest.
I need to get this in the mail today...so often I make a card and then it waits a week or more to mail...so going to scoot. Thanks so much for your visit!!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Our Daughter's Bridal Shower!

Hi there, friends! If you are coming by for a little visit, welcome! I have been busy with planning the bridal shower for our oldest daughter, Caitlyn. Her little sister, Erin, and I spent about 2 months planning and each of us took on different responsibilities. It was clear from the start that I wanted more traditional (as in how I remembered my own bridal shower and the things that were important to me as her Mom) and our youngest daughter wanted more updated and fun ...so it was a good mix of traditional and fun and I think everyone from young to old had a good time.
I will be sharing some photographs and if you have any questions, please leave a comment and I will answer you.
Pinterest was such a big help in choosing decorating ideas, color schemes, and special touches that made the shower even more special.
First...the where: we decided to host the shower at our daughter, Erin's place in downtown Denver. She has a townhouse that has a very large deck almost double the width of her family room with a sliding patio door leading outside. We bought a large canopy to use and even though the forecast was for rain...thankfully the day was fairly mild and just a bit of wind.
I asked
 a friend to make this pinterest inspired chalkboard art for the entryway welcome. It turned out better than I had hoped and we displayed it on a table with all the party favors for parting guests, a small floral vase of white hydrangeas and baby's breath, and above there were hanging tissue paper flowers in hues of pinks, corals, and mint!  The sign was very large and made a wonderful greeting for guests announcing the big event.

I wanted a way for the older married women (that would include myself, Sherrie, the mother of the groom, and two attending friends of mine... and newlyweds to pass on wedding advice and so made a smaller chalkboard sign asking for the guests to take some time and leave some important words of wisdom. After most of the guests had left, the mother of the groom and I sat down and tried to write out some of our thoughts for Caitlyn...but it was a little difficult to think through exactly what to say! The word "key" was used as I had keys hanging from the mason jar and another good friend made these cards "Key for a successful Marriage" for guests to write on. I gave the decorated mason jar to Caitlyn to keep.
The printed out cards for wedding advice
The Key to a Happy Marriage Sign

The Menu:
I made three varieties of quiche:
Spinach, Cheddar and Bacon
Leek, Bacon and Gruyere
Caramelized Onion with Bacon and Cheddar
Ceasar Salad (easy in a bag)
Erin made:
Caresse Skewers
Watermelon, Feta and Mint
Spanakopita (from Trader Joe's)
Shrimp Cocktail
Caitlyn (center) in white, Erin in pink
Me, Erin (no, we didn't plan on our dresses to match), and the guest of  honor, Caitlyn

Future Mother of bride (Traci-me) and Mother of Groom  (Sherrie)
Handmade Party Favors (Lavender sugar scrub with almond oil)
Erin made up a beautiful Mimosa Bar!
A couple of more shots of the main food and dessert table. I made signage for all the food and stamped little "picks" that said "Happy Day!"
Mini Cupcakes from a specialty bakery in Denver
Thanks so much for coming by for a visit! I will have a couple of more photographs and more detailed information in my next post. It was a special memory made and everyone that was there commented how lovely it was and how much fun they had! Most of all, I think the bride to be felt honored, blessed, and loved!