Sunday, August 15, 2010

My Creative Time Challenge - Paisley

WHEW!  I was able to join Emma at once again for her awesome Throwback Thursday Challenge.  This week, she chose the Paisley cartridge with the theme of Back to School.  I have loved the Paisley cartridge since I bought it, but I don't have a child that is headed to school yet.  My four year old has been asking how to spell things for about 4 months now, so I thought I could make her a fun little set with a few of the critters from the cartridge.  The cartridge doesn't lend itself to Back to School right from the start, but if you dig into the manual, you'll see  few things that could double as school items.  On page 64, I used the "Paisly1" cut on the Card/Tab feature and thought it looked like a pencil.  I cut it three times and took the parts I needed to make the pencil:

The font I used was from Makin' the Grade and the pencil border is from Locker Talk.  I welded 8 pencils together to make the edge and then cut their layers accordingly.

Next, I used the bee, snail, frog and dog and put them on the top of some lines I had my computer generate.  I cut the letters using Simply Sweet.  She can now look at the letters and practice writing them and actually make words.  She will be so excited! 

Thank you Emma for hosting another great challenge.  This by far was the most challenging for me, but I'm so happy with how this turned out.  Be sure to check for all the amazing entries.  Thanks for visiting!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Owl Together Now!

Whew!  The baby shower I did for my darling SIL was yesterday and it was a huge success!  I was so happy to see her giddy with joy about her shower and the gifts everyone brought her.  She's one of those women that I admire deeply for her dedication to my brother and their family.  I'm so glad she's in my family and I get to be an Aunt because of her!  Thanks, Angie!  :) 

The theme for the shower was "Whoo-Ray!".  I took that and ran with it.  I'm really into owls right now, and I couldn't help but use that darling sleepy one from Create a Critter.  It fit so well!  The centerpieces fit on 6 tables and were a hit!  The ferns were from our Great-Grandpa's yard and the pine cones were from my yard.  We were thinking "woodsy" for the centerpieces.  I'd say we achieved that!
There were 18 bags with two owls on each for the tables. It was so fun to make them!!

I've always wanted to make a banner but have never had an occasion to need one.  This party seemed perfect!  I cut "WHOORAY!" from Storybook and the squares are from Fabulous Finds. I was so happy with how this banner worked.  It was so fun!

Our next decoration was a tree full of owls!  It was sooo cute.  I loved this element of the decor.  It was quite windy, but those little owls survived the storm! 

We had a diaper cake sitting on the table with the tree and put some branches around it so it was sitting in a nest.  Everything that we put out just made it all that much cuter.  Here's a picture of the whole table with the tree and cake. 

I would like to send my sincerest thanks to Jill, Missy, Patty and Paige for helping me make this event one that Angie will remember.  It was a blast working with everyone, and I hope you had has much fun as I did!  Thank you, thank you!  I couldn't have done without you.