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Monday, March 25, 2013

No. 2 Blogiversary Countdown


We are getting close to revealing the top viewed project during my first year of blogging. Any thoughts on what the top project might be? Before I can reveal the top project I first have to reveal the second most viewed project….



Out of the wreaths I have made I think this is my favorite. It was a little really messy to make with the burlap but I love the way it turned out. Have you seen all the fun burlap patterns that are now available? I try to pass by them but I know one day I’m going to give in to the temptation and have to make another burlap wreath. Here is the link to the original post with steps on how you can create this wreath for yourself.


Tracey

Friday, March 22, 2013

50th Birthday Bash





Earlier this week I promised to post my sister’s surprise 50th birthday bash. I will share some of the decorations I created along with how you can create some of them yourself. There are several ideas to share so I’ll go ahead and get started.


Artist Table

First up is one of my favorite ideas for her party. If you have read my “About Me” you know my sister is an artist so I wanted to make sure I captured this part of her life at the party. This is the “Artist Table” I created and she loved it.
 

My Mom created the 50 using pictures of my sister through the years. She started by creating a template from poster board then attaching the pictures. Everyone enjoyed reminiscing as they looked at the pictures. This was inspired from a pin I found on Pinterest that was originally pinned from Martha Stewart. 

The garland on the wall was created by alternating red, white, & black cardstock with red & white bakers twine. I cut the garland on my Silhouette using #26234“scalloped globe garland”. Here is a close-up of the garland and if I was to make it again I would make the circles smaller than the default size.




Now let’s take a closer look at the table.



I purchased small glass containers from the dollar store for the M&Ms that we divided by color. I thought it would be fun to add labels with a description of the color that related to her life such as Kentucky Blue since she is a Kentucky fan, Lady Bug Red because my grandmother always called her lady bug, and poodnoobie green because that is the nickname by boys gave her. To create the labels I used a scalloped circle from Silhouette and tried out the print & cut feature for the first time to print the color descriptions.

The painter’s pallet was created by using white Styrofoam board that I purchased at the dollar store. We cut holes to add the M&Ms cups for the pods of color then I randomly painted the same colors to make it look more like a painter’s pallet.

I found several ideas on Pinterest that said “turning 50 blows or sucks” but I didn’t feel that went with our party theme so I created my own word and made this cute “50 and FaBLOWus” sign to go with the Blow Pops.

 
  
The last item on the table is the canvas I created. I started by painting the entire canvas black. Then I used Tim Holtz plain mask sheets and my Silhouette to create the template for my wording and designs I added in white. When using the masks you want to use the negative of the design you created and for the letters I had to hold the center pieces for letters such as the “a” and “p”. Creating this canvas was a little tricky and I had to try several different techniques but I think it turned out really good.



 

For a little extra detail on the table I added tubes of paint and paint brushes.  

 Dance Floor Pom Poms

My mom and I spent hours creating pom poms to be the centerpiece of the dance floor. We used mostly black and white but included a few red ones to add color. Because I had to make so many I tried cutting them in many different ways and they all turned out cute, so if you decide to make them I would encourage you to get creative and not use the same design you find on the internet. One of my favorites I created using pinking shears and cutting them into small points.
 
This banner was created using my Silhouette and I hung it in the area where the dance floor was located.
Table Decor
We rented black linens for all the tables. For the buffet tables I used different size pots under the linens to add some height and depth to the table. I also added a fresh bouquet of red roses with baby’s breath. I also used glass cylinders with white floating candles and added baby’s breath to the water which was an idea I also found on Pinterest.
 
 
For the dining tables we also used black linens along with fishbowl candle holders decorated with black and red ribbon. I also created tri-folds that had the year my sister was born, fun facts about that year, and important events.
 

If you want your guest of honor to feel special create a chair that is just for them but instead of paying for chair covers use a small round table linen. I created her chair cover by draping the chair with the red linen, gathering the fabric to the back of the chair and carefully pinning the fabric with safety pins. To cover the pins I added a bow I made from black & white ribbon.
Cake Table
Last but certainly not least is the cake table. This cake was designed by Publix using a picture of this cake I found on Pinterest. Instead of using strawberries I asked them to create roses. If you are decorating for a party and want the cake to match I highly recommend taking something to the bakery so they can use the exact colors. I took a piece of cardstock I used for the banner and garland which allowed them to easily match the correct color of red. The cake was beautiful and very tasty as well.
 
I know this was a long post but I hope you find the information to be helpful or inspire some ideas for your next party. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions I did not answer in this post. I also found several other great party ideas on Pinterest if you would like to check out my Party Ideas board.
 
 
Tracey


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Soldier’s Sendoff & Birthdays

 
This has been a busy couple of months for our family from a surprise birthday bash for my sister, my granddaughter turning 1, my grandson turning 4, and today we sent my son off for basic training. Today I thought I would share a few of the projects I created for these events and later this week I will share the details of my sister’s birthday bash.                        

I am so proud of the decision my son has made to serve our country but can I tell you that along with being proud comes the heartbreak of him being away from home. The longest I’ve ever been away from my kids is seven days and I have always been able to pick up the phone to just say “hi” whenever I wanted. I will continue to pray for him every day and countdown until he returns home. My heart really goes out to those who have loved ones deployed who are away from their families for even longer periods of time.

I used this “Good Luck” banner on Sunday when I had everyone over for dinner to spend some time together before he left. This was created by using design #16802 on my Silhouette with the Americana Cardstock by Canvas Corp and white cardstock for the letters. I then outlined the letters using my red Stickles to add a little sparkle.

For my centerpiece I used a vase I had on hand, red fabric and created the flags using design #29392 on my Silhouette. Once the flags were made I used the same red cardstock to make loops for the bamboo sticks.


As I mentioned earlier we have recently celebrated Brooklyn’s first birthday along with Ty’s 4th birthday. Here are the birthday cards I created for each of them.
 
 

Ty is really into trains so I found this cute little train car in the Silhouette gallery (design #9590). I wanted to personalize it a little so I added the “engine number” which was 4 and also used my Silhouette to create “Ty’s Express”.

 
Here is a picture of both of them on their special day – aren’t they cuties!
 
Tracey

Saturday, March 16, 2013

No. 3 Blogiversary Countdown


Today I am sharing number 3 on my blogiversary countdown….



This was a fun project that adds a little color and character to my garden.


If you would like to add this fun display to your garden you can visit the original post for a list of the supplies and instructions to create your own tipsy stackable planter.
Next week I will share number 2 on the countdown of top projects.

Tracey

Saturday, March 9, 2013

No. 4 Blogiversary Countdown


As we continue with our blogiversary countdown the number 4 top project is….

This was a project I shared during our Christmas in July blog hop with Bev from FlamingoToes, Kara from Mine for the Making, Carol from The Answer is Chocolate, and Michele from The Scrap Shoppe.

Click here to link to the original post that includes step-by-step instructions on how to create your own Christmas tree.

Next week I will share number 3 on the countdown of top projects.

Tracey

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Monogram Plate


Welcome to March everyone – I don’t know about you but I am ready for spring. I just finished planning a surprise birthday bash for my sister I will share with you a little later but I promised in my post for my decorative plate that I had another plate design I wanted to share with you so here we go.

Like the other plate you will first start by cleaning the plate and ensuring it is completely dry.

Second is selecting the design for your plate. With the first plate having our last name I decided to do a monogram and used Silhouette design #26969 Wrought Iron Frame by Jennifer Wambach. I measured the inside of the plate to determine the size of the design which is 7.5” by 7.5”. Once I had the size of my design I selected the font for my monogram which is DaunPenh. I used brown vinyl for this plate as well.

Once all the designs were cut I used the transfer tape to position the designs and my scrapper to ensure all of the bubbles were removed. Remove the transfer tape and voila!

But wait my plate seems to be missing something. There was still too much white showing on the plate so I created a slim rectangle that was the length of my plate to go around each edge. I think it looks better with this little extra detail. Here is a picture of one of the edges and you can see the difference between the two above pictures (sorry the pictures are a little dark but I kept getting a bad glare off the white plate).
 
 

Tracey

Saturday, March 2, 2013

One Year Blogiversary!!

Last March I started a new endeavor in my life – MyCreativiT! It is hard to believe I have been blogging for one year but it has been full of excitement interacting with amazingly creative followers, meeting new people and making friends.
 
During this past year there have been project disasters and hits along the way. I have learned several new crafty techniques and while I’ve learned a lot about blogging I know I still have more to learn so if you have any thoughts or suggestions please feel free to share them.  

I thought to celebrate my first year I would count down the top five projects each week along with sharing some new projects as well. Drum roll please…..

Oddly enough this was the first project I posted back on March 8 and we just celebrated Brooklyn’s first birthday. Here is a link to the original post along with a few pictures.

Thank you for sharing this first year with me and I look forward to what this year will bring!
Tracey
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