Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Shake it Up! Valentine's Shaker Card

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Since my last post with Karen Burniston's Designer Challenge team, we've regrouped as a casual group of crafty friends called Paper Pros and are participating in a monthly, no-stress challenge. I'm so excited that the team is still together and happy to get to work with such a talented group of friends!

This month our challenge is Shake it Up. We all created cards with either a shaker or some other type of movement. I'm still on my addiction to shakers, so I used Karen's Hearts Pivot die to created a three panel card using some pretty papers from Prima. You might remember I used this fabulous technique from Summer Hills-Painter a couple years ago, but with the Butterfly Pivot. I love that it looks so complicated, but is really quite easy!

I created the shaker portion by using the two smaller heart dies to cut two layers from fun foam. I adhered them, then covered the top with a clear piece of acetate cut from the larger heart die. The final layer was another frame, this time cut from pretty paper. I added dots of Platinum Stickles to decorate the edges. I filled the heart with pearl beads and sequins, then glued a backing on.

Here are links to the other Paper Pros.
Caz Counsell - Valentines treat boxes with wobbling critters
Fran Sabad - beach-themed shaker card
Karen Aicken - pop-up Valentine with shaker balloon
Sandy Diller - accordion Valentine with wobbling bear
Frances Byrne - pop-up Lorna label window shaker card
Donna Wright - http://oldredshed.blogspot.com
Summer - Hills Painter - http://1craftypainter.blogspot.com
Raquel Mason - http://raquelmason.blogspot.com
Helen Cryer - http://diningroomdrawers.blogspot.com
Kelly Booth - http://cruzinkellster.blogspot.com

Thanks so much for stopping by today! You can find the supplies I used at Elizabeth Craft Designs and Simon Says Stamp via the links below. The Heart Pivot die is on sale right now for just $12.95, so grab it while you can!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Galentines Day Brunch

Hi all! This weekend, I had my girlfriends over for a 'Galentines' brunch and thought I'd share some pics of my party table. I love having them over - it's always so much fun! - and I love creating special treats for them. This little cloche and stand was made with Eileen Hull's Cupcake Stand die and a dollar store plastic wine glass. So cute!

You know you love your friends when you break out your favorite retired Graphic 45 paper. This is Gilded Lily and I cry a little every time I use it! I used it to cover the cupcake stands and also as place cards. I cut stands for them using Tim Holtz's easel die.

I love when my friends and I get together - it's a great time to break out the vintage silver and glassware. Some of it gifts from them, which makes our get togethers that much more special. The white plates are from Ikea, the pink tumblers are from the Dollar Tree - everything else is vintage and most likely came from a thrift store or estate sale.

Yum! The food is always the highlight! Most of the recipes were found on Pinterest. I love the ombre look of the strawberry bellinis. The tiny pitchers were something my husband found at Home Goods. It's nice to have a husband that gets excited about mini pitchers of syrup! I just had to find a reason to use them for the party.

I knew that bagels and lox were one of my friend, Cyndi's, favorites, so I made sure to include a bagel bar in the menu. They were so good!

I saw this heart shaped citrus salad on Pinterest and fell in love. :) So pretty and was a nice contrast to the more rich dishes.

Speaking of rich! I saw this cheesy grits casserole in a recent issue of Southern Living and knew I had to make it. It is SO good! I am not a native Southerner, but I'm falling in love with grits lately. My husband usually turns his nose up at them but devoured the leftovers today!

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that I recently tried making French macarons for the first time. I was so happy with how they turned out! My friend, Michelle, recommended a book she'd received as a gift and I ordered it right away. I can't wait to try more recipes.

Speaking of Michelle, she was kind enough to share some of her photos with me. I love this one of the flowers I did. Just basic pink and white carnations with baby's breath, but I love how sweet they look - and they always remind me of high school dances when you'd get corsages. Do kids even do that anymore?  I found the glass hobnail jars at Target's dollar spot and thought they made perfect vases.

Finally, what's a party without cake?! I know that my friend, Becky, would be brokenhearted if I didn't include one! I've listed the menu below, along with links to the recipes.

Mini Waffle Stacks
Bagel Bar
Strawberry Bellinis

I hope you enjoyed a peek at my party and my sweet macaron cloche made with Eileen Hull's Cupcake Stand die. It's on sale right now at Sizzix, so it's a great time to pick on up! There are so many ways to use it. Speaking of sales, Sizzix is also having a huge sale on Tim Holtz dies. The sale ends today, so grab a few while they're at great prices!

The supplies I used can be found at Sizzix, Simon Says Stamp, Elizabeth Craft Designs, and Amazon via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!