Monday, April 29, 2013

Bridal Shower fun

Well, today if you need Bridal shower ideas or just want to see the photos from Kate's Shower yesterday this is the place to be, because this is a "project-less" post ..but you'll see paper crafts used in the decorating in super cute ways. 

This shower was hosted by My nieces Diana and Amy, and my sister Jan ( in the middle).   And what a perfect day they made it for everyone.
They had rented a beautiful clubhouse for the afternoon to have the shower.  Here is Kate, her niece, sister and her mom arriving.

I love the way they took photos of the kids from when they were small....up to graduation .. and to now... added little sayings and had them framed, sitting around.

They had actually put away the decor pieces at the clubhouse so they could decorate with all the pretties using Kate's colors. The blues and greens.  Everything was so pretty!

sweet huh?

awww... baby Kate and Jarad :)

The "K" is one of the wooden letters you can get at Hobby Lobby, covered with scrapbook paper. I picked up a "J" and a "K" to do the same with for the rehearsal dinner.

My sister used my AccuCut  Pennant Flags die to make this cute banner swag.
I love how she left them hanging freely instead of adhering the them together.  What a fun different look.


My sis is an "attention to details" sort of girl.. lol... look at the peanuts in these little bitty plastic champagne glasses.

.... and food.  Need I say more?   Wow!

Everything was so delicious and so beautifully set.

Kate got so many beautiful things.

We played a couple of really fun games and this was one of them. We broke up into teams and each team had 4 rolls of toilet paper and and a time limit to create a wedding dress on one of there team members.
SO funny!

 Being with family and friends is the BEST ... so for my everyday photos
for the weekend that will be added to my little book I'm creating ... photos of  me with my loved ones.  I am making a promise to myself as I work on this "Everyday Life" book to make sure (as much as I dislike having my picture taken)..they I will have photos of myself in it.  I think alot of us feel that way about photos of ourselves, ( I'm at the top of that list).. but it's important that we arent always the ones "taking the photos"... but that we are actually "in" a few also.

Me with my niece Amy.

My bestie Deb
and my long time forever friend Julie.

And the person who is my side kick.. my partner in crime, the person I count on for so much, and who is ALWAYS there for me ... my sissy

But back to the girl of the hour... the bride to me.... looking so proud of her gown lol.
I think she had a pretty fantastic day also :)

Thanks for letting me share!

Have a super start to your week!

Hugs, Vic

Friday, April 26, 2013

A new layout and lots of wedding prep fun

Sharing a digital layout today. Yes... I'm practicing :)  Nothing complicated. and when you use gorgeous paper that do a lot of the work for you and a photo of people you love dearly, it comes together pretty easily.    This sweet couple is my mom and dad.
I used Crafty Secrets "Creating with Vintage Illustrations" CD to create this layout.

Well, I've been keeping busy working on little wedding details.  One of the things I did this week was to give an aged look to the little tea lights that will go in the jars that will hang.  At the wedding some jars will hang from shepherds hooks along each row of chairs and then at the reception they will hang in the trees.   The jars I'm talking about are canning jars with wire and tea light in them.   If you stop by here very often you've probably seen me post a number of different ones I've done for different seasons and events.  The ones below are "Springy".  They are done with Fancy Pants transparencies and  Filter Flowers.   I've made Fall, Christmas ect ect.. But the ones for the wedding will not have transparencies in them and just some simple greenery on the side attached to the wire. ( since it's an outdoor wedding with a more "natural" theme)     The white tea lights look fine in jars like the ones below but for the more natural looking ones I had seen  how you could give them a rusted , aged look with a few simple steps.      I took some quick photos and thought I'd share with you, in case you ever want to do it:)  I've seen them( the aged tea lights just like this) already done in shops for $3 each. 

Start with simple tea lights from Hobby Lobby, Dollar Store, where ever.   This is what they will look like when you are finished.
I suggest wearing a pair of disposable gloves

Take a small piece of foil and cover the light.  spray black or brown spray paint on the bottom candle piece. 

Give it a quick coat of spray adhesive.  ( Hold on to it by the foil covered light while your doing this)

Sprinkling Cinnamon all around the sides and top before the adhesive has a chance to dry.  Knock of any excess.( Again hold on to the foil covered light while your doing this). 
I got a 99 cent cinnamon at the Dollar store, and while I was doing this I was just holding it over a little plastic container.. so that I can just keep all the excess cinnamon in the container with my craft supplies in case I do this again. Which I plan to do for Christmas :)
Once they dry a few minutes just take your index finger and lightly wipe around the sides and top ofall of them and blow away any excess ( letting a little of the paint show thru).
Easy as that:)

What else have I been working on??   Sanding and painting these frames.  ( which I did manage to finish up today). This just happens to be the "before" picture. lol       The bigger frames will have chalkboard in them and the smaller ones for the Grandparents photos that will hang on the trees with the Grandparents wedding photos pinned inside them.   ( Totally Kates idea... and I LOVE IT!)

Everyday photos

Everyday photo#   
I love to bake.  Apple Nut muffins.

Everyday photo #2
The Sun has been shining here the past few days and its been much nicer!  Oh... I cant believe what a different it makes in how much I'm getting done. lol   I was such gorgeous morning yesterday Weston and Molly took a buzz around the lot. He thought Molly would ride with him, but she didnt want any part of that.  She's actually "running" here, and that's not something she does much of anymore.  She loves Wes!   Wes is on night shift for a while now before he leaves for academe, and has been staying here quite a bit. The dogs are getting even more spoiled than they already are. lol

Everyday Photo #3
Bath day for Daisy

So Sunday is Kates Shower that my side of the family is putting on for her.   Looking forward to a fun time.   I know it will be beautiful.  You know I'll be sharing photos come Monday :)

Have yourself a great weekend my friends!
As always huge thanks for stopping by ... it means so much to me.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A new project with a basic how to on opening your CD, cropping, sizing ect..

Well, today I thought I'd share a little Bingo card project I did, but most of all to share a really basic "how to" for those of you who are not familiar with using digital images from a disc.  Since Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage has started putting out their images and papers on CD, some of you have told me, using digital images is new to you.  Well.... It was new to me also.  Like I mentioned in my posts before,  I'm learning a little more about using the papers and images for digital scrapbooking every time I pop one of the CDs in, ...but today I thought I would just talk thru the very basics of just putting the CD in, finding the image you want, cropping, and sizing it so you can use it as you would any traditional papers or images.

The Bingo card and images I used to make this hanging are all from the "Creating with Vintage Typography CD"      The images weren't digitally placed on the bingo card ( although they could have been), they were printed and cut out, then adhered to the card.
As I've said before, one of the great things about printing things off yourself is that you can make them the size you want them. I wanted this to be fairy big so ...this Hanging Bingo card project  is actually 6x10, so it's quite large. 

The dancing animals I used on this project are actually just taken from one of the sheets of paper on the CD, so I'm going to show you how I cropped and sized it to use it for my project.

I use Photoshop, but there are many free editing programs.  Most computers already have a "Paint" program installed for you to use, but if not .. this is also available free to download online.

I printed my images off the sizes I wanted them, cut them out and then I was all ready to start putting it all together :)

If you are hesitant about doing much printing because of the price of ink, let me tell you that I use inexpensive ink from " Ink Farm", and it works wonderfully.
And as for Printers ... Sandy and I both use Canon Pixma iX6520 Ink Jet Printers and love them.

The Heartwarming Vintage blog always has great information and tips, not to mention peeks at the newest releases, so be sure to check there often.

I hope if your new to using CD's or if you haven't tried them yet, this will help you feel more comfortable.  Like I said, it's all new to me also, but I excited about all the options this opens up, so I love learning a little more each time.

Another one of our Design Team Members Sheila Rumney is very knowledgeable on digital and hybrid scrapbooking and cardmaking and she does some step by step directions that are more advanced than mine.  Mine are the very basics :)   So be sure to check out her blog if your interested in things link this tutorial on how to change the color of png files

Okay friends... have yourself a fantastic day!
The sun is actually shining here!! WOW!  we haven't seen much of that lately at all, so I'm thrilled!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sewing themed projects.... a little of both

Hey everyone!  I had a few project I wanted to share today. This first one is done with the new       Digital Sewing Images and Ephemera and   Digital Sewing papers that are new from Crafty Secrets.  The two projects below are projects I did some time I go but wanted to share them, as they are done with the Sew Nice Creative Scraps 
which come already printed. 
I'm so in love with this little bird needle holder, and I love that you have the option to print it off whatever size you want. So I decided I'd print it off larger an create a gift card holder for the front of my standard size card.

Here is the inside of the needle card when it opens up. I thought a gift card to a fabric store would be the perfect gift for a friend who is a sewer or quilter.    The spools on the top inset part are also from the Digital Sewing Images and Ephemera  
The black stitching you see is a digital stamp from the Button up set.

Like I was saying, the two projects below were done with the traditional products...
Sew Nice Creative Scraps and Sew Special Clear Art Stamps
The beautiful lady in the photo is my Grandmother.

Here is one more project done using the Sew Nice Creative Scraps   and my  Shadow Box Portrait die design from AccuCut.

Well, I've been on a mission to figure out what I'm going to where for the wedding. hmmm...  It's a outdoor weeding so nothing super dressy and comfort is always key right? lol   Weston needed to run into Lincoln yesterday so we rode in together and then he dropped me off with my sis while he went to a friends surprise party... we shopped.    Did I mention I dread shopping for clothes??   My sis is good tho.. so she makes it bearable!  I think I found something that will work.... and it was on sale too! YAY sis!  she's good!

So everyday photos this time are....

Everyday photo #1
Wes picking up his new motorcycle tires at the bike place in Lincoln while we were there.

Everyday photo #2
My favorite place in Lincoln when I'm there.   We usually always meet at Mazatlan for dinner.   Not only is the food excellent, the employees are so friendly and the MARGARITAS are out of this world! lol

Everyday photo #3
  This might seem like a strange photo to you..but it's defiantly been "Everyday life" around here for a while. lol  Wes has been studying a lot for his new job.  Right now hes working on streets, addresses..ect.  I snapped this photo of him and Dan discussing them.  We toss out addresses to help him practice the quickest way to get there.  I have to laugh.. look at him... I think he's had it for the night. lol

For those of you who missed out on why I'm posting these "Everyday Life" photos   It's because I'm really trying to challenge myself to take more photos of the Everyday Life sorts of things. We all take photos of special events, and that's great, but why not document what we do the other 90% of our lives? The days when our hair isn't perfectly fixed, when we do the things that we are just comfortable doing because we do them all the time.   Wouldn't you love to see photos of your grandparents and great grandparents everyday life?   What their favorite coffee cup looked like , that they took out of the cupboard to use every morning?  What the road your grandfather drove to work for 30 years looked like as he drove it everyday?   What did the egg basket look like that your grandmother used to gather eggs each morning?  What did they do after dinner each evening, or what were their favorite foods?    Maybe it's just me...but I would find that so fun.   I used to ask my mom questions like that for hours.  I would have loved to see photos.   I have to laugh because I think my mom thought it was kind of silly.  She would smile and say.... " well, I don't know, I guess we were just happy with whatever we had".
I remember my dad telling about taking lard sandwichs to school for lunch.   Lard spread on homemade bread.  And he said it was a real treat if you got some sugar sprinkled on it.  ICK

Anyway... that's why I'm so passionate about Everyday photos.  I love for you to join me ...and if you do post them on your blog, be sure to share with me... I'd love to see :)

Have a great day!

Always....... THANKS for stopping by!