Sunday, February 9, 2014

Ellyne's Stock The Kitchen Bridal Shower

It has been a really long time since I have posted because I have been very ill but this post is not about my disease but instead to share the Bridal Shower I did for one of my closest friends here in Norway Ellyne! The theme was Stock the Kitchen mixed with 50's housewife.... I loved even dressing the part. We have soooo many pictures but I will just share a couple of my favorites.

Here are some of the decorations. Both I and another friend did the decorations. Mei created the awesome decorations on the ceiling.

I  decorated the tables creating a couple centerpieces out of vintage kitchen utensils and appliances. I purchased loose flowers and made a bouquet in both the vintage mixer and colinder. 

I also made a chalk board out of an old barn window and wrote all the important dates that makeup Ellyne and Bjørn's (groom) love story.

We started the party with two games. Here is the glowing bride dressed for the Apron Guessing game. Ellyne greeted all the guest wearing the apron covered in kitchen utensils. After everyone was settled in their seats we took off the apron and passed out the Apron Game paper. The ladies had a blast trying to remember all the utensils. The second game we played was Spice It Up where we put common cooking spices in unmarked jars and the ladies had to guess what each of the spices were.

Then it was time to eat. Food was made by another one of Ellyne's friends Louiebeth who is a very talented cook.


After eating a visiting we played two more games. The first was He Said She Said. The night before the shower I asked the bride and groom several questions about their relationship, plans for the future, and  likes and dislikes. I then chose 14 quotes from Ellyne's and Bjørn's (groom) answes. I put the quotes on a printable He Said She said worksheet. I printed out mustaches and lips and attached them to sticks. As I read out the quotes the guests guessed who said it by holding up a mustache or lips. 

Our last game was Toilet Paper Bride. I have seen this played many ways we played it by dividing up in groups and dressing the bride in toilet paper. One group designed the dress, another the veil, another flowers and another jewelry. When we were done everyone sat back in their seats and I told them to look under their chairs. Under on chair I had put a mask with the grooms face. My daughter found the mask so she put it on and stood next to the bride.  We all had a great time adorning the mask and laughing. At the end of the shower the groom came home and the bride put on the mask and took a picture with him. Scary! Haha

When I sent out the invitations I included a recipe card and asked each guest to share one of their favorite recipes. Ellyne got recipes from all over the world and can't wait to try them out. She was also blessed with some wonderful gifts for the kitchen. For my present I created a dish towel cake. For each tier I used toilet paper in the center and then wrapped them with dish towels.  The middle teir also had a double kitchen mitt. I used straight pins to hold it all together as well as to attach some of the kitchen utensils. I really liked how it came out. 

Each guest was also given a fun favor when they left... silver heart measuring spoons that were tied with a bow and had a 50's housewife tag. Ellyne had a wonderful and it was so fun. I think everyone took away memories that won't be soon forgotten. 

Most of my ideas came from Pinterest and then I made them my own. I also created 3 printable worksheets for the games The Apron Guessing Game, Spice It Up and He Said She Said. If you would like a copy of the file to download and make your own just comment with your email and I  can send them to you. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Scrapping Everyday Miracles Birthday Celebration Blog Hop

Welcome to the Scrapping Everyday Miracles Birthday Celebration blog hop.  I am excited that you are hopping along with us.  In addition to our blog hop we also have a giveaway on SEM on our facebook group we games with some fun prizes plus 5 card challenges where we are making cards for the organization Cards for Soldiers .  I love that we can have fun and give back to some else at the same time.

Each of the DT created a Birthday themed project.  In each of the pictures of the projects there are hidden birthday hats.    As you hop through count how many hats you find.  When you are finished with the hop comment on the blog hop post with the number of hats you found.  

Here is my birthday themed layout... How many hats can you find?

Our hop grand prize has been provided by Blue Fern Studios....


Ready to see the awesome Grand Prize for the hop...

So are you all ready?  It is time for some hopping!  Have fun and we will see you back here at the end of the hop .  
The hop will remain open until Sunday night, July 14th at midnight PST. 
Remember in order to qualify for our grand prize you must leave a comment on all the blogs and comment on the SEM blog with the number of hats you found (you do not have to have the right number of hats to be entered... just try maybe there will be an extra prize for that get it right)

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Make sure you also stop by our Facebook page for games, challenges and even more prizes.  Winners will be posted  on SEM (and on each individual blog that provides RAK) on Wednesday July 17th so don't forget to come back and see if you won any of the fabulous prizes from our sponsors!  

Sunday, June 2, 2013

SEM June Main Challenge

Here is the challenge this month over at Scrapping Everyday Miracles.    

Since June is one of the most popular months to get married (my husband and my anniversary is the 19th), I decided to do a challenge on love. Your challenge this month is to scrap about a husband and wife relationship and the love you see/experience because of it.  The scrap twist is that you can only use cardstock, NO PATTERNED PAPER! The couple you choose can be you and your spouse, your parents, grandparents, or any other couple whose love for one another inspires you.

To see the whole challenge make sure you head over to the SEM blog.  You have until June 30th to enter!

Here is the layout I created.
Things arent always easy when it comes to my marriage.  We have our ups and downs... our good days and bad days... sometimes it has felt like good years and bads years even.  Sometimes I feel like throwing my hands up in the air and saying that's it I give up!  Deep down I love my husband and I truly meant my wedding vows.  I want to be a loving supportive and caring wife.  I am willing to work on and change those things I can to make this marriage work.  I know that Lars loves me and feels the same.  When those days come that I feel like things are just too much of a mess or I said something horrible and wish I could take it... the days I feel hurt and sad... I pray!  I give God my marriage, I ask forgiveness, and ask God to change my heart... I ask him to help me love my husband no matter what the issue is.  God has done just that... He has been there to get us through some crazy times... some big issues... misunderstandings  and some really hurt feelings.  Both Lars and I have our baggage and issues and are working on those things to be a better husband and wife.  Know matter how much Lars makes me want to pull my hair out... I couldnt imagine not beeing his wife.  I am proud to be his wife.  I thank the Lord that we are both commited to this marriage and are still very much in love with each other even though some days it is hard to focus on that.  I know God brought us together and I am so thankful for that.  

The twist was to not use any patterned paper.  At first this seemed rather hard but actually it wasnt that hard at all.  I really went a bit crazy creating the background and after literally drenching it with mist.  I then took gesso and stenciled on the pattern.  I then added a bit more mist.  Then I dried everything with my blow dryer.  Finally I added a little inca gold over the gesso pattern.  You cant really see it in the picture but believe me it is there and it really gives it a beautiful sheen.  Now at this point the paper was warped from the misting so what I should have done is mist the back with plain water and put it under a heavy book overnight.  But I had an idea in mind and knew just want the journaling on it should say.  I really didnt want to lose my inspiration.  I unfortunately dont know a quick way to get your paper flat.  Some might say ironing the backside but with the gesso I didnt think that was the best idea.  If I had only used mist I probably would have tried this but not with the gesso and other stuff.  I am going to have to do some research on how to get your layout to lay flat after using mists and other mix media.  Anyhow I went ahead and just designed my layout right on the warped background.  You can tell this in the picture... the hand drawing is straighter than it appears.  I havent hand drawn a title on a layout in a long time.  I also do not often doodle.  Usually for wedding pictures people use soft muted colors not black... but I loved the contrast of the black butterflies.  I also drew a lot of the dark tones out of the picture and really made it pop.  Even though it is warped I still really like this layout.  And if you have any ideas on getting mix media layouts flat I would love to hear them.

Have a great day and dont forget to check out the challenge at SEM... I cant wait to see what you create!

Eyelet Outlet Team up!

Hi Everyone!  Over at the Eyelet Outlet the DT has teamed up with Art Impressions to bring you some wonderful creations featuring Art Impression Stamps and Eyelet Outlet products.  I chose to work with this adorable griszzley bear.... I think he is adorable and I knew there would just be so many different ways I could use the stamp and brads from the Eyelet Outlet together.   So here is my grizzley bear bithday card!  

I  used two different types of EO bee brads and balloon brads-bright.  Here is a close up of the both the stamp and brads.  I know I will definately be creating some other cards featuring this cute bear in the future.  Can see him wearing a hat brad or maybe glasses and a mustache brads.  Oh so many fun ideas!

Stop by the Eyelet Outlet blog all week to see what other creations the DT came up!!!!
Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful day!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Eyelet Outlet May DT work

I really need to get better at blogging again... I have so many projects I have created lately and just havent found the time to put it up on the blog.  Here are three cards I designed for the Eyelet Outlet...

I created this cute little bird house card and used 3 different brads the sitting birds (pastel), the flying birds (pastel) and a 12mm gold pearl brad.  Of course I used one of my favorite EO products and that is bling.  I used two different types Pearl Bling sheets and Pearl Bling strips.  The other supplies I used are Pink Paislee pattern paper, a smalll bit of twine, a small part of a bamboo skewer, two prima paper flowers, and finally I used some stickles on the flowers and bird brads.  I just love glitter!  Here is close up of the brads.

 Here is my second card... totally has some fun british flair!

The Eyelet Outlet is known for its brads and eyelets but did you know there is ribbon, bling and paper flowers also in the store.  This card actually doesnt use any brads but instead features the flag ribbon and blue jewel bling strips.  I also used paper from My Minds Eye and October Afternoon, 2 Maya Road pins, Chipboard from Maya Road, a sticker from Crate Paper, hello stamp from G Studio and from my personal stash cream ribbon and a bus die cut.  I am going to send this card to my neices along with some souvenirs from our recent trip to England.  I think it is perfect!  Here is a close up of the ribbon.

Finally here is the Mother's Day card I made for my mom.

I used the brand new paper flowers from EO as well as some silver stipple brads.  I think the card really truned out lovely.  I also used Webster Pages pattern paper and a stamp from Hero Arts.  Here is a close up  of the paper flowers.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful day!