Friday, May 22, 2015

Birthday Banner

My cousin that ordered the birthday cards for her sweet soon to be 1 yr old's birthday party (you can see the invite here), also asked if I could make a birthday banner for Miss Brittan.

For the Happy Birthday Brittan lettering,  I used the Freak Show font and cut it on my Silhouette. For the Bracket shape, I used a SVG File that you can download for free from The Project Girl HERE.( Scroll down on her post and you will find a link to the file she is sharing.)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Another Husker Inspired Shower

This shower went in a completely different direction than originally planned. LOL The bride and groom's colors are purple and mint and they shared that they like pizza and pasta. It needed to be on a Sunday right after church as that was the only time the busy couple was available. After talking to the bride to be, we decided on an Italian theme, with a pizza and pasta potluck, then the hostesses would do some Italian desserts.

Changes....the Sunday was going to be after a wedding at the church and a good share of those coming to the shower would be at the wedding. The groom's mother wanted to provide the pizza and ice cream for sundae's and really liked the Husker invites I made for another shower and suggested I just go with a Husker theme as both the bride and groom to be are huge fans.

So we just did a switch with the hostessses making pasta dishes and providing toppings for the ice cream. It was a huge hit.

Unfortunately....I couldn't find my camera (It was in the car!!!), so used my son's phone and only got a few pictures before everyone got there, then got so busy setting everything out that I forgot to take pictures of the food. So just imagine 5 kinds of pizza from Pizza Hut and traditional lasagne, chicken alfredo lasagne, crock pot pizza pasta, gluten free pasta, and gluten free chicken bacon ranch pizza. I will post my two recipes at the bottom.

For toppings, we had homemade marshmallow, homemade chocolate, homemade strawberry, caramel, butterscotch, nuts, and crushed oreos.

Here are the few pics I did take...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Treat Cup Cards

Treat Cups are being featured by the Cutting Café Design Team this week. Regina has designed 7 different Treat Cup cards, and has a video tutorial that is very helpful in putting these together. They are a lot easier than you would think and so fun to make!

I chose to use the gumball machine image and was inspired by THIS vintage yellow gumball machine. I chose the yellow polka dot paper for my background sine it had gray lettering on it to go with the silver cardstock I used for the gumball machine. The background of the silver is smooth and the other pieces are a textured silver.

I didn't have any gumballs to put in it, but had some M & M's left over from making monster cookies yesterday, so just picked out some yellow ones and it worked.

Be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of every month to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BFB Reservations for Two by Hillary Manton Lodge

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  • I was excited to see the second book in the Two Blue Doors series available on BFB: Reservations for Two by Hillary Manton Lodge.

    The story continues as Juliette’s current life working to open a restaurant with her brother and her travels abroad to learn of her grand-mère’s WWII past. Just like the first book, this one is filled with recipes that sound delicious.

    Juliette's life is complicated by her love interest who lives across the states from her and doesn't believe that things can work out for them to get together.

    Reservations for Two is another wonderful story filled with romance, suspense, a dialogue that makes you feel like you are right there experiencing what is going on and yummy recipes.

    Even though this book starts where book 1 left off, it could easily stand on it's own.

    I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review

    More Dishcloths

    Here is another set I made for a bridal shower that I didn't host for a local gal. In fact I couldn't attend her shower as I was hosting another one that day. Her colors are plum, sage, and kraft brown. I couldn't find any plum colored cotton yarn, but thought that this went pretty together and really they are for washing dishes, so it doesn't matter that much. Ü

    Thursday, May 14, 2015

    Sunflowers and Daisies Bridal Shower

    Last week's bridal shower was sunflowers and daisies with a bit of rustic country charm. The bride to be's colors were sunflower yellow and pomegranate...a very pretty color combo!

    To start off, these are the invites I created for her. I googled bridal shower invites to get some ideas for wording so that it would be different from the just "you are invited". I really liked how this one looked with wording to the left to peek above the pocket and then to the right hidden in the pocket.  It just happened to work out that way and I love happy surprises like that!

    The card "base" is actually a paper lunch sack! This came about because I had run out of white cardstock (I've already gone through one ream...150 sheets just doing showers invites and decorations!) and I wasn't going to drive 1.5 hrs to get more (the closest Walmart). Since the theme was rustic country, I decided why not use paper sacks and I love how it turned out.

    The yellow check paper had daisies on it, so that was perfect and the pinkish red paper fit the pomegranate color of her color choices, but I needed a 3rd paper to tie it all together. I searched my favorite digital paper source Summertime Designs and found the yellow and red flower design that matched my other papers perfectly in her Angel Mother kit! The best part is that her digi designs are free.

    Pictures of the tables and decorations  

    The jars fit perfectly in the center of a horseshoe

    One of the gals who helped with food made these sunflowers out of paper sacks from this inspiration

    We served brown sugar cinnamon flavored cream cheese mints & nuts, cheese and crackers, and fruit pizza with a cookie crust, brownie crust and gluten free.

    I made this from THIS pin. I used crackers for the center instead of grapes since we were having fruit on the dessert.

     Here is my gift to her. Three crocheted dish cloths and a bottle of dish soap. 

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015


    Today for Repeat Impressions Designer's Choice Challenge, I am the hostess, and my challenge was to create anything that wasn't a card.

    I created this pillow box using Cutting Cafe's Candy Corn Pillow Box Template and just erased the dashed lines at one end, so I could make it handled at the top. 

    I stamped Repeat Impressions' 9705-M Jar and 9609-E, Citrus Wedge in gray ink, then colored the lemons yellow and added glitter to the rinds.

    This would be a fun little gift to give filled with lemonade pkts and lemon candies. This is my last post for RI. Thank you Wendy for inviting me on the DT the past 4 months.

    Would you like to play along with us? Be sure to stop by The House That Stamps Built blog (Repeat Impression's blog) for more details on how you can play along, Each submission enters you in the drawing for a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate. You don’t always have to use their stamps in your creations, but you will receive an extra entry if you do. Also be sure to stop by each of the Rock Star's blogs and see what they did with this week's Challenge.

    Monday, May 11, 2015

    Design Team Call

    If you would like to be on THE BEST design team, here is some info for the Cutting Café design team call
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    Regina is looking to add a few new people to the Design Team for the term of: June through the End of September 2015.
     PLEASE NOTE: You do not need to have any prior experience with working with cutting files or printable (digital) stamps....but you do need to have a printer and a cutting machine or be able to hand cut templates. Plus you do need to have an active blog or online gallery and the ability to take clear photos of your projects.

    She is looking for the following:
    A few regular designers..(ie: creating any type of projects you want with monthly assigned Cutting Cafe Files). You will need to be able to do 2 post per month around the 7th and 21st of the month.
    A few Video designers....responsible for uploading at least 2 videos to YouTube a month using assigned Cutting Cafe files on or around the 7th and 21st of each month.
     To be considered, you will need to have an active blog or online gallery to upload your projects to and post to another online gallery of your choice...
     Compensation: While on the team, you will have access to all of the files that The Cutting Cafe sells as well as receive all new releases while on the team..

     If this sounds like something you would like to do, please email Regina at:
     (put in the subject line design team call)
     In your email please tell her why you would like to join the team and a link to your online blog or gallery....
     Deadline: May 25th 2015

    The new team will be announced on the Cutting Café Blog by the end of May 2015.

     Please note: Regina tries to personally thank all that apply to be on the team, but unfortunately will not be able to contact each person that doesn't make the team. So be sure to check out the site by the end of May. 

    Saturday, May 9, 2015

    Misc Invites & Gifts

    WOW! 4 days in a row posts! I'm trying to get all caught up on all that I've been doing. Today, I have a few misc projects to share with you.

    Today is a baby shower for twins that I'm not hosting, but was asked to make the invitations for. I created these darling diaper invites as it is a diaper shower. Makes perfect sense for someone with twins!

    All of the diapers were a little different using papers from Echo Park's Bundle of Joy Boy Collection. The cute diaper and pin are from Cutting Cafe's Diaper Shaped Card & Invite Set Template. I only used the diaper and pin and glued the tabs of the diaper shut. Then on MSWord, I typed up the shower info and it slides in at the top of the diaper.

    Next up was an order for a little girl's first birthday party. The mother wanted it pink, camo, and a deer. Well, I couldn't find camo paper anywhere, not even fabric (except fleece), but did find this pink paper that had trees on it and you usually hunt where there are trees, so went with it.

    I think it turned out adorable and the mom liked them, so that's what mattered. The deer and white scalloped piece are from the Silhouette store Here and Here. The inside is the bubble enlarged in pink with the party info typed on it.

    My last project to share with you was another order from a cousin of mine that needed some wine tags for a bridal shower gift. She had seen some on Pinterest and wondered if I could make something like it. I e-mailed Regina with the Cutting Cafe to see if she had any wine tag files. She didn't and asked when I needed them and I told her the next day. People, she created THIS file that night and sent it to me the next day! WOW!! What a sweet lady! She even created the tags so you can add a pocket if you like to add a gift card or note.

    I don't drink so I had to scrounge around for something to show you how these work on the bottles. I had a bottle of Torani Brown Sugar flavoring that was the perfect size. I think these tags would be fun also for non-alcoholic drinks and even pop bottles.

    I found several poems on Pinterest to use for the occasions. Wouldn't these also be fun for a college student? Open a bottle for first final, first A, first essay, etc.

    Friday, May 8, 2015

    Dr. Seuss Baby Shower

    Trying to get caught up on sharing the showers. Dr. Seuss themed was last Friday. This was another super fun shower I helped host! This shower was #6 in the line up of showers I have going on this year. This one was for a sweet gal that is having a baby boy. Her husband was my oldest son's roommate in college and she is a dear friend of my son's wife.

    I went with a Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat theme with red and turquoise for the colors. This was a fun shower on a budget as my teacher DIL had a lot of fun Dr. Seuss items from school when they celebrate Dr. Seuss week.

    I remembered my camera this time! First off though are the invitations that I made. I found a free Dr. Seuss border (link below post) and opened it up in MSWord and then added the info to it.

    I have lots of pictures to share. I want to show you first what the tin cans altered looked like when I started them. After making 2 of them, I decided it looked to "jail-ish"...weird I know, but it was just too many stripes.

    Here is what they looked like with wider stripes.I thought this looked more Cat in the Hat-ish. LOL

    This is the same border I used for the invites. Just enlarged it and added lines for guests to sign in.


    Tess can't have any gluten, so all the food is gluten free. I didn't know you could get pretzels and bread bite things gluten free! They were very good! All the food had names from Dr. Seuss books.

    New Blue Goo: aka Blue Hawaiin Punch

    Red Fish, Blue Swedish fish and gummy blue whale candy. The cute serving dish is one I found at Hobby Lobby. 66% off the lowest price, so it was a dollar and a few cents. Same as the one above on the sign in table that I used for those who just brought cards.

    Truffula Sticks: aka celery and broccoli

    The pretzels and bagel bites, didn't have a name. One of the hostess just brought them because they were gluten free and thought they went with what we were having. The pretzels were honey mustard. So yummy! She also brought a spinach/kale dip. Oh my! So very good.

    Green Eggs and Ham. Some of the eggs had guacamole and the others just dyed deviled eggs.

    In the background; Yertle Turtles aka turtle candy...pretzel (gluten free), rolo, and pecan

    Brown Ba Loot Truffula Fruit

    Hop on Pop: Caramel Popcorn & Big Red Popcorn

    Blank border for invites and sign in sheet