Monday, April 20, 2015

Tail Gate Themed Shower

The next shower I helped host was a tail gating theme on the 11th. This was a couples shower and their colors were red, white, and black and they are big Husker fans, so it was perfect to put the NE colors and theme together.

I was starting to get sick that day and totally forgot to take pictures of the food table! I started to take a picture of it when I was taking the other pics and then decided to wait until all the hot food was on as well. Bummer! So I will just have to describe it for you.

First off the invite...I am so excited about this invitation! I knew I wanted it to look like a Husker football ticket and the best reward was when a guy saw the invite and thought I actually had a football ticket in my hand. Ü MANY thanks to my graphic design son for helping me out with this!



Here are the decorations. We didn't add any table coverings to the eating tables, since the theme was tail gating. This was above the food table. For food we served 3 kinds of boneless chicken wings, chips and nacho dip, Big Red Popcorn, and snickerdoodles and chocolate chip cookies.





 I wrapped tin cans with a textured designer paper that looks like football skin.

Here is the recipe for Big Red Popcorn that I made.

Big Red Popcorn
5 qt. popped popcorn
9 oz. pkg red hots
1/2 c. margarine
1/4 c. corn syrup
1/2 t. salt

Cook red hots, margarine, syrup and salt in microwave. Stir often. Boil 1 minute. Pour over popcorn in grocery sack; stir. Cook on high in grocery sack in microwave for 1 minute. Shake and cool. Break in small pieces.

RI POTW Tag Box

Hello! It's my turn for this week's Project of the Week on Repeat Impressions' blog. Today I have a project to share with you that I designed a few years ago. It's a fun little tag box that you can create for any occasion and fill with goodies. Let's get started...

Supplies:

2 shipping tags (mine measure 2 5/8” x 5 1/4”)

Cardstock 6.5” x 3”


Patterned paper

Hole punch

Ribbon


Instructions:

  1. Score 6.5” x 3.5” cardstock ½” on each long side
  2. Score at 2” from each short end
*note: the pencil lines are just for you to see the score marks

Inline image


  1. Cut notches as shown

Inline image


  1. Adhere sticky strip to tabs



5. Add patterned paper to sides if desired; two pieces cut 2.5"x 2"




  1. Decorate tags as desired
  2. Punch holes in top of tags (if you covered them with paper)
  3. Center tags with center tabs and adhere


         

  1. Fold sides up and adhere to inside of tags to form box





  1. Tie tags together with ribbon.  



Now just fill with fun sewing supplies and goodies.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

RI What If Wednesday Photo Challenge

I've been sick with bronchitis and was needing some inspiration for the layout for this card and went to Sweet Sunday to find one. I chose their sketch #150.

You can see the inspiration photo below that the DT went by. The designer paper above was the boldest I had and I thought "after the rain...dandelions" so went with the Dandelion Breeze stamp. I don't like dandelions in the yard, but we need the rain so bad, I would put up with them. Ü We did get a little bit last week, so it was nice to know it CAN rain here!



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.

Would  you like to receive a discount on Repeat Impression stamps? Wendy is graciously offering my readers 10% off their order by using this code rr10df. Just click on the box on the right and it will take you right to the store. Have fun shopping!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

RI What If Wednesday DCC

This months' Designer Choice Challenge is hosted by Kathy. She is challenging us to create a project using the heat embossing technique.

For my card, I used Dandelion Breeze and 9717 Happy Hello. I embossed both in white and added a little water coloring with Tombow markers to the dandelions and grass.

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.

Would  you like to receive a discount on Repeat Impression stamps? Wendy is graciously offering my readers 10% off their order by using this code rr10df. Just click on the box on the right and it will take you right to the store. Have fun shopping!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Candy Vending Machine

Regina, from Cutting Cafe, creates the best cutting files! This week the DT is showcasing this super fun and so versatile file called Vending Machine Template and Cutting File. It is super easy to put together, which is another thing I love about her files.

I had so many ideas going through my head on what to create. I have a shower coming up with the colors in this designer paper, so it may be a fun game prize...who knows. LOL


Because I'm not exactly sure who is going to receive this, I didn't add any sentiments to it. After I figure that out, I'll add a tag to the bow.
The file comes with a cutting strip to put around where I used vintage lace instead. The possibilities are endless of what you could add to the container and what theme you could go with.

 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.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

RI WIW Color Challenge

The first of the month on Repeat Impressions is a color challenge. This month it is kraft, red, and a natural. I thought this lighthouse image, 3602-P, First Light, was the perfect image to use for this challenge.



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.

Would  you like to receive a discount on Repeat Impression stamps? Wendy is graciously offering my readers 10% off their order by using this code rr10df. Just click on the box on the right and it will take you right to the store. Have fun shopping!


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Storybook Baby Shower

Saturday's shower was a baby one and so much fun! The mother to be requested that in lieu of a card to bring a children's book (new or used), so we went with a Story Book theme. I have been wanting to do one of these showers, so was excited when Chelsey told me she would like to have books for their son's library.


Chelsey didn't have a color theme, so we went with blue and brown and LOTS of books. This was a morning shower with a light lunch served after she opened her gifts.

To begin with, I created this for her invite. I made a library card holder and then typed the info in word onto the printable library card file. This was so much fun to create and perfect for this shower. The pretty blue ribbon is from May Arts. (I whited out the addresses and phone numbers)



Table as you walk in. Silly me didn't take a picture of the whole table. These old books and figurines are mine. A great way to save money when doing showers is to shop in your own home.

Shoes are my husband's baby shoes, blocks I made for decoration and then also gave to the mother-to-be as a gift.



To sign in, the ladies signed this little Dr. Seuss Book "Oh the Places You'll Go".


Each of the tables had books on them. I just took a picture of this one. This is my book and bear.

I actually set up 5 tables. Only 4 were seen here. We had 6 chairs at each table and ended up having 30 ladies, so that was perfect.



For the food table, we picked books with food themes: (sorry some of the pictures are a little blurry)
If you Give a Moose a Muffin: blueberry and poppy seed mini muffins
Peter Rabbit: bread in the shape of a rabbit with dip in it's tummy and veggies around it
Peanut Butter and Cupcake: peanut butter cupcakes

I thought this idea was super fun for a story book themed shower. Another frugal tip...save and wash out tin cans and wrap with designer papers.

(You can click on the photos to see a larger view.)





Muffins were blueberry and poppy seed.

Notice the bread is a bunny. I can't find the link where I got the idea, but was so thankful one of the gals that helped is a baker.




You can't see in the can, but there are gummy worms. 

Punch is blue Hawaiian Punch


The table "skirt" was used tearing apart old books that were going to be thrown out. Some of the pages were damaged, but I was able to use them any way. I took one of our newspapers and taped the edges together, then taped the book pages just at the top edge of each page starting at the bottom so that the pages kind of flowed. I love how it turned out and that it was a very "green" project.



I also used some of the book pages to create this wreath as well. The back of the wreath is very heavy cardboard that the Post Office gets when they get in their supply of postage stamps. We live in such a small community, that the PO gal knows me and saves them for me.





Ideas, Inspiration and recipes:
theme: storybook
invites: library card and holder from Cutting Cafe
book page wreath: Pinterest
baby book game
book page table skirt
fork idea
blocks svg cutting file- Silhouette Store
alphabet cutting file- Cutting Cafe
(I would have used Cutting Cafe's block file, but when I updated my Silhouette, it won't let me scale and I wanted the blocks to be 2.5". If anyone knows how to do this with the new update, please let me know. I like the strength of  Cutting Cafe's blocks much better)

I made the peanut butter cupcakes using this recipe. I doubled the frosting recipe too like she mentions below.

brownie buckeye cupcakes
Serves 36
Batter
  • 12-16 miniature peanut butter cups
  • 1 box Duncan Hines® Milk Chocolate Premium Brownie Mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1/2 c oil
Icing
  • 1/2 c creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 c butter, softened
  • 2 c powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt
Topping
  • Peanut Butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • 12-14 miniature peanut butter cups
Ganache (from MyBakingAddiction)
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped into very small pieces
  • 1/2 c heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
Instructions
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cups in each muffin cups. Remove foil and cups from candy pieces. Set aside.
  • 2
    Prepare brownie mix as described on box to make cakey brownies using the eggs, water and oil. Fill each up about 2/3 full with batter. Place 1 unwrapped candy piece, upside down, on top of batter in each cup. Lightly tap piece down into batter.
  • 3
    Bake 23 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cup comes out almost clean. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pan. Place on wire rack; cool completely.
  • 4
    Make icing by placing peanut butter and butter into medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and creamy; scrape bowl. Add powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and salt. Beat on low speed 1 minute; scrape bowl. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
  • 5
    Spread about 2 tablespoons of icing on each cupcake leaving the edge un-iced. Prepare ganache: in a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the heavy cream until very hot, but not boiling.
  • 6
    Place chocolate pieces in a heat safe bowl. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes. Whisk the cream and chocolate until smooth and thoroughly combined. Whisk in the honey, corn syrup, and vanilla. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes.
  • 7
    Do not let the glaze sit for too long or it will harden up before you spoon it over the frosting. Spoon the glaze on the tops of the frosted cupcakes, allowing it to drip down the sides a little bit. Don’t add too much glaze or it will drip all over your liners.
  • 8
    For topping, combine peanut butter and powdered sugar, enough of each to make a crumb topping. Sprinkle over ganache drizzled cupcake. Top each cupcake with a peanut butter cup. Store cupcakes in the refrigerator. Remove them to room temperature one hour before serving.
Notes
  • [My 2 Cents]
  • Since I like to generously frost my cupcakes, one batch of the icing wasn't enough. So I doubled it. Doubling it allowed all of my cupcakes to be equally frosted quite generously.
tried and tasty http://triedandtasty.com/

The meatballs is my SIL's recipe. Comes out great every time!

Vicki's BBQ Meatballs
3 lb ground beef
2 c. quick oatmeal
1/2 t. garlic powder
1 t. pepper
1 - 13 oz. evaporated milk
2 eggs
1 c. chopped onion
2 t. salt
2 t. chili powder

Mix together and shape into balls. Approximately 18 large or 50-60 small. Place in a 9" x 13" greased pan. Cover with sauce.

Sauce
2 c. ketchup
3/4 - 1 cup brown sugar (I use the lesser amount as I don't like it too sweet)
2 T. Liquid Smoke
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 c. chopped onion

Mix the ingredients above well.

After covering meatballs, bake at 350° uncovered 1 hr for large meatballs and 30-45 minutes for small ones (depending on how small you make them) or until done.

**If you don' have Liquid Smoke, substitute with 2 T. Worcestershire & 1/3 c. BBQ sauce

I have a week off for Easter and then 7 showers, 7 weeks in a row, so stay tuned for more ideas as each one is different.

Friday, March 27, 2015

St. Patrick's Day

This is a little late, but here are a few pictures from a St. Patrick's Day party that I helped host at The Den in Comstock.

We met at 2 pm and everyone was encouraged to bring a "green" or St. Pat snack to share and a green/St Pat gift to exchange.

I was in charge of decorations...All of them came from my house except that shamrock rock which someone else brought.





Thank you Laura for the pics as I forgot my camera!!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Christina's Bridal Shower

As promised, here are pictures from the first shower...a bridal shower...for one of my oldest son's classmates. I ask each bride to be these questions: what are your colors, is there a theme...and as soon as they answer in my head I can see what it will look like and know what to do. Then I ask 2 more questions...any foods/flavors they do not like and what are some of their favorite foods/flavors. Then it just goes from there.

So here is Christina's info:
Color scheme: navy, coral, & yellow
Theme: romantic chic

I ♥ her color combo and knew exactly what I wanted to do, even down to the plates. LOL I also ask if they have a Pinterest account and go and look there for decorating ideas in case I was way off in what I thought they might like and also a great source for food ideas.

To begin with, I created this invite:

The shower information is on the back of the tag.

I created the tag holder from some linen paper from my local computer store using my Envelope Punch Board. The old lace and vintage seam binding is some I had in my stash.

To decorate, we used yellow table coverings. this made the room so bright and cheery on it's own! It was a beautiful sunny spring day (the day after the first day of spring) and was just perfect. I also chose yellow as the table covering color, because one of the other showers I will be hosting has yellow as one of the colors. I will be using a lot of the same items over whenever I can, but in a completely new way.

These were the decorations on each of the tables. I painted all the jars and then sanded them lightly over the words and embossed images. The flowers are loose in the jar so that I can use them again too. These flowers will be showing up again in 3 other showers.


The wood slices are being reused from what DH cut for me for my son and DIL's rehearsal supper. The dyed paper doilies and twig holders were reused from a banquet I was asked to decorate for last fall. And the pearls are from a shower I hosted last year. 

The quotes were all different on each table. Christina had a quote board on her Pinterest page, so I browsed there and picked out quotes to make it more personal to her. 



These square votive holders were reused from a friend's daughter's wedding. She let me borrow 6 of them for the shower and I will be using them again. The burlap is left over from my son and DIL's wedding and the yellow lace I got at a 5 and dime type of store for 50¢/yd. It took exactly one yard to do all 6 of the jars. I added tea lights and lit they created a pretty soft glow.

This was on the dessert table. The doilies are mine and the box is one my son made me. I usually have it turned the other way with jars inside with flowers at home. 

I found this coral bucket in the dollar section at Target. Perfect for not only this shower, but another one with coral as one of the colors. "She Said Yes" is a printable stamp from Cutting Cafe. The navy pretzels are pretzels I dipped with navy melting discs from Hobby Lobby. 

I'm NOT a shower game person! But this game was one that people could choose to play or not. Before Christina opened her gifts, the guests filled out each box with what they thought Christina would receive. Then as she opened the gifts, if what they wrote down was opened, they got to mark it off. The first person to get a "bingo" won THIS prize.

Also to add a little more color to the tables, I wrapped the yellow fork in the napkin and tied it with coral vintage seam binding. 

This was the table decorated just as the guests came in. 



I had seen these plates some time back on Pick Your Plum and contacted them to see if they still had them. They did and I was so excited to be able to get them as it was almost impossible to find coral plates anywhere!

This dessert is pound cake the bride's mother's recipe...I had had it before and it was so delicious, plus I was thinking "yellow" with peaches "coral" and blueberries "navy" for the color scheme. 

Under desserts on Christina's Pinterest page, she had this pinned TWICE, and she mentioned she liked chocolate and peanut butter, so I thought we should have two options. 




Here are links to inspiration and files for the shower and recipes:

invite: tag and holder
desserts: Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Dessert
Pound Cake with fresh frozen peaches and blueberries
navy covered pretzels
game: Blank Bingo Card Set by Cutting Cafe
pretzel tin: tin from Target $1 spot; I added twine; sentiment tag by Cutting Cafe printable set: Every Day Love Thoughts Mini Words

Pound Cake

2 sticks butter or marg (I used butter)
1/2 c. Crisco
3 c. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 t. almond extract
5 eggs
1 c. milk
3 1/4 c. flour
1/2 t. baking powder

Cream butter, Crisco, and sugar. Add salt & almond extract. Add eggs, one at a time and beat until well mixed. Alternate milk and flour in small amounts at a time. Add baking powder. Place batter in well greased and floured loaf pans. Bake @ 300° for 1 hr 15 minutes. Makes 2 loaf pans.

Next week I will be sharing a baby shower that I'll be hosting this Saturday.