Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Monster Baby Shower

So, my brother's wife is expecting and is not finding out what she is having. We were throwing her a shower and didn't have a gender, a theme or any clue what we wanted to do. My sister Rebecca (at Crafting Misfit) and I decided to do a theme with a cartridge we both had since we'd be working on it while living a bit over 3 hours away from each other. Then we thought of Mini Monsters and came up with some really cute projects!

I made the invitations using a variety of multi-colored papers. I then just made color photocopies of the card to mail out. I love it, personally. Boy or Girl? LOL. Of course one guest did say they were "very cute owls". The title on the back was  "A Cute Little Monster is on the Way!"

Next came the fun part - decorating!!

For favor bags I made the monster bag from mini monsters (30 of them...I never want to make another one again!). We filled the adult ones with colorful Lindor Truffles and the kids got Skittles and Starbursts.

I also made my first banner (I made Rebecca string it, though - and it was totally her concept. It's just that her Gypsy broke so she was at a loss of how to actually use the buttons on her Cricut I think ;)

I was excited to get to use my Big Kick to emboss the letters :) I'm still getting the hang of it, but I love it.

Because I am a tad over-ambitious I also decorated the silverware (only did a single layer on these monster, though! lol)

Then, perhaps my favorite project was the poster where we made people guess what she was having!

Rebecca made some super-cute centerpieces as well. (It was actually amazing how long we hemmed and hawed over which faux-flowers to buy for them).
Then I made a cake. Ugh - what a disaster. I had such a cute vision, but who knew it would be so muggy in Maine on a September day! This was how it came out - I was totally disappointed but it was still a big hit. I've been waiting for the perfect occasion to make a rainbow layer cake so was super excited to do it this time!

Overall it was an awesome day and I had a lot of fun making the projects (even if it was exhausting!) I can't wait to meet my new niece or nephew, and knowing my brother it is sure to be a little monster!!

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Scrappy Mom's Stamps (mini moster challenge)
Decorate to Celebrate (Baby party!)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Another baby card

Well, I did end up staying up the other night and making one more quick card. I know a dozen people having babies so this one is for a baby girl.

 The paper is Nana's Nursery (baby boy) and the bird is from my favorite - Create a Critter.

I'm entering this at Celebrate the Occasion for their sketch challenge.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Baby Boy Card

Well, with all the stress of life lately I have been feeling relatively uninspired. However, I have several cards to make  and finally had the time this evening to work on projects. I stumbled across a layout challenge at Peachy Keen Stamps and finally felt some inspiration! My sister (over at Crafting Misfit) and I are always looking at the stamps at Peachy Keen but neither of us has splurged on them quite yet.

It's amazing, but having the layout just got my creative juices flowing! Now it is nearing midnight and I don't want to stop crafting!

Whimsical Wednesday is having a challenge this week as well to use one of the inspirational words "fath", "hope", "love", "peace", or "believe":

I just freehanded the dashed line and wrote "love" which I think looks incredibly sweet and simple on this card that is so full of pattern already.

I don't usually outline my images, but where each image was only one layer I did (and I'm still not sure I should have done it). The onesie is from "B is for Boy" and the bear is from "Every Day Paper Dolls".

I wish the lighting was better in the photos, as alwasy I think it a hundred times cuter in person!
Well, off to either clean up my mess or make the next card. Not sure which to do!