Saturday, March 21, 2009
Last weeks photography challenge on Splitcoast was the 25th challenge. We were asked to post something that makes us smile. And then there was a bonus challenge where we posted a photo that we have taken that could be a postcard. So here are my iSmile photos:
I read the challenge and immediately thought of my husband, my daughter, and my dog. Well, my daughter is at her dad's, so I couldn't do a photo of her. My husband was sleeping, the thought of taking a picture of my sweet wonderful husband taking a much deserved nap after a hard day at work made me smile even more, so I tip toed into the bedroom and took this:
My dog always makes me smile, he cracks me up. He's such a funny dog, if you knew him, he would make you smile too:
Now for the postcard challenge, I actually posted a picture I had taken at White Sands while my in-laws were visiting back in January. That is sand, not snow in this picture.
Now this weeks challenge is to take a picture of something at an odd angle, whether looking up at it, down on it, angle the camera, etc. The weather has always been really nice in New Mexico, with the exception of a few days here and a few days there. It has been so nice lately that my hubby has started watering the lawn on our designated days (since we live on a military post, they have days that are designated for us water our lawn.). Well yesterday was one of those days, I went outside and took some pictures, here is one I took of the trees turning green and the sun peeking through. I love this shot!
Friday, March 20, 2009
I used the Bali Breeze DP from SU (I love this paper, I wish I had more, I'm running out.) I paired it with Tempting Turqouise and Certainly Celery. The Our Family is printed on Whisper White cardstock with my computer printer. I used my crafter's tool kit to paper pierce the pages and then hand stitched them. They took quite sometime, almost 8 hours total, but they were well worth the effort.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
My sweet wonderful husband made me a second 10 inch dummy cake, this time with holes in it for the pillars so I could actually do the cake with the pillars like they are meant to be.
Here is a close up of the cake, looking down on it a little. Here is a close up of the top tier (left bare on the top so if they get a cake topper they can put it on there). You can also see the scallops on the sides. I did rosettes at the top of each scallop. I did a larger shell border on the bottom of each tier and a small shell border on the top of each tier. A close up shot of one of the roses (the roses are a denim blue, I can't get them darker without the coloring effecting the flavor, this is actually my favorite of my blue colorings too, and the leaves are a Juniper green). I love how the roses came out! They are the best buttercream roses I have every done!
I did try a cake with a more elaborate filigree pattern on the sides, but I did one layer and my hands were killing me. There is no way I would be able to do a cake of that calibure in the amount of time that I have an still be able to function afterwards. So this is about as elaborate as I can get and still be o.k. after making it. This practice cake took about 4 hours (partly because I had no clue where I was going with it when I started it). I would spend 5-6 hours on the actual cake to make sure it is as perfect as I can get it. Such as the scallops being evenly spaced on their actual wedding cake.
We'll see if they like this one. I hope so, I had fun doing it. I'll let you know!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Both the bride and the groom have blue as a favorite color and Navy blue is one of the wedding colors. So for the announcements I did a 5x7 invite. I used the ticket corner punch to notch the corners. I did white cardstock over top of that (cut to 4.5x6.5) and stamped the cherry blossom image from Garden Silouhettes in Navy cardstock. Then I did the vellum over top of that with the announcement part printed on it. I tied a navy organdy ribbon at the top.
The ceremony cards were done on shimmery white cardstock. They are 2x3 and have the info printed on them with a flower from the came Garden Silouhettes set in Brocade Blue ink (stamped off once). (I didn't take a photo of those, sorry)
I hope the bride and groom like them (the have seen pictures of them, I just hope they like them in person!). I do need to revamp the wedding cake design. When I did the 3 that I posted in my last post, the bride had said that she really didn't know what she wanted. It wasn't until after I did the cakes that she told me what she had in mind. So I need to revamp the design to fit what she is wanting. Hopefully I can do it. That is my next project.
My friend Shelly emailed me the other day on Facebook and asked me if I would be willing to come up with an invite for a bridal shower she and her sister (my friend Lydia) are throwing for her brother's fiancee. They are doing a tea party bridal shower (how cute is that for an idea!) and asked me if I had any cute tea party stamps. I have almost 200 sets, and no tea party sets. But I told her that if I were her I would do an invite with spring flowers and the words You're Invited on the outside and then the tea party info on the inside. She loved that idea. So I came up with two announcements for her and Lydia to choose from. I hope this is what you had in mind ladies! Here they are!
This one is done with red, green and black and has roses. (Wreath of Roses from SU, I forgot I had this set actually! So glad I found it because I love this set)
This one is done with SU's set A Rose Is A Rose. I did the roses in spring colors of pinks, yellows and greens. The card is paper pierced around the edges of the focal image with a pink ribbon tied around it.
If you like the color scheme of one but like the images of the other, I can combine. Just let me know your thoughts!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The wedding colors are various shades of blue, with a little bit of lavender. I bought some silk flowers that are some gorgeous shades of blue and some purple ones that are a little darker then lavender, but compliment the blues so well.
(keep in mind, the actual wedding cake icing will be smoother then this, these are styrofoam cake dummies -that hubby made of course- and I had a harder time icing them then I expected. so ignore the bumpiness of the icing).
This is a classic 3 tier cake, stacked construction, navy satin ribbon, dot border, with some flower clusters. (If they choose this one I will do more flower clusters then just the ones you see here)
Cake # 2-
On this one I did a shell border, I used seperator plates between the layers. I added the flowers to hide the gap between tier 1 & 2. If they choose this one the pillars won't be so tall. Since this is a cake dummy and I will want to use it for future use I didn't want to put holes in the middle one to make pillars smaller (which is what I would do on the actual cake, the bottom part of the pillars would go into the middle tier itself.)
I added some flowers around and inbetween the pillars and a flower cluster on top.
Cake # 3-
This is actually the 2nd cake that I made (and the 2nd one that I showed them) but it is my favorite so I wanted to show it last here. This one is a 3 tier cake. Seperator plates are used in between the layers, and flowers are used to hide the gaps. Shell border is done on the bottom of each layer and a flower cluster on the top. Do you see why this one is my fav?
All in all I'm pleased with how these turned out. I had contemplated some more elaborate cakes, but since I will only have about a day to do the cake (including bake time) I didn't want to present something that I can't finish, or that I can't have look perfect on wedding day.
Monday, March 09, 2009
BIL also kind of "joked" in Jan. when he was here visiting that if he got married I could make his wedding cake. Well, what do you know, he gets engaged. I ask him if he was serious and wants me to make the cake. He says yes but he will talk to his lovely fiancee' (who I have never met since we don't live there, but I hear from everyone who has met her that she is great, a perfect fit for him) I hear nothing back from them. Another BIL tells me that as far as he knows yes, they want me to do the cake since they are telling people I am doing it. So o.k. I talk to BIL who is getting married to confirm with him, and he says that he hasn't heard anything to contrary from his fiancee' so yes, I'm doing the cake.
Rather then having them choose a cake off the internet or from a photo and having them fall in love with it only to find out I can't do it and make it look perfect I figured I would do some mock-up cakes and then let them choose which one they like. That way I know that I can do whichever one it is they choose and do it well. Rather then baking and decorating multiple cakes and having to find some poor soul to pawn them off on my sweet hubby decided to make me some "dummy cakes". These are cakes made out of styrafoam. This way I can decorate them, take the picture, wash the frosting off and decorate the next cake, take that picture, etc. Then the bride and groom can choose which they like that way. Saves a lot of un-needed baking. Not only will this work for mock-ups, but once they choose their cake if it is one I need to practice I can do that on the dummy cake as often as I need to so that the cake will look fabulous come wedding day. (or as fabulous as I can make it) So this weekend hubby has been working on dummy cakes for me. He is almost done with them and then I can start decorating.
As for the invitations, I did 7 samples, the bride chose 1 that she liked, but asked me to incorporate a couple of things from some of the others. So I did that. Now I am just waiting on them to choose an ink color (that and the rest of my cardstock) and then I can start on those. So hopefully by the end of the week I will have some cakes and invites for you to see (the invites with all the indentifying info taken out of course).
As for the scrapbook pages for our adoption profile, I am waiting for a few photos to come from Snapfish. I love Snapfish, I am getting 10 photos printed and I'm only paying 90 cents!
In the meantime, I found this project that I never shared with you. It is one I did for a friend of mine before she moved from KS. Yes, it is that old! I made one similar for a few of friends, each taylor made for them.
I sure miss my KS friends....
Friday, March 06, 2009
We are so excited and beyond thrilled!
I am working on our online profile stuff. I am mostly done with that though, just tweaking a few things here and there. As soon as I am done it will be ready to be posted, so as soon as we are approved the agency will post that on their website. In the meantime I am also working on our scrapbook profile. I have 1 of the 2 pages done. Hopefully I will have those done in the next few days and will be able to show you all those.
Anyhow, I just wanted to let you all know how well it's all going. :) After we are approved we just wait to be chosen by a birth family. Hopefully that won't take too long to be chosen but we are prepared for it taking a while. Hopefully it won't, but it might. In the meantime we are so excited that the approval process is flying by!