diy+fyi: a snapshot of my olympics party

Hey hey! I know I’ve been a little MIA (boy, do I sound like a broken record!) but I’ve been busy crafting away preparing for my olympics party this past weekend! No joke, I’ve been planning this party for a couple months now…not serious spending-everyday-planning but doing it piece by piece, scouring pinterest for inspiration, and I was thrilled on how it turned out! :) [I’m sure my husband is jumping for joy in the background since now he’s free from my pleas for craft help or incessant need for moving house furniture around…haha!]

To me, the party begins at the front door so I thought I make a decorative yarn wreath, inspired by the many beautiful ones I’ve seen on pinterest, and mimic the London Underground logo. This simple project took a few hours and was super easy to make. Supplies needed: styrofoam wreath, red yarn, blue foam paper, and a silver marker.

The next photo shows two craft projects: the iconic Union Jack flag hanging as a centerpiece over the food table and Olympic medals. The flag was fairly simple although if you look at it with a critical eye, the “x” in the background isn’t quite aligned properly. Oh well, close enough! :) Supplied used: dark blue poster board, self-stick white felt, red felt, and craft glue.  And you can’t have an Olympics party without playing some games and we always play games at our house. I made the medals so that our friends could go home with a little souvenir. Supplies used: wooden circles, ribbon in red, white, and blue, hot glue gun, paint brush, and acrylic metallic paint in bronze, silver, and gold.

Onto my favorite decoration…the London skyline! This was a random idea that came to mind while I was at church (I promise I was paying attention during the service!) and I wasn’t sure how to do it but that’s the fun and beauty of creativity. I looked at images online and recreated the look with just three supplies: yarn, black paper, and tape. I’ve never been to London so its kinda cool to have it in my house!

Lastly, I believe every party must have food. So in the spirit of the Olympics, I asked my friends to make/bring a dish of their ethic background. It was quite the cultural feast! Nom nom nom! :)

Hubby and I had a really fun time at our Olympics party and I can tell our friends did too! So…shall I start planning for the 2014 Olympics?? ;)

diy: card for my faja

This card was made for my dad for Father’s Day…yes, I’m a little late posting this, I know. Anyways, my dad loves to cook and grill so I immediately thought of using the BBQ stamp for his card. Needless to say, he was quite happy and giddily proud (haha) when he opened the card! :)

SUPPLIES:
Solid Card:
Recollections cardstock and DCWV cardstock
Paper: Recollections – Boy Plaid, DCWV – The Green Stack
Stamps: Ditto Clear Stamps, BBQ Stamp (unknown, came in a set of three stamps)
Other: Foam squares, Coptic marker in Pale Blue

fyi: red, white, and blue savings

Hubby and I went shopping a few days ago at our local outlets and I just have to share with you the great deals going on at one of my favorite stores, Banana Republic Factory Store! From now until July 8, save up to 70% on a number of items…check out the deals I scored!

A $79.99 dress for just $14.99! I love the versatility of this dress, the color, and the pockets!!

Take a look at my new accessory…a laser cut red tote…perfect for today’s patriotic holiday. This $69.99 purse was marked down to $20.99!

Happy Fourth of July!!

diy: seeing double birthday card

Hello friends! So sorry I’ve been a little MIA lately. Although it looks like I fell off the face of the earth but I actually have been very busy making cards! I can’t wait to share them with y’all! :)

Here’s a very special card design featuring two cards that must be placed side by side. Our good married friends, Zach and Becky, have birthdays a week apart so I thought it would be fun for them to open their cards individually and work together to make one big and long card! Kind of like a puzzle!

SUPPLIES:
Solid Card:
Recollections cardstock and DCWV cardstock
Paper: Recollections Rockets ‘n’ Sprockets Collection – Star Map
Stickers: Making Memories Velvet Sayings – Birthday
Other: Recollections round mini brads, Foam squares

diy: the less is more card

Happy Birthday Nick!

This card was given to my friend over a month ago. Life got busy (especially lately – sorry for the lack of posts!) and I thought this card was too simple to share so I held onto it until now. But I realized, sometimes, the simple understated card is just as good, too.  These type of cards usually are quick to make since I don’t spend a crazy amount of time over-thinking the card size, layout, etc. Just keep a general color scheme, jazz it up with a dimensional embellishment, throw in a punch line like “Hoot & Holler”, and you’re done!  Less is more, right? :)

SUPPLIES:
Folded Card:
DCWV Textured Cardstock (White Core)
Paper: Sandylion – Slam Dunk
Rubber Stamps: Studio G alphabet stamp set
Embellishments: Recollections dimensional stickers – Owl
Other: Recollections round mini brads, Foam squares