Monday, 22 September 2014

cocktail party invitation

We're having a party! The husband and I are both 40 this year, and to celebrate we have invited family and friends to a cocktail party. If you know me, you know I made the invitations to the event.

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The theme is as you can see black and white, with some gold thrown in for good measure. We're shooting for the oxymoron of relaxed sophistication for this thing; cocktails and bite size nibbles, glitter, and jazz music but nothing stuffy whatsoever. I think the combination of the stripes and white space with the fun font conveys that pretty well.

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I hand glittered the ampersand on each invitation. It took a while, but I think it added that little bit extra. I really like how it turned out.

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I also lined the envelopes with stripes to carry on the theme from the top of the invitation and threw in some of that gold confetti before I closed it up. Lining the envelops took me an eternity (I think four episodes of The Wire), but I think it was so worth it.

Now I have about a month to make the decorations for the party!

Monday, 1 September 2014

hybrid hotness | balloon mobile

I have a little niece due in just a few weeks, and I wanted to make something for her arrival.
It ended up being the cutest thing I think I have made. It was a good deal of work; cutting and gluing paper, but it was so well worth it.

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So the thing is a mobile with 3D balloons and clouds. I created it with digital papers from the Happy Life Mini Kit by Robyn Meierotto at Pixels and Company, some string, and an embroidery hoop.

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Making the mobile is technically easy, but takes a good deal of time, energy, and patience. This is especially true if you don't have a cutting machine like Silhouette. I don't have one and it took me about 10-12 hours to make it from start to finish.

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The steps to making the mobile include:
- Creating the shapes in Photoshop
- Printing 5 balloon baskets (one on each strand),10 mini clouds (making five 2D clouds, one on each strand), 40 balloons (making five 3D balloons, one on each strand), and 40 large clouds (making five 3D clouds, one on each strand)
- Folding all balloons and large clouds in half
- Assembling the 3D balloons and clouds with doublesided tape (a lot of it)
- Creating the baskets
- Assembling each strand of the mobile on an emroidery hoop with a glue gun
- Finishing up with ribbon and rings for hanging

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I am very happy with the finished results. I hope the little girl will enjoy it for many years to come!

The supplies I used, in addition to the digital papers:Epson Archival Matte Paper, A3 sizeScrapbook Adhesives Crafty Power double sided tape
Glue gun and glue
White string
Large emroidery hoop

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

hybrid hotness | wedding greeting card

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My sister has a friend who is getting married and she asked me if I could help her out with a greeting card to go with the gift.

I decided to go hybrid and use the beautiful papers from the Simply Adore You kit by Gennifer Bursett and Jennifer Labre.

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I printed on Epson Matte Presentation Paper, as usual and cut the pieces with an exacto knife. I added a doily, a ribbon, and two glittery hearts from a local craft store.

I think doing hybrid cards is a perfect solution! You have 100% control of the patterns and colours that go on the card, and you don't have to rely on what you can find in a brick and mortar shop. And if you have a cutting machine like Silhouette then I'd say there are practically no limits to what you can do!

I feel this card came out both sweet and modern at the same time! I hope it will be appreciated by the newlyweds!

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

hybrid hotness | paper roses

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I have wanted to make paper roses like these for the longest time, and even promised my sister one made out of a map.

With the help of the Rose In Bloom Template by Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs and beautiful papers from the Dream Collab Kit, which is a newsletter freebie, by the Pixels and Co designers it was so quick and easy to whip these beauties up.

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After printing, I used Matte Epson Presentation Paper, it literally is just a cut, twirl, and glue affair. I think it took me about half an hour to make these three roses.

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Kelleigh has a tutorial on her blog on how to put them together, and it is easy to follow along and recreating the roses will be a breeze.

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I am making map roses for my sister next!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

going graphic | laundry room artwork

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So the person who made the plans for our house probably had a shiny diploma hanging in her/his office. Unfortunately that diploma was no guarantee for plain old common sense. There is an array of strange things in our house - mostly sockets in very odd places - and this one really takes the price. The electrical box in the laundry room is placed right smack in the middle of the only wall that is not covered with cabinets. It's ugly and impractical and it has been bugging me since we moved in. So that was in 2006. I don't always move quickly. Ha!

I painted the wall last summer when I grew tired of all the white in the room, and I really liked the dark grey but the white door for the electrical box was sticking out like a sore thumb. So I created three pieces of artwork and framed them in white Ribba frames from IKEA.

The laundry when walking into the room

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The wall in question
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The three picture frames
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I might not love it but I think it's at least better than before. I printed the artwork myself on Epson Matte Presentation Paper so if and when I want to change it out it won't be all that much of a heartache. So now the next thing on my list for that room is to change out the hideous light fixtures. I am thinking old industrial looking lamps.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

going graphic | inspirational quote cards set two

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I finally got my second set of inspirational quote cards printed. I am now ready to put them up on my little wall beside my desk at work. I don't spend much time there at the moment, but it will be a nice thing to come back to when I do start working again.

This set featured a few longer quotes, and it took me a whole to get them to look right. I chose to go with the same cards from Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight Kit as my base, and stuck with basically the same fonts. I like the consistency of the look when all the cards are together.

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If you missed the first set you can find it here!

Friday, 4 April 2014

hybrid hotness | easter sweets packages

Easter is coming up in the next couple of weeks, and I made these little cute Easter egg sweets packages that are perfect to give to little (or big) sweethearts in your life. I filled them with chocolate eggs, but I guess any kind of sweets would do just as well!

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(Supplies: Easter Egg Ornament Template Set by Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs, Hop Happy | A Collaboration Project by Karla Dudley and Ange Designs)

And just for good measure, I want to share a layout as well!
Last year I bough eggs that were already blown and decorated them very simply by paiting with a sharpie. I shared that in this post and they were also featured in my Easter dinner decorations. I thought it would be fun to do a layout with them. I will most likely use them again this year.

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(Supplies: Hop Happy | A Collaboration Project by Karla Dudley)

Have a great Firday and weekend everyone!

Thursday, 27 March 2014

going graphic | inspirational quote cards set one

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I have collected a bunch of inspirational quotes for a while that I keep on lovely hot pink post it notes on a wall beside my desk at work. Coming back to work after a long time recently, made me realize that the lovely hot pink post its weren't so very lovely at all. As can be seen in this phone camera snapshot. Awful, isn't it?

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So what to do, what to do? Design some better looking ones of course!

So I used a few cards from the Becky Higgins project Life Midnight Collection to create clean, graphic quote cards that will please my eye much more in the future.

I love doing graphic work. It's like solving a puzzle, trying to work different fonts together with the wording. I spent a few hours fiddling with these, and I am so pleased with the results.

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I have one more set done as well, but naturally I ran out of Epson Presentation Paper, and will have to come back to those in a couple of days.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

hybrid | birthday box

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One of our special boys had a birthday recently and I made a small box to hold the gift certificate we got for him, along with some sweets. I like this kind of projects for times when the gift is a GC. Just handing over a tiny little credit card looking thing is super boring - even if the gift is appreciated. But this way, it's a bit more festive.

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I used the Clover box template by Kelleigh Ratzlaff, and papers and elements from the Dude Mini kit by Robyn Meierotto. Both are available at Pixels & Co.

I had to enlarge Kelleigh's box to be able to fit the card and sweets, but it was super easy to clip Robyn's papers to the template shapes, and to add the text and elements in PS and then print.

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I printed on both sides of my paper so that the insides would be as pretty before I cut, folded, and assembled.
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The boy was happy and I am very pleased with the results!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

hybrid | halloween wreath

It has been a really long time since I busted out the papers, the cutters, the pens, and the glue for a deep dive into actual real life crafting. My current state of not wanting to do anything but stay parked on the sofa/in the bed hasn't helped, I guess. But yesterday I got the glue gun out and went to town! The finished product? A paper wreath!

Now, we don't have Halloween here in Sweden. It's not a national holiday. But I really liked Celeste Knight's Halloween papers from the Spirited kit and felt it would be nice to use them for something tangible.

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(Supplies: Spirited Paper Pack by Celeste Knight (Sweet Caroline Studios))

How to make this wreath? Let me tell you!

1. First off, find a large enough piece of cardboard. That was my main trouble. I recently threw out my stash of paper supplies, and along with that my sheets of white cardboard (used for bookmaking). In the end I found a piece that came in a suitcase I bought a while back.
2. Cut a ring out of the cardboard. I used two different sized plates to draw around. If you are fancy and still have your paper supplies then you can use your compasses. Also, if you have really thick cardboard like me, use a large pair of scissors. It's much easier.

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3. Create leaf shapes in Photoshop, you can use the shapes tool for this, and try to fit as many as you can on one sheet of paper. I could fit 30 on an A4 paper. Clip the digital papers of your choice to your shapes. Of course, if you have physical patterened paper that you want to use, then just skip the process of clipping digital papers.
4. Print. I printed four sheets of cardstock, giving me 120 leaves.

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5. Cut all those leaves out. Top tip: find a good programme on TV to watch while you do this because it takes a while. Oh what wouldn't I give to have a Silhouette at this point ...

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6. Use a bonefolder to make a little crease at the bottom of each leaf. This so that you can fold it a little.

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7. Staple (or glue) some ribbon to the cardboard ring. If you plan to hang the wreath, and don't want the ribbon to go outside of the paper leaves, then this step is important.
8. Bust out the glue gun and put a little dollop of glue at the very bottom of the leaf. I varied the position on the different leaves, some on the right side, some on the left, and some across depending on where I was putting the leaf on the ring.
9. Start glueing the leaves to the ring, layering them on top of eachother. The main thing to make sure is that the edges of the ring aren't showing. Other than that it is perfectly fine to wing it. That's what I did, putting leaves where I thought it looked ok.

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10. Go all around the ring until you come back to where you started. The last few leaves you have to layer under the first ones, not on top, so that it looks like there is no edge.
11. Tie the ribbon into a bow. I did horribly on that part, please don't laugh at me!
12. Before you hang it up, you can turn some of the leaves outwards, by lightly pushing them at the top from underneath, to create an even bigger 3D effect.
13. Hang it up and enjoy!

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