Thursday, February 21, 2013

Jerry's Jubilee - Folk Art Inspired Invites

A 60th birthday requires a big shindig! Jerry's Diamond Jubilee was a fun weekend full of activities. They wanted a welcome itinerary and menu that would be a nod to the location they chose..a place called Little Switzerland Inn and the colors were a nod to where Jerry would be moving...Mexico! We used a Swiss folk fabric pattern as the inspiration for the itinerary and menu. The result was a fun backdrop and introduction to their weekend of festivities.

This would also make a great social invitation - a birthday party, shower or even wedding invitation!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Mark your calendar - Save the Date

Your wedding date can't be missed on this fun horizontal calendar Save the Date! Use an engagement picture or a picture of your wedding location to personalize your card.

This couple's wedding colors were pink and green but it can be modified to your own wedding colors!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Crafty Friday: State Love

Do you need some ideas for Valentine's Day for your sweetheart?  Try this great DIY project!  I made this art for my husband for our anniversary. We met, married and started our family in Charlotte, NC and this artwork was a way to highlight what a special place it is to us.

I started by taping off the wood background with painters tape - overlapping the tap layers.  I then printed off a silhouette image of North Carolina from the internet and taping it down over the tape layers.

I then traced along the silhouette with an exacto knife. It was kind of hard along the coastline, darn awesome coastline of NC! 

I was then able to peel away the excess tape around the silhouette of NC.

I was left with a tape version of NC 

My first thought was to use dark stain to paint over the wood.  Turned out to be a bad idea. I may have done it wrong but I painted it on and wiped off the excess but when I pulled off the tape there was a lot of excess that bled under the tape.  I abandoned ship on that piece of wood - actually used it for another craft - so it wasn't a total loss.

So I started again - I liked this longer skinnier piece of wood anyways.  I repeated the steps from above and painted over with some paint that we used for another home project.

Before it dried completely I peeled up the state of NC and was left with a crisp outline.

To match our room I painted a blue heart where Charlotte is - its gotta match the decor!

Ended up with a meaningful piece of art.

Great and easy way to impress your Valentine - and you get to look at something pretty as well!  Sounds like a good deal all around!