Sunday, February 24, 2013
Spread the Love with Clear and Simple Stamps
I'm excited to be joining the Clear and Simple Stamps Spread the Love campaign today. Spread the Love is a way to give a virtual shout out to the other creative bloggers whose work we admire--and to share some projects of our own, too . You can get all the details on Spread the Love and how to join in on the linky party here on the CSS blog.
Over the summer, Michaels invited me to attend a blogger event in Dallas, Texas with a bunch of other crafty bloggers. The focus of our blogs covered a wide range of topics--from art for kids, to lifestyle, to candles, to party planning and printables, and everything in between. I was the only stamper/cardmaker in the group and loved the opportunity to get to spend time with other talented crafty bloggers. So, when I heard about this CSS campaign, I thought it would be a great time to highlight one of the bloggers I met at the Michaels event. I'd been admiring Courtney Whitmore's blog, Pizzazzerie, even before the blogger event. It's one of my favorites to check out for great party ideas. I can take the themes, trendy color schemes, decorations, and and use them as inspiration for paper crafting projects. And, as someone who has super limited skills in the kitchen, I love to see the beautiful and yummy looking baked goods she cooks up. You've got to take a look at her push up cake pops--they're amazing!
And here's my Pizzazzerie inspired project. I created some pieces for a star themed party using the colors in the Mod Mason Jar color scheme. I am so loving the yellow and gray color combination right now!
First up is the food and drink. I repurposed an empty Frappuccino bottle, decorating it with a piece of star stamped cardstock wrapped around the middle. I added a light gray circle with a die cut star at the center. For a little sparkle, I added a clear crystal at the center of the star. The bottle is filled with lemonade and a trendy striped paper straw. The (store bought!) cupcake's a lemon flavored one with a bit of lemony topping nested inside of the icing. I used CSS's cupcake wrapper die to make a decorative wrapper for the cupcake and a coordinating stand, too. The topper uses the same circle and star elements as I used on the bottle to tie the pieces together.
And, you can't have a party without a party favor, so I used CSS's Party Favor 1 die to make a little box to fill with lemon flavored candies. To make the window in the box, I used one of the dies from the Shapes: Stars set to make a star shaped opening in the box before I assembled it and in the gray circle I adhered to the front of the box, too.
I also made a simple bunting for decoration featuring a mix of stars and pennants. The pennants are made with one of the dies from the Favor Flags set. I cut the flag from dark gray cardstock, then added a light gray circle topped with a star. The pennants are strung on a piece of yellow baker's twine along with large die cut stars in an alternating pattern.
I hope you'll join us and Spread the Love. I'm looking forward to finding lots of great new to me blogs to look to for inspiration and ideas!
Stars Plus stamp set, Golden Tiara ink, Pressed Greige Linen, I Steel Got It, Golden Tiara, and Say Yellow to All Your Fans cardstock, Shapes: Stars, Shapes: Circles, Party Favor 1, Favor Flags, and Cupcake Wrappers dies, Divine Twine yellow baker's twine, Simple Adhesive (Clear and Simple Stamps); clear crystals (Michaels)