Monday, April 30, 2012

Ice Cream Cone Birthday Wishes



Hello everyone, happy Monday!  I have this week's Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge to share with you.  My sweet design team sister, Penny chose this week's challenge cut - An ice cream cone from any Cricut cartridge.  There are quite a few ice cream cones available on various cartridges, including Imagine cartridges, but I decided to go with an old friend - Stretch Your Imagination




I have always liked this multi-layer ice cream cone on Stretch Your Imagination and thought it would be perfect for this week's challenge.  I used four pieces of cartstock to cut the cone layers:  Teal for the shadow layer, textured tan for the cone layer, pink on pink dot for the ice cream, and brow for the outline cut.  I assembled the layers and added a Close To My Heart Bitty Bud to the top of the cone.  I fined the ice cream cone with white doodles and dots.

The card was cut using Close To My Heart's Art Philosophy cartridge.  I used the shaped card feature and the detail cut out shape layer.  I ran the detail cut out layer through the cuttlebug to add texture then added a layer of white cardstock to the back of the cut.  I attached the embossed layer to the base card. 

I used the Ribbons and Rosettes cartridge to cut my 1.5 inch high rosette.  Because my rosette was so small I chose a simple edged rosette for this card.


I stamped the front edge of the card by curving the stamp on my acrylic block.  I used Close To My Heart's Smoothie Stamp Pad and stamp set D1475, Card Chatter - Birthday to stamp the sentiments on the card.  I used two additional stamps from this set on the inside.




In addition to the two birthday phrase stamps I used inside the card, I also used the two negative cuts from the shaped piece on the front of the card. I finished the inside by adding a second Close To My Heart Bitty Bud. 



I finished my birthday card with a shiny pink bow in the upper left corner! 



Remember that Monday is the final day to purchase the April Stamp of the Month set - YOU AREThrough midnight Monday night this stamp set can be yours for only $17.95, or with a $50.00 order you can add the stamp set to your cart during check out.



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Friday, April 27, 2012

Fun Projects with Cricut & CTMH

Hi everyone!  Today I have a quick two minute video to share with you which features some quick and easy gift packaging ideas you can create with your Cricut, the Close to my Heart Art Philosophy cartridge, CTMH My Acrylic Stamp Sets, and the CTMH milk cartons.  Such cute ideas for little thank you gifts - I hope you enjoy this quick video.




Remember that you only have four more days to order April's exclusive Stamp of the Month set:  YOU ARE!   I love this stamp set in that it is perfect for card making or scrap pages!  There are so many great uses and potential projects you can create with this stamp set.... But only if you order it by April 30th!!!  The stamp set retails for $17.95, but with a $50 order you may add the stamp of the month to your cart when prompted during check out, for only $5.00!!  




Also remember that Close to my Heart is celebrating National Scrapbook Month from now through May 31! 



Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month in May by mixing and matching to your heart’s content with our new Dotty for You paper packet! The trendy patterns on the front of the papers coordinate perfectly with the dots on the reverse side, giving you lots of options for crafting colorful layouts, cards, and other projects. Dotty for You includes 24 specially designed, coordinating B&T Duos® sheets (2 each of 12 patterns) and an artwork idea insert to get your creative juices flowing.

There are three ways to get this exclusive Dotty for You paper packet, valued at $19.95:

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Titanic Tuesday and CTMH


I just love the Downton Abbey Fashions

Hello everyone.  As much as I hate to say good-bye to the Titanic era, today should be my final Titanic Tuesday post.  If you have no interest in the Titanic era fashions, skip ahead to my Close to My Heart video below.

In planning my Titanic Garden Party I did a lot of research.  One resource was the book "The Last Dinner on the Titanic", which was a fount of information about dining habits, food preparation, and the different dining areas on the Titanic.  I discovered lots of ways in which our current dining habits differ greatly from those 100 years ago. 


The photo above is a recreation Steerage Ball

In order to outfit myself and my husband for the party, I also did quite a bit of research into Titanic era fashions.  Like dining, fashions varied greatly depending on economic and social standards.  Out of sympathy for my husband, we decided to attend our own party as a 1912 middle class couple.  Doug did not want to spend the evening in white tie and tails!  And though he would have looked wonderful in the outfit, I completely concurred.  Instead we looked to second class, or middle class, standards of the day.

As you might have guessed there are many more photos and details about the upper class of 1912.  However I was able to uncover interesting tid-bits about men of the day.  For example, the long tie had come into fashion, but many middle class men liked the bow tie. 


I purchased an Edwardian shirt for Doug though a historic clothing vendor.  The differences from today include the rounded collar, the tuxedo pleated front and the gathered back.  Doug's vest had subtle grey one inch spaced pinstripes on the charcoal black fabric.   And even though his slacks had button on suspenders (or braces), Doug wore his vest all evening.  A gentleman NEVER appeared in public in just his shirt sleeves!  Only the working class (not management class) would appear in a shirt without a vest and jacket!


The looks below are were considered correct summer wear for men.  Note the driving coat as cars were newly on the scene and most provided a dusty ride.


The photo below shows member of a White Star Line ship, in 1912.  Note the crew attire in white long sleeve jackets and with shirts and ties under.  The others in the photo are passengers.


The ladies below are from the Titanic - they are the first class cabin stewardess.  They are dressed as one would expect a house maid of the time to appear.


The shirt, tie, and jacket below are also from the Titanic era.  This is a first class steward costume from James Cameron's 1997 Titanic movie.


The gentlemen below are from the crew of the Titanic's sister ship.  The was the attire of the White Star Line's Crew in 1912. 


Naval men of the day, non officers, wore outfits much like this one.  My husband's grandfather was in the navy in WWI and his family has photos of him in an outfit much like the one pictured.  However, the crew on the Titanic were employees of The White Star Line and did not wear naval attire.



When searching for fashions for my daughter Bethany and I, I looked to Downton Abbey and fashions like those pictured below.  I liked the net and lace "over dress" over a simple sheath. 


I went to Nataya's Designs and looked at her line of Titanic, teens and twenties inspired designs.  Bethany and I both found our dresses in her line.  I liked the dress below a lot and it reminded me of one of Lady Mary's styles on Downton Abbey, but I chose the dress I am wearing in the photo above.


Doug and I have agreed that we will be doing another historic themed party at some point.  I really like the twenties and the fourties so we may consider one of those time periods.... We will definitely skip the depression era! 


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As I posted last week, Close to my Heart is celebrating National Scrapbooking Month with a fabulous customer special, Dotty For You. 




With a $35 order you can add the Dotty For You paper special to your cart for only $5.00.  Visit my Close to My Heart on-line store for more details.  I hope you enjoy the video. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Titanic Tuesday - Errrr... Monday - An Early Wrap Up


Hello Everyone - happy Monday.  I know that I am a day early but I just could not wait to share the details of our Titanic Party with you.... Well that and I was too tired on Sunday to complete my Bitten by the Bug 2 project - Sorry Donna and Carole!

Our Titanic Party was a huge success!  We had 17 friends who shared in our Titanic garden party.  We had three dinner tables, two tables of six and one table of five.  I would have preferred it if we could have had one long table that held everyone, but my stash of garden furniture was not quite that extensive!



 Above, my friend Marcie, my daughter Bethany and my friend Kimberly model some perfect period looks!  Marcie and Andrea (pictured later in this post) truly stole the show with their historic costumes.  I should have had prizes for the best period look costume!!

Now for the party details:
I completed all of my shopping on Friday and devoted Saturday to cooking and decorating.  I had previously completed my Cricut Projects - the invitations went out weeks ago, the cones were fill and wrapped, the menus were ready and I finished the place cards on Friday.  My daughter was a Godsend and helped me with the cooking and decorating details all day long!


I used linen cut work table clothes and hem stitched dinner napkins.  I used black and gold chargers - alternating at every-other place setting.  I used white dinner plates that looked great on the chargers.




I used glass beaded napkin rings and along with the napkin I placed a menu on each charger.  As discussed in a previous post, the menu cards were created with the Cricut machine and two cartridges:  Straight from the Nest and New England Shore.  We did not use salad forks as I had decided against a salad course.  I used the salad forks inside for appetizers.... And speaking of the appetizers, they were to die for!!!  I was sooo pleased with how they turned out.  My daughter Bethany made the sausage stuffed mushrooms and the guests RAVED!


All of the place cards matched - I used Cricut's Straight from the Nest cartridge along with an oval punch and New England Shore to craft the place cards.  The red circle behind the ship's wheel were throw away negative areas from another cut!  Can you say RECYCLE???



My crystal matched on all tables as I am fortunate enough to have 18 of each stem type.  I also have 18+ place settings of silver.



For centerpieces I used black lanterns (keeping with my black, gold, white and a touch of red colors) filled with red candles and white baby's breath.  I also used two silver mint julep cups at each table, filled with white roses, red alstroemeria, and white baby breaths.


Our dinner was plated and served by our two waitresses - Bethany and her friend Britney.  They were fabulous and I cannot say enough about how much help they were to me.  They plated and served the food, filled drinks, removed plates, and served dessert.  Between courses they cleaned dishes, loaded the dishwasher, hand washed the silver and crystal, and then they returned to collect dessert dishes!  They were amazing!!! 


Following appetizers and cocktail hour inside, dinner was served outside.  I named our dinner menu "TITANIC SOUTHERN FUSION".  We had three items from the original Titanic menus and some fun southern traditional food.   Our dinner course consisted of Roasted Beef Tenderloin, Shrimp and Grits, Roasted Rosemary potatoes, Green Beans and bread & butter. 

I forgot to photograph dessert but our Eton Mess with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream was a HUGE hit!


Our sweet, sweet next door neighbors, Tom and Penny.


There I am carrying my own dinner plate as Bethany signals to Britney on where to place the second to last dinner.


Guests chatting as dinner was served.


Our wonderful neighbors Paul and Andrea.  They rocked the historic look!


Paul chatting with Bill, the engine room worker!!!  How cute is that?



Courtney, who lives across the street, chatting with Tom and Penny.



Bethany, Doug, and I - getting ready for dinner.



Kathy, Marcie - who by far had the best costume, Beth, Suzanne - who also looked adorable, and Pat.



Kimberly had a fabulous costume.  She dined with Doug (not pictured), Wendell & Kim (who later in the evening confessed that they wished that they had dressed in period clothing), and Bill and Ruth, who said they were representing the steerage passengers.



Our neighbor table - Thanks Paul and Andrea for sharing your photographs with us!!  Oh and there is Britney standing in the background ready to assist!!


We had one fun photo opportunity for our party guests.  I found the 1997 Titanic movie poster and purchased it at six feet tall!  I mounted the poster to foam board and cut out the faces.  Below Beth and Kim pose as Jack and Rose!


As we dined the sun set and we had a lovely South Carolina spring evening with temperatures in the mid sixties.  Doug lit the fire pit and we were all comfortable.


Center pieces!


The girly table after dark.  The star field behind them is our ten foot umbrella covered with white lights!


Back indoors - lanterns and flowers. 


Our beverages consisted of punch, mixed drinks, sodas, beer, dinner wine and water.

 

And as I stated in a previous post, every guest went home with a treat cone - filled with dark chocolates, caramel filled chocolates and white chocolates.  I had intended to make divinity to fill the cones - small icebergs! - but the weather leading up to the party was too damp.  So we switched gears and went with wonderful chocolates!



Our evening wrapped up five hours after the first guest arrived.  Doug and I had a wonderful time and we hope that our guests did also.  I have received two calls and a lovely email message from some of those who wanted to thank us and let us know that they enjoyed the party and amount of detail and work we put into the effort.

I would truly love to do a party like this again. My only disappointment was with a friend who did not grasp how much I enjoyed the preparations, how much I enjoy entertaining, nor did she appreciate the concept of a period party.  There were a few snarky comments that were a bit hurtful.  However others were so lovely and so supportive that the entire experience was truly rewarding. 

My friends Marcie and Andrea were spot on with their costumes as were Kimberly, Paul and Bill & Ruth.  I loved Tom and Penny's look as well.  Suzanne was adorable and I was so thrilled that she made such an effort especially as she had been away all week before the party.   Our invitation did read "cruise casual" (or period costume) and Pat, Beth, and Courtney were the picture of Cruise Casual - Fab job ladies! - as were others who attended and chose not to dress in period clothing.   I hope that those who did not grasp "period costume" as opposed to "a costume" enjoyed themselves also. Doug and I had a wonderful time and feel like we were right to suggest period clothing and details, especially as they mixed so well with our southern spring time charm.


Thanks for making your way through this lengthy post and for following along on the Titanic Tuesday posts!