Sunday 17 November 2013

Girly Party Decoration

Hello crafty ladies! I am here today to share with you some party decoration ideas. I was so happy when I got these Pebbles papers from Paperlane - the patterns and colours are just perfect for a party!

To make the decoration I used three punches (circle, heart and flower), a small Hero Arts alphabet stamp set, Memento Ink, some tulle, wooden spoons and forks, small wooden pegs and sticks, lollipop sticks and plastic party cups. And here is what I came up with:

Cupcake/dessert toppers:  

A jar for sweets and candies (in my case marshmallows):

Small cups for fruit and nuts:

Party hats:

Personalized wooden cutlery:

 Chocolate bar wrappers:

 Party favours:

And last but not least, this small paper heart which is my favourite. There's no particular purpose for it but I thought it's so cute that it deserves to be part of the decoration :).

Now imagine all this pink goodness multiplied by 10 or 20 and arranged on a party table! My heart melts.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for stopping by :).


Monday 26 August 2013

Alex is One!

Hello! Today I will share with you the party decoration I made for the first birthday of my (baby) boy Alex. I used papers from Pebbles to make banners, garland, cutlery wraps and more and Martha Stewart paints and stencils for the improvised cake stand and the cups.

Here come the details: 

I painted an old metal bottle case with Martha Stewart Pool paint and decorated it with a banner made from the Pebbles papers. It turned out quite well and the best part is that it's now still in use serving as a flower stand :).

I wrapped the cutlery in napkins and decorated them with some paper and ribbons. To place the forks and spoons, I used a small IKEA pot dressed up just with a paper circle.

I added another banner on which I stamped Alex's name.


Using a Martha Stewart stencil and Pool paint, I made these adorable small cups to go with my star theme and match the cake.

I got the cups ready-made and filled them with M&Ms.

Some food toppers (actually I made more, some of them bigger and with stars again, but in all the hassle I forgot to use them :).

I used most of the papers to make this paper garland. It's pretty easy to make (provided you have a sewing machine and can use it, which I definitely cannot, so special thanks to my mom for doing it for me!)

It's really pretty when it spins in the wind!

Next are some other party details.

The beautiful flowers I got from my sister and a neighbour:

 The "ice cream stand" which was the most eagerly anticipated by the kids:

The custom-made cookies:

 And last but not least the happy birthday boy!


I hope these ideas have inspired you to create your own birthday party. It's lots of fun, I promise :).

Happy crafting!

Sunday 21 July 2013

Kaisercraft Enchanted Garden Collection

Hello! If you fancy fairies and dreamy soft pastel colours, Kaisercraft's Echanted Garden collection is just for you. I think I like fairies and I do like the quotes in this collection, so today's post is going to be longer than usual just because I have so many things to show you.

So let's start with the accordion fold album. I've made accordion albums before, but this time I used two chipboard pieces for the back and front covers, so the album is really sturdy, and I added some pockets for journaling cards. 

Here's a close-up look at the pockets:

And the album's front and back covers:

While I was making the album, a funny question came to my mind, "If you are on a deserted island and you can pick only one ink, which one it will be?" Well, if I ever get asked this question, my answer will be - Walnut Stain Distress Ink. My absolute all-time favourite; it brings life to every piece of paper it touches! Here I used it to distress the edges of the covers and to define the butterflies.

Now, back to the collection :). It also features a set of die cuts which are so many and can last you for ages. I used the butterflies to decorate the cover and some of the other embellishments you can see here on the inside pages of the album. I also thought it would be nice to match the colours of the photos and the album, so I used this aged effect and it turned out really charming.

 Finally, here are the journaling cards which I cut out from some of the papers:

My second project with the Enchanted Garden Collection is a set of three cards. Apart from the papers I used the die cuts, rub-ons and stickers available with the collection. Take a look: 

And finally, I decided to dress up a photo sleeve and turn it into a fairy album with some inspiring quotes. It can make a unique present for a good friend.

This is what I used (plus some stickers):

And here's the ready album:

Well, that's all from me for today. I hope you've enjoyed it!

Happy crafting,


Monday 17 June 2013

Sweet Boy Mini Album

Hello! Here comes my second project with Eco Park's Scoot collection. This time I made a mini album to  collect my favourite photos when Alex was 9 months old. Do you remember my Prima album? I used the same idea for the album body - really simple to make but great for a small bunch of loved photos or to tell a story. 

To decorate the front cover I made a faux Polaroid photo (I really love how this type of photos look on a project). I also used some stickers, punched circles, banners, a flag and a couple of paper clips.


To bind the album I used a cotton string which I kept from a packaging (I don't throw stuff like this, you never know when it would come in handy :)).

My Prima album was more interactive - there were more elements, two pockets and some tags since I had many photos from the photo shoot. Here, however, my aim was only to collect these few precious photos in one place. I added only one interactive element - a flap on the back page and attached to its back side a journalling card. You'll never really see it unless you open the flap, so this tip might be useful if you prefer to keep your journalling more private.

Thanks for joining me today!

Happy crafting,

Tuesday 7 May 2013

A very special album

Hello! Today I have a very special album to share with you!

Probably you've already guessed what makes it so special :). It's my sweet baby Alex! This is the first papercraft project I made for him and my very first boy project! So, no flowers and bows here :)

For this project I used papers and stickers from Eco Park Scoot collection (available at Paperlane) and very basic office stationery. Even though Scoot is not a baby collection, I really like how it turned out. The bright colours and the busy designs do reflect my boy's strong personality and I really see him in his true colours in this album!

I decided to make a project which will help me collect the pictures from Alex's first months and later on be able to see how he's changed over his first year. We do take photos of our children every day, but how often do we print them?

The album is divided in 12 pages - one for each month to 12. I used a very basic paper office file (bought for 0.75 fils!) which I cut and folded to form the album cover. Then I dressed it up with the papers which made it quite sturdy. After that I cut and folded the individual pages and attached them together using book rings. I kept the decoration very simple and let the photos speak for themselves.

Here's how the album looks inside:

The way I cut the 12x12 pages (6" x 12") allowed me to make two pages per sheet and when I folded them (7 1/2" x 4 1/2") I got pages able to hold at least 4 photos each. 

I used the small "flap" as a mini scrapbook page where I marked the month (using stickers from another Eco Park collection - For the Record 2).

The Scoot collection is too busy and bright, so I tried to keep everything inside the album as clean and simple as possible. A few stickers, a heart, banner or star. They did the job for me! And I must say I have never used so many stickers on a project before, but I did realize stickers are great - they save time and are super fun and easy to work with. I guess I'll be using them more often on my projects :).

Each page comes also with a journalling card where I will write the important milestones from Alex's development. Something that is really important to me!

Here come more pages:

Precious, isn't it? I am so glad I took the time to make this project and collect the photos!

I hope you enjoyed my take on the Scoot collection.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting,