Monday, April 9, 2012
for some reason when i tell people something i've made was "easy", i get an eye roll or a hysterical laughing fit from them.
i guess i make things that look like they take a lot of effort?
seriously folks, if a project's directions reveal an arduous and and time consuming journey, i simply will NOT make it.
"easy" is a required element for the craft projects i will take time out of my life to complete.
this ruffle backdrop is the epitome of easy.
the ruffled backdrops i found on pinterest and other sites were absolutely gorgeous but i had one issue with them.
these talented ladies were making the ruffle strips WITH A SEWING MACHINE.
they were sewing the crepe paper into ruffles. with a machine.
what the WHAT???
there is no way i'm sewing a n y t h i n g let alone crepe paper.
so...here is how i accomplished the same pretty backdrop in a little less than an hour (the board i used was 36x48) with glue.
this one goes out to all my homies that are sewing impaired, those that do not have a sewing machine or are just plain lazy like me.
so with out further adieu...here are the instructions with purdy pictures to boot.
click on images to make them bigger:
~ if you are OCD and need things to be absolutely straight, measure out guide lines with a pen to keep your ruffles on the mark. i just free handed it. there are crooked areas in the purple ombre board i made. it made me cringe a little...but i got over it pretty quick.
~ the ruffles create a camouflage to where you begin and end a crepe streamer cut too short...that means you can use scraps of crepe streamers you were thinking about tossing out. just add them in.
~ when adding your last row that will top off the ruffles, make sure to take your time so the crepe paper doesn't rip.
i love that you can basically add these ruffles to cardboard or anything else that glue will adhere to.
i'm going to add some to an old shutter i found.
have fun ruffle-izing everything!
note that i used a piece of bent and torn cardboard in this tutorial to prove that ruffles make pretty much anything new again.
Friday, April 6, 2012
here in hawaii a baby's first birthday is a very, VERY big deal....so i really wanted to make it special.
i decided a small dessert station would do nicely.
purple is my friends favorite color (understatement of the century) and was used throughout the tea themed party.
i used a simple cardboard tri fold presentation board for the back drop.
i made the ruffles with crepe paper streamers and glue sticks.
tutorial coming soon!
the cake pops are also vanilla with cream cheese frosting.
i used 4 inch round cake pans.
to make the blended layers i piped on one color at a time from bottom to top: dark purple, lavender and white tinted frosting.
each section was about an inch wide.
i then used a toothpick to swirl and blend the colors together.
sorry for the poor quality...i took it with my phone.
you are a blessing to everyone you meet.
the Lord has placed a bright light for Him deep in your heart.
i see it in your beautiful little face every time i look at you.
shine bright for him little star!
our family loves you and we are so glad we get to watch you grow up.