Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Just A Scrappin's DT Challenge

Who doesn’t love a great challenge?  Well, this Queen B does!!   Just A Scrappin’s challenge for this week is “Weddings.”  The challenge is to make a card, layout or project using any colors we wanted.

What does every couple want as a gift on their wedding day?  It’s money, of course!
If you are like me and feel like it is a little impersonal to put a check in a Hallmark card and drop it in the box at the reception site, I have the perfect solution. 

Give them what they really want, which is the honeymoon cash, but make it FABULOUS by personalizing it!  Below is an example of a personalized wedding card which is guaranteed to make the mantle =) 

This was for a military wedding taking place on a naval base.  Notice the details:  the stripes on the uniform, the paper dolls made to resemble the bride and groom, the name of the ship.  These are the details that will let the newlyweds know that this gift of cash took a lot of time and thought!!    

For this week’s challenge, here is my card…

This card is 5.5 x 8.5.
All paper is Recollections cardstock that I bought at Michaels.
The bride and groom are cut at 2 inches and I used the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge.
I used silver stickles (from Studio G) to outline some of the bride’s dress
I love Stickles!!
 I picked an outfit from the cartridge but I added a touch of gold using a gold Gelly Roll gel pen for stripes and buttons on the Navy outfit to resemble my sailor!  

The ship is also from Paper Doll Dress Up cut at 6 inches.  I bling’d the
holes in the ship with light green blings from Studio 18.
I also put a little design at the bottom of the ship using the Cindy Loo cartridge at 1 inch.
The trimming on the ship and the flag were done using the Gelly Roll gel pens and
I made my own flag just cutting out scraps of paper.
The water was cut from Paper Doll Dress Up at 2 inches.  I embossed it using my Cuttlebug and the folder was D’vine Swirls.
The sun was from Gypsy Wanderings and cut at 1.5”.
The Congrats was cut from Cindy Loo at 1.25 inches.

Well, that's it from this Queen B for this challenge! 

... and that's the buzz for now!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Candy Centerpieces

Don’t you hate it when you have to pay twice as much for half the stuff?  I know I do!  No more retail centerpieces for this Queen B.  No, thank you, I will do it myself….

I will not be catty and name names but some local grocery stores and craft stores are charging up to $30.00 a pop for candy on a stick. That’s right, $30.00 for six Hershey Bars on a stick, stuck in a boring coffee mug.  Before you go and spend that kind of money, know that you can do it CHEAPER and BETTER yourself in just a few easy steps.  That’s right... listen to Queen B and in a few easy steps you will have some amazing, edible centerpieces that are sure to be a hit.  Don’t need centerpieces but know a candyholic you need a gift for? This is sure to be a big hit!!!!


Assorted candy (whatever kind you prefer) about 15 pieces
Package of wooden skewers (1.99 for 100 -- I got mine at Kroger grocery store)
Curling ribbon
1 small bag of Shredded Paper Crinkles as filler
Hot glue gun
Any cute container for the base, (glass vase or planters are popular)
Small pieces of candy to put in the bottom of vase (optional)

1.  Hot glue a strip down the back of the individual pieces of candy.  (To get height, make your strip closer to the top of the candy).  For thicker candy or candy boxes, glue two strips on the back of the candy and 
attach two skewers.
2.  Attach skewers to the glue. 
3.  Tie curling ribbon around each stick and curl
4.  Put hot glue on all sides of Styrofoam and roll the Styrofoam in paper crinkles where you can't really see the Styrofoam.

5.  Put Styrofoam in the bottom of your container and make sure it is a snug fit
6.  Poke skewers in the Styrofoam, varying the height and angles

7.  After all skewers are in Styrofoam, fill the base with the filler.  You can also add small pieces of candy to the bottom of the vase if you like.
8.  Add additional ribbons as needed

DONE!!!!  That’s right... it is that easy!!  I made two candy vases with way more candy than they were offering in those unnamed stores for about $15 each.

..... and that’s the buzz for now!