Christmas Card

I’ve been busy lately with projects so I also have our Christmas card done. This was created with the same Storybook software and you won’t beleive what it started with…yep, another fantastic photo by Kosie Designs!

For custom cards for any occasion, available in 4×8, flat 5×7 and folded 5×7 contact me!

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Save the Date

Welcome to the first real post for Welcoming Sentiments! The first project that I will share with you is the save the date card I did for our wedding. Please excuse the poor photography, one of these days I will figure out how to improve!

For this project I started with a great photo by Kosie Designs! Find him on Facebook.

I created the photo, borders, papers, ribbon etc. with the Creative Memories Storybook Creator software. I printed them and then added the golf ball brad in the corner of the ‘folded’ paper. Folded is in quotes because that look of the paper is all done digitally. I then mounted the whole thing on round dot glitter paper. It’s to tie in the golf theme.

For the envelope, I lined it with green paper and created the wrap around address labels with the same Storybook software.

I hope you enjoy!

Beatles Party

Well we managed to pull it off. Mom was completely surprised and with so many people from a small town invited this is a big accomplishment! I had fun thinking of all of the ideas for the party. Some of them were not my original idea most were not necessairly Beatles related just good ideas that I incorporated. Here’s the scoop…

I started creating the invitation but decided it would be a good idea to put Joe’s nephew to work since he went to school for graphic arts kind of stuff. He created the album cover and then I took the image and added the pictures of my mom.

I even made sure the envelopes stuck with the theme using the font…

The centerpieces are frames I painted black and then used black electrical tape on the inside to attach the 3 together. I printed pictures of mom and Beatles related things on vellum paper. The glass is still in the frames, just not the back matting so the candle lights up the photo. Scott picked up a bunch of old records at Good Will so I just covered them with colored paper and we used those to set the centerpieces on as well as other decorations. The idea for the centerpieces came from Martha Stewart. The instructions for the tissue poms I also found on Martha Stewart. I know a lot of people don’t like Martha but I do and DVR her show daily!

The Oreo Album Pops were a last minute accidental find. I think I ran across them on someone’s pinterest board only they were decorated very elegantly. I decided to just use a white chocolate chip and make them look like record albums. 

The Abbey Road abstract I did find on Tip Junkie.

The Abbey Road table cloth I came across the idea while not looking for it. I was actually looking for outdoor curtains for our pergola. It’s just a flat sheet from IKEA that I taped off and painted.

The guitar picks came from Personalization Mall. These were a cute favor for all of the guests.

All of the food had names based off of something related to The Beatles.
-Rolls – Ringo Rolls
-Fried Chicken – Chicken & ‘Wings’ with Paul McCartney
-Mostaccioli – Mean Mr. Mostaccioli
-Coleslaw – Octupus’s Garden
-Green Beans – Let It Be-ans
-Baked Potato – Digging My Potatoes (they actually had a song that never made it to an album called this!)

Although you can’t see the details in the picture I did do this project to create ruffled streamers.

The Beatles surprise party

Well we managed to pull it off. Mom was completely surprised and with so many people from a small town invited this is a big accomplishment! I had fun thinking of all of the ideas for the party. Some of them were not my original idea most were not necessairly Beatles related just good ideas that I incorporated. Here’s the scoop…

I started creating the invitation but decided it would be a good idea to put Joe’s nephew to work since he went to school for graphic arts kind of stuff. He created the album cover and then I took the image and added the pictures of my mom.

I even made sure the envelopes stuck with the theme using the font…

The centerpieces are frames I painted black and then used black electrical tape on the inside to attach the 3 together. I printed pictures of mom and Beatles related things on vellum paper. The glass is still in the frames, just not the back matting so the candle lights up the photo. Scott picked up a bunch of old records at Good Will so I just covered them with colored paper and we used those to set the centerpieces on as well as other decorations. The idea for the centerpieces came from Martha Stewart. The instructions for the tissue poms I also found on Martha Stewart. I know a lot of people don’t like Martha but I do and DVR her show daily!

The Oreo Album Pops were a last minute accidental find. I think I ran across them on someone’s pinterest board only they were decorated very elegantly. I decided to just use a white chocolate chip and make them look like record albums.

The Abbey Road abstract I did find on Tip Junkie.

The Abbey Road table cloth I came across the idea while not looking for it. I was actually looking for outdoor curtains for our pergola. It’s just a flat sheet from IKEA that I taped off and painted.

The guitar picks came from Personalization Mall. These were a cute favor for all of the guests.

All of the food had names based off of something related to The Beatles.
-Rolls – Ringo Rolls
-Fried Chicken – Chicken & ‘Wings’ with Paul McCartney
-Mostaccioli – Mean Mr. Mostaccioli
-Coleslaw – Octupus’s Garden
-Green Beans – Let It Be-ans
-Baked Potato – Digging My Potatoes (they actually had a song that never made it to an album called this!)

Although you can’t see the details in the picture I did do this project to create ruffled streamers.


Fall Mantel

Well, it’s been a great week off of work. We had my mom’s surprise party last weekend so my next post will probably be all of the details for that. We spent this past week in Lake Geneva relaxing. We went fishing, golfing and looking for property on a lake. We came back on Friday and it’s great to still have the weekend before going back to work I decided it was time to get out all of the fall decor so here’s this year’s fall mantel. You’ll notice that the fish is still there but not for long! This week I will be ordering a canvas from our engagement pictures and it will replace the fish Finally 🙂

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Pergola

It’s been a long time!

A couple of posts ago I mentioned the project in process was the pergola.  We finally got everything done and love sitting out there.  It’s so cozy and feels like an actual room.  Well I ended up not having to make the shades or curtains as I found them already made in outdoor fabric at reasonable prices!  Excellent news for me because other projects have come up. 
One of those projects is our wedding!  In June we were engaged and have set a date of 5/19/2012 for the wedding.  Most posts until then will probably be about projects related to the wedding 🙂
For now though, here are pictures of the pergola…
The furniture is from American Sale.  They price match so shop around.   After we found what we wanted I looked online to find it cheaper and did so we went back in told them we found it for less and they beat the price! 
The curtains and curtain rods came from Improvements Catalog.  I came across them, got on their mailing list and got a coupon! 

The shades I actually got through Ace Hardware so working for them has perks 🙂  They are by Cooloroo and Ace is  retailer that sells them so I got those at a good price too!

I’m not going to say where the ceiling fans came from because they may have been from an ‘orange’ competitor!  Sometimes your options are limited and finding ceiling fans with a wet rating isn’t something you find everywhere.

If you didn’t guess by those 3 things I’m all about finding bargains and shopping around.  Sometimes it may take a little bit of time to search but Google is great and you’ll find what you want and save a little money.

Chic on a Shoestring DecoratingThe Shabby Nest