Sunday, December 18, 2011

Holiday Invites

Lately I've been bouncing between pasting and cutting paper and baking and icing cookies. One of my students, Megan, recently told me her Mom needed some invites for a Christmas party. I was excited to do them but it was going to be a challenge since she needed them quickly and I had several papers and groups projects due that week. So I had to be creative and be creative fast! After two trips to Hobby Lobby and two evenings of work, I had 20 beautiful custom Holiday invites. These were so cute, simple and I was so proud of them.

I wish the pictures were a bit clearer, I apologize for that. I layered on top of green textured paper. I put this beautiful white paper that has a great iridescent, shiny effect that reminded me of snow.  I got a little snowflake punch and glued the snowflakes for the martini glass which I glued to actual toothpicks. I also drew the martini glass and cut them by hand. The lettering was printed off my computer. For a nice touch I stamped the envelope with a snowflake.

Debbie and Megan loved them and told me their guests loved them too. It was a great experience to create something quickly that I was happy with in the end.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas is Here!

Tap, Tap, is this thing on? It's been a whirlwind of a few months but also an exciting few months. Filled with many ups and downs. I was asked by the wonderful Ms. Maria at the Yancey House to make some treats for her guests visiting her beautiful home for the Grayson Tour of Homes. I have never done such a large order, of 200, but was more than willing to try. My Mom graciously allowed me to use her kitchen since mine was very far away and not prepared for so many.

I had made several attempts at a design for these but was not happy with any of them. Finally I spotted a technique I loved.

The pattern was so easy to create. While the white icing was still wet I alternated lines of red and green icing. When that was done I ran a toothpick through the lines, alternating up and down. When the icing was dry, I sanded the tops with gold sanding sugar. Finally the monogram was added for a very personal touch.

We added the business cards to the packages so that the treats would also supply some business for the Yancey House. 

It was a lot of work but I enjoyed the time working with my Mom and teaching her how to do these. I hope you enjoy them too! Merry Christmas to you!