Monday, July 12, 2010

Party Decorations & a new Challenge!

Hello everyone!! I hope you enjoyed your weekend!!  Mine, as you will see was VERY busy!! I went camping for 3 days with my family and got back Friday... then I turned around Saturday and hosted a surprise party for one of my best friends! And believe it or not, even with 70 people at the party, no one spilled the beans and she was surprised!! If you know Myra, you would realize what a major feat that was!! In fact, here is a picture of the birthday girl when everyone yelled surpise!!
She is going to kill me when she sees this on here!! Oh well... Love you Myra!!  :)  So, since I was kind of pressed for time, I decided to combine her party decorations with our new challenge at Practical Scrappers!! This week the challenge is EMBOSSING!! You can heat emboss (like I did) or use your Cuttlebug or any other machine you have to emboss!! Easy Peasy!!

As you can see on my birthday banner (the entire banner is in the picture at the top of the post!) I heat embossed the brown triangles with a clear ink and clear embossing powder. I thought that the brown by itself was too plain, but using patterned paper would be too busy! Doesn't it add a nice elegant look to the banner?! I used my Gypsy to design the banner and the font is Gypsy Wanderings.

And these were the centerpieces on all the tables. Since Myra's husband specifically requested that I stay away for black and all the negatives to having 40 signs hanging everywhere, I decided on the subtle brown with the green, purple and blue. Which, btw, whe LOVED the color scheme!! Yay!!

 Here is a close up of the butterfly on the candle. It doesn't show up really well in the photo, but the wings were also embossed with the same thing I embossed the banner with!!  The butterfly is from the Indie Art cart.
And here is a LO I did for her album using the sketch from A Crafty Little Place! The sketch was fun to play with... go over and check it out... you have until the 14th to submit your LO! And while you are there, be sure to check out the fabulous sale they are having to get ready for CHA... you can find it by clicking HERE!!


Well.... I love to throw a party but I have to admit, I am glad to have this one behind me!! Now maybe I can take the next few days to stop by all the blogs I neglected all last week!! And then, I might actually get some time to get my scrapbooking done!! LOL!!

Be sure to stop over at the Practical Scrappers blog to see what fabulous things the design team came up with!! They really are amazing!! And while you are there, please take a minute to answer the poll you will find in the sidebar!! Thanks for stopping by and as always, thank you for the wonderful comments you leave for me!! I really do appreciate them!! Have a great week!!

Barb  :)

18 comments:

Maureen Reiss said...

Love all the decorations!! great job

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

Barb you did a fantastic job! GREAT decorations and so elegant with the color scheme!

Kim said...

Barb, what a week for you! 70 people and no one spilled the beans...wow!!!! Your embossed banner and centerpieces are just stunning! I am so loving all the wonderful colors together. I know Myra will cherish this day!
Rest and have fun this week!
Blessings,
Kim xXx

Claudia @ Die Cuts R Us said...

Hi Barb,
Thank you so much for playing along with our scrappy challenge; I love how the two papers you used just compliment each other nicely!

BTW, I am including you in the drawing for the scrapbook kit giveaway; I realized that I wrote the 11th on one line, and the 12th on the other. Sorry for the confusion, but I am glad you still left your link in the comments.

Thank you for being such a wonderful friend of A Crafty Little Place.

Claudia
Owner-ACLP/DCRU

Leah said...

Good grief sister! How busy are you! LOL!
So seriously...my husband always takes trips and I told him when the kids are older and its easier to get away...I am going to! LOL! So, where do you live? Where I am coming to visit? LOLOLOL! I just think you and I would get along so well! hehe!
Anyways, looks like an amazing party and your crafty projects are way awesome!
Love ya! Leah

Susan said...

You did a fabulous job on the party decorations!!! I LOVE that butterfly on the candles. Might just have to buy that cartridge.

Cokie Pop Paper Boutique said...

Wow...what beautiful party decor. Love the butterfly and the cute banner.

Pat said...

Awesome decorations & Beautiful page!!

Denise said...

Gorgeous decorations and page! I love your huge butterfly. So happy your party went to well and no one told.

Brenda said...

I am so glad you were able to get a shot of Myra's face. That will make a priceless LO. LOVE the banner. You are a great friend!

~*Joni said...

Barb this is stunning! I love the beautiful banner you created, what a special friend you are to have such great details for her party! Beautiful SB page, I love the details of your layout, the pictures tell the story! Thank you so much for joining us at ACLP this week!
~*Joni ACLP DT

Sandi Clarkson said...

Wow, Barb -- you are such a Crafty Girl! Meaning in more ways than one. LOL Fab banner and page. And how thrilled your friend must have been! You've sure got more energy than I do!

debbiebakk said...

Great job on the decorations love the colors and the butterfly-I'm sure all your work was appreciated especially by the birthday Gal Myra. Relax a bit and see ya one the blogs

Fern said...

Barb, you must be Superwoman! To go camping literally days before you throw a BIG SURPRISE BIRTHDAY PARTY is insane! But you, gf, pulled it off without a hitch!! OMG I love the banner, and the table decorations are just beautiful!!! So glad you got to spend a little time with your family, but glad to see you back!!! Have a wonderful week!! Hugs!!!

Jenny said...

Wow your a busy busy body!! What a great thing you did for your friend. Hope you had a great time camping too!! :) :) :) :) :) Gotta love summertime!

Gwen's Busy Little Hands said...

What a wonderful suprise to give to your friend! You did a beautiful job on the decorating. The layout is wonderful too. Glad to have you back at ACLP.

Smiles!
Gwen DTC@ACLP

Diana said...

I don't know how you have time for it all. but I'm glad you do and get to see all your wonderful stuff.
That banner is amazing and so are the centerpieces. You gave me some Idea's for the Bridal shower I'm doing. Love that butterfly and the colors look amazing. Your LO is gorgeous also.

Elizabeth (Beth) Moore said...

You created a beautifully decorated event for your special gal pal... the decorations are gorgeous!

 
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