Party time

Both my girls have their birthdays in August (along with my husband, mom, cousin, nephew, father in law and there are name days and anniversaries too in August! It’s a celebration packed month!) but we’re usually away for vacation during that time.

“A” turns 12 this year which also means she is finished with elementary school. Tho many of her classmates will reunite in Gymnasium (the first three years of high school) not every of her friends will attend the same school. A also wanted a party by the sea but that was a wee bit impossible to organize so I offered to whip up a beach-themed party in our backyard before school let out so she could have her friends with her.

The invitations were color-coded for boys and girls in the shape of a flip-flop. (My girl was skeptical about the boys liking the flip-flops but they were received with exclamations of “cool!” and “awesome”!)

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Three months in one post

It seems I’m really not good with this time-management thing – unfortunately.

I had all the right reasons and best intentions but alas those weren’t enough to make me stick to my “resolution/wish” to post at least one project a month. The only way I can make up for it is to post all the finished projects at once!

So…there was a birthday project, a couple of Valentine’s and a couple of baby projects for me from January till now. 

The best friend of my little daughter (and when I say best friend I mean they are joined by the hip!) celebrated her 13th birthday. I made her a word-art card using my Cameo and a cupcake box from Svgcuts’ Happy Birthday kit. I used First Edition’s  Bella Rose Premium Paper Pad cos they have the sturdiest patterned paper. The top layer was pop-dotted on the card base (on three sides of the base the word-art shaped the card.)

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Christmas bazaar

December is just around the corner which brings the culmination of the holiday season into focus. Store windows are decked with Christmas decorations, pastry shops fill the air with scents of seasonal sweets, the weather seems to catch up to its norm (in Athens/Greece the weather was uncharacteristically mild for November), radio stations have Christmas songs on a loop and  full-force preparations are being made in every home.

We kicked off the season a bit early with a gathering at a friend’s house. It wasn’t per se Christmas-y but meeting up with friends is reason enough to celebrate with all of our busy schedules!

I was “surfing” Pinterest and was inspired to make a cone-shaped flower tower which I baptized then a flowery Christmas tree. Until the end, I was unsure but the end result was impressive – if I may say so myself.

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Pinspired cards

Christmas crafting for me is always… for lack of better word, personal. Everything I make, I make it with somebody in mind. It’s not the case this time around.

I was browsing Pinterest for new ideas and tho card making is not my forte I was mesmerized by designs, colours and versatility. I’ve found greeting cards from oh-so-simple-yet-beautiful, to magnificently layered and complicated, and everything in between.

My time on these boards (christmas cards) inspired me to try and recreate some of these cards myself. If nothing else my friends and family will receive handmade cards for this Christmas.

I think I started out trying to incorporate too much into my card design like embossing folders, inks, modeling pastes and stencils, die-cuts, ribbons etc.

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Then I made a complete 180 and made absolute simplistic cards with only one or two “techniques”.

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Ali in Wonderland

Ali, as in AliMarie, a twitter-buddy turned friend (I have Tina to thank for that!)  who through reading and writing, endless conversations and support became another of my very very dear to me friends.

Ali is from England –unfortunately never been there but it’s in my plans so brace yourself Ali, I will come! lol– and the first thing that comes to mind when I think of England is tea! So naturally I was thinking of making Ali a teapot/teacup from the Tea for you and me (SVGCuts) files but I’ve done them for my mother for mother’s day and wanted to make something different, more complex, more of a wow factor (not that my mother’s day gift wasn’t wow enough! 😀 I’ll post it soon.).

I was searching for ideas when I came upon Thienly Azim’s Teapot/teacup tower. It’s impressive, a real wow-factor decorative element which uses several SVGCuts files and even those needed redesigning! It was a challenge but I’m absolutely sure I’ll make at least one more for myself cos I just loved it so much! Also, it would make an adorable and very appropriate centerpiece for a tea-party themed affair!

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Pen-holder?

It doesn’t look like it with the first glance, maybe not even with the second but when a classy lady needs a somewhat classy pen-holder a vase-like form comes to my mind. And when this classy lady is my friend (through love of the same book/movie characters and twitter), as always for my friends, I wanna do the best I possibly can! 

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Gifts of gratitude

When you’re feeling down you can escape RL in many ways. For some any physical activity will release that pent-up stress that clouds the mind. For others anything art-related can bring solace like music either you’re “just” listening to it or actually writing or playing. In the same way reading or writing a book is a great way to let yourself carried away into another world. 

Music always played a really important role in my life which means I’ll always turn to music to feel better but reading was the ultimate switch. When I discovered “amateur” (read: non-professional, unpublished) authors through fanfiction my whole world opened up to not only awesome stories (learning more/better English was/is a delight!) but also to women of great value!

These women from all over the world, I’m proud to say are my friends today and now that I can express my gratitude in a “tangible” way I’m working on personalized gifts that will make them, I hope, see how much they mean to me.

One of the authors on my Top10 favorite list is Tina (writes under the penname: JP Summers). She mentioned that she was in the process of  repainting/decorating her home-office so I “seized” the opportunity and interrogated her about the colors she likes and I got to work.

My first idea was to spell her name in big 3D letters for her to put on a shelf. 

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