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Welcome to Slice of Pie! I'm glad you dropped by to visit. You'll find a variety of life styling ideas on my blog ... and lots of grand daughter pictures, too! Miss Phoebe is my best helper and we do lots of special things together. Make sure you take a look down my sidebar! Under the "You're Invited" icon you'll find picture links to dinner parties I've hosted. Under the "Good Food" icon, you'll find picture links to food posts I've done. I usually post a sidebar picture link to magazine articles I've written. You'll find something you like! Hope you enjoy and stay around for awhile!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Twelfth Night Supper Party!


I really enjoy hosting a Christmas party each year, but December is extremely busy for my family and many of my friends. This year, I decided to push the party into January and have a Twelfth Night Supper! It was a success and I'll repeat it in future years!


I used the Graphic 45 scrapbooking supplies themed "Twelve Days of Christmas" as the foundation for my invitation and menu card. I used various pieces of the kit in the decor for the tablescapes, too.


I did a little photo adjusting to place my menu on one of the pages ... and I also made each couple a book that you can view in turning page format. Just look at the top of my sidebar. I added some blank scrapbook pages to the back of the book, and after the party, I emailed each guest a couple pages of pictures from the party. That way, they could print them and put them in their books!

















Each couple received a handmade invitation and each invitation was a little different. I used pieces of the scrapbook kit for the invitations, too.


I have a collection of the Twelve Days of Christmas plates. Imperial Glass made the plates from 1970 to 1981. They are Carnival Glass and each one is a different color. I used them on my tables ... didn't set a full place setting ... just these salad plates. Then we served the salad in another bowl, placed on top of the collectible plate after guests were seated. You can see the complete set of plates on my Tablescapes page.






We typically set a table for 
men and another table for women. My circle of friends don't get together too often, so when we do ... we have plenty to talk about! Those conversations are usually gender specific! The table for the gentlemen was masculine and decorated with wooden duck decoys, which they all love. 






The ladies were seated at a pink and orchid table. I used deep red silk flowers and red mesh to accent the reds in the overall theme.


 The composed centerpiece included flameless candles, silk florals and real pears.  I use a lot of the decorator mesh in centerpieces .. to add sparkle .. and because it is easily stored for repurposing! The clear glass in the lower left is Phoebe's favorite 'fancy' glass! The larger ones are still a little big for her hands!







Make sure you look at the turning page party book at the top of my blog ... and if you'd like to see this related post ... click right here ...



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Twelfth Night Mini Scrapbook

I am enjoying making mini scrapbooks these days and made one to commemorate my Twelfth Night Supper Party! I used the Graphic 45 scrapbook kit, "Twelve Days of Christmas" and made several add-ons of my own!  


Here are close views of the dimensional elements of the front cover!


I recently added the Cricut Flower Garden and Giant Flowers dies to my collection, so this book includes some of those cute flowers.


I also embossed some of the trim with the Cuddlebug.


I used a photo enhancement technique called "Old Photo" .. shown in the following.


... and printed some photos in sepia, as well as, the color version.


Here are all the pages of the Twelfth Night Supper Party mini scrapbook!


I created a party book for my guests. If you'd like to see it, I've posted it at the top of my sidebar in turning page format.

Another post about the party is here ...


Twelfth Night Supper Party



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Monday, January 26, 2015

A Card a Week # 4

I'm determined to make at least one card each week in 2015! That may seem crazy, but I never have one when I need one! This week, the card matches this cute easel board that I made for Valentine's Day. I plan to use it in my bathroom as a part of a pretty vignette with a couple corn husk dolls. I enjoy using non-traditional colors for holidays.


I added a few hearts to one of the Cricut flower patterns that had heart-shaped petals. I like to build dimension. You can see more of that dimension in the following collage.


My vignette will look something like this ...


I'll give the card to my daughter ... who loves owls! She is getting a Valentine gift that is blue ...


 Nothing extravagant here ... but plenty to keep me busy on a cold winter day!

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Monday, January 19, 2015

A Card a Week!

I'm resolved to making a card each week in 2015!  I have lots of friends who still enjoy getting real mail ... something they can hold in their hands and feel and read! We love our email ... but we love the real thing!

My first card of the year was an invitation to a Twelfth Night Supper ... really made those at the end of 2014 for my January party!  Every invitation was different ... I used some pieces from a kit and added items from the Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas scrapbook kit. I'll be making a scrapbook using that kit to remember Christmas 2014 ... You'll see some of it later!


























 I had to make several snowflake thank you cards ... because I had a big birthday this year that brought a surprise party!



Cricut to the rescue!  I used the Bug to emboss the white insert and used two layers of paper on the snowflake.  Pretty simple ... but wanted the pop of yellow on the card because we are all ... ready for spring and we really haven't had much snow, yet!  This square card will take a little extra postage ... but these folks are worth it!  When I add thickness to my cards, I cut them 1/2 to 3/4 inch smaller than the envelope ... 


I like to have blank cards on hand that I can use as notes.  Made this one with the Cricut Everyday Cards die. It was quick to do, but I've learned to use the Xyron sticker maker on intricately detailed attachments like this one.  Added some stick on pearls and a bow. I use Tacky Glue for bows. It really works well and will dry clear.








Sunday, January 18, 2015

Mini Scrapbook - Snow Day!

I've been making scrapbooks for years, but I've just recently become interested in the mini books to give as gifts. Of course, my granddaughter gets the first one! I spent the day making it, sitting in the sunroom watching the squirrels and birds play in our unseasonably warm 56 degree temperatures ... knowing that Phoebe will eventually have a snow day and be out of school! So, this little book is for her to fill with pictures that her mother always takes!

This book is just 5 inches, so each page will hold a small photograph or a tiny bit of journaling. I used cardstock paper ... tripled for the covers and doubled for the pages.  The Cricut Elegant Edges die made the cute pages. The following photos show the dimension of the things I attached to the front cover. I added a few  drops of glitter glue and attached the gems with glitter glue.


I know Phoebe will love the extra strands of ribbons on the book binding. Anything that flows, sparkles and shines makes her happy!


I'm going to show you each pair of pages. I used coordinating papers and colors.

These pages show a few elements. I used Cricut to cut several things and used some chipboard add-ons and small plastic stickers. I also used some paper that has a raised embossed pattern ... so that added even more dimension.



I've studied a few mini books made by others and noticed that many people load the pages with all kinds of baubles ... so where do the pictures go? I deliberately left room for photographs.





I used my acrylic stamps on these pages.





I loved snowdays when I was a child and Phoebe does too! What child doesn't love a day off with plenty of snow to play in? We are destined to get lots of snow and she and her dog, Mila, will make a mad dash for the back yard!


Stamps again on the edge of the right page make the two pages blend nicely.


Here's a view of the back cover ... matches the front cover ... and one more look at the finished product! I'm excited about giving it to Phoebe this week, as she awaits that snowday!


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