Happy Monday morning to you all! Hope everyone had a great weekend and had an opportunity to visit our blog on Saturday to see the fabulous line up of cards and PageMaps sketches for World Card Making Day along with an "oh so fantastic" prize from Studio Calico! If you missed it, you can actually download all the sketches, cards AND instructions right here.
This week we have the always wonderful Sarah Hodgkinson joining us with some festive fall projects just in time for Thanksgiving! Take it away Sarah...
"I am very excited to be joining the SCT blog again this week for a Designer's Challenge and Designer's Project week (be sure to come back on Wednesday). Here in Canada we are getting ready for Thanksgiving which is one week from today (Monday, October 11, 2010). Setting the table for special meals has been a tradition in our family that dates back to my grandmother. In honour of her memory (as she passed away on October 1, 2004), I thought I would spend some additional time this year creating places cards and a menu for our Thanksgiving dinner.
Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock, Jillibean Soup kraft paper and twine, October Afternoon patterned paper, Jenni Bowlin letter stickers, Spellbinders embossing leaf dies, Sizzix/Big Shot diecutting machine, Quickutz photo corner die, Making Memories sanding block, Helmar layering tape, Glue Dots, Font: Mason, Dingbat: Wingdings 2, other: sewing machine and thread.
The place cards, when folded, measure 3" x 4". I used new patterned paper by October Afternoon from their Campfire line for both the cards and menu. Before I sewed the patterned paper to the Jillibean Soup kraft paper base though I attached brown twine to the back, securing with Glue Dots so it wouldn't shift during the sewing process. The leaves were created by using Core'dinations ColorCore cardstock and Spellbinders embossing leaf dies. Once the leaves were cut and embossed, I lightly sanded them to reveal the coordinating colour core. Foam layering tape was added to two of the three leaves to add dimension to the card. Jenni Bowlin letter stickers were also added using foam layering tape.
Finally, for the menu, I used the Dingbat Wingdings 2 for the "swirly thingy". I think that font came with Microsoft Office as when I searched for it for you on-line it is coming up as $25. The menu is from Tosca Reno's cookbook "The Eat Clean Diet Cookbook"...and is delicious! I figure since this will become our traditional family dinner (at least when I am cooking) that I will save the menu and place cards to use again and again each year. Perhaps next year I could make some additional embossed leaves to scatter across the table...Fall-fetti! Oooo....a new word.
My challenge to you is create a beautiful place setting for Thanksgiving dinner or another special meal that your family celebrates (Christmas, New Year's Eve, etc.). Be sure to also have a safe way of storing those items so they can be used again as part of your family tradition. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
On a personal note I need your help as this is Ichthyosis Awareness Week. My six-year old daughter, Ema, was born with this very rare skin disorder and this week is all about spreading awareness of this condition. This week, on my blog, I have created a project for Ema's room as part of the Elmer's Crafting Challenge contest in which I am participating. If I win, Elmer's will donate $1,000 an educational scholarship fund for children affected by Ichthyosis. Elmer's have also given me three prize packs to give away on my blog!!! You should see these prize packages! Be sure to visit my blog on or before Friday, October 8th, 2010, and post a comment in order to be in to win!
Have a great day! See you Wednesday!"
~ Sarah Hodgkinson
Thank you Sarah for being here today. And ladies, take a minute to visit Sarah's blog and leave a comment. Let's help Sarah win a scholarship for a child affected by this disease! The prize package is amazing (pssst...it is not just glue they are giving away!)
Also, if you have a little more time today, be sure to visit the brand new Studio Calico blog! A whole lot of yummy goodness there!