Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spring Garden Party for Roberts Crafts

By the way, I just have to say a HUGE thank you to those that left me the sweetest messages ever about getting published! Thank you!!!

Hello all! I think this will be the largest blog post I have ever written! 

Grab a cup of coffee or tea or hot cocoa, snuggle up, and enjoy!

Roberts Crafts so kindly asked me to be a Guest Designer for today! I am so thrilled to be here! Thank you so much to Roberts Crafts and to Imaginisce for this opportunity!

It's springtime and that means flowers and sweet smells and GARDEN PARTIES! Naturally I wanted to use my Garden Party line by Imaginisce to create the things needed in order to throw your own garden party and I hope this inspires you to do so! 

I am going to provide step by step instruction and under all of the pictures and instructions there will be a recipe list that links to all of the products used. Enjoy! 

First up you need an INVITATION

 I cut this out on my Gypsy using two layers and the 6x6 paper pack from Imaginisce's Garden Party™ using the Mother's Day Bouquet Cartridge™.

 This first layer is the card base. I cut it out of white card stock. I welded the shapes together to make a shape card that would still fit inside of an A2 sized envelope. If you have the Gypsy and Mother's Day Bouquet and would like the cut file, please email me at and I would be happy to send it to you!

This next layer is everything that went on top of the white base. It is all cut from the Imaginsce's Garden Party 6x6 Paper Pad.

This is what it looked like after it was cut out (don't mind my dirty mat!).

You can see the beginning of the assembly starting to take place, but I have a video for you using the i-top to make the centers for my flowers out of brads. This is what was used:

Here is another video on how I used the i-bond™ from Imaginisce to attach the flower to the card base:

This is the finished product!

Next up you need to have NAME PLACECARDS

These could also VERY easily be transformed into name tags using the accessories for the i-top - the badge daddies which have pins on the back! You don't even need the front, just use your i-bond to attach the name tag to the pin! I digress... There are so many creative ideas out there! :)

I wanted to make something quick and easy for this. This was my first time using Hampton Art Stamps and they were great! They stamped wonderfully and so clear!

  1. Cut a 6x4" piece of paper from the Garden Party Brambleberry Blossoms™ pattern. Score and fold in half.
  2. Cut a 3 7/8x 2 7/8 piece of white card stock. (I wish I would have made a bigger border so you could see more of the patterned paper so you may want to cut this at 3.75x2.75")
  3. Using Hampton Arts Stamps "A Dandelion Garden" and "A Bird Sings" stamp your images onto the white cardstock and use white embossing powder to heat emboss them both. 
  4. Using SmoochSpritz in Cosmo Pink spray the white card stock generously. Use an ink smudger to move the ink around quickly as it will dry quickly. 
  5. Adhere to card and write the name of the person who will be sitting there.
Hampton Arts Stamps: "A Dandelion Garden" and "A Bird Sings"™


I think every party needs a BANNER!

Here is what my table looks like mid-project and mid-decision making!  

  1. I cut 5 round shadow banner shapes using Birthday Bash at 4 inches. Make sure the real dial size is off. 
  2. Then I cut 5 round banner shapes (not the shadow this time) out of white cardstock also at 4".
  3. I used Core'dinations card stock for the burgundy shadow of the letters spelling out "Party" using the Martha Stewart Elegant Cake Art Cartridge™ (Did you know that the Cake cartridges work perfectly in your Cricut too and are designed for that? I love them!) at 2".
  4. Next cut the letters again with the shadow off this time out of the Garden Party collection at 2" (real dial size off).
  5. Use adhesive to attach both banner to the banner shadow and letter to the letter shadow. 
  6. Choose various die cuts from the Garden Party Collection. I used flowers from both packages of die cuts.
  7. Use your d-stress tool to sand off all bumps and distress edges of the die cuts. Here is a video showing that:

8. Adhere various die cuts to different parts of the banner.
9. Using foam dimensionals adhere letters to banner segments.
10. Using your Crop-a-dile, attach eyelets to banner segments.
11. Using the Garden Party Collection Ribbons, cut segments and tie bows between each segment to connect them. 

12. Using your i-rock by Imaginisce and the swirls stencil, attach pink gems where you would like them. 

Here is a video of me attaching my gems to this project: 
Here is a link to the Jewel Setting Sticks that I mentioned in the video.

Admire your finished project which in my case became the center piece.


You simply must have FAVOR BOXES for your guests and these do just the trick! 

I used Wrap it Up Cartridge for the favor box and thank you card (coming up!). 

  1. Cut the gift box bottom and top with real dial size off at 11".
  2. Score using the Martha Stewart Score Board and fold.
  3. Adhere the grass to the fence part.
  4. I added twine for stability and color.
  5. A friend showed me how to take something she called "skittles" and turn them into bees. She gave me some of her own so I'm so sorry I don't know where to get them. I do know where to get candy skittles though! Love them! Oh wait, there I go off track again.... I simply used a black thin tip Sharpie to draw stripes on the underside of the yellow gem. I adhered it to the white card stock and used a thin tip pen to draw the head, antennae, and bee trail.


Finally, because your guests were so magnanimous and brought you such nice things because you were such a lovely hostess, you need a THANK YOU CARD.

  1. Cut fence from Wrap it Up at 3".
  2. Hit the "Fit to Length" button on your Cricut and then set the dial to 4.25". This will cut the image at a corresponding size height to 4.25" long. This is one of my favorite feature buttons on the Cricut. 
  3. Cut a 2.75"x 4 1/8" piece of both the green Garden Party paper and a piece of white cardstock.
  4. Adhere the green piece to the bottom half of the card. However, do not put adhesive at the top corners of the piece as a ribbon will be adhered behind it.
  5. Using the method described in the Name Place Card section above, heat emboss the words "thanks a bunch" using Hampton Art Clear Stamps "We Make a Great Pair". Then using the same color of Smooch Spritz in Cosmo Pink, blend in entirely. 
  6. Adhere pink layer to card being sure not to put adhesive in the bottom corners as the ribbon will be going behind this layer.
  7. Using the Imaginisce: Garden Party Ribbons, cut a piece 4.5" long and adhere behind green layer and behind pink layer at the bottom bisecting the card.
  8. Ink around edges of fence with brown ink.
  9. Adhere fence to card using foam dimensionals. 
  10. Attach a Garden Party Sticker Stacker to the top left of the fence.
  11. Using your petal roller, i-bond, and d-stress, create the Roly Rosie that is on the card. Here is a video showing you how I did it:

12. Add the bees using the same process as was described in the favor box section. You're done! 




Glora said...

Wow, what beautiful projects. Congratulations on your guest spot and congratulations on being published. Hugs- Glora

June Houck said...

So now I see that I need a swirls stencil AND Wrap it Up…have I mentioned how fabulous you are? Oh yeah, yesterday…you rock, Court :)


Jennifer~My Creative Crafting said...

Wow, these are gorgeous!!


Unknown said...

wow pretty

Sheena said...

Oh my WOW!!...So Pretty...Congrats!! I'll be busy tomorrow watching all the videos you have posted :) can't wait..I must get that Wrap it Up the fence :) TFS

Debbie said...

Congrats on the guest DT!!!! Your projects are beautiful and I enjoyed watching your videos. I just recently purchased the i-top and now that I've seen you use it, I want to give it a try!!

Kimberli said...
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Kimberli said...

Sorry for the deleted comment - I had a typo! Here it is again, minus the mistake! :)

Wow, you have really outdone yourself, what a beautiful project!! Thanks for sharing all your steps and great videos! Congrats on your guest design spot!

girlia said...

This is really beautiful Courtney great job

Monica said...

You are AWESOME!!!! I really need to try this flower! TFS,

Maria said...

What a GREAT group of inspiration this is!!!! The projects...the videos...WOW!! Sorry it took me so long to get through it all!

liz at liz's paper loft said...

wow court! this whole table scape is just beautiful! I've been eyeing the picket image on that cart for a while. I keep playing with it on my gypsy, but end up trashing it! you've inspired be to try again!
liz :o)