Wednesday, January 30, 2013

baby dress thank you notes

* Before I start this post, I just wanted to let you know that I have extended my giveaway for another full week. Please, please, please enter! It really is great software and I feel a little bad that the turnout has been so low. Click here to enter. You'll be glad you did, promise! *

Ok. I've been working on lots of projects behind the scenes and decided that it's time to start sharing some of them with you. I don't think this means that I'm back for good yet (miss baby girl hasn't quite arrived yet), but I'm certainly going to try to post a bit more regularly.

One of my recent projects has been to make thank you notes. We've now had three beautiful baby showers, so I've had many, many thank you notes to write. I wanted to make them a bit more special than your typical store-bought thank you note, so when I saw a pattern for origami dresses, I knew that was just the thing.

baby dress thank you notes

I used 4"x4" squares of scrapbook paper and folded the dresses using a tutorial that you can find here on YouTube. It was very easy after I made one or two dresses. Just stop and start the video (over and over and over, if you're like me!) until you figure it out. Not too bad, right?

baby dress thank you notes

Before attaching the dresses, I ran my blank cards through my printer and printed the words "thank you" on the front. Even easier would be to use a rubber stamp! Then I attached the dresses with double stick tape. It was a little extra work to make these rather than buying pre-made cards, but the extra effort was definitely worth it because they turned out so cute!

baby dress thank you notes

Depending on the paper you use, I could see these being turned into birthday party invitations (or thank yous), baptism invitations even baby announcements. And they don't even need to be for babies... they could make cute wedding thank you notes as well - just pick paper that looks more wedding-y.

baby dress thank you notes

Hope this gave you some great ideas. Have fun folding!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

MyMemories Giveaway!

Awhile back, I was contacted by a representative at MyMemories to present a review and giveaway. I did some research and MyMemories seemed like a great company, so I decided to go for it! And I'm so glad I did.

What is MyMemories, you may ask? MyMemories is a digital scrapbooking software that provides scrapbooking layouts, backgrounds, embellishments, shapes... basically anything you need to create scrapbook pages, blog backgrounds and headers, facebook headers, crafty projects or whatever fun projects you can think of to design.

You can either start with the pre-made templates provided...

Or start from scratch with your own digital backgrounds and embellishments. I found early on that it was much more fun for me to design my own pages, but also that the pre-made templates are all beautiful and sooo easy to use. Just plop in the photos and text and you're good to go! I found myself using a combination of both.

There are also lots more backgrounds, embellishments and themes available for purchase on the MyMemories website (though you get a ton of options included with the original download!), so it is easy to find something that will fit your style.

I even tried making a new blog header. It still needs a little work, but I've been thinking about sprucing mine up for awhile. Now I have the perfect program to use!

Would you like to try out this software for yourself?

MyMemories has generously offered to give one of my readers a free download of their software, the MyMemories Suite! 

To enter, just visit the MyMemories website and then come back here and leave a comment telling me your favorite template or scrapbooking kit.

If you are a Dandelions and Lace follower, you get a free second entry! Just leave a separate comment telling me what type of project you would try first if you had this fun software for yourself. Would you scrapbook, or make a photo card, or a blog header or something completely different?

Worried about the download process? Please don't! I had a bit of trouble at first (older computer), but their support staff was extremely attentive and helpful and we figured things out very quickly.

The winner will be announced next Monday, February 4... so you have a week to enter and share this giveaway with all your crafty friends!

And because today is your lucky day, MyMemories has a special discount for anyone interested in the software... even if you don't win the contest. To receive $10 off the price of the software and an additional $10 to use in the store, just use the code STMMMS23125 when ordering the software. (copy and paste to prevent typos!)

Good luck and happy crafting! :)

I'll be back shortly to share some baby-related projects... promise!!!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

baby shower

As I mentioned briefly in my last post, my family hosted a sweet baby shower for me in Iowa over Thanksgiving. Can't believe it was already a month and a half ago and I haven't even gotten around to sharing pictures!

The shower was just lovely. It was so wonderful to have the chance to see so many of my relatives - some that I haven't seen in over a year - and to celebrate our upcoming bundle of joy. Hubby and I debated whether or not to travel over Thanksgiving - mainly because of convenience and cost, but I am so glad we decided to go ahead and do it. 

So many sweet memories.

Here are a few photos from the day. All photos were taken and edited by my super talented sister, Sarah. 

To see more of her work, please visit:
Her business page: Sarah Krumm Photography
Her Etsy shop: on the road to find out

rubber ducky punch

We started out with Rubber Ducky Punch. I found the recipe here and it turned out so adorable (and yummy too!). It was especially a hit with my cousin's little girls, who asked if they could take the duckies home afterwards!

rubber ducky punch

We didn't have too much food at the shower because we had it in the afternoon after hosting a big family Thanksgiving meal. So of course, no one was really very hungry. Munchies and snacks were all we needed. But they sure looked beautiful! 

mint melties

striped cookie sticks

baby plates

jordan almonds

baby shower munchies

it's a girl! 

We received so many nice things for our little one. Clothes and toys and books and blankets. I am so thankful for my family's generosity in helping us get ready for her arrival. Everyone was just so thoughtful!

After gifts we decorated baby onesies! I had seen this idea on Pinterest and suggested it to my mom. She thought it was a great idea so we did it! We just used fusible webbing from the craft store. Just iron it on to the back of the fabric, cut out your design, peel off the backing and iron it to the onesie. So easy!

We used a variety of different sizes of onesies so that they will hopefully last baby for awhile.

decorating onesies

decorating onesies

decorating onesies

Some people made up their own designs, and I brought some simple patterns for those who weren't feeling as creative. Everybody's turned out adorable though.

decorating onesies decorating onesies

decorating onesies

decorating onesies

decorating onesies decorating onesies

 When they were finished, we hung them on a twine clothesline in the dining room. So cute!

baby shower onesies

baby shower onesies

baby shower onesies

baby shower onesies

What a fun day! And what a perfect way to prepare for baby girl's arrival!