Saturday, August 9, 2014

A Family Affair

In my last post, I told you about my niece's wedding and the Country Fair reception that she had.  The entire family got into the act of decorating the barn for the reception.  Here is a joint project that my mom and I did for the old-time fair candy counter that we had at the reception. 

My mom found some circus pennants at our local Michaels craft shop.  She spray painted them orange.  Then she used a wooden scalloped pennant (also found at Michaels :) ) as a pattern to trace and cut out several paper pennants out of blue patterned paper from my stash.  She used an orange Sharpie pen to color pre-cut repositional vinyl letters to spell out C-A-N-D-Y.  The paper pennants were glued to the orange spray-painted pennants and then the letters were added.  We outlined the letters with a blue Sharpie to make the letters pop.

In the meantime, I took a balsa wood board and painted it with Weathered Wood Distress Paint.  I then took some Walnut Stain Distress Paint to go around the edges and add some distressing to the board.  That really took no time at all.  I love Tim Holtz products.  They really work and you can make something brand knew look vintage in such a short period of time! 

Now here is what took forever to do ...  the letters on the word ANDERS.  I found these fabulous letter stamps in the dollar bins at Michaels.  I stamped each letter three times.  The first two times were with regular black ink on heavy multimedia paper.  The third time I used embossing ink on Specialty Stamping paper.  Orange embossing powder to create letters that had an almost enameled look to them.  I colored the "white" part of the stamped letters with a dark blue alcohol pen.  Not too terribly time consuming ... right?  Well then I fussy cut all three copies of the letters and glued them together to give dimensionality to the letters on the sign.  UGH!!

The letters for Sweet Shop were much easier.  I had some grunge board letters in my stash. I painted them with Spiced Marmalade Distress paint, sanded them, and then distressed them with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  I went over the letters with a nice coat of Glossy Accents to give them some shine.  I glued the "S"s to some pop cap embellishments and then glued all the letters to the balsa wood board. 

I then stamped and embossed some corner flourishes (from a Fiskars stamp set).  They were mounted on card board (much easier to cut out than the letters!).  I little heart tin was added to then end of the board for some extra character.

My mom screwed some hardware into the balsa wood and hung the pennants on orange raffia with clothes pins that she spray painted  orange.   Here is picture of the completed sign over the candy counter  at the reception.

Because this was a joint family project for a family affair, I am going to enter this project that my Mom and I made at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  In the Family .  We had a blast working on this together.

Before I end this post, I thought I'd leave you with a picture from the wedding.  Cory and Landon's wedding was on the top of a mountain in South Carolina.  The weather was pretty miserable.  It rained the entire time we drove to the wedding.  As we got closer to the wedding venue, the clouds and fog set in.  Visibility was limited.  Fortunately, everyone arrived safely.  The chapel was outdoors, but at least it was covered.  As the wind blew, the wedding party and attendees got a nice refreshing shower.  However the wedding service itself was quite incredible.  It had this ethereal feeling to it.  The entire world literally disappeared and all we were left with was the quiet, family and friends, and this couple starting their married life together.  Amazing.

Thanks for letting me share a little more about my family and this wonderful time with you.  Hope you have a great weekend!!  -- Mary Elizabeth


Andrea Ockey Parr said...

Another fabulous creation for what seems to have been a remarkable wedding! I love how this banner turned out and have to give both you and your mom major kudos! It does indeed look "old timey" yet it is also so unique and refreshing! That color palette is amazing and you and your mom are so creative with all the elements you found and had a "vision" for. Quite stunning and I'm so glad you shared this one with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. It absolutely is the epitome of family!

Karen Garrard said...

What a fantastic Candy Bar Mary Elizabeth! I LOVE the letter stamps you found at Michaels. Wish we had them here in Australia. The colors work brilliantly together too. Wonderfully shiny lettering for the Sweet Shop words and love the use of the bottle cap. Makes me want to walk over to the table and ponder what I shall eat. I also wanted to thank-you for your lovely comments on my blog. Karen.x

barbarayaya62 said...

MAry this is incredible! Wonderful project and I love it absolutely! I'm happy to see that you started again to make art! thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says Stap Monday challenge blog! Hugs BArbarayaya

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous make, love those pennants and the way you did the letters. The use of those bottle-caps is brilliant too, such a great make! Oh and I love that wedding photo, what a great venue on top of a mountain!

Paper Profusion said...

Your (and your Mom's) decorations here and in post below are brilliant Mary Elizabeth! Just shows with the right creativity how versatile Tim's designs are. Wish we had a Michaels store over here! Nicola x

Anita Houston said...

HOW COOL! You are your mother are so talented! Love the display and the yumminess!

butterfly said...

So much fantastic attention to detail for these wedding decorations - another absolute treat! What a team you and your mother are!
Alison xx