Friday, August 27, 2010

Pink or Blue? Baby Shower

Take a peak at the favor tags I made for Mary to use for a baby shower she is throwing this weekend.  The shower's theme is "pink and blue" because the parents are choosing to keep the baby's gender a surprise.  Guests are asked to dress in either pink or blue to indicate their best guess of the baby's gender.  Beverages for the party are Blue Moon bottles and pink lemonade vodka cocktails -- such an adorable touch!
Rather than typical baby pastels, the hosts are using hot pink and navy as the shower colors.  To emphasize the pink and blue theme, I created two versions of the same design by inverting the colors.
I used a "BABY" flag stamp that I found in the dollar bin at Michael's to create the tag's focal point.  Some additional design handiwork on the computer created the rest of the tag's message.  After printing, I used a three-inch scalloped punch tool and a 2.5-inch circle punch tool to cut the circles, and then affixed all three pieces together with my Xyron sticker machine.  My beloved Paper Source eyelets create a finished look for the ribbon hole. 
The back of each tag contains an "original" poem by me to tie in the pink and blue theme.

Friday, August 13, 2010

On the Subject of Shout-Outs . . .

When Third Coast Sisters received a shout-out on a stranger's blog, I realized that I am completely remiss in giving a shout-out to my very dear and talented friend Nancy and her Etsy shop, Nancy Jo Studio

Nancy is a gifted seamstress and has an impeccable eye for color.  The detail in her work is incredible, and she pours so much thought and effort into every one of her designs.

Nancy embroidered this pillow as a wedding gift for Mr. B and me.

I am also lucky to own one of Nancy Jo Studio's beautiful clutch purses.  Our friend commissioned Nancy to design a unique clutch for each of her eleven bridesmaids to carry at her wedding.  Each clutch had a different style and embellishments, however, all were made from the same fabric which created a stunning ensemble.  Such a fun gift for your bridesmaids to use on your wedding day, and for years to come! 

Last but certainly not least, Nancy's baby quilts are gorgeous! If only I had a pregnant friend . . .

Check her out:

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Blog Shout Out to Third Coast Sisters!

Third Coast Sisters is featured in the "Talk-about Tuesday" segment on Nicole B Design's blog!  Nicole found our coasters on Etsy and offered to write a review of our product.  Check it out here:

While you're there, be sure to check out some of Nicole's other posts for beautiful design inspiration!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Black & White Stationary for a Colorful Girl

When my friend Liz "commissioned" me to make her a stationary set in the ever-classic black and white combo, I used this project as an excuse to purchase the Flourish rubber stamp that I had been eyeing at PS.

I stamped the Flourish in a repeating pattern on white card stock, which I cut to fit black card stock with a scalloped edge.  I used Stickles glitter glue to add a few subtle dots of sparkle to the stamped pattern (difficult to see in these photos).  Stickles triggers fond childhood memories of the Christmas sweatshirts my aunt and I decorated with puff paint - yikes!  I will definitely have to find another use for this stuff!  Halloween costume, perhaps?!  I digress . . .

The Flourish stamp reappears on the envelope flap.

I was thrilled to find a use for this odd-shaped magnetic case that PS gave away at one of their workshops.  The robin's egg blue gives the stationary a pop of color and a polished presentation. 

A big black bow seals the deal!

Happy birthday, Liz!  If you read my blog before our celebratory dinner on Friday, you will have to act surprised about your gift! ;-)