This month I was able to work with Teresa Collins' new Memorabilia collection. And can I tell you how much fun it was?! I love the neutral grays and tans, with the bits of chalkboard elements, paired with the pops of blue. When I looked at this collection alongside the featured templates this month (Nature, Abbie Road and Tiny Shapes), I though it would be fun to make some place cards and napkin rings for my Thanksgiving table. I know that neutrals and blue are not the usual color choices for a fall table setting, but I knew it would be fun and different.
So I have a little bit of a confession- I never seem to have enough time to do cutesy decorating in my house. Yes, it's true. I'm a paper crafter, yet I don't decorate my home with cute paper crafty things. I just always seem to run out of time! I should say I USED to run out of time- because now, with the Kiwi Lane templates, I can whip out quick and cute seasonal decorations in no time! It took me about 7 minutes to make the napkin ring (seriously- I timed it!) and a little bit longer to do the place card (there's stitching and more pieces, so it takes a few more minutes- but not much!). Here's what they look like:
Of course, you would make a place card and a napkin ring for each person at your table- I was trying to figure out how long each one took to make, so I started with one. Now that I know how little time they take, I'll finish making the rest for our Thanksgiving table!
For the place card, I used a 4" x 5" card base. Then I cut a 3 3/4" x 4 3/4" piece of patterned paper, stitched around it, stamped a border just inside the stitching, and distressed the edge. Then I cut a ring out of a pewter colored metallic card stock, using the Rings 2 template. I stitched around the ring and distressed the edges. Then I cut out some leaves (Nature 1 and Tiny Nature 1T and 4T) from patterned papers and glitter paper, inked the edges and played with them until I liked the arrangement. For the oval (Tiny Shapes 8T) under the name, I made a little pouch with patterned paper layered with vellum and sewn together with some sequins between the layers. To finish the place card, I used gold glitter Thickers from American Crafts. I added a few sequins and was done! It took me about 15 minutes to make the card, once I had chosen my papers and pulled out my supplies. Here's a closer look:
For the napkin ring, I cut a 2" x 6" piece of yellow cardstock, then cut a strip of patterned paper using the Happy Trails 1A template. I inked the edges, adhered the patterned paper to the card stock and stapled the ends to form a ring. I cut two leaves (Tiny Nature 1T, 4T), inked the edges and adhered to the ring. I used some washi tape and some twine to make a bow to accent the leaves. Super fast, super easy!
I hope you liked my place card and napkin ring! I sure enjoyed using the Teresa Collins Memorabilia collection- and I can't wait to finish making the rest of my table decor for Thanksgiving! And don't forget- if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving where you are, you can use my ideas for a jumping off point for your own craftiness. The place card would make a beautiful notecard- just switch the name for a greeting!
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Scrapping!