Pineapple Bouquet

Pineapple Bouquet

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This isn’t a paper craft, and I’m a bit late posting this but…

One of the stresses highlights of senior year was Prom, and I was baffled at how crazy the process had become.  Back in my day (boy do I sound old!!!), I bought a pretty simple (inexpensive) gown at one of the teen clothing stores in the mall, did my hair and make-up as I did every day, and drove over with my date in the family car.  We had been dating already so it was just assumed that we’d go together, but if we hadn’t been, he just would have asked.  Today, the dresses are often over-the-top fancy, expensive, and in many cases, inappropriate for high school teens (in my opinion).  The girls post pictures of their dresses online so no one will buy the same one.  Hair, make-up and nails are professionally done, and limos or party buses are the preferred mode of transportation.

One of the things that amuses me is the “Promposal” where the asking has become quite a production!  My boys needed to come up with something creative for their dates, and because my daughter was going with a guy who was not in her senior class, she needed to do the promposing as well.  Friends of their dates helped them with their ideas, orchestrated the surprises, and were there to help with the actual promposals also. Like I said – a production!   Anyway, here’s what they did…

Keith enlisted the help of his English teacher and several classmates.  The teacher pretended to become really annoyed with the class saying that she was tired of them not reading the assigned material and then gave them a pop quiz.  One of the co-conspirators asked Keith’s date a question, and when Keith’s date whispered a response, the teacher freaked out on her and called her out into the hall where she pretended to reprimand her for talking during a quiz.  Meanwhile, back in the classroom, several students held up signs spelling P-R-O-M-? while Keith stood by with flowers in hand.  When the teacher and his date returned from the hall, Keith officially promposed.  I probably would have had a heart attack if I had gotten called into the hall and would not have made it back to be asked!

Kelly’s date was really into robotics, was in the robotics club with her brothers at their school, and had recently competed in the VEX Robotics World Championship in Kentucky.  Creating “alliances” with other teams is a big part of the competition so Kelly created a sign asking her date to be on her “alliance for prom” and used her brothers’ team’s robot to deliver the message.  Her robot driving skills were not the greatest (that’s being kind!) which made for a very comical promposal.

Kevin was told by his date’s friends that she really liked pineapples and that he needed to include that in his promposal.  I created the pineapple bouquet (above) for him to present to her while he told her that they would look FINE-apple together at prom.  Oh brother!!  🙂

I can’t wait to see what all these kids come up with for their wedding proposals!!

Now back to the pineapple bouquet… I started with a pre-cored pineapple I purchased at my local grocery store, sliced it, and then used a Wilton cookie cutter to create the flowers.  I scooped cantaloupe balls for the flower centers and used grapes to hold the flower in place on the wooden skewers.  Additional grapes and strawberries were stuck on skewers as well.  The container is a handle-less mug from Michaels that was meant to be painted.  (I left it white.)  I cut a small orange in half and placed it (flat side down) in the bottom of the mug so I had something in which to stick the skewers of fruit.  I left a bit of stick exposed above each flower so there was something to grab when removing the flowers to eat.

I have to say I was a bit frustrated because I had made a trial bouquet the week before which came out beautifully.  The pineapple sliced cleanly, and the flowers were perfect.  When it came time to recreate it for the real thing, I bought another pineapple.  However, once I started slicing it at home, the pineapple slices kept cracking.  So I left the sticky mess on my counter and went back to the store in search of a better pineapple.  I checked all the containers carefully and selected one with no visible cracking.  However, when I started slicing the new one at home again, it was even worse than the first one!  I was running out of time and knew there was only so much “reject” pineapple we could eat so I decided to work with what I had.  (Of course I hadn’t photographed the better one before we ate it!)  I should point out that the sample one I had originally made was wrapped in the fridge for 3 days before we ate it, and it was delicious so if I were to do this again, I’d not wait until hours before I needed it in case I had to repurchase or redo any of it. Anyway, Kevin’s date really seemed to like it, so I guess it was ok.

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Keith and Adriana  Kelly and Dimitrios  Kevin and Megan

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Pool Table Gift Box

Pool Table Gift Box

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I haven’t had access to my photography studio (-ok, my son was home for winter break, and I couldn’t use his room/desk!), so it’s been a little while since I’ve been able to share projects.  He’s now back at school, and I moved back in to his room until he come’s home again.

Here’s a fun gift box I made from an svg file from SVGCuts.  It is part of a kit called “The Green Room” which includes projects for anyone who loves throwing darts, shooting pool, playing poker or bowling.  I cut the pieces with my Silhouette electronic die cutting machine and some card stock.  A video tutorial is available to help with the assembly.

The card stock I used is Core’dinations French Roast and Gina K Christmas Pine.  I used an adhesive pearl for the cue ball, although I would prefer it to be whiter so I may keep looking for something different.  The svg file contains circles for the balls, but they do not have detail on them so I found a google image for the rest of the balls and created a “print and cut” file.  Then I used a thin strip of the brown card stock to create height for the rack (as you would when quilling).

The cue stick had visible score lines when it was folded, so I inked the edges with some Gina K Dark Chocolate ink.

The box is a pretty nice size for small gifts and treats. (It is 4″ x 6″ on the bottom and 2″ deep, and it gets slightly wider toward the top).

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Slot Machine Gift Box

Slot Machine Gift Box

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This fun gift box was made from a file called “Lucky 7’s Slot Machine” which could be purchased separately or as part of a set called “Vegas Road Trip SVG Bundle” by Dreaming Tree (3dsvg.com).  A video tutorial is provided which makes assembly a breeze.

The card stock I used is white, Bazzill Plumberry, and the front and back of card stock called Dartboard (item: 12-101) by Kite Tails designs..  The file includes a pdf of the images in the windows which could be printed on plain paper or card stock and hand-cut.  The “arm” is attached with a brad so it can be pulled like on a real slot machine.

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Nativity Coasters

Nativity Coasters

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These coasters were made with Premier Decor 4×4 Ivory Travertine tiles I purchased at Home Depot.

The Holy Family image (lower left) is by Inkadinkado (stamp #99629), and the Mother and Child and greeting images (upper right) are from the “Christmas Joy” set by Gina K Designs.  Stazon Timber Brown ink was used on both designs to stamp the images and ink the edges.  Each set contains 4 tiles.

I cut squares of cork , ran them through my Xyron sticker machine, and adhered them to the bottoms of the tiles so they would not scratch the table when used.

The box with a clear panel in the lid was adapted from a file called “Square Flat Photo Box” from the “Classic Gift Boxes SVG Kit” by SVGCuts.  The pieces were cut from Recollections Kraft card stock and acetate with my Silhouette electronic die cutting machine.

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Patriotic Snowman Ornament

Patriotic Snowman Ornament

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Here is one more ornament for the “2016 RubberHedgehog Ornament Challenge” which is going on until November 30, 2016. (HERE is this year’s gallery, and HERE are the 2015 submissions and winners.) Pop on over and check it out!

Any stamps used on the ornaments for the challenge must be by RubberHedgehog, and the stamp I used for this project is “Medium Patriotic American Snowman Rubber Stamp, With Flag” (Item: J-1402).

The 3D star was adapted from a file from the “Happy 4th” svg kit from SVGCuts.  The original file is a star-shaped lantern with an open top.  I closed it up which required creating new side panels.

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The card stock and paper I used for the star was open stock “Dark Grey (item #991646) and The Paper Studio “Crackled Stars” (665976) from Hobby Lobby, and the red was from the DCWV  Double-Sided Patterns pack (0S-034-00039).

The image was stamped on the plain wood-grained portion of The Paper Studio “Light Bulb Strands” (1284082) printed paper with Gina K Charcoal Brown ink and colored with Copic Markers (R59/E18, B95, B97, E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, Yr27, and the colorless blender).

20 gauge “gun metal” wire by Bead Landing was used as the hanger.

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