Saturday, November 12, 2011

Ashley's Blogaversary "Anything But a Card" Hop - November 12

Welcome to my blog buddy Ashley's Blogaversary "Anything But a Card" Hop ... and happy celebration of a year's worth of fantabulous blogging by Ashley, where this blog hop starts. When you're ready to move on, your next stop is MISTY, one of the generous blog candy sponsors for this hop.

My project:

I'll admit, I'm a cardmaker at heart. But when Ashley presented me with an opportunity to join her hop in celebration of her blog's anniversary, she had me stretch out of my comfort zone.  And since then, I have made more non-cards than cards!! 

Today I'll show you some of the decorations I've made to celebrate Charlotte's first birthday.

My sweet granddaughter, Charlotte Grace, through the year.
Charlotte (aka Charley or Cheezer) is my granddaughter who (unbelievably!) turns one in about 3 weeks. Isn't she a cutie pie!? 

My daughter Emily selected "penguins and snowmen" as the theme for Charley's December 6 birthday celebration to be held a few days later.

First up, I made her a wreath and a matching banner:

Here are two close-ups:
The wreath -- paper loops hot glued onto a styrofoam dinner plate, 
then embellished with fussy-cut paper, Sizzix-cut letters and stickers.
I cut snowflakes using a Sizzix die cutting on cereal box cardboard,
then covered with paper and embellished with Sizzix letters and
fussy-cut penguins and snowmen, cut from a specialty paper.
I then Stickled the penguin's hat and scarf.

Next, I decorated the baby's highchair with a complementing banner:

Here are two of the cute pennants on this banner:

Just added (10 a.m.) ...

I almost forgot to show you this adorable additional decoration for Charlotte's party!  My daughter Emily (Cheezer's Mom) is working on this sparkly tree filled with snowflakes that have punches of Charlotte ages newborn and at each of the monthly milestones. On the back of each snowflake, there's a punch with the age on it to help us each remember those earlier days.  This tree will eventually be fuller of course, with sparkly branches with twinkling white lights as well as this kind (from Michael's) with crystals affixed to the branches.

Now for information on the fabulous prizes that Ashley has been able to secure for those who visit this blog hop:  Please jump to Ashley's site (CLICK HERE) for more info on any of these prizes as well as Ashley's GRAND PRIZE, a $20 gift certificate to the winner's choice of either Michael's, AC Moore, or JoAnn Fabrics.

PLUS you can win, if it's your lucky day and you're chosen by Random.Org:

Decade Of Scraps - bracelet
*Must "like" her Facebook page
*Must follow her blog

MB's Treasurista - $10 gift certificate to her zibbet store
*Must "like" her Facebook page
*Must follow her blog

Pink Cat Studio - 5 digi images
*Must "like" Pink Cat Studio on Facebook

Getting Cricky K. Andrew Designs - Positive Thoughts stamp set
*Must "like" K. Andrew Designs: Getting Cricky Facebook page
*Must follow her blog

Scrap Of Art Designs -Packs of flowers
*Must "like" her Facebook page
*Must be a follow her blog

Please leave a comment and follow here too -- I to get them, and you never know when I might sneak in with some blog candy of my own or a R.A.K. to you too!!

Thank you again to Ashley for hosting this Hop, and to you for joining us today. Now hop on over to Misty to see what fun projects she has in store for you!


jennyplace2 said...

OMG! What a cutie pie is rught, they grown up so fast. You did a beautiful job on the decoration and I am sure both your daughter and granddaughter will love them. TFS!

Ellen Jarvis said...

(-: Thanks, Jenny!! I love, love, love Cheezer to bits. Do you know that little wonder can be crying and miserable (not often) and if you point a camera at her, she cheers up and hams it up. That's how she got the nickname CHEEZER, "Say cheeeeeze!" She's off visiting other relatives for a week and I can't stand being away for that long -- and she only left 5 hours ago!! :-( I know, I know, share and share alike!!

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey

Lynne said...

Your granddaughter is adorable and I love the birthday decorations that you have made!!! Pleasure being part of this hop with you!!!
Hugs and love,
Her Craftiness

Liz said...

Ellen, your projects are so adorable. I am sure when the baby looks back she will love them. I love the banner on her high chair...It is a pleasure hopping with you. TFS!


BlueCrayons said...

cheeezer is going to love all of her decoration because i know i do. you done a awesome job grandma.

craftingwithblue @

jengd said...

Amazing the changes in that first year. My son is four and after all of those early radical growths/changes, I feel like he's been just the same for a year now. I know he hasn't but it's definitely more gradual now. Fantastic birthday set- really like that you went so far as to make a matching wreath. Your bunting is fabulous!

Veronica P said...

everything is so adorable, i LOVE the highchair decorations.. I am a new excited follower!
Veronica from western NY

Unknown said...

Love the song on your true! Your projects are adorable..looking forward to seeing more!

Leslie-kbgirlygirl said...

Very gorgeous projects! What a special first birthday your granddaughter will have!! I love the banner around the high chair....too cute!!

Leslie :)

lorby said...

I love your project and I have to admit I used my computer snipping tool to save your wreath picture and directions. I have a young lady who will be 7 on 3rd of December and even though our theme is Hello Kitty, I'm sure your beautiful wreath could be changed into a Hello Kitty wreath. : ) Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful decorations and a beautiful granddaughter. Jearise in Lorby's World at jearise at gmail dot com

Sandra DeFalco said...

Ellen - love all of your creations!
I've become a follower too.
♥ Sandi
afunnyladynj at gmail dot com

ScrappinT said...

Just adorable! What wonderful projects!

Chelle said...

LOVE this idea of anything but a card!!! Very cute projects!! Love them all !!!! ChelleBee

lindaplus3 said...

your granddaughter sure is a cutie.... your projects are awesome ... really like the snowflake banner made from cereal boxes ... great idea :) lindaplusthree at yahoo dot com

Vicki said...

Beautiful decorations for a gorgeous baby girl. Thanks for the inspiration.

vwilson577 at

mamawcindy said...

Oh, I Love all of your Projects that you made for your Adorable Grand Daughter. Love the little Snowflakes for Pictures. That is just So Sweet. Thanks for Sharing your wonderful Creations. I'm already a follower of yours. :0)
cindymarshall63 at hotmail dot com

Ashley Nicole said...

I was EEKing earlier when I saw your post. Love love everything. You know colors and patterns distract me lol. The wreath is awesome, different and I love it. The banner for her high chair is adorable and such a great little keepsake for her. She's adorable I love seeing all the pics of little Charlotte. Thank you for joining me on my blogaversary and can't wait to meet you.


Claire Spielman said...

You are one lucky/talented Grandma & Charlotte is one lucky beautiful little girl to have you create such a unique assortment of party decorations! Having 3 Grand daughters of my own, I sooooo feel your joy & excitement watching her grow. Two of my 3 are sleeping over tonight in THEIR Princess room that I created. Your theme is adorable (wouldn't work here in Florida..LOL). Love the wreath and banners. TFS
Creative Wishes,

Rhonda said...

Your Grand is so cute. I am sure she will love everything you made. So whimsical. The wreath is my favorite. I will have to try that for my niece. Thank you for sharing.


sweetnothingspaperco said...

FABULOUS!!! Makes me wanna party! Your projects are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!
Hugs, Lina

Scrappin' Sista said...

What a fun party!!! I love how you tied everything together. It looked great! Charlotte is a doll. TFS!!! Scrappy hugs.

askscrappinsista (at) hotmail (dot) com

Laura (tweetyb) said...

Wow!! All of these decorations are just SO cute!!! Great colors & theme!
♥ Laura ♥

Susan L said...

I was so blessed to get to see most of your projects in person and I am constantly in awe of your creativeness. Your page is so wonderful as well. So glad we are hopping together.

Happy Scrappin'

Sue B
suenj99 at yahoo dot com

Jackie said...

Ellen, you Rock with Banners! Those are awesome, love them all. Great job!

p.s. I finished the banner for the chilren's hosp - mail on monday
Love blog hopping.

Unknown said...

Gorgeous decorations and absolutely precious granddaughter! I'm a new follower to you. I'm hopping along from Ashley's blog. Very nice projects, nice to meet you! :)

Unknown said...

Ellen, you have a beautiful granddaughter!! She is one lucky girl to have a grandma that will be helping her celebrate her birthday in style!! I'm hoping for a granddaughter in May since I have 4 boys but will love whatever we get!! I'm already a follower!! Thanks for sharing!

ziggymity said...

I love all the decorations. she is so cute!!! TFS

Unknown said...

Love this set of decorations. I am already a follower of yours and Ashley. TFS
debbie_craine at hot mail dot com

joydee1963 said...

I am a follower,Your granddaughter is so cute,Beautiful party projects,joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

kim.scrapper said...

Oh my, your granddaughter is a cutie-patootie! What great projects you made for her bday party, tfs...Kim (kim.scrapper!

Beckie said...

AWESOME stuff. Stinking love every last bit of it. That baby is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Just wanna kiss her lil cheekies.

Be blessed, Beckie

Honeybearz Designs said...

Your grand daughter is so precious! I love all the cute decorations. I just love the tree that is such a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing. You can tell she is the twinkle in grandmas eyes.
honeybearz designs

Audrey Frelx said...

Oh what a cutie Charley is!!! And your decorations are too adorable!