Friday, March 29, 2013

Setting the Table

I LOVE that adding little dashes can make any occasion special and worthy of cheering!
As we set the table for this Easter Dinner...
I couldn't resist pulling our the nice China dishes, crystal water glasses and celebrating with a little Paper Crafting fun!!
This stunning paper, from the Tea for Two Designer Series Paper (Spring Mini) creates a stunning setting with a place mat, napkin ring, glass ring and name card. 

The beautiful patterned paper is 12"x12" so I cut one sheet and adhered it to each side with our SNAIL adhesive.  The patterns match and though different are a fun way to dress up the table!
(The place mats I own - we use for camping - but they are only 15" long - so doing this as a 18" long mat allows for room for the larger 'formal' plates.)
Wrap it up!
 The napkins, that is... here a 2" strip of the Tea for Two Designer Series Paper is accented by our 5/8" Flower Trim (Spring Mini).  This Vanilla vintage material rose is colored with our Primrose Petal ink pad.  It even resembles the flowers on the paper!

The 7/8" Scallop Circle punch adds a break and the pattern (from the opposite side of our double sided paper) is perfectly dyed to match!
 Wrapping the Stem of the crystal water glass is fun - and if you want to go an extra step, create a Stem Marker by punching the paper and adding an initial for that person!

I'm not sure that name cards are in fashion - unless at a wedding - but what a fun way to say something nice while marking a person's spot!
With out the plate, you can see the pretty patterns!
This 'stitched' paper makes it easier than ever to look like you have done a ton with little effort!  Mixed patterns are so trendy and this quilted look is a fun way to mix mediums and patterns!
Clean Up is a breeze - you can either re-use the paper to create something or if dirty (like the settings that will be at my children's pates - lol) toss away any evidence.  I know that my kids would love to play making 'art' with any leftovers - a perfect way to keep them busy and out of trouble while we play a card or board game!
 Celebrate family and friends when they gather!
 This little effort goes a far way to show that you care and that the guest is special. 
(Makes you look amazing, too - lol.)
 As I have lost many family members and elders over the past few years - I will always revel in the memories of a hot round of Canasta after the holiday meals... Monopoly and Mexican Train... with a bunch of my family gone these days... I can't get those memories back.  Don't waste a single moment of time with those you love.. life is too precious!  Celebrate life, love and family!!
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  1. Brilliant, this is the best idea I have seen in a LONG time! Love it.

  2. Very cute! I'm sure you could laminate the placemat so you could reuse it.

  3. So beautiful Jamie!!! And yes, I do name tags all the time for holiday gatherins -- everybody loves it!! I would have a very hard time, however, using 2 sheets of DSP for each placemat however because I usually have at least 10 people for dinner parties. (Maybe for something really special!!). Thanks for sharing your art. (P.S. I love playing Mexican Train!!)

  4. I agree with MJ. This is brilliant! You have made a stunning place setting. Thanks for sharing your talent with the LNS group this week.

  5. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing them.


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