On Thursday I phoned to see if they were free for dinner on Saturday, but I expected to be turned down. I was pleasantly surprised though when they were able to come!
When we have them over, I try to use some new creative recipes but this time round I had to work until 5:00 so we simply had steaks, potatoes on the barbecue and corn. Debby brought a wonderful dessert.
Because I felt I needed to create something special for our evening, I decided to use an idea I had seen somewhere on Pinterest where the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits were used to make a cutlery holder.
Since I knew I would be using my favorite summer plates with flamingos on them, I decided to mimic the colors from the plate.
I started by die cutting the treat bag pieces from Dapper Denim and then embossed them using the Seaside Embossing Folder. In adhering the pieces, I turned them to use the debossed side.
Next up, I stamped the flamingo, from the Pop of Paradise stamp set, two times using Flirty Flamingo and my MISTI. I used Watermelon Wonder and Basic Black Stampin' Write Markers to add details to the flamingos by coloring on my stamp and re-stamping. Each flamingo was fussy cut.
I die cut a variety of leaves using the Botanical Builder Framelits and Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Mint Macaron, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow. I used the Blossom Bunch and the Blossom Builder Punches to punch flowers from Watermelon Wonder and Peekaboo Peach.
I used a Delicate White Doily as a base for the flamingo and then played with the arrangement of leaves and flowers. My daughter, Courtney, was actually the one who came up with the winning design which involved sponging of the doily with first Blushing Bride, then Flirty Flamingo, and finally Crumb Cake on the edges.
The leaves and flowers all had edges inked with matching ink using a sponge dauber. The doily was then adhered to the front of the treat bag using Fast Fuse and then a circle of Linen Thread was attached with a Glue Dot. The flamingo was popped up slightly with some Dimensionals.
The leaves were adhered behind the doily using liquid glue and then the flowers added in the same manner. Tiny pearls were added to the flower centres to complete my project.
Here is one of the cutlery holders on top of one of the plates. Can you see why I love these plates?
I think that I should have chosen Peekaboo Peach to make the bag stand out from the plates more. Of course, we always have our best ideas in retrospect! Luckily, Rob and Debby loved them regardless and we spent a wonderful evening with them!