Darling Butterfly



Baby Shower Centre Piece

     Hi there my crafty friend, how are you? So glad you are able to drop by today and check out my newest creation. Talk about a "labour of love" LOL! My sister's step son is going to be a daddy in April, the baby shower is this Saturday. All a long the theme has been all about hippo's. My sister asked me to make them an easel  card with a hippo theme a few mths back when they went to find out what they were having. Well, It's a boy!!! and Colton will be his name.  :)
     On the wkend I went to my sisters to work on the wedding album, (they are getting married 6 days after the baby shower :} ) and the cards/gifts for both. Originally the hippo on this centre piece was the card I was going to give them, but when I was looking through my sisters craft supplies I found the hippo card I made a few mths ago, and another baby shower card I made ages ago with a monkey on it. She loves what I make so much she just can't part with it, and always tells me to make two of everything cause she wants to keep one! LMBO Take pictures and look at them, the stuff eventually gets buried under stuff or put in a box or a drawer most of the time anyway and you never see it. She still has all the Christmas presents she orders from me every year, she can't part with them. LOL The highest of compliments I suppose.
     Anyway, I thought maybe I would change the plain hippo shaped card into an easel card or something and thought about it for sometime....I kept thinking about the hippo's watering hole and what to do with it, then suddenly I  got this idea....  and I LOOOVVVEEEEE IT!!!!!! I started it on Sunday, worked a bit on it on Monday, then today I kicked it into high gear to get it done. I have tons of stuff to get done before Saturday, plus my hubby's 50th is on Thursday and I haven't made him a his special card yet....eeekkkkk!!!
      I had the idea to make this a simple but cute centre piece, but it was way to much work to be simple and I didn't want it to be a one day thing so I made it so she can remove the umbrella with the baby announcement on it and use it as an ornament on a shelf or dresser. I think it turned out super cute and hopefully she will love it, I've never met her so I don't know her taste.
   Warning PIC heavy :)   This shows what I came up with yesterday and sunday, the umbrella ended up to small. The long strip with all the "teeth" is the side wall of the stand. I figured I make these for my "cake in a box" cards, it should work to make this stand which I wish was a box, but it was really hard to get it to stay together as it was, being such an odd shape. I cut out the hippo and the "water" shape with create a critter, I altered the shapes a bit to my liking with my gypsy!   :)
I ended up with this  :)
                                The dog, butterflies and bees are all old stickers from my stash ! :)
His name is cut from a $ store foam sheet, and the grass was made with the MS icicle punch! I wanted some shine to it kind of so I added the green ribbon around the top and bottom of the base.
The turtle was cut from create a critter. I made the small bull rushes with green toothpicks, hot glue blobs coated with brown felt then shaped and green paper strips for leaves :)
 The frog is from an old recollections stamp set called bouncing baby boy  :)
 Used an oval punch to make the pad part of the lily pad, then two white primas snipped up the middle, shaped and glued and a ek success yellow flower cut and each petal snipped three times then crumpled all together to make the centre of the flowers :)
 I really like this water paper, and I used a piece of acrylic as well to keep the hippo standing, it also gives the water that mirror effect so you can see the reflection of the bull rushes etc. Really like how it looks :) I added some glossy accent "ripples" around the hippo's feet. I cut little rectangles into the acrylic and folded the short sides down then glued the bottoms of the flowers and the hippo's feet in the holes. Having the sides folded down helps to keep the acryllic up off the water paper itself, to give it some depth.  :)

 the bird is one that comes on a wire, I just pulled the wire out and glued on top of the bull rush, which in this case were made with wood skewers I cut down, coloured green, made the brown part with hot glue and brown felt. I lightly inked the white "base" with a pastel blue to kind of make it look like sky with clouds, I like how it turned out, was simple but effective  :)
I glued two pieces of foam between the two hippo body cuts to give him some depth and make it easier to glue him standing up :) I cut out a thin strip in each one to make a pocket for the skewer of the umbrella to slip into, making it removeable, woohoo :)
 I glued the tail cuts and ear cut together because I didn't cut the foam in those two areas :) I also pop dotted the mouth/nose area of the face. Used the largest one of  my PK wide eyed kids face stamps, coloured in the whites of the eyes and covered in glossy accents :)
                                                                Baby name ornament ;)
I used some old sentiment stickers from my stash on the umbrella. I got them yrs ago when I first started scrapbooking from the $ store, you can get some pretty nice stuff at those stores :) Even though I only shopped at the dollar store back then, I managed to build up my supply of bling a lot cheaper than what some places charge for brads and other embellishments. I love the $ store :)
 I had different stickers on it but then decided to out the sentiments on here, since it is removeable it wont always look like a baby shower centre piece :)
     I have been very busy with making things for the wedding and baby shower that I haven't had time to make anything for the Peachy Keen challenge yet, luckily the challenge this week is a 3D project with the theme: weather, so I kept that in mind as I was making this project., so it would fit the criteria :)  I have the umbrella for baby "Shower" lol and my theme is summer :) Since baby showers are thrown in any type of weather, and a hippo in the water with turtles, frogs bees and butterflies is definately summer. I added the dog sticker because I always think of dogs when I think of little boys :)  So this project will be my entry for the challenge this week. I will have to take a peek and see if there are any other challenges I can enter this in to, would love to win a prize for it after all this work!!  :) 
     Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my creation, I hope to see you back soon. Leave me some love so I can come visit you and leave you some love back :) Have yourself a scrap happy day, and join us over at the peachy keen challenge, or come play over at The Outlawz, where I am on the "sketch" design team on Wednesdays, but we have a new challenge starting everyday running for one week. It is a very fun site full of awesomely talented, caring, beautiful women that love to craft as much as we do, and they will make you feel right at home.  :) 

Cindy     :)



  1. wow i hope you win that is so awesome.you did a awesome job.

  2. YOU ROCK with creativity here!! I so love all the details but especially that you made it look like he is standing in the water!!! LOOOVE it!!! parkernana5@cox.net

  3. WOW! This is AMAZING Cindy! I just LOVE the umbrella! Super job!

  4. so cute!, such a nice keepsake!!!
    Carol N<><

  5. WOW, wow, WoW!!! You do 3D so well! This is perfect in every way and detail. I'm totally in awe. They better keep and treasure this FOREVER!!! I love it!!! Hugs- Glora

  6. This is such a great idea, and it's adorable too!!

  7. This is FABULOUS! You did an awesome job Cindy, your hard work really shows. Thanks for sharing your great project:)

    Peace, Love, & Cricut Hug's!
    Monica L.

  8. How adorable Cindy! This is lovely, TFS and good luck at the challenge :)
    Have a lovely day!

  9. I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!!!! Great job, Cindy! TFS

  10. That is so stinkin' cute!
    Love your blog page.
    I am awarding you/your blog the Liebster Blog Award. Please stop by an copy/paste your award to your page. Thanks for sharing all your great projects!:0)