Sunday, September 5, 2010

Table Fit For A Princess- Once Upon A Princess Cartridge

I was so darn excited when sent me the Once Upon a Princess to work with this month. It is just chock full of the cutest, girliest art you could imagine. (Is it so wrong that my first thought when I found out I was having a girl was that I could finally indulge all my girly papercrafting fantasies?) My first project for the month was a no-brainer -- my little princess just turned two, and she is really into playing pretend. I wanted to get her her own little table and chairs where she could have tea parties with her dollies (and her mommy, of course), but I certainly couldn't leave it just plain white! I already had some yummy pink and green vinyl on hand, just the right colors for her bedroom, so I just got out my Gypsy and my Expression and went to town. :)

I started by measuring the table and deciding how big I wanted each element. I chose the cute princess crown for the center, but substituted an Alphalicious "e" for the OUaP font so it would match what I've already done in her room. This is where the Gypsy really shines -- it was so easy to just use the "hide contour" function to get rid of the OUaP "E", then I was able to group the two elements together so that I could resize and move them easily. I surrounded the crown with this sweet scalloped circle, which is one of the labels. I super<3 all the labels on OUaP -- so versatile! I particularly like this shape because the scallops are not perfectly round, giving it more of a flower petal look. That center element is 11.5".

I decided to place smaller flowers around the edges, as sort of place settings. This super cute flower is actually one of the princesses' accessory, so again I used the "hide contour" function on the gypsy to hide the other accessories that I didn't want to cut. Easy as pie!

For the chairs, I used the scallop border from Plantin Schoolbook, then made dots with the centers of the pink flowers on the table and a circle punch. On the little stools, I just used a little flower punch on the leftover green vinyl from the center of the big green scallop circle in the center of the table. Can't let that vinyl go to waste, after all...

I was just so pleased with how well this little table and chairs came out, and the little princess likes it, too! It took this little set from feeling bland and mass-produced to something totally custom and cute! And with the vinyl, we can easily change the decorations out as we change the decor in her room. These may not be the first shapes you notice on Once Upon a Princess, but the style was just perfect for this project. So don't forget, when you get a new cartridge, make sure you look at all the extra functions and layers -- you will find countless treasures!

Thanks for looking! I hope you'll come back soon -- I have a lot more fun Once Upon a Princess projects planned for this month!


Amy K said...

What an absolutely adorable project! What a dream place for any little girl to host a tea party! Great job.

Anonymous said...

So seriously cute! Love it! Where are the table and chairs from? Darling!

Lisa said...

Super Cute! Love it! I Have told a lot of people about this!

tomiannie said...

The table and chairs are originally from IKEA, but I bought them from a friend who was moving. Score!

Thanks for the nice comments!

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