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rustic chic reception

7 Oct

Part of the reason I think September flew by was because I was planning this significant event for my brother and sister-in-law.  They got married on September 21 in Alberta, and as courtesy to all of the Grand Rapids, Michigan guests, we hosted an open-house-style reception for them the following Saturday there.  My mom, who has always had serious amounts of faith in my creativity and has been my biggest cheerleader in starting this business (hey, mom!), asked me to design it all!  Needless to say, I was excited because, as I’ve said before, event planning is my jam, and it was for my brother and his wife!  Actually, I’m still excited because now I get to show all of you!

Wedding Reception table design--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

The bride was game to be surprised with the look and was not interested in carrying over the design from the weekend before (although, I did ask!).  As I told you earlier, when I found this inspiration board, I knew it was the look we were going for.  I knew she liked a little rustic chic, and the groom loves his orange; he’s painted everything from his room to his Mustang in the vibrant hue.  But, I guess you could say it all started with the fabric.

Orange and teal table design and flowers--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

Isn’t it fantastic?!  Obviously, I ordered it right away and began pulling things from my home that would match.  Every throw pillow I own fit their scheme as well as multiple vases/containers I have.  I literally filled up the trunk of our car with just decor items.

As you may remember from Girl Bash, I created a dessert bar backdrop and wanted to use that in this event as well.  Having that backdrop can really pull a room together when you’re working with a blank slate and everything else is table height.  It brings the ceiling down and makes the room more cohesive.

DIY Wedding Backdrop-- created by Spunky Sapphire Events--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

That banner was simply perfect!  It is a custom piece and was SO much fun to design.  Hanging it definitely was a smashing final touch!

Everything about this day was a family affair.  My sister spray-painted dozens of sticks gold for me and created the chicken-wire photo frame that featured images from their wedding day.  Together we rolled bunches of silverware and tied with fabric pieces and stabbed pecks of apple favors with the awesome little thank you tags!

spray-painted sticks--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

teal wedding photo frame--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

Green striped paper straws--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comOrange paper straws--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.compaper straws and mason jars--TheSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

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rustic chic apple favors--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

The favor table was beautiful.  Placed at the entrance, it gave guests a glimpse of what was to come with it’s zesty fabric runner and tipped over crate spilling the apple favors.  It featured a sign with a plane motif since the bride and groom did plenty of flying to see each other during their long-distance relationship.

Wedding Favor Table--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

wedding thank you sign--TheSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comApple Favors--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

Something I’ve seen and really loved at weddings (or any party, really), is a seating area.  It’s simply cozy!  This area allows for people to sit and chat in a more comfortable environment than the dining table and is a change of pace.  I used rustic crates and all my throw pillows to create a small seating area, and it was full the entire event (as you can see here)!

wedding flower centerpieces--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comWedding Seating Area--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

The ladies of the catering the school PTA catering that I used to work with did a fantastic job with the simple buffet menu and the dessert bar.

individual cheesecake, dessert bar styled by Spunky Sapphire Events--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.commini Cheesecake, dessert bar styled by Spunky Sapphire Events--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comDessert bar styled by Spunky Sapphire Events--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

Congratulations, again, to my brother and his beautiful wife!  It was an absolute joy to design and execute this and I can’t wait to see what’s next!


October! Already?!

1 Oct

Yes. It’s October 1.  Really?!  I remember a month ago, thinking that September was a chock-full month of cool stuff, and now it’s all over!  Well, last weekend’s wedding reception was really awesome and it was great to spend a full weekend with my family!

Apple Favors, rustic chic wedding--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comMore of those photos will be up later this week!  I also can’t wait to see all the images from my head shot session from last week.  The few I’ve seen already are gorgeous.

I’ve got lots of goals for October and am going to fill them in on my Powersheets tonight.  Once they’re all out of my head and on paper instead of swirling around furiously inside, I’ll be able to knock things out.  Blog design, budgeting, deciding how to get where I want to go, just starting something, making the best decision without knowing the outcome (yikes, for me), making The Spunky Sapphire a construction zone in the process makes me nervous, but I really really want it!

On the roadtrip this past weekend, I finally finished Richie Norton’s book The Power of Starting Something Stupid and decided, yet again, that “what am I waiting for?!”.  (By the way, highly recommend reading it.)

So, with that, the look may change around here.  It’s not something I can sit down and complete, start to finish, in one day to make it less “construction-y”, so it may look like the work-in-progress that it is, unless I can find a way to do it without.  Who knows what my research may uncover?  heheh.

But, in all that messiness of a creative endeavor, I promise to give you some inspiration each week, both for wedding planning and for motivation and pretty things.  First up, the awesome images from Saturday!  Coming soon!



Girl Bash preview

12 Jul

Since I received the images from Girl Bash, I’ve been itching to show them off.  I know a few (at least!) of you are excited to see them, as well.  However, I want to do the images justice, so they will probably be a future post where I can take the time to get it right.

Don’t worry, though!  I have a few previews for you.  Overall, the night was a complete success.  I actually had someone tell me I was “glowing” when I talked to them about it the other day.  How fabulous is that?!  It’s true, though–I get so over the moon to do this!

Girl Bash by Spunky Sapphire Events--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comGirl Bash by Spunky Sapphire Events--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comGirl Bash by Spunky Sapphire Events--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comFavors by Spunky Sapphire Events--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comDesign & Styling: Spunky Sapphire Events

Bouquets/Floral Design: Spunky Sapphire Events (stems from Flowers by the Dozen)

Cake and Cake Pops: Rach’s Cakes



Paper Pumpkin

17 Jan

paper pumpkin logo

[paper pumpkin]

If you love to create, but just don’t have the TIME to create or the space to drag everything out (because you don’t know what exactly you might need, so you grab it all)….allow me to make the introduction: You, meet Paper Pumpkin.  Paper Pumpkin, meet everyone!

From the Paper Pumpkin:

“I’m Paper Pumpkin . . .

I come to your door each month (a fully decked-out creativity carriage). I’ll help you to escape your life with some paper fun.

I come in a sweet box, but you’ll really love what you find on the inside:

All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects. Create stuff like cards, journals, décor, and more!

Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’ Up! is a new monthly kit program that anyone (even you) can enjoy!”

This little gem is your carriage to creativity.  Every month, it will arrive at your doorstep filled with everything you need for a 30-minute escape into your creativity zone.  Projects could be anything from journals, to cards, to decor and more!  The little red box will come with a stamp, accessories, paper, ink, and everything (except adhesive) that you will need for those 30 minutes of fun!  Even better?  Everything has been color-coordinated, measured, and cut for you (that eliminates a lot of time)!

Now, the nitty gritty details: each month, Stampin’ Up! will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.  The membership is $24.95 per month (shipping is included–yay!).  You can cancel your subscription anytime or can choose to skip a month or two if you want.


[paper pumkpin]

AND.  The first kit you receive is your welcome kit.  Whether or not you start at the beginning of this offering (you can sign up now), or you wait until September or something, you will receive the welcome kit as your first kit.  The reason for this is: you get a FREE gift in your welcome kit.  Because each project kit contains a stamp…you will need a clear acrylic block to adhere it to, SO they give you your clear block FREE with your first kit!  Fabulous, right?



Starting in March, you will be able to try the Paper Pumpkin for a month to see whether you’ll like it or not–but seriously, we all know it’ll be great!  Think about this, too: those acrylic blocks can be used on basically every stamp (around the same size, of course) in the catalog so, even if you only try it for a couple of months, you’ll have that block to be able to use on countless projects in the future!

So, who’s in?  Visit the Paper Pumpkin at it’s HOME to find out everything you could possibly want to know.  If you have other questions, check this out.  Remember, when signing up, don’t forget to tell them I’m your favorite Stampin’ Up! girl!  Toodles!Pap Pumpkin Trial


“Spring” at Stampin’ Up!

16 Jan

You may be wondering why I put “spring” in the title up there.  Perhaps, I’m all into spring because it feels like spring outside right now.  This Canadian weather is actually alright (not a polar bear or Eskimo in sight).  It’s gorgeously sunny right now and looks like spring is here.  Yes, I am aware that all my hopes for spring will most likely be dashed soon, but, for now, I’m reveling in it.

Also, there is so much new AWESOME stuff going on at Stampin’ Up! (or coming soon), that it feels like spring, or something like it.  I promised yesterday that I’d elaborate on some of it.  You may have noticed that I updated the SU picture in the sidebar, but if you click on it, you will still be at my Stampin’ Up! page where lots of opportunity for great fun is available.

First things, first.  A video, for Dude, You’re Welcome!

Ha! Isn’t that great?!  I am very convinced to get a lot of the men in my life one of these kits–purely for the entertainment it might provide me (is that terrible?)!  In a very masculine kit (to make him more confident about the whole idea), he will have ultimate access to the following:

  • Four wood-mount stamps (double-mounted) with the perfect sentiment for every occasion
  • Twelve 4″ x 6″ postcards in four different (manly) colors
  • Twelve gray envelopes
  • A Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • An instructional guide (for the most novice stamper!)

This supercool package can be found here (just make sure to say I’m your demonstrator when you order it–or email me to book a workshop!)


(the four stamps that are included)

Next up, Single Stamps!  Last year, Stampin’ Up! offered some of it’s stamps by themselves instead of only in the complete set.  For about seven to ten dollars, you could get one image that you could use on tons of stuff!  With the new season, there are new stamps!  However, these are ten never-before-in-the-history-of-ever-seen images–totally awesome, right?



You can take a peek here (Assortment 3) and here (Assortment 4).  Personally, I’m loving #4 because it’s more funky and I will definitely be getting the Spec-tacular stamp (I’ve already had way too many ideas to use with that image).  These stamps are limited time only and are available until March 31, 2013.  Find out more/order online here!

(single stamps come in clear-mount and the clear block is sold separately–ask me how!) 

Finally, in keeping with the Spring thing I have going on, I told you that the Spring Catalog is out, right?  So, if you flip all the way to the back, you’ll see the product to create this:

SU dress formAaaaaand, my event planning brain has been going nuts ever since!  Needless. To. Say.  So, anyway, browse through all the new stuff in there (as well as a few of the holiday mini-catalog stuff that stuck around) and shop, ShoP, SHOP!

Remember, Sale-a-Bration starts January 22, 2013 and runs through March 22, 2013.  Email me if you want to schedule a class or workshop during that time so we can start planning (because I LOVE planning).  I will post all the goods on Sale-a-Bration on January 22nd, so keep an eye out for that!

Come back tomorrow to find out about this new little project called the Paper Pumpkin (so cah-UTE!) AND the Valentine’s Day bundles to help you make all those treats you want to pass along!  Toodles!


{meant to bee…a wedding!}

27 Dec

Despite many delays, here are the pictures from my sister’s wedding!  You have no idea how excited I was to be able to get my hands dirty setting up a reception again–I honestly really miss it.

In order for the design to really make sense to you, allow me to explain.  My sister’s husband is a beekeeper and she works with him quite a bit, so bees are a pretty big part of their life (and their livelihood, basically).  She loves it and really wanted to make this wedding reflect who they are!  I have to say, she succeeded, frankly, without my input.  Yes, really.  I am impressed!

So, without further ado, from the beginning….

Empty Gym



Farther Along (M&J)

{tables & chairs placed}

place setting

{place setting}

I guess you could say she had two favors (both the “meant to be” magnet and the honey dipper), but when she found the magnets, she had to have them!  She incorporated the four colors (green, yellow, orange, and pink) that the wedding party carried in flowers and ties into the napkin choice.

Complete3(M&J){complete table}

Details4(M&J){table numbers}

The table numbers were originally perched on the clothes pins, but kept tipping over on the burlap.  Since those “Rules and Regulations” tents were already on the table (something my sister stole from my parents wedding), I clipped the number onto them, which helped in elevating the number as well.


When she discovered that she liked the Calypso bottles that I brought home from Canada after drinking them, she asked me to collect them and bought 28 daisies each in yellow, orange, and pink to place in the jars!  I loved them and we sent them home with thrilled guests.


{cake table}

Their cake sat on top of that crate.  The crate has been kicking around my parents house for quite a while and they are fabulous.  M took the time to re-paint the lettering on them and they looked great!  Obviously, since I took all the lids off the bottles, we had them sitting with no purpose.  I try not to waste anything and thought they looked awesome scattered around the receiving table kind of like confetti and then piled in the cake table crate!

CardBox(M&J){gift & card table}

That’s the twin crate to the previous picture along with a “super”–what bees make honey in in a bee farm (that’s the simple explanation).  On a related subject, I made fanTASTic signs for the card box (“super”), advice cards, and guestbook but personally didn’t get pictures of them since I quickly created them right after we finished setting up.  Thank you, Stampin’ Up! MDS 2+ software!  When I get pictures of them, I will definitely post them.

I loved that they were able to bring a super.  Come to think of it, there were about six in my parent’s garage with the intention to re-purpose them into end tables (awesome, right?).  Having it there just added to the personalization of the wedding and made it very “them”!

The twin crate (I’m affectionately calling it that now–kinda loving the name) was for the advice cards (as seen below).  She really wanted to have guest feedback, if you will.  This way, they could leave a note for the new Mr. and Mrs.  I decided to make them and it was very simple and fun.  Darren even helped me.


{advice cards}

One wedding officially down, and now a new one to help design and plan!  My brother just asked me today to help him and his fiance brainstorm ideas and help them.  Yay!


{computer issues+snowstorm+life}

26 Dec

Okay, so I am very sorry for the “no wedding pics yesterday” issue.  As I was trying to combine them all into one folder, Windows Explorer on my computer kept crashing and restarting, so I was unable to do anything with those pictures.  That being said, I still was productive yesterday by reorganizing my kitchen cupboards and putting away my new Christmas present dishes and then scrubbing the kitchen floor on my hands and knees (which hasn’t been done in a while, I regret to say).  ANYWAY.

snowstormSo, this was the view from my car about thirty minutes ago when I was coming home from getting groceries.  Fun, eh?  You can’t really see the blowing snow in that picture, but add it in.  It was a very slooooooow drive back, and I’m not really looking forward to driving into work tomorrow morning at 5:30 am!!!

I have a little more work to accomplish tonight before going to bed early because I haven’t felt the greatest all day and probably should just sleep!  To tide you over: a sneak peak at reception set-up.

Complete2(M&J)I’ll have more up soon!  Hope you had a fantastic Christmas with yours, whoever they are.  Looking forward to the new year!  Toodles!



{cookie packages}

19 Sep

Today, I was running errands looking for a gift for a wedding shower and I stumbled across these ON SALE!!!  (duh, exciting).

{you can find them here}

I had no intention of baking today, but it’s a crisp fall day and when I saw these, I knew I had to do something with them!!!  So, after a quick trip to the grocery store for butter on my way home, this is what happened!

Then, it was just a matter of assembling.  I immediately was able to think of six people to give them to today.  They turned out so cute!  Gotta love Martha Stewart.

Pretty self-explanatory.

I am definitely loving the colored stripes–fabulous! {but then, you know me and stripes}

The first batch ready to give away…

As I was assembling them, and after I saw the final products, I immediately thought that these would be pretty neat favors for a baby shower or any party especially since the boxes are a blank slate.  I even added some baker’s twine to a few of mine, like below, and you could do so many other things with them!

Add stamping to the boxes or decorate with washi tape.  Now, I’m bummed out that I didn’t think of washi tape when I was putting them together because I totally have some!  sigh.  I guess I can’t conquer the world in one day.  (smile)  Anyway, order some for your next party and have fun decorating and filling with your own little goodies.  (personally, I’m loving the cookie idea over candy, mostly because I think candy is what eeeeveryone does, but that’s my problem.)  What do you think?  And, in case you were wondering, yes, I have extra cookies, and yes, they taste amazing.  Toodles!