As some of you know I am a member of a community service club called Soroptimist. Soroptimist is a Latin term that loosely translated means "Best For Women". It is an international organization working to improve the lives of women and girl through social and economic empowerment.
I am proud to be a member of a club with such a long standing reputation in our community of Sequim, Washington. Our club is celebrating our 70th year of serving our community. That is really something.
To celebrate we are hosting an anniversary celebration, entering a float in our local parade, getting a special article written up by the local paper and more.
I made centerpieces for the anniversary celebration. Our float is going to be made to look like a giant cake so I followed the same theme and made three tier cake centerpieces. The image I used came from the Silhouette Store. Image #80674 by Carina Gardner. Her website is www.carinagardner.com and you can see her cake design HERE.
One of our members designed a 70th anniversary logo for us to use and I had made buttons for members to wear. I used the same design to make picks to put into the centers of the balloon weights. They also have the hook for attaching a helium balloon which might be something they add as well. Very festive!
Once the basic cake was completed I knew it needed a little something more so I went to the dollar store and bought the balloon weights in white. Since our colors are blue and white they were perfect for this application and at only $1.00 each very affordable.
I resized the entire package so that it was as large as I could make it using 12x12 card stock. To make the balloon weights work I made a hole in the center of the top two tiers of the cake so it would sit down inside the cake and the picks would look like they were spraying out of the top of the cake. Once that was done I designed a piece that would cover the hole in the top tier.
The card stock I used came from Joann's open stock. It is Coordinations Gemstones collection Pearl and Sapphire. I like this card stock because it has some texture and a slight shimmer which makes it look really rich.
Just a little tip on acquiring card stock. Regular price is $.79 to$.99 a sheet. I NEVER pay that much. I organize projects in my Silhouette that I want to make and I work up a list of what colors and how many of each color that I need. Then when the 60% off sale comes up I am ready to go shopping. This last time I also had a coupon for an additional 15% off so I was able to get my card stock for 75% off which reduced the price to $.20 to $.25 each. Ahhh! Much better. I know that thinking ahead doesn't always happen but when I can it saves me a lot of money so I thought I would share my system with you.
This project was fun to figure out and I am pleased with the final result. Let me know what you think.