Cards

Welcome to Brooklyn // a custom card project

I’ve been working on a custom card order for the last few weeks. I was asked to make about 50 small note cards for a friend who rents out their Brooklyn apartment on airbnb. I thought I’d share some of the process of creating the cards here.

Distress ink and stencil

After seeing some photos of the listing, I tried to tie in some of the decor, paint colors and the mid-century modern feel of the space. I was a little limited with some of the stencils and other supplies I had, so I had to get creative – sketching out some ideas and dusting off my Silhouette Cameo.

Brooklyn brainstorm

After some brainstorming (and my persistence about my love of a good watercolor wash background), we settled on a design that incorporated the Brooklyn Bridge and the sentiment “Welcome to Brooklyn.” I downloaded a font called Beyond the Mountains from dafont.com and cleaned it up a bit in my Silhouette software and set my cameo to work. I had it cut the word “welcome” for me and I then pieced  the letters together on the card. The “to Brooklyn” part of the sentiment I created quite easily in Word using another font I downloaded called Champagne & Limousines.

Welcome to Brooklyn

Miraculously, I also found a Tim Holtz NYC stamp that worked perfectly. This made it so that I wouldn’t have to sketch a scene of the bridge on each card, which was the original idea. Instead, I could just stamp, stamp, stamp.

Welcome to Brooklyn

I really like the final result! I love that each one is slightly different, and I think they turned out sufficiently Mid-Century modern-looking.

Welcome to Brooklyn

Only 40-something left to make!

Welcome to Brooklyn

kimberly

Inspiration

A Short NYC Getaway

I thought I’d share a few non-iphone photos from our 3 day trip to NYC at the beginning of July.

Central Park NYC

One of our first stops on the first day was Central Park. The weather was beautiful.

Central Park NYC

This view (also from Central Park) was one of my husband’s favorites. Something about how the building with the two towers was used in the movie Ghostbusters…

Times Square, NYC

Our hotel was in Times Square, and very close to Broadway (we saw Wicked on Broadway our second night in the City, it was fantastic).  We were close to just about everything, and Times Square at night is certainly a [very busy] sight to behold.

Martha Stewart at Today Show

On the morning of my birthday, the Hubby and I headed over to the Today Show Plaza near Rockefeller Center to catch the Today Show (my favorite)! As luck would have it, we managed to park ourselves right behind an area where Matt Lauer would be hosting a short segment with Martha Stewart. We took pictures of her, she took pictures of us, it was awesome.

Jeff Koons' Split Rocker

After the show, we walked around Rockefeller Center for a bit. Jeff Koons’ “Split Rocker” is on display in the center, covered in flowers. I can only imagine how lovely it will look when all of the flowers are in full bloom.

Food Truck in NYC

Food trucks galore in NYC. I wish we had more like this in New England.

Econo Lodge Times Square

This was our hotel in the City. In terms of price and location, it really can’t be beat. The staff was friendly and the room, although very small, was clean and had all of the necessities. Although it may lack a lot of the fancy frills that many pricey NYC hotels probably have, I found it to be a perfect place for D and I to stay. Saving on the hotel definitely allowed us to have more fun (and more food) elsewhere!

Top of the ROck, NYC

Later on in the day (on our second day), we headed back to Rockefeller Center to head to the Top of the Rock and take in some beautiful views of the NYC skyline. From the 69th (I think) floor we had great views of the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center site, the Statue of Liberty and the rest of lower Manhattan. On the north side of the roof deck were great views of uptown, including Central Park. That same night we went to see Wicked.

Mood Fabric NYC

Before we left Midtown on our last day, I decided I needed to have a fangirl moment and visit Mood Fabrics. Those of you who watch Project Runway will recognize this place right away. When the show is filmed in NYC, this is where the designers shop for their fabrics before challenges on the show! I even met the little dog, Swatch, who roams the store.

9/11 Memorial NYC

On our final day in the city, we took the subway downtown and visited the 9/11 Memorial. The memorial itself is breathtaking and does a great job in conveying a sense of sorrow, peace and resilience all at the same time.

9/11 Memorial Birthday Rose

At the memorial, a white rose is placed by the name of the deceased on what would have been their birthday.

City Hall Subway Station NYC

We took the subway to get to and from downtown (the R train I believe), as we were catching a train back toward home at Grand Central Station later that day.

New York Harbor

Our last little excursion was on the Staten Island Ferry. We had great views of the shoreline from the New York Harbor, and the ferry passes right by the Statue of Liberty. Best of all, the ferry is FREE and runs on a very convenient schedule, about every 30 minutes or so back and forth to Staten Island.

Staten Island Ferry Boat

We took the Ferry from Manhattan to Staten Island, then got off and back on again to head back to Manhattan. We rode the same ferry both times.

Life Jackets on Staten Island Ferry

I loved how the life jackets looked, stored overhead on the boat deck.

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty, in all her glory.

Although it was a short trip, it was a lot of fun. We packed a lot of sightseeing and activities into a few short (and HOT) days. I certainly dragged my husband all over midtown – and I love him for putting up with me. And…

Liberty-IslandI learned how to make a GIF, ya’ll! Ha. It’s actually not too difficult but I’m still proud of myself. This one isn’t too exciting, but I like it anyway.

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Inspiration

My Instagram Week

…well, a little bit more than a week’s worth of photos.  I took some vacation days from work for the first part of July, but my vacation officially started on Friday, June 27, at 5pm! I took the week off so that the hubby and I could go on a short trip to NYC to celebrate my birthday, but unbeknownst to me, the festivities started that Friday night with a surprise birthday party. I had absolutely no idea, it was great.

Lake Quinsigamond

A Friday night boat trip on the local lake

30th Birthday Cake

…The boat trip ended in a surprise 30th birthday party, complete with this delicious cake (from Sweet).

Shake Shack 8th Ave NYC

A few days later D and I headed to NYC. After getting off the train at Grand Central Station, our first stop was Shake Shack on 8th Ave.

Central Park

We walked off the burgers and fries by hoofing it up to Central Park. Then we hopped on a bike and had a tour around the whole area.

At the Today Show

The next morning we got up bright an early to stake out a spot on the Today Show plaza…

Martha Stewart

And then…MARTHA STEWART! We ended up standing right behind where she was doing a segment. She passed out cupcakes afterward. We made eye contact. It was magical.

NYC from the Top of the RockAn afternoon trip to the Top of the Rock. Beautiful views of the NYC skyline.

Wicked on BroadwayMy official birthday gift was going to see Wicked on Broadway. It was so, so amazing.

South West NY

Lots of great food, of course (@ South West NY)

African Burial Ground NPS

Our last day included a trip to the museum on the site of the African Burial Ground. After an earlier trip to the 9/11 Memorial, it was a very humbling day, indeed.

D and I in NYC

A trip on the Staten Island Ferry, and then it was back on the train home. A great trip.

Follow me on instagram @mrspelkey to see these (and more) photos in real time.

kimberly