Sunday, April 18, 2010

Come Party and See Rock City

With the warm spring weather, singing birds, and blooming flowers and trees, party time here means a casual outdoor party.  A red and white color scheme would be cheery and so easy to accomplish with red a white checked tablecloths easy to find and red bandanas as inexpensive napkins. These ideas along with several challenges are the inspiration for this invitation and party favor. The bird house is a template by Nichole Heady found here.


I know guests here would be delighted with this favor with a few chocolates nestled inside. I'm not sure if their delight would result from the chocolates or the reference to the tourist attraction  Rock City near Chattanooga, Tennessee, which is about two hours away. You can read about the history of Rock City here. When Rock City opened in the early 30s, the advertising campaign was quite simple--farmers' barns were painted with the simple message--See Rock City. From Michigan to Florida and Texas, one man, painted the barns to promote Rock City. You can read more about the history of these barns here. Many of these painted barns are still around today.



While not everyone can have a barn painted, anyone can have a souvenir bird house such as these.



And if you come to my party, you can have a tiny bird house with a treat inside.
So are you ready to come party or visit Rock City? If you visit Rock City, let me know what you think because I have never been.  I've seen the barns. I 've seen the birdhouses. But I've never seen Rock City.

This card and favor are linked to these challenges:
*Papertrey Peeps
*Embellish Magazine
*Compose a Card Challenge #9
*The Shabby Tea Room

Supplies:
Stamps: Background Basics-Botanicals,Bird Watching(PTI); sentiment- Mouse Party(Crafty Secrets)
Ink: Pure Poppy (PTI), Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Kraft, True Black, Pure Poppy(PTI)
Other:  Rutstic Jute Twine(PTI), Ribbon (Hobby Lobby), Plantin School Book Cricut Cartridge

18 comments:

  1. Love your birdhouse! Did Terri give us a birdhouse challenge? Or is it great minds . . .
    And I've seen the barns. Have a fabulous party!

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  2. Very pretty! Thanks for joining us in the Tea Room this week. I hope you can come back again tomorrow to give the new challenge a try :)

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  3. What a very interesting story and what cute creations you have come up with! Thanks for playing along with us at The Shabby Tea Room.

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  4. What a cute idea for the challenge. Love your little birdhouse! And your card works beautifully for Becky's challenge!

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  5. Oh I was squealing when I opened your post, of COURSE I remember the signs on the rooftops for Rock City, we'd see them on the drive down to Florida as we went on the path towards TN. And such a cute idea! Great use of the birdhouse. Red and white is such a classic too, that card is sweet as well.

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  6. What a great set!! LOVE the mix of patterns on your card, too! :)

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  7. I'd love to come to your party and walk away with one of those birdhouses! Your birdhouse box is so cute! Love your card too. Reminds me of a summer picnic cloth.

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  8. Gorgeous card and birdhouse Cammie!

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  9. Awww! Not only have I been to THAT Rock City Cammie, but we have two more Rock City's up here in NY/PA both within an hours drive of me. One is very touristy, as it has been in operation since 1890, and the other is only welll-known to locals because it is very hidden. One of my favorite places to go!

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  10. That card is just gorgeous, Cammie! I love the blocks of patterned paper! Cute bird house :)

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  11. Great job on both of them! Thanks for playing along. I look forward to seeing your challenge for us next!

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  12. I remember seeing signs like that when we drove up from Atlanta when I was a kid! I adore your projects! Thanks for playing along with us at Embellish!

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  13. AWESOME birdie house treat boxes! Love the card too!
    Angela xxx.

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  14. What a neat story. Advertising before the internet. Great favors!

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  15. Cammie - what a delightful post to read and what beautiful projects! I love your card and YES I would love to come and join you and take home one of those utterly gorgeous party favours! :0)

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  16. Love the card, love the birdhouse...and the story to go along is the cherry on top!

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  17. I absolutely love your card and the bird house! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing the note about Rock City... I would love to go too!
    And Thanks for playing along with us!

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