Rustic Wedding

The summer seems to be flying by! Probably because there are lots of exciting life events happening in our family!  At the beginning of summer we celebrated my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary and my son’s graduation from college. Now we are busy preparing for his wedding! At the beginning of August, we held a bridal shower for my future daughter-in-law. They will be getting married on September 15, 2017! Now the invitations went out several months ago but, today, I wanted to take a moment to share them with you.

Yes, they are all handmade with love! My future daughter-in-law wanted me to design an invitation that had a rustic feel to it. I created variety of different samples for her and she fell in love with this one. We used neutral colors to create a soft yet natural look. The base of the inviation was created with crumb cake cardstock. This is a gate fold card so we cut the crumb cake cardstock at 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches and then scored it at 2-1/8 and 6-3/8 inches. We stamped a few images in the corners of the card front using Soft Suede ink and then colored in the flowers with a white watercolor pencil. Using the Sweet & Sassy Heart shaped framelits, we created a focal point for the center of the invitation using vellum and cardstock. Only the left side of the heart is attached to the left side of the invitation (so you can open it). 🙂  For the finishing touch, we added a Very Vanilla Trim wrap to the card.

The bride, her mom, and I got together to create these invitations. We even got the groom to join in. 🙂 We made about 75 in all. They turned out absolutely beautiful!  I promised her that I wouldn’t share the invitations on any of my crafting sites until I knew for sure that everyone had received theirs. Since the wedding is right around the corner, I think it’s safe for me to share them.  🙂

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Rose Buds

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Happy Valentine’s Day!  I thought I would share one more love-themed project with all of you…after all, it is Valentine’s Day 🙂  This is one of my favorite cards that I create one year ago today!  It showcases the Bird Builder punch and an elegant way to create a love-themed card for Valentine’s Day or any other love themed event.  Now the Bird Builder punch is a retired item but if you have it, or know someone that does, this is a fun card to make!

1.  Start with a piece of basic black cardstock for the base of your card. Cut an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of black cardstock in half. Cut at 4 1/4 inches (on the 8 1/2 inch side). You will end up with two card bases. Score the 11 inch side of one of the pieces at 5 1/2. Fold on the score line to create your card base.

2.  Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Stamp a little “love” sentiment in the bottom right hand corner of the white cardstock using black ink. Emboss the cardstock with the softly falling embossing folder and adhere this piece to your the front of your black card base.

3.  Cut out a medium-large size oval using the Oval Framelit set. Optional:  Complete a bit of paper piercing around the oval.

4.  For the Rose Buds:  Punch out 6 bird wings using Stampin’ Up’s bird punch and some cherry cobbler cardstock. You will be layering 3 of the wings together. Start by layering 2 of them, side by side, leaving a slight opening in between the tips of the wings. Take the 3rd wing and layer it behind the 2 wings so that the tip of the 3rd wing is in the middle of and slightly higher than the first 2. (Refer to the picture above). Use glue dots to adhere the 3 wings together. Repeat these steps to make your second rose bud.

5.  Punch out 2 branches with the bird punch, using always artichoke cardstock. Using a scissors, cut off the middle leaf in the branch. Adhere the branch to each of the rose buds as shown using glue dots.

6.  Adhere the roses and branches to the center of the white oval and embellish with a bit of ribbon. Tip:  I used Stampin’ Dimensionals for the oval and rose buds.

7.  Enjoy!

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Delicate Details Lace

Hello Stampin Friends! Today I have another fun “love themed” project to share and a great way to use your photopolymer stamps.  This particular project showcases the Delicate Details stamp set which is one of the FREE products you can choose, with a qualifying order, during Sale-a-bration.  Since I really love all things lacy and girlie, the Delicate Details stamp set was the first item on my Sale-a-bration list!  There are so many fun things that you can do with it!

This card was super simple to create! To make this card, start with a piece of basic black cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Grab your favorite ink color…in this case I used Real Red since I was busy making Valentine’s all week. However, you can use any color you prefer. And you can also use this design to create cards for just about any occasion, just change out the sentiment!

So you might have noticed that the Delicate Details stamp set has 5 different stamp images. Now you can stamp each image individually on your card or…you can stamp them all at once (which is the method I prefer). Simply lay all of the stamp images on your crafting table. Arrange them in any order that you prefer but be sure the flat surface is facing upwards and the image is facing downwards (on your table). I arranged them as close together as possible. Once you have the layout you like, take a large clear acrylic block and press it down onto all of the photopolymer stamps. When you pick up the block, your stamps will be neatly arranged and ready for stamping!  I love this little trick because the images will be identical no matter how many times I stamp them!

Lay the block down, as shown, and ink up the images with your preferred color. Practice stamping the images on a scrap piece of paper to ensure they appear the way you would like them to. If not, simply re-adjust them and practice again. When you are ready, take the white cardstock you cut earlier, ink up the images, and stamp them on the top of the cardstock, then re-ink the images and stamp them on the bottom of the cardstock. Leave a little space in the middle to stamp a sentiment!  For the finishing touch, embellish with some rhinestones and silver glimmer hearts! Enjoy!

 

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Falling in Love

Hello Stampin’ Friends! Today’s “love-themed” project was created with products from the Falling in Love Suite.  The products in this suite make it so simple to create beautiful cards for any celebration of love…like anniversaries! The patterns in the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper pack are absolutely stunning! I hope you enjoy this simple, yet beautiful project idea.

To create this card, start with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of one of the patterned papers in the Falling in Love DSP pack and adhere it to your card front. Take a lace doily and adhere it to the left side of the DSP as shown. Cut a  4 x 1-1/4 inch piece of vellum. Cut a 3-1/4 x 3/4 inch piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, stamp the “happy anniversary” sentiment on it, and snip the end into a banner. Use sahara sand ink. Adhere these pieces to the doily with a bit of SNAIL adhesive.  Cut a 4 inch strip of some of the Very Vanilla ribbon and tuck it under the bottom part of the doily.  Cut a 5 inch piece of Very Vanilla Lace Trim, fold in half, and secure it with glue dots as shown. For the finishing touch, add a little Falling In Love Embellishment. Enjoy!

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So Detailed

Hello Stampin’ Friends! Today’s project showcases the gorgeous So Detailed Thinlit Die set.  I love using detailed thinlit dies so I was super excited to see this set in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. This first thing that came to my mind was to design a wedding invitation. My son is getting married in September 2017 so that’s probably what led me down the path of wedding designs. 🙂  However, this set can be used to create a whole host of projects that can be used for just about any occasion! I was actually playing around with the design of this card a bit so let me show you a simple little trick to quickly and effortlessly change the look of this card.

Now this particular card was designed to be used as a wedding invitation but it can easily be used for an Anniversary or even a Birthday.  You can actually stamp the sentiments on the inside of the card as all of this decorative detail is on the front of the card. Yes, this card opens like a normal card…you don’t even have to untie the bow! I love the elegant look of white on white or, in this case, vanilla on vanilla. To make this card, start with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and set aside.

Using the large scalloped thinlit die, cut out two (2) decorative pieces from a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. Adhere one piece to the each side of the 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. The die actually gives you a little “flap” or solid piece of cardstock on the bottom (refer to pic) which allows you to easily fold adhere it to the a piece of cardstock. So I fold and adhered the “flap” around to the back of the 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Very Vanilla so that only the decorative part of the die was showing on the front. Then cut about a 12-14 inch piece of the 1/4″ Very Vanilla ribbon and wrap it around the middle of the 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of cardstock that has the decorative pieces adhered to it (make sure the piece is long enough for you to to tie a bow in the front). Take each end of the ribbon and thread it through a few openings in the decorative pieces on each side of the card; then tie and bow in the middle.  The decorative pieces will overlap slightly. Take the entire 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Very Vanilla cardstock that you just decorated and adhere it to a Very Vanilla card base.  For the finishing touch, add a little Falling In Love Embellishment!

To change up this card design, slide a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of your favorite patterned paper in between the decorative pieces and the Very Vanilla cardstock…and…voila…you have a whole new look! The project below is the exact same card I made above, the only difference is the addition of a piece of Falling In Love Designer Paper on the front. Get creative with it and enjoy!

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So In Love

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  I have started working on some Valentine’s Day and  “Love-Themed” cards using the Falling in Love product suite. Today we are going to focus on a “Love-Themed” project created with the Falling in Love product suite. If you haven’t seen the products in this suite, you need to check them out!  They are simply gorgeous and it’s one of my favorite product suites in the new catalog. Yeah, I know, I seem to have a lot of favorites! 🙂 The products in this suite focus on “love-themed” events like anniversaries and weddings. However,you could certainly use these products to create projects for other occasions as well. So today I want to share one of my favorite projects created with this suite.

To make this card, start with a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock for the base of your card. Randomly stamp some of the images from the “So in Love” stamp set on the front of your card base using Blushing Bride ink. Just a little tip: Stamp the images in a cluster, overlapping them slightly, to create an elegant background. Lay one of the Lace doilies over the stamped images. I recommend not adhering the doily until you have the desired amount of stamped images on the card. This gives you the ability to remove the doily and stamp a few more images to fill in the background. Once you have the desired look for your background, adhere the doily to the card with a few glue dots. Cut a few pieces of white ribbon and some lace trim just a little bit longer than the size of the doily; adhere them across the center of the doily.  Take some linen thread and make a few loops around your fingers with it. Slide the loops off and adhere the bunch of linen thread to the center of the doily; use glue dots to hold it in place. Stamp a sentiment on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Sahara Sand ink; stamp some leaf images over the sentiment using Blushing Bride ink. Cut the Very Vanilla cardstock into a banner and adhere over the ribbon, trim and linen thread as shown; use dimensionals to secure it.  For the finishing touch, add a little Falling in Love Embellishment! Enjoy!

 

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Wedding Shaker Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends! Today I have a fun shaker card to share with all of you!  This shaker card is unique in that it is a wedding card that was created with products from the holiday catalog!  Yes, you can create more than just holiday cards with the products in the catalog.  The product bundle is called Shake & Celebrate. There are a variety of images in this set that can be used to create awesome shaker cards for many different occasions! Birthdays, Christmas and, yes, even weddings! The possibilities are endless!

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To make this card, start with a piece of basic black cardstock for the base of your card.  Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Take the large framelit that looks like a fancy layered cake and place it in the center of the white cardstock. Cut out the image using your big shot or other embossing machine. Place the white cardstock in the Pretty Paisley Embossing Folder, be sure to emboss around the cake you cut out. Stamp the decorative scroll and sentiment images on the cake, as shown, using black ink.

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Flip the white cardstock over and adhere a 3 x 4 inch piece of a window sheet over the cake image that you cut out with the framelits.002

Outline each of the layers of the cake with dimensionals. The new foam adhesive strips work the best for this!

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Fill each section of the cake in with some white colored mica flakes. Carefully peel off the paper from the adhesive strips and then adhere a 3 x 4 inch piece of white cardstock over the top of the mica flakes.

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Adhere this piece to your black card base using foam adhesive strips. For the finishing touch, embellish the cake with a few pearls and a bow. Enjoy!

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Love-Themed Cards

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Good Morning!  Today I have a short little video vignette showcasing some fabulous Love-Themed cards.  Perfect for weddings, anniversaries or any other “love-themed” occasion! These cards were designed by some talented demonstrators as part of a swap I participated in.  Enjoy the video!

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Brides & Babies

Today I want to share some of the fun cards I received in this month’s team swap!  Every month our team gets together for a bit of stamping fun!  We always swap cards with each other and there is usually a theme.  This month’s theme was Brides and Babies. We had the option to design either a wedding or baby card.  I chose to design a wedding card (which I shared with you the other day) but most of my team decided to design baby cards…and they were simply adorable!  Check them out…

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Aren’t they adorable?  The cards showcase a variety of fun stamp sets, colors and techniques!  Now we also had a few cards created with the bride in mind.  These cards were just as fabulous and the baby ones.  I especially love the white on white look as it is so elegant for weddings or anniversaries.  Check them out…

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Springtime seems to be the time of year for brides and babies.  We are expecting the arrival of our new granddaughter any day now!  In fact, my daughter is overdue already!  Hopefully she will grace us with her presence very soon.  And now I have plenty of fun baby card ideas to choose from to help welcome her into the world. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Wedding Wishes

botanical builder weddingGood Morning! Brides and Babies was the theme of this month’s swap for our demonstrator team get together!  Now who doesn’t love brides and babies? 🙂  Of course I love them both, but decided to create a wedding themed card for the swap since I haven’t put one together in a long time.  This particular card showcases the beautiful flowers from the Botanical Builders Framelit dies along with the wedding wishes sentiment from the Rose Wonder stamp set. It is a very simple card to create.

Start with a piece of whisper white card stock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white card stock and cut out an oval in the center. Now you can use any type of shape to cut out the center so grab whatever framelits you have on hand.  Once you cut out the oval, emboss the entire piece with your favorite embossing folder; I used the new elegant dots. Adhere this piece to your card front with some snail adhesive. Stamp a little wedding sentiment in the upper part of your oval using black ink. You could also emboss a sentiment inside the oval…silver or gold embossing powder would look fabulous! Once your have completed these steps, start cutting out all of the flowery images in the Botanical Builders Framelit set.  I used every single flower and 2 different styles of leaves on this project but you can use any of the framelits you like!  Assemble the flowers and add a few pearls to the center of each; I used 3 different flowers on this card. Adhere a leaf on the left side of the oval and another leaf on the lower right side of the oval. Then simply embellish the space in between with your flowers. That’s it! Enjoy!

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