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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Rustic Home Decor

This past weekend we had a bridal shower for my future daughter-in-law! They have chosen a rustic theme for their wedding so, naturally, the shower was all decked out in rustic style decor. I made a special little gift for them and it was all wrapped up in this pretty little package. The new Wood Textures Designer Series Paper was the perfect DSP to use for this shower. I mean, what can be more rustic looking than actual wood, right? 🙂

And of course, the gift was handcrafted with a variety of different rustic themed products from Stampin’ Up! I had so much fun creating this gift for them. It’s a little home decor piece that is personalized for the bride and groom. I was going to save it for their wedding but decided that I couldn’t wait! lol

Do you remember the herringbone pattern that I shared with you a few weeks ago! Well, that is the pattern I used to create the backdrop for this piece. The bride loved the gift! I really enjoy creating personalized gifts. This home decor piece is super simple to make too. You just need an alphabet stamp set with your favorite style of letters and some fun things to embellish it with. Oh, and you also need a frame. I actually used an old frame that I had lying around. Worked perfect! It will be a wonderful keepsake for them for years to come!

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Floral Statements

Flowery images and wood grain products seem to work very well together. This past week I showcased a variety of flowery images on the new Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. I found that by adding a white or vanilla flowery embellishment to a card with wood grain paper really makes it pop! The same is true for cards created with different shades of brown…like this card. The little touches of vanilla on this card seem to draw out the images and add just the right touch!

To make this card, start with a piece of Early Espresso (or Chocolate Chip) cardstock. Emboss the front of the card with the new Pinewood Planks embossing folder. Cut a 2-3/4 x 4-1/2 inch piece of Crumb Cake cardstock. Stamp the “HELLO” image from the Floral Statements stamp set onto the Crumb Cake cardstock using Early Espresso ink. Sponge a bit of cumb cake ink all over the image as this will give it a rustic or worn look. Color in the petals of the flowers using a white pencil. Tuck a little piece of a doily under the crumb cake cardstock and adhere the entire piece to your card front with a few dimensionals. For the finishing touch, embellish with some pearls!

 

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Climbing Orchid

Orchids are such beautiful and elegant flowers. So I was super excited to see the Climbing Orchid Stamp Set in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog! It was definitely top on my wish list! This set provides a unique ability to build up the orchids with as many or as few layers as you like.  And when you combine the orchids with new Wood Textures Designer Series Paper you have an elegant yet rustic look.

My daughter, Tiffany, actually came up with this design. We used it to create a variety of invitations for my future daughter-in-law’s upcoming bridal shower. My son and his fiance chose a rustic theme for their wedding so this set was perfect for creating their bridal shower invites! Of course, I loved my daughter’s design so much that I just had to recreate it! The Orchid Builder Bundle makes it easy to create beautiful cards like this! I used Very Vanilla for the base of the card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of one of the wood texture DSP patterns. There are a variety of different wood patterns in the DSP pack so play around with it and choose the pattern that you like best. Stamp some orchids on a scrap piece of very vanilla cardstock and cut them out. You can layer the orchids as much as you like! For this card I just used two layers…the flower and the yellow middle. Stamp the stems on your card and add the flowers. I also did a little heat embossing, with white embossing powder, for the sentiment. Then embellish as desired! You will love it!

 

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