Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wedding Invitations

     A few weeks ago a friend and member of our small group Bible study contacted me about helping her daughter with her wedding invitations.  Her daughter had an idea in mind using lace as a belly band and wanted to incorporate a vintage style post card with a special picture on it for the reply card. She wanted to know if I thought her ideas were do-able as well as asking me if I thought her daughter could do it herself.  She went on to ask if I would consider helping.  Well I love a good challenge and I have never done wedding invitations.
     At the initial meeting with this young couple I knew I would do whatever I could to help them.  He proposed to her under a tree on a property near where he grew up in the Northeast.  They very adamantly wanted to use a picture of the tree on the response card, and create a vintage look.  I had recently acquired PicMonkey for photo editing (a great program) and decided to incorporate the use of my Silhouette Cameo as well.  I created the post card.....and it looked pretty decent......but I pinned I realized that the tree would probably look just as good on the invite.  The bride to be had informed me she wasn't the fru-fru type gal and the postcard had such a dominating look.  Soooo, I put together a prototype invite using the tree in the background.  Yep, it was a success.  We still used the tree on the front of the response card, but we put it in the invite face down so people could see both the information card and response card when the invitation was opened.

    Today we assembled the invites with the lace belly band and some twine (all part of the original idea) - we did decide during the planning process that there needed to be a little more on the front and decided on a monogram - once again done using my Silhouette (I'm telling you I LOVE this machine).  This whole project has been great fun and I have learned tons about using PicMonkey and my Silhouette. I'm happy, the brides happy, the mother of the bride is happy, life is good.

Supplies:  PicMonkey Photo Editor, Cameo Silhouette, Lace, Computer, twine

Saturday, August 17, 2013

It's 5 o'clock somewhere

    This little card is in answer to a challenge by a friend over at Splitcoaststampers.  She decided it was time for a little Jammer Town fun........Jammer Town for those not familiar with the term is when we crazy stampers spend the day in (gasp) our jammies craft all day and make up stories about our cards (you can click on the link and see some of our saneness).  Its my Birthday this weekend so I rightly feel I should be able to do what ever I wish and stamping is high on that list.
     Blooms aka Pat posted a menu from The Redneck Gourmet  located here in the great State of Georgia.  Several of us have let that menu inspire us to make cards and create some yarns about it.  Mostly I joined in on this because she "Double Dawg Dared" us to ---- now I don't know about you but when I get a "Double Dawg Dare" I joins in.
     I recently purchased these cute little stamps at the Scrapbook Convention from the Rubbernecker booth.  Then as a Birthday present to myself I went to my favorite little stamp store in Roswell and got some new supplies.  This card is cut using a die from Ann's Paper Art.  It is really for use as a stitching stencil, but it comes with about 5 other dies that are great for cards - the card shape and the sentiment shape were both cut using dies from this set.  I also indulged myself with a little Graphics 45 paper, wanting a ribbon to go with the paper, and having the right color but wrong size I decided to create my own little paper bow.  A first and I kinda like it.

Challenges:  All Sorts Challenge #220 use new stash

Supplies:  Graphics 45 Paper, Rubbernecker Stamps, Ann's Paper Art dies, Gold Leafing Pen

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