Friday, May 18, 2012

My Big Fat Wedding Blog Hop

Welcome to My Big Fat Wedding Blog Hop. We are a group of a talented ladies who love paper crafting (well most of us) and will be show casing Our Amazing Creations along they way.  If you are visiting from Tammy then you are

in the right place, If not, please go and start from the beginning at Vanessa

Blog Hop Giveaway is............ $10.00 Gift Card fom Ginger Snaps Scraps

Here is what I came up with:

Nautical Wedding Invitation

     Now that I have been to the wedding shower and know everyone has received their invitations I can finally share the process!Becca wanted a nautical theme, not a beach theme so we looked for ships, anchors, and ship's wheels. Thankfully Provo Craft has Life's A Beach and I was able to find all that I needed along with Imagine More.
     I presented her with the idea of a pocket type card to hold the reply card, reception and direction cards as well as the main invitation. I found the perfect kit by Wilton called the "String Of Pearls".

     This was a perfect selection for the outside since it had a wonderful crisp white with a nice satin sheen to it.
     This layout was just perfect for what we were looking for. It was very neat and organized and had a nice bead border almost like roping. The nice thing about this is that the template allowed me to change the font color and style so I could really customize these. Her colors are like a navy and a nice fresh green color so they were a very refreshing color to work with.
     Ready for the finished product? Here ya go:
     I started by adding a band of navy satin ribbon. ( My oldest daughter suggested it. Hey ya gotta give credit where it is due, right!).   I had found this roping at A.C. Moore in the yarn section. It has a nice satin sheen to it as well so it was just right for a classy wedding invitation. The image is from Imagine more and I changed the outer ring color to a more navy color but kept the inner ring and ship the same. This was cut @ 2" but I separated the layers but kept them at relative size so that everything was proportionate. I used a glue dot to secure the rope and image but made sure to bring the rope thru the ring.
     Here's the inside. Tada!!! First I used the Imagine More cart again. I chose the cut and print option and cut a 5"x7" with the same patterned paper as the inner ring of the life preserver. How cool is that? The outer layer is a blue card stock that also has a sheen. I bought that at Michael's from their recollections collection.In order to keep with the nautical theme I cut an anchor from Life's A Beach @ 1.25. Since I had to make 100 invitations I wanted to save some money on this project. There wasn't any silver card stock with the right color I wanted so I went to the canvas section @ M's and found this poster board for $4.00. I just cut it to 12x12 so I had 4+ sheets to work with. (Maybe there will be a lot of silver in my Christmas cards this year!)
     Once everything was printed it tucked neatly into the pocket. The only thing I would do different would be to add a silver compass on the directions card. BTW speaking of directions card. The front has directions to the church and the back has directions to the reception. Rather than buy more cards to use for the back, I cut some card stock the same size,printed the directions and used my ATG gun to glue them together.

   This is how the guests received their invitations. ( even though they were hand stamped, thank USPS for the wrinkled appearance, grrr). Bet you were wondering where the ships wheel I was talking about went to. Here is where it ended up! It is also from Life's A Beach and is also cut at 1.25". The circle behind it is from a circle punch with the leftover scraps from the blue background paper.
Becca had purchased these cute silver ships as part of the favors so everything just sort of fell into place. I had used the same RGB codes so all the font colors were the same from the invitation to the place cards.
I will leave you with one final picture. Of course it is of the wedding cake. Although I had nothing to do with this, I wanted to show you how wonderfully everything continued to carry out the theme.
As you can see the border includes small anchors.
Next you should head over to Jennifer and show her some love! Thank you so much for stopping by.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Kimono Birthday Card

     Happy Monday morning! I hope you all had a wonderful Mothers' Day. Mine was quiet and subdued which is wonderful. I am a floral designer and next to Valentines' Day, Mothers' Day is our next busiest holiday so I am always glad to sleep in and have a lazy day.
     If you are familiar with My Cricut Craft Room, then you know we get to strut our stuff with either a Letter of the week, our Imagine or the online FREE CCR by Provo Craft. Today I am going to show you one of the CCR digital carts that are for purchase @ I used the Chinese Letters.

       The thumbnail  highlights the Chinese Letter that symbolizes "Friend". The fan is from Ashlyn's Alphabet on page 54 and was cut @ 1.5", I highlighted it with gold stickles and added some red pearls on the holes on the fan. The "friend" was cut both shadow and symbol @ 1.25".
     Are you ready to see what I did with the fan and Letter? 
     I made a card of course, lol! I used a 5"x7" card for the base. The Kimono is from Pagoda and was cut @ 2.83 x 3.50 with both image and shift keys. You can find this on page 73. I love texture so I used the cuttlebug folder of chinese lanterns to kind of tie this card's theme together.I also used a stamp of a lantern that I had. The Happy Birthday is another rub on that I had. A few rhinestones and this card is all blinged up!!
     If you are looking for any of the products that I used here, you can find them over @ Erica's Shop. She has all sorts of goodies over there and best of all they are on SALE. Thank you Erica!!! Her sale runs the whole month of May so you won't want to miss out.

Please use the code 33 for 33% off your orderworks on everything not already marked down except Cricut and Cuttlebug products.

     Please pop back over to Erica's Blog and see what the rest of the team has to share. I am always amazed at what my fellow DT members create.