Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Bridal Shower and Wedding Cards

This summer we had two friends get married... which gave me the opportunity to make some fun cards!  First, here is my bridal shower card.

I wanted to make a card incorporating one of the bride svgs in the "Kate's Silhouettes" kit from, as well as the concept of a "shower" of love.  Using white cardstock as my base I stamped the hearts in VersaMark ink and then used some red embossing powder to give them dimension and shine.  I created the background using distress inks and ranger's foam applicators.  I masked some areas off with cloud shapes too.  I cut out the bride and dress svg using my Cricut and SCAL2. The dress I embossed using my Big Shot and the Sizzix flower folder.   I rubbed Ranger's Perfect Medium (which comes in the kit with the Perfect Pearls) all over the dress and then wiped on the Perfect Pearls powder.  To adhere the powder to the dress permanently I sprayed it with hairspray.  The umbrella is a font from WC Sold Out E bta which I downloaded free from  Finally the sentiment I created in Microsoft Word and printed onto white cardstock.  I added some pearls and a diamond to the bouquet for some extra sparkle.   

I think this card conveyed the idea that I wanted the bride to be "Showered in Love"!
But, in case my card front didn't get the message across, here is the inside of the card.
I sure wish I hadn't spelled Forecast wrong! Oh well!!

And here is a close up:

Products Used
Stamp: Fiskars "Thank You" set (Heart)
Embossing Folder: Sizzix Flowers (Dress)
Ink: Distress Ink (Broken China, Faded Jeans, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint), VersaMark
Additional: Perfect Pearls & Perfect Medium, Sticky Pearls
SVGs: "Kate's Silhouettes" (Bride), font "WC Sold Out E bta" letter n (umbrella)

And here are the wedding cards!

The bride's favorite flowers are Sunflowers, so I had to make her a card using the awesome 3D SVG sunflower from!  I used some metallic ink on the ends of the sunflower centers and used some yellow Perfect Pearls to add the simmer in the middle of the flowers.  I used SCAL2 to create the cut out names.  I made the background paper using a direct to paper technique with both Mustard Seed and Wild Honey distress inks.  Then I stamped the sunflower image in Tea Dye Distress Ink.  I also used a filigree stamp (which is hard to see in the picture) with the Mustard Seed ink.  

And here is the inside of the card.  Like I usually do, I simply typed up what I wanted the card to say in Word and printed it out on my laser printer.  It is really easy to do this and I think it makes the card look more professional.

Products Used
Stamps: Fiskars "Family" set (filigree), PSX "E-2564" (flower)
Ink: Distress Ink (Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Tea Dye), Brilliance (Cosmic Copper)
Additional items: ribbon, brads, perfect pearls (perfect gold) 

Here is another quick wedding card I recently made.  

The bird image is a SVG from the "banner day" svg set from, which is a fabulous website!  Both birds were cut on white cardstock.  I inked the birds with Anirondack Alcohol Inks. I made the blue bird using a mixture of "Stream" and "Pearl" and the green bird using "Pearl" and "Lettuce".  It was my husband's idea to mix-match the wings, which I love!  The top of the wings are adhered with glue and the bottom of them is adhered with foam dimensionals, so the wings are lifting off the page.  

Products Used
Stamps: PTI Mega Mixed Messages (Love), Studio g ditto (Botanical Background)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Brilliance (Platinum Planet), Adirondack Alcohol Ink (Lettuce, Stream, Pearl)
Patterned Paper: K&Company (Pink Posey)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Candy and Cookie Tables

I wanted to share some photos today of the awesome goodies that were at the party.  We had both a cookie and candy table!  It doesn't get much better than that!  

The cookies were made by great family friends - a mother and daughter duo. They spent so much time making all of these amazing cookies, and each and every one was delicious!

And here is a platter of buttery heavenly goodness... quite possibly the best cookie ever made.  Ward couldn't even keep his hands out of them for the picture to be taken! 

It wouldn't be a party without a bunch of candy, right? My mom, her best friend Deb and I headed to the b.a Sweetie Candy Company, which is a huge candy warehouse in Cleveland.  They have any type of candy you can think of.  If you are looking for throw-back candy, that is the right place to find anything.  

For example, when I was there I had to buy a pack of candy cigarettes. 

 I haven't seen them in the stores since I was a kid, for obvious reasons!  I mean, really?  Candy cigarettes?! Who thought that one up?  Anyways!  I remember my friend Lesley and I pretending to be waitresses in my basement (rollerskating waitresses to be exact) and we had those candy cigarettes in our mouths!  We were so cool! :o)  But, they did not live up to my memory of them.  They taste like chalk!

Here are some photos of the candy table in all of its glory! 
Doesn't looking at it make you want something sweet in your mouth? 

 Cowtails, Rolos, chocolate covered pretzels, Tootsie Pops, Sixlets, Good & Plenty, red licorice twists (my favorite!), Starbursts, dark chocolate M&Ms, fruit slices, etc.  

My mom's completely incredible idea = use kids garden tools as candy scoops!  They were the perfect fit for our Spring/Flowery theme.  Way to go Mom!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. :D
Don't forget - comments are always welcome and appreciated!  

Friday, June 17, 2011

Party Decor

The party my mom and I threw for my brother and sister-in-law to celebrate their marriage was a huge success!  Here is a photo of the happy couple at the party!  
Ward and Lisa - I love you guys! 
My mom has worked at The University of Akron for over 23 years now. When we were discussing where to have the party she had the stellar idea to have the party at the new football stadium on the Club Level!  

Here is the view of the stadium.  Isn't it magnificent?! 

I made the place cards by cutting 12x12 paper to the desired size and using my Martha Stewart Score board to fold them.  Then I stamped the boarder stamp using various inks in my ColorBox Paintbox (Pastel).  Then I stamped the cute little flowers in Memento Tuxedo Black.  The flower stamp is from Hampton Art's "We make a Great Pair" set.   To finish them I hand wrote the guests' names on the outside and the table numbers on the inside.   

That brings me to the table numbers.  My mom found a bunch of little frames in her basement that she purchased from Marc's a while ago and she gave them to me.  I didn't know what I would ever do with them... but when I was contemplating the need for table numbers at the party, I found the perfect use for them.
 Here is a sample of what the frames looked like before.  

I thought they would look awesome painted black and with the table numbers inside them.

I cut out a bunch of numbers in different colors and fonts with SCAL and the Cricut.  I also cut out some fun papers to fit inside the various sizes of frames and started assembling.  I love how they turned out!  It was a great way to use these little frames.  These are some of the finished products:

 Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  Don't forget - comments are always welcome and appreciated!  I'll be back in tomorrow with more fun stuff from this party!! :o) 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Graduation Congratulations!

Wow - I can't believe it has been two months since I last posted.  So much has been going on!  I have a ton of pictures all edited and ready to post... so stay tuned.  I will be posting frequently!!

What do you think of my blog's new look? I created the header and blog background, as well as other elements all on my own! I have never taken a HTML code course - so I had to teach myself.  As for creating the digital background, I learned so much from this awesome tutorial on the blog Kevin & Amanda.  I used various digital scrapbooking papers and elements from Summertime Designs, which offers tons of free kits.  And finally - I used a file from my favorite website, SVG Cuts, for the awesome girl silhouette in my header!  I used the free program, GIMP2, which is the most amazing free resource I have ever come across.  

Today I wanted to share two of my most recent cards, which were for cousins who both just graduated from college.  I used the freebie image from called Graduation Cuddly Friends to make these cards.  

My husband has a great cousin, Patrick, who is my only family member currently following my blog... in fact he was one of my first ever followers!  So I'd like to say a huge THANK YOU Pat for all of your support!! :o)  About a week ago Pat graduated from Zane State College!!  Here is the card I made for him:

I've had this 12x12 congratulations paper forever, and finally found a great use for it!  I inked it with Broken China Distress Ink so it would match Zane State's colors.  I embossed the graduation cap and gown with my Sizzix Diamonds Texturz plate using my Big Shot.  Then I inked the embossed areas lightly with the Broken China ink.  I colored the skin using Copic marker E00 and simply free handed the face.  The eyes were made using various punches I have.  Finally, my Cricut is not cutting very accurately anymore so I wasn't able to cut out the diploma SVG that came with this file without it looking terrible.  So - I made my own diploma by simply rolling paper and stamping it with the Congrats to the Grad sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Mega Mixed Messages.  I also stamped the envelope with a rubber stamp.  

I really loved how this card turned out... so I couldn't stop there.  I decided to make another one, this time for my cousin Hilary who just graduated from Bowling Green State University.  Here is her card:

I made this card using the same techniques, just switched up the colors and a few other elements.  I used the Sizzix Dots embossing folder on the cap and gown.  Once I did that I thought it still wasn't feminine enough so used a flourish stamp to add some subtle detail. 

Here is a close up of the cards:

Here is a photo of the inside of the cards.  I used Inkscape to trace the logos and cut them in SCAL2.

Products Used
Stamps: PTI Mega Mixed Messages (Sentiment), Fiskars Family (Flourish), River City Rubber Works "Graduation Hand & Hats" (just the hats part)
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Broken China, Wild Honey, Walnut Stain), Memento Black
Copics: E00 (skin), Y21 (blonde hair), B00 & YR04 (detail on tassels)
Embossing: Sizzix Diamonds Texturz, Sizzix Dots Folder
Ribbon: Darice (Halloween Fun)