Aug 17 2011

Wedding programs

OK…last day of my Wedding projects.  Well maybe…I have some favors that didn't make the cut.  I may pull those out later and show them off.  I still think they were cute!


This is the last thing that I did…the programs.  I set them up thru Publisher in a tri-fold program…no stamping on them.  The ribbons around the bundles are just holding them in place until we got to the church.  I told you I used one of the centerpiece flowers from the Rehearsal Dinner in a different way!  I added the ribbon thru the weaves of my Longaberger Basket, then tied on White Bakers Twine around the back of the brad, pulled it thru the basket and tied it off.  I think it really helped to decorate the front of the basket!



Here is another closeup of the flower.  I still have a couple of these left!  You can get a flower FREE with a $40 online or email order.  I'll include a step-by-step photo tutorial on how I made my flowers, too!  Offer good while supplies last!  EMAIL ME today or ORDER ONLINE NOW!



Here is what the inside of the program looked like…I was able to use their monogram again on the inside flap!  The rest included the wedding party, the wedding program and the thank you page.  We printed off 220 of these on White Cardstock, then scored them into the tri-fold!



And, here is one last look of the flowers from the Reception.  I took home several bundles and they STILL look great!  I've been enjoying them for 10 days now!



I hope you've enjoyed my walk thru the wedding!  I'll be back to normal blogging tomorrow with the Create with Connie and Mary challenge!  Thanks for all your nice comments!  I've enjoyed hearing what you think!

Aug 16 2011

Growing Green Table Tents and Place Holders

OK…here is Part 6 of my Wedding projects.  Yes, really, I have been stamping other things BESIDES wedding stuff, but that did consume quite a bit of my time over the past few months as you can imagine! 


These were the Table Numbers and Place Holders I made to coordinate with the rest of the wedding ensemble.  The Table Numbers are two-side tents…so the attendees could see the number from either side.  We had the Place Holders out on a table outside the reception room so that people could find their name and know what table number to go to.  Of course, since we had 207 guests, I made 210 Place Holders and 25 Table Tents.



I used more Melon Mambo cardstock for the base on each.  The Table Tent is 4 1/4 x 8 1/2" and score in half.  The Whisper White piece is 4×4 and I stamped Stampin' Up!'s Growing Green stamp set flowers in Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie in the bottom left corner.  I cut a 3" circle of Melon Mambo, then added the Simple Alphabet Numbers in Night of Navy.  The Place Card Holder, I printed the names on the computer with their Table #, cut them out and stamped the Growing Green flowers, too.  Then adhered it to the Melon Mambo base.


Here are Ross and Allie at the Reception.


Here are a few photos of the reception and cake before everyone came in!





One more day of Wedding projects and I think that will wrap it up!   Hope you stop by tomorrow!



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Aug 15 2011

Candy Wrapper Wedding Favors

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  We had our downline meeting yesterday…our Convention Round Up…always fun to see stamping friends and do great M&T projects.


So…we are on Part 5 of my wedding projects.  This was the most time-consuming of all of them.  We did over 240 of these favor boxes…somehow we lost count and actually did about 30 more than we needed!  But…at the time, we didn't have an exact number of how many were coming.  Allie and her mom were a big help with these.  Allie and I sat and cut and embossed them all, then a couple of Allie's cousins helped to put them together.  I went back and tied on the tag with ribbon.  We filled them with the miniature Smooth and Creamy pastel candies…YUMMY!



I used the Candy Wrapper L Bigz Die in the Big Shot with Melon Mambo cardstock.  I then put it back thru the Big Shot with the Elegant Lines Impressions Folder to emboss.  TIP:  Before putting in to emboss, I creased all the main score lines to make sure that the embossing folder didn't obliterate the score lines.  This made it easier to put them together.


I wrapped the Navy Polka Dot Ribbon around and tied on a Decorative Label Punch with their monogram.  We had a second tag underneath that said "Thank you for sharing in our special day" that you can't see in this picture.


Here is what 220 of them look like in a plastic tub ready to go to the reception!



Love this picture…Ross's first look at Allie in her BEAUTIFUL dress coming down the aisle!  She is gorgeous!  The Best Man standing next to Ross is Adam, our oldest son who got married last year.  The other groomsman smiling is Brad, Allie's twin sister's husband.



Then Ross and Allie at the altar.  These photos were taken by a friend at the wedding.



Allie and my other daughter-in-law, Beth.  Isn't her dress GORGEOUS!!!  I have two beautiful daughter-in-laws now!




More photos tomorrow…are you sick of wedding stuff yet?  lol!


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Aug 12 2011

Flower Centerpieces

OK, Part 4 of the wedding projects.  I was REALLY happy with how these small centerpieces turned out.  I knew the tables at the Rehearsal dinner would be full with dishes, so I wanted something fairly small and compact.  The dishes measure 8" square and 2 1/2" high.  I combined a couple different Scallop Circle flower ideas I've done in the past, with a little of the one that Lee Conrey showed me.  I wanted mine to lay flat and have small center petals so I could add the Pumpkin Pie color.  They really are gorgeous in person!  Don't worry, I have a class coming up SOON where we will be making several DIFFERENT types of paper flowers!  Mark your calendar for September 16th!


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I found the square dish bowls at the local H**L** store…they actually are acrylic but look like glass!  I filled the bottom with the white, clear and frosted florist marbles…so bridal looking!  On top, I made the flower from Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie cardstock and the Flower Folds XL Die and Fancy Flower Punch with a Clear Rhinestone Brad in the center.  I used Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz over the flower to make it shimmery!  I added a couple Old Olive leaves and used the Smooch Spritz on them, too.



Here is a look at some of them sitting on my table and ready to go!




I'll be showing off another way I used one of these flowers a little later next week!


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Aug 10 2011

Matchbox Rehearsal Favors

OK…ready for Part 3 of my wedding projects?  We are still at the Rehearsal Dinner.  Here are the favors that were sitting at each person's place!


I used the Stampin' Up! Matchbox Die…the base is Night of Navy cardstock and the sleeve is Melon Mambo.  I ran the Melon Mambo thru the Big Shot with the Elegant Lines Impressions Folder.  I wrapped the Polka Dot Ribbon (non-SU) around and secured under the flower.  I made the white flower with 4 of the 2 3/8" Scallop Circles and one of the Fun Flowers that were dampened, and molded into a white hydrangea looking flower.  The center is a Clear Rhinestone Jewel brad.  I stamped Just for You from Stampin' Up!'s Oval All stamp set with Night of Navy Classic Ink on Whisper White and punched with the Large Oval Punch.  The flower and oval are popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.



Inside I wrapped 4 different types of Hershey Nuggets with white label sleeves that I stamped with the Fabulous Florets in Melon Mambo and Growing Green Pumpkin Pie flowers.



Here is a look with all 32 ready to go to the dinner.  It was HOT that day (90s), so we had to make sure to keep them cool so the chocolate didn't melt all over the place!



I love the fluffy flowers…and everyone LOVED them!  I didn't see a single one left on the table!  Allie and Ross made a little speech and were so appreciative of the little touches.  I certainly appreciated Allie and her mom's help with everything…although these were kept a surprise!


Stop by Friday…I'll have the centerpieces to show you!  Tomorrow is our Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  Don't miss it! 



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Aug 09 2011

Wedding Rehearsal Invitation

OK…OK…I've updated yesterday's post HERE with a few of the portfolio and invitation measurements since I've received a ton of requests!


Next in my reveal of the wedding goodies is the invitation to the Wedding Rehearsal Dinner that was held last Friday night.  We had 32 in attendance at a wonderful Italian restaurant in Dublin called Salvi's Bistro!  Everyone was looking forward to their special dish…Pasta Salvi.  It's lasagne noodles with a creamy Alfredo Sauce and lots of cheese that is DEEP FRIED.  Oh my gosh…such DELICIOUSNESS you cannot believe!  Very rich and a small piece just hits the spot!  The rest of the meal was pretty special, too!


Here is the bride (Allie in her floral dress) and her attendants at the restaurant after they received a gift of their favorite wine, a monogrammed glass and a bottle stopper.


Here is Ross (Tempting Turquosie shirt) and his groomsmen…only Tony (kneeling) didn't get the memo to wear blue.  Not really…they just all showed up with blue shirts!  Too funny!  Ross got each of his groomsmen a personalized "bar" sign…each had their name and Ross choose a sign that fit their personality or likes.  They LOVED them…great idea!


Here is the outside of the invitation…the You're Invited is a Stampin' Up! retired stamp…and the designer paper is from the Sale-A-Bration Designer Paper package, Ice Cream Parlor.  The Melon Mambo print was perfect and I had a BUNCH of it left over!  The base is Night of Navy with the polka dot ribbon I purchased online.


The inside, however, uses current products!



I printed the information on Whisper White, then stamped the stem leaf from Stampin' Up!'s Fabulous Florets in Pear Pizzazz and added the Melon Mambo flower that I cut out and popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Then I tucked in the smaller flower stamped with Melon Mambo on Pumpkin Pie.  I used this complimentary stamp set for the rehearsal items versus the Growing Green one on the wedding items…just to keep them two a little separate.  I stamped the envelope to match, too, but didn't take any pictures of it.  Sorry!


Stop by tomorrow…I'll have the Rehearsal Dinner favors!  They are darling!

Aug 08 2011

Growing Green Wedding Invitation

Well, the wedding was absolutely BEAUTIFUL!  The ceremony was engaging and heartfelt.  The weather was perfectly nice for outdoor pictures, the reception room was decorated beautifully, food was excellent!  Many people came up and told us that this was the best wedding they had ever attended.  No one was wanting to leave…  My son, Ross, and his new wife, Allie, were so happy with the results of all the planning!  Here is their picture at the Rehearsal Dinner.


I have MANY pictures, of course.  Over the next week I'll be sharing the stamping items I did…mixed in with some of the wedding photos, of course.  I used almost Stampin' Up! items exclusively…except for the navy polka dot ribbon that we didn't carry.  Their colors were Night of Navy and Melon Mambo, with some Pumpkin Pie accents since my son loves orange!  I'm starting with the wedding invitation.  I made over 150 of them.  Our attendance ended up around 205 for the reception…a few more who attended the wedding at the church only.


The pocket folder was made from 12×12 Night of Navy.  On the outside, I stamped the images from Stampin' Up!'s Growing Green in the bottom left and top right corners with Night of Navy Classic Ink.  The belly band is Melon Mambo stamped with the images in Night of Navy and wrapped around and secured with Sticky Strip.  I designed the logo for Ross and Allie with Photoshop so that the initials intertwined.  We used this logo a lot on various items from the wedding.  The outside envelope was also stamped with the Growing Green images in Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie.  The details were all printed on Shimmery White cardstock.  I was able to find a place that also sold the Shimmery White outside #10 envelopes and response card envelopes…they matched the paper perfectly!


EDIT:  Since I've been getting a ton of requests, here are the measurements:  The Night of Navy pocket portfolio measures 10 1/2" wide x 9 1/4" tall.  The width is scored at 2 1/2 and 6 1/2 and the top and bottom of the 2 1/2" tab is secured with Sticky Strip to form the pocket.  This fits perfectly in a #10 sized standard size long envelope.  The invite Melon Mambo panel is 3 3/4 x 9 and the Shimmery White invite panel is 3 1/2 x 8 3/4".  The Reception card Melon Mambo panel is 8 1/4 x 3 1/2 and the Shimmery White panel is 3 1/4 x 8".  The response card is a standard postcard size.  The belly band is 1 1/2 x 8 1/2 and 1/4 is overlapped and adhered together with Sticky Strip under the front monogram.  All the printing was done on my home computer and I did cut everything with my big trimmer.  I just didn't trust the printers to not mess up my Shimmery White cardstock!  lol!



Inside has a pocket on the left side that held the Response Card and envelope, the Reception/Accommodation details and directions to the church and reception.  On the right was the information about the wedding.  Again I used the logo in the upper right corner and stamped the flowers from Growing Green in Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo in the bottom left corner.  It was layered on Melon Mambo.


The Reception/Accommodation card matched the design of the wedding invite, as did the Response card and envelope.


Here is the assembly of all the invitations!  Quite a project!



I used a LOT of Melon Mambo cardstock in the wedding as you will see…probably over 12 packages!  I'll have to go back and count…I kept having to order more!  Stay tuned for more projects from the wedding!

Aug 09 2010

Wedding Reception Favors

Thought you might like to see what I spent the weekend working on for the Wedding Reception (part 3) next weekend.  As you may already know, my son was married in Cancun in June, we had one reception for her family in Wisconsin last month and the final reception is in Ohio next weekend.  This is the one my husband and I are hosting!  I decided (last minute!) to do some type of wedding favor.  I made 60 of these over the weekend, unfortunately no stamping on them, but I thought you'd still like to see them!



I found some shell candy molds at my local store and asked my upline, Candy, to show me how to do molded chocolates.  She ran over Saturday morning, showed me what to do, and I went to work.  I ended up making 200 of the smaller shells and 60 of the large starfish in both milk and white chocolate on Saturday.  Each Medium Cello Bag has a large starfish and 3 of the smaller shells.



Sunday I made the tags.  Unfortunately, the Two Tags die was too large, so I ended up using a punch tag that I had.  This was one of my favorite photos from the wedding in Cancun.  I photoshop'd it to a smaller size and added the Adam & Beth, 6-18-2010 date on the front, then printed them out in 1 1/2 x 2 1/4 size.  I layered them onto Crumb Cake punched tags, punched a hole in the top with my Crop-A-Dile, then tied them with the Kraft Satin Ribbon (non-SU)…same as I used on the wedding invitations.  I think they turned out really fun and I can't wait for the kids to see them!



Oh…and while I was waiting for the candy to chill between fillings, I was able to roll all my silverware in napkins…so another project done!  It was a productive weekend!  Woohoo!  Now if I could only find some short candles in their Cornflower color, I could finish up the centerpieces!  lol!


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Jun 23 2010

Wedding Favors

Here is a picture of Beth and I sharing a Mimosa toast before the Wedding.  Yes…she is TALL…I felt like a shrimp around her family all week…Beth is 5'11, her sister and mom around 5'10", and her dad is well over 6"5".  No wonder Beth played basketball…of course, her dad was the coach, too!  Being only 5'3", I looked up a lot this weekend!  lol!  My son, Adam, is 6'1" so they actually look great together!


I know most of you have seen the little straw baskets that are going around made with the Baskets & Blooms XL die!  I loved the Tropical look to them!  I wanted to make some in the wedding colors…Kraft, Cornflower Blue and White.  I thought the Kraft (now called Crumb Cake) made a nice beach basket.  I ran the two basket pieces thru the Big Shot with the Lattice Impressions Folder and I added the stripe trim pieces from the die on the front and back in the Shimmer Cornflower Blue (non-SU) and Shimmer White cardstock.  I made a little open-top box for inside to hold the Small Cello bag filled with Blueberry and Vanilla Jelly Belly candies.  I tied it closed with some Satin Kraft Ribbon (non-SU).

I printed the Beth & Adam, Riviera Maya, Mexico with the wedding date 6.18.2010 on the computer, then punched with the 1 3/8 Circle Punch.  I layered it on more Cornflower Blue Shimmer cardstock punched with the Scallop Circle Punch.  These were placed at the place settings at the Wedding Reception.


I was SO pleased with how they turned out!  Everyone loved them, too!  I meant to take a picture of all 55 of them, but forgot.  I took them flat with Sticky Strip adhered to the box inside, so all I had to do was peel off the tape and put them together and put in the bag of candy.  However, that night we were putting them together, I fell FLAT on my hands and knees when crossing a little wood bridge.  Banged up my knee pretty good…thought for sure I'd be limping for the wedding.  Luckily, the ice pack helped and kept the swelling down.  I was able to move around pretty good…except for going up steps!  I still have a nice bruise on my knee…my dress hid it, though.  But…that's why I forgot to take pictures of the finished ones!


Here is a picture of their first dance at the Reception.  It was held outdoors on the Boardwalk right next to the beach.  They had tables of 8 set up and a big area for dancing.  Behind them is the Buffet and bar set up…everything tasted great!



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Jun 22 2010

Because I Care

I'm BACK!  Wow…what a wonderful wedding on the beaches of Riveria Maya, Mexico.  My son and new daughter-in-law are SO happy!  Here is a picture of them the night we got to Cancun on my birthday!

And here is a favorite of mine from the pictures after the wedding!  The photographer had them jump…and I was able to capture the photo, too!  Adam and Beth are blessed to have wonderful friends and family who joined them in Cancun for their very special day!  I'm sure I'll be sharing more photos over the next few days…I took plenty! 


I usually don't do a lot of sneak peeks on my Blog…but because my hydrangea bushes are in FULL bloom, I wanted to share a card I made with the Because I Care hydrangea stamp image…a new hostess set in the upcoming Idea Book & Catalog!  I was a little concerned on what colors to use for the flowers since a lot of our blues and light lavenders are retiring at the end of June.  But, I found a couple of the new colors worked great…Marina Mist and Crushed Concord!


I started with the sketch layout from Card Positioning Systems (CPS172) that I thought looked fun!  I inked the hydrangea image from Because I Care with Marina Mist Classic Ink, then added highlights with my Crushed Concord Stampin' Write Marker and stamped it on Whisper White.  I also stamped a couple of the leaves with Wild Wasabi and then cut the individual pieces out instead of leaving it as a stemmed flower.  I colored them with my Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker.  The flower pieces were placed on a 2 1/2 circle of Pear Pizzazz cardstock cut with the Circle Scissors Plus tool.



The base of the card is Marina Mist and I added a layer of Crushed Concord cardstock that I ran thru the Big Shot with the new Vintage Wallpaper Impressions Folder and rounded the corners.  I added another layer of Greenhouse Gala Designer Paper with the Pear Pizzazz print on it and rounded those corners, too.  I stamped Thank You from Because I Care inked with my Crushed Concord marker on Whisper White, then punched with the Modern Label Punch.  I placed the flower element on top with Stampin' Dimensionals!


I'll leave you with one of my favorites of Beth before the wedding…what a beautiful bride!



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