April Blog Hop – Silver Sparkle for Weddings or Anniversaries

Its blog hop time!  This time, the theme is Weddings & Anniversaries.  Now, all I could remember when I started working on my projects was the challenge to use silver in honor of Stampin’ Up’s 25th anniversary.  So, my mind was stuck on my silver glimmer paper when I got started.

However, I was lucky and got inspired and came up with not one but TWO cards using my glimmer paper that I’m pretty excited to share with you today.  So, hopefully you enjoy these cards too and they give you some fun new ideas to try out.

 

Card 1:  Two Hearts Congratulations

This was my first “big idea”.  I am slightly obsessed right now with the technique of punching out a shape and then accenting it with a decorative paper below it.  So, in this case, I decided to do two hearts and pop it up on dimensionals over Silver glimmer paper.

I grabbed my Silver Dazzle pen and dashed out an outline around the holes to accent them and tie in to the silver theme.  Then I started with two small Razzleberry punched out hearts in the center of each larger heart, but I just really didn’t like how it looked.  But, put a flower from the Flower Trim ribbon on top of the Razzleberry hearts (so a little of the darker color shows through), and it looks great!

Then I just added the simple “congratulations” sentiment across the top.
(shhhh – want to know a secret?  I totally stamped a different sentiment directly on my base paper and it looked awful!  So, I had to go with plan B – the banner.  I think it works, don’t you?)

Card 2 – Interlocking Wedding Rings

So after finishing the first card, I had this idea that was itching in the back of my mind to do something that looked like two wedding rings.  I had no clue how I was going to do it, but I knew I just needed to try!

The rings were created by punching a 1 1/4” circle out of a piece of Silver Glimmer paper.  Then lining up a 1 3/8” circle over the hole to create a slim ring of silver.  Then I used my Tombow liquid glue to adhere it to my card.  I used the 1 1/4” circles as accents to the left and right of the rings.

And if you are curious about the base cardstock, I used Very Vanilla cardstock and spritzed with the Silver Smooches spritz.

If you have any questions about any of these cards, leave me a comment and I’ll make sure to fill you in!  (Or just leave me a comment and let me know what you think because it always makes my day to get a comment on a blog post. Smile )

 

And don’t miss more great wedding/anniversary inspiration at the other stops along the route –

Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Shellie G. of Craft Smashup
  2. Pam S. of Stampin’ in the Sun!
  3. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps-A-Lot
  4. Tonya B. of Stampin’ with Tonya
  5. Dawn S. of Dawn’s Creative Chalet
  6. Darcy J. of DJ’s Stampin’ Place
  7. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  8. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  9. Justin K. of JK Cards
  10. Jennifer B. of NW Stamper  —>  YOU ARE HERE
  11. Bree R. of Craft-somnia
  12. Diana E. of Stampin’ Fun with Diana

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Fluttering Hearts Wedding Card with Framelits

I love it when I find a great idea for a card that I can tweak and make my own (with so much amazing talent and inspiration out there… its nice to have some brilliant ideas to start from!)

Well, today’s card came from a mass-produced card I saw probably 9 months back.  I wish I had saved the original photo so I could say where exactly it was from – but since I took way longer to make my version than I expected, I’m totally drawing a blank.  So, let me describe what I saw – it was a simple white card with butterfly wings partially cut out of the white cardfront and a solid color showing through under the wings.  The wings were still attached to the cardfront, they just were bent up for dimension.

I thought it was one of the prettiest cards I had seen in a while!

However, I couldn’t figure out how to make a card with partial cut-outs on my cardfront, so I went with the next best thing – Framelits!

 

Yep! I placed my Hearts framelits in the middle of the page and cut out my hearts.  Then I adhered a piece of Island Indigo cardstock behind my Whisper White card front.  Crease the hearts and adhere the creased line to the Island Indigo paper to make the heart line back up.

I bent up the edges and added some Dazzling Details to the centers of each heart to add a little sparkle.  So you get the peek-a-boo effect with the Island Indigo below the hearts.

 

Add some ruffled ribbon and a tag made with the Jewelry Tag punch and Tiny Tags stamp set, and you have a pretty card that would be perfect for a wedding or anniversary.

It also looks like a lot of work, but actually, aside from waiting for the Dazzling Details to dry, it is pretty easy!

Oh, and if anyone figures out doing this with butterflies, please let me know because I’d love to try it!

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Peek-a-boo Hearts Wedding Card Recipe
Stamps:
Tiny Tags
Ink: Island Indigo
Paper: Whisper White, Island Indigo
Accessories: Big Shot, Heart Framelits, Dazzling Details, Island Indigo ruffled ribbon, jewelry tag punch, glue dots, bone folder

Mix & Matched Embossing Folders Wedding Card

Ever have those weeks where the mojo just isn’t flowing?   Sometimes I’m jazzed to get crafty but then I sit down at my craft table and just stare at everything and have no idea what to make.  That would be this week for me!

Thank goodness for swap cards!  Today I thought I’d share a card by Carolyn Dobie that I found inspiring for two different reasons.

  1. Combining two different embossing folders!  I don’t know why I always think that I can only use one textured pattern on a card at a time…this definitely proves otherwise. 
  2. Stamping with Vellum!!  I LOVE the look of vellum, so I don’t know why I never think to grab it.  I love how she stamped her image with Stazon ink and then colored them in with her Stampin’ Write markers.  So pretty and elegant. 

All together, I think this makes a very simple and sweet wedding card but with a change of a sentiment could be used for just about anything.  I hope you enjoyed it too.  Now I’m off to my craft room to start playing around!

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A Handmade Wedding Book and Card

I’m back!  I had such a blast in Vegas. This was my first vacation since having my son, and though I missed him, it was great to have adult time and he got some quality time with Grandma. We also lucked in to a crazy room upgrade – we got a room on the “50”th floor looking at the Bellagio fountains! Amazing!

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We were there for our friends wedding and so I had made them a book to save the photos and memories of this trip.  I got the supplies and learned the binding technique at a store demonstration when visiting my mom.  Now that I get how it works, I’m going to see if I can replicate it with Stampin’ Up! supplies.

I had the book all ready to go, but still needed to make a card, so I took my supplies with me and planned to put it together in Vegas.  Well, I discovered when unpacking that I completely forgot my clear mounts!  So I had to get a little creative so I could mount my sentiment. Smile Turns out, if you are desperate, you can use the stamp case as a mount.  It doesn’t work as well as a clear block, but it will work!

But in the end, I was able to pull together a card that I love and was so happy to give to them while celebrating this awesome time for them.

Wedding Card Recipe:
Stamps:
Baroque Motifs, Occasional Quotes
Ink: Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Whisper White CS, Chocolate Chip CS, Blushing Bride CS
Accessories: Adhesive Back Pearls, Victoria Crochet Trim Ribbon, Small Heart Punch

Congratulations card for a wedding and a baby!

So, I kept forgetting to send a wedding congratulations card in the mail to my Uncle and so when I recently found out he and his wife are expecting their first child together, I knew I better get my rear in gear!  As I started digging through my mom’s stamp sets (my DH and I are visiting my parents for the holiday), I found a saying in the Full of Life set that I thought perfectly covered both the wedding and the baby… then I turned to finding images that would cover both sentiments — Fun and Fast Notes to the rescue!  Finally, this gave me a chance to use the new Love You Much stamp set for the red hearts.  Plus, after stamping the hearts, I could easily punch them out using the new three heart punch.

It took a few different starts, stops, remeasuring moments, and lots of restyling, but in the end I’m really happy with the result (and it looks much cooler in person.  You can see pieces of the card that are popped up on dimensionals, etc.)  I also put a piece of cardstock on the inside of the card to make the ends of the ribbon look a little bit better.  To add some oomph, I sponged the edge of the insert paper in Real Red.  I may have to start finishing my insides more often!  Hope they like it.

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My elegant embossed wedding card

 

wedding-card-wmI will be flying to New York this Friday to attend my cousins wedding.  I keep calling it a NY socialite wedding because it is at a fancy resort in upstate NY and I heard that they will each have 12 attendants in the ceremony. 

It is a black tie affair and all that, so I figured I had to have an equally elegant card to give them.  What started with a simple experiment to emboss the wedding dress turned into a card that is just about entirely embossed and I just LOVE IT!!!  I kind of don’t want to give it away. 🙂 But I think it is perfect for them so it will be headed with me to NY.  What do you think?

And don’t forget, when I get back from the wedding I will be drawing for my blog candy!  Win a kit to make your own personalized cards!  Plus, if you hop over to my friend Kally’s blog, you still have time to enter her blog candy too!  She’s sending out 5 completed cards made by her and me, just for you!  Check it out!