The third and final wedding of August this year (one, two) was my sister-in-law Emily and her boyfriend Lindsay. The were married at Minnehaha Falls amid stunning foliage and loving family and friends.
I was so excited when they asked me to make their wedding stationary! I had already made their save-the-dates, so I knew the feel they were going for with their invitation as well. Simple, elegant, natural, and light.
I found a delicate leaf die-cut to add to the top of the invitation. And I didn't even know that the ceremony site had a canopy of leaves! It was perfect!
I kept the whole invitation pretty simple. I did add a pocket to the back to hold the RSVP card/envelope and an insert card for directions and information.
The reception was at a fun local restaurant. Emily and Lindsay wanted assigned seating, but the meal was a buffet, so we didn't have to deal with individual seating cards. Instead, I made a poster telling everyone which table to go to.
The tables were marked with different herbs. Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, etc. I also made the signs that went into the pots of the plants on the tables. And as a wedding favor, each guest got a small package of the herb on their table!
I am so happy for Emily and Lindsay! I hope their life together is as beautiful and full as the amazing garden they were married in.
Photos of the couple were taken by Melissa Hesse.
Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. I had a great time relaxing, hanging out with family and friends, and getting caught up around the house.
And I got my Christmas cards done!
These cards are the most complicated cards I ever made multiples of. There were a bunch of steps and techniques, but I love them! And I loved making them!
First, I used distress inks to watercolor full sheets of paper using the smooshing technique that I've shared before, then I heat-embossed poinsettias on them.
Then, because the stamp didn't have a matching die, I had to fussy-cut them all.
I added foam tape to the backs of all the poinsettias to make them pop off the background.
The background of the card was a green water-colored paper, colored with distress inks, just like the poinsettias. I matted the green paper with black cardstock and adhered the whole thing to a gold card base.
The last part of the card was the sentiment. Gold heat-embossed stamping on black cardstock and matted on gold cardstock.
And voila! All done!
I made 45 cards and I loved making every single one of them! I know these cards were way fussier than I usually make. I know they took me a lot of time and effort to make, but I made them because I may not have a lot of time to make crazy Christmas cards for a while.
And I slipped a little something into each card:
That's right! That's my announcement! We're going to have a baby! I'm due in May and we're so excited! This is why I may not be able to do any fancy Christmas cards for a while - I'll be a little busy!
So, my holiday season was great, how was yours?
Thanks for visiting again, I've got another card to share with you today.
Unfortunately, someone close to my family passed away recently and we do not live nearby, so I felt it was important to send a card to the person most affected.
I used Versamark ink and black embossing powder to create the sentiment and floral detail on the card first. Then I used distress ink to make a watercolor background.
Here's a closeup of the embossed flowers.
I trimmed down the background, added it to a black card base with some foam adhesive for dimension, and the card was done.
The hardest part of this card was to figure out what to say on the inside. I always have trouble writing in cards. Sometimes, I feel like nothing I say will be the right thing to say. I have to remind myself that it doesn't matter what I say, as long as I mean it.
Does anyone else have trouble writing on the inside of a card? Or do you have any go-to phrases that I can learn from? Please share!
I'm an Aunt!
On April 22, 2015, my sister and her husband welcomed little Jason into the world.
I got to visit them in the hospital, but everyone was exhausted I didn't stay long and I didn't get many photos. I did get a photo of me holding Jason for the first time! This little man has made me an aunt, and I am so excited!
A few weeks later, I went over to my sister's place to take some newborn photos. They were mostly for me, as I am not a professional photographer and I didn't want my sister to rely solely on my photos for announcements, portraits for their walls, etc. However, these photos came out soooo much better than I had even hoped! Once we got him asleep, we could put him in any number of positions, so I had a blast posing and snapping away. Here are a few of my favorites:
My sister loves Radio Flyer wagons, so of course we needed a photo of Jason in a wagon.
Dad loves golf, so we got a photo of his future caddy.
And no newborn photo shoot would be complete without the detail shots of all the teeny-tiny baby parts!
I can't wait to see what kind of a person my little nephew grows up into! I have a feeling he's going to be pretty awesome, though I may be slightly biased...
Another Family Wedding!
It's time for another family wedding! This time, it's my husband's sister (we both have 1 younger sister). Emily and her boyfriend Lindsay got engaged in Hawaii last fall and are getting married this summer!
I love weddings, but I LOVE family weddings! It's so much more fun when you are related to the bride or groom and it's the best when you get to be involved in the planning. To me, at least. And I am super excited that I get to help create another wedding vision for another family member!
We began with save-the-dates. Their wedding is going to be pretty small, around 100 guests, so I only had to make 55 save-the-dates. Which is still a good amount, but after Erin's wedding last summer with about 150 invitations, 55 seems light!
Emily and Lindsay want a natural/fresh feel to their wedding, so we went with bright spring green and some earthy browns. I found a fern stamp that works well as a corner accent, and used brown ink for that and the text.
(I've blurred out names and locations for privacy - I forgot to make one with fake info)
I decided that the save-the-dates needed a little something more after I had done all the printing and stamping, so I pulled out some bright green spray ink. I've had this stuff in my craft room for years and never really used it before (I wasn't a messy crafter until recently), but it seemed like the perfect addition. I set up a spray-tent and went to work. The green spray ink was just what these save-the-dates needed to really make them pop!
Here's a close-up of the green spray. It's got a slight shimmer to it that really catches the light in person. It was hard to capture it in a photo.
I also decided to spritz the envelopes, and by the time I was finished with everything, my fingers were dyed bright green!
Emily and Lindsay loved them, and I am very excited to make their invitations and other wedding details in the upcoming months. I will have a full run-down of their stationary in the fall after the wedding.
It seems like there are a lot of weddings this summer - we've received save-the-dates to three weddings already! Is anyone else going to any weddings this summer? Or maybe hosting your own? Are you DIY-ing any part of it?
Ahoy, It's a Boy!
A few weeks ago, I posted about my sister's first baby shower, and last weekend, she had her second! My mom hosted a nautical-themed shower for her because she's decorating her nursery with nautical decor. When mom told me the theme, I was super excited because nautical items are really hot right now! I thought, "Oh! It will be super easy to find nautical supplies!"
The home decor world is filled with nautical items, not the craft world. Or at least, not the paper craft world. So it was fairly difficult to find supplies for this invitation at first!
I finally came across a lighthouse embossing folder, and with some deep blue cardstock, I created the base.
I wanted to add some detailing to the circle, so when I found this white cord, I was very happy!
Unfortunately, when I attached the cord to the invite, it was very thick. I knew that it might not make it through the mail without getting damaged and it may require more postage if it was too thick.
I ran it through my die-cut machine to flatten the cord and it worked perfectly!
I love these invites. They are simple, elegant, and unique. And don't you just love the phrase "Ahoy! It's a Boy!" So cute! Plus, I had to be creative to solve some practical problems. Those projects are usually the most rewarding!
Have you ever had to solve a practical crafty problem? What did you do? Did it work? Let me know in the comments, I love to hear about other people's triumphs!
I feel like I was just writing about my little sister getting married and now here I am announcing that she's pregnant! She's due in May, which means baby showers are coming soon! My mom's friends are throwing her a shower and they came to me for invitations. The only request? Teddy Bears.
Teddy bears? I can do teddy bears!
I found a stamp set and matching die set at Mama Elephant and got to work right away.
First, I printed and die-cut the text part of the invite.
Then I stamped and die-cut dozens of adorable little bears.
Then I was on to assembly.
The thing I like best about these invitations is that they are not all the same! I made 10 invitations and while the colors, style, and layout are all the same, the pattern combinations are all different!
These were so much fun to make! I got to use the die-cut machine I got (from my sister!) for Christmas, I had complete creative control over the design (thanks Carol!), and I got to use tons of patterned paper! I love patterned paper!
So what do you think? Are these bears adorable or what?
Last week, I shared with you my sister's wedding invitations and thank you cards. This week, I'm going to share the rest of the stationary I made for her wedding.
Erin's Wedding Stationary Extravaganza!
Part 2: Programs and Reception Details
Once I figured out that I could scan and digitally manipulate the hydrangea stamp image I'd been using on the invitations (etc), I got really excited about making all the reception details!
I began with the programs. I printed them on 4 1/4 x 11 inch paper that had some shine/shimmer to it. Because who doesn't love some bling and glam on their wedding day? The front has the ceremony program and the back has the wedding party and other information. Both sides have a light hydrangea printed under the text. I was so happy at how the hydrangea came out! It was the perfect accent; it added to the feel and design of the program without distracting the reader from the text.
I know many of you don't know my sister personally, but trust me when I say, it would not be Erin's wedding without a lot of good food. Specifically, a lot of good sweets. So we put together a candy bar!
My mom worked hard to find a large variety of blue and purple candy and all the lovely glass containers to serve it all. I made all the signs so people would know which variation of sugar they were feasting upon.
Next up were the table signs and seating cards. The seating cards were tricky because they needed to be small enough to be unobtrusive on the tables, large enough to be easily read, and they needed to have some way to denote if the guest had ordered chicken or beef for dinner. Which I guess is usually done by having two different colors. But I didn't have 2 colors to work with. Unless you count black. Which I do not. So what I came up with was printing the small hydrangea on either the left or right side to denote their dinner choice. Chicken on the right, beef on the left. And no, that was not an arbitrary choice. 'Beef' has 4 letters, as does 'left'. There's always a method to my madness!
The final, but most lasting, part of Erin's stationary were the reception cards. I have always thought that guest books are kind of dumb. I mean, you invited these people, you know who was at your wedding, you don't need their signatures to prove it! So for my own wedding (back in 2007), I came up with the idea of reception cards. They are 4x6 cards on which guests can write well-wishes, advice, jokes, or congratulatory messages. When you have collected them all, just slip them into a photo album and you're done! These are so much more personal and fun to look back on than a guest book. Plus, after a few glasses of wine, some of the guests can be pretty hilarious!!! I created 3 different designs so guests could decide which card(s) they wanted. Erin and Justin had a great time reading through them the next day at the gift opening!
Well, that about wraps up my sister's wedding! I hope you enjoyed reading about it as much as I enjoyed creating for it. Actually, there's no way that's possible - I had an absolute blast making everything for my sister!
It was a lot of work, but totally worth it to see how much Erin, Justin, and all their guests enjoyed all the details that went into their special day. I also learned a lot about creating coordinating designs in large quantities.
I am very excited to help other brides realize their wedding visions, and I've actually got 2 brides lined up already! More details coming soon!
Thank you for reading, and Happy Crafting!
** All photos in this post are from Bellagala Photography **
My sister got married!
The wedding was in July and it was so amazing!
My mom and I helped Erin with a lot of the wedding prep, including decorations, organization, vendor details, and of course wedding stationary! I made her save-the-dates, invitations, thank you cards, programs, seating cards, table signs, candy table signs, and guest book/advice cards.
By the time I was done with everything, I was kinda tired of looking at periwinkle and hydrangeas. Which is why it has taken me this long to get this post up. But now that I've had some time away from periwinkle and I've done some other projects, I am excited to show you my largest (and most fun!) project to date.
Erin's Wedding Stationary Extravaganza!
Part 1: Invitations and Wedding Thank You cards
Since I had already made her save-the-dates, I kind of knew what layout I would use for the invitations. I printed the text, stamped the double-stamp hydrangea in the corner, matted on black cardstock, and attached stamped vellum over the top.
Here's a close-up of the double-stamped hydrangea. I go over the details of the double stamping in my save-the-dates post. I had to print out a lot of trials before finding the exact right curve for the text to go around the stamp.
The vellum overlay had hydrangeas stamped with clear ink. It made a watermark image on the vellum that looked really neat in person, but would not photograph for me! I had to really distort the colors in this picture so I could show the slight watermarked image on the vellum. I then attached the vellum to the invitation with small silver brads.
The RSVP cards are almost identical to the save-the-date cards, and the direction cards are just printed on white cardstock.
Erin and I had similarly-sized weddings, and I did make all the invitations for my own wedding, but oh my, this was a big project! I made 145 invitations and RSVPs when all was said and done, and I only have 2 left over for my portfolio!
It wasn't until I had finished all 100 save-the-dates, 145 invitations, and 145 RSVPs that I had the genius idea to scan the stamped hydrangea and just print it on the paper with the text.
So that's what I did for the thank you cards. Which made it a million times easier, especially because I had to make 100 of those! I enjoyed adding a little bit of digital design into some traditional paper cards. It let me get the exact look I wanted without worrying about variables like ink coverage and user error lining up the images.
I used the same periwinkle and black cardstocks from the invitations, but I added some silver cardstock as well.
Erin loved how her stationary turned out and I am pretty pleased as well!
Check back next week and I'll have Part 2 of Erin's Wedding Stationary Extravaganza!
Until then, Happy Crafting!
A Step in a New 'Die'-rection
Have you ever seen a tool or a piece of clothing or a decor item that you really like, you really wanted, but you were too afraid to commit to?
"Will I really use it as much as I say I will?"
"Will it just end up collecting dust like that other tool/skirt/lamp?"
"Is this just a fad that I'm going to forget about in a few months?"
"What if I can't use/wear/display it right and I hate it?"
Yeah, I'm sure you've been there.
Most recently for me (because let's face it, I do this ALL THE TIME!), it was the Big Shot die-cutting machine. I've been watching a lot of videos of card-makers lately and all of them seem to use their die-cut machines almost constantly. I wanted one. But did I need it? Would I really use it as much as they did? Was die-cutting really my style? I researched brands and styles and all the millions of dies. I found more videos on different techniques that did seem more my style. And when Thanksgiving rolled around and it was time to send my family my Christmas wish list, I bit the bullet and put down "Big Shot die-cutting machine" and a whole list of dies from different websites.
And lo-and-behold, on Christmas Eve, there under the tree was a rather large, Big-Shot-shaped box! My sister had come through for me! It was mine!
But wait, no one got me dies!? So I've spent the last few weeks buying and trying dies and techniques. Because I want to get good at this. I want to use it. I don't want it to collect dust or be forgotten. And most of all, I don't want it to be a waste of money!
I've made a few thing with my new dies. Nothing fancy, just playing around. They have glue marks and small rips and off-centered designs and inking gone wrong. But they are a start. A very fun start!
So a big thank you to my sister for taking the leap and buying me a new toy to play with. Your next birthday card is going to be very fancy. :-)
Blogs I read:
Bits & Pieces
Jennifer McGuire Ink
I Could Make That