Thursday, April 23, 2009

I'm all giddy about the wedding we're attending this weekend! We're at the stage (or I guess, old age) in our lives where we really don't have too many friends getting married anymore. Divorced seems more like the case now. yikes. I met the cute couple 3 years ago when I went on a trip to Korea to see Jeff and it just so happened it was the 2 weeks I was visiting when their relationship began so it's just all the more cool to get to see them get married. So, on a happy blissful wedding note, I wanted to share this little wedding gift I put together this week.

I've gone a little vintage for this wedding. Well, a lot vintage. Right down to my dress, shoes, jewelry, handbag and of course, the card/gift. It was right around the time I bought my vintage style dress that the DCWV La Creme stack was released in all it's gorgeous vintageness. It was perfect for what I had in mind. All of the papers I used on this project are from that stack except the cream card base( I think it's a Wausau brand specialty paper) and the insert paper inside the card that I have no idea where it came from but I'm SO glad I had it.

I won't bore you with all the little details but I will list what products I used and explain a couple new-to-me techniques that may be of interest. First, I stamped the wedding bells with black ink, let it dry, and then traced the image with a fine-tip Zig glue pen and quickly spread black fun flock over the image and pressed it in. You then let it fully dry and shake off the excess flock. Voila, it's that simple and matches the beautiful flocked paper on the front of the card. Getting the insert paper inside the card to stick was another challenge. I finally found Tombo multi-glue (the green cap) run down the inside seam will actually hold the paper in. It's about the only adhesive that will hold the paper in. Trust me on this. And last, the envelobox. After I tied off that wide wired ribbon on the card, I realized there was no way it was fitting in a regular envelope. I had planned from the start to use the tutorial on the Scor-Pal website to make my own matching envelope, but there were NO instructions for making an "envelobox" -- at least not for the size card I had made. So, I searched the internet. And searched, and searched. I can't believe no one has done a Youtube video on how to make these. So, I improvised using the Scor-Pal envelope tutorial. It's basically adding 1/4" to the measurements and adding 4 extra 1/4" score lines. Jeff is going to help me make a video tutorial for this so stay tuned....

Now the products:

DCWV La Creme stack
MS doily lace border punch
EK scallop border punch
MS dotted scallop border punch
Offray ribbon(cream and black)
Hero Arts pearls
SU! rub-ons
Spellbinders Nestabilities
Stampendous "Bells of Love" and "Bride and Groom" and Fun Flock
Scor-Pal (tutorials for envelope and square box also used)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Happy Friday!

So glad it's the weekend and the weather's gorgeous here for once! Here's a birthday card using that cute Quickutz birdie. I'm loving the new Fiskars Apron Lace border punch too! I have the whole weekend to myself to spend scrapping while Jeff's on a golf weekend with the guys in Myrtle Beach and I'm hoping to work on a wedding card and gift holder for our friends' wedding we'll be attending next weekend in Columbus, GA. After that, the weekend's open for hopefully some layouts. The annual PageMaps contest is open now through May 25th and I'll probably submit again this year. You can't win if you don't play, right? Hope everyone has a relaxing weekend!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Some Easter cards to share...

So another year and another Spring Break that we sat right here wishing we had remembered for Jeff to put in for leave. Duh. I have to say the kid hasn't complained at all this week about staying home and except for rude exec types wearing golf attire and driving aggressively in their rented cheap-a$$ sedans, it's been a pretty good week :) That said, I'm already planning our vaca escape for next April. I've been scrappy all week with Easter fast approaching and another commissioned end-of-tour gift to get done. I'm absolutely going out of my mind wanting to scrap some layouts but needing to get other projects done first. So much product, so little time.

Here's a few of the cards I knocked out this week. Both were somewhat lifted from a few blogs I browsed(Cupcakiehelen is the original artist of the bunny card and I'm not sure about the artist on the sheep card but I think I found it on 2P's or SCS. I can't find either of these blogs again, so if it's yours, please let me know so I can give you due credit) and I just tweaked them a little to make them mine. I received the most awesome RAK in the mail last month from one of my online buddies (thank you Beth!!) and the papers and ribbon have been perfect for these!

I used SCAL to cut the title and eggs on the bunny card. I love having the ability to cut pretty much anything I need to with my Cricut now. The font is WhoaNelly-better known as the MM Jewelry Box sticker font. Of course, it will never replace my QK fonts. I still reach for those most of the time. I used QK Dragonfly on the sheep card and funflocked that little guy. He's so cute and fuzzy now! I added a little funflock to the centers of the bunny ears too. Very cool product no longer collecting dust in my scrap room:)