Thursday, March 29, 2012

You're Invited!

For a few moments, my sister and I thought of how much fun it would be to make wedding invitations. There are so many unique and interesting invitations choices these days for brides. Many talented brides are choosing to create their own masterpiece of an invitation for their wedding. My sister and I thought for only a moment, then we decided to use the time just as a fun way to create. Here are some of the designs I came up with for an autumn wedding:
Going with ORANGE and a leaf theme here... All of thee invites were made from scraps I have on hand.
This orange card is a basic orange cardstock with gold metallic background for the gold stamped leaf which is on yellow cardstock. A golden yellow organza ribbon was used. The card is sealed with foil leaf stickers.

This one did not photograph as well as I had hoped. An organza ribbon holds a gold stamped leaf design (on gold yellow cardstock, atop orange cardstock).

Just a basic invite with a brown cardstock backing. The leaves are stamped over the invitation in gold ink.

This invitation was printed first, then stamped with orange ink using a small leaf stamp. The off white cardstock was then glued to the brown cardstock backing. This is so easy to do.

Torn paper invitation. The invitation info was printed on a lightweight paper, then torn. I used the orange and a gold shimmer paper for backgrounds, punched holes in the top part and tied in a paprika colored organza ribbon.

The above photos show colors of brown and off white. The invite is printed in brown and then the bronze ink is used to stamp on the maple leaf. I think the layout makes this one dramatic.

Using a textured ribbon....

The brown satin ribbon is edged with gold threading, making this knot stand out on this card.

I used stamps to create this card. The dove is embossed with sparkle embossing ink. I added a gemstone between peace and joy to carry on with the sparkle theme. Gold shimmer cardstock is used as backing and an aqua ink is used for the design and words.

My sister and I worked on this one together. I added the wire embelishment to "jazz" it up a bit. Stampin' Up stamps were used for the wordage background and the L O V E. Gold ink on off white cardstock, and gold Stampin Up cardstock were used.

Orange textured shimmer cardstock with bronze shimmer cardstock, black ink and bronze gemstones. I'd use this for a card for birthdays, friendship, get well, etc.

Background was stamped with subtle autumn colors of ink, then the invitation was glued on top, I used a paper punch to punch out leaves in shimmer tones of reds and bronze.

Ivory cardstock, a gold foil pattern cardstock, and ivory paper for the invite words.

Basic design makes this invitation look clean. Orange cardstock, brown satin ribbon, ivory cardstock with brown print.

This pocket fold design is a popular one where the directions and rsvp, etc. can be tucked into a pocket. I used a printed foil pattern paper in champagne on ivory for this invitation. Two different patterns in the same colors make the card interesting. (Yes, it is a duo sided paper.) I like the elegance of this card.

I could go on and on....I made 26 different cards - which I believe is a record for me! - in three hours time.
It was a fun day of sharing stories and exploring creativity with my sister.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Spring Hath Sprung in Minnesota

The end of March is near. It has been too long since my last post. I have to admit that I have been out enjoying this awesome early spring. Our temperatures here have been in the 70's. May like weather in March. Wow. I am loving it! Today, I am posting some of my simple cards I made with leftover scraps and unused stickers.

My daughter, Cherie, let me play with her Cuddlebug. I had so much fun embossing scrap papers! I ended up using a pretty pink piece for my background here. I cut out a floral glitter flowery piece from scrap paper and backed it to look like a framed piece. Easy, simple, inexpensive....well, let's go so far as to say FREE!

Again, leftover scrap papers, added some ribbon and a slide. The phrase is a stick on that I had "leftover".

A series of three cards, using a large scrap of paisley paper. Simple, quick, and fun!

I had some textured scraps that I wanted to use up. I just can't throw this stuff out. I figure I can always find a use for scraps. The grey-silver card needed some pizazz, so I added the pink phrase sticker.

Two cards using black scraps. The black background does not help the presentation of the top card..... I used black shimmery cardstock for the card, adding the beige and black printed paper for background. The pink paper was one of my Cuddlebug embossing pieces, then I used stick on sequin and cloth flowers.

The butterfly card, is black and white. I had the butterfly and framed piece, then designed using scraps around that. Fun!
Tea time! So now I am .....................................................................Sneaking off....................