The journey of creating begins with a spark from deep within. The artist continues on the loom of life and throughout time a beautiful tapestry takes shape and form from the luscious fibres, brilliant gems and precious pearls we encounter along the way....

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Wedding Invitations for my Nephew

Hello Everyone
I am going to post a number of my wedding invitation designs that I created for my nephew and his financee Amanda. They now have all 175 invitations in their possession. They are happily getting them stamped and posted this week and the project is officially over for me. I have to say that I've enjoyed the process immensely and it taught me so much about myself as a crafter and designer of paper products. Their colors for the wedding are Brown and Pink and in this first card I used white bazzil embossed cardstock for the base... I used the Jolie Chocolat collection for all the wedding invitations which has rich browns and pinks throughout the collection. For this particular card I used one of the embossed selections and I used both sides of the paper, one side for the ribbon and the other side for the butterflies. This paper selection was a predominant one that I used with many of the invitation designs I made as it had a great mix of the pink and brown they liked. The stamp has a wow saying that I embossed in chocolate brown embossing powder and I cut them out with the Spellbinders Long Classic Rectangles and Long Classic Rectangle Scallop dies that you can find at Stamping and Scrapping online store. The Butterflies are Cuttlebug Butterfly die and embossing folders set that you can order from Stampingscrapping and if they are out of these sets, Cindy can order it in for you in record time. Just check with her. The wedding invitation words I printed in-house as well and I did a watermark with one of their Save the Date pictures and superimposed the invitation wording over top. I find this card to be elegant and very contempory. Future designs that I made in this collection of wedding invites includes a circle card with polka dots, more masculine brown designs for some of the single men who will be attending with dates, some classic and sophisticated white embossed designs for some of the older traditional folks who will be attending and many more, contemporary designs for their various friends and family. Stay tuned, I will be describing what paper choices and tools that I used for many of the designs as I post them... Subscribe to my feedburner at the top left hand corner of my blog. When you input your email address, you will be alerted with an email each time that I post on my blog. Become a follower too, I would so enjoy to have you follow me and you will see when I put up challenges and blog candy for you to have a chance at winning.

Monday, April 5, 2010

April House Mouse Stamp of the Month

Featuring April House Mouse Stamp, this card was created with Spring in mind! With an eye for detail, I always decorate the insides of my cards and this one is no exception. This card is a gift holder designed to offer packets of flower seeds to the recipient.
On this gift card I used Basic Grey's Indian Summer 6"x6" pad pattern paper, Spellbinders Label's 8 nestabilities, and I colored the image with Copics markers. All of these fabulous products can be found at http://www.stampingscrapping.com/ at fantastic prices. Go on over and check out the discounts and sales being offered at the store. You can email Cindy and Kevin with any questions you may have about any products or tools that I have used here and on any of the projects that I post. They are more than happy to answer shipping questions too. They are very fast to answer emails and even quicker at getting any order shipped. Their ship time is well known as lightening fast!
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Happy Easter Monday Everyone!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Second Caardvark JustRite Challenge post!!

Wow, I love these wedding invitation cards! In this card I used a cream on cream cardstock base with a beautiful cream pattern paper enriched with a glossy swirl design. I used the same Sizzix plate in the swirl design to emboss a Spellbinders nesties label as a top panel. I used the JustRite Loving Thoughts Sentiments and the 2" square borders stamp set to stamp the sentiment in the middle of the card. Between the upper and lower panels I placed a lace ribbon with sequins and pearls. I topped the design off with the cuttlebug butterfly die and embossing folders set and encrusted the butterfly bodies with pearls. The inside of the card is panelled with the same petallics cardstock and swirl pattern paper as is on the outside lower panel, embellishing the corners with delicate flowers and pearls. This card has a more contemporary feel to it than the first entry. Stay tuned for one more Caardvark Challenge entry that will have a more vintage, old world feel to it. If you want to see when the next challenge card is posted, subscribe to my blog with Feedburner on the top left hand side of this blog. Let me know what you think...

Hello Everyone... Here is a Caardvarks Entry!

Here is my first entry in the Caardvarks "Lacy Days" challenge for an opportunity to "win" a Guest Designer spot at JustRite Stampers! I love these challenges, they are sooooo fun! As you all may be guessing at, I love to design wedding cards and invitations. I am sticking to my first "love" in this challenge and I have a couple more that I want to enter. In this card I have used the JustRite Loving Thoughts set as the sentiment and cut it out with Spellbinders Scallop Circle - petite. Under the sentiment I used Heidi Swapp glitter flowers in white and placed a K&Co. jewelled brads in each corner. I used cream on cream cardstock and embossed the bottom panel with the Sizzix swirl embossing plate, distressing it with Ranger distressing ink in Vintage Photo. A complimentary light green cardstock and pattern paper was used on the topmost panel to add a soft contrast to the design. A lace ribbon was added between the two panels for a lacy and "old world" feel! Let me know what you think ....