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Christening and Wedding Cards

This weekend was supposed to be an eventful one. My cousin got married on Saturday and my best friend’s baby got Christened on Sunday. I made Saturday’s event, but not Sunday’s due to that stomach bug that is going around. I was so upset to miss the Christening, but I’m sure the guests that did make it were appreciative of my absence. 

I knew that these events were coming up, so over the past couple of weeks I made cards for them. Then Saturday morning, I got a request from the godmother to make her a card for Sunday’s event. I went through my supplies and wanted to use some of my supplies that I haven’t ever used before. 

First, for the card that I made for my cousin for his wedding. I cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of black card stock down to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored it at 5 1/2″. I also cut a piece of white card stock at 4″ x 5 1/4″ and a piece of red card stock to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″. For the background on the white piece, I used the falling hearts stencil from Simon Says Stamp and some barn door distress ink. I also used the barn door distress ink to stamp the couple dancing on a piece of 3″ x 4″ white card stock. This was matted with a 3 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ of red card stock and a 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ piece of black card stock. 

To finish off the card, I cut a piece of red card stock down to 4 x 5 1/4″. I then took a Martha Stewart edge punch and punched out the heart design at the top for a decorative edge. I stamped the greeting in the same red distress ink on a piece of white card stock measuring approximately 3 x 4 3/4″. 


Next – the christening card. I did one for my cousin’s son a couple of years ago. The background was done in religious scrapbook paper and then I used a ware thin die to cut out a scalloped circle. I took brown distress ink to color in the circle and then stamped a large cross in brown. I didn’t want to do something similar to that one for this Christening card, so I started going over in my mind what Cricut cuts I had. I came up with something that I thought might work. 

The Teddy Bear Parade cartridge has a wedding dress and veil, but I thought that I could maybe turn that into a Christening dress. I made the basic teddy bear cut at 4 1/2″ and put those pieces together. I then cut the wedding dress and headband with flowers out in white. I used picked raspberry and dusty concord distress ink to color the two flowers of the headband. It looked a little plain to me, so I went through my drawers to see what I could add. I found some gems in purple and pink and added them to the flowers. 

The dress has a cut line in the middle, so I needed to do something to hide that. I took some light pink ribbon and wrapped it around the dress and added some pink gems to the “belt” I created. I then added some lashes to the bear’s eyes with a black Sakura pen and white centers to her eyes with a white Sakura pen. The last part to the bear to make her look like a baby was to make the pacifier cut in purple and pink. I added the same gems from the dress and then the bear was complete!

For the background, I went through my patterned paper. I found some purple paper with crosses on it and cut it to 4″ x 5 1/4″. I also cut out the letters for “God Bless” from purple card stock. I got the font from my newest Cricut Cartridge, Suburbia. It’s the Housewife font at 1″. The last part was cutting a mat at 1/8″ larger than the background paper. I put all the pieces together and here is what it looks like:



The last Christening card is a totally different look from the one above. It’s more classic and simple. The card base is the same as the one above – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and is a side folding card. The mat was cut from a silver piece of card stock at 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ and the white embossed piece was cut at 4″ x 5 1/4″. To get the embossing on only part of the card stock, I used an item that I never used before – Tim Holtz’s diffusers. They came in a pack of three – one with an oval cut out in the middle, one circle cut out in the middle and one oval cut out at the top. The good thing is that you get both the positive and negative parts so you can create six different looks with the diffusers. 

The diffusers work with embossing folders to only put embossing on a certain part of the card stock. Wherever the diffuser is, is where the embossing will be. For this card, I used the one with the oval cut out of the middle with the chevron embossing folder. I wanted to use another supply that I had lying around so I went through my embellishment drawer and found the “blingy” crosses. I had silver and gold crosses and since I had the silver scrapbook paper, I picked the silver one. (I did make a gold one as well). Here’s how that one turned out:



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Trying something new…..

I am starting something new and I am hoping that 1 – I can keep it up and 2 – it will help to better link my social media sites together. I’ve seen many successful bloggers that do this, so I am hoping on the bandwagon and I am hoping you all will help keep me on track. 

I am going to write a post about any YouTube video that I make. It’s more beneficial for the card making design videos I do, but I want to try it with even the haul videos. Today’s video is a mix of my last blog post about the canvases and a shopping haul. 

If you read my last post, you know that I made two canvases – one using distress ink and one using paint. While I do like the way the distress inked one came out, the ink doesn’t totally dry and it rubs off on your hands. Not a great thing to have happen lol. The second canvas was done in a dark blue paint. The first time I tried to write the quote I used paint. That didn’t turn out so great so I repainted the canvas and I took a silver marker and wrote the quote on it. 

As for the haul, I think I found a lot of great products. First, if you haven’t checked out AC Moore’s new app, download it. You get a 55% off coupon and for today I believe there is also a 55% off coupon. (It’s either today or tomorrow I can’t remember). And, if you don’t know this either, you can use AC Moore coupons at Michael’s! I did yesterday and I got a pack of 2 rolls of ATG tape for $4.50! That’s the acid free one too. Pretty good deal!

I like to go down the aisles and check out the red clearance tagged items. I found two new punches this way. They are EK Success ones, which are good quality. Punches can be hard to store, but I do have some room in my craft closet for a couple more! : ) 

I also like to pay attention to the signs. Lots of stores are careless when they take down signs. Some aren’t taken down and you can get last week’s sale price if they forget. I’ve done that many of times. Also, if the products are in two locations (like the Heidi Swapp stuff I show in the video below), there may not always be a second sign. That’s frustrating as a consumer, but you have to keep your eyes peeled at all times!! You never know what you might find!

So, here’s the video:

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Playing catch up!

I feel like lately I have been playing catch up. My day job has been crazy, so I haven’t had as much time to work on projects as I would like. I had an amazing client ask for a custom order at the craft fair that took me awhile to work on. I loved the idea that she proposed so much that I actually did the same thing for my brother and sister-in-law for part of their wedding present!

For the custom order, I was asked to make one wedding card and eight Christmas cards from the couple. She wanted teal, white and silver as the colors incorporated into both cards. For the wedding one, she wanted starfish and sand dollars along with the colors. It took me awhile to come up with the concept for the wedding card – the Christmas one was easy!

For the eight Christmas cards, I took a white card base and cut a black sheet of card stock to fit over the front, with a small border of the white showing around the edges. I then used a snowflake background stamp inked up with VersaMark and silver embossing powder to create the front piece of the card. Using the Cricut cartridge Elegant Edges, I chose one of the circles with a scalloped edge and cut the top layer in white and the bottom layer in teal. Then I took a monogram stamp that I got from the AC Moore dollar bin and inked it up with teal Stazon ink and placed the “k” monogram in the center. I had some teal see-through ribbon that I thought would look great behind the monogram. I glued all the layers together and then onto the front of the card base.

For the interior, the customer wanted it to say “Merry Christmas from Mr and Mrs. (last name)”. Since I don’t really like printing sentiments from the computer, I had to find stamps that had the correct saying and were size appropriate. The first one I chose was a sled and two reindeer that said Merry Christmas underneath it. Then from a word stamp set that I got at Hobby Lobby I took the word “from”. The Mr and Mrs also came from a stamp I picked up at Hobby Lobby, but this one was a wood mounted stamp. (The other one was a clear stamp.) The last stamp I chose was a sign stamp where I could print their last name.

I inked up all these stamps with the same teal Stazon ink I used on the front and stamped them onto a piece of white card stock. I backed that with a piece of black card stock that was a little larger and then placed them onto the inside of the card.

The wedding card was another story. It took me so long to come up with a concept I wasn’t sure I would get it done in time! I knew that I had sand dollars and starfish on the Life’s a Beach Cricut cartridge. I also bought a stamp set when my sister got married on the beach that featured beachy items. I just couldn’t get a background image together.

I went through all my paper (which is A LOT!!) and came across this beach scene – sand, palm trees, beautiful blue sky with clods and the water. I knew I had a stamp of a couple dancing, so it was coming together. What if they were dancing on the beach with some sand dollars and starfish around them, with the beautiful sky and ocean in the background? I cut the paper so that it was mostly the beach and then adhered it to the front of the white card base, with no border. Then, I cut out the pieces from the Cricut and I believe they were 3/4″ or 1″ at the most from white card stock. I inked them up with tea dye distress ink so that they wouldn’t stand out on the beach as much.

Next,  used the same teal Stazon ink and stamped the image of the couple dancing onto white card stock. I did some fussy cutting and then attached it to some silver paper. I also stamped “Best Wishes” onto a piece of white card stock with silver ink and then attached it to some silver paper as well. I adhered the sand dollars, starfish and sentiment right to the card base, but for the couple, I used pop dots so that they would stand out.

For the inside, I used some teal paper and a Martha Stewart deep edge border punch with hearts. The teal paper covered the interior of the card and then I placed a piece of white card stock right underneath of it. On that, I used a stamp that said “May your new lives together abound in love today, tomorrow and forever”. I used some of the hearts that were left over from the top cut out to adorn the corners of the white paper and I was done!

Here are some pictures of the custom order!


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