Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fall Projects/Cards

The name of the project denoting "Fall" is a bit misleading. These are projects that were done in the fall, but living is Southern California, it doesn't feel like fall. In fact it was so warm today I was shocked when I walked outside. But, let it be said, I love the real fall, the one with cold, crisp days and the turning colors of the leaves.
This first card was made for my mother-in-law, and is a pattern from the 5-Minute Cards by SVG Cuts (my fave spot for cut files by far).
These cards really are so fast to make. As most of you know, it takes more time to pick out the paper than to make the card.  Nine cards come in the kit, and they are all quick and so practical. I used an Epiphany Craft small round embellishment for the centers of the flowers.

This is a fun summer card that I made for my brother's fall birthday. It also comes from SVG Cuts, in their Surf Shack SVG Kit. Super easy, again choosing of the paper being the most time consuming part.
Take a look at this kit. It has an old-style VW bus box that is just darling.

And, another birthday of a friend coincidentally the same day as my brother. She loves anchors, which I didn't know when I made this card for her. I also made a matching gift card box, which is so easy, and has a little insert where you can insert the gift card.
This card comes from the High Skies SVG Kit. It's a gatefold card, with lots of fun layers. The gift card box, which is becoming a staple for me, is from the My Day With Dad SVG Kit. I love choosing my own papers and themes to use on all of these cut files. They are all so versatile. 

Here's an easy and fun card that I made for a good friend's birthday. Just bright and cheery. The opening fold is on the top. This one comes from the Ice Cream Birthday SVG Kit.
One more card, this one made for my niece's birthday. After I made it i thought I'd save it for her wedding, but I was too excited so I had to just give it to her. I love the old vintage look the most. It's my very favorite. I've shown this card in another post where I did give it as a wedding card. It's from the Attic Treasures SVG Kit. It comes with a little template so that you can center and cut out your photo to fit the little frame.
Lastly, here is a box I made from the Big Boutique Boxes SVG Kit. I resized it down just about 4%, and it fit my gift just perfectly. I made the tag from some free printables I found on the web and Photoshop.  Again, the vintage look is so my fave!

Thanks for taking a look.

Happy Fall! Think crisp and cold!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

And They Said "I Do"

I have had the privilege recently to help do some graphics and crafty projects for the wedding of my dear friend's son and his fiance. It turned into one of the most beautiful weddings I've ever attended, as well as one of the largest, with near 250 guests.

We started off with the bride's shower (I've changed the name on items to give her some privacy).  The shower invitations were designed by my friend, MOTG, and myself. They were designed in Photoshop, and die cut on my Sizzix Eclips. Then we added a little die cut flower at the waist for some dimension and added cuteness.
At the shower, we set out some cute cards we made, and a little instruction card asking the guests to think of fun dates that the newlyweds could go on. We made three different valued cards, so if they are feeling like they don't have a lot of cash to spend, they can go to a free card. If they have about $20.00 of $50.00 available, they can pick a $20.00 card or a $50.00 card for fun ideas that would meet their budget.
 Next was a little guessing came, where the guests had to guess what ten items the bride would take on her honeymoon.
The hostess organized other games, as well as having a Pinterest field day on the yummy treats that were served.

I made a card for the bride. The carriage image from the Silhouette Store. The little tag came from Carte Bella's Paris Girl Element Pack 1. I changed out the color to match the colors used in the card, and did a print-to-cut on my Eclips. Also used a dotted swiss embossing folder for the background.

In preparation for the wedding, I cut vinyl for a bunch of tumblers (all the girls in the wedding party). She had a white dress for the bride, pink dresses for the brides maids, beige dresses for the mothers of the bride and the wedding coordinator (a dear family friend), and some little girls dresses for the flower girls. Each had their initial on them so they could easily locate their own cup.

the big girl tumblers
the mom tumblers

the little girl tumblers

As people entered the wedding venue there was a large bookcase, and the guests were to find their name on a book binding indicating at which table number they would be sitting. I used my Xyron to make these into a sticker to apply to the book bindings.
Another really fun element idea the bride and MOTB had was to make table numbers that corresponded with the chapters from the bride's favorite book, Little Women. We chose a shape and I took the chapter number, name, and a portion of text from each chapter of the book, and matched it with the table numbers. So, if you were at table one, in the background you would see Chapter 1, Playing Pilgrims, and then the words from that chapter of the book that would fill the rest of the outline.
 I cut out the numbers, backing and fronts, and the MOTB took them and spray-painted the numbers gold. She then inserted floral wire, and they were inserted into the floral arrangements on the tables. 

Also on the tables we made thank you cards for each place setting. They were tucked into the napkins so you could see them peaking out at the top.
And, I made coordinating place cards for those at the head table.
And here are the tables all setup.
And lastly, here's the card I made for their wedding gift. It's from SVG Cuts' Attic Treasures SVG Kit. I used Jodie Lee digi Vintage Collage Paper and Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe paper for the accent paper, as well as some brads from My Minds Eye's Indie collection.
Thanks for hanging in there and letting me share my most recent projects. It was so much fun. And I'm ready to move on to new projects for Christmas, and then my sweet niece's wedding which will occur next year.

Love is in the Air!