May 30, 2010

Another Spring Engagement

Our family is so blessed this year to be celebrating not one, but THREE upcoming weddings. (Actually it will be four, but that's a blog for another day.) This card is for my niece, Crystal and her fiancé Scott. I love the pink and green combo so much, I decided it was the right colour scheme for this engagement card.

Normally, for a such a card I would look to the Sweethearts cartridge.  However, ever since I bought the Storybook cartridge, I have been thinking thoughts of romantic engagements and weddings. This cart has the sweetest designs, and it just made sense when thinking about a beautiful wedding day for this young couple.

I also wanted a card that opened differently than the standard fold and this one filled the bill.

For the front panel, I created a flap from two cuts. The pink striped panel (cut twice) "sandwiches" the green fold-down flap. (See inside pic for details.)

The front sentiment is layered between a white background and a green frame, which was cut one size smaller than the pink frame.

In cutting the green frame, tiny holes were cut which seemed to cry out for pearls. So pearls I added! The pink and white flower is from a longer strand, purchased in the sewing department. I also added a satin and sheer white ribbon across the green flap behind the pink panel. This gave the lift-up front more definition.

This style of card gives you a lot of areas to place things. I could have added something to the green front which would be seen when the pink flap is lifted. I experimented with that but I prefer the simplicity of leaving it plain.

We're not done yet!

Fully opened, the center area is for the main message. I typed a personal note on plain white and adhered it to this spot (blanked out to the world).

Then I created an embossed embellishment for the bottom panel. You could use a swoosh, flower, hearts, etc. But I liked the sentiment "Together Forever".

I am actually taking a risk posting this card before it is even mailed to the recipient. Sshhhh... don't tell.

May 20, 2010

Engagement Bliss

Here is the bag I promised to post that coordinates with the engagement card posted in February. Click here to see the matching card.

Of course the cartridge for this one had to be Sweethearts. I had been waiting for the perfect time to use this cut and I loved how it turned out.

The pink heart is cut from paper that has a sponged effect. It came that way. The letters are cut from Alphalicious ... my favourite font. I cut 2 layers from black (at size 1) and sparkled them with glitter.

Notice the big diamond on the ring? It's not quite as large as the stone this bride-to-be is wearing.

Getting Ready to Celebrate!

I can hardly believe we are approaching the end of May! There are a few weddings in my family this summer and I know I'll be busy creating cards, gift bags and various decor items for those special occasions.

I thought I would pull out a couple of pics from my February crafts... mostly to get myself inspired to get back into cardmaking!

Since I knew I'll be needing several gift bags, I bought a package of inexpensive plain white bags that I'll be able to decorate in any way I want.

First up ~ a gift bag for my little grandson's 1st birthday. The party theme was "Zoo Animals" and my daughter made the most delicious cake you've ever tasted, in the shape of a lion, shown below.

For this one I used Celebrations cartridge. I used textured card stock and layered it a couple of times for stronger dimension. Then I shadowed the phrase "Happy Birthday" in black. In the center of the pompom on the hat, I added a fluffy white pom-pom.  The candle flame is glittered with sparkly gold paint.

Here's the cake my daughter, Rebecca made. The inside was delicious orange and white chocolate mousse. Amazing!

This cake took many hours to complete. That's what I call a labour of love!

If you'd like to have Rebecca  and Julia bake up a yummy batch of cupcakes for your next party, you'll find all the info here on the Tiers of Joy Facebook page.
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