Toad

I just finished my first official Moleskine sketchbook, and upon flipping through and recalling the memories of the past many months, I came across this toad that I had not shared yet on my blog.  We were in North Carolina for a dear friend’s wedding and stayed in a cabin deep in the woods.  Naturally there was plenty of wildlife, and while most of the critters kept their distance, this large toad sat on the porch for an entire day.  He even let my daughter pick him up and hold him for a bit.

Toad

Toad

We were a little worried because he was so far away from the stream but later learned that toads spend less time in water than frogs do, so I guess he knew what he was doing.  Nevertheless, Toady was a fun mascot for the cabin and a lot of fun to capture in this painting.  I’m excited to start a new Moleskine as the New Year approaches and can’t wait to start splashing color on those pages!

Rhinestones and Pink Champagne

Always and Forever

Always and Forever

Here are yet 2 more wedding cards that I made for a wedding this afternoon. One of my favorite things to do when I receive invitations (wedding or graduation) is to see if there are elements on the invitations that I can use on the cards I make. The colors on the invitation were pink and black so that set my color choices. The “Always and Forever” card is stamped on a plaque I made with the Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge, and the background is dry embossed with Swiss Dots. The ribbon and rhinestone heart were actually cut off the invitation and reused to give this card a personal touch for the Bride and Groom.

Pink Champagne Wedding Card

Pink Champagne Wedding Card

I was really happy with the “Pink Champagne” card. Kim so graciously shared with me her Stampin Up Stamps, Cheers to You, and I knew the champagne glasses would make a great wedding card. Again, the round plaque is cut from Elegant Edges and the Best Wishes stamp is from Stampin Up’s Sincere Salutations. My favorite part is the actual champagne, which I colored in with a light yellow colored pencil and topped with a Stardust glitter pen. I added Glossy Accents over top the coloring, and it hardens and gives just a little bit of dimension and sheen to the champagne, which I think is a pretty effect. I added a simple ribbon bow and a rhinestone heart, which again was reused from the original wedding invitation. Sorry that the close-up picture below is a bit blurry but I hope you can see what I am describing (click on the pictures to see details better).

Pink Champagne closeup

Pink Champagne closeup

I hope you’re not tired of wedding cards yet, because I have one more to show you later this week. Have a great weekend and stay cool!

Three More Wedding Cards

Wedding Cake Card

Wedding Cake Card

Wedding Cake Card

Wedding Cake Card

The 2 wedding cake cards were based on a card I learned in a Stampin Up class. They were simple and quick to make yet have an elegant feel.   The cake layers were made with graduating sizes of rectangles embossed with the Devine Swirls embossing folder. Once stacked, the rectangle “layers” were offset by a strand of adhesive pearls. The 3 flowers and bows were just from odds and ends I had in my sticker stash. I tried to use background colors that coordinated with each individual wedding we attended (and we had quite a few in the last year).

Double Heart Love Card

Double Heart Love Card

The double-heart card can easily be an anniversary or any type of “love” card. Two hearts and their shadows were cut with the George Cricut cartridge. The hearts were stamped with a flourish design with VersaMark and heat embossed with gold powder. The Perfect Paisley embossing folder was used for the background which was layered on the same gold cardstock as the heart shadows. A pretty gold ribbon finishes the look.

Three Coordinating Wedding Cards

Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Card

Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Card

Here are three wedding cards made for my son and daughter-in-law’s wedding two weeks ago; one from my husband and me and one for each set of grandparents to give. I wanted the cards to coordinate with their wedding colors yet be different from each other. I like how clean and simple the first card is. A simple embossing folder and gossamer ribbon can make such a pretty card. Three paper flowers set off the Mr. & Mrs. design quite gracefully.

The second card is another example of simplicity. The top panel is embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder and edge punched with a Martha Stewart scallop edger. Simple heart outlines were cut on the Cricut, and a tiny slit in one enabled them to be entwined with the slit being hidden where the hearts meet. Of course I had to embellish with a little sparkle too.

Double Hearts

Double Hearts

Last but not least, I love the colors on this card. Again hearts were cut on the Cricut. One was matted and the other dry embossed, and the smaller 3 were cut from patterned paper. The MS scallop edger was used at the top as well as three paper flowers and a tiny white bow.

Blue Hearts Wedding Card

Blue Hearts Wedding Card

Glad it is Friday because I have lots of crafting I want to do this weekend, and I hope you have something enjoyable to look forward to as well. Thanks for stopping by!

Love is in the air

Man and Wife

Newly Married

Wow, it has been a while since I posted but we have been rather busy because my son and new daughter-in-law were married last Saturday! In my opinion the wedding was beautiful and everything went perfectly. The rehearsal and rehearsal dinner went smoothly, the weather behaved while outdoor pictures were taken, the wedding was gorgeous, and the reception was so much fun! I love this picture of them when they were pronounced man and wife – such happiness!

In the next few posts I will show you some of the cards I have made over the last year in honor of the many weddings we have attended since last fall. I have known many of these couples since they were freshmen in high school and love seeing them get married and start their lives together.

Below is the bridal shower invitation I made for my daughter-in-law’s shower. I tried to keep the aqua color consistent throughout all the cards I made for her along the way. I saw a similar card on Pinterest but of course had to add a little sparkle to it (it is easier to see the sparkle if you click on the photo and enlarge it). I drew the dress silhouette by hand and when I was finally pleased with it, I cut out a template from heavy chipboard. I traced and cut out all the dresses by hand. Then I stamped a pretty swirl with VersaMark and heat embossed with a sparkly iridescent powder. A simple snip of ribbon was wrapped at the waist. The sentiment is from Stampin Up and I used background paper in their wedding color. The newlyweds arrive home tomorrow and I can’t wait to hear all about their adventures in Antigua.      

Bridal Shower Invitation

Bridal Shower Invitation

Lastly, while on the topic of love and weddings, yesterday was my parent’s 54th wedding anniversary.  Isn’t that incredible?   Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad.  I love you!