Wedding Card for a Beautiful Couple

 

Eric and AnnMarie's wedding card front

Well, the Big Day finally arrived! My wonderful nephew, Eric married the one and only AnnMarie, the girl of his dreams. It was such a joy and an honour to be part of their wedding and to celebrate with them after they had taken their vows. (My husband and I danced like no one was watching…we had a blast!)

So, back to Eric and AnnMarie…these two are Solid! I know in my heart that 60 years from now, they will still be in love and, what’s more, they will still be best friends! They are planning to start their family, soon, so there will be little Erics and AnnMaries to bring more sunshine and laughter into the world!!

I wanted to make them a special wedding card, and I wanted it to be simple and elegant. The photo above shows the front of the card. As  you can see, my Silhouette Cameo and my Cuttlebug got into the act, along with a little bit of creativity. I decided on an easel card. It was my husband’s idea to put their initials on the front…good idea, Sweet P.! Oh, and by the way, their wedding colours were teal, white and black, hence the teal roses.

 Here is the card opened as an easel.

And, finally, here is the inside of the card. Lots of space to write messages!

 The verse says: “May the Lord bless your life together and may you fall in love with each other over and over again. Happiness always!”

And to that I say, “Amen!”

P.S. I will also be posting tons of photos of the mini-album that I made for them…what a fun and joyful project!

Lighthouse card

This is my husband, Peter, or as I call him, “Sweet Pea.” I think he’s adorable and kind and sweet! Anyway, earlier this week, he celebrated an important birthday. I won’t say which one, but let’s just say that it ends with an “O”…if you get my drift.

I wanted to make him a birthday card that would have some relevance for him…but, I’ve done the golf cards and the computer cards–enough is enough!

Then I remembered how much he loves the east coast, with its beautiful coastal drives, stretches of red sand and quaint old lighthouses. Here’s what I created, just for my Sweet Pea! It really takes me back to the red sands of Prince Edward Island, Canada’s tiniest and most beautiful province.

For the inside of the card, I chose the last verse from a beautiful and well-loved Irish blessing…

May green be the grass you walk on,

May blue be the skies above you,

May pure be the joys that surround you,

May true be the hearts that love you.

 

I hope this inspires you to create a special greeting card for someone you love. It just feels so good to see them smile when they open it!

Thank you for dropping by!

 

ATCs–Mermaids

I’m back with my second Artist Trading Card (ATC)–Yay!!

I joined the ATC Swap Club over at The Crafter’s Cafe, in July. At the time, I had just learned what ATCs were all about. Basically, they are tiny works of art, 2.5″x3.5″ in size. They can be anything you want–paintings, drawings, 3-D, paper-piecing, digital or stamped images, plain, fancy, wacky or elegant.

The theme for August is mermaids. Here is my take on it, and following below is a brief description, with photos, of how I created my mini-masterpiece.

Every ATC must have certain information on the back. Here is the back of mine:

And, now, here is a really quick look at how I made my ATCs:

I began by printing out the actual 2.5″x3.5″ cards, with my information about this particular ATC swap on the back. Notice, at the bottom there is a space to number the ATC (1 of 12, 2 of 12, etc.) and a place for me to sign my name.

Next, I created the background out of sparkle paper (the kind that the sparkles don’t fall off of). I wanted to simulate water ripples, so I used the Branches folder in my Cuttlebug. It’s super to find creative ways to use our embossing folders!

I coloured my mermaid with Copic markers and added sparkle glue, because I like almost everything to sparkle! I then used brown and blue chalk pastels with a sponge dauber to add some depth to the ocean floor and the water. To add even further interest and depth, I used my daubers with blue and bronze ink pads to edge the oval shape.

So that’s pretty much it! Now, all I have to do is mail them and wait for the package to arrive with the other swap club members’ mermaid ATCs. Can’t wait!! Oh, but wait…

…now, that I’m all finished my ATCs, have the envelope addressed and am just about to head out to the post office, I find out that there are two more crafters who joined the swap…after the closing date. Yikes!! LOL!! Back to the craft room, I go, Hi, Ho, Hi, Ho!!!

The cutest baby ballerina, ever!

 

Hi, folks,

I’m back with a really short post. I just want to show you this cute little baby ballerina card. The digi, called “Tutu Sweet,” is by Meljen’s Designs. Isn’t she adorable?

I coloured her with my Copic markers and then added glitter glue to give her tutu some pizzazz. I created the lacy border by punching a strip of paper on both sides with my new Martha Stewart punch. Little Tutu Baby is sitting in a scalloped circle that I created with my Spellbinders Nestabilities and my Cuttlebug die cutting machine.

A matching ribbon, tied up in a bow, added the final sweet touch to this simple card. I love this image so much that I’m going to make a few more in various colours, such as pink, lavender, yellow and red.

Before I close, I must share my old joke with you. From the time I was about 10 years old, right through to my mid twenties, I was involved with ballet. Because of all the classes and practices, I was toned and slender and able to slip easily into a tutu. Today, four decades later, I’m not so slender and toned, but I still love to dance around my living room. Only now that my tutu doesn’t fit, I have to wear a four-four!! LOL!!

Bits and pieces…and your Cuttlebug

Bits ‘n Pieces

If you’re a baby boomer, or a fan of 1960s rock ‘n roll music, you probably remember The Dave Clark Five. One of their big hits was “Bits and Pieces.” This band was the number one rival of the Beatles, way back then. But, alas, they disappeared and the Beatles soared to unprecedented stardom, leaving the Dave Clark five and “Bits and Pieces” in their dust.

Ah, but thanks to my Cuttlebug, my bits and pieces are not being left behind. They’re all going to good use…but then, we crafters can find a use for just about anything, right?

Here is a sample of one of my Cuttlebugged bits and pieces cards.

So here’s the scoop: before throwing left-over paper into my scrap box, I use a square or circle punch (or heart-shaped, or whatever)  to create lovely little bits and pieces. By punching out these little shapes, I have almost no paper waste…yeah! I have a little container with bits and pieces in every imaginable colour and pattern. Not all of them are Cuttlebugged, but they all get used somewhere, somehow, in a card or other papercraft project. It’s really fun to create something from what would have been trash.

The other great thing about a bits and pieces card is that they are quick and easy to make. You don’t even have to put a sentiment on the front. They can just be pretty cards ready for any  occasion!

My scrap box is cleaner, my recycle bin lighter, my “finished cards” box is fuller…and I can’t get the song “Bits and Pieces” out of my head! Oh, well, this week, “Bits and Pieces,” next week, that old favourite, “Paper Roses!”

Thanks for dropping by and happy crafting!

P.S. I’d love to showcase what you are doing with your bits and pieces. Please leave me a comment, if  you would like your Bits and Pieces project to be featured here, on Globug Ideas.