Elegant Congratulations

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A simple, shiny card with a bold, elegant impact. So easy with great tools!


Here’s what I used (all Stampin’ UP!):Congratssilver

  • Stamps: Floral Phrases
  • Ink:  Black Stazon
  • Paper: Whisper White and Basic Black Cardstock; Silver Foil Sheet
  • Tools: Detailed Floral Thinlits; Curvy Corner Trio Punch (retired)
  • Embellishments: Silver 1/8″ Ribbon; Rhinestone Basic Jewels; Metallic Metal Shapes

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

Some heartfelt creating

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I’m in the process of cleaning out old photo files–a “housekeeping” task that leads me down memory lane for some lengthy and heart-wrenching strolls at times. It’s kind of cathartic, kind of fun, and definitely worth the effort: I keep finding photos of people I’d forgotten I had, along with a lot of projects I worked on–some many months ago.  And today I’ve uncovered some wedding-goodies, which seemed appropriate for this Valentine’s week!

I’ve previously documented some of the decorations and items I made for my niece’s wedding back here. I’ve had every intention of finishing up that big process of creating a digital scrapbook of the whole wedding, but it’s a work that is sadly STILL in process—put on hold because of computer issues and life happening. But I’ve gotta do something with THESE pictures now, so for the time being, I’m simply going to document the crafty-part of this small but lovely wedding, and will get back to the bigger project when I can.

Veil

Reworked Wedding Veil

Just as I did for my own wedding back in 1994—of which this niece was a part—and in the same small church, even—I made a lot of decorations, the wedding florals, and even reworked my own wedding veil for my niece to wear. And I guess I helped her coordinate everything in a sense–I took her to the local HL and turned her loose to choose colors and florals. Silks were preferred over real flowers simply for the keepsake aspect; I was personally glad of the choice because they’re so much easier to work with than live flowers!

It was technically a Winter wedding (mid-March), but close enough to Spring that a totally different color palette would have been fine, but my niece trends toward a vintage vibe, and she wanted a dusky, deep-toned array of somewhat larger-than-life floral tones. Deep rose-pink, dark teal, deep plum-purple, and a rich burgundy—all very dusky-toned—were the darkish-but-bold pops of color against the backdrop of ivory and touches of black. Those colors were pulled through into the decorations for the small sanctuary and into the two “fellowship hall” rooms that served as the reception areas after the marriage service.

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The bridal party’s bouquets were put together Brides Bouquetsimply, with each bridesmaid getting her own single color, while the bride carried a bouquet with a mixture of all the colors and flowers chosen (and a few lilies thrown in to add a bit of traditional flair).  Boutinieres2

 And of course there were boutonnieres, too!–>


Curtain of Fans

The finished “Curtain of Fans” coverup!

One of the biggest challenges of decorating for the wedding reception–a simple, small affair for family and a few friends and held at the same little church– was that one of the rooms has an enormous mural that covers one entire wall. While it’s perfectly fine as a backdrop for daily church life and gatherings, the scenic ocean view did NOT go along with our wedding-theme-décor at all—it was, in fact, an eyesore to figure out what to do with. I lucked up in finding some really inexpensive white fusible-web-type-material (which lent an ethereal softness to the whole room) and used yards of it to hang “curtain panels” from floor to ceiling over the problem spot and then decorated over that. It ended up making a nice backdrop for the food service tables, and carried the vintage-vibe of the decorations through the space nicely.

Fans

I spent hours….and hours….and hours making these paper fans (long before I had a scoring board to work with!), and used up a lot of old buttons and other little trinkets that I’d had for many years. Vintage, in the real sense of the word!Fans2Fans3Curtain of Fans2





There were a bunch more decorations, both in the sanctuary and in the reception areas, but these are the ones I just found pics for, so here they’ll rest for posterity to find some day. I look back on these photos now and really am reminded of the many hours I devoted to this effort…and of why I spent so much time. It matters, this time and effort spent on these little labors of crafting love. I can look at each simple piece I created and pretty much remember every thought going through my head at the time, all those months ago: remembering my own wedding, reflecting on the fact that the 11-year-old at my wedding was now preparing for hers, realizing that sometimes it feels like my heart will burst with the love I have for this little-girl-now-grown. Perhaps that is what crafting and creating any thing of beauty is–our hearts bursting open for a moment and spilling forth the love and other emotions that have grown too large, too intense to be contained. It was a beautiful wedding and I’m so glad I was there….with all my heart.

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

Lovely Diamonds and Roses

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In keeping with my New Year’s resolution to play with my paper goodies more in 2015, and inspired in part by the encouragement from Retro Rubber Challenge Blog to do so, I’m digging back through my stamps and supplies to create with some items that, in many cases, haven’t seen any crafting-time in a long time. A VERY long time, in one case here.

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Amongst the huge stack of goodies a dear friend donated to me a couple years ago (to assist with some Relay for Life charitable projects) were quite a few truly retro Stampin’ UP! stamps. Since rosy hearts aren’t necessarily easy to work into projects for the Relay cancer-fighting cause, I knew then that I’d have to wait til I had a lot of time to play with paper–hopefully sometime around a Valentine’s Day in my not-too-distant future. So, fast forward two years later, and here I am finally finding–or rather, making— the time to thoroughly enjoy doing just that.

rrbc06-3I grabbed the fabulous rose-filled heart from the set (from 1998!!) from my friend, the “Love” sentiment from another set from 2012, and a bunch of tools and embellishments, both old and new. My Basic Black, Real Red, and Whisper White result is cleaner-lined and much bolder than my usual style, but is still crafted with lots of layers, some very-decidedly-girly touches, and a bit of the vintage vibe that makes my heart sing.


Here’s what I used:

  • Stamps: Kindness Shared (the heart, retired); Affection Collection (sentiment, retired). Both were inked in Versamark and heated up with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder to add more texture.
  • Tools: Fancy Fan Embossing Folder; Large Oval, Extra Large Oval, and Scallop Oval Punches; Ovals Collection Framelits. (I would really love to see if the Hearts Framelits will “fit” this heart image, but since I don’t have that set yet, I ended up fussy-cutting out my heart. Doing so immediately moved the purchase of those framelits to much higher on my never-ending “SU! to Buy” list!)
  • Embellishments:  1/4″ Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon (retired); Tea Lace Paper Doilies; Rhinestone Basic Jewels; and the silver blinged-out heart is an actual pendant–a remnant from an old collection of costume jewelry that I keep on hand for just this type of project. I’ve attached it to the card in such a way that it can be easily removed and be used as a necklace again, if desired. This card is earmarked for a niece who enjoys vintage goodies as much as her old aunt does, and she’ll particularly love that heart’s “diamonds”, since that’s her birthstone!

–Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!

Best Wishes-softly spoken

Best Wishes

This is a card I made awhile back for–obviously–a wedding greeting. The colors in it are very soft and muted, but, since it features the lovely Pink Pirouette, I decided it would be a good card to showcase during the “pink” month of October.

There’s a lot going on with this card, because first, a clean and simple style is not my natural inclination, and second, it was for a wedding, so, in my mind anyway–the more frilly embellishments, the better!  The bride who received this is a lot like me–she loves everything vintage and feminine, romantic style, which kinda begs for ribbon and pearls and trinkets–all present here.

The ingredients for the card are all retired SU papers and inks, some SU embellishments, and a couple of trinkets and some ribbon I had in my stash. To make this card again from all only current SU product, I’d use the Subtles (Pink Pirouette) and Neutrals (Basic Gray) Backgrounds DSP Stacks, the magnificent Seam Binding Ribbon, and likely the sentiment from Petite Pairs. Some Pearl Basics Jewels sprinkled here and there would lend the perfect finishing touch.

The pink in today’s card isn’t to raise “awareness”, of course, but rather to celebrate the happiest of days. The more happy days we have to celebrate–for ourselves or with others–the better, regardless of whatever health battles anyone faces. Well, actually, as one who has been there, I believe celebrating and acknowledging the joys of our lives makes it so much easier to make it through the struggles.

So, “best wishes” to the new brides everywhere, as I acknowledge that pink power is sometimes loveliest and loudest when softly spoken, and say, thanks for visiting my Little Corner today.