Monday, September 8, 2008

Bridal Shower Bliss

My sister is getting married!

Things have been very busy around here. The wedding is only six weeks away. My future brother-in-law, his friends, my dad and my hubby have been working feverishly to prepare their future home. My mother and sister are busy with wedding preparations. My other two sisters and a close family friend are the bridesmaids. We've been working very hard on the shower for the last few weeks and yesterday it went better than I had hoped.

We did a lot of handcrafted items.

We made all the invitations by hand:
We had a bright theme. The invitations were stamped pink, yellow, orange, green, purple and turquoise. I'll post some more pictures of these later - they only allow me five pictures per post :)
On to the favors:

We made paper bags hand-stamped with the same colorful flower stamp. Each one had a matching stamped tag with a mini picture of Beth and Ben. Inside was a bottle of hand soap.

These are matching photo mini-booklet cards. They are so cool! I will definitely have to post more details later. As you can see, they match the stamps of the invitations and the favors.
I gave one to Beth and have plans for the others ... gifts for bridesmaids, mother, mother-in-law, grandma, etc.

Hope you enjoyed the few pictures :) Now it's time for wedding crafts!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Page Maps Contest

Here's my entry for the Page Maps Blog challenge. I have almost zero hope of winning, but I wanted to do it anyway. It's often nice to have a boost to create something.

Here's the inspiration sketch:

And here's my take:
I love this picture. It's of hubby dearest being playful with some wisteria.
The green paper is from Making Memories Travel collection. I used my Autumn Leaves Swirls stamps, CTMH Big Paper Flowers, K&Co Fabric Brad, CTMH jewel flower, green ribbon and an assortment of alphas including Basic Grey, Making Memories mailbox letters, MME Bohemia Chipboard and Making Memories tiny stickers (so cute).

You can't really tell by the picture, but the texture is pretty cool. I have the textured cardstock, the flowers and jeweled brad and plenty of 3-D stickers. I created a pretty cool effect on the 'U'. It now has a felt-like texture. I inked the original brown letter with green ink. I put a little white ink in the embossed areas and then distressed it while the ink was still wet. This rubbing created a unique feel.

I know it's simple, but I like it that way. Right now it's on my fridge, but I think I'll attach a ribbon hanger and put it on my wall. I like it just that much :) I hope you enjoy it too!

P.S. I plan on posting the next few days about my sister's shower. She's getting married and we did a lot of crafting. I was super inspired.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Baby Book - Page 52 & 53

Well, I was wrong. Here's the latest layout I've done for Justin's album.
It's based off of one of Suzy's sketches.
I used Miss Elizabeth papers, flowers from Joann's, ribbon from Walmart, brads from CTMHy and my favorite metal letters :)