Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #15 – All the Pretty Flowers

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Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #15 – All the Pretty Flowers

Happy Monday, everyone!  I’m writing to you today as a guest designer for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog, and I’m awfully excited to be a part of the September challenges!  The current challenge is #15, and here are the details:

Challenge #15 All the Pretty Flowers
This challenge is for all of you flower hoarders! Maybe you hoard pre-made flowers. Maybe you hoard flower punches or dies. Maybe you hoard flower stamps. “Dig” out those flowers and use them on your project!
It’s like this challenge was made for me!  I have lots of flowered paper, a bunch of die-cut flowers that are just waiting to be assembled, flower punches waiting to be used, and most of all, pre-made flowers that I take out and admire regularly (but never use).  For this challenge, I decided to finally put to use some of those precious pre-made flowers on a matching card-and-envelope set.  Take a look:
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I started with papers from the DCWV Primrose Stack, cut them all to size and distressed them a little bit.  Then, I stamped my favorite “Mr & Mrs” stamp in a blue that I rarely use, fussy cut it, and layered it over a couple die cuts.  I adorned the corners with my Spellbinders Garden Weave die (garden/flowers, same difference…right?), then added some antique blue satin ribbon I had leftover from an order.  I dug through my hoard of buttons (also rarely used because what if I use this button now and need it later? WHAT IF!?) and picked a simple cream button to tie the bow together.  Then, after I’d layered everything to my liking, I pulled out the treasured flowers and started arranging.  I originally planned to use more flowers, to make a veritable garden on my card, but it wasn’t working.  After all, it’s kind of important to see the pretty paper underneath, right?  I was pleased that the paper I did choose had that lovely spray of little blue flowers to give the appearance of a bigger garden, so to speak.  Anyway, here’s the inside of the card:
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Yes, I fussy cut those little tiny flowers.  Yes, I’m crazy.  I would’ve liked to include some of the “real” flowers on the inside, but it would have been too bulky.  No good, so I stuck with simple.  Finally, I lined an envelope to match:
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Now it’s your turn!  Get inspired by the projects created by the design team and guest designers, then create your very own flowered project and enter it on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog by Sunday, September 14th at midnight PT.  The design team will pick their favorites, and TWO talented winners will be chosen to receive prizes from this month’s sponsors, Crafty Secrets and Heartfelt Creations!  For challenge rules and more details, visit the Craft Hoarders blog.
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you liked today’s post and are inspired to create your own project for the Craft Hoarder’s Anonymous challenge!  Have a lovely day 🙂

Wedding Wednesday – Congrats to the Happy Couple

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Wedding Wednesday – Congrats to the Happy Couple

Hello, everyone!  It’s been a while since I’ve had a Wedding Wednesday post, but I’m hoping to find time soon to work on some new designs.  In the meantime, I want to share with you another custom card I made for a friend.  I made her invitations earlier this year, and she tied the knot in April with a gorgeous outdoor ceremony and reception.  It was a special day, indeed!  Anyway, her colors were a light sage green and cream/tan with some lavender thrown in…and here’s the card I made to match:

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I started with a few pages from my newest DCWV books, then stamped away!  I stamped a damask pattern onto the green background layer, then used lavender pigment ink to stamp swirls onto the ripped newspaper print in the corner.  Then, of course, I used my favorite “Mr. & Mrs.” stamp for the sentiment.  I added some Glossy Accents to the frame around the sentiment, distressed and inked all the edges, and stitched everything together.  The best part was making the bow and arranging the flowers.

Here’s the inside:

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I repeated the papers and background stamping, as well as the basic layout.  There was just enough room for a short note, and I was glad the damask stamping didn’t make the note hard to read.

I did make a matching box for this card, but I admit it was a little hurried and I didn’t get a chance to take a picture.  Oh well!

That’s it for today!  I hope you enjoyed this week’s Wedding Wednesday.  Have a lovely day!

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge – What’s Your Style

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Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog – What’s Your Style

Hi everyone!  It’s been snowing and snowing here, so you’d think I’d get lots of work done.  Think again!  Everyone else gets snow days, so I’ve found it very difficult not to take a snow day or two myself.  Ah, well.  I have managed to get some work done, and I’ll be sharing it with you right now!  Just a heads-up, this is a long post, so get ready 🙂

There’s a brand-spanking-new challenge blog out there called Craft Hoarders Anonymous, and I’m so excited to be playing along with the first challenge!  I’m also thrilled to announce that I’ve been chosen as a guest designer for a post or two later this year!  I’ll keep you posted on the dates when they get close, and in the meantime I’ll enjoy playing along every 2 weeks – I hope you’ll join in the fun, as well!

This first challenge is titled “What’s Your Style,” and I’m sure you can guess what it’s about.  The goal is to create a project (card, scrapbook layout, mixed media, you name it!) that exemplifies your style.  Here’s what I came up with:

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First of all, it’s a card (but oh, it’s more than a card! Just wait and see!) because that’s what I do primarily.  It’s also wedding-themed because, let’s face it, that’s also what I do 🙂  What really makes it me, though, is the relatively simple style and clean lines.  I love to layer paper to create depth and texture in a project.  Here, I’ve layered black, pearly white, and a black/grey pattern very simply with my favorite lace border punch for a little interest.  I also created a frame and popped it onto foam squares for more dimension over the embossed “Mr. & Mrs.” sentiment.  Oh, and embossing is one of my very favorite techniques, too.

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I also love adding clusters of flowers to projects, preferably handmade flowers.  I made the white roses on this card by folding strips of paper – a favorite technique.  A little bling is always a good thing in my opinion, so I like to add rhinestones to my projects.  Finally, ribbon.  I L-O-V-E LOVE satin ribbon and big, poofy bows!  I would add a big bow to every project if I could, but alas, sometimes they’re just not appropriate!

Another thing I like to do on all my cards is to make the inside match the outside.  I usually repeat the same papers and shapes, and, when I can, sentiment fonts:

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Ok, this is where I start to get giddy!  I love continuity throughout a project – matching invitations and programs, lined envelopes, etc.   This card is a little too dimensional for an envelope, so I decided to make a matching box for it!  Take a look:

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As you can see, I repeated the same papers, shapes, and style on the lid of the box.  More ribbon, rhinestones, and handmade roses pull it all together.  What I love about making a matching box is that “just a card” becomes a real gift.  The happy couple can keep the card in the box and/or use the box for wedding keepsakes.

And now, for your viewing pleasure, a couple more pictures 🙂

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Thank you guys for stopping by and sticking with me for this post!  I’m pretty tickled with this project, and really really excited about the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog!  There are just a couple more days to play along with this first challenge – enter your project and have a chance to win an exciting prize!

Have a lovely day 🙂

Wedding Wednesday – Mr & Mrs Modern Wedding Invitation

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  This week I’m super excited to share with you a new design I’ve been working on!  I’ve been working on this design in my head for months; I’ve had the supplies to make this design for several weeks; I’ve finally completed this design to my satisfaction!  It’s a very modern design with a graphic feel…check it out:

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Featuring the ever-popular ampersand and chevron pattern, this invitation is clean and simple.  Everything is hand-stamped and the “Mr. & Mrs.” is embossed for texture.  The text is printed in black on 100# card stock- high quality, heavy card stock perfect for this kind of invite.  The colors are, of course, completely customizable, as is the font of the printed text.  Not to mention, it comes with a matching RSVP card!

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Like every Paper Melody’s design, this invitation set is perfect for brides on a budget!  Each set includes one 5 x 7″ invitation, one 3 x 4.25″ RSVP card, one A7 envelope, and one A1 envelope, and comes in at under $1.50!

A couple more pictures for you:

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Thank you for stopping by!  Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or are interested in placing an order!  If you like this design but aren’t in need of wedding invitations, please use the buttons below to share this post on facebook, pinterest, and twitter.  I appreciate it more than I can ever express when you help me spread the word!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!