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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Vintage Handkerchief STD's (pic heavy) on: June 09, 2011 10:03:18 PM
So, I'm a super lucky girl and one of my bridesmaids happens to be a fantastic artist and her specialty is printmaking.  I knew I wanted to do vintage handkerchief STD's for my wedding, but I didn't want to go the iron on route.  So, she designed a logo for me based on my "oak tree theme" and carved it into a linoleum wood block.  I bought a bunch of hankies off of Ebay and Etsy.  Here is the block

We used black speedball ink and rolled it onto the block here is our set-up

Inking up the block

after it's inked we placed the hanky on to the block and put it into the press (notice the glass of wine very important to the process)

then we used a spoon to make sure that all the little details got pressed onto the hanky

then we very gently pulled the hanky off the block and viola our STD

Here is a close-up of what the final printed image looked like

The STD's took over the entire room

They actually only took a few hours to dry, so we were able to rotate them out on the clothes line.  I printed out the following info on some shiny blue cardstock i got from papersource.com

Here is my man doing his part helping to cut the info cards out

I wrapped the handkerchief around the info card so that the tree faces the front and when you unwrap the handkerchief you see the info card.  Unfortunately I don't seem to have taken a picture of this step. 

I got the envelopes from envelopes.com and used a martha stewart stamp to put our return address on them.  I used a metallic silver paint pen to write the addresses on the front. 

Overall this was a fun and pretty easy project.  It was slightly time consuming, but in the end totally worth it!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Earrings....lots of earrings! on: February 21, 2009 04:50:13 PM
Here are the very first earrings I've ever made.  I have a necklace with coin pearls that was missing matching earrings.

Then I got the jewelry making bug and made a bunch more.  The apple and plane themed earrings are a fundraising project "Help the MFA's JET off to the BIG APPLE"  I'm a theatre management grad student and in charge of raising $5,000 to help pay for our grad actor's NYC showcase in May.

I've pretty much taught myself how to make jewelry in the past few months so any comments or constructive criticisms are greatly appreciated!   Smiley
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Holiday Cards on: December 13, 2008 02:08:07 PM
Had a little crafting party with some girlfriends last night.  The result: some fun holiday cards!

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Bachelorette Party Fun Stuff (pic heavy NSFW) on: September 23, 2008 08:55:07 PM
This past weekend was my best friend's bachelorette party.  I made her veil, sashes for the bridal party, garter and party favors. 

I used ribbon, craft glue, tulip fabric paint and fun lip stickers for the bride.

I didn't sew the garter just glued the heart & dice on. 

Supplies for the veil.

The veil.

A magnet for a party favor.

We had a great time and the bride loved everything I made.  She liked the garter so much that she's going to wear it for the wedding.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Bachelorette Party Favors on: August 25, 2008 10:53:30 PM
So my best friend is getting married in Oct (a black and white wedding) and I'm helping plan the bachelorette party.  The A.C. Moore here is going out of business so I got a bunch of "wine glass" wood cut outs for 6 cents each and a pack of small rhinestones for $2.50.  I already had some black and white paint, round magnets and craft glue so for about $4.00 I have some fun party favors.  

So I guess cause this is my first post I can't put up pictures.  So here are the links to the photos:

Aug_08 028 by Lovekj1, on Flickr

Aug_08 031 by Lovekj1, on Flickr
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