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341  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Should I use these for my candle favours? on: March 28, 2007 06:55:07 PM
With tea lights they might not be too top heavy. And if you put some flowers or some foliage around their base, it might help anchor them. Will your reception be outdoors?
342  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Gonna do myself a "favour"..... on: March 26, 2007 10:21:35 PM
Oh, and thanks to everyone who pm'ed me about my spelling of "Momento". I didn't mean to mis-spell it. Luckily, it doesn't bother me too much. It may drive some of my guests bonkers though. A good half of them are teachers. I also normally spell "favor" in the British form, favour, so that was conscious on my part to keep people from correcting me by using the American spelling on the signage. Oh, I just can't win. ha!

Maybe I should leave it and give a prize to the person who finds the error? ha ha.

Thanks again guys, for taking the time.
343  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Gonna do myself a "favour"..... on: March 26, 2007 09:54:37 PM
Awww, that is so sweet! Thank you so much.

I am enjoying having a reason to make so many fun things. Is there anything better than having a PURPOSE when you go to the Dollar Store? ha ha.

This isn't "craft" related....but I'm going to share anyway! We're having our ceremony in a private setting along the river. Me and my two bridesmaids are each pulling up to the ceremony spot in a canoe, manned by each of my three brothers. So, I have been thinking hard about what shoes I wanted, as they will have to be flats to climb up from the dock along the natural riverbank. I was joking that I should just get white rain galloshes and call it a day. Then, I was at Payless today, and I found the best of both worlds..

flats with cute keyhole peep
made in Brazil (not China)
and super cute!

(excuse my oddly veiny feet, I was running around all day and it is a million degrees, the heat does that to me.  Sad )

344  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Gonna do myself a "favour"..... on: March 26, 2007 08:10:12 PM

I printed out photos of swallow birds in flight, cut around their sillouettes, then I traced around them on the back of some of my cherry blossom paper from Graham & Snow, and cut them out. The "grass" and "clouds" are cut out from an old yellowing book that I use for collage.
345  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Gonna do myself a "favour"..... on: March 26, 2007 11:51:59 AM

Here's my completed signage for our favour table. I'm going to carry this theme into other signage for the guest book table, and the family tree quilt table too. But, baby steps, this is what I got done last night.

And, I'm very excited, our embossing plate for our address came today. Now, all of our invites will have a lovely blind embossed touch to our return address. I was so dreading the idea of printed return address labels, and this solved it, and the place was having a free shipping special, and I already had the hand embossing press, so I just needed the plate, it ended up just being $25. I used Acorn Sales, their turn around and service is great.

Here's my favour table signage.....if you look closely, the pages of the book I used to collage, have our wedding date on them.

346  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Save The Dates on: March 24, 2007 09:20:03 AM
I should post my other two monograms, they are so preeeeeeeeetty!  Smiley  She is awesome!

On the front, the ribbon wraps around so the ends are under the monogram. The monogram is printed on a heavy white cardstock, then I cut out a piece of "stardream" paper in the blue, just a bit bigger, used a corner punch to round all the corners, put the white monogram part on the blue stardream with foam mounting dots, to give them some heighth - then added that to the card with double sided adhesive.

How long did it take? Oy vey. Too long. I finished last night at 1am. My FI's father is coming to visit today, and is taking them home with him for his wife to mail out. So, just in time. All told, about a week. We went to USPS.com to pick out stamps - they have some really cute blue "love birds" that went well with the save-the-dates.

I do recommend uploading the Avery labelmaker program to your computer, to help with printing some of this stuff. They have great templates, and it is free. That is how I printed out all the monograms.
347  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Save The Dates on: March 23, 2007 02:14:38 PM
We're having two receptions out of consideration for our guests. It is really sucking having to get everything done for both receptions and the ceremony. Having a freak out week!

Here's the Save The Dates for our second reception in Michigan. I'm starting to question why I didn't carry the theme from the Chicago ceremony/reception into the other reception. But, I HAD to have another pallette of colours, didn't I?  Wink

Finished front of the std, monogram by Aylee NYC:
(if you want her info, to have her design one for you, she did three for me, shoot me an e-mail)

The inside (ignore the tissue, it is in there 'til the tacky tape dries):

Santa's little workshop, and her necessary continuously full cup of coffee:
348  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: handmade weddings on: March 23, 2007 02:00:39 PM
I voted for you guys. Great picture! Too cute!

I am also addicted to the D*S's handmade wedding guest blog. I'm pouring through that thing every day! Love it!
349  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: handmade cd covers for favours on: March 23, 2007 01:58:45 PM
You are so creative! I love these, they are elegant and sophisticated! What a lovely remembrance Cheesy

Thanks so much! I wanted to do something that was obviously "handmade" without it looking crap-tastic. We're having the reception and ceremony here in Chicago, then a second reception in Michigan. I think my head is going to explode. I chose to do the Chicago action in all cherry blossoms and cherry blossom colours and really bohemian chic. And then the Michigan reception in all sea greens and blues. It fulfills my desire to use these two colour pallettes, but has started to make me feel like my head is going to explode.

We decided to make four favours for each reception. That way our guest could choose their favourite. For the Chicago reception I'm doing;
25 cds with handmade covers
25 wood pendants with cherry blossom embellishment on ribbons
25 small boxes with my Grandma's homemade candied pecans
25 sets of marble magnets with cherry blossom theme

350  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: handmade cd covers for favours on: March 23, 2007 01:54:21 PM
I am so new to paper crafts and have a few questions...

Is the tool you used on the corners like a stamp?  Or is it more complex?  About how much can one expect to pay for one of those?

Also, have you ever used a hand embosser?  They look like a pen with a stylus and I guess you run then on the back side of a paper with a stencil to raise an image.  I don't know.  I want to emboss a border on a paper but don't want to get a lot a of equipment.

Sorry, I just noticed your questions....

The corner punch and embosser is from Fiskars - it has four different punch options - here's one like it: http://www.fiskarscrafts.com/tools/t_combo-corner-punch-heritage.aspx 

On sale at JoAnn's right now for $8.99 - I got it with one of my 40% off coupons I get every week -

I do have the hand embossing tools. It gets a bit expensive too. I have the stylus, a light box, and several brass plates with different designs. It is also really time consuming. But, can look great! I wanted to do all my save the dates with hand embossing, but it was just taking too long.

The "hair dryer" thing you see in the corner of that one picture is the embossing dryer for embossing powder - which is what I used on our name and dates. Stamped it, shook embossing powder over it, tapped off the excess and then heated it with the embossing gun (it is different than a hair dryer, I wouldn't recommend a hair dryer for this process), and it becomes raised, looks like thermography.

Hope that answers your questions. If you have any other questions let me know. I normally spend too much time at the paper store, so I had too many ideas going into the wedding, for paper crafts.....
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