Category Archives: wedding

the best love story

I’ve been quite busy lately and it’s been over a week since I posted a card so how about one I made back in April for my niece’s wedding?

love story 1 diane zechman

The bride and groom are by Stampendous.  This image is called Happy Couple.  I used Shimmery White cardstock for elegance and layered some sparkly paper by DCWV behind the cutouts.

love story 2 diane zechman

The window was diecut with one of the SU! Window Frames dies and then a diecut from the Bigz Lattice die was layered behind it.

Hope you are enjoying your day.  Our weather can’t decide if it wants to be sunny or rainy/cool.  :/

stamps- Stampendous- Happy Couple, SU! One In A Million; paper- Shimmery White, DCWV- Nana’s Nursery Baby Girl; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- SU! Bigz Lattice die and Window Frames die, Copics, rhinestones, foam dots.

more shower pics

I have more pics today from the bridal shower…there were too many for one post!  First is the invitation.  There are several variations online for inspiration to make this style of card.  Since I needed quite a few, I went CAS (clean & simple) and made my own pattern for the dress.

The shower information was typed and printed for the inside so these went together fairly easily.  The words are from SU!

To decorate, we hung colorful paper lanterns on lines of string which is so popular right now.  They looked very cute! 

My neice made the cupcakes… she does a wonderful job.  The ones on the top right plate are my new FAVE….Coconut Cream!  They are filled and so yummy!  The chocolate frosted were Boston Cream and the dress was made with 2 flavors…plain vanilla and raspberry filled.

Yesterday I shared pics of the table decorations and here’s one of the tables set up. 

After we ate, it was time for a game.  Kayla likes the show Minute To Win It, so I suggested this to one of the bridesmaids and she did a great job in putting it together.  First up, the mothers had to race to take the tissues out of the box…one by one.  It is hard to grab just one!  I had them flying in the air and on the floor.  lol.

Next challenge was to toss rings into a bucket.  Judy rocked this one and got the required amount in first.  (That’s my cupcake girl tossing rings on the right!)

Here the little girls had to “un-tie the knot”…strings of pearls wrapped and wrapped around the ladies.

Ashley got a little silly putting together and stacking the glasses and Kim finished seconds before her.

I will spare my sister-in-laws the FUNNY photos of the challenge to get the garter from one leg to another without using their hands.  lol.  They were laughing before they even started.

Our game host called this challenge “So you think you can dance”.  I also heard it before as “junk in the trunk”.  Here our bride-to-be went against Jeannette to shake the Ping-Pong balls out of the tissue box (without using hands).  Again…saving the embarrassing photos!  ha!

Mary Ann rocked the challenge to get 6 rings on her straw first.  No hands.

And everyone got a prize for being a good sport!

To end the day, here’s Kayla opening one of her many wonderful gifts.  We are so blessed to have great friends and family!

Have a sweet day!

paper dresses, purses, and shoes

On Saturday we had a bridal shower for my daughter, Kayla.  I still can’t believe my girls are all grown up!  For her shower we went with a girly theme.  I made some paper purses and shoes for the table centerpieces and die cut lots of dress boxes for favors.  They were a lot of fun and turned out quite cute, I think!  My Scor-Pal was a life-saver and I used lots and lots of Scor-Tape!

A friend helped me to trace and cut the purses and shoes that were done by hand with patterns or templates.  I went to Michael’s and bought 2- 12×12 paper packs (Recollections- Dreaming In Color) so the projects all coordinated.  The first three purses are a template by Becky Roberts.  The next three were done by making up my own measurements and were inspired by one my friend Tracy made a few years ago.  The last two purses were cut with my Sizzix Bigz Pro Pillow Purse die.  I used two patterns for the shoes… the Slip On Mule is by Stacy Cohen and the other shoe template is by Ellen Hutson.

Here they are… what fun to create and embellish!  Do you have a favorite?

After the purses and shoes were decorated, I started making dress boxes for favors.  These were die cut with the Sizzix Bigz Pro Dress Box die.  I made over 40 and they all turned out a bit different.  Here’s just a few…

Thanks for popping in.  I will share more shower pics soon.  The games were fun too!  😉

popping the question

There are lots of unique trends these days in wedding planning.  One of which comes shortly after the soon-to-be bride answers “Yes!” to her groom.  Some brides are choosing to ask their best gals to stand by their side in fun, creative ways…such as a little box with a Ring Pop inside and a question of their own.

I made several of these boxes a few months ago but forgot to share them.  I remembered when I saw Scor-Pal’s theme for their first Challenge (starting today)…Flowers!  Here’s some measurements for my project if you want to make them too.  

For the base: start with a 7 1/2″ square.  Score all sides with a Scor-Pal @ 2 1/2″.

For the lid: start with a 4 9/16″ square.  Score all sides @ 1″.

Cut tabs on each side of base and lid; assemble according to basic box making directions, using Scor-Tape to adhere tabs. 

Now come join our challenge and show us your flowers! 

paper- SU! Tempting Turquoise, Almost Amethyst; accessories- Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, Prima flower, button, Ring Pops, paper shred. 

anniversary wishes

Welcome to day #4 of our April release features!

We’re excited to be featuring two very useful sets today…

  • Stamp set includes 10 sentiments & 10 numbers
  • Set measures approximately 4″ x 6″
  • The first sentiment measures approximately 3″ x 7/8″
  • Designed by Korin Sutherland
  • Stamp set is priced at $15 

  • Stamp set includes 6 sentiments 
  • Set measures approximately 6″ x 4″
  • The first sentiment measures approximately 2 3/8″ x 3/8″
  • Designed by Korin Sutherland
  • Stamp set is priced at $15 

Check out some of the fabulous samples made by our talented DT on the SNSS blog.

Be sure to leave a comment on each of the blogs along your journey because we’re giving away this adorable stamp set to one lucky commenter!

The deadline to comment for a chance to win is midnight EST Wednesday, April 10th. The list of winners will be announced on our website homepage by Thursday, April 18th.

I made a card for a 50th anniversary…what a special milestone! 

The big flower was done with the Faux Cloisonne technique, using a glittery gold embossing powder on a magazine page with a picture of lace.  It wasn’t quite the color I wanted so I colored it with a Copic, then added Stickles to the center.  Here’s a close up…

The inside was stamped to match…

 Thanks so much for joining us!  Enjoy the hop!

stamps- SNSS- Celebrating Milestones, Anniversary Innies, and Poppy background; paper- white, black, Cosmo Cricket- Tea For Two; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, SU! Crushed Curry and Soft Suede; accessories- glittery gold embossing powder, heat tool, magazine page, Inkworx Spritzer, ribbon, Stickles, adhesive pearls.

4×6 Photo Storage/Display Box

Do you have photos to give to family or friends and need a way to present them?  Have photos that you’ve printed or received and don’t want to shove them in a drawer, never to be seen again?  My project today may be the solution.  I’ve used my Scor-Pal and Scor-Tape to create decorative boxes that hold 4×6 photos.  Display them on a shelf or give as a gift…they would suit any occasion.  (a box of new baby photos would be adorable!)  Since we have wedding pics here, I made this set in black & white.  It’s very easy and I designed this box to be made from one 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper.

Supplies: 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock or heavy patterned paper (white, DCWV used here), Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, photo or printer, and any additional embellishments as desired (Stickles and pearls used here).

First choose a photograph for the front of your box.  I didn’t want my photo to be glossy, but rather seem to be a part of the box itself.  So I printed my photo onto white cardstock and cut it out.  Before printing, I added some text to the photo.

Next choose some coordinating paper or cardstock.  Starting with an 8 1/2 x 11 piece, score the 11″ side @ 1, 1 3/4, 6, and 6 3/4.

Turn the paper 90 degrees.  Align the left edge to the 1/8″ groove.  Now score the 8 1/2″ side @ 1/2, 1 1/4, 7 1/2 and 8 1/4.

Using the following diagram, cut and fold the box.  Remove shaded areas.  (click on diagram for larger pic.  Right click on it to save to your computer).

It should now look like this:

Before assembling the box, attach your photo. Then apply Scor-Tape as shown.

Assemble the box.  Trim the corners of the tabs if necessary when folding and inserting the ends.  Decorate as desired.

When using for display, making 3 coordinating boxes looks nice.  For special occasions or new baby, add names, dates, etc. to the sides.

 

props, decor, etc.

Lots of pics today…hope I’m not boring you with them!  I’ll be back to making cards real soon…promise!  Here’s a mish-mash of wedding  projects.  I’ll try to limit the chit chat.

A good friend loaned me a birdcage from her daughter’s wedding and I decorated it to hold the cards at the reception.

I diecut the sign with Heart Nestabilities and stamped them with Stampin’ Up!’s retired set called Carte Postale.

I typed, diecut, and added bling to these signs for the head table. (Labels 8 Nestabilities)

Wrote on some gourds…

I placed an old window onto an easel and attached string to hold the table cards (diecut with Labels 8 Nestabilities).  I didn’t get a pic at the reception.  We placed some straw, a pumpkin, a basket of gourds, and a pitcher with flowers by the window.

I made simple tags for the bridesmaid’s gift bags with the Magnolia Romantic Tag Doohickey die…and we glued a flower for their hair to a hairclip, then added some sparkle to the centers.

Altered flip flops for dancing at the reception…we made ribbon flowers with a pearl brad in the center and stitched them in place.

Altered some mason jars to hold the bridesmaid bouquets at the head table…

We also had a photo area at the reception with props to take silly pics.  Here’s a few that we made.  I found the sign on the internet.  We just printed it and placed it in a frame.

The bride and groom signs were printed from here.  I diecut them with Grand Labels Eleven Nestabilities.

We also made a big polaroid frame…

We used years for the table numbers and had photos of the bride and groom at that age…the last few years had pics of them together.

There are a few other projects that I didn’t get pics of.  I actually didn’t take any pics on the big day.  I wonder why.  lol.  I do have one other thing to share though…the cake!  I was anxious to see it and our baker did a wonderful job!

Here’s DH and I with our daughter and new son.

I can’t believe it’s over already.  Now to clean and pack things back up!  Have a great weekend!

candle favors and candy buffet

When it comes to making favors, there are so many ideas to choose from!  DD decided that she wanted little candles so we stamped on tealights and placed them in little tins that I had left  from when I was making these ornaments.

These are so easy to make!  Just place a piece of tissue paper between 2 pieces of copy paper and punch it out with a 1 3/8″ circle punch.  (The copy paper aids in punching out the tissue) Then stamp your design onto the circle of tissue paper.  We used the same birds that were used on the invitations.  Then I used a piercer to poke a hole in the center.  Lay the tissue over the candle, pushing the wick through the hole.  Then apply heat with a heat gun and the tissue melts right into the top of the candle.  We finished off the tins with some ribbons and placed their names & date on the bottom.

As part of their favors, we also put together a candy buffet.  That was a lot of fun!  We shopped for glassware and tried to keep the candy in fall colors…mostly orange and brown for the colors of the wedding.

In the jar on the top left, we colored the letters “HE” and “SHE” on the Hershey snack size bars with an orange Sharpie marker.

In the large jar in the back, below, my MIL found white coated pretzels, drizzled with orange and brown…perfect!  And the Lifesavers mints (with the Whirly pop on top) are my new favorite…orange flavored!  I could only find them at CVS.

I like the look of the giant orange gumballs too.

A last minute project was to make a banner to hang over the table…

I also made a sign for the table…

…and decorated some glassine lined bags for the guests to fill…

Those giant lollipops in the photo above were actually a Halloween candy I found…and they SPIN just like a pinwheel!  I bought enough to fill the whole display box so I could take that home too.  lol.  I pulled the styrofoam base out and wrapped it with ribbon.  Here’s what it originally looked like.

And after it was altered…

One little boy was so fun to watch, licking away at his spinning pop!

That’s all for today but check back…still more projects to come!

Tea Light candles: stamp- SU! Love You Much; ink- Memento Rich Cocoa, SU! Dusty Durango; accessories- tin, tissue paper, heat gun, 1 3/8″ circle punch, ribbons, glue dots, tea light candles.

Candy Buffet sign: paper- Choc. Chip, white; accessories- Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, Spellbinders Grand Labels Eleven, The Paper Studio flower, adhesive rhinestones.

Treat Bags: stamps- SU! Valentine Defined and Love You Much, Studio G sentiment; paper- Tangerine Tango; ink- Stazon Timber Brown, SU! Tangerine Tango; accessories- SU! heart punch, glassine lined bags, Scor-Pal, mini clothespins, ribbon.

Sweets Banner: paper- white, Tangerine, Choc. Chip, Groovy Guava dsp; accessories- Spellbinders Grand Labels Eleven, Cuttlebug Meadow Lark folder, Heart Nestabilities, Cricut Storybook, gemstones, ribbon.

wedding is over!

On Saturday our daughter was married and we gained a son!  A whole year of planning was over in a matter of hours.  lol.  The weather was calling for rain in the morning but it cleared up for the wedding…yay!  At the end of the ceremony, the sun came out…at the exact moment when they were pronounced husband and wife!  How cool is that?  God is good!

I have lots of crafty projects to share so I will post a few each day.  I didn’t get photos of everything but maybe what I did take photos of will help spark an idea if you are planning a wedding too.  It was tons of fun!

I’m not sure what to upload first, so how about if I start with the invitations and the projects for the ceremony?  The colors DD chose are brown and orange.  She found some invite kits at Michael’s that were perfect…we just altered them a bit!

I added a brown base to them and rounded the corners.  It looked much better and covered up the copyright that was printed on the backs…I didn’t like that there!  We left some room above our text to stamp the love birds and “wire” with hearts.  A tiny gemstone was also added to the flourish.

A whole year of preparations flew by in a hurry!  We had fun with each & every project…well…except maybe the veil.  LOL.  Yes, we made her veil!  What should have taken a half hour ended up being a 6 or 7 hour project.  ha ha!  I guess we won’t forget that one!  It started with a little Russian Tulle, needle, and thread…

…and finally we ended up with a beautiful birdcage veil!  (Sorry for a blurry pic)

I forgot to take a pic earlier, but here’s the veil as she walked down the aisle.

Speaking of the aisle… DD didn’t want bows on the ends of the pews.  So I made some paper cones.  Super easy with the Scor-Pal!

Here’s a close up…

I used the tutorial for the paper cones on the Scor-Pal site and just altered the measurements for my needs.  I started with a 6 x 6 cardstock and marked 3″ on 2 adjacent sides.  Then score between those points and follow the directions given.  My Big Shot Pro came in handy to emboss them since they were too wide to run through the regular machine.    This was one of my favorite projects!

Another favorite was the wooden sign we made for the ringbearer to carry.  DD wrote the words and I added the bling and flowers.

One last project that I’ll share today is the water bottle labels I made to put in the welcome bags for the out-of-town hotel guests.  I found the free printable here…they’re very easy to change the color and customize.

Keep checking back…more to come!

Invites: stamps- SU! Valentine Defined and Love You Much; paper- Choc. Chip; ink- Stazon Timber Brown; accessories- Anna Griffin invites, rhinestones, Crop-A-Dile.

paper cones: paper- textured white; accessories- Cuttlebug Emily’s Bouquet, QuicKutz Retro Diamonds, White Opal Liquid Pearls, SU! Scallop Trim punch, dimensionals, white eyelets, ribbon.

for the bride

Hope you’re not tired of the wedding cards.  LOL.  I found one last pic of a shower card that I forgot about.  DD wrapped her gift in some pretty foil paper and I hated to throw away the scrap that was left…so I cut a piece to make a matching card.

The two cards pictured above are actually one and the same.  The foil had a nice shine and looked different as the card was turned in the light.  Just another quick & easy card.

stamp- Cookie Crumbs- Special Day; paper- Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette, foil wrapping paper; ink- Memento London Fog; accessories- Cuttlebug D’vine Swirl folder, ribbon, heart punch.

 

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