May 31, 2012

Free Printable Wedding Wishes Tags

Can I just tell you all that I will be attending several weddings this summer. More weddings this summer than what I've been to in my entire life. I don't mind, weddings are beautiful, romantic celebrations. It's, even more, fun when I get to be involved with the planning of a wedding. I'm currently helping a dear friend of mine with her wedding, and it's come down to the final details... I just designed for her wedding some printable "well wishes" cards. She wanted each guest to write advice, well wishes/prayers onto the cards. By doing this, she will then have a precious memento from each guest to cherish for years to come. We actually used the same idea at her bridal shower, and it was a lot of fun. I would like to share the printable cards with you all today. For any of those DIYer's out there, I hope that you will find them useful. 

To download the tags click here.
I hope that you enjoy free printables as much as I do. I will probably be sharing many more of my designs with you in the future. I'm having so much fun designing, and I have much more to learn. Also, I am still without a camera, so until that situation is remedied... hmmm free printables is what it's going to be. :)
Thanks for stopping by today, and sharing in what I enjoy.

As always if you would like to share the tags with your readers please link back to this post. Thank you.
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May 22, 2012

Ball Jar Printable Gift Tags

As you all know, I absolutely love using free printables. I seem to be inspired to create something with each new design I find. I've made many cards, and gifts using printables found from all over  blog land. I appreciate the generosity of those who share their designs with me and others for free. 
So not to be one who only takes, and never gives back. I have "tried" to create/design my own free printable. I am so excited to share it with all of you today! 

I designed the image to be used as a gift tag on something that's homemade. You have your choice of using the image with a white background, ( click here to download ) or papyrus background. ( click to download) I just love the vintage feel of the papyrus background. 
I used the MyMemories V.3 digital scrapbook program to format the printable. If you're interested in purchasing MyMemories V.3, please use my affiliate code at checkout to receive $10 off the purchase price. ( STMMS70145) The Ball jar image is from the Graphics Fairy. I look forward to using more of her free images to create future printables. 
Please keep in mind that this is my very first design, I do hope that it will work when downloaded. Once the image has been saved to your computer, you should then be able to print.  
 My camera has been lost, and not found. So I have not been able to capture a picture of the printable being used in action. Maybe someone out there can come up with something, and share it with us all. I hope that your inspired, and please if you use this image, give credit to me, and link back to this post.
 Thank you, 
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May 8, 2012

Thinking Of You Card

I truly enjoy making cards. Usually, the inspiration for a card comes from one of two things.  A special someone, or beautiful paper. The inspiration for this card was a little of both. I really wanted to make a card for this "special someone" whom I had been praying for. I also really wanted to use my new 6x6  My Minds Eye paper pad. All of the paper used for this card is from the "fine and dandy" line. It has such a fun whimsical feel with a  vintage charm.  

The " just thinking of you " sentiment  is a free printable from Papertrey Ink.  I printed the image onto cardstock and cut it out. I then cut out the pink love birds from a piece of the  My Minds Eye paper. This technique is called fussy cutting, and I use it A LOT. I distressed all edges with my chalk inks.  Next, I glued just the edge of the love birds to the thinking of you image. I then adhered the birds to the mat using 2-sided foam tape, just to add some dimension to the card. Using something other than paper is also a nice way to add texture to a card.  For this card, I used a strip of pink ric rac, glued lengthwise down the side of the card. 

So, what inspires your creativity?  Be sure to leave a comment and share with us all what inspires you most.

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May 3, 2012

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue Bridal Shower

I've attended my fair share of bridal showers, they can be a lot of fun. I however have absolutely no experience in planning a bridal shower. So, I was at a loss when I volunteered to plan a  bridal shower for a dear friend of mine. I wanted to have a themed shower. The theme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. 
(My friend's favorite color is blue.) 
It all began with the invitations, but there was still the small detail of the shower itself!
I needed ideas, I needed inspiration, badly! 
Well, to my dismay, there just wasn't much out there in the world wide web befitting to this theme. So I thought that I would share what my friend (Marianne)and I were able to come up with. The bridal shower was beautiful. I hope that you will be inspired by some of our ideas when planning a bridal shower of your own. 
This is the welcome table, the guests see this as they arrive. 
In keeping with the theme of "something old" , we decorated using lots of doilies, burlap, lace and twine. We made a twine garland to hang over the welcome table, and over the bride to be. We wanted the bridal shower to have a rustic, but feminine feel. 
What I did learn from searching the internet was a little bit about bridal shower etiquette. DUH!  The welcome table should include a displayed pictured of the bride. Also, display the  invitation. We also chose to have an advice/well wishes board (in lieu of a guest book) on the welcome table for the guest to take a card from the clip, and write advice, or well wishes for the bride to be. This ensures that the bride will have a special keepsake from each guest. The well wishes board was made from an "old" cupboard door. :) 

Marianne and I used the trusty ole hot glue gun to adhere lace to mason jars, then tied a piece of twine around each one. We filled the jars with flowers, and displayed them around the room.
In keeping with the "something blue" part of the theme, we served up "blue" desserts. Blueberry topped cheesecake, blue velvet dessert cake, and blueberry yogurt covered pretzels. ( not pictured)
Menu cards were placed around the tables listing what was being served. The cards are free printables found here. We displayed the cards on small easels found at Micheal's craft store. 
We also served the fruit kabobs in mason jars that had been covered with burlap and paper doilies.
What I did not know but wish I had known, is that the kabobs should have been assembled the day of the shower, NOT the night before. The fruit caused the paper kabob sticks to become limp. Hence the reason why they are flopped over the jar. It did not however affect the flavor of the fruit. And in the end still looked okay, more like flowers . Hey, sometimes you just have to roll with it. 
Even the utensils became a beautiful accent piece to the theme of the shower. 
The party favors were so much fun to put together. I ordered glassine bags from ebay, stamped a lace image across the bottom of the bag. Then filled the bags with "blue" gummy bears. My neighbor stitched paper doilies (that had a hint of distress ink applied to the edges) across the top of the bag to seal them. 
We then clipped the magnetic clothes pins along with a vintage themed ticket to the top of the bag. The tickets are another free printable from Miss Cutie Pie's blog found here
The clothespins were purchased at my local dollar store. I then painted them white, and stamped an image across the top. I finished them off with a coat of clear acrylic spray paint. This made sure that the ink from the stamped image would not smear.
Lastly, I hot glued a strong magnet to the back side of each clothespin and tied a piece of twine around each one. 
The bridal shower was truly a memorable experience, both in the planning, preparing, and the event itself. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment.
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