Sunday, August 15, 2010

Cards, Cards, and More Cards

Two weeks ago I was at my niece Heather's bridal shower, when I came up with the wonderful idea to make her some handmade "Thank You Notes" in her wedding colors for a wedding gift, based on her shower card. pictured above . Her wedding was the following weekend, on Aug 7. I asked her first if she would like them as a gift (just to make sure she hadn't bought any already), then I asked for a count of how many she needed. The official count came back as 75 cards. Ok, 75 cards in a week I can handle it, I broke the process down into steps and grabbed my hubby, and we started working on them on Monday.

First I set up Ken with my paper trimmer and handed him a big stack of 8-1/2 x 11 card stock, and had him cut them all in half, while I sat and scored all the bases. We then folded the bases together, and made sure we had 75 cut. Next I gave Ken all the colored cardstock and the sizes I wanted them cut. While Ken was cutting away I started the punching of the bases. It only took 3 punches per base to complete the punched look I wanted. Needless to say after over 230 punches, my hands were hurting and I was beginning to doubt we would get the cards done by Saturday. The next night I set Ken up with my Cuttlebug and had him embossing the Black cardstock while I sat and stamped and heat embossed the white card stock. Ken got all 75 pieces done in the time it took me to do 15 of the stamped, heat embossed pieces. NO FAIR!!!! At this point we were to a place, where from here on out it was just me and my stamps working on the cards. For the next 2 nights I spent time alternating between stamping, heat embossing and assembling the cards. I managed to get all cards assembled by Thursday night I was quite impressed, and thanks to my thumb splint and lots of Aleve my hands weren't even hurting that bad.   On Friday I decided that I was a glutton for punishment and started stamping each individual envelope. I have no clue what I was thinking but I sat there and stamped all 75 envelope 3 times each. I finished the envelopes up Saturday morning before the wedding and then managed to make 2 cards for the couple and to tie the cards up with ribbon in piles of 25 all before we had to leave at 2pm. Well now that you have read all this here is all the cards I made for Heather and Will Hawkins.

For the Thanks You Notes and Shower Card Materials used were  All CTMH unless other wise stated
White Daisy, Black, and Cranberry Cardstock
Black Ink & Versa Mark Watermark ink
Clear Detail Embossing Powder
HeartThrob Stamp Set
Gracious Greetings Stamp Set (Thank You Sentiment)
Our Wedding Day Stamp Set (Shower Sentiment)
Fiskars Heart Border punch  

This was the card I made for my Parents to give to Heather and Will

Materials used
White Daisy, Black, and Cranberry Cardstock
Black and Cranberry Inks
A Love Stamp Set
Gracious Greetings Stamp set
White Ribbon from JoAnn's

This is the card I made for Heather and Will
I hand rolled the roses, and then glued them together with Liquid Glass, After they had dried I took my Bonding Memories Glue and wiped the edges of the flower, then poured Prisma glitter over them, and shook off the excess.  The Flower Stems are Embroidery floss wrapped with ribbon.  I then placed CTMH Pearls in the center of each rose.
Materials used all CTMH unless otherwise noted
White Daisy, Black and Cranberry Cardstock
Black Ink
Liquid Glass
Prisma Glitter
Gracious Greeting Stamp Set
Black embroidery floss JoAnn's
White, Red and Black Ribbon JoAnn's
CM Circle Punch for the Roses

Here is a Close up of the Roses.

Finally here is a picture of  my Beautiful niece Heather

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