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Sunday, March 25, 2012

PTI Blog Hop

Hi there!!

Super quick post, as I have a million things yet to do tonight.

Today is the PTI Blog Hop! We were challenged to create something using this photo:

My mom's 50th birthday is a week from tomorrow, and so I decided to make her a birthday card. I bought the Simply Jane set in anticipation of this very occasion. My mom absolutely adores Jane Austen, so I thought it only appropriate to use the Simply Jane set for her birthday card. I really love the stripes in the picture, but as I don't have a stripe stamp set, and PTI hasn't come out with Lemon Tart pattern paper, I had to use my Aqua Mist pattern paper instead. I embossed the frame with clear embossing powder, created a little background of the accent roses and the single dot from BB: Polka Dots, and I called it quits.

I used the "Happy Birthday" sentiment from the Simply Jane set, but did some masking to leave off the actual "Happy Birthday" portion. I prefer to leave this to the inside, because I think it just doesn't make sense to have Happy Birthday written twice....

It's simple, but effective. I am utterly in love with this color combination... which is a good thing, considering my brother-in-law's wedding (which is less than two weeks away) are these same colors, and I've been asked to make several projects for them, including the CARDS banner pictured at the very top of the post. I'm in the process of making a last name banner for them, of which I will post pictures when it's finished.

Thanks for visiting!! :)

Supplies used (all PTI unless otherwise noted):
Lemon Tart, Aqua Mist, Aqua Mist stripe paper
Hawaiian Shores, Dark Chocolate ink
Simply Jane stamps and dies
Think Big Favorites (Happy Birthday set)
Mat Stack 2
Essential Glue Pad
Ranger clear embossing powder
Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pens

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Wedding season is upon us!!


In an effort to use this blog for things other than challenges, I have decided to post a "summary" of the week's activities (if there are no challenges in which to participate). This week (and for the next several weeks) have been dominated by weddings.... wedding gifts... wedding pins... wedding stationery... It makes me want to get married all over again (although it doesn't take much for that feeling to arrive... lol)!!

First up is my brother-in-law's wedding. It's taking place on April 6 (Good Friday) and I've been asked to sing and make some banners. Their first shower of three took place yesterday, and so I just had to come up with a neat gift! (The best gift will be saved for the shower that my MIL and I are throwing for her the week of the wedding.) While my mom was visiting a few weeks ago, we found these absolutely *gorgeous* etched champagne glasses in an antique store here in town. Unfortunately, the antique store was closed, and there was no sign indicating when they would be open. My sweet husband called me the day before the shower (yikes!) and told me that they were OPEN!! I immediately rushed over there and bought these fantastic champagne glasses. I should have taken a picture of them... darn.... Anyway, they had a set of 5 matching wine glasses that hubs bought for me! I can't wait to have a place to display them. They are some kind of fancy antique pattern (Rose-something or other), and they had lots more of the pattern in the shop, so I hope to one day go back and get some more.

To complete the gift, I added a bottle of Bubbling Rose Moscato and some handmade stationery with their monogram on it.

Of course, the gift wouldn't be complete without a card. :)

I think this is one of my favorite cards that I've ever made. (It seems that every card I make with Rosie Posie is my favorite...) It may just become my standard wedding card. :)

Beyond the fact that my brother-in-law is getting married in a month, I also have gotten an inkling that wedding season is imminent in the fact that I've gotten orders for 40+ wedding party pins! This is one of the sets that I have finished and mailed:

This is just a sample of some of the things I've been working on this past week. I have several more orders to complete, not to mention a shower to plan and decorate, as well as wedding gifts to create. Sigh. This is going to be a busy month. It's definitely a good thing; my darling hubby starts nights tonight until he leaves for training for his new job 2 states away. I'm glad I have projects to keep me from getting too lonely. :(

Have a lovely day!!