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I Brake For….May Your Troubles

Hello stamping friends.  It’s Wednesday and I Brake For Stamps day!  How about a little Irish Blessing?

The card uses a stamp called May Your Troubles, found here.   It’s a lovely Irish blessing that works well for different occasions.  A wedding shower or wedding celebration card, new home or baby – all fit with this sentiment. You can even use this for a nice birthday card for your Irish friends!

I love the Celtic knot border around the text and was happy when the detail came through even after embossing it in gold.


I used a cryogen white cardstock, which as a very pretty shimmer to it, but is hard to capture in a photo.

For the background design I took a Celtic knot border from a Silhouette cut file, copied it several times and welded it together to make one overall piece.  Using a white on white palette I think the design adds a touch of elegance without overpowering the sentiment.


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Elegant Wedding Gift Set

I created this card for the Offset Scallop Gallop Challenge in the Moxie Fab World blog which challenges you to create something using offset scalloped designs.

To make this gift set I chose the beautiful and elegant La Creme paper pack from DCWV – it has so many pretty designs in black and creme  and one of them included an offset scallop.  When I first saw this paper pack it said “wedding” to me, but it can be used for any occasion where you need a understated and classic design. 

The card was created pairing the striped paper with the scalloped paper and adding ribbon and pearls.  The pearls started out white – I just colored them with a black copic marker.  I cut the bottom of the scallop piece along the design to add a little interest.  The sentiment is from Flourishes.

The box – so easy!  It’s of of my “easy origami boxes”  – the tutorial for it can be found on {this} post.  The top is an 8″ sheet of the scalloped paper, the bottom is created with a 7.5″ sheet of black paper from the same pad.  All that was needed to finish it off was a black satin ribbon.

Not only can this be used as a wedding gift,  or it can be made into a thank you gift set for the bridesmaids, and elegant birthday or anniversary set.  Or change the colors for Christmas!

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I will stand by you always

I’m in the process of putting together a scrapbook for my niece, who recently got married.  She’ll have the official, professional wedding album from the photographer and I decided to do something that would include photos and mementos taken by family and friends.

My brother snapped this shot and as soon as I saw it I new it would be perfect.  I wanted to incorporate this photo along with some of the text from their wedding vows and tried several different layouts that simply did not work right.  Finally I saw a photo of a frame where the cut out for the photo was small in comparison to the overall frame and thought this would be perfect.  The photo is behind the background paper which has a square cut out for the picture to show through.

The photo is actually larger  with the arbor and other people in the picture, so I cropped it close to focus only the happy couple.  Once this was done I had to think about how to incorporate the text of their vows.  I did not want to simply print them out and attach them to the page because I wanted the focal point to be the photo. 

After thinking about it, it simply dawned on me to make the text part of the frame, or in this case, the background paper.  It came together quickly – I just created a document in Photoshop Elements with a blue background and layered the wedding vow text in white on top of it.  Perfect!  Now Lindsey and Matt not only have a wedding day photo, but a scrapbook page personalized with their vows.  Here is a closer look.

To finish it off I added a silk flower (actually two flowers, one on top of another) from the wedding section at JoAnns, along with some prima pearl flourishes.

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Basic Grey Cappella; travel notes from the Biltmore

When I first saw Basic Grey’s new Cappella series I knew I would make a wedding card from it!  It has such a pretty vintage look to it with colors of cream, chocolate, greens and a touch of light blue. 

I made this card with one sheet of the designer paper along with some chocolate and sky cardstock. 

The center sentiment was double matted by using two sizes of nestabilities ovals.  While the sentiment is computer generated, I stamped some miscellaneous leaf images in versamark over it.  Chocolate satin ribbon and pearls were added for a little flair. 

After I put this together I thought it would have been nice to punch the corners with a ticket punch and add more pearls, but it was too late!

Notes from the travel journal:  The Biltmore Estate

Towards the end of the Blue Ridge Parkway we stopped in Asheville, NC to tour the Biltmore Estate.  Let me tell you a few things about it and why it did not make my “recommend” list.

The Biltmore Estate is a 250 room French Chateau mansion on 8000 acres built by George Vanderbuilt as a county home, the largest in America.   The home as well as the surrounding gardens and landscaping are stunning.

Your ticket provides a day long pass to the house and gardens – tickets are issued by a reserve time.  We arrived at 11:40 and got a ticket for 12:00.  I imagine in the summer months and at Christmas it may be busier.    With the ticket you get a pamphlet that  helps you through the self guided tour.  The tour is easy to follow and provides access to some of the rooms on the first through 4th floors, as well as the basement area and the gardens.

The house is filled with antiques, paintings and tapestries and is breathtaking.  Equally impressive is the garden and greenhouse.  If you go, make sure you walk down through the gardens (the rose garden is incredibly lovely) and into the greenhouse.  Past the greenhouse are signs for the “Waterfall and Bass Pond”.  You can skip this.  The pond is ok (saw no bass) and the waterfall, well, it is falling water, but really just run-off from the pond and not what I expected.  Once you leave the estate, the road takes you around the pond anyway, as well as through the rest of the estate grounds.

There are shops and places to eat on the estate grounds.  The old stable area in the house has been converted to the Stable Restaraunt  – it was very interesting to see how they made it into an eatery!

Here is why I  don’t recommend it. When I travel, my time is limited and I want to get the best value for my money.  In my mind the Biltmore is just a bit too expensive.  The basic ticket cost $60, which provided the pamphlet for the self guided tour.  If you wanted the audio guide that was another $10 extra.  And if you wanted the “behind the scenes” tour, or some of the other special tours that take you into other areas in the house, you can spend another $17 on top of that.  So, for the two of us with the audio guide and extra tour it would have cost $174.  We opted for just the main entry fee of $60, which if you buy online can get for $55 – provided you know exactly what time you can be there. 

I would imagine that the estate upkeep is expensive and I don’t beleive they take any government funds, so the entry fee, shops and restaurants are the way to  finance the upkeep.  With the high entry fee, I think they could have  at least include the audio guide.

For my money and time, while I enjoyed this tour, I felt I had a better value when I visited the homes of George Washington at Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson at Monticello.

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Wedding Invitation

With wedding season upon us, many crafters are looking for ideas for wedding invitations. I thought I would post what I created for a relative’s wedding last year. I started with a half sheet of blue metallic card stock for the base (Michael’s). Then I took white lightweight cardstock and cut it 1/4″ smaller than the blue on each side and stamped a Cala Lily(which was the bride’s choice) in ballet blue in the center. I used a computer with a nice script font to generate the invitation and printed it on vellum, which I cut to match the size of the white cardstock. The vellum and white were attached together with a silver ribbon (JoAnn’s) and then I used my xyron to attach these to the blue metallic.
Suggestions for those of you who are doing invites….decide on your envelope first!! In this case, the bride wanted the invitation in its own envelope, then have that inserted in the mailing envelope. I could not find internal/external envelope sets locally so I went online and placed the order. After you get the envelopes you can determine what size the actual invitation should be.