Monday, August 30, 2010

Bridal Shower Album

Part of the reason that I have not had much time for making cards is because I have been working on a bridal shower album for a shower that my Mom hosted. Each of the guests wrote down advice or wishes for the bride and had their picture taken with her. From there, I created the album with each two-page layout dedicated to one of the guests. The feature colour is orange as that is her wedding colour and then I used black to really make the orange pop (using white made everything too bright and you didn't really notice the pictures).

There were 17 guests in all so this was quite a lot of work. I had to make sure they all tied together but weren't too similar. My solution was to use 4 different embellishments (flowers that I made, Prima flowers, 1/2" circles with pearls and buttons) and try to evenly space them throughout the book. I also tried to balance out vertical and horizontal dp so as to try to alternate them throughout the book. Finally, I also tried to even out the type of ribbon used (black satin, black grosgrain, white organdy and orange grosgrain). Took a lot of thought and well over 24 hours total to make but I think it turned out quite well.

These are some of the layouts that used the flowers I made from the SU retired set Embrace Life (faces and names are blurred for privacy.These pages are some of my favourites of all because I love that flower and did you notice the pearls in it - those are SU pearls that come in all diffferent sizes. One of my new favourite things in the new catalogue!

The only thing I am not too fond of about this album is it used up all of this pattern of dp from the island oasis pack!

Stamp: SU Embrace Life (retired)
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, pumpkin pie
Paper: SU ww, basic black, pumpkin pie, island oasis dp
Ribbon: SU basic black grosgrain, basic black satin, white organdy (retired)
Punches: SU scallop edge
Misc: SU pearls

Monday, August 23, 2010

Birthday Girl

I took some time out to finally make a new card! Our friends' daughter is turning 3 this week so we wanted to send her a bright fun card and this is what I came up with! The solid icecream image was stamped, the stamped again with the wavy image, covered in Crystal effects and then dazzling diamonds were dropped in before it dried for a neat effect. For some reason, rose red ink turned neon pink with the crystal effects on it so I ended up using cherry cobbler and it turned out to look like an exact match to the island oasis dp. Again, I used leftover embroidery thread to attach the tag (which is from Making Memories a long time ago but it looked so cute and matched perfectly with the icecream cone).

Stamps: SU sweet scoops
Ink: SU tempting turquoise, pumpkin pie, cherry cobbler, old olive, so saffron
Paper: SU ww, tempting turquoise, pumpkin pie, island oasis dp
Ribbon: SU 1/4" tempting turquoise grosgrain
Misc: SU crystal effects, SU dazzling diamonds, embroidery thread, Making Memories tag