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Happily Married! – With a Fun and Beautiful DIY Wedding

They’re married and life is back to normal, well as normal as it gets around here.  So I thought my first back to blogging post should be about the happy event.  My son Matt and my new daughter, Laura were married on September 12th in Roswell Ga at the Roswell River Landing.  We were concerned about the weather forecast but as you can see the day was absolutely beautiful…in so many ways.

Laura decided on her colors and had a sweet friend hand paint her invitations.  They then took the original and had them printed.  She was so excited when she brought them for me to see.  And then when she went up to the stamp room I could hear her squealing about how I had so many Stampin’ Up! colors that would go with her wedding colors!  There was Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, and Calypso Coral.  She liked the idea that we could mix the colors because that’s the way she decided to go with the bridesmaid dresses.  She didn’t want them to be the same color just in the same color family.

 The flowers were done by a Rittenhouse Designs.  She originally was going to do them all herself but as the wedding got closer she decided it would be less stressful to have them done.  Are they not absolutely gorgeous!

Married and looking so happy!

Here’s a closeup of the bridal bouquet.

Two beautiful little flower girls!  The little one is my great niece.  She was so excited to dress up and look like a princess…until it was time to leave her mother and walk down the aisle.  I distracted her so her mom could go sit down and then we practiced tossing flowers from the baskets.  Of course a controlled tossing…throw one, pick it up, throw one, pick it up…

Here Come’s the Bride!  Aren’t these two brothers just adorable?  One of the many chalk boards used at the wedding.

Here’s another calk board so everyone could post the pictures they were taking in one place.  Love Instagram!

Laura and Matt decided to give mason jar mugs to each of the guests.  I was asked to add tags to them with names and table numbers.


The base layer is Crumb Cake card stock that was stamped with the Hardwood Background Stamp.  The printed tags  were done in My Digital Studio and cut with the Ovals Framelits and Circle Punch.

The guest book was done by Laura’s sister.  It had pictures of the happy couple and all their travels before they were married.  Plus a cute chalk board to make sure everyone remembered to sign it.

Laura’s mother and aunt did all the decorating of the tables.  Part of the seating was inside the venue and then there was a tent outside on the deck.  It was a gorgeous setting right along the river.

 I made 20 flags to number the tables.  We decided to keep them neutral  so the flowers would be the main event.  I used the Banner Framelits, the Hardwood Background Stamp and Circle Punches.  And those beautiful wood rounds were done by my sweet husband.   I am lucky enough to have a stamping friend who’s husband is a logger.  They were sweet enough to get all the wood rounds we needed.

I love the way Laura’s aunt fixed the napkins.  And at the end of the napkin snail she included a Hershey Nugget treat holder.  I made 172 of them with the help of Laura, Laura’s mom, sister, cousin, and maid of honor.


 Here’s another look at the treat holders!

Another picture of the happy couple as they entered the reception as Mr and Mrs Squires!

The wedding pictures were taken by Cristina Guerrero Photography and we highly recommend them for any event.  Not only were the pictures wonderful but Matt and Laura thought they were easy and fun to work with.

The Cake!  It was made and decorated by Laura’s mother, Carolina.  It was absolutely gorgeous!  Every flower was handmade in gum paste.  I loved that she spent some time teaching me how to make a flower.  I didn’t think my flower would be worthy of the cake but there it is…the small dark coral at the bottom of the cake.  And yes, Jeff also finished the large wood round for the cake.  It was given to Carolina so she can use it for future cakes.

The exit…well actually it was a fake exit because the bride and groom stayed for the entire party.  And boy did everyone party!  At eleven o’clock when you would think things would start winding down…well that’s when the mardi gras beads, whistles, and masks came out and the real party began!

Rehearsal Dinner Favors filled with Hugs & Kisses

Stayed with the same color theme and Hardwood Stamp.   The sentiment was done in My Digital Studio.

Tomorrow is going to be the Best Day Ever! napkin tags.

Again the greeting was done in My Digital Studio.  I used one of my favorite framelits to cut the base…the Window Frames Collection.

The banner was made with the Celebration Banner Kit in the Annual Catalog.  Quick and easy to put together.  I cut the letters on my Silhouette Cameo and added the framelit heart and some ribbon.

Laura was so excited when she saw the Cheers to Love Stamp Set so I used it for both the rehearsal invitations and the welcome bags.

We are so happy to welcome Laura into our family.  I love the both of them to the moon and back!

Please feel free to share and leave me a comment.



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Ombre Flower Gift Bag – Wow!

In my last post I mentioned the paper crafting retreat I attended this past weekend.  It was a Stamp, Scrap, Create Retreat held by a sweet and creative demonstrator friend Monika Davis.   As the week goes on I hope to share some of the projects from the retreat.  Today’s is this AWESOME ombre gift bag!

  • Yes the flowers on this gift bag make it a wow but to me the ombre or  dip dyed look is what really gives it the Wow look.  In fashion ombre refers to a fabric or garment that is monochromatic but has a graduated variation in the saturation of the color.  This effect is achieved on the gift bag by starting at the top with Pink Pirouette and then using Blushing Bride, Crisp Cantaloupe, and lastly Calypso Coral.
  • The flowers were created using the Spiral Flower Die.  You can cut multiple layers out at a time with the Big Shot.
  • The flowers were easy to make but, I’m not going to lie, time consuming.  This is a project you would want to make for someone special. Each die piece was twisted into a flower using a pair of tweezers.  But you could always use some other small round object even a pencil to wrap the die around.  Hot glue was used to glue the flowers together and to attached them to the bag.
  • Are you wondering where rectangular bag with the white grosgrain ribbon came from?  It’s from one of the past Paper Pumpkin projects (February 2014).  If you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber you can purchase past refill kits.  If you aren’t a subscriber now…you can easily sign up here (remember to choose me as your demonstrator).  Check out past kits and refills here.
  • Now…just add your tag and you are ready for some awesome gift giving!
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Stampers First, Friends Forever

I’m running out the door for an appointment but wanted to share the gift that I gave to my downline yesterday at our get together.  I found these mason jar drinking mugs with straws at Kirkland’s on sale and if you know me at all you know I love mason jars.  It’s funny I don’t have them all over the house but if truth be told I would love to.  🙂

I filled them with Valentine treats and a little ribbon and made these quick and simple tags with the Oval Framelits Dies.  The stamp I used is from a stamp set we were given at leadership.  However you could do the same thing using another greeting.

I love my stamping sisters and it’s fun to show them how much I appreciate them.  I have a wonderful group of gals on my team that seem to really care about each other.  I’m a very lucky team leader!


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Have an awesome Monday!

White on White Cards

I love cards with a lot of white.  So for me what could be better then a white on white card!

The card was designed for my I Love Cards Buffet that is now on the schedule monthly.  I did finally decide to put the card on a Lucky Limeade base thinking it would be fun to back future cards in the brides wedding color.

  • Embossing with the Delicate Designs Embossing Folder can be a little tricky.  Make sure you place the embossing folder with the logo side face up when you emboss each side.  If you emboss one side and then turn your paper 180 degrees it will work perfectly.
  • The butterflies were heat embossed using Vera Mark Ink and Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.  The shimmer in person is beautiful!
  • White Organza Ribbon is my favorite for wedding cards.  So glad it wasn’t on the retiring list.
  • Tiny pearls are the perfect bling for a wedding card don’t you think?

I originally made 3 small flowers with the Floral Fusion Sizzlits Die for this card thinking I would use only 1 butterfly.  It just wouldn’t work.  You know how it is…have an idea…and no matter what you do it’s just not quite right.  Well I ended up challenging myself to make another white on white card to use the flowers instead of discarding them.  If you would like to take a look at that card head on over to my Facebook Page.  I think it turned out really cute.  🙂

Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes (clear 127802, wood 115370)
Ink:  Basic Gray (126981)
Paper:  Card Stock – Whisper White (100730), Lucky Limeade (1229260 – retiring 5/30/13)
Tools:  Delicate Designs Folders (127023), Big Shot (113439), Elegant Butterfly Punch ( 127526), Modern Label Punch (119849)
Accessories:  5/8″ Whisper White Organza Ribbon (114319), Pearl Basic Jewels (119247) 



Easy Events Wedding Shower Card

It’s Sunday and I have a long day ahead of me.  I play in the orchestra at First Baptist Ellijay and we are preparing for our Passion Play.  It’s a lot of work but well worth the effort.  If you’re local and would like to attend the dates are March 30, 31 and April 1.  Let me know – I will be happy to make sure you have tickets.  The price is great – free!

Today is a quick and easy card.  Mother is heading to a wedding shower right after church and asked if I would make her a card to put with her gift. Now…how can you say no to your mother.

I have several new recruits and a few others thinking about purchasing the Starter Kit so I wanted to show how you can take the Easy Events (C123225) (W116958) stamp set and other items from the kit and make a cute but simple card.  Something that you could easily do at a workshop or party. Or just because you need a quick card.

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I bumped it up just a bit from the items in the starter kit by using the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder (117335) and the Big Shot (113439).  Of course I know that every card maker  and scrapbooker will have the Big Shot on their wish list sooner or later.  I also used the 5/8″ Organza Ribbon (114319) instead of the Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon that comes in the kit just because it’s one of mother’s favorites.  An inexpensive pack of Stampin’ Up!’s Basic Pearls (119247) and you are all set.  Wasn’t that easy?  My basic card making class is this Monday the 19th at 6:30pm.  We will be learning how to plan and cut a simple card like this along with basic stamping and card making skills.  I’m hoping to post some of the material for this class here on my blog for those of you that are beginners.  The class may be showing closed now but if you would like to attend give me a call.

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Have a happy Sunday!