DIY: Pink and brown polka-dot wedding shower card

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This handmade card in pink and brown was made for a couples' wedding shower.

 

When I’m making a card for someone, I like to let the theme of the event help guide my selection of papers. This particular card was for a couple’s wedding shower. I knew the wedding colors to be pink and brown, so I used the textured chocolate-colored paper as the base. I also had a textured pink-and-cream damask print paper I knew I wanted to use — the damask pattern is fuzzy to the touch! I thought it was very elegant, but I didn’t want the card to feel super formal. I’ll save that for the actual wedding card. So, I decided to take my cue from the polka-dot texture on my base card stock paper, and pulled in two other polka dot papers in shades of pink and brown, as well as a sheer brown ribbon with white polka dots to keep things on the playful side. The paper doily is another easy way to bring another intricate pattern to the design.

To make this card yourself:

1. Cut your card stock into your desired size. Round the edges.

2. Cut and layer your patterned papers. Here, the pink-and-cream polka dot paper is in a thin rectangle along the bottom, the brown-and-pink polka dot paper is in a smaller square, with the damask paper overlapping the other two to take up the most visual space. Glue the patterned papers to each other, but do not affix to the base card stock yet.

3. Measure ribbon to wrap around the layered patterned papers. Cut the ribbon and affix to the papers. You can use a clear-drying glue stick or glue dots. Adhere the papers with the affixed ribbon to the base card stock.

4. Layer a rectangular piece of the same base card stock paper and a paper doily and adhere to the card.

5. Stamp sentiment and affix decorative plate with brads. Embellish with stick-on pearls and dimensional flower die-cut.

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Pretty paper boxes

On a trip to the Michael’s craft supplies store before the wedding for something else, I spotted in one of the aisles those unfinished wooden boxes they sell for woodworking projects. Suddenly I was gripped by an uncontrollable urge to indulge my love of pretty papers by making decoupage keepsake boxes as gifts for my bridesmaids. I’d already picked out gifts for them, but decided these boxes would be perfect to put the gifts in. As the wedding got closer, I seemed to keep inventing projects that needed to be done. These boxes were the last of such projects, but were a lot of fun to make.

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With the help of my sister, I made decoupage keepsake boxes as gifts for my bridesmaids.

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Cardmaking and reading

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My first attempt at using all my new crafting supplies to make a card.

Today is Read Across America Day, and I thought it would be fun to have my first attempt at card-making coincide with it. The program is geared toward fostering a love of reading in children and is sponsored by the National Education Association. It also coincides — not coincidentally — with Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Parents and other caring adults are encouraged to read with their kids today. So here it is: My first card. It’s based on an idea in the A Card A Day book I’ve mentioned, but the “be a star” part is my idea. I’ve decided it’s alright, for a first attempt.

I was blessed to have parents who read to me often when I was a child. I’m sure that’s a large part of why I love to read so much now. Before I could read, the book I most asked my parents to read to me over and over was Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman. After I could read on my own, I loved the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Ramona Quimby books by Beverly Cleary. So what were your favorite books as a child?

Bye-bye Borders

 

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I picked up some new books at a Borders closing sale.

The Borders book store in our town is one of those being closed because of the chain’s recent bankruptcy filing (sad face). But that means store closing sale (happy face!) The sale seemed to be quite the draw, even though they weren’t rock-bottom prices. We came on the second day of the sale, so the bestsellers and new arrivals out front were pretty picked over, but there were plenty of other choices farther in. The line to pay snaked part-way around the store. I should have worn more comfortable shoes.

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