True love: wedding cards

Purple wedding card

Always and forever.

Both the husband and I have cousins who have either recently gotten married or are about to be. So, I got to make some wedding cards! I always think it’s nice when wedding cards and things echo the colors or theme of a wedding. Since I was the one doing the making, I got to choose! Above, a card for an elegant wedding in a city. The card is of black card stock with decorative black and white paper wrapped around to leave a border at the top and bottom. The sentiment is stamped on a hand-cut, linen-weave paper in light purple. It has decorative pearl and ribbon accents — the ribbon was originally purchased for a project for my own wedding!

Green and ivory wedding card

Love, honor and cherish.

This card is for a couple marrying in a sweet country wedding in an outdoor setting. This is reflected in the ivory and green color scheme and floral embellishments. Ivory card stock is covered front and back with a floral patterned paper in green. An ivory card stock cutout is hand-stamped with a floral embellishment. A pre-cut paper is hand-stamped with the “love. honor. cherish” sentiment and flower. The card is tied with a light green ribbon.

Bonus card:

Red and White Card

Red and white card.

I made this card for Easter, but it could be given for a wedding or other occasion. Red card stock is layered with red-and-white striped paper, white ribbon, and die-cut flower embellishment. Ribbon loops are held with a jewel.


Butterfly birthday

Butterfly birthday card

Birthday card for my sister-in-law.

I was rather pleased with how this birthday card for my sis-in-law turned out. I chose fun, bright pink colors, offset by the dark brown. The top edge of the front of the card is cut away, so that you see the paper I lined the inside with, and so the butterfly die-cut would stand out. I also rounded all the corners to give the card a more finished look. The birthday greeting went on the inside, with my new stamps! (This card helped convince hubby I needed some. He has a soft spot for his “little” sister, I think!)

Now to see if I can continue making cards as successful as this one!

Butterfly birthday card inside

Here you can see the card from a different angle.

Charting a happy birthday

4th Card

This card went to my brother-in-law for his birthday.

March is a big month for birthdays in my husband’s family, so it’s been a good way to get my card-making projects off the ground. This particular card was “marked” for my brother-in-law’s birthday. When it came time to put it together, I realized I have an abundance of flowery, cutesy papers and not so many of the — shall we say — “manly” papers. My husband actually helped me pick these out of the many. His logic: The map paper because my husband’s family has traveled together extensively, and the diamond-patterned paper for the colors and because the birthday guy seems to have a certain fondness for argyle sweaters. Add a few travel-themed stickers and we have a perfectly personalized birthday card!

Stay tuned for more birthday cards and an Easter-themed card project I am working on.

Welcome, Spring!


Today, March 20, is the first official day of spring.

Here’s the latest effort in my card-making project, created in honor of the first day of spring! I didn’t particularly follow any templates/examples from my A Card A Day book for this one, but I did get the idea to make a “welcome, Spring” card from it. For the first time, except for a couple years spent away at college, I am officially living in a place where spring does actually make an appearance in line with the calendar. It’s lovely. At “home,” the leaves don’t usually sprout until about the first week of May, and an April snowstorm is not an anomaly. (Although I hear they did have some unseasonably warm days this past week.)

As a Southern transplant, my Mom still especially feels the effects of prolonged winter, even after 26 years in the North. So, I sent her this card to brighten her remaining winter-like days. Hopefully she finds it to be a nice spot of color to remind her spring will come. It always does … eventually.