Wishing You Joy // A Bridal Shower Card

Wishing You JoyWedding season is fast approaching, so today I’m sharing a recent bridal shower card.

SSS Wishing You Joy CardSince I don’t yet have any wedding- or bridal shower-specific stamps in my stash, I used all kinds of items that I already had to create something delicate and pretty – appropriate for a bridal shower. The card’s got a lot going on – dry embossed roses on the paper (using an embossing folder), a strip of black ribbon, enamel dots, a die cut sentiment, washi tape, vellum, a wood veneer heart, sequins. All kinds of stuff.

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DIY Favor Labels

Well, we’re experiencing somewhat of a heat-wave here today, with temperatures expected to get up into the near 40s! I do like the colder weather, but it’s been just a bit too cold for me. After a week of weather in the single digits and teens, I’ll happily take 39 degrees. I suppose we’re luckier here than those in other parts of the country who have been experiencing some hellishly cold weather so I should be thankful for that. In celebration of today’s “warm” weather, I thought I’d share a project I completed way back in the summertime (July, I think?).

Apple Butter with DIY TagsAlthough I had to make over 100 of them, the little circular labels I made for our homemade apple butter wedding favors were conceptually pretty simple. Smaller circles glued onto bigger circles that had a scalloped edge. I also designed the labels to have a front and back, and created the text as well. For the bulk of the job, I used my silhouette cameo to cut the circles and print the text, but you could easily use a circle cutter and your own handwriting.

DIY Favor Label Pieces

I used:

  • My Silhouette Cameo to design and plot the text, then to cut the circles. If you don’t have a paper cutting machine, you could easily purchase a circle cutter, like this one, or this one. Or something like this one, if you’re feeling especially fancy.
  • White cardstock for the center circles (of course you can use any color you want!)
  • Tan/Brown cardstock for the larger scalloped-edge circles (I had to use two different browns because when I ran back to the store to get some more after I had used up what I bought, the store was sold out of the color I had been using)
  • Glue (a glue stick, rubber cement, any old lightweight glue that is suitable for paper will work)
  • A single-hole punch (to punch a circle through the center of the finished label, in order to string the twine through)
  • Jute twine to attach the circles to the jars
  • You may also want a nice ink pen or a marker, to write on the label once it’s assembled.

Assembled Label

After cutting out all of the circles (double the amount of white ones, because my labels were two-sided), I glued them all together, inserting a larger scalloped circle between two white ones, making sure they were centered (although not all of them were perfect). Then, I used a single hole punch to punch a little hole at the top, through all three pieces, in order to attach the label to the mason jars. Then, I went to town, tying them all onto the jars, one by one. A single knotted bow seemed to work alright, but I found out pretty quickly that the best way to get the twine to stay on the jars was to add a little dot of hot glue in one spot underneath the twine, to affix it to the jar – a little tip from me to you :)

Apple Butter Jars with DIY Labels

These were definitely a labor of love, but I was really happy with how they turned out.

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Our Wedding Card Box

DIY Card Box

When I started thinking about our wedding reception must-haves (like the centerpieces, guestbooks and of course the card box), I realized that I’m incredibly picky. As far as a card box was concerned, I couldn’t find anything that I was happy with – not that there aren’t plenty of lovely ones out there, they just weren’t my style. So, I decided I wanted to DIY one, preferably from an old wooden box or crate, so that I could continue to use it beyond it’s card-holding duties at the wedding. So, we haunted antique and salvage stores for a few weekends until I found something that was the shape and size I wanted.  I’m so happy with how this box turned out. We found the old tool box for at a local architectural salvage shop and paid $10 for it. Then we brought it home and just prettied it up.

Here’s the before photo:

Salvaged Wooden Toolbox

As you can see the wooden crate had some water damage along the bottom and therefore needed a good amount of sanding. But all in all, it didn’t require too much work. Here’s a rundown of what we did to the thing:

  • Removed hinges
  • Sanded it down with a palm sander, inside and out
  • Wiped off any remaining sawdust and gave it two coats of wood stain, inside and out
  • Replaced hinges

DIY Wedding Card Box

I also created a little banner that, obviously, spelled “CARDS” across the front of the crate. To make that I used:

  • Wooden letters, purchased at Michaels craft store
  • Ivory spray paint
  • jute twine
  • hot glue & hot glue gun

After spray painting each letter, I used a glue gun to affix them to the twine, and tied each end of the twine onto either side of the crate so that the letters would hang nicely across the front of the box.

Salvaged Crate into Wedding Card Box

I was really pleased with how it turned out. It served its purpose quite well at the reception, and fit right in to the rustic barn setting. And the best part is that we can just remove the CARDS banner and continue to use the crate for whatever we want. I think one day it will look perfect in my dream house bedroom, filled with throw blankets…  :)

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Calligraphy-ish // fake calligraphy and doing it yourself.

I love type and calligraphy. I’ve been downloading free fonts like it’s my job, and have recently started addressing wedding invitation envelopes. Lots of them. Since any attempts I’ve made at calligraphy have been pretty sub-par (since you probably have to have nicer handwriting to begin with), I’ve had to cheat a little.

A tutorial on “fake calligraphy” from the Jones Design Company blog.

There are lots of great calligraphy how-to’s out there, but cheating for me meant something a bit different. Instead of trying to really do it myself, I went online and searched for some free fonts that I could use to create a similar calligraphy effect. And sometimes, finding truly free fonts that you actually like, is hard work! However, I did find some great fonts, several of which I ended up using to address wedding and RSVP envelopes.

Silhouette Cameo with Pen Attachment

I used my silhouette cameo and a pen attachment to use it as a plotter, but you could also print on envelopes with an ink jet or laser printer.

Fake Calligraphy Envelopes

Voila! Check back later in the week for my top free calligraphy fonts with links!

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To the Florist!

Last week was tuxedos, this morning, D and I are going to a consultation with a florist.  I’m excited and kind of nervous at the same time. Excited because it’s wedding-related stuff and that’s always fun, but nervous because I’m not sure what to expect in terms of how much all this might cost.

I’ve decided that I’ll really only want a florist to handle bouquets for myself and my bridesmaids and some nice arrangements for the altar at the church. Otherwise, I plan to handle a lot of the other stuff – namely boutonnieres and center pieces – myself. My idea is just to buy some flowers wholesale and DIY those things. So, hopefully we’ll be saving some money there.

In preparation for the appointment this morning, I’ve been pouring over Pinterest for flower arrangement ideas – colors, types of flowers and design. Here are some of the images I’ll be bringing with me to show the florist:

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As you can see, I already have a pretty good idea when it comes to color scheme, and I would really like to include some English Roses.  I also like a free-form, asymmetric look. I like the trend of adding succulents to bouquets, but I’m not sure it’s really Fall Wedding appropriate. What do you think? I’d love to hear your opinions! :)

From left to right: Top row – 1. Style Me Pretty. 2. Style Me Pretty.  3. Brides.com.   Middle row – 1. Style Me Pretty. 2. Wedding Chicks. 3. Wedding Chicks. Bottom row – 1. Project Wedding. 2. Apple Brides. 3. Sullivan Owen.

Tuxes

This afternoon, D and I have a consultation appointment at Men’s Warehouse, where we’ll be hemming and hawing over tuxes and vests and ties (or bow ties?) and more. He and I have very different ideas to say the least. I know at the moment I’m leaning towards grey but he’d prefer a black tux. At any rate, I’ve gathered together a few ideas.  Who knew there were so many choices when it came to tuxedos!?

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Hopefully we can come to an agreement! Anyone have any suggestions? Bow ties? Ties? Vest? No vest? I’d love to hear your opinions!

*All images from the Style Me Pretty Groom Gallery.

Inspiration Sunday – Wedding DIY Roundup

I feel like I might have a little bit of bridezilla in me. In the one whole week that I’ve been engaged, I have already scoured the interwebz and have a ton of ideas. I have even started a little sketch book of ideas about how I want the ceremony and reception to look. Yes, I am very excited and apparently very intense. It’s shaping up to be a DIY fiesta, and I have more than a year to plan. This is just going to snowball, I can feel it. But at any rate, in keeping with the I’M GETTING MARRIED?!?! theme, here are some awesome wedding DIY’s I’ve come across this week:

DIY burlap and feather boutonniere

Clay Table Numbers

Birdseed Wedding Favor Hearts

DIY Birdcage Veil

Chicken Wire + Window Escort Card Display

1./ Beautiful, Crafty and Eclectic Boutonnieres from Adventures in Dressmaking. 2./ Cute Polymer Clay Table Numbers from The Sweetest Occassion. 3./ Birdseed Favor Hearts from Intimate Weddings. 4./ DIY Birdcage Veil from the Wedding Chicks. 5./ A Sweet Chicken Wire and Window Escort Card Display from Oh Lovely Day.

I love that there are so many awesome blogs out there where I can find all this great wedding inspiration!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!