Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Forever flowers from this day forward

My daughter’s bestie got married on the weekend and I was lucky enough to make the wedding flowers for the event.

Rachel, the bride, asked me to create flowers for her wedding when she was only about eighteen . . . should Mr. Right come into her life one day.

I agreed thinking she might change her mind when the time and the groom came along.

Now, six years later her wish has come true . . . she married the love of her life . . . and her forever flowers will be a reminder of their lovely and charming wedding day.

Congratulations Rachel & Derek!

May God bless you both as you begin this new life together.

Friday, February 13, 2015

A valentine to beat all others!

It’s Valentine’s Day and there are few things sweeter to give than candy. I love candy! It’s the very first word I learned to spell. C-A-N-D-Y! Needless to say, it had to be the theme for my valentine design this year.

When working on the design I thought I would mix it up with cookbooks about sweets, friendship quotes, little kewpie birds . . . and the retro mixer my husband grew up with, and is still used in our home today.

The front of the card has beaters that, when lifted, read “for a divine friend” and the back of the card has Betty Crocker’s sweet Divinity recipe. It will put you on cloud nine when you taste this treat.

I hope this card puts your head in the clouds with sweet and happy thoughts on Valentine’s Day!

Finishing touch for mailing my valentine cards . . . forever stamps swirled into a heart!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Make yours sweet!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

You name it, we’ve cut it!

When you gather with family and friends this thanksgiving season, no doubt you will know each of their names. The question is, will your guests know their place? 

Make seasonal name cards for each guest’s place setting so they not only know who they belong to, but where they belong. This can be easily done with the Wee Gather Together Leaf Labels graphic set on Lettering Delights. Simply print out the labels, (I used sticky-back label stock), use your best penmanship, attach each to a colored card stock folded in a tent stand, and put each person’s card at the table.

If you want to add a bit of faux nature to the great indoors, add a few autumn leaves, seeds, and pods to each place setting. Also, give each guest their own thanksgiving message on a handcrafted trivet. The files can be found here: Wee Gather Together Trivets. They will thank you, and be thankful for you.

If you are looking for a way to invite your guests, while keeping in the thanksgiving spirit, just print out any of the Wee Gather Together Cards. You can even make envelope liners with the paper designs, also available at LD. See the photos below for the complete set of cards.

Enjoy the holiday with your family and friends and don’t forget to count your blessings!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Petite decor for grand appeal

If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it. Well, that’s what I did for this tiniest of decor for the harvest season. I have a candle stick with six cups that hold thin, tapered candles. While it is a pretty candle stick, it needed something to make it really something. I created just the thing to give it that grand appeal. I put some rings on it.

These petite rings are made from the Wee Gather Together Leaf Rings cut it set on Lettering Delights. Each tiny ring of leaves (the green base) is about 1 to 1 1/4 inches across. Each tiny flower is about 1/2 inch across. You will need seven tiny flowers per base if you choose this flower pattern, but there are many leaf options to choose as well. You can see other craft ideas in my posts with the leaf rings.

I used text weight papers from Paper Source and each ring and flower cut out smoothly. Once I had six rings and seven flowers per ring I started putting them together. I carefully pinched the petals of the tiny flowers toward their centers to cup them. I then put dabs of white glue in the centers of each leaf section on the ring and attached the flowers. It was sweet and simple and that is it!

To make the larger ring of flowers in the center of the candle holder, I cut out a circle of gray card stock to make the center base for the ring to sit on. I then repeated the same task as above, but this time I also made the tiny flowers for the center, then three additional sets of flowers in larger sizes (about 1 1/2 inch across) in paper colors: curry, tangerine and papaya. The green leaf base is in the moss color. I curled the tangerine and papaya flowers upward and the curry slightly downward. I then attached each flower to the base with tiny brads through the holes in the centers of all four flowers and leaf base. These would also make wonderful lily pad flower decor for a summer season.

To see the project of the ring of flowers around the letters (in the photo above) please see the previous post. Also, imagine the larger ring of flowers encompassing a pillar candle for even more grand appeal. Bigger isn’t always better, but it might be easier to work with. :)

May this thanksgiving season be filled with joy, and surround your ring of family and friends.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ring of fire

Now is the time to begin creating decor on your doors, walls, and tables for Thanksgiving day. Think about surrounding your various candles with autumn flames: leaves and flowers. Also use these rings of fire for garland signs and swags.

These leaf and floral rings are made from the Wee Gather Together Leaf Rings and the Wee Gather Together Alphabet cut it set on Lettering Delights. The hanging larger leaves below is from the Wee Gather Together Leaves set and the chipmunk is from the Wee Gather Together Harvest graphics set.

The task is simple, but the work might keep you busy right up until the family and friends arrive for the day. Use the leaf and flower ring cut-it files to make each of these ring-around-the-seasons.

To make the garland ring of “Give Thanks” which surrounds the candle holder (in the photo at top), I used the thinner flower ring shape. I cut seven flowers from papaya colored paper, per ring, as well as the ring itself in chartreuse, and tiny centers from white paper (you could hole punch those). I simply curled the petals up for the flower’s center and glued each to the ring base in position. I also curled the green petals upward as well. Once I had each ring of flowers made I cut out the letters from the Wee Gather Together Alphabet cut it files to read: give thanks. I made the base in dark brown and the top stencil circled letter in tan. Each of the rings and stencil circle letters is about three inches across. See the photo above.

To make the “HARVEST” vertical hanging garland I did the same task as above, but cut out two addition leaves per spot to make a full wreath of leaves. The oak leaf ring has nine leaves within the ring, so I added two additional leaves in the same size of yellow (curry) and red (papaya) to place between each orange (tangerine) oak leaf—on the ring. See the photo below to see the steps. I did curl each leaf inward with a bamboo skewer.

I also made the letters with the two part stencil (base and letter) and glued the oak leaf wreaths to each of those letters and hung the HARVEST garland on the door with a piece of vintage seam binding.

If you would like this look, you can achieve it with fewer leaves cut out and still have a lovely wreath garland look. The photo below shows the rings with only the original orange ring (R) and letter, additional red leaves (A), or with all three colors, adding yellow leaves (H).

There are many ring leaf patterns to choose from, and if you like you can mix and match. See a few additional samples below.

Now, share these crafts ideas with your close ring of friends!