Handmade Wedding Invitations & Stationary

Wedding time!

Welcome to day 1 of the Special Occasions Blog tour!  We’re sharing ideas for some of those extra special occasions in life.  I personally have decided to focus on weddings during the tour.  (The fact that I had a family member ask me to design and make their wedding invitations certainly helped with that decision!)  I thought it would be nice to create coordinating pieces, afterall, there is more to the printing for a wedding than just the invitation so it might as well all match!

Handmade Wedding Invitation

Here is the invitation.  This is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ in size.   The Very Vanilla Satin ribbon really makes this look very elegant!  The monogram you see is from the Lovely Letters Alphabet stamp set and the decoration around it is from the Together Forever stamp set.  Both are embossed in black.

Inside the invitation

Here’s the inside of the invitation.  It’s simple but very elegant.  This same layout idea could very easily be used for the wedding program as well. A layer of Very Vanilla could be added to the left page or you could use brads to attach multiple layers on the right side.

Wedding Response Card

Here is the response card to go along with the invitation.  A satin bow could also be placed on this card but I decided not to for the sake of postage since it will be in the same envelope as the invitation.

Reception Place Cards

Once you get to the reception you may need place cards.  Can you see the black embossing on the very bottom of the black cardstock?  That same embossing is on each of the pieces of wedding stationary but unfortunately it is hard to pick up in the picture.  Embossing black on black gives a really neat, almost velvety look to the cardstock.  For this effect I used the border vine from the Vintage Vogue stamp set.

Wedding Favor

Of course everyone looks forward to the favor!  This little 2 inch square box is just right for some chocolate or maybe even a little votive candle (if it doesn’t fit the box could easily be adjusted to make it fit.)  I made a little flower using the 1″ circle punch  and a vanilla bead from the Pretties Kit.  These are very simple to make!

Wedding Stationary

Lastly, it’s always handy to have some wedding stationary.  These cards (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ in size) would be great for sending a note to your wedding party members or for thank you notes for all those lovely gifts.  For that matter, with the lovely monogram these would be great for any correspondence the new couple has, wedding related or not.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this set of wedding stationary!  Tomorrow I will have another, totally different, set to share with you.  I hope you’ll come back to see it!  You may not be getting married but at some point you’ll know someone who is and perhaps you’ll want to share these lovely handmade wedding ideas with them.

If you have a moment to leave a comment I would love to hear from you!  Be sure to go on to visit Jannette Shaw next to see what she has to share.

Handmade & Handstamped Wedding Invitation

Handstamped Wedding Invitation

I was asked to come up with some wedding invitation samples the other day.  I thought I would go ahead and share this one with you because I like it so much!  (I don’t think the bride will mind as it’s nothing like the final invitation will look like.)  I wish it wasn’t so hard to photograph but with all the white it gets a bit difficult!

Wedding Sweet stamp set

The invitation is 9 1/4″ x 4″ in size so it will fit a #10 size envelope (business size to most of us).  I used clear rhinestone brads at the top of the invitation to hold the two sheets together.  Half pearls look very pretty there as well, however, they do nothing to keep the pieces together!

The swirlies you see are from the Wedding Sweet stamp set and embossed in Iridescent Ice.  Iridescent Ice is a clear embossing powder with fine glitter in it.  The embossing gives a hint of texture and sparkle to the invitation without being overwhelming.

Vintage Label & Warm Words stamp sets

At the bottom of the invitation I used the Bride Specialty paper and then made a little medallion using the Sale-A-Bration Vintage Labels and Warm Words stamp sets embossed in silver on brushed silver cardstock.  The medallion is being held in place with our lovely organza ribbon.

Inside the wedding invitation

I’m afraid I don’t actually have writing inside the invitation but I think you can picture what it would look like.  Across the bottom of the top page I used the Sale-A-Bration Scallop Trim Border Punch and then when you open up the invitation the medallion is still visible.  I really should have trimmed down the Bride specialty paper a little more, it didn’t need to take up quite that much of the page.

I hope this is inspirational to you!  I think there is a big trend to make your own wedding invitations, reply cards, favors, save the date cards, and wedding bulletins these days and there is so much you can do to individualize them!  Sometime I’m going to find a big chunk of empty time in my schedule to sit down and come up with lots of ideas . . . !  (Probably when my children, ages 5, 4 & 2) are ready to get married!

Thank you for stopping by to look!

Handmade Box of Hand-stamped Cards

Wedding Sweet Handmade BoxI totally forgot to show you this box I made before going on vacation.  What was I thinking?  I wanted to give a set of cards as part of a wedding shower gift and I thought I’d make a box to put them in.

Fresh Cuts stamp setThe base of the box is made out of Brushed Gold Cardstock on which I stamped the large swirly from the Wedding Sweet stamp set using Gold Encore Ink. For the top of the box I used an overhead transparency so the lid is transparent.

The cards are very simple and yet Elegant Bouquet Stamp Setelegant.  It’s not very often that I make cards without any layers but this is one of those times.  The cards are Whisper White cardstock which I ran through the Big Shot with the Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder.  Around the fold in the card I used the Gold Elastic Cord available in the Mini Catalog.  The “Thank you” is from the Fresh Cuts stamp sets and stamped with the Gold Encore Ink.

It would be very easy to take this same idea and switch it up just a little for just about any occasion.  The box is very simple to make and with the clear top it puts the main emphasis on the pretty, handmade, hand stamped cards.

Stamping blog tourI hope you’re looking forward to the Holiday Blog Tour as much as I am!  I created one of the projects today that I’m planning to show you.  You’re going to like it!  In fact, we might even have to have a class for this one.  With the tour there will be four days when each demonstrator featured will have a new Christmas project to show each day.  Each demonstrator will then link to the next demonstrator on the tour.  Therefore, if you visit my blog on the 10th you’ll see my project and then you can follow the link I give to the next person and follow their link to the next person and so on.  We’ll post new projects on the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th.

A Wedding Card with an Insert

Together Forever & To Have and to HoldHere is another wedding card I made in the past.  I used the To Have and to Hold stamp set along with Together Forever to make this card.  A few of the items you see here are retired such as the DSP, the To Have and to Hold stamp set and the  heart stamp which is from the Merci stamp set.

Below is another picture of what the insert looks like.

Handstamped wedding card

Handstamped Regal Rose Wedding Invitations

To Have & To Hold Stamp SetMy sister had me digging up past hand stamped wedding creations for a project she’s working on.  I thought I’d share this wedding invitation I created a while back for someone.  The bride and her family loved the idea and used it almost exactly.

This invitation is a little different than the normal but that’s what makes it unique.  When you remove the band from around the invitation the invitation opens up.  You can see a picture of the inside but my Together Forever Wedding Invitationsample is blank.

The wording for the invitation goes on the right side and then there is a pocket on the left where the RSVP card, RSVP envelope (folded) and a map to the reception can be placed.

From what I understand, the bride and family received a lot of compliments on the invitations they made.  The size of these invitations are 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and fit a normal A2 size envelope.

There are so many hand stamped and hand crafted items that can be used in a wedding and really each area of our lives.  I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this idea and you’ll leave a comment!  Thank you for stopping by!

Bridal Shower Favors and Table Decorations

Stampin' Up! Elegant Bouquet Embossing FolderHere are the super easy favors we made for the bridal shower this week.  You’re not going to believe how easy they are!  All it takes is a square of cardstock (4″ square of Lovely Lilac embossed with the Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder here), Sticky Strip and some kind of candy for inside.

Once you have your cardstock handmade wedding shower favorprepared the way you want (stamped, embossed . . . ) just roll it to look like a toilet paper tube overlapping the edges enough to adhere with sticky strip.  Pinch one end together and hold it closed with sticky strip.  Fill the favor with candy and then pinch and adhere the other end together in the opposite direction.  I have heard of people using a crimper on the pinched ends (still need to adhere it closed though) to give a little extra character.  I don’t have a crimper so it wasn’t a possibility in this case.

I was very pleased with how little time it took to make 25 of these for the shower!  We didn’t start these (or even decide to make them) until the day before the shower and it took maybe an hour (2 of us were working on them but not as fast as we could have).  These are definitely something to keep in mind for those last minute occasions and busy times.  They could be used for any kind of party.

wedding dress napkin with purple flowersI know I’ve shown these to you before but I thought I’d go ahead and show them to you again. This cute wedding gown is made from a napkin, a little bit of cardstock and some ribbon. The dresses don’t even require any adhesive to keep them together!  They can very easily be taken apart to be used (of course most people don’t want to use them because they’re so pretty). They’re always a hit and once again, very easy and quick to make.

I spent time this afternoon working on our fall schedule of stamping events here in southern York County PA!  My hubby will be posting the events on my events page very soon and I will be giving you more information on each event once it’s posted.  I hope to work out all the details of starting our Technique Club in October and get that to you this coming week as well.

Hope you find some time to stamp this weekend!

Elegant Bouquet & Pennant Banner

Pennant BannerHere’s the finished product!  It really looks much nicer in real life.  The lighting in the room for the bridal shower isn’t very good for pictures I’m afraid.

The banner was made using lots of Big Shot tools.  We used the Pennant Die, the Beautiful Butterfly Die, the Serif Essentials Alphabet Dies and the Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder.  You can find more information about the design of the individual pennants on yesterday’s stamping blog post.

More Wedding Album Pages

I have two more wedding album pages to share with you.  Once again, these pages are for old black and white pictures.  On the first set of pages I used the new Wedding Sweet stamp set embossed in black on Basic Black cardstock and the Yummy stamp set on Basic Gray.  I love how it looks!

wedding scrapbook pagesThis second set of pages was very hard to photograph due to the colors.  It may be hard for you to see but I embossed in white onto Very Vanilla cardstock.  It looks really neat in person.  Once again I used the new Wedding Sweet stamp set for the embossing.  I’m a sucker for swirlies!

8x8 wedding scrapbook pages