The Card Box of All Card Boxes!

So, I almost had a heart attack when Knottie Poetic Justice (see her blog here) showed me this over the weekend:

It’s from the Ebay store Modernbrides, which will make this baby for you in your wedding colors.
Now, I almost had a heart attack at the price of this card box, too, which can be up to $125 for a box piled 8 gifts high. For two stacked gifts, you’ll pay $70…
Examples of other styles:



Now, as excited as I got about the look of that first box in my color scheme…I have had to decide against getting it because I already have a card cage–and because that Ebay store says it is booked with orders through August.
But if I didn’t have a cage, I know I could make that card box with relatively little effort using either nesting boxes or hat boxes, hot glue,a utility knife and embellishments.
If you’re interested in making something like it, check out Nashville Wraps or Box and Wraps.

March 24, 2008. art projects. 2 comments.

Sittin’ On Chrome…

Found this ‘cage’ at Value City on sale for $5.00.
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Didn’t plan on doing anything to it except for to add some ribbon and signage, like this DIY card-holder from Knottie and DIY-diva B2BLewis:
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But wandering around Michaels plus one boring Saturday night has turned my cage chrome:
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Will post photos when I finish adding ribbon and stuff and making it pretty:)

March 2, 2008. art projects. Leave a comment.

Sittin’ On Chrome…

Found this ‘cage’ at Value City on sale for $5.00.
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Didn’t plan on doing anything to it except for to add some ribbon and signage, like this DIY card-holder from Knottie and DIY-diva B2BLewis:
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But wandering around Michaels plus one boring Saturday night has turned my cage chrome:
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Will post photos when I finish adding ribbon and stuff and making it pretty:)

March 2, 2008. art projects. 1 comment.

Sittin’ On Chrome…

Found this ‘cage’ at Value City on sale for $5.00.
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Didn’t plan on doing anything to it except for to add some ribbon and signage, like this DIY card-holder from Knottie and DIY-diva B2BLewis:
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But wandering around Michaels plus one boring Saturday night has turned my cage chrome:
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Will post photos when I finish adding ribbon and stuff and making it pretty:)

March 2, 2008. art projects. Leave a comment.

Envelopes Part II: Mommy’s Revised Label!

OK– so one thing I learned really quickly when starting to plan the wedding was: tap into your resources!
In my case, today, I found out my sweet, sweet mother did not have to be a “graphic artist” to create a really nice label for me and fiance to use on our invites! I talked about how we’re bucking etiquette and opting to use clear labels here. Something similar to the graphic below is what we will use.
If you like the fancy font, it is ‘Scriptina’ and is downloadable for free from DaFont.com.

We will print all of our guests’ salutations and addresses on large 2″ X 4″ clear Avery labels.
Thanks, mom! You’re the best! (Oh yeah, that’s mom below. She’s gorgeous, right?!)

February 22, 2008. art projects. Leave a comment.

Envelopes Part II: Mommy’s Revised Label!

OK– so one thing I learned really quickly when starting to plan the wedding was: tap into your resources!
In my case, today, I found out my sweet, sweet mother did not have to be a “graphic artist” to create a really nice label for me and fiance to use on our invites! I talked about how we’re bucking etiquette and opting to use clear labels here. Something similar to the graphic below is what we will use.
If you like the fancy font, it is ‘Scriptina’ and is downloadable for free from DaFont.com.

We will print all of our guests’ salutations and addresses on large 2″ X 4″ clear Avery labels.
Thanks, mom! You’re the best! (Oh yeah, that’s mom below. She’s gorgeous, right?!)

February 22, 2008. art projects. Leave a comment.

Envelopes Part II: Mommy’s Revised Label!

OK– so one thing I learned really quickly when starting to plan the wedding was: tap into your resources!
In my case, today, I found out my sweet, sweet mother did not have to be a “graphic artist” to create a really nice label for me and fiance to use on our invites! I talked about how we’re bucking etiquette and opting to use clear labels here. Something similar to the graphic below is what we will use.
If you like the fancy font, it is ‘Scriptina’ and is downloadable for free from DaFont.com.

We will print all of our guests’ salutations and addresses on large 2″ X 4″ clear Avery labels.
Thanks, mom! You’re the best! (Oh yeah, that’s mom below. She’s gorgeous, right?!)

February 22, 2008. art projects. Leave a comment.

Envelope Etiquette….

I’m breaking it!
I know you’re “supposed’ to always hand-address wedding communications–but I’m skipping this rule for something a bit more unique.
Sure, some could argue that this is less personal, but I actually put some thought into it.
We’re going to print something like this on big 2″ X 4″ clear labels and use them to address our guests!
This is just a draft my mom made up from something similar I saw done on Weddingbee. (I blotted out the address in its entirety so it looks a bit weird here…)

Here is the Weddingbee one I used as “inspiration”:

So, what do you think? Honestly, is this a no-no or tacky?

February 16, 2008. art projects, details. 4 comments.

DIY: Blingy Branches!


Branches are a dramatic and effective decorating tool and are now coming colored,sparkled, glittered and iced to add an extra element to decor.
But these ‘designer’ branches often don’t come cheap and cost much more than a bundle of unembellished branches.
For example, Nettletown Hollow is selling a bundle of 25 4 foot birch branches for $16.50–while for just FOUR of the same ICED birch branches you pay $16.99. Same with the sparkle birch.
But I have the answer!


Save-On-Crafts, a wonderful wedding planning resource has a great idea for cutting costs and making your own iced branches using tacky glue and Colorfill Diamond Vase Filler.

Materials
Tree branches
Aleenes Tacky Glue
Colorfill Diamond Vase Filler by Garden Splendor

Step 1.

Place a sheet of newspaper down for a work area. Pour a pile of Colorfill Diamonds in the center.

Step 2.

Place tacky glue on the branches and roll in the Diamonds. Let set 1 hour and you have ice covered branches. Easy as that!

Variations: Add some artificial moss or red berries to some of the branches.

And Voila!

January 8, 2008. art projects, centerpiece, decorations, details, inspiration. Leave a comment.

Stamps & Pretty Paper



Today I bought some art materials online to play around with!
I ordered:
**Two clear stamps–one damask, one a double scroll
**12, 12X12 sheets of Anna Griffin Dorothy Graphic Black Damask Paper from Memory Villa store
**4X6 Acrylic Stamp Block from an Ebay store called ‘Heart-Shaped Rock Cottage’, who by the way, is super fast and emailed me to say she’d shipped my order within an hour after of me placing it!

The damask print paper, I may use as bellybands for the invitations.
A bellyband is simply a decorative element you can use to embellish invites–pictured in orange at right—->

I bought the stamps and stamp block to use on our printed materials. Stamping–particularly clear stamping–is a whole new world for me, so I had to do some research. But from what I’ve seen they work really great and will undoubtedly be a fabulous accent to my new Print Gocco that I have asked Santa for as a Christmas gift!
More on stamps and gocco later.

November 16, 2007. art projects, vendors. 2 comments.