Saturday, October 4, 2008

A 50th Anniversary Celebration!

Well the big day is soon approaching. On October 18, 2008, exactly 50 years to the day that they got married, and exactly the same time, my parents will renew their wedding vows at a Catholic mass. Later that night we are planning a huge party with dinner, dancing, friends and family....and of course, a wedding cake. In my Stampin’ Up!® gallery, you can see the invitations for the event. It was also published in Just Invitations this past summer. 

This is a digital layout I did using their wedding portrait and a photo taken this summer in Orlando when we were celebrating my mom's special birthday (no, aint telling her age, but you'd be amazed!) I am hoping to be blessed with these same “young looking” genes.

I did some Photoshop tricks to give the wedding day photo a warm, peachy vintage feel. I used papers and digital goodies from, a great site for digital scrapbooking resources. If you are wanting to try out going digital, they are a great site to get you started. I do both...some traditional scrapbooking and some digital.

So in a couple weeks, our family will be headed back to Philly (where I grew up) for the big event! I can't wait to see my whole entire will be like another family reunion. I still am working on stuff for the party so I haven't been as active about posting. Sorry :D!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Turn Cards into Display Art

In one of my Sept. posts, I showed a card element featuring the cracked glass technique. I wanted to post a follow up image showing how I turned that card element into a frameable piece of art. Above left is “Artfelt Thanks” card and the framed card is “Framed in Happiness.” 

Also, with Christmas just a few months away, this is a great time to think of ways to turn your scrapbook and stamping creations into gifts for others. By simply adding a decorative easel or frame, you can turn cards into Display Art. 

This “In the Fields” card features a fun faux stitchery technique for non-sewers, or those of us who don't feel like dragging out the machine for one card. Recreate it by using a paper piercer, piercing guide (both available from Stampin’ Up!®) and some dual tipped markers. In this sample, I used Always Artichoke Stampin’ Write marker pointed tip to draw the faux stitches between the pierced holes, but the thing I think that gives this a sense of realism is to use the brush tip of a second color of marker to make a shadow of the stitches. I used Creamy Carmel for the shadow. Both are from Stampin’ Up!®.