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Happily Ever After ❤

GD Wedding Card Set, 1, Shannon M. 2-2017

Wedding season is fast approaching. Are you ready? It's a great time to get a jump on your wedding cards. Glue Dots® and some of your stash is all you need to tackle these cards. I am sharing a step by step on how to create some go-to cards quickly. There's a bit of prep, but once you've assembled one card, the rest is easy peasy.  

The prep: 

Pick a color combo, I chose kraft, white, black, gold (stick to 5 colors or less)

5 pre folded cards measuring 4.25"X5.5" (either store bought or diy)

Cut five 3.75"X5" patterned paper bases

Cut five either vellum, tracing paper, or glassine bag pieces measuring 3.25"X6" (for folding)

Set aside 5 doilies

You're going to cut five of the following in coordinating papers: 3.25"X3.25" squares, 3"X3" squares, 2.50"X2.50" squares, 2"X2" squares

Cut 5 paper strips measuring 4.25"X0.50"

Cut five lengths of lace or sheer ribbon measuring 4.25" long

Five paper punched pieces that measure roughly 2" in diameter

A spool or two of coordinating ribbon

Gather stickers/wedding embellishments and of course your Glue Dots®!

Assembly begins below:

 

GD Wedding Set Step by Step, 2-2017, Shannon M.

  1. Adhere patterned paper base to the card using Permanent Glue Dots®.
  2. This is the time to add your vellum/glassine bag/tracing paper layer. Place it on top of your patterned paper base before adhering, so that you can get perfect placement. You're going to want to fold it down one to two times, creating a folded paper bag look. Once you have found the placement you'd like add some glue dots and get ready to add the next layer. Also add a thin sticker to the top of the vellum/glassine bag layer if desired.
  3. Add some Permanent Glue Dots® to the back of the doily and glue down. It can be perfectly centered or a little off center, the preference is up to you.
  4. You'll begin layering the squares now. Begin with the 3.25" square first. Next add the 3" square on top.
  5. Using your Glue Dots®, create an area large enough to cover the size of your ribbon or lace. Adhere to the card.
  6. You will now add the 2.50" square on top of the lace, you can again add this completely centered, or slightly off center. Add the 2" square on top of this, as shown in the picture #6. If you'd like to add a strip of washi tape, you can, this is optional.
  7. Grab that punched paper piece and flip it over. Add  Pop Up Glue Dots® to the back of your paper piece. Place it in the center of the 2" square. Add either your sentiment, sticker or embellishment. 
  8. Add the 0.5" strip of paper to the front. 
  9. Grab your ribbon and tie a bow around the card, lining it up on the far left side of the card. Once you have tied a bow, trim the ends, but leave enough to glue the end down with a bit of flair. I used  Mini Glue Dots® so there wouldn't be any "glue lines", so much neater!
  10. Here's a picture of all the steps in completion.

Once you have once card done, it's easy to create the rest. Here's my set of five in no particular order:

GD Wedding Card Set 12, Shannon M. 2-2017

Every one is a little different, though very much the same:

GD WEDDING SET CARD 1, Shannon M.

GD WEDDING CARD SET, CARD 2, SHANNON M.

GD WEDDING CARD SET, CARD 3, SHANNON M.

GD WEDDING CARD SET, CARD 4, SHANNON M.

GD WEDDING CARD SET, CARD 5, SHANNON M.

 


*{Sometimes Sympathy...}*

PHP:MSE Blog Post  Shannon M.

Let's be honest for a second, there's a subject that memory keepers and moment documenters kind of dance around, or have a hard time sharing, and that is death. It's a memory no one cherishes or likes to address. It's necessary though, because it's part of life. The point is, simple kindnesses like I'm sorry/thinking of you/sending prayers and sympathy cards can mean all the difference in a grieving person or persons day. 

I'm glad that companies like MSE (My Sentiments Exactly) make stamps for this purpose. MSE has clear stamps and the more traditional wood stamps, there truly is something for everyone! They created a really beautiful sentiment stamp that I used along with some Paper House Productions products to create a sympathy card. 

Paper House Productions products used: Bohemian-Friends Clear Stickers, Our Wedding Clear Stickers, Feathers 12" Acetate Paper, Southwest Adventure Paper Crafting Kit , Hearts Project Pad, Butterflies Project Pad, Feathers Project Pad, Frames Project Pad & Nautical Flip Album

PHP_MSE Deepest Sympathy  Shannon M.

The picture doesn't really touch upon on all the gold, and while gold may not be a traditional mourning color, it is a celebration of someone's life and hope for those left here to grieve. I see nothing wrong with sending "love and light" someone's way. Smiles are what actually make the world go 'round. Here's a better shot of all the details. 

PHP:MSE Sympathy:Close Up  Shannon M.

Have a great week, thanks for letting me share with you!  ❤


God is Good ❤

Good morning dear readers, sharing some bible journaling with you!  The focus of this entry with the reflections I was working on was centered on Joseph, it was his Feast Day. I don't think Joseph gets enough credit..he kind of had a ton of stuff thrown at him abruptly; he chose to take this stuff and run with it even though he had questions and doubts. I am sure he felt pressure to care for Mary and Jesus to the best of his ability, much like a modern husband and father does today. 
 
I documented a simple prayer, and used SRM stickers to help me with this. I used a sticker with vellum to create a tab, I need to make more tabs! You will also find sticker stitches on this page...I think you could look at 95% of my projects and find sticker stitches on them. There's also water color pencils and some awesome pens on this entry. 
 
SRM BIBLE JOURNALING  JUNE 2017  SHANNON M.
 
Thank you for letting me share! Have a great day! 
 
SRM Products used: 
 

*{Open My Eyes}*

Good morning, Shannon here sharing some bible journaling with you.
 
The message is actually from one of the songs we hear sometimes at mass. It tied in perfectly with the reflections I'm working through. Yes, that says March. I'm not good at the whole timely thing.
 
My go to in my bible journaling journey is SRM, I find myself reaching for all of the great stuff available time and time again. 
 
 
SRM BIBLE JOURNALING JUNE 2017  SHANNON M.
 
Here's a close up on that owl, you can see the cool layers the watercolors create with their different mediums:
 
SRM BIBLE JOURNALING  CLOSE UP  JUNE 2017  SHANNON M.
 
Thank you for letting me share! ❤

*{Get it Done with Paper House Productions!}*

Good morning, it's July. Can you believe that? J-U-L-Y. This actually makes me happy because FALL is near. Yes, I said it, FALL! I've been planning for Fall since school ended a few weeks ago. Our family is a football family and the season is peeking at me from around the corner. July is already a month filled with planning and prepping for football season. I want to show you my take on planning, since it always seems like I am walking chaos, I need a planner. Not only that, I need my planner to motivate me and inspire me not to procrastinate. 

Take your planner from this: 

PHP JULY:PLANNER:PROJECT PAD  Shannon M 1. 1

To this (Paper House Productions Used: Anchors Away Planner, Family Planner Stickers, Live Bold Planner Stickers, Nautical Planner Stickers, Travel Planner Stickers, Nautical Labels, Hearts Project Pad, Feathers Project Pad, Bohemian-Friends Clear Stickers, Beach Clear Stickers):

PHP JULY 2017 PLANNER POST  SHANNON M

Here's the spread, up close, left page first:

PHP JULY 2017 PLANNER SPREAD  PAGE 1  SHANNON M.

The page on the right also includes a "To Remember" clip created with Nautical Planner labels and stickers:

PHP JULY 2017 PLANNER SPREAD PAGE 2  SHANNON M.

Thanks for letting me share this planner spread with you, I have only just begun to work through July! I hope I have inspired you to make planning fun! Have a great day!