Friday, September 30, 2016

Wedding Invitation Etiquette 101

The honour of your presence is requested....

Crane Lettra paper and envelopes

With the dawning of the age of the internet, wedding invitations have become as unique as the couple planning their big event.  Trendy invitations boast interesting designs, colors, motifs and printing combinations.  As a wedding invitation designer, I have enjoyed working with my clients in creating invitations that match their individual style.  In doing so, I always follow standard etiquette rules for the wording and always use a good quality paper and envelopes such as 100% cotton papers.  Cut Card Stock has such papers and envelopes available - be sure to visit their site!

Here are a few tips based on commonly asked questions from my clients:
  • Choose paper based on printing method desired. If invitations will be letterpressed, use a thicker paper to show the depression of the design and wording.  Two of my favorite papers are  236 lb Crane Lettra and Savoy from Cut Card Stock.
  • Invitation paper can be cut to any size; however envelopes are only available in specific sizes.  If double envelops are desired, select a paper which comes with matching double envelopes.  Oversized invitations (regardless of weight) require extra postage!
  • Follow proper etiquette rules when composing a traditional invitation.  
  1. use full names -- no abbreviations!  
  2. if divorced parents are issuing invitation, the mother's name is listed on the top line and the father's on the second line.  The word "and" is not used in between the two lines as this denotes  a marital union.
  3. "request the honour of your presence" is used for church weddings.  For non-church,  but otherwise formal wedding, the spelling "honor" can be used.  Use the phrase "request the pleasure of your company" for other venus.
  4. the bride doesn't use a title before her name, and her last name isn't included if parents are issuing the invitation (unless it is different from the parents' last name).
  5. the groom may or may not use a title.
  6. "son of Mr. and Mrs...." is used if the groom's parents are helping to pay for the wedding.
  7. "and" is generally not used in the year line, as it is reserved for adding numbers.
  8. be sure to use proper capitalization according to invitation etiquette.  
  9. "adult reception" and "black tie optional" are not considered proper etiquette; however these phrases are becoming commonly used and acceptable.
  10. don't assume because someone else has worded an invitation a certain way it is correct!  if in doubt, look it up from a reputable source or ask a professional stationer.
Below are a few invitations I've created over the years.  I hope you enjoy viewing them.



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Guest Designer Jamie: Wedding Shower

Hello!  It's Jamie back with you today to share a recent Wedding Shower project 
I did using amazing papers from CutCardStock!  

When planning this project, I knew I wanted to incorporate the StarDream Metallic Lapis Lazuli to tie into the Navy Wedding color my Niece had chosen.  This card stock is a heavier weight and has a gorgeous sparkle to give it such elegance and really makes the invitation feel professionally built.  Since I was going to print the details on each invite, I selected the Classic Linen Natural in 80# weight.  This card stock works well with my printer and I love the slight texture it has.  I designed the invitation and just simply printed two per 8-1/2" x 11" sheet then cut the StarDream Metallic Lapis Lazuli card stock so I could layer.   

I also used the 80# Basis White Card Stock  to create Thank You Notes that my Niece could use to send after the Shower that coordinate with the invites.  

Fonts:  Blingtastic Script and Myriad Pro
Digital Art: Watercolor Magnolia - Hungry JPEG

Monday, September 26, 2016

Fall Fun (or work)

With fall just beginning, I am thinking back to the times when our daughter would help her dad with the raking of the the leaves. I am sure she thought it was fun, although it was a lot of work. Her dad enjoyed it when she would help. I created this page using a variety of CutCardStock papers in brown, orange and gold (they happen to be on sale this month).

I used 2  8.5" x11" pieces of Stardream Metallic Gold Cardstock for the base of the layout. I like how the gold brings out the gold in the photos. The large photo is matted with both Basis Brown Cardstock and Curious Metallic Cognac. I also cut it in half to fit across the 2 pages. The other photos are matted in just Basis Brown Cardstock.

I created the leaves using Ranger's Ink Refresher. You can check out the technique here. I cut the leaves out of Basis Brown, Gold, and Dark Orange and Pop Tones Tangy Orange and Orange Fizz. I die cut letters rom Pop Tones Tangy Orange. I will add journaling before adding it to the album.

Thanks for looking.  
Lisa M.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Thank You Card For Fall

Hi all! Fall is one of my favorite seasons, love the strong breeze and the colors of fall foliage. So I created this fall card today to share with you, a thank you card perfect for this thanks-giving season. I love the shimmering curious metallic super gold cardstock with the gold foil, orange and yellow cardstocks together, brings out the festivity around this time of the year. 


Step 1: First die-cut the Super Gold curious metallic cardstock using this rectangle stitched die from Simon Says Stamps. Save the cutout on the left for another card or project.

Step 2: Prepare all the embellishments (leaves, branches, bird, hill layers, and a brown color inner frame). Prepare desired sentiment to be used on this card as well.

Step 3: Apply double-sided foam tape to the back of the frame from Step 1 and adhere the hill layers to it followed by the brown inner frame prepared in Step 2.

Step 4: Emboss a gold foil cardstock with leave-patterned embossing folder and adhere to the back of of frame / right on top of the brown frame as pictured below.

Step 5: Embellish the card with cutouts from Step 2 along with the sentiment.

And done! I'm going to make couple more of these to send out to friends and family, what's better than a handmade thank you card for a person you care/love to thank them for being awesome?! I hope you like the card and it inspires you to create some too. Have a fabulous weekend! - Alexia


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall Frame for Cards!

Hello!  It is Lisa Lahiff here with you today and I have a fun fall card to share that I've created with a mix of Curious Metallic and Bright Gold Foil Card stock...

For my card I chose to work with Curious Metallic card stock in White Gold,Cognac, Mandarin, and Chocolate.  As well as Bright Gold Foil card stock.  I then ran my papers through my die cut machine with my frame and leaf dies.

Next, I added foam adhesive to the back of my frame and double sided tape 1/4" to the front bottom and right sides on the front of the frame...

I then added my die cut leaves where the adhesive tape was.

This then went onto the front of my card framing a sentiment I had stamped and embossed earlier onto my cardbase.

I love how detailed these leaves turned out when I ran them through my die cut machine.  Make sure you stop by the store to see what great items are on sale now, and we can't wait to see what you create with your goodies!

Happy Crafting!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Construction Zone Party Decor

My son's first birthday was this month and we have been preparing for weeks to celebrate it in a big way.  Since his favorite toy is a dump truck he got for Christmas last year, we decided to go with a construction zone theme featuring tons of gold, orange, and white.  With everything from the decorations to the invitations and favors, I used CutCardStock today I thought I'd share a few of my favorite party elements in case you have a little construction worker of your own.

The birthday banner was probably the quickest and easiest to create, requiring only a few simple tools and a handful of products.  I wanted to mimic the reflective nature of real traffic signs, so I used Stardream Metallic Cardstocks for most of my projects.  Here I've trimmed Stardream Metallic Gold Cardstock to 5.5" x 5.5" for each letter in my banner (so that I could get two "signs" from each sheet) and rounded the corners with a 0.25" corner rounder.

Next, die-cut large letters and thin square frames from Stardream Metallic Crystal Cardstock.  I used my Silhouette to cut these, but you can easily use a Manual Die Cutter as well.

Adhere the thin frames and letters to each gold background piece with Tombow Mono Multipurpose Liquid Glue and punch two small holes near the top of the construction sign at least an inch apart (this helps prevent the flags from twisting around backwards once hung).

Thread some thin ribbon or twine through each flag until you spell out your phrase.  At the ends of each row of letters, I also added a construction cone cut from Stardream Metallic Flame and Crystal Cardstocks.  Each piece on the banner was inked around the edges to add dimension.

The finished banner hung in three separate rows under our party tent and above the gift station.  And if you're wondering, I chose to use gold and white for the construction signs rather than gold and black because I was trying to keep the decor light and happy.  

The party favors were created from many of the same materials.  I chose a simple digital dump truck box design to cut with my Silhouette because I would be making so many of these!

The wheels, axles, beds, and cabins were cut from Stardream Metallic Onyx, Silver, Gold, and Flame cardstock, respectively.  This is what 75 unassembled dump trucks look like. :) 

Once assembled, I inserted a small plastic bag full of chocolate candies (yellow, orange, and white of course) into each favor box.  Yellow, orange, and white curling ribbon was used to tie the plastic bags shut.

The final project I wanted to share are these custom embossed envelopes I created for the party invitations.  Orange Fizz and Lemon Drop A7 Pop Tones Envelopes were stamped with tire tread (front) and construction sign (back, on flap) stamps in Versamark Ink, covered with white embossing powder, and melted with a heat tool.  This was a little time-consuming, but it was one of the fun touches that our guests commented the most about.

I designed the invitations myself in a graphics program and printed them out on 110 lb Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.  This cardstock is super thick, so it's perfect for notecard-type invitations like this one (you will likely need a straight-feed printer to use it though).

I hope you enjoyed these construction zone-themed party ideas and thanks so much for stopping by today!  

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