Good of you to pop in. Been a big week here at Clarity. So glad you are as chuffed as we are, to welcome Leonie to the fold. Watch this space….
Friday’s blog a private peek, right?
Several of you asked to see our wedding invites and stationery, so I thought I would show you the theme and how it evolved…
It started with a little drawing of mine, which we then laser cut out, because I do like a paper cut, but I haven’t even had time to write all the thank you cards for all the generous gifts yet, so I was NEVER going to find time to paper cut 100 + wedding invites, now was I??
Classy gold inserts, done by a friend of ours as a gift.
It sure is good to be in the Crafting/Printing game when you’re getting married!
Next stop – Wedding favours. I got creative, and designed a little teabag wrap, complete with a little ditty…
Mmmm…Mug next. Well, we were getting married in a nature reserve, a sanctuary for endangered species, so I had an idea. I found a company which designs magnificent mugs with animals – and even better – the artists were very special.
You get it, don’t you? What a perfect Wedding Gift from us to our guests! Speaks volumes in my heart.
A wedding can be such an extravagant affair, but rather than waste money on a cute gimmick, so we decided to put some real money into a very noble movement. For all the guests – both day and evening.
We placed an order for 5 different designs – gorillas and tigers too. Gave all the gorillas and tigers away, so don’t have any of those to show you! They were divine.
So I built a theme around each table, you see? The place settings, the gift-tags – it all matched. 5 tables – 5 animals.
On the back of the table signs,
I wrote out interesting facts about the animals on the respective table. That was fascinating to actually investigate. I enjoyed doing that. Learned loads.
I even had a stamp made, and a date stamp, so that I could stamp up the bags for the guests to take their mugs home in.
They took ages. 110 of them. One at a time.
Maggie Craner made exquisite, beautifully parched wild flower seed-pouches as a gift, and they went in the bags, too. They ALL went to grateful recipients, so I’m afraid I cannot show you them – trust me: they were a delight.
You can see the table setting here. Very simple. Made with love.
On the back of the place settings I wrote what food each of the guests had ordered. That took some doing too !!
The dining room was dressed beautifully.
Dee designed a beautiful Guest Book for us too. What a masterpiece…
The love and thought which went into this book was quite overwhelming actually.
Every page a masterpiece.
Something to treasure forever.
And then we filled the room with love, family and friendship. Proud moment. Dad’s speech.
So that’s it really. It was a lot of work, but I also got a real kick out of spending time on the individual gifts, tying the raffia, sorting out the meals for friends and family, thinking about them each while I was working, hoping they would like and enjoy. You know how it goes. Wouldn’t want to do it again mind !!
But the invitation, the paper cut!! That was what brought on the Fresh Cut Dies! That was how our aperture dies were born. It all starts with a thought, doesn’t it?
So lookie lookie! yay!!! The thank you cards will be a piece of cake!!!
Already on it! So sorry it has taken so long to send out thank you cards for the beautiful gifts. I feel awful. But we hit the ground running after the wedding. Still running actually!
… and then I decided we needed a Wee Thank you Word Chain stamp set too, so designed one!
Hahahahaha! So there we go! Thank you cards are in the pipeline!
It may take another month to actually write and dig out the addresses, but at least I am on the bus now!
And now for the rest of the story. I spoke to our Mel, showed her this design, and asked her to draw another 3 to build a set.
What she came back with is pretty blimming superb. I am so excited to show you these new dies on Sunday!!
HOCHANDA 10am and 2pm
I think they’re the best so far! But I seem to say that every time! Shall I show you them? Tomorrow.
Tomorrow I’ll show you the other three. They are fantastic.
Now I really need to get on with some prep!!
Love and Hugs