Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Paper Pleasures--Wedding Cards

I may or may not have mentioned that I am a paper addict.  I LOVE paper.  It all started back in college when I did letterpress printing and bookbinding.  I have sheets and sheets of lovely handmade papers.  Quilters can relate---it's much like hoarding fabric.

In recent years, I've discovered a much more budget friendly paper.  Scrapbooking paper is cheap by comparison to lovely handmade paper.....except, of course, that I tend to buy SO MUCH of it that I suppose it all balances out in the end.  (Honestly, probably not.  I've traded one for the other, and the new obsession has probably cost me loads more in reality. Oh well!  There are worse things one can spend money on, I'm sure.)

Several years ago my niece and I started doing some very simple scrapbooking.  We bought a multi-pack of solid colored card stock and thought we were going to be satisfied with that. Well, not for long anyway.  Soon I discovered all the lovely patterned paper, and I couldn't quite leave well enough alone.  It's a sickness, I know.  I can hardly leave Hobby Lobby without a few sheets. 

And then, of course, there are the embellishments!  Ribbon!  Buttons!  Charms!  Oh, my!  Soon those started piling up as well, and I had to start doing more with them than a few random scrapbook pages.  I thought, "Why not make some greeting cards?", and suddenly a new enterprise was born. 

I LOVE making cards.  I make cards for all occasions and have been selling them at art and craft fairs for the past eight years.  I go on card making binges when I spend days stockpiling my inventory.  It almost doesn't seem like work, I enjoy it so much!

Since wedding season is upon us, I'm sharing with you a few of my current favorite wedding cards.

Inside message:  In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities
(I found the inspiration for this card here on Pinterest.)
Supplies used:  white, grey, red, peach cardstock (Hobby Lobby)
black ribbed cardstock (Archivers), white floral embossed cardstock (Doodlebug Design)
white metallic paper (Reminesce),  black and white satin ribbon, red flower (Hobby Lobby)
vintage 'pearl' seed beads, "Lasting Quotes" acrylic stamps (Fiskars), black ink

Inside message:  Wishing you a Happily Ever After
This card is a gatefold design.
Supplies used: peach cardstock (Hobby Lobby), black ribbed cardstock (Archivers),
white metallic stripe paper, black metallic paper (Hobby Lobby),
 glittered floral cardstock (Doodlebug Designs),
black and white satin ribbon (Hobby Lobby), black mini brads (Spare Parts),
white pearl bead string, white organza flower, white paper rose (Walmart)
rubber stamp (Wordsworth), black ink

Inside message: In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities
Supplies used:  grey, red, white cardstock (Hobby Lobby)
white dotted swiss cardstock (Doodlebug Designs),
clear square gems, red heart buttons (Hobby Lobby)
Bride and Groom rubber stamp (Stampendous), black ink
"Lasting Quotes" acrylic stamp (Fiskars)

Inside message:  This is a day to celebrate new love, new hope,
 new dreams....a new life
Supplies used:  peach, light green cardstock (Hobby Lobby),
white embossed cardstock (American Crafts),
wedding cake 3-D sticker (Jolee's Boutique), white orgnaza ribbon (Hobby Lobby),
rubber stamp (Endless Creations, Inc.), olive green ink

Inside message:  Wishing you a happily ever after
Supplies used:  white, pink, light blue, black, red cardstock (various sources),
blue swirl metallic paper (unknown), lace, white dotted ribbon, pink satin ribbon (Hobby Lobby),
organza flower, blue bow (Walmart), gemstone brads (Archivers),
 black ink, rubber stamp (Wordsworth),
computer fonts (Blackadder ITC, Century Gothic, Papyrus, Bradley Hand ITC)

I think a lovely handmade card is a wonderful way to celebrate the beginning of a new life together.  Any couple would be thrilled to recieve one of these cards, perhaps with a gift card tucked inside!

Wishing you a happily ever after....

P.S.  My cards are not available in my etsy shop, or anyplace else online.  But if you are interested in any of these, or in cards for any other occasion, please email me at



  1. Your greeting cards are so lovely with the most thoughtful sentiments!

    1. Thanks, Marian! I really enjoy making them.

  2. What beautiful wedding cards Lisa!! I especially love the heart shaped bride and groom.