Wednesday, December 13, 2006
I myself have never been to a fancy dinner party with placecards at every setting of the table, but I have watched enough Martha Stewart to know what they look like and the purpose that they serve. So when a very dear friend of mine asked if I would make some for her, I told her I had never made them before, but how hard can they be? Sure! So this is what I came up with after her giving me a little input as to what she wanted. She does fancy charger plates and all the glasses and flatware, and was needing something in the burgundy/dark to olive greens. So off to Recollections I went!!! I found this way cute Basic Grey Fruitcake paper and bought 2 coordinating patterns (did you know this paper was double sided? Figured it out after getting it home--what a bonus!). I didn't quite have the "right" alphabet set to get the job done, so I trekked over to Michael's too, and found this Loopy Letters set by Image Tree (I secretly had been wanting it for a long time and now I could justify it! teehee.) Using Confetti Cream cardstock, I stamped each name and then overstamped the French Script lightly in Old Olive. Then here's the tip---if you ever have a tri-colored metallic inkpad that gets totally messed up and mixed together (in this case by my kids when I used to have Craft Club here at the house) don't throw it away!!! I think the best part of the little card is the DTP used along the edges of the Confetti Cream with the messy metallic ink!!! Sort of a silvery goldish bronzey color--perfect with this paper! I must come up with more uses for that pad!! I now love it! I thought the cards would be a bit boring just sitting there as a rectangle, so I added the Circle of Friendship medallions and ribbon at the top which you can't see too well in the picture (must also find more uses for organdy ribbon that I was in a club for a long time ago and now I have oodles of it!--so I thought that would be a good way to get rid of it!! It's not my favorite, but I am not real elegant in my style of stamping!). Anyway, I gave them to her tonight at bunco and they were perfect!! She loved them and loved them even more as the evening progressed and she had more wine!!! teehee! I tried to charge her $500 for them, but she wasn't that drunk! She gave me $10.00 which I was totally happy with and had figured that's what I would actually charge her for them anyway. Yay!! It is hard to believe that at the beginning of this year, I was actually struggling with why I loved crafts and making things so much, thinking it was selfish of me to always want to be doing something to that end. I then asked God to make it more purposeful. Well, He answered my prayers tenfold!! He has shown me how much it blesses others and at the same time, He is using it as a tool for us to earn a little extra money here and there and ALWAYS at an opportune time (seriously), therefore, blessing us as well. I think He also enjoys the deep conversations we have late at night while I am crafting. I hope He doesn't mind, but He's the One who made women to be multi-taskers, right? So cool!
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