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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Black and White

Hi Everyone!

I cannot believe that it is snowing here AGAIN! Hello-o-o, Mother Nature.  Spring was supposed to start 10 days ago!

Marie will celebrate her 24th birthday this Sunday, April 3. I am excited about the plans I have for her special day. The comforter on her bed and the other accessories in her bedroom are black and white. When we are out shopping she stops to examine anything that could fit in with her room's decor. So I have decided to give her a black and white birthday party.

One of the gifts I am giving her is a handmade gift bag that is filled with cards. I pulled out my black and white buttons, ric rac, ribbons, twine, embroidery floss, and pearls and put them in an apothecary jar on my work table. I found just a few dcwv pieces of black and white patterned paper in my stash so I decided it was time to do some shopping. I found a 12" x 12" Black and White stack of cardstock from Me and My Big Ideas that was exactly what I wanted.

The colors on the cards and bag are actually snow white and black.  The photographs are a little muted because it was a gray day here today when I was taking pictures.  I used the large All Around Town Timeless Template from PaperTrey Ink to create this gift bag. The black circles on the paper are flocked.

Marie's quilt is black and white. The reversible side of it is the exact shade of blue that I used on this card. I used a wooden holiday tree stamp from A Muse Artstamps to create the party hats that you see on the card. I colored some of the sections on each hat with a black marker.  My Picksey Pick-Ups helped me pick up and add tiny black and white adhesive pearls to each of the hats. "Happy Birthday" was stamped with an Impression Obsession stamp. The edges of the card stock that the hats are mounted on are outlined with black baby ric rac. I used a Martha Stewart edger punch to edge the black and white dotted paper.

This summer Marie is going to be a bridesmaid for the first time. I used a blank black card and some white tag to create this wedding card for her to give to her friends.  I ran the white tag through a Cuttlebug embossing folder. The stamps I used are from a Hero Arts clear set of wedding stamps.

The flowers on this card were stamped with a Sun Days wooden stamp from Hero Arts. The brads, ribbon, and paper are from my stash. The text was stamped with a Judi Lynn Stamp of Excellence stamp.

Here's my favorite card in this collection. The paper is from the Black and White collection from Me & My Big Ideas.  The 4 rectangles that I glued onto the blank black card measure 1.25" wide x 3.75" tall. The text was stamped with a clear stamp. I am not sure which company created it.

I used black and white enamel accents to highlight the decorations on the cupcake. The cupcake was created with a Hero Arts big cupcake cling stamp. I ran the muffin wrapper through one of my crimpers to make it look more realistic.

Here's a quilted card. You know how much I love to create them. I added felt buttons to it. MaryBeth, you gave me those buttons!

I glued alternate strips of black and white patterned paper to this card. Then I added some ric rac and felt buttons to it along with Maya Road Rub-ons.
And that's it for now.  So far I've finished Marie's bag, her birthday card, and 7 cards for inside the bag.
Have a great night!

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