Sunday, September 18, 2011

He, She, and Nerves of Steal

A while back friend Mary Lee asked that I make a card for a special friend of hers whose daughter was getting married. The usual cold fear coursed through my veins and my mental synapses fired a repetitive message - oh no - not a sappy occasion card - not an engagement card - not something that involves mushy stuff!

What is there about anniversary and lovey-dovey cards that make me go numb? I'm not really sure what type of card I feel like I do well with...but I know that this request for an engagement card made me cringe on the inside while replying, "sure! No Problem!". Not only was my brain on overload with "oh NO what in the world am I going to do!?" but I also had to force myself to cut paper from "that stash". You know that stash...the paper you take out and look at...and drool over...and then put it back because you just can't bear to cut it...I know you too have a stack of 'can't whack'! But sometimes you just have to put on your big girl panties and start slicing, dicing, and in this case tearing... Not to mention how unnerved I was trying to figure out how to print directly on the design paper without mucking it up!

Here is what I came up with...

He Said She Said
~Base card - PaperTrey Ink Kraft cardstock
~Layer of Webster's Pages Seaside, Garden Gala, Nature's Storybook Collection
~Second layer of Webster's Pages - torn and edge smudged with teal ink (I just love the little sea horse - which I know has NOTHING to do with an engagement - I just like it!)
~Sentiment (a freebie) by Bethany over at Elegant Word Art. Check out her blog - she is a font wizard!
~Embellishments: re-purposed button cover (remember those weird adornments?); pearl spray (from the bridal aisle of Hobby Lobby - which coincidentally DOES have something to do with an engagement); and a clump of tea dyed seam bindings (a gift from Sister Gail - purchased at Etsy)
PaperWorks Co - lace (I used seam binding), pearls, distressing
Emerald Faeries - pearls
Card Cupids - anything goes
Dream Valley - buttons (the heart)
Gingerloft - vintage/distress
Scrappy Frog - vintage
The Hybrid Chick - buttons
Squirrel and the Fox - anything goes
2 Sisters - sentiment as focal point
All Sorts - recycle something

Thanks for clicking by,
Nancy in Iowa


  1. Your friend is going to LOVE this! it's just beautiful without all that sappy stuff! LOL thanks for playing along with us at The Hybrid Chick!

  2. Fantastic!!! Look simple and same time absolutely beautiful!! Everything just right!! Love it!!

  3. oh my word.. this is absolutely FANTASTIC! What a great card *wow*
    Thanks so much for playing along in our The Hybridchick Card Caravan challenge - hope to see you again next time!
    Sylvia xx

  4. You did just brilliantly! This is a stunning card. Thank you for joining us in our very first challenge at The Squirrel & The Fox.

  5. This is absolutely GORGEOUS! Love, love, LOVE this! :D

  6. OMGoodness. You didn't "muck up" anything at all! This is GORGEOUS! Love the little pearls and the paper, ribbon.....everything. What a beautiful card.

  7. gorgeous creation and love the addition of the pearls, thank you for sharing with us at the Emerald Faerie Garden
    Hugs Kate xx

  8. Wow this is gorgeous, really pretty.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge at ALLSORTS this week, good luck & hope you’ll join us again!
    Hugz Fleur xXx

  9. Wow, this is one stunning card, I love all the details, thanks for sharing with us at Gingerloft, good luck and hope to see you again, Gaynor DT :)

  10. Love the sentiment layout (can't believe you printed that on the paper). Well done! It's so elegant. Thanks for joining us at Card Cupids.

  11. Beautiful card! nice d/p and embellish. Nice tearing tecnique. TFS with us at 2SC.
    Zulma DT

  12. Awesome wedding card. You did a fabulous job on this card. Glad you could join in on the BC Button challenge.

  13. Gorgeous work Nancy, love the torn edge and seam binding, not to mention that great button cover!
    Thanks for entering my Alter/Recycle challenge over at Allsorts this week and good luck!
    Love Nicola xxx

  14. Love the spray of pearls! Thanks for playing along with us at the Hybrid Chick!

  15. This is really pretty. I too get anxious about wedding cards.

  16. Beautiful card .. thanks for joining in with the Emerald Faerie Challenge.. Vicki xxx

  17. LOVING your take on the recipe. Thank you for playing with PWCO this month.

  18. Just beautiful! Love the verse and your wonderful added button/ribbon embellie! Thanks for playing along with the Bloggers Challenge!

  19. What a great card! I love whole look of it,thanks for playing along with us at The Squirrel & The Fox - hope we'll see you again soon!

    Hugs, Linda x

  20. This is stunning! I love it and so will the recipient! Thanks for sharing your "Vintage/Distressed" with us a GingerLoft.
    :) Gale


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