THEY DID!!!

Wedding

If you have ever planned a wedding you understand the challenges that are a part of the process and the dedication, countless hours, and numerous dollars it takes to pull it off. Planning a destination wedding is obviously that much more difficult.

Fast forward to July…The invites have been delivered and guests are thrilled about the upcoming marriage of Karen and David.  Karen’s responses are a bit overwhelming as she and David are thrilled with the amount of family and friends who want to take the time and expense to travel to Mackinac Island to share in their special day.  Karen was filled with ideas and details and trusted in me to help her to bring what was in her mind, to reality. We spend hours texting, emailing, Pinning, talking, and trying to be prepared in every aspect and leaving no detail unattended to.

Once the decisions were made, my fingers got to work… hours and hours of sanding and staining wood for the custom signs, blade after blade going dull on my electronic cutter, and blister upon blister from the hot glue gun – but it was all worth it! To say that it was AMAZING, well I think that is an understatement. I’m not one to toot my own horn but TOOT! TOOT! Together, Karen and I created a fairytale wedding that helped bring Karen & David’s True Love Story to life. Through elegant floral, muted hues of pink and champagne, and lacy textures, family and friends were surrounded by details that we hoped made them feel as special as Karen and David feel they are to them.

The days before the wedding and the actual wedding day, the weather was bright and sunny yet slightly cooler than the average temperatures for August in Michigan.  The venue, Mission Point on Mackinac Island, was an accommodating host for Karen & David’s 60+ guests. The staff did an amazing job helping to bring our vision for the reception to fruition. The staff provided the time and help we needed to get the event set up and allowed me to let go and enjoy myself. Being a controlling, hands on, do-it-yourselfer – well letting go is no easy task.

As a designer, I hope to express love and gratitude through color, paper, textures, and details as sometimes words are too simple to do. I share this amazing event with you and the numerous photos (I took over 1,200 so we should get a few keepers 😉 so that you can feel the love I hold for this dear friend of mine and how grateful I am that God has placed her in my life.

Congratulation Karen and David! May your True Love Story be filled pages of Love and chapters of Happiness!

Debbie

 

Please be sure to check out these vendors for your next event:

Cake topper:  Toppers with Glitz

Flowers:  Webers Floral

Mackinac Island Fudge:  Joann’s Fudge

Embroidered Groom Socks:  Groom Socks

Matches:  Gracious Bridal

Ring Bearer Outfit:  Four Tiny Cousins

Custom Lace Table Runner:  One Dainty Tulip

Straws:  The Sugar Diva

Frozen – in June…

Baby Shower, Birthday, Bridal Shower, Frozen, Girl, Invitations, Movie

I have a client who has fabulous parties for her kids and comes up with great themes. These invitations and party favors were for her daughter’s very special 5th birthday – a Frozen themed party! Such a great idea for a summer party – to cool things down. Although, when we began the designing and prep for this event, there was still snow on the ground outside of my studio. Boy, how things have changed quickly over the past few months… The invitation was a interactive snow globe – shake the beads inside for snow fun! Flip the invite over and the party information is found on the back. The 3D castle with paper dolls was used as an activity for the young girls to assemble and play with during the party. And of course, everyone needs a snow wand. I made an extra one that I keep on my desk so when my kids get out of hand – a little wave of the wand to “freeze” them.

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16 is Sweet!

Birthday, Boy, Misc

March is a busy month in our house; two birthdays and an anniversary. This year in particular is a year of milestones; our oldest turns Sixteen!, my hubby turns 50!, and we celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. To tell you we planned it that way, well, that would be a lie. I guess it’s good to do it all at once and get it over with, right?

So, what do you get a sixteen year old boy (besides a car)? A snow day! Yup, I woke him at 5:00 am to tell him he could spend the day sleeping since we got nailed with over 6″ of snow during the night. To say he was thrilled is an understatement. Praise God! He pulled that one off for me! Now on to the party planning. All the family was coming over to celebrate these special men. So I did what I know how to do – craft! I wanted to make the normal family party extra special with decorations and LOVE the hanging garland I recently did for a client. I also love the look of a pennant banner too. Here’s my take on the two:

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utensils inside with custom license plate

utensils inside with custom license plate

 

So my plan was to make my son a car cake – since he wasn’t going to be getting a car for a present, and I asked him what kind of car he’d like to have – real car if he could have any. He didn’t know I was going to make it into a cake. He found this one:

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It’s an Audi TT. Let the learning begin… Nightly Pinterest visits and video watching and I educated myself on how to build a car cake. Now to execute. Hmm… could I pull this off? For my first car cake, I think it turned out pretty good and best of all, he LOVE IT! That’s all that matters (and it was yummy)! Oh, did I tell you I was also making a golf themed cake for my hubby? I don’t know where I come up with these things. I could have just went to Costco and ordered a cake for their party, but what fun is that? My hubby liked his cake present too! Please excuse the imperfections, dings in the paint job, and jabs in the homemade marshmallow fondant. I don’t have all the fancy tools of a professional baker and I made due.

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Once Upon A Time…

Baby, Birthday, Bridal Shower, Girl, Invitations, Princess, Sweet 16, Wedding

I was thrilled when a past client contacted me to create this unique, girly invitation for her daughter’s first birthday. A few inspirational images, some poetry, hours of adjusting color hues, and voila – an invitation fit for a princess. Well I think so anyway…

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Once Upon A Time castle invitation

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a four paged book with gems, pearls, custom paper, and ribbon details

the front page was raised to appear as the castle entrance

the front page was raised to appear as the castle entrance

the pages are made from multiple layers of card stock, each page with custom pattern

the pages are made from multiple layers of card stock, each page with custom pattern

invite front page

when the book is closed, it looks like a complete castle

note the gems on each page and custom monogram

note the gems on each page and custom monogram

invite page 2

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invite page 3

page 3

invite page 4

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invite back

invitation back

invite details

custom printed paper and addressed

custom designed and printed paper for the envelope and personally addressed to each recipient

custom printed inside and out with the return address on the flap

custom printed inside and out with the return address on the flap

Such an important event deserves a party as special as the birthday girl herself. I think her mother did just that and the party turned out amazing! Here are pics from the special day. (Aislynne, thanks for sharing with me.)

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Be MineCraft

Misc

Update… The Minecraft house won first place – Most Creative- in her classroom’ s Valentine Mailbox contest!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The “go-to” game around our house is Minecraft, and my daughter loves to build and play! So we figured it only appropriate that this year’s Valentine Mailbox and treat theme should match what she loves to do.

This paper house is built with over 100 paper blocks that I found the pattern for on Pixelpapercraft.com. I was able to download the images and use my electronic cutter to cut the images out after they were printed. (I use a Silhouette Cameo in case you wondered.) We spent hours cutting and glueing all the boxes together. The house is an (almost) exact replica of a house she built in her Minecraft world. We assembled the house on a cardboard base covered with a printed grass and wood graphic from PixelPaperCraft. Lots of hot glue, burnt fingers, and hours or labor and her house was complete.  The roof lifts…

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Be MineCraft

Misc

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The “go-to” game around our house is Minecraft, and my daughter loves to build and play! So we figured it only appropriate that this year’s Valentine Mailbox and treat theme should match what she loves to do.

This paper house is built with over 100 paper blocks that I found the pattern for on Pixelpapercraft.com. I was able to download the images and use my electronic cutter to cut the images out after they were printed. (I use a Silhouette Cameo in case you wondered.) We spent hours cutting and glueing all the boxes together. The house is an (almost) exact replica of a house she built in her Minecraft world. We assembled the house on a cardboard base covered with a printed grass and wood graphic from PixelPaperCraft. Lots of hot glue, burnt fingers, and hours or labor and her house was complete.  The roof lifts off so the kids in her class can put the treats they have for her, inside.

She also wanted her giveaway treat to match the Minecraft theme, so with a trip to Pinterest, we found this box idea. The lid lifts to reveal Starburst candies inside. So fun!

Her class holds a contest for the kids to be creative, inventive, and original in building their Valentine Mailboxes. The students vote and declare winners in different categories. I’ll let you know how it goes…

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BatMaxx

Batman, Birthday, Boy

I know it’s cliche to say, but where has the time gone? We were planning a Tiffany inspired baby shower the last I remember and yet I find I’ve just completed First Birthday decor for the baby we were showering! Yikes!

Maxx is one! BatMaxx that is! My beautiful friend asked if I’d help with some items for the special event and I couldn’t resist! Batman was the theme but BatMaxx was the star! This event took place in New York, so I wasn’t able to see it in person all put together, but thought I’d share the images I did receive.

 

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I madthe birthday banner for the dessert table by cutting out buildings to replicate a city scape and added the lettering on top of 3d foam dots. Maxx’s name is made from classic comic book coversand the letters atop of foam dots again. The custom cupcake wrappers were complete with cape and personalized toppers. Maxx’s mom and grandma made Maxx’s name from comic book paper covering paper mâché letters; so clever!

Custom water bottlewraps and candy bar wrappers added decor to each place setting.

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The custom “I am 1” banner was perfect for photos of Maxx and his cake. And a personalized, wipeable splash mat to catch the mess below.

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I made the sign as a gift from Maxx’s grandma. Lots of paint and sanding and stain to give it the “aged” look. I thought it turned out pretty neat.

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