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Wedding Project

Since late fall of 2012 I have been working on and off for a young bride making some things for her engagement and wedding.  It started with invitations for an engagement party that her mom was giving.  Next came "Save the Date" and now the wedding packets.  Her theme has been peacocks and the main color is brown.  (Her last name is Peacock and she is becoming a Brown!)

I did not take pictures of the engagement party invitation or the Save the Date announcements. But...I did get some pictures of the wedding packets!
Every piece of card stock sprayed with a pearl shimmer

Invitation had a lace punch on each side.
Each invitation took 10 punches, two punches broke and the third
started to stick!  (more on that later!)

Belly Bands for invitations, initial is stamped and
heat embossed (these are for the invitations, but the same
was made for the packet that will hold the information
for the wedding)

Packet to hold information for the wedding

Finished invitation with belly band
Everything banded in groups of 25 for the
bride and her attendants to assemble

Wrapped in tissue paper for delivery
Packed and ready for the bride to pick up

I am also have Thank You notes that are the same style as the invitation, but smaller.
They also will have a belly band, but instead of the initial "B" it will be
a piece with the phrase "Mr. & Mrs." stamped on it and embossed.
This project was a major undertaking.  The bride was unsure of what she wanted and when she made her final decisions and product ordered it gave me only 7 days to complete the project to have the invitations mailed in time for the wedding. (wedding is the end of August)  I completed it within two days.  Daughter #1 was here while I was punching and jumped in to give my hand a rest.  She also was a great help in putting the dimensionals --a.k.a. "pop ups"--on the initials so I could put them on the belly bands.
All card stock and stamps that were used were from Stampin' Up!, with the exception of the shimmer spray, violet ink on initial, lace punch and envelopes.  The latter came from a local craft store and office supply store. 
A word on punches...EK Success is the best!  I know SU carries EK Success punches and so do local craft stores.  I had two punches jam and break and the third one started to stick just after a few punches.  These were made by a different company.  I have learned my lesson--you get what you pay for!  I will say that I refunded my money for two of my punches.  My first punch jammed and broke 3/4's of the way through this project.  My "gut" told me to buy TWO just in case one of them failed.  I am glad I did!  My local craft store refunded my money when I returned the punches to the store.  The sales clerk said they have had punches with this one brand.
Now I can focus on working on the next project for our neighbor's daughter who is getting married in November.


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