So, I wanted to make them a card. I have really struggled with it for some reason. Not sure why- I just couldn't find any inspiration. Usually, I have some idea or concept that I start with, and it kind of puts itself together from there. It can start with something I know about the recipient, or I might get my inspiration from a paper, color, flower, etc. For this one, I had the idea of putting a picture of the two of them on the card, but that was where I ran out of ideas. It was easy enough to swipe a picture of them off of one of their Facebook pages. But the rest of the design? I kept coming up blank. Two weeks I have been turning this over and over in my mind, and counting the days as I was running out of time. Today was the last day I had to work on this, since I really can't count on having time for crafting during the week. The pressure was on!
I knew I wanted the photo in black and white, so that dictated a somewhat simple color scheme. Their home is just lovely- I wish I had E's flair for decorating! They have a lot of neutrals in their house, so I didn't want anything too bright and flashy. Something simple, classic, with clean lines. They have some furniture I just love, a sofa and loveseat, in a deep, rich eggplant purple. I thought that would be too dark, so I stayed with the purple idea and chose a lighter shade of dusky lavendar. It goes well with black and white and gives just enough of a hint of color to make it interesting. That decided, I moved on to the other elements of the card. I wanted to put a sentiment on the front, but I wasn't sure what. For some weird reason, out of nowhere, I conjured up a quote from the Beatles, "in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make". Except I was thinking it was John Lennon, and I wasn't sure of the exact wording, so I Googled it. Found out it was the Beatles, and decided that that wasn't necessarily the message I wanted on the front of the card, but now I had a direction to go in. I Googled John Lennon quotes, and found one I liked.. I also pulled from somewhere in my subconscious "live, laugh, love" which honestly, I think, really describes my friends, and wanted to incorporate that somehow. So I had all these fragments of ideas that I needed to put together. Here is what I came up with:
I embossed the dusky lavendar background with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. The torn corners came from an idea in that card-making book I'm always talking about- I thought it was kind of cool, and softens the look a little bit, with all of the rest of the lines being so straight and clean. I used small silver brads in the corners of the sentiment box, which just gives it, I don't know, something extra. The sentiments are all framed in black, and the inside is relatively simple. I like it- I hope they do too! They have the funnest party EVER planned (is "funnest" a word? My kids say not.) They want the ladies to come wearing a bridesmaid dress, and the guys to show up in a suit jacket. Not a suit, just a jacket- so anything goes for underneath! Sometime this week after work, I need to make a stop at Goodwill and see what they have in the dress section....I'm envisioning something pastel, frilly and fluffy- the most God-awful obnoxious bridesmaid dress ever! And I think my husband needs to wear his very formal pin-striped navy blue suit jacket with cargo shorts. Won't that be an..interesting..look??!
In addition to the card, I did a few bookmarks today. This is in preparation for expanding my idea of the gift envelopes and matching cards- I wanted a few new designs to work with.
We are heading to Montana in a few days for our summer vacation- up to see my cousin Trina and her hubby, with whom we always have a great time! I am looking forward to some quiet, tranquil time to unplug and just hang out, read books, go fishing, and not think about work! See you after vacation!