Monday, May 7, 2012

Simple Sophistication for HSS117

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The theme this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments is Wedding or Sophistication.  So, I learned a long time ago from a woman who exuded classiness that sophistication is keeping it simple, but simply the best.  And you're best dressed when you get completely accessorized, and then remove one item.  Not overdone.

So I created this wedding ensemble using simple but super high quality components.
Watercolor paper...thick, sturdy, with a beautiful texture.
Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon...delicate, with a sheen on both sides.
Simple, clean stamp layout using Artistic Etchings and Established Elegance.
Minimal embellishment with basic rhinestones, colored grey.
The thank-you note has a scalloped border, and I placed the flourish underneath the Perfectly Penned "Thank You" sentiment.  It looked a little bare, so I colored the flowers with Stampin' Write Markers in Certainly Celery and the Blush marker used for skin tone.  Added one rhinestone at the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Here's a little gift tag made with the Two Tags die, with just the crown image, a rhinestone, and "Mr. & Mrs." from Petite Pairs.
The wedding card is again done using Watercolor paper and stamped in Basic Grey, with just a little bling.
The real stars of the show are these cute little card or placecard holders I made from glass drawer pulls and a beautiful French vintage perfume bottle!
I filled the bottle with German glass glitter to keep the wire holder in place.  Tied a little seam binding ribbon around, and a Trinket Key with Linen Thread.  

The knobs are just the right size for displaying a card or for table numbers at a wedding.  I trimmed this one with a strand of rhinestones painted with a grey Sharpie to make the bling look more vintage, and to match the glass glitter.
Want to make some? Here's the super high tech tutorial...
Take a jumbo paper clip, unbend it, use pliers and your other hand to wrap it twice around a cylinder such as my lipstick I keep in my scrap tote to look good even when I make cards (LOL), bend one end straight down, and plunk in into a hot glue filled drawer pull.

Hope you will play along with  this week.  I can't wait to see all the pretty and sophisticated creations you all come up with!

Have a blessed and creative day!  Erika


  1. The lipstick comment is the cuttest!!! I love this idea. Awesome job!

  2. Well done!!! Simple but Sophisticated. You did a fabulous job. Thank you for the inspiration. Love the place card holders.

  3. Pinterest just called, they want your number cause girl..., those are some ridiculously CUTE card holders, eeeegads! :) You threw this challenge out of the ball park with your beautiful elegant trio of fab.

  4. Very clever and I love the black and white theme.

  5. OMGOSH! I'm so glad I didn't just look at the small picture of your projects because this post is AMAZING! I agree keep it simple is always sophisticated! The paper crafts were stunning alone, and then you threw in those place holders....I'm at a loss for words! Now I'm off to find some of those knobs!

  6. WOW-WEE! I LOVE the simple and vintage inspired elegant color combo and images! And the glitter and fun holders are just awesome!

  7. HOLY CRAP!!! I don't know what to say- AMAZING!! I love the photo holders you made, seriously the cutest thing evah!!!

  8. Very Pretty!!! Great color combo and love the vanilla seam binding to finish it off- just perfect!! Your holders are so cute!!!