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Friday, March 19, 2010
Forever & Ever - the classic fairytale. Until reality sets in and you realize that you need a wedding card in the next hour - yikes!!! My parents were getting ready to leave for a wedding, and taking my little girl with them. So I offered to whip up a wedding card (with no promises for anything cute since I had almost no time at all, and even fewer ideas). But with the help of my favorite "A Child's Year" cartridge, plus "Sweethearts" and the "Stamping" cartridge, and a classic black & white theme, I managed to go from zero ideas to finished in 30 minutes flat. (And yes, there's BLOG CANDY attached, so keep reading.)



I used the Card feature on page 39 of the ACY cart, and set my size to 6 1/2". This card feature option is amazingly useful on this cart, and if you use the 6 1/2" size, it'll fit perfectly in a standard 5x7 envelope. So this gave me the black card with the scalloped edge, and the rose cut out of it. I then switched over to my Stamping solutions cartridge. This cart is NOT just for stamping! It's got soooo many fantastic phrases on it, and is a dream come true for card making. I cut the inside phrase "Forever & Ever" at 1 3/4"(I think), and then switched to my Sweethearts cart to cut "Mr. & Mrs." at 2 1/4" (I think. What can I say? I was in a hurry, LOL!).

For the front of the card, I used my paper trimmer to cut a white square at 2 3/4" x 2 3/4". The black square is 3" x 3", and the patterned square is 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the white square with the Divine Swirls folder, then layered and attached the pieces to the front.



For the inside of the card, I used the patterned paper to exactly line the inside. I think those dimensions were about 6 1/2" x 5". I then folded a white piece of cardstock into a card, and cut it so that it measured 6" x 4 1/2" folded. This was then glued onto the patterned mat so that it perfectly frames it, and then the "Forever & Ever" sentiment was glued to the inside. Ta-da! I always love to do this "card within a card" technique when I have a window-cut card.



And for the finishing touch, check this out!! A super sweet client/friend of mine named Stephanie Webster-Talley surprised me by ordering me this fabulously CUTE bug head stamp from Stamp Out HERE with my name on it!!!! I was floored by her thoughtfulness, and couldn't wait to use the stamp. (Thanks again, Stephanie!!) And as it turns out, my Stampin' Up! 1 3/8" circle punch fits it perfectly. So I stamped it on white cardstock and punched it out. I then used my Stampin' Up! scalloped circle punch on the patterned paper to create a perfectly coordinating border around it. How fun is that?



So this leads me to the BLOG CANDY!!!! The winner will receive their very own Cricut bug head stamp donated by Stamp Out with their choice of name on it. You can even customize the wording if you want - or pick from a zillion other super adorable designs. I even ordered one with my website name around the bug head! So here's how you enter: Just make sure you're a follower of my blog. Then check out the Stamp Out website HERE and then leave a comment under this post letting me know what you'd want on YOUR stamp if you win! And make sure you leave your email address or your Cricut messageboard name in your post so I can contact you if you win. You can also get an extra entry by posting on the messageboard thread HERE. I'll do the random drawing on Tuesday morning, March 23rd around 10am pacific time. Good luck!!

92 comments:

Beth said...

I love this card Monique..very pretty! I love how you are able to utilize each cart for a different theme or occasion. It's so overwhelming for me!
I love the stamp with your name! There are so many cute stamps it is tough to decide but I think I would have to go with a stamp with my name and address..that would be wonderful to use intead of labels or writing a return address :)
Thank you for a chance to win such an awesome stamp!!
~Beth

bethgennicks@comcast.net

Melanie said...

What a pretty card! Thank you for the chance to win this cute stamp. I think that if I win I would like one just like yours but with the name "Melanie". :)

http://scrappymel.blogspot.com

GAscrappnGramma said...

Those stamps are awesome. Can't wait to win one then I will have to buy more.... GAscrappnGramma

RAP said...

Super cute card! I love black and white for weddings. The stamp is cute too. They have some many great choices but in the end I think I'd get one like yours only with my name on it.

You can contact me by either posting on my blog on through the cricut message board (rap)

Kristie said...

Very nice card! I love the stamps It is so hard to choose which I like the best. I would choose one of 2 either the barcode stamp or the Vivine one. There are several others that I like too, they are all so stinkin' cute!
kristie at lashotphotography.com

Sandy from Ukiah said...

You are just one amazing lady, that is an awesome card. And thank you for sharing how you did it. I want my stamp to be just like yours, well except for my name to be where yours is. Off to comment on the message board.. I really really want to win this one.

The McIntyre Family said...

Very cute card!!! Choices, Choices...I can't decide between the Barbara, Bell, or Cricut Stamp. I guess if I win I will have to hurry and make a choice. Thanks for the chance to win this.
Sara
saraw67026@yahoo.com

sleigh said...

Love the stamp and your card is simply elegant :) thanx for sharing the website, they have some great stamps (will have a get a few more) and the cricut bug is soooooo cute, but b/c I make all my christmas cards, the snowflake or snowman address would be the perfect thing to seal the envelope. Hope I win!!!sharka.leigh@shaw.ca

Angela W said...

"Embellish Life" on my stamp. I want those as my wall words when I get around to it! (awillmon39@aol.com)

amr3mommy said...

You made a really beautiful card. I'm sure the happy couple will treasure it - it's so much better than a store bought card.
If I were to win a stamp I would choose the breast cancer address stamp for my friend. She is a breast cancer survivor but is now fighting liver cancer. If you are a believer in the power of prayer, please add Sandy to your list. Thank you.
Angela
amr3mommy@hotmail.com

Marey said...

I love this card, hard to believe it only took 30min to create, that's awesome. If I'd win I'd like the Simply-Because stamp. Thanks for the chance to win.

Shelley said...

What a cute stamp! I'll have to give it some thought, but I'll choose something related to Easter.

moknowsall said...

well - all the stamps are so nice,,, but if I had to select just one..... it would be the martini stamp... perfectly stamped, not shaken!!!

Maureen
maureensala on the Cricut MB

carriedan1 said...

I really love your bughead stamp but if I win, I think I would want the bar code- priceless one!
Carrie
carriedan1@live.com

Anonymous said...

I just might have to order a few of these stamps for friends. Your card is absolutely beautiful. You are so talented. Thanks Diane
dianenowack@sbcglobal.net
DianeNowack on messageboard.

AndreaA said...

Very pretty card!!
If by chance I would win I would like one like yours with my name in it.
AndreaA CM

shari said...

Monique, Your card is so pretty. But that stamp is to die for! HA. I'd want mine just like yours. Except by: Shari
I hope I win, I love this stamp. Thanks for the chance, Shari (cricutrookie)

Alyson said...

Wo Monique! THANK YOU for the chance to win! I would love for mine to say-

Made for you by
Alyson

Like yours did. Thanks again!

~Alyson
thescrapbookinglife@gmail.com

Gigikay said...

Cute card!!! Love the Mr and Mrs.

I love the bug head stamp and would just have my name put on it. wow, they have a lot of cute things.

Margie said...

That card is beautiful! Love the colors and love how you did the inside. That stamp is just the cutest thing ever! Thanks for the chance to win!

Claire said...

Wow, so super nice giveaway Monique! Thanks. I've always said I need to get one of those personalized stamps. I think I like your wording just with my name, Claire.

Thanks for the chance to win!
MB names clairepetillo1
or email supermom3x @ Qwest . net
(I put spaces in it to stop people from copy/pasting spam)
http://scrapnthrutime.blogspot.com/

SweetSassyDiva said...

way too cute! I think I would love to have our family crest on it! Why use my ring to stamp into wax when I can also have an option of using a stamp! wow!

TFS!

http://sweetsassydiva-gspot.blogspot.com/

Traci said...

Oh, what a cool card and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your stamp! So cool!

I would love to get the barcode stamp...that would be so great for personalizing my creations!

Thanks for the chance to win.

tracivee17 at yahoo dot com
TraciVee on the Cricut MB

paperscissors said...

what an awesome giveaway, if i won i would love my stamp to say "commissioned for you and handcrafted by studio h"

Dreama said...

WOW...I love them all, but if I win one, I'd like the one like yours with bughead and my name. Thanks for the chance to win.
dreama1947@yahoo.com (NCGrandma)

thomsherry1 said...

I love this card you made! There are a lot of stamps on this site! I like the bug stamp, but w/ my name, "Sherry", on it.
--thomsherry1@tx.rr.com

Tammy said...

Monique,
What a great card. I think for my stamp I would like it to say the same as yours, but with Tammy on in place of your name.

craz4stampin65@yahoo.com

MedicScrapper said...

You card is so cute!!! The Stamp Out designs are so cute - I would probably chose the Cricut Stamp but the Think Pink Stamp is adorable. Thanks for the blog candy!!!
Cricut MB Member MedicScrapper

Travel Bug said...

Love the card! I guess I will have to add those to my wish list! I was the lucky winner of this week's blog candy I would want the stamp to say "Handmade for you by - Carrolyn"
I hope I win!!

Christina said...

I love this card!

Thanks for the candy. I would love one of these stamps!

Susan from SC said...

Gorgeous card! And I love, love, LOVE the Cricut bug stamp! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us!
--Susan
suebella4u@hotmail.com

Sandy said...

Love this card! Great idea for an upcoming wedding I have :)

My stamp would say:

A ScrapBook Blessing
by Sandy

(Bell- style)

JustJules said...

I am amazed at the many different types they have. I can't really decide what I would want on it at this moment. I would like to think about it. So hopefully I will have the chance to get it! Thanks for the lovely card design. I have been looking at the Stamping cartridge. So many decisions....
julieschoonover@sbcglobal.net

mothergoose said...

Beautiful card. I absolutely love the black and white theme. Very sophisticated. I'd love a stamp that says "Made Especially For You by Bev". Thanks for sharing your talent Monique!

Anonymous said...

Nice card...30 minutes...wow! You amaze me. If I were to be the lucky winner, I think I'd choose between Alysia, Barcode, or cricut head. I don't know...if I win, I'll choose then.

Carol
aka cyimbugbitten

Brenda said...

1st of all your card is GORGEOUS!!! This is AWESOME Blog candy!! I definitely would want the Cricut Bughead. Just not sure about the wording....will have to think on that. I'm thinking of going with something along the lines of
" Personally Handmade for you"
or "Handmade with Love"
So it will be versatile...just don't sound right, sending grandkids cards with my name on it. LOL
Thank you!!
Brenda
Shylow27@aol.com

scrappinw/lupus said...

LOVE this card! I never would have thought to look at ACY when I need to make a wedding card! Thanks for sharing this--and your cute cricut stamp!!

Anonymous said...

I love that cricut bug stamp, but I also love that one that says something like... if you knew how hard I worked on this you'd never throw it away. too funny.

Kari D
daverclan@sbcglobal.net

cowbelleru said...

Great Card!! I would choose one of the Custom Handmade by/Signature Stamps. It would be the Wendy style with my name.

Rachel said...

Hi Monique! Awesome card, I'm so glad you showed how to do a simple and elegant card in a jiffy. That will come in handy! I love the stamp, and if I win I'd like it to be just like yours, but with my name on it, of course!
~Rachel in Sacramento
(RachelL on MB)

wandwandco said...

Each and everyone of your creations is truly awesome. The elegance of the black and white, understated, perfect! I want my stamp to look just like your, but with ME in the center!!!! lol, my name of course. Thanks for the chance to win. This is a great RAK!
wandwandco

Anonymous said...

Love your "simple card". That would take me days to make..... Might have to scraplift it for my next wedding. Thanks for a chance to win the cute stamp. If i should win, I would love one just like yours but with my name.
noradickey@hotmail.com

scraphappysteph said...

What a great card you made. Thanks for the chance to win also!! I would choose the same stamp as you have but with Scrap Happy Steph or Stephanie if that is too many letters. SO many choices. Thanks again!

Gina at Gigi's Creative Designs said...

What a very pretty wedding card! Love how you did the inside with the extra flap, very nice touch.
I love the stamps! OMGosh, the one with the little cricket on it is simply adorable! Id love to enter to win, Ive always wanted a personalized stamp but never took the time to order any and never seen any I really would like to have on my artwork until now! Thanks for sharing this! On my stamp Id say, Handemade by Gina
and along the bottom put my blog address
http://gigiscreativedesigns.blogspot.com/ or just Gigi's Creative Designs. thanks for the opportunity to win this stamp! Im lovin it oh! and Im a fan too :)
Cheers Gina

*BJ* said...

Luv your card.. If I won the stamp, I'd like one like yours with my mb name *BJ* on it.. I liked alot of those stamps. I may have to order some others. I need a grandma stamp for the cards I make my grandkids.. and a stamp for my scrapbook pages.. and etc..
You can contact me by either posting on my blog or through the cricut message board *BJ*

yvette said...

What a great and classic card! You did an awesome job in just 30 mins :)
I ordered ACY last monday and I can't wait for it to arrive. It's usually inbetween 1-2 weeks from the USA, so all next week I will be excitingly waiting for a package :)

I love all those stamps they have overthere. I think I would like mine to say: Handmade with love Yvette

y.koppens@hetnet.nl

Dori said...

a new blog to search and learn from, be inspired and yes.. one more person to convince me I will JUST have to BUY that cartridge :) can't wait for more ideas. LOVE your wedding card. SO formal BUT simple! I love your bug stamp.. (fingers crossed) - Doris
parkernana5@cox.net

littlen said...

Very nice card. Would love to win a stamp, but haven't decided on which one as yet - so many choices.

Sparksgal said...

Love the card - so simple but yet so elegant! Thanks for showing us that a very pretty card doesn't have to take "forever" to make. :)

I love the stamp also - the site has sooo many cute stamps. Would love to win one - I'd like the same stamp you have but with the name "Jessica Miller" if it will fit.

Thanks for the chance to win. Have a great weekend!

Dream of Scrappin' said...

I think mine would say, "from the heart" Siobhan

What a fabulous giveaway and I bookmarked their site so I can go back!

Thanks!
Siobhan

siobhanrenee@hotmail.com

Donna said...

I just love this card, who ever is the lucky couple are going to feel very special when they open this card. Thank you for the chance to win this great stamp, I guess that I have no imagination, cuz I want a stamp like yours, only with Donna on it. Special friend to give you that stamp.

Donna C.
goCricutgo

Lesley from WI said...

Very pretty card! I love this stamp and would love the same design as you but with the name Lesley!

shrtnsassy said...

You are very creative! I would love to win the stamp. I would like HANDMADE WITH LOVE BY SHERRI.

MB name shrtnsassy

Thanks.

Bobbi said...

That card is so cute, 30 minutes wow. I have the ACY on my list but the new releases keep getting in the way. Thanks for the chance to win that cute stamp, I would like it to be the same as your's but with "Bobbi" on it. bobbim1271@yahoo.com. Thank you!

Cyndi said...

Your designs are amazing and your layouts are so cute! There are so many cute stamps to pick from. My favorite is the cricut head. I would like mine just like yours.
Cyndi
hailey4053@bak.rr.com

Diane said...

I love the card. I didn't think I needed ACY...but I may have to re-think that now!
Love your bug stamp. Would love to have that with: For You and then my name.
Thanks for the chance to win a very cute stamp.

Kim. said...

Gorgeous card so so elegant and loving the black and white it seems so romantic. Thanks for the chance to join in, if I had a choice I would go for the same logo as yours but with my details like the one to the left of your design on the web shop page i.e name and web address.
Kim xXx

JANLYNN said...

Such a vary nice wedding card. The black and white looks very elegant. your little stamp on the back makes it SO professional looking. If I were to win one like yours with the name Janet. My cricut message boad name is Jan Lynn

Micki said...

What a gorgeous card that is! I am a follower of your blog, and I love it. What a wonderful giveaaway. I would love to win the stamp, as it is hard to get one like that in Ireland.
Micki

Micki said...

I forgot to tell you that I would love the stamp with my name on it: Micki.
Thanks again!
Micki

pcrusberg said...

What a great card, Monique. I love ACY too, but haven't used the cards much. I'll have to take another look. If I won a stamp, I'd like the Vivine. I'm not sure how the wording could be changed, but I'd like it to say "Created just for you! Pam" My cricut mb name is pcrusberg too. Not very creative, I know. Thanks for the giveaway! Pam
pcrusberg at aol dot com

Karen V. said...

Love the card - and love the stamp too! So creative in just 30 minutes! Keep up the wonderful ideas! Karen V.

Tuki said...

Love your card and your blog. Hmmm, if I were to win, i'd love for the stamp to say "Handmade with love by Tuki"

You are awesome Monique, thank you!

K-E Kreations said...

Love the card & the stamp. If I won, I would have a tough time deciding which I wanted. There are so many cute personalized stamps on the site.

Laura Lee said...

Monique.. this card is amazing... i love the outside but the inside is truly cool too... wow... doesnt look like a "shotgun" card to me..
Laura

Cricut Critter said...

Wow 30 min, I wouldnt even be able to come up with the idea LOL great job, very nice and classy card.

I love the personalized touch that the stamp give it. hope I win!!

Laura Lee said...

Monique, i went there again and looked and saw even more ..i like the cricut one with Laura on it..
by the way.. i am making cards for a charity and i would love to scraplift your card .. thanks for your inspiration...

Dawn said...

Love this card i have a wedding in 4 weeks. this would be a great card. I just have to use different carts,'cause i do not have any of those. thanks for the great idea.

weezie143 at att dot com

Deanne said...

i love this card and I love the cricut stamp even more!!! I would love a handmade by!!!!

Nana Mouse said...

OMGOODNESS! Your card is so elegant!! Thank you so much for sharing.

I would dearly LOVE to have one of the stamps! I like it as it is but put Peggy instead of your name. Thank you for the awesome chance to win one of these!!!

cindyh said...

All of the stamps were so cute. I particularly like the return address ones. If I got the cricut head I would just put my name on it (Cinthia).
jchill34 at yahoo dot com

Lezlye said...

I have been looking for a stamp just like that! Love your creations Monique! WOuld love to win the stamp too!
The cricut bug stamp with my name would be great!

IRW Dana said...

Love Love this card and I found so many wonderful things on the stamp site. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win.

Ticketgoddess said...

GREAT card..simple and elegant!!! The stamp of my choice is Scrapbook naked your husband won't mind the mess...if I don't win...I'll purchase it...if nothing else to make everyone giggle!!

Debbie said...

I love the card. I think the black and white cards make beautiful wedding cards. I would love to have a stamp like that. I would want it just like yours only with my name "Debbie" on it. Thanks for the opportunity to win one.

Debbie H said...

Beautiful card, very elegant, I love your work. Checked out the stamps, they are very nice. I would love one that is "created by Debbie"!

Suzyq said...

Love this card but I love the stamp takes the cake! I would like one just like yours but with my name. TFS!

Susan
susansoph@sbcglobal.net

corrie71 said...

I love this card and this stamp. Awesome giveaway!

I2BZ2W8 said...

I love the wedding card and thanks for the opportunity of the stamp I would say Sharon aka I2BZ2W8 if that isn't too long.

SJL~ said...

LOVE the card! I might "steal" your idea for a wedding I'm going to this summer. :)

If I win, I'd like it just like yours but with my name Suzanne on it.

suzannelane75 at gmail.com

Alicia J. said...

Another amazing card made by you! Your work is fantastic and such an inspiration. if I win and I hope I do I want my stamp to be just like yours but maybe instead of the cricut bug a crown.

southernscrapper-tnscrapper said...

Love these stamps. Thanks for sharing the link and the opportunity to win one.

If I were to win, I would like a return address label with the Palm tree in the middle. I think the stamp is actually called "Palm"

Marilyn

mmc123mac at yahoo dot com

cardchick said...

beautiful card even more so for a "quickie" and a chance at tha cute bughead.....

josiej@myway.com

Megan said...

Great card monique :) That is just what I need for a wedding gift I need to send :) I maybe copying this design just for that :)

Lisa Kirk said...

Happy Easter to you and your lovely family! Are you going to be doing a Mother's Day Layout this year? I am asking for a adhesive gun to make all your awesome layouts! If you hear of any really good deals let me know!

Love ya,
Lis

tesparza said...

What a great way to start the day, and the Easter bunny hopped me right over to this page

islander15 said...

I love the card ideas. The stamp is very useful.

card said...

I love the simple wedding card you posted. Simple it may seem but it will take me more than 2 days to make. he he he

Anonymous said...

Rather nice site you've got here. Thanks for it. I like such themes and everything connected to them. I definitely want to read more soon.

Bella Smith
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wedding stamps said...

Wow, I have to say that is just an amazing result for putting something together at the last minute! That looks like something that was professionally designed for sure. Killer job!

babar said...

the combination of black and white color always superb as shown in above card.
plastic discount card
PVC cards

Jenny Ross said...

Love that stamping. Thanks for sharing this with me.

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The Monique Griffith Design Team consists of 4 Cricut Designers: Monique, Wendy Lawrence, Susan Rees and Becca Rees. We specialize in making Cricut Project Kits that you can make on your own with your Cricut, learning more about your bug in the process. You just need your Cricut Expression, the required cartridge(s), and a few basic tools. The directions come with a Cricut Cut Chart that shows you line by line exactly what you'll need to cut on your machine, with all of the settings for each cut. There are also well-organized written instructions and color photographs. We pride ourselves on our detailed designs, and on teaching others how to most effectively design with the Cricut. Currently, we have have downloadable directions on sale for only $5, and there are over 50 projects to choose from.

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