Friday, June 18, 2010

An Elegant Wedding - Cricut Style...

 All this week the Cuttlebug Challenge Blogspot has been presenting a "Wedding Affaire" The Design Team has come up with lots of inspirational wedding projects and there are some fabulous prizes to be won, including a Cricut Cake, a CGull bag and some of the wonderful Teresa Collins paper that we have been using for the wedding projects.  Be sure to stop over to the Cuttlebug Challenge to see all of the great ideas and to find out about the giveaways.

I created a menu card and matching favor box & place card holder using Design Studio and the Straight From the Nest cartridge.

 The centerpiece of both designs is this "corner" from the Straight From the Nest cartridge.  I turned it to use the flat side to weld with a rectangle for both of my projects.

 This is the menu card base cut from Core'dinations gemstone cardstock.  I used "hide selected contour" to black out the butterfly image for the base.

This screen shot shows the hidden lines.

 I wanted to layer butterflies with the lace cuts on the base, however, the butterfly images that are coordinating to this cut do not have that option - so I had to get a bit creative.

I chose the base butterfly from the cartridge.  It has a lot of detail or webbing lines to help with the placement of additional layers.  In order to eliminate these lines, I simply checked weld in the Shape Properties Box.  Then I sized another copy of the corner arch to fit the butterfly and hid all of the lines except the cut outs I wanted to produce inside the butterfly.  I aligned the two images and cut one butterfly in black and one in pink.

 The base of the menu card is 5 x 7 inches.  I cut a piece of the Teresa Collins paper we are featuring in these projects to 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches to make a mat for the menu.

 I adhered the pink butterfly layer in the center, leaving the wings free to bend up a bit.

I added the black layer on top and used some pink pearls to accent the body of the butterfly.

The actual menu was set up as a 4 x 6 photo in my Creative Memories StoryBook Creator Plus 3.0 software.  The fonts we used are Champignon for the script and Charis SIL for the block letters.

A menu card can be placed on the table for each guest and may be saved as a memento of the day (possibly ending up in a scrapbook!).

 The favor box/place card is four inches x 2 inches x 2 inches which makes a nice size for adding candy inside.  The names of the guests could be printed on matching cardstock and attached to the flat lids.

The box was cut from the black gemstone Core'dinations cardstock.  To make sure I have a clean cut for intricate items like this topper, I usually do a multi cut of 2 times.  This solves the snags that sometimes occur in tight corners and small sizes.

 The box is scored at the 1/2 inch, 2 1/2 inch, 4 1/2 inch and 6 1/2 inch marks.

Then the box is turned and scored for the sides at the 2 and 6 inch marks.

After scoring all of the folds are made toward the "mountain" side of the score mark.  I wanted the shiny side to be the outside of the box so I scored with it on the top.

The inside is a matte black.  The back of the butterfly cut will show this side.

Use a strong adhesive for the side flaps and first adhere the box front making sure that your corners are square.

The folded box is very plain (except for the cut-out design) so it needs some embellishing!

 I cut a 1 1/2 inch strip of another Teresa Collins paper (this is from the "Mr. and Mrs." collection).

 I made sure that the design was centered, creased the paper with my fingers at the corners and then trimmed the ends that extended beyond the sides of the box.

Here are the pieces ready to assemble (I'll use the two stub ends for another project).

 The adhesive is applied to each section separately to make it easier to get a smooth wrap around the corners of he the box.

Next I added some ribbon to tie around the entire box.  I cut a piece at 24 inches and that was just about the perfect length.

The ribbon is tied in a simple bow at the back of the box.

I added some pearls in two sizes to the butterfly body and wings.

The pearls are from Creative Charms and come in three sizes.  Here is a LINK to the page on their site where you can see these pearls.

I decided to add some flowers to add an additional touch of pink.  I used black pearls (also from Creative Charms) for the centers.

The Cricut hook tool is very useful for picking up glue dots and helps to place the flowers on the ribbon band.

 A name can be added to the top of the box on a simple tag or cardstock strip.

 A table full of these elegant cut out butterflies would be a very pretty sight!

You can download the Design studio files here. I will add .gypsy files as soon as I can test the files on my Gypsy.

I hope you have a great weekend!  I will let you know the winner of the pen set for the Scrappy -Go-Lucky blog hop on Saturday.  Good luck to everyone who left a comment to enter.

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  1. Congratulations. What a project. Thanks for the great tutorial on it. The menu card and favor box are so very nice. In a hurry, storms here and recovering from last nights trees down etc Glad to have internet today.
    I have truly enjoy this Wedding Affaire..great products. Thanks so much

  2. These are gorgeous - GORGEOUS!! Thank you for providing such detailed directions too.

  3. Hey totally ROCKED this's gorgeous!!! The colors are great togther. What an elegant project!! Hugs always, TeriBeri

  4. OH MY GOSH! I LOVE this set. Diane! This is soooo pretty. I love the details and the elegant look. Any chance that you might share the cut files? There are no weddings in our immediate future, but Aaron (older son) has had the same sweet girlfriend for two years.... so maybe someday?

    I am very, very impressed with this set. You owned this challenge!!

    xx Susan

  5. Oops! I just saw the cut file. Thank You!!!

  6. Wow! Totally awesome set! Now I want the SFTN cart. Love it!!!

  7. These are stunning! Thank you for sharing the Cut files as well as providing a detailed description for us.

  8. These are both wonderful ideas and beautiful to say the least.

  9. Diane, You Rock!!! Your creativity inspires me. Love love your blog.
    Marilyn Mae

  10. Diane this is beautiful! TFS, Mary M

  11. Wow!!! Truly intricate and delicate work but it is simply elegant and gorgeous!!! TFS

  12. I saw your gorgeous creations over on CC. Absolutely amazing! TFS, and as always, thanks for sharing your instructions and cut files.

  13. Diane, this is amazing! YOu do such wonderful work!!! Love it all!

  14. beautiful as usual. love them both. all the projects were great. although i want the cart, is a little spendy when i do see it for sale. tx for sharing...

  15. Just lovely! Thank you for sharing.

  16. I love these designs. Thanks for sharing.

  17. That is an amazing project! Such detail! Love it!

  18. Wow, these are just gorgeous. I love the little box, so detailed. TFS

  19. You did a beautiful job on the menu and box! I haven't given this cart - Straight From the Nest - much thought, but after seeing this might have to look into it!!! I love your work. Thanks for sharing the instructions and file.

    linda4_2 (CMB)

  20. Oh wow this is a beautiful idea, it makes for a stunning table set.
    Kim xXx

  21. beautiful design! love both the menu card and favor box! can hardly wait for my niece to set a date with her fiance so we can start on making some of these fabulous wedding items! great inspiration!

  22. Absolutely beautiful. Butterflies are my favorite. Would there be any way to make this project without Straight From the Nest Cartridge? I am just starting and don't have very many cartridges. I do have Sure Cuts a Lot and Cricut Design Studio, which I don't know much about. Thank you for sharing your great tutorial.

  23. Jaw dropping beautiful! I have admired your project over & over :)

  24. Thank you all for the nice compliments.

    This really is a fairly simple project - the cut from Straight From the Nest is what makes it special!

    Bobbi - I think you could design something similar with other cartridges but the Straight From the Nest cartridge is full of nice designs for all sorts of occasions and you would probably get a lot of use from it. It is exclusive to HSN so it costs a bit more than you might be paying for some cartridges but you can just average out the cost across your cartridges to justify it to yourself!


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