Let Freedom (& Wedding Bells) Ring, Part II

Kelly Let Freedom (& Wedding Bells) Ring, Part II

P. Kelly Smith

Hello, friends! When I last left you, I was mass producing 120 place cards for my sister’s rehearsal dinner, which just happened to fall on the Fourth of July. I’m happy to report that we all survived the wedding extravaganza and everything came together beautifully—thanks to many helping hands.

Since the rehearsal dinner was on an old-fashioned paddle boat, a few of us were allowed to board early to set up the tables and decorations. We went with a nautical theme, but since it was the Fourth of July, there’s was also plenty of red, white, and blue to celebrate our nation’s birthday. When guests first boarded the ship, they were greeted by the place card table.

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Thanks to my Uncle Eric for organizing the place cards by table number and arranging them on a bed of sand!

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Even my three-year-old cousin Elise Dame got her own place card!

Once the guests picked up their place cards, they headed upstairs to the dining area. Along the way we set up another table where guests could leave a little bit of marriage advice on a journaling card and then slip it into a pre-made 6×6 album.

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If you look closely, the God Bless America Canvas was featured in our recent Handmade Home Décor special issue. Thanks to designer Laura O’Donnell for not wanting it back! It fit in perfectly with our themed décor!

One of the cutest moments of the night came when we spotted my sister’s soon-to-be-nephew Trent writing his own marriage advice on a journaling card.

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At four years old, I can only imagine what words of wisdom he wrote down!

Upstairs we set up 14 tables. We found these candle vases and filled them with sand (finally, a free decoration!), starfish and candles. The table numbers we ordered online and backed with kraft cardstock and some blue and white striped patterned paper.

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Luckily the red, white, and blue linens were provided by the ship!

Upstairs we also set up a dessert table to hold 120 cupcakes (some wrapped and ready to take home), butter mints (with American flag wrappers) and Hershey Kisses (with printable sticker bottoms).

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All set up and ready for the arrival of the cupcakes!

To keep my massive cupcake project as simple as possible, I went with my tried and true Betty Crocker Butter Yellow cake mix and Buttercream frosting (just ask the Paper Crafts team…I make this recipe A LOT for office birthdays!). But then my cousin’s wife offered to make homemade buttercream frosting. Her simple ingredients: two pounds of butter, two pounds of buttered-flavored shortening and 4-6 pounds of powdered sugar. YUM!

Then sweet Go-to Gal Kimberly Crawford came to my rescue and sent me her Sweet Hearts stamp set by Mint Motif that just happened to have the “Love is Sweet” sentiment. Just add navy cardstock, white ink, Fiskars banner punch, and some toothpicks and the rest is history.

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God Bless Cupcakes!

pin it button Let Freedom (& Wedding Bells) Ring, Part IIIf you think love is sweet, leave a comment telling me the biggest craft project you’ve ever tackled (the good, the bad, and the ugly). I’ll pick two lucky winners to take home Mint Motif’s Sweet Hearts stamp set (seen below). All comments must be received by Thursday, July 25th at 5 pm MDT.

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Wishing you a sweet summer of paper crafting,

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111 Responses to Let Freedom (& Wedding Bells) Ring, Part II

  1. Denise Bryant says:

    Great job on all the wedding place cards, etc. That is a lot of work!
    My biggest craft project…. I had 13 5 year old kids at a birthday party for my daughter. It rained, so all the outdoor activities were scrapped. Instead of baking a cake, I made teddy-bear shaped cupcakes for each child to decorate. I put out frostings and colored sprinkles, etc and each of the kids decorated their own cupcake. It was quite a hit and helped to fill the party time with a fun creative activity.

  2. Therese says:

    I made invitations for a friend’s 80th birthday, it was heaps of fun, but total production line stuff. Now a wedding would be a different ball game all together….

  3. Liliana P says:

    The biggest projects are the ones I make for my children’s class. Every holiday I like to pass out something special. When they are in first grade I do make an autograph/memory book for each child with pages to fill out of their favorite stuff, pages for autographs from friends, and pictures of everyone. It is a fairly large project but I have a blast and the kids love it.

  4. laura j says:

    wedding invites…..lots of fun and lots of work!

  5. The biggest project I ever undertook was making 45 baby shower favors for my niece’s baby shower (the wife of my younger sister’s son). I live in Georgia and they are all in California. I designed the favors, made a sample, and revised it twice, sending pictures via cell phone each time. I made everything using several Cricut cartridges. I found out I needed a strong adhesive to hold it together – a blue pillow box with a sun, clouds and an airplane to match the theme of my soon to be born great nephew. After a couple of tries, I got the proper adhesive and boxed and mailed all 45 flat. They were a big hit. I was so proud and happy. I felt as if I made a nice contribution to the shower I couldn’t attend.

  6. Heather says:

    The biggest project I ever tackled was our wedding. I did the invitations, place cards, thank-you cards etc. for 200 people. As our 14th anniversary was yesterday I’m feeling a little convicted that I never did finish scrapbooking our wedding album…oops.

  7. Cindy Z says:

    O LOVE all the Wedding things you made. It was gorgeous!

  8. Awesome projects. TFS and for a chance to win these super cute stamps.

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  11. Leanne S says:

    My sisters death anniversary 150 memento cards

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