Sunday, February 13, 2011

Do It Yourself Swarovski Crystal Monogram Cake Toppers

When I started looking at photos of wedding cakes, I saw a cake topped with a bling monogram. I immediately googled monogramed cake toppers. I was appalled with the prices! $225 for a three letter monogram cake topper! Are they on crack?!

The price did not deter me. I was sure some bride out there had some info on this project! I was right! Chocolate brides DYI! I went to craftcuts to purchase my Monogram. I purchased one 5" letter S, one 3" letter C and a 3" letter T in the brock script font. The font was considered a special order. I paid $15 additional. The total cost was $22.

I sprayed the letters with a primer and then with silver spray paint. The next day, I bought 3", 4". and 5" flat back swarovski crystals. With the assistance of gem tac glue, an rhinestone applicator and a Q-tip, I went to work! When I was finished with crystalizing one side of the letter, I painted the other side with silver sparkle paint. I also primed and painted wooden hearts that I purchased at Walmart for the bases to stand the letters on.

I was happy with the results! It was not hard at one you get the hang of it!
Next Project: personalized aisle runner!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Martha Stewart Escort Card Board!

To personalize my wedding, My lap top has become my boyfriend! Aside from Mr Chocolate, my laptop has been my constant companion! I can be with boyfriend surfing the net all day and not find what I `am looking for!

Martha Stewart is a bit shabby chic for my taste, but occasionally, she will post something of some use!

On, her website, I discovered this escort card board. What a nice Idea!

My pink & Leopard escort card board

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


My favorite color is pink and silver. I also love leopard prints and anything that sparkles. I love classics, like pearls, too! I knew this wedding had to incorporate these things without it looking out of place. I googled leopard themed wedding, with very little results. I wanted pink and silver, but I had to have leopard. I wanted bling and pearls, but I did not want things to look gaudy. They say your invites should dictate your wedding theme, but I could not find invites that had anything with leopard print. When I found an invitation, they did not have pink and they were not a pocket invite. Refusing to change my theme I decided I had to go the Do It Yourself route to get what I wanted!

I Began to check out pocket invites. They wanted close to $500! WHAT!? ARE THEY CRAZY! I refuse to pay that for a piece of paper that will eventually get tossed in the garbage can! I decided to google DYI wedding pocket invites and discovered the wedding bee and project wedding

When I found the type of pocket invites I wanted, I took a trip to Michael`s and AC Moore. There, I discovered the world scrapbook. I bought light pink textured paper and found leopard print paper. I made a small 5x5 pocket and realized I could not fit what I wanted in it. One day, I was shopping at Walmart. They had some pocket invites on clearance. I bought the set and took the pocket folder apart to use as a template. The paper was not long enough to make the complete pocket folder, so I cut the triangle part of the pocket out of the leopard paper and glued it to the pink paper. To hide the seam, I purchased a roll of bling from Michael`s. This is what I came out with!


Pocket Invite

The pocket invites are 5x7" I purchased A71/2 envelopes and A2 envelopes for my RSVP from paper source

Whew! Those are finished! Now I had a problem cutting the actual inserts( RSVP, Reception and direction cards) evenly! I read on project wedding that one bride took her paper to staples to get cut. So I took mine to Office Max. I took 100 sheets of paper with the three templates. I also had them copy one sheet from THE GUESTBOOK STORE on 100 parchment looking card stock paper and cut to size. That only cost $17!

Inserts for Pocket Invites

Guest book page

I tried to find a scrapbook holder that had three rings. I ended up paying $18 for the binder and $8 for twenty plain and ugly sheets. Had I purchased all pages from the guestbook store I would have paid over $80!

I went to a closeout store called Big Lots and found a scrap booking machine called the cricut, for $70. (Its priced over $100.) This machine cuts different shapes. Since I wanted to get into scrap booking, this was a great start! I purchases two cartridges with wedding fonts and shapes. I went to work!

Place Cards

Save the dates

Table Numbers

I have to purchase a white table cloth so I can put everything together. I do not want to wait until my big day and not like the setup!