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DIY Wedding Place Card and Menu with Roses + the Say 'I Do' Contest for $1,000 in Anna Griffin & Xyron Products

I can't even begin to say how thrilled I am to share today's post with you. I was recently asked to participate in the Say "I DO" with Xyron and Anna Griffin Blogger Design Challenge. After saying yes, 3 HUGE boxes arrived at my doorstep and were filled to the brim with crafting goodies galore from Xyron and Anna Griffi. Items included a Xyron Creative Station which makes it easy to laminate and create magnets and stickers, gorgeous card stock papers, paper punches, washi tape, water color & metallic markers, dimensional stickers, rubber stamps, and so much more. For this challenge I was asked to design a menu and place card using items that were sent to me. Since, so many amazing crafting supplies were sent to me, I knew I couldn't just stop with a menu and place card. So, I created an entire table setting complete with a menu that doubles as the centerpiece holder and a place card that doubles as a favor box. You can easily say I'm a BIG fan of items that serve a dual purpose :) Below are photos of my items along with step-by-step instructions so you can re-create these items for your own wedding or bridal shower. And, please don't forget to vote for my designs here. If I'm the lucky winner, one of my readers will win the very same AMAZING PACKAGE{s} OF CRAFTING GOODIES worth $1,000 just for themselves. 

Vote for My Designs Here

To access the contest, click here, login to Facebook {if you aren't already} and click on the "Say I Do" contest page

Step-by-Step Instructions for the Place Card and Favor Cake Box Combo

For my place card design I knew I wanted to do something totally unique and unexpected so I thought why not combine the favor box with the place card? And, instead of adding a tag or sticker - I wrote the name of the guest on the box itself. The color combinations and patterns for this box are endless which is something I love. You could keep the same color palette throughout, but change up the patterns to make each box unique if you wish. You can fill these sweet little cake boxes with anything - maybe little candies, a few small soaps if using them for a bridal shower, or even chocolates. If using food related items, I recommend lining the inside of the paper box with a little wax paper.

Supplies Needed:
Anna Griffin Flocked Paper
Anna Griffin Metallic Paper
Anna Griffin Dimensional Floral Stickers
Anna Griffin Border Punch
Xyron Creative Station with the permanent adhesive cartridge
Xyron Mega Runner
Paper Trimmer
X-acto Knife

1. Select two patterned card stock sheets of your choice sized to 8.5"x11" {may need to trim some of the 12x12 card stock to be 8.5x11}
2. Download the Cake Box Lid Template and Cake Box Bottom Template
3. Place the paper into your printer and print the template on the back side
4. Trim the paper with a straight edge and X-acto knife
5. On the dotted lines of the template, you will score for folding {I highly recommend a bone folder for this}
6. For the box lid, you will want to use the Anna Griffin Border Punch for the scalloped edges
7. Once trimmed, scored and scalloped, you will use the Xyron Mega Runner to run glue along the flaps that fold in on the box top and bottom
8. I used the Anna Griffin Silver Metallic Marker to write the name of the guest on the side of the box. To do this, I chose a font that was used in the menu {for me it was Melany Lane}, sized to fit in the space and printed it out. Simply trace the font onto the backside of the paper with a pencil, then flip over, align on the box and rub over the font with your pencil. Voila! You know have a light tracing of the name. Trace over with the Anna Griffin Metallic Marker.
9. Top the favor box/place card with an Anna Griffin Dimensional Sticker.

Step-by-Step Instructions for the Tri-Fold Menu that Serves as the Centerpiece Holder

For my menu I thought it would be fun to turn it into a tri-fold so each side showed the menu for a particular food course - in this case ... appetizers, the main course and desserts. Then I slipped a narrow glass vase down inside that was filled with fresh roses and the centerpiece is functional and beautiful. Plus, the stems of the flowers are now hidden as well.

Supplies Needed:
Anna Griffin Flocked Paper
Anna Griffin Metallic Paper
Anna Griffin Floral Clear Stamps
Anna Griffin Ink Pads
Xyron Creative Station with the permanent adhesive cartridge
Xyron Mega Runner
Paper Trimmer

1. Select your 12x12 paper for the tri-fold menu and download and print this scoring guideline template {making sure it's on the backside of the textured paper}.
2. Once printed, simply take your bone folder and score along the guidelines.
3. Trim directly in half so you have two pages that are 6" in height and 12" wide.
4. For the menu, set up a file sized to 2.5" wide by 4.5" high in your favorite editing program.
5. Set up the menu with your favorite fonts and leave 1.5" at the bottom with empty space. {I used Melany Lane and Cambria}
6. Using the Anna Griffin clear rose stamp, place it on the ink pad so just the rose gets the color and stamp on the metallic paper. Be sure to leave it for a while to be sure it's dry.
7. Then stamp just the stem and leaves in the green ink pad and onto the paper
8. Once dried, run the three menu panels through the Xyron Creative Station using the permanent adhesive cartridge and simply center onto the panel of the tri-fold.
9. Once the menus are attached, simply run the Xyron Mega Runner over the flap that will hold the tri-fold menu together, seal the edge and you are finished.

I'm up against 3 other bloggers in this design challenge from Anna Griffin and Xryon and would truly LOVE your support of my place card and menu creations. PS: If I win, YOU could win all the fabulous supplies I used to create these designs and many many more. The package is valued at $1,000. My tutorials for the additional items you see in the table setting {doily coasters, table number frame and napkin rose} will be shared with you next week.

Vote for My Designs Here

To access the contest, click here, login to Facebook {if you aren't already} and click on the "Say I Do" contest page
Anna Griffin on Facebook | Xyron on Facebook

* No compensation was received for this post, I received the free products
to create these DIY projects for the Blogger Design Challenge.
A Falling in Love Contest + Celebrating our 10th Wedding Anniversary

Today is a day filled with emotion for me as not only am I due any day now with baby number 2, but our daughter starts kindergarten today and it's the 10th wedding anniversary for hubby and myself. I have no idea where the time has gone. Seems like we were just planning our wedding with sunflowers. To celebrate our special day with you, I've created this downloadable 8x10 Sunflower Love Print that features a quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Simply click either the image itself or the download button at the end of this post to print out your very own copy which can then be framed.

Fast forward 6 years from our wedding day {plus a few months} and we welcomed our daughter into the world. And, now fast forward another 6 years and we're about to welcome another little girl into our lives. We have so much fun together and of course knowing he was "the one" was pretty easy as there came a point when dating that I realized I didn't want to be without him :) It's always been wonderful to just sit and chat and be best friends with each other and support one another in happy and sad times. Of course, after having a child, and now another one - you tend to fall in love again multiple times and realize all over again why he's "the one".

And, speaking of "the one", be sure to enter the Falling in Love Contest starting on September 17th for your chance to win a $5,000 Helzberg Diamonds gift card to design the dream ring of your choice. Helzberg Diamonds welcomes your best stories, photos and videos about the special man or woman in your life to tell them how you knew your significant other was “The One”. {PS: I'll be reminding you about the contest again as the date for entries draws closer}.

Blog Giveaway : Etched Glass Monogram

UPDATE: This contest has now ended.
It's time for another blog giveaway! Kim, from Uppercase Living is giving away an etched glass monogram to a lucky winner. The winner will receive a monogram in the letter of their choice in the etched glass style. Contest entry details are below.

Uppercase Living carries vinyl applique products which are GREAT for weddings. They work well on virtually any surface, and are perfect for glass (candle holders), aisle runners, mirrors, dance floors, or anything your imagination can dream up for wedding decor. Uppercase Living has many categories to select from for vinyl appliques and so many design options within each category - here's links to just a few of them:
wedding appliques | monogram appliques | contemporary appliques

To enter the contest, simply leave a comment letting me know where you would use a vinyl applique and I'll pick a winner on Thursday February 26th. Be sure to leave your email address on the comment form {will not be published} so I can email you if you are the lucky winner.

Contest Details: Win a 6 inch etched glass vinyl applique monogram
Entry Deadline: contest has ended, winner selected
Contest Question to Answer: Where would you use a vinyl applique?

Giveaway : $100 to Wedding Paper Divas

Thanks to Wedding Paper Divas, I have another contest that runs thru December 22nd. This contest is open to contestants worldwide.

$100 gift certificate to Wedding Paper Divas which you can use towards so many of the wonderful items they have available . . . including save the dates, wedding and party invites, thank you notes and more.

Contest Details:
1. Envision your ideal destination wedding (please note: planning a destination wedding is not required).

2. Visit the Wedding Paper Divas Signature Collection of wedding invitations and select the design that best represents your ideal destination. Then simply sign up for an account or log into your existing one (it's free and simple) and save your favorite design.

3. Then come back here to share your dream destination location with us along with the invitation inspiration behind it. Winner to be announced on December 23rd.

My ideal destination wedding? (if I was to do it all over again)

The wedding location would have to be Cape Cod - we now vacation there every year and absolutely love it! The invitation I'd choose would be the Sea Grass Wedding Invitation in the color Marigold. I envision an afternoon ceremony on the beach with parasols for the guests followed by an outdoor reception under a tent with lots of hanging paper lanterns and candles.
Image credits:

Tent with paper lanterns from Under Cover Tent
Cake Truffles from Delicious Desserts
Tent and bride & groom from Maureen Ford Photography