40 Years

Earlier this week, my parents celebrated their 40th anniversary. Since I couldn’t be there with them, I sent a couple of things to help the celebration.

My sister let me know the day before we left for CA that she couldn’t find a cake topper for a 40th anniversary, so I spent that night making one. I put my new spun cotton skills to work to make a mini bride and groom.

I started with a Martha Stewart cake topper that I bought a few years ago, knowing I’d need it one day. I removed everything from it and just kept the base, to which I added a piece of sheet music to the top (under the bride and groom’s feet). Then I made my spun cotton dolls. After painting each, I added their faces from my parents’ wedding photo. I even gave the bride wool roving hair and a tulle veil.

I dressed the bride in an overflowing dress of crepe paper ruffles. She is holding a bouquet of white and red flowers, just like she did 40 years ago. I added more red and white flowers to the base and replaced the white flower arch that was originally on the topper, and added red flowers to it.

A glittered “40” is attached to the base.

If I had more time, I would have tried to make a fabric tuxedo, and added a lot more glitter!
I also made a card to celebrate the occasion.

I combined vintage papers, wallpaper, and new paper from Webster’s Pages and Prima to create the background. I added some muted color flowers and a glittered butterfly.

2 comments to 40 Years

  • Lynn Stevens  says:

    Hi Erica,
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  • Audrey Pettit  says:

    OMGoodness, your personalized cake topper is absolutely fabulous, Erica! SO creative and SO adorable! Such a beautiful card you made for your parents, too. Love the vintage look and the awesome mix of goodies!

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