What’s in a Name?

(This post is totally not what you think.)

There’s a happy coincidence at work here, and I want to take advantage of it if I can.

Image via MD111 on Flickr

We’re getting married here.

Image via Cheney Mansion

And then our reception will be here.

Can’t see the coincidence? No? Not surprised.

Here’s a little help:

Image via The Fedora Lounge

I know it’s still tough to see, but there’s a shape repeated in the vertical fence posts and again in that lower horizontal.

And that same shape is in the four corners of the brace holding up the light at the church.

I’m not sure that it’s repeated much at the mansion (although if you click on the link, they do use it as the background for their menu bar as well as their symbol in the URL bar). But in the church”¦

We just built a new building for church programming in back of our building, and this is the symbol they chose to use.

It’s etched into the glass of the dining room and the welcome areas on the upper floors. It’s printed on the wall in the lounges. It’s all over. And while I know our guests are pretty unlikely to explore the children’s floor of the church building, it’s pretty cool that it’s there, in both places.

If only I could find it.

As I mentioned before, I make my own cards, and I really like the look of embossing. Text isn’t my strong suit, and I’ll be working with my friend Designer B on that part, but the embellishment is. I don’t want much, just a line of quatrefoils down the side, I think.

Image via Craft Envy, Invitation by Ohmymia on Etsy, now Pink Plum Design

While I could just have them printed, I could also emboss the shape. Or punch it.

And this is what keeps me up at night.

I CANNOT find this darn shape.

Image via Janet Shea Interiors

I want the one on the right, not the one of the left, because that’s what shows up on both buildings (otherwise I could use whatever shape I wanted, but that would defeat the point, wouldn’t it now).

My first choice would be to emboss the shape in a row, so I found this embossing folder set at Michaels:

Cricut Cuttlebug Acanthus Folder

See there on the right? Close right? But clearly not it—it’s too flowery in the middle.

So I tried punches instead”¦

EK Success Medallion 2-in-1 punch via Amazon

Not bad, but still not quite it. And I really did want embossing”¦

Obviously, the next step was to drag Shamrock to Hobby Lobby next time we went to Indiana. Same stuff. A few other close misses. So I went to Joann.

Where I found this set of four folders:

Decorative Tile Cuttlebug Folders via Scrapbooking Warehouse

There on the bottom left was a solid contender. But alas, only a contender. It’s a smaller folder, and definitely the almost-shape with squared edges. And not only is the folder smaller (so a single strip would be too short), but the shape is also on the small side. I bought the set and practice-embossed a page and, alas, only close. Still not it.

Designer B thinks he might be able to get me a copy of the art file they used for the etching and wall decals at the church, so it would be cool to get the exact image. And I looked up making your own embossing folder and it doesn’t look that hard. The catch is that I want the shape to be consistent so I need several that are identical; hard to hand cut. A Cricut would be perfect, and I can get access to one, I think, but I would need the file with the right shape and the ability to make them attach to each other. I looked, but because the shape seems to go by so many names—Acanthus, Medallion, and Decorative Tile—I’m stuck.

I’ll go with flat printing if I have to, but I’m not out yet!

Did you have some element you just HAD to have for your wedding? Any idea what else my shape could be called?


Mrs. Clover

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  1. weathervane Bee
    weathervane 171 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:26 am

    I love those kind of tiny details!! I know some people won’t even notice, but I like you, love to make that extra effort! In the caking world we call that kind of shape quatrefoil, we even have cutters!!

  2. pyramid Bee
    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:52 am

    I love the idea of using that design – I would hope I would notice that as a guest. If not, I just love the pattern. I was hellbent on finding a rug with that pattern for my living room, but found something else cheaper (but close!). Good luck finding the match, I’m sure someone will be able to point out somewhere for you to look!

  3. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:03 pm

    I hope you will be able to find the perfect shape, what a neat connection to both spaces!

  4. msclover Bee
    Mrs. Clover 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:33 pm

    @Miss Weather Vane: Thanks! It should theoretically be called that, but I can’t find much.
    @Miss Pyramid: Thanks! I hope someone notices!

  5. msfilly Bee
    Mrs. Filly 85 posts, Worker bee @ 2:29 pm

    What a cool detail! I wish I could help point you in the right direction, but good luck in your search!

  6. mstreasure Bee
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:51 pm

    I’ve always heard it called quatrefoil.

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    mrscam24 114 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:02 pm

    I found this cute mini punch in your shape (set of three different ones). Probably too small for your purpose though! http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=118309

  8. gondola Bee
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:18 am

    Good luck incorporating it! I think it will be gorgeous and a great touch.

  9. msclover Bee
    Mrs. Clover 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:40 am

    @MrsCam24: Aw thanks!! I’ll check out the dimensions and see if it might work for part of my paper stuff!

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