Sunday, 30 September 2012

Something completely different!

I've dabbled in something I don't normally do... nothing to worry about... it's only making Halloween cards!

We have a friendly challenge on a 'Crazy Craft' site I know and the challenge was Halloween cards - EEEK!!!!  Anyhow I checked thro' all the discs, files etc I have and came up with the following - this one is the 'back up' card in case my original idea for the challenge went horribly wrong!

A 5" square 'twisted' easel card using papers etc from a Crafters Companion 'Download of the Month' (free) from 2009/10... just goes to show if you keep something long enough... lol!  I also found the spider in my stash and then traced over the spiderweb/text with Sakura Clear Glitterpen for a little bit of  'bling'.  Card Candi (Blackjacks set) to finish off!

The web reminds me of when my boys were small and we walked to school each morning, used to pass a patch of bushes that were covered in spiderwebs and they really used to sparkle.... the boys named these bushes "Spider City"... amazing how things come back to mind.....

Righto, off to watch 'Downton Abbey' now but I'll get around to showing you the actual challenge card (which is going to be given to my grandson)  another time.

Take care, stay warm and be happy!

Su xx

Thursday, 27 September 2012

I'm back.... again!

I thought you might like to see the wedding card I made for Kelly and Chris...

This one's made with card from a 'job lot' I picked up some time ago and has the most gorgeous golden sheen to it (sorry but I don't know what it's called) and the metallic card is gold satin finish from my stash.  The card opens as an 8x8" but has just less than an inch flat 'spine' with an EK Success punched edge (actually measures approx 9x8" -  I'm sure you know what I mean!).  The lacy corners are a gorgeous Marianne Die; the aperture, frames and sentiment mat cut with Scalloped Labels One, flourishes are from Venetian Motifs and the roses are Spiral Blossoms Four and Blossom Five all from Spellbinders.  It's the first time I've used any of these dies and just know they'll be used lots from now on!

Here's a close up of the flower detail...

you can see I pricked around the edge of the raised front for extra detail and a narrow ivory satin ribbon was then threaded round the perimeter in between this and the base card as an extra little luxury (gave a lovely finish to the card front and also hid all the sticky pads - just a shame you can't see it!).

A favourite stamp was embossed in gold detail powder and 'illuminated' with Sakura Glitter Pens (love these pens!) onto the 'lost leaf' of the insert which I'd edged all round with the same punch as the card spine.

Then a slightly adapted version of a verse I'd found (on JS's newsletter I believe - many thanks to the author for the original (sorry can't lay my hands on her name at the mo') was added to the 'main' page.
A  matching gift wallet and presentation box completed the set....

Sorry if I've rambled on a bit... but hope you like what you see!
'Til next time, be happy!
Su xxx

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

At long last....

Hi everyone, sorry to have been away so long but as the saying goes... better late than never - lol!

Mam is doing 'okay-ish' still having good days and bad, but with luck should have the other procedure carried out around mid-November so keeping our fingers crossed that this goes well.

I'd like to say a big 'Thank You' to everyone for their support and good wishes over the past months, it's been appreciated by us all.
Now for something that was promised a good while back - the wedding stationery as chosen by the bride and groom.  The wedding went beautifully just over a week ago and a great time was had by all who attended (myself included!)

The daytime invitations each included a 'tear-off' RSVP and return envelope to match the parchment inserts.

As you can see the colour theme was Ivory and 'Berry' - a beautiful shade of magenta and, as you can see, even the text matched perfectly.

Centura Pearl Ivory Cardstock worked wonderfully with Magenta Mirricard, and there are tiny gems on each of the hearts - shame they don't show up too well on the pics

Evening Invitations were 'postcard'  style as below, again using the same cardstock with a Spellbinders Fancy Tag, Marianne Butterfly and gems added for decoration.  The base layer and text were hand stamped using Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid Ink and then heat embossed using Cosmic Shimmer Amethyst Lustre Powder for added colour depth.  The actual invitation information was printed on the back of the cards matching the style of the daytime invites obviously prior to any cutting or embossing!

Favour boxes were each topped with monogrammed hand beaded/ 'jewelled' hearts (Martha Stewart Punch), atop mirri mats and then tied with ivory and magenta organza ribbons. 

The table plan was themed around travel as Kelly (bride) a travel agent and Chris (groom) a chef, have both travelled in the course of their work and this is how they met!  So the actual seating plan was a world map with luggage labels pinned to the various countries etc that are part of their 'story so far'.  You can see the banner I made to decorate the map together with the one of the menus that identified each table - they're 'pyramids' as the happy couple are in Egypt for their honeymoon.  Oh yes... I did make the 'flagpoles' too!

The little handbag favour was made specially for a little niece at the wedding.

My trusty Silhouette SD was brilliant for cutting all the mats, shapes and text - don't know what I'd have done without it!

Whew... all done, now off to bed... see you soon.

Take care and be happy!

Su x