Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Wedding Invitation

One of my work colleagues asked me if I could make the invitations for her stepson's wedding in November of this year.  My brief was fuscia pink, black and butterflies. The bride wanted square invites and, if possible, for the butterfly to  pop out of the middle of the card please.  She wanted the butterly in the black but other than that it was up to me how I made the invites!

So my first task was to source the cardstock.  A quick visit to Foilplay and there was just the card in the perfect colours, double sided pearlescent card in noir and azalea/hot pink.  And of course as usual the delivery was super quick.  I cut the cardstock down to make it just slightly smaller than 6 inch square and scored for a gatefold card.  The corners were cut with a WRMK corner chomper using the scallop and then I decided to take a look through my sizzix texturz plates and found one which would emboss the card blank with butterflies.  To get a butterly to pop from the card I cut and embossed the large butterfly from the Spellbinders Fanciful Flight set and using 3mm extra strength double sided tape fixed the butterfly in the centre of the back panel of the card blank.  The wedding details were printed onto pink paper and then cut to fit the two gatefold sections, the invite on the left hand side and the RSVP on the right.  The right fold of the card was perforated so that the recipient could tear it off and return it to the bride and groom to be to let them know if they were attending.  The final touch was to add the words Wedding Invitation and Evening Invitation to the front of each gatefold using black peel offs to match with the butterfly.  I then looked at all the pink strips of card cut from the A4 sheet and decided to make place names for the tables.  I cut the card into squares, embossed with the same sizzix butterfly texturz plate and used the corner chomper to give them scalloped corners.  And then it was one wedding and one evening invite completed and sent to the bride for her approval.  My colleague was delighted with the invites, as was the bride so that just left another 45 to complete and 90 place name cards.  Thankfully with the help of a crafting friend I managed to get all the large butterflies cut and embossed before my grand calibur died so the invites are finished.  But now I am thinking as nice as the name place cards are, the little butterfly from the fanciful flight set would just finish them off.  But that will have to wait until my new grand calibur arrives lol.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Milestone birthdays and a new Wag on the block

I can't remember when my love of card making really took hold but I think it was when I began to realise just how personal I could make my cards so that those who received them wouldn't have another like mine sitting on their mantlepiece.

This year is one of those special years for my oldest friends and myself, its our 50th birthday year but quite a few of the family and friends also have 40th and 60th birthdays.  So for these occassions I do try to make the cards even more special.  Apologies for the first picture, I was in a rush to get these to my oldest and dearest friend for her 50th and so didnt really take the best of pictures but I think yiou can get what I was trying to achieve.

The top card was made for my daughters to give to Andrea - she always was and remains a staunch Bay City Rollers fanatic and so what else could I do but the Flippin Roller card for her.  One the front of the card I put the verses from her favourite Bay City Roller Song and when you opened the card there was a concert scene so it looked like the fan was right at the front of the open air audience.  Below that is a cupcake book I made from myself - in her spare time she makes novelty and celebration cakes - so this papermania chipboard book was perfect.  I decorated each inside page with lovely bright coloured papers and stamped with mini cupcakes.  For the front I used my hougie board to score white flower printed cardstock to resemble a cupcake wrapper.  I covered the top of the shape in puffy stuff and before drying it with the heat tool to get the "puff" I sprinkled it with glitter so that it sparkled.  Once puffed up I then topped off the cupcake with a cherry on the top - a small plastic ball sliced in half and coloured with a red promarker and fixed in plce with silicone glue.  That just left the 50 which I put on the wrapper and some lovely pastel ribbons and fake pearl strings on the book rings and the book was finished.

I also began a scrapbook for her - assisted by her two daughters who borrowed some family photos for me.  She loved both the cards, the scrapbook reduced her to tears and laughter - well 46 years of friendship means I know more than a few of the skeletons in her cupboard - but she said she had never received such a beautiful present and sorry but the scrapbook even beat the early surprise birthday present I had given her the year before - a trip to see her second favourite band - Take That on the opening night of their tour.  Well she is my oldest and dearest friend and you cannot put a price on that.

The card above was for a 40th, the love of this ladies life being Ronaldo.  As she is a quivering wreck at the mere sight of him on tv and frequently dreams of being a little closer than a tv screen,  her birthday card had to make one dream come true - well at least on a card lol.  I decided to make an 8 x 8 twisted easel card and found some beautiful classy flower and scroll backing papers to cover the card.  Then it was off to the internet to find the perfect pic of Ronaldo and I found it - the man himself giving all his affection to a football trophy.  So edit out the trophy, replace it with a picture of his adoring new "Wag" and voila - her dream come true - being on the receiving end of Ronaldo's lips.  I cut out the image of them both and fixed to large tag cut with my Grand Calibur (before it died), then added another larger label dusted with red to match the mirror card that picked up on the red in the flowers on the backing paper.  To keep the card upright I cut a ribbon border, threaded red ribbon to decorate and attached it to the card.  The final touch was a scalloped cicle die cut with a sentiment from the Wishing on a Star cd - Dreams do come true.  Well at least in my craft room they can lol.

The lady loes the card and for a moment she could feel like a Wag.  One birthday wish kind of fulfilled.

Thanks again for looking, hope you enjoy the cards.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Rain stops renovations again

Well the rain has been hammering down for a few hours now so that is the kitchen renovations halted again.  At least the old paint is now off all the walls and a few more floor tiles have been laid so if the weather improves we can rip out the old sink and put in the new.  Then all that will be needed is a few  wall tiles, some paint and it will be completed - simples lol.

So I thought I would upload a few more of my creations before I begin cooking the evening meal - lasagne and if we are feeling naughty chips - if not a nice healthy salad.

The card above was made for my friend's son for his birthday.  He is very sporty, playing both cricket and rugby for our local under 13's teams and next week he has a trial for Yorkshire so fingers crossed for him.  I used a fancy 8 x 8 card and inked the edges with Memento Desert Sand and then stamped the cricket and rugby images in the same ink.  I stamped a sentiment onto a die cut in the same memento colour.  The cricketer is a Jolly Nation Image - I had a sheet of shrink plastic with this image on so I scanned the image and increased the size until it was large enough for the card blank and then printed onto stamping card.  I then coloured the image using Promarkers and cut out and attached to the card using gel glue.  I think it is quite effective and the recipient loved it.

Next off the drawing board was a card for his sister for her 16th.  My brief was all things shopping so off I went.  I have some extra large card blanks so started with that.  I then chose a sheet of A3 card in peach to make the shop fronts and awning.  I used the BCE shop window template and cut out two windows and backed them with acetate.  Using peel off dresses, shoes and handbags I decorated inside where the shop windows were to be placed then fixed the shop windows at either end of the card, bowing them to give an arched effect.  I cut a door in matching card and fixed this under the edge of one window so it could open.  I used a brass brad as a door knob and used two smaller brads to attach metal numbers to the door and then stuck the word shopaholic across the middle of the door as the shop name.  Usin the same peach card I cut a rectangular strip to make the awning and punched the edge with a Martha Stewart edge punch, the added happy birthday in glittered american thickers.  The awning was attached to the top edge of the card using extra strength double sided tape and I fixed a small strip of card at end end of the awning and attached that to the card blank.  This strip was creased in the centre so that the awning could be flattened for transportation and then popped up when the card was displayed.  The final touch was hidden behing door number 16, so that when the door was opened you saw a shopper (one of the flippin women range) leaving the shop, bags full to overflowing.

And finally for today is Lola's Peppa Pig birthday card.  Lola's nana works at my hospital and she wanted a Peppa Pig card for her granddaughter's birthday but hadnt been able to find one that was large and that she liked.  So she came to see if I could help.  Again I used one of my extra large card blanks and began by dusting a hilly scene onto the card.  Next it was find a Peppa Pig colouring book as, with no small children in my immediate family, I had no idea who or what Peppa Pig was lol.  I found a picture with Peppa and family and their house so I scanned and copied them onto stamping card and coloured them with Promarkers.  I placed the house on the top of the hill just underneath the sun and then sprinkled flowersoft onto some dries clear glue at the bottom right and added a few paper flowers.  I cut the basket for the balloon from card and decorated with adhesive ribbon and added it to the card, bowing it slightly to give the impression of a round basket.  The balloon itself was cut from glitter foam bought at a poundshop and stuck together to form the round shape and a large number 3 fixed in the centre.  Two strands of blue cord were fixed under the balloon and to the side of the basket.  I used a speech bubble die cut to write the words Happy Birthday Lola Bo (Nanna's name for her) and then cut out all my coloured figures.  And at this point I though, what a shame that this card will just sit there, wouldnt it be fun if it was like the fizzy felt I used to have as a child.  And inspiration struck.  I attached a small velcro circle to be back of each character and then put the hook sections onto the card so that the characters could be moved from inside the basket to the ground and swopped around.  Nanna loved it, especially as it was the biggest card Lola got and Lola loved playing with it.

Thats all for today.  Hope you liked the cards - I just love to do something a bit different, because if its just a happy birthday and picture you can get those from any card shop.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog and take a look at my work.  Please fel free to leave a comment, I do read every one and they mean a lot, especially from fellow crafters who have taken time out of their busy crafting lives to take a look at my humble creations.

Jacqui xxx

Kitchen Renovations stop posts

Apologies for being away for so long but after 3 years of it sitting in the garage my new kitchen is finally being installed.  The past few weeks havent been without some drama and crisis but we are finally getting there.  One side of the kitchen is almost completed and hopefully this week the other side will be installed and I will finally have my new kitchen.  I wont say dream because my dream kitchen would be twice the size of the one I have now with a cooking island in the middle and more storage space than Ikea.  But once done this will be my dream kitchen in the house I live in until I win the euromillions lol.

I did have some excitement in the last few weeks - which probably shows how sad my life has been during kitchengate - I was one of the weekly draw winners on Sue Wilson's Blog.  I was so excited when I saw my name there you would have thought I had won the euromillions.

Anyway yesterday brought me back down to earth with a bang - my grand calibur died and it was only 4 months old.  To say I am bereft is an understatement - I had been merrily cutting a dirth of accents, motifs, flowers and leaves and as I got the the last set the handle stopped turning mid cut.  I managed to wind it backwards to get the plates out of the machine and there was a lovely half cut set of shapes and now the machine makes a terrible noise when I turn the handle.  I think the gears have gone and of course it is the bank holiday so no way of getting it sorted until next week.  Withdrawal symptoms are already setting in, thank god I have my big shot - I now just have to find out how I sandwich my spellbinders in it.  Thats the lesson for later today.

But undeterred I decided to see what I could come up with without the grand.  I decided to try my hand at homemade zipper roses.  I took a 6" black metal zip and a 16" nylon dress zip, snipped off the end stops, removed the tag and that gave me two lengths of zip.  I added a strip of 9mm extra strength double sided tape to the none zip edge and began rolling as you do for the ribbon roses.  Now the following pictures arent the best quality but I think you will agree that the results arent bad.

While the metal zips give a more dramatic impact, the nylon zips have a lovely texture to them so tomorrow I will see about adding them to a card or two.

The number of baby cards I have been making would lead anyone to think there had been a national strike around nine or ten months ago.  Most have been for boys, the odd baby girl has put in an appearance as well as a set of twins and as all the cards were requested by work colleagues making them all individual, especially when they request the same image or stamp, can get challenging.  But I do try to give them what they want and make each card special for that person so no two are ever alike even if the same image is used.  (Apologies for the card pictures that are in an earlier post, I just uploaded the whole baby file instead of single pics).

Well it is getting very late or should that be early so I will sign off for now but will be back later to post some more images of some of my recent birthday creations.

Thank you for looking and if you like what you see and think others would then please let them know where to find me.