Saturday, 25 March 2017

Wedding Hat Trick for Niall and Steph

The previous two posts have shown cards made for a friend to give her son and his bride on their wedding day but this post shows the card which we gave them.  I've made this card several times, in different colourways for weddings and anniversaries, but this one was personalised for Niall and Steph as it included their names, initials, wedding details and was trimmed with a Campbell tartan ribbon which is the family surname Steph took after her marriage to Niall. 


Shades of green and navy blue pearlescent card were used to build up the layers on this card and the yellow roses picked up the the yellow stripe in the tartan.  The green linen effect backing paper was printed from Joanna Sheen's Secret Garden CD and the silver wedding script paper is included in a download available from Printable Heaven.



If you'd like to know how this card was put together then check out these previous posts to find out what was used.  Extra embellishments used on this one were die cut rose leaves, using a Joanna Sheen die, and flower stamens added under the yellow roses.



A poem about marriage was added to the back of the z-fold and on the inside a wedding verse and the wedding day details were added.



As you can see from the wedding details it's taken me a few years before getting around to posting about Niall and Steph's wedding cards and they've already moved on to the next major step in their lives.  All will be revealed in the next post.

Thanks for reading
Liz xxx

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Wedding Card for Niall and Steph

The previous post was about a wedding card made for a friend to give her daughter-in-law on her wedding day and this next card is the one I made for her to give the happy couple.  The inspiration came from this one, which my friend found on the internet, and fortunately I already had some of the craft tools to make a larger version of it for her.




The coloured backing paper for this card was printed from the linen backing papers on Joanna Sheen's Secret Garden CD and the wedding script background is part of a download pack from Printable Heaven and printed on textured white pearlescent card. 


The "To Have and to Hold" sentiment was stamped and embossed with silver detail embossing powder and die cut using a Spellbinder's deckled edged die.  This was the first use for a wooden stamp which I'd bought when I started crafting about thirteen years ago.  

The message forming the stop for the easel card was printed from the computer and also die cut and layered using the deckled edged dies. Brilliance orchid pearlescent ink was sponged around the edges of both the sentiment and message.


The flower embellishments were from a mulberry flower starter kit from Wild Orchid Crafts with the addition of a few small rose buds.  The cream flowers were sponged with Brilliance orchid pearlescent ink and they and the large rose were glittered with Stampin' up dazzling diamonds glitter.



Other embellishments added to the card were single self adhesive pearls and gem stones, flat backed coloured pearls, a silver heart charm, a silver wedding and engagement ring and a large self adhesive gem stone embellishment from Creative Expressions.  This was the first time I'd used one of these large embellishments and I was glad I'd bought two as the first one I attempted to use ended up in a tangled mess.


The depth of this card meant that a box was needed to protect it and the decoration for this was based on the card front.  Matching metallic elastic cord was wrapped around the box base and lid to hold them together.


This is one of the few photos we managed to capture of the happy couple on their special day.

Thanks for reading today
Liz xxx

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Wedding Card for Steph

Back in 2014 a friend asked me to make wedding cards for her to give to her future daughter-in-law and also for her son and his bride.  This was quite an honour as she chooses cards carefully both for their visual impression and the message within.  Fortunately she looked through various designs on the internet and came up with two designs for me to work from and this is what was made for Steph, her daughter-in-law to be.



The backing layers were made using shades of cream plain, textured and pearlescent card and the main background piece was embossed using a Crafter's Companion embossing folder.

The floral corners were made up using a flower kit from Wild Orchid Crafts along with mulberry roses and rosebuds.  The cream flowers were sponged with Brilliance pearlescent ink and they and the large rose were glittered with Stampin' up dazzling diamonds glitter.


Marianne dies were used to cut the backing layer for the sentiment, which was printed from the computer, the decorative edges of the layering strip which went across the card and to cut leaf embellishments to tuck under the flowers.  Some of these leaf embellishments were also glittered.  

Marianne Craftables - Circle and Flower Stitch - CR1248
Marianne Craftables - Border Stitch - CR1250
Marianne Creatables - Anja Leaves - LR0226



Other embellishments added to the card were self adhesive pearls, pearl stick pins, cream grosgrain ribbon, metallic elastic cord tied around the card and pearl ribbon sliders.


Inside the card was a personalised message, written in verse, from my friend to her daughter-in-law to be.  The flower embellishments created a depth on this card so a box was needed to protect it and the design on the box lid was based on the card front.

 


Here is a picture of Steph on her wedding day, just before she went to join her bridegroom to become Mr and Mrs..  She was a stunning bride on the day and smiled and shone the whole day through.


Thanks for reading today
Liz  xxx

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Marianne Diva's Design Challenge 15 - Anything Goes - Pearls and Diamonds Option
International Art and Soul Challenge 4 - Embossing
Crafting from the Heart Challenge 151 - Anything Goes
Paper Nest Dolls Challenge 3 - Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar March Challenge - Mum's Day/Special Female
Scrap and Craft Challenge 1 - Celebration
Crafting with Friends Challenge 39 - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge 126 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Woodware Big 21

Back today with another Woodware favourite and it's the big number stamp 21 this time.  This card was sent off to a friend's daughter in Wales.  This card is great to use for either male or female cards as you can see in this earlier post and this post.


The three shades of blue patterned papers used to make this card are from the Nitwit collection Snow Princess solids.

The flowers were die cut and layered using the following Marianne dies with Craftworks Card candi added to the centres.  The smallest flowers were punched out using a Tonic small flower punch with crystal stickers added to their centres.

Marianne Collectables COL1323
Marianne Creatables Tibbon Flower 3 LR0110
Marianne Craftables CR1248



The number 21 was stamped and embossed on to the two palest patterned papers using VersaMark ink and Disco Black embossing powder from Stampendous.  The palest one was cut out and paper pieced on to the darker one to make the main topper.  The topper was then dry embossed using the Cuttlebug Falling Snow embossing folder.  This seals the paper piecing to the topper and adds texture.  The topper was then framed and layered using Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Plain Square dies and a stitched border was added inside the frame.  




A stitched border was also added to the other backing panels.  On the main backing panel a 21 stamp from Personal Impressions was used to add a border around the edge.  VersaMark ink and Disco Black embossing powder were also used to add this.  Small silver keys, navy grosgrain ribbon and brads were added as embellishments.


A co-ordinating money wallet was made using the left over pieces of paper and card.  The bow attached to this was made using a Sue Wilson die set.

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Monday, 6 March 2017

2 x Just For You

Back to another favourite with this post with the Just For You big word stamp by Woodware.  Two cards in a turquoise colourway were made for a friend's daughter and a crafting friend.  At first glance they look like the same card but the patterned papers on the letters tell them apart plus the placing of the flowers are slightly different.

 


The floral patterned paper used to make these cards are from the Nitwit Collection Promises, the gingham from one of the first Crafter's Companion Papercrafts CDs and I can't remember where the striped paper was sourced from.

The flowers were made using the following Marianne dies with flat backed pearls and crystal sticker dots added to their centres.
Marianne Collectables COL1323
Marianne Creatables Ribbon Flower 3 LR0110
Marianne Craftables CR1248



The Just For U was stamped and embossed on to the striped paper using VersaMark ink and Disco Black embossing powder from Stampendous.  It was then stamped and embossed on to the other two patterned papers.  Alternate letters were cut from each patterned paper and paper pieced on to the main topper.  The topper was then embossed using the Cuttlebug Falling Snow embossing folder. This seals the paper piecing to the topper and adds texture.  The topper was then framed and layered using Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Plain Square dies and a stitched border was added inside the frame. 



A stitched border was also added to the other two backing panels on the card.  Silver brads and Stampin' up grosgrain ribbon were added as embellishments.

This time last week my friend's daughter was heading to Glasgow, along with her business partner and their team of workers, to attend the Scottish Wedding Awards ceremony.  They had a nomination last year and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of the occasion but this year they came away with winning the Best Wedding Boutique in the North category.  Here is a photograph of the two of them afterwards with their certificate and I don't think their smiles could have been any broader.  A great achievement after three years running the business as a partnership.  


Thanks for reading today
Liz xxx

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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Second Pink Stitched Card

This is the second version in pink of the stitched oval and topper made using the dies from the Joy Crafts Wedding Collection 6002/1011 set and this one was for a friend's grandaughter.



The patterned papers for this card were printed from the Cuddly Buddly download A Patchwork of Papers Pink and the Nitwit Collection Thimbles and Threads.  Shades of pink card were used to matt and layer behind the patterned papers, the embroidered frame and topper.


Pink grosgrain ribbon, self adhesive pearls and holographic butterfly stickers were added as embellishments.  Before being added to the card the butterflies were attached to acetate, cut out and had their wings folded back to give a 3D effect.  This was one of the first techniques I picked up from watching Dawn Bibby on her QVC crafting shows.


The Happy Birthday sentiment was die cut from pink and silver mirricard using a set of Britannia dies which were layered to create a shadow effect before being attached to the card.

Thanks for reading today
Liz xxx

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Pink Stitched Oval

A girly pink version of the stitched oval topper and frame from the Joy Crafts Wedding die set 6002/1011 was used for this card which was made for a cousin's daughter.



The card was matt and layered in the same way as in the previous post but the topper was attached using foam pads to add depth. The patterned papers were attached vertically in this one and both papers were printed from the Cuddly Buddly download A Patchwork of Papers Pink.


Corner embellishments were cut and embossed using the Marianne Creatables die set Corners 1 LR0143 and pink self adhesive pearls and satin ribbon were also added to the card.


The pink colourway worked to make a light and fresh card.

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Liz xxx

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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Stitching Dies

This post is the first of many using stitching dies.  I've always liked stitching, or using thread on cards, but sometimes the process of pricking out the pattern was frustrating especially when the stencil moved and the holes of the pattern went out of alignment.  On finding sets of dies which embossed the pricking patterns in one pass through the die cutting machine, along with layering dies to co-ordinate, was a dream and so began an obsession.  The obsession was not in collecting dies but in making monochrome cards in various shades of colours.

The first set I bought was from the Wedding collection by Joy Crafts - Cutting, Embossing and Embroidery stencil  6002/1011.
  


Made in my favourite crafting colour this card was for a crafting buddy.  When making a monochrome card I enjoy gathering together the embellishments and card I might use to make it.


Different tones of purple and lilac thread were used for embroidering the main frame and topper.  The die which allows you to cut out the topper was used to cut two pieces of contrasting purple card which were layered behind it so that there was a contrast against the stitched frame behind.


The die allowing you to cut out the embroidered frame was used to cut a single piece of purple card which was layered behind the frame so that the die cut sections stood out against the backing paper. The backing papers for this card were printed from the Cuddly Buddly download A Patchwork of Papers Purple.


Marianne die cut corners were used as embellishments along with shades of purple self adhesive pearls, mulberry roses and grosgrain ribbon. 

Thanks for reading today
Liz xxx

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