Monday, 27 February 2017

Second Floral Wreath

Along with purple, jade green is one of my favourite colours to craft with so here's another jade green floral wreath for this post and this one was made for an Auntie.

The wreath was assembled using the same dies as in the previous post along with the same cardstock and backing papers. This time the sentiment was stamped using a Stampin' up rubber stamp and ink and then punched out and layered using their plain and scalloped oval punches.

The only additional item to this card were transparent sequin flowers which had crystal sticker dots added to their centres.

Thanks for reading today
Liz xxx

Friday, 24 February 2017

Marianne Floral Wreath

It's been a long time since a post has been added to this blog and as time goes on I'm beginning to realise how useful it is sometimes to have a record of what you've made, what was used to make it and who it was given to.  Most of the new items made since the last posting have been photographed so I'm going to attempt to try a catch up and record them here.  There are a lot of repetitions to come when inspiration and motivation went out the window but also because of a love of stitching on paper.

The first card to share was for a friend and was made using the following Marianne flower dies and a Tonic small flower punch to create a floral wreath.  

Marianne Collectables Flower Dies COL1323
Marianne Creatables English Roses LRO162
Marianne Craftables Circle Flower and Leaf CR1248


Spellbinder circle dies were used to cut and layer the sentiment which was printed from the computer and grand nestabilities circle dies were used to cut the base for the wreath.

To continue the jade green monochrome look for this card backing papers were chosen from the Nitwit Collection Snow Princess Solids.  A stitched border was added to the patterned papers to further frame the wreath.

Only a few extra embellishments were added as the flowers did most of the work on this card.  Along with ribbon, brads and pearls a few crystal stickers were attached to the centres of the small punched flowers.

Thankfully the process of creating a post hasn't changed so this hasn't been too challenging a task and hopefully I'll get back soon with some more cards to share.

Thanks for reading
Liz xxx

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Wedding Gift for Elaine

I wanted to give Elaine a personal keepsake gift on her wedding day and selected a Sheila Fleet pendant from the Daisies for Emily collection. This was an item on her wish list but I also chose it because it was designed to help a very special young lady.  In the link below you can read about why the collection was created and how significant the humble little daisy is to the designer herself.

To add a personal touch to the gift I made a daisy themed faux book box to put it in. The measurements and instructions used to make it can be found on the blog I Wanna Build Me a Memory.

A daisy design paper from the Cuddly Buddly Yellow Country Cottage Collection was layered up along with shades of green and cream pearlescent card to make a base layer on the outside cover and the inside of the box. Attached across the front and back of the cover were layered strips of the same card selection and foam pads were used to add die cut hearts on top of these. The wording on the hearts was printed from the computer and then Spellbinder heart dies were used to cut them out.

Attaching the hearts using foam pads left a channel to hold the ribbon used to tie the box closed. The ribbon was also threaded through a diamante heart ribbon slider which was fixed to the spine to secure the ribbon to the box.

A pocket was made on the inside of the cover and this was to hold a set of layered tags.  After finding a daisy poem on the internet I tweeked it to personalise it for our gift and the occasion, printed it from the computer and cut it out using a set of Sizzix framelit tag dies.

On the opposite side was the framed space to put the gift in. To link it to the words in the poem the message “He Loves You” was added to the back of the space and underneath where the gift would be. Daisy patterned strips were used to frame the space, and also to hide the joins of the concertinaed sides, and they were given a decorative edge using Martha Stewart's doiley lace border punch.  A border was added to the frame using thin strips of the dark green card.

Different sizes of Woodware punches along with Joanna Sheen's rose leaves die were used to make the daisy embellishments. After overlapping and gluing two of the daisies together the edges of the petals were sponged with pale green ink and a flat backed pearl was added to the centre. Continuing with the daisy theme the pocket holding the tags was embossed with a daisy patterned embossing folder.
Elaine was delighted with her daisy pendant and wore it everyday whilst on honeymoon. This is my favourite photo of her wearing it and below that is a photo collage Elaine made showing most of the Sheila Fleet jewellery which played a part in their wedding day.  As a thank you gift from Elaine and Andy I received a necklet, which you can see me holding in the bottom right of the collage, and Andy's mum received a brooch.  Both were from the Snowdrop Collection.

This really is the last post about bits and pieces I made for Elaine's wedding. I hope you have enjoyed reading about them as much as I have enjoyed making a written record of them.

Thanks for reading today.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Wedding Card for a Sister

The last wedding card I made was one for Ian to give his sister and her new husband and it was back to my favourite nine square layout.  There was lots of bling on this one with not a hint of green in sight.

White and silver linen, silver mirri, dufex silver heart and silver wedding script card were cut and layered to make the different tiers for this card. The bottom and middle tiers were made by layering up the cardstock with a grid of nine 5cm squares embossed on the top of the middle layer. I was introduced to the Scor-Bug Embosser recently and this little tool can create faux stitching lines, which can still be stitched, in seconds. On this card I left them as embossed lines. White grosgrain ribbon was wrapped around two corners of the bottom tier before the middle layer was added on top and held in place using silver brads.

The top tier was the nine little toppers. Squares of the different types of card were cut and layered using Woodware square punches and Spellbinder dies and silver thread was wrapped around the corners of five of the toppers. Embellishments added to the toppers were pearl, diamante ribbon slider and silver peel off hearts along with silver wedding and engagement ring charms and peel off dots. The sentiment and Elaine and Andy's names were printed from the computer and die cut and layered using Spellbinder heart and square dies.  A white grosgrain bow was added to the top left corner of the middle tier.

When looking for a suitable verse to print on the insert I came across this one which fitted the bill perfectly.

I cherish all the good times
that we've had throughout the years,
they've been peppered by the tough times
when we dried each other's tears,
and while the future is unknown,
I can plainly see,
I'll always be there for you,
just as you'll be there for me.
I also made a matching wallet for Ian's gift card.

Just one more wedding piece to write about and then normal service will be resumed.

Thanks for reading today

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Wedding Card for the Newly Weds

As well as making individual wedding cards for Elaine and Andy I also made a card for them as a couple. Shades of green pearlescent card and the Nitwit Collection patterned paper used in printing the wedding invitations were also used to make this card. Panels, made from layering up the coloured and patterned card, were attached to faces of the z-fold card and a stitched border was added to each of the top layers to add an extra frame.

The tiers of the wedding cake topper were made from rectangles of white Crafter's Companion centura pearl card which had their top corners rounded before being embossed using a swirls embossing folder. The pieces were backed on to the dark green card to leave a quarter centimeter border around the sides and top.  Green ribbon was wrapped around each piece before they were attached to each other.
Foam pads were used to attach the cake to the backing panel and ribbon bows were added to each tier.  The double layered trailing ivy was cut using a die from the Marianne Creatables Ivy die set LR0206 and attached to the ivy are green paper roses and cream and green rose buds. Self adhesive pearls were added amongst the roses.

Elaine and Andy's initials were printed from the computer and die cut and layered using Spellbinders plain and scalloped hearts dies.  This made up the cake topper. When using both Elaine and Andy's initials together on wedding items we always made sure to put Elaine's initial first so as to avoid any A & E jokes. The sentiment was also printed from the computer and punched out using Stampin' up oval punches.  Hanging hearts were die cut using a Memory Box die, layered up and attached to the corner of the base panel.

Attached to the inside of the card was a printed verse which was framed and die cut using Spellbinder square dies. On the opposite flap the couple's names and date of marriage were printed on to card and die cut and layered using Spellbinder heart dies. Smaller die cut hearts, silver peel off hearts and silver brads and green ribbon were added as embellishments.

A verse about marriage was printed on to the top layer behind the Z-fold with silver peel off wedding rings added as an embellishment.

The box for the card was decorated with layered up hearts as in the inside of the card.

Thanks for reading today

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Wedding Card for Andrew

As well as making a card for Elaine I wanted to give Andy, the groom and our future son-in-law, a card to wish him well on his wedding day and to welcome him in to our family.  Whilst browsing on Pinterest for card ideas I've seen wedding cards made using decorated die cut heart shapes or die cut bows in black and white to represent the bride and groom and this was where my inspiration for Andy's card came from.

I knew that Andy would be wearing his kilt to get married in so to have the tartan of his kilt included on the card I Google searched for a picture of it to download.  This is the Fraser Ancient Hunting tartan chosen by the men in the family to wear because Andy's mum's maiden name is Fraser.  Along with his kilt Andy would also be wearing the Prince Charlie style jacket, with black waistcoat and bow tie, so layered die cut heart shapes were decorated to represent this.  The bow tie was die cut using Sue Wilson's Itty Bitty Bow die without the tails.

The green card and ribbon used in making the wedding stationary were also added to the card along with a silver script wedding backing paper.  Silver brads were added to represent the silver buttons on the jacket and waistcoat.

This verse was added to the inside of Andy's card.

During the time we've known you
we've watched Elaine's heart be won
and now that you're marrying our Daughter
we're so glad that you're the one.

We couldn't ask for any more
than the love you send her way,
we'll be proud to have you as family
as you marry our Daughter today.

We're thankful she's found the man she loves,
the person to share her dreams,
today our Daughter becomes a wife
and we're proud of the son that this brings. 
Here's a lovely photograph of Andy, his dad and his brother on the wedding day looking very dapper in their highland dress. 

After finding out about the Scottish tradition, that following the exchange of vows and rings the groom often pins a sash of his clan’s tartan to the bride’s wedding dress to signify that she is now a member of his clan, Elaine had a wrap made from the Fraser Ancient Hunting tartan to use on her wedding day. The lovely weather on the day meant there was no practical need for it and the opportunity to use it as a photography prop was also missed.  To make up for this it was well used on their honeymoon and was also photographed several times as this lovely photo collage which Elaine put together shows.

Thanks for reading today

Monday, 22 June 2015

Elaine's Wedding Day Card

Elements from the wedding stationary were used on the card I made to give Elaine on her wedding day. The backing paper from the Nitwit Collection Petalfresh along with cream and dark and pale green pearlescent card were used to make up the layers and lots of paper flowers were added as embellishments.

Three layers of card made up the base for the front of the card. The edges of the middle layer were distressed and the top layer of card was embossed using the Crafters Companion Regency Embossalicious folder. Attached across this base were layered up strips of card with green ribbon and ribbon sliders wrapped around them. The edges of the bottom strip were die cut using a Marianne stitching border die and the edges of the middle layer were distressed.
Added on top of the layered strips was the sentiment which had been printed from the computer, die cut using a Spellbinders circle die and backed on to a layer of cream card die cut using a Marianne stitching die. This stitching die matched the border die which had already been used and dark green thread was used for the stitching on both these pieces.

Lots of paper flowers in shades of cream and green were arranged around two of the corners of the card. Dazzling diamonds glitter from Stampin' up was added to the cream ones and also to some of the cream leaves which had been cut using a Marianne die. I didn't have dark green rosebuds to use so a green Promarker pen was used to colour cream ones. When holding the chisel end of the pen against the mulberry buds they soaked up the ink from the pens perfectly.

Before gluing the flowers to the card a pearl crown and two teardrop stick pins were attached underneath with their sharp ends embedded in foam pads. Once the pins and die cut leaves were in place the flowers were arranged and glued on top.  The stems of the roses were coiled around a knitting needle.

Other embellishments added were the love bird punch outs, diamantes, pearl brads to two corners of the card and lots of self adhesive pearls around edges of layers and amongst the flowers.

A double layer insert of cream pearlescent paper and pale green parchement paper were added to the inside of the card.  This verse was printed on the inner layer. 

Today dear daughter, as you walk down the aisle
You will see all the faces wearing a smile,
But as we remember those young tender years
Our smiles will conceal a few hidden tears.
It is not through sadness, just emotions awhirl
As we both think back to a dear little girl,
And now you have grown and made us so proud
As you smile for the camera and the rest of the crowd.
Remember Elaine, as you become Andrew's wife,
You are still very much a part of our life,
We're not losing a daughter, but gaining a son,
Your new life as husband and wife has begun.

To protect the card I made a box and decorated it to match the card front.  A friend of Elaine's came along to photograph moments of us getting ready on the wedding day and she used this box as a prop to photograph Elaine's engagement ring.

Thanks for reading today