Saturday 25 August 2012

45th Anniversary

It's Andy's Mum and Dad's 45th Wedding Anniversary on Sunday and Elaine asked if I'd make a card for she and Andy to give them.  There's to be a family gathering and celebrations in Dundee to mark the occasion.

The 45th Wedding Anniversary is the Sapphire Anniversary so this decided the colour scheme for the card and hearts were used for embellishments.  The hearts were cut using nestabilities plain and scalloped hearts.  Four layers of hearts were used for the focal point with the top one having 45 stitched on it using silver metallic thread.  A metal Ornare pricking stencil was used to prick out the numbers ready for stitching but to place them where I wanted on the heart I first pricked them onto acetate and used the acetate template to prick them directly on to the heart.  Being able to see through the acetate made positioning easier. There are stitched borders on some of the layers to add extra framing.

The background papers and personalised hearts were created on the computer.  The spotted one was made using an asterisk symbol and the Happy 45th Anniversary one was created in a word document.

The Martha Stewart punch around the page eyelet lace set was used to decorate the dark blue layer.  It broke up the straight edges of the other layers and matched in with the scallops of the card base and die cut hearts.  Other embellishments used were silver brads, silver heart peel offs, silver elastic and Midnight Navy grosgrain ribbon from Stampin' up.

When the card was finished there were enough extra bits to make a matching gift tag.  The 45 on this one was cut using Sizzix dies.

On the inside there's a double layer insert and the punch around the page punches were used to decorate the edges of the dark blue layer.  The measurements didn't work out to give perfect punching all the way round but I tried to work it so that the patterns were the same along the length and the width of the paper.

Hopefully they'll have a lovely day with their family around them.

Thanks for reading today
Liz xx

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges
Polka Doodles Challenge Week 34 - Stitching...Real or Faux
Paper Crafting Journey Challenge - Anything Goes
PaperPlay Challenges Week 34 - Sentiment as main image/focus
Sassy Studio Designs Challenge 139 - What's on the Inside
Crafting For All Seasons Challenge 34 - Stitching...Real or Faux
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenge 71 - Weddings/Anniversaries
Anything Goes Challenge 74 - Make Your Own Background
Emerald Faeries Challenge 30 - Punches and Dies 
Make It Monday - Anything Goes


  1. WOW!! Such a beautifully designed card Liz, I love all the detailing and the colours are prefect

    Hugs Sue

  2. Oh wow what a gorgeous card.
    Thanks for sharing it with us at anything goes challenge.
    Hugs Emma xx

  3. This is so pretty and they'll love it! That is a gorgeous colour combo you've used and I like how you've finished the inside and it's as gorgeous as the outside.

  4. This is gorgeous.Thanks for sharing with us at Anything

  5. Brilliant card with a great background, just perfect for our challenge.
    Thank you for joining us at Anything Goes Challenge, good luck and hope to see you again soon.
    Suzie xx

  6. Fabulous card love the blue and white, thanks for joining us at the Emerald Faeries Challenge this fortnight.

  7. Wonderful anniversary card, fab colours and a great design. Love the stitched numbers,

  8. Beautiful anniversary card! Love your colors. Very nice layout too! Thank you much for entering A & T Emerald Faeries Challenge!

  9. Beautiful card...thanks for joining SSD!

  10. I really like this one. Its soo simple and yet soo elegant. and the blue its so pleasant. glad i stumbled upon you on MIM.


  11. This is very sweet.
    Saw it on Make it Monday
    Sandra xxx

  12. Thanks for joining us this week at Sassy Studio Designs. Please join us again next week. xx Rachelle SSD DT

  13. Stunning card and colours Liz. I spotted this on MIM..Loz

  14. Gorgeous card and colours. Visiting from MIM..Faye

  15. Fantastic! Thanks for playing along with us at Polka Doodles....Fabi xxxx

  16. I saw your card on MIM and had to drop by for a closer look. Beautiful design!

    Stop by my blog to check out my {Belated} Birthday Blog Candy!


  17. Saw you on MIM. Your card is beautiful! I love the blue and white! Really came together beautifully.. I love the inside!! and the tag too! Wonderful card!

  18. Great card! I love the simplicity of the blue and white together!! Thanks for joining us at DTBST!

    SSD DT

  19. Beautiful! I love the colors you chose and the punches you used. And wow! that's a long time to be married! Congratulations to them for lasting so long. Hope I make it also... we're at 37 now. I saw your card on MIM.

  20. I saw your card on MIM and had to come and look further. Congrats to your mom and dad. Lovely card. joann sassy raggedy

  21. Your card is simply stunning! I love how you used the sapphire theme and how many little touches you added. Fabulous inside of the card too! Tha k you for joining us this week at the Dare to be Sassy Challenge at Sassy Studio Designs.

    Jackie, SSD DT

  22. Gorgeous card full of lovely details! I saw it at MIM.

  23. How creative to add the gift card! Thank you for joining us at DTBST this week! HUGS

    SSD DT

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  25. Nice anniversary card and gift tag too. You did a nice job with the blue colors. I saw this on MIM.

  26. Absolutely stunning! I love your selfmade papers and your design. It's so beautiful card. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at The Emerald Faeries Challenge Blog. Hope to see you back again :)
    Hugs, Eret

  27. I'm a huge fan of blue as it is my favourite colour so this one I love and to be able to make a matching gift tag is great, I'm sure your parents loved them both. Thank you for joining us at A & T Digital Designs (EFG). Good Luck xoxoxo

  28. I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS!
    My entries are: #159, #162, #212 and #214.
    I would love to have you visit my blog!

  29. Absolutely love your card. The detail is fantastic. I saw it n mim