Saturday, 20 April 2013

A Wedding Card for Blake and Amanda

Hello and Thanks so much for stopping by again to see what I have been up to.

First off .... an update on the Markets that I talked about in yesterdays' Blog. In two words "A Disaster".  I choose to look for lots of gold nuggets from today (even as I have to dig deep for them!). All was going well, we arrived at 6.20am and lined up the car with others waiting to get into the Showground (as instructed) to put up their stall and display their wares. We were relieved to be where we were instructed to be ... that was until the Gate Marshall said that we were at the wrong gate and needed to be somewhere else. OK we had time on our side. The instructions were, if you are not at the gate by 7.15am you lose your stall space. So we went to this somewhere else - another gate. We joined the queue and waited with others to get in - only then to be told by the Marshall ... yes you've guessed it ....  that we were at the wrong gate and needed to be at the place we first were!

By this time we had lost our sense of humour!!!! Time was now cracking on as it was nearly 7.00am. So one of the other Marshalls at this gate said he would find us a space - all be it not the one we had been allocated .... BIG MISTAKE by us, for taking this seemingly kind offer. We were put in a space where very few people came by ....  it was a nightmare. I complained (of course!) and eventually my displeasure was noted and accepted (???? remains to be seen!!!!). We did take a look at the space we were supposed to have been and it would have been so much better. However, through no fault of our own we ended up hopelessly positioned. I was told to ring again (we need to ring VERY early on the Monday before the Saturday of the market, so this one was held today the 20th so I called on Monday 15th) and something would be done. Well I'll keep you posted on that score.

OK - I have had my mini catharsis and cooled down - Thank You for letting me rant ....

Now to a card. It was commissioned by my good friend and neighbour. It was for her nephew Blake who was getting married to Amanda at the end of March in Canada. The card would be hand delivered as my friend and her husband were making a trip over their as part of their travels. 

Amanda is a Graphic Designer (No pressure then !!)
The main Theme was Peacock Feathers and colours - here's the Brand of her Wedding.

This was the invite sent to to those going to the wedding. The lace and double ribbon was what was wrapped around the envelope. These were my Clues.

My brief was to make a card that was original, different and would have the same colours on it.

 ... and here's my card. I decided to make it a Gatefold card (open outwards from the centre. I found some Kaisercraft Design Paper and Moss Green card stock. I used some Quill cream card stock as the card base cut with a Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles, Floral Ovals and Classic oval Dies.

I found some similar Ribbon and Seam Binding to that used on the invite as well as some cream lace in my stash. I layered the Design paper onto the cream base and added the ribbon (and pearls). I hand drew a similar Peacock feather on white card using some Marvy markers that I have, fussy cut it out and stuck it to the ribbon.

I then cut out the cream oval piece using Spellbinders Floral Ovals, a Green piece of cardstock with a Spellbinders classic oval die which I layered together using 3D foam pads. On top of that a Silver Wedding Peel-off.

When you open the card you see this. I hand drew a peacock feather using my Copic pens and overlaid it with some Stickles Crystal glitter - which actually takes on the hue of the colour of what you add it too.

Here you see the whole gatefold card opened fully. On the inside of the sides I added the names of the couple which I created on my computer, then printed and fussy cut out. I then added some white peal liquid pearls. NOTE: Unfortunately the TRUE colour is not shown here as my camera has changed it a tad!

I decided to add some detail to the back of the card.

I added a little silver charm on the back which says "Hand made"

Even the envelope got some additional attention too. I added a foil sticker and rounded the corners with  creative Memories scalloped corner punch.

... the couple I am told loved their card and Amanda particularly said she spent time examining it. I was delighted especially coming from a Graphic Designer too!!

Here are the main ingredients I used to make this card:

Thanks for stopping by (and allowing my rant!!!) and seeing what I have been up to, if you'd like to leave a comment please click on the pencil in the comments section below - Thanks and ...

Friday, 19 April 2013

A Star card for Alison

Hello my Blog friends how are things with you? It's Friday so the weekend approaches and I am excited as tomorrow I am taking my cards to Bellingen Community Markets. These markets held on the 3rd Saturday of each month are one of Australia's largest and most diverse regional markets and specialise in handmade arts and crafts, local food, fresh produce, alternative therapies all with live entertainment provided by local groups and bands. It is our first visit to these markets as stallholders, so a new venture awaits! I'll let you know how I get on.

The card I have to show you today is one I was commissioned to make for Alison, by a friend, for her 60th Birthday. The brief was to include reference to three things  ... Wine, her connection to her Pharmacy Interests and Travel. I thought a Star card might be the way to go .....

I have made a couple of these cards and they are always well received. The inspiration for this card originally came from Mio Linden's Blog CLICK HERE. You will need to translate the page as it is written in Swedish.

The card base was cut to 45cms ( I think in the original Mio cut her example to 30cms). I used a big sheet of card that I purchased at Office works as 12 x 12 papers were not big enough for the additional size. The finished card measures approx: 23cms (9 inches) from point to point of the star.

I used a variety of Design Papers including K & Company and Provo Craft Crafters Block. Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, the stamps are from Just Rite Stampers, and the letter "A" is a Kaisercraft Rhinestone element. The Butterflies are stickers that I have had for ages and I don't remember where I got them.

When unfolded you get to see the three points of the star.

On this first point I added images (from Google) of a vineyard and some wine.

The Yellow Gingham ribbon at the top is from really Reasonable Ribbon.

On the second point of the star I added some elements from some travel stickers that I bought from Spotlight.

On the third Star Point I added some images and Logos of Australian Pharmaceutical Organisations and a Sticker of Australia.

In this photo I combined two images so that the main embellishments are shown in a closer view. You can see the stamps and flowers a little better.

I modified a couple of verses that I found on the web  to fit Alison and her 60th Celebrations. I printed the verses on my computer and Die cut it with a Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Square Die.

I placed this at the centre of the Star card.

This image shows the back of the Card.

Here is the video clip I promised earlier:

The main ingredients I used to make this card:

Thanks for stopping by today. I will definitely let you know how I get on tomorrow

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Gearing Up for Your Birthday - Robot Style

G'day to you. Great that you could pop in to read my Blog and see what I have been doing in my Crafty Corner! We are definitely into winter here in New South Wales and grateful today for a lovely sunny day with temperatures in the early twenties; it is the mornings and the evenings that get chilly!

Today I have two more Pop-Up cards and a video clip to show you. I used similar ingredients yet the cards are quite different. Take a look .....

Card # 1

The base of these cards uses Bazzill Kraft card stock which I cut using the Pop N Cuts Die Base. On top I used a Kaisercraft Technologic 6 x 6 Paper Pack and a Creative Memories Hexagon punch to make the Hexagon shapes. The Robot is from the Layered Chipboard pack that is part f the Kaisercraft collection.

On the inside of the card I used a variety of Gear Dies both from Spellbinders and Sizzix as well as a few metal ones from Tim Holtz Idea-ology.

I used chipboard (I wouldn't recommend this when using the Spellbinders dies) which worked well with the Sizzix Bigz dies.

The papers are from Kaisercraft Technologic 6 x 6 Paper Pack, which I stuck together first and then cut with the labels Pop N Cuts die.

A closer view of the gears that I made. I coloured the chipboard with Adirondack Gold, Silver and Copper Mixatives inks and I think they look great. I was after a metallic look and I think I achieved that - what do you think?

Card # 2

The second of my two cards is shown here. The dark background looked Navy when in fact it is black - (Kaisercraft Liquorice weave 12 x 12 card stock) probably something to do with the available light when I took the picture.

I used a Sizzix Textured Impressions Rivet Embossing Folder to give the metallic sheet effect.

More hexagons and a chipboard Robot completed the front of the card.

This is the inside of the second card and again you can see that I have used the "Gears" with more papers from the Technologic Paper pad. I also added a hand written sentiment on the left side of the card.

A closer view of the gears which I stuck to the card using 3D - foam pads for added dimension.

Here is the promised video clip:

The main ingredients I used to make these two cards:

Thanks for dropping by and reading Today's Blog

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