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Thursday, 30 September 2010

Ruby Wedding

 My Ruby Wedding is fast approaching and thought I would share what I have made so far for it.


Our cake - ivory sugarpaste

close up of the sugar flowers

the finished favours (see earlier posting for close up of design)

card for my husband

All I have got to do now is make a few teeny tiny cupcakes to go around the main cake for the grandchildren, and those who do not like fruit cake, and make the floral table decorations.    Fortunately my pal Sassie is arriving today to help us celebrate on Sunday, so we shall have fun making those.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Card Order for a 70th Birthday!

The request was for a card for niece's 70th birthday card, interests were patchwork and ballroom dancing, and preserves!  The front of the card deals with the first two - patchwork background from JS Ivory Cats, and the dancers from JS Dancing With Shadows (with the figures decoupaged) ..........

..... and for the preserves element, I created an insert in MCS using the patchwork paperagain, but faded out, and a jam pot border!

Thomas Kincade

This first card is for a friend's Ruby Wedding - which happens to be the same day as ours.  We were Sunday School teachers together many moons ago in our youth.   Standing joke between us is that she has never really forgiven me for chosing the date and time of our wedding, as it was the same date and time she wanted.   As we booked the church before her, she had to get married at a different church and not the one in the village!   We both moved away from our childhood homes, but now we live around the corner from each other!

This card is for my nephew and is one of the images that made me buy the cd.   Tony used to be in the Navy serving on Ark Royal.

and this card is for his nephew - my great nephew - another sea lover as he is in the NTC in a unit run by his parents.  I thought the surfer in the picture was more in keeping with his generation, and the "cool dude" in his shades, (Lilli of the Valley image) looks so like one of his profile pictures on FB that I couldn't resist using it.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

something a bit different! Orchid

Just had to share this with you - one of my orchids has decided to flower, but instead of  the usual straight stem, it seems to be curled around.   Personally I think it looks rather pretty - think it might make a great topper!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Fancy fold template

As Rita commented that she couldn't work out the instructions, as she didn't have the board Leann used, here is a copy of my template especially for her (and anybody else). 
Feel free to download it and print it out at 100%.   The dotted lines are the scored fold lines, and the solid line is the line you cut.

This Template is for an A5 finished card.  

This is what I did using my M&F Board and my Hougie Board. 

a)  score part of the way across the centre of the card on half A4 mark.  Line 1

b) Then with a pencil I marked the score lines Nos2 & 3 up from one end on the long side.  Then marked another score line No 4 the other side of the half A4 fold line.  Then marked each end of the cut line between score line No 2 and score line No 4" .  I made this line 1" from the long edge - but you could vary this.

I then scored the lines, so that they all met (on my Hougie Board) but any board would do, extending line 1 to reach the cut line mark. Finally I cut down the solid line.

Score Lines Nos 1, 2 and  4 are mountain folds - No 3 is a Valley fold.

Hope this helps.

Obviously you could change the size of the original cardstock to whatever size you prefer - but hopefully this gives you a basic guide.

Hope this makes sense and helps.   (Tip:  make a trial template out of copy paper first).

Monday, 20 September 2010

Trying out a new fold

Inspired by Leann's new fold  (details here )  I decided to have a bash today to mount an image I had coloured the other day, ready for a card for the birthday of my sister-in-law later this week.

It was fairly easier, once I had done a trial template on copy paper. although took a little while to work out the exact measurements.  I did find it easier to mark the folds and cutting line lightly in pencil on back of card first to make sure they were correct, before attempting the scoring and cutting!

This card differs slightly from Leann's, in that it is an A5 finished card (i.e. A4 to start).   I used some double-sided red dot/red cardstock from a Forever Friends "Gift Wrap" pad.

JS Orchid stamp was coloured with promarkers, and cut out with a nestability die borrowed from my daughter whilst she was away in the West Country at the weeked!   I edge this with chalk.  

As I was playing with my new sizzix  "Flowers & Flourish #2" dies last night and cosmic shimmers, I decided to use two of the scrolls as well.  Finally I printed out  sentiment on computer and backed it with more paper edged in same chalks as the image, and added a few fine line peel-offs.

Although relatively simple, once I got going - it was slighly more complicated than my normal "I only do simple", but it is a very effective fold.


Sunday, 19 September 2010

Quickie e-card

A very quick e-card produced on MCS at around midnight last night - when I realised it was my DIL's step-mum's birthday!  Hadn't realised it was her birthday - otherwise I would have made one in advance and given it to her at the wedding.  As I don't know her address in France, couldn't even make a belated wishes card so I posted it on her profile on FB!

Monday, 13 September 2010

Birthday Card

Another simple one from me - image and backing paper from JS Pamela West Collection Volume 2, mounted on matching brown cardstock and edged with peel-offs.  Image is mounted on foam pads.  Printed the wording on the backing paper in Publisher.  Used the alternative backing paper as the insert.

Shame this card is for the 19th and not next week, as would have used an image from the new JS Thomas Kincaid cd due out on that date, as I have fallen in love with some of the images on that which would have suited the recipient down to the ground!

Friday, 10 September 2010

Ruby Wedding Card

Just a very simple card for some friends Ruby Anniversary this weekend, and another attempt at some parchment work.   (Not brilliant parchment work - but you have to start somewhere - and I was inspired to have another go after seeing a demonstration at the weekend, and watching some techniques on C&C.

Image was a rose from MCS Let's Celebrate - Wedding & Anniversaries, that I printed off and then traced.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Ruby Wedding Favours

Prototype of favour box for my Ruby Wedding celebration,  based on idea by Kay Rutter (Hougie Board inventor), but changed the measurements.

Just made from 120 gsm card, scored on Hougie Board.

Side view.   Used Martha Stewart corner punch - easier than trying to create matching holes with pokey tool or Japanese screw punch - always said I don't do difficult.