Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Classic elegance....a wedding invitation

I have been commissioned to make 100 wedding invites. The couple wanted something simple, elegant, and affordable. An easy task for me, seeing as I love affordable projects and I love classic looks.

I made use of my trusty cuttlebug for the embossing and played around with my computer to come up with a simple monogram, not something the couple asked for, but I thought it would add a nice touch.

The card inner looked a bit plain at first, so I punched it with a new corner punch I got from a new store round the corner from our house...my first splurge in months! and it was cheap!

The bride loves it and I am set to deliver them on the 27th of this month. How exciting :)

I'll be adding these to my portfolio for future clients (gee, I am really optimistic). I would love some commentry on the work, any advice or ideas on how to make it better? or change it up?


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Plain and simple scrapbooking

I love my scrapbooking as much as I love my card making. There is something different about putting paper together to match a photo or set of photo's theme instead of an occasion.

We don't have children so that area of scrapbooking is like the wilderness, no make that the Saharan desert, to me. BUT, we have family and we have pets and I love to take photo's of wildlife. That's a pretty large canvas of ideas.

I often want to go the full hog and place tons of embellishments, patterns and ribbon on a page. Sometimes, it just isn't needed and I tell myself to go back to basics, it's about the photograph and not the beautiful scrapbooking supplies.

So, that was my inspiration behind today's post, a plain and simple scrapbook page.

I used a sum total of two embellishments, plus the title. I used scrap paper to make the embellies too! and the stripe paper behind the photo's is also out of my scrap box :)

It might a bit plain for some, but I sure enjoyed the change.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Cuttlbug, scraps and prehistoric embellishments

So, the title of my blog post says it all. I used my Cuttlebug, scrap paper and prehistoric embellishments from my stash. The image should look familiar to one of my crafty friends too...

I started off by colouring my LOTV image with my trusted Sharpies. It was a therapeutic experience and a good practice colouring session :) I played with outlining the different areas in darker shades and colouring in with lighter shades. I am getting there people! I am getting there!

I got a stunning set of border embossing folders for Christmas from Christi Usher over at my Paper Craft Planet Group and I utilised it on the sides of the stamped image just to give it a bit more pop. I then dug in my ever growing pile of nice things that I avoid using and pulled out some wooden photo corners and sequins (yes, I even hoard sequins)

I think the card turned out quite CAS, and I like it!

Until my next post, Happy Monday!


Friday, February 3, 2012

Racy Lace

I have seen a lot of lace being used in the craft world lately, well, actually, for a long time now. I am scared of it's delicateness and it's vintage quality. How on earth do you do justice to lace on a project? I find it near impossible.

We have paper doily's in the kitchen that have a lacy pattern around the edge, I used one of these for the Christmas wreath I made back in December 11. I took another one and decided to put it to use on a card...

I also have these really awesome handmade flowers I received from a crafty friend that I spruced up with some pearl brads from yet another crafty friend :) As I type this I realise I know a lot of crafty people because I also used a strip of REAL lace ribbon, also received from a crafty friend (it was actually part of another gifts packaging...recycling is par for the course in crafting)

The stamp I used on this card was bought for me by my hubby, isn't he too sweet? I love the Victorian look of the image, and stamped and embossed it in gold.

I used scrap paper for the base and pattern of the card, I don't even think it's necessary for me to comment on the enormity of my scrap stash anymore...

I can't quite decide if I like it or not, maybe if I look at it again another day?

Have you played with lace on your projects yet? I'd love to see what you've come up with!