Thursday, 22 August 2013

Thank You!

My baby had her first birthday two weeks ago - where did that year go?

We were over whelmed with the amount of presents she recieved from friends and family - she is a very lucky and well loved little girl.

I wanted to send out some special Thank You cards so turned to my new love of paper craft to help me create them.

I started off with an A4 sheet of cream paper with I randomly stamped all over with one of the stamps in the Stampin' Up Flower Shop stamp set in three different colours.

I then cut the A4 sheet into 4 and slightly trimmed again so I could mount it on an card base made from half a sheet of A4 card stock in a vibrant yellow.

I then mounted a small picture of Eva on top of a small peice of yellow card stock and centred this on the stamped sheet. How cute is she! I love this picture although Christian thinks she looks like she has a palm tree coming out of her head!

The 'Thank You' message is a HobbyCraft stamp stamped on a scrap of cream paper.

I finished it off my punching out one of the flowers using the coordinating Pansy punch - also from Stampin' Up.

Everything is flat on this card as I was going to be sending them by Royal Mail so didn't want to risk dimensionals.

Really happy with the card and it was actually really easy to duplicate.

I'm posting them out tomorrow - I'll look forward to the responses from out family and friends, hope they like them!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Wedding Invites

As I said previously, my first forage into paper crafting was prompted by my up coming wedding and wanting to make my own stationary.

My colour scheme is Navy and Silver and after some experimenting I found that embossing with silver on navy card stock looked very striking. For the invitations, I knew I wanted something simple but effective and which would be easily repeatable for the large number of guests we were inviting.

This is what I came up with - what do you think?

The left site is a roller stamp from Stampin' Up called wedding words. I firstly stamped it with VersaMark ink and then I heat embossed with silver embossing powder.

The word invitation is a rubber stamp from hobby craft, which I again stamped with VersaMark and then heat embossed.

If you haven't tried heat embossing before, it is a very simple but effective technique. You use a heat setting tool which effectively melts the embossing powder on to the page and gives a lovely embossed effect.

I rounded the corners with a simple punch to give a slightly softer look.

The invitations were posted out a few weeks ago and the response has been lovely so far!

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Saturday, 17 August 2013

Where it all began.....

After 5 years together, Christian proposed to me when we were on holiday in South Africa in November 2011.

We initially had plans for a Summer 2012 wedding but very shortly after we got home, we discovered we'd bought something else back from South Africa - a little baby was growing in my tummy :)

Wedding plans were put on hold - fast forward 9 months and Eva arrived - fast forward another 9 months and we started to think about getting married again.

After finding the perfect venue this May, we set the date for November 2013 - not very long to plan a wedding!

Googling DIY wedding stationary, I came across several made with Stampin' Up products and impulsively - I'm very impulsive! I ordered several wedding related bits.

After a fun afternoon spent experimenting I was hooked on stamping!