Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Wedding Wishes...

Hello everyone!! :)

Today I’m finally getting around to sharing a commissioned wedding card I made for a friend to give to her boss’ daughter (and her new hubby, ofc!!) in September... The brief was simple- my friend wanted their names and the date included and gave me the invitation so I could colour-match the accent colour of the bridesmaid’s dresses from the ribbon they had used... which happened to be my absolute fav shade of teal so I was a very happy bunny!! :)

I spent ages thinking about this card and trying to figure out what papers I could use and I also spent ages trying to colour the simply gorgeous LOTV stamp with both PMs and Prismas... in the end- after some hair-tearing and maybe even a little swearing!!lol- I remembered my Twinkling H2Os as well as some gorgeous shimmery cardstock, swirl stamps and my fav Silver Pearl embossing powder and abandoned all the things that were causing me problems to create this...

...which I was really so much happier with than I think I would ever have been if I’d continued on my original path!! :) I don’t like to say this too often, and don’t really think it that often either, but I actually really do love this card- which is a great feeling!! :) – and my friend was really pleased with it too... she even asked me to send her some photos of it as she forgot to take any before she took it to the wedding!!lol

The image is, of course, a simply beautiful LOTV stamp, Mr & Mrs, and, as I wasn’t using either PMs or Prismas to smudge it, I heat embossed with a silver glitter powder and then water-coloured with my lovely- and sadly neglected since I found PMs and Prismas!- H2Os... I used three different shades of white for the different areas of her dress and veil and mixed a few shades of teal/green/blue to get the perfect teal for the ribbon :)

I used a blue PM to alter the shade of a teal organza ribbon I’ve had for years for the bow and made a little embellishment cluster with that, a charm from my jewellery stash and some rose buds :) I used a large jump ring at the top of the chain for the charm to pull the ribbon strip in so it looked more like the bow was really tied from that strip rather than just ds-taped on- it took a long time and plenty of fiddling to get the bow to sit as I wanted it but I loved the way it came out :)

These pics show the stunning shimmery card and embossing powder- this pearl powder is a real chameleon, it takes on aspects of the card it’s on and looks so different... but always just as gorgeous!! :) The swirl stamps are from a set by Viva Decor and are sooo useful!! :) Oh, and of, course, I had to add about a zillion pearls... my little sis asked me if the little lines of three pearls are like my trademark now as apparently I add them to everything... and, you know, since she said it I’ve realised there is hardly a card where I don’t put at least one set of three little pearls somewhere- and I hadn’t even thought about it, I just love ‘em!!lol

This panel caused me a bit more hair-tearing and swearing but that was because I had failed to realise that if you’re trying to print black and it comes out blue then- wait for it!!- your RED ink cartridge has probably run out!! Now, I wonder why I didn’t think of that at stupid o’clock when I should have been in bed!!?!!lol Anyway, that aside, I was really pleased that I actually found a very similar font to the one they had used for their invitation and an identical ampersand, too (there’s a pic of the invite below - I’ve blocked out all but initials on the names as well as the date for their privacy but you can still see what I mean :) ) ... finding a matching teal shade on my PC was a tad harder, though!!lol

I also made my first ever box (well, since primary school when I had a thing for making boxes!!lol) to keep the card nice and protected when it was gathered up with all the others after the wedding... don’t know why I’ve not got round to making one before, it really adds something to a special card!! :)

The List:

  • 6”x6” white, hammered texture card blank, plus the front from a second blank
  • Silver Mirror Board
  • Cryogen White Hi-5 Pearl card (from Craft Creations)
  • Image- LOTV’s Mr & Mrs stamp
  • Silver glitter and silver pearl embossing powders, Versamark pad and heat tool
  • Twinkling H2Os and chalk pastels (colour picked up from the stick with a wet paintbrush) to colour image
  • Swirl stamps from Viva Decor
  • Teal ribbon from Anita’s and PM to alter colour
  • Heart charm, chain and large jump ring from my jewellery stash
  • White paper Rose buds
  • White flat-backed pearls
  • Computer generated sentiment- can’t remember font names of the top of my head but I can check if anyone wants to know!!

So, that’s my card, which despite they various problems along the way, I really enjoyed making and I hope you like the end result as much as I and my friend did!! :)

I’d like to enter this in the following challenges: Lili of the Valley – Anything Goes :) ; MAWTT - Ribbons & Bows :) ; Anything Goes - Cutting Corners- Decorative or altered corners (my embossing) :) ; CYDA - Buttons or Bows :) ; Totally Gorjuss - Sparkle (every millimetre of my card is sparkly but is so hard to photograph!!) :) ; Sweet Stampin' - Punches or Dies :) ; Crafts & ME - Swirls and Pearls :) ; Divas by Design - Anything Goes :) ; Crafting For All Seasons - White on White (I hope my teal ribbon is okay as some of the DT have used coloured embellies but if not, pls delete my entry!!) :)

Thanks for stopping by today and for all your kind comments!! :) I hope you’re all well and that your week has got off to a better and more relaxed start than mine... won’t bore you with the details beyond wondering aloud (so to speak!) why it is that nobody can ever do anything when or how they say they will!!?!! I have wasted so much time and energy on waiting for people/re-arranging things when they don’t turn up already and it’s only Wednesday... but I’m sure you’ve all been there!! :S Still, there may be some good news on the horizon, too, so it’s not been all bad... !! :) I’ll be back very soon, I hope, with my FF DT card for December... how is it December tomorrow!!?!!lol


Kristel said...

That is really a gorgeous card Rachel!!
Hugs Kristel

DesignerDiva said...

Beautiful card Rachel, love the lush bow and decorated box too

Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week for Debs 'Ribbons & Bows' and good luck with the challenge
Laurie x

Debs said...

Gorgeous card - so elegant and I love the colour of the ribbon.
Thanks for playing along with us at MAWTT this week.
Good luck.
Debs xx

Vicky said...

Ooh so gorgeous Rachel....and I love the coloured ribbon too hun...

big hugs Vicky xx

Pami said...

This is just gorgeous Rachel, so elegant and I love the colour of the bow! Thanks so much for sharing with us at MAWTT this week, good luck! Pami x

Bettina L. said...

This is really beautiful. Love that colour for the bow and the embossing is stunning. Thanks for playing at Totally Gorjuss this week and good luck. Hope to see you back saturday for a new challenge. Bettina xx

Wendy said...

Absolutely beautiful Rachel.
Wendy xx

Wedgie said...

Wow, beautiful card Rachel. Thank you for sharing at Sweet Stampin this week, Wedgie xxx

mixamatoasties said...

Beautiful card. I'm sure the bride and groom loved it.

Thanks for joining in at Sweet Stampin this week.

Susan x

helloholley said...

Pretty card!! Thanks for playing long with us at SSCB!!! ;)

Posh Cat Crafts said...

What an elegant card and so pretty.Thank you for joining us at Anything Goes Challenge blog this time. If you are interested I have some blog candy up for grabs Posh Cat Crafts
Anything goes DT

* Shaz * said...

Fabulous card

Thanks for joining us at CYDA for our button or bow challenge

hope you will join us again soon, good luck xx

coops said...

wow this is so beautiful rachel.stunning image and design and i love the teal ribbon :D

xx coops xx

craftymum said...

A great "sparkle " card. thank you for joining bus at TG this week

p.s. I have blog candy on my blog to old and new followers and Hotshot crafts have launched their first challenge today

Jan said...

Beautiful card, thanks for joining us at CFAS xx Jan

Mona Eidhammer said...

Oh my goodness!!! This is truly divine! It really looks soooo elegant. You have done an amazing job on this. Thanks so much for sharing this piece of art with us at Crafts and Me. Hugs...Mona

Vicky said...

Oops I forgot to say...

thanks so much for joining us at Divas...and good luck..!

big hugs Vicky xx

laney said...

Super card !!
thanks for joining us at Diva's this time hope to see you next time too

Carol said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Rachael, I'm sure the recipients will treasure it. Thanks for sharing with us at CFAS this time. Carol DT x

Marissa Isabel said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design
Marissa Isabel


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