Monday, 23 June 2014

Invitation with tear back

This invitation was requested by my eldest grand-daughter for her 21st birthday invites.
She gave me the rough idea, then left it to me to pull it all together and make the information fit.

I quite like a challenge and was more than happy to rise to the occasion with this one.

I decided that the invitation would be flat, no folds. Most of the information is contained on the front, with the final information printed on the reverse of the tear back section.
The only real challenge then was getting everything to line up properly which in the end was not really all that hard. I simply printed out my samples on plain copy paper, made alignment adjustments as needed, I believe it took me only 4 print outs to get it right. Then I was able to print out 3 copies per A4 sheet of card stock.

The photo enclosed and revealed by the tear back is a collage I made of 3 photos. Two are very obvious, the base image, the one which shows her little legs when she was born feet first was heavily tweaked so that all the lady bits were disguised, without losing the drama of her hitting the deck feet first.

A little about her arrival:
Her little legs were presented for a full 1/2 hour before the rest of her body was born, my husband was taking photos' my son was talking to his partner keeping her mentally occupied, (epidurals take all the interesting things away from a birth LOL) the other grand parents were there, so were a retrieval team of 4, 3 midwives and a Dr, (her mother had been a blue baby, and they were on hand in case she needed assistance after birth) Because she was breech which they don't usually allow, preferring to do C sections these days, the entire class of 20 or so trainee midwives were also present to see this birth, all in all it was a rather large, operating theatre, crowded with a whole variety of people. A very special occasion to us as it was the birth of our very first grand child.

Anyways, back to the card, You can see why it had to be special don't you? she is very special to us, and made sure we all knew it.

Jay chose the colour scheme, the border pattern and the fonts used, it was after all for her party. I only executed it.

A perforating blade made cutting the peel lines easy, and prevented unnecessary tearing of the front. I put some reinforcing at the ends of the perforated lines so that it would be a bit more difficult to rip the tear back right off, something which I did with one of my prototypes, hmmm it was back to the drawing board to fix that issue.

I have erased the personal details in the photo's for the sake of privacy, this doesn't detract from the idea which I believe can be clearly seen..

The completed Invitation unopened

The photo collage which is inside the invitation

The reverse of the front showing reinforcing

The open invitation

I hope you like this invitation idea. It was very successful, and well received.

Thank you for visiting my blog today, I hope you come by again soon.,
Happy Crafting

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Pop Up 80th Birthday Card

One of the residents in our Retirement Estate will be having her 80th birthday on Saturday.
I've made this card for her.

 Products used are as follows:

  • Stampin Up Perfect Plum for the base card
  • Stampin Up Crushed Curry for the Front and some elements
  • Stampin Up Regals DSP
  • Stampin Up White Tea Lace doily
  • Stampin Up Decorative Label punch
  • Stampin Up Bitty Butterfly punch
  • Stampin Up Lacy Brocade embossing folder
  • Stampin Up Blackberry Bliss stitched ribbon
  • Sizzix card, scallop circle 3-D pop up
  • Elizabeth dies 726 Balloons
  • Elizabeth dies 738 Happy Birthday die
  • Elizabeth dies 732 Candle die set
  • Spellbinders S4-327 Floral Flourishes
  • Corner Chomper punch
  • Assorted gems
  • Stickles - Diamond
  • Acetate
  • Double sided tape
  • PVA glue
  • Foam mounts
The Ribbon  actually looks much closer to the Perfect Plum than the photograph indicates.
I used acetate cut in very thin slivers to mount the balloons and flowers, also the Happy as this needed more support than the pop up circle allowed.
The whole card folds down flat and fits into a standard sized envelope.
All the Elizabeth dies are available from Blue Edge Crafts, see the side banner for a link to their store.

Thank you for visiting today.
Happy Crafting.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Iris Card

I discovered Spellbinders Create a Flower a while back. The Create a Lily is the first one I bought. I made two flowers which then sat on my desk for weeks while I tried to come up with an idea for a card to show them off.
I decided over the past few days that I'm over thinking this whole thing, and to get my rear into gear and just DO it.
Keeping it pretty simple I decided to showcase only one of the two flowers I made (they are identical)
I die cut the flowers out of plain white card stock and used Concord Crush, Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder and Daffodil delight to colour them. I try to use the colours of my focal point when constructing a card, and I've done so here.
The base card is in Daffodil Yellow, the first layer is Elegant eggplant which is embossed with a Stampin up embossing folder, the next layer is a frame crated by die cutting two sizes of Spellbinders Labels Twenty which I then embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder. The Oval which I mounted my flower onto is another Spellbinders Die set called Floral Ovals, I used the second to largest die, which I inked with Wisteria Wonder after embossing and before removing from the die.
I used my hot glue gun to adhere the flower and support the larger outer petals to the base. There is a tiny gem in the centre.

Looking at the completed card, I don't know why it took me so long to finish the card. I'm a great prevaricator.....

I have also bought the Create a Lilly which I'll leave for another day.
Thankyou for visiting my blog,
I hope to see you back here real soon.
Happy Crafting