Tuesday, 10 February 2015

A wonderful wedding

Hello and good morning!
Today I want to share with you one of the creations I made for my lovely husband's cousin and her partner for their wedding. It didn't take too long to put together and may inspire some of you to tackle what can be a daunting event!
Together my husband and I made all the wedding invitations, orders of service, table settings/favours and my personal favourite the seating plan:
The bride wanted something quite clean, classy and simple to match her colour theme of deep blue, white and silver. I have used mostly Stampin' Up! products and I have listed these for you at the end of the post should you want to know the details. After some considerable time in a well-known DIY store I finally found a paint that matched Night of Navy (the bride's chosen colour) to near perfection, and bought a tester pot to paint a plain white canvas. The names were printed out onto quality cardstock and die-cut if needed, before layering on top of silver card.

The flowers probabaly took the longest to create, but were great fun! Each flower is made up of 5 punch out Blossom flowers which I have then coiled around each other, fixing into place with a hot glue gun. Silver leaves cut from the same card used elsewhere on the seating plan adds a bit more sparkle, and the finishing details of two strips of shimmering silver ribbon finish it off!
I hope you like it - I wanted it to be sturdy enough to use as a home d├ęcor piece for the bride and groom to have a memento of their special day which is why I used a canvas. Let me know if you have any queries on the construction or sourcing of materials - I am happy to help! I am also available for commissions if you would like me to create something for your big event.
Happy Crafting
***Photos reproduced with kind permission of Jemma Rylah @ www.jemmarylah.com***
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Table built by craftingbecky.com

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

It's been a while... and some big news!

Hello there!
I have received many emails and messages asking if I am ok as my posts have dried up since July. Thank you all for your concern and I hasten to reassure you that everything is fine. Sometimes real life just gets in the way and other things claim priority on my time.
I am still a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and still loving crafty goodness but have had to scale things back slightly as lots of exciting changes are taking place in my life, with 2015 set to be a rollercoaster of a year!
The biggest news that I can share with you is that my husband and I are expecting our first child!! Would you like to see a picture? Here he / she is:

It's blurry but you can make out the head quite clearly! Baby is due sometime in June and obviously the whole family is very excited! Unfortunately it hasn't been entirely smooth running and I have suffered a condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum - the same as the Duchess of Cambridge (I always knew I was a princess, now I have proof!), follow the link if you would like more information about this condition. It's not a fun condition and I will do my best to try to help raise awareness in future. If you have suffered with HG and want a sympathetic ear please get in touch.

In other news my house is currently being knocked down (well, half of it anyway!) to make space for a new extension - we are going to need the space for the little one - so DH and I are in very small temporary digs until we can move back in to the house in a few months time. Moving house the weekend before Christmas is not something I would generally recommend, especially whilst pregnant!
I am so looking forward to having more space to craft in and raise a family, but ALL my craft materials are currently in boxes so I definitely have crafting withdrawal!

That's it from me today, but please do keep in touch, leave me a message and I wish you a very happy 2015.

Happy Crafting, Becky

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Project Life Mini Album - Everyday Adventure!

Good Morning!I am still buzzing from the release of the You Tube film released last week (see it HERE) and have had and overwhelmingly positive and supportive response. 
As promised I have written a post including a little more detail on the mini album featured in the video, and have included all the measurements to make the cover again for convenience!

Here is the mini album, opened up slightly so you can see an overview of how the album looks. To create the cover you need to cut a piece of card (colour coordinated of course!) to measure:
7" x 4 ¼" (for you metric fans that's: 17 ¾ x 10 ¾ cm)
You then need to score 3 ¼" (8 ¼ cm) from each end to create a spine down the middle.
I rounded the corners, and then folded the card along the scores into a cover shape. 

I used a 18" (about 45cm) length of ribbon and adhered it to the front and back cover to create a tie fastening. I then trimmed two pieces of Pear Pizzazz card to the same size as one of the speciality cards in the Project Life pack (the Crushed Curry die-cut one), and glued these to the front and back covers to conceal the adhered ribbon. Finally I mounted the speciality card over the top and added the photo cover with a title.

Once you have created the concertina panels using the 3" x 4" cards (shown in the video, but very simply - stuck together with washi tape!) score the end panel ⅜" (1cm) in from the edge, and adhere to the inside of your front cover (See below where I have joined the 'Hello Weekend' card to the left hand side). And away you go with the decorating and embellishing! I have used stamping, and added a few rhinestones to add a bit of glam!

Here is the second half of the concertina  - I couldn't get it to all appear in the same photo as it was too long. You may notice that the two end panels don't have a strip of washi tape down the middle. For these panels I have use a single card of the 6" x 4" scored down the middle.
I created the pull tab by trimming down one of the stickers in the accessory pack, then folding it in half.

A final little detail that makes a nice touch is adding a label to the spine of the album so you can see at a glance when it's on a shelf. The Word Window punch fits perfectly! Don't forget to decorate the other side of the panels as well.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing this make in a little more detail, and I have listed all the supplies used in the table below. The rotary stamps in particular are the perfect size for the project life cards but can be easily overlooked.

Happy Crafting,