With an engagement announced and a wedding invitation received last week, this weekend it was card making time!
The wedding invitation was from my sister. I could have used the rsvp card she included in the invitation, but I always like to send something individual. As I mentioned before when sending her a note with a necklace, the colour theme for her wedding is red, so I wanted the rsvp we sent to fit with that. As it was wedding related I thought I’d go with hearts!
As with most of my cards this is really simple. I used my punch to punch out lots of little hearts, then drew a big heart onto the card blank. I then simply placed the punched hearts along the pencil line, making sure that the point and dip bit of the heart were on the line. It didn’t work perfectly, but you still get the overall effect.
I seem to have made a few engagement cards this year. I’ve made one using cross stitch, one using peel offs and another using a ready made topper. This time I stuck to hearts.
Using my heart punch again, I punched more hearts in coordinating colours. I then arranged these hearts in a heart shape and added a congratulations greeting to the top.
So there you go, two heart cards made from smaller hearts!
The world doesn’t stop when you’re away and during our holiday we heard some great news. On our return I made cards for those occasions where cards were suitable. I even had them all posted at a post office (at least one needed a large letter stamp) within 24 hours of landing!
Some of our friends had a baby girl. Obviously we knew they were expecting, but we didn’t know the sex of said little one. The baby sampler I was working on for ages is for them and unfortunately it didn’t get finished before we went away as work and getting ready for our trip got in the way. I need to finish it asap!
Another friend got engaged. I found this card topper in my card making box so went for a simple and effective look (I hope).
Finally the day we flew home was the birthday of one of our friends. Ok, this wasn’t a surprise, but a birthday that was almost a month away wasn’t on my radar when we left! I sent her a message as soon as we returned and hope the card will only be a few days late.
The rest of the good news is more long term, so I have a while to make something for them!
I seem to be making a lot of cards at the moment. It’s not really my forte, and ideally I’ll spend a lot of time on one to get it perfect. That just doesn’t seem to be happening atm. I should be writing end of year reports and I have the baby sampler that I’m working on, yet a need for cards keeps appearing and I don’t like the idea of buying something I can make!
Congratulations to our friends who announced their engagement on Sunday. Obviously I want to send them an engagement card, but crafting time is limited! I have already blogged about a cross stitch card I made for them when they moved house earlier this year (here) so a cross stitch engagement card (like this) would be too much cross stitch (especially as my WIP is for them) so I needed something different and quick. Unfortunately I can’t always come up with something different that works quickly! After far too long playing around I came up with this simple card:
I know they toasted their engagement with champagne bought for their first date, so the toasting glasses in the heart seemed appropriate. How did it take me about an hour to come up with it?
Whilst packing stuff back into my card making box I came across a roll of metal like stuff with hearts cut out of that I bought for not very much a few years back and have never used. Then inspiration for a simple card hit:
All the foil is the shiny silver colour – my phone/camera is creating a shadow over part of it. I still don’t know if this will really work as the foil type stuff has been rolled for years and keeps wanting to spring off the card! Some of the glue dots are poking out in the heart shaped holes (but they are hard to see) which means currently it sticks to anything you try to flatten it with. Humph! We’ll have to wait and see…
Whichever card I use at least (hopefully!) I’ll have a spare to use when time is short in the future.
(My reports are way behind schedule now!)
Friends announced their engagement over the Jubilee weekend, so I stopped my WIP (which seems to be going slowly as I’ve hardly been in!) to make them an engagement card. I seem to be falling back onto cross stitch when card making atm, but I am usually happy with the result and I can often make something without having to go shopping for bits first!
The beads I used as bubbles seemed to work quite well, but doesn’t show up well in the photo. Adding beads to sewing is a relatively new thing to me.
I thought I’d put a little something on the back to say I made it and stitched a by Jenny M in the same typeface and size, but it looked too big. I then stitched a smaller one, but that looked too plain and angular. I also considered one of my handmade labels, but that seemed too long!
Which would you go for? I went for the machine sewed one in the end.