Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A Family Wedding Scrap Page plus a card made with the leftovers

Morning Everyone,

It's another bright and sunny day here in my little corner of the world and I hope your getting it as good wherever you are.

Today I have the scrap page that appeared briefly on my desk a couple of weeks ago - WOYWW 266. I finally finished thinking about it and got down to putting it altogether.
Sigh ... it wasn't the easiest page to photograph. It's difficult to take a shot of those over-sized photos without producing glare. Anyway, I hope you can see it well enough. The patterned paper kit is from Hot of The Press (Botanical Etchings). The kit came free with Scrapbooking Magazine so it is A4 (8.27" x 11.69"/21.0 x 29.7cm) and  I wanted to create a 12"x12" page so I chose a sheet of American Craft smooth cardstock as the base.
Once I decided what the layout was going to be, I stamped the area of base card that was still going to be on show with a word stamp - from another freebie, this time a Special Occasion stamp set from Cardmaking and Papercraft - with VersaMark to create a watermark effect. The labels were computer generated, printed on to white card, and punched out with a Stampin' Up label punch which I think is called It's Only Words. To make the flowers I punched out circles in two sizes, scrunched them up and then inked with Rangers Tim Holtz Old Paper distress ink. Probably the easiest flowers to make, ever!
The butterflies and other labels used to embellish the page all came from the HOTP paper kit.

I did have difficulty dating the photograph but my aunt Betty and Uncle Bryson being in the centre gave me a clue and after a bit of detective work I was able to establish that the year was 1975 ... they were attending the marriage of their son, my cousin, Graham, to Bernadette ... for some forgotten reason I could not attend. Shame really ... my family always threw such fabulous wedding parties :)

Now it's not a hard and fast rule I've imposed on myself but I am trying to use up any bits left after making a page ... if only to keep the snippet mountain manageable!
So here's the card I made with some of the leftovers and snippets for Pixie's Snippets Playground - Di will like it I'm sure ... it's pink :)

I used pink cardstock to make a tent shaped base and then just cut the paper into suitable sized chunks, edged with faux stitching in black, to create the layered look. The topper and greeting label are both from the kit too - there was a couple of sheets of these included. All the embellishments - ivory spider web, satin ribbon in two shades of pink, gem swirls - were all found in the stash mountain!

Almost a card for nothing!

Time for lunch here so I'm off to make a sandwich and have a much needed cuppa.

Thanks for visiting and leaving your comments - otherwise I might believe I'm just talking to myself ... something I find myself doing more and more as I get older anyway :)

Happy Crafting,
Materials used: 
Scrap Page - American Crafts smooth cardstock, turquoise; Crafters Companion Printable Light Card - whit for labels; Hot Of The Press Botanical Etchings patterned paper kit; Ranger's Tim Holtz Old Paper distress ink; VersaMark; Special Occasions stamp as mentioned; Alphabets - American Crafts Amy Tangerine Thickers white foam letters and Jillibean Soup Whipped White Alphabeans; Punches - Stampin' Up's It's Only Word label punch and 1¼" and 1" circle punches; Woodware tiny daisy and small leaf; adhesive pearls from stash.
Card - Pink cardstock from Papermill Direct; leftover paper, topper and greetings from the HOTP kit used on scrap page; fine black pen for faux stitching; ivory spider web trim, satin ribbon in two shades of pink; K& Company Swirl Adhesives from stash.

Monday, 21 July 2014

In a Vase on Monday ... Wedding Memories

Evening Everyone

Once again it's time for a peak at what flowers I've cut and brought indoors.
And today it's a posy of the sweet peas. They've been grown by my husband which means I have no idea what the variety is. He just popped down to the garden centre, picked up several pots of seedlings, mixed colours, planted them and then threw away the label!
What I can tell you is that the perfume is heavenly.  I've added three stems of salvia x sylvestris 'Rose Queen' to the vase, actually a jug with a pretty pink floral decoration which seemed to suit the pastel shades of the flowers.
I have them in the hall so that the scent can waft all the way up the stairs. The crocheted lace mat is one I made some 46 years ago, the calender is a perpetual one, and the piece of rose quartz was picked up on a beach only last Thursday. And the wedding memories associated with the sweet peas? They were the flowers, grown by her father, that my mother carried on the day she married my father in 1946.
More wedding memories. I'm slipping in this vase of roses picked yesterday to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary. The roses are, rather appropriately for the occasion, 'L'Aimant' (pinky coral), 'Faithful' (cherry red), and grown by my English husband, 'Pride of England' (red) and one I planted for my husband, 'Simply The Best' (described as mandarin orange in colour but really much more peachy to my eye) and finally the white ones, 'Elina' (creamy lemon), 'Patricia Kent' (creamy white). Hubby found and bought the jug for a song from a charity shop and, of course, that's our wedding photo in the frame.

With two vases, not one, I may have broken the rules of the In a Vase on Monday challenge over at Rambling in the Garden but I hope Cathy will forgive me as yesterday was such a special day here at Casa Worthington. We married late so we consider every anniversary a special one - after all, the likelihood is that we will never reach our Diamond Anniversary :)

If you would like to join in, post your vases then do leave a comment on Cathy's post with a link back to yours so we can see what you have in your vase this week.

And many thanks for taking the time to read my post.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Wedding Anniversary Card

Afternoon Everyone

It's our wedding anniversary today - our 18th to be exact - and this is the card I made for my husband.
I used the topper because it would remind him of our dancing days together. Apart from being the EM, head handyman, under gardener, and general all round good guy, my dear husband is an accomplished dancer with certificates and medals for modern ballroom and Latin American dancing. Time and tide, or more accurately, arthritis has taken it's toll so, sadly, we no longer trip the light fantastic but it's nice to remember our nimbler days with this card :)
I've used this Sketch #72 from Sketch N Stash for the design and I rooted around in my stash for all the materials. The glittery background was created by covering blue paper with self-adhesive glitter film - a NBUS (see abbreviations on right) bought last year after spotting it on a card made by our snippet queen, Di ... that lady sure is responsible for an awful lot of my stash mountain :)

I've edged the topper with glitter glue and it's been dotted over the dancer's dress - honestly, there's more spangles on this card than you'll see on Strictly Come Dancing :)

I'm submitting this card to Challenge #143 at Sketch 'n' Stash - Choose a Past Sketch - I chose sketch #72

No big celebration today ... we had a fabulous day out on Thursday instead - but we did pop out at lunchtime for a Costa coffee and toastie. Never let it be said that we don't know how to live the high life!

Hope you have had a good day too.

Happy Crafting,
Materials used: one 8x8 square white card base; patterned papers - stripe and embellishments from Polka Doodles Wonderland (free with Scrapbooking Magazine), the dark pink one is from BoBunny's Ambrosia collection, the dark blue one had no details on it; self-adhesive clear glitter film; Hunkydory Decoupage Book for topper; Stickles Crystal glitter glue; Ranger's Tim Holtz Black Soot distress ink; navy blue printed ribbon; peel-off greeting