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Today is a special day...

I promised in my last post that I would post the class details from the weekend but before that, today is a very special day as our dear Vicki married the lovely Ted making all Vicki's dreams come true.  I know you will all join me in wishing Vicki and Ted congratulations on their big day and wishing them a lovely, safe and trouble free driving honeymoon.  I cannot wait to see the photos. 

Vicki and Ted even received good wishes from across the pond, check it out here.

I am sure Vicki will share some photos with us upon her return from honeymoon.

So, without further ado, here is what we got up to at the weekend (in amongst the celebrations!).

I chose to use the lovely Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper.  I love the softness of the colours of these papers Wisteria Wonder, Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana, Pear Pizzazz and Basic Gray.  As much as I love these colours, they are not colours I would normally work with so it was a challenge on my part but an enjoyable one.

I started with this watercolour background card using ink direct on to the acrylic block, spritzing a little and stamping direct on to watercolour paper.  Every example was slightly different but they were all gorgeous.  I used the Just Because sentiment from A Dozen Thoughts.

I then created this card using the Chevron Punch, intertwining two chevron strips to create a lattice for the flowers, using the Happy Big Day sentiment from Chalk Talk.  Oh and I nearly forgot, the dotty background was made by inking up some bubble wrap!
For the third card, I wanted to use the paper with the pretty circles on it.  This paper is so pretty in its own right, I wanted to keep this one quite simple.  I used the Ribbon Border Punch to create a pretty edge around the chevron oval, Chalk Talk for the sentiment and the Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder for the background.
Finally we made a pretty bag to hold the cards and envelopes which would make a lovely gift.  The bag was inspired from a recent training event organised by the lovely Monica Gale. 

I hope you like this month's offerings and I shall be back in a few days to share another card but I have to wait for the recipients' birthdays to pass by.


Here Comes the Bride....

Wow what a fantastic day we had yesterday.  It was our monthly craft class but it was a very special one, our dear crafty sister Vicki is getting married, we are all so excited for her so we had a few surprises lined up.

This is the lovely lady in question ...

Vicki is marrying her long time partner Ted on Wednesday 21 May...

So the day started by dressing Vicki in suitable attire and every lady was given a brooch that I made that read "Friend of the Hen" (Vicki loves her chickens so it seemed very appropriate!).  Here are the brooches...


Vicki was then presented with an array of cards and gifts and here are they...

and some close ups, this lovely explosion box was from Lesley


Can you believe Lesley cut those fringed flowers on the top of the box by hand!

The next card is from the lovely Sue and Harry.

And this one is from the lovely Wendy, what a fab idea.

This next one is from the lovely Coral, a box in a card with a difference, it is in fact a box within a box, will have to have a go at one of those.

Then finally, here is the car I made for Vicki and Ted, they are honeymooning in their classic cars so it seemed very appropriate.

This was made from a template I purchased from the very talented Lorri Heiling, here

Oh yes and I nearly forgot, this is the wedding card I made for them.

We also had some gorgeous cupcakes made by Wendy with bells, doves, hearts and roses, all personalised with Vicki and Ted's initials but stupidly I didn't take a picture of these before they were eaten!!!

I just want to wish Vicki and Ted health and happiness for the future and hope you have a wonderful time on Wednesday.

I will blog the class stuff later in the week.



Card Candy Swap....

As some of you know, I recently co-ordinated a Card Candy Swap with nine of my fellow demonstrators.  The idea of card candy is that we all pre-select one stamp set we would like to work with and we create a minimum of four pieces of 'Card Candy' just like you buy in the shops, only better!  We also had free use of sentiment stamps.  So without further ado, here is what we came up with.

Just Sayin'
By The Tide
Perfect Couple
Zoo Babies
Peachy Keen
Baby We've Grown
Everything Eleanor
Perfect Pennants
Bright Blossoms
Life in the Forest

I loved hosting this swap, it was exciting to learn everyone's choice of stamps and then to have them drop through my door.

Hope you like them.  Can you guess which one is mine?


Happy Engagement...

Today I want to share with you a card I have just made from my nephew and his girlfriend who recently became engaged.  He kind of sprang it on us so it had to be something quick but for those that know me I don't do quick so here is what I came up with inspired from one of my many searches on Pinterest!!!  (which typically I now cannot find to give credit to).

Anyhow here are a couple of close ups.

It is a triple easel card made with the Heart Framelits and it was surprisingly quick to make.  I think this would make a lovely wedding card in white or cream.
Here is what it looks like finished and it all lays flat to fit in a normal A5 envelope.

I hope you like it!

Introducing Photopolymer Stamps...

So here's the announcement from HQ!

We're excited to announce the release of our new Stampin' Up! photopolymer stamp sets! Photopolymer stamp sets are transparent stamps that can be placed on Stampin' Up!'s regular acrylic blocks, and the transparent nature of these sets makes it easier to line up what you are stamping without the need of a guide.

From 1 May until 31 May, earn a free set for every order of 75 € /£60 worth of other products.

Available sets:

Show & Tell 1 Photopolymer Stamp Set (item 133450) Show & Tell 2 Photopolymer Stamp Set (item 133481) Eye-catching Ikat Photopolymer Stamp Set (item 134624) Sans & Stripes Photopolymer Stamp Set (item 136796)