Posts tagged ‘The open sea’

June 15, 2014

Happy Fathers’ Day with the open sea by Stampin’ Up …

I went with a nautical theme for this Fathers’ Day card, using the timeless, summer-seaside favourite colours of red, white and blue, with a little sahara sand thrown in too…

The Open Sea Fathers day card

the background was stamped in sahara sand …

The Open Sea Fathers day card right

and layers of night of navy cardstock added beneath the stamped images …

The Open Sea Fathers day card left

A length of card, run through a paper crimper, added texture and interest, together with the linen thread and a mini brad …

The Open Sea Fathers day card close up

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cardstock: whisper white, real red, night of navy, sahara sand;

stamp sets: the open sea, teeny tiny wishes;

inks: real red, night of navy, sahara sand;

punches & dies: circles, circle framelits, modern label, word window;

accessories: silver mini brads, stampin’ dimensionals, linen thread, paper crimper (retired).

All supplies from Stampin’ Up. 

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June 13, 2013

Wedding guest book …

As well as the wedding invitations and stationery, I also made my daughter’s guest book …

Guest book and pen

I used on board sheets and covered them with Fan Fair designer series paper from Stampin’ Up!

They both loved that I was able to position the map to show the UK, Iceland (where they had a fabulous holiday together) and, of course, Malta, where they were married.

I added labels with their names and date of the wedding, tied with linen thread and a piece of seam binding ribbon, and threaded pearls…

guest book 2

I used more of the Fan Fair dsp to make embellishments for the inside of the book,

with a little more stamping, and a handwritten message …

guest book front page

A personalised label for the inside too and more stamping …

two seahorses, as when they mate, they mate for life …

guest book inside front page

The inside leaves of the book were cut from naturals ivory cardstock

and I stamped on alternate pages with the open sea and creative elements stamp sets,

(the elegant rectangular label is retired)…

guest book inside seahorses page

guest book inside floral page

and one of the professional photos …

professional photo

One of the things I loved making for them was their wedding cake.  My fabulous friend, Min, who now lives in Malta, let me use her kitchen, cake tins and equipment, and also sourced all the ingredients for the cake – which can be tricky when you live on a little island!  She had been to her cake supplier weeks beforehand, to let him know she would be requiring a large quantity of fondant icing etc, and he’d assured her not to worry.  Little did either of them know that there would be a mass confirmation service in the local cathedral the week before the wedding, with 250 children then needing celebration cakes, suddenly creating a shortage of fondant on the island!  But nothing phased Min – she happily went to as many shops as she could find and eventually found enough fondant to make the cake.   She was amazing!  She even provided me with some of her delicious homemade lemon curd for the lemon tier of the cake.

It took 2 whole days to make – I adhered each pearl lovingly by hand…

wedding cake

Min was amazing, keeping me calmer than I’ve ever been before when making any cake, let alone the most important one in both mine and my daughter’s life!  Even when we had slight problems, Min did not let me panic at all – she just kept me supplied with a never ending supply of delicious homemade food and, of course, cups of tea!  She has a huge sign on her fridge which says “keep calm and put the kettle on” – love it!

And the happy couple …

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– it was truly an amazing day …


Here’s what I used to make today’s paper project – all supplies from Stampin’ Up!:

cardstock: naturals ivory, very vanilla; stamp sets: the open sea, creative elements; inks: crumb cake; accessories:  apothecary accents framelits, big shot, fan fair designer series paper, linen thread, crumb cake seam binding ribbon, jumbo eyelets (retired).

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