Towards the end of last year, my friend asked me if I would help her with her wedding invitations. I was really honoured to be asked! She and her fiancé didn’t really have any ideas with regard to the style of invitations but that their wedding colour would be purple. After trawling Pinterest to see what is fashionable now, I made 8 invitations for the couple to choose from. Some were stamped, some were from Cricut’s project library and some I designed from scratch. I was so chuffed when they chose my own design.
My design was based on the bride and groom’s initials and an ampersand, all woven together. I used my Cricut to cut these out of purple card and also cut out the initials themselves from silver card.
Since the card would be a gatefold, I wanted a belly band to hold the card closed. This was decorated with a glitter heart and some purple and white ribbon.
The wording for the inside was done on the computer and printed out. After being cut to size, I heat embossed a repeating silver leaf pattern all around the edge.
The envelopes had the same silver leaf embossing to match.
The back of each gate was covered with a piece of velum and the initials glued onto the front.
It was quite a nerve-wracking experience making these invitations – even more so than when Mr L and I made our own – I don’t think I’ll be going into the wedding invitations business any time soon!! However, I love the fact that the bride and groom have their very own unique and personal invitations to send to their guests. And that makes me happy! 😊
I love making cards for a special occasion so when Mr L requested a card for his friend who had just got engaged, I went straight to work. Hearts are perfect for engagement and anniversary cards so I used the Stampin’ Up Detailed Hearts Die (now retired), which is great for 2 for 1 cards as you can use the frame on one card and the hearts on another!
To begin, I added a sheet of Stick-It adhesive to the pink card and cut two using the die. The adhesive makes it much easier to stick down thin die-cuts like this but before doing so, I glued one on top of the other to give a stacked look.
Next, I adhered this onto the card base and inlaid some white hearts (left over from a previous use of this die!) to give a pop. I also stamped the sentiment.
As there were a LOT of self-adhesive hearts created by the two die-cuts, I used some for the card liner and envelope.
For the final assembly, I popped the sentiment up on foam squares and added a few pearl accents for understated bling – can bling be understated??!
With the plethora of pink hearts, I used the frame to stick these in place on another card base. I could have not used the frame since I filled in some gaps later anyway. I added a few white and grey hearts for added interest.
Once I took away the frame, there were a few gaps so I added a few hearts popped up on foam tape.
The final touches were a silver heat embossed sentiment and some rhinestones for a modern anniversary card.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, I’ve found I’m using cash less often and am opting for contactless payment using my phone. As a result, I rarely take my purse with me, and certainly not when I don’t take my handbag. This has caused an issue for me when what I want to purchase is more than the contactless limit of £45. My purse is quite large so I decided I needed a small wallet that would fit in my jeans pocket, to put in a couple of credit cards and maybe a banknote, in case of emergency. Now I realise I could just have purchased one but I saw this video on YouTube and thought it fit the bill perfectly. The video is called Dainty Keychain Wallet by Yoan Sewing Studio. Yoan’s directions are really clear and she gives all dimensions for the fabric needed.
This pattern doesn’t use a lot of fabric and is perfect for bits of fabric that you can mix and match for a truly unique item. I’m using an old fabric collection call Flight from my stash. First, I cut out all the fabric and interfacing pieces and adhered the interfacing in place.
The next job was to make the two card pockets sections. They hold 2 credit cards in each side.
These two pieces were then sewn onto the inside lining piece, adding a lobster claw clasp. Yoan adds a ring here instead but I didn’t have any of those. I figure I can use this to clip the wallet onto the inside of my handbag so I can find it easily!
Next, I prepared the outside. A small fastening was added to a small flap to form the closure. The reciprocal part of the fastening was secured to the opposite edge of the front.
I then made the wallet sandwich, putting the front and back sections right side together and sewing all around the outside, leaving a small gap for turning. The seam allowances and corners were trimmed before turning to reduce bulk.
After turning right side out, I have it a good press and top stitched around the edge, closing up the turning gap. So here is the finished wallet.
It’s the perfect size to slip into my back pocket and holds all the essentials I’ll need. And it took less than a couple of hours to make!