As well as being a scorcher of a week in the UK this week, it has also been my Dad’s birthday. It was sweltering in my craft room so I ended up making a quick fish-themed card, since fishing is one of my Dad’s hobbies.
To begin, I die cut DAD using some large letter dies and cut the wavy, stitched edge to make the front shorter so that more of the patterned paper would show.
For my card liner, I cut the same wavy edge and attached the offcut of patterned paper from the front of the card. I found another offcut of the same paper so cut out the letters again to stick onto the envelope.
The final steps were some simple sentiment-stamping and gluing the card onto the patterned paper and the counters (the cut-out bits) into the letter holes.
I also made Dad a construction scene cake, inspired by one made by my friend Amanda, from Inspiring Inkin’. (She also has an amazing chocolate buttercream recipe on the same blog post!) Whilst I made the cake, Mr L bought a variety of chocolate goodies to create rocks and boulders, together with many, many Kit Kats for the surround. The mini diggers are from Amazon. Working on this was somewhat of a challenge in the 27˚C heat, I can tell you – it did taste lovely though!
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! 😊
This fancy fold card style has lots of dimension and extra wow! when it’s opened and the parts move. It may look a little complicated but it’s not really.
To begin, I cut my card base and a layer of DSP and cut a rectangle from the front of the pair of them, attached together with a little temporary adhesive. The piece of card base will be used later so don’t discard it!
Next, I cut the liner, which is also the mechanism to make the swing fold. Score the card at ¼, ½ and ¾ across the piece and fold ‘mountain-mountain-valley’, as shown in the photo.
Place the liner with the first ‘mountain’ fold facing up into the card front and mark the left-hand side of the hole. Remove the liner and cut away slightly bigger than the hole using either a trimmer or I used the next size up rectangle die and the partial die-cutting technique.
The liner is then glued into the card base by adhering the bit around the cut away to the back of the opening and the last quarter of the lining to the right-hand side of the back of the card base.
After gluing the DSP onto the front, I attached the swing panel, which is the section of card base cut out at step 1. Apply the glue to the swing mechanism only and attach the panel.
Lastly, decorate as you wish!
I used Stampin’ Up! Pampered Pets for my cards.
It’s also possible to make this card in landscape format too and using an oval cut out rather than a rectangle.
I think I’ll try a square version next time to give more space for writing my message.