Wednesday, August 21, 2013

With Dignity

In my heist I often forget to take a photo of my finished projects and then they are given away and I have no way of taking that photo... This is one of such times. But these photos are form the designing stage of the book. It is an example that I sent to the person who ordered this book.
They wanted to include their Coats of Armour that they have used also in their invitations and other wedding memorabilia. Flourishes and bottom layer is die cut from quite thick gold cardstock using my Silhouette. But the monogram was printed on white card and then using glue pen I added bright red embossing powder for more shine and dimension.
The book was complimented with lush red satin ribbon - it was so wide that I barely could get it through my holes, but the finished look totally paid back for the effort :)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Chocolate With Milk

Dark brown and cream are definitely on my most loved color combination list, so it was a real pleasure to make this book. It is really simple, but so elegant!
I die cut several layers of the names of newlyweds using my SD Silhouette and then stacked them on top of each other to give them depth - I have no idea why it doesn't show in this photo...

I just love this ribbon binding - that makes books look more beautiful than any other binding I have ever seen. And I think that it is also one of the most easiest as well. i think that I will soon make a tutorial on how I do it.

This couple also went for the classical pages. I will soon be tired of them, but well if they want them, then that is what they will get :)

Friday, August 16, 2013

For Godmother And Godfather

To have a little rest from wedding themes, I had an order to create a book of memories (I just figured out the real meaning of scrapbooks :) for Godparents of a little girl on her christening day.
We picked pink, chocolate brown and white colors for this book and that allowed me to use my very loved polka dotted ribbons. This one in particular reminds me of happy, smiling girls in pink tutus :)
I made my composition on a flourish die cut panel that was colored using pink ProMarker. I also added white doily - they do add that lovely shabby chic look to all projects. Then I made the title of the book by die cutting several layers of words godmother & godfather and gluing them all together. I colored the top layer with dark brown ProMarker (except for the & sign - I liked how it sort of is there, but at the same time isn't drawing attention from the main words). I also covered my words with Glossy Accents for more 3D look.

I added lots of punched butterflies, paper roses and pearls in pink, brown and white colors.

Inside pages were filled with pictures of the little girl and different poems and texts. I added white Art Noveau style frame on every photo.

I loved to make this book - it was so cute and girlie :)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

To Say Thankyou

In the middle of all guest book orders, I also was asked to make wedding thank you cards for the guardians of the newlyweds.
I used pink card, die cut it using my SDSilhouette and made a gatefold out of it. Inside I placed white card with text that also have some die cut elements in the top part of it.

I like the simplicity of this card but it also gives some intricate details with the die cut parts.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Red Is For Passion And Love

Lately I wasn't able to make anything else than guest books. I was swamped by orders for wedding and other guest books. But I also like making them - they are relatively fast to make and each one until now has been completely different from the others, so I don't get bored to make them.

This particular book was for a wedding with white and dark red theme. When I got married these were the colors I considered most for my wedding, but I went for the just white instead. So I was happy to create something using these colors.
I love the elegance of plain white cover and lush red lace and satin ribbon.

The couple chose simple inside with my "standard" text and fonts.

Hope you are all well,

Monday, August 12, 2013

Midsummer Festival For The Men

Even thou our Midsummer festival has long ended, I hadn't had a chance to share this card. I did however share a card for women, but this somehow skipped my posting schedule :)
There are several distinctive symbols for the festival and all of them are on my card:
First there is a Janis's (that's a men's name in my country and the main character of the Midsummer festival) cheese - extremely tasty mostly homemade cheese with cumin. I made it by cutting approximate shape of paper, then crumpling it and inking with Distress inks. Then I added cumin using dark brown Copic marker.

Then comes beer - most usually drinked from clay or wooden cups. I used TH woodgrain embossing folder to make wood which then was cut into strips/parts, inked and then again put together. I added simple gray inked strips as metallic - have no idea what those are called, but those are these metallic things that holds the cup together. And some trusty metallic brads that look like nailheads.
My card opens by each object and on the other side of each thing there's one national "poem" (they are not actually poems, more like songs that are dedicated to midsummer festival).
Next there is a wreath made from oak branches - every Janis must have one during the festival. I used amazing amount of those die cut leaves to create this one, but it was totally worth it! And ofcourse there had to be a fern somewhere, because no Midsummer festival can go on without couples looking for "the bloom of fern".
There were plenty of place to write some greetings and for all (more than 30) people to sign their names.

I hope that you enjoy your summer - by this time, I'm probably already in Italy trying to survive in the enormous heat, but that's nothing when I'm with my hubby :)

Friday, August 9, 2013

New Means More Possibilities!

In august Sizzix is releasing lots of new dies - some of them are exclusively for Europe. Here's the link to upcoming products.

Indie Craft Festival
Smile, Love, Laugh Live!
Crafting is all about kicking back and having fun, savoring the good times and showing others you care. All of this is easy with the new Indie Craft Festival collection from Sizzix. With a laid back summer vibe, and happy go lucky theme, these dies are perfect for making others smile with your crafty creations. Use them on invites, thank you notes, cards and much more.
A little of this and that
Variety is the spice of life!
A little of This and That is exactly what you would expect from the name – a delightful mix of dies and embossing folders, perfect for all occasions! Full to bursting with cute phrases, beautiful borders and fun patterns, this range is one you’ll use time and time again. The framelits die sets with matching Textured Impressions Embossing Folders create perfectly embossed die-cuts or you can use them separately for double the fun!
Winter Moments - Europe Exclusive!
Have an ‘oh so chic’ Christmas this year!
With the latest collection from designer Paula Pascual, you can create a winter wonderland in your home, or beautiful gifts and cards to send out to your lucky friends! The dies in the Winter Moments range are fresh and contemporary, but still retain the charm and versatility that is so often found with Paula’s designs for Sizzix. Heart-warming phrases, cute Framelits with matching stamps and much more mean this collection is one you’ll use year after year – and not just for Christmas!
Cuddly Creatures – Applique Launch – Europe Exclusive!
Crafty creations with a softer edge
Bring your creations to life with these lovable characters from the Cuddly Creatures range! These adorable designs have all been created in the form of steel rule dies so are simply perfect for cutting everything from paper and card to fabric, leather and felt so are ideal for creating both papercraft and appliqué projects. The collection features a selection of cute animals from Cats and Dogs to Owls, Elephants and even a T-Rex! With so much on offer, you can create anything from an embellished birthday card to a cot quilt perfect for a child’s nursery.
Leafy Petals – Applique Launch – Europe Exclusive!
Bloom, Grow and Create
Beautiful blooms and stunning foliage are easily achievable for all your fabric creations with the gorgeous Leafy Petals collection! Use the steel rule dies to quickly and cleanly cut layers of fabric for creating those beautifully embellished appliqué projects. The collection features a selection of four different flowers plus a stunning butterfly which are ideal for embellishing clothing, home décor items and much more. You can also use the dies to cut a wide variety of other materials such as card, chipboard, felt and leather so they are also perfect for use in other crafty projects too!
I find all of these collections absolutely amazing! I would grab Cuddly Creations and have such fun with my girls :)