Friday, April 29, 2011

Party time?

Today is THE wedding. Most people in my family couldn't care-a less but I love weddings! I don't get to take many these days as people go to hotels rather than churches. I am sure I would do more if you were allowed religious ceremonies in hotels in England and Wales* (God won't mind, he is happy to be part of the party wherever) but you are not so I don't.
* Scotland has much better laws and Ministers can take services wherever - even outdoors - how cool is that!

Carys and I will sit and watch a bit and go "awww" a lot. She goes "awww" every time she sees Will and Kate, sweet romantic big hearted fool that she is! Everyone else will go bah humbug (but may secretly sneak a peak at the goings on).
Daring Cardmakers is joining in the royal fun with this weeks dare. The uber talented Nat has asked us to make cards "By Royal Appointment"
I had picked up this crown at Imagine That as it was cute (and cheap!) without knowing what to do with it. I have been making a lot of cards with this basic frame design recently (as you will see) and wanted a red/ white (ish) and blue theme to the card. Aside from the "Q" being a bit off (the blog isn't called Slightly Squiffy for nothing you know) I am rather pleased with this card and I don't say that too often. Fortunately a special person has a birthday soon so the card will be hers (and I can hand deliver it too - result!)

Details: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink; Papers: MME Stella and Rose; Stickers: Jenni Bowlin; Stamps: Banana Frog; Dies: Nestabilities; Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug.

I have been making cards using my Stella and Rose paper pads. I bought all four as I couldn't decided which to have and I am so glad I did as they are just so lovely and make crafting a joy as they all tone together so well. The first two are basically the same card using different pads and opening differently. I also used Stella and Rose stamps in the background.
The flower dies are Tim Holtz for Sizzix with punched circles in the middle as faux buttons. The stamp is from Imagine That - and you can buy everything to make the card from Emma's wonderful shop (call in if you are near Upminster or phone/go online).
This also uses the Stella and Rose doily stamp which stamps perfectly every time (amazing for me!) and the other stamps are Paula Pascual for Personal Impressions which fit the EK Success label punch (also easy to cut around which I was doing until I read the back of the stamp packet and realised how they were designed) - the stamps is available from Imagine That.

Some of my favourite things together - striped paper; butterflies; white pen; pearls (possibly added to cover up a white embossing powder accident); kraft cardstock.

So if you are of a crafting nature then why not buy at least one of those pads - I heartily recommend it.
Right where's the champagne to toast the happy couple?


Sharon said...

Great card for the Daring Card Makers Challenge - I'm enjoying looking at all the DT's creation! I like your little flags and the crown!

Rika said...

Your cards are all greet Lythan!

Lynda said...

Awwwwwww there wasn't a dry tissue in the house here Lythan. Your Queen card is fabulous and the others are all totally gorgeous. Hope you're having a great time.

Love Lynda xxx

Kathy said...

Fabulous Royal card Lythan - funny how many of us have "shabbied-up" the colours a bit this week.
Love the other cards too - and I agree about the Stella and Rose papers, they are lush. But I only have one pad and now I'm feeling deprived!

Samm said...

Wow, what a gorgeous set of cards!!! love them all!!


Zuzana Obert said...

Wow, Lythan your cards are fabulous! I love everything about them especially the cute royal crown just stunning :0)

Zuz x x

Sharon (glitterangel) said...

Wow I love every single card. Your DCM card is fab, love the colours and the frame design works really well. Might have to get some of those papers too, kraft card is one of my fav things to use, and the colours go so well with it.

Sandy O said...

I am so happy for those who live in Britian. I was a bit disappointed with how much news time it took up here in the US though as I like to follow our political atmosphere here (it is quite lousy right now, lol)

Your projects are so pretty. I really like the crown that you added to the first card. What a nice touch.