Monday, 18 April 2011
Love is in the air?
I think you would have had to have been in hibernation for the past few months to have not realised that there is a Royal wedding at the end of this month. Everywhere you look someone is flogging something to do with it, there are posters advertising events at pubs on the day and we have all been given an extra day off! The extra day off is the highlight of it all for me, I don't really give two hoots about the Royal family to be perfectly honest. Looking at some of the photos of Kate Middleton from prior to the engagement, and then after the engagement, nobody can deny she is a pretty young girl, but already the Royal machine is in motion to turn her into a fuddy-duddy who dresses like a 50 year old woman at a WI tea party! Look what happened with Diana if you don't get what I mean. She was only very young when she got engaged to Charles and in a lot of the early formal photographs she looked like she had been dressed by her Grandmother! The people I really feel sorry for are any couples who have had the same date picked out for their own weddings for the past couple of years (you would possibly not believe how far in advance you have to book to get the church, the venue, the cars all on the same date etc Then your whole day gets hijacked by the Royals! Meh!
Anyway, moving swiftly on as they say....
I haven't been to an actual wedding for years, apart from evening dos. The last wedding I went to I think was my ex sister-in-law's wedding in 1999! My daughter was only a couple of months old at the time and it was an unusually hot day for the beginning of September, I was still breastfeeding her, she was getting restless because she wanted more grub or to go to sleep (probably both!) and my deranged old bat of a mother-in-law (which is what her darling son used to refer to her as) was insisting that I had to hang around until the photographs had been done. The photographs took the best part of two hours, I was only called to be on one of them and I never actually saw the finished album. So what was the point of putting me and my daughter through all that discomfort! Oh, I am still ranting.... oops!
Moving on again... lol *Thinks happy thoughts of love and harmony*
As I haven't been to a wedding or known anyone who has got married since I started making cards, I have never actually made a wedding card in my life. Remembering back to the ones I received at my own (FAILED) wedding, they were all white with wings and toasting champagne glasses and pretty little doves. Over at Crafty Cardmakers this week we have a challenge for red, white and blue and/or a wedding card so I have chosen to do both. The image is one that I asked Vix to print out for me and I have coloured it simply with red and blue (with grey for the trousers) promarkers with a touch of gelly roll shimmery pens here and there. It's a good thing that a lot of brides get married in white as it made it VERY easy to colour her dress... there was the white without me even having to lift a pen lol I trimmed the image to size then used my hearts corner punch and back onto red paper so the hearts show up in a nice way. I have followed the sketch from I Love Promarkers as it was just perfect for my plans for this card. The 'congratulations' design paper is one I made myself in good old MS Paint. The satin look paper is a free one I found whilst trawling the net in search of something to match my image. See I usually do it this way round which is why it was so unusual for me to plan ahead and key my colours in with the DP on my previous post! I have backed each of the panels with red and added some red gems for a bit of bling and a paper rose which I re-coloured with berry red promarker to match the flowers and bits and bobs on the happy couple. I think I have kept this pretty clean and simple really.
Well I hope you enjoy the extra day off, whether you spend it tuned to the box with one of the Dimbleby's droning away (or whoever the Beeb pick this time), having drinks in the local pub or maybe just spending some time with family. Enjoy!
I would also like to enter this for the following challenges:
Happileigh Scrapping - A Royal Challenge
Polka Doodles - Tie The Knot
Posted by Sarah_W at 21:53