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!

*Hugs*  Sarah

I would also like to enter this for the following challenges:

Happileigh Scrapping - A Royal Challenge
Polka Doodles - Tie The Knot


  1. what a great card -very patriotic lol
    Lisa x

  2. this is fab Sarah...great colour combo...this has to be the colour for all wedding cards this year!!


  3. That's such a cute image, and the colours work really well! Lovely card.

  4. I'm with you on the Royalty, lol. I like your card though. Thanks for taking part at I ♥ Promarkers this week.

  5. Great card and I agree about what will happen with Kate ! Thank you for playing at Happileigh Scrappin' this week!

  6. Lovely to see your work at Polka Doodles! Thanks for joining us and good luck!

    Greetings, Saskia :)

  7. great card -You are so right about Kate -poor girl what is she letting herself into ?
    thanks for joining us at I ♥ promarkers this week -Kate

  8. absolutely beautiful card.

    i so wish the media would leave these kids alone and let them have a happy day and fabulous future.

    thank you so much for joining us at HAPPILEIGHS

    hugs :)

  9. Just stunning honey!!
    The card is fab and looks great in the colours!! Love it!!
    Hugs Melly xxx

  10. I'm glad to read that someone feels like me about the"WEDDING"!! great to read your post.
    It was great to meet up on Sunday and hope we see you again. I was comparatively quiet Sunday.. .it's usually mad mayhem but we were all somewhat subdued.
    BTW... I really got it out of my system when this month's Craft Stamper came in and I gleefully added faces to the many Tilda's featured in the mag. Yeah!!
    Jo x

  11. A fab card, great colours. Thanks for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers.

    Julie W xx

  12. Love that you made your own background, love the image too. Your coloring is beautiful. Thanks for joining us this week at Happileigh Scrappin'.

  13. What a beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Polka Doodles.

  14. LOL at you ranting, how many more bloody emails do we need to receive offering us this that and the other for the Royal Wedding.

    I get to wear 2 hats today. I am so impressed with the job you did on the red white and blue for CCM, I just couldn't get enthusiastic about that colour scheme and here you are putting it all into a wedding card too. I take my hat off to you :)

    My other hat is for Happileigh Scrappin', Many thanks for joining in with our Wedding challenge.

    Mandy (DT member for Happileigh Scrappin')

  15. Fab card. love the image and the layout is fab! Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

  16. Love this card, it's beautiful. Love that blue backing paper. xx

  17. Lovely card, glad you could join us at Polkadoodles this week. Good Luck! Colette xx

  18. Wow, this is absolutely fab, I love the colours and layout. Thanks for joining in with our wedding challenge at Polkadoodles,

  19. great card love the images and the background well done
    gill x

  20. Oh, this is just so cute!! I love the flower on the bottom corner...

    Thanks for playing with us at Happileigh Scrappin'!

  21. Such a sweet card, thanks for taking part in the Polka Doodles challenge