Friday, April 29, 2011

By Royal Appointment

Well it was only right and proper that as today is not only  Daring Cardmakers Day, but the Wedding Day of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, that we go into celebration mode for this week's challenge!
It's Nat's turn to set the dare and she's asked us to get all Royal and fly the flag a bit this week with our cards, and there are some great ideas to see over on the DCM BLOG - we're hoping you'll get into the spirit of celebration and join in with us this week.
I wanted to try and get a vintage Royal Memorabilia feel to my card, reminiscent of all those old commemorative plates and mugs, and those wonderful old postcards you see in antique shops - hence the Kraft card base and slightly distressed ivory background card
Lots of roughly ruffled (ooh cute "couplet" hehe) seam binding and loads of flowers - wired, "flat" primas, coiled roses etc ,  plenty of pearls and a few sparkly bits.  The hardest part was getting the sentiment and the fancy surround to work properly.  I could have stuck the cream circle on to the "doily" spellbinders shape, but to make life difficult I decided I wanted the doily to be a raised frame (even though it doesn't actually have a hole in the middle).  After about three goes, I finally managed to get everything the right size - I had to Robo cut the circle from blue card, then centre that and cut the doily with a Spellbinders die.  I raised the frame up with little bits of thick chipboard, and finally got to the fun bit of adding ribbons and flowers!
I used:
Kraft card blank, cream pearly background card, Distress Inks
Bazzill (Blue, Red), Spellbinders Parisian Accents die, Seam binding (red, Ivory, Royal blue), various Prima and other wired flowers, flat Prima flowers, pearl sprays, crystal sprays, loose pearls, flat backed pearls, tiny gems, feathery bits came from some Joh Lewis flowers, organza rosette, red seam binding rosette.
(seam binding, wired flowers, pearl sprays all Creative Treasures)
I think that's all - I've got to go now, I need to get to the sofa and switch the telly on!

Have a wonderful day, Enjoy the wedding if you watch.
I'll catch  you all again soon


Sharon said...

Great new challenge this week - your card is stunning - love the DT's different takes on this theme!

Lynda said...

A stunning celebration card Kathy - just perfect for this very special day.

Love Lynda xxx

Samm said...

This is very striking, I love it, gorgeous card!!!


Hazel said...

The doiley has worked well, even if it did take some time - a stunning card just right for the occasion. x

Zuzana Obert said...

Kathy your card is absolutely stunning! I love the doily frame and what the gorgeous flowers.

Zuz. x x

Rosie (Freycob) said...

Kathy, your card is fantastic! Rule Britannia!


Janice said...

What a lovely card Kathy. I'm sure it would be appreciated by the royal couple.

glitterangel said...

It was worth the patience - the frame effect really works and I love the vintage feel to it x

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card Kathy, love the whole effect!

Stephanie-Emma said...

This card is beautiful, love the flowers.
If it helps Craftwork Cards site is xx

Angelnorth said...

Very patriotic job ther eKathy, love the raised doily frame!

Sandy O said...

WOW, this is so perfect. Love the die cut, so pretty. And all those wonderful embellies, yummy :o)

Anonymous said...

love the boldness of this - very striking!

SueH said...

What a wonderful creation Kathy and perfect on such a special day.

Happy Crafting
X x x

Steph said...

What an utterly gorgeous card!! Love it!! Love the striking colours but the embellies and flowers look amazing x

Tip Top said...

Am liking this one!!

Creative Treasures said...

Love the card Kathy, very striking, that die cut is fab and i love the way you have used the seam binding :)