Thursday, 24 February 2011

Elephant cut out




To celebrate the baptism of a friends new baby boy, I decided to practice my paper cutting skills and make them a little card with a family of elephants.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Papercuts


In my task of being more creative I've been having a bit of a sort from a recent printmaking course I took and came accross a small lino cut I created.


Inspired by my recent book creations and some amazing bird cut-outs I saw in Sheffield last weekend, I decided to try and use the techniques for a small card.



 
More designs to follow!

Altered books

I recently attended an altered book workshop run by the lovely Sam Tickner and Rebecca Peacock of Firecatcher Creative. I spent most of the day just playing with different ways of altering the book, finally creating a forest which popped out of the pages.

image taken by firecatcher

It was a really inspiring day taken from both Sam and Rebecca's creations and others on the course. You can see more images from the workshop here, firecatcher altered book workshop.

I already have plans for my next book so watch this space!

Baking


I set up this blog primarily to showcase my paper making crafts but Im so proud of my recent baking achievements that I couldn't help but post them!




I couldn't believe on my first attempt (and second real baking experience since I was little) that they'd actually worked. Without blowing my trumpet too much they tasted good too and much enjoyed by all.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Finishing Touches


Instead of favours, I used flowers as momentoes. Tied to these were tags for name places with the menu on the rear.





We wanted to keep the tables simple, with the gorgeous candelabras my mum had found in France and I was really pleased with the way the flowers added splashes of colour.



 As a bit of fun we also decorated the table with some characters special to us!




  

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Order of Service

 

We decided to keep the order of services simple with a small book, which I hand bound and letterpressed the cover.






Flowers

I love flowers, but with the paper theme of the wedding I decided I wanted to do something a little different and have paper flowers. Re establishing my origami skills (which took a bit of practice!) I experimented with a few patterns but decided on two different rose forms.  
  
Having tried to describe my thoughts to my family and close friends I was received with some ‘that sounds nice’ with a bit of a raised eyebrow comments! However I persevered and when I showed everyone my mock ups they absolutely loved the uniqueness.

 
Using Gypsophila as foliage, I arranged the flowers in gorgeous French vintage jars I'd sourced through a friend (and source of inspiration, you can see her own lovely creations here www.hellishdesigns.co.uk)





I also created the bouquets out of a smaller bunch of flowers, which my mum lovingly and beautifully wrapped together with ribbon.


  

Everybody was amazed at how effective the flowers looked and the nicest thing was I didn't have to throw them away, they became a lovely keepsake for our guests and for me!

Invitations

Carrying on with my paper / layering theme, I wanted to use collage to create our invitations. Using a selection of gathered papers in a variety of blues and textures, I played with strips of paper and imagery.
 
 
 

I looked at several options playing with layout and text before deciding on scanning my collaged pieces and manipulating to capture the layers. To give a vintage style I combined with typewriter font and then printed onto textured paper to keep the handmade feel.

 


With the final design as a set of 4 cards, I found an origami pocket design, which I used to create an envelope out of beautiful textured tissue paper.

Save the Date

I love paper and have spent countless hours just fawning over the endless textures and colours. I especially love hand made papers and when I found this dark blue paper in Paperchase, I knew I had to use it somehow.


I’d seen an idea for a seed packet which I decided to adapt for my save the date cards. Using an origami pattern for a Chinese wallet I created a little pocket, which I then lined with tissue as an extra finishing touch.



A hand written insert informed guests of the date simply and effectively. I finished it off with a thin grey ribbon to keep the pocket together. A lovely comment I had was that it wasn't just a save the date, it was a save the invite.



Sunday, 6 February 2011

The Dress

 
 

My dress was an amazing design by Ian Stuart and fairly unique there being only two others like it. I saw it at a wedding fair at the NEC, very early on in the planning stage of our wedding. I never expected to find a dress there but as soon as I saw it I knew it was special and after trying it on my mum and I knew it was the dress for me.
 


I didn't think I ever really go for a 'big' dress but 
I loved how it moved and how I moved in it.
 

I could go on more about the dress, I loved that it was different and it certainly got a lot of compliments, but I really wanted to show it as the colour and the origami quality became the inspiration for the rest of my thought process for the wedding.
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