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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding Invitations - Tutorial and Pics! on: May 10, 2012 01:14:29 PM
Hi Guys  Grin

So this is my first proper post!

I am one super lucky girl who is getting married to her bf of 8 years in October!! Woop Woop. Any hoo, to cut a long story short I have always wanted to craft, but have never really had the motivation. That was until I saw the price of wedding invitations. I mean oh my goodness me 5 for one invitation are you kidding!! So I decided to make my own, all 80 of them!!

Here is a close up of one

Tutorial Time!!

Stage 1

First I got some white mulberry paper A4 sized, this stuff is essentially handmade paper. I folded it in half, folded in half again and the third time I folded it length ways, see the picture below to see what I mean by the shape. But you should get 8 strips the length of half an A4 sheet. Like I said the picture explains better than words.

I then tore the paper up into those 8 strips. To do this you need to get a small paint brush and water. Wet the paint brush and run it along the grooves you have made from folding the paper. Then just simply tear the paper apart. Until you have 8 strips. You will notice that not all sides have the nice fluffy torn affect, to achieve it on the other sides just moisten the edges of the paper and pull the cut edges off, and voila fluffy edges.

Stage 2

I bought some stickers that say wedding AND invitation, as separate stickers. I then stuck these to the pre-torn mulberry paper. The mulberry paper was then stuck to the pre-folded A6 card using glue dots (love these!).

Stage 3

Now the tough part, I bought some paper thistles and roses. Sorry but I only have pictures of the thistles separately, ran out of roses!!

I got two roses and wrapped them together with the thistle.

Here is a better photo of how they are twinned together, oh and I covered the stem in PVA glue to hold it better.

Stage 4

Once the flowers are dried they are then stuck to the card, like below.

I again used PVA glue, but used cocktail sticks so that I could be very accurate in gluing the flowers and stems onto the card.


Here is all 80 of them!

What do you think??
2  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Crocheting for preemies - UK based.... on: May 10, 2012 01:13:17 PM
Hi there!
I have volunteered on the wards where the premature babies stay, it is called a neonatal unit. In the Hospital I was at they had a box with hats, mittens and cardigans for the tiny babies - you cannot buy them small enough, so they are often made by very kind donors.

I would suggest you phone up your local hospital, often they have a charity/volunteer department who should be able to help. If not phone the neonatal unit directly and find out how you can donate your crafts.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Pink and Yellow Flower Mary Jane Booties on: May 10, 2012 01:06:15 PM
A friend of mine is having a Baby Shower soon, might have to have a go!
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Experimenting with bleach gel on: May 10, 2012 12:59:23 PM
Wow, didn't even know this stuff existed!!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Denim bracelets on: May 10, 2012 12:52:54 PM
What a great way to recycle jeans. Now I have just got to try and prise an old paid from my boyfriend!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: More bowls, with feathers! on: May 10, 2012 12:36:10 PM
These are amazing. I am Totally obsessive about organising stuff this is perfect.

7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Box Files on: May 09, 2012 10:02:42 AM
Hi Guys,

Any idea what to do with old box files.

Got loads of old A4 box files from work. I admit some I have used for their original purpose but some of them the spring that holds the paper inside has broken. 

So any ideas what I can do with them???

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Wood burnings on: May 08, 2012 01:35:27 PM
These are wow incredible. Do you free hand or draw on the wood first?
9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Painted Glass votives on: May 08, 2012 01:21:07 PM
These are truly beautiful !
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Cappuccino Soap on: May 08, 2012 01:18:24 PM
Wow looks like you could eat it. Always a good thing!
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