Happy Anniversary!

Well my goodness, it’s been quiet around this blog for the last month, hasn’t it!  I won’t bore you with the details, suffice to say:  Life sometimes gets in the way and it can take up valuable crafting time.  How dare it! 

“What a darn cheek”, I hear you say.   I agreeHow VERY dare it, indeed!

I’ve been trying to fit a little crafting time in, and one of the things which was on the list of ‘To Do’, was an anniversary card for my truly lovely neighbours.  Big M  (aka Mr. Cobs)  learnt that they were going on a fabulous holiday to celebrate their wedding anniversary, so he shared the news with me and of course … I instantly went into ‘must make a card’ mode, and this, dear readers, is what this lovely blog post is about.

I’ll put in as many details as possible in case this card inspires you to make something similar for someone you know.  But if I leave anything out, please feel free to ask in a comment.  Comments are moderated (to delete ‘spam’ before it gets onto the blog) – so your ‘question’ or comment won’t appear on the blog straight away.  But I will reply asap, I promise, cross my heart, hold up my pinky finger and say “Honour Bright”.  (yerrsss….  Shirley Temple was a part of my growing up.  My mother loved the films).

Anyway … let’s get on with it, shall we?

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The ‘base’ card I used was a 5×5″ ready scored card (by Craftwork Cards), in a beautiful soft biscuit colour, with white polka dots.  I began by cutting half of the front of the card off, diagonally, and then on the reverse of the cut off piece of card, I sprayed it with plain cold water from a very fine mist spray.  I let the water penetrate the card and after a moment or two, I curled the card round a little tube, to give it that lovely curve you see in the photograph above.  If you do this – hold the card there for a moment, to kind of ‘set’ the curve and give it a memory of where you want it to be.  Then set it on one side to dry while you get your papers chosen and cut to size.

For this project I chose papers from Docrafts ‘Papermania’ in their Parisienne Blue range.  The doily is also from this range.  I cut a 12×12 into 6″ squares, then cut one square diagonally, and also cut a doily in the same way.

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I fixed the triangle of paper and the doily to the curved piece of card first, (you might find this easier to do if you drape the curved card over the edge of your desk and work with it that way),  then fixed a 6×6 sheet of the paper to the card, as shown.

I attached the curve back onto the card again, and using strong red tape, I taped it down to the front of the card. I then punched two holes through the curved piece of card, and the card front (now attached, beneath it) and then ensured the curve stayed exactly where I wanted it to be by using a tie of thin organza ribbon through the punched holes.

My attention then turned to the back, and I made a card stand for the back, so that the wallet card would stand up when it was finished.  (Imagine a school photograph, which has one of those stiff fold out bits on the reverse, enabling you to stand the photo up without a frame.  The card stands I make are the same sort of thing).  I then finally fixed the ‘loose’ front in place, along the inner bottom, thereby creating a wallet style card.

I added some metal, vintage style corners in place, using some strong glue and my craft clamps.  (Bought some time ago from The Range for next to nothing.  I HIGHLY recommend them!)

Corners fixed in place and not moving, ….  then came the fun stuff!

3 AnniversaryThe Roses came from my stash.  I buy flowers anywhere I find them.  If I see flowers which I know would work perfectly on cards (or albums etc), I buy them straight away.  Finding the right flowers when you need them can be a task and a half sometimes, so I try to have a selection already in the craft room so that I have them when I need them.

The roses I chose for this card are a kind of delicate to touch, silky flowers and I fell in love with them because of their softly folded petals and the way they curled at the edges.   I tucked them into the curve of the card and added silky green leaves wherever I thought they were needed.

I made a big bow using some wide, pretty blue Organza and added a satin ribbon from the Parisienne Blue range on top, to layer,  and also tie the biscuity colour of the card into the ribbons, and finally, I added a large rose to the centre of the ribbons and fixed it in place.

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Next came the tags which I wanted to tuck into the pocket.  I used some beautiful royalty free images and also stamped a ‘post card’  onto some card, then vintaged it up using a warm brown ink pad and duster brush.

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All around the edges of the tags I kind of sprinkly, embossed some very fine, golden embossing powder to give them a bit of pizzazz The stamped message that you can just about see on the tag behind the postcard above reads: 

Marriage
1. A legal commitment to live as
husband and wife
2. Wedlock
3. A close and intimate association
4. A pledge.

Which kind of sums it all up in a few words, doesn’t it?.  I loved it!  It was perfect for this tag.

And finally …  this card would never have fit into a regular envelope, so I made it a matching box, which I lined with contrasting papers from the same Papermania Parisienne Blue range

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The card was ready and waiting for my neighbours when they came home from their holiday.

Thank you so much for coming and spending some time with me.  I’m sorry that it’s been a bit quiet around here, Thank you to those of you who so kindly kept me in your prayers and sent me messages.  You touched my heart in so many ways and kept me plodding along.  Thank you.  I want to say I love you, for it.  And I do – but not in a creepy way you understand!    . . . aw, you know what I mean.  (chuckling to myself here).

Have a truly blessed rest of your day.  I hope your weekend is fabulous and that the sun shines warm upon your face  …. just not so hot that it melts you though!

Heaps of love and squishy stuff …

Cobs siggy sml

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14 thoughts on “Happy Anniversary!

    • Eva!!! Ohhh how fabulous to see you.
      My neighbours were both happily surprised that I’d thought to make them a card and pleased with the card, and ‘Mrs. neighbour’ told me that the roses were the same colour as the roses in her wedding bouquet – which I was thrilled about. Obviously something led me into choosing those for this special card.

      Sending love and hoping that everything is fine and dandy where you are in your corner of the world. ~ Cobs. x

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    • Hello Catherine, ~ aw, it’s so lovely to see you again, and great to be back in lovely blog land.
      Life …[sigh]… can be like a spoilt child who will sometimes demand attention in ‘fed up making’ ways, and it’s so annoying, tsk tsk!
      Especially to us crafty folk who want to get up in the morning, have coffee and then wander off to the craftroom for the rest of the day! LOL

      Like you, I like the roll back. I normally only use it in minor, ‘little’ ways, on scapbook pages etc. But I really enjoyed doing it on this card.
      Thrilled that you like it.
      Thanks for leaving a comment. It’s so lovely to see you. ~ Cobs x

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  1. Just beautiful! The detail like always is amazing! I love how you rolled back one of the corners and the roses make it so pretty and festive! I bet it will be so much appreciated!!

    Waving hi from across the big oceans as I am currently spending time with my grandchildren in a very chilly wintry Australia….

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    • Hello Astrid! Aww, it’s great to see you here, my fabulous, talented friend.

      Thrilled you like the card. I love the colours of those papers, and wish that the camera could pick up the true colour because it’s quite the most beautiful, delicate, heavenly blue colour.

      I’m filled with envy about you being in Aus right now. I have an ‘internet’ friend who lives in Victoria (in Aus) and I’d love to pay her a loving visit. She’s going through a bit of a tough time and I’d just love to give her a hug & tell her everything will be fine. She’s a fabulous gal. An elderly lady, who has all her little grey cells lined up in the right order, with a sharp wit and the naughtiest sense of humour of anyone I’ve ever known. She makes me giggle and blush almost daily. She’s like a tonic ordered by the doctor, and I love her to pieces.
      So yes, jealous of your visit down under! ;o)

      Hope you’re having masses of fun with those grandbabies. I’ll look after Great Britain while you’re away … but the budget was out of my hands, so when you come home, if you’re worse off, it’s not my fault. LOL
      Sending lots of love and hugs ~ Cobs. xxx

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    • Hello Sharon. Awwww, bless you, and thank you for your comment. I love chatting, as you know!,lol, and comments are such a lovely way to share a few words with other lovely bloggers and followers.

      Hope ‘Mr. Sharon’ and Mini Miss are both fine and groovy, and that you too are in good health and spirit.
      Have a blessed rest of your day Sharon, ~ Cobs. x

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  2. This is my very most favourite card so far.

    I have been looking for you but I’ve been very neglectful of my blog recently so I wasn’t sure. I’m so glad you are back.
    Elaine

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    • Hello Elaine, how wonderful to see you.
      Thrilled that you like the card. Have to admit that I really liked this one too. Can’t put my finger on why this one struck the right note with me, I just know that this one spoke to me.

      I’m trying to catch up with blog posts I’ve missed over the past month and as fast as I’m finding old posts, new ones are being made – and it’s begun to feel like:- The Forth Bridge – The Return! (only UK folks over a certain age will get that joke without asking Mr. Google for information. LOL)

      Thank you so much for the comment. It’s great to be chatting to you again.
      Hope everyone in your corner of the world is in fine fettle, hale and hearty.
      Sending love and crafty vibes through the ether ~ Cobs. x

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  3. You make the sweetest cards! This is beautiful. I was missing you.
    I hope you’re feeling well.

    I’ve been quiet this past month or so, too. My household has had health issues. My husband had oral surgery, which is never pleasant. After we got over that my dog-friend had a tumor in her bladder, it was removed this week. She is doing well, but I was a bit emotional before the surgery.

    Wishing you the best of health.

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    • Aw hello Kim, it’s fabulous to see you. Thank you for your comment and I’m thrilled you liked the card.

      I’m so sorry to hear about all the health problems your family and doggy friend have been experiencing. I can fully understand you being emotional, I’d have been beside myself with worry. I hope that from here everything goes in an upward and more positive direction for you all.

      Thank you for your good wishes, and I send you very good wishes and healing vibes, through the ether.
      Much love ~ Cobs. x

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  4. Glad to see you back, and totally understand the ‘incidents of life interruption’ am experiencing this myself with our new 4 legged little arrival! No hope of getting near enough time to blog but, enough time to comment. Beautiful card as always, and love the colours, all blends so well.

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    • Hello Kim! Aw, it’s lovely to see you again.
      You have a new 4 legged member of the family? Awwwwwww!
      I’m still trying to catch up on everyone’s blogs and see what I’ve missed, so I think I’m going to have to visit your site straight away and find your blog post about this. (If there’s one there! … If not .. we need pictures of the little rascal!)

      Thank you for the comment, and I’m so happy that you like the card.
      Sending love and hugs, and kisses to the new rascal. ~ Cobs. x

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