Handmade Wedding Invitation and Guest Book Card

I wanted to share with you all the handmade wedding invitations and ‘guest book card’ that I made for my wedding day last year. If planning my wedding hadn’t have been so hectic (made more hectic by organising my husbands visa application at the same time), then I might have thought about taking some good pictures in order to show a step by step guide.

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For the invitations I was going for a simple but pretty design. I used A5 sized pieces of white textured card. Holding it in portrait orientation, I folded the top down and bottom up into the middle of the card to make 2 flaps.

On the top flap I used sticky sponge pads to stick a small card banner that I purchased which said ‘Wedding Invitation’ on it.

I also purchased some lilac card butterfly shapes. I stuck small silver rhinestones onto the heads of these. To make them more 3D, I slightly folded the wings upwards. I attached one to the top left corner of the card and the other to the opposite diagonal corner.

On the remaining 2 corners I attached small flowers. I made these using a flower shape paper punch to punch out silver and lilac flower shapes. For each flower I put a silver flower shape at the bottom and glued a lilac one on top in the center, making sure that the silver petals were visible in between the lilac ones. I made these slightly 3D by bending the petals up slightly and then glued a silver rhinestone to the center of each completed flower.

For the inside of the invitation, I designed and printed the text for the invitations on the computer and then printed this out onto lilac coloured card. I designed it in a way so that when it was cut out, it could be glued into what becomes the middle of the centre section of the card when it is unfolded. I made sure it was a bit smaller than this centre section so that it left an even white border around the lilac insert.

I used A6 sized silver envelopes that I purchased to house the completed invitations.

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This ‘Please sign our guest book’ card was made out of left over materials that I had from the wedding invitations.

I cut the white textured card into A6 size and then folded it in half so that the fold was across the top of the card when standing it on the table.

I made a label on the computer that was roughly half the size of the front of the white card and printed this out onto lilac card. I cut this out and stuck this onto a piece of silver card. I then cut out the silver card so that it was a little bigger in order to make a silver border around the lilac card. I then glued this onto the front of the white card.

I then completed the card by attaching a small paper flower near the top corner that I had made in the exactly the same way as I did for the wedding invitations.

I ended up making quite a lot of these paper flowers and using them for other decoration on the day. One example of this was for a banner that I had purchased on eBay. The banner was made from lilac card cut out to the shapes of the letters used in the banner that were hung on thin ribbon. I felt it was a little plain and so I attached some of the flowers that I had made onto each of the letters. However for these flowers I only used one layer of the silver card instead of layering it up like I did with the invitations. You can see a picture of this below.

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Jewellery Making Pearl Effect Charm Bracelets – Flutterflies

Here are a few pearl effect elasticated charm bracelets that I have made in the past. The charm theme for these bracelets are butterflies and dragonflies.

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Jewellery Making #15 – Crystal Rondelle Charm Bracelets

Here I wanted to share some pictures of a bunch of similar charm bracelets that I have made.

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All of them are made mainly from crystal rondelle beads that I had in a few different colours.

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All were strung onto elastic as I find its easier to get sizing right when you use elastic.

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Also I personally prefer elasticated bracelets as you can get them on and off easy. None of this trying to do a clasp up one handed business lol.

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Also on each bracelet I used a few different charms that I had to make them into charm bracelets.

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I think they look quite cute, what do you think?

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Jewellery Making #14 – Selection of Earrings

Here’s a selection of different earrings that I have created over the past year that I wanted to share with you.

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This first pair was made as a gift for a work colleagues birthday. The leopard print beads are made from shell.

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These butterfly charm earrings were paired up with a mobius ring made from some larger jump rings that I had. I  have recently started to use coloured metal other than silver and quite like the effect that you get from using antique bronze coloured findings in my pieces as it makes things look very vintage.

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These pretty but simple dangle earrings use glass pearls and large beadcaps.

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These use some quite small but pretty beads that I had to finish off a design using some dove shaped charms.

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These dangle earrings were made using some beads that I had in a petrol effect type finish.

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Lastly these cute earrings were made from some little turtle beads I came across in a bead shop in Weston Super Mare that I discovered when we went for a day trip to the seaside last year.

Simple Handmade 3D Flower Card

Back when I was India I found these craft paper punches while shopping one day. The good thing is everything is so cheap there compared to back home, especially things like costume jewellery and such. For example I got some really pretty metal hair clips  that were covered in gems and rhinestones and such for the equivalent of about £0.24 each! My fiancé was really tempting me to buy tons of accessories for my self while I was there. I really wish now that I had listened to him more lol.

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Anyways I decided to pick up a couple of the paper punches for myself to use for future scrap booking and other crafty things. Both the ones I got were flower shaped ones as I felt they would be the most versatile. A link to the same brand that I managed to fins online is here.

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As I am sending my fiancé a gift in the post, I decided now would be the perfect time to test them out by making a simple little card. The card itself was made using some leftover scrapbook paper that I had left over. For the flowers I first punched out 20 flowers using one of the flower punches. 10 in a light orange and 10 in a darker orange.

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I then used a bit of PVA in the middle of each darker flower and placed the lighter one on top. Using an orange stick I turned the lighter one so that you could see the petals of the darker one underneath. Once that was dry I used my fingers to make the petals stick upwards a bit so that it wasn’t so flat.

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Afterwards I added a silver rhinestone to the middle of each flower. I then attached them to the card using those sponge stickers that you use in decoupage as I wanted it to have even more of a 3D effect. You could make flowers like these and use them on many things. Basically anything crafty that you would stick embellishments to at least.

My Etsy Shop

I’ve recently decided to give Etsy another go  and have put some of the handmade jewellery I have made on there: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/midn1ghtbutterfly12

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I really want to get back into my jewellery making but I have so much at home still that I have made. It seems a shame that no one gets to enjoy my creations, which makes me reluctant to make more. I really enjoy making new bracelets mostly. It would also be nice to fund new materials and fancy beads to make new pieces.

I’ve tried selling some on Ebay and Etsy in the past but have so far had very little luck. This time around I’ve decided to try making it available worldwide instead of just inside the UK after looking at postage estimates online.

However, what I was mostly wondering, is who else out there has tried to, or does sell their own handmade crafts on Etsy? How much luck have they had with it and what tips do people have to make it work? What are people’s opinions on the site or do you know any better alternatives etc?

Thanks in advance for any comments you may have on my questions. Also let me know what kinds of things you sell on Etsy yourself.

Handmade Christmas Tree Decorations

Here are a couple of pictures of some Christmas tree decorations that I attempted to make a few years ago. My wire wrapping skills have never been much good so they didn’t turn out as neat as I would have liked, but they still look nice hung on the tree. What do you think? They are supposed to be snowflake/stars.