Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

WOYWW 140

Hi friends. I'm afraid I missed this last week but I'm here again today, and I think I should have called this post "Cutting Corners". My youngest son and his partner are holding a Civil Partnership Ceremony in May which just the close family are going to, but I am making them some invitations for the evening celebration. I sent them several designs to chose from, and in the end they agreed on a fairly simple one. You can see the prototype leaning on the pink tray. However this involved cutting sixty curly flourish corners on my silhouette cameo machine, which was not too difficult though it did take quite a while. But they seem to have a life of their own, and they are now a tangle in the tray, and it is going to take me an age to sort them out as I need each pair for gluing on to the cards that I have cut and folded ready for them. I didn't have enough sheets of double sided adhesive paper to back these before I cut them, and that would have made the sticking of them easier, nor can I easily buy an adhesive spray here, so for the sake of speed I am going to use my trusty glue pen. That should be fun!

The light coming in from the left is my table lamp that I am using to cure an imagepac stamp I have made for the word 'Invitation'. If I was more confident with the 'print and cut' feature of my machine I could have used this, but it is not something I normally do, so for me it was easier to cut a page of labels and use a stamp for the script. (The stamp is now cured and I have tested it out. It's fine so now I am ready to assemble them all). The inside is printed so that won't take me too long to do. Our son and his partner are on holiday in Benidorm next week which is about a three hour drive from where we live, and I am hoping we can deliver the invitations to them there, so they can get them sent out as soon as they get home.

Of course this is a good excuse for a brief visit to UK in May. We can only stay for a week as it will be the first time our dogs have been in kennels, and we are not sure how they will be, so we don't want to leave them for too long. But it will be lovely to see all our sons (we have five!), and their families, and hopefully have a quick cuddle with our great grandson too.

Right, a quick hop to Julia's blog to see what you are all getting up to, then I had better get cracking. Now, where is that glue pen?......

18 comments:

veronica said...

a very elegant invitation kate - don't envy you untangling all those scrolls though! good luck with the glue pen, i often find delicate bits just don't seem to want to stay stuck, so hope yours are better behaved!

Anne-marie said...

A lovely invitation, ooh that will take some time sorting the curls out but worth it. Have a fun week
Anne-marie x

Karen said...

Beautiful invitations and gorgeous flourishes, very delicate and elegant :)

Have a great WOYWW and a fab week, Karen #90

Jean Straw said...

Hi Kate, lovely invitation but I don't envy you having to glue all those curls. Jean x

sandee said...

whew, that's a lot of untangling and gluing you have in front of you! Good luck on the invites! Waving Hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

MaxineD said...

Oh my goodness - that looks worse than making lace - or reversing lace :-) Have fun, but the finished invite does look rather classy!
Blessings
Maxine

scrappymo! said...

Lovely and elegant...they are going to love them!

Di said...

Really elegant Kate! Maggie who hops to and from my blog has just cut a load of swirls using her Cameo too :) Good luck with the sticking - I can't see the job beating you.

I'm a day late hopping back to say hi - must do better in future :( Di xx

May said...

Beautiful so elegant!!! Have a agreat week, Hugs May x x x

CraftygasheadZo said...

Gorgeous flourishes! Thanks for sharing & enjoy this week's WOYWW. I've been nosing at lots of desks in my attempt to visit everyone. Zo xx 83

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

love the invitation card! wow camo cuts all that.... i'm so have to get this machine.. been putting it off.

thanks for peek.. Michele x153

505whimsygirl said...

Oh, love the invitation! Very simple and elegant. I can't imagine gluing down those flourishes.... good luck. I think the glue pen in a good call!

Happy WOYWW
Kay
#129

Danielle said...

Very delicate...very elegant! It is a beautiful invite. dani13

Sarah said...

A very elegant colour combo and some great decoration - hope you get them all done and enjoy the day when it comes! Thanks for letting us look in and peek at your desk... Sarah at 7...

Julia Dunnit said...

I would use a glue pen, even in favours of sticky back, the peeling of that would be too fiddly for me, I can see me tearing them! Theyre going to be lovely, am sure the happy couple will be delighted, hope you get to see them in Benidorm

craftimamma said...

I agree with Veronica, the invitations do look very elegant. Simple design but they are often the most tedious to get right. Those corners are so delicate I'm quite amazed never having seen what the Silhouette can do.

I hope you all have a brilliant time your son and his partner have a wonderful day in May and a long and happy life together.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Bridget Larsen said...

It should look great when it is finished, cant wait
Bridget #51

Shoshi said...

Hi Kate, I tried to comment on this post a few days ago but it obviously didn't work. I love your swirly whirlies and hope you manage to disentangle them all OK! What a lovely project.

Glad you like my butterflies, and thanks for downloading the file! I shall be uploading some more butterflies in due course, including possibly a shadow layer for the one you've downloaded, which would be a simple shape that you could use on its own if you wanted. I do hope you manage to get a converter for the files. Are they in gsd format? If you had a Cougar you could use the free converter that comes with full membership of the forum (i.e. if you own a Black Cat cutter) - I have been working on a project for a friend, an alphabet book in gsd format which, not having a converter at the time, I had to do from scratch, tracing and redrawing all 26 letters! Bit of a sweat, but worth it in the end. I am not able to create cut files in any other format than svg, I'm afraid... If you get really stuck, I may be able to do some converting for you, but I haven't tried the program yet.

I can't finish my butterflies project until I get some more silver mirror card - I've run out, with all my experimenting!

I had a good few days health wise, but I'm rubbish again today... Par for the course, nothing to be done except rest and ride it out, and hopefully I'll be creating again in a day or two!

Hugs, and happy WOYWW, Shoshi #35