Friday, 1 January 2010

By the Cute and Girly January challenge

Happy New Year everyone and wishing you a really crafty and inspirational 2010.

Although this post is being scheduled, when it pops up on my blog it will be time for our new challenge at By the Cute and Girly with the very apt theme of New Beginnings. A pretty open theme really, baby, wedding, new job, interpret as you wish. And the Inspirational Team have again come up with some wonderful work to help get your creative juices flowing so you can get your creations entered to be in with a chance of winning one of the three great prizes on offer this month. The theme this week at Stamping for the Weekend is also New Beginnings and this is my entry for that challenge.

The first of my projects are the wedding invitations I made for our second eldest son and his French fiancee who are getting married in Saint-Gilles, Croix de Vie on the west coast of France in May. Preparations are well under way now and the whole family are beginning to get excited, especially the four girls who are all being bridesmaids. In addition, two friends of the bride are being Maids of Honour (that's what they call the older bridesmaids in France), so there will be six in total. I was so thrilled to be invited to the wedding dress fittings and have seen the design of 'the' dress. The next appointment with the seamstress is in a couple of weeks when the bridesmaids are also having their first fittings.

I created six sample invitations for them and this is the one they selected. I used white linen cardstock, ran the embossed panel through the Bug using the hearts folder, the flowers and leaves have all been created with various punches and luxury finishing touches of Swarovski crystals and silk organza ribbon to carry the colour theme. The wording was stamped with Hobby Art GR201 MC using versafine black and detail clear embossing powder.
In line with French tradition, the invitations went out in November, much earlier than we send them in the UK, with the wording in both French and English. Now all I have to do are the Order of Service cards and Menu's, which will follow the same theme, but be slightly less ornate.


  1. Happy New Year Brenda.
    These invitations are stunning! They must have kept you very busy.
    I look forward to seeing lots more of your wonderful creations in 2010.
    Clare x

  2. Happy New Year, Brenda! Love all your beautiful creativity and wonderful cards--you are such a joy to know here in Blogland! Hope you and your family have a beautiful New Year!

  3. Hello Brenda. WOW, these invitations are just gorgeous. Love the design and the colour combination.
    May I wish you a very Happy & Peaceful New Year, and may all your wishes come true.
    Love from Sandra xx

  4. Those Wedding invites look fabby!!!!

    Whata blessing to have a craft Mother-in-law! The wedding sounds lovely too, best wishes for it!

  5. Happy New Year! The invitations look really classy,I love them - well done. Good luck with the rest of the preparations.

  6. Happy New Year Brenda, wow they are stunning, and Im sure they will be kept forever, they are so beautiful. Well done with love and hugs Shirleyxxxxxxx

  7. stunning invites, Brenda! I'll have to get my thinking cap on for this one x

  8. Happy New Year wishing you a year of good health and much joy. With the wedding to look forward to and prepare for am guessing some of that joy is ready made. Thanks for all the support, encouragement and inspiration in 2009 looking forward to seeing what 2010 brings.

    The invitations are simply beautiful a lot of work but the results are stunning.

  9. I Love these so much!! They are just so elegant!! Hugs Juls

  10. Gorgeous invitation, my lovely! They must be thrilled with those.

    And a Happy New Year!!

    Chris xx

  11. Hello Brenda - Happy new year to you and your family.
    These invitations are just stunning. What a lucky couple to have such beautiful wedding invitations.The colours are lovely.
    Hugs Fleur xXx

  12. These are oh so elegant Brenda - Happy New Year to you all!

    Love Lynda xxx

  13. Happy new year Brenda, where ever you are.
    What can I say but stunningly beutiful and elegant. These invites are so special, I don't know how you find the time, I bet they love them. janex

  14. Happy New Year Brenda. These invitations are simply stunning. As all of your work is.

    I hope the new year brings you health and happiness, and all your heart desires.

    hugs to you, eileen

  15. These are so pretty and elegant, and I do like the colour scheme. How many did you have to make? When my daughter got married in 2001 we made all the wedding invitations, evening invitations and orders of service, about 300 in total, and about 70 placecards. My son-in-law has Scottish ancestry, so the theme was Celtic. I also made two of the bridesmaid's dresses and iced the cake, which my daughter baked. It was truly a labour of love but great fun to do.

  16. Happy new year, and what a great start, your invite is gorgeous, they must be thrilled, I'm sure you'll enjoy the wedding, what a treat to look forwaard to.

  17. Wow Brenda, your cards are so elegant and beautiful. I love the colors and the bling!!! Happy new year and big hugs!

  18. Brenda these invitations are truly amazing. They are so elegant and have real class. Happy new year Brenda.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  19. These are so elegant and beautiful, Brenda:O) Love the colours and fab design.
    Thank you for joining us at Stampin' for the Weekend, good luck!

  20. Your invitations are gorgeous Brenda.

    I love them.

    Lovely colour scheme too.

    Not long until the wedding now though then!!

    Happy New Year matie.

    Love Jules xx

  21. Brenda your invitations are very lovely and sounds like you have a beautiful wedding to look forward to.Special wishes for 2010,Lou.xx

  22. Brenda the Wedding Invites are GORGEOUS!
    Have a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous ans Crafty New Year!

  23. Stunning Wedding Invitations :0

    Thanks for joining SFTW's first challenge of 2010.


  24. Really classy! Thank you for joining SFTW this week.

  25. Happy New Year Brenda!

    How exciting to have a wedding in the family and you've certainly done them proud with the invitations. They are stunning!

    Lesley Xx

  26. These are beautiful!! I made two lots of Wedding Stationery for friends in the summer and they got married within 3 weeks of each other so I was flat out for a while!!

    Happy New Year!

  27. We both feel so priviledged and thrilled to have these stunning and unique invitations for our wedding indeed. All my family and friends in France made lovely compliments about them.
    I am extremely proud to have such a very special loving mother-in-law...
    Lots of Love xxx

  28. Just so elegant, Brenda...stunning!!!
    Thanks for joining us at SFTW...

  29. I love it sooooooooooo much..Such an elegant invitation


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