16 September 2011

The Labour of Love!


Morning Custard Lovers.

So now I have you singing The Power of Love all day, let me tell you about this labour of love.

It was The Doc and Mrs A's Ruby Wedding Anniversary in August and I wanted to make something special. I'd been planning it for months and getting all the 'necessary equipment' in! ;)

It's an eight inch card and it's scary filling that much space when you're used to six, but as I was making it, every time I did something, I thought of something else that would look great!

Three days later, with the front and both insides decorated, it was ready for some Sweet Cheeks art work, before we headed down to the Post Office, with over a week to spare. I was pretty pleased as I was fairly happy with the card and I knew it would arrive both before the anniversary and before my parents went on holiday, so they could take it with them. Job done.

Ironically, when we were standing in the very long queue, I considered sending it (and my other package of commissions) registered post, but we had a week to play with and I'd not had trouble before. Ha. Famous last thoughts.

The card did not arrive before the anniversary, or before my parents went on holiday. They ended up taking a print out, of a photo, on a piece of A4 paper. Not quite the same. It did eventually turn up, about two weeks later, but by then, well, you know.

So, if you're reading this Royal Mail, that's why you are now, not, on my Christmas card list!

Recipe
Papers: Pink Petticoat
Images: Stamping Bella Polaroid Frame, All in the Family; Stampin Up!
Sentiment: Pooter Generated
Colouring: Copics
Tools: Die-namics Mini Film Strip; My Mum's Craft Shop

49 comments:

Suzie Q said...

Morning Faye!
what a lovely lovely card and keepsake!
so sad they never received before hand - good old Royal Mail for ya!
hope you are well
Suzie qx lil fruit and nut x
(just incase you have forgotten who i am lol x)

Denise and Louise said...

Wow what a fabulous card - love all the little faces in the filmstrips. Such a shame it did not arrive on time.
Hugs
Denise xx

Amanda R said...

Too cute! I love all the little faces and families, such a nice reminder of all the people in your family. Too bad it arrived late but at least you had a picture to prove it was done and on time!

Margreet said...

what a pity this project did not arrive in time Faye....it's very impressive!
xxx Margreet

McCrafty's Cards said...

What a fabulous keepsake Faye, what a shame it arrived late, Grrr
royal mail.
Kevin xx

Cheryl said...

oh royal mail rrrrrr
anyway sweetie,as always,brilliant detail beautifully designed and one brilliant keepsake too,hugs cherylxxxxxx

Catherine said...

Your card is fantastic Fluff ! What a shame your parents didn't get it in time ! I've had a lot of similar experiences with the Royal Mail and the french Post isn't any better ! Have a great week-end my friend Hugs and love from Catherine

Grenouille Greetings said...

The postal service has become something of an oxymoron. I have had similar experiences but the card was definitely worth waiting for. An ingenious design. So much thought and beautifully executed. I bet Mrs A and the Doc just loved it when it finally arrived in the flesh! Big hugs, Lesley

Arabella said...

This is so cute Faye! What a shame they didn't get it in time! At least it didn't go missing forever though!

Arabella

Wishcraft said...

Such a clever card Faye, I love it :o) Such a shame it didn't turn up in time! Lisa x

Jilli said...

Oh flippin' heck Faye! You know why this gorgeous card wasn't delivered on time dont you? ... its cos my DH was medically retired from Royal Mail and is no longer a postie ... Beautiful card though and brilliantly thought out! Hugs Jillix

Joey said...

Faye this is a fantastico idea and looks absoulety brill, a lovely keepsake. Joey x

Tracey T said...

What a brilliant idea for an anniversary card and beautifully put together. What a shame Royal Mail messed up - no prizes for guessing who put the "moron" in Lesley's "oxymoron".

Tracey T said...

Ooh sweetie, I clicked too soon and forgot to put my hugs on! Mwah xx

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

What a great present! I am sure they LOVED it no matter when it arrived.

Vicky said...

What a brilliant card Faye....and royal mail are just pants...!

have a super weekend...hugs Vicky xx

Abi said...

Oh sweetie how pants that it didn't arrive on time when you gave them plenty of time :-(

I really love the card though, it's completely fantastic!!

On a lighter note, what's 2 inches between friends!!!

Hugs xx

coops said...

this is fabulous hun.a real keepsake.i love your fab design and images ;D

xx coops xx

Jane said...

wot a fabby idea xx

Liza said...

Gorgeous work Fluff, your parents will love it.

Liza x

Liz, said...

This is totally fabulous. At least it did get there in the end,

Liz x

Jo said...

typical royal mail grrr!
What a fab card and a wonderful keepsake for your parents. Did you use a SU set?
Brilliant design! Thanks for sharing hunni xx

Jo said...

ignore me, I hadn't read the recipe lol

Cazza said...

Oh wow hon, this is GORGEOUS!! Such a shame it didn't arrive on time, bloomin' Royal Mail :o(( I bet they loved it when they did receive it though :o))
Hugs,
Cazza
xxx

Delphine said...

A fantastic card my lovely Faye:-)! I love the layout with the photos and film strips and the characters look fab! I understand how upset you were, but it is great that it did not get lost and eventually arrived:-)! I hope you are well:-) Talk to you soon:-) BIG hugs Delphine xxx

Loraine Arderne said...

Oh that's gorgeous Faye, as is the one below with the "lolly" sticks that I spy.

kitty said...

Ahh - this card is stunning, it has to be one of the nicest cards I have ever seen. Really sorry it didn't arrive on time but I bet your Mum and Dad are as chuffed as chips with it. Kitty xxxxx

Poppit said...

Hey fluff! Hoping all is well in fluff-land (albeit a world with a rubbish postal service!). Just wanted to say this card TOTally rocks! It's absolutely gorgeous! I have the All in the Family stamp set so know how much effort you're card would have taken you! Well worth the patience - its amazing. xx

Sarah said...

Hi Faye, what a great card. Love the idea of the little families! Shame RM didn't get it there in time. Sarah

Bananastamper said...

This is so fab! I LOVE it - they must have just adored it! Super fun!

Donna said...

Howdie doody Fluffster...this card really rocks and will be a wonderful keepsake for your Mum & Dad...Royal Mail are Rotters! :) Donna ♥ x

Mrs A. said...

Indeed we did love it and it is still up on display in the
Lounge. Hugs Muver.

Violets Corner said...

Glad they did receive it eventually. The postal service is very much the same here in Sweden!

The card is full of gorgeous things, I fell in love with the pretty filmstrips and the design, great for an anniversary.

Warm hugs
Maarit

Sara I. said...

Hey girlie - Blogger hasn't been giving me your updates - I see I have a lot to catch up on!! Fabulous card - so fun & funky!! LOVE the heart paper!!

sari said...

ooooh...This hAs to be the best annniversary card i have ever seen! So fun with the family images!!! He, he, heee....I f i'd make one that's similiar, i guess i'd have to use 30*30cm to just fit in me and hubby and all of our labours of *love*...Moahahhaaaa.... Have a fantastic day hun! Hugs and sunshine!/Sari

Fiona said...

what a fabulous card Faye!! Don't know how I missed this one...sorry!! It's amazing!! I don't think I could attempt 8 inches...6 is big enough for me!!

Fi
x

craftymonster81 said...

Reaally cute and trendy card, love it
Lindsay xx

Sarah said...

Hi Faye, me again! Now then, you really shouldn't say if you get one so will I - especially when it's stamps (rubber or digi) I'm a bit of a stampaholic and I'll do it!!! Really, I will - but then will you? Keep your eyes peeled on my blog ;-) Sarah

madebyKarla said...

This is great! Better late than never right? Unfortunately there is no fluff at my house as of yet! I've been procrastinating...I can't believe it either! I finished a steampunk album I've been working on if you'd like to take a look :)

Sarah said...

Hi Faye, my goodness I'm a bad penny tonight! Website looked at, purchases (note plural!) made, downloads downloaded, hope to play v v soon. ;-) Sarah

julieprice3 said...

This is lovely and such a lot of work, sorry thatit didn't arrive on time but I'm sure they are thrilled to finally have it
Hugs Julie P

Davi said...

Awesome card Faye..SOOOO frustrating when they dont deliver mail in a timely manner especially when it was for such a special occasion!! Im sure they loved it even if it didnt arrive in time :)

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Stunning card, Faye. So clever and I'm sure all the time you spent on it was really appreciated.
Typical Royal Mail numpties! Don't even get me started on their pricing!!
Caroline xxx

Shelly said...

Oh Fluff, how awful that nasty Royal Mail were less than efficient, I hate it when that happens! Such a shame as the card is stunning (so funny) and you and SC went to so much trouble with it and to make sure it'd arrive on time!!! What are we bleeping paying all that money for postage for, it'd been quicker if you'd walked there with it yourself... but you might have been a bit knackered mind! Shelly x

Feebsy said...

Your card is wonderful, I really love the design and image. I'm so sorry that it didn't arrive on time. I have to admit I've had the same experience with a few cards I've sent recently. I'm sure the card was a lovely extra pressie when your parents got back from their hols at least!

Feebsy
xx

Pop's Cards said...

Wow hun this is so fab loving the images so sweet hugs pops x

Kim Dellow said...

Wonderful project Faye! Just love it. Kim

Victoria said...

bestest card ever fluffy one, love it to bits!

Catch you later - off to take biggest to the Drs now!

Love
Jelly
x

Wendy Ramlakhan said...

That card is just BRILLIANT!! Love it!! What a super cute idea, you're so clever!!