Thursday, 18 June 2020

BBQ Apron




As someone who has been making cards for nearly 20 years there are times when I make a card I am super proud of and this is one of those. The sad thing is that the recipient probably will not appreciate the amount of work that has gone into it, he’s just not sentimental or comments on things that are extra special… it’s just a card. However, I enjoyed making it so much and that’s all the matters.

In the UK this Sunday is Father’s Day. Normally I would make a golf themed card for my Father in Law but this time I opted to make a BBQ themed card. With the great weather we have had for the last few months he has been having lots of BBQ’s and we have a special meat pack being delivered to him with steaks and burgers and sausages so it seemed particularly appropriate at the moment.

I started with an apron template from Valita’s Designs & Fresh Folds. I have had this template in my files for a long time and you can make a shaped card with it. I based my shape on this and sized it for an A5 card.

I cut a piece of brown card to the desired shape. I wanted to put a pocket on it and slip BBQ tools inside. I printed the sentiment from Diana All About Me’s blog. She has loads of freebies on there which I have used over the years. The sentiment is on the white card I normally use for digi stamps so I coloured it with a Promarker to get the desired colour.

I used my pricking tool to add holes all around the outside of the apron and also around the 3 edges of the pocket. Using 2 strands of the contrasting cotton I hand stitched the edges and the pocket onto the apron layer.

The ribbon is 2 layers of grosgrain that are stuck together with extra strong red liner tape. One layer was too floppy and I wanted it to stand proud. The layer of tape has given it so much more shape. I used some clear buttons that have been recycled from an old duvet cover. Clear buttons are fab as you can stick them to a scrap of patterned paper and completely change the look of them. I stitched the buttons through the ribbon onto the brown card so they are really secure.



Now I have a million and one digital stamps but no BBQ tools. I have images with small tools but nothing that would be suitable for this project. I wanted to make the tools 3D so you could take them out of the pocket. They needed to be strong and substantial so I decided to piece them together using various scraps of card. I found some simple vector shapes by searching Google and based them on those.

The spatula is 2 layers of matt silver card for the handle. This is then sandwiched between 2 layers of brown card strengthened with an eyelet rivet. The slotted top section is a glitter card. I used a craft knife to cut the little slots. Again this is double sided and an eyelet helps to secure the ‘handle’ between both pieces.

The tongs are 2 layers of silver mirror card and the handle is another layer of black leather embossed card on each side. I used a black Promarker to colour the sides of the silver card where the handle is and a silver Sharpie along the edges of the tongs.

The fork is 2 layers of silver card sandwiched between red handles and a silver sharpie ‘rivet’. The sausage is brown card with a little Promarker detail. The Meat pack is coming from a company we have used for years called  Supreme Sausages so it seemed quite appropriate

Finally I added a rosette which is a digital stamp from the Father’s Day Stamps pack from Kate Hadfield Designs. This was printed out as 3 layers and decoupaged. The bottom layer is the whole image, middle layer the rosette without the bottom ribbons and the top layer is the centre sentiment. These have been coloured with Promarkers and a gold gel pen.

This last week we have had so much rain and huge storms. Although the gardens have needed the water hopefully the good weather will return so my Father in Law will be able to enjoy his gift.

Card Details -

Size - A5 plus the ribbon
Digital Sentiment - Diana All About Me
Colouring Medium - Promarkers, Sharpies & gel pen
Embellishments - Clear buttons, eyelets, ribbon


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


51 comments:

  1. Wow! What am amazing card with so much detail. It must have taken ages to complete all the different parts. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Jocelyn x
    CD Sunday Plus DT

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  2. I love it Mandy! Such a lot of care and attention to detail. I buy digi items from Kate Hadfield, have been for years.
    Pamela
    CD Sunday Plus DT.

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  3. This is amazing! You're right to be proud of it. The amount of thought and care that has gone into this is incredible and has certainly paid off.

    Thanks for joining our challenge again with this work of art.

    Jo

    CD Sunday Plus DT

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  4. Fabulous fun card Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Chrissy DT  https://classicdesignchallenge.blogspot.com/

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  5. Great to see your fun card again Thank you so much for joining in with us at 613 Avenue Create..hope you will play along again..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  6. What a fantastic card, great colors and design. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld Challenge. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Arlene DT

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  7. A wonderful card . Thank you for joining us at CCC Digi Creations challenge. Good luck Ginny DT for
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  8. wow - such a stunning creation, love all the 3D effects you did on the utensile, thank you for playing with us at The Paper Funday Challenge

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  9. I really do hope it is appreciated as you have done a tremendous job.
    Thank you for joining us.
    Carol xx
    CD Sunday Plus DT

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  10. Great card! The recipient may not know how to convey his appreciation but I bet he would be disappointed if you stopped! Thanks for playing along with Papercraft Business Challenges!
    Jill – Design Team member at Papercraft Business
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  11. Fabulous creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin/Coordinator xx

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  12. Fabulous creation, love it! Thank you for sharing with us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

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  13. A fabulous apron shaped card perfect for Fathers Day and love all the little utensils in the pocket-he will love it.Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create
    Carol DT x

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  14. Oh, this is so fabulous!!! The apron is a great idea, but those tools are amazing!!! I can't believe you created them basically free-hand! Awesome job! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

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  15. Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage challenge good luck. Have a nice day
    Anneke DT

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  16. This is so cute, great Father's Day card, the utensils look so realistic and the whole card....fantastic.
    Thank you for playing along over at IKE's World Challenges, hugs, Lori m

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  17. This is such a lovely card, the utensils are so clever and realistic looking! Thanks for sharing your process, it was really interesting to read.

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  18. This is fantastic! I love the stitched edge and the kitchen tools. Awesome! Thanks for joining us at Pearly Sparkles Challenges.

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  19. The perfect father's day card and it is beautifully executed! Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create!
    Hugz,
    Chana Malkah, Owner

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  20. Fun Father's Day card! Thank you so much for playing along in our Crafting Happiness Challenge this week. Hope you’ll link up again!
    Hugs! Janis
    Crafting Happiness Challenges, Challenge Blog Owner
    Pause Dream Enjoy, Personal Craft Blog

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  21. Amazing card. I love apron shape.
    Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld Open Challenge. Love to see you join in each month.
    ~ Danka DT

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  22. Sorry I am late on commenting. I love your fun card and so creative using the dies and papers. Thanks for sharing over at Catch the bug.

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  23. Great card. Thanks you for joining with us Digi Choosday Crafting challenge Wk24. Good luck with your entry
    Maritza DT

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  24. Fantastic make! So clever! Perfect masculine project. Thank you for sharing your talent with us at I LOVE PROMARKERS. Best of luck! Nick

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  25. Wow, what a fabulous Father's Day card! The BBQ apron design looks amazing - perfect 😁. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Try it on Tuesday! Take care! Hugs, Jo x

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  26. Such a fun card, I love that speared sausage! Thanks so much for joining us again for the Aud Sentiments Challenge.
    Jenny Ginger Ninja Crafts xx
    https://gingerninjacrafts.wordpress.com/

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  27. Hi just popping back to say-Thank you for joining us at Unicorn
    Carol DT x

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  28. Such a pretty card, thanks for joining us at the Dragonfly Dreams Challenge Blog.
    Big hugs Ilonka DT

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  29. Fabulous Father's Day creation Mandy! Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Gale DT for  http://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/

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  30. Such a fab fun card, love it!

    Thank you for play at IKEsWORLD Challenges. DT Val x

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  31. How cool is this Father's Day Card. Well done. Love it. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/

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  32. Back again, and again, just a smashing project. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Annette DT

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  33. Whoa! What an awesome Father's Day card! Love the pocket with the grilling tools! Thanks for playing along at The House That Stamps Built!

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  34. Beautiful project. Thanks for joining us at The Creative crafters challenge.

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  35. Wow! This is amazing and so creative! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us at Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog. I hope you can join us again soon.
    Victoria DT

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  36. This is just fantastic!! Love all those little details, the shape of the card and everything about it! Thank you for sharing your work at A Place to Start challenge. All the best :)

    Karthikha,
    DT - A Place to Start
    My Blog - K's Kards and Krafts

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  37. OMG, this is absolutely MIND BLOWING!!!!! I don't care if your father-in-law doesn't realize all the works that went into your card, but I certainly do!!!! It is simply amazing!!! I love all the details, how the tools of the trade can be removed, it's just so awesome!!! Thanks for joining us at Creatalicious Challenge, we hope to see you again next time. Hugs, Brigitte

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  38. That is absolutely amazing. Thank you for taking the time to join in with our challenge and sharing your creativity with us, I love to see your talent, creativity and imagination at work. I hope to see more of your creativity in the near future. Love 'n' hugs Sall IkesWorld Challenges DT

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  40. Absolutely awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with us in our challenge over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog this month! We appreciate you joining us!
    Hugs,
    Leslie, LTCCB DT
    Love To Scrap 2

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  41. Congratulations! You have been chosen as a Rising Star for the period of June 15 - 20, 2020. Thanks for accepting the challenge at A Place To Start! We appreciate your support!

    THE RESIDENT DESIGN TEAM
    A PLACE TO START

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  42. So cute. And those tools...they look real. Great job. Thanks for joining the challenge at Crafty Gals Corner Challenge Blog.

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  43. Fabulous project! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Judy DT

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  44. Fabulous creation! Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Craft Cottage!

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  45. Super:)Thanks for playing with us at Let's Craft and Create :)Ines DT
    http://inka-mojmalyswiat.blogspot.com/
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  46. Fabulous card - those little utensils are so great!

    Thanks for joining us at the Love to Scrap Challenge.

    Helen x

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  47. Me again!

    Thanks for joining us at the Mix It Up Challenge Blog too.

    Helen x

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  48. What am amazing card!
    Thank you for coming to play at IKEsWORLD Challenges.
    Good luck!

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  49. How fabulous :-)
    Thank you for coming to play at IKEsWORLD Challenges.
    Hugz
    IKE x

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