I hope you’ve had a super weekend. I wonder if you have an Advent Calendar? I have to say I didn’t think about ours until yesterday – you may remember the grey wooden house I bought last year? It’s now out of the loft waiting to be filled. We have half each, that is, hubby has the odd numbers and I have the even numbers. It’s now a bit of a panic to get little gifts into the boxes as soon as possible! I’ll do my shopping on Wednesday! LOL! We have both agreed no food, chocolate, sweets, etc!
Today’s card was going to be Crumb Cake and Whisper White, but as I was working on it, I knew that wasn’t going to be enough! I started with a base of Whisper White Cardstock (CS), then a layer of Crumb Cake CS, and a top layer of Whisper White CS that I had dry embossed using the Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder. To decorate my card, I stamped the two-step gift wrapped parcel stamp, which is from the Nothing Sweeter Stamp Set, on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock (CS), using Crumb Cake Ink. Next I coloured the inside with the second step stamp in Crumb Cake that I stamped off once first of all. I stamped the ribbon lines, and then I used the small stamp to decorate the wrapping paper. I’m not sure what this stamp is meant to be – any ideas?
The matching die set for this stamp set is called Sweetly Stitched, so I die cut the parcel, then I used the stitching die to add the stitches around the edge. I used Dimensionals to adhere the parcel onto a Stitched Shape Square of All is Bright Designer Series Paper (DSP), which I’d adhered using Tombow. Then I cut a strip of the same DSP, making sure I still had the pine cones the right way up, to fit across the bottom. After I’d heat embossed the sentiment in Whisper White Embossing Powder, I used the wide double zigzag stitching die across the lower half.
To add colour to my card, I decided to add holly, and started by looking through my dies for something suitable. I found one, but it was bigger than I wanted. Next I looked through my stamp sets, and saw the ideal image in the Spirited Snowmen Stamp Set. There isn’t a die for it, but it was very simple to fussy cut! I made three and played around with different arrangements before I settled for the design you see. I finished the front of the card by adding some fine tip glue to the berries. The secret of successful berries is to make sure the glue on each berry doesn’t touch the glue on the other berries!
To finish the inside of the card, I added a layer each of Crumb Cake and Whisper White CS. I stamped another gift in the bottom right-hand corner. I haven’t added any holly inside the card, but it’s very likely I will go back and remedy that! LOL!
Before I go, I have a little story from Church yesterday. A long story short. Two weeks ago, I started going to a new Church closer to where I live. We were greeted by a lady called Ann, who explained a bit about the Church, handed us a newsletter, and invited us to take a seat. I chatted with Ann again last week, and then yesterday, when hubby was chatting with her, it suddenly dawned on me that I knew her! We had lived next door to each other for almost ten years when our children were small – many moons ago! We used to babysit for each other, and I became a registered childminder so I could look after Sarah, who is six months older than Vicki, while Ann worked as a teacher!! Needless to say, we now have plenty of catching up to do! LOL.
That really is it from me today, I hope you have a great week, and until tomorrow, happy crafting.
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